Pataudi Trophy - 3rd Test

England v India

England won by an innings and 242 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

1.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good start from Sreesanth. Steady. Fullish, swinging in a touch and it's left alone outside off

1.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, this is sprayed too wide outside off giving Cook a valuable sighter

1.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good bounce here, Dhoni taking it in front of his eyes. But the line is too wide

1.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, bah, too wide again. Where's the variation straight one? Ominously, Dhoni spilled the take

1.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, again too wide from Sreesanth outside off

1.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, maiden over! But that's the best it had going for it

England 0/0   AN Cook 0* (6b)

3.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook's first experience of bat on ball this innings is wholly unsatisfactory. Short and wide from Sreesanth but it crept through and Cook could only bottom edge

3.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, excellent delivery this time, swinging back towards off stump forcing Cook to defend

3.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good leave here, it was a full length ball threatening off stump, but not following up on the threat

3.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, and again Cook leaves, not poking outside his off stump

3.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, cripes, England are away but only just. Cook cracked a cut to point where Gambhir dived very well to cut off four and almost threw down the stumps to run out Strauss

England 1/0   AN Cook 1* (11b)

4.1

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, touch uppish but Cook shovels this wide of mid-on for a couple

4.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, big, big appeal again from Praveen as Cook pushed forward. Swung away, flicking the front pad outside the line

4.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, solid defence this time down to mid-on

4.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, good line and length finds Cook pushing forward to defend

4.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen switches back over the wicket and Cook slams his front pad forward to block

4.6

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, decisive forward-clump in defence goes wide of cover and allows Cook to pinch a single

England 5/0   AN Cook 5* (17b)

5.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook shoulders arms outside off

England 16/0   AN Cook 5* (18b)

7.1

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, oops, not a great start from Ishant. Back of a length on leg stump, Cook is very good off his hip and clipped it with excellent timing through midwicket

7.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, better delivery, outside off stump and left alone

7.3

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets four, another four with an inside edge that runs down to fine leg. Praveen could easily have stopped it but his attempted stop-by-boot failed. Really, really poor that

7.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, left alone outside off stump, again

7.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, Ishant ventures down the leg side for the third time in five deliveries but this time Cook misses his flick-to-leg

7.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, that looked very close on first viewing as Cook hung back, missed his defence and was rapped in front. But the ball pitched outside. Cook though played across the ball in defence, which isn't a great sign

England 32/0   AN Cook 13* (24b 2x4)

9.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length from Ishant, decent line though. Cook on his toes to defend

9.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, fuller of length, wider of line and Cook waves it through

9.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, easily left alone. India have been much too wide this innings

9.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, this forces Cook to play and he does so crisply back to the bowler

9.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, India continue to look a touch bored and Cook blocks firmly

9.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, crisp forward defence ends a better Ishant over than his last

England 36/0   AN Cook 13* (30b 2x4)

11.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, good delivery here, zips away off the deck and beats Cook's fishing outside edge

11.2

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, tight single taken as Cook hops back and prods to backward point

England 37/0   AN Cook 14* (32b 2x4)

12.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen continues after the break and immediately - inexplicably - wobbles one past Cook's outside edge as the left-hander leans forward to drive

12.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, leaving the batsman through the air, the ball swinging from the hand and it's easily left alone

12.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen aims this one closer to off stump and Cook comes forward in defence

12.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen continues to tease outside off, but Cook won't be tempteda

12.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, another gently delivery outside off is left alone by the batsman

12.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, this one swings from leg to middle, off a fully length, and is tapped defensively to leg

England 37/0   AN Cook 14* (38b 2x4)

14.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen continues and lands this without much devil on a good line for Cook to defend

14.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, another big, dramatic appeal from Praveen as Cook misses his defence. Pitched outside leg though

14.3

Kumar to Cook, FOUR, good timing from Cook, clipped firmly off his toes. Ishant gave chase but without a dive and it goes for four. Fair to say Anderson, Broad or Bresnan would have stopped it

14.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, ooh, Cook plays around his front pad in defence, doesn't look entirely certain there

14.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, more solid in defence this time

14.6

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, with the help of a bit of inside edge Cook works this fine of midwicket for a well-taken couple

England 43/0   AN Cook 20* (44b 3x4)

16.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook straight-bats to midwicket to end another fairly innocuous over

England 57/0   AN Cook 20* (45b 3x4)

17.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook flicks this off his legs firmly but straight to midwicket

17.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, very solid defence to a well-directed Sreesanth delivery. Good line but he's down on pace, just hovering around the 80mph mark

17.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sreesanth wide of off and Cook doesn't want to play there

17.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, extra bounce here, think it jumped out of the footmarks but the line is too wide to draw Cook to a shot

England 58/0   AN Cook 20* (49b 3x4)

18.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook defends from outside off stump to midwicket via an inside edge

18.4

Sharma to Cook, 2 runs, good shot from Cook, excellent. Length ball around off stump and Cook flicks firmly wide of mid-on, sending Tendulkar off quickly in pursuit

18.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook solid in defence as Ishant finds a decent line

18.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook seems reluctant to get forward here but wills himself onto his front foot and defends to mid-off

England 61/0   AN Cook 22* (53b 3x4)

19.5

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook leans forward to guide this from outside off stump to behind square on the leg side

England 71/0   AN Cook 23* (54b 3x4)

20.6

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, Cook keeps the strike by clipping off his hip. All looks too easy

England 74/0   AN Cook 24* (55b 3x4)

21.1

Mishra to Cook, 4 leg byes, plenty of spin for Mishra, slow off the wicket though, clips a pad and runs past a hapless Dhoni for four leg byes

21.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, big spin again and Dhoni was sent scurrying down leg to collect

21.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook pushes far very forward outside off

21.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, too short this time and Cook more comfortable defending off the back foot

21.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, good delivery again, this is seems the most threatening bowing we've seen all innings. Cook defends

21.6

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook is dragged a long way forward and outside off to defend

England 79/0   AN Cook 25* (61b 3x4)

22.1

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, easy single to midwicket for Cook which brings his captain, one short of a fifty, on strike

England 80/0   AN Cook 26* (62b 3x4)

23.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, this spins and keeps low but Cook manages to flick it to leg

23.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, grim delivery this one, looked to push it through but it was very short and speared down leg

23.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, much, much better delivery than spins back sharply and Cook defends

England 82/0   AN Cook 26* (65b 3x4)

24.2

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook defends off the back foot very easily

24.3

Raina to Cook, 1 run, better delivery here, more air and around leg stump. Cook works it away behind square on the leg side

England 84/0   AN Cook 27* (67b 3x4)

25.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, gentle, 131ks, loosener, bounces in front of Dhoni after Cook lets it go

25.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, tries the full, straight one, swings in late, but Cook plays it late and covers the swing. Defended to short midwicket

25.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, swings down the leg side, and bounces before reaching the diving Dhoni

25.4

Sreesanth to Cook, 3 runs, back of a length, swinging into the pads, clipped away nicely past midwicket, and they are quick enough to take three runs

England 87/0   AN Cook 30* (71b 3x4)

26.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, floats this wide outside off, Cook leaves it be

26.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, short of a length, well outside off, Cook is not chasing them

26.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, fuller now, but still wide enough to not bother Cook

26.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, makes Cook play now, who is solid in defence to cover

26.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, pitches leg, swings towards off, Cook is slightly opened up but hardly in bother as he pushes this back to Kumar

26.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, another awayswinger, starts close to off, Cook shapes like he might have a poke at it, but makes a late decision to leave it

England 89/0   AN Cook 30* (77b 3x4)

28.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, inswinger from Kumar, left alone by Cook, he is not flirting outside off at all

28.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, shorter, a touch wide, and left alone again

28.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, full, on the pads, flicked to midwicket

28.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, full and straight, Cook stays on the crease, and plays this back to Kumar

28.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, too wide to make Cook play, and swings further away

28.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, this is slightly short, and holds its line - not quite the outswinger, but doesn't go away with the angle either. Cook plays it to short midwicket

England 93/0   AN Cook 30* (83b 3x4)

29.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, the outswinger around off, Cook plays it to mid-off

29.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, angled across Cook this time, left alone

England 94/0   AN Cook 30* (85b 3x4)

31.1

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, swing for Sreesanth, but Cook rides the bounce and punches this square on the on side

England 95/0   AN Cook 31* (86b 3x4)

33.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, starts off full and wide, Cook watches it through to the diving Dhoni

33.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, full and wide again, left alone

33.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, full and wide again, Cook has an uncharacteristic drive at it, beaten

33.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, angled across again, Cook covers the line and shoulders arms

33.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, driven now, on the bounce to extra cover

33.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook drives again, finds extra cover again

England 100/0   AN Cook 31* (92b 3x4)

34.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, length ball, swinging away, defended back to the bowler

34.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook playing at more balls now - pushes this to mid-off

34.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, straighter now, Cook has to play around his front pad, but keeps it down

34.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, angles this one in, Cook defends from the crease

England 101/0   AN Cook 31* (96b 3x4)

36.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, starts just outside off, left alone

36.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, slightly short, goes deep in the crease and defends this back

36.3

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, the second edge of the morning, but this falls well short of Sehwag at third slip, who lets it through his hands... Kumar is giving him the dirtiest look Sehwag might ever have been given

England 106/0   AN Cook 32* (99b 3x4)

37.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, full and wide, left alone

37.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, stays slightly low, Cook defends it back to Sharma

37.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, wide of off again, Cook lets it go through

37.4

Sharma to Cook, 1 bye, loose, loose drive at a wide, wide delivery... Cook is beaten, and a late wobble has Dhoni saving his face with a hurriedly thrown hand at the ball. A bye accrues

England 107/0   AN Cook 32* (103b 3x4)

38.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook lets the bat hang tentatively outside off, beaten by the away movement

38.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, tighter now, lets this be even though it is pitched just outside off

38.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, slightly wider, Cook shoulders arms

38.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, superb delivery, pitched outside leg, swinging towards outside off, Cook is well forward and behind it

38.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, wide outside off now, left alone

38.6

Kumar to Cook, 4 byes, that's the outswinger, a delivery worth trying, but it starts too straight, pitches in the foot holes outside leg, doesn't bounce at all, goes for four byes

England 111/0   AN Cook 32* (109b 3x4)

39.4

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, shot of the morning, this is full and wide, Cook leans into this shot, doesn't try to hit it hard, just meets it, and places it past extra cover

39.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, length ball, angling across, left alone

39.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, short of a length, angling across, left alone

England 120/0   AN Cook 36* (112b 4x4)

40.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, back of a length, just outside off, Cook plays it with soft hands, wide of gully, for a single

England 122/0   AN Cook 37* (113b 4x4)

41.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, no need for soft hands here as this is well wide of off and need not be played

41.2

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, half-edge, half-guide - more of a deliberate effort I think. This one did bounce extra, but Cook rode the bounce and opened the face to place it wide of third slip. No third man in place

41.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, left alone, although this is not too far wide of off

41.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, straighter now, Cook defends around the front pad

41.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, short of a length, around middle and off, angling across, Cook defends to cover

41.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, too far wide of off, left alone

England 130/0   AN Cook 41* (119b 5x4)

42.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full, around off, pushed back to Sreesanth

42.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, left alone, and Dhoni has to be become a hockey goalkeeper to let this half-volley hit his pads

42.6

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, full and wide, Cook leans into it, meets the ball with a slightly open face, and the ball reacts as if it has hit a spring board. Crashes past extra cover

England 135/0   AN Cook 45* (122b 6x4)

43.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, full now, hits Cook's pads, and bounces in front of leg slip

43.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, turned around the corner, but India have protection at square leg

43.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, played with the turn, to square leg

England 136/0   AN Cook 45* (125b 6x4)

44.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, caught on the crease, hit in front of stumps too, but there is a clear inside edge. No appeal

44.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 no ball, oversteps in bowling this just outside off, defended to cover

44.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full and wide, Cook digs this out

44.4

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, driven away from the body, but Cook is backing himself with those, gets a single wide of mid-off

44.6

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, Fifty for Cook, who has patiently made his way back among the runs. This one swings in late, and Cook just closes the face on this, and Sreesanth's pace does the rest

England 150/0   AN Cook 50* (130b 7x4)

45.4

Mishra to Cook, 1 bye, turning down the leg side, too far so, and Dhoni can't prevent a bye

England 152/0   AN Cook 50* (131b 7x4)

46.1

Raina to Cook, no run, offbreak outside off, left alone

46.2

Raina to Cook, no run, the quicker one, hurrying Cook into the punch, which goes straight to backward point

46.3

Raina to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, defended back to Raina

46.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, cut away for a single

England 157/0   AN Cook 51* (135b 7x4)

47.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, turns into Cook from middle stump, worked off the pads to midwicket where Raina does well to cut it off.

47.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, turning down the leg again, Cook reaches out to poke it with the turn through backward square leg.

47.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, better line, turning in from outside off, draws Cook forward into pushing against the turn.

47.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook leans out to the flight and whips with the turn to Raina. Neat shot.

47.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, on Cook's toes, he nudges it off the front foot towards square leg.

47.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, decent start from Mishy after lunch, tosses the last one up outside off and gets Cook to reach out and defend.

England 157/0   AN Cook 51* (141b 7x4)

49.1

Mishra to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, this is now the best opening stand for Englnd v India at Birmingham. Two mistakes from Mishra. He oversteps, and then he drops short. Cook hangs back and works the brilliance of his wrists on that to send the ball packing through midwicket. Supreme timing.

49.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, flighted this time, on Cook's pads and he works it away with the turn.

49.2

Mishra to Cook, 3 runs, an English opener plays the reverse-sweep. Wonder what Geoff Boycott thinks of it! Lovely shot, Cook turns the bat around and pushes Mishra through the largely vacant area behind point. Long chase for SRT, keeps it to 3.

England 165/0   AN Cook 58* (144b 8x4)

50.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, angles in and gets it to straighten from just outside off. Cook pushes his pad outside the line and defends solidly.

50.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, this one bends the other way, too far down the leg side and Dhoni dives away to pouch it

50.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, better line, curves in in the air, draws Cook forward to defend it down the track.

50.4

Kumar to Cook, FOUR, Cook rolls along, he plays this shot particularly well. Short of a length, not full enough for the on-drive, Cook hangs back and punches it crisply through midwicket.

50.5

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, ooh, leading edge. Cook closes the face a tad early and it goes through cover instead of midwicket. Didn't go in the air, mind you.

England 172/0   AN Cook 63* (149b 9x4)

51.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, on Cook's pads again, worked easily through midwicket.

51.4

Mishra to Cook, 2 leg byes, aha, this one jumps up from a length, Cook looks to squeeze it to the leg side, but the extra bounce means he gloves it between the keeper and leg slip who is a little wide. Umpire Taufel says legbyes, but Hot Spot suggests it hit the glove ...

51.5

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, that gets Cook thinking, he comes down the track and then feels for a ball that turns into him. Played without much conviction to the leg side.

England 178/0   AN Cook 65* (152b 9x4)

52.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, PK pitches full on off stump, Cook is confidently forward and eases it into the covers.

52.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, nicely bowled and well played. PK slants it in and gets it to straighten, Cook knows what he is up to, gets forward and defends into the off side.

52.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, draws him forward again, Cook check-drives towards mid-off

52.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, back of a length this time around, and again seaming away. Cook doesn't poke at it.

52.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook is almost pre-meditatedly forward, he knows PK moves the ball late, but at his pace, Cook can afford to play him from 20 yards. Back of a length and straightening, stabbed into the leg side. Ungainly, but effective.

52.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, poor ball to end the over, Cook clatters a long hop, but Mishra dives in the gully region to cut it off.

England 178/0   AN Cook 65* (158b 9x4)

53.5

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, short again, Cook works a single through midwicket.

England 180/0   AN Cook 66* (159b 9x4)

54.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, PK lands it on a good length, Cook presses forward and gets everything behind it to cover the line and defend.

54.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook is on the front foot again, defended with a straight bat towards mid-on.

54.3

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, lovely batting. PK tries to surprise him with a drop in length, Cook is alert to it, deftly transfers the weight back and whips him through midwicket.

54.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, a yard outside off and straightening. Cook lets it go.

54.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook doesn't meddle with another one that straightens from outside off.

54.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, that rare animal makes an appearance here ... Beaten outside off. PK gets Cook to have a near-fatal poke at one that nips away from outside off. Near fatal. No edge. Lovely ball, too good for the edge. Too rare to create sustained pressure.

England 182/0   AN Cook 68* (165b 9x4)

55.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, short again, Cook stays back and looks to cut and mistimes it into the covers.

55.4

Mishra to Cook, 3 runs, when he's not bowling short, he's over-pitching it. Cook drills a half-volley into the covers. Smooth and easy.

England 186/0   AN Cook 71* (167b 9x4)

56.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, PK keeps it full on the off stump, Cook again presses forward and defends.

56.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, shorter length, a bit of mischief off the seam as Cook looks to cut.

56.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, good length on off stump, Cook covers the line and defends.

56.4

Kumar to Cook, no run

56.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, worked with the angle to the leg side.

56.6

Kumar to Cook, FOUR, this is the Cook who scored nearly 800 runs in the Ashes. What touch! PK drops it on the pads, but the length is not really punishable. Someone forgot to tell Cook, he manages to generate impressive bat-speed on the clip and the ball scoots along to midwicket.

England 190/1   AN Cook 75* (173b 10x4)

57.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, on middle and leg, Cook covers the line and defends.

57.4

Mishra to Cook, no run

57.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook leans out to the flight and works him with the turn to midwicket

57.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, over-pitched on off stump to end the over, Cook works it to mid-on.

England 191/1   AN Cook 75* (177b 10x4)

59.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, Mishra loops one up outside Cook's off stump and he smothers it dourly.

59.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, this one drifts in towards middle and leg, Cook works it to the leg side.

59.3

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets to the flight this time and drives through the covers for a single.

59.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, on the pads, played to short midwicket for no run.

59.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, on the pads to end the over, Cook turns it towards midwicket.

England 207/1   AN Cook 76* (182b 10x4)

61.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, too straight Amit. Cook whips to midwicket after pressing forward.

61.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, again on the middle and leg line, allowing Cook to play with the turn.

61.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, this time Cook moves across to off stump to play Mishra with the spin, to mid-on.

61.4

Mishra to Cook, 1 no ball, short and on the pads, whipped to square leg. Ah, Taufel spots the no-ball this time.

61.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, hmm, Cook is obsessed with playing him to the leg side, and turns the bat face early this time. Leading edge goes into the covers.

61.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, back to normal service, Cook plays it with the turn to midwicket.

61.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, lovely ball to end the over, slowler, looped up and breaking in from wider outside off stump. Cook is lulled into a loose drive and inside edges it onto the pads. It falls safely though. Where are the catchers?

England 208/1   AN Cook 76* (189b 10x4)

62.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length and angling across Cook who lets it go to the keeper.

England 217/1   AN Cook 76* (190b 10x4)

63.3

Mishra to Cook, FOUR, haha, Ishant makes a hilarious fielding effort at mid-off, if you can call it that. It almost seemed inevitable that he wouldn't get there. Alan Wilkins says he dived 'in installments'. Full from Mishra, lovely wristy extra-cover drive through wide mid-off. Ishant moves away like a giraffe and falls like one too. The ball beats him easy.

63.4

Mishra to Cook, no run

63.5

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Scores are level. Cook works Mishra into the covers for a single.

England 224/1   AN Cook 81* (193b 11x4)

64.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, angles one across Cook, not much movement, and he leaves,

64.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, short this time, Cook guides it through point for a single.

England 229/1   AN Cook 82* (195b 11x4)

65.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, tucked with the turn behind square.

65.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, flighted on middle and leg, worked with the spin to midwicket.

65.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off and breaking in. Cook presses forward and defends.

England 231/1   AN Cook 83* (198b 11x4)

66.3

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, emphatic. Cook is looking increasingly majestic. Short of a length ball outside off, he stands tall and thumps it through the covers.

66.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, stays back to a slightly fuller ball and times the push past Sreesanth. Mid-off cuts it off.

66.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, draws him forward and gets Cook to steers a length ball into the cover-point area.

66.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, width outside off, crunched through point. There's protection in the deep though.

England 237/1   AN Cook 88* (202b 12x4)

67.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, legal ball, turns in from outside off, Cook works it with the spin.

67.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, again Cook leans out to smother the spin and work him to square leg.

67.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, again on the pads, Cook works it to midwicket.

67.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, hmm, leading edge as Mishra gets one to go straight rather than spin into Cook.

67.5

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, short again. Cook whips through midwicket for a single.

England 238/1   AN Cook 89* (207b 12x4)

68.1

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, another short and wide delivery, Cook thumps the cut through the covers. That drop seems to have taken the spirit out of Sreesanth. I don't blame him really.

68.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, glorious batting. Full this time, over-pitched outside off and Cook laces it to deep cover where India have protection.

England 244/1   AN Cook 94* (209b 13x4)

69.1

Mishra to Cook, FOUR, edged, but there's no one at slip. Not that it was a bowler-induced edge. Short fro Mishra, Cook cuts and edges through where first slip would have been.

69.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, big spin from Mishra, raps the pads as Cook looks to play to the leg side. Surely going down the leg side.

69.3

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, moves to 99 as Sehwag generously misfields a whip at midwicket. Fair to say Sehwag isn't match-fit? r

England 251/1   AN Cook 99* (212b 14x4)

70.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Cook has hit his sixth century from the start of the Ashes. Well played, what a fantastic return to form! PK dangles this on the pads, Cook is forward as he has been all through today to PK, and works it through midwicket. A huge sigh of relief, and he raises the bat. The runs haven't come easy for him in this series.

England 252/1   AN Cook 100* (213b 14x4)

71.1

Mishra to Cook, FOUR, Mishra over-pitches outside off and Cook leans into another lovely cover drive

71.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, on the pads, Cook works it with the turn into the leg side.

71.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, shortens the length this time, Cook stays back and covers the line to defend into the leg side.

71.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook stays on the crease and defends into the leg side once again.

71.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, presses forward and defends a flighted ball into the leg side.

71.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, and again. Mishra is bettering himself. Another over without no-balls.

England 256/2   AN Cook 104* (219b 15x4)

74.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, another misfield from Sehwag. Clumsy and ungainly at gully. Short of a length, Cook steers it straight at him, and Sehwag fumbles. Single taken.

74.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, fullish ball, Cook is decisively forward to kill it.

74.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, short of a length, on the leg stump to end the over. Cook defends.

England 269/2   AN Cook 105* (222b 15x4)

75.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, tossed up outside Cooks's off stump, worked with the turn to the leg side.

75.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, short of a length this time, Cook stays back and stabs it to the leg side.

75.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, short again, Cook hangs back and works it with the turn to the leg side.

75.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, has Mishra troubled Cook even once today? Turning in from outside off, Cook looks to work it to the leg side, and it goes on the bounce to leg slip.

England 271/2   AN Cook 105* (226b 15x4)

76.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length, angling into Cook who defends from the crease.

76.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, that's the first slower ball India has tried in this Test. Full and fickle, on the toes, Cook does well though he spotted it late and defends from the crease, down the track.

76.6

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, inside edged past the stumps. Poor Ishant, is all you could say there. Perfect delivery, not short, not full, not wide. It was not there for the cut, but he got Cook to play it, get cramped and nick it. And it buzzed away past off stump.

England 276/2   AN Cook 109* (229b 16x4)

78.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, Ishant keeps it back of a length on middle and leg, Cook plays it to the leg side.

78.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length again, keeps it outside off. Cook doesn't fiddle with it.

78.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, slowish bouncer, came off at around 130 kph, and Cook was early on the pull. He toe-ends it down safely.

78.4

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, such beautiful batting! Ishant gives him just enough width outside off, Cook arches back a touch to make some extra room and bumps it away through point with a sumptuous square cut.

78.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, that nips away off the seam, Cook is squared up but manages to still cover the line and defend.

78.6

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, another edge, another boundary. Ishant gets Cook to fend from the crease, the edge flies past second slip and hits the third man boundary.

England 294/2   AN Cook 117* (235b 18x4)

79.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, shaping outside off and straightening, Cook lets it go.

79.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, angling across Cook again, and he guides it through point to take England to 300. One-way traffic at Edgbaston.

England 300/2   AN Cook 118* (237b 18x4)

80.6

Sharma to Cook, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads, Cook whips through square leg for another run.

England 308/2   AN Cook 120* (238b 18x4)

81.2

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, Sreesanth is making this ball older before PK can have a bowl. Short and wide. The new ball is talking. 'Hit me', it says according to @AltCricket. Cook obliges. Cut through the covers, Tendulkar is miles away at deep point and can't get across to stop it.

81.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, better length, closer to Cook, who shoulders arms.

81.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full-pitched outside off, Cook lets it go once again

81.5

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, majestic from Cook. Rank long-hop from Sree, Cook climbs on top of it and murders it. That's not pulled, that's bulldozed.

81.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 no ball, Sreesanth does a Mishra. Ridiculous no-ball this. He's overstepped by a mile, and banged it in really short too. Technically an unplayable ball, that was really far away from Cook.

81.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, length ball to end the over, Cook pushes it into the covers for one.

England 319/2   AN Cook 129* (244b 20x4)

82.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, Sharma starts round the wicket to Cook, and is nice and full on off stump. The left hander comes right forward to defend to cover

82.2

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, Cook is forward once more, this time he angles the bat on a delivery that was slightly wider of off stump and picks up one to third man

82.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, Sharma stays round the wicket, Cook withdrawing his bat to leave a length delivery outside off

England 325/2   AN Cook 130* (247b 20x4)

83.3

Kumar to Cook, FOUR, angled rather than edged by Cook as he dabs down late on an away swinger to pick up four to third man

83.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, past the outside edge! Cook almost looked as though he was beaten in the flight there, although I'm sure the hooping away movement also had something to do with it. Praveen has a long stare at the batsman after following through

83.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, swinging away once more, this time Cook raises his arms to leave it alone

83.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, and another quiet leave to end the over

England 330/2   AN Cook 134* (251b 21x4)

84.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, pushed very full and very wide across Cook, who displays no interest whatsoever in playing a shot

84.3

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, this was a little too close to him for the cut, and though Cook connects with the shot he can't really get any power or timing into it

84.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, pushed wide across Cook, who lets it pass him unhindered

84.6

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, ah, but this time he doesn't! There was some width offered on another length delivery, and Cook slashed it down through gully for yet another boundary to third man

England 337/2   AN Cook 139* (255b 22x4)

85.2

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, another quick single taken, Cook tapping the ball down and setting off immediately

85.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, swinging across Cook's bows, and he leaves well alone

85.5

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, squirted off the outer half of the bat through gully ... Not really a chance, but Cok wasn't entirely in control there

England 341/2   AN Cook 141* (258b 22x4)

87.1

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, and in the meantime, Cook continues to do a really good job of just turning the strike over to the more attacking Pietersen, another quiet single taken

England 357/2   AN Cook 142* (259b 22x4)

88.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, not the greatest start from this end, lobbing down a wide full toss that is thrashed out to deep point

88.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, very full and wobbling around on off stump. Cook steps to the pitch and drives to cover

88.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, pushed defensively into the off side to end the over

England 359/2   AN Cook 143* (262b 22x4)

90.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen stays round the wicket to Cook, who presses forward in defence

90.2

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, this one lands a little wider of off, the movement through the air taking it further, and Cook picks up a single with a cut behind square

90.6

Kumar to Cook, 1 leg bye, Praveen switches back to over the wicket and wobbles one into Cook's pads ... There's a hopeful appeal, but that looks to have pitched outside leg

England 362/2   AN Cook 144* (265b 22x4)

91.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, a flashing cut is beaten! Sreesanth hung the ball out there, and the shot was on, but it just bounced a bit more than he was expecting

91.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 2 runs, much fuller this time, and swinging appreciably back in to Cook's pads. He clips to midwicket to edge closer to his 150

91.3

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, and there is the 150! It comes via some slightly uncharacteristic aggression from Cook, who stepped back and flapped wildly at a short ball to send it arcing towards wide long-on

91.4

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, short once more from Sreesanth, and again Cook attacks. It's a little more understated this time, and he only picks up a single as the ball goes to fine leg

England 369/2   AN Cook 151* (269b 23x4)

92.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen stays over the wicket to Cook, who shoulders arms at one that leaves him through the air and further off the pitch

92.2

Kumar to Cook, 4 leg byes, well, this wasn't actually too far away from the leg stump. Praveen speared it down leg but it swung back towards Cook as he shaped to glance. He doesn't lay bat on it, but picks up four leg byes

92.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, prodigious movement! Has this hit a crack? Praveen lobbed one down on a length outside off and it just took off, spitting and jagging away from Cook, who had already decided to leave it alone

92.4

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, squeezed off the edge, he angles it down and picks up a single

England 374/2   AN Cook 152* (273b 23x4)

93.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, there's some extra zip in this one from Sreesanth after the wicket, but it's outside off so it's a bit of a waste as Cook just leaves alone

93.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, slanted across him once more, and there's not enough swing back in to get Cook playing

93.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, fuller, and a little straighter too. Cook gets forward to drive to cover, hitting the fielder

93.4

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, shot! Cook collects his 24th boundary with an elegant straight drive, the batsman checking the shot as the ball screamed back past the bowler

93.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sreesanth invites another drive with a long half-volley, but Cook lets this one go. Sree wanders down to have a word, complementing him on his technique, perhaps, or swapping dinner plans

93.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, nicely full once more, Sreesanth attack the off stump, but Cook is utterly solid in defence

England 378/3   AN Cook 156* (279b 24x4)

95.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who covers his off stump and leaves alone

95.2

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, clobbered! A nothing delivery from Sreesanth, too short and just sitting up waiting to be hit. Cook obliges, stepping back and hammering a pull in front of square

95.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, that's a little better from Sreesanth, he draws the batsman forward to poke to mid-off

95.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full again, and defended into the off side

95.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, slightly too straight this time, Cook working the ball wide of mid-on for a single

England 391/3   AN Cook 161* (284b 25x4)

96.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, aimed very full just outside off, Cook digs it out to mid-off

96.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, a good length delivery from Praveen, aimed at off stump, is resolutely defended with the straightest of bats

96.3

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, Praveen loses his line a little and is whipped out to deep square for a couple

96.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, good, clean fielding by Raina at point! Cook had middled a cut to his right, but he moved quickly to it and got both hands to the ball to stop it

96.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, full and straight, defended back to the bowler

96.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, and more solid defence to end the over

England 393/3   AN Cook 163* (290b 25x4)

97.2

Raina to Cook, 1 run, paddled to fine leg for a single

97.6

Raina to Cook, no run, and defence to end the over

England 400/3   AN Cook 164* (292b 25x4)

99.1

Raina to Cook, no run, lobbed down on off stump from around the wicket, defended by Cook

99.2

Raina to Cook, no run, flighted up once more, Cook lunges forward in defence

99.3

Raina to Cook, 4 leg byes, Cook bends into a sweep but misses and is struck on the pad, Raina immediately letting fly with an appeal. He was struck well outside the line of off though, not even close

99.4

Raina to Cook, no run, pushed defensively towards short extra cover

99.5

Raina to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off again, Cook drives but can't thread the gap

99.6

Raina to Cook, 1 run, a premeditated sweep to a low, dipping full toss goes down to fine leg. One more for Cook, one more for England

England 405/3   AN Cook 165* (298b 25x4)

100.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, and that's quite a loosener from him, Sharma hitting a perfect line and length to slant one past Cook's outside edge

100.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, chipped in the air! Where was the fielder? Cook played a nudge to leg far too early and the ball was chipped very softly towards Tendulkar at mid-on, but the fielder didn't move and it fell safely. Tendulkar indicates he couldn't pick the ball up, he just didn't see it. Would he have been able to get there if he'd seen it earlier?

100.3

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, another good length delivery from Sharma, but it's nudged away for a single by Cook

England 406/3   AN Cook 166* (301b 25x4)

101.1

Raina to Cook, no run, arrowed down with a very round-arm action from round the wicket, Cook defending as the ball lands close to off stump

101.2

Raina to Cook, no run, nurdled defensively to midwicket

101.3

Raina to Cook, 2 runs, another premeditated paddle sweep from Cook, and it's to a quicker one from Raina, the ball racing down to the fielder at fine leg

101.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, nudged away into the off side for a quick single

101.6

Raina to Cook, no run, cautious defence from Cook to end the over

England 410/3   AN Cook 169* (306b 25x4)

103.1

Raina to Cook, no run, slid into the pads, Cook works into the leg side

103.2

Raina to Cook, no run, Raina is bowling far better than he batted. Which isn't hard. Cook blocks

103.3

Raina to Cook, no run, full-face punch to cover

103.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, ew, this was a filthy half-tracker, which is slapped inelegantly to deep point

103.6

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook very solidly defends to end the over. He's got time to get his double tonight

England 412/3   AN Cook 170* (311b 25x4)

104.5

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, Cook repeats Morgan's shot, but more securely and it trickles out to deep point where Sreesanth fields to much ironic applause

England 416/3   AN Cook 171* (312b 25x4)

105.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Alastair Cook clips off his toes to deep midwicket

England 417/3   AN Cook 172* (313b 25x4)

106.1

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, Ishant is full on the pads and it could only end one way. Four. Cook clips it behind square, fine. Poor Ishant rubs his hair in anguish

106.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, fired full and wide of off this time. Cook shows no sign of leaving

106.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, this is held outside off stump, nearish the magical channel. Cook has none to do with it

106.4

Sharma to Cook, 1 wide, this is wide of off, too wide for anyone's liking. Not sure it should have been given a wide

106.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, this is straighter, of ball and bat, mid-off scoots round to field

106.5

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, with a touch of inside edge, and some pad too, Cook works this towards midwicket to jog a single

England 427/3   AN Cook 177* (318b 26x4)

107.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, short from Mishra and Cook's pull means poor old Praveen has to creak round to field, the poor fellow deserves a rest

107.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook stretches forward, smothers the spin and defends

England 429/3   AN Cook 178* (320b 26x4)

108.5

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, legspinner this time, after four offies. Cook still defends

108.6

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, some extra bounce here and it surprises Cook a touch as he mistimes his cut to point

England 432/3   AN Cook 178* (322b 26x4)

110.1

Raina to Cook, no run, flatter and quicker and Cook shovels it out

110.2

Raina to Cook, 1 run, worked off the pads around the corner

110.6

Raina to Cook, 1 run, placed wide of midwicket for a single to keep Cook the strike

England 445/3   AN Cook 180* (325b 26x4)

111.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook leans across to the off side to block to leg

111.2

Mishra to Cook, 2 leg byes, sharp spin here, past the bat, flicks a pad past Dhoni for a couple

111.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, more air from Mishra and Cook clips firmly but straight to midwicket

111.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook stretches forward to negate any trouble

111.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, again it's clipped crisply to the fielder

111.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook blocks to end the over

England 447/3   AN Cook 180* (331b 26x4)

112.2

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook's defence is looking rather solid

112.3

Raina to Cook, 1 run, dragged down very short and Cook hammers it to the sweeper on the offside boundary

England 451/3   AN Cook 181* (333b 26x4)

113.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook bunts it to midwicket easily enough

113.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, more solid defence. 8 dot balls in a row from Mishra

113.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, plenty of leg slips and leg gullies in place but Cook still defends towards them

113.4

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, somehow Cook threads this through the pack of legside fielders behind square

113.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, plenty of spin for Mishra but it started a long way outside off stump and Cook left alone

England 455/3   AN Cook 182* (338b 26x4)

114.6

Raina to Cook, no run, good ball to finish the day, it rips past Cook's outside edge. Probably the best moment of India's day though

England 456/3   AN Cook 182* (339b 26x4)

115.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, another very wide delivery outside off. Maybe it's too early to tell but are India hiding the ball?

115.6

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, poor Ishant, maybe hiding the ball is a better plan. This finds a thickish outside edge and past the second slip. No third man in play, despite there being only two slips, and it runs away to the boundary

England 461/3   AN Cook 186* (341b 27x4)

116.4

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, that beloved leg-side fiddle of Cook's earns him a single to midwicket

England 467/3   AN Cook 187* (342b 27x4)

117.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, Ishant shoves this outside off stump and looks like he's entering a game of patience with Alastair Cook. Good luck with that

117.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, better delivery here, back of a length and angling across. Cook leaves again but he had to think about that

117.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook could have left this with his eyes closed. Long way outside off

117.4

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, floated full and Cook drives stiffly through cover to the offside sweeper

England 468/3   AN Cook 188* (346b 27x4)

118.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen starts well, straight and full. Cook blocks. Of course he does

118.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, bit of swing here away from the bat. Cook happy to wave it through. England will probably ape yesterday's tactic and start slowly before cashing in when the bowlers tire

118.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, this swings away again and past a slightly groping outside edge

118.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, ah the cricket law. If it's swinging from middle it will never from leg

118.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, left all alone again outside off. This will do for India, the last thing they want is England steaming off

118.6

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, Praveen strays leg side so Cook tickles it around the corner

England 470/3   AN Cook 190* (352b 27x4)

119.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, Ishant ventures full and finds the barn door of Cook's bat, driving to mid-off

119.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, good delivery to end the over, up and around off stump. Cook thinks about it and leaves

England 471/3   AN Cook 190* (354b 27x4)

121.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, another dot ball as Cook blocks a touch uncertainly to cover

121.2

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, Praveen is back in the action again as Cook steers a cut towards third man

England 472/3   AN Cook 191* (356b 27x4)

122.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, got to love Praveen's wrists don't you. Uses it to get away swing and Cook lets it all go

122.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, neat away-swinger again and Cook thought about playing before deciding against it

122.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, fuller ball finds a slight outside edge but it's all rather easy

122.4

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, this slides off the face behind square on the off side to allows Cook to jog through

England 473/3   AN Cook 192* (360b 27x4)

123.1

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, England lead by 250 and that's the third 100 partnership of the innings. I think England are ahead of this. Cook pushes the single to deep point

123.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, touch of extra bounce outside off stump but no real alarm

123.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, good delivery tucking Cook up a touch but it's quietly punched to midwicket

123.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook comes across the ball and gets a leading edge as a result. It trickles to cover

123.6

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, point is set on the boundary so Cook can guide in that direction and walk an easy single

England 476/3   AN Cook 194* (365b 27x4)

124.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Cook pops forward and guides it to a deepish point for another simple single. Fair to say this isn't quite knife-edge excitement. Is that even an expression?

124.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook toe-ends a block to mid-on

England 478/3   AN Cook 195* (367b 27x4)

125.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good delivery from Sreesanth again. Swinging it in from around off stump and it finds an inside edge that bobbles out on the leg side

125.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, this swings down the leg side, Cook aims one of his favourite fiddles but misses. Sreesanth celebrates his good luck with an appeal but Taufel is unmoved

125.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, this is an excellent over actually. Again Sreesanth is swinging it in from just outside off stump and finding the inside edge as Cook plants his leg forward

125.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 2 runs, ah slightly poor end to the over, shortish and allows Cook to steer a couple to deep point. Takes Cook to within a boundary away from his double

England 481/3   AN Cook 197* (371b 27x4)

126.3

Kumar to Cook, no run, swings in a long way and clips the pads through to Dhoni

126.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, swings away past the off stump as Cook leaves alone

126.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, and again Cook leaves outside off. Having none of Praveen's tempters

126.6

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Cook pushes forward and it runs off the face behind point on the off side, not only to bring a single but also to keep the strike

England 483/3   AN Cook 198* (375b 27x4)

127.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, moment of alarm for Cook as Sreesanth swings this onto his pad. Heading down leg though I suspect

127.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good work from Sreesanth swinging it in at a full length and Cook pushes to mid-on

127.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 2 runs, double ton for Cook! Magnificent again. The second of his career and his first in England. Fittingly he gets there with a leg-side clip, no fuss, no nonsense, just remorseless, grinding efficiency. Even his celebration isn't flashy. What a batting machine he has become

127.4

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 leg bye, ooh, this zips in from a length and catches Cook in the midriff before trickling away

England 486/3   AN Cook 200* (379b 27x4)

128.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook has a grandaddy in his mind you reckon. For what seems like the 1000th time, he fiddles to leg

128.2

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, pushed to cover, not expansively, but compactly for a single

128.4

Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook rocks forward in heart-breaking broad-batted defence

128.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen shapes this in and finds a wall around off stump

128.6

Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, Cook works this off his pads all along the ground to deep midwicket. He looks as fresh as did when he was 18 not out

England 490/3   AN Cook 203* (384b 27x4)

129.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sreesanth has bowled nicely this morning. Pity it's all so futile. Cook defends awkwardly. He rarely looks in great order

129.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, dragged short and it's also a touch wide. Creeps through and under Cook's attempted cut

England 495/3   AN Cook 203* (386b 27x4)

130.2

Raina to Cook, 1 run, Cook's turn to cut, another very short delivery

England 497/3   AN Cook 204* (387b 27x4)

131.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook leaves alone outside off

131.4

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, 500 for 3. Good grief. Rightly Cook pushes it quietly to bring up the mark. It has not been flamboyant but England have been merciless

131.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook blocks. What more needs to be said?

England 501/3   AN Cook 205* (390b 27x4)

132.3

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook holds his bat in front of the ball in defence

132.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, this time Cook pushes forward in defence more crisply and jogs a single

England 503/3   AN Cook 206* (392b 27x4)

133.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good control again from Sreesanth, aiming for around off stump

133.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, quiet and steady defence as always

133.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, brings it back in, good length on the off and nips in towards middle, Cook defends it down the pitch with a straight bat

133.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, gets it to leave the left-hander this time, swinging away and Cook shoulders arms

133.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, shaping away from the left-hander again, Cook leaves it be

133.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, short of a good length on the off this time, pushed past cover for a single to keep strike

England 504/3   AN Cook 207* (398b 27x4)

134.1

Raina to Cook, no run, round the wicket and fires it flat on middle, keeps a touch low but Cook does well to knock it back down the pitch

134.2

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook stretches forward to push it into the off side this time

134.3

Raina to Cook, 1 run, angling in towards middle and leg, tickled away past square leg for a single

England 505/3   AN Cook 208* (401b 27x4)

135.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good length on the off stump, appeared to hold its line, Cook strode forward and defended it solidly into the off side

135.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, short and wide, there is a deep point in place, Cook cracks it hard wide of Tendulkar there for a single

England 506/3   AN Cook 209* (403b 27x4)

136.2

Raina to Cook, 1 run, fuller, on Cook's toes and he turns it away with the angle.

136.6

Raina to Cook, no run, straightens from outside off after angling in, Cook works it through midwicket.

England 512/3   AN Cook 210* (405b 27x4)

138.1

Raina to Cook, 4 leg byes, Raina strays onto the pads, Cook misses the glance, but his pad touches the ball and it scoots along to fine leg.

138.2

Raina to Cook, no run, again, drifts down the leg side and Cook can't get the nudge away.

138.3

Raina to Cook, no run, speared in and straightening - there is turn on this track. Cook defends into the off side.

138.4

Raina to Cook, no run, flatter, drifting down the leg side, Cook misses the nurdle and it goes off the pad to short fine leg.

138.5

Raina to Cook, 1 run, turns the wrists at the right time this time and works it through square leg.

England 523/3   AN Cook 211* (410b 27x4)

139.1

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, England lead by 300. And yeah, no declaration yet. Back of a length and sitting up outside off, Cook stays back and punches into the covers.

139.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, uppish but safe. Sree swerves one into the pads late, and Cook ends up flicking uppishly but wide of the man close in at midwicket.

England 526/3   AN Cook 213* (412b 27x4)

140.1

Raina to Cook, 2 runs, languidly stroked into the covers. Raina over-pitches outside off and Cook eases it into vacant real estate for a couple.

140.2

Raina to Cook, no run, sharp spin from just outside off. Cook reaches out and then lets it go.

140.3

Raina to Cook, 1 run, fuller ball, Cook drives into the covers with the spin.

140.6

Raina to Cook, 1 run, Cook forces another easy single into the off side.

England 531/3   AN Cook 217* (416b 27x4)

141.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sreesanth lands this full on middle and leg, Cook is solidly behind it.

141.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sree pushes this a foot down the leg side, Dhoni moves across to collect as Cook finds it is too far away for the tickle.

141.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full on off stump, Cook leans into a strong defensive push towards mid-off.

141.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, Cook stays back and tucks it down the track.

141.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, back of a length again, Cook hangs back and steers through point for a single.

England 532/3   AN Cook 218* (421b 27x4)

142.1

Raina to Cook, no run, over-pitched on the stumps, Cook plays it to the leg side with the angle.

142.2

Raina to Cook, no run

142.3

Raina to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, Cook lets it go.

142.4

Raina to Cook, no run, flatter and forcing him back as it comes in with the angle. Cook forces it away from the crease.

142.5

Raina to Cook, 1 run, gets the single this time, gets forward and pushes it down the ground.

England 533/3   AN Cook 219* (426b 27x4)

143.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, and he pushes the first one well down the leg side. With Mishra I am not sure if it is a defensive line. He was using this even yesterday, before England took the lead.

143.2

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, flighted on middle, Cook top-edges the sweep but it runs away safely for a single.

England 534/3   AN Cook 220* (428b 27x4)

144.1

Raina to Cook, no run, flat and straightening from off stump, Cook dabs it into the off side for one.

144.2

Raina to Cook, no run, drifts in towards the pads, Cook forces it towards midwicket.

144.3

Raina to Cook, 1 run, draws him out with a slow loopy ball, Cook drives with the spin into the mid-off region.

144.5

Raina to Cook, no run, on off stump this time, Cook pushes it with the turn into the off side.

144.6

Raina to Cook, no run, finishes with one on the pads, Cook turns it away to midwicket.

England 539/3   AN Cook 221* (433b 27x4)

145.3

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook dabs him with the turn from outside off, past leg slip. Another single.

145.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook presses forward and defends a fullish ball.

145.6

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, gets the single this time with a deft roll of the wrists as Mishra spins it into him.

England 543/3   AN Cook 223* (436b 27x4)

146.1

Raina to Cook, no run, tossed on a length and straightening, Cook keeps it out. Raina is looking the better spinner here.

146.2

Raina to Cook, 1 run, on the toes, Cook works it away with the angle through square leg.

146.4

Raina to Cook, no run

146.5

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook plods forward and covers the turn as Raina gets it to go away marginally from off stump.

146.6

Raina to Cook, 1 run, gets inside the line now and works another easy single through midwicket.

England 546/3   AN Cook 225* (441b 27x4)

147.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, full on middle and off, breaking in, Cook works it with the spin towards midwicket.

147.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, leans forward to a fuller ball and plays it into the leg side again.

147.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, appeal for lbw, rightly turned down. Cook's front foot is outside off stump as he misses the turn to the leg side. The ball was missing the leg stump too.

147.4

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook reverse sweeps against the turn to Tendulkar at third man. Gavaskar is 'pouring' with sarcasm as he mocks Dhoni's field placing - having Tendulkar back at third man for the leggie! Hilarious!

147.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, fuller ball, Cook presses out and defends down the pitch.

England 548/3   AN Cook 226* (446b 27x4)

148.3

Raina to Cook, no run, on Cook's pads, he leans out and turns it to the leg side.

148.4

Raina to Cook, 2 runs, he gets the runs this time, works it through square leg as it is tossed up on middle and leg.

148.5

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook is well forward to a full and loopy ball and eases it with the turn into the off side.

148.6

Raina to Cook, no run, again, opens the face as he dabs it into the gully area.

England 553/3   AN Cook 228* (450b 27x4)

149.3

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook works it through the leg side for a single.

149.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook leans well out to smother the spin.

England 556/3   AN Cook 229* (452b 27x4)

150.4

Raina to Cook, no run, tossed up on off stump, Cook is on the front foot to push it back to the bowler.

150.5

Raina to Cook, no run, again, Cook is dour in defence, plays this one back to Raina.

150.6

Raina to Cook, 1 run, speared into the pads, Cook works it through square leg. England are grinding India witless here.

England 558/3   AN Cook 230* (455b 27x4)

151.1

Mishra to Cook, 2 runs, Mishra serves another one up on the toes and Cook whips it past a slow-moving Ishant Sharma at mid-on. He was a gazelle in slow motion there, before deciding to chase it towards the boundary. Not sure why Gavaskar is so impressed with that effort

151.2

Mishra to Cook, 1 run

England 561/3   AN Cook 233* (457b 27x4)

152.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length, on middle and leg, Cook stays back and defends down the track.

152.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, fuller length, Cook gets forward to defend this into the off side

152.3

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, short of a length, Cook hangs back and opens the face to steer a single through backward point.

England 564/3   AN Cook 234* (460b 27x4)

153.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, tossed up on the pads, worked to the leg side.

153.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, Mishra spins this one down the leg side, no way Cook could have played a proper shot to that.

153.3

Mishra to Cook, 3 runs, the moment Mishra pitches it outside off, Cook leans out and drives it through the covers. What a smooth shot to bring up the best score of your career. Well played Cook!

England 573/3   AN Cook 237* (463b 27x4)

155.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, and he pitches this one up. Gauti won't mind it. Worked with the spin through square leg.

155.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook leans forward to smother the spin and defends solidly.

155.4

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, swipes a full ball on the toes through midwicket for another single.

155.6

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook forces Mishra against the spin through the covers for a single.

England 579/3   AN Cook 240* (467b 27x4)

156.1

Raina to Cook, 1 run, flat ball, hurries in as Cook cuts from close to off stump and he gets the single away.

156.3

Raina to Cook, no run, this time he fields it, as Cook steers another ball from off stump straight at PK.

156.4

Raina to Cook, no run, on middle and leg line, Cook eases it towards midwicket.

156.5

Raina to Cook, no run, again Cook works him with the angle off the toes towards midwicket.

156.6

Raina to Cook, no run, length ball on off stump to end the over and Cook defends with a straight bat.

England 581/3   AN Cook 241* (472b 27x4)

157.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, full ball on the pads, Cook works it to Gambhir.

157.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, shorter this time and Cook looks to work it through midwicket, but can't get it away.

157.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, draws him forward with a full ball outside off and Cook taps it into the off side

157.6

Mishra to Cook, 2 runs, plays it softly enough to pick up two as he dabs Mishra into the covers. Not that Sehwag in the deep was thinking in terms of cutting the second.

England 584/3   AN Cook 243* (476b 27x4)

159.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook tries the reverse dab, just for fun, but doesn't pull it off.

159.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, tossed up, Cook leans out to ease it with the spin through the leg side.

159.3

Mishra to Cook, FOUR, this is lovely batting. Mishra flighted this well outside off, Cook got to the flight, but then opened up the off side as he made contact to ensure it went square. Four through point, as opposed to driven straight to cover.

159.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, this one breaks in sharply, Cook plays it to the leg side.

159.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, stays back and forces a late spinning legbreak towards midwicket.

159.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, tossed up, worked with the turn towards the leg side.

England 596/3   AN Cook 247* (482b 28x4)

161.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Mishra tosses it up on off stump and it has been worked with the spin through midwicket

England 597/4   AN Cook 248* (483b 28x4)

162.5

Raina to Cook, 1 run, on Cook's toes from round the stumps and he works it through midwicket for a single.

England 604/4   AN Cook 249* (484b 28x4)

164.2

Raina to Cook, 1 run, Cook has 250! 13th time by an Englishman including twice by the legenday Wally Hammond. Flat ball on the pads, and he whips through midwicket for a quick single.

164.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, on the pads this time, Cook works it through square leg for one more.

England 610/5   AN Cook 251* (486b 28x4)

165.5

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, flighted on off stump from round the wicket. He's looked very unlikely to pick up a wicket using this line. Cook happily works him with the spin through midwicket.

England 613/5   AN Cook 252* (487b 28x4)

166.5

Raina to Cook, 1 run, Cook leans out inside the line and works a single through square leg.

England 615/6   AN Cook 253* (488b 28x4)

167.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, on middle and leg line, Cook plays it defensively from the crease.

167.2

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, if I had a dime everytime Cook nurdled a spinner through square leg. Leans out and works it off the front foot.

England 616/6   AN Cook 254* (490b 28x4)

168.1

Raina to Cook, no run, Raina turns it sharply now, and even manages to beat Cook. He pokes for it as it zips away and misses.

168.2

Raina to Cook, no run, leans out this time and gets bat and pad behind this to defends into the off side.

168.3

Raina to Cook, no run, again gets well forward to defend into the on side.

168.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, Raina slants this onto the toes and Cook easily works another single through midwicket.

168.6

Raina to Cook, no run, tossed up wide of the stumps, Cook cuts gently and Sehwag actually stops it as he moves to his right.

England 618/6   AN Cook 255* (495b 28x4)

170.1

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook plays Raina with the spin towards cover.

170.2

Raina to Cook, no run, this one straightens from outside off, Cook opens the face and steers it square.

170.3

Raina to Cook, 1 run, gets the single this time with a super soft push into the off side.

England 623/6   AN Cook 256* (498b 28x4)

171.1

Mishra to Cook, no run, on the pads from MIshra, Cook works it to the leg side again.

171.2

Mishra to Cook, no run, better line, outside off and turning in, Cook defends.

171.3

Mishra to Cook, no run, Cook misses another reverse-sweep, the ball turns from middle and off and goes down the leg side.

171.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, tossed up on leg stump and Cook flicks it straight to Gambhir.

171.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, turning down the leg side, Cook dabs it through square leg.

171.6

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, too short, in fact so short that it was going down by the time it got to Cook and he can't time the pull. Gets a single to deep backward square leg.

England 628/6   AN Cook 257* (504b 28x4)

172.1

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, tossed up on the pads from round the wicket, Cook works it towards midwicket.

172.2

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, Cook forces this through from off stump line through the covers.

172.5

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, Sachin turns another one away from just outside off after coming round the wicket.

172.6

Tendulkar to Cook, FOUR, Sachin drops this too short, Cook swivels back and guides the pull through midwicket. That's just his third 4 of the day!

England 634/6   AN Cook 262* (508b 29x4)

174.1

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, Cook pushes the offbreak with the turn into the covers.

174.2

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, draws him forward again, Cook pushes a tossed up delivery back to SRT.

174.3

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, inside edge this time as he leans out, and they get the single towards short fine leg.

174.5

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, loopy on off stump, Cook gets forward to dead bat it.

174.6

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, short and wide, Cook cuts it away through point for a single.

England 639/6   AN Cook 264* (513b 29x4)

175.1

Mishra to Cook, 1 run, Cook works another single through midwicket.

175.4

Mishra to Cook, no run, back of a length and turning down the leg side, Cook nudges through backward square leg for one more.

175.5

Mishra to Cook, no run, again on the pads, Cook works it to the leg side but can't get the single this time,

175.6

Mishra to Cook, no run, flighted wide outside off, Cook meets it with his forward stretch.

England 641/6   AN Cook 265* (517b 29x4)

176.5

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, legbreak turns onto Cook's pads and he nudges a single through backward square leg.

England 645/6   AN Cook 266* (518b 29x4)

177.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, steps forward, pushes it to cover

177.5

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, cut away for only his fourth boundary of the day... has Cook been given some time target during the break?

177.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, angling across, left alone outside off

England 651/6   AN Cook 270* (521b 30x4)

180.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, pitches off, seams away, Cook is beaten as he leaves the bat hanging

180.5

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, Cook is getting a move on, cuts this away from pretty close to the body, gets his fifth boundary of the day, brings up the fifty of the partnership

180.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, angled across, left alone

England 666/6   AN Cook 274* (524b 31x4)

181.3

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, I don't know what the fuss about Cook's scoring-rate is, this is his third boundary since tea, lean forward and drives this wide delivery in front of deep cover, draws level with Compton's 278

181.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full, just outside off, pushed back to the bowler

181.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, pushed away off the hips for a single

England 676/6   AN Cook 279* (527b 32x4)

182.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, full just outside off, digs it out towards mid-off

182.2

Sharma to Cook, 2 runs, flicked off the pads, with soft hands, charges back for the second

182.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, angled across him, left alone

182.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, that's loose from Cook - right time for three laps of the ground. Just follows a delivery that seams away, but he is not good enough to edge it

182.5

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, pulled off the hips, the front leg in air, gets a single to long leg

England 679/6   AN Cook 282* (532b 32x4)

183.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, plants the front foot down and pushes this to cover

183.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, squeezed past point for another single

England 682/6   AN Cook 283* (534b 32x4)

184.1

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, driven wide of mid-off for a single

England 683/6   AN Cook 284* (535b 32x4)

185.1

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, full on pads, exactly what Cook wants, glances this fine of the very square fine leg - long leg actually... goes past May and Foster

185.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 2 runs, another nice juicy delivery on the pads, nudged to the other side of long leg, gets a couple, moves into the 290s

185.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, this is angled across, Cook pushes at it, gets a thick edge for a single to third man

England 696/6   AN Cook 291* (538b 33x4)

186.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, Cook gets an inside edge onto the pad, wants the single, but is sent back

186.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, angled well across, left alone

186.3

Sharma to Cook, 1 run, driven down to long-off for a single

England 697/6   AN Cook 292* (541b 33x4)

187.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 wide, and starts off with a big wide outside off

187.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, this swings away after pitching middle and leg, defended back

187.2

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, plays a flashy drive outside off, he knows there is no body near enough to take a catch, they are all at the boundary

187.4

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, short, pulled away to fine leg, gets a run closer

England 708/6   AN Cook 294* (544b 33x4)

188.1

Sharma to Cook, OUT, What have you done, Alastair? This is bowled wide of off, he goes after it, but it is too far away, and ends up hitting in the air, Raina runs in from deep point and takes a smart catch. As Gavaskar says, he even picked India's best fielder! Sharma gives him an immediate pat on the back. Dravid shakes his hand. Raina chases him to congratulate him. Strauss calls them off. India have two days and a bit to bat

AN Cook c Raina b Sharma 294 (773m 545b 33x4 0x6) SR: 53.94

England 710/7   AN Cook 294 (545b 33x4)
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Series Results
England v India at The Oval - Aug 18-22, 2011
England won by an innings and 8 runs
England v India at Birmingham - Aug 10-13, 2011
England won by an innings and 242 runs
England v India at Nottingham - Jul 29-Aug 1, 2011
England won by 319 runs
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England won by 196 runs
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