Pataudi Trophy - 3rd Test

England v India

England won by an innings and 242 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

"People are running into their seats as they are playing 'Jerusalem' and showing the Ashes victory video," says Sharda, "as they do before the start of every day's play."

Here's another interesting factoid: On the last occasion Tendulkar played at Edgbaston, he scored 122 in the second innings. India lost that Test by eight wickets. He is the only Indian to score a century at this venue.

10.50am We've just had a close-up look at the pitch, which looks quite grassy but has been shorn of much of it's covering. This will be the last Test match pitch that Steve Rouse, Edgbaston's veteran head groundsman, will prepare, and he's suggested that it'll offer plenty of help in the first hour or so, but won't be as quick as the tracks at Lord's and Trent Bridge. Sharda Ugra, our senior editor and also our eyes at the ground, tells us that England coach Andy Flower and Ashley Giles had a massive pow-wow with Rouse for about half an hour about the wicket yesterday. "And when three reporters SHOT out of the press room we thought a riot had broken out in the supermarket outside," adds Sharda. "They were just haring down to talk to Giles who like the prime minister of England also returned from his holiday in Spain."

10.40am The first stat of the morning from Madhusudhan, to get you warmed up: "Teams winning the toss have won four and lost eight of the 15 Tests at Edgbaston since 1995. However, interestingly, teams fielding first have won ten and lost just two matches in the same period. This includes Australia's two-run defeat in 2005."

Toss MS Dhoni calls heads, the coin lands tails up, and England will bowl on a green wicket. "We've got to be on our game if we want to win," says Andrew Strauss. "I would have bowled also," adds MS Dhoni. "It's not the first time we've been under pressure, we've been under pressure in India and outside, it's something we're used to. Sehwag is a dynamic cricketer, he just needs to come out and play his natural game. That's where experience counts. This will also be good exposure for Amit Mishra."

And here are the teams:
England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Andrew Strauss (Capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

India Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Capt/wk), Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth.

10.25am The toss is not far off, and if you've not read it yet, now might be the time to have a look at Andrew McGlashan's preview for the third Test, a match that's taking place against a backdrop of unrest in the UK. The No. 1 spot is within England's sights, and MS Dhoni is a captain under pressure - and one who has become used to coping under an extraordinary workload.

10.15am Sharda has seen Ishant, Mishra, Praveen and Sreesanth bowling a lot in the pre-match warm-up. It's possible that might be India's attack, and RP might sit out. A chilly morning by Indian standards, 15 degrees, says Sharda. "We are wearing jackets, the English are wearing shorts," she sums the day up. And about the fire the folks at Edgbaston can see, this is from Birgmingham Mail: "MORE than 20 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze in a scrap yard in Birmingham that sent a pall of thick black smoke more than 100 feet in the air. Crews were alerted to the blaze in Aston Church Road, Nechells, shortly before 9am today." Be that is it may, this 25,000-capacity stadium has been sold out for the first four days. Will be interesting to see if that many turn up despite the riots.

9.55am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the third Test between England and India at Edgbaston, Birmingham. England lead the series 2-0 and victory in this match will give them the No. 1 ranking. A draw will give them the series.

It's a chilly morning in Birmingham and there's some cloud cover over Edgbaston. Sharda Ugra, one of our reporters at the ground, reckons the temperature is less than 20C. She also says she can see a plume of smoke in the distance but isn't certain whether it's related to the riots that spread across England over the last few days. A lot of the football has been affected by it, this Test hasn't and here's hoping it stays that way.

Nagraj, who has recently arrived at Edgbaston, tells us there's bhangra music outside the ground trying to lift the atmosphere after the ongoing problems. Tuesday night was far calmer than Monday night was though.

0.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson steams in, the morning crowd behind him, and a very full, wide loosener is squeezed to point

0.2

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir is away! Not in the most convincing fashion, with the runs coming to third man. The shot was, at least, controlled as it went through gully

0.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, there's swing and seam movement for Anderson, who shoots one across Gambhir's bows as the batsman leaves alone

0.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angled across Gambhir once more, and this one carries through nicely to Prior

The England team are all wearing black armbands in honour of Neal Abberley, Ian Bell's former batting coach who died recently.

0.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson sticks to his line, and Gambhir leaves once more

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, four more for Gambhir, as Anderson sprays one down leg. To be fair, significant swing took it in that direction, but Gambhir did really well to get across and lay bat on the glance to pick up runs

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/0
G Gambhir    8* (6b 2x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-8-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

Stuart Broad will share the new ball, with three slips, a gully and a short leg waiting for a chance off Virender Sehwag's bat.

1.1

Broad to Sehwag, OUT, there's an appeal first ball! Broad slammed one down short of length and Sehwag leaned back, dropping his hands as the ball passed him ... or did it? It nipped back sharply off the seam, and may well have touched the glove. Prior went up straight away, as did the slip cordon. Strauss immediately asks for a review, he seems very sure. Yes, that's touched the glove! He's gone first ball! What a start for England

V Sehwag c †Prior b Broad 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad attacks the top of off straight away, Dravid getting right behind it to defend

"Ahh!! What an anti Climax to Sehwag's Return!" wails Sumo.

1.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, left on length by Dravid, the ball coming in at him off the pitch once more. There isn't all that much bounce in this track, brave leave

1.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, left once more, more safely this time as a length delivery swung away from him outside off

1.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad goes up for an appeal as Dravid is struck on the pad, but that's very optimistic indeed. Going down leg, and he's got a massive inside edge on it too

1.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, seaming away outside off, and Dravid shoulders arms once more

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) India 8/1
R Dravid    0* (5b)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-1
G Gambhir    8* (6b 2x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-8-0

2.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir steps across to off, leaves alone, and is struck on the front pad as Anderson finds prodigious movement in to him through the air ... there's a sustained appeal, but Taufel shakes his head. Good call

2.2

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, and good comeback by the batsman! Anderson pitches up and Gambhir greets the full ball with the fall face of the bat, driving through cover point for four. Good shot, especially considering the conditions

2.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, this ball is talking! Anderson sent down a succession of deliveries that left Gambhir in the first over, now he's bringing them sharply back in. There's an appeal as ball strikes pad, but again Taufel says no and that's another good decision

2.4

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, eased behind square for another four. This is an eventful over ... Anderson went short of a good length and Gambhir stood up and angled the bat to get the ball to third man, where there is no fielder

2.5

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, full once more, curving in to him and Gambhir nudges wide of midwicket for a single

2.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Dravid defends on the walk, but his head is right over the ball as he keeps it out

Here's something interesting from Dravid Fan, although off the top of my head I don't know if his math checks out. Stunning if it does: "Before he came into bat, Rahul Dravid needed to play another 315 balls to become the first player to face 30,000 balls (equivalent to 5,000 overs in international test matches). Dravid's 34 centuries and 60 fifties came in 40776 minutes which is so far the highest than any other player."

End of over 3 (9 runs) India 17/1
R Dravid    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    2-0-17-0
G Gambhir    17* (11b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-1

3.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, edged, short of Pietersen at third slip! Gambhir fended from the crease but did so with soft hands, the ball going down

3.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, pushed quite wide across him this time, and Gambhir hops across to leave

"Man, Broad is having one hell of a series," writes Kieran E. "Avg. 60 with the bat, 16 wickets at under 11 with the ball. If he keeps this up his career averages will both be around 30 - very impressive indeed. Where has this guy been for the last year?!"

3.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, good, testing length from Broad, right up to the bat on off stump. Gambhir pushes towards mid-off

3.4

Broad to Gambhir, 2 runs, neatly done by the batsman, working a straight delivery into the leg side for a couple

3.5

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, four more, and yet again it's behind square. Broad hit a length on leg stump and Gambhir shuffled across, getting something on it. The umpire reckons he's put bat to ball, that's given as runs

3.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, squeezed to slip off a thick edge! The ball went straight to ground, soft hands once more

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 23/1
G Gambhir    23* (17b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-1-6-1
R Dravid    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    2-0-17-0

4.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, hooping away from Dravid through the air, and he wisely opts to play no stroke

4.2

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, that's the right line and length from Anderson. He pitches up to the bat on off stump, and is tapped down behind gully for one

4.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed wide across Gambhir, who leaves alone

"Pfff... who needs Sehwag when you have Gauti scoring at over a run a ball? Quick half century by the ten over mark on the cards..." Optimistic thinking, Matt.

4.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson sticks to a line wide of off, and Gambhir won't be tempted into a shot

4.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson continues to tease outside off, but Gambhir's patience holds and he lets the ball go by

4.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and another leave to end the over

End of over 5 (1 run) India 24/1
G Gambhir    23* (21b 5x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-18-0
R Dravid    1* (8b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-6-1

5.1

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, shot. Classical stuff from Dravid, leaning right over the ball and checking his drive between the bowler and mid-off. There was superb timing on the stroke, once it went past the mid-off fielder there was no stopping it

5.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad pulls his length back a touch outside off, and Dravid responds with a well-judged leave

5.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, right up to the bat once more, and aimed at middle stump. Watchfully defended by Dravid

5.4

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, well, this is a spicy wicket but the runs are flowing. Very full once more, wider of off this time and so the drive is through cover rather than mid-off. Dravid threads the gap and Bopara is after it, but the ball wins the race

"Sehwag's gone first ball and India are still scoring at six an over," remarks Gnasher. "It's the spirit of Sehwag," suggests Sambit.

5.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, a little shorter, a little wider, and another good leave from Dravid

5.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, Broad probes at Dravid's defence with a full delivery, but he's solidly behind it

End of over 6 (8 runs) India 32/1
R Dravid    9* (14b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-14-1
G Gambhir    23* (21b 5x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-18-0

6.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, the waiting game continues, Anderson sending one down wide of off and Gambhir leaving alone

6.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, wobble through the air, and nip off the pitch for Anderson. But he's not got Gambhir playing at this one either

6.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, slanting across the left-hander, who stubbornly refuses to play at it

6.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, yet another delivery goes across him and is left alone. Anderson could be setting him up for the one that comes back in here ...

6.5

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, yes indeed, this time the ball comes down with the seam pointing towards fine leg and swings in to Gambhir's pads. He leans forward and clips to square leg for a single

6.6

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, shaping away from off stump, Dravid steps forward and taps the ball down behind square on the off side for two

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 35/1
R Dravid    11* (15b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-21-0
G Gambhir    24* (26b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-14-1

7.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, landing on a length and leaving Gambhir off the pitch, he leaves well alone

7.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, fuller this time, and straighter too. The ball hits the bat quite high as Gambhir defends behind square

7.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, slanted out wider once more. The ball did swing back in, but the line was so wide that Gambhir didn't have to play

7.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, England seem to have a clear plan to Gambhir, sticking outside off. But they're really not getting him playing very much, and now he leaves alone once again

7.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, Broad switches to round the wicket, but lands the ball well wide of off stump and Gambhir offers no stroke

7.6

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, there's bat on ball, and it's got him four! This is the first authoritative stroke that Gambhir has played in front of square, stepping forward to drive hard through cover

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 39/1
G Gambhir    28* (32b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-18-1
R Dravid    11* (15b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-21-0

8.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, shaping away, full and straight. Dravid defends, jabbing the ball down towards a diving Morgan at gully

8.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, well, in the end I suppose he's left this. The ball left Dravid through the air, and initially he set himself to play a defensive shot. The movement took the ball past the edge as he pulled the bat inside the line

"The Eric Hollies stand to the left of the pavilion is now packed, and the people there are wearing red as part of some blood cancer charity," says Sharda. "A LOT of people are wearing red and the seats there are red too. Still some seats left to fill."

8.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, this is a legitimate leave, Dravid getting across and shouldering arms

8.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, and left alone once more, Anderson swinging the ball away outside off

8.5

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, straighter from Anderson, Dravid taps to leg for a single

8.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and Gambhir ends the over with his umpteenth leave

"Tthe charity is called Cure Leukaemia," Sharda informs us, "and the Warwickshire Bears have pledged £75,000."

End of over 9 (1 run) India 40/1
G Gambhir    28* (33b 6x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-22-0
R Dravid    12* (20b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-18-1

First change of the innings, and it'll be Tim Bresnan to bowl

9.1

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, he finds movement away from Dravid to start, the ball wide of off and left alone

9.2

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, that's close! This one came back in and struck Dravid on the pad as he over-balanced ... But umpire Steve Davis says no, and rightfully so as he's spotted the inside edge Dravid got on that

9.3

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, shaping away again, and left alone

9.4

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, Bresnan continues to probe away outside off, Dravid has a good look and leaves alone

9.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, beaten on the outside edge! This ball has jagged extravagantly off the seam, nipping away from a loose drive by the batsman

9.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, and hopping defence to end a good first over from Bresnan

End of over 10 (maiden) India 40/1
R Dravid    12* (26b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0
G Gambhir    28* (33b 6x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-22-0

10.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson continues, snaking one away from Gambhir through the air but aiming the ball right at off stump to get the batsman playing

10.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed slightly wider of Gambhir, who doesn't need to play a shot this time

10.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and again, well wide of him and left alone

10.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, another wide delivery that moves even further away through the air. England are not really getting the batsmen playing at many here, bowling much too wide of off

10.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and again, wide of off and all Gambhir has to do is patiently leave alone

10.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, well, that could be a challenge for him. The fullest, widest ball of the over and for some reason Gambhir throws the bat at it. Close to the edge, and that's put a smile on Anderson's face

End of over 11 (maiden) India 40/1
G Gambhir    28* (39b 6x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-22-0
R Dravid    12* (26b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0

11.1

Bresnan to Dravid, 1 run, pitched right up to the bat on off stump, Dravid jabs the ball behind square for one

Four slips in place for Gambhir.

11.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, quick single! With so many men behind the bat, there's just space for a quick single as the ball is tapped there

11.3

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, on a length and straight, Dravid defends from the crease

11.4

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, full again, but wider of off and going further through the air. Left alone

Dravid isn't happy with the bat he's using, and is motioning to the 12th man to bring out a replacement. There seems to be a problem with the handle, he's hinting that it's a bit wobbly. Out come a number of replacements, and he chooses a suitable one.

11.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, Dravid leans well forward to defend a swinging full ball into the off side

11.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, and solid defence to end the over

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 42/1
R Dravid    13* (31b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-1-2-0
G Gambhir    29* (40b 6x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-22-0

12.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full and swinging away, but aimed close enough to the off stump to draw a forward defensive from Gambhir

12.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Anderson is getting the swing going both ways, this one snakes back in to Gambhir but he spots it in good time and defends

12.3

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir lunges forward in defence once more, the ball taking the inside half of the bat and rolling into space on the leg side to allow a single

12.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Dravid shifts his weight back and clips to the man at square leg

12.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, the hands thrust away from the body as Dravid defends down towards gully. He almost had to stretch to play that

12.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, swinging away outside off, and this time he does the right thing by leaving alone

Stuart Broad has left the field, and has been replaced by a substitute fielder ... who isn't Scott Elstone. He's Laurie Evans.

End of over 13 (1 run) India 43/1
R Dravid    13* (34b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-23-0
G Gambhir    30* (43b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    2-1-2-0

13.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, banged in short! That's the first real bouncer we've seen this morning, and it was a good one that had Gambhir ducking for cover

13.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, pitched up and swinging, Gambhir defends

13.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, solid defence once more from the batsman. Gambhir seems to have settled quite nicely despite the challenging conditions. He's got to make the most of this start

13.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, FOUR, that'll help! Great shot, Gambhir stepping forward to punch the ball straight, between the stumps and mid-off. Cracking shot, right out of the middle

13.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, the riposte is a bouncer! It's a sharp one, but Gambhir weaves out of the way in good time

13.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, pitched up and defended to end the over

That's the end of the first hour, and they'll take drinks at Edgbaston.

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 47/1
G Gambhir    34* (49b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-6-0
R Dravid    13* (34b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-23-0

Broad is back on the park and back into the attack. Three slips in place.

14.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, good start! Broad sends down a surprise yorker that is right on the mark, Dravid had to hurry to dig it out

14.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, pitched right up to the bat once more, dug out to cover

14.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, short of a good length this time, Dravid sways back to leave

14.4

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, a loose-limbed, languid drive sends the ball scorching through cover! Driven as only Dravid can, a pleasure to watch

14.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, a better length from Broad, and Dravid is very late in defence. The ball goes down behind square and is stopped by Anderson in the slips

14.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, past the outside edge! Superb attacking line from Broad, just outside off. Dravid had to play at it, but the swing took the ball past his outside edge

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 51/1
R Dravid    17* (40b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-22-1
G Gambhir    34* (49b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-6-0

Bresnan to continue. He started with four slips, he's got three now.

15.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir continues in defensive mode as Bresnan hits a length on off stump

15.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, wide enough of off that Gambhir doesn't need to play any shot

15.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, fuller, straighter and this time it's defended. The ball moved in through the air and off the pitch, taking the inside half of the bat

15.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, defended once more, although not entirely solidly

15.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, fuller still, and wide too. This time Gambhir leans into a drive, but doesn't quite time it as the ball rolls to cover

15.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, an easy single behind square on the leg side, Gambhir working a length delivery off the hip

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End of over 16 (1 run) India 52/1
G Gambhir    35* (55b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-7-0
R Dravid    17* (40b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-22-1

16.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, good bounce and carry for Broad, but it's outside off and Gambhir raises his hands high to leave

16.2

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir hops and jabs behind square on the leg side, he wants the single straight away and Dravid eventually gets across too

16.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, defended into the leg side from the crease

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16.4

Broad to Dravid, 2 runs, a quick two is taken as Dravid clips a straight one through the leg side

16.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, full and straight once more, dug out defensively to off

16.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, well, that's a brave leave to end the over. The ball goes safely past him, but that wasn't too far away

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 55/1
R Dravid    19* (44b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-25-1
G Gambhir    36* (57b 7x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-7-0

17.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, pitched up, but wide of Gambhir, who gets across to cover his off stump and leave alone

17.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir gets forward and defends light, his eyes over the ball

17.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, good bounce from Bresnan, who lands one on a short length to get Gambhir hopping. The batsman deals with it well, fending it down behind square on the leg side and picking up a single

17.4

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, full outside off, Dravid leans out to defend to cover

17.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, Bresnan goes wide on the crease but also lands the ball wide of off, and Dravid safely offers no shot

17.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, again he's outside off, and this time Dravid raises his arms above his head in exaggerated fashion to leave

This is slightly barbed, but on point from James: "Looks like India have now had enough practice matches to get used to English conditions. Pity 2 of them were the first 2 test matches really."

End of over 18 (1 run) India 56/1
R Dravid    19* (47b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-8-0
G Gambhir    37* (60b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-25-1

18.1

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, slammed down short of length, again Gambhir hops and tucks to fine leg for one

18.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, that's a better length, fuller and aimed at off stump. Dravid defends from the crease

18.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, fired at the off stump, Dravid appears utterly solid in defence as he gets forward

18.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, full again, this one hit the seam and jagged away from Dravid, who had already set himself to leave on line

18.5

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, the wicket was much greener yesterday than it is today, but there's still some spite and malice in it as this one shoots off a length to strike a painful blow on Dravid's gloves. That looked like it hurt, but he seems ok

18.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, clipped off the hip towards square leg

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 58/1
G Gambhir    38* (62b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-27-1
R Dravid    20* (51b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-8-0

19.1

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, fuller, straighter, and this time a forward defensive is the response

19.2

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, a length delivery rises past the defensive bat to strike him on the thigh

19.3

Bresnan to Dravid, 1 leg bye, that's off the pad and into the leg side, the batsmen taking a single

19.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, curving gently in, defended by Gambhir

19.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, OUT, gone! Bowled him! Bresnan has been probing away on that off stump line, this one swung sharply back in as Gambhir stepped forward to drive, nipping in between bat and pad to clatter into the stumps. What a waste, Gambhir had struggled through the new ball and really looked set, but that was a loose drive and he's paid the price. A thick inside edge meant the ball cannoned into the stumps, and he's got to go.

G Gambhir b Bresnan 38 (89m 64b 7x4 0x6) SR: 59.37

Most of the crowd stands to applaud Sachin to the crease.

19.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, full, straight, and defended first up

End of over 20 (1 run, wicket maiden) India 59/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    6-2-8-1
R Dravid    20* (54b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-27-1

20.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, pitched up by Broad, Dravid defends late and right under the eyes

20.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, fuller still, and it's driven to cover without much power or timing

20.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, swinging away outside off, and Dravid happily leaves alone

20.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, speared down the leg side, Dravid can't lay bat on the glance

20.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, on a length and leaving the bat, left alone once more

20.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, another outswinger, and another leave to end the over

End of over 21 (maiden) India 59/2
R Dravid    20* (60b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-27-1
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    6-2-8-1

There's an immediate change in the attack after the wicket, and Anderson is brought back on. He's got a pretty decent record against Tendulkar, having dismissed him seven times.

21.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, play-and-miss! Swinging away quite wide of off, a pretty harmless delivery and Tendulkar might well have let it go. Instead he swishes, and misses. Big groan from the crowd

21.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, swinging away outside off, and this time he does leave alone

21.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, on a length and aimed at midde and off. Defended softly into the off side

21.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, what a ball! That is an absolute cracker. Anderson aimed full again, but this time it hit the deck and nipped very sharply back in, bursting through the gap between bat and pad and buzzing past the stumps

21.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, this time Tendulkar moves forward into solid defence, with bat and pad right together

21.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, just short of a good length, and Tendulkar is off the mark with a nudge to midwicket

End of over 22 (1 run) India 60/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (7b)      JM Anderson    8-1-24-0
R Dravid    20* (60b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-27-1

22.1

Broad to Tendulkar, OUT, Tendulkar is out! Full, swinging away, Tendulkar pokes and edges straight to Anderson at third slip. That's taken the intensity up a notch! And not only on the field, there's all sorts of lively statements flying around the Cricinfo office right now. Sambit may be feeling a little outnumbered just at the minute ... That is quite a wicket for England, and a second significant scalp for the in-form Broad.

SR Tendulkar c Anderson b Broad 1 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

22.2

Broad to Laxman, FOUR, well, he's off the mark with a four first ball but that's a little sketchy. His feet went nowhere and the bat just thrust out at a probing length ball, the inside edge going to fine leg

22.3

Broad to Laxman, no run, swinging away outside off this time, left alone

22.4

Broad to Laxman, no run, on a length, hitting the top of off. Defended to cover

22.5

Broad to Laxman, no run, full, shaping away once more. Left alone

Sameer Shadab has picked the peanut out of the poop: "Positive thing about Sachin's dismissal is that at least he did not get out to Anderson. Phew."

22.6

Broad to Laxman, 1 run, full, Broad attacking the off stump. Dug out to cover

Another great over from Broad, who is some form at the moment with the ball. He's bowling with great rhythm, and the crowd applauds the end of his over, appreciating the effort.

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 65/3
VVS Laxman    5* (5b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-32-2
R Dravid    20* (60b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-24-0

Anderson continues

23.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, swinging away, Laxman is watchful in defence

23.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, rising sharply off a good length, fended to gully

23.3

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, Anderson has the ball on a string here, this one swerves in through the air and is nudged to midwicket

23.4

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, nicely played by Dravid, who picks up the length early and punches forcefully through cover point off the back foot. He doesn't quite pick up four, but it's a top shot all the same

23.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Anderson aims much fuller, Dravid defends

23.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full wide, and nipping away from the batsman. Dravid steps right across and raises his arms into a graceful leave

This is a little maudlin from Neelesh. Cheer up people, this Test has only just begun! "There were times when Henry Blofeld used to say on the commentry about Tendulkar that "Ball went past the boundary line before I could say his last name." These days he goes back to the boundary line, before my 4 year old finishes reading his last name."

End of over 24 (3 runs) India 68/3
R Dravid    22* (63b 3x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-27-0
VVS Laxman    6* (8b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-32-2

Bresnan back into the attack.

24.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, he's on the mark straight away, and Laxman defends off the front foot

24.2

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, chopped down defensively, the ball going through the gap between the slips and the gully and away for four

24.3

Bresnan to Laxman, 1 run, straighter from Bresnan, nudged into the leg side for a quick single

24.4

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, full and straight once more, wobbling away through the air as Dravid comes forward to defend

24.5

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, this is probing stuff from Bresnan, as Dravid is forward again to defend a ball aimed at his stumps

24.6

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, swinging away outside off, and a leave to end the over

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 73/3
R Dravid    22* (66b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    7-2-13-1
VVS Laxman    11* (11b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-27-0

25.1

Anderson to Laxman, 2 runs, nice shot from Laxman, who flicks his wrists at a delivery that is just too straight and sends the ball racing towards the square leg boundary ... KP rushes across and dives to save a couple of runs

25.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, that's a very loose swish outside off, and he doesn't get too close to laying bat on ball. This one was well wide of off and he could well have left it alone

25.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, straighter from Anderson, and Laxman defends

25.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller still, Laxman comes forward to drive towards mid-off, but without much timing

The umpire has just had a word with Anderson, his follow through is getting a bit too close to the danger area on the pitch

25.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, bounce and movement outside off! To his credit, Laxman didn't follow the ball with the hands, keeping the bat inside the line as the ball whizzed past him

25.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, chopped down defensively towards gully

This is a quite epic burn from Avinash Koppal: "Tendulkar can be a good brand ambassador for Maggie 2 Minute Noodles :)"

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 75/3
VVS Laxman    13* (17b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-29-0
R Dravid    22* (66b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    7-2-13-1

26.1

Bresnan to Dravid, no run, full, aimed right at the off stump and Dravid is well forward in defence

26.2

Bresnan to Dravid, OUT, that's a nut! Dravid is undone by a cracking delivery from Bresnan, it landed on a perfect length and straightened off the pitch, zipping past the outside edge of his hopeful defence and making a mess of the stumps. It was already England's session, but this wicket has really tipped things in their favour. Bresnan has been as dependable as ever, and he's also got two wickets for good measure. India are in a deep hole now

R Dravid b Bresnan 22 (111m 68b 3x4 0x6) SR: 32.35

12.59pm And with that, they'll take lunch after a dramatic first morning at Edgbaston. Everything has gone England's way since Andrew Strauss won the toss and put India in on a wicket that has had plenty of grass shaved off it but still did plenty, especially in the first hour. The return of Sehwag was a huge anticlimax - for Indian fans at least - but Dravid and Gambhir had appeared to negotiate the new ball in a confident 51-run stand. The session turned with Gambhir's wicket, and with Tendulkar and Dravid also gone England are right in control. Read all about what has been an absorbing passage of play in Andrew McGlashan's lunchtime report. Join us in 40 minutes for the resumption.

"I have had racehorses all my working life, and good ones too, always knew when to retire them," writes Robert Brown. "Never make a champion look bad, let him go out gracefully, and i hope a certain gentleman does retire soon, as i want to remember him as a Champion."

"Gotta love Indian fans," says Amused Indian Fan. "Quick to love and quick to be disgruntled. Can we remind ourselves that a mere 3 months ago we won the World Cup with 75% of the same players we are dishing it out to now?"

And I'll end my stint on an optimistic note with Vatsal: "England were 124 for 8 at around Tea on Day 1 of 2nd test. They won the test by over 300 runs. India is in a better position already."

Out come Laxman and Raina. England fielders already in position. Raina will be on strike. Bouncers, anybody? Just the two slips and a gully. That's because they need a short leg and a backward short leg

1.35pm And we are back. England on fire here with their bowlers providing little respite to India. What kind of resistance can Laxman and friends put up here?

26.3

Bresnan to Raina, no run, and he gives him the full, wide one as surprise... left alone by Raina

26.4

Bresnan to Raina, no run, the bouncer now, outside the line of leg, Raina gets inside the line

There are two men on the hook too. Forward short leg is the straightest fielder on the on side

26.5

Bresnan to Raina, 2 runs, back of a length now, Raina moves across and pushes this down the ground for two

26.6

Bresnan to Raina, no run, aha, the naughty attempt at fending one aimed at his ribs, luckily for Raina he misses it, and takes the blow on the body

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 77/4
SK Raina    2* (4b)      TT Bresnan    8-2-15-2
VVS Laxman    13* (17b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-29-0

Anderson to continue

27.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, starts with a length ball around off, no swing on this one, but Laxman covers the line well

27.2

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, inswinger now, clipped off the pads for a single

Round the wicket comes Anderson

27.3

Anderson to Raina, no run, the away swinger, the same delivery that got him at Lord's - Raina drives at it, gets a thick edge, but it falls short of gully

27.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, better from Raina, gets a big stride in before leaving this one alone

27.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, length ball, around off, swinging away, Raina defends off the middle of the bat

27.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, keeps probing around off, left alone this time, though

End of over 28 (1 run) India 78/4
SK Raina    2* (8b)      JM Anderson    11-1-30-0
VVS Laxman    14* (19b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    8-2-15-2

28.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, just short of a length, around off, slight shape away, defended

28.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, Laxman right behind this in defence

28.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, well down the leg side, Laxman will feel he has missed out on a four ball

28.4

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, back of a length, Laxman is deep in the crease to keep this out

28.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, fuller ball, good subtle change in the length, Laxman is caught in the crease, gets an inside edge onto the pad

28.6

Bresnan to Laxman, 4 leg byes, that's the four ball capitalised on, although it didn't come off the bat. Too straight, beats Laxman's flick, but gets enough of the pad to go wide of Prior

End of over 29 (4 runs, maiden) India 82/4
VVS Laxman    14* (25b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    9-3-15-2
SK Raina    2* (8b)      JM Anderson    11-1-30-0

Three slips and a gully. No short leg

29.1

Anderson to Raina, no run, back of a length, guided towards gully with soft hands

"England are on fire here? Slight faux pas perhaps?" Oops. Wasn't the intention, Beau Edwards

29.2

Anderson to Raina, no run, fuller now, Raina comes forward to push it to cover

29.3

Anderson to Raina, no run, short, outside off, Raina stays inside the line

29.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, short, rearing up towards the chest, gets him to fend at it, which is what England want. Raina keeps it down, though

29.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, fuller now, but wide of off, left alone

29.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, lovely delivery, pitches middle and off and leaves him, Raina pushes it to mid-off

End of over 30 (maiden) India 82/4
SK Raina    2* (14b)      JM Anderson    12-2-30-0
VVS Laxman    14* (25b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    9-3-15-2

30.1

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, well down the leg side again, Laxman doesn't make any contact with it

30.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, bouncer outside off, easy for Laxman to stay away from it

30.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, outswinger, full too, teasing length, Laxman stays away from it

30.4

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, full, on the stumps, played back to the bowler

"so, you are here, Sid.. I thought they had sent you home! Glad the commentary box doesn't give you scope to post polls!" And there you are Keshav, hunting me down. Don't shoot the messenger

30.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, full and straight, making him play, which Laxman does off the middle of the bat

30.6

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, another full delivery, this time he pushes at it a little firmly, but can't get it past mid-on

End of over 31 (maiden) India 82/4
VVS Laxman    14* (31b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    10-4-15-2
SK Raina    2* (14b)      JM Anderson    12-2-30-0

31.1

Anderson to Raina, no run, looks for one into the ribs, but this is too straight and Raina need not play at it

31.2

Anderson to Raina, no run, short of a length, Raina is on his toe to defend it away from his body. Keeps it down

31.3

Anderson to Raina, no run, bouncer, too short, too high, Raina ducks under it easily

31.4

Anderson to Raina, 2 runs, length ball, angling into the pads, helped away for a couple

31.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, full, driving length, but hit back to Anderson

31.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, shorter, and wider, left alone

End of over 32 (2 runs) India 84/4
SK Raina    4* (20b)      JM Anderson    13-2-32-0
VVS Laxman    14* (31b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    10-4-15-2

32.1

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, slightly risky, but he has picked the gap. This is a half-volley, but too wide, and Laxman goes at it without feet. The square-drive is placed to precision, though, between point and cover-point

32.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, down the leg side again, he has done that at least four-five times since lunch

32.3

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, better from Bresnan, just short of a length, angling towards off, Laxman is right behind it

32.4

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, half-volley, close to off, and Laxman has crashed it through extra cover. That was easy runs. pretty ones too

32.5

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, beauty, absolute beauty, too good. Goes wide of the crease, which means Laxman has to play at it even though it is pitched outside off, and then it leaves him, beating the edge

32.6

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, full and wide now, and this time Laxman doesn't go after it

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 92/4
VVS Laxman    22* (37b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    11-4-23-2
SK Raina    4* (20b)      JM Anderson    13-2-32-0

33.1

Anderson to Raina, OUT, Plays all around this one! He has missed a straight half-volley! Anderson has been taking the ball away from Raina, who sees a juicy full around off and goes for a big drive. This, though, comes in with the angle, and takes the middle stump out. Raina hopelessly outside the line

SK Raina b Anderson 4 (26m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 19.04

Enter captain. Under pressure. The No. 1 ranking slipping away. And also his unbeaten series record as a captain

33.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, and he plays a cut without feet, is nowhere close to it. Just threw his hands at it. Beaten

33.3

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, fuller, closer to off, defended to Anderson

33.4

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, nearly walks into edging one, a near replay of his TB dismissal. However, at the last moment, withdraws from the shot

33.5

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, comes forward before shouldering arms to one outside off

"This is the kind of performance which will raise indian economy because people like me will prefer to stay at office until the day's play is over," says Ankit

33.6

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, another leave outside off

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) India 92/5
MS Dhoni    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    14-3-32-1
VVS Laxman    22* (37b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    11-4-23-2

34.1

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, Laxman flicks this one off the pads, rolling his wrists on this to beat midwicket. Bresnan has been too straight this spell

34.2

Bresnan to Laxman, no run, nearly picks out midwicket this time, a semi-leading edge on this flick doesn't carry to midwicket

34.3

Bresnan to Laxman, FOUR, that's hundred for India, and what a beautiful shot to bring it up with. Laxman stands tall, and punches this down the ground, between the bowler and mid-on

34.4

Bresnan to Laxman, OUT, Laxman out pulling for the third time in three Tests! He is a positive batsman, though, and has got a few runs with that shot too. This time, though, perhaps the ball wasn't short enough, and he got a top edge to long leg. England absolutely kicked with this wicket. Bresnan gets three

VVS Laxman c Broad b Bresnan 30 (49m 41b 6x4 0x6) SR: 73.17

Amit Mishra is the new batsman. The batsmen didn't even cross! Three slips, a gully, a short leg

34.5

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, Bresnan bowls the full one, and Mishra defends

34.6

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, gets under the bouncer now

End of over 35 (8 runs) India 100/6
A Mishra    0* (2b)      TT Bresnan    12-4-31-3
MS Dhoni    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    14-3-32-1

"Ankit, staying in the office but watching cricinfo through your fingers doesn't really improve the productivity!" says Colin

Broad comes back now. No respite for India

35.1

Broad to Dhoni, no run, full delivery, pushed to mid-off

35.2

Broad to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, extra bounce there, Dhoni pushes inside the line

35.3

Broad to Dhoni, no run, fuller, closer to off, Dhoni defends

"I'm thinking right about now Vatsal would settle for 124-8- this is beginning to look like 124 all out," says John Muir

35.4

Broad to Dhoni, no run, pitched right up, Dhoni looks for the drive, gets the inside half of the bat

35.5

Broad to Dhoni, no run, goes wide of the crease, Dhoni flicks a half-volley down the ground, but the mid-on is pretty straight

35.6

Broad to Dhoni, no run, shoulders arms to this short one outside off

End of over 36 (maiden) India 100/6
MS Dhoni    0* (11b)      SCJ Broad    10-3-32-2
A Mishra    0* (2b)      TT Bresnan    12-4-31-3

"Absolutely pathetic approach from India. I think they are mentally exhausted and trying to come out swinging. I mean except for RD's dismissal and Sehwag's indecisiveness, the rest have thrown their wicket," fumes Guru

36.1

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, too good for the tailender, leaving him against the angle, beats the edge

36.2

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, fuller, into the pads, and Bell is superb as usual at short leg. This is no edge, and has gone firmly at him, but he fields and has a hit for a run-out too. Misses

36.3

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, pushed to cover off the middle of the bat

36.4

Bresnan to Mishra, FOUR, full and straight, Mishra presents it the middle of the bat, and the timing beats mid-on. That's the one advantage of attacking fields if you are a batsman. Pushes can get you fours

36.5

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, ducks under a bouncer, not much venom in this

36.6

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, full and wide, left alone

End of over 37 (4 runs) India 104/6
A Mishra    4* (8b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    13-4-35-3
MS Dhoni    0* (11b)      SCJ Broad    10-3-32-2

37.1

Broad to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni takes one on the body. Looking to walk down to Broad, then sees this short one nipping back into him, and presents it his chest

37.2

Broad to Dhoni, no run, what a beauty to follow that up with, teasing length just outside off, leaves him upon pitching. Misses the edge, though

37.3

Broad to Dhoni, no run, shorter now, Dhoni stays inside the line and drops his wrist

37.4

Broad to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, and they steal a leg-bye here, this has hardly gone off the square, but Mishra is quick to call him through

37.5

Broad to Mishra, no run, short one, Mishra sways out of the line

37.6

Broad to Mishra, no run, another bouncer, doesn't even bounce much... Mishra manages to get under it, though

End of over 38 (1 run, maiden) India 105/6
A Mishra    4* (10b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    11-4-32-2
MS Dhoni    0* (15b)      TT Bresnan    13-4-35-3

"As if they don't have anything to talk about, commentators are talking about dhoni's technique. Isn't that funny?" Santosh is baffled

38.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR, full and wide, Dhoni wristily drives it through the covers. Walked into this shot to get close to the pitch of the ball

Dhoni pulls out of this at the last moment. Bresnan lets the ball go anyway. All good fun

38.2

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

38.3

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, another leave from Dhoni, this was wide outside off

38.4

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, away-swinger, pitches around off and leaves him, but Dhoni lets it go

38.5

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, a straight half-volley, pushed down the ground, Pietersen puts in a dive from mid-on to save three runs

38.6

Bresnan to Mishra, no run, the effort ball, rears off a length, leaves him too, Mishra has a poke at it, but is beaten

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 110/6
A Mishra    4* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    14-4-40-3
MS Dhoni    5* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    11-4-32-2

"I have tickets to watch the game on Friday (3rd days play). The way things are going, it might be the last day of the match," writes in Venky

39.1

Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, the inswinger now, Dhoni - used to playing the outswinger - pushes tentatively at it, gets a thick inside edge for a single

39.2

Broad to Mishra, no run, left alone outside off

39.3

Broad to Mishra, OUT, another straight half-volley gets a wicket... this is another teasing full ball just outside off, Mishra drives tamely, inside the line as it turns out. The ball does nothing, goes straight, and takes the edge

A Mishra c †Prior b Broad 4 (21m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

"Well..Is the end of the golden era for the big three of Indian Cricket? Looks like the slide has started and it would be wise for one among dravid, Laxman or Sachin to make way for Pujara!" Nagraj Patil, for your information, Pujara has been injured - incidentally while playing IPL and diving on a poor overused outfield. Had he been fit, he would have been playing in place of Raina. And why should the big three - and not Raina - make way for Pujara?

Enter Praveen Kumar

39.4

Broad to Kumar, no run, Nearly another wicket... Kumar drives at the first ball he plays, uppishly, and it falls just short of mid-off

39.5

Broad to Kumar, no run, takes one on the body here, this is a short ball that doesn't quite rise. Lets it hit his arm. No show of pain

39.6

Broad to Kumar, 4 leg byes, that's clever batting - and frankly the only way at the moment for India to get runs. India get four runs because Kumar has not offered a shot here. Is hit in the arm, and the ball lobs over the keeper. What an outdated rule to allow leg-byes for such no-shots

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 115/7
P Kumar    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    12-4-33-3
MS Dhoni    6* (21b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    14-4-40-3

Anderson comes back now. Can India at least make England use their fourth bowler?

40.1

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, walks down the track, sees a short ball, lets it hit him in the thigh

40.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, short ball, nips back in, cramps Dhoni. Kumar wants the single, but it hasn't gone far from Anderson

40.3

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, Intent from Dhoni... this is a length ball, gets a stride in, plays on the up, deliberately in the air, and straight down the ground

How long before another modern captain employs defensive fields at 120 for 7?

40.4

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, back of a length, angling in, pushed back

40.5

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, pulled powerfully, not much behind this short ball, he rocks back and smashes this past midwicket

40.6

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, stays away from this short one, though

End of over 41 (8 runs) India 123/7
MS Dhoni    14* (27b 3x4)      JM Anderson    15-3-40-1
P Kumar    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    12-4-33-3

"Why does everyone keep saying that the big 3 should step down? I believe a good chunk of India's runs in the first 2 matches were scored by them. I think its time to wake up and smell the funk left by the IPL," says Fighting Irish. I like that nick

41.1

Broad to Kumar, FOUR, Kumar swings now, and beneficially too, getting under a length ball and clearing mid-on with ease

Short leg comes in

41.2

Broad to Kumar, no run, yorker outside off, Kumar is deep in the crease, digs this one out

41.3

Broad to Kumar, 1 run, short, into the ribs, Kumar pushes this towards mid-on, and they rush through for a single

Two slips for Dhoni now

41.4

Broad to Dhoni, no run, left alone outside off

41.5

Broad to Dhoni, no run, good short delivery, not too short, and nips back in to cramp him. Dhoni awkwardly keeps it down

41.6

Broad to Dhoni, no run, short outside off, Dhoni doesn't need to play it, but he does, and manages to keep it down

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 128/7
MS Dhoni    14* (30b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    13-4-38-3
P Kumar    5* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    15-3-40-1

Two slips and a gully for Kumar

42.1

Anderson to Kumar, no run, short, but down the leg side, doesn't bother him

"These two can give India's bowlers something to work with if they set themselves mini-milestones. Aim for 10/20/25 runs at a time and play without any rash strokes. I strongly believe PK can bat," writes in Paul

42.2

Anderson to Kumar, no run, a third time Kumar lets the ball hit him in the arm. Hasn't flinched once

Gully goes to leg slip

42.3

Anderson to Kumar, no run, plays at this one, towards where short leg would have been

42.4

Anderson to Kumar, 1 run, No gully! No gully! They are trying to have him fend at deliveries, but they don't have a gully. This would have gone down the said fielder's lap. Instead they get a single, although Kumar has to be woken up for it

42.5

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, gets under this bouncer with ease

42.6

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, backs away this time, the bouncer follows him, gets bat on it, keeps it down, and takes a single

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 130/7
MS Dhoni    15* (32b 3x4)      JM Anderson    16-3-42-1
P Kumar    6* (10b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    13-4-38-3

43.1

Broad to Dhoni, no run, length ball outside off, Dhoni doesn't disturb it

43.2

Broad to Dhoni, no run, goes wide of the crease, bowls a low full toss, which Dhoni hits straight to mid-on

43.3

Broad to Dhoni, FOUR, a forehand up the line! Sees a half-tracker and goes after it. Even though it is too wide, he goes for it, and ends up hitting over extra cover. Maybe even straighter

43.4

Broad to Dhoni, no run, short, into the pads, Dhoni is late on it

43.5

Broad to Dhoni, FOUR, After tennis, Dhoni plays some pool! Another four... are England getting carried away with short-pitch bowling here? Another bouncer here. Dhoni pulls, the ball hits the cue end, and the ball goes in front of square for four

43.6

Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish again, dropped into the leg side for one

End of over 44 (9 runs) India 139/7
MS Dhoni    24* (38b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    14-4-47-3
P Kumar    6* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    16-3-42-1

"Whether you like it or not, age dictates that the Big 3 are going to retire over the next 2-3 years. India need to manage their transition to a younger side over the next (say) 4 years. Raina and Pujara (and Virat Kohli) will be part of that younger team." James, I don't think Dravid and Laxman will themselves want to hang on for too much longer than the Australia tour later this year. They haven't won a series there

44.1

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, more runs for India, Dhoni pushes at this one, gets a thick edge that goes along the ground and bisects second slip and gully

44.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, slower on now, Dhoni pushes at it in front of his body, but keeps it down

"That's about the first really poor over Broad's bowled in the series. He's gone back to bowling short again, and Dhoni just helped himself." I agree with John Muir

44.3

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, back to bowling short, Dhoni is on his toes to punch this towards cover

44.4

Anderson to Dhoni, SIX, Whoa! Dhoni is in the house! Gets under this length ball, gets a clean swing going, and launches this over long-off. The crowd is scattered

44.5

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, gets inside the line to turn this short one into the leg side for one. Helps that they are bowling bouncers without a short leg in place

Short leg comes in for Kumar

44.6

Anderson to Kumar, no run, he fends this one, but keeps it down. Too many short-pitched deliveries for my liking. They have got wickets pitching the ball up

End of over 45 (11 runs) India 150/7
P Kumar    6* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    17-3-53-1
MS Dhoni    35* (43b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    14-4-47-3

"1st SIX by and Indian batsman this series! I have been waiting for this!! Well Played Dhoni!" Albert is overjoyed

45.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length again, Dhoni works it to long leg for a single

45.2

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, another bouncer, Kumar ducks under it

45.3

Bresnan to Kumar, FOUR, short and wide, Kumar goes to meet the ball away from the body, but hits it off the sweet part of the bat, and gets four runs in front of square

45.4

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, short again, Kumar is behind it in defence

"Harbhajan Singh hit a six in the second test !!" Abhi corrects Albert

45.5

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, another bouncer that fails to involve Kumar

45.6

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, Kumar takes another blow on that arm. This is the fourth according to my count. But he is not flinching, and keeps getting the odd leg-byes

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 155/7
P Kumar    10* (16b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    15-4-45-3
MS Dhoni    36* (44b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    17-3-53-1

Mini milestone for India. They have brought out England's fourth bowler. Swann to bowl with one slip and short leg. And a long-off

46.1

Swann to Dhoni, no run, flat delivery, pushed back

46.2

Swann to Dhoni, no run, pushes right forward to defend this one

46.3

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery, pushed to long-off for a single

During the over break, an arm guard came out for Kumar, who waved it off. Hmm

46.4

Swann to Kumar, no run, high back lift, but defends it back

46.5

Swann to Kumar, no run, nicely tossed up, Kumar is fighting temptation, but defends in the end

46.6

Swann to Kumar, 1 run, this time it is pitched close enough for him to have a go, drills this along the ground to long-on

Swann is bowling with a long-off and a long-on in place for a No. 9 at 150 for 7

End of over 47 (2 runs) India 157/7
P Kumar    11* (19b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-2-0
MS Dhoni    37* (47b 6x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    15-4-45-3

"Just woke up here in California and saw the score: Sehwag 0, Sachin 1. This shows what I have believed all along, that Sachin is an infinitely better batsman than Sehwag in English conditions." Good stuff, Mac

47.1

Bresnan to Kumar, 1 run, another short ball, Kumar is behind it, and picks an easy single into the covers

47.2

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, length ball now, defended back to Bresnan

47.3

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, that's a beauty, and I am baffled as to why they are not bowling more of this... fuller delivery, leaving Dhoni, beats the edge. This is likelier to get a wicket than the short ones

47.4

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, pushes down towards mid-on for a single

47.5

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, another bouncer, looks to let it hit his arm, but this one takes the handle of the bat, down onto the pad

47.6

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, fends this after moving across, keeping it down

End of over 48 (2 runs) India 159/7
P Kumar    12* (22b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    16-4-47-3
MS Dhoni    38* (50b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-2-0

"During the 47th over you said an arm guard was brought on for Kumar.

I read it as an armed guard. Too many late nights watching the riots....." Jamie Versey sends this one in

48.1

Swann to Dhoni, no run, full, pushed back to the bowler

48.2

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, too full, too straight, easy single to long-on

48.3

Swann to Kumar, FOUR, Phew... that's murdered! This was tossed up for him to have a go, an Kumar lofted it right over Swann's head. Long-on, long-off don't matter. Fifty of the partnership

48.4

Swann to Kumar, FOUR, this is a top shot because he has been beaten in the flight and then flicks it through covers. And the timing is good again

48.5

Swann to Kumar, no run, back to forward defensive now

48.6

Swann to Kumar, no run, offbreak, too straight, Kumar defends this to short leg

End of over 49 (9 runs) India 168/7
P Kumar    20* (26b 4x4)      GP Swann    2-0-11-0
MS Dhoni    39* (52b 6x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    16-4-47-3

49.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, Bresnan is short again, Dhoni has little trouble pushing this back

49.2

Bresnan to Dhoni, 2 runs, fuller, played with an open face, towards deep point. They want the second, Kumar sends him back, but the overthrow gets them the second

49.3

Bresnan to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni! Suddenly the wicket is looking like Wankhede... Walks down at Bresnan and slogs him across the line for a six over cow corner

49.4

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, wide outside off, left alone

49.5

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length, pushed wide of cover for a single

49.6

Bresnan to Kumar, no run, that's a short one into the chest/ribs area, Kumar fends at this, it goes uppishly off the glove, but towards cover and not towards short leg

End of over 50 (9 runs) India 177/7
P Kumar    20* (27b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    17-4-56-3
MS Dhoni    48* (57b 6x4 2x6)      GP Swann    2-0-11-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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
England v India at Lord's - Jul 21-25, 2011
England won by 196 runs
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