Pataudi Trophy - 4th Test

England v India

England won by an innings and 8 runs

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

Sharma to bowl the last over before lunch

50.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, short and wide, Pietersen shapes up to cut, but then withdraws from the shot

50.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, a smart delivery, I suspect he tried to squeeze this one behind his legs as Pietersen moves too far across. Sharma went straight and full, beat him with the line, but the swing took it past the leg stump

Leg slip comes in now

50.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen doesn't move too far across this time, and defends this length ball back

50.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Sharma bowls this short, into the ribs, Pietersen defends to midwicket

50.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, short, aimed for the ribs area, Pietersen moves inside the line, and shoulders arms. leaves it alone on length. This has passed over the middle stump

50.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen, Pietersen! He has nearly succeeded in giving catching practice to the leg slip brought in two balls ago. He jumps across the stumps, flicks it straight to the man, Raina fields, says he is not sure if the catch is clean. Replays aren't conclusive either way, but they seem more not-out than out, it seems the ball might have touched the ground before Raina got his left hand under it

1.05pm Time for lunch. India were competitive in this session. Only 51 runs conceded, the wickets of the openers taken. Will they be able to keep the intensity up in the remaining sessions too?

End of over 51 (maiden) England 126/2
KP Pietersen    18* (29b 4x4)      I Sharma    16-7-24-1
IR Bell    29* (86b 3x4)      A Mishra    3-0-11-0

Welcome back everyone, Liam here. The first session of the second day provided some solid Test cricket, with India maintaining some good pressure, and England not giving an inch. It remains a good pitch for batting, however, and the afternoon session could well be another tight battle. It appears Amit Mishra, who found some turn in a short spell before lunch, will continue. Just one slip in place.

51.1

Mishra to Bell, no run, looped up very slow outside off, Bell leans into a languid drive that's stopped at extra cover

Fairly defensive field, this. Long-off and a sweeper on the boundary.

51.2

Mishra to Bell, no run, this time Bell stays back, pushing defensively to off

51.3

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, eased down to long-off, and they amble through for one. This field doesn't make sense to me

A short, straight mid-off comes in for KP.

51.4

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, nudged with the turn just behind square on the off side, another single taken

51.5

Mishra to Bell, no run, some fizz off the wicket for Mishra, but the delivery lands wide of off and is easily left alone

51.6

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, tossed up once more, Bell stretches forward to drive to long-off for another easy single

End of over 52 (3 runs) England 129/2
IR Bell    31* (91b 3x4)      A Mishra    4-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    19* (30b 4x4)      I Sharma    16-7-24-1

Sreesanth to bowl to two slips and a gully ... he loses his rhythm as he runs up and will have to try that first delivery again.

52.1

Sreesanth to Bell, (no ball) 1 run, attacking delivery to start, very full and swinging, but it's tucked away to leg for one. And what's more, he appears to have over-stepped

"As with Harbajan earlier and now with Amit Mishra- seem like Dhoni doesn't want to attack with spinners," writes Ankan. "Think this mind discourages the spinners to go for wickets."

52.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, good seam position for Sree, and he finds nice shape away from the bat. But it's wide of off and left alone

Well, we've just heard that Sehwag has not taken the field as he's suffering from a headache. Two disprin and he'll be right as rain.

52.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, straighter this time, and curving towards off stump as Pietersen defends

52.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, this time the movement means there's a little width to work with, and he's nudged behind point for one

Three slips in for Bell.

52.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, pitched right up to the bat, and swinging away. Bell resists the temptation, leaving alone

52.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, significant movement away from the bat once more, but Bell is quite safe leaving alone

52.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another outswinger, this one a little straighter but still not close enough to get Bell playing

End of over 53 (3 runs) England 132/2
IR Bell    32* (95b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    13-1-44-1
KP Pietersen    20* (33b 4x4)      A Mishra    4-0-14-0

53.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, what on earth was that? Mishra looped one down well wide of off and Pietersen shovelled it to mid-on. That wasn't even a sweep. Bizarre shot

53.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, pushed down a little flatter, but wide of off and this time Pietersen just lets it pass him

53.3

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, driven into the covers in far more orthodox fashion, and there's a single to be had

53.4

Mishra to Bell, no run, solid defence from Bell, leaning forward and defending a legbreak under his eyes

53.5

Mishra to Bell, no run, and again, Bell presses forward to negate the turn and defends

53.6

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, very full indeed from Mishra, and Bell picks up a single with a push to long-off

End of over 54 (2 runs) England 134/2
IR Bell    33* (98b 3x4)      A Mishra    5-0-16-0
KP Pietersen    21* (36b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    13-1-44-1

54.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Bell and Sreesanth continue the waiting game, Sree slinging an outswinger down in the channel outside off and Bell raising his arms to leave

54.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, pitched right up to the bat and swinging away, dug out back to the bowler

54.3

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, a little wider this time, and Bell opens the face of the bat to guide a single through gully

54.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen follows suit, propping half forward and angling an outswinger down past gully

54.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, just short of a good length from Sreesanth, Bell stands up tall to defend under the eyes

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54.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Bell presses forward this time, nudging the ball into the covers

End of over 55 (2 runs) England 136/2
IR Bell    34* (103b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    14-1-46-1
KP Pietersen    22* (37b 4x4)      A Mishra    5-0-16-0

55.1

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch frenetic from Pietersen, stepping back and flailing at a short-ish legbreak. The resultant inside edge goes to fine leg, and they sprint through for one

55.2

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, tapped into space on the off side

55.3

Mishra to Pietersen, FOUR, the elegant variation of the flamingo flick! Pietersen latches onto a full delivery on leg stump, clipping it through midwicket as his back leg is raised into the air

55.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, tossed up, and nicely straight from Mishra, Pietersen defends

55.5

Mishra to Pietersen, FOUR, heaved to wide long-on! This one was right up to KP and he just had a yahoo at it, the ball pinging out of the middle

55.6

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, and he follows that up with a gentle push down the ground to take the partnership to 50

End of over 56 (11 runs) England 147/2
KP Pietersen    32* (42b 6x4)      A Mishra    6-0-27-0
IR Bell    35* (104b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    14-1-46-1

Jignesh writes: "with so many edges falling short, why aren't the slip fielders standing closer? I agree with Ankan that Dhoni doesn't have the experience and skills to handle the spinners."

56.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, just short of the man at backward point! Pietersen walked across to the off side and trying to flick Sreesanth through midwicket, but the ball took the leading edge and went in the opposite direction ... landing just short of the fielder

56.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, full and straight, tapped back to the bowler

doctor tom - who sparked a global mexican wave yesterday - has this advice: "As your medical correspondent I would like to advise you against recommending 2 disprin (= 600mg aspirin) for a headache. Whist it would work, it could also put Virender at risk of a stomach ulcer. stick to a (king) pair of co-codamols."

56.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, ah, Pietersen could've been run out backing up here! Bell drove back towards Sreesanth, who palmed the ball back onto the stumps. The batsman was safely home

56.4

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, misfield from Sachin! He's out at deep square leg and had some ground to make as Bell glanced towards him ... but he makes a mess of it to allow a boundary

56.5

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, four more, and there's no fielder to blame for this one. Bell swivelled over a fairly innocuous bouncer, keeping the shot down and sending the ball racing to fine leg

56.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, full and straight from Sreesanth, and Bell responds with a straight-batted drive - but there's not much timing and the ball trickles to mid-on

End of over 57 (9 runs) England 156/2
IR Bell    43* (109b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    15-1-55-1
KP Pietersen    33* (43b 6x4)      A Mishra    6-0-27-0

57.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leans unto a powerful drive against a flighted legbreak, but hits the fielder

Four men out on the boundary now

57.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, good fielding again in the covers! It's Raina in that position, and he's done really well to leap to his left and stop a full-blooded cut

57.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and spinning away outside off, left alone

57.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, it's hit or block for Pietersen now, and this one is dealt with defensively

57.5

Mishra to Pietersen, FOUR, hacked! Pietersen's eyes lit up as the legspinner was floated down, and he just scythed through the line to send the ball racing back past Mishra. Ugly, but effective

57.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, and he ends the over by stepping across and leaving a legbreak outside off alone

"India need to watch out here, another hour of play like this and England will be 220/2 and speeding off into the sunset like a rocket," reckons ed dixon.

End of over 58 (4 runs) England 160/2
KP Pietersen    37* (49b 7x4)      A Mishra    7-0-31-0
IR Bell    43* (109b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    15-1-55-1

58.1

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, thrashed through the covers! Even when Bell looks to attack he does so with grace and balance, and this time he bent his knees into a flowing cover drive

58.2

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, another brace of fours, and the second has brought him a fifty! Another great drive from Bell, threading the gap to perfection, and Mrs. Bell is on hand in the stands to applaud the landmark

58.3

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, Sreesanth pulls his length back a touch and Bell steps back, angling the bat to pick up a single behind square

58.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, worked just straight of mid-on with plenty of wrist, eventually they decide the single is on and charge through

58.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Bell steps forward to punch to mid-on with a straight bat

58.6

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, Sreesanth strays onto Bell's pads and is neatly whipped to the fine leg boundary for another four. After a slow first session, England's batsmen have come to life after lunch

End of over 59 (14 runs) England 174/2
IR Bell    56* (114b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    16-1-69-1
KP Pietersen    38* (50b 7x4)      A Mishra    7-0-31-0

Ah, Sehwag's headache must have cleared up as he's back on the field and smiling now.

59.1

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-off, KP helping himself to a single

59.2

Mishra to Bell, no run, very full, dug out back to the bowler

59.3

Mishra to Bell, no run, too short this time, Bell hops back into position and cuts, but finds the backward point fielder

59.4

Mishra to Bell, no run, nudged defensively to off once more

Sahil Dutta has just stomped into the office with great intent. KP must be batting!

59.5

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, driven just wide of a diving cover fielder, and they take one as long-off runs in

59.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, looped down outside off, left alone by Pietersen

End of over 60 (2 runs) England 176/2
KP Pietersen    39* (52b 7x4)      A Mishra    8-0-33-0
IR Bell    57* (118b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    16-1-69-1

First change after lunch as Sreesanth, whose last two overs disappeared for 23, is replaced by Ishant Sharma.

60.1

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, rising off a length outside off, Bell defends off the back foot and the ball takes the inside half of the bat, rolling to leg

That leg slip is in place for Pietersen again.

60.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, KP walks right across his stumps and is struck on the pad - outside off - and somehow they've run two leg-byes even though the ball rolled barely 10 metres. Big open spaces at midwicket

60.3

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, off the inside edge to fine leg! Pietersen attempted to force the ball away, on the up and on the walk, and is lucky not to have played on there

60.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen thrusts his hands out at a fairly wide delivery to pick up a single to deep point

60.5

Sharma to Bell, no run, full and aimed at off stump. Bell steps forward into a solid forward defensive stroke

60.6

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, tapped gently into the leg side, but to mid-on's right and so there's time for a quick single

Deepak has a theory: "The problem with India's bowling, in my opinion, has been the inability to take advantage of new batsmen. Rather than taking a couple of quick wickets, India always let these 30-50 run partnerships build up, and at that point, even out-of-form batsmen can work themselves in."

End of over 61 (9 runs) England 185/2
IR Bell    59* (121b 8x4)      I Sharma    17-7-31-1
KP Pietersen    44* (55b 8x4)      A Mishra    8-0-33-0

61.1

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, tapped towards point off the back foot, there's a slight fumble and a single is taken

61.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, drift and some spin for Mishra, Pietersen defends

Laxman is at a very straight mid-off for Pietersen.

61.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, spinning sharply away from Pietersen outside off, left alone

61.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, another legbreak, another leave from Pietersen

61.5

Mishra to Pietersen, FOUR, slog-swept to deep midwicket! Pietersen picked up the length early, fetching the ball from outside off

61.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, another attempted slog sweep, but this time he doesn't get close to it, swinging right over the ball. The delivery was too full for the shot, but it was outside off so the stumps weren't in danger

End of over 62 (5 runs) England 190/2
KP Pietersen    48* (60b 9x4)      A Mishra    9-0-38-0
IR Bell    60* (122b 8x4)      I Sharma    17-7-31-1

62.1

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, pushed through point off the back foot, and there's a single to be had. There's no-one at point, the man has been sent back to the boundary

62.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, dug in short with good intent, the ball rising up towards Pietersen's ribs and hurrying his pull. Well-controlled stroke though

62.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, nicely full and aimed at off stump, solid defence from Bell

62.4

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, forced through cover off the back foot, a single is taken as the sweeper runs in

"I am just surprised by the control english batsmen have on the game!" writes Suchu. "Just an hour back the RR was around 2.5 and in the last 10 overs its ranging around 6!"

62.5

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, fifty for Kevin Pietersen. He goes to the mark by walking across to off and glancing to fine leg

62.6

Sharma to Bell, no run, just short of a good length from Sharma, Bell stays at the crease and defends

End of over 63 (4 runs) England 194/2
IR Bell    62* (126b 8x4)      I Sharma    18-7-35-1
KP Pietersen    50* (62b 9x4)      A Mishra    9-0-38-0

63.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, well flighted by Mishra, Pietersen lunges well forward to defend

63.2

Mishra to Pietersen, FOUR, there's a sweeper on the off side boundary but he can't stop this! Very wide long half-volley, and Pietersen bends into a powerful drive to send the ball screaming to the rope

63.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, good fielding again by Raina in the covers, flinging himself around to stop another powerful shot

63.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, angled down to gully

63.5

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, wrong 'un, out the back of the hand, but it's very short indeed and easily spotted by Pietersen, who steps back and pulls to midwicket

63.6

Mishra to Bell, no run, pushed gracefully into the covers, but straight to the fielder

End of over 64 (5 runs) England 199/2
IR Bell    62* (127b 8x4)      A Mishra    10-0-43-0
KP Pietersen    55* (67b 10x4)      I Sharma    18-7-35-1

Sharma to continue

64.1

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, nip off the wicket! Sharma put something extra into this one and hit the seam nicely too, beating the inside edge of Pietersen's bat and striking him high on the thigh

64.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, yet again Pietersen walks right across his stumps and flicks nonchalantly to fine leg. Time for the leg stump yorker?

PJ writes: "Ojha would have done a much better holding job than Mishra, I don't know why he's being persisted failure after failure. Ashwin, anybody?"

64.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, bouncer from Sharma, Pietersen momentarily thought about hooking it but then dropped his hands at the last moment

64.4

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, this time he goes through with the shot! It was short again from Sharma, and Pietersen was waiting in position, having walked across his stumps yet again

64.5

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, glanced past the leg slip fielder, and Pietersen is motoring now! Sehwag is the fielder at leg slip, but he's really close and didn't even move as the ball passed him. Pietersen overtakes Bell

64.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, again Pietersen is right over outside off as he plays at this one - a full delivery - and the ball, seaming in, takes the inside half of the bat and rolls to leg

End of over 65 (11 runs) England 210/2
KP Pietersen    66* (73b 12x4)      I Sharma    19-7-46-1
IR Bell    62* (127b 8x4)      A Mishra    10-0-43-0

Mishra switches to round the wicket to try to quieten KP.

65.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, looped up and spinning, defended

65.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, glanced quite fine, off the face of the bat, but short fine is round in a flash

65.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, sharp turn! This has ragged at him from a good foot and a half outside leg

65.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, landing well outside leg again, kicked away by Pietersen, no bat involved

65.5

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, tossed right up to the bat, Pietersen bends into an extravagant slog sweep but can't connect

65.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen must know exactly where his off stump is, this was a pretty brave leave. A few have really ripped in this over, but this one didn't spin much as it went across him

End of over 66 (maiden) England 210/2
KP Pietersen    66* (79b 12x4)      A Mishra    11-1-43-0
IR Bell    62* (127b 8x4)      I Sharma    19-7-46-1

66.1

Sharma to Bell, no run, pitched up, Bell comes forward in defence

66.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, full once more, wide of off and Bell resists the urge to play a shot

Shanthal: "India just doesn't have a bowler with the... wait for it "X-factor"... there's no-one that can pick up a wicket from no-where... a searing yorker, a bouncer, freak spinner or a master strategist."

66.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, Sharma pulls his length back, Bell hops back into his crease to defend with a nice, straight bat

66.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, speared in full at middle stump, Bell steps forward to drive softly to mid-on

66.5

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, on a length but a little wide, chopped through point

66.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, squirted to point off the outer half of the bat, deliberately played though, and they take a single

"Typically British I know but we need a quick turn around in the quality of other Test nations otherwise people will say we were number 1 when everyone else was rubbish," writes Chris. "Same as when Lennox Lewis was World Champion."

End of over 67 (2 runs) England 212/2
KP Pietersen    67* (80b 12x4)      I Sharma    20-7-48-1
IR Bell    63* (132b 8x4)      A Mishra    11-1-43-0

67.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, Mishra stays round the wicket to Pietersen, who presses forward pad first

67.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, lobbed down the leg side, Pietersen has a wild swing but can't get it away

67.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, tossed up well wide of leg, kicked away with disdain by the batsman. That's what the kiddies come to see

67.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, this time he gets bat on one, glancing to short fine leg

67.5

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, spinning out of the rough, but from well wide of leg stump and safely padded away by Pietersen

67.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, flatter, and straighter, luring Pietersen into a forward defensive

End of over 68 (maiden) England 212/2
KP Pietersen    67* (86b 12x4)      A Mishra    12-2-43-0
IR Bell    63* (132b 8x4)      I Sharma    20-7-48-1

Ah, look who it is! David Cameron has just arrived at The Oval. And we've got a change in attack, RP Singh comes in. Continuing the trend, he loses his run-up with his first delivery and he'll have to try that one again.

68.1

Singh to Bell, no run, the loosener is full and aimed at off stump, tapped back to the bowler

68.2

Singh to Bell, 1 run, gentle swing, and even gentler pace from RP Singh. Nudged to square leg

68.3

Singh to Pietersen, no run, angled across Pietersen, who steps down the pitch but then raises his arms to leave

Bangladesh have won back some pride at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, where they've beaten Zimbabwe by six wickets to take the scoreline to 3-1.

68.4

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen walks across to off and taps just wide of cover for a single

68.5

Singh to Bell, no run, just short of a good length, Bell hops and chops, but can't find the gap at gully

This is quite good, from Hamza A. Khan: "Ha. England run riot and the Prime Minister can only look on!"

68.6

Singh to Bell, FOUR, short, wide and cut away with power and timing

And that'll take us to drinks at The Oval. Gavin writes: "@Chris I'm a West Indian and support the West Indies. However, it would be quite disingenuous of anyone to say that England is now on top when everyone else is down. The truth is, this is a VERY good team. Well balanced and hard working. They would compete well against the best teams that I have ever seen."

Similar sentiments from Steve Donovan: "Not sure I agree with Chris... The point about being #1 is that you MAKE everyone look rubbish, whether they actually are or not. Great example: Nobody was talking about how bad India are, before this series!"

End of over 69 (6 runs) England 218/2
IR Bell    68* (136b 9x4)      RP Singh    19-6-48-0
KP Pietersen    68* (88b 12x4)      A Mishra    12-2-43-0

Meanwhile, Roarster has this: "@Chris - I agree Bucks Fizz's 1981 Eurovision triumph was also marred by the suggestion that the other nation's tracks weren't quite up to the mark."

69.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, spun down on middle and leg from round the wicket, Pietersen leans forward to defend

69.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, defensive lines from Mishra, landing this one outside leg as Pietersen comes forward to defend

69.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, nudged defensively towards midwicket

69.4

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen presses forward again, but waits for the ball to spin and plays with the turn towards cover ... where he finds the gap, and a single

69.5

Mishra to Bell, no run, was that the wrong 'un from Mishra? Certainly looked like it, but if I'm picking it then Bell certainly is, and defends solidly enough

69.6

Mishra to Bell, 2 runs, forced away into the off side off the back foot, and they're back for the second

End of over 70 (3 runs) England 221/2
IR Bell    70* (138b 9x4)      A Mishra    13-2-46-0
KP Pietersen    69* (92b 12x4)      RP Singh    19-6-48-0

70.1

Singh to Pietersen, no run, RP comes round the wicket to Pietersen, who steps forward and drives to mid-off

70.2

Singh to Pietersen, no run, edged but short of first slip! Genuine edge. At RP's pace, surely they should be a little closer?

70.3

Singh to Pietersen, no run, full, wide of off and left alone

70.4

Singh to Pietersen, no run, full and wobbling around a little on off stump. Driven to mid-off

70.5

Singh to Pietersen, no run, gentle pace from RP Singh, but it is at least on target as Pietersen defends

70.6

Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen walks right across and manages to get something on a ball that was heading for the top of middle, picking up a couple to fine leg

End of over 71 (2 runs) England 223/2
KP Pietersen    71* (98b 12x4)      RP Singh    20-6-50-0
IR Bell    70* (138b 9x4)      A Mishra    13-2-46-0

71.1

Mishra to Bell, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, defended

71.2

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, Bell plays with the turn, angling the ball through gully

71.3

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, tapped to square leg, where there isn't a fielder, and they hare through for a single as Dhoni chases the ball

71.4

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, flicked wide of the man at short fine leg, and another single taken

71.5

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes the ball on the full and nudges to mid-on

71.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, this time Pietersen is deep in his crease, and defends a legbreak back down the track

End of over 72 (3 runs) England 226/2
KP Pietersen    72* (101b 12x4)      A Mishra    14-2-49-0
IR Bell    72* (141b 9x4)      RP Singh    20-6-50-0

72.1

Singh to Bell, FOUR, fancy that, Ian Bell has guided one to third man for four!

72.2

Singh to Bell, FOUR, what timing! Bell is in some awesome touch. He stayed back to a length delivery and just leaned into the shot, the ball pinging out of the middle. Sharma was sweeping on the off side boundary but gave up the chase

72.3

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, runs into the leg side this time, Bell glancing off the hip

72.4

Singh to Bell, no run, RP switches back to over the wicket, and aims this one full and straight. Driven to mid-on

72.5

Singh to Bell, no run, pushed defensively into the covers

72.6

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, runs to third man, but this time Sharma does well to cut it off before the rope, sliding across the turf

The television coverage keeps showing footage of RP Singh's wickets during the 2007 tour. It's like watching a completely different bowler!

End of over 73 (12 runs) England 238/2
IR Bell    84* (147b 11x4)      RP Singh    21-6-62-0
KP Pietersen    72* (101b 12x4)      A Mishra    14-2-49-0

73.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, looped up from round the wicket, defended

73.2

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked off the toes through square leg, a single taken.

I'm not entirely sure what job Mishra is doing here. He doesn't look threatening, and isn't able to contain the batsmen despite coming round the wicket

73.3

Mishra to Bell, no run, defended back down the track

73.4

Mishra to Bell, 1 no ball, more defence from Bell, but inexplicably Mishra has over-stepped and this one is called no-ball by the ump

73.4

Mishra to Bell, no run, spinning in to the legs from wide of leg stump, defended

73.5

Mishra to Bell, no run, more solid defence from Bell. Not looking to take any risks - and why would he?

73.6

Mishra to Bell, no run, yet another forward defensive stroke to end the over

End of over 74 (2 runs) England 240/2
IR Bell    84* (152b 11x4)      A Mishra    15-2-51-0
KP Pietersen    73* (103b 12x4)      RP Singh    21-6-62-0

Zishan Ali Khan is really unhappy with the bowler RP has become: "Exactly, thats my point. Why does a 140+ aggressive and talented bowler becomes so mellow in a couple of years after he gets the India cap? Why?" And apparently he was called up from a holiday in Miami to play this match.

74.1

Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, flicked through square leg

74.2

Singh to Pietersen, no run, nudged defensively to leg

74.3

Singh to Pietersen, no run, RP switches to round the wicket, Pietersen walking right across to off as the bowler approaches and defending back down the track

74.4

Singh to Pietersen, no run, very full outside off as Pietersen steps across once more, driving back to the bowler

74.5

Singh to Pietersen, no run, RP isn't bowling with much venom, but he's doing an ok job of keeping Pietersen a little quieter in this over as this one is clipped to midwicket

74.6

Singh to Pietersen, no run, very full on off stump, Pietersen attempts a drive but can only dig it out back to the bowler

"Why are you people not applauding the fact that Mishra bowled FIRST no-ball in 15 overs??" questions Kapil. Sorry, my bad.

End of over 75 (2 runs) England 242/2
KP Pietersen    75* (109b 12x4)      RP Singh    22-6-64-0
IR Bell    84* (152b 11x4)      A Mishra    15-2-51-0

Nikhil writes: "It's not RP's fault that he was picked without any short-notice. But yes, it's his fault that his pace has completely diminished! Either he got to try and improve his pace or look at Munaf and see how Munaf has improved himself despite loosing his pace."

75.1

Mishra to Bell, 2 runs, driven handsomely through cover, but there's a man out there to stop the boundary

75.2

Mishra to Bell, no run, Bell is back to defend a legspinner delivered from round the wicket

75.3

Mishra to Bell, no run, tossed up outside leg once again, Mishra looking for the rough, defended to leg

75.4

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, this one lands a little too wide of leg, and Bell is able to find the gap behind square with a glance

75.5

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen bends to sweep, controlling the shot well and finding the fielder at fine leg, so just the one

75.6

Mishra to Bell, no run, defended, pad first, into the leg side

End of over 76 (4 runs) England 246/2
IR Bell    87* (157b 11x4)      A Mishra    16-2-55-0
KP Pietersen    76* (110b 12x4)      RP Singh    22-6-64-0

76.1

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen clips through midwicket, having walked across his stumps, and picks up a single to take his partnership with Bell to 150

76.2

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, two more to the total, Bell working the ball neatly off his pads and out into the deep

76.3

Singh to Bell, no run, beaten on the outside edge! RP rolled his fingers over the seam, and Bell bent forward into a front-foot cut but couldn't lay bat on ball

76.4

Singh to Bell, no run, nudged defensively into the off side

76.5

Singh to Bell, 1 run, tapped down behind square on the off side, and there's England's 250

Utpal: "@Nikhil - How will RP be inspired by Munaf when he is chosen ahead of him... But anyway Pace Problem is universal for all New Indian Bowlers from Irfan Pathan - Munaf - RP and even Ishant who has fired balls at 148-150. Any Concrete Reason ?"

76.6

Singh to Pietersen, no run, fetched from outside off, the ball rolling to midwicket

End of over 77 (4 runs) England 250/2
KP Pietersen    77* (112b 12x4)      RP Singh    23-6-68-0
IR Bell    90* (161b 11x4)      A Mishra    16-2-55-0

"What's with Indian bowlers and diminishing pace? Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Munaf (once considered to be the fastest prospect in India), RP, Ishant, Sreesanth - without exception are much slower than when they first burst into the scene! Compare that with Stuart Broad for e.g who was military medium but is now significantly faster." I'm not sure about military medium, Neal, but you do have a point. Mishra to continue.

77.1

Mishra to Bell, no run, kicked away, the ball landing well outside leg

77.2

Mishra to Bell, no run, Bell defends with the bat this time, the ball spinning towards middle

77.3

Mishra to Bell, no run, more front-foot defence from Bell, leaning well forward to smother the spin

77.4

Mishra to Bell, no run, same again, Bell lunges out to defend

77.5

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, this one landed slightly straighter, and Bell was able to work with the spin into the covers for a quick single

77.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, googly from Mishra, but it's picked up by Pietersen and he drives down the wicket

End of over 78 (1 run) England 251/2
KP Pietersen    77* (113b 12x4)      A Mishra    17-2-56-0
IR Bell    91* (166b 11x4)      RP Singh    23-6-68-0

Spin from both ends now, Suresh Raina has been brought on to bowl some offies. One slip in place.

78.1

Raina to Bell, no run, fairly flat on off stump to start, defended back to the bowler

78.2

Raina to Bell, no run, just a hint of turn on this one, Bell defending to leg

78.3

Raina to Bell, 1 run, flat once more, Bell stays back and punches down the ground for one

78.4

Raina to Pietersen, no run, spinning in to Pietersen from off stump, he leans forward to defend

78.5

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen skips out to take the ball on the full, driving to long-on

78.6

Raina to Bell, 2 runs, a little too short from Raina, and Bell steps back to force the ball through cover for a couple

End of over 79 (4 runs) England 255/2
IR Bell    94* (170b 11x4)      SK Raina    3-0-9-0
KP Pietersen    78* (115b 12x4)      A Mishra    17-2-56-0

79.1

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, Mishra continues round the wicket, and is nudged quietly towards midwicket

79.2

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, tip-and-run from Bell, placing the ball towards extra cover and setting off

79.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, loose stroke! Is Pietersen finally starting to lose patience? He drove too early at a flighted legspinner, the ball flying in the air but landing well short of mid-off

79.4

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, much more solid this time, Pietersen defending

79.5

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, landing well wide of leg stump, Pietersen glances but finds the man at short fine

79.6

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, that's what he wants to get KP doing! Pietersen sweeps and misses at a ball landing well outside leg, Dhoni shuffling across to take it. A little more spin on that, and he could well bowl him round his legs

End of over 80 (2 runs) England 257/2
KP Pietersen    79* (120b 12x4)      A Mishra    18-2-58-0
IR Bell    95* (171b 11x4)      SK Raina    3-0-9-0

80.1

Raina to Bell, 1 run, tapped to cover, not quite in the gap but he finds enough space for a quick single

80.2

Raina to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen comes well forward to defend the offspinner

80.3

Raina to Pietersen, no run, this time he plays very late, angling the bat, but can't find the width to work with

80.4

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen steps down the wicket and looks to attack, but can only get a single as the ball goes to long-on

80.5

Raina to Bell, no run, defended back down the track

80.6

Raina to Bell, 1 run, Raina offers up some width, Bell cuts behind square

End of over 81 (3 runs) England 260/2
IR Bell    97* (174b 11x4)      SK Raina    4-0-12-0
KP Pietersen    80* (123b 12x4)      A Mishra    18-2-58-0

81.1

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, ah, the wrong 'un is coming more frequently now, but this one is picked by Bell and punched away through cover

81.2

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, played with the spin by Pietersen - this delivery the orthodox legbreak - and a single is taken as cover runs round

81.3

Mishra to Bell, no run, beaten on the outside edge! A moment of alarm for Bell, who is just two runs away from the ton, as this one turned more than he was expecting to beat the edge

81.4

Mishra to Bell, 1 no ball, nudged defensively to leg, but the total goes up by one as this is another no-ball

81.4

Mishra to Bell, no run, a little flatter from Mishra, Bell comes well forward in defence

81.5

Mishra to Bell, no run, and again, Mishra aiming at middle and Bell smothering the spin off the front foot

81.6

Mishra to Bell, 1 run, Bell moves to 99 not out with a nurdle to cover

End of over 82 (4 runs) England 264/2
IR Bell    99* (180b 11x4)      A Mishra    19-2-62-0
KP Pietersen    81* (124b 12x4)      SK Raina    4-0-12-0

82.1

Raina to Bell, FOUR, that'll do, Bell, that'll do. Bell brings up his century with a fluid forcing stroke off the back foot, and the The Oval rises to applaud his achievement. He's not been overly challenged in this innings, but it's been a quality knock all the same

82.2

Raina to Bell, no run, full, flat and fast. Driven back to the bowler

82.3

Raina to Bell, no run, this time Bell goes back to defend

82.4

Raina to Bell, 1 run, pitched right up outside off, driven to long-on

82.5

Raina to Pietersen, no run, very full again, dug out back to the bowler

82.6

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, eased down to long-on for one

Johan Roussow is a happy man: "I can't say how happy I am with Ian Bell finally having come to terms with his immense talent. His style and his substance have finally reached the same level."

End of over 83 (6 runs) England 270/2
KP Pietersen    82* (126b 12x4)      SK Raina    5-0-18-0
IR Bell    104* (184b 12x4)      A Mishra    19-2-62-0

83.1

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, attempted sweep by Pietersen, but he's beaten in the flight and hit on the foot. The ball landed well outside leg, however, and so he was safe

83.2

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, kicked away with the pad

83.3

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, spinning in towards the batsman from wide of leg, defended

83.4

Mishra to Pietersen, FOUR, well, Mishra is trying to get Pietersen sweeping, but not if he's going to nail it like this. Swept hard down to fine leg, and there's no-one to stop it

83.5

Mishra to Pietersen, no run, and now he misses the sweep, but though he's struck on the pad, of course the ball has landed well outside leg

83.6

Mishra to Pietersen, 1 run, this time Pietersen connects the sweep, but finds the man on the fence down at fine leg

We've just heard that Virat Kohli is on the field for Sehwag.

End of over 84 (5 runs) England 275/2
KP Pietersen    87* (132b 13x4)      A Mishra    20-2-67-0
IR Bell    104* (184b 12x4)      SK Raina    5-0-18-0

84.1

Raina to Pietersen, no run, arrowed down on off stump, Pietersen defends

84.2

Raina to Pietersen, no run, KP skips down the track but can't get to the pitch of the ball and thrusts bat and pad out in defence

84.3

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch of grip and spin for Raina, the ball taking the inside edge and rolling to leg

84.4

Raina to Bell, no run, tossed up outside off, driven back to the bowler

84.5

Raina to Bell, 1 run, driven once more, this time he turns the bat face to get it down to long-on

84.6

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, slogged, miscued, but landing short of the man at long-off! Did RP Singh not pick it up? He was the man down there, but he didn't get moving very quickly ... perhaps he lost sight of it? He should've got to that

End of over 85 (3 runs) England 278/2
KP Pietersen    89* (136b 13x4)      SK Raina    6-0-21-0
IR Bell    105* (186b 12x4)      A Mishra    20-2-67-0

Tea is just over 10 minutes away, and Dhoni has opted to give Sachin Tendulkar a bowl. He should find some help off this surface.

85.1

Tendulkar to Pietersen, FOUR, but will he get any help from his fielders? It's RP Singh once again. KP swept hard down to fine leg, where RP was positioned, but the fielder fell over the ball without stopping it, and Pietersen is into the 90s

85.2

Tendulkar to Pietersen, 1 run, Sachin comes over the wicket, Pietersen angles the bat to play with the spin and pick up a single to cover point

85.3

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, flighted up really high outside off, Bell drives but finds cover

85.4

Tendulkar to Bell, 2 runs, a premeditated paddle sweep to another very slow legbreak goes down to fine leg, and there's a big cheer as RP fields cleanly and hurls it back in

85.5

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, looped down outside off, driven to extra cover

85.6

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, quicker through the air to finish, there's a hint of drift and some turn but it's defended easily enough

End of over 86 (7 runs) England 285/2
IR Bell    107* (190b 12x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-7-0
KP Pietersen    94* (138b 14x4)      SK Raina    6-0-21-0

86.1

Raina to Pietersen, no run, gentle stuff from Raina, but watchful defence from Pietersen

86.2

Raina to Pietersen, no run, KP comes well forward to defend a flat offspinner into the offside

86.3

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, fetched from outside off, the ball rolling down to long-on as they amble through for a single

86.4

Raina to Bell, 1 run, too short, and Bell picks up the length so quickly, jumping back in a flash to cut behind point

86.5

Raina to Pietersen, no run, driven to cover off the front foot

86.6

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, and again Pietersen goes down the ground, to long-on, for one

Will Pietersen reach his hundred before tea?

End of over 87 (3 runs) England 288/2
KP Pietersen    96* (143b 14x4)      SK Raina    7-0-24-0
IR Bell    108* (191b 12x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-7-0

87.1

Tendulkar to Pietersen, no run, Sachin continues to flight the ball beautifully, drawing watchful defence from Pietersen

87.2

Tendulkar to Pietersen, 1 run, ah, that's not quite as well bowled, a rank full toss is tonked down the ground

87.3

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, Bell telegraphs his intention to paddle sweep but Tendulkar can do nothing about it, and another single comes to fine leg

87.4

Tendulkar to Pietersen, no run, KP puts his left leg down the track and aims a controlled drive at extra cover

87.5

Tendulkar to Pietersen, 1 run, too short this time, Pietersen rocks back and cuts out to deep cover

87.6

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, another looping full toss, and it's hammered down the ground by Bell

End of over 88 (4 runs) England 292/2
IR Bell    110* (193b 12x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-11-0
KP Pietersen    98* (147b 14x4)      SK Raina    7-0-24-0

This could be the last over before tea. In fact, it definitely will be, as the new ball has been taken. Thank goodness for that. Right, Sreesanth to bowl. Pietersen on 98. Will something dramatic happen? Andrew McGlashan, who is putting the finishing touches on this tea report, certainly hopes so ...

88.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, decent outswinger to start, but it starts outside off and is left alone

88.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, a little quicker from Sreesanth, and significant swing away from the right-hander once more. Easily left alone, however

88.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another outswinger outside off, another leave. "The war will be over by Christmas," someone says behind me

88.4

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, this wasn't a half volley, but it's been met with a sumptuous cover drive from Ian Bell. Cracking shot

88.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Sreesanth pulls his length back, Bell stays deep in his crease to defend

88.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another hooping outswinger, but it's well wide of off and left alone

4.13pm And that is tea at The Oval. Well, the first session was an equal battle, but the second has belonged entirely to England. No less than 170 runs scored, and barely a chance for India. Bell has reached an effortless hundred and Pietersen - who has gone through some fidgety stages in this innings - isn't too far behind him. Join us in 20 minutes for the resumption.

End of over 89 (4 runs) England 296/2
IR Bell    114* (199b 13x4)      S Sreesanth    17-1-73-1
KP Pietersen    98* (147b 14x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-11-0

4.30pm Evening all, Sahil here for the marathon final session. Play will go on until 7pm at least. What will England reach by then I wonder? Will Ravi Bopara get a hit? That's the most pressing question, surely? Perhaps not. What hopes for a a good final session from the tourists? Minimal I suppose. Will I keep asking questions and answering them? Hopefully not.

Rama Maganti has this: "I think Dhoni has to do something innovative here. When Nasser Hussain came to India he adopted a predominantly leg side field to Sachin with Ashley Giles and it worked. I think they need to play the patience game, with a Seven - Two field and just have two slips and a short cover. Spread the rest of the field and make the bowlers bowl only outside the off stump. Eventually they will get a wicket. You need speed if you are to attack the stumps like the English bowlers. Medium pacers need to bowl tight line and length. Any half volleys or full length balls on the stumps and you are asking for trouble."

Ishant, who has bowled twice as well as his team-mates all innings, has Pietersen, on 98, in his sights.

89.1

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, hundred for Pietersen! Gets there in fine style, sitting on his back foot and swatting a short ball to the midwicket rope. Gets a standing ovation from his (new) home ground! It's the first time since the home series against South Africa in 2008 that he's made two centuries in the series

89.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, oh no! Dropped. It's a horrid piece of fielding! Pietersen tried to repeat the shot got a top edge that looped to Gambhir backpedalling from mid-on, back, back, stuck up his arms and spilled it. He then strolls after the ball instead of fielding it

89.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, with all the focus on Gambhir, I actually missed what happened here

89.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 bye, Dhoni this time spills his take, but we'd expect nothing else the way he's gone this series

89.5

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, how many has Bell scored through this sort of area? Many. Short ball is neatly cut square of the wicket to deep point

89.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, fuller from Ishant, he rarely bowls this full but it's a good length to Pietersen who pushes back to the bowler

End of over 90 (8 runs) England 304/2
KP Pietersen    104* (152b 15x4)      I Sharma    21-7-55-1
IR Bell    115* (200b 13x4)      S Sreesanth    17-1-73-1

Ah, Pietersen's average is back over 50. Exciting times! Never doubted the man. Honestly. Also, Gambhir has left the field, possibly out of embarrassment.

90.1

Sreesanth to Bell, FOUR, think a collective "aaah" rung around The Oval there. Certainly did around the Cricinfo towers. Bell leans into the creamiest of cover drives. The shot looked in slow motion but it went rapidly through the infield, beating the off-side sweeper to the rope

90.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, excellent delivery from Sreesanth here, angled in and swung away late. Bell left alone leaving Dhoni to scramble at the ball haplessly

90.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, slightly loose from Bell here, driving airily at air as the ball went between bat and pad. The Sky commentators are getting very excited about the surface breaking up when the ball pitched

90.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, beaten again! After the away swinger this nipped back between the bat and pad again. Bell driving at thin air

90.5

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, after beating Bell twice with full deliveries Sreesanth aims short and Bell stands tall to poke a single square of the wicket

90.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, Sreesanth picks up a forward defence and aims to hurl it back at Pietersen. Good aggression, I suppose. But it still looks curious at 309 for 2

End of over 91 (5 runs) England 309/2
KP Pietersen    104* (153b 15x4)      S Sreesanth    18-1-78-1
IR Bell    120* (205b 14x4)      I Sharma    21-7-55-1

91.1

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, what happens to Trott when he returns? Back at three? Bell looks awfully good. Mind you, the bowling hasn't been the most testing. Pushed to deep point

91.2

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles across his stumps and pushes quietly back up the wicket

91.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles across again and Ishant follows wider outside off. Pietersen opts to leave and Dhoni collects rather neatly!

91.4

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, having walked across his stumps, Pietersen can happily clip a single to leg

91.5

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, Bell's bat seems so much lighter than other players. So wand like. Here he neatly strokes to deep cover off the back foot

91.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, firmly punched to mid-on, too firm for a single

End of over 92 (3 runs) England 312/2
KP Pietersen    105* (157b 15x4)      I Sharma    22-7-58-1
IR Bell    122* (207b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    18-1-78-1

92.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Sreesanth is actually making the ball talk. Not shot or sing but it's doing enough. Swinging away from a length and Bell leaves alone

92.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, opened-face, play-it-late defence from Bell as he negotiates a late-swinging delivery. Good bowling

92.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, good shape again on the delivery and left all alone

92.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, Sreesanth persists with a full length and finds good movement away from the bat. He should stick to that length and line because, as Matthew Hayden says: "Big dreams always start with the most basic executions of process."

92.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, very calmly blocked back to the bowler. If a wicket fell with the ball swinging around like this life would be tricky for Eoin Morgan

92.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, slightly shorter but the line remains around off stump. Completes a good over

End of over 93 (maiden) England 312/2
IR Bell    122* (213b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    19-2-78-1
KP Pietersen    105* (157b 15x4)      I Sharma    22-7-58-1

93.1

Sharma to Pietersen, (no ball) 1 run, Ishant has done a lot of bowling. He's done it well too. This, however, is slightly overcooked and he oversteps. Keeps a touch low on Pietersen who exaggerates predictably and jabs it out

93.1

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, Bell receives a similar delivery but without fuss strokes a single wide of cover

93.2

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, plenty of singles around and Pietersen helps himself to one behind square on the off side

93.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, good delivery from Ishant, persisting with an off-stump line and Bell defends. They've actually bowled well this session, as they did in the first. Pity the one inbetween

93.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, Bell aims a cut and misses. Slightly lazy sort of shot, though I doubt I'd say that if he connected

93.5

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, Bell up on his toes to stroke to cover

93.6

Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen makes an off-stump delivery one on his pads by strolling across his stumps and rewards that effort by flicking a couple to deep midwicket. He looks in good order

End of over 94 (7 runs) England 319/2
KP Pietersen    109* (160b 15x4)      I Sharma    23-7-65-1
IR Bell    124* (217b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    19-2-78-1

94.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, still plenty of newish-ball swing in the sunshine for Sreesanth, which will please the England bowlers, Bell drives back at the bowler who dives smartly to field

94.2

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, Bell anticipates too much movement and ends up inside edging to fine leg

94.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, shoved down the leg side, past the attempted flick and well past the stumps

94.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen hammers a drive back at the bowler who collects and flings back at the stumps. He then aims an adorable angry stare

94.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, shaping away from outside off stump. Pietersen shoulders arms

94.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, driven without a lot of timing to a deepish mid-off. Sreesanth has another word with Pietersen but all seems fairly good natured

End of over 95 (1 run) England 320/2
KP Pietersen    109* (164b 15x4)      S Sreesanth    20-2-79-1
IR Bell    125* (219b 14x4)      I Sharma    23-7-65-1

Here's RP Singh. He was in Miami before he got the call-up to this Test apparently.

95.1

Singh to Bell, 1 run, starts on the pads and is worked away to leg. Making it 481 Test deliveries for him since his last wicket

95.2

Singh to Pietersen, no run, the wait continues as Pietersen pats back to him

95.3

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller and on the pads, Pietersen whips away neatly

95.4

Singh to Bell, no run, Bell works this off his pads towards midwicket, who misfields for no real reason

95.5

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, enough width outside off for Bell to stand tall and punch a couple to deep cover. This seems to all be happening very slowly indeed

95.6

Singh to Bell, no run, pushed carefully to cover

Aneesh: "I don't know which one but quite surely the Indian bowlers are waiting one of two things - either a wicket to fall or the day's play to end."

End of over 96 (4 runs) England 324/2
IR Bell    128* (223b 14x4)      RP Singh    24-6-72-0
KP Pietersen    110* (166b 15x4)      S Sreesanth    20-2-79-1

96.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, good delivery from Sreesanth! Beats Pietersen's poke outside off. Tempted to say Sreesanth has found some snap in this spell, but it's not quite snap he has. Just a good line I suppose

96.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, good again, asking repeated questions around off stump and Pietersen this time defends

96.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, to counter the swing Pietersen walks down the wicket, pushes to mid-off and speeds through for a tight single to Tendulkar. Pietersen was actually home by a distance

96.4

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 leg bye, good appeal from Sreesanth, he's ended on his hands and knees. It did hit the pad and Hawk-Eye suggests it would just have clipped leg stump, so it wasn't a crazy appeal

96.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, after that excitement Bell defends this solidly

LIAM HAS BROUGHT BISCUITS. This is good news. Jammie Dodgers no less

96.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, Sreesanth is bubbling now! Picks up a forward-push from Pietersen and flings it back at the batsman, who turns it neatly off his toes. Sreesanth apologises, which is sweet

End of over 97 (2 runs) England 326/2
KP Pietersen    111* (171b 15x4)      S Sreesanth    21-2-80-1
IR Bell    128* (224b 14x4)      RP Singh    24-6-72-0

97.1

Singh to Bell, no run, Bell easily gets behind this gentle delivery to defend

97.2

Singh to Bell, 1 leg bye, on the pads and worked behind square very easily

97.3

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen clips regally. Shame it's only a single really

97.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell cuts a wider delivery firmly to deep point

97.5

Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, haha, how about that! Pietersen runs down the wicket, RP Singh drops short and Pietersen smashed it to the deep-square rope. Really was a top shot

97.6

Singh to Pietersen, 1 wide, bouncer in response, but RP Singh has to land it very, very short

97.6

Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, oh dear, RP is really struggling. Full on the pads, Pietersen flicks behind square, into the gap and away for four more

End of over 98 (12 runs) England 338/2
KP Pietersen    120* (174b 17x4)      RP Singh    25-6-83-0
IR Bell    129* (227b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    21-2-80-1

98.1

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, Bell seemed to call "yes, one" before the delivery was bowled. That's how easy he's finding it I guess. Worked backwards of point

98.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, driven hard but straight to cover. The early threat of Sreesanth's spell seems to have dissipated

98.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, Sreesanth aims full again but only to find the middle of Pietersen's blade

98.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, inside edge helps Pietersen get this out to deep midwicket. More words from Sreesanth, but better that than resignation

98.5

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, Bell works this with the swing to deep cover

98.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, somehow, Sreesanth has managed to make a battle out of this utterly flat situation. For that I have to love him. Pietersen drives back at him, Sree doesn't quite manage to pick up but still aims a throw. He follows that with a wonderfully 'mean' stare and some words. It's like Warne, without any of the bowling threat

End of over 99 (3 runs) England 341/2
KP Pietersen    121* (178b 17x4)      S Sreesanth    22-2-83-1
IR Bell    131* (229b 14x4)      RP Singh    25-6-83-0

99.1

Singh to Bell, no run, no words from RP Singh, not sure he can muster the energy. Bell defends a spinner's quicker ball

99.2

Singh to Bell, no run, pretty slow again but at least the line is good

99.3

Singh to Bell, FOUR, slow, wide and short. Bell does the necessary and cuts handsomely to the cover boundary. What else could he do?

99.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, after the short wide one comes the full one on the pads. Bell clipped firmly around the corner but Sreesanth skipped round merrily to field on the boundary, got a good cheer for the effort. Have to love the loon don't you

99.5

Singh to Pietersen, no run, RP Singh comes round the wicket - he was devastating from that angle four years ago - he's devastating me though now with the slowest of deliveries outside off

99.6

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen clips a single to bring up the 250 stand and make sure he's at Sreesanth's end

End of over 100 (6 runs) England 347/2
KP Pietersen    122* (180b 17x4)      RP Singh    26-6-89-0
IR Bell    136* (233b 15x4)      S Sreesanth    22-2-83-1
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