Pataudi Trophy - 2nd Test

England v India

England won by 319 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Right, Anderson is back with the ball. India's openers make their way out. Mukund to face.

Mukund and Dravid, who doesn't like opening. His stay at the crease could be vital in deciding the course of this game. The man with more runs than anyone else at No. 3 is opening for India. Wonder if Bradman would have done it. Wonder if Tendulkar would do it.

0.1

Anderson to Mukund, OUT, a wicket first ball! Mukund plays a loose drive and edges to gully! The crowd is going berserk! Full from Anderson, pitches it up from over the stumps outside off and looking for the airy drive. Mukund obliges. Horrendous shot to play first ball, he gets half across and looks to drive straight. His feet are in Lord's, his shot is being played at Trent Bridge. Classic set up, clean edge, nicely held. England on top. India have lost all the specialist openers they have on tour off the first ball of this innings.

A Mukund c Pietersen b Anderson 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Laxman in at No.3. The king of No. 6 rearguards is at No. 3 for India. Wonder if Sobers would have done it. Laxman loves No. 3, anyway. Anderson chugs in, the crowd is behind him ...

0.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, full length ball outside off, swinging away from Laxman, who unlike Abhinav lets it go.

Three slips and a gully.

0.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off stump, VVS leans out to the length and defends into the off side.

Graeme Swann has gone for an X-ray on his left hand after he was hit by Praveen Kumar - update from Lawrence Booth on Twitter.

0.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, again, makes him play with a full length ball, Laxman covers the line well and defends.

0.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, and again, every ball from Anderson so far is a loaded question, full and moving away from outside off. Laxman moves across and defends.

0.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Laxman steers the last ball with the deviation towards gully. Anderson starts with a wicket-maiden.

India lost all the specialist openers they have on tour off the first ball of this innings.

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) India 0/1
VVS Laxman    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-1
R Dravid    0* (0b)     

Broad has the new ball.

1.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, back of a length on off stump, attacking Dravid with the line he used to very good effect at Lord's. Dravid stays in the crease and defends.

1.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, lets this one go outside off.

1.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, Dravid couldn't have played it any later. Length ball snaking away, Dravid stays back waits till it is almost past him and defends with soft hands.

1.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, attacks the pads this time, Dravid gets across and looks to play it to the leg side. Defended to short leg.

1.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad's yet to move a ball, as Sourav Ganguly points out an air. Dravid stays on the crease and gets on top of a short of length ball to defend.

1.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, solid defence from Dravid, gets everything and his house behind it as he blocks from the crease.

End of over 2 (maiden) India 0/1
R Dravid    0* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-0
VVS Laxman    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-1

2.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson gets one to jag away off the seam from short of a length. Wide enough outside off for Laxman to let it go.

2.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, again, Anderson angles it in and straightens it outside off. Laxman stays put in the crease to let it go.

2.3

Anderson to Laxman, 1 leg bye, here comes the variant, Anderson gets one to go the other way prodigiously, but it ends up on the pads. Laxman can't connect with the glance, but it runs away off the pads. India open their account.

Swann's hit was on the left hand, the non-bowling arm.

2.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, short of a length and steepling bounce from well outside off. Dravid doesn't meddle with it.

2.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, beaten outside off by a beauty!. Anderson moves it closer to Dravid, both the line and the length. It comes in and shapes away late. Dravid is left defending in thin air after being drawn forward. Befuddled is the word.

2.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, this time he gets bat on it, even as it goes away and tries to square him up. Defended with soft hands from the crease.

End of over 3 (1 run, maiden) India 1/1
R Dravid    0* (9b)      JM Anderson    2-2-0-1
VVS Laxman    0* (8b)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-0

3.1

Broad to Laxman, no run, wasted by Broad, not that the new ball can ever be wasted here. India were swinging it all the way through the innings. Short and wide outside off, Laxman leaves.

3.2

Broad to Laxman, no run, stunning ball, he does to VVS what Anderson did to Dravid. The seam was wobbling, but it landed perfectly and straightened after suggesting an inward angle. Laxman was left feeling for it from the crease.

3.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, Laxman leaves this time as Broad shifts back to a foot or so outside off.

3.4

Broad to Laxman, no run, he continues to probe away, fuller length, searching for the drive as it angles in and it then bends away from VVS who lets it go.

Varun: "Swann's hit was on the left hand, the non-tweeting arm!" That too! Got to love his tweets!

3.5

Broad to Laxman, no run, straighter from Broad, full length on middle and Laxman is reluctantly half forward as he defends.

3.6

Broad to Laxman, no run, on the pads, a well-set Laxman would have sent that scooting through square leg, but this time he turns the wrists a little early and it goes off the outer half towards mid-on.

End of over 4 (maiden) India 1/1
VVS Laxman    0* (14b)      SCJ Broad    2-2-0-0
R Dravid    0* (9b)      JM Anderson    2-2-0-1

4.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, length from Anderson, again straightening from Dravid who drops it into the covers and looks for a non-existent single.

4.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, goes too far outside off this time, Dravid gets the front foot across just in case and then lets it go.

4.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, what a ball! Anderson pitches it full on middle and leg at close to 140 kph, and it shapes away in the air all the time. Dravid does well to spot the line and defend it from the crease.

4.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, short of a length this time, Dravid stays in the crease and defends to the leg side. Did that keep low?

4.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, this one comes in from outside off, Dravid stays on the back foot and defends. It's not easy survival out there.

4.6

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, and he's away. Dravid gets one on the pads, stays on the crease, ensures he is inside the line and whips it away with a curtailed, yet beautiful flourish of the wrists. Nicely done.

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 5/1
R Dravid    4* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-1
VVS Laxman    0* (14b)      SCJ Broad    2-2-0-0

5.1

Broad to Laxman, 1 wide, over-cooked bouncer from the erstwhile Enforcer. Laxman happily ducks under it and Prior has to leap high to stop it.

5.1

Broad to Laxman, no run, pops up towards bat-pad but it doesn't carry. Short ball aimed at the ribs, Laxman looks to fend from the crease and plays it onto his thigh. It pops up to the leg side, but lands well short of short leg.

5.2

Broad to Laxman, no run, full ball, a foot or so outside off stump and Laxman lets it go.

5.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, Laxman hangs back to a length ball, waits and waits and guides it to the off side when it comes on.

5.4

Broad to Laxman, no run, another yorker. How many did India bowl today? Zero. How many have England bowled already? Two. Laxman is caught by surprise, but manages to dig it out.

5.5

Broad to Laxman, no run, this is exemplary change of length, he is still not getting much movement, but he is troubling the batmen nevertheless. This one jags in from a length and jumps up to hit Laxman high as he looks to work it away.

5.6

Broad to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman tucks a length ball through midwicket for a single to end the over. This is Test cricket at it's pristine best!

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 7/1
VVS Laxman    1* (20b)      SCJ Broad    3-2-2-0
R Dravid    4* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-1

Three slips, gully and a short cover. Slower ball in the plans?

6.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson can bowl a 100 of these a day if he has to. Short of a length and nipping away off the seam. Laxman stays in the crease and defends.

6.2

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, for a fleeting moment, Laxman takes the conditions, and the supreme skills of Anderson out of the equation. It is pitched up outside off, Laxman deals with it with Hyderabadi elegance. He leans out, gets somewhere near the pitch and makes up for the distance with a classic extension of the arms. The ball purrs away through the covers.,

6.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, short of a length from Anderson, Laxman returns to the back foot and lets it go.

6.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, and again, back of a length well outside off, Laxman shoulders arms.

6.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson angles this in a touch more from wide of the stumps and again gets it to curl away. Laxman lets it go, all the same.

6.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, superb over, one mock charge from Laxman after which he returned to his lair, ie the crease. Length from Anderson again, imploring Laxman to poke at it as it goes away. He doesn't.

End of over 7 (4 runs) India 11/1
VVS Laxman    5* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-8-1
R Dravid    4* (15b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-2-2-0

7.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, ooh, full from Broad, Dravid was clearly late getting forward, having spent a while at the non-striker's. He ended up pushing at it without reaching the pitch and the inside edge thudded into the pad.

The crowd is doing a classic soccer stadium chant now. What are these things called?

7.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, spiteful bounce from a length, Dravid is caught by surprise but yanks the bottom hand off to control it.

7.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, more control this time, Dravid covers the line outside off and defends into the off side.

7.4

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, short and angling in, just where Dravid wants it. He jumps up to ride the bounce and drops it backward of square leg for a single.

7.5

Broad to Laxman, no run, lovely ball and very well played. Broad gets this to swerve in dangerously towards Laxman's pads, but he makes the adjustment without shuffling, and defends.

7.6

Broad to Laxman, no run, shifts the line to well outside off to end the over, Laxman hangs in the crease and lets it go.

PD: "It's called the "Someday England WILL win the football world cup" chant" I must confess I am so soccer-illiterate, I don't know if PD is being sarcastic.

End of over 8 (1 run) India 12/1
VVS Laxman    5* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-2-3-0
R Dravid    5* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-8-1

8.1

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, back of a length outside Dravid's off stump, he punches it solidly into the covers for a couple.

Another half an hour of play today, says Ravi Shastri.

8.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, fuller, but well wide of off stump. Dravid lets it go.

Imran: "I am a proud hyderabadi, but always find people talking about only "hyderabadi Biryani". These days for a change, our 'elegance' is also talked about." That biryani, my friend, is worth killing for. So too, this elegance.

8.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full from Anderson, but wide enough outside off and late enough in the day for Dravid to leave it again. Attacking the stumps might be the better option.

8.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, another one that's too wide outside off, and Dravid doesn't fiddle with it.

8.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, that's why Anderson is held in such high regard. He produces these variations without changing his action, at high pace. Having seamed several away from Dravid, he gets this to snake in, land on a length and cut off the seam and bounce like a monster on drugs. Dravid is cut in half and is struck on the glove, and it runs away to the leg side. That must have hurt.

8.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Big appeal for lbw. Or is it caught behind? Caught behind. Rauf says not out, Dravid shakes his head. And England review it. It was another big inducker, but not as vicious as the previous one. Dravid was forward, looking to cover the angle, but it burst in sharply and snaked through the bat-pad gap, over the stumps. Did it hit inside edge? No, the bat hit the thigh pad, that was the noise that got England interested. Asad Rauf is a legend.

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 14/1
R Dravid    7* (25b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-10-1
VVS Laxman    5* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-2-3-0

9.1

Broad to Laxman, no run, short of a length outside off, Laxman stays put and leaves.

9.2

Broad to Laxman, no run, fuller length, but still too wide of the stumps. Laxman doesn't nibble at it.

9.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, Broad gets this to angle in a touch more than before, and shapes it away from Laxman. Another leave.

9.4

Broad to Laxman, no run, Laxman is hit in the soft spot, Pietersen will surely feel bad for him since it happened to him earlier. Right on the 'money', says Wasim Akram, cheeky as ever. Broad got this to bend in alarmingly, it landed back of a length and kept coming in. Laxman was caught on the move, and it hurtled in to hit the box. Laxman winces, crouches, bends, winces some more, and he is up again. I mean, he is ready to face again.

9.5

Broad to Laxman, 1 run, ooh, Laxman is late getting forward to a full length ball on the stumps and pokes it away off the inside half of the bat towards square leg.

9.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, Dravid sees the last ball through as it seams away from well outside off.

Shivam: "So here's your first lesson. Its "football" and not "soccer". I prefer the original name to the fake name given by the Americans." Aha, don't get touchy folks!

End of over 10 (1 run) India 15/1
R Dravid    7* (26b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-2-4-0
VVS Laxman    6* (33b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-10-1

Bresnan into the attack.

10.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, full length first up, not much movement from outside off. Laxman defends

10.2

Bresnan to Laxman, 1 no ball, shorter length this time, gets it to go away from Laxman who covers the deviation and defends. He oversteps though.

10.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, Inside edge, and almost in trouble. Laxman looks to force him into the covers off the back foot, but it looked like the lack of pace got him into trouble. It went off the inner edge and into the pads. VVS lucky man.

10.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, stays back again, this time he middles the steer into the covers.

10.4

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, fuller length, it is a good line this just outside Laxman's off stump, and he hangs back to open the face as he guides it square.

10.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, good ball, full on middle and leg, straightening towards the pads. Laxman does well to cover the line and defend.

10.6

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, nice bustling start from Bresnan here, lands the last one outside off and gets it to straighten. Laxman lets it go through.

Oh my, what have I done. The comments mails seem to be only about soccball. Lets get back to the real game folks, the one being played at Trent Bridge!

End of over 11 (1 run) India 16/1
VVS Laxman    6* (40b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-1-0
R Dravid    7* (26b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-2-4-0

11.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, nice from Broad, draws Dravid out with a full and tempting ball outside off, that seemed to be veering away. Dravid has it in his sights and defends into the off side.

11.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, shorter length, wider line, easy leave for Dravid.

11.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, how do you play that? Shane Warne wouldn't have minded that amount of deviation. It's delivered from well wide of the stumps, almost from the very end of the crease, it comes in sharply, lands on a length outside off and straightens as if there were legspin imparted on it. Superb menacing seam, on a shiny red ball under cloudy skies. Dravid was not even close to getting bat on that, he was completely squared up despite not committing to the shot.

11.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, edged but exemplary technique from Dravid saves him this time. He saw this exploding from a length, it was too late to drop the wrists or avoid it, and he ended up edging it, but softened the grip as he did. It lands well short of a diving Prior.

11.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, Dravid's learned his lesson, he plays this as late as he can and forces it into the off side after letting it do what it had to.

11.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, What an over! Dravid leans out to the last ball and check drives to mid-off

End of over 12 (maiden) India 16/1
R Dravid    7* (32b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-3-4-0
VVS Laxman    6* (40b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-1-0

12.1

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, poor ball from Bresnan. Short on Laxman's ribs is a poor option, even though he may have gifted his wicket to that angle at Lord's. This time he swivels inside the line and rolls the wrists beautifully on the pull, through vacant fine leg.

12.2

Bresnan to Laxman, 1 leg bye, full and fizzing in towards the pads, Laxman is late on the flick and picks up a leg bye.

12.3

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, Dravid gets back and across to a length ball and plays it carefully into the off side.

12.4

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, this one moves away from wide of the stumps, Dravid doesn't bother to fiddle with it.

12.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, this one is on the pads, Dravid doesn't look to whip, he just firmly pushes it from the crease to wide mid-on.

12.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, ah, Dravid nearly nicks this one! Short of a length, well wide of off stump, he didn't have to play it, but poked at it from the crease. Must be admonishing himself now.

Rajeev: "Cant help but think how would this game be if Sehwag was playing. Where Dravid is playing with the softest hands in the game, Sehwag would be slashing them places!" That, or India would have been on 21/2 by now.

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 21/1
R Dravid    7* (36b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-5-0
VVS Laxman    10* (42b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-3-4-0

13.1

Broad to Laxman, no run, lovely from Broad, gets that beautiful shape going away from Laxman again, who consciously tries to play inside the line.

13.2

Broad to Laxman, no run, again, Broad probes away outside off, this time Laxman shoulders arms as it straightens past the stumps.

13.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, too short, Laxman doesn't play at it again.

Boy, for every ball that did nothing, at least three balls seamed this way or that today. Both teams.

13.4

Broad to Laxman, 1 run, inside edge, as Broad gets this one to swerve in, Laxman is late to get forward and it sneaks off the inner edge, backward of square leg.

13.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, and now a corker from Broad, full on leg and then seaming away madly! Dravid looks to flick and the leading edge goes to gully. Gives you some idea of how much that squared him up.

India have ensured England will have to bat again.

13.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, well played Dravid, ensures he doesn't play across the line to another loaded away swinger that comes in and lands on off and middle. Defended right back down the track.

End of over 14 (1 run) India 22/1
R Dravid    7* (38b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-3-5-0
VVS Laxman    11* (46b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-5-0

Bresnan for the last over of the day.

14.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, full outside off, looks to see id Laxman will drive and he does. Nicely timed, but straight to cover.

14.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, shortens the length this time, gets it to dodge away off the seam, but Laxman stays in the crease and defends.

14.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, wasted ball, landed too far outside off and going away, Laxman doesn't bother with it.

Four slips and a gully.

14.4

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, a blistering legcutter. Not much pace on it, but it leaps up from back of a length and squares Laxman up completely as he looks to defend. Two to go, VVS!

14.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, make that one to go. Bresnan sends this one down the leg side, Laxman looks to pull, but doesn't connect.

14.6

Bresnan to Laxman, 2 runs, a languid caress through the covers gives Laxman two more, and that's the end of a throbbing day's play at Trent Bridge. Full ball on off stump, Laxman hadn't shut shop yet, leaned out to it and laced it into the covers. He comes back for the second, and they all go away as the crowd buzzes.

We'll be back at 11AM local time for tomorrow's action, and it promises to be an engrossing day. Will the great man get the record that shall not be mentioned for fear of jinxing, tomorrow? We'll be there to let you know. Until then, it's goodnight from Nitin Sundar, on behalf of the entire gang!

Not much more for me to do here today, except leave you with George Binoy's match report which is getting updated as we speak. Do have a look at our match gallery as well. Of course, we will have more from our folk at Trent Bridge - Sambit Bal, Andrew McGlashan, Sharda Ugra and Nagraj Gollapudi.

Despite the extra time, they are about four overs short. Is Dhoni in trouble? All that can wait, the honours for day one probably are 60-40 in India's favour. England's 221 is a solid score on this pitch, especially if the conditions are going to stay the way they did today. If the sun is out tomorrow morning, that shifts it at least 70-30 in India's favour. Dravid and Laxman have done exceedingly well to ensure there was no more damage after Abhinav's lazy shot first-ball. Before that, it was the Sreesanth-Ishant-Praveen show, until Broad came in and dazzled India with a lovely counterpunch.

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 24/1
VVS Laxman    13* (52b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-7-0
R Dravid    7* (38b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-3-5-0

Vern: "If the ball is moving so much, and difficult to bat (like yesterday), the best policy is to try and score as quickly as possible, like the england lower order did. No point scratching around for a few runs when you're going to get a good ball and get out soon anyway...!" Stuart Broad has marked out his run-up

Alright, with moments to go for the start, even as Trent Bridge is abuzz with expectation, this is Abhishek Purohit on commentary for the first session, to be joined later by Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill. Sid Monga will be bringing you session reports packed with detail and insight.

Sid: "Nothing is so relaxing than watching a test match on a weekend !!" You said it. I was once lulled into a different state of exalted existence watching Laxman and Ganguly bat against Australia in 2008. Soothing, was the word.

10.30 am Welcome all. What a cracking day of Test cricket we had yesterday, and what a cracker awaits us today. Ball swinging, batsmen edging, slip cordon in business. Test cricket at its testing best. Stirring fightback from Stuart Broad, providing cheer to those who have already anointed England as the world's best Test side. Unflinching resistance from Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who withstood a similar onslaught on the fourth evening at Lord's. It was their dismissals that started India's downfall in the first Test, and their wickets will be key again today morning. The thing that might please the duo is that the dull grey of yesterday has been replaced by a bright blue, and the sun is shining over Trent Bridge.

As they say, the first hour / session will be crucial, but the pitch should aid movement throughout the day, though India will breathe easy seeing the sun has made an appearance.

Graeme Swann departed to a treacherous snorter from Praveen Kumar yesterday that jumped at his throat without warning, and was taken for a precautionary scan on his wrist where the ball struck him. However, considering India used only 5.4 overs of spin yesterday, he should not have too much of a heavy workload today.

Considering that the seamers are expected to do most of the bowling and given the kind of unplayable deliveries that they bowled yesterday, it will be interesting to see what approach India bring today. Will someone do a Broad and take on the bowling or will it be good old-fashioned grafting?

15.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, full delivery on the stumps right away, Dravid was not expecting it first up, is late in coming forward and is hit on then thigh pad, close call straight away

15.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, gets behind the line this time, bit of away shape for Broad but Dravid had it covered to push to the off side

15.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, a touch shorter in length, going straight on with the angle, Dravid plays late and keeps it down towards short leg

15.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, that is a good delivery close to off stump, and an even better leave from Dravid who shoulders arms

Graeme Swann has not taken the field today

15.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, comes in with the angle and Dravid tries to clip it away, but Bell at short leg saves some runs with a fine stop

15.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump and that ends an over that couldn't have been more similar to the ones England bowled yesterday, lots of threats but unable to break through

End of over 16 (maiden) India 24/1
R Dravid    7* (44b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-4-5-0
VVS Laxman    13* (52b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-7-0

Anderson from the other end it will be

16.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, shapes away gently from Laxman who gently raises the arms to flag it through

16.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, that is well bowled from Jimmy, straightening outside off stump but not swerving away a lot, close to off but Laxman lets it go

16.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Laxman plays late as usual, allows the ball to come on, and pings point with an open face

16.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, standing in the crease, letting the ball go away from a length and guides it towards point, that one did not get up much

16.5

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, Laxman gets width from short of a length outside off, arches back and cracks the cut with a big swing of the bat which ends up making the full circle with the swing and the ball crashes in to the deep point boundary

16.6

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, Laxman betters himself, this was not hit as much as willed through the covers, he just stood tall, playing as late as possible and drilled the full delivery past a diving extra cover, in contrast to the full swing the previous ball, the bat does not make much of a followthrough this time, makes no difference to the result though

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 32/1
VVS Laxman    21* (58b 4x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-18-1
R Dravid    7* (44b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-4-5-0

17.1

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, now Dravid gets going, Broad strays on to the pads and Dravid flicks it in front of square leg in a flash

17.2

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, this is not quite how Broad played yesterday, but the results are the same, Dravid slithers forward fluidly, and caresses the full delivery through cover, boundaries didn't seem to come with more economy of effort ever

17.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, forces him to shorten the length and goes on his toes to keep it down on the leg side past short leg

17.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, if all those boundaries were a statement of intent, how about this one, inches away from the off stump, straightening, on an enticing length, Dravid's response is an immaculately-judged leave

17.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad comes back superbly, delivering one of the beauties he dealt in regularly yesterday, Dravid can't do much with it as he is beaten as it leaves him after drawing him out

17.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, gets behind this one and opens the face to run it to gully

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 40/1
R Dravid    15* (50b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-4-13-0
VVS Laxman    21* (58b 4x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-18-1

Vern: "You think they're following my strategy?!" They certainly won't go down wondering it seems

18.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, reads the away movement off the pitch as Anderson pitches on a length outside off and plays it out towards point

18.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, a touch further up outside off and Laxman gets out to push it away

18.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, unfurls a pleasing front foot drive off a full ball that has point putting in a big dive to his right to save some runs

18.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, left alone outside the off stump from a length

18.5

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, no violence, not even much effort as well, as Laxman stands beside the line, and goes deep in the crease, he looks to be defending this one but decides to open the face at the last instant, and the ball races past gully, and all the way to the boundary

18.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, tries to play the same shot again, but this time he runs it straight to point

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 44/1
VVS Laxman    25* (64b 5x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-22-1
R Dravid    15* (50b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-4-13-0

19.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, goes straight on as Broad goes wide of the crease in an attempt to try one of those unplayable balls of yesterday, Dravid is struck on the pads but that was going down leg

19.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, goes on the back foot, and rides the bounce to play it down on the off side

19.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, Rahul gets beside the line, goes on the back foot and brings bat away from the body to play it out towards point

19.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, fuller, so he gets well forward and pushes on the off side

19.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, this is superb batting from India, Rahul gets forward, covers for the away swing from this full delivery, opens the face late, and drives straight to point

19.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, uff, this one had the potential to have him in a lot more trouble than the mini-tangle that he eventually managed to wriggle out of, that front foot had gone out forward and across, Broad targetted the stumps with the one angled in from wide of the crease, but even as the ball was about to sneak through, Rahul's bat came down and got some wood on the ball

End of over 20 (maiden) India 44/1
R Dravid    15* (56b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    10-5-13-0
VVS Laxman    25* (64b 5x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-22-1

20.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Laxman meanwhile is middling everything, he gets forward and push-drives towards covers now

20.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, away shape for Anderrson but well outside off and Laxman lazily raises the arms

20.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, there is swing for Anderson now, but after the ball has passed the batsman down the leg side, causing problems for Prior, much like the ones Dhoni faced yesterday

20.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, played out late off the back foot from around off stump towards point

20.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, this one was homing in for the stumps, lots of inward movement in the air as it started from wide of the crease, pitched full, and Laxman adjusted to work it to midwicket

20.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, defended off the backfoot to the off side

End of over 21 (maiden) India 44/1
VVS Laxman    25* (70b 5x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-22-1
R Dravid    15* (56b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    10-5-13-0

21.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, solidly forward in defence is Dravid as Broad gets it to straighten outside off stump on a fuller length

21.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, this one bounces a bit from a length, and Dravid gets it in the air for a bit off the high part of the bat as he lunges forward for survival

Silly mid off has come in place now

21.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad pitches it short, and it takes off, but Rahul has it covered as he drops the wrists, bends the knee and gets out of the line, it is a no-ball as well

21.4

Broad to Dravid, 2 runs, fullish on the pads, Dravid puts it away through midwicket for a couple of runs

21.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, getting it really full now, Dravid gets behind the line and digs it out

21.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, good delivery from Broad but Dravid plays it very well, covering the away shape and opening the face to run it towards a diving gully

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 46/1
R Dravid    17* (62b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    11-5-15-0
VVS Laxman    25* (70b 5x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-22-1

22.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Laxman gets across to a full one and unfurls a wristy push-drive that seems to be purring down the ground but mid off gets to it with a scrambling drive

22.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, gets a bit of an inside edge this time as he tries to drive again through mid off, the ball goes towards mid on

22.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, there was width on this one outside off stump, but Laxman guided it right to point

22.4

Anderson to Laxman, 2 runs, whoa, swinging in late into Laxman, who does not make a movement till it has almost reached him and then splits the gap between mid off and extra cover

22.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, makes him gets on to the toes and defend a rising back of a length ball on the off side

22.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, loud appeal for caught behind, England are certain of the edge through to Prior who takes it low down in front of him, Laxman was pushing half-forward and away from his body to one that bounced extra around off stump and straightened, umpire Rauf is unmoved, England are going for the remaining review, Hot Spot shows no gleaming spot on the bat, England have no reviews left

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 48/1
VVS Laxman    27* (76b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-24-1
R Dravid    17* (62b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    11-5-15-0

23.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, Dravid gets half-forward, sees this one is not full enough to lunge out fully and opens the face from the crease to run it towards point

23.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, full length delivery pushed back to the bowler

23.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, again gets the front foot well out and brings bat in front of pad to defend around leg stump

23.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, fires it in on the pads and Dravid adjusts to crouch low and push it on the leg side

23.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, bounce for Broad outside off stump but Dravid lets it go

23.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, lunges out well forward to crisply push a length ball away towards extra cover

End of over 24 (maiden) India 48/1
R Dravid    17* (68b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    12-6-15-0
VVS Laxman    27* (76b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-24-1

at the end of the last over, Pietersen exchanged a few words with Laxman, who started walking towards to him at cover before umpire Erasmus stopped him. Here is Bresnan

24.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, Bresnan gets it to straighten from back of a length and Laxman is squared up a bit as he keeps it down on the off side

24.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, playing very late and pushes away another shortish one off the back foot

24.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, moves away just a shade well outside the off stump and he lets it go

24.4

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, Laxman is really giving it everything on the cut, stands tall and goes through the full swing again from the crease, but straight to point

24.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, another one outside off is flagged through to Prior

24.6

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, this one keeps just a tad low from a length but Laxman had it covered and pushed it away on the off side

End of over 25 (maiden) India 48/1
VVS Laxman    27* (82b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-7-0
R Dravid    17* (68b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    12-6-15-0

25.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, straight bat from Dravid as he gets forward to push a length ball towards covers

25.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, much fuller, much better, bit of away shape, Dravid pushes forward and gets behind it to defend down the track

25.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, still fuller from the bowler, and right on middle and leg, he adjusts and almost falls over to work it away towards midwicket

25.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, there is no one at short leg now even as Dravid seemed to have got a bit of an inside edge on to pad and loop in the direction where that man would have been

25.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, ripper from Broad, comes in a big way, Dravid had no chance to play this one, and ended up pushing outside the line as the ball swerved in and went over the stumps

25.6

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, not the result that Dravid intended to get as he instinctively pushed hard at a low full toss around middle and leg but the timing was so good that it beat the lunging mid on fielder

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 52/1
R Dravid    21* (74b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    13-6-19-0
VVS Laxman    27* (82b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-7-0

26.1

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, Laxman turns back the years and takes us to memories of Sydney with this drive that front foot pings the extra cover boundary in a flash

26.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, back foot push to mid-on as he plays this one from the crease

26.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, guided towards point off the back foot

26.4

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, pushed away off the back foot, he is comfortable there, towards covers

26.5

Bresnan to Laxman, 1 run, on the pads from back of a length and he picks it away languidly through square leg

phreak: "maybe if the bat is refrigerated overnight, the nicks wont show in hotspot!?" Hmm. Cold bats, what's next?

26.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 57/1
R Dravid    21* (75b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-12-0
VVS Laxman    32* (87b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    13-6-19-0

27.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, going very deep in the crease and defending a back of a length ball down the track

27.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, tries to go for the pull to a shortish one that does not get up that much and is hit around the box, been a few of those in this game, near-hits and hits

27.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, left alone as this one is a bit too far outside off stump

27.4

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, that is as emphatic pull as you'll see, Anderso drags it short and Laxman pulls with gusto, front leg in the air as the ball disappears over midwicket

27.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, carefully patting away this one around off stump towards covers off the back foot

27.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, goes back again and plays out another back of a length ball on the off side, not looking in any trouble at the moment

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 61/1
VVS Laxman    36* (93b 7x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-28-1
R Dravid    21* (75b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-12-0

28.1

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, gets on the toes and works away one coming in with the angle to midwicket

28.2

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, gets well forward and close to the pitch of a fuller one to squeeze it to extra cover

28.3

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, straightens from outside off stump and beats Dravid who goes poking at it way away from the body

28.4

Bresnan to Dravid, FOUR, keeps it down, and opens the face to run one holding the line around off stump, into the gap between slips and gully

28.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, gets the front foot too far out and has to adjust as this one comes in with the angle, manages to defend

28.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump as Bresnan bowls it some way outside off stump

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 65/1
R Dravid    25* (81b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-16-0
VVS Laxman    36* (93b 7x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-28-1

29.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, now many batsmen would have chosen to play this length ball off the front foot, but Laxman has a technique of his own and goes deep in the crease, giving him more time to block

29.2

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, this area has proved productive today for India, Laxman stays beside the line to one leaving him outside off and opens the face to run it in front of gully

29.3

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, Laxman and the pull combine to keep midwicket interested, the shortish one did not get up that much, Laxman rolled the wrists to adjust and the ball went past the diving midwicket fielder

29.4

Anderson to Laxman, 1 leg bye, runs off the pads down towards long leg

29.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, on a length and left alone outside the off stump

29.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, straight line and good carry outside off stump, Dravid holds the blade high to let it pass

End of over 30 (9 runs) India 74/1
R Dravid    25* (83b 5x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-36-1
VVS Laxman    44* (97b 9x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-16-0

Karan: "It's always amazing to see Dravid go out there and hold out an end at will regardless of where he is batting. The Wall of Will." Strauss turns to the medium pace of Jonathan Trott

30.1

Trott to Laxman, no run, that surprised laxman, that came in from way outside off stump off the seam, and bounced too, Laxman jabbed it away on the leg side

30.2

Trott to Laxman, 1 run, going straight on from back of a length, he punches it to sweeper cover for a single, not been many of those today

30.3

Trott to Dravid, no run, he thought of going for the drive, lunged well forward, but this one moved away a long way and he decided to let it go

30.4

Trott to Dravid, 1 run, squeezes this fuller delivery away to sweeper cover off the front foot

30.5

Trott to Laxman, 1 run, allows a length ball to hit the bat and runs it away for another single to the man in the deep on the off

Cheers from the crowd as Graeme Swann prepares to come on to the field

30.6

Trott to Dravid, no run, bit of away shape, nothing alarming, Dravid lets it go

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 77/1
R Dravid    26* (86b 5x4)      IJL Trott    1-0-3-0
VVS Laxman    46* (100b 9x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-36-1

31.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, he had a close look at this one that lurked about around off stump, but even as it swerved away, he decided to shoulder arms

31.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, similar delivery, a but less bite in it, Laxman leaves and the ball bounces well in front of Prior

31.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, better from Bresnan, bowls it closer to off stump, angling it in and getting it to zip away, Laxman watches it all the way and lets it go

31.4

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, gets to fifty with a smooth extra cover drive that betters some of his own worthy efforts of the morning and that also brings up another fifty in Test cricket for Laxman

31.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, gets it to bounce awkwardly and Laxman takes it on the high part of the bat before keeping it down

31.6

Bresnan to Laxman, 2 runs, that has to be a candidate for the most effort less couple of runs ever, Laxman hangs beside the line and opens the face, he seems to be doing not much more, but the ball manages to split the gap between point and cover

End of over 32 (6 runs) India 83/1
VVS Laxman    52* (106b 10x4)      TT Bresnan    7-1-22-0
R Dravid    26* (86b 5x4)      IJL Trott    1-0-3-0

32.1

Trott to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump as Trott persists in that region

32.2

Trott to Dravid, no run, gets well forward to a low full toss but cannot squeeze it past extra cover and scrambles to get to it and parry it towards mid off

32.3

Trott to Dravid, no run, moves away from a length but Dravid is well forward to smother it on the off side

32.4

Trott to Dravid, no run, ooh, this was not far at all from off stump, Trott has been getting them to bend away, this one did the opposite, kept coming in, Rahul was committed to inaction and would have had a troubled instant or two as it whizzed past off

32.5

Trott to Dravid, no run, this one is a bit further outside off and is left alone again

32.6

Trott to Dravid, no run, goes for the forcing drive to a much fuller ball but finds Trott in the way after not timing it particularly well

End of over 33 (maiden) India 83/1
R Dravid    26* (92b 5x4)      IJL Trott    2-1-3-0
VVS Laxman    52* (106b 10x4)      TT Bresnan    7-1-22-0

33.1

Bresnan to Laxman, 1 run, another shortish one that ain't getting up much, Laxman swivels and adjusts to crouch and pull through square leg

33.2

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, guides it away towards point from the crease as it straightens

33.3

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, left alone, no need to play at those as it is way outside off

33.4

Bresnan to Dravid, FOUR, that is deftly done by Rahul, getting well forward, pushing away from the body but with soft hands and twirling the wrists late to run it past the slips

33.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, makes him drop the wrists, and go down to keep himself out of the way of a short one that takes off nastily

33.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, Dravid hops in the air, he does that often to bring down a short of a length ball that gets big on him, and it bounces perilously close to the stumps and rolls away

Rahul was hit on the right wrist as he went airborne to keep down that snorter and is having some work done on it now, is also taking some painkilling tablets

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 88/1
R Dravid    30* (97b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-27-0
VVS Laxman    53* (107b 10x4)      IJL Trott    2-1-3-0

Adnan: "It has become so hard to produce great test batsman like Dravid and Laxman with so much T20 going on around us. Cricket has changed a lot but still it feels so good to see a test player like them playing a great test inning."

34.1

Trott to Laxman, 1 run, worked easily off the pads in front of square leg, there is a man in the deep now and the single is taken

34.2

Trott to Dravid, FOUR, there have been runs galore in that third man area today, it hasn't been plugged till now though, shortish and wide, Dravid does not go hard at it, instead he waits to glide it past gully

34.3

Trott to Dravid, no run, away shape from Trott from a length, Dravid is not having a go at it

34.4

Trott to Dravid, no run, half-shout for leg before, as Trott finds the pads with one pitched fuller and going on with the angle, would have carried on down leg, but Dravid has been getting in to a bit of a tangle to such ball with that front foot plonked down the track

34.5

Trott to Dravid, no run, leaves this one outside off alone

34.6

Trott to Dravid, no run, well forward in defence is Dravid to a length ball and smothers it on the off side

End of over 35 (5 runs) India 93/1
R Dravid    34* (102b 7x4)      IJL Trott    3-1-8-0
VVS Laxman    54* (108b 10x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-27-0

35.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, holding its line outside off stump from back of a length but Bresnan does not have the benefit of Tremlett's huge frame to generate comparable bounce and venom, and Laxman is able to play it out calmly

35.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, defended on the leg side off the back foot

35.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, that is a lovely delivery from Bresnan, zipping away after coming in with the angle, Laxman could do nothing about it except feel for it and miss

35.4

Bresnan to Laxman, OUT, this time he has edged it and Prior has gobbled it up, Bresnan leaps for joy as Trent Bridge regains its voice, Laxman goes after yet another Test fifty that will remain a fifty, similar delivery as the previous one, bit more effort, bit more bite, bit more lift as it left Laxman from just short of a length, Laxman played a touch away from the body and the angled bat only edged the ball straight to Prior

VVS Laxman c †Prior b Bresnan 54 (150m 112b 10x4 0x6) SR: 48.21

Sachin Tendulkar walks in and the top two run getters in Test cricket are at the crease. England have broken through finally this morning, it has gone overcast lately

35.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, tries the same delivery to Sachin as well, he gets behind the line and defends as it does not climb as much outside off

35.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, lots of carry and lift for Bresnan, he is running in hard now, Sachin leaves with a flourish outside off

End of over 36 (wicket maiden) India 93/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      TT Bresnan    9-2-27-1
R Dravid    34* (102b 7x4)      IJL Trott    3-1-8-0

36.1

Trott to Dravid, FOUR, ho hum, Rahul continues to cash in through the vacant third man region, stays beside the line, allows the ball to come on around off, and guides it very late past the slips

A slip is sacrificed to plug the gap at third man

36.2

Trott to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid goes searching for the full ball way outside off stump and squeezes it to deep point

36.3

Trott to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin gets going with an emphatic punch, just a bit of width outside off stump, and he crashes it through extra cover

36.4

Trott to Tendulkar, no run, left alone outside the off stump

36.5

Trott to Tendulkar, no run, goes in search of that flowing straight drive past mid off, but not much power on it and mid off cuts it off

36.6

Trott to Tendulkar, 1 run, inside edge as he comes well forward to get it towards midwicket

End of over 37 (10 runs) India 103/2
SR Tendulkar    5* (6b 1x4)      IJL Trott    4-1-18-0
R Dravid    39* (104b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    9-2-27-1

37.1

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, Bresnan is pounding in and hurling 'em in, Sachin shoulders arms outside off

37.2

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, covers the off stump as he walks and leaves alone outside off stump

37.3

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, opens the face to a length ball to guide it towards point

37.4

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, he is watching them very closely, Bresnan is getting them to swerve away, Sachin walks across and shoulders arms

37.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, FOUR, shortish and width outside off, Sachin arches back and crashes it past gully, there is no third man in place for him yet and he will pick up four

37.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, opens him up a tad with one holding its line around middle and off, he gets right behind the line to block

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 107/2
SR Tendulkar    9* (12b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    10-2-31-1
R Dravid    39* (104b 8x4)      IJL Trott    4-1-18-0

Anderson is back

38.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, covering for the away movement which Anderson gets from a full length, and squeezing it away to point who gets to his left to stop it

38.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Anderson targetting the fuller length, makes Dravid get well forward and drive to extra cover

38.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, that is a beauty, pitching outside off, coming in with the angle and then zipping away to leave Dravid poking well inside the line

38.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, down the leg side from wide of the crease as Anderson overdoes the angle

38.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump as it moves away

38.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, that is a superb leave, Dravid sees it pitching and bouncing close to off stump and shoulders arms as it goes very close to the stumps

End of over 39 (maiden) India 107/2
R Dravid    39* (110b 8x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-36-1
SR Tendulkar    9* (12b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    10-2-31-1

39.1

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, solid defence from Sachin as Bresnan thuds another one in to the bat from a fuller length

39.2

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, gets on top of one bouncing outside off stump from short of a length and plays it out to cover

39.3

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, this one goes straight in with the angle, he has it covered and plays it towards mid on

39.4

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, looks at this one holding its line some way outside off stump and lets it be, as he shoulders arms

39.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, tight stuff from Bresnan, could do with being just a touch closer to off, Sachin has a look again at one straightening outside off and leaves

39.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, this one is a bit further away outside off stump, so he let it go yet again

End of over 40 (maiden) India 107/2
SR Tendulkar    9* (18b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    11-3-31-1
R Dravid    39* (110b 8x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-36-1

40.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, too much outside the off stump and with lunch around the corner, the temptations are being tempered as Dravid leaves it alone

40.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, good delivery, very full and on the stumps, Dravid squeezes it back to Jimmy

40.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, does not get up much as it moves away off the seam well outside off stump, and is left alone again

40.4

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, Anderson tries the full delivery again with Dravid in no mood to go at ones outside off stump, gets on the front foot and drives hard in to the ground and gets it over a leaping Anderson, that'll do

40.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, runs it away towards point with an open face off the back foot

40.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, gets forward, bat and pad close together, and defends a length ball on the off side, solid as they come

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 111/2
R Dravid    43* (116b 9x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-40-1
SR Tendulkar    9* (18b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    11-3-31-1

41.1

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, gets close to the pitch of a fuller one, opens the face very late to cover for the away shape and guide it to the right of point, they think about a single briefly, only briefly

41.2

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, sunshine has returned to Trent Bridge as Sachin gets on the back foot and blocks a short of a length ball

41.3

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, bangs it in short but with the angle from wide of the crease, it goes down the leg side and over Sachin, who crouches low nevertheless

41.4

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, this is the stock Bresnan ball, holding its line around off stump and thuds in to Sachin;s defensive blade

41.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, firm forward block on the off side as Bresnan draws him forward with a fuller length

41.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, plays out one with the angle on the leg side towards midwicket as Bresnan ends another tight over

End of over 42 (maiden) India 111/2
SR Tendulkar    9* (24b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    12-4-31-1
R Dravid    43* (116b 9x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-40-1

42.1

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid gets one on the pads, and though he is fractionally late, he gets it with a flick to deep square leg

42.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, draws him forward with a sharp angle in to him from wide of the crease and then gets it to jag away, Sachin had not committed in to the shot and left it alone

42.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, this one goes straight on and he plays it out on the leg side

42.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin gets that length which he can get to and drive, out comes front foot and he puts it past extra cover with a firm drive

42.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, now he brings the front foot across and forward, and works it with the angle wide of Broad at mid on

42.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, firm front foot defence on the off side from Rahul Dravid sees India to lunch with no more damage than VVS Laxman's wicket

93 runs in 28 overs for the loss of the sublime Laxman, India would have taken it at the start of the day. They still trail by over 100 though, and wickets on this track could come in bursts, but there has not been as much swing from the England bowlers as there was yesterday from India. The sun was out for most of the session as well. India seemed to be in the mood to only hit boundaries and will look to build on this start after lunch when you will be joined by Sahil Dutta on commentary, and I, Abhishek, will move over to the live chat. Till play resumes in about half an hour, do check out our mobile apps.

End of over 43 (6 runs) India 117/2
R Dravid    44* (118b 9x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-46-1
SR Tendulkar    14* (28b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    12-4-31-1

Good afternoon, Sahil here. I've been waiting all Test to get on comms and I hope you're all as excited as I am. That morning session, like so many this series, gripping. How good was Laxman? Stunning. Partly because of him, and partly some curious captaincy moves, England leaked way too many boundaries. Their whole strategy is built on 'bowling dry' and they were soaked through. India need to do nothing but bat, no concern about time, new ball still miles away, they can be as slow or quick as they like, just need to get to tea without too much alarm. Sun is out, they could take control of the Test here.

Broad to start things off, he was the best of the bowlers before lunch. Three slips and a gully in place.

43.1

Broad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, positive start for Tendulkar after the break. Leans into a drive, places it wide of mid-off and gallops a couple

43.2

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, some swing for Broad, maybe some seam too, but from far too wide to be of significance

43.3

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, and again there is lateral movement from a line too wide to interest anybody. Might frustrate Broad though

Where was Graeme Swann. Supposedly fit to bowl, he clearly wasn't. Now he's on the boundary edge looking rather forlorn.

43.4

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, gentle full toss here. Broad will be relieved Tendulkar just patted it amiably to mid-on. Broad is scratching away at the footholes like a hen already

43.5

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, finally Broad lands a good ball, up around off stump, decking away a touch. Tendulkar leaves

43.6

Broad to Tendulkar, OUT, oh Sachin! Nothing delivery from Broad but somehow Tendulkar has managed to top edge his cut shot straight into the gleeful hands of Strauss at first slip! No mistake from the England captain this time, and the game has been blown open

SR Tendulkar c Strauss b Broad 16 (33m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

In their wild lunch fantasies that is exactly what England would have been daydreaming about. Tendulkar gone early. Raina is the new man. Can one bring two?

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 119/3
     SCJ Broad    14-6-21-1
R Dravid    44* (118b 9x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-46-1

44.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, much more noise from the England fielders now. Why wouldn't there be. There is, though, an enormous, Dravid-shaped obstacle to get past

44.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Dravid leaves outside off stump with an air of complete certainty

44.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Anderson finds swing at a full length outside off. Dravid in his way of open faced defence follows the swing to block securely

44.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, more solid defence from Dravid. If I were an England fielder or manager I would have that lurking memory terrifying me - "Dravid at Headingley, Dravid at Headingley"... that innings was breathtaking

44.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, once again Anderson finds the middle of Dravid's defensive blade

44.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, left all alone outside off

End of over 45 (maiden) India 119/3
R Dravid    44* (124b 9x4)      JM Anderson    15-5-46-1
SK Raina    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    14-6-21-1

Short leg, three slips and a gully in place for Raina. Will Broad Enforce? Hopefully not too early.

45.1

Broad to Raina, no run, touch underwhelming there as Broad swings this down the leg side

45.2

Broad to Raina, no run, ooh, that was close. Raina wanted to leave it only to see the ball snake back menacingly to him. In the end he neither left nor played

45.3

Broad to Raina, FOUR, wow! Raina is desperately lucky here. Broad went short and Raina was in about 12 minds. In the end he just flinched at it and it ballooned off his gloves over the slips away for four

45.4

Broad to Raina, no run, good follow up from Broad - full and aiming for off stump. Raina's legs are pinned to the crease as he defends

45.5

Broad to Raina, no run, some respite for Raina as he leaves outside off. This is a huge test for him

45.6

Broad to Raina, no run, brilliant over from Broad. Had Raina in all kinds of trouble. Finishes with a nip-backer that's prodded to short leg

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 123/3
SK Raina    4* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    15-6-25-1
R Dravid    44* (124b 9x4)      JM Anderson    15-5-46-1

46.1

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, Anderson has Dravid hopping now. But some how Dravid does it with more élan. Nipped back from a short length and it was fended towards square leg

46.2

Anderson to Raina, no run, Anderson bangs in it short to greet Raina. Was too short to be of interest though

46.3

Anderson to Raina, 1 wide, good ball after a short one. Full and swinging - hung outside off stump invitingly. Raina, though, doesn't take the bait

46.3

Anderson to Raina, FOUR, again Anderson invites the drive but this time Raina not only takes the bait, but gobbles it and the rod. I'm getting lost with that, sorry. Point being it was a glorious cover drive

46.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, this is a wasted delivery, short and way outside off

46.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, banged in very short indeed

46.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, pretty poor over from Anderson that, after such a good one from Broad

End of over 47 (6 runs) India 129/3
SK Raina    8* (11b 2x4)      JM Anderson    16-5-52-1
R Dravid    45* (125b 9x4)      SCJ Broad    15-6-25-1

47.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad is going wide of the crease to try and force Dravid to play. Dravid does not play

47.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, again Broad wide of the crease, angling it in and nipping it away off the deck. Too wide to make Dravid play

47.3

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, oh dear, Trott's in trouble here. He dived well at mid-off to cut off a sweet Dravid drive but as he rolled over on his shoulder he screamed with pain. He looks in serious bother. Dislocated? The whole team, and the England doctor, are gathered around. He's walking off now unassisted but doesn't look at all happy

47.4

Broad to Raina, 1 run, Raina looks terrible against Broad's short balls. He ties to pull here but is very late, thought about ducking too. In the end it popped over short leg

Could be that Raina is not picking up the bouncer's from Broad's end. It's the same sightscreen problem Pietersen was complaining about.

47.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad searches for a yorker but finds a wall. The Wall, in fact

47.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, quietly defended again. Good pressure from Broad, needs Anderson to back it up now

End of over 48 (2 runs) India 131/3
R Dravid    46* (130b 9x4)      SCJ Broad    16-6-27-1
SK Raina    9* (12b 2x4)      JM Anderson    16-5-52-1

48.1

Anderson to Raina, no run, good start from Anderson. Excellent. Round the wicket, back of a length and nipping away. Solid defence from Raina though

48.2

Anderson to Raina, no run, Raina is lining up Anderson's short balls better than Broad's. Gets square behind this, defends with a perfectly straight back and screams 'NO!'

48.3

Anderson to Raina, no run, Anderson could be a touch fuller, this is a comfortably back of a length. Raina very crisply defends to cover

48.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, quite funny, as Raina defends he screams, in quite a high-pitched voice, "NO!". As he plays the shot

48.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, another yelp of "No" as Raina blocks nicely

48.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, Interestingly, England pushed the field back offering Raina one to get up to the other end and face Broad. Anderson kind of ruined the plan by being too wide to draw a shot, though

End of over 49 (maiden) India 131/3
SK Raina    9* (18b 2x4)      JM Anderson    17-6-52-1
R Dravid    46* (130b 9x4)      SCJ Broad    16-6-27-1

49.1

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, that is a sickeningly good way to go to fifty. Opening the face with the swing and playing so late it was behind him, he drives past the slips to the third man boundary. Wonderful fifty

49.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad shoves it down the leg side in response

49.3

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, this is what England want I guess. Dravid pinches a fielder to mid-off and Raina will face

Broad has three balls to create a chance.

49.4

Broad to Raina, 1 run, Raina is pinned in his crease but pats to cover and gets away from the strike. That will irk England

49.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad has really tried to attack Dravid's stumps. But it's a defence that is not beaten often

49.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, poor bouncer dragged down the leg side

End of over 50 (6 runs) India 137/3
R Dravid    51* (135b 10x4)      SCJ Broad    17-6-33-1
SK Raina    10* (19b 2x4)      JM Anderson    17-6-52-1
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