England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day July 17, 2014

Rahane's hundred turns tables on England


India 290 for 9 (Shami 14*, Ishant 12*, Anderson 4-55) v England
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India will take sustenance from the fact that they have stared down a sinister Lord's greentop and pronounced that they are a long way removed from the submissive outfit that lost 4-0 on their last tour to England. That they scrapped throughout was undeniable, but the dominant innings that finally rewarded a day of hard labours was not as much a stare-down as a display of dancing eyes and neat footwork, an exceptional counter-attacking hundred from Ajinkya Rahane that washed residual ill feeling from an engrossing opening to the second Test.

Rahane's 103 came to grief 15 minutes before the close, courtesy of a nonchalant left-handed catch in his follow-through by James Anderson, an over in which Rahane had driven him confidently through the covers for his second Test hundred. No matter how fulfilling his career, he will not make too many better.

It felt like an appropriate end to a classically-paced innings, which was necessarily cautious as India, despite their best efforts, lost seven wickets for 145, but which then spread into a joyous second 50 at a run a ball as England's pace quartet failed to make use of ideal fast-bowling conditions. Stuart Broad's shake of the head and kick at the ball as India's last pair saw out the day was an apt summation of England's mood.

This was a most uncommon Lord's day. The groundsman, Mick Hunt, unveiled one of the greenest Test pitches the famous old ground had ever witnessed, certainly since the invention of motor mowers, and loud boos broke out when Ravindra Jadeja walked out to the crease, a response to India's insistence that Anderson's alleged altercation with him in the first Test at Trent Bridge should be formally judged by the ICC.

All it needed to complete such rare impropriety was an MCC member, his bacon-and-egg blazer frying in the heat, to strip off to the waist in the Long Room in the manner of Gary Ballance in a Nottingham night club and St John's Wood would have never seemed the same again. Fortunately, the members held their nerve. More than the England attack did. They managed one good session out of three.

For Anderson, the leader of the attack, and a man under siege, Lord's was designed as if to order. Cook had remarked: "He will be desperate just to let his cricket do the talking." India would have observed that there is a first time for everything, but as well as a zip in the pitch there seemed to be a zip on Anderson's mouth and, as he bowled with craft to return 4 for 55, his habitual sledging, as far as could be ascertained, was absent. Rahane played him beautifully, collecting 33 of those runs including a six over long-on.

Variously regarded as sledging devil incarnate or a victim of supreme over-reaction, depending on your point of view, Anderson has trudged wearily across unresponsive England Test pitches for the past year. Now, as he braced himself for an impending ICC investigation which could drag on for the entire summer if the ECB's legal team get their way, he finally had conditions to relish.

At a time of greatest need, records fell his way. He removed Shikhar Dhawan at third slip with his 11th delivery to outdo Fred Trueman as England's leading wicket-taker in home Tests. In his third over of the afternoon, he summoned away movement to add Virat Kohli, the most prized wicket of all, to a regulation keeper's catch: Ian Botham duly fell as the leading wicket-taker in Lord's Tests. His dismissal of Rahane had no record attached, but in cricketing terms it was the most heartfelt. That he has served England admirably was again beyond question.

Ben Stokes almost matched him. His natural length is shorter than these conditions demanded, but he strove to adjust, maintained speeds just short of 90mph and bowled some of the best balls of the day. Broad was below par, but the main under performer was Liam Plunkett, who was well down on pace, huffing and puffing in the heat, England's visits to a health farm - mud baths a speciality - not disguising the draining effects of back-to-back Tests.

To lose both openers by the lunch interval was damage that India would privately have accepted as the ball swung with the enthusiasm of a young puppy. There was not just swing but seam to contend with. But if the pitch was green, India's batsmen were not, more tutored these days perhaps, attitudes hardened by the jowly old sea dog, Duncan Fletcher, and technical advice from Rahul Dravid.

Ballance had awoken to celebrity headlines of "Boozy Ballance" after a photograph of his wind-down following the Trent Bridge Test had been daubed across the papers. His official ticking off had been a token one, to placate the media. Stationed at third slip, he held his catches rather better than his drink. Dhawan fell to Anderson's lavish movement, playing perfectly respectably at a ball that pitched outside leg stump. M Vijay got a leading edge against Plunkett which would have left Ballance briefly unsighted as he tried to turn the ball into the leg side.

On an unsatisfying morning, England had cause to regret two missed chances by Matt Prior, who has not been short of cumbersome moments this summer. Vijay escaped before scoring when Prior moved leadenly for a low catch in front of first slip and Kohli should have been taken off the last of the session when Moeen Ali, bowling the traditional spinner's final over before lunch, saw a straightforward catch put down.

It was a scorching day, with more to come on the morrow. Alastair Cook won the toss, gulped and chose to bowl. It was the right call, however frustrated he would have been at the close. The day suited English traditions: swing for those who knew how to use it and a pitch with enough seam and carry to create interest, the sort of pitch that has kept Test cricket in the hearts and minds of the English public. That should never be betrayed.

It was six overs before Anderson conceded a run, but when his last ball was nonchalantly flicked to the long leg boundary by Cheteshwar Pujara, it was the first sign that India had the capacity to survive. Pujara stuck it out gamely, three hours in making 28, finally studding off side and leg side in turn with two stylish boundaries, only for Stokes to shake his middle stump with one which came back up the slope. He was one of four India wickets to go between lunch and tea, comfortably England's most impressive session as they finally hit greentop lengths.

Jadeja made 3. With the crowd yearning for Anderson to return to the attack - he had bowled 12 overs but a quick foray would have done no harm - instead Cook chose decorum, continued with the spin of Moeen, and Jadeja thrust his front pad at the ball in old-fashioned manner to fall lbw.

There was a milestone, too, not just for Anderson, but for Broad, who made MS Dhoni his 250th Test wicket. Dhoni's innings was India's most unconvincing, a few exploratory strolls down the wicket and, with only 1 to his name, a furtive edge to the keeper. It begged the question whether he can bat at No. 6 in such exacting conditions.

After tea, England were seen off by Rahane. He played the ball late, coped with the seam and bounce like he will tell you a Mumbai batsman should, and then let his instincts flourish. Plunkett's resorting to a short, round-the-wicket attack - an understandable if somewhat two-dimensional tactic on featherbeds - looked a desperate ploy. That was England's low spot of the day.

England, at one stage, would never have envisaged taking the second new ball. But they grabbed it with apprehension at 223 for 7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's solid support in an eighth-wicket stand of 90 in 24 overs ended when his stumps were spread-eagled in Broad's first over, but by the time Rahane fell to Anderson, 20 balls from the close, India felt the more contented of the sides. England will hope to see the pitch become more straw-coloured under a hot sun and for the seam and swing they have pined for to disappear conveniently for a day or two.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roshan_P on July 18, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    I was disappointed with England's tactics today, and the bowling was not great at all. A great position was let slip. Plunkett was very disappointing, especially since his pace and bounce could be so useful for England. But he kept bowling in the wrong areas and had little control.

    Absolutely incredible innings from Rahane though. It was classy and effortless in tough circumstances.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Despite the ruckus that sometimes accompanies Shane Warne's comments, the man often makes some very valid points. I refer to his comment regarding the management of spinners in the absence of a glaringly obvious candidate. Warne spoke of Australia's spin dilemma, and the decision to completely back Nathan Lyon and give him an extended run to reach his potential. Lyon will never go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest spinners of all time. However he is constantly improving, is far from being a passenger in the Australian test team, and has taken wickets at home and abroad. The question for England is, can they show such faith in one of their spinners, and who might that man be? Ironically the opposite applies to India, where undeserving players are often tolerated for much longer than they should be, while other promising players are discarded after minimal opportunities. Perhaps what is good for the goose might not be good for the gander after all....

  • JG2704 on July 18, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @ siri12345 on (July 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT) Following up to CodandChips response - the stats are all there for us to see. We get good and not so great teams in trouble and for whatever reason can't close the inns. We are not beating India and India would have been favourites to win the 1st test had there been another day so by you saying "one doesnot need to play good cricket to beat india" and us NOT beating India actually proves us right - no?

    @InswingingToeCrusher on (July 17, 2014, 21:03 GMT) Not sure where those stats come from but you'd also have to take into consideration English weather which can often curtail a day or 2s cricket. Let's be real about it here - it's easier (or should be) for each side on their own territory because it's what they're used to

  • BradmanBestEver on July 18, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    As an English supporter, I am dismayed at the inaction of the selection panel - remove the captaincy form Cook NOW!

    Captain Cook has sailed his last voyage! Land Ho

  • on July 18, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    To be honest Eng did well in the 1st session. They have managed to keep wickets. Only they have to be watchful for next hour of 2nd session so that they can enjoy the 3rd session which will turned out to be a complete batting track to reach a very good score. For India, watchout for Bell as he is living dangerously to get a big score.

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    So Bhuvi bowled 11 of the 24 overs bowled this session... Having batted for a good 2 overs yesterday... Hope gets the ice bath or whatever is the norm these days.. get some rest.. it is not going to be an easy day ahead...

  • glance_to_leg on July 18, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Would Cook please, for everyone's sake, now stand down. He is batting like a drain. Please make Read or Anderson captain for the remainder of the series (the former would permit us to drop Prior who is nothing like as good a keeper, or, at present, bat). Cook can go back to Essex and score some runs. Almost any county opener would do a better job than Cook at present ... actually so would most county opening bowlers if batting at the top of the order! Lyth, Compton, Carberry ... even Hales having a swing and a miss would be vastly better. Cook has years ahead of him as an excellent test batsman, but he cannot bat himself back to form when he is playing as badly as he is at the moment, and it is simply not fair on other players who so much more deserve a place in the test team. Oh, and he should never captain England again.

  • on July 18, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    it's time to drop cook. bring Compton and James Taylor.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @bhushanB: I completely agree regarding Dhoni and his overuse of B. Kumar so early in the innings. Even if Kumar had pleaded for those extra overs, an astute captain would have denied him that request. After all, Dhoni commented after the last match that the pitch wasn't helpful enough for Binny. Here he has a bona-fide green top, albeit on day two, where Binny might gain some assistance. Instead, our 'captain cool' is coolly bowling his most successful bowler into the ground, while with each over, the pitch becomes less useful to Binny...

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Dhoni, please realize that Binny is not a Moen to give him just a single over before the break... he is your stokes if not plunkett... give him a couple in the session when the ball is new and batsmen are new to the crease, will ya?

  • Roshan_P on July 18, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    I was disappointed with England's tactics today, and the bowling was not great at all. A great position was let slip. Plunkett was very disappointing, especially since his pace and bounce could be so useful for England. But he kept bowling in the wrong areas and had little control.

    Absolutely incredible innings from Rahane though. It was classy and effortless in tough circumstances.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Despite the ruckus that sometimes accompanies Shane Warne's comments, the man often makes some very valid points. I refer to his comment regarding the management of spinners in the absence of a glaringly obvious candidate. Warne spoke of Australia's spin dilemma, and the decision to completely back Nathan Lyon and give him an extended run to reach his potential. Lyon will never go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest spinners of all time. However he is constantly improving, is far from being a passenger in the Australian test team, and has taken wickets at home and abroad. The question for England is, can they show such faith in one of their spinners, and who might that man be? Ironically the opposite applies to India, where undeserving players are often tolerated for much longer than they should be, while other promising players are discarded after minimal opportunities. Perhaps what is good for the goose might not be good for the gander after all....

  • JG2704 on July 18, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @ siri12345 on (July 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT) Following up to CodandChips response - the stats are all there for us to see. We get good and not so great teams in trouble and for whatever reason can't close the inns. We are not beating India and India would have been favourites to win the 1st test had there been another day so by you saying "one doesnot need to play good cricket to beat india" and us NOT beating India actually proves us right - no?

    @InswingingToeCrusher on (July 17, 2014, 21:03 GMT) Not sure where those stats come from but you'd also have to take into consideration English weather which can often curtail a day or 2s cricket. Let's be real about it here - it's easier (or should be) for each side on their own territory because it's what they're used to

  • BradmanBestEver on July 18, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    As an English supporter, I am dismayed at the inaction of the selection panel - remove the captaincy form Cook NOW!

    Captain Cook has sailed his last voyage! Land Ho

  • on July 18, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    To be honest Eng did well in the 1st session. They have managed to keep wickets. Only they have to be watchful for next hour of 2nd session so that they can enjoy the 3rd session which will turned out to be a complete batting track to reach a very good score. For India, watchout for Bell as he is living dangerously to get a big score.

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    So Bhuvi bowled 11 of the 24 overs bowled this session... Having batted for a good 2 overs yesterday... Hope gets the ice bath or whatever is the norm these days.. get some rest.. it is not going to be an easy day ahead...

  • glance_to_leg on July 18, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Would Cook please, for everyone's sake, now stand down. He is batting like a drain. Please make Read or Anderson captain for the remainder of the series (the former would permit us to drop Prior who is nothing like as good a keeper, or, at present, bat). Cook can go back to Essex and score some runs. Almost any county opener would do a better job than Cook at present ... actually so would most county opening bowlers if batting at the top of the order! Lyth, Compton, Carberry ... even Hales having a swing and a miss would be vastly better. Cook has years ahead of him as an excellent test batsman, but he cannot bat himself back to form when he is playing as badly as he is at the moment, and it is simply not fair on other players who so much more deserve a place in the test team. Oh, and he should never captain England again.

  • on July 18, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    it's time to drop cook. bring Compton and James Taylor.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @bhushanB: I completely agree regarding Dhoni and his overuse of B. Kumar so early in the innings. Even if Kumar had pleaded for those extra overs, an astute captain would have denied him that request. After all, Dhoni commented after the last match that the pitch wasn't helpful enough for Binny. Here he has a bona-fide green top, albeit on day two, where Binny might gain some assistance. Instead, our 'captain cool' is coolly bowling his most successful bowler into the ground, while with each over, the pitch becomes less useful to Binny...

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Dhoni, please realize that Binny is not a Moen to give him just a single over before the break... he is your stokes if not plunkett... give him a couple in the session when the ball is new and batsmen are new to the crease, will ya?

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Shami is still a touch short.. even after seeing how he is troubling the batsman with the ones he occasionally pitches up (not on the pads though)

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    So Dhoni is going to run Bhuvi all through the session... why does he not give him a break and give Binny a chance?... Ishant is back to his usual one good ball a over, two way ward and three innocuous delivery which do not know what they are supposed to do...

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I guess Dhoni thinks that you can bowl medium-pace bowlers like Praveen and now Bhuvi for 10 overs straight.. He should understand it will drain them too, may be not as much as the express bowlers... but there is a limitation to their physical ability or technical skill that they bowl a touch slower... He should give them reasonable breaks to get the best out of them.... I would never recommend more than 7 over spells to any medium pacers.... If you think the conditions are too well suited to leave them out.. at least give them a 5 over respite and get them back on....

    Bhuvi is too valuable... do not make him another Praveen or worse another IRFAN (I do love his batting and always had great expectations of his batting prowess which he proved right... but I will need Bhuvi the bowler more often than Bhuvi the allrounder)

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on July 18, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    If Dhoni won the toss and Bhuvi bowled like this on the first morning I'd have put money on England not making it to lunch. Whether India win or lose they've still gained a big something out of this match as far as I'm concerned. For all the talk of India doing ok in SA those pitches were dead, subcontinental pitches. This one is the real deal and my expectations were blown out of the water by 295/9.

    @landl47 Whether India win or lose it's a very good score. With what England are facing on day 2, 350-400 looks about par. What India faced on day one had 150-200 looking about par where almost every ball jagged wildly off the pitch. Basing whether or not India's score is good on whether they win/lose/draw is a mistake. IMHO a draw is a HUGE victory for India. England win toss on greenest greentop ever at Lord's and send in India of all teams. If England don't win (comfortably, I might add) it's worse than Cook's batting right now.

  • on July 18, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Apparently this is Balance's sixth consecutive dismissal from balls just outside the off stump. There were a few commenting about the technique(lack off) of Indian batsmen. Now I want to ask these people, if this means Balance has a poor technique. If so, isnt there anybody else with a better technique in all of England?

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Robson did look like getting out. Didn't surprise me. What has surprised me is he has struggled batting at Lord's, where he plays half of his cricket.

    Cook has to go. Now. His batting and captaincy means he has to go. There's a fella called Adam Lyth scoring runs in the championship. And just because there aren't many captaincy options in the England side doesn't mean we should just stick with Cook.

    Indians have bowled well this morning. Showing our bowlers how to bowl. Making all of our batsmen struggle.

    Tough day ahead for England as many of us predicted.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    The general consensus is that England are playing with only 10 men, owing to Cook's poor form. I therefore posit that India are playing with 9 men at most, given the irresponsibility shown by Dhawan and Jadeja thus far. It only gets worse once one considers Dhoni's typically poor test batting, although his 80 something in the first innings of the previous match was probably worthy of note. Binny is also yet to be tested in genuine English conditions. Despite the disparity, I still believe India will not win this match. They have been presented with several giftwrapped victories in the recent past, only to discard them in favour of draws or losses. As an Indian, this is one of many occasions where I sincerely hope I'm wrong. Even as the second wicket falls early in the piece, I will need to see an Indian victory to believe it. Well at least they will not have to dwell on putting Robson down any longer...

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Happy for Bhuvi... the length pays off....Dhoni should give him a quick break for 5-6 overs and get him back.. may be try Binny a bit.. as he is supposed to be in a similar mould... at least by pace if not by swing...

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:19 GMT


    Congratulations to all the England fans for getting on to the prestigious featured comment section..landl47 always provides good insight and Nutcutlet is widely read...

    However the trend I've seen to get on to that section (I got one myself once :) is your comment has to be conclusive, neutral and positive....

    And that is very difficult at times for ardent cricket fans.. that live in the moment and get easily swept away by too much emotion, disappointment or at times too much happiness....

    Some just write their heart out... with no concern for spell/grammer check... or the tone or praise from others.....Whats more important for them is to let out what they feel at the moment, than think twice as how it will be received/perceived...

  • on July 18, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Cook døesnt even make it to drinks.

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Little more protection on the on-side... Please no defense tactics here... Indian bowlers should go all out on this pitch.. just attack.. fail if so in the pursuit, but do not go defensive.. please..

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I do not see Viay in the slip cauldron, though he was a regular in that position...

  • on July 18, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I had supported Cook after his batting failures in the first Test match but after his comments over the Anderson-Jadeja episode I am really happy to see his woeful form continue. I hope he loses the Captaincy after this series.

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    The opening bowlers are getting to the end of their first spell... Bhuvi pitching it up a bit.. good signs.. but Shami is still obsessed with bowling short...

    My big worry is how Ishant is going to bowl.. is he going to bowl his usual short and those 1-2 hit me to the rope deliveries? Also interesting to see how Binny fares.... the best pitch he would get to bowl.. Hope Dhoni gives him some overs to get in to a rhythm..if any..

    Consensus from all the commentators so far, atherton, bumble, ganguly, holding pitch is no way greener compared to yesterday....

    Can we get a side by side comparison of the pitch from yesterday morning?

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    A very good catch by Dhoni... Bhuvi did it again.. It could have been easily 3 down.. at least 2 down... but better late than never... Good that they did not let Cook score big... because we all know what he can do.. if he gets back to form... INDIA make sure of whatever is left on the pitch... England bat too deep... and everyone knows how best their bats on.. good luck India..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 18, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game (post on July 18, 2014, 2:10 GMT): Needless to say, most of those 'fans' that were doing all the moaning about the pitches etc. and not respecting the oppositions are nowhere to be seen now. Meanwhile, the more cool-headed England fans are still here, getting featured comments in some cases (i.e see above). Moral of the story: please don't tar us all with the same brush. I have seen some embarrassing posts/predictions/nonsense from certain South African fans over the years too.

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Second chance went begging down... How many more before we scalp one... very disappointing

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    A very different pitch... but Indian bowlers are a bit touch short... 90% need to be in the FULL zone, but only 10% for shami and 20% from Bhuvi are where it needs to be....

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    No fairy tale start for IND bowlers (they had a glimpse though when the ball allegedly fell short of Kohli)... but things have been quite easy for the batsmen..

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    To the casual eye the pitch is no where as green as yesterday....but Indian bowlers need to recognize this is still one of the best pitches they will get to bowl in their life time.. so far baring couple of odd deliveries, they are spot on

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    From the commentator party - grass is browner, very sunny ....yet SULTRY... so there is bound to be some moisture.. Indian bowlers need to make good use of it...for however long it stays

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    @ liz1558. It seems like a reasonable thing for a reasonable person to do. I just wonder, will Cook be able to relinquish captaincy and go back to scoring big centuries, something he seemed to do previously as a matter of routine? I hope so, the game needs more players of his calibre (sans captaincy and back to his best with bat). I have also long wished that the same logic was applied to Dhoni some time ago, with regard to test cricket only. Unlike Cook, Dhoni has no batting prowess, tactial nous or supreme wicketkeeping abilities to justify his place as a player only. Cook can hold his own as a batsman and nothing more, he has the track record to prove it. If Cook should be stood down by his management based on less than two years of underperformance, then Dhoni's management have a hell of a lot to answer for!

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Do not see the ball being worked on by any of the Indian fielders, not between balls and not even at the end of the over..... They must have forgot that you need to maintain the shine on side of the wicket to get some good swing...so far very little swing for Bhuvi and not much for Shami... hopefully it gets better....

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    I beg DHONI to please stand up a little further than what his INSTINCTS tell him. Already a catch CARRIED but they are too far away to CATCH it

  • on July 18, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Dhawan need to be replaced with Gambhir. Else Rahane could be opener with Vijay with Rohit taking the middle order

  • whoster on July 18, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    @Landl47 - some very good points made there. Woakes may well have been a better choice on this pitch, and Plunkett is hardly being helped by being told to bowl in such a one-dimentional way. The way Stokes and Moeen bowled was certainly heartening, though.

    England's trend in failing to finish off the tail is down partly to Cook's lack of inventiveness with bowling changes - and also by his reactive and negative field placings when the opposition batsmen counter-attack.

    It's getting a bit late in the day for Cook to prove he has what it takes to captain England, but as an England fan, I dearly hope he can get some runs today and return to being the quality batsmen his overall Test record emphatically shows.

  • liz1558 on July 18, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    The best thing for England would be a massive defeat, and surely the resignation of Cook. He has to go. If he still refuses to throw in the towel, his decision needs to be overridden by his manager. There's a difference between being 'steely', and being determined to go out for the next round just to take another pounding. Sooner or later even the most determined of blokes will see that they don't have a hope of winning and give up. Very poor from England's management team. They have a duty to protect Cook; even if it means protecting him from himself. The decision should've been taken at the end of the SL series. On the other hand, he may pull off a great victory here. Doesn't look odds on.

  • on July 18, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Very good century by ajinkya rahane in lords 290 on first day is not bad fighting total

  • on July 18, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    hope ishant and shami clubber English bowler for 1hr and wait to see the look on cook's face

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @siri12345 England fans are being negative because we're being realists. England were wasteful yesterday and should have bowled India out for a lot less. India will skittle us out on this green pitch. England got the pitch they wanted but were woeful

  • on July 18, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Gambhir vijay pujara kohli rahane dhoni binny( in future all rounder fir WC) ashwin kumar( in future all rounder fir WC) shami pandey Jadeja ( in future all rounder fir WC)

  • on July 18, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Don't ever think Eng on weaker side. On home conditions, At least 3 out of 8 can flourish at any time. Especially Cook (although not inform) and Bell are always monsters against India and they know how to play at Lord's. Root is in prime form, Ballance and Robson showed enough respect last match. Ali, Bell got out strangely. There is a great chance they play well today. It was nothing on their technique. we know Broad what he did. Stokes out on 1st ball. He can also can play more than what Bhuvi did. And lastly the surprising Anderson. Previous match Bell scored 25 runs (6 fours) that shows how strong he is. Mighty need from Indian Bowlers.Even though Eng can do some nonsense but they will get lead in 1st innings is my prediction.

  • Johnny_129 on July 18, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    I never doubted the talents of Pujara & Rahane - These guys are batsmen with pure technique and should be saved for Test matches only. The likes of Yuvraj & Rohit can concentrate on T20's. In saying that, I am still disappointed with the way Rahane got out straight after getting to his century - We need to keep our assessments fair so that players will improve. Rahane also got out in SA in trying to chase a century, albeit he was running out of partners. Perhaps he is still young and trying to establish himself - He should learn quickly to put team targets above all else. Great century, none-the-less. Congrats to Rahane and hopefully to India too!

  • switchmitch on July 18, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Very encouraging performance by the Indian batsmen. Exciting to see so many young greenhorns fighting it out on a green top, especially Rahane, Vijay and Pujara. They have the temperament and also the skills to make runs on tricky pitches and this pitch is as tricky as it can get. Vijay has been the silent hero. He might have not made many runs but he blunted the opening charge of the Englishmen very well and he has been doing it consistently for sometime now. Dhawan looks out of place in this line up, on these type of pitches. Maybe it is time to bring in Gautam instead (or even Rohit who has the potential to turn that kind of a move into a masterstroke). It is now time for the bowlers to step up and do themselves some justice.

  • kr_kinshuk on July 18, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Why are people so quick to jump to conclusions? Everyone, even Sourav Ganguly (and I think he has the makings of a very good commentator) feels this is a great total.

    It's just the end of Day 1. Let's wait and watch how the rest of the game unfolds. India have done much better than this in recent games and yet, not been able to cross that final hurdle.

  • siri12345 on July 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    i cant understand how some english fans like codandchips and jg r so so negative and apprehensive about england position in day 1 that they r openly declaring it is india,s day.i understand that eng r not playing good cricket at the moment but one doesnot need to play good cricket to beat india.so eng r doing enof to beat india.no second thoughts on that.if eng cannot beat india they cannot beat any top 8 team now.cricinfo publish.

  • aahahaa on July 18, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Dhoni is as bad a test captain as A Cook is if not worse in letting teams off the hook. if a few English batsmen get put their heads down and try and bat time rest assured Dhoni will give them the chance to get out of the mess they got themselves into on day 1, by bowling poorly at the tail. I hope they take the captaincy away from Cook soon and get rid of Moores and Saker.

  • on July 18, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    If it's a bit cloudy this morning, then Dhoni should declare and give his bowlers the ball, when it is the best time to bowl. Like Dravid said, despite the amount of grass, this pitch is dry underneath, and Days 4 and 5 could turn out to be the moment of truth for Jadeja. But for now, I think if conditions are right, then the sane way would be to declare and put England in under testing conditions. The Indian pace attack did better than England 's at Trent Bridge, and if they do the same here, then England could be skittled out early. There won't be much resistance from Broad, Anderson unless they decide to dig in and defend everything, because on this pitch, you won't be as lucky with edges as in the previous one. Hoping to see Bhuvneshwar pick up a few today. Let's go a India!!!

  • SatishTembey on July 18, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Today India should add few runs, may be 15-20 to cross 300 mark - this will give psychological advantage.

    India can bowl better than England, which was demonstrated by them in the first test. Though English critics have doubt about India's ability to bowl on the slope of Lords wicket, I feel Bhuvi will lead attack and will pose lots of problems for England players.

    Bhuvi can move ball both ways and will enjoy bowling under these conditions. Also Shami and Ishant will dominate. I don't know about Dhoni's favourite Binny.

    Let us see how India perform, my bet on India restricting England under 200 runs.

  • chinnu_rocking231 on July 18, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Dhoni and jadeja should think abt themselves ... no way thr 6 or 7 ...dhoni can be 7 or even 8 ..and jadeja no way should be in team ... bets possbl XI is Vijay gambhir puj kohli rahane binny/rohit dhoni ashwin bhuvi shami varun/pankaj u can see wonders with above team... pls dhoni frget frndshp and choose team on merit pls...

  • ramli on July 18, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @kingcobra85 ... Ashwin, a non-regular in playing XI overseas to be made captain? There are better methods to bring Ashwin into playing XI!!! MSD, though is not comfortable batting overseas, has still saved matches and also scored runs, overseas. The young guns are making good progress under him. May be we can wait till WC 2015 and then throw him out!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 18, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    India's day for sure. Same old story for England. Normal service has resumed.

  • on July 18, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Bat Bhuvi above Dhoni., especially, when the wickets are tumbling. If I were the captain of India, I would have sent in Bhuvaneshwara Kumar ahead of Dhoni. Bhuvi looks so very composed and confident in shaping up while facing both Anderson and Broad like a front line batsman givig the viewers so much of confidence compared to Dhoni who yesterday looked like a novice., fishing outside off. Ok, if situation requires in a test match ( like in a 50 overs or a 20 overs format) , Dhoni can always come up the order depending upon the situation smash around, which is he well known for.

  • on July 18, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    In I session if India can reach 330 it will be a interesting match. Kohli should be on Covers for fielding not in slips and expect at least 3 to 4 wickets in II session. If England would be restricted to below 200 for 7 at the end of the day it would be a great Test

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    India are in a fantastic position. Once Shami or Sharma gets out (which currently doesn't look likely), their bowlers can do the business.

    Kumar will have a field day. He gets enough movement in the air and off the pitch on roads, let along on this green top. His line and length approach is out of the Graham Onions/Chris Woakes mould that is so effective in England. He will do well today.

    Sharma is experienced. He bowled well at Trent Bridge. It reckon he'll enjoy this pitch as well. So will Shami who looks a good bowler.

    Binny I'm not so sure about. But it's almost irrelevant to ponder as Dhoni won't bowl him.

    Jadeja should do ok. Look at the way Ali bowled. Jadeja is better than Ali.

    All in all, nervous times for England. Hopefully the senior batsmen can step up. It's about time Cook, Bell and Prior scored some runs.

  • alfynoey on July 18, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Anderson 95 Dhoni 84 cook 105 jadeja 9 plunkett 12 dhawan 8 Root 18 vijay 23 Balance 4 pujara 20 Stokes 5 kohli 25 Broad 70 rahane 6 Prior 78 binny 2 Moen 3 bhuvi 7 robson 3 shami 7 bell 101 ishant 56 494 247

    India has 50% experienceoverall. Eng has 2 players with 100+ test match experience, and anderson(95), broad & prior(70+). Which team has more experience. An they are playing at home. So England, stop finding lame excuses and start playing

  • vikash_speaks on July 18, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    It was indeed a great display of batting by Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take India to a decent score at the end of 1st Days Play. For me, it was a great batting display by most of the Indian Batsmen, as most of them showed determination to battle the Swing by the England Bowlers (though, apart from Anderson and Stokes, Broad & Plunkett lacked the intensity). Now, its upto Indian Pacers to take the task and bowl sensibly. If they bowl to their line & length, England Batsmen are going for a fierce battle on the pitch.

    Rest all, it was a great knock by Ajinkya Rahane but above all for me, it was all because of the help provided by Bhuvi. Talks may soon start about Bhuvi being considered as an All-Rounder if he displays few more such knocks. Though, he has shown great batting ability and has a great judging ability of the bowlers line & length, I wish we should currently let him Bat the way he is and do not pressurize him by putting All-Rounder tag.

    All the Best Team India.

  • JG2704 on July 18, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    You'd have to say India's day on a bowler friendly pitch.

    There seems to be a pattern forming when India bat. Start off ok , lose a load of middle order wickets and look in serious trouble , then some big lower order partnerships. You certainly must credit Indian lower order batsmen but as an Englishman this is becoming a too familiar theme - not just vs India. Another issue England have to think about is Prior. I've tried not to be too kneejerk about him but his keeping is becoming a problem and maybe his batting isn't what it was a year or so ago. Neither of his drops cost England big but they could well have done. I was listening to Alex Stewart (who is a big Prior fan) talk about him. I didn't realise that Prior continually plays with long term injuries. I like Prior alot but I wonder if we need to make a brave decision with him.

    Please , no talk of Buttler. We need a BETTER keeper.Chris Read would be my man for the time being.

  • on July 18, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    the way bhuvi is batting , I am scared that his bowling skills will vanish same like what happen with irfan pathan. Anyways well played rahane and we should not ignore bhuvi's contribution with bat

  • kingcobra85 on July 18, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Dhoni should retire from test cricket and Ashwin should be made captain of the side and Saha must the wicket keeper if India needs a tactial , calm, and smart captain

  • PPL11 on July 18, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Other teams should not forget this is not team india of 90s whom you give green top and run away on them easily !! See what happened now is india is 290 and say last wicket should get them over 300 mark which is very good score on this green top and dont forget indian seamers are dying for green top !! best luck both teams

  • VinodGupte on July 18, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    What's with Anderson and IND's #4?

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @indian1986- You absolutely nailed it, mate! Hats off man! You said what I wanted to say..Some Indian fans still thinks that test cricket is child's play and every Indian batsman must score a century in every match like they are not humans but a batting machine..One or two failures and they want that player out of the team immediately.. Test cricket is not easy, These are young players but still the fight and grit they showed on a pitch that is completely alien to them is itself enough to praise them not demoralise them..Grow up guys, It's not gully cricket, It's Test cricket-The highest level of cricket.. Respect the opposition as well as they bowled pretty good after lunch but squandered after tea.. Grow up already..

  • OMGK on July 18, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Credit should be given to dravid for the work as batting consultant for the indian team.Make him as permanent batting coach and india will produce a lot more innings like lords in future.look at Rajasthan royals team he did wonders to them.

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @Deven Sharma But, I would bet on Saha than Samson. Saha has the ability to stay for long time, ability to score runs at regular intervals and has some experience on tours. But Sanju need to prove lot more than Saha. He is a good player and young. He can take time to improve his techniques and stability atleast a year or two. People would suggest him for Bangladesh or Zimbabwe tour to check out his ability at intervals. If he does well might be the future for India. But as for now, It looks like Dhoni will really comeback in this long series to settle for sometime in the team. Wait and watch.

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Superb innings by Rahane. I bet not many people were anticipating him to get be scoring a hundred at Lords.We were thinking of Pujara/ Kohli/Vijay but here comes Rahane and outplays all.

  • indian1986 on July 18, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    first of all, Well played India.. feels great to see the fight and the grit shown by Indians. I feel sad to read few comments where Indians want India to loose coz they dont want to see some XYZ in the team?, shame on u guys, Indians have to learn tht one man is not above the team. Its the team which is playing out there not a single player. I wish Team India all the very best may the better team win.

  • rajthedoctor on July 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @indian fans: guys we are gifted with batsmen guys....vijay was good in sa and now here..dhawan was good in nz remember its not easy there n he got an unplayable ball here (c the replay) he needs to tighten up. he is our bet at the top for quick runs as vijay and pujara are defensive at their starts...pujara just needs to convert those starts..kohli he needs to curb his playing on the rise shots and dab to third man early on...just follow rahane...dhoni...I think he needs to shuffle his position depending on the ball status. his best bet is aggresive stroke play and should come in when the ball is old and attack irrespectivevof situation.may be ashwin (jadeja only when 2 spinners are needed) and kumar our allrounders can come ahead of him in swinging conditions...we have 3 seamers bhuvi ishant shami....we need another fast bowler yes FAST bowler.aaron or umesh or both replacing ishant..guys this team is set for long haul...just give them time...dhoni is our best bet for captaincy ...and he ll effective only wen he is attacking both with the bat and in the field....

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Anderson may have become the highest wicket taker in England, but he still lacks that killer instinct possessed by the other great fast bowlers. On a track ideal for his type of bowling he could not provide the final blow to a batting order like that of India which is always vulnerable to fast bowling in any type of wicket.

  • ani.. on July 18, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @ Rufus_Fuddleduck: England were once 207-7 on a dry wicket which many people claimed to be a batting paradise. I don't think you can call this conditions back-of-th hand and backyard conditions for this inexperienced English test side, also considering that many people have said this is the most grass they have ever seen on this Lord's wicket .Cricinfo please publish.

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    It was an excellent day of cricket to watch after a long time. The pitch was very green and difficult to find the pitch without the stumps in the middle. England did a right thing in winning the toss and asked India to bat on a very green pitch. We have to congratulate Vijay and Pujara in keeping their wickets even though they have scored only few runs, they have shown to the World that Indians are not minnows on a greency and bouncy wicket any more. They have applied themselves really well. Binny was unlucky to be given out but this happens in Cricket when DRS has not been used for these tests. Rahane and Bhuvi showed how to bat on these conditions. They have done it really well to take India to some respectable total. Other than Anderson, England bowlers wasted a tailor-made condition for their fast and swing bowling that Curator Mike Hunt prepared for them. India also would have opted to bowl and looks like it is pace and swing bowlers paradise. I hope Indian bowlers make use of it.

  • ani.. on July 18, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    @Die_hard_cricket_Lover- Seriously? I know that Kohli is going through a poor phase and not scoring runs, but replacing him with Rohit Sharma is just unbelievable.Lazy footwork, mediocre technique which I know can be worked upon a improved but what he is lacking is temperament. He doesn't takes singles regularly allows the pressure to get to him and then gets out to a bad shot. You need temperament in test cricket and he doesn't have that just yet. Hopefully he scores runs and improves his technique in domestic cricket and then he will provide a good argument for a place in the side. Well I might have strayed a little of topic, but I am just saying that don't kick out Kohli just yet and all this is just constructive criticism of Rohit Sharma and I don not in any way mean to insult him in any way and I wish him good luck. Fantastic century by Rahane and may the best team win(I am an Indian so I am supporting India). Cricinfo please publish.

  • BHAARATVARSH on July 18, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    @Mohamed Saleem - I hope your odd feeling is true my friend!!

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    It is time we start working on Sanju Samson's technique for test matches. I don't see Saha or Karthick as Dhoni's replacement, so we need to prepare a youngster who can server for goof 5-6 years. Sanju has the basics covered, but needs to tighten up his technique to play late and cover the swing. Hopefully Dravid will work with him in RR setup like he prepared Rahane for tests.

    Dhoni for me is done for Tests. He just do not have the technique and i have no idea how he has survived for so long in tests. 8-0 Eng Australia, then lost against England at home, then lost in SA and then again lost in NZ.

  • on July 18, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @ India_boy """"Rohit Sharma inspired and mentored by SRT and Rahane inspired and mentored by Dravid...'nuff said!""

    Golden words those! Well said, you nailed it.

  • on July 18, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    I have an odd feeling that Shami might do well today. Though he fails to take wickets recently, but, this is a perfect pitch for him who has the reasonable pace and the ability to swing on both sides. He has the perfect length to pitch the ball perfectly on this tracks. However, he has problems with the variation, not trying for odd yorkers and conceeding runs.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on July 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @GrtIndia_Ann: Seriously can you not see the light? Bell and Cook getting daddy hundreds to pretty much neutralise the aggregate Indian total? The rest are then adequate for the lead. Admitted it's a green top but then those are backyard and back-of-the-hand conditions for this England team. They have been moaning and groaning for this wicket all summer and now they've got it. Surely they won't collapse. India also is learning how to utilise its bowlers. Today and tomorrow they will get plenty of knowledge. And yes an addendum to all this. Bracket. Sarcastically. Bracket.

  • jimbond on July 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    India are currently having arguably the best middle order batsmen in the world. With Pujara, Kohli, Sharma and Rahane at 3,4,5,6- they are comparable with South Africa. Though Vijay has done well this series, I believe the opening spots are there for the taking. A wicketkeeper who could open or an opener who could bowl a bit would give a lot of balance to the team- though I am not aware of anyone in the domestic circuit in India who could do this. Jadeja or Ashwin at 7, and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar at 8 strengthen the batting. The current team has the basic elements of long term success, though I am yet to be fully convinced about the likes of Ishant Sharma, Vijay, Dhawan, Jadeja or Ashwin in test cricket.

  • stormy16 on July 18, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Good work by India to get to 300 on a green top and Rahane is probably the last of the next generation batters to come in to the side after Pujara, Kholi and co but man what an impression he is making. One wonders why India didnt think about opening with him but he looks well set at th lower order.

    Eng just cannot buy a trick it seems! Finally got a green top that they have been crying for and the opponents reach 300 after looking like they should be bowled out for 180. The concern for Eng is the wicket should still have plenty and the Indian attack isnt exactly a pop gun attack and will need to play well. Surely Bell and Cook have to deliver now?

  • on July 18, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Wow! Seems like everyone wants Kohli's "head" now.. Once he scores a century everyone who were asking for his "head" would crawl back to the hole they came from.. Seriously guys, Do you even understand what "Test cricket" means? Every great player has went through this phase and has came out of it quite spectacularly..Kohli will score big hundreds again and yesterday he was out to a jaffer of a delivery by Anderson not because he had any fault in his technique..Pujara, Kohli, Vijay all played well to face the new ball on a wicket that is unusual for test cricket.. I haven't seen a pitch so green ever in my life.. Even in highlights of old bradman era matches..They weren't this green.. But they still fought and got out to good deliveries.. Indian fans, Mature already.. And other fans who are calling our batsmen flat track bullies..These English bowlers are fast track bullies who can only bowl on green wickets.. They couldn't bowl us out twice at TB.. Pathetic..

  • on July 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Die_hard_Cricket_fan and @satanwish Really are saying Kohli is a flat track bully who has already morethan 25 international centuries all arnd the wrld. the worlds best ODI best batsman is termed as a flat track bully. I pity you lads.

  • aby_97 on July 18, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Jadeja has to be considered as an allrounder only in India.I know has got runs but the one thing he hasn't got is temperament to play sessions.Ashwin may not have the runs but I'm sure he will occupy the crease for a longer time.

  • lonewarriorram on July 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Career defining century from Rahane. Well played B Kumar. India should seriously consider batting him at 7 ahead of Jadeja so that Jaddu can gain confidence after watching Bhuvi bat. Gambhir and Ashwin should be considered for third test in place of Dhawan and Jaddu. Lets wait and see what Binny can do with ball on this pitch.

  • on July 18, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    I still believe Rohit Sharma should be in the team but Rahane is holding his place really well. For all the detractors, he didnot have a good south africa tour but in New zealand he was ok and made a good 72 in the first match. in the secod match he played well in the second innind. So i think he didnt have a bad NZ tour considering he was comig in atnumber 5 or 6. nd now wth Bhuvi proving to be a far better all rounder than Binny, I thik itstim to bring in rohit at No.6 and play ashwin insteadof jadeja. India missed a batsmen in the lower order and though bhuvi supported rahane brilliantly, i think we were lucky to escape frm an embarassing situation helped b some poorbwolin by Eg in the last session.

  • India_boy on July 18, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Rohit Sharma inspired and mentored by SRT and Rahane inspired and mentored by Dravid...'nuff said!

  • pinn on July 18, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Rahane slowly and steadily building his position. After 7 down it is very difficult to score a century with tail enders. Thank god, Rohit was not chosen. Do not forget the beautiful innings from Vijay and Pujara. Even though they scored less, it is comparable to Rahane's effort. Green top, new ball, fresh hands from the bowlers - they completely removed these threats. Hope India does well with the bowling. It is more than enough to pitch the ball in right areas as Bhuvi can swing, Shami can zip and Ishant can generate the bounce on this pitch. England seamers missed the right length and hence there was no use of this green top except for Anderson.

  • on July 18, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Excellent batting from this young indians.Whoever watched the match would have seen how difficult it was to play the 1st 2 hours,even after lunch ball was doing a bit..Expected bashing on Kholi from my fellow Indian fans. Do u want everyone to score 100 in all matches??Ridiculous..he was so comfortable in playing shots till he got out..Many would have got out to the ball he got out yesterday.in dravid-tendulkar-laxman era..dravid blends the new ball,tendulkar is the stroke maker,laxman gud with tail enders.Similar trend is getting repeated. Rahane once again proved he bats better with tail enders than anyone in the current team. Pujara blends the news ball and opposition so that when middle order comes in and it will be little easier for them to score.Even Rahane acknowledged the fact vijay,pujara,kholi stay in the crease minimized the damage.Rohit hasn't proved is worth in any of the previous tours in SA and NZ. Even in NZ he got a golden chance to win it for india.he missed it.

  • Avi56 on July 18, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    I still dont get it...Why is Gambhir warming the bench and Dhawan still in the playing XI.. Dhawan is consistently failing ever since the SA series..the middle order is perfectly fine...Vijay alone cant give scores if he does not have a partner..For god sake dhoni keep your attitude aside and bring in Gambhir..

  • on July 18, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    I can't believe that I am reading comments about removing Kohli from Indian team. Really??? He failed in 3 innings. Yes THREE. Here's calling for his drop. wow. By that logic no one in International cricket will last more than 2 tests. I think all Indian fans who criticize players after 1 or 2 failure should just take a step back and look at all great players of the past and their stats. They will realize that everyone who played this great game would have gone through the period of low scores. Its normal for a cricketer to witness a patch of poor form otherwise they will be immortal. Kohli looked in excellent touch today before he got a good ball from Anderson. Nothing wrong in that. He will score runs in this series. There's still 7 innings left. Well played Rahane and Thank you Bhuvi. What a cute little player he's turning out to be. Please publish Cricinfo.

  • Gzero on July 18, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Your First test at Lord's & a Century?.. Nothing can get better than this for Rahane.

    In previous match when Vijay scored a Century, I saw people criticizing Rahane for no reason. Now he has shown why he deserves his place in team. He is one of those few players who has the ability to build an innings with lower order batsmen.

  • GrtIndia_Ann on July 18, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    I am dumbstruck here to see some of the English fans contemplating about India is going to suffer innings defeat and all the stuff in this test...are you honestly serious my friends? or are you simply trying to put up a false brave face to cover the England bowlers lost opportunity today?on a greenish top where it was difficult to identify the pitch,India has done well to put up a decent score....we are not even into second day and you guys are speaking about 550+ score that England is going to put up and India's loss...come on...dont be too blind in your assessments...

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Cant believe how ridiculous memory of our indian fans can be.Kohli who has scored 100's in SA,NZ and Aus is called flat track bully by our own countrymen just because he couldnt score in the starting phase of this tour.The guy has been architect of almost each and every win in the past 3 years or so and they are cursing him.May be Indian fans dont deserve a player like him.

  • Ashok_Rajendran on July 18, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Good match to watch. Excellent knock from Rahane and once again he proved on pacy and bouncy pitch. but either Kholi or Pujara would have done well as they are well capable on this pitch. As usual flat pitch batters Dhoni, Vijay, Dhawan and Jadeja were failed and nothing surprise on that.It would be good if India replaces Dhawan, Jadeja and Binny with Gambir, Ashwin and Varun in spite of the current match result. Frankly speaking, B.Kumar's batting technique is far better than dhoni and dhawan. Dhawan is keep on repeating the same mistake and he needs short break. My 11 for the next match would be as follows; Vijay, Gambir, Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, B.Kumar, Shami, Ishant and Varun..

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Superb innings by Rahane and beautiful approach by Vijay and Pujara yet again. I'd like to bring in another perspective though it's a bit early but it's good to see Indian lower order contributing and the credit for that goes to the selectors specifically for team combination by playing only 5 specialist batsmen. If past trends are to be followed, India would've played Rohit in place of Binny as a 6th batsmen and we'd have been satisfied by a 40-45 from Rohit but see how playing less no. of specialist batsmen puts onus on the likes of Bhuvi and Shami and brings out the best from them. Kudos to Bhuvi for yet another important innings. However, India would also have loved to bowl first on this green top and Bhuvi must have exploited it and Shami if becomes a little disciplined, can be lethal on this track. Hope to see last Indian pair extending their lives and throwing challenge to England, fingers crossed!

  • Indian_Awajathaka_Ballo on July 18, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    As I told you both Dhawan and Kohli are useless in English conditions. They could have replaced with in form Gambhir and Rohith Sharma.

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Statistically there is something funny about the four tests so far played in England. In this match, the last two wickets have doubled to score from 145 to 290. In the last match, the last pairs scored 111 and 196. In the series against Sri Lanka too the last batters gave support to Mathews like Herath in second test. Then Root did likewise in first test with the tail against Lanka. So what is the secret? I think it has got to do with the surface. Something is missing in the way curators are doing the turf now. In the old days on a pitch where first 7 wickets had made 145, that last three would probably make 5 more runs. May be time to change batting order, send the tail end batsmen to face new ball and then later send the top players. That way may be it will work for the top six batsmen

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    The race is between Rahane and Pujara to become the next Dravid for India....while Kohli is aiming to become Tendulkar with no real fighting innings, but just stats. He needs to pull up his socks, or else he will be in the same boat in which cook is riding at the moment. He was also said to be the next great....but look at him now!

  • satanswish on July 18, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Ajinkya for well deserved ton. He deserved a permanent place in the test squad 3-4 years back only when he was minting runs in domestic cricket. Dhoni kept playing useless players like Raina, Yuvraj, Jadeja etc. who are not fit for test cricket. Ajinkya Rahane should come batting at No.4 which he thoroughly deserves. Only this technically well-equipped batsman deserves that place after retirement of SRT. Great to see this beautifuly crafted hundred which can be done by Mumbai batsman only. Rahane had scored a ton against NZ earliesr this year to save a test match for India which avoided 2-0 whitewash for India. These Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Jadeja & Dhoni are flat track bullies who can score on dead flat tracks only.

  • cktspirit on July 18, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Great job Rahane, seems to be filling the shoes of Laxman or Dravid. Remember him batting well in difficult pitches of South Africa in 2013. Keep it up and hope you will be secure in the team Rahane

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Good fightback by the Indians on a pitch which resembled a Wimbledon type grass court or for that matter a golf course. England have tried all their tricks with sub-continent teams to win at any cost at home. However, they lacked the knowledge, skills and experience to match up to their opponents. The match is interestingly poised and England plans may backfire on them.

  • on July 18, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    The man who should be most nervous right now is Binny. He is chosen as an extra seamer. He is not likely to get any better conditions than this. 2 or 3 wickets from him would shut up his critics. Though I still feel he should have batted better, but he is in the side as a seamer and must show his mettel now. If he does not, India must bring back Ashwin of flatter tracks and include an extra batsman, in green conditions.

  • niteshpanchal on July 18, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    As a Cricket fan, I wish India will be defeated by England in this series, Dhoni shouldn't be playing Test cricket at all. I can see Dhoni's market shares are more than any other player but If BCCI is looking forward of the sport & people's interest & not only money or player's status then BCCI should ask him to step down as a Test captain. He can still be the ODI & T20 captain. He is completely not a test player. Hope BCCI will read the comment. There are other wicket keeper batsmen BCCI should try now. Dhoni is even not good behind the wicket now.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on July 18, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    @Satish Tembhey, singling out Dhoni right now is totally ridiculous. It was apparent in 2011 itself that he is a no-hoper other than for mediocre attacks, one-sided match positions and bowler-unfriendly environs. So why curse him today? As for the senior players being his think-tank - he probably told them how to play and score runs, so that too is baseless. Today people like Aaron and Yadav who don't want to listen to his well-meaning advice are cooling their heels. Others who take his advice are given chance after chance to show their talents. The news in the grapevine is that both Sanju Samson and Smit Patel have applied for other passports, so they can't be considered for selection and Dhoni is the only choice for India. Give him a break. Like Parshuram, he could have also gone into hibernation post 2011, having served the purpose of his avatar. But he chooses to soldier on in the limelight ... the fading twilight... for India and Srinivasan

  • m_ilind on July 18, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    It is high time India accepts the use of DRS. In this series itself they could have overturned several decisions that went against them. Why all the stubbornness?

  • sujithM on July 18, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    with the conditions here if ishant sharma finds his rythem england will be in a lot of trouble

  • Humdingers on July 18, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    I will admit I have not been a fan of Rahane, but what an innings! Good stuff by the young fella. Once again Dhoni has shown us all why he is unfit for TEST cricket! He's a liability especially as captain! Get rid of him, India will win more. Eng still ahead in this as the pitch will flatten out and the best days to bat at Lords are 2,3. So if they apply themselves they can score 500 - but without KP that's a big call. Add that India don't have a decent spinner (why didn't they bring a leggie) and Eng defn ahead in this match.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 18, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Despite Rahane being the only one getting a 50+ score, I was really impressed with Vijay, Pujara and Kohli as well. Those 3 played their game really well and all looked fluent and set to score like Rahane. Pujara and Kohli got out to good balls, granted, but they were in some serious touch. They look eager to start their second innings already. Vijay is proving why it is Dhawan and not him that should be dropped. Finally, kudos to Rahane and Bhuvi! A fantastic knock by the former and a solid innings by the latter. Bhuvi is batting wonderfully. I now truly believe that we have the best batting line-up in the world, despite the cracks we have in Dhawan, Dhoni and Jadeja. Binny's dismissal was unfortunate.

  • kr_kinshuk on July 18, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    India are not on top. Yes, this is a very good score given that they had to survive the pitch at its worst. However, the pitch has already shown signs of easing out.

    The Indian bowling just doesn't look penetrative enough. So, if the pitch flattens out then India might be looking at a tough third innings facing a huge first innings deficit.

    Btw, the trio of Kohli, Pujara and Rahane is looking more and more like the old trio of Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Kohli is the famous one at no. 4 who will get the endorsements, while the other two will quietly score the crucial runs to get us the important overseas wins.

  • pratit on July 18, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Really, about time Dhoni called it a day in tests. India at the moment have a few good replacements like Saha, Ojha, Samson etc who are much better with bat. Due to Dhoni's inability in seaming conditions, India are now effectively playing with 5 batsmen and a long tail. This 5 bowler strategy is the right strategy for India, just that it needs a wicketkeeper who is a better batsman. Replace Jadeja with Ashwin and Indian batting line up looks much better. Binny needs to be given more of a chance, atleast until Irfan Pathan is fit.

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on July 18, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    @cricpanther - you nailed it mate. Only that 700 may not be required, 550 or so will work. It doesn't matter whether England drub India by an innings or not. An innings defeat doesn't do much to rest the bowling and that right now is England's first priority. Anderson conserved some energy today, yay for him. Good bowling can mask the problems of Prior, who right now is repaying India for what Dravid had done for England in the 2011 tour.

  • suman2 on July 18, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    I wonder how Dhoni keeps his place in the test side. Since his half century in the Lords in 07/08 he has done precious little outside India as a batter, shows no guts, no fighting spirit and is not the best keeper India has currently. Furthermore, in the tests, he is too tame, too defensive as a captain. He reminds me of Md Azharuddin era. He should concentrate on Limited overs cricket where he is brilliant.

  • Greatest_Game on July 18, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    An observation from a neutral.

    On Eng's last tour to India, from Test One,Day One English fans & media were screaming blue murder about the pitches. Road, minefield, flat track, rank turner - every possible negative pitch description was bandied about. A lot of nasty stuff was said about the pitches and the hosts. However, despite the terrible pitches, England, once they employed two spinners, were able to exploit the conditions and win the series. Not so bad after all, right?

    This series has served up a track as flat an aircraft carrier deck, followed by a raging green mamba, & Indian fans & media have, not that I have seen, made a fuss at all, about either pitch. On the contrary, India seems to have been ready and keen to take on the English in their traditional home conditions, wanting to prove that they are willing and able to compete in non SC conditions.

    I hope Eng fans remember this when Eng next tour India. It has certainly made an impression on me!

  • yogicoolboy on July 18, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Rahane played a superb knock in the conditions that werent easy for batting. Kudos to him. Well played

  • Ramansilva on July 18, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Jimmy and the English team missed a golden opportunity to keep the Indian score below 250. Hope their reply is better.

  • Greatest_Game on July 18, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    @ Clifford Bradford asks "We know Gambhir breathing down Shikhar's neck but what's going on with Kohli? He can't seem to score runs."

    Maybe Kohli has spent too much time hanging out with Dhawan at practice, nets etc, & the Dhawan disorder has begun to affect him? He should spend more time with Gambhir. Dhawan is averaging 16 in this series. After his 1st 3 innings on the 2011 tour, Gambhir was averaging 25. Not that much better, but better is better!

  • on July 18, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Cook's "tactics" were appalling to say the least, Spreading out fields when tail-enders came onto bat and making ur bowlers bowl short at them when the track helped seamers when they were bowling fuller length and good length areas..In the first session too bowlers bowled too short which made Indian batsmen comfortable at the crease cz they were leaving the balls quite easily.. He must concentrate and analyse his "tactics" rather than speculating abt opposition's "tactics" in PC.. Anderson & Broad both are England's premier fast bowlers and quite experienced too, I wonder if they don't have any say in field placements otherwise how could they allow those bizzare field placements.. Usually It's the bowlers who set the fields according to their likings(Well, Your main wicket-taking bowlers do if not other bowlers).. England might lose this test bcz of those bizarre "tactics" now.. Cook's captaincy should be questioned and ECB must sort out It's priorities..Do they want Cook or Victory?

  • RahulWise on July 18, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    @Chris_P. I have asked this question many times. Asking you now. People call batsman who play well on flat tracks as flat track bullies. What do you call bowlers who bowl well on green tracks and in conditions favoring swing bowling, but fail miserably on flat tracks???. If batting well on flat tracks and failing on green tops is bad, then bowling well on green tops and failing on flat tracks is equally bad. Shall we call these bowlers as fast track bullies??? Remember, many of the fast bowlers can not even take 2 test match wickets in sub continent.

  • JaranNirsi on July 18, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    @Cris_P: well said. Lemme guess. When a South Africa and Australia tour England next, you are going to have similar green tops, right? Just so that an England batsman will be justifiably proud of having scored laudable runs in challenging conditions instead of on flat batting tracks...... if anyone does. This is a greenest Lords wicket in a century, or so the scribes have it. Just tailor made for Anderson and the other quicks. Too bad they squandered it. Haven't seen such pathetic bowling in such helpful conditions...... And the kind of attacking fields set for the indian tail with the bond new ball haven't been seen in nearly the same time. England better send Cookie home and get a new cutter instead. With KP went the last vestige of entertainment from this sorry side.

  • vinjoy on July 18, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Only two batsmen showed the temperament and ability to stay at the wicket; no wonder both are from #rahuldravid school!

    I was laughing when Manjeraker wrote on 06 July at http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2014/content/story/757733.html; predicting Kohli to make 3 hundreds.

    Time to give Pujara and Rahane the credit that they deserve; else they will go the Dravid way as next best to SRT ((Kohli)!

  • Rupert147 on July 18, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Prior is no longer fit to keep to the standard he once set. It's a shame for him but also a shame for the England supporters who know that he won't be dropped as he comes as part of the Cook in and KP out pact set out by the ECB. Cook is a desperately poor captain and reader of the game so he needs someone like Prior to guide the troops. Any dropping of Cook looks like a loss of face for Downton & co so Cook stays, his right hand man Prior stays and England won't win a series anytime soon. Sad that the only way this team will rebuild is yet another new regime coming in

  • on July 18, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    I would be surprised if England do not get a lead despite the good lower order effort, Stokes is shaping up well and with a surname like that it is no surprise.

  • on July 17, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    In this series so far Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Scored more than Kohli, shikhar and Dhon. It is so good to see tailender playing with more sensiblity than the big indin names known for big hitting.

    seriously india can replace either kohli or shikhar for Ashwin as he has scored better in tough conditions like Aus. He even scored century. Jadeja can be replaced with Rohit as he can bat and bowl too.

  • on July 17, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    i dont understand why england are trying the shortball on a green pitch.it is good to use it as a surprise or to intimidate the batsmen but to use it regularly nt only wastes a delivery if the batsmen doesnt play at the ball but also tires the bowler. england have bowled fr almost 4 days in the first 6 days of a 5 test series. nt sure wht the england support staff has planned but wht ever it is they better change it soon or their bowlers will have to be rested frm tests to recover

  • SanjivAwesome on July 17, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Binny, Jadeja and Dhoni are the weak links in the middle. So this is a contest between 11 players and 8 players. The numbers are patently stacked in England's side. I am following this test to see if our team has learnt the skill of lasting 5 days on the field!

  • on July 17, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Congrates to Rahane. Great Knock under pressure. Bhuvi is also to be congratulated for his good batting. He is developing into a good seaming allrounder. India need Pujara and kohli to cash on their starts. This team will do good.

  • jmcilhinney on July 17, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    England's catching has been spotty at best for a while now. They've been dropping catches regularly since the WI series that preceded their losing the #1 ranking to SA, which was itself in large part due to their dropping Amla numerous times. Their batting has been a genuine worry since the previous Ashes, with Bell having rescued them repeatedly in that series. Through all that though, their bowling has generally been pretty good. Even in Australia, the bowling was probably good enough to have kept them well in the series if Johnson hadn't been destroying the batting. Now though, the bowling seems to have joined the fielding and batting in being well below par. How can this be the fourth Test of a home summer on a green pitch and we still be saying that they were bowling too short? An individual bowler at times is bound to have a bit or trouble maintaining the ideal length but for most of, if not the entire attack to be doing so for most of the time is just not good enough.

  • on July 17, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    one of the best innings by jinka.. well played

  • on July 17, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    I feel that india would need 350 on first inns, but anything can happen. Who would best replace Anderson if he misses out on the forth and fifth test?

  • on July 17, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    why do i feel like its the ashes all over again fr england where the aussie tail gt majority of their runs and then their bowlers won them the test. the indian batting seems similar where the top order get out fr a pretty low score and then the tail goes on to score runs though the indian bowling is nowhere near the aussie bowling standards.

  • on July 17, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Surely, one of the best innings by an Indian batsman overseas given the greentop and the collapse of all around him, bravo, Ajinkya Rahane.

  • fguy on July 17, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    it was a very bad toss to lose so irrespective of results am so proud of the team. remember most players have played number of tests which are in single digits. a lot of other teams put into bat on that pitch would've been rolled over for a lot less. i can see other SC teams out for about 100 on it. in fact i can wager that if Eng had to bat first on it they would've been out for 150. remember in wellington test earlier this year when NZ were put into bat on a similar pitch (but a lot less loaded in bowler's favor) Ind bowled them out for 180. so well done esp to rahane & bhuvi who gets more impressive in each outing. if he'd played instead of a over the hill zak we'd have won the jo'burg & wellington tests. poor binny. he's got 2 bad decisions. this one was shockingly poor. very early on it was apparent that there was no way you can give an lbw unless the ball is very full actually only virat & bhuvi dismissals were due to pitch/good balls. rest were batsman/umpire error

  • on July 17, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    England's underlying weakness really showed through. Ball after ball in the first two sessions so far wide of off stump. Wide half volley after wide half volley, and when they went straight they dropped short.

    All that being said, I have seen lords pitches this green, in fact it was common on just abou all grounds to have the odd green top until as recently as the late 80's The oval back then was about the only ground you could guarantee WOULDNT be green.

    But the pitch if flattening and losing is verdance by the hour. By lunch tomorrow it will be almost straw coloured. The fact that England wasted most of the advantage the toss handed them might be mitigated by them batting on a better surface..... But I wouldn't bet on it.

  • ygkd on July 17, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    I'm an Aussie. I couldn't sit up and watch it all. But I didn't want to anyway. Prior's technique was grating too much. I didn't see him drop a catch. I didn't see any byes. But he was heading in that direction. In fact, he struggled to head to his right at all. I watched Chappelli's comments. Chappelli's right. Prior let the side down. But it isn't entirely his fault. There are better glovemen in the Old Dart. Prior's keeping has never been great. Every time someone says it has been, a myth gets bigger and Prior and the youth that look up to him don't get better.

  • fguy on July 17, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    prior has dropped 14 catches in the last year (+2 so far in this match) & he is called a very good keeper by critics/fans. i doubt dhoni has dropped half of that in his whole career & no one rates his keeping. it shows how false perceptions spread unfairly

  • ladycricfan on July 17, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Pitches like this one produce exciting edge of the seat test cricket. Indian top order battled hard in the swinging seaming conditions. Classy century from Rahane. He made the batting look easy. Bhuvi is gaining more and more confidence and soon will be promoted up the order.

    England was lucky to win the toss and had india for 145/7. Then let india off the hook. We have to wait and see how the pitch behaves on D2 when England bats.

    There will be a result for this match, if the weather permits.

  • ns1000 on July 17, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Does India, Pak, SL or BD produce any green pitches?? If not, then let's get some grass over to those nations soon. This test is so much more enthralling than the bust at Trent Bridge.... fer sher y'all here from the US South...!

  • InswingingToeCrusher on July 17, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    @Chris_P. You said - They are called flat track bullies as they score runs on pitches that don't bounce or deviate, on other words there is nothing to test their patience & technique My Definition of Flat Track - A Pitch that has even, average and predictable bounce, does not deviate to help seamers, does not turn sharply for spinners, does not bounce high on a forward defense after gripping the surface, does not deteriorate, shots can be played on the up since it comes nicely onto the bat. In Indian Test Matches (I emphasize Tests, one more time Tests), the above definition hardly applies. Our Pitches have sharp turn, grip and bounce for the spinners, they deteriorate as time goes, and they reverse as the grounds are hard and more rough. It takes real skills, footwork, softhands, placement and patience to play there. You should not term that as a road. I trust you love cricket and would be fair in assessment.

  • whoster on July 17, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Very unsatisfactory from England, but credit to Rahane for a superb century made in tough conditions.

    Apart from the middle session, England's bowlers never asked enough questions, and for all the (justified) moaning about the Trent Bridge pitch last week, the seamers have no excuses for squandering ideal bowling conditions. Neither does Matt Prior for spilling two catches that should've been taken. Prior has told the selectors he's fit, but his poor early miss off Broad's bowling shows that he clearly isn't. The England supporters are being short-changed, and Prior should be dropped in favour of a keeper who IS fit.

    Another worrying trend is Cook being bereft of ideas whenever the opposition attacks - and his captaincy was again reactive and one-dimensional. Cook really does have to perform in this match to justify his selection, let alone his captaincy.

    Rahane's century was magnificent; watchful early on, but raising the tempo when running out of partners. Brilliant knock.

  • rogues13 on July 17, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @ChrisP: - A flat Track is a track where there is nothing in it Bowlers...Spinners are also in that bowlers Category..so a flat track is where there is nothing for both the fast bowlers and spinners as well....Most of the pitches for 'TEST' matches in India are not flat but spinner friendly...and it is equally tough scoring against them...I agree that For 'ODI' we can replace bowlers with machines..much wont change...coz the pitches are flat..but for tests its different....everyone saying the pitch for the first test suited India is wrong...coz it had nothing for spinners..

  • on July 17, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    A very strange and contrasting day from England's bowlers. Poor for the most part, but balanced by a good second session. You feel the toss has been wasted though. Indeed, they will pray that the last wicket falls quickly, and that the sun will ease the greenness out of the pitch.

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 21:06 GMT


    BTW looks like your prayers are answered - India almost batted 100 overs and almost got to 300. So you must be feeling almost safe?

  • InswingingToeCrusher on July 17, 2014, 21:03 GMT


    If you follow the game of cricket - There are more results on Indian wickets than on English ones. And I am talking test cricket, rather than Indian one day and T20 cricket which you seem to be watching too much of and therefore confusing others. Inference is that 20 wickets fall more easily in India than in England. Which leads me to believe, it is tougher to bat in India. You can draw a venn diagram to understand this or read it very slowly. A certain great Australian captain has a pretty pathetic record in India. And barring the last series, England have quite a poor record too. The class of a batsman is thoroughly tested in our conditions, where the balls spins, bounces and reverses. I suggest you watch some clippings of test cricket played in India to understand this.

  • on July 17, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    India has come in commanding position .

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 20:58 GMT


    You are spot on with your predictions, you said 150, India reached (almost) 300. now you predict 500 for ENG - Its anybody's guess where they will end up. Any takers?

    electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 17, 2014, 10:41 GMT) Already 1 down are Ind.Jimmy/Broad making it talk on a green top,with big swing in air,lateral movement with uneven bounce off the pitch.The clueless Dhawan already sent back by Jimmy.See a collapse coming.Knock over Ind for 150 and Eng are in drivers.

  • on July 17, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    I have never understood why we have these short format players in a Test team ( Dhoni, Dhawan, Jadeja etc). Get Gambhir, Dinesh Kartik and Ashwin or some one who can bat and bowl with proper technique. The problem with these one day type players is their consistency. They will randomly play one or two innings but always have problem in a test match setting.

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 20:53 GMT


    Chris, are you suggesting that Anderson is a green field bully - who can get only wickets on such a green pitch?

    When I run your comment through my automatic converter it reads as follows:

    Bowlers like Anderson are called green field bullies, as they take wickets only on green grazing fields, that just bounce and dance off the pitch - in otherwords there is nothing to test their pace & skill. When Bhuvi takes a 5-for like in the first test, he will know that he got wickets on a road-like pitch that favours batsmen, in other words his swing bowling technique proved solid. From personal experience, it is far more gratifying taking wickets in tough situations against quality batting than on green grazing fields where you get wickets by just pitching it up there.%%%%% and my converter crashed for having to work on something soo obvious...

  • on July 17, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    @ StatisticsRocks I don't understand after just one bad innings, Dhoni is being criticised, he made a very good 82 last week, He has sown he is in form but is experimenting a lot with his technique overseas.

    Dhoni just has to play his natural game.

    People have to stop criticising after just one bad innings, Calm the heck down.

  • on July 17, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Look on a green top its okay if a batsman finds form and one cannot really blame Cook for that. There was only one partnership, all day and that happened in the last session when the pitch is best for batting. Apart from that the English bowlers were on top.

    However when Shami and Ishant were batting, why was Cook treating Shami like Bradman, and not even trying to get his wicket. He was offering an easy single to Shami with the same frequency one would to Bradman hoping to get the tailender at the other end out. I felt that at that point for sure Cook had lost it. 7 fielders on the boundary to a #10 batsman to had faced less than 10 balls and was batting on less than 10. What was that tactic all about?

  • on July 17, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    For all the search for a seaming all-rounder, India has one right there in Bhuvi. He has been commendable with the bat all 3 innings!

  • MrSri on July 17, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    Rahane spotted and appreciated by Dravid , so this century proves it. As I told before the match Varon , Ashwin , Gambhir should have been in for Ishant, Jad/binny , Dhawan.

    Bhuvi without your partnership India would have struggled. Great job .

    Dhoni stop sticking to the same team and try to rotate players in the bench, it doesn't make sense knowing that we are going to play world cup in overseas unless you want to get rid of world cup this time. If I was a captain , I would love to retain the w.cup keeping my personal friendship with few team members away during playing 11 . Drop or send Jad to a trip next match , Use gambhir/sharma when you are seeing Dhawan is struggling .............. Aiyooo rama

  • Raki99 on July 17, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    If jadeja and Binny doesn't do anything with the Bowling and don't take any wickets, they should be dropped for the next match for Nohit and ashwin. As far as Dhawan goes he would come good in the series. He played really well in NZ series, was not good in SA but he would come good. Dhoni just can't survive on pitches like this. He is just not a proper batsman seriously India should consider a Test side without Dhoni he not good outside India. Also India Has a great chance to win this Test match. the Innings from Rahane and Bhuvi has opened up this game.

  • mzm149 on July 17, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    England will not be required to bat again in second innings. They will definitely get a lead of at least 200.

  • Englishmanabroad on July 17, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Considering the poor performance by Prior behind the wicket (2 catches dropped and another couple missed) and the awful performance by the English bowlers, (too short and too wide), which wasted the ball while it was hard and moving, the Indian performance was excellent.

    On a day when they should have been bowled out for ~180, they are still batting at 290-9. And although we really need to wait to see what happens in the first couple of sessions tomorrow, I would say that the odds would slightly favour India at this point.

    As an England fan, I would like to see a good performance from my team, (and I am sure that those who don't support England would like to see a good performance from India), however regardless of who wins this match, I a really pleased to see a "proper" test match strip. Something in it for both sides.

    At least I would expect to see a result on this pitch, (compared to Trent Bridge where it was clear on day 1 that we were in for a draw).

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 17, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    A dominant end to the day by India and continuing worries for England. 1) Prior dropped more catches - I could just cut and paste this comment every day England are in the field, he must be..... dropped. 2) England couldn't have wasted better bowling conditions if they tried, appalling really. 3) Cook flopped as captain yet again, surely his place must be in jeopardy. Another failure with the bat tomorrow and..... Great ton by Rahane, great to watch. Some poor umpiring again but hey it is India who don't want DRS. This score could already have put England out of the game, great work by India today.

  • Chris_P on July 17, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    @Nish_US. In answer to your question, they are called flat track bullies as they score runs on pitches that don't bounce or deviate, on other words there is nothing to test their patience & technique. When Rahane scores a ton like this one, he will know he scored it against a quality attack on a pitch favouring bowlers, in other words, his technique proved solid. From personal experience, it is far more gratifying scoring runs in tough situations against quality bowling than playing on flat decks where you only get yourself out. Knocks like this are remembered & respected by cricket followers far longer than ones without challenges & scored on roads.

  • REDHOTCHILI on July 17, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Lords pitch is excellent. This kind of pitches are needed for test cricket to survive. Hope the pitch will behave the same as it did it today. Pujara, Kohli and Rahane are real treat to watch, though Pujara and Kohli haven't gotten runs, whatever little they played oozed the class. It looks like this trio will definitely emulate Rahul, Sachin and Laxman. Hope this pitch wont be baked to flat under the scorching sun. If the grass on the pitch retains its life on day 2 then it will turn out to be an interesting contest.

  • Chris_P on July 17, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Good solid test match here. Another solid comeback from the Indian lower order, helped in no small way by some odd bowling options. The pitch did appear to get easier but will wait until both sides bat & bowl before making any calls. England do need Prior at his best with the gloves, these chances have to be taken to exert pressure. He is a good player to have in a crisis but needs to get his keeping up another notch.

  • tests_the_best on July 17, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Can't think of a more deserving batsman in the Indian lineup than Rahane to get his name on the Lord's honour board. Half century and 96 in SA, century in NZ and now the Lord's century. As I had sensed long time ago, he is one batsman who seems to have the technique for bouncy pitches as well as swining/seaming ones. Now if only Mr. Kohli follows up his success in SA/NZ, the Indian middle order would be well on its way to achieving atleast some of the exploits of the big 3 of the previous decade.

    For England, Anderson bowled well. It would be a real shame if he misses out on the 4th/5th test pending the inquiry. His absence might reduce the intensity in what is otherwise shaping up to be a close series.

  • Dhanno on July 17, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    @Jaganplus. All true points which means none of them will be addressed. No commentator has said a word about Dhoni's lack of ability in tests which has been going on for years. He makes those ugly 50 runs in a losing cause (when india is chasing 500+ and they are 190/8). But a back to the wall innings is delivered by thankless Rahane, BHuvi and others. Never a single critic has questioned his place in test side. Top it with disgrace of having Jadeja/ Binny in the team. Worse part is they will conjure up reasons to get someone like Raina back in the side (Rahane needs just couple of failures to make it happen). New hope of India, raina will be in team for 20 more tests agains SL.

  • CricketChat on July 17, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Except for Rahane and ever improving B Kumar, poor showing by Indian batsmen. Nothing less than a 50+ by Dhawan should see Rohit come in for him. As expected, lower middle order comprising Dhoni, Binny, Jadeja flopped in bowler friendly conditions. Varun for Binny and Ashwin for Jadeja are a must for Ind to make any impression in this test series.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 17, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    My kudos to rahane for his great knock. At a time when many hyped and established names failed to impress he came to party and he has been doing this quiet consistently. Bhuvi should be indian batting coach uses depth in the crease to counter attack. His consistent scoring will put pressure on those who could muster 20s (20/20 players). India are clearly ahead and england have lost the initiative losing grip from 145/7 to 290/9. If india bowl wicket to wicket as they did in trent bridge then england are done.

  • whirlaway on July 17, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    So, the 8th wicket and 9th wicket stands produce more runs for India than any other wicket. This is the third time that their middle order has caved in.

    It is going to be a lot more important for the middle order to click in the second innings, especially if England manages to get a 100+ run first innings lead. Otherwise, it is curtains for India. They can't expect their tail-enders to bail them out every time!

  • Cric__Dude on July 17, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    The ball was doing something the whole day. If luck permits and stay like that when India bowl, I think India can sense a victory here. Pure aggressive bowling effort required. Just go for wickets. Nothing else. Come on India. Do it.

  • Cric__Dude on July 17, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Hello nampally, poppa and others who are very much against Binny. Can you people tell me one thing first? Did you watch the matches live ball by ball? Please don't look at the scorecard and comment as you like. Out of his 3 innings, 2 decisions were wrong ones. The second one when he was at 78, the ball spun heavily missing leg stump but was given out. Today, it was a complete error. Ball hit the bottom of his thigh pad. Hawk eye showed that the ball was missing by a margin. Let him play 5 tests. If he is not performing, then comment. What about Rohit/Ishanth who had more than 100 opportunities. And you try to make Binny a scapegoat.

  • slackers11 on July 17, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    England would struggle to surpass this score if Indian bowlers get the same help from the wicket, even if they do surpass the score, they would not be favorites since they need to bat last. England should be disappointed they didn't get India all out within 55-60 overs. I think its 60-40 in favor of India at this point.

    30-40 additional runs tomorrow would be handy

  • on July 17, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    OK first of all my question to those who are favouriting India should hold their horses for a while.Why because it still is anybody's game for crying out loud. England should have had India bowled out under 200 yes.Rahane played brilliantly a fighting century in testing conditions yes.But no way India is on top. Keeping in view the weather conditions in the next few days this pitch is gonna get dry and ease out. so we shudnt be drawing any conclusions as of now. I expect this to be a cracker of a game

  • Cric__Dude on July 17, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Class act from Rahane. India should make a bold decision by declaring and make England play in the morning. Tough luck Binny; 2 wrong decisions in 3 innings; everything going against him that may dent his career, wrong decisions, bad pitch, captain's faith in him to promote up the order etc.; if he can fight all these things and stand up, that would be wonderful answer to all his critics. Umpiring levels are very low this series. I think its high time BCCI go for DRS. I have complete faith in current Indian players. Maybe few players should be tried for 2 or 3 slots. For ex., Ishwar Pandey, HS Sharath, Abhimanyu Mithun, Rishi Dhwan should be given fair chances as 3rd pacer. Try Samson as WKB. Karun Nair, KL Rahul at the top. Other than 2 or 3 slots the team is well settled and superb talent lies there. Binny should play all 5 tests this series. If he is not good enough to be there, he will anyway be dropped from the squad next series.

  • IndianSRTfan on July 17, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Engrossing day's play today at Lord's. India will be the happier of two sides considering they recovered well. Well played Ajinkya Rahane!! It was a superbly crafted & well-paced innings that came under difficult conditions. It's early days yet but his substantial innings at Durban, Wellington, and Lord's show that he's made of the right stuff.

    As for England, Jimmy and Stokes bowled well but surely on a green-top wicket which they had asked for, they would be disappointed that they let India recover so much. They seem to have developed a mental block against lower order batsmen and some poor tactics didn't help.

    If the pitch doesn't go dead flat, their batting might find itself under pressure. And lately England under pressure means batting collapses. However anything can happen in this match yet.

  • on July 17, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    If Matt Prior could only catch... He's going to have to take a drop at some point because he's currently not doing it with with the gloves...

    We know Gambhir breathing down Shikhar's neck but what's going on with Kohli? He can't seem to score runs.

    England would hope to get India all out (well) before the drinks break in the morning but it won't be all plain sailing as India's quicks will like this surface as much as the poms do. If they can deal with the swing and the seam movement a big score is possible but this pitch screams result.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 17, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Majestic innings from Rahane that has saved India from a nightmarish first innings effort, but you have to once again question England's tactics with the ball and whether the likes of Plunkett are 'thinkers' enough for test cricket. Banging the ball in short when the ball's soft and allowing the lower order to get in and contribute is not going to win many games I'm afraid.

    I thought the dropped chances by Prior were awkward/difficult. Yes in better form he would probably have swallowed both chances with his eyes closed; but as he is, the first chance where he dived to his right dipped and kept awkwardly low and the one where he was standing up to the stumps came at him like a rocket and just didn't stick. Shouldn't have stood so close really.

    Hopefully Anderson can rack up a 5-fer early tomorrow morning, and then the batsmen have to come out and play watchfully. Lot of movement around; weather is humid; ~250 was a par score first innings so need something special from England.

  • SamRoy on July 17, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    The pitch eased towards the end of day 1. Having said that there a few that bounced low including the one that got Bhuvi. One thing for sure Jadeja, who bats above Binny and Bhuvi, has a worse batting technique than both and ideally should be batting at 9. Why he is batting at 7 is anyone's guess. England hold slight upper hand as there are signs of the pitch easing. If England makes 400+ it will be difficult for India to even hang on for a draw.

  • UnBiased_True_Cricket_Lover on July 17, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    It's 50-50 as of now, the reason being tomorrow is forecast-ed as the hottest day in English summer so the pitch is further going to be dried out and become batsmen friendly. I think a 400 1st inning total is a winning one even though India really played well and managed 290 given the extreme bowler-friendly conditions in the 1st 2-3 hours and the as usual middle-order collapse.

    For a captain with more than 5-year experience, Dhoni's overseas batting and captaincy skills are plain bad. He seems to be a complete different cricketer with the white ball. I'm not jumping the gun but he just doesn't deserve a place in the Test team.

  • Jackpot6 on July 17, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane & Bhuvi once again! wow what a display of maturity and shot selections. Sr. players cannot act like this even if they are not doing deliberately. Rahane is the most underrated player; there is no much mention anywhere even on Cricinfo; after playing on this hip hop pitch for nearly a day & scoring a ton. That speaks a lot about his character. What surprises me more is bowler hit boundaries more elegantly but main batsmen can't.

  • sumit1982 on July 17, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    I think Ashwin should have selected ,he has better batting technique and variations in his balling against jadeja.

    Indian blower have to ball in good rhythm ,since they they don't have massive score in first innings.

  • on July 17, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Can anyone explain these lines? too abstruse...

    "All it needed to complete such rare impropriety was an MCC member, his bacon-and-egg blazer frying in the heat, to strip off to the waist in the Long Room in the manner of Gary Ballance in a Nottingham night club and St John's Wood would have never seemed the same again."

  • CurrentPresident on July 17, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Below par total by India that only looks good because of the bigger hole they could have been.

    Good batting conditions now, so given the Indian attack, I would think England could bat on till the third day for a total of 400+.

    The match hinges on India second innings. I think it will end up with England needing 250-300 to win on the last day.

  • krishnaSun on July 17, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    India got 290/9 because of Rahane otherwise would have collapse below 200. This is because of Dhoni's decision to put Jadeja in the team. See his score 3 and that will tell why he should not be in the playing 11. Ashwin is far far better than him but watching from dressing room. Jadeja's highest score in test is 43 while Ashwin has 2 hundreds and has more wickets. So dhoni is doing partiality and the result will be the lost of Lords test and if he doesn't take measures, there might be another lost in the following test. What a ridiculous.

  • on July 17, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    One more Vengsarkar in making. One gone two more in queue. Keep it up. Best of Luck.

  • jimmyvida on July 17, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    I hope England would prepare wickets like this when Australia tours. Remember what happened in South Africa when Australia toured, they were begging for INDIA type wickets after the first test. This wicket has already shown signs of change. The second new ball did not help much. Are we all watching the same test. Very good toss to have won. Expect England to make over 500 if they bat sensibly.

  • ACrickLover on July 17, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    England should be aware that there is no draw in this test because this is a bowler friendly pitch, and if they play like this and squander away all the advantages then they will end up just losing this test. sorry to see how carelessly and immaturely they handle the different situations during the recent matches.

  • on July 17, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    I think Gautam Gambhir deserves place in the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan.Again Rahane showed us his class and patience that gives him a fine century in lords keep doing it man. .

  • Lermy on July 17, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Finally a test wicket that will test more than just spectator patience, and on which a result will probably be produced. India's 290 is far from disgraceful, and they have the chance to embarrass England on the same surface. This reminds me of a series in NZ in the early 2000s between India and NZ where the wickets were lively and most of the tests were over in 3 days, but oh what joy to watch, even if the Indian administrators were horrified and threatened never to tour there again. This is what test cricket needs and here's hoping everyone takes notice. The most important player may well be the groundsman if test cricket is to survive. Otherwise, which channel is the superbowl on again?

  • CalvinTheCricLover on July 17, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 oh seriously??? I have been reading comments. My friend it is absolutely OKAY to give credit when its due. This is the greenest pitch I have seen in last few years and you say that the pitch has become flat due to the SUN!!! The truth is that Rahane has played a brilliant innings and that english bowlers who begged for a green pitch didnt actually finish of the job when they had the chance. Would you have cried that this was still a flat pitch had india been bundled out for say 170. We all exactly know how you would have judged this Indian batting lineup. Well Anyways cheers mate for still believing that england is absolutely on the top of this test match

  • PeerieTrow on July 17, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    From "Cricket Ground Stats" the average first innings total for a Lord's test is 312. I don't think India should get too carried away just yet, but neither do I think England should be to heavily criticised. This is TEST cricket after all, not a T-20 thrash. At the end of day 1 it's as good as honours even.

  • ACrickLover on July 17, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    @NorthlandsRoadEnd, I agree with your points and i hope you are right but the concern is this is a bowling friendly pitch and england should not have lost such a great initiative they had at one point in time. england batsmen do not appear to be in great from so it may not be an easy task to get first innings lead for england and also we know that the indian bowlers will bowl on and around the off stump mostly fullish deliveries without much short pitch stuff which means england batsmen will never know when their next wicket will fall. shame that such a great advantage was lost by england and i will never forgive this england team, i am so sad to see losing the momentum so easily.

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on July 17, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    can india bowl out england in 50 overs on green top tomorrow?? BELL will be the resistance... If india able to do, then we will have at least 100 runs lead in 1st innings... If then... India will celebrate their 1st overseas victory in 3 years!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Eng should easily get 500 @ least in the conds.,by day 3 have big lead.Even with its recovery Ind's 1st inng. score will be well below par.Pitch looks like it has result in it,in last couple of days cracks/unevenness will play a part.Eng's day/test.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 17, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Lol @ everyone on here. Do you even cricket? Yeah thought not.

    1) Great innings by Rahane. His hundreds so far have been overseas! Don't forget that 96 in SA too.

    2) Poor bowling by England. Take off Plunkett if he is bowling badly and put on Moeen Ali. Too wide-ish in the morning and then rubbish in the evening.

    3) Good resistance by Bhuvi. Showing the other lads how it's done!

    4) Kohli and Pujara played well before being undone by good deliveries. Nothing wrong with their techniques, as some people on here seem to think. Pujara was way too much in a shell, whereas I liked Kohli and Rahane's positive mindset.

    5) Sir is not Test material. Binny is not a long term solution. Dhoni lacks technique overseas. Bring in Ashwin (who can also bat better) for Sir and Aaron for Binny. Let's stick with Dhawan for the time being and then assess after this tour.

    Oh and I have the superior English on here. None can surpass my intellect. Please post cricinfo.

  • Nampally on July 17, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Rahane to the rescue with a magnificent century which carried India from a doleful 145 for 7 to 290 for 9- doubled the score for the loss of 2 more wkts. Kumar & Rahane led a great rear guard action with a 90 run partnership followed by a 40 run stand between Rahane & Shami. But for Rahane's great innings, India might have been shot for 150.The conditions & Pitch were ideal or the England bowlers. So at least Broad cannot talk about the pitch as he did of Trent Bridge. Rahane was the main stumbling block which thwarted England from running thru' the side. Kumar once again showed that he is a lot better pace bowling all rounder than Binny can ever be. Dhoni made another XI selection blunder by excluding Ashwin. It is a No-Brainer when England has 6 LH bats, an off spinner gets the first crack. Binny looks like a passenger India is carrying. Jadeja failed to silence the Boo Birds & Dhoni showed that he is not equipped to deal with seam & swing. Indian seamers Must show up on Day 2!

  • on July 17, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    India's day after being 145-7 . So hats off to the indian lower Oder.

  • Resultpredictor on July 17, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Excellent century from Rahane, India is right back in this game and are favourites to win this match. Bad captaincy from Cook and after this match he will be dropped. England bowlers are tired a lot. Surely bad days for England and many more bad days are waiting in next 30days. India is just rubbing salts in there wounds.

  • soumyas on July 17, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Rahane played well, he was always as good player as Kohli & Pujara. But selectors and Dhoni kept on neglecting him for years. Innings like this was always on the cards. Poor Binny was given out wrongly, BCCI should learn from it and go for DRS.

  • CodandChips on July 17, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    England will be disappointed.

    Bowling poorly to start off with is a waste. India fought well but England should have taken more on that pitch. It's all well and good moaning about the pitch last match, but when you get the pitch you want this match, you're at a hiding to nothing.

    What is it with England bowling to the tail. Australia in the Ashes. India at Trent Bridge and here. Best and Agar. England cannot finish teams off and it is a huge problem. Kumar and Rahane played excellently. Both have shown themselves to be accomplished players. But England really should have bowled them out for less.

    Cook's captaincy looked odd at times, which was epitomised by the fields to Shami and Sharma. It was as if they treated Shami as a proper batsman, and refused to get him out.

    Prior looks finished. Another poor performance with the gloves.

    At least Anderson responded well by taking wickets.

    India in a good position which their seamers should enjoy tomorrow. Tough times for England. Still

  • vick2025 on July 17, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    what is wrong with Dhawan...Kholi...Dhoni...did they forget how to bat? They should learn a few tips from the lower order....if it was just this game then I would have not said anything but Kholi and Dhawan been bad since the first game...I really hope they get their mind together and be more calm like Rahane today...patience is the key in test cricket....Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for India..

  • JoshFromJamRock on July 17, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Nicely set up match. 300 isn't an awful 1st innings total on pitch offering a little bit of help. England should overhaul 300 but I doubt they'll make 400 though.

    I'm quite impressed with Bhuvi. He could be the seam-bowling allrounder India wanted all along. He has outperformed Jadeja and Binny so far and he's shown more application than captain Dhoni too. Dhawan and Kohli need to fire as Gambhir and Rohit are waiting in the wings.

  • cricpanther on July 17, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    England point of view, don't worry about the given runs so far, only think good thing is that, managed 9 wickets! now whatever the score india make think to make that lead, example: india score 324, try to score double and give india that lead, for that cook should tell everyone including him, that batter should be responsible to make no less than 70 individual runs. Bell and prior watch out....don't do nonsense or throw them out!!

  • Vilander on July 17, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    what part of 290/9 looks good for India again ? poor batting from Vijay he did the hard work and got out to a half volley down leg. Jadeja got out to a part timer, Rahane and Kumar batted well. Pujara was set but got out to a good ball, Kohi got out to a good ball again.

  • on July 17, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Most impressed today with Bhuvi.He was fantastic out there in the middle.The more I am seeing him,the more of an admirer I am becoming of his.

  • sunilvem on July 17, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    I guess India is going to repeat the same it did in the previous tour to England. And Jadeja keep playing the way you are doing, you will represent INdia until you announce retirement.Ashwin would have scored more runs than him and atleast got 2 wickets. But Kudos to Rahane fantastic display of Test match batting in crisis.

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Rahane's century reached Indian team on good total. his patience gave him reward, he played like situation and keep respect his team. Anderson bowled beautifully and put players in under pressure.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 17, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    For the top order Indian batsmen, lesson to be learned from Kumar on how to bat in swinging conditions. Some of them are in the team by reputation and not performance. Pujara starts well and then gives his wicket away. Kohli needs to know where his off stump is and leave the ball alone. Drop Jadeja and bring in Ashwin, I even wonder why Dhoni is in the test team as his performance has been very poor. India is going to miss Umesh Yadav.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Most striking and crucial part of days play was how the pitch flattened out baked by the hot sun.In fact 2nd days pitch will resemble 1st day TB pitch from drawn 1st test.With hot couple of days it's going to be tough work for bowlers on flattened pitch.

  • MiddleStump on July 17, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    England bowled poorly. They got nine wickets in a whole day but Moin Ali got one of them and Binny got a poor decision. That means 4 pacers on a seaming green pitch got 7 wickets in a whole day. This is simply not good enough to win test matches. The only good news for England is that Finn has started to bowl again.

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Positives for India today-1) They now have a very very competitive total on board(290/9) 2)Rahane scoring a maybe a match saving or match winning century. 3) Lower order resisting English bowlers "again". 4) Indian batsmen made English bowlers bowl 90 overs in a day "again" and in process they made them tired "again" just after bowling 268 overs in the first test at TB..(which will help India in this series) 5) Frustration creeping in England camp "again".. Negatives for India- 1) Middle order failed "again". 2) Dhawan failed "again" Well, Anderson was quite today..Why? Let's just keep that to imagination..Yeah, He bowled well and congratulations to him for that.. But really he was very quite today.. :)

  • Chris1881 on July 17, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Witless & joyless in the field. Short wide dross in the first session, having inserted. 4 on the boundary for the #10 vs the new ball. Slumping body language during the last wicket stand. Cook has little authority & less acumen as the fielding captain.

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 17, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Well, India kinda pulled back late. Will it be enough? Let's see. Kohli is all talk. No walk in the field. Waiting to see him score a decent fifty if not a century.

  • Greatest_Game on July 17, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    The last over of the day, with Ishant Sharma swinging away like a windmill and stealing a pair of boundaries off Broad Stuart Broad was brilliant entertainment. One man at sea, and the other seething. Gotta love test cricket!

    With tails enthusiastically wagging at Trent bridge, and again today at Lords and Galle, it seems current teams have a top, a middle, a bottom and then a rescue order! Makes for great cricket.

  • chsj on July 17, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Lord's has been traditionally like like this (not in the recent past though) - lively in the first few sessions and then easing off. India can and needs to perform well in second innings - to survive the mishaps in the first three sessions. England will have great batting conditions with first few overs on second day too will be spent in dispensing off the India tail enders. India too will have good conditions in the second innings, but should not let the first innings haunt them.

  • RayMcCooney on July 17, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Not sure @ACrickLover. Let's wait until both teams have batted on the wicket. One big innings from England on an improving strip will put India on the back foot. England let this slip from a brilliant position today, but based on an algorithm of 100 runs v 2 wickets in a session being par, England are still ahead of the game here

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Jinks sails India to a respectable and safe total on the green pitch, but I guess he could have played for some more time ..Appeared like loss of concentration after getting to hundred..But anyways a well combined match saving innings by Rahane..And Bhuvi's sensible batting playrd the rest of part, he has truly displayed his technical batting abilities in England's top seamind and swinging conditions..India could have well ended on 180 all out..Disappointed by Dhoni..He needs to work hard..All the Best India!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    The signs I alluded to and show Eng are on top in thir test itself can be found in that Rahane/Kumar p'ship itself.Though a comb. of good play by Rahane,wrong bowling tactics like round the wkt and not attacking the tailenders played a part too. contd..

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    awesome innings by rahane.... btw did any1 notice dat bhuvi is shaping to be man of the series... Already 5 wkts nd 150 runs... Not a bad allround performance by any measure :)

  • CodandChips on July 17, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    A pretty good day of test cricket it looks like. A good contest between bat and ball.

    India will be mighty pleased with their work on this green pitch. The fight shown by the top order will please them. And Rahane's hundred was excellent. Truly magnificent given the conditions and match situation. Kumar also batted well again and looks a fine player. Perhaps England's nemesis?

    England will be disappointed on that pitch. Batting will be tricky. Dropping catches doesn't help.

    Anderson has come back well. Best way to respond to that situation.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 17, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Well played Rahane. The great SRT does not have his name on the LORDS honors board, but Rahane does. Most claim Pujara as the next Dravid, but to me Rahane is the next Dravid. He is calm, composed and and very patient. Rahane is definitely more aggressive than Dravid, but their personalities are very similar. The way Cook is leading his team and not able to finish off the opposition leads me to believe his captaincy is coming to an end very soon. When the ball is swinging and doing so much, what does he do, ask his bowlers to bowl short. He better score runs or he will be in trouble. It seems results is sure in this test match, but we will have to wait and see.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Eng's day.1st W toss on what was then a fresh green top.Then at a point had chance to get them 180 odd a.o.But Rahane played a good inngs. and p'ship with Kumar rescued them a bit and are now at 280. But even then the signs are that its easily Eng's day.

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    I guess its going to be humble pie for dessert for a few tonight.

  • ACrickLover on July 17, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Such a pathetic bowling by england they once again lost all the advantage in this test match. of course it is also excellent batting from rahane and kumar but england bowled so poorly and lost all the initiative. now england have to bat very well to save this test.

  • Gowers_Great_Tiger_Moth_Flyby on July 17, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Cook is clueless. Why doesn't he insist the bowlers send it down full at the stumps instead of this short pitched nonsense? England, under Cook, continually employ this tactic abc it's absolutely useless.

  • RayMcCooney on July 17, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    England might not have wanted to bat tonight, but they've let India off the hook.

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Kohli is close to greatness & hence facing the similar issues as the true great Sachin has i.e. his technique is thoroughly analyzed & every micro weakness is exploited to the fullest.

    Kohli like Sachin is a gifted player & plays the ball on the rise. This is needed to score in front of wicket vs pace bowlers & lets these g8s score equally all 360 degrees around the ground.

    But playing on the rise has a drawback to it. You nick the ball more often & it carries.

    Sachin completely solved this problem in 2008 & in 2010 Manjerekar said his bat seems wider than ever. What Sachin did was he played the ball late right under his eyes

  • Harlequin. on July 17, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY BRAINDEAD FROM ENGLAND. 160-7, the ball doing everything, and what does Cook ask from his bowler? Dig it in short and try and bounce them out. Given how Plunkett bowls for Yorks, it is obvious he prefers to pitch it up with the odd bouncer so you know this wasnt his decision. It is decisions like this that show that Cook just doesn't have the feel for captaincy.

    The Sri Lankans showed England how to bowl on their own tracks, England didn't learn. I expect another good lesson from Bhuvi and Shami.

    Great stuff from Jinx however, good enough to put the bad balls away and showed great temperament.

  • Resultpredictor on July 17, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Rahane wonderful innings have put India in commanding position. Bhuvi once again batted sensibly. India inching towards first overseas victory since 3 yrs

  • Jaganplus on July 17, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    The problem with India winning this series is that weak link of the team will be glossed over. That's right. Dhoni has no business being a test captain. After that let him fight for a place in test side.

    And before any one quotes stats, I don't care about boring draws on placid pitches. Where you want to perform in a test match with results or a exciting draw. BTW Jadeja, dhawan and Binny maybe need to sit out 3rd test.

  • on July 17, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    dhoni would do well to call it a day in tests ... he seems to be the only weak link in the line up.. it would be better if he hands over the gloves to naman ojha or saha and the captaincy to kohli/pujara or even gambhir

  • cesar12345 on July 17, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I dont understand how people compare pujara to dravid,but since i have seen rahane in royals team,i thought he could step into dravid shoes and fill the gap I bet he is more better player than now at no3

  • Dhanno on July 17, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Why there is no Raina in this team ? These are best conditions for someone like him. Dhoni should include him, will make team complete with Binny, Jadeja, Raina in the side. Maybe throw in a dash of Yuvi for his left arm slow bowling.

  • on July 17, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    It was expected that are gonna miss their fab 4 players especially Rahul Dravid. But a great recovery by them. Ajinkiya Rahane is playing the role of Rahul,his rajasthan royals team mate. Well done AJINKIYA

  • mikkkk on July 17, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I called this series the wooden spoon series a week or two back and my post was censored, but even cricinfo must admit these are two (at best) mediocre sides and at worst shambolic. Plunket insisting on bouncing the opposition out even though he can see with his own eyes it isn't working. Shocking stuff.

  • silentassassin_88 on July 17, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    250 looks to be a good score in this green surface. So let us see if India can reach 250+ score. Remember that it is not going to be easy for English batsmen too. Disappointing to see Dhoni going back to his 'Blocking Mode' in tests. Dhoni can be better if he plays his natural game , or atleast rotate the strike regularly. Dhoni never had technique to be a good test player. But he can unsettle the bowlers with his technique and turn matches if he plays attacking cricket.

  • Pritt32 on July 17, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    India will do well if thet get past 250. Questions need to be raised about their ability to play on grassy tracks, quality seam bowling and form of a few batmen. India need to play better, as only few players are contributing.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 17, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I find it amusing that the only Cricket Board that opposes DRS seems to have the most Umpiring decisions go against them.

    DRS is not 100% accurate but neither is anything in life. I would rather have 94% accuracy that human error.

  • on July 17, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Poor Indian batting technique exposed once again. No surprises here.

  • CalvinTheCricLover on July 17, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is playing an absolute gem on this green pitch. Jadeja needs to be ashamed of himself. He needs to learn, not from rahane, but from bhuvi in atleast providing valuable support and proving that you are not absolutely useless

  • on July 17, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Kumar for Man of the series? Making more runs than his top order and taking wickets too!

  • on July 17, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Forget Binny and Jadeja. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is India's seam-bowling all rounder. Not only because he scored 2 fifties at Trent Bridge, but also because of the kind of application he's shown at Lords, and the fact that he has looked more at ease against the swing and pace of Anderson & Co. than many of the top order batsman. If someone watched Bhuvi playing for the first time today, they'll undoubtedly ask why such a good batsman is batting at 9. If Binny, Jadeja don't do well with the ball this match, then I think it's time to bring Ashwin for Jadeja and Aaron for Binny, simply because Aaron has genuine pace. Play Bhuvi at 7,where he DESERVES to be.

  • jb633 on July 17, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    I don't care what the score is here, this has been a limpless display by England. Someone tell me what Plunkett is actually for. If we want someone to bowl medium pace long hops why not pick Jordan? How much lower are we going to go before we sort it out.

  • on July 17, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    This is typical Indian batting in overseas grassy wicket. Its neither unexpected nor upset. So there is no reason to be unhappy. Most of the Indian batsmen in the present team are used to playing in dead and flat wicket that they always play at home. Therefore they can't stand before the fast bowllers specially in Eng, NZ, AUS, SA.

  • mikkkk on July 17, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @wapuser "India are missing their senior fab 4 big time"

    Who? The senior fab 4 who did so well here last time?

  • SatishTembey on July 17, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    It is not Dhoni's score, but his batting technique! He scored 80 on plasmid wicket. Anderson also scored 81 - do you consider him as batsman? Dhoni can't bat at number 6.

  • on July 17, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    India are missing their senior fab 4 big time

  • on July 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    This pitch is now just for the bowlers, Bhuvi should be lethal bowling here. Why the hell are people here saying Dhoni is in bad form, He just scored a good 82 last week. He might have gone for 1 in the first, doesn't mean he won't score in the 2nd innings. As for Dhawan, yes he should of been dropped. India's Score should at least be 200 in this type of pitch that would be a good score. By the way Dhoni should play his natural game, He scores better when he scores run every other delivery, not when he takes his time. Once he gets settled then he can pace his innings.

  • Night.angel on July 17, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Dhoni averages 38, but overseas it is just a meagre 28.

    Saha averages 47 with bat. Better technique, more in the mold of Dravid itself, but can accelerate as well if situation demands.

  • SatishTembey on July 17, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    It is time to review Dhoni's utility in test cricket - as a batsman, technique is questionable. His so called innovative batting style of standing on off stump is not adequate in English condition. This was evident from his dismissal - he played away from body and nicked to wicketkeeper. As a captain, he is not a thinking captain and moreover does not discuss with bowlers, senior players. Often it is said he works on Instinct. Probably his thinking machines - senior players retired and hence he is exposed. We must find new captain, who can motivate team and also have good batsman who can bowl - by the way ...... Where is Aprajith who can bowl bat and a very good fielder - he was key player of team, which won under 19 World Cup.

  • on July 17, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    India's upper and lower batsmen failed team is looking good but not enough.

  • on July 17, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Time for India to reconsider introduction of DRS. All umpires want it; all cricketers want it; all commentators want it. Only few Indian players are resisting it. Oxenford has already made three major umpiring errors.Will he be there for the whole series? It appears the series will be decided by him and not by players.

  • Tje5 on July 17, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Dhoni, Jadeja what are you guys doing? Just 1 and 3. Look at Anderson leading from the front with the lowest econ and the highest wickets.

  • PrinceTN on July 17, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    It is very difficult to score atleast 250 to 400 depends on building big partnership...India had lost key players and given away their wicket easy. Poor performance from Dhoni, Jadeja, Dhawan. Other batsman couldnt pass more than 30 runs...at crease Rahane, i hope he will pass more than 30 runs... Picking up same XI is big blender...Jadeja, Dhawan should have dropped..Even ishant too..I hope INDIA DONT STICK WITH SAME XI rest of the SERIES.... Let pray for India success and forget the ghost of 2011 tour...hope this tour India win the SERIES...depends on selecting the right XI in the game!!!

  • Night.angel on July 17, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Is Dhoni Ind's best top 6 batsman? Disaster is waiting for them

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Horrible batting from Dhawan and Jadeja. Surely they can bat better than this! They're proving to be a liability to India's chances of winning this test match.They should be dropped for at-least the next two tests.

  • chechong0114 on July 17, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Dhoni's form with the bat in my personal opinion is continuing to be of serious worry for India. He is well loved by the Indian fans so no one seems to be noticing his miserable failures in every form of the game, even in T20 cricket. At each after match interview he blames every body but himself. He talks up a lot of chalk but for those that are keeping stats, his batting record is less than impressive, I know that people are going to say he is a great ambassador for the game and that he is a good captain that can demoralize bowlers when he gets going but how often does he get going? In the first test match he scored and odd 80 something on a very flat wicket that was a batsman's paradise and now here when his team really needs him he has failed miserably only scoring 1. Correct me if I am wrong but he is a wicket keeper batsman isn't he?

  • sasisurineni on July 17, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Good come back by england after lunch. Hope they will wind india after Tea!

  • SatishTembey on July 17, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Indian selection not proper. I can't understand how Dhoni can bat at number 6. He never batted at this number when greats - Sachin, Rahul, Laxman were playing. Now all are new players and they don't have track record of long innings on foreign soil. I feel one batsman - Rohit in place of Jadeja was required. If required Rohit could have bowled off spinners.

  • gm47 on July 17, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @ IndvsEngseries England bowlers will find it tough to dislodge best batsman in the world

    yes they probably would, luckily for us we are playing India :)

  • mikkkk on July 17, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Binny, who people (particularly) don't seem to rate, might well be the surprise package for this struggling indian side. You hear it here first :-)

  • Night.angel on July 17, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Dhoni and Jadeja, good pals but are walking wicket.

    Bhuvi has better technique than both, should bat ahead of both of them in the coming matches in England, if the eleven is unchanged!!

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Dhoni does not deserve a place in the team, let alone a captain. Time for selectors to face reality.

  • vishwa1111 on July 17, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I cant identify the pitch and out field separately...Its totaly green....OMG

  • Captainman on July 17, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Good to see Indian batsman exposed and that they can only play and look master-class on flat tracks :) Indian Cricket clearly lacks quality talent.

  • gm47 on July 17, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    @ Javed Ahmed, india is going towards big target i bet 370

    uh...em.....care to change your opinion :)

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    jadeja was not out

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    cook 6...dhawan4 robson4...vijay6 ballance5....kohli5 bell5.....pujara5 root7....rahane3 prior5.....dhoni5 ali5.....jadeja5 stoks5...binni5 broad6...bhuvan4 plunket4....ishant6 anderson6...shami4 ro

  • cubersamy on July 17, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    150 looking like a great score!

  • heathrf1974 on July 17, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    In the past England did not have a good record at Lords (against Australia anyway). Now it's turning into probably their favourite ground.

  • cubersamy on July 17, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Lordy Lord- Walking wicket Dhoni in action, literally!

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    May be India should not attack Ali like they did in the first test... that way they can have a respite at one end... even though not many runs... that will make the ball old and let the batsmen get in...

  • on July 17, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    121/4....india need 279 more runs to reach 400....at avg of 46 runs per wicket...come on tail its your era.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 17, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Now India fans please stop comparing Kohli to AB De Villiers. The cricket world has read too much into Kohli's first innings hundred against SA. Despite Michael Vaughn's claim that Kohli is No 2 in the world I think Kohli is not even world class in test cricket.

  • baskar_guha on July 17, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    If Nottingham was a batting paradise, this is a bowler's paradise. Somewhere in between is a fair test pitch even by English standards. Unlikely to see it in this series. Too bad.

  • entryholedia on July 17, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    India are back on their fallible ways of miserable faliure against quality seam !!!Can they cross 250? looks like a max of 202 -210 .

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Love it when england play india. Its a win win for me dnt care who wins but I must say indians looking fragile on this pitch. Kholi has been a disappointment so far. He has no temperament for test cricket.

  • sumit1982 on July 17, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    The way pitch behaving in lords I don't see Indian innings get pass 300 runs.It need something special to reach from any one of the batsmen to get the Indian innings to get to the score 400.

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Like I have repeatedly said in my posts that easiest way to tackle Pujara, Amla, Dravid like guys is to bowl half vollies at middle stump & set straight & leg side dominant fields .

    U cannot get these guys dismissed in slips

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Kohli's not to perform is a big loss of Indian team so he has to show his magical game in 2nd innings. Dhawan failed again, now he is on the mercy of selectors in 3rd test.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Pujara so far has only perfected one trait of the great wall Dravid... occupying the crease.... he still has to learn/showcase the solid technique and big scores in the overseas tests..... Dravid, I think is probably one of the very few who has a better overseas average than at home...

    Come on Pujara you can do it....

  • Gowers_Great_Tiger_Moth_Flyby on July 17, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @ landl47

    The experienced players have been at fault many times. Maybe it's time we moved some of the. on? e.g. if KP was demonised for throwing away his wicket then Prior should definitely be dropped for his terrible 'keeping alone.

    @ Arun Bose

    A few days ago, you defined a good team as one that can win on all types of wicket and it was pointed out that England beat India, on Indian pitches in India a few years. Did the ECB prepare those pitches in India? The 1st test pitch at Trent Bridge was flat - which favoured India, not England - Lords is helping seamers on day 1. The teams are now playing on different wickets yet you moan when the wicket is aiding seamers - India having many such bowlers in their squad. So if England does well, you'll obviously accept it and move on? We can only pray.

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Where is opening pair of india....absence of gambhir...,it is like burger without a patty?

  • Bruisers on July 17, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @ThePieChucker - I wasn't comparing IPL to Test cricket. Rather, I was comparing Dhawan to Gambhir. Gambhir averaged 17 in England and 22 in Australia during 2011/12 which is 'Test cricket' not 'IPL'. He goes fishing for the ball outside offstump and is a slow fielder. He does nott merit a place in this squad. Dhawan, on the other hand, has only two overseas tours under his belt. He struggled in SA but did well in NZ. He deserves a few more innings before we can pass a judgment about his batting.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    66 overs and 210 more runs for INDIA to get to a safe position.... top order has failed yet again... the last recognized pair...my favs (want) to do well Dravid in the commentary box.. my fav last season (and almost everyone's i guess)....

  • Greatest_Game on July 17, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    The answer to at least one of England's problems seems clear. Balance scores runs. Balance holds difficult slip catches. Make Balance the keeper! The other chap from the southern hemisphere, Ballance's neighbor, so to speak, seems more than a bit past his "sell by date."

    Balance also looks like he would make a good opener. And, for that matter, a good skipper too. There's a few more problems England could solve - if they found the right balance.

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    As for as England's bowling concerned it is better than Indian so don't say Indian bowlers better they also struggle on this pitch. what do you think how much score should India make?.

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    89/3. Kohli gone. Now 250 might be a big one for India. Let see will they play whole day. Eng being the favourite on 1st half.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Last recognized pair for India... and the two batsmen that I have been hoping and praying that they do well.... On the edge of my seat... good luck to both of you....show that you belong

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 13:06 GMT


    Who would you open with, Rohit?

  • VillageBlacksmith on July 17, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    just wondering how comfortably D Saker should be sitting on the eng balcony?? the bowling has declined and declined over the last 12-18 months… and this morning seems as bad as at any recent time, even on a helpful pitch… add in the fact that broad and anderson seemed to have bowled more overs than any other international test bowlers in the last 12 months (because they are not getting wickets i assume) then D Saker needs to explain… the last time i heard anything from Saker he was puffing up how great jordan was…. where is jordan now? and of course finn? remember him?

  • on July 17, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    I don't think you can criticise Dhawan for his dismissal today. It was a very good delivery that got him out.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @IndianSRTfan, @Mike_Tyso

    My rule of thumb, when comparing batsmen and bowlers in sub-continent and overseas....very generic...but I hope some if not many will agree...

    For overseas Players: Pace Bowler average = Career avg + 5 Spin Bowler average = Career avg - 5 Batsmen average = Career avg + 5

    For subcontinent players Pace Bowler average = career avg - 5 Spin bowler average = career avg + 5 Batsmen average = career avg - 5

  • Greatest_Game on July 17, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    I loved this comment from David Hopps: " Cook remarked: "He will be desperate just to let his cricket do the talking." India would have observed that there is a first time for everything, but as well as a zip in the pitch there seemed to be a zip on Anderson's mouth and his habitual sledging, as far as could be ascertained, was absent."

    I guess that observation gives credence to the answer to the question "How do you know when Anderson is sledging?"

    The answer of course is "When his lips are moving."

  • ACrickLover on July 17, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Poor bowling by england and i am very sure india will bowl here very well. Indian bowlers are highly underrated whereas the england bowlers are highly overrated. what may very likely happen is indian bowlers will get englad wickets cheaply and get a huge first innings lead. look at the post lunch session england bowlers have already bowled around 85% balls well out side the off stump so how can they get wickets. the feet may not be moving immediately after innings breaks like lunch break and this is the time you bowl full length and near to the off stump line as much as possible but england is wasting most of the deliveries. very poor bowling by england.

  • on July 17, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    people complains a lot. Have a note, take a beer and enjoy the classy test match going on there at Lord's.

  • landl47 on July 17, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    As an England supporter it's so frustrating to see England doing the same things wrong over and over again. Bowling too short and wide, bowlers kept on too long, dropped catches by the wicketkeeper- and it's all the more annoying because it's the experienced players making these mistakes.

  • on July 17, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    this test match can end in four days but very poor bowling from english bowler and also prior droping catches. but anyway come on England destroy indian batting

  • on July 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    dhawan should be dropped. gambhir should come in

  • IndianSRTfan on July 17, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @Mike_Tyson: Your question is perfectly valid but don't expect a lot of one eyed fans here to front up and answer it truthfully. For me a great bowler takes wickets on any pitches as long as it is not an absolute disgrace like the one in Trent bridge. That's why in my book, Wasim Akram, McGrath, Steyn, Walsh, were truly great bowlers. Likes of Anderson and Broad are in same class of certain legendary batsmen who can score only on roads and have an average of low 30s while playing in tracks assisting fast bowlers.

  • cesar12345 on July 17, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Is leaving the ball a technique???????? I wonder how pujara can be compared to dravid as the latter never left that sort of balls,even though he dont get runs he tries most of the balls to play and defend solidly And of the 6 centuries he scored 1 was in jo'berg, and everybody says he got technique to play overseas I now came to know that technique is leaving 120 balls and scoring 20 odd runs and out

  • entryholedia on July 17, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    English fast men will regroup after lunch and eat into the Indian team . India should be dismissed just before tea or maybe earlier if the bowlers bowl a length . This one is difficult for India to save !!!

  • samincolumbia on July 17, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Is Dhawan the next Jadeja that won't be dropped? India has Gambhir who can lend stability to opening and yet Dhoni who is clueless in tests persist with Dhawan.

  • on July 17, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    If India does well on "this" track then I am afraid England wouldn't have any place to hide anymore as they wanted a green top, Mick Hunt provided them with one.. England can't have any excuse like it wasn't a helping track and blah blah blah.. It's greener than the colour of envy.. India did well losing just 2 wickets and scoring 73 on a track they are not familiar with.. Pls English fans, We don't want any more excuses like "We didn't had any home advantage, Our bowlers need green wickets".. If India does well, Then just appreciate and move on.. No excuses anymore.

  • IndianSRTfan on July 17, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Posted by Cricketlover54 on (July 17, 2014, 12:03 GMT): "..Eng provided an almost exact duplicate of an absolute flat Chennai wicket with the sun on their backs...." Don't think you much about Chennai wicket. It's never flat. There's turn and bounce on offer and reverse swing comes into play prominently in later stages. So yeah no argument about the dead track but the sweeping generalization that all Indian tracks are flat is false.

  • silentassassin_88 on July 17, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @ Cricketlover54 : Comparing the Trentbridge pitch with Chennai pitch?? Have you ever watched a test match played at chennai? Chennai pitch has far better carry than Trent bridge pitch and the ball turns square after the third day! Trent Bridge wicket behaved the same from day 1 till the end. btw if England could not manage even India's top order with this Lord's green pitch with bowlers like Jimmy and Broad, I don't see them bowling out India for less than 350 at any point in this series.

  • ns1000 on July 17, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @Nish_US - rational for Aaron and Pandey is because Ashwin has a better average than most top order batsmen in Test cricket, Pandey is considered an all-rounder and is quicker than Binny and Aaron is just plain fast - a department that India lacks desperately. Dhawan, Rahane, Jadeja and Binny will not average more than 20 in this entire series nor will Jadeja and Binny take any wickets. India needs to be proactive in their selections.

  • himansshu9891 on July 17, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    this test match can end in 3 days if low scorematch will go on

  • ACrickLover on July 17, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Poor bowling by England bowlers. Poor line and length by them Hardly made indian batsmen to play. By bowling short they miss clean bowled and LBW opportunities. Also by bowling like this they reduce the chances of catches by the wicket keeper and in the slip cordon. With short pitch deliveries only catching is the mode of getting out, and LBW, getting clean bowled etc are all out of equation.

  • himansshu9891 on July 17, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    i think india make good score on this green pitch wkt looks for both batsman & blower

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 17, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    What happen to kohli? He doing some mistackes since ipl and to day against new bowler on pace track. I think he need some confidence. He must need more than 50 runs to get confidence.

  • PeerieTrow on July 17, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Poor captaincy, poor bowling strategy, poor wicket keeping.

    Bell for captain; Simon Jones for bowling coach; Buttler minding the furniture.


    Bell is 'cricketing aggressive', and Cook isn't.

    Jones recently had Bob Willis on the edge of his seat intrigued by his insight into modern fast bowling practice. Also, I was impressed by Jones' calm authority; just what a dressing room needs with the Aussies coming up next year.

    Prior is past it behind the stumps; Buttler is the future so get him in before the winter tours and next summer's Ashes.

  • on July 17, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    how many failures do you want to drop dawan?

  • Cricketlover54 on July 17, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    @SLSlider lol. SL were lucky to be given a flat wicket? Eng provided an almost exact duplicate of an absolute flat Chennai wicket with the sun on their backs and India couldnt even manage a win. If Ind couldn't win in Trent Bridge there is no chance Ind can win overseas.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 17, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Green pitch will suit India's quick bowlers far more. They bowl wicket to wicket and a lot fuller. England were guilty of bowling a lot of ball that were not hitting the wickets ruling out any LBW opportunities. India will be far more fuller and accurate.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    the commentators on TV gave the session to India.....looks like everyone expected India to fold and lose half the side... For me India could have done better... Vijay should still have been there.. even if that means 60/1...

    Leaving aside the very low expectations on Indian batting... From a neutral perspective on the TEST match point of view... I see that the session is shared...

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Would have love if Vijay could hold one end up.....thats his job. with both openers back in the pavilion in the very first session.... the best batsmen already on the field... Its tough work for India.

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Good job India, good job taking on James Anderson, on the field alright if not his bowling. Good ploy to wear him down, two chases to the boundary, loving it.

  • on July 17, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    india need 340 more runs to reach 400...42 runs per wicket..

  • coldcoffee123 on July 17, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    India run-rate 2.5. Dhawan ruined India's ODI team. Now the Test team. I challenge him to score a 50 on this tour. On such pitches, Sehwag would have scored a 90-ball 100, consistently.

  • ThePieChucker on July 17, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @Bruisers: You're really comparing IPL runs to Test runs? Nobody cares what Gambhir did or didn't do in the IPL.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Vijay... I saw that you were getting a bit too adventurous..chasing wide balls... and even though it was a good ball... i bet you could have done much better with it.... Lot of pressure on Kohli now....

    Time for India to show.. if they have learnt anything at all since 2011.. Go India Go....

  • SLslider on July 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 Great that ENG provided green pitch to IND, the way ball is swinging SL would have made 100 on it but we were lucky to have gotten a flat wicket. On the other hand here in SL we have offered a highway again and SA tailender were also scoring against us.

  • Kashi0127 on July 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Now this is real game of cricket! Watching a test match with a green bowlers assisted pitch makes IPL seem like small kids playing with plastic bat and plastic ball compared to real men of test cricket!

  • on July 17, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    India playing sensibly in the first hour just shows the intent that this young Indian side is hungry for success. If India can play whole day, then England will be in danger to save this test match

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    There you go. Anderson showing first signs of a burnout. that half stop is reality a miss.

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    @ns1000 Boss, I can possibly understand Rohit for Rahane, Ashwin for Jadeja. but how can Aaron and Pandey replace Dhawan and binny. I doubt if Aaron is an opening batsman or Pandey can bat a bit like Binny.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Seems to be Pujara finding his feet... he's believing a bit more in himself. couple of good shots.. for no runs, as ENG fielders are on their feet... but good feeling

    Now Vijay do not be so adventurous...not need to chase balls that are that away

  • asiacricket1234 on July 17, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    I dont think English bowlers doing any Justice to the curator. Their bowling was not that good as only 10-15 delivery in this 20 over could have hit the wicket. They should do better than this. Indian batsmen are less likely gonna throw away their wicket

  • wnwn on July 17, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    England bowling too short and wide again on a helpful pitch. Not making the batsmen play enough. Virtually no balls would have hit the stumps. Anderson and Broad are very overrated.

  • MBIOF on July 17, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Again and again Vijay and Pujara have proved that they are better TEST batsmen than Kohli and Dhawan. Once again both are working hard to build a partnership. Depends how Indian middle order will convert it into a reputable and then dominating score.

  • VinodGupte on July 17, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    ENG has wasted their time and energy bowling wayyy outside off and short. I see IND taking advantage of lackluster bowling by ENG. IND has a very good chance to win this match.

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    @Mike_Tyson Why is it when a batsman scores many runs on a flat wicket, they are called a flat track bully yet when a bowler takes wickets on an absolute green top like this one, he is hailed as a great?

    You hit the nail on the head, Its more like a knock-out punch. Hope all the cricket pundits out there can provide an insight.

    Even though you are on the other side of the fence, I would love you for the rest of the series for this single comment. OMG there is still some sane ppl out there.

  • Bruisers on July 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    On this kind of a pitch, left-hand batters will struggle big time against right-arm pacers. And to those calling Dhawan a failure in overseas conditions, who should be his replacement, Gambhir? He is bigger flop in these pitches. Gambhir in England in 2011: 102 runs @17.00, Gambhir in Australia in 2011/12: 181 runs @22.62. At least Dhawan scored runs in NZ while Gambhir posted 0, 0, 0, 1 in the UAE leg of IPL. I'm not backing any player here. Just stating facts.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    India saw off Anderson with just one wicket of Dhawan... thats a job well done..but no time to relax.... remember one bad session or hour can change everything.... This is a definite results pitch... India needs to bat as long as they can in the first Innings

  • on July 17, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    india is going for big target...400 i bet.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Bowlers bowling a touch faster, a good 5+ miles than the first test, some good saves in the field... Its good to be green for England.. seems to be working....

    India seem slightly vulnerable...and I can sense several looking for the head of Binny.... but IND should see as an opportunity... a real chance for the likes of Vijay, Rahane, Binny, Bhuvi to cement their places in the side....

  • on July 17, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Y so many chance given to s dhawal Gambler is sitting in dugout

  • on July 17, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    india is going towards big target i bet 370

  • ns1000 on July 17, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Shocked that Binny is playing as well as Dhawan, Jadeja and Rahane. Dhoni and the Indian selectors are clueless. Rohit, Ashwin, Aaron and Pandey should be in the side instead of the 4 mentioned above. Dhawan Rahane and Jadeja don't know where the off stump is and Binny is in the team for who knows what reason. India select a team to win, not to draw or lose. A whole nation is getting tired of this.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    2 tests being played in different parts of the world at the same time. Similiarities end there.There's a 'world' of a difference literally.When it comes to the 2 pitches atleast.While 1 will barely last till day 5,other's likely to see 500 plays 600 draw.

  • Mike_Tyson on July 17, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    As an Eng fan, I am enjoying this bowling and pitch very much. However I have a questions that maybe someone here can answer. Why is it when a batsman scores many runs on a flat wicket, they are called a flat track bully yet when a bowler takes wickets on an absolute green top like this one, he is hailed as a great?

    Please someone explain??

  • Resultpredictor on July 17, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    The pitch will help Indian bowlers more than England bowlers. India have potentially very good match winning bowlers than waste England bowlers. Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant and Binny will bowl well on this pitch and take 20 wickets easily. England bowlers will find it tough to dislodge best batsman in the world

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 Ok, the first one is out,150 the prediction, party has started. One more wicket and I can see a lot more flock in. Loving the challenge.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Even ishant sharma is better than dhawan

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Remember - Undercooked India get chewed apart? Where are all my dear ENG friends - 5wombats, landl47? Its time to come out of the hiding or have you started celebrating already?

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    oh and the hyped dhawan is failed again.... and people wanted him to play instead of Vijay...next match it should be gambir, atleast experience will help

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 17, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    lol @ everyone wanting Gambhir back. He's still got that habit of fishing outside of the off stump.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 17, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Everyone calling Dhawan a failure overseas, yet before this England tour he had only played in 2 tours overseas. He also scored a century in NZ. Narrowly missed out on a 2nd century with that 98.

    lol @ the haters. For like most of the players, this is like their 3rd overseas tour.

    None of our batsman are flat track bullies with the exception of maybe Dhoni and Jadeja. India team is the Metallica of cricket any ways.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Already 1 down are Ind.Jimmy/Broad making it talk on a green top,with big swing in air,lateral movement with uneven bounce off the pitch.The clueless Dhawan already sent back by Jimmy.See a collapse coming.Knock over Ind for 150 and Eng are in drivers.

  • Aussasinator on July 17, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Gambhir is as bad on moving wickets as Dhawan. however, leaving out Varun Aaron was a big mistake. It will cost Dhoni another test match loss. This test will be over by the 4th day. India have a chance only if they try to score abit quicker than in the last test.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    all the best to all batsman

  • 2nd_Slip on July 17, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Dharwan is a one match wonder. Looked like the next big thing when he smashed Australians on flat Indian pitches two years ago. The less said about Jadeja the better, he is just not test material.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Good toss to win for Cook. Dhawan failed as most expected. Can vijay maintain his concentration and showcase his skill of leaving outside off? Pujara is the key.. but he has not been himself lately in TESTS (since the ODI dream)....Now is the time to play Dravid.. a chance to establish himself as the true No.3 for India. Fingers crossed.

    Good luck India...

  • soumyas on July 17, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Playing dhawan means India are playing with 10 batsmen.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    If Indian batsmen can put their head down and grind and hang on for a session or two, Indian bowlers definitely rise to the challenge (assuming the green grass stays on when they come to bowl). With Bhuvi and Binny, ENG will get a taste of their medicine... India will have the chance to return the favor (remember the over-spin turner when ENG visited IND)...

    True litmust test for IND batsmen though....

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 17, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Wow,what a sight!A Lord's green top.Hardly make out the cut strip.Eng've Ind just where they want.Crucially won toss,inserted them on to firing line.Just about 4 here in Ind,watching live,5 overs of crazy swing/seam on view.Makes me 'green' with joy !-:)

  • VinodGupte on July 17, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    The green pitch isn't exactly a bad thing for IND. Ishant Sharma can make the ball talk for most part of the ENG batting (except the last two wickets).

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Green, yes. But I think India will do well.

  • VinodGupte on July 17, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    For how long will IND's test cricket fans have to suffer the sight of Dhawan and Jadeja?

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    I dont know how dhawan makes it to the Indian batting line up. He does not deserve a place in the test team atleast. Gambhir, even whwn not in full form is much better than dhawan.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I feel it will be blessing in disguise for India like something happened during England's tour of India where Monty and Swann turned the table. Hope Shami, Bhuvi, Sharma and Binny does the same.

  • Tamimfan on July 17, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    wow what a pitch.. i doubt the match will go beyond 3 days.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Game on... Real test of skill for Pujara. Can he prevail? If India can post 300+ and bat for 90 overs in the first innings, the match is for their taking.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Ind lost Dhawan already. Another flop for him. It is seriously going to be a low scoring game.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    why do they keep selecting this useless dhawan all the time

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Dharwan, what a failure overseas he is. Classic flat track batsman.

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Better late than never. Theres the grazing field that ENG cattle has been hungry for. Can India fight the (g)razing BULLS?

  • Nayan_Bhuyan on July 17, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Sir Ravindra Jadeja should have been replaced by Ravi Ashwin...

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    The pitch looks so green, bouncy and turning. It looks like a low scoring game. Feeling pretty excited to watch. This time will give results.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on July 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Is there a pitch somewhere?

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on July 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Is there a pitch somewhere?

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    The pitch looks so green, bouncy and turning. It looks like a low scoring game. Feeling pretty excited to watch. This time will give results.

  • Nayan_Bhuyan on July 17, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Sir Ravindra Jadeja should have been replaced by Ravi Ashwin...

  • Nish_US on July 17, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Better late than never. Theres the grazing field that ENG cattle has been hungry for. Can India fight the (g)razing BULLS?

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Dharwan, what a failure overseas he is. Classic flat track batsman.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    why do they keep selecting this useless dhawan all the time

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Ind lost Dhawan already. Another flop for him. It is seriously going to be a low scoring game.

  • bhushanB on July 17, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Game on... Real test of skill for Pujara. Can he prevail? If India can post 300+ and bat for 90 overs in the first innings, the match is for their taking.

  • Tamimfan on July 17, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    wow what a pitch.. i doubt the match will go beyond 3 days.

  • on July 17, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I feel it will be blessing in disguise for India like something happened during England's tour of India where Monty and Swann turned the table. Hope Shami, Bhuvi, Sharma and Binny does the same.