England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day July 12, 2014

Root, Anderson script England turnaround

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India 457 and 167 for 3 (Pujara 55, Vijay 52, Moeen 2-39) lead England 496 (Root 154*, Anderson 81, Bhuvneshwar 5-82) by 128 runs
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For three days England were a speck in India's mirrors. Achieving a result would take some doing on this pitch, but if anyone was in position to think of winning it was India. By the time day four came to an end, the equation had turned on its head.

England started the day trailing by 105 with just one wicket remaining. When they lost that wicket in the fifth over after lunch, they were leading by 39, after Joe Root and James Anderson extended their partnership to 198, a Test record for the tenth wicket. By stumps, they had sent back India's top three, and all three wickets owed more to the batsman's choice of shot than to the bowling.

Batting in much the same way they had done during their first-innings partnership, M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 91 serene runs for the second wicket before Vijay jumped down the pitch and looked to show Moeen Ali who was boss, with half an hour to go for stumps.

It wasn't the greatest idea, considering Shikhar Dhawan had been out doing the exact same thing just before tea, punching a full-toss straight back to Moeen. Vijay aimed at the stands behind long-on, but only managed a thin outside edge to Matt Prior, who also took off the bails to give the umpire a choice of dismissal.

This was the last ball of the 41st over. First ball of the 42nd was short and wide. The cut had been a profitable shot till this point in Pujara's innings; now it went uppishly and straight to Ben Stokes at point. Stokes juggled the ball, and it hit his face and popped out to his left, but he put in a dive and managed to grab it one-handed.

Till then it had seemed as if India would end the day having recovered the poise that Anderson and Root's partnership had punched out of them. England's seamers had bent their backs and asked a few questions of both Vijay and Pujara, and there was a slight increase in the frequency of uncertain bounce, but the second-wicket pair answered most of them with equanimity.

Vijay offered a chance to Matt Prior before he had gotten off the mark, edging an Anderson outswinger after he pushed at the ball without moving his feet. Prior, though, was a touch late in diving to his right; the ball carried, but sped away narrowly wide of his gloves. The compactness of the first innings returned after that, and Vijay's bat remained scrupulously close to his body even on the odd occasion when he was beaten.

Pujara, meanwhile, had looked in fluent touch right from the moment he walked in and drilled the first two balls he faced, from Moeen, to the cover and long-off boundaries. He carried on punishing anything remotely loose after tea, and England must have wondered when their next wicket would come when he took two fours off one Plunkett over to join Vijay in the 50s. As it happened, they didn't have to wait too much longer, or work particularly hard, for that moment.

India, in the morning, had been made to wait much, much longer for their breakthrough. Anderson, who made his maiden Test fifty, was on course to join Root on a three-figure score when he went after a full, wide ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and edged it to the wicketkeeper. It was Bhuvneshwar's fifth wicket. Root, who had hardly put a foot wrong since walking in early in yesterday's middle session, was unbeaten on 154.

In recent months, India have let a number of promising positions slip from their grasp in overseas Tests. Trent Bridge now joined Durban and Wellington. England had been on the mat yesterday afternoon, seven down and 255 behind. Their last three pairs had more than doubled their score.

The morning began with Root steering Bhuvneshwar to deep point and chastising himself for taking the single and exposing Anderson to the strike so early. He needn't have worried. England's No. 11 played out the rest of the over comfortably, and even whipped Bhuvneshwar from off stump past midwicket for four.

That first-ball single set the tone for India's tactics throughout the session. In their second Test against Sri Lanka, England had paid for their approach of giving Angelo Mathews the single and focusing all their attacking efforts on his lower-order partners. Now Root was on the receiving end of similar largesse from India.

He generally declined the singles early in the over, but the defensive fields did little to stop him from finding the boundary. He top-edged a slash off Ishant Sharma through where second slip might have been to move into the 90s. In the next over, against Mohammed Shami, he played two gorgeous cover drives, the first one through extra cover to go from 93 to 97, the second through cover point to go to 101.

There was nothing in the surface to trouble either batsman, but India missed a few half-chances to end the partnership. England were on 378, and Root on 92, when he pushed the ball to mid-on and took off for a single. He had given up any hope of making the non-striker's end safely but Mohammed Shami's throw was wide of the stumps.

Later, soon after England had passed 400, Anderson prodded the ball to point and set off, only for Root to send him back. A direct hit would have meant the end for Anderson, but Bhuvneshwar's throw was inaccurate.

In between, India's mostly ineffectual short-ball barrage to Anderson nearly earned a reward when he popped one low towards gully, where M Vijay dropped a difficult chance, diving to his right. India kept adding men to the cordon, and at one point they had a semicircle of fielders surrounding Anderson, waiting for him to fend one in the air.

That almost never happened, and he usually managed to keep the ball down. But when the chances came, he didn't hold himself back. An uppercut off Ishant took him past his previous highest Test score of 34. Three overs later, Anderson jumped down the pitch and clubbed the ball past the midwicket boundary to go from 47 to 51. It was the first time he had reached fifty in any form of cricket - his previous best was an unbeaten 49 made while opening the batting for Burnley against Todmorden 13 years ago.

Soon India's attack began to resemble something out of the Lancashire League, as India went through the motions in the extra half-hour of the morning session, when they rested their fast bowlers and threw on first M Vijay, hoping he could winkle something out with his offbreaks, and then Stuart Binny, who sent down four overs to finally nudge his output for the innings into double figures. This surely wasn't what India would have wanted from their seam-bowling allrounder when they decided to give him a Test debut.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • pritamdas_circ on July 13, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    191 lead by lunch, 63 overs left for the day. If India get all-out in 20 overs post-lunch adding 50 more runs, Eng will have to chase down 240+ in 40+ overs and they will need a run rate of 6 which I don't think will be very easy as I will expect Bhuvi-Shami to swing the ball better than earlier. But I also feel rest of the 4 wickets won't fall in 20 overs post-lunch... so Draw is still the most likely result

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    This default short pitch length is not going to help england that much. i see every time the england bowlers pitch it short indian batsmen get a boundary and hardly ever indian batsmen encountered any difficulty with that length but england bowlers continue to feed indian batsmen with short pitch deliveries. an opportunity lost for england because of wasting so many deliveries by england bowlers.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I think Cook will come back in this series with the help of his favorite rival team. India never understand tour for the past 4 to 5 years. We indians always need to have genuine pace bowlers like Zaheer, srinath or venkatesh prasad atleast for tours to show some character.. Ishant would do well only on odd days.. Bhuvi needed to get some pace.. I wonder shami would do that or not (seamly overrated).. Jadeja is a very very ordinary spinner on overseas as same for Ashwin..( India badly need the likes of kumble, bhajji) binny needs to prove.. 3 kids on dugout.. Better BCCI ban tours for India..

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    My point with my previous post is chasing around 200 to 250 is not easy on 5th day pitch irrespective of the pitch condition because there could be so much pressure on the batsmen while chasing and also confusion whether to draw or try to win. So anything can happen in this test match, all 4 results are possible at this point in time.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Eng is looking for one wkt, but still Eng have a chance to win the 1st test their bowlers will have to prove for winning.

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    This development in the first session could be a tricky development because let us not forget india already has some good lead and they can certainly gather lot more and if india gets all out or declare their innings at some stage then there is no guarantee england can avoid losing this match. bhuvi, shami, ishanth, jadeja, binny etc can create lots of problems for england batsmen so till this match takes a definitive shape no one can predict where this will go. All 4 results are possible at this point in time - win for india, win for england, draw, tie, all 4 results are possible in this match. 169 lead as I finish this typing.

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @5wombats. Its a long series and its safe to say the pitches will be more lively then this one. Lets wait and watch. I am fully confident India can draw or even win a Test here in this series. Having said that I can see England is growing in confidence.

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    VinodGupte. It døesnt look you were watching the game. The ball is doing a lot and there is huge reverse swing. Its not easy out there.

  • VinodGupte on July 13, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    This was Dhoni's chance to score a few runs overseas. This wicket was perfect. Yet he squanders it. What you gonna do?!

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    India might be thinking to draw this match but it seems that England has grip on this match now.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 13, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    191 lead by lunch, 63 overs left for the day. If India get all-out in 20 overs post-lunch adding 50 more runs, Eng will have to chase down 240+ in 40+ overs and they will need a run rate of 6 which I don't think will be very easy as I will expect Bhuvi-Shami to swing the ball better than earlier. But I also feel rest of the 4 wickets won't fall in 20 overs post-lunch... so Draw is still the most likely result

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    This default short pitch length is not going to help england that much. i see every time the england bowlers pitch it short indian batsmen get a boundary and hardly ever indian batsmen encountered any difficulty with that length but england bowlers continue to feed indian batsmen with short pitch deliveries. an opportunity lost for england because of wasting so many deliveries by england bowlers.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I think Cook will come back in this series with the help of his favorite rival team. India never understand tour for the past 4 to 5 years. We indians always need to have genuine pace bowlers like Zaheer, srinath or venkatesh prasad atleast for tours to show some character.. Ishant would do well only on odd days.. Bhuvi needed to get some pace.. I wonder shami would do that or not (seamly overrated).. Jadeja is a very very ordinary spinner on overseas as same for Ashwin..( India badly need the likes of kumble, bhajji) binny needs to prove.. 3 kids on dugout.. Better BCCI ban tours for India..

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    My point with my previous post is chasing around 200 to 250 is not easy on 5th day pitch irrespective of the pitch condition because there could be so much pressure on the batsmen while chasing and also confusion whether to draw or try to win. So anything can happen in this test match, all 4 results are possible at this point in time.

  • on July 13, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Eng is looking for one wkt, but still Eng have a chance to win the 1st test their bowlers will have to prove for winning.

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    This development in the first session could be a tricky development because let us not forget india already has some good lead and they can certainly gather lot more and if india gets all out or declare their innings at some stage then there is no guarantee england can avoid losing this match. bhuvi, shami, ishanth, jadeja, binny etc can create lots of problems for england batsmen so till this match takes a definitive shape no one can predict where this will go. All 4 results are possible at this point in time - win for india, win for england, draw, tie, all 4 results are possible in this match. 169 lead as I finish this typing.

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @5wombats. Its a long series and its safe to say the pitches will be more lively then this one. Lets wait and watch. I am fully confident India can draw or even win a Test here in this series. Having said that I can see England is growing in confidence.

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    VinodGupte. It døesnt look you were watching the game. The ball is doing a lot and there is huge reverse swing. Its not easy out there.

  • VinodGupte on July 13, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    This was Dhoni's chance to score a few runs overseas. This wicket was perfect. Yet he squanders it. What you gonna do?!

  • on July 13, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    India might be thinking to draw this match but it seems that England has grip on this match now.

  • VinodGupte on July 13, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Every Indian test cricket fans shakes his head in disbelief whenever he sees Jadeja in all whites. I cannot believe IND is playing someone as mediocre as him at the highest level of cricket. This joker slashes at everything as if it is the last over of an IPL league match. Wake up, selectors.

  • 5wombats on July 13, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Dhoni completely cleaned up by Plunkett. And this is a super flat Indian style track in Indian weather conditions - if India cannot get a draw here then they never will.

  • on July 13, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I think india in corner of the match now

  • on July 13, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Broad has grown leaps and bounds but to me he could never change the image in my head of the bowler to get hit 6 for 6 in an over by Yuvraj Singh.

  • on July 13, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Kohli Kohli Kohli batting on one of the flattest wickets and he fails miserably with a combined total of 9 runs from two innings ha ha. This guy is no where near the likes of AB etc as keep hearing from all the Indians how world class he is.

  • St.John on July 13, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    A draw surely? A word about Jimmy Anderson..He is much more than a regular number 11. I would suggest he and Broad be pushed up the batting order. Broad is in my opinion a better batsmen than Bell. A KP type of batter.

  • rashivkd on July 13, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    In the last series in SA and NZ, India were in a winning position in one match each and let the opposition get over with the draw. Almost same thing happened here as well. In SA, it was Duplessis-Devillers partnership, in NZ, it was Mccullam and here these two and I felt the problem in each circumstances are common. In each situation, fast bowlers are not getting much help from the pitch and India badly required an attacking spinner. Though, a spinner, who the fastest to reach 100 wickets in Test history for India, who averages 40 with bat, watching the game like a spectator, and a mediocre spinner bowling overs and overs to the settled batsmen without any trouble.

    MSD's defensive mentality, who want to control the run flow with the spinner rather than taking wicket, let the team down in each situation.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 13, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    India's clear mediocrity in their bowling was once again seen today when they simply couldn't polish off the opposition tail & take the last wicket cheaply - leading to England's 10th wicket Test record partnership. This happens time & time again - which is so frustrating. Poor selection doesn't help either - Stuart Binny is simply NOT a Test bowler at all with his harmless medium-pace bowling & don't know what he is doing in the squad, let alone the team! When India should now be bossing the Test, it is now England instead who have the upper hand going into the last day.

  • on July 13, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    It will be utter foolishness, if India do not use today, to get some good batting practice. Our batsmen will not get anything useful to understand and adapt to typical English pitches; but will get to know, a bit more as to how to tackle the main-line English bowlers.

    At least for the first session, England will go all out to get a clutch of Indian wickets. Use that opportunity sensibly. We all know that you boys are good stroke players; so don't have to show off that skill. Learn to defend well in swinging conditions on a 5th day pitch (albeit, a dead pitch) in England.

  • Yarms on July 13, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    I really find it amazing and questionable this modern tactic of only trying to get the tail ender out 2 balls an over and spreading the field for the first 4 balls whilst bowing to the recognised batsman. It seems to be the modern way. Are we saying test bowlers which ever side they bowl for cannot bowl and get a no 5 Or 6 batsmen out one a til ended is in.. If so what are they doing in the side. In this test both Cook and Dhoni did this but it seems that all teams are adopt

  • on July 13, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    While I agree all Captain need to aggressive when it comes to sporting declarations, like BMac and MC have shown in recent time, I do not think MSD should be under an obligation to risk løsing this Test, simply to make it more entertaining. This is Test cricket and in Test cricket you do have draws!

  • manav599 on July 13, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    The curator said at the start that he will prepare an entertaining wicket and not one where teams bundle out on 180. I wonder who is entertained by this match? The beauty of the game is its vast variance in styles o play around the world. There are matches in India where coring 600+ seems interesting. In South Africa, you need fast and bouncy pitches. In modern world, maybe a 180 run wicket is not appreciated but it is still better than such slow and sluggish English pitches. They should prepare Green Pitches and India will still put a fight providind way more interesting contests. Pitches like these, Indians woud not even get a chance to show they can win in hostile conditions.

  • JustIPL on July 13, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    India have to think about a sporting declaration sometime tomorrow. Otherwise, winning toss, batting slowly for almost 2 days and then wasting the new ball before the third morning and then batting slowly today will mean that despite this belter india are not competitive enough and their young guns are already spent forces. There is a fear factor that might come into play that india have to survive where english bowlers may capitalize. 200-250 will be an absolutely chase able target. Also, english batsmen showed their response to the 2nd new ball and saved the follow on so they can start with a brisk pace if india get all out or do a brave declaration.

  • on July 13, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Maybe if India didn't take the best part of two days to make 400 then they could of given themselves a better chance to win the game. As seriously your not bowling England out in two sessions, so expect that the game will dwindle out for a draw. India should bat for most of the last day to keep the England bowlers out in the field wearing them down for the second Test , as no point sending Cook in to try and get form as you want to kick him while he is down in the next match.

  • Nutcutlet on July 13, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    England's plan for Day 5: after an initial burst of no more than one hour with the four quicks (short spells only!) to underscore what everyone already knows (that this wicket is the enemy of Test -- and indeed all -- cricket), the rest of the day should be given over to bowling Ali for a marathon spell (it really doesn't matter how many runs are scored off him). At the other end, Root, Bell and anyone else who feels like turning his arm, should be given a go. There is absolutely no sense whatsoever in running the front line bowlers into the ground. As a Test, this match has been appalling. Yes, very well done to Jimmy, Kumar and Shami. You have made this match unique in the history of the game. Root had a prolonged net and netted a 150*. It had to be done and he has the concentration and skills to accomplish all that was required. All the frontline bowlers on both sides have been run into the pitiless Trent Bridge pudding.The 10th wicket proved to be bridges too far for any of them.

  • CodandChips on July 13, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Incredible stuff from Jimmy and Root to get the middle order out of jail.

    Both sides' tails have shown the middle-orders how to bat.

    This match should be heading for a draw. It will take some inventive captaincy, or some good bowling or shambolic batting for a result.

    Good to see Moeen Ali get a couple of wickets. I don't care that he was expensive because he took 2 wickets in 7 overs.

    Watching the keeping of Dhoni and Prior is sad. Both are poor keepers atm. Especially considering I've seen the likes of Bates, Foster and Rouse this season in county cricket. It's a real shame that test cricket has no place for keepers. Watching a top keeper is a real pleasure, that we are denied off in test cricket.

  • DarrylRod on July 13, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    I am not an England fan but I praise them for this great uplifting performance. Credit given where it is due! But one cant help thinking on this: Is it the indian bowlers or has England really improve? Cook still hasnt learn his lesson! He still has no clue on field setting. The last 5 overs saw him pact the pitch but Rahane still pull Broad for a boundary. I cant see Cook lasting this series if he loses the plot in the next couple of test.

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 13, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    @ Sinhaya Please show me a single comment made by an Indian fan who says that IND has the best bowling attach.

    As for street kids, please have your street kids in the team than paper legends coz at least they will win you matches against IND. This toothless attack dismissed your colombo track legends for less than 100 in WI to win a tri series. You must be hoping that your street kids could save you.

  • cric_lover_1991 on July 13, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    see the record of india only one man score scored 50 at no.11 , Wes Hall is the only player other than James Anderson to have scored a fifty against India while batting at No.11 that too in 70-80's that time also we dont have good bat&bowl option.only dhoni can do it what the other world cant do. the worst test captain in test he is not wicket taking field setter he defend runs captain in tests runs doesnt matter you need wickets this is not a 50 overs or t20 to to stop batsmen scoring rather than taking wickets. mr.Dhoni remember test match is a unlimited overs match you cant stop batsmen scoring for long time you may success in 2hrs or one session. if you cant take wicket result will be like this, england recovered from follow stage to lead almost 300 runs to taileners what a pity please resign for test capt

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Given the match position where it stands at the end of 4 days - India would have taken this situation if offered the same at the start of the game. Reasons; a) We have seldom started well in a test series b) After the last series where the batsmen could not get to 300 - This is a great confidence booster(regardless the pitch quality).

    My concerns - a) choice of the 5th bowling option who has delivered only 10 overs out of 145 overs sent down by India; b) Lack of responsibility shown by batsman, especially knowing that the team is playing with just 5 specialists. Especially Jadeja - whats he upto? c) No plans or strategy for the tail, can take this perhaps as a one off situation but a sit down to think about what could have been done better after 7 English wickets were taken is definitely needed before the next test starts.

    For today - Important for the batsman to have a strong 1st session. To ensure they save this game - they need to bat a minimum of 50 overs more. Should be doable.

  • JustIPL on July 13, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Hope this warmup test finishes soon and we watch the four test series. At least india look good now and most probably will retain the same side. However, shmai showed why he was not risked during practice.

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    One thing I noticed, flat track or not, once someone gets in, it has been almost impossible to take them out bar 1-2 exceptions. Vijay, Robson fell to dubious decisions, Dhoni was run out, Bhuvi/Anderson are tailender, nobody could get Root out. In second inning Vijay & Pujara both fell to force pace. But if any of these teams have to play out 3 days to save game, I guess that is doable. But on side note wickets has fallen in clusters and both teams are aware of it. Also, only team who can win from this position is Eng (provided they bundle Ind for less). Otherwise because India have to force wickets in 4th inning and Eng may have to play time (say chasing 270 odd in 45 overs) they will need just 2 guys to stick in and as I said, it will be impossible to weed out someone like those 2, any of them.

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Do not know what is Dhawan's problem. he has been to England, Australia and other countries before. He plays like a new batsman with no confidence.

    Now we have Binney, beats me why! i do not think he has been to this part of the world. Ishant, some body needs to have a good talk with him. He should be use to these pitches inspite of all this training his style of giving runs has not changed. he must learn to ball economically.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 13, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    @Shreyas Srinivas

    Umesh instead of Shami!??! Are you mad? Did you see how much Shami was reversing and swinging the ball the other day?? Umesh is too volatile right now.

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    @wapuser - Are you dreaming? Drop Ajinkya Rahane for Rohit? Rahane has been scoring in SA and NZ and bring in solidity at no.5 with an average of 60 overseas. Rohit can not be even compared with test class of Rahane.

    On the other hand Irfan Pathan is injured, so that is not an option even. Best option in my opinion is to play genuine fast bowler like Varun Aaron who can rip through the tail with raw pace at least. We can get him in for Binny in next match. Playing Ashwin and Jadega doesnt make sense if both of them are not even able to get a single wicket on a dry pitch.

  • on July 13, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Waiting for some classic excitement... I never saw this coming... Some Good batting display from both sides and a better bowling show from an understated Bowling attack

  • on July 13, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    I think Dhoni should probably bring in Rohit Sharma in place of Ajinkya Rahane in next match if he wants to persist with Binny and drop Ashwin. Sharma can bowl offbreak when needed. So it's a win win situation. Also, they should have chosen Irfan Pathan instead of Binny in the squad. He has a knack of not giving away his wicket easily as well as he bowls left arm which adds a variety. And he still swings new ball like banana for 3-4 overs.

  • on July 13, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Good to see Vijay among runs consistently. He has to work hard to maintaining this. No doubt India could have list this match early but they have chance to draw only because of Vijay's scores in this match.

  • FastTrack_Bullies on July 13, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    All srilankan fans adding comments here, please concentrate on your series loss in Srilanka rather than bullying around here please. You guys somehow won the last test match in last over so don't blabber here pls

  • on July 13, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    This pitch is not a dustbowl as we have in India and only 23 wickets fell in entire 4 days play.None of the seamers or spinners looked good enough to run through a side .So i dont think India should declare at all .Its going to be a draw in any case so why not grind England bowlers.If India play 90 overs today ,England would have bowled 299 Overs and their bowlers wouldn't be fresh for Lord's test.India can cash in then.

  • Oracle_Magus on July 13, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    There's still chances for both team to win this match, but only if one of the teams stay positive. Bowl India out before lunch and England will be chasing under 250 Runs in 50 overs. For India the option will be to play it like a T20 and post a target of at least 320 and get the English to bat a few overs before lunch. The tantalising target will surely get them to make a few mistakes. Either ways it will be a classic one day scenario and will bring in some excitement to this match. Otherwise it's going to be a stalemate. The way Anderson, Shami & Bhuvi played, clearly shows the dearth of genuine pacers in either team. A Johnson in either team would've scripted the story differently. For India Varun Aaron may not get the Roots , the Bells or the Robsons out, but will surely scare the likes of Andersons or the the Broads and they will not try to counter attack as they did here. Good workers don't blame their tools and blaming the pitch is not going to get us anywhere. Cheers!

  • GRVJPR on July 13, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    This math is far from over. India knowns cook is terrible with bat and Joe root can't have a million dollar luck in every inning. All other english batsmen are mediocre. I would love India asking Eng to bat for 55 overs. I bet you they will be 6 down for 60 odd. India should bat agressively. They can easily add 180 odd runs in 35 overs against this club level bowling.

  • on July 13, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    bring back umesh yadav in place of shami

  • on July 13, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I hope pitches are flat like this and england could achieve 0 - 0 at the end of this 5 test series. one thing is sure this england side is not strong. Inexperience and lack of form of batsmen and bowlers persistently bowling a line and length making it easy for indian batsmen to not to lose their wickets and all these factors favor india to have an upper hand so it is important england somehow survives this series. yes it will be a big disappointment considering they won 4-0 in the previous encounter in england but those were 2 totally different circumstances so england should not try to emulate that previous record, if they try to do so then it will be a blunder so they have to aim for 0 - 0 in this series and that is still some achievement for england considering the overall crisis they are in at this moment.

  • Sinhaya on July 13, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Great batting by Anderson and Root against the best bowling attack in the world as boasted by the Indian fans. My street kids can score ample tons against this toothless Indian bowling attack.

  • Surajrises on July 13, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Its a series between 2 DEFENSIVE & USELESS CAPTAINS. Just that the one who has a better team or rather the team in form will take the series.

  • on July 13, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    the pitch curator at trent bridge must be mad to prepare a flat pitch which suits india...

  • on July 13, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Such is the scene in Test cricket these days. The tail do a better job. Looking at the prospects India should use the turf to bat through for the next Test at Lords. And this could also play as a demoralising factor for England. Unless does hara-kiri by getting bundled for a paltry score on the 5th morning.At Lords Pujara and Vijay should open with Virat coming in at his customary one down position where he excels always. Aswin should play in place of Jadeja. Or Jadeja could also play depending on the pitch condition. Or else bring on Rohit to be in the XI for sound batting. But Rohit never for opening. Dhawan could warm the bench by twirling his mush.All the best for the Lords Test !

  • ThePacifist10 on July 13, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    So far, I would say that England has a slight advantage. A loss is possible, but a draw most likely for India. This is one of those matches where India have been marginally better overall but have had one really bad session. Kohli and Rahane must play very well!

    Those criticising Dhoni's captaincy should understand that on this flat pitch, if there is no swing then nothing can be done. Why did our 10th wicket put up 111 and their 10th wicket put up 198? Because it was Jimmy and Joe who were batting, not Plunkett and Jimmy. Dhoni does not deserve criticism. England played well, were disciplined and had a proper batsman at the crease.

    Call it bias but I think India have been better overall. They frustrated their bowlers with the top order, built partnerships and brought England down to their knees on a flat pitch! Remarkable swing & seam bowling from our attack! I'm hoping Lord's has a much better pitch. Keep the same team for the next Test except for one change: Ashwin for Binny!

  • on July 13, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Shikher Dhawan has the quality which can make him go upwards in test cricket but he also has a quality which can make him go down. In the past few series , many of us would be noticing that he wants to score runs quickly and in this innings to he got a run a ball 29 which is good if he gets a 50 and help India to win the match. But if he gets out on situations like this when the team needs the openers to score runs and especially him,it could harm the team. This also led to Sewagh's downfall in international cricket. Hope he can change this habit or he should be replaced by Gautam Gambhir

  • sahansarindu on July 13, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Go India Go... crush cook and England like we did....love from Sri Lanka.

  • SANATP22 on July 13, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Virat,Rahane,Dhoni,Jadeja need to bat well in 1st Session and Indian need play alest 50 over today to save this Test match, Noting new, Indian blower doing same against SA in Joburng Test and Against NZ and again England same mistake done, its happen due to lack of quality Spinner in Indian side

  • JustIPL on July 13, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    I have distributed points out of 10 for all below parameters:

    *First Opener (Vijay vs Cook)-Ind/Eng: 10/0 *Second Opener (Dhawan vs Robson)-Ind/Eng: 1/9 *On-Down (Pujara vs Balance)-Ind/Eng: 2/8-Ballance under pressure innings *Middle-Order (Kohli to Rahane vs Bell to Ali)-Ind/Eng: 1/9 *Keeper (Dnoni vs Prior)-Ind/Eng: 10/0 *All-Rounders (Binny/Jadeja vs Stokes/Broad)-Ind/Eng: 1/9 *Tailenders avg runs per wicket and total wickets-(Bhuvi/Ishant/Shami vs Plunkett/Anderson)-Ind/Eng:4/6

    India total:29, Eng total: 41, Percentage Total :41% Ind vs 59% Eng

    In this way india have lost on the points based on first innings batting /bowling performance. Fans are requested to suggest any improvements.

  • TRAM on July 13, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    If a #11 batsman scores 80 that means either 1. The bowling is awful and/or 2. the pitch is flat. I believe in this case both are true. Though I think Dhoni is a poor captain, I dont think a captain has to teach a bowler how to take the #11 batsman out. The bowlers must have been SO bad. I feel Umesh Yadav would have taken the 10th wkt. Just the better pace. I am also disappointed not much is talked about India's awful close-in fielding standard. Kholi's and Vijay getting up too soon at forward shortleg...

  • on July 13, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Next time when MCC arrange a celebratory match, its team should play against a "Global Team of Tail-enders". Some of the candidates are: Anderson, Agar, Bhuvi, Shami, Best, Kulasekhara...... I am sure we can easily form a playing XI.

    Off the cuff I can't re-collect other names. I am sure the readers can think of very many more. And, Anderson with his long experience of the ground/pitch at Lords will be the natural, to captain that Tail-enders XI. Gillespie could be the Manger-cum-Coach :-)

  • bjcm12 on July 13, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    England does not need Cook anymore - drop him and get an opener in form. Appoint Prior as the captain !

  • RishiGupte on July 13, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    For the 3rd time since this group has been playing test cricket for India, in the last 7-8 months, India will today have meekly surrendered an advantage to either lose or draw. 1st instance was against SA in Durban, second instance against NZ in the second test of the series and now here at Nottingham. #pathetic

  • on July 13, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Somehow, the problem with the Indian seamers is that on average they are all bowling around 129 or so.... Shami has not touched 140 at all. Where are the pace bowlers. Binny is bowling faster than kumar. And still does not get a few overs.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 13, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    India's clear mediocrity in their bowling was once again seen today when they simply couldn't polish off the opposition tail & take the last wicket cheaply - leading to England's 10th wicket Test record partnership. This happens time & time again - which is so frustrating. Poor selection doesn't help either - Stuart Binny is simply NOT a Test bowler at all with his harmless medium-pace bowling & don't know what he is doing in the squad, let alone the team! When India should now be bossing the Test, it is now England instead who have the upper hand going into the last day.

  • Nampally on July 12, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    In hindsight, 2 Changes in this XI may have worked in India's favour- Ashwin & Rohit Sharma in place of Binny & Rahane. The reasoning is simple. England had 6 LH batsmen in their XI- including the 2 bowlers Broad & Anderson. I expected these 2 guys to play after seeing the light brown Pitch! Rahane bated very well but he is not an off spinner like Rohit, to add to his batting talent. Raina & Rohit are always handy off spinners, wen needed. I am sure Dhoni might have moaned the absence of either of these 2 missing guys amidst 198 run 10th wkt. stand!. India were TKO'd by Broad & Anderson from almost winning position of 202 for 7 to 496. The selection of logical XI was never Dhoni's strong point & Dravid as the tem Mentor must guide him on the right path. There are many occasion of desperation in along innings. Hence having the necessary talent in XI helps. Now India should grind England on the day 5, so that their pace bowlers are not fresh for Test 2. India missed a chance to win!

  • rockstar207 on July 12, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Now everyone wants Ashwin in next match... Ashwins overseas record is very poor.... but he is our main spinner now give him a chance n drop JADEJA.... we need four pacers n 1 spinner in England to take 20 wkts so, aaron or pankaj should replace binny... n dhonis captaincy is very poor n don't praise our bowlers unless we win a test in overseas... we had only one good session n everyone started praising indian bowling.

  • dunger.bob on July 12, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    I find it hard to believe that anyone could think this match has been boring. Those 2 last wicket stands alone were worth the ticket price. Even though it's almost certain to be a draw now there's been enough cut and thrust to indicate a hard battle in store for both sides in the remaining 4 tests. Long live Test cricket - the king of games.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 12, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Its past 5 am here in India.Got knocked out of deep sleep.Was in middle of dream,a sweet dream.Until sound of timber!!Sound of last Ind wkt and an Eng W @ stroke of lunch!I just had to post this.I could'nt watch Jim/Root live on TV.Made dream sweeter!:)

  • SaracensBob on July 12, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Last night I confidently stated that lightning could not strike twice in the same place - there would be no 100-plus 10th wicket stand for England. Well, what do I know about cricket then? What happens next only the cricketing gods know - I'm not making any more predictions!

  • on July 12, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Great effort by Root and Anderson, I don't think anyone saw the extent of their partnership developing as it did, but fair play to them, even if the approach by the Indians was baffling.

  • CricketChat on July 12, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    For making Anderson bat as long as they did, this entire Ind bowling line up should be changed. Hope Cook gets sometime in the middle tomorrow and bats back into form with a 50+ score. Ind should bring in Gambhir (in pace of Dhawan, who has had his chances, time to get back to 1st class cricket grind to get into contention again in future), Ashwin (in place of Binny, who is not a long format material in the first place). One of Shami/Kumar to be replaced a faster bowler. Eng should thank Ind for letting them off hook so genereously. I expect more of same for rest of tour.

  • sudhindranath on July 12, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @Aravind Sai Kuchibhotla : 329 off 45 will not be tempting. That is higher than a typical ODI target. Something like 250 off 55-60 overs will be. But to do that, India will have to score some 120 runs in the first session. That is 4 runs per over. It is doable but I would think that in the first hour, India will try to not lose wickets and therefore will bat cautiously and that will keep the scoring rate low. I don't think they will be ahead by a lot more than 200 by lunch.

  • landl47 on July 12, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    The extraordinary statistics this match has generated has obscured the fact that this is a poor pitch for test cricket. Congratulations to Bhuvi, Shami and Anderson, but there's no way on a proper cricket wicket they would all have got the runs they did.

    Realistically, Dhoni knows that since only 23 wickets have fallen on the first 4 days, it's very doubtful that 17 will fall tomorrow. Ironically, India's best chance of winning is if they are bowled out for about 250 by lunchtime; however, since that is also their best chance of losing, it's highly unlikely they will do anything but bat until England can't win before possibly making a token declaration. England might just win if they get 3 quick wickets, including Kohli and Dhoni, tomorrow morning, but on this pitch I'm not betting on it.

    This game has had a weird fascination, like a reality show on TV, but as an example of test match cricket it's been pretty dire.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 12, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    India should bat out the whole day tomorrow and make the poms toil. No point in declaring and all of that. There ain't going to be any result on this pitch. Let our bowlers get some rest and let their bowlers and the rest of their team get tired. Simple as that!

  • MiddleStump on July 12, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Murali Vijay is the best test opener in India, and Ashwin their best spinner. But Dhoni selects a fourth string seamer (Binny) over the leading spinner (Ashwin). All the more since Dhoni has played together with Ashwin even in the IPL for years. The results are hardly surprising

  • JG2704 on July 12, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    The game is set to end in a draw on what generally seems like a benign pitch. But well done Root and Jimmy nonetheless. It's still an achievement to turn a 159 deficit into a plus.

  • JG2704 on July 12, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    @IndianSRTfan on (July 12, 2014, 16:52 GMT) Not sure what the Taunton pitch would have to do with this series. I think it's difficult to say that Eng should try to prepare flat pitches as we have no spinner in the side who can come into play in the latter overs but that's exactly what they've done here

  • Herath-UK on July 12, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Anderson managed to hang around against Sri Lanka because he did not offer a single scoring shot but here he was whacking hapless indian attack with glee.The pitch may be flat but bowling was a lot to be desired.Sri Lanka lost against SA today because they were playing non stop from January but indians did not have such work load recently so bowlers should have shown more bite.

  • fr600 on July 12, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Amazing batting by Anderson, hahaha.

  • cjscanada on July 12, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    This pitch is as dead as it can get, Yet there has been enough twist and turn for anyone to make a confident prediction. Cook is still young and its a surprise their own countrymen want him out of the team. A nice bloke who has scored so many tons and not even 30 years yet. He is a class player and I expect he will come good soon. If any team looses from here it will be more due to mental than skillful. Credit to Root and Anderson for applying themselves and playing one of the rarest innings ever. This no doubt is a flat surface, you still need to overcome nerves and situation pressure. This test has had its fair share of twists. If the 5th day can bring excitement then this series will have a lot of excitement. From my Indian perspective people should stop criticizing and idolizing after a game. Let Binny get a decent chance. Vijay has played with a lot of character. Lets hope for an interesting series. Its nice to see more positive comments from the English and Indian fans.

  • on July 12, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Dhoni might have seen the pitch before match and should have taken wise decision in terms of selecting Binny. Having Pankaj singh/Aoron in place of Binny /Ishant would have been useful. Pankaj singh eventhough a junior to Indian team, He has vast experience in first class and has around 300 wickets in hand.

    Anway, for 2maro.. Indian need to make 200 in 45 overs and declare. Then the target will be 329 in 45 overs. In that sense it will be safe for India and tempting for England. But, getting a result for this much is highly unlikely.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 12, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @KeepitHonest (post on July 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT): I saw those tweets and don't understand what they mean/imply. I thought shining one side of the ball with your clothes was perfectly acceptable in cricket? What's the problem - can you explain please?

  • ns1000 on July 12, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Dhoni has definitely let India go from comfortable positions to losing or almost losing Tests in the past several years. He is not a good Test captain but he doesn't have the bowling attack or batsmen with temperament/skills like other nations. England should be beaten by any Test playing nations today, barring Bangladesh, but India won't manage it due to their shortcomings. Picking Binny (because of his Dad in the selection committee) was a farce and Dhawan is not a Test batsmen. Jadeja is neither a Test batsman or bowler but can be picked because of his fielding and low RPO. Here is how India win the next Test: Give captaincy to Pujara, replace Binny with Ohja or one of the pacers in the squad, replace Dhawan with Gambhir. Shami is good only in reverse swinging conditions so bring Ashwin in his place. 2 geniune spinners (Ohja/Ashwin), 2 pacers (Kumar/Sharma) and Jadeja should be no worse than what India is playing in the first Test match. Easy formula for winning overseas.

  • on July 12, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Couple mistakes by Dhoni, He has to correct, The game will definitely end in a draw. Dhoni has to keep his men batting for at least 40 overs more tomorrow and get a total of at least 300. Thats more likely the case. Say what you will about this indian team but they played well, bowlers did give extra runs on a dead pitch but they did have a good try.

  • on July 12, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    This is the result of India leaving their best pace bowler off the England-bound team.

  • Collegefastbowler on July 12, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    The reason India may not be able to win this match is again due to wrong selection. Their best pace bowler Umesh Yadav is playing with the India A team in Australia. Binny can be handy on a green pitch in overcast conditions but on this pitch, Aaron bowling at 140+ would have posed problems and added teeth to the Indian pace attack which was effectively reduced to a 3 man attack due to Binny's inadequacies. A three man attack gets tired and cannot deliver 20 wickets. Select Aaron in place of Binny. If Yadav can be brought in place of one of the other three, that would be a really potent pace attack.

  • sumit1982 on July 12, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    I could understand what earth the murali vijay thinking,I understand the sub-continent player plays spinner much better than English batsmen.From were such shots are come on his mind India team are not playing t20 they are playing test match you have 4 session to bat .

  • on July 12, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    What experience of captaincy does Bell have? Not a lot, there is no reason to think he would be any better than Cook. Butler is a worse keeper than Prior (who has dropped 3 catches). For the short term, the best keeper in the country is Foster, - catches win matches.

  • sudhindranath on July 12, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Interesting juncture. India 128 ahead and their tail starts if 3 more wickets fall. Realistically, England has to get India all out or nearly all out by lunch on Day 5. Then the target will likely be about 200 runs which they can try to score in 2 sessions. Once it becomes 250 runs in 50 overs, it is almost out of reach given the current abilities of England's batting.

    So, India's task is to stick around for 40 overs at least and score about 3 runs an over.

  • on July 12, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    I think India still has a chance to win this game. It will take 3 things.... 1)A Kohli century before lunch tomorrow 2)a Dhoni declaration at the start of play after lunch. 3) a Jadeja 5-fer.

    If Kohli gets going tomorrow, then he'll score like an ODI on this flat track, thus, India might get 200+ tomorrow by lunch, leading by 320+ then just after lunch, Dhoni declares to surprise Cook & Co. And the Indian steamers bowl like on Day 2, and SIR picks 5-6 wickets. Then India might come out on top. The first and third might happen, but the declaration, I'm not so sure Dhoni has the confidence in his bowlers to do it, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did, cause he knows he has a chance to end it where it all started in 2011. Even if Dhoni doesn't declare, then India would've successfully made Cook run Anderson or Broad or both into the ground, which might work in India's favour the next match.

  • jackiethepen on July 12, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Don't write cricket off. I said that Root and Jimmy could do the same as the Indian last wicket pair. They went one better and broke the world record in the history of cricket. I said an England player could get a century. Root got over 150. Fabulous. Where are the Jeremiahs? Cricket is a far far better game than everyone seems to give it credit for. You can't tell half way through where it is going to go. England looked down and dusted. We'll see. This looks like a good Series. Hope so.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 12, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @slinga_malinga lolz you got one lost match to blame with??And what was that? 1996 pain?? why should one have?? the fact is no one,except SL, even remembers that match! Good for you, you did!! At least you have got ONE match to cheer for!

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    I think Dhoni missed a trick with the selection. Binny was a wrong selection for this track, as he is no swing bowler, he can just be good if the pitch is good, not on lifeless tracks. I think the motive to pick 5 bowlers was right, but the selection wasn't. India should've gone with Aaron. Though he tends to be erratic, he can bowl 140+, knows the value of Yorkers, AND has a mean bouncer as well. India could've used him like how Eng are using Plunkett, and going by history, the Eng tail struggles against short balls, and Yorkers, as Johnson demonstrated earlier. India need to decide if it'll be Shami or Ishant sitting out, so that Aaron plays in the next match. I think Ishant looked better than Shami. No question about Bhuvi since he picked up 5 going at economy under 3. Binny might have to fight it out with Ash, provided Jadeja picks up a few tomorrow. I think Ishant(exp) Bhuvi(swing) and Aaron(pace) can form a potent pace attack. Especially on these kind of pitches.

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Definitely India's match to draw, considering all factors India are playing slightly better than England, We got England 9 down at 290+ The pitch never gave anything to india after that, there were some mistakes on Dhoni's End by only using the short ball on Anderson but really we have a lot to take from this match. Probs to Root and Anderson to getting England Past india.

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    These two teams are playing a five test match series? Then we complain about the lack of interest in Test Cricket.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 12, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    I almost expected this. I am also fearing that the worst is yet to come with Jadeja throwing his wicket away when we need him just to occupy the crease. It happened in second test SA and in first innings here and dont be surprised if it happens again tomorrow.

  • vkumar_086 on July 12, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game....dear check your facts correct...when SA toured India...India won the series (at least India not losing at home unlike SL), quinton cock never scored century in India...hope you remember Sachin's double hundred (first ever to hit in ODI)....we won the ODI against Australia also (3-2), where India chased down more than 350 runs twice without the help of seniors(SL NEVER win matches without seniors)...INDIA undoubtedly world BEST chasing team...

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 12, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    @vkias... yes india is the best chasing team..Fully agreed!! We still remember 1996 world cup semi final.. and 2000 sharjah Final chasing 300 Your so called heroes were blown out for 57..LOL remember the thrashing you received when Sanath,Kalu & aravinda arround 1996-2004. I think still you have some pain left..Take a breath man...

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Shikhar is doing his best Alistair Cooke impression in recent tests but unlike Cooke India will drop him pretty soon as Gambhir is in excellent form recently. I'd also drop Binny and bring in Ashwin.

    India should simply circle the wagons and let England's bowlers bowl their gut out on this absolute road. Both these teams have the same problems at the moment; their bowling isn't guaranteed to be able to take 20 wickets so I think 1 win might very well take this series.

    England should be happy that Root going back to 5 and Ballance and Robson seem to be working out. Batting-wise Cook and Prior (and Prior's keeping) are concerns. Mooen might be dodgy but no more so than any other #6 they've tried recently but he's so pretty...

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    it is time to replace cook with Compton. giv captaincy to bell. drop prior bring Butler. bring back Finn. build a young team. rabson and balance got bright future

  • Greatest_Game on July 12, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK commented "True, but many all pretty meaningless in the long run. Only thing that will be remembered is a boring draw on a pancake pitch ..."

    Exactly. And none more meaningless than the mishmash of test & ODI numbers I posted.

    The numbers for the Eng/Ind test came from an ESPNcricinfo tweet in the" Cricketers on Twitter" box on the right side of the cricinfo home page. (The scrolling tweets thing where Shane Warne's mug pops up) I did not look them up - they were being "delivered," via twitter to the millions who follow the cricinfo feed, & 'delivered' to cricinfo's home page, where I saw them. I tacked them onto even more meaningless numbers from the SL/SA game, & wondered if anyone would make the connection that those stats, as well as info about the flatness of the Hambantota track, etc, were actually being 'delivered' to them all the time, in real time! Clearly no one did!

    It got great responses tho. Jamie Moneghan took it very seriously indeed!

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    India should set a target 250 in 2 sessions for england...........do remember India took 6 wickets in afternoon session......... Then it would be interesting

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    @Lin comp Completely agree with u. India has caused trouble for India in this match. Yesterday everyone was talking about India getting a 80 plus lead and then after decraling after 300 plus lead then getting cook out early etc.look at the match now they let england off the hook with their last wicket partnership and then some wild irresponsible batting by vijay and pujara. This match has become alive.

  • PeerieTrow on July 12, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    @pritamdas_circ: 350 by lunch tomorrow? Unlikely if it's 200 for 6 at the close today.

  • on July 12, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    India making sudden twist.. I don't think kholi and co will stay there.. Let see..

  • vkumar_086 on July 12, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game....dear check your facts correct...when SA toured India...India won the series (at least India not losing at home unlike SL), quinton cock never scored century in India...hope you remember Sachin's double hundred (first ever to hit in ODI)....we won the ODI against Australia also (3-2), where India chased down more than 350 runs twice without the help of seniors(SL NEVER win matches without seniors)...INDIA undoubtedly world BEST chasing team...

  • IndianSRTfan on July 12, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @Posted by JG2704 on (July 12, 2014, 16:36 GMT: I think Dhoni is most likely to keep Indians batting for as long as possible to tire out English bowlers. What I worry about is that we are likely to see mostly flat pitches in this series given that England's batting is wobbly and Cook's terribly out of form. Plus India would actually welcome a seaming track as the Indian bowlers already showed that in helpful conditions they would be able to pose problems for England. How's the Taunton pitch generally? I have little hopes from Lord's and Oval for a seaming track anyways.

  • on July 12, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    This match is heading towards a draw, unless any if these two boring captains do something different.

  • JG2704 on July 12, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan on (July 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT) Spot on there. Neither team is likely to win from here so keeping our bowlers out there will be the best way to go. If Cook was savvy he may have worked out overnight which bowler(s) will not play in the next test and bowl them along with Root and Ali and save some overs from Jimmy and Broad. So I'm guessing Jimmy and Broad will be run into the ground

  • pritamdas_circ on July 12, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    India's score should be 200 by stumps today if they want to still win this match and around 350 by lunch tomorrow. Yes I am demanding high strike rate but it's required unless they're going for a draw. India's batsmen will have to play how Broad played when Eng were 7 down on 205 and India were eyeing on 150+ lead, heck , even how Root-Anderson played today morning session, scoring quick runs and not playing traditional slow Unlimited-overs game, this is how India can win this particular match, GO 5 PER OVER !!!!

  • on July 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Ashwin must replace Binny in next matches............he can contribute as a batsman too

  • on July 12, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Sorry I have to say that over all india played better than england so far in this test. on a rating scale of 1 to 100 where rating includes all aspects like batting, bowling, fielding etc then i give india a score of around 80, and england gets a score around 65. Don't forget india is playing an away test and that too this is just the first test in this series but india already caused so much trouble to india. so overall india scores a better rating than england. i hope england will do much better than this otherwise they will face issues throughout this series.

  • martin000 on July 12, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    @Greatest_game, Wow!! you should be really a genius with vast knowledge abt cricket to compare a team's away record with another team's home record... Keep it coming!!!

  • on July 12, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    This is best of bowling Indians have, but for batting, It's probably worth to give a chance to Gambhir ahead of Dhawan, he was in a much better form in the IPL than Shikhar...

  • cric1965 on July 12, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    This match is heading for a draw now. India had a chance but jimmy gave Indians of their own medicine.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    If India are smart are about this then they should bat for most of the last day , as keeping the English bowlers out there bowling wearing them down when India's attack have only had to bowl once will only favour India for the second test.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    The way india is batting it is possible to easily get around 300 runs around lunch tomorrow and then declare the innings and then put the pressure back on england batsmen again. now they are 86 at 22nd over so almost 4 runs per over and there is still around 27 overs left so 27 x 4 = around 110 runs so 110 + 86 = 196 by stumps today. tomorrow before lunch session about 30 overs so 30 x 4 = 120, so a total of 196 + 120 = 300+ and if india declares at 300+ there is no way england can chase that total on the otherhand india can put some pressure on england batsmen.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Also it's quite funny that you don't hear from ARUN BOSE when India are doing rubbish in the test? So much for his 5-0 to India prediction.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    The way murli vijay bats u wont get results even in 10 days.so slow batting .thats why people are shying away from test cricket.

  • PeerieTrow on July 12, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, the clue's in the name: TEST cricket; one team TESTED against another. It isn't "350/350" or "Batsmen Bat and Bowlers Bowl".

  • Sahotas800 on July 12, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Dhawan should be replaced by gambhir

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    @greatest game: get ur facts rite, the two sa series u talking about was one india played in sa in at home and other one was at ur island so called home. as far as i can remember Quinton de kock didnt never hit 3 centuries in india... i can feel the state of mind u going thu as after loosing...

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    @Sumit. Binny was probably picked with the anticipation of the pitch helping the seamers. Since its the opposite, MSD hasnt used him more. Its as simple as that. Do agree with your point on the yorkers as the same crossed my mind too. Only if our seamers had the ability to bowl those yorkers at will....

  • Valavan on July 12, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    @greatestgame, it was just all immature indian fans dreaming of skittling england right in morning with 100 lead, aond one your friend @thozar dreaming about dhawan century, which already nullified and scoring at 5 per over, i know Indians have good sense of humour and once again proved it. SL lost ODI series to SA, and SA is not Zimbabwe and it does happens, where does ODI connected with tests. overall sad that anderson missed a hundred. but i believe he will make few more 50s in the coming test vs England. cricinfo please publish.

  • on July 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    @electric loco. I think the accuracy of your predictions are improving and getting close to Kusal Perera's batting average.

  • sumit1982 on July 12, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    I think dhoni should go for Ashwin for next test match.If he didn't have faith over Binny blowing ability .Entire 1st innings he has ball only 10 overs,then what use of playing extra all-rounder.

    I could understand why Indian fast blower not tried yorker delivery to Anderson.Anderson is quite tall batsmen these pitch has shown uneven bounce ,I think Anderson will take some time to bring bat down.

  • aby_97 on July 12, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Never go by stats, my friend.India has won Champions Trophy, WC and were runners up of T20 WC.They were ranked N0.1 in ODI's too. All this doesn't prove that India are invincible or cannot be defeated.

    SA played better cricket than SL, that's y they won.And yes, after thinking again I say that the pitch is flatter than Hambantota, because three batsmen made their career best scores.And they were not even pure batsman or All-Rounders.

    By Stats, Sangakarra is a better player than Tendulkar.But the truth is Bitter.

  • vkumar_086 on July 12, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4...first time in last one year the prediction came true (out of some 1000)...good record...keep it up...SL lost both match and series by very big margin to SA (India won the series against SA when last time they played together in India)..plz publish

  • sbansban on July 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Never thought openers batting like tail-enders could be a compliment, but in this test, Cook and Dhawan would only be wishing that they could!

  • sudhindranath on July 12, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    The only possible results are: England win or a draw (most likely). I don't think India can play aggressive enough to set a target of 250 runs or so for England in say 60 overs. To do that, they have to score at about 4 runs an over and also make a daring declaration. It is pretty sure they won't do that.

    So the only way for the match to remain interesting is for England to get 4-5 wickets in the post-tea session for about 80-100 runs..

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Greatest_Game. That's utterly ridiculous to compare test cricket to ODI cricket, and also what does SA bowling Sri Lanka out have to do with the test match with England v India?

    You need to get a hobby or something , also get over the fact SA are no longer top dogs as your clearly obsessed about something.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 12, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, excited once again by his stats, posts (on July 12, 2014, 14:42 GMT): "What amazing stats cricket delivers to us".

    True, but many all pretty meaningless in the long run. Only thing that will be remembered is a boring draw on a pancake pitch involving two struggling teams.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 12, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    @LilianThomson Spot on. RIP Test cricket. To think that the highlight of this match is a number 11 batsmen getting a half century. How sad is that.

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    If Anderson can get 81 against this pedestrian Indian attack , just think what batsmen like Warner , Clarke , Smith and Haddin will do haha

  • shillingsworth on July 12, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    @Greatest Game - One is a 5 day test, the other a 50 over match. I'm struggling to see what is 'interesting'.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 12, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    RIP Test cricket, watched out 20 minutes of this bore-athon and had to turn off. Pitch is a shocker, are they trying to discourage people to watch test cricket? A good pitch offers 350 runs in first innings and finishes on day 4 or 5.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 12, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    @2Mike Gattings- Spot on about the pitch.Dead as dodo.Even some Indian fans will now agree! Think they will have to now agree Ind bowling is no best in world-Aus/SA. Which they were just yesterday!!-:) Please publish.

  • Greatest_Game on July 12, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    An interesting statistic. Today it took South African bowlers 267 balls to take 10 Sri Lankan wickets. (That would be the same Sri Lanka that weeks ago won the T20I, ODI series and test series against England, in England.)

    It took India 320 balls to break England's 10th wicket partnership, and dismiss England's number 11. If you think that the wicket at Trent Bridge is any flatter than the wicket at Hambantota, think again.

    What amazing stats cricket delivers to us

  • looloogun on July 12, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    dhoni being calm etc ..he takes the game to the last ball etc ..but in test cricket there is no last ball ..?just going through the motions and waiting for the opposition to panic and bowl loose ball style -the cool laidback style is not working for doni.or atleast not working for his teammates under him , he needs to realize this and be proactive .cool is not cool in test cricket because its already cool .

  • martin000 on July 12, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    @electric_iam_insane_loco, i don't know wat u r so excited abt? this is not the end of world for us mate... why don't you just go get a life or worry abt ur island which just lot a series today at home.

  • AFanOfGoodCricket on July 12, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Serves Dhoni and Fletcher and the selectors right. If on every tour you take the same team, read Jadeja and Ashwin this is what is going to happen. How many wickets did Jadeja pick? He hardly turns the ball and has no batting sense. How does he get picked on every tour? Why doesnt someone like Ojha get a chance, despite their failings?

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    This test was decided long before the players took to the pitch. The wicket is a disgrace, batsman have nothing to gain on this as it is so flat a hundred should be a minimum, for bowlers it is so difficult that even if they bowl a great ball it only gets a wicket 10% of the time. Not really a fair contest between bat and ball.

  • ishaan1997 on July 12, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Not even 10 overs and slips are out!!!

  • Night-Watchman on July 12, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    It is time MS Dhoni is shown the door for poor captaincy. Last evening, with a new tailender in, he spread his fielders out. He does not trust his openers enough to last 4-5 overs before close of play! India should thank Anderson and Root for rubbing his nose in dirt for such tactics. He has thus shown himself as a captain with poor regard for his batsman and bowlers! India needs fresh thinking at the top, an aggressive captain.

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Feel sad that partnership for the last wicket did not pass 200 runs. India struggling to get 10 wickets in an inning. Only kumar has shown promise.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 12, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    @ spot on- Spot on there mate! But do I sense something here? The ritual thrashing of IPL/t20 thats become norm in every Indian o/seas disasters over past few years.Think we're going to hear more of it through the series?

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    with the position like yesterday there would have been only one winner, India, but not now. but mind you england was favourate to win at start as looking Indias overseas record.... no winner..

  • sbansban on July 12, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    What's next - Dhoni and Prior each getting 5-fers in the second innings?

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    no other team in the world except indians can ensure such records.rem the fam. 42 at oval isn't it?

  • milepost on July 12, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    I've never begrudged tail end runs. If they are good enough to make the runs than any talk of saving the batsman is nonsense - much like all the carrying on about Agar last year, he was good enough, end of story. However, hearing Root churn out more of the 'there's a lot of belief in that dressing room' is wearing thin. Here's a team that is reliably bad, Cook, collapses, losses, Prior just shelled another regulation catch after another handy single figure score. 50% of Root's runs have come in 3 innings. What belief?

  • on July 12, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    6 months back newzealand.....now england.......i think people may have undestood....

  • spot_on on July 12, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    At least now BCCI should think about sacking Dhoni. He isn't a test player and he dont have a mind to captain a test side. Come on. When was the last time India win convincingly outside India. Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble. It's just disheartening to see a good test cricket nation like India carried away by T20 Famers. :(

  • on July 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    @2MikeGatting, absolutely, plenty of time left for a Brazilian style moment of madness however! Never expected to see Jimmy turn a match around with the BAT.

    Please ignore any predictions I made this morning, I must have lost my mind.

  • LillianThomson on July 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I have a 3 point plan to kill Test cricket in England.

    1) sell TV rights to a channel 75% of viewers don't have. 2) play on dead wickets so that the first innings take nearly 4 days to complete. 3) play the world's number 5 team every 18 months, so that viewers can savour watching their bowling "attack" instead of having to endure Steyn or Philander or Junaid ever touring England.

    I would sell the idea to the ECB, but they seem to have thought it up before I did.

  • its.rachit on July 12, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Say whatever about the way Ishant bowled yesterday .. he still took 3 for 150 .. which in the end is very very ordinary .... and worse than his career average of 37 ... a good bowler would do a 4 for 120 on this pitch ... and the less said about Dhoni's captaincy the better .... the number of times India has let go of an advantageous position in the recent past is extraordinary ... thrice in the last 5 tests India had the opposition on the ropes outside India and they let go all 3 times ... winning 2 WCs do not make you irreplacable as a captain ... if we can praise him for the glory he has brought us,then he must shoulder the blame for the disastrous last 3 years of Indian cricket ...

  • on July 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Actually Anderson trolled India.. But no shy for them bcoz this is not the first time happening against India.. Anyway well played England.. Im waiting for a dramatic change now from India that they will lose 6 to 7 wickets within 100 runs.... Bcoz it always happens for them in every tour

  • aby_97 on July 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Great batting exhibition by these two players.Wonderful batting.

    India's bowling didn't have the teeth in their bowling today. 1)Mohd. Shami gavve away too many without picking up much. 2)Ishant Sharma tried his best but the batting display and pitch went against him. 3)Only Bhuvi was looking good but once the ball got old, his lack of pace went against him. 4)Jadeja was economical but when Anderson started hammering him, he went defensive by bowling quicker and not bowling it slower. 5)Stuart Binny did not fill the all rounder's bill.

    At the end, It was a hard day for India. Well played England, Root and Anderson !

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Wow ,my yesterdays prediction coming to fruitition! Jimmy on verge of 100. Ind's bowlers as cluless as can be. And what a fun session of cricket. Though not watching live on TV here in India,following it here on cricinfo with every bit of interest.

  • 2MikeGattings on July 12, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Jimmy is astonishing - all those boundaries. Plus a mature and strong minded knock from Root.

    I think we can now all agree this is a dead wicket, yes?

  • SL_rockz on July 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Indian bowling back to its Best :P

  • on July 12, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    India win the series? Indians fans were excited yesterday about their accidental fast bowling success,it's so funny.

  • Fangahawk on July 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Terrible bowling by India and I think that MS Dhoni didn't learn anything from the past. Why in the world is Dhoni not being aggresive?? Only a draw or an English win is possible unless India pull off a miracle...

  • YorkieInFrance on July 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Looks like it will be England to win by an innings?

  • heathrf1974 on July 12, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Wow, what a fightback by England. This will help lift their morale.

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  • heathrf1974 on July 12, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Wow, what a fightback by England. This will help lift their morale.

  • YorkieInFrance on July 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Looks like it will be England to win by an innings?

  • Fangahawk on July 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Terrible bowling by India and I think that MS Dhoni didn't learn anything from the past. Why in the world is Dhoni not being aggresive?? Only a draw or an English win is possible unless India pull off a miracle...

  • on July 12, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    India win the series? Indians fans were excited yesterday about their accidental fast bowling success,it's so funny.

  • SL_rockz on July 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Indian bowling back to its Best :P

  • 2MikeGattings on July 12, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Jimmy is astonishing - all those boundaries. Plus a mature and strong minded knock from Root.

    I think we can now all agree this is a dead wicket, yes?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Wow ,my yesterdays prediction coming to fruitition! Jimmy on verge of 100. Ind's bowlers as cluless as can be. And what a fun session of cricket. Though not watching live on TV here in India,following it here on cricinfo with every bit of interest.

  • aby_97 on July 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Great batting exhibition by these two players.Wonderful batting.

    India's bowling didn't have the teeth in their bowling today. 1)Mohd. Shami gavve away too many without picking up much. 2)Ishant Sharma tried his best but the batting display and pitch went against him. 3)Only Bhuvi was looking good but once the ball got old, his lack of pace went against him. 4)Jadeja was economical but when Anderson started hammering him, he went defensive by bowling quicker and not bowling it slower. 5)Stuart Binny did not fill the all rounder's bill.

    At the end, It was a hard day for India. Well played England, Root and Anderson !

  • on July 12, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Actually Anderson trolled India.. But no shy for them bcoz this is not the first time happening against India.. Anyway well played England.. Im waiting for a dramatic change now from India that they will lose 6 to 7 wickets within 100 runs.... Bcoz it always happens for them in every tour

  • its.rachit on July 12, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Say whatever about the way Ishant bowled yesterday .. he still took 3 for 150 .. which in the end is very very ordinary .... and worse than his career average of 37 ... a good bowler would do a 4 for 120 on this pitch ... and the less said about Dhoni's captaincy the better .... the number of times India has let go of an advantageous position in the recent past is extraordinary ... thrice in the last 5 tests India had the opposition on the ropes outside India and they let go all 3 times ... winning 2 WCs do not make you irreplacable as a captain ... if we can praise him for the glory he has brought us,then he must shoulder the blame for the disastrous last 3 years of Indian cricket ...