India tour of England, 3rd Test: England v India at Birmingham, Aug 10-13, 2011
Pataudi Trophy - 3rd Test
England won by an innings and 242 runs
10,11,12,13 August 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

MS Dhoni is leading a huddle, not the happiest looking one I've seen but wickets change moods. Here come the England openers, bounding Luke Wright-like down onto the field. Praveen will start things off.

0.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, er, not a great start from Praveen. It starts very leg side, doesn't swing, and ends very leg side

"11 Indians stuck in riot at Birmingham," chirps Ravi. "Please help them." Teehee.

"Cook has just handed the psychological momentum squarely back to India," says Mark Beckers

0.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run

0.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, ah, that's better. Back comes the swing, Strauss pokes tentatively outside off and it skims past the edge

0.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, excellent length and a good line too. Strauss half forward to defend

0.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, the appeal is long, the appeal is loud but not given. Might have pitched outside. Good delivery though, nipped away past Strauss's bat as he tried to play across it and it thudded into the pad. Replay confirms it pitched a good mile (or inch) outside leg

0.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, worked away to the leg side quietly but straight to the fielder

"Indians are dancing to the Looney Tunes," writes Narayan, charmingly. "Cannot hide behind the lame excuse of injuries and form. None including BIG 3 or 5 able to cement their feet to the ground."

0.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, batted back in defence. Good first over actually

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0

    • AJ Strauss 0 (6b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • P Kumar 1-1-0-0
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

I'm sure I wasn't the only Englishman who skimmed over the text for the start of this innings and had a mild panic when reading "Here come the England openers" and "Luke Wright" in the same sentence...." Perish the thought, Gav Dickson!

1.6

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

End of over 2 (maiden) England 0/0

    • AN Cook 0 (6b)
    • AJ Strauss 0 (6b)
    • S Sreesanth 1-1-0-0
    • P Kumar 1-1-0-0
2.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, good line from Praveen, very straight. Strauss quietly picks it off towards midwicket

2.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, impeccable line and Strauss forced to defend again

2.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, and again Praveen is straight, as is Strauss's bat. He's playing it very late

2.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this is wide enough for Strauss to leave

2.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, more leaving outside off stump

2.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen changes the angle to come around the wicket which forces Strauss to defend. Another maiden!

End of over 3 (maiden) England 0/0

    • AJ Strauss 0 (12b)
    • AN Cook 0 (6b)
    • P Kumar 2-2-0-0
    • S Sreesanth 1-1-0-0
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

3.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Strauss celebrate's England's first run by leaving alone outside off

End of over 4 (1 run) England 1/0

    • AJ Strauss 0 (13b)
    • AN Cook 1 (11b)
    • S Sreesanth 2-1-1-0
    • P Kumar 2-2-0-0
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

Dr Doom has a warning: "England had better get on with it. Still 22 runs needed to avoid the follow on." I think I'll get a second opinion ...

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 5/0

    • AN Cook 5 (17b)
    • AJ Strauss 0 (13b)
    • P Kumar 3-2-4-0
    • S Sreesanth 2-1-1-0
5.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, gift from Sreesanth that Strauss gleefully accepts. Slamming a cut shot wide of point

5.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, thrown up fuller from Sreesanth, Strauss aims too hard on a drive and mistimes back to the bowler

5.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, Sreesanth loses patience, comes round the wicket and slides this onto the pads. Strauss happily clips with good timing off his toes away for another boundary

5.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, tempter held outside off stump but Strauss resists, proving, once again, that he's a better man than Oscar Wilde

5.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 3 runs, perhaps Sreesanth is bowling for this. Two midwickets in place. But Strauss is comfortable off his pads and collects more runs though the leg side

5.6

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

End of over 6 (11 runs) England 16/0

    • AN Cook 5 (18b)
    • AJ Strauss 11 (18b 2x4)
    • S Sreesanth 3-1-12-0
    • P Kumar 3-2-4-0
6.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, good line from Praveen, as always really. Very accurate bowler

6.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss works to the on side, finding a midwicket

6.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this pitches and trickles through to the Dhoni. Hmm...

6.4

Kumar to Strauss, FOUR, poor delivery, too short and enough width for Strauss to clump his cut shot backwards of point for four. Have to say the pitch is looking rather flat. Or is it the India bowlers?

6.5

Kumar to Strauss, FOUR, edged this time! Strauss standing leg side of the ball and played it late off a thickish edge and it skewed down past the slips for four

6.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, steady defence to end the over. Runs flowing for England at the moment and they need just a single to avoid the follow on

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 24/0

    • AJ Strauss 19 (24b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 5 (18b)
    • P Kumar 4-2-12-0
    • S Sreesanth 3-1-12-0

The groundsman has brought out a very rudimentary flat-bit-on-a-stick piece of equipment to sort out the footholes. Now we have a shovel too. Some jeering from the crowd to get on with it, but finally we're ready. Ishant has the ball, too.

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

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 32/0

    • AN Cook 13 (24b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 19 (24b 4x4)
    • I Sharma 1-0-8-0
    • P Kumar 4-2-12-0
8.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss forward in compact, Langer-like defence

8.2

Kumar to Strauss, FOUR, top shot this, wasn't really that short from Praveen but Strauss leapt on a pull shot and hammered it to the midwicket rope. Praveen again is unhappy with the footholes

8.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen seems happier here, sort of, and it's left alone outside off

8.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves alone, Praveen kicks the turf

8.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, again it's outside off stump and once more Strauss can leave alone

8.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, better delivery, in that it was straight, Strauss blocks

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 36/0

    • AJ Strauss 23 (30b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 13 (24b 2x4)
    • P Kumar 5-2-16-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-8-0
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

End of over 10 (maiden) England 36/0

    • AN Cook 13 (30b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 23 (30b 5x4)
    • I Sharma 2-1-8-0
    • P Kumar 5-2-16-0
10.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, slipped down the leg side. There might be an emergency alarm in the India dressing screaming "New Ball Being Wasted"

10.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, left alone, presumably

10.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, easily knocked back to the bowler in defence. India need an injection of life here

10.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, Praveen off his very short run indeed lands this outside off again and allows Strauss to lift his bat out of trouble

10.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, to wide to bother Strauss or interest anybody

10.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, straighter delivery makes Strauss defend. Ends a maiden over, but not a particularly threatening one

End of over 11 (maiden) England 36/0

    • AJ Strauss 23 (36b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 13 (30b 2x4)
    • P Kumar 6-3-16-0
    • I Sharma 2-1-8-0
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

11.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, good from Ishant, fullish and outside off stump. Strauss leaves comfortably but it's in the channel

11.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss hanging back to a defend a fullish ball but it's slow off the wicket

11.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, oops, Ishant shoves this a long way down the leg side

11.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, the last a long way outside leg, this one a long way outside off. Dhoni, er, spills it again, doing a wonderful Akmal impression

Drinks India would do well to find some coffee.

End of over 12 (1 run) England 37/0

    • AJ Strauss 23 (40b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 14 (32b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 3-1-9-0
    • P Kumar 6-3-16-0
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

End of over 13 (maiden) England 37/0

    • AN Cook 14 (38b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 23 (40b 5x4)
    • P Kumar 7-4-16-0
    • I Sharma 3-1-9-0
13.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, good delivery around off stump. Strauss pops forward to defend easily. Not a lot of bounce or pace

13.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, good line again from Ishant but Strauss looks in good order as he defends

13.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, worked into the leg side but without much power

13.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, poor Dhoni, this swung just as he was about to take it. Dhoni spills and smiles

13.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets one in driving range and plays it firmly back to Ishant who manages to field

13.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, maiden over again as Strauss leaves alone. 11 overs left in the day and India desperately need a breakthrough

End of over 14 (maiden) England 37/0

    • AJ Strauss 23 (46b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 14 (38b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 4-2-9-0
    • P Kumar 7-4-16-0

Time for spin perhaps? Not yet.

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

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 43/0

    • AN Cook 20 (44b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 23 (46b 5x4)
    • P Kumar 8-4-22-0
    • I Sharma 4-2-9-0

No spinner, but here's Sreesanth! Always exciting.

15.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, starts full and on Strauss's pads. Clipped easily and beautifully away for another boundary

"I wonder where Dhoni of yore is," asks Sagar, plaintively. "The master strategist who did this."

There is a short midwicket in place now. And a leg gully. Packed leg-side field.

15.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, unconventional field but a conventional delivery around off stump that Strauss defends

15.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good delivery in the channel outside off and Strauss defends with the straightest of blades

15.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good delivery again around off stump finds careful Strauss defence

15.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, ah with the field set as it is that is a help-yourself delivery. Wide outside off, Strauss leans back and cracks it to the off-side rope

"Allow me to bring in the "Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water" analogy to Indian Cricket. If Jack and Jill had access to water by simply turning on a faucet in their air conditioned house would they still be motivated to go up the hill to fetch a pail of water? The youngsters in team India have easy access to name, fame and money by playing 3/4 weeks of T20 cricket in a year at home. What is the motivation for them to play out sessions after sessions of test cricket in hot sun, like for example, Dravid has done in his career?" You've got a point, NGR, but what about the 'Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after' part?

15.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss collects another single towards the off side. Between Dhoni and the bowler, this field seems all wrong

End of over 16 (9 runs) England 52/0

    • AJ Strauss 32 (52b 7x4)
    • AN Cook 20 (44b 3x4)
    • S Sreesanth 4-1-21-0
    • P Kumar 8-4-22-0

Still no spin. More Praveen. Bah! Three slips in place though.

16.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, some swing here away from Strauss who leaves alone

16.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, back of a length and Strauss works to mid-on easily enough

16.3

Kumar to Strauss, FOUR, poor fielding at point allows Strauss to collect four here. Terrible effort from the fielder there and Praveen isn't impressed. Strauss is delighted to get a boundary with a punch to the off side

16.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this time Strauss reverts to leaving

16.5

Kumar to Strauss, 1 run, full enough for Strauss to bunt wide of mid-on where Tendulkar creaks round to field

16.6

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

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 57/0

    • AN Cook 20 (45b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 37 (57b 8x4)
    • P Kumar 9-4-27-0
    • S Sreesanth 4-1-21-0
17.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good start to the new over. Pitched up and swinging in a touch. Strauss pats to midwicket

17.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 leg bye, Sreesanth gets his line wrong and Strauss attempts to pull but it bobbles off his body and runs away to Praveen at fine leg

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

End of over 18 (1 run, maiden) England 58/0

    • AN Cook 20 (49b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 37 (59b 8x4)
    • S Sreesanth 5-2-21-0
    • P Kumar 9-4-27-0
18.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, driven firmly to mid-on

18.2

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, eventually Ishant gets to bowl and Strauss helps it round the corner

Ooops, the strong wind has blown the smart hat off umpire Taufel's head!

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

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 61/0

    • AN Cook 22 (53b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 38 (61b 8x4)
    • I Sharma 5-2-12-0
    • S Sreesanth 5-2-21-0

Finally! It's the legspinner Amit Mishra!

19.1

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, not the greatest start for the new bowler. Shuffles up and drags this down short, allowing Strauss to pop back and stroke it through cover for four

19.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, much better, more air, fuller and Strauss quietly forward to defend

19.3

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, you don't see Strauss drive off his front foot much. This was a real invitation, very full indeed and Strauss punched it with excellent timing past cover for four

Mishra changes angle pretty quickly.

19.4

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, some spin with the angle from around the wicket and Strauss helps it onto the legs side for a single

19.5

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

19.6

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, plenty of spin here! It was short but that kind of turn will encourage Mishra. Strauss thought about cutting but it ducked in and he had to work to leg

End of over 20 (11 runs) England 72/0

    • AJ Strauss 48 (66b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 23 (54b 3x4)
    • A Mishra 1-0-11-0
    • I Sharma 5-2-12-0
20.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Ishant heads fuller and Strauss's drive is mistimed horridly to mid-off

20.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, Strauss is two short of a half-century and he won't be giving it away here, leaving alone outside his off stump

20.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, again Strauss waves it through to Dhoni

20.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, left alone again outside off. Ishant needs to drag his line back into the channel

20.5

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, very carefully guided to fine leg with a pull shot

20.6

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

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 74/0

    • AN Cook 24 (55b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 49 (71b 10x4)
    • I Sharma 6-2-14-0
    • A Mishra 1-0-11-0
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

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 79/0

    • AN Cook 25 (61b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 49 (71b 10x4)
    • A Mishra 2-0-12-0
    • I Sharma 6-2-14-0
22.1

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

22.2

Sharma to Strauss, no run, won't get it here as Ishant runs in with better intent and finds some bounce outside off stump

22.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, more gentle this time and Strauss's judgement outside off is good

22.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, back of a length around off stump. Strauss comfortably behind it to defend

22.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, fuller from Ishant and found Strauss just hanging back a touch. No real alarm though as it's patted back to the bowler

22.6

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, fifty for Strauss, well played indeed. That's his first fifty of the Test summer and his first since Sydney in January. Clips to leg efficiently and celebrates in a manner that suggests he fancies plenty more

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 81/0

    • AJ Strauss 50 (76b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 26 (62b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 7-2-16-0
    • A Mishra 2-0-12-0
23.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, Mishra continues from around the wicket, finding plenty of spin and Strauss defends

23.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, quietly tapped into the leg side

23.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, good change up from Mishra, fuller and straight. Strauss knocks to leg to get off strike

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

End of over 24 (1 run) England 82/0

    • AN Cook 26 (65b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 51 (79b 10x4)
    • A Mishra 3-0-13-0
    • I Sharma 7-2-16-0

Ah it's Raina! He must be in the side for his bowling.

24.1

Raina to Strauss, 1 run, starts gently, short and wide outside off. Strauss strokes to deep cover

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

24.4

Raina to Strauss, no run, good again from Raina and Strauss pops forward to block

24.5

Raina to Strauss, no run, slides on with the arm and Strauss solid in defence

Last ball of the day coming up...

24.6

Raina to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets to leave it all alone to end a dominant day for his side

Stumps Runs for both captains today but it is Andrew Strauss who leaves the field happy. England have struggled finishing series when so well placed in the past so their start to this match would have delighted Strauss. India were again bundled out quickly, on a flat deck too, before Strauss and Cook gave England an excellent start. Andrew McGlashan will have more in his end of day report and you can see all the best pictures from the day on our gallery. That's all from us today, please join us at 10.30am tomorrow for the second day.

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 84/0

    • AJ Strauss 52 (83b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 27 (67b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-2-0
    • A Mishra 3-0-13-0

Right. Here we go. Two slips and a gully for Sreesanth

Dhoni, Sharma and Kumar come out early and wait for the umpires and their team-mates. The sun is out... Out come Cook and Strauss to a gentle applause from the crowd. "Mark, I have a feeling the team most dangerous to England supporters' hopes is (on past record) the one batting now." Not if you go by the evidence from this series, James

11.25am As we get ready for the start of the day's play, here are a couple of emails I thought you might want to read. "Do conditions look like they'll favour the bowlers much? (For the purposes of this comment I'm classing the Indian attack as "bowlers")" Ouch, Hugh

Mark Kidger has not given up on India yet. He says, "Sid, today we find out if "Le roi est mort. Vive le roi!!" You never know with India (or with England). It will take a superhuman effort from India to get back into this but I think that most England fans will still be holding their breath because India are always dangerous."

11.10am An entertaining diktat from ECB at Edgbaston. As reported by NG, "It has been detected that there has been inappropriate use of the bandwidth in the press box with people downloading music, movies, programmes, skyping etc. If you are found doing that today your computer would be blocked. Full Stop."

I am surprised the ECB doesn't include Facebook and Twitter among these time-wasting activities. At least Dan Perker agrees with me on that when he says, "Pretty annoying that I cant enter the competition as I'm one of the few people who isnt on Facebook. I should win something for that alone!!!!!" Easy Dan, you will have stern competition from me

"A pedant here - actually from East Timor - which isn't on your list. Your latest commentary should read "We are set for AN 11.30am start." Thanks Shane Cave. I am off to run three laps of the adjoining cricket ground

11.00am: No overs will be lost despite the delay. "Will India use the morning rain and overcast condition to reduce England below 200??? I am optimistic about that," says Sakthi. I don't think the conditions are overcast any more. Definitely some bits of blue in the sky.

10.45am Nagraj Gollapudi has great news from Edgbaston. We are set for an 11.30am start. George Dobell, our county expert, and a local Brummie, says three years ago we wouldn't have had play before 2pm. I am not sure the Indian players will be big fans of the new drainage system, GD

Tom Hoyle, one of Miller's team-mates in the world-famous Celeriac XI, is about to set off on a frankly ridiculous journey. "I and seven other two-wheeled fools are cycling from Southend to Galway in 'near naked' lycra," explains Tom. "For charity, obviously - the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign." They are doing Southend-Windsor on Monday, so look out for them, and fling your spare change at their spokes.

10.25am It looks like a wet morning, folks. The covers remain on. We can keep you busy, though. Take part in this easy competition to win a signed Test shirt from none other than the English wall himself (albeit a more crumbly version of his Indian counterpart), Alastair Cook. Enter immediately - you're more likely to win when it's raining (fact).

Frank Keane is generally being optimistic. He writes in, "looking at the high res satelitte I think you may be lucky and have an overcast but dryish day. Perhaps as a gesture of goodwill you could upgrade Ireland to full test status on your country of residence list. Think of the bragging rights this will give you at Cricinfo. You can say in 10 years time after Ireland beat England in the first test at Lords; "Cricinfo has long recognised the quality of Irish Cricket, they were upgraded by us as long ago as 2011". It would of course make it much easier for the likes of me to send you guys an email. Thanks for the great service."

10am Hello and welcome to a day when England will look to build a huge lead after that solid start last night. The weather news, however, is not the greatest. It has been drizzling in Birmingham. The weather is pretty overcast, and Nagraj Gollapudi pessimistically doesn't rule out a delayed start

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

Iain Mac: "Will India keep England below 200? For the first wicket stand?"

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

"Sid, I've watched England since the late 1960's. They have a pretty consistent record of disappointing me! Interspersed, of course, with the odd flash of brilliance, so I know they CAN do it!!!" James refuses to believe in this team until they officially make it 3-0

25.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 2 runs, meanwhile nicely clipped away off the pads for a couple... Sreesanth bowling too straight

25.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, shorter length now, can't drive it, so Strauss pushes it back

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 89/0

    • AJ Strauss 54 (85b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 30 (71b 3x4)
    • S Sreesanth 6-2-26-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-2-0

"The one area where India could be pleased in the first two tests was that England never had a decent opening partnership. Now that's gone, too- what's left?" Don't forget the over-rate, John Muir. Dhoni is yet to be banned for slow over-rates. Meanwhile, Kumar to bowl

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

End of over 27 (maiden) England 89/0

    • AN Cook 30 (77b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 54 (85b 10x4)
    • P Kumar 10-5-27-0
    • S Sreesanth 6-2-26-0
27.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, slight extra bounce from Sreesanth, but Strauss is solid behind it

27.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, this is better, marginally short of driving length, pitching off, swinging in, Strauss plays late, and with soft hands

27.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, gets in a slight tangle while defending this around his front pad, the ball goes uppishly, but falls short of short midwicket

27.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, shorter now, but it is still swinging. Strauss pushes it back t Sreesanth

27.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 4 leg byes, too straight now, Strauss misses out, but the deflection off the pads is healthy enough to take it for four leg-byes

27.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for the cut, but it is not quite short, and he is beaten

End of over 28 (4 runs, maiden) England 93/0

    • AJ Strauss 54 (91b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 30 (77b 3x4)
    • S Sreesanth 7-3-26-0
    • P Kumar 10-5-27-0
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

End of over 29 (maiden) England 93/0

    • AN Cook 30 (83b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 54 (91b 10x4)
    • P Kumar 11-6-27-0
    • S Sreesanth 7-3-26-0
29.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, better from Sreesanth, the outswinger pitched just outside off, and coming back in. Strauss defends it back to him

29.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, another short-of-a-length delivery, Strauss pushes to cover

Tom "The Wibbler" Hoyle, he of the aforementioned near-naked bike ride, writes in gratitude. "Word is spreading fast. Think of all those young men checking their balls now sat at their PCs. Cricinfo - you are lifesavers!"

29.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, some extra movement on this one, Strauss has to take hurried action, lets the bottom hand drop and sort of jabs at it, but keeps it down

29.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, flicked away off the pads, Sehwag fumbles at short midwicket, and they steal the single

29.5

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

I hear that Kumar is off the field for some treatment. And Sreesanth just lost his footing in the delivery stride. One more injury, and India can safely concede this 4-0. Even if it rains

29.6

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

Kumar is ready to come back on

End of over 30 (1 run) England 94/0

    • AN Cook 30 (85b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 55 (95b 10x4)
    • S Sreesanth 8-3-27-0
    • P Kumar 11-6-27-0

Hugh: "@The Wibbler - Think you might have just got me fired, Tom." Meanwhile sawdust comes out for the landing area

30.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, inswinger, starts too wide, left alone

30.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this one starts middle and leg, and then swings away. Strauss still leaves it alone

30.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, too wide again

"Cant understand this concept of a maiden over with 4 leg byes. You could potentially have 24 leg byes and still call it a maiden over..." Harit Gautam, I don't see why leg-byes should be counted against the bowler. Especially the ones when the batsman is just taking evasive action

30.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this is interesting, this is pitched middle and leg again, and Strauss lets it go. Misses the off not by much

30.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, fuller, more towards off, Strauss defends

30.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, that close leave is making Strauss play more now, as he defends this back even though it is pitched outside off

End of over 31 (maiden) England 94/0

    • AJ Strauss 55 (101b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 30 (85b 3x4)
    • P Kumar 12-7-27-0
    • S Sreesanth 8-3-27-0
31.1

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

31.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, more swing, in the zone, pitching outside off, moving back in, Strauss comes forward to defend this

31.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, slightly shorter, outside off, pushed to cover

31.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 2 runs, half-volley outside off, driven away through cover with an open face. Raina gives chase, and does well

31.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 2 runs, short and wide, Strauss pulls it from well outside off, all along the ground, past midwicket. Sreesanth slipped as he landed for the delivery

31.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, some late swing, but Strauss is delightfully late in closing the bat face on this. The single brings up England's 100

End of over 32 (6 runs) England 100/0

    • AJ Strauss 60 (106b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 31 (86b 3x4)
    • S Sreesanth 9-3-33-0
    • P Kumar 12-7-27-0
32.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, pitches outside off, and immediately Strauss shows no interest

32.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, England are making Dhoni do a fair share of work.. Kumar is not getting these to bounce through to the keeper, and Dhoni is having to collect a few of them at half-volley

32.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, another leave outside off

32.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, still no need to play outside off

32.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this starts fuller, straighter, makes Strauss play, who has to stretch forward and defend

32.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, the second false shot of the morning, the first drawn by a piece of good bowling. This pitches middle and off, Strauss is half forward when defending, and is beaten by the movement

End of over 33 (maiden) England 100/0

    • AJ Strauss 60 (112b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 31 (86b 3x4)
    • P Kumar 13-8-27-0
    • S Sreesanth 9-3-33-0

Ishant Sharma into the attack now

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

All this wide, defensive bowling means India haven't had to chase too many balls, and the over-rate right now is 15.2 to the hour

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

End of over 34 (maiden) England 100/0

    • AN Cook 31 (92b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 60 (112b 10x4)
    • I Sharma 8-3-16-0
    • P Kumar 13-8-27-0

Madhu is in with this piece of statistic: "India have gone on to win an away Test on nine occasions after scoring less than 300 in the first innings (batting first). Their lowest first-innings total in a win in England is 272 at Headingley in 1986. The lowest total in the first innings in a win at Edgbaston is England's 189 in the 1981 Ashes."

34.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, back of a length, moving away, pushed back to Kumar

34.2

Kumar to Strauss, 1 run, steered wide of gully - first run off Kumar in five overs

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

Goes round the wicket

34.6

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

End of over 35 (1 run) England 101/0

    • AN Cook 31 (96b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 61 (114b 10x4)
    • P Kumar 14-8-28-0
    • I Sharma 8-3-16-0
35.1

Sharma to Strauss, no run, looks to drive a length ball outside off, Strauss gets the inside half of the bat to it

"With their 11th century stand, Cook and Strauss have moved into fourth place on the list of opening pairs with the most century stands. Among England opening pairs, they are second only to Hobbs and Sutcliffe who have 15 century partnerships," Madhu strikes again

35.2

Sharma to Strauss, 2 runs, that's left alone for two runs! Strauss decides to move his bat out of the way a touch too late, the ball takes the cue end, and goes wide of gully

35.3

Sharma to Strauss, no run, good bouncer from Sharma, 137ks, just outside off, Strauss makes a late decision to duck under it

35.4

Sharma to Strauss, no run, back to shouldering arms outside off

"For an Indian fan, this series has been heartbreaking!..worse than 3-0 loss to Aus in 90's. Manner of defetas disappointing..we need IND to put up fight," says Deepak

35.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, full and wide, Strauss jabs down at it, squirting it to gully, on the bounce of course

35.6

Sharma to Strauss, 2 runs, that's his favourite shot, although he hasn't timed this pull well. Plays it from well wide of off, keeps it down even though it has come off the bottom half of the bat. There is no midwicket, which allows him to take two

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 105/0

    • AJ Strauss 65 (120b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 31 (96b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 9-3-20-0
    • P Kumar 14-8-28-0

Kumar continues

36.1

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

"Didnt John Lennon write a song about one of the Indian bowlers - Instant Sharma wasnt it?" Working Class Hero, Peter Slade?

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

36.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, left alone now

36.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, another edge - this starts muddle and off, and leaves him, but the edge falls well short of Sehwag again. This time he fields it

36.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, starts wider of off, and left alone

End of over 37 (1 run) England 106/0

    • AJ Strauss 65 (123b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 32 (99b 3x4)
    • P Kumar 15-8-29-0
    • I Sharma 9-3-20-0
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

37.5

Sharma to Strauss, no run, this is well bowled, just back of a length, around off, slight seam movement away, Strauss is caught one the crease, and is beaten

37.6

Sharma to Strauss, no run, beaten again, similar delivery, slight seam movement away, and slight extra bounce

"Sorry to draw attention to your typos, but I loved this one.

"this starts muddle and off". Is this something to do with Sir Geoffrey's corridor of uncertainty?" I hope that was the only one James. I'll tell you the most amusing typo ever made. It comes when somebody places a ball wide of cover, and I call it "wife of cover"

End of over 38 (1 run, maiden) England 107/0

    • AJ Strauss 65 (125b 10x4)
    • AN Cook 32 (103b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 10-4-20-0
    • P Kumar 15-8-29-0
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

End of over 39 (4 runs, maiden) England 111/0

    • AN Cook 32 (109b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 65 (125b 10x4)
    • P Kumar 16-9-29-0
    • I Sharma 10-4-20-0

"I hope the Indian batsman are taking note of how the England openers are playing. Gritting it out, being patient, not getting frustrated. Basically everything the Indian batters have failed to do all series." Wombat, I agree, but the last two-three overs have shown a little unease

39.1

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

39.2

Sharma to Strauss, FOUR, another loose shot, full and wide, Strauss throws his bat at it, gets a thick outside edge for four through third man. First four off the bat this morning

""muddle and off' is the correct kiwi pronunciation," says Fred. And I am not going to say what the Kiwi pronunciation for "six off the pads" is

39.3

Sharma to Strauss, 1 run, short-arm pull, square on the leg side, along the ground

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

End of over 40 (9 runs) England 120/0

    • AN Cook 36 (112b 4x4)
    • AJ Strauss 70 (128b 11x4)
    • I Sharma 11-4-29-0
    • P Kumar 16-9-29-0

"Nobody ever ackowledges it, maybe because it is so basic and amateurish, but far far too many nicks fall short of slips, the only reason being the fielders are too far back! And it is ALWAYS the wicketkeepers fault because that is his job. Happened too much to Australia during the Ashes," points out Jonesy. Meanwhile Sreesanth comes back

40.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, angled across, no swing back, left alone

"England have safely negotiated the Nelson scare. Teams have lost their first wicket on ten occasions on 111. The previous such instance came in the first Test between India and South Africa in Centurion when the partnership between Graeme Smith and Alviro Pietersen ended when Smith was caught behind with the score on 111." Wonder how Madhu thinks these up, and then finds them

40.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, closer to off, slight shape back in, Strauss defends off the back foot

40.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, slight shape back in from outside off, Strauss is immaculate with his judgement of the off stump

40.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, cut away, and we now have a deep point in place

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

40.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, well bowled, in the channel outside off, Strauss plays at this one, gets a thick edge, but it dies, and anyway it is placed perfectly between the second slip and fourth slip

End of over 41 (6 runs) England 126/0

    • AJ Strauss 75 (133b 12x4)
    • AN Cook 37 (113b 4x4)
    • S Sreesanth 10-3-39-0
    • I Sharma 11-4-29-0

"re. slips being too far back - I often think that not enough credit is given to the batsmen playing with soft hands taking the pace off the ball if they do get a nick," says Owen

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

""Teams have lost their first wicket on ten occasions on 111" is way too small a percentage given there have been 2001 tests and about 4002 innings! Much more staggering, I am sure, will be the number of times a team lost a wicket 1st ball, like India did yesterday," Tom Bombadil further analyses Madhu's stat

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

"Prior to hearing the Bell, the german Broad shouldered Cook exclaimed "guten Morgan!"; alas the Swann did not hear as it was distracted by the Raina and the smell of Kumara." Really, Ollie?

41.6

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

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 130/0

    • AN Cook 41 (119b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 75 (133b 12x4)
    • I Sharma 12-4-33-0
    • S Sreesanth 10-3-39-0
42.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, full, outside off, Strauss lets Dhoni do the rest

42.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

"Further to Madhu'a point about 111, there are actually more instances where the first wicket has fallen at 112 (all right, 11 against 10). This sort of thing can be found easily with Cricinfo's statsguru," Pelham Borton punctures through the Madhu halo

42.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, nicely flicked away off the pads, gets a single to deep square leg

"Three times in a row teams have said "We are the best in the world" and ended up being ranked that way. After the 1989 Ashes, Australia said it. After India beat Australia in India in 2008, India said it. After England beat Australia earlier this year, England said it. At least teams are being honest about it," says Adrian Meredith. I suspect he loves Sri Lankan names, does Adrian

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

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 135/0

    • AN Cook 45 (122b 6x4)
    • AJ Strauss 76 (136b 12x4)
    • S Sreesanth 11-3-44-0
    • I Sharma 12-4-33-0

I am not sure if the Beatles followed/follow cricket, but this one is a gem from Josh: "Yesterday/ MS Dhoni's troubles seemed so far away/ Now Praveen Kumar is here to stay/ Gambhir and Singh were/ Yesterday/

Suddenly/ They're not half the team they used to be/ Will he lose the World number 1 spot\?/ Yesterday came suddenly/

Why Tendulkar/ Had to go I don't know, Laxman wouldn't say/ Rahul Dravid's gone*, now Dhoni longs for Yesterdayyyyyy"

*Gone in this sense technically means past prime.

Mishra comes on. Yesterday, Kumble would have had a field day...

43.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, legbreak, into the pads, pushed to midwicket

43.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, short legbreak, defended to midwicket

43.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, another short legbreak, placed wide of midwicket for one

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

End of over 44 (1 run) England 136/0

    • AN Cook 45 (125b 6x4)
    • AJ Strauss 77 (139b 12x4)
    • A Mishra 4-0-14-0
    • S Sreesanth 11-3-44-0

"What India need right now is the spirit of Kapil Dev to rise up from the grave, take the bull by the horns and skittle the English out for sub-200, then hit a run-a-ball century and turn the match around. That is, of course, given that he is dead," I trust you don't watch Indian news channels, Tony Dimov. But you don't miss out on much either

44.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, gets a single wide of gully

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

"Ah but surely Pelham Borton's revelation that more opening stands are broken on 112 than 111 only serves to prove the powers of Nelson, not debunk it. For surely it is the case that openers are so busy heaving themselves sighs of relief at having safely negotiated 111/0 that they immediately lose concentration and miss a straight one or slog it straight up in the air. All hail the wicket-taking power of Nelson." Amen, Shep's Left Shoe

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

Goes round the stumps

44.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 4 leg byes, angled too far down the leg side, and the deflection off the pads is healthy enough to fetch them four leg-byes

44.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 no ball, another no-ball, just back of a length, outside off, defended square on the off side

44.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps again, driven through covers for one

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

End of over 45 (14 runs) England 150/0

    • AN Cook 50 (130b 7x4)
    • AJ Strauss 79 (143b 12x4)
    • S Sreesanth 12-3-54-0
    • A Mishra 4-0-14-0

"I love it when people talk about Kapil in his prime. It makes me feel so young. I only remember watching a washed up old hack keep on playing and keep on playing just to steal a record from a great man," Andrew has never heard of selective memory

45.1

Mishra to Strauss, no run, legbreak, headed down the leg side, defended to midwicket

45.2

Mishra to Strauss, no run, full, just outside off, defended back

45.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 run, nice delivery, tossed up generously, dips too, outside off, pushed against the turn, gets the single to sweeper-cover

45.4

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

Finally Mishra does the right thing by switching to over the stumps

45.5

Mishra to Strauss, no run, but bowls a half tracker, which Strauss mercifully plays only as far as midwicket

45.6

Mishra to Strauss, FOUR, no mercy for this half-volley on the pads, gently flicked away between midwicket and square leg

End of over 46 (6 runs) England 156/0

    • AJ Strauss 84 (148b 13x4)
    • AN Cook 50 (131b 7x4)
    • A Mishra 5-0-19-0
    • S Sreesanth 12-3-54-0

Raina to bowl the last over before lunch

46.1

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

"Shep's Left Shoe's assertion only works if the team scored a single to get to 112. The percentage of teams having enjoyed a century opening partnership to be scoring a single on 111 is less than the number of instances of 2, 3 or 4 runs scored wen the score would have been 108, 109, or 110.

But this might be taking an already superfluous argument a little too far perhaps?" Not at all, Guido Tallman. I want to explore all the ridiculous possibilities around this stat

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

46.5

Raina to Strauss, no run, darted into the pads, pushed to midwicket

46.6

Raina to Strauss, no run, quick offbreak, Strauss is deep in the crease to defend this

1.01pm A hearty applause from the crowd after a wicketless session. Strauss and Cook look set for centuries as England boss India. Do come back around 1.40

End of over 47 (1 run) England 157/0

    • AJ Strauss 84 (150b 13x4)
    • AN Cook 51 (135b 7x4)
    • SK Raina 2-0-3-0
    • A Mishra 5-0-19-0

Amit Mishra comes on for a tweak after lunch. Can he rip some out of the rough? Over the wicket, slip and leg slip await. Here we go ...

And no, there's no sign of rain at the moment. Play set to resume in slightly blustery conditions. India will be wondering where the first wicket is going to come from.

Nick says he wants "to get involved in the stat-o-thon! Strauss and Cook need three more to become the 6th highest aggregate pair in test history, passing Atapattu and Jayasuriya." Haven't checked that, but if true, that's a lovely accomplishment. The best part about Strauss-Cook is that they are classic Test match openers, who respect the conditions and grind their way ahead.

The Expat (some name that) has this on the ongoing Nelson discussion: "Guido Tallman's assessment that the Nelson-relief-induced lapse only applies if a team progresses from 111 to 112 with a single is nonsense. Even if a team passes 111 with a 2, a 3, a 4 or even a 6, they have still passed Nelson, and may still be relieved to have done so." For the record, Monga has gone away and this is Nitin Sundar on commentary for the second session, and by the looks of it I have some catching up to do!

... And the series rolls on. It began as World No. 1 v World No. 3. By the time it ends, it could be 3 v 1. Strauss and Cook are ten minutes away from resuming the accumulation.

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.

Mazahir: "I don't know but would like to know if there is any number in between 0 and 112 where first wicket did not fall, in other words the most safest number for openers." Now that's one for Steven Lynch. Will forward it to him.

End of over 48 (maiden) England 157/0

    • AN Cook 51 (141b 7x4)
    • AJ Strauss 84 (150b 13x4)
    • A Mishra 6-1-19-0
    • SK Raina 2-0-3-0

PK comes on now. Over the wicket.

48.1

Kumar to Strauss, no run, back of a length and a touch of extra bounce, Strauss hangs back and is a little surprised as he steers it away into the off side.

48.2

Kumar to Strauss, no run, full and swerving away, but a touch too wide to trouble solid Strauss.

48.3

Kumar to Strauss, no run, once again, PK can't make Strauss play. Too wide.

48.4

Kumar to Strauss, no run, this time he does, gets the ball to curl around in the air from outside leg stump to off stump. Strauss gets behind the line and defends.

48.5

Kumar to Strauss, no run, he's getting good shape here, but Strauss knows exactly what to play. Another one goes away off the seam, and he leaves.

48.6

Kumar to Strauss, no run, two maidens to start proceedings after lunch, but not the best overs really. Strauss shoulders arms to another ball well wide of off stump.

John Muir: "India is now effectively defending a total of 67, with an old ball, tired bowlers, a flat pitch and an England batting line-up that goes down to #10. Time for the Mumbai Monsoon Dance?" Hah!

End of over 49 (maiden) England 157/0

    • AJ Strauss 84 (156b 13x4)
    • AN Cook 51 (141b 7x4)
    • P Kumar 17-10-29-0
    • A Mishra 6-1-19-0
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.

49.3

Mishra to Strauss, 1 no ball, another no-ball. He's had some wickets denied by these in the past.

49.3

Mishra to Strauss, no run, he's lost his line here, pushes one too far down the leg side and Strauss goes for a murderous pull and misses the ball. Think he nearly hit MSD's face there.Good thing he has the helmet on.

49.4

Mishra to Strauss, no run, another one slips down the leg side. Amit Mishra is still digesting his lunch.

49.5

Mishra to Strauss, 1 no ball, Well. No-ball now. Dhoni must be livid.

49.5

Mishra to Strauss, no run, gets one in a decent area finally. AND doesn't over-step. Mishra must be relieved.

49.6

Mishra to Strauss, no run, back of a length on middle and leg to end the over, Strauss works it to the leg side from the crease.

End of over 50 (10 runs) England 167/0

    • AJ Strauss 84 (162b 13x4)
    • AN Cook 58 (144b 8x4)
    • A Mishra 7-1-29-0
    • P Kumar 17-10-29-0
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