England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day July 18, 2014

Bhuvneshwar counters Ballance century

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England 219 for 6 (Ballance 110, Kumar 4-46) trail India 295 by 76 runs
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Kimber: England shouldn't be in this position

Another batting failure for Alastair Cook, an increasingly beleaguered England captain, followed by a long, hard grind against a persistent India attack on London's hottest day of the year: this Lord's Test match Friday was never going to grant its favours easily. But Gary Ballance does not look like a batsman who needs an easy life. His second hundred in a fledgling England career strengthened the impression that he is a rock on which England can build.

Andy Flower, England's previous coach, praised Jonathan Trott as his rock when Trott's departure from last winter's Ashes tour proved to a harbinger of their decline. It might just be that Peter Moores, and his revamped selection panel, have unearthed a rock of their own at No 3. Not a gurning rock given to idiosyncratic pitch markings, but a red faced, red necked rock winning seeping admiration among England observers.

There is no instant appeal in Ballance, no flamboyance, no fripperies, no manly tattoo or golden curls. He reddens up so quickly that in a series without DRS he is his own walking Hot Spot. On an easing pitch, his innings did not quite have the brilliance of Ajinkya Rahane's on the first day. But there is resourcefulness by the bucketload.

What he again displayed in his second Test hundred at Lord's this summer - Sri Lanka, like India, have also learned of his merit - was a strong technique, based on a preference for the back foot, a fondness for shots square on the off side vaguely reminiscent of Andrew Strauss and, as he established himself, some full-bodied drives from strong forearms. He batted further forward than he normally does to combat the seam. He has dealt with the Lord's slope with aplomb - in his other match here he made a hundred for Yorkshire. He looks to be a combative, thinking cricketer.

He will curse his misfortune as he fell to the third over with the second new ball, a leg side strangle won by a little bit of wayward outswing from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, leaving him with four wickets for an impressive day. Matt Prior joined the nightwatchman, Liam Plunkett, who had been sent out more than seven overs from the close to protect him. Closing without further damage at 219 for 6, England trailed by 76 runs.

This has been an excellent contest and India performed with determination on an easing pitch, the bowlers maintaining good lines throughout the day and their ground fielding reliable. Bhuvneshwar was a reliable, unshowy leader of the attack, undertaking probing long spells as if they were just part of a normal day's work. The spinners are also in this game on a dry, grassy surface - not that either side is fielding one of any renown.

Ballance should have fallen on 32 when he edged Stuart Binny between MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan at first slip, both of them equally culpable for not responding. Binny, bowling his medium-paced wobblers on the ground where his father, Roger, performed so well in the 1983 World Cup final, should have marked his second over in his second Test with a first Test wicket.

Instead, Binny became a catalyst for his century: five boundaries struck off him in eight balls. He drove him through the off side off back and front foot then clipped Binny for two more teeth-gritting boundaries in his next over to pass 100. Determined not to give it away, he produced a barn-door defence to the next ball only for his timing to be so perfect by then that it whistled for four down the ground.

It was a strong-willed, grounded response by Ballance, considering that he arrived at Lord's for the start of the match to discover that he had achieved Minor Celebrity status, in the form of newspaper photographs of a boozy night in in Nottingham after the Trent Bridge Test and the gentlest of reminders from England about his public image. His hundred achieved, he opted to keep his shirt on.

England are under considerable pressure. They suffered all day for their failure to take advantage of excellent bowling conditions on the day one. India's first-innings 295 was inflated; England's batsmen were deflated. India's bowlers stuck impressively to basic principles in conditions where high humidity encouraged the swing bowlers and there was still some nibble in the pitch, although neither were as evident as on the opening day when Rahane played with such a flourish in making 103.

Cook's day started well when he held a juggling catch at first slip - Ben Stokes finding Mohammed Shami's edge in the second over of the day - to ensure that India's last pair added only five to their overnight total: this time at least there would be no last-wicket heroics.

But his demoralising run of scores will again introduce the conversation England's hierarchy simply does not want to hear: his right to the England captaincy. He is beset by criticism both of his tactical nous and dried-up batting returns. It is 26 innings since he Cook scored the last of his England record 25 hundreds, a run during which his average has dropped into the 20s.

His footwork was static as Bhuvneshwar caught him on the crease with an outswinger that continued down the slope from a good length. Dhoni collected an easy catch from a languid push, leaving Cook to reflect on a summer of mounting misery as he returned to the pavilion.

Bhuvneshwar deserved recognition for his part in Cook's wicket. He bowled him an over of inswingers the previous over before producing one which left Cook, ensuring that his otherwise confident and well-managed start fell prey to what has now become a recognisable bat dangle.

Criticism sounded immediately. Geoffrey Boycott, commentating on BBC Radio's Test Match Special, called for Cook to return to county cricket to return his form. But even if England took such a desperate move, the fixture list would afford him no release with the counties about to commit to a month of predominantly limited-overs cricket.

Releasing Cook from the strains of captaincy is equally difficult. England, who have not won for nine Tests, their worst run in 20 years, have pinned their entire strategy on allowing Cook to develop a side in his own image and there are no obvious contenders to replace him. His failures, though, cannot continue forever, especially if England go behind in the series.

Sam Robson, who was dropped off Shami the over before Cook was dismissed - a regulation chance for Rahane at second slip - did not make good his let off. He became Bhuvneshwar's second victim when he drove at one that faded down the slope, giving Dhoni another simple catch.

Ian Bell and Joe Root perished in the afternoon. Bell's form has also lapsed and he gave Kumar a third wicket when he attempted to leave a ball that bounced and chased him from just short of a length and gloved to Ravindra Jadeja at third slip, a shaken response to a challenging but by no means unplayable ball.

Root's wicket belonged to Jadeja. He was beaten in the flight by a ball which skidded into his pads, but it was a bad decision by umpire Bruce Oxenford who missed an inside nick. Ballance and Moeen Ali then assembled a fifth-wicket stand of 98 after tea before Moeen's careful resistance ended with a weak lbw playing across a full ball when M Vijay was granted a brief perambulation.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • jmcilhinney on July 19, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    I'd say that the game is quite evenly poised at the moment. Runs on the board is always good and, if India can strike early tomorrow, they will be in a very good position. If England can weather the storm early though, they still have the batting to put up a significant lead. It was definitely a big blow to lose the two established batsmen pretty much on the stroke of the new ball being taken. Prior has never looked great against the new ball, even at his best, so it will be a trial for him. yes, he has been struggling but he did get a poor decision in the first Test and he did make a score against SL, so let's not count him out. This would be an excellent time for him to regain some form and hopefully that would translate into his keeping too. It's said so often but the first hour tomorrow is fairly critical and could have a big bearing on the outcome of the game.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 19, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    If there was another swing bowler (like Sandeep Sharma) bowling in tandem with Bhuvi, India would be sitting on a sizable lead right now. But our team management likes to play always-a-rookie Ishant Sharma instead.

  • vkumar_086 on July 19, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Dhawan again threw it again....in next test Gambhir should replace Dhawan....he is also left hander, so it will remain same as left-right combination...today at least 250 runs should be on the board with loss of not more than 4 wickets....if India able to score some 100-150 runs more in one session of tomorrow...match will be really interesting

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @artificial.intelligence- "deplorable situation for 2nd most populous country".. It's a ridiculous statement.. It doesn't matter what's country's population is..You need 11 players to play not 1 or 2 billion..Jamaica has much less population than SL but SL hasn't produced a sprinter like Usain Bolt.. Your statement is nullified..

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

    Dhoni and Dhawan's lazy stuff kept Ballance to make century and reduced the advantage of India's lead atleast 80 runs. Indian need to make minimum 300 runs to win this test. Anyhow we could expect the result in this match. Expecting 100 from Dhawan.

  • artificial.intelligence on July 19, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    enough already with sharma...Bowling is the only job he has and he still cant summon the talent at will and stick to the basics...deplorable situation for the 2nd most populous country who fail to produce quality players...when we should have been producing truck loads off...and how long before shami becomes another ishanth

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Indians scored 295 on a green top, English scored 316 on a mowed pitch devoid of grass like day 1 and also an eased out wicket.. 'nuff said I guess.. Who struggled with the bat and who bowled better? Any person with good cricketing knowledge would easily answer this..

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Big congratulations to Bhuvi Kumar for his 6-for.Proud moment for him to be on the honors board in Lord's.Match evenly poised right now.This day is crucial for both teams.

  • Samychennai on July 19, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Now real pressure for English bowlers to restrict Indians under 250. You will see the animated faces if Indians aren't loss wicket before tea break.

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    India atleast need 350 to control the match. anything less than 350 will put india in trouble.

  • jmcilhinney on July 19, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    I'd say that the game is quite evenly poised at the moment. Runs on the board is always good and, if India can strike early tomorrow, they will be in a very good position. If England can weather the storm early though, they still have the batting to put up a significant lead. It was definitely a big blow to lose the two established batsmen pretty much on the stroke of the new ball being taken. Prior has never looked great against the new ball, even at his best, so it will be a trial for him. yes, he has been struggling but he did get a poor decision in the first Test and he did make a score against SL, so let's not count him out. This would be an excellent time for him to regain some form and hopefully that would translate into his keeping too. It's said so often but the first hour tomorrow is fairly critical and could have a big bearing on the outcome of the game.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 19, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    If there was another swing bowler (like Sandeep Sharma) bowling in tandem with Bhuvi, India would be sitting on a sizable lead right now. But our team management likes to play always-a-rookie Ishant Sharma instead.

  • vkumar_086 on July 19, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Dhawan again threw it again....in next test Gambhir should replace Dhawan....he is also left hander, so it will remain same as left-right combination...today at least 250 runs should be on the board with loss of not more than 4 wickets....if India able to score some 100-150 runs more in one session of tomorrow...match will be really interesting

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @artificial.intelligence- "deplorable situation for 2nd most populous country".. It's a ridiculous statement.. It doesn't matter what's country's population is..You need 11 players to play not 1 or 2 billion..Jamaica has much less population than SL but SL hasn't produced a sprinter like Usain Bolt.. Your statement is nullified..

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

    Dhoni and Dhawan's lazy stuff kept Ballance to make century and reduced the advantage of India's lead atleast 80 runs. Indian need to make minimum 300 runs to win this test. Anyhow we could expect the result in this match. Expecting 100 from Dhawan.

  • artificial.intelligence on July 19, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    enough already with sharma...Bowling is the only job he has and he still cant summon the talent at will and stick to the basics...deplorable situation for the 2nd most populous country who fail to produce quality players...when we should have been producing truck loads off...and how long before shami becomes another ishanth

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Indians scored 295 on a green top, English scored 316 on a mowed pitch devoid of grass like day 1 and also an eased out wicket.. 'nuff said I guess.. Who struggled with the bat and who bowled better? Any person with good cricketing knowledge would easily answer this..

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Big congratulations to Bhuvi Kumar for his 6-for.Proud moment for him to be on the honors board in Lord's.Match evenly poised right now.This day is crucial for both teams.

  • Samychennai on July 19, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Now real pressure for English bowlers to restrict Indians under 250. You will see the animated faces if Indians aren't loss wicket before tea break.

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    India atleast need 350 to control the match. anything less than 350 will put india in trouble.

  • vkumar_086 on July 19, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    well done by Indian bowlers....especially Bhuvi...becoming fast bowling allrounder...performed better than the highest wicket taker Anderson...

    @ electric_loco_WAP4...broad out for 4, anderson the best batsman out for 19....lead is only 24 runs....60-70 runs short of the predictions....now still only 1 came true out of 1010 predictions.....0.00099 accuracy..plz publish

  • vkumar_086 on July 19, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1...well said mate.....i also have lot of respect towards England fans...they are cultured yes...see this page, not even a single harsh comment from them....

  • Lord.emsworth on July 19, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    I instantly agree with Mr. Kimber about Kumar whom I believe is a genuine all-rounder despite his 'gentle' pace. I disagree though abut Plunkett. The guy is a Kumar-like though he bowls faster and with more venom. I saw Plunkett for England A against Sri Lanka some time back and he looked a more than capable batsmen then.

  • on July 19, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    The slender lead of around 24 is not of any significance in this type of matches. Anderson and Plunket reached this stage with lot of effort and difficulty and they should have easily squandered it rather try to get a lead of at least 50+ runs. I am not telling 50+ would have made a huge difference but that would have given some confidence to england when they go to bowl now. Now overall the advantage lies with India simply because indian batsmen, bowlers and fielders, WK all in better form than england counterparts. England did the hard work to reach today's position but Broad initially and later when they got the lead Anderson should have put some more effort with their batting. Again and again england seems to be giving the advantage to india.

  • sumgad on July 19, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    One area where Dhoni has failed is to keep opposition lower order batsmen from scoring runs. The Indian bowlers are quite used to bowling variations in IPL, but, here in tests they appear to be short of ideas. There are hardly any variations being bowled to lower order batsmen. Even Dhoni's field settings are suspect. Ishant and Shami typically appear to be totally devoid ideas.There are no yorkers being bowled by them.

  • JaranNirsi on July 19, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    India on the back foot after having conceded a first innings lead, again from a position of control, squandered. India need a total larger than their first inning just to remain in contention, as the lords pitch tends to ease off towards the final inning. If india lose! it will be because of that missed catch of Ballance: either Dhoni or Dhawan could have caught it. The problem is, neither even tried.

  • on July 19, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    English crowd is superb. Standing up and appreciating Bhuvi

  • ThePacifist10 on July 19, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    So we got 295 on a green top and they got 319 on a flat deck. Great job India!

  • on July 19, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Shami & Ishant MUST go. Aaron & Pankaj deserve a chance.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 19, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Plunkett and Anderson showing Cook, Bell and Prior how to bat. Jimmy needs promoting. Hilarious.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 19, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    @tanstell87, yes I'm sure neither side would trouble Australia at home or away on current form. Prior failed again along with his dropped catches. Stokes averaging 2 for England since January. All looks good.

  • on July 19, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    when will ishant sharma takes wickets or he is permanent no wicket taking (non performing) member of the team

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

    Is the yorker as a weapon to the tail dead?

  • entryholedia on July 19, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    India has one bowler in Bhuvi . Ishant trying to do a Michty Johnson which terrible poor cloning since he just does not have the pace . Shami cannot bowl what he was doing against windies at Mumbai and Kolkata . Its a terrible shame that Shami & Ishant cannot bowl in conditions tailor made for their stuff . Hope Bhuvi does not end up overworked .

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 19, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    I dream of India producing a pace bowler like Mohammad Nissar. One of India's fastest bowlers during the pre-independence era.

  • on July 19, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Fivefer for Bhuvi but still Eng counts as good to make lead.

  • Kausthub27 on July 19, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Plunkett should have been given out "obstructing the field" at 92.4. Its just unfair when he simply whacked the ball away when it was hitting back the stumps.

  • dunger.bob on July 19, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    @ tanstell87: Sri Lanka fell over the line against England in England. South African are currently dispensing a cricket lesson to Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Australia beat SA in South Africa. .. It might mean something, it might not. Too much speculation is a mugs game in high class sport.

  • dunger.bob on July 19, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @ Harlequin: Very good call with Root I'd say. Yes indeed

  • sarangsrk on July 19, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @Henry_Mancini...Yes, there is a problem with the system in India where the batsmen are reverred and groomed more than the bowlers. It is the same way where England and NZ, for example, have always had more number of better bowlers than batsmen. Anyways, the end result for India is that Dhoni doesn't have enough wicket taking options when travelling abroad just like Clarke didn't have in India. Even the great Aus team of the past with McGrath, Gillespie, Warne were forced to bowl a tight line with a deep point from first over to make sure that Indians don't score easily. The same Dhoni is much more aggressive when he sees a pitch with turn because he can count on his spinners (even Yuvraj).

  • dunger.bob on July 19, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @ Henry_Mancini: I think the Mitch renaissance has a bit of a dark stain that went unnoticed. This is my view of it. .. The official Aussie coaches were mucking around with Mitch's upper body. Torso angle, shoulder position, side on, square on, wrist this way, wrist that way etc etc. It bloody near destroyed him. As a last, final and completely desperate effort to stay in the game, he went and saw Lillee. .. Dennis said "that's all crap. Your undercarriage is buckling." .. six weeks later and Bam.

    The dark side is CA decided not to continue it's association with the Yoda of fast bowling. Very disrespectful to Yodo imo.

  • tanstell87 on July 19, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug - are you sure India cant win against number 1 Australian side....well Australia cant win in India & same goes for India too...also Australia cant beat England in England...

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 Most England and India fans get on. Not just on these pages but in real life. I have friends who are Indian fans. When going to England India matches there are always a lot of Indian fans who were born in England or who live in England and I've never witnessed ill feelings in the crowd. There are just the few bad apples, and this site has its fair share.

  • Jackpot6 on July 19, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Question for Dhoni; what are his thoughts about catches in slips.....or he just want to ignore them.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 19, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Why are India dominating this test match?

    Answer: England had the initial advantage by choosing to bowl on a green top. The ageing English attack, led by a has-been who averages over 30, could not bowl them out cheaply.

  • Jackpot6 on July 19, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Yousufahmed1: Very well said; I totally agree.

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    India have outclassed England with the ball this series. Especially Kumar, but Shami and Sharma deserve plaudits as well.

    The way Kumar has bowled this series, on both pitches, surely Woakes has to play. England promised rotation, so surely that'll happen.

    I just don't understand the policy towards Woakes. He played in that Ashes test at the Oval but didn't bowl in the second innings and was passed over for Ashes selection while Flower called him a greentop bowler. He played in the Big Bash but after 2 games was added to the ODI squad as 16th man and didn't play. He didn't go to West Indies until Stokes got injured but even then still didn't play. He captained the Lions in Sri Lanka add was brilliant allround. He's had an excellent season with the ball but not with the bay, and has spent half of it carrying drinks and sitting on the sidelines in England squads. He played one T20I. Now presented with a green pitch he didn't play yet again. What is the attitude towards Woakes?

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 19, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I have to say one thing that ENG fans are the most cultured fans I have seen. They respect good cricket. Rahane a young fairly unknown player getting a standing ovation from every soul on the ground was the highlight of this match for me. This is coming from an Indian fan who sometimes becomes unreasonable to protect his beloved Indian team. Even on this forum there have been unbelievably respectful comments. Even anderson jadeja incident, most of the eng fans are not getting behind Anderson but saying that he should be punished if he is wrong and jadeja should be punished if he is wrong. I concur. A standing ovation for ENG fans from an IND fan. Thank you.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 19, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @sarangsrk, I'm an Aussie and I'm right into this Indian performance, they are schooling England on how to play in English conditions. I'm not surprised that Cook and Moores have got the tactics completely wrong, is anyone? It's not a heavyweight battle and neither team would trouble the number 1 Aussies or SA but India are doing their bit to end Cook's captaincy and push England to the bottom of the rankings where they belong.

  • yorkshire-86 on July 19, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    It would alliviate the horrendous problems England have with the bare spin cupboard if the ECB allowed the county game to be played on spinning wickets - at the moment if the ball deviates slightly on anything other than the 5th day the team is docked points and fined for a 'bad' pitch.

  • on July 19, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    With a one man bowling army, if India has been doing reasonably well, we would as well have the 4 bowler-theory back but with the change of the composition which would actually add more teeth and balance on the bowling front. Two swingers, one genuinely fast hit the deck bowler and an off spinner to counter the six lefties in the England team besides being a better bat than Jadeja. On the batting front, Dhawan needs to go. If Dhoni goes by pure cricketing logic, the best eleven for the next match: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Bhuvaneswar, Ashwin, Ishwar and Varun Aaron. It will be a pity if such a team is not selected. Knowing Dhoni, however, I wouldn't be surprised if he just makes one change.

  • pollachiprakash on July 19, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Ask virat kohli to bowl few overs he can get one or two wickets his medium pace will work in england.

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @landl47 Yes the game would be better with DRS but oh well. I wonder if it makes umpires less fearful of giving batsmen out, because the incorrect decision can always be overturned? So perhaps in the Sri Lanka game the umpire might have given it not out without DRS, but because there was DRS any doubt he had would have been less important. Just a thought

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @JustIPL fair enough on the nightwatchman, though in some situations I still find it a bit ridiculous.

    I agree Plunkett has a good first class record but has struggled with the bat on test return. Hopefully he score some runs today. If the tail wags England could post quite a score. But India could quite conceivably skittle out England quickly this morning, and then they'd be in the driving seat. That my friend is the beauty of test cricket.

  • on July 19, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    If persisted with, a quality player like Cook will surely reap dividends some time in this long series. This pitch isn't exactly a haven for a low in confidence opening batsman struggling for form. Surely cant be too critical of Cook on this pitch. And he has been pleading all along for green bouncy seamer friendly pitches in the interest of his team's strength making things more difficult for his own batting form. Got to give him credit for that.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 19, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    @ sarangsrk. Fair point about bowling resources, but, and I digress from the captaincy topic, surely the systems in each country are also responsible for the development of effective pace bowlers and attacks? It wasn't long ago that Mitchell Johnson was a laughing stock, to the extent that he had his own theme song, courtesy the Barmy Army. Clearly he was provided with sufficient support and his present status as a spearhead is widely acknowledged and beyond dispute. Conversely, India have had Yadav for a few years and Ishant for many more. Now they also have Aaron to work on. The ingredients are there, have been there for years; something else must be missing.

    And as for respect, Rahane received a standing ovation for his century, as did Vijay last match. I assume many of those who stood were English fans!

    @ dunger.bob. Cheers, I try to call a spade a spade.

    I had tried to respond in greater detail, but alas, my posts did not carry through to the ever vigilant CRICINFO keeper!

  • cricpanther on July 19, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    once again poor start by Eng openers!! whats going on are you not fit for t20 cricket and you are playing test cricket!!! Time to say good bye to Ian Bell, Matt Prior!!

  • sarangsrk on July 19, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @dunger.bob..There are lot of Indians (including myself) who have liked Aussie cricket team of the past and some players today. The problem is you won't find any Aussie/English/SA/Kiwi who will "really whole heartedly" appreciate an Indian's performance (Home/Away). If an Indian performs at home, they are flat track bullies or dustbowls Kings (as if the pitch is different for others). If an Indian performs away (like Rahane or Bhuvi), it is either tired/mediocre opposition bowlers (Anderson/Broad) or out of form batsmen (Cook/Bell). Seems like the entire world is hell bent on grudge against BCCI to be a revenge against Indian players for no fault of theirs. So, we Indians have given up on hoping that this world is fair when it comes to appreciating good quality cricket. @Henry_Mancini..I do agree that Clarke is a much better test captain than Dhoni but it also comes down to the attacking resources one has.Johnson/Pattinson/Harris/Siddle vs Ishant/Shami/Bhuvi/Jadeja.. no comparison.

  • ssenthil on July 19, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Dhoni is the main problem India is not able to win overseas. His keeping is really poor then his Captaincy. His choice of picking 11 also causes lot of problem. If Binny can't bowl well in this pitches, then he doesn't deserve to play another test anywhere else in the world. If he bats at No.8 he should be bowling a lot better then this, perhaps if Dhoni had taken the catch of Ballance, he might be a different bowler? who knows? He given too many free balls and went for runs alright. India can do with Aron and I Pandey/P Singh in place of Binny and Jadeja and ask Bhuvi to bat at No.7 and Shami at no.8, may be we will have little long tail but also will have a 5 men pace attack. or Ashwin in and Ishant out to make it more even. Ishant just bowling bang it in the pitch never looked like taking a wicket nor created any chance unlike Shami. Kick out Dhoni and all is well for India. I hope Jadeja banned for 1 match and Anderson for 2?

  • on July 19, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    It seems obvious that he Indian team have not studied the weaknesses and strengths of the opposition. They continued to feed some ofthem who were strong o n the legside with a predominant filked i nthe Off. Only Kumar bowled a f good line, though at the end of the day he flagged and bowled a few short deliveries. Shami should recover his rev4erse swing as well as learn to pitch slightly short of length instead of using the short ball. Ishant was much better in the game thoguyh he continues to stray on the leg stump very often. He tries the short stuff too often as a wasted effort. Pitching it up slightly more than good length and a better line wil get him better results. DHoni's efforts behind th stumps are below par and Shikar in the fira=st slips- a left hander- iwas worng. With his poor technique against the swinging ball, it may be prudent to get back Gambhir and retain Shikar for ODIs and T20s.

  • on July 19, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    agree with Mohammad except that we rely more on vijay pujara Rahane and binny. kohli has class but he needs temperament to score a century at lords.

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    @fguy Both teams are dropping catches as badly as my club side. England picked up this problem in the winter. India have historically been a poor fielding side, and while this side has some decent fielders, I think their abilities are overstated because they are compared to the old lot. Catches win matches, as England found out during the winter. Had Ballance been taken this could be a completely different game.

  • on July 19, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Without the pitch being helpful, Ind would never take 20 wickets at all with this bowling lineup. Though the match is evenly poised, Eng is on the upper hand to win this match by scoring 50-100 some lead runs and by taking some early wickets is on the way. Indian Batsman as always fall in their own trap by fishing outside offstump in 2nd innings and the poor lower middle order which has some mediocre techniques to stick in the crease. Seriously you cant expect anything from Dhawan, Jadeja and Dhoni on their 2nd innings as they are even more poorer than the 1st. Look out for Kohli this time, he was positive on 1st day might coming back to form today.

  • a4abhik on July 19, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    India will be in much more comfortable position, once the key players like Kohli, Pujara and Shami will hit form. Kohli and Pujara, both started brilliantly and with lot of confidence, unfortunately failed to convert their good start to big innings. But they will find success soon anyway, having sheer potential and class. And Shami is India's best bowler, though for some reasons, in last few matches he didn't do justice to his capabilities, sometimes became unlucky too for dropped catches by slip fielders. Some tips from Wasim Akram can surely revive his reverse swing. Ishant is unpredictable. Dhawan and Dhoni simply don't have necessary technique or capability to be successful in overseas tests played in challenging condition.

  • on July 19, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    England has a very good team in the making that can take them back to No 1 in the test ranking . However what needs to happen is for Alastair Cook to be relieved of the captaincy so that he save both England and his batting. I repeat that England Batting is at its best when Cook followed by Bell does well , in addition the team has a number of very good batsmen that are capable of complementing both Cook and Bell in Robson, Ballance and Joe Root. So the test new captain should be Chris Broad with the one day and T 20 captaincy going to Morgan .Please act quickly and save English Cricket

  • a4abhik on July 19, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Can't understand the basis of this Binny-mania among some fans. Binny has very little or none to offer to the Indian side. Binny needs a lot of things together in his favour to get any success, like Seaming wicket, Lateral swing, Overcast condition, poor judgment from poor batsman etc. and all these things can't be carried to everywhere where India will tour. He got few wickets in Bangladesh because that wicket was simply unplayable, not fitted for playing Test let alone ODI/T20, and those were 'Bangladesh' batsmen. Another genuine quick or spinner will be much helpful for India in his place.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 19, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I wonder if the Indian bowlers will ever adopt the principle of 'bowling in packs'? If Sharma and Shami can find it within themselves to show discipline, application, and maybe a little strategic thinking, they, along with Kumar, could skittle England out quite cheaply. Can they strike while the iron is hot?

  • dunger.bob on July 19, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    This game is evenly balanced (thanks to Gary) and it's too early to call. I'm keeping my powder dry for the moment.

    @ Henri Mancini: What I really appreciate about you is that out of a billion + Indians on this earth you are the only one I can think of that see's we Aussies as something other than contemptible. Hells bells, there may even be a grain of respect for the way we go about our business. Thank you, you've made my week.

  • on July 19, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Both India and England have dished out poor cricket so far. Cook has to decide quickly how much he is interested in England cricket. If he is then he should call the bluff and drop himself from the side for both poor form and shabby captaincy. Dhoni is marginally better when it comes to batting but his captaincy is terrible.. Back to the match England will look to score another 125 runs from here. That can challenge he India. A 25 run lead for England though not big can be a morale booster. An even score with I Dias will keep the game in balance. Dhoni is crucial fir India to gain first innings lead. But he will not dissapointed. He will allow the game to drift and ensure the likes of Broad and Stokes score big.

  • on July 19, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Not impressed with Shami , he is pitching bit too short and not making batsmen play. He is much more capable , hope coaches and management rectify this avoidable errors. And his considerable loss in pace is hard to not notice , these days he rarely bowls 140 kmph. Time to give chance to Pankaj ahead of Shami (!?)

  • parikshit_Ops on July 19, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Cric_Dude. Dude, I never said that Binny was given bowling at right time. He should have been brought much before when there was more swing on offer. Apparently Dhoni doesn't like him and yes, he did not ball good lengths. If giving more runs is akin to making batsman play, then Bhuvi did a bad job I guess. He should have given 80-90 runs to be called as even better player. The fact is that you can get wickets, make batsman play and still give few runs. It was not the absence of swing that caused Binny to give runs. It was over-pitched deliveries, too much outside off line that created runs. Even at that time other bowlers like Jadeja and Shami were not giving runs. I actually was supporting Binny saying that he needs to be given a due chance to bowl in favorable conditions now that he has been picked but your comment only caused me to go back and point out Binny's mistake. Don't go overboard in supporting someone

  • Henry_Mancini on July 19, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @ wapuser. I agree about South Africa, but please refresh my memory - to whom did South Africa lose a home series, and with it their no.1 ranking, even more recently?

  • landl47 on July 19, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    The game is nicely poised, there should be a result and it's been two days of hard-fought test cricket. Only the advocates of hit-and-giggle cricket won't have enjoyed it.

    However, the unfathomable and irresponsible stance of the BCCI in refusing to use the DRS is likely to affect the outcome. So far in this series we've had at least 4 batsmen wrongly given out (Vijay, Prior, Binny and Root) and some not outs that should have been out. These decisions should have been reversed. Bad decisions detract from the game and might affect the careers of players who get a bad decision at the wrong time.

    Without the DRS, England would have won the first test against Sri Lanka on a bad decision. That's unacceptable (and I'm an England fan). Thank goodness the Sri Lankans aren't following India's lead- in fact, no-one is. It's time for the players and other boards to take a stance on this: no DRS, no game. The DRS isn't perfect, but it's better than the umpires alone. This series has proved that.

  • on July 19, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    @Henry_Mancini Success both away and hope.. I think you are in a diff world. They got thrashed in Ind and Eng recently . If any team deserves no 1 its South Africa. They are the only team to win both hope and away matches.

  • on July 19, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    I watched the final session and frankly, it was like watching a club match. The standard of cricket played was not above that level. Ballance managed to eke out a century, which was a major contribution to England's score, but it was tedious boring innings, in sharp contrast to the brilliant Rahane's century yesterday under much more difficult conditions. Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was so over-bowled that he was left completely knackered, the Indian bowling was mediocre. Wasim Akram pointed out the flaws that have crept into Shami's action. He used to rave about it not long ago. Hopefully the bowling coach will take note and sort those out. Inshant Sharma needs to get his head together. He is potentially a match winner, but he keeps falling back into his bad habit of bowling too short and wide. Binny was pedestrian plus Dhoni really goofed up that catch. Jadeja was steady and got a lucky wicket. The only bright spot was the Indian ground fielding which was outstanding.

  • ladycricfan on July 19, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Bhuvi was superb today. But with the three lucky wickets of Root, Ali and Ballance India is sitting pretty with the lead of 76 runs. With Broad, Stokes and Anderson yet to come that lead could be easily wiped off. India should try to keep some lead as the batting will become more and more difficult in the 3rd and 4th innings as the pitch deteriorate even further.

    The pitch is taking spin and Jadeja's contribution with the ball is vital. Binny might get a lucky wicket or two but even on helpful conditions he doesn't look threatening. Ashwin should've played.

    With hardly any contribution from Cook and Bell England is very beatable.

  • on July 19, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    A few things stand out from yesterday's play - 1. The pitch was ENTIRELY different! This is NOT a lords 2nd day pitch! Mowing of grass between innings is legal? Really? 2. Bhuvi bowled with a lot of heart! And yes I agree Shami does not deserve the new ball! He is predominantly a reverse bowler which comes into play only after the 35th or 40th over! Binny is new but his bowling style is more suited to the new ball. Given that Bhuvi is India's workhorse, Bhuvi and Binny can open with Ishant replacing Binny at one end after a spell and Bhuvi continuing from the other to be replaced by Jadeja at some point! Shami could come in by the 30th over to get warmed up.

    It looks like the pitch is easing out which is a bad sign! If England take a lead or even get at par on this easing wicket, Dhoni will get into his defensive shell because he would know this match isn't going anywhere! Need the demons to come alive and make this an interesting 4th innings chase game! May the best team win!

  • sreehk on July 19, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Is Bhuvi the potential pace bowling all rounder for India? Is India looking at his batting seriously? Why have him bat at 10? He looks solid and very assured with the bat. He along with Ashwin may fill in specialist 7th batsman role allowing for one more specialist bowler in place of Binny.

  • on July 19, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Lets.be clear binny is a batsmen who can.bowl a bit. Even one wicket by him is bonus .he got wicket against Bangladesh because its Bangladesh , even agarkar statistics is good because he has lots of wickets against Bangladesh

  • GRVJPR on July 19, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Can someone enlighten me what MS Dhoni is doing in this test team. A guy who uses bat like a spoon, a guy who looses control of the games seeing tail enders slogging it out, a guy who discourages youngsters (new players) like binny by not giving them opportunity when required, a guy who shows his artificial smile in press conference. My heart goes to Mohinder Amarnath who identified very early that MS Dhoni is disgrace as a test player let alone the captain. Wake up Indian selectors. Remember - "Country First".

  • AwaySwinger on July 19, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Shami's decline has been dramatic. That debut at the Eden Gardens is a distant memory. He is not an intelligent bowler at all. Just serving up fodder or not making the batsman play. Time and again he bowls the wrong line, especially to the lefthanders. And his pace has dropped a lot to now just marginally faster than Bhuvi and Binny but with no swing. I think Ishant is miles ahead...at least he often does get the critical breakthroughs. I'd like to see Aaron come in for Shami...we'd have genuine pace to support Bhuvi.

  • on July 19, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    i really like English audience. They appreciate good performances regardless of team. Standing and appreciating Rahane century was good to see..

  • on July 19, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    Vijay not a regular off spinner but he has taken the Moeen Ali wicket. Vijay is a silent hero and Future super star. Keep it up vijay.

  • on July 19, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    All those people blaming dhoni for not attempting for balances's catch, haven't watch the game live. Shikar dhawan was standing as if his feet were planted in cement. The ball was mucch much closer to dhawan, not only that dhawan was standing a few feet behind dhoni at 1st slip, hence more time to react! Dhawan neigther reacted nor moved from where he was standing like a statue, besides in slip one stand low with hands on his knee not like dhawan who was stansing like a bouncer at a night club. If some one likw dravid was at dhawan's position, he would have made it look that catch a routine one!

  • on July 19, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    I believe if England lead 50-70 Runs only Than England Will Win The Match.... Best Of Luck England :)

  • BustIPL on July 19, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Dont write off prior as well he has a century and a 73 against india at Lords and hopefully will flay this bits and pieces indian bowling lineup.

    @ CodandChips: It is not the class of the batsmen but the pressure of last few deliveries or overs that a class batsmen has challenge to survive while tailenders just concentrate on defending and if they get out then no big damage is done. That is why nightwatchmen are sent. By the way truly Plunkett has very good first class average.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 19, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    @ scarrule. By all accounts, the Trent Bridge pitch was about as Indian as they come. However, the surface, coupled with a significant advantage in the first innings (prior to Root and Anderson's record stand), was apparently not enough for our fearless leader to eek out a win! In fact, it was only a stoic second innings from a debutant that prevented an embarrassing loss!

    While I cannot speak for the brilliant Mr. Clarke, I have noticed that the man seems to have a distinct aversion to failure, be it at home or abroad. Yes, Australia were punished 4-0 on the last India tour, but the response from the Australian administration was equally brutal. And we all know that Australia is now, rightfully, the No.1 test team. They have earned that position by competing strongly wherever they play, not by relying on home wins to boost statistics, or fabricating excuses for poor overseas performances. A vital ingredient of their success is a captain that demands success both at home and abroad.

  • MiddleStump on July 18, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    The score is deceptive. India clearly proved today they are a one man bowling attack. Kumar got 4 wickets, Vijay was lucky, and Root got a poor decision to Jadeja. Should Kumar be fatigued tomorrow, England could still score 400 plus. Shami is fast turning into another Ishant Sharma. Ishant is bowling like Ishant. Binny and Jadeja would have a hard time finding a place in the current India A side. With Root and Ballance in good form and a better bowling attack, England should win this series in spite of all efforts by Cook to lose it.

  • Dragonboyz on July 18, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    Ishant and Shami were pure crap today. Dhoni need to take risk and bring in either Pankaj or Ishwar for next test. He needs to take a cue from Ganguly who took Irfan Pathan to Australia and used him in playing 11 and he was rewarded for the risk. Also no one gonna complain if Ishwar/Pankaj plays in place of Ishant. England has 6 left handers and Dhoni left out Ashwin who would have troubled Moeen Ali and Ballance more than Jadeja. Fed up with Dhoni's tactics. I am a big supporter of Dhoni but he proves me time and again that he is not a good test captain

  • Happy_hamster on July 18, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    I have to agree winning the toss was advantageous as was MSD winning the first 3 tosses in the series in India and at Trent Bridge, live with it. I have only seen the first couple of hours of Days 1 and 2 prior to work but the pitch looks sporting, runs scored in difficult conditions are a great test of a batsman's skill, Kumar looks a real decent bowler. Both England and India have a crop of young players and they will gain enormously from a tough battle like this. How about no jibes about we're better than you because of this or that and just watch the cricket and reserve judgement till after 5 tests. ps whoever wins the series it will despite their captains as both are technically inept in tests.

  • on July 18, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    An interesting day, and one poised slightly in the favour of the visitors. Gritty hundred from Ballance, and Bell must be added to the list of England batting worries. If England do manage to obtain a lead, I suspect it won't be a large one. Game on.

  • Mervo on July 18, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    There are many cricket sides that appear to be off balance these days. Not Gary Ballance the Zimbabwian plying his trade for England, but the sides seem to be struggling to find the right mix of talent for the wickets they play on. We see hordes of non-descript medium pace trundlers, maintaining pedestrian 'dry lines', hopping for some loss of concentration (or boredom) from the batsman. We see spinners that hurl medium pace darts at batsmen without showing any semblance of the flight that Mutiah and Warne mastered. On wickets that are not composed of dry dust, they are toothless. Jajaeda as India's leading spinner is just unbelievable from a nation that has produced some great exponents of flight and spin. True pace bowling, fast and dangerous and not focussed on containing runs, but getting batsmen out, seems to have been eliminated from a Test scene that depends on the bowling machines required in T20. There is a sameness emerging in cricket.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 18, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    Star of the day -Gary Balance for sure.With his 2nd 100 at Lords.Very unlucky to be dismissed in that way with just few overs to close.Looked totally untroubled till that v soft dissmissal.Also showed the pitch is getting better to bat as game goes on.

  • Nutcutlet on July 18, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    It struck me this afternoon that Gary Ballance was a reincarnation of that great servant of Yorkshire and England, Maurice Leyland. Then I remembered that he comes from Zimbabwe and went to Eton. So I thought again. (it would have been a 'Cutlet special!)

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 18, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    Eng still bit ahead in test.Though still 70 behind,should get to lead of 75-100 after lunch.Still lot of batting to come with Eng batting to 11.Can say Eng's best!Prior,Stokes are due,Broad can smash them,Plunkett's looking untroubled,and Jimmy of course.

  • rohan8579 on July 18, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Bhavi as expected bowled brilliantly...Shami and Ishant need to support when other seamer doing well. In any case it was India's day, except for Balance century, again thanks to Indians (lets not name them, mistakes happens, one thought other is going for and other thought its keepers catch, lets move on). Again Binny as expected is mistakenly in First 11, Rohit should have been a better choice....its a seaming conditions, if in seaming conditions 3 seamers aint enough, 11 won't be enough. So its understandable Dhoni brought him late,also whoever is unnecessary bringing Rohit being biased...just see the stats and situation he has played in...for past 2 years in any form of game...He is very likely to do well in English conditions...Since he is not so popular by certain group of ppl, he has to sit out! Time and again he has proved to his critics that he has technique, temperament, to do wonders at test level...common give him a break!.Binny or a extra bowler doesn't suit Indian tactics!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 18, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Day 2 not exactly panning out as Eng would've liked.On much flatter pitch to day 1,an avg. bowling attack,Eng missed out on chance to take full command of test.A couple of pokes o/s off,W gifted to p/t spinner,bit of bad luck playing part.Ind's day just.

  • AvidCricFan on July 18, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    I don't understand why Ishant is persisted. He has no swing or pace. He is just hit the deck type of medium pacer that the English batters are very used to. He has been totally unimpressive in this game in pace friendly conditions. Even Aaron would be a better choice. At least he can bowl at express pace. Aaron did really well in IPL and deserve chance over Ishant. Pankaj Singh can also be tried in place of Ishant. With Bhuvi performing well as a bowling all rounder, a decent pacer should be brought in place of Binny.

  • BustIPL on July 18, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Plunket has 2 first class hundreds and 17 fifties with a first class average of 24 so he is no mug with the bat. His highest score in tests is 44*.

  • CurrentPresident on July 18, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Overall, as a spectator, this series is a contest of mediocrity. The main excitement will come in the form of a close result, preferably on the fifth day.

    There is no Steyn vs Tendulkar, no Warne versus England. No Sehwag, no VVS, no Ajmal, no Akram to take things by the scruff of the neck. Not even a KP or a Johnson to shake up the spectators by the force of their performance.

    I hope some sparkling new talent reveals itself in this series to grab the imagination of the paying public. Otherwise, test cricket will go the way of the passenger ship service across the Atlantic.

  • CurrentPresident on July 18, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    England have a lot of batting to come - Prior, Stokes, Broad (and Anderson). If they see off B.Kumar's first 10 overs, they have all day to pile up a lead of at least 100.

    The real key is India second innings - quite unpredictable. That will determine whether India draw or lose.

    One thing is predictable though, helplessness of India's fourth innings bowling outside of India. They will not win a test unless they pick enough frontline bowlers chosen only on the merit of their bowling (none of this 'can bat a bit' bs).

  • fguy on July 18, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    @CodandChips "He was of course dropped relatively early on. Just imagine had the catch been taken, they position this game could be in. It just shows how important catches are."

    i'd commented before the series began that with two pretty evenly matched (some would say equally mediocre & i would have to agree) teams the difference would be the catching.

    india have been dropping a minimum of 1 crucial catch per innings (which cost us a win in wellington test when virat dropped bmac when NZ were 91/5 & still 100 in deficit). that along with only 1 real bowler in the team means we'll never win.

    luckily for us eng have been dropping a few too (though so far it hasnt cost them much)

  • on July 18, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Being a cricket lover and Pakistani, I follow each and every game that is being played in international circuit.Without a shadow of doubt, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is India's most lethal bowling weapon. Unlike Pakistani bowlers, the country where I am from, he does not rely on speed and long run ups to scare batsmen. He, instead uses his swing. I am convinced that he's the most intelligent bowler of modern era. He not only reads the batsman well but understand the game of cricket. His batting technique and consistency with bat in English conditions guarantee that. I have never seen him losing his cool or calmness on field even when he's going for runs. That's because he's always thinking while absorbing pressure. I see a wonderful captain in him owing to his cricketing skills as a bowler and batsman. He should definitely bat up the order and must be encouraged to focus on his batting along with bowling. He can be a very handy all rounder in coming days.

  • vkumar_086 on July 18, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    @Harmony111....Indian players also got bad decisions...Binny twice in this series in 3 innings, Murali Vijay in first test, otherwise he would have had his first double century in tests...

  • Nampally on July 18, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Fine bowling by Kumar & Ballance century were highlights of Day2. Unfortunately Kumar's brilliant swing bowling had no suitable foil at the other end. If only Shami & Ishant were half as good as Kumar, England could have been bundled for 150. As it is the slip fielding by Indians cost them a few runs. Players not even attempting to take catches is bit underwhelming! Dhawan & Dhoni should have done every thing possible to take the edged catch of Ballance. Instead they did nothing. A good young WK would have dived to make a meal of that catch- not Dhoni! That cost India dearly- about 80 runs. That was the only wkt. that Binny might have had. Otherwise Binny is a passenger in this Test. I would have gone with either Ashwin of Aaron instead of Binny. At least Kumar would have had a foil. When Vijay, not a regular off spinner, could take the LH Ali, Ashwin would have been a nightmare for the 6 LH bats. Why on earth Dhoni does not get it! Hope India is not thwarted by Anderson's bat again!

  • Coolcapricorn on July 18, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    If only MSD had taken that simple opportunity to get rid of Ballance early, think India would already have been on course to win this Test match. BK has been exceptional but he was asked to bowl too many overs - think he had a 10 over spell first thing this morning which is just ridiculous - & we really need our others seamers to chip in with wickets too.

  • fguy on July 18, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    they showed the groundsman mowing the pitch before the start of play. how is that legal? it amounts to changing nature of the pitch & giving an entirely different pitch to home team. noticeable difference in amount of seam movement even though indian bowlers bowled fuller than the english

    if they are allowed to chop grass then in india they should be able to do some digging in select areas

    overall it was a real bad toss to lose. if we'd won we'd have been in better position then england are now

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Well Dhoni is notorious to select the final X1 himself..and if someone gets into the team otherwise... he blatantly tries to sideline them.... Irfan Pathan, Ojha, Bhuvi in SA, Rahane for a long time, Manoj Tiwary etc.... How jadeja, Ashwin, Ishant and Rohit continue to be in the team or on the fringes inspite of their mediocre show is for everyone to see.

    Now that it is granted, one good thing is he makes it so outwardly, that the newbie at least has the idea that he has to do wonders when he finally gets that off-chance in the most unfavorable conditions....

    That is what Pujara, Rahane, Shami and now Bhuvi has done.... and they need to keep doing it until they become untouchable..... Even the fab-4 were under tremendous pressure - may be Sachin was the only one he could not touch.. and now to an extent Kohli

    Hopefully Pujara, Rahane and Bhuvi - my favs in the current lot.. continue to make impact and survive

  • on July 18, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Absolutely funny to hear that Dhoni hadn't used Binny properly. Yes he swings the ball but you cannot throw the new ball to him and ask him to get wickets. Because a captain would expect his front-line bowlers to use the new nut better than the part-timer. Yes MSD could have introduced him a little early than he did. Also one should realize that this did not look the same pitch on Day1. There was barely any movement after 20 overs apart from some occasional misbehavior. But England bowlers got help till TEA. I don't really accept India on top but they have Upper hand considering the flatness of the pitch and aggressive Tail-enders of England [Stokes, Broad + Prior]. Even a lead of 25+ for India would be great considering the climate and the 4th Innings average at Lords. Good Luck India ! Time to Rise !!

  • on July 18, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    England are only fooling themselves by saying that they destroyed kp s career for good... anybody with a sane head will say that he would have been an absolute asset in these conditions.... cook really looks listless and will need more than just the selectors' backing to score runs

  • on July 18, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    oh poor binny bad luck only goodluck is he is in playing 11 he got 2 wrng decisions and a let off i think its slip catch dhavan should have tried like he took anderson catch in trentbridge

  • devilznitein on July 18, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Why is everybody obssessed withbinny. He us not proving to be let alone a class but International standard, his batting lacked maturity and for god sake how many times more are u guys going to say the pitch does not suit him? I believe all of you guys would ask for binny tailored pitch so that he can take wickets and score a century in the same macth. B.kumar seems to be a better batsman and a bowler in the test than this guy binny.

  • scarrule on July 18, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    @henry because dhoni's batting and his captaincy at back home/subcontinent is second to none in the world. Just give him a indian surface and you should see his captaincy and batting M clark will vouch for that. Actually eng is the only team to defeat them at home since 2004. India's last 6 test at home most recent 1st. WWWWWW

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    I keep forgetting Stokes is at 8. Now 9 because of the night watchman. A lot of pressure on him and Prior.

    I don't understand this whole nightwatchman policy. I hate it. Especially when Prior and Stokes are the only established batsmen to come. Why tailenders are expected to be able to survive better than batsmen is beyond me.

    Just seeing the way Kumar has bowled in both tests on both pitches, will England be encouraged to go with Woakes? Or Onions if he's recovered from injury. Especially important given the tight scheduling requiring seamer rotation.

  • tests_the_best on July 18, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Interesting day's play, Ballance and B Kumar taking the honors. Some things quite similar to the second test between Ind and NZ in Wellington earlier this year. There as well, after winning the toss on a green pitch (which eased out substantially day 2 onwards), Ind chose to bowl, shot NZ out for < 200 and then piled on 400+. They couldn't close it out due to pitch easing out, McCullum triple and dropped catches in addition to the usual problem of Ind bowlers failing to wrap up the tail.

    Similarly, if Eng had wrapped up Indian innings for 175 odd yesterday, they would be sitting pretty right now with a huge lead and a potential for an innings victory or atleast a comfortable win. Anything could yet happen in this match but if Eng go on to lose this one, it would be due to the first day failures against the tail and Rahane's century. On a positive note, atleast this test seems likely to produce a result barring rain interventions. Coud be a classic on the 5th day like the SL one.

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    @JG2704 Don't mind that suggestion at all and you could do the same with Foster. Both are better batsmen than they are given credit for but that should be almost irrelevant. I prefer Foster, but that's because I've seen more of him. Of course though I am a Bates fan, but Read or Foster could solve the captaincy issue. Though how they'd settle into the dressing room is interesting.

    We've seen the importance of good keeping this series. Prior has been poor and that's cost England. Dhoni has been ok but took 2 good catches today. But he missed that chance today which was similar to the Brad Haddin chance with Joe Root at Lord's last year. I think Dhoni sold Dhawan a dummy, though Dhawan should have been behind anyway.

  • SpaMaster on July 18, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Cric_Dude, what's up with you? How did Binny's career take a turn for the worse today? Nobody is going to hold 10-0-45-0 against him today. Everybody knew he bowled well. Not the least Dhoni. Better not to play him. How will it be better for him to not play? It is worth to take the risk to even know you are hard done by rather then sitting ignorantly not knowing what you could do. Stop demonizing Dhoni. BTW, Binny is a way better batsman than Dhoni? In what world? Dreamworld? Not even his father Roger would agree to that. Dhoni should quit Test cricket? Seriously? He spoiled a wicket-keeper's career? You are sure that that wicket-keeper did not spoil it for himself by playing rash-shots and poor application? Your anti-Dhoni sentiments are laughable really.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 18, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    The match is in balance, thanks to Ballance. Are we missing Umesh Yadav or what? Cook, what can I say, may be it is a tactic to get you out cheaply, you should complain about that. His confidence is so low, he cannot play gentle medium swinging ball in his own backyard. As Mr. Boycott said, time to send Cookie to the counties. Thanks to the Aussies who have demoralised him and now the subcontinent teams continue to take advantage of that. At one pont I thought he was going to break all the batting records in the world, not anymore.

  • Cric__Dude on July 18, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    I do not understand why few people are against Binny playing. If you guys want Ishwar/Aaron to play, they should be replacing 2nd or 3rd pacer Shami/Ishanth who are not doing any great things. If you want Ashwin to play considering there are many left-handers for England, he should replace Jadeja. How easily you criticize Binny for no fault of his. Yes, Rohit or Raina can come in his place but they were given fair chances. Let this guy bat 10 innings, then decide (he already got 2 wrong decisions against him out of 3). You can't expect wickets from Rohit/Raina, maybe they can bowl few overs giving relief to pacers. But Binny can get 1/2 wickets per match if properly utilized which is more than good from a no. 6 batsman (but he is not given no. 6 yet).

  • on July 18, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    england have missed a chance even on a green surface. the issue with england is senior 3. cook, bell and prior ( lets see what he does tomorrow ) young players are doing something but these 3 are not performing for past few matches

  • on July 18, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Fabulous century of Ballance he picked out his team from trouble. It looks Eng team will get some lead over India.

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    This match is nicely poised. As some have already said it's in the Ballance.

    India have been excellent. Given the conditions they should be behind. But they were patient yesterday while England bowled poorly on a greentop and bowled excellently today on almost a different pitch.

    Ballance played well and patiently, and looks to be the Trott replacement. Many of us criticised the decision to bat him at 3 because he bats 5 for Yorkshire, but 2 hundreds and 2 50s later it looks to be a good decision. He looks like a patient accumulator of runs.

    He was of course dropped relatively early on. Just imagine had the catch been taken, they position this game could be in. It just shows how important catches are.

    Alastair Cook continues to struggle and surely his place as captain must be in doubt. Ian Bell couldn't banish his demons. Prior will have an opportunity tomorrow to score some runs, but until he stops dropping catches his vultures shouldn't go.

  • on July 18, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Why are people complaining about Dhoni, His keeping was good but missed one catch, i understand it turned Ballance's score into a century but because of Dhoni, we got Three of those six wickets, He done very good job of managing his players although Shami and Ishant werent really able to find their line and length, but still did perform good. The whole day india played well and Dhoni kept on being aggressive even when Ali and Ballance had a long partnership ongoing. I do agree binny should of been given the ball when it was still new. Hope fully we get the 4 wickets early on tomorrow and then India could get a big total on the board.

  • TRAM on July 18, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    BKumar and Binny are swing bowlers. Shami is seam/reverse swing bowler. ISharma is a "hit the deck" bowler (meaning a "nothing" bowler). While opening with Bhuvi is correct, why does Dhoni always give the other end new ball to Shami and followed by first change ISharma??? Even a school boy would use the bowlers better than Dhoni. Binny would have certainly taken at least 3 wkts with new ball and Eng would have been bundled out. And talk about catching! How can a captain who wont even try his catch just 2 feet away command others in the slip cordon? Pathetic. Honestly one of Kholi/Rahane should be made captain. Saha should replace Dhoni.

  • Cric__Dude on July 18, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Excellent point soumyas, problem is not with Binny but with captaincy. @parikshit_Ops, you mentioned 2 false things. One, Binny did bowl good line and length. He made the batsmen play. Thats the reason he went for runs. Two, when he was given ball, the surface did not suit him. Weather was very hot today (warmest day of whole summer). There was no moisture when he bowled. Green top had become something else. I have seen Mitchell Johnson go at 5 runs/over and getting wickets. Runs are not a problem when taking wickets. I am not saying Binny is as good as him. Binny is a batsman who can bowl a bit. He is a partnership breaker (take Ranji or Irani for ex.). He did create opportunity. If Ballance was taken at 32, England would have been in real trouble. Ballance and Moeen partnership was the key for England today. What more can you expect from a part-time bowler? Batting wise, he should be given fair chances considering wrong decisions going against him. He should be tried at 6.

  • on July 18, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    binny does more with the ball than ishant can ever dream of ehy give binny the ball when the pitch looses its spice binny is dangerous when he swings the ball dhoni missed a trick

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 18, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    India and england facin same problem in bowling only one bowler can do better remaing does not give good help. Binny is very Bad luck if dhoni can take catch binny level confindence must be go higher.

  • JG2704 on July 18, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @IndvsEngseries on (July 18, 2014, 17:42 GMT) Happy to admit that India are probably on top but "total command"? Bearing in mind what both tails have done in the series so far I think "Total command" is stretching it a little.

    @CoadandChips - How about this for a suggestion. Chris Read to temporarily take over both the gloves and the captaincy? You get a top gloveman who is having a fairly decent season with the bat and also a guy who is captaining the current div 1 leaders and who has no baggage unlike any current players

  • Cric__Dude on July 18, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Only god knows how Binny's career will go next. Dhoni is making him play in all his discomfort. Does Dhoni want to show people that he has given Biinny enough chances? Better to not play him than this way. He is way better batsman than Dhoni. Give him chances at no. 6. If not new ball, give him after the first spell of 5 overs with each bowler. I think Binny has to fight a very hard battle. 2 wrong decisions in 3 innings. Captain not giving him ball when there is some swing. Captain not allowing him to bat a bit higher. And when he does create an opportunity, captain/keeper does not even try to catch it. If I feel like this for him as a spectator, how should he be doing? Kudos Binny for a brilliant display. You atleast made batsmen play with good lines and lengths. What the real pacers should have done. I hope luck favours you atleast from now on.

  • on July 18, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I hate to say it, but Mohammed Shami disappointed most today. There was only one ball, maybe 2 which looked threatening, to say the least. Ishant Sharma didn't do any better, but nobody expects anything from him now..... Everybody knows he's lucky to be playing, and that you can expect that one good spell per match from him, where he picks 3,4 wickets, and no more. Except for the one chance off Ballance, Binny has looked pretty mediocre, at best, and makes me wonder how on Earth he got 6 wickets against Bangladesh, and the quality of BD batsmen. This is why India can't finish off games.... The bowling unit fails to bowl well all at the same time. When Bhuvi performs, others fail, when Ishant bowled beautifully in New Zealand, he got no support from Zak or Shami. Unless Shami produces something in the 2nd innings, I'd want him out, and bring in Aaron. Binny out for Ishwar Pandey, who has decent batting stats. Besides, Bhuvi has shown he's an all rounder, brilliantly.

  • OMGK on July 18, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Ashwin would have made a huge differnce with left handers batting

  • Cric__Dude on July 18, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Yes Cobus, no need for discussion on Steyn. If someone is against Steyn, he doesnt know cricket thats it. Give him any pitch, he still does something. Absolute gem. His aggression, his effort is a joy to watch, forget wickets.

  • Cric__Dude on July 18, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Weather was completely against India. First session did something. nothing after that. No green. Problems with India in tests are Dhoni's captaincy and pacers (not Binny, he is not in this list). Wasim Akram told it absolutely correct at the end of day's play. He told just what I felt. Shami and Ishanth are not at all menacing. They did not bowl aggressively. Good bouncers should come anywhere between nose and chest, not ones going above head. You need to make batsmen play those and make them err. What is Dhoni doing? Dhoni, please please quit tests. You are ruining few careers. One wicket-keeper's career by avoiding him his chances and ruining others' by your decisions. Bhuvi bowls 15/16 overs in first 31/32 overs of the day. Split it boss. Give Binny when the ball is new and when there is life in the pitch. Dhoni gave Binny when the pitch was dead. Binny still created an opportunity when Ballance was on 32. And Dhoni din even try. Just quit boss. Enough is enough. Poor Binny.

  • basusri133b on July 18, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    We have a dodgy slipcordon. Gary Bllance was dropped ( no effort made either by Dhoni or Dhawan) when he was in his 30's. Binny was deprived his first test wicket at Lords. A wicketat that stage would have put England under tremndous pressure. Earlier, Sam Robson as droped in the slip cordon off Mohammed Shami.

    This is an area that needs to addressed immediately by the fielding coach. Vijay, Jadeja, Dhawan & Dhoni lack agility and sharp reflexes.

  • fguy on July 18, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    well this is what happens when you play with only 1 bowler & drop a minimum of 1 catch per innings.

    shami has been absolute rubbish for a while, ishant for ages, jadeja not test level and is never going to be.

    we are never going to win any tests abroad for as long as even one of fletcher, dhoni, ishant & jadeja are around the test team.

  • screamingeagle on July 18, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Hope the rest of the Eng team folds up early. I still am wondering why India went with the team they did.

  • on July 18, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    How good are people pointing out at the mistakes of what Dhoni had done all day. Man!! give him some praise too. See how well he managed Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Praise for Kumar, splendid display of seam movement. And to all those who were complaining of Dhoni's miss he had has his share in wickets, and that of Cook was actually praised by all the commentators. Ishant should get a decent stylist job, he is done and dusted for India

  • parikshit_Ops on July 18, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @Soumyas I also feel the same thing that Dhoni doesn't want Binny or doesn't like him. I was expecting Binny to be first change as opposed to Ishant since the ball was swinging and it was the time to give your new bowler bowling so that he could get some wickets and prove that he is useful to team. He didn't get much chance. But its also true that his length wasn't disciplined and thats the reason he gave runs about twice the rate as that of Ishant in spite of the fact this is also supposed to be the surface that suits his type of bowling. India certainly don't want Bhuvi to bear all the burden of Pace Attack, that will result in an ill-time injury. Ishant, Shami guys do your job. Excellent bowling by Bhuvi though, even better than Anderson

  • vkumar_086 on July 18, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    good finish to day 2 of the test match with India took the wickets of two set batsmen in last 6 overs...its wonderful to see two youngsters of almost same age hit centuries in Lords (a place to play good cricket)...the batting greats like sachin, lara and ponting did not score a century there....the two teams are fighting hard with completely new look (England have slightly experienced players than India)...

  • Resultpredictor on July 18, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    India is in total command of this test. Bhuvi bowled exceptionally well to hand advantage. India will take lead tomorrow and will win this test easily.

  • on July 18, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Steyn vs j Anderson. Steyn Mat-73, wkt-367, ave-22.84, sr-41.9, current Test 21-7-50-5 on a Flat pitch. Anderson Mat-96, wkt-363, ave-30.33, sr-58.9, current Test 23-7-60-4 on bowlers paradise.Yes Steyn is far ahead.even Philander and Morker's stike rate are beter then that of Anderson.

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

    Allowing Cook to mould a team in his own image? Exactly right. That's why this team is neither entertaining, nor winning. And that after a wicket tailor-made for their own perceived strengths: batting and bowling in English conditions, this is the true reflection of their strengths (or lack of them): that they need their best batsmen safely ensconced in the tail, to drive them to a first innings lead. Very soon, like CG Macartney and Toshak, all England will flock to Lords only to see Anderson. Bat.

  • parikshit_Ops on July 18, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Though One catch was not taken off Binny's bowling, he didn't look much threatening and also gave runs at a high rate. Well, he has been unfortunate to get 2 wrong decisions when he was batting but at the same time he is fortunate to be picked in squad in spite of doing hardly anything to justify his inclusion. He should be given more bowling , but if he doesn't deliver, then should be replaced with Ashwin. Ishant, unless he picks tomorrow or later in the test match, needs to be changed with Pankaj Singh. This guy deserves a chance, he has been waiting for what seems like a long long time

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 18, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Pretty even after 2 days of test cricket. Bhuvi dowsn't have partner is Sharmi or Sharma. Poor decision not to play Ashwin.

  • soumyas on July 18, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar, If u have seen the match live u wudn't be talking like this, Binny was bowling at 80mph consistently and also produced an easy wicketkeeper catch of centurion Ballance , but dhoni was reluctant to catch it, our so called fast bowlers Ishant and Shami are not doing much, Binny swung it enough to get the bat edge, but dhoni is not giving him chance when the ball is swinging more, when the sun is high and pitch dries up he gives 4 overs to binny. it is a problem with captaincy.

  • soumyas on July 18, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Dhoni is not using Binny properly, when the ball was swinging instead using Binny he kept on using Ishant and Shami, in a little opportunity Binny produced an edge of Ballance, the ball just went 3 feet away from Dhoni and was also in catching distance from Dhawan at first slip, Dhoni didn't even attempt to catch it and Dhawan simply dreaming that dhoni will go for it. that catch would have boosted Binny's confidence, Dhoni doesn't want to use Binny, he is doesn't like him in the team.

  • vkumar_086. on July 18, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    How unlucky is Jo Root?? I can see why DRS is not used. DRS must be made compulsory. Jo Root would have got 150 plus today if not for mere misfortune.

  • on July 18, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I think the absence of kp is being felt here england really need him as a senior pro in middle order bcz there r lot of young players in team and seniors guys r failing miserably so the chances for england not seems so bright....

  • Rajcrick1707 on July 18, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Ishant Sharma need to be replaced he doesn't get wicket most of the time and usually neer strike early. He is a major problem for India in test match bowling. Ithink Shami alos nee to spend more time playing Ranj trophy to getexperince. Iam surprise why Umesh yadav is ignorred for test matches he is better test bowler. We should try new bowlers in next match and remove Ishant, Shami, Binny, Jadej and Dhawan.

  • vkumar_086. on July 18, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    So far good going England. Moeen and Prior both must get tons. Ballance has done his job. Once England go pass 400, they are safe and will definitely not lose. Go for regular singles and keep the scoreboard ticking. Do not attempt rash shots. Important to go 1-0 up in this series.

  • RayMcCooney on July 18, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Looks like the game's in the Ballance!

  • Cric__Dude on July 18, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Kudos to Binny for trying his heart out. He bowled way better than Ishanth. Ishanth's economy is good because he did not make batsmen play. Binny on the other hand bowled very good line and length, made the batsmen play. Dhoni, the culprit to drop (did not even try) Ballance. Blunder.

    Dhoni's captaincy is even worse. He is not using the bowler's to the maximum. He gives ball to Binny when the pitch is completely dried out. Nothing left on the pitch.

  • twistatwistaa on July 18, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    India is a good batting unit, but you cannot win a test match by playing only 3 bowlers . Ashwin remains out of team because jadeja can bat better than him and we need stuart binny as well just because he too can bat or did somebody recommend him ,so the question remains how many more batsman do we need ? and what to do with likes of pravin kumar and zahir khan ? if i were a selector i would have gone with 5 specialist batsman 1 specialist wicket keeper and 5 specialist bowlers , thats 1 rahane 2 dhawan 3 kohli 4 pujara 5 vijay or rohit 6 dhoni 7 ashwin 8 bhuvi 9 pravin kumar 10 zahir 11 shami. but now no chance at all

  • Rajesh.Kumar on July 18, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Henceforth, this is a test match for England to lose. Otherwise, they should either win this match, or, there will be a draw. The limitations of our pop-gun bowling attack have been exposed again. This Indian attack basically consists of slow-medium bowlers who can thrive only in helpful conditions. But the funny thing is that even in the most helpful conditions so far, they have failed miserably. With only one potential wicket taker in Bhuvi, how will we take 20 wickets in any test match in this series. Our fast men are either sent to Australia to play with the A team (Umesh Yadav) or made to warm the bench (AAron), and instead trundlers like Binny are taken in the team. England batters have adopted the right approach of slow attrition. Once our bowlers get tired, England will pile up a substantial lead. The only way that India can come back in this match is if England suddenly collapse, which seems highly unlikely now. England firmly in the drivers seat.

  • vkumar_086 on July 18, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    after seeing the number of comments registered for this match and comparing with other international matches in which India is not playing....it becomes clear that Indian matches are crowd pulling (in stadium and as well on the forum)....and so the board is making huge profits....

    India playing nicely, if bowlers take 2-3 wickets more today, surely India have edge in the match...thanx for the contributions of rahane and bhuvi (golden boy contributing with both bat and bowl, took wickets at better rate than anderson)....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 18, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    @slackers11 Last time I checked SA were top of the Test rankings while Eng and Ind sit at 4 and 5 respectively.

    My statement stands.

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    @Chomolungma I wonder why you think Robson isn't ready. Bar playing at Lord's (ironically his home ground) he's looked pretty comfortable. I'd bring in Lyth but for Cook. And Vince has had a pretty poor middle of the season. He started off well but as let down Hampshire like all the other batsmen.

    I can see why you'd want Bell as captain, but personally I feel no one should be undroppable, and Bell's form should make him vulnerable.

    Re Prior I'd rather a proper gloveman than Buttler. Bates or Foster, unless Davies can be persuaded to take back the gloves.

    @Harlequin I suppose Smith was very young when he took over as captain and in the long term that was an absolute masterstroke. But I still feel like England expect him to solve every problem. I'm surprised they didn't try to get him to replace Swann.

  • bhushanB on July 18, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Why is Kumar bowling with the new ball due in an hour? I think Ishant and Shami should be handful with the old ball, with their pace and ability to induce reverse swing...

    We need Kumar fresh for a 11 over spell with the new ball, Don't we?

  • slackers11 on July 18, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa this is Ind-Eng match, not SL-SA match ;)

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 18, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Two poor Test cricket teams battling it out. Great to watch.

  • vkumar_086 on July 18, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    looking at the pitch today, there is no grass....yesterdays pitch was the greenest which i never seen in my life....but still England bowlers failed to restrict India under 200 runs....its injustice for Indian bowlers, especially Bhuvi who can swing the bowl very well than other English bowlers except Anderson....still Indian bowlers doing well....

  • vkumar_086 on July 18, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    after seeing the number of comments registered for this match and comparing with other international matches in which India is not playing....it becomes clear that Indian matches are crowd pulling (in stadium and as well on the forum)....and so the board is making huge profits....

    India playing nicely, if bowlers take 2-3 wickets more today, surely India have edge in the match...thanx for the contributions of rahane and bhuvi (golden boy contributing with both bat and bowl, took wickets at better rate than anderson)....

  • brokeneffingarm on July 18, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Some disciplined bowling by the indians but the slip catching remains abysmal. If gary ballance goes on to score 300 I shall never watch test cricket again...

  • vkumar_086 on July 18, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    after seeing the number of comments registered for this match and comparing with other international matches in which India is not playing....it becomes clear that Indian matches are crowd pulling (in stadium and as well on the forum)....and so the board is making huge profits....

    India playing nicely, if bowlers take 2-3 wickets more today, surely India have edge in the match...thanx for the contributions of rahane and bhuvi (golden boy contributing with both bat and bowl, took wickets at better rate than anderson)....

  • on July 18, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    BKumar is a gem of a find for India. He can bat better than the batting stars and he takes wickets too. Looks like India finally found its new Kapil Dev. Good luck young man.

  • dreamsys on July 18, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Bhuvi did the Job as expected. In swinging english conditions (which only they asked/cried for), Bhuvi was the trump card for India and it paid off. Hope India can keep the pressure ON and don't let England tailenders get away with another lead.

  • Puffin on July 18, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Looks like we'll be relying on the tail to make up for the upper order failings. As for Cook: it's getting to the point where he might as well retire from each innings before going out to bat to save everyone the bother. There's been a few Captains whose leadership skills have more than made up for their lousy batting form - Cook isn't one of them.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 18, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    290 looking a good score! Good pitch provided by Mike Hunt (say that carefully) which is aiding both sides.

  • RayMcCooney on July 18, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    If the BCCI won't tolerate DRS because of it's alleged inaccuracies, why have we not heard them being outspoken on blatantly inconsistent umpires?

  • CricketMakdi on July 18, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Ishant wake up man, when are you going to spearhead the attack.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 18, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Balance playing another crucial innings at 3. I wish a Root would get on with it though, his SR always seems very low. I'm not suggesting throwing the bat, just moving the score along with more vigour. The young batsmen are really producing this summer and it's difficult to understand the selectors inertia towards the failing trio.

  • Hareshsundaram on July 18, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Most stupidest of the catches dropped by Indian Captain M.S. Dhoni and slip Shikhar Dhawan. you guys have lost an opportunity.

  • PeerieTrow on July 18, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Something needs to be done about Cook; the team can't continue to carry a captain/opening-bat who is consistently failing at both. Also, I believe that Robson isn't ready and Prior is finished. Adam Lyth is an attacking opening batsman who is currently going well. At 26 now is the time to get him in in place of Robson. Possibly James Vince and Lyth could form a long term opening partnership. Unlike CodandChips I would retain Bell and give him the captaincy, but I agree that Buttler should replace Prior.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 18, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    I do feel for Cook in one respect, that being Bells form is worse over the last 10 series or so, yet Bell escapes all criticism. As article upon article is published lambasting Cook, Bell has received no such attention and he possibly deserves it more not having the shackles of captaincy weighing him down. It's hard to defend when the likes of Compton and Carberry were jettisoned after just a few failures. They must be ruing going to the wrong school.

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Runners outlawed. Its time substitute fielders are too. Bowlers carrying injuries should not be allowed 5-6 over spells the off the field for 10 multiple times throughout a match. Its time the ICC introduce match penalty points each time a player leaves the field for treatment to injuries which did not originate in the current match.

  • redscorpion111 on July 18, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    cook....age 29....25 centuries,8000+ runs has too come good in this series to save his position....no doubt world class player (lean patch going on)....bhuvi can b good allrounder for india....missing virat's centuries....ballance n root rock solid.... wud b an interesting series....well played Mr Rahane from mulund

    Regards Gautam

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    That's good bowling of B Kumar and gave Indian team some pleasure. what are other bowlers doing?.In 3rd test India will make couple changes surely.

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Since 1 October, bell has averaged 27.5 compared to his career av of 44.8. cook has dropped from 45.5 to 21.2. Matt Prior 40.6 to 25.1. These are not even acceptable. New era cricket has more dust to sweep out.

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @Jono Makim Broad as a seamer is likely to be rested which is why he isn't too viable a captaincy option. However England do seem unwillingly to ever change their side.

    @neil99 Good to see I'm not the only one calling for the heads of Cook, Bell and Prior. All have been failing for a while now. Get some other players in. Lyth, Lees, Compton, Carberry, Chopra, Mitchell are possible opening options. Middle order players like Taylor, Vince, Patel or one of the openers. Keepers like Foster, Read, Rouse, Bates, Davies, Buttler, Bairstow are keeping options. Surely any combination of these would be better than the current lot. All we'd need is a captain.

  • fiddlerv90 on July 18, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I'd be blind and stupid to think that india are in control at the moment. Eng has a deep batting order, and so having lost 1 wicket(robnson) does not decide the game yet.lol, we all knew cook would b a walking wicket ,so it was about time.

    Dhoni over uses bhuvi and that would make him less effective as the game progress. And if both bell & ballance can stick around for while then Dhoni would need plan B because those two can easily wipe bhuvi away.

    ENG would win this test !!

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    @Harlequin the problem is that the other 2 true captaincy options, Bell and Prior, are both having problems and so making them captain could create more problems.

    Joe Root should certainly not be captain yet. He seems to be asked to do everything. 2nd spinner in ODIs to accommodate everyone. He kept in a warm-up for the Ashes in Australia when Prior had issues. Opened when Compton had problems. Batted 6 to accommodate Carberry. Batted 3 when Trott left. And now you want to make him captain? Also he's just scored 2 hundreds in 3 tests? Why risk ruining that for now?

    @SatishTembey Ballance has 2 Ls in it. It amazes me how many people spell his name wrong. Just like Jos Buttler has 2 Ts in it.

  • Nampally on July 18, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Great new ball spell from Kumar to dismiss both the openers. As is well known Dhoni tends to over bowl his best bowlers. He needs to use all his 5 bowlers or he will risk injuries to them. He has already bowled kumar 12 overs in the morning session + an hour of post lunch session. He has Binny, Shami & Ihant as his pace bowlers. Distribute the load rather than making Kumar take wkts. + do the Domkey work. He should be used in short spells as Cook did with Cook & Broad. Besides Kumar has already brought some sanity to the Indian batting coming in at #9 & helping Rahane in 90 run partnership with his own 35 runs. Be thankful for Kumar's contribution instead of overloading & killing the golden goose. Binny needs to be tried out. His role in XI needs to be established. If he cannot bowl & take wkts. & does nt contribute in batting, why is he in XI when batsmen like Rohit or a bowlers like Aaron & Ashwin are on the bench.There should be no passengers in the team. It is a team game -use them

  • CodandChips on July 18, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    India firmly in control.

    Yet again the senior players are letting England down. Prior, Bell and Cook. Cook and Prior with the tactics yesterday. Prior with the gloves yesterday. Cook and Bell with the bat today. These problems keep on recurring.

    Can England justify making no changes? The problem is the only real captaincy candidates are the 3 strugglers. Bell captains for Warwickshire. Prior is vice captain and Cook captain. Unless England bring in Foster/Read to keep and captain, but that's a huge ask.

    There are plenty of openers in county cricket. Lyth looks the obivous one. But there's also Lees, Compton, Carberry, Mitchell.

    Robson again struggled at Lord's, where he plays half his cricket. It makes no sense. Nerves perhaps? Or just better bowling than county attacks. But he's looked really comfortable elsewhere.

    India have bowled well. Really well. Especially Kumar. But I do wonder when Dhoni will bowl Binny and Jadeja. Binny would be useful on this pitch.

  • milepost on July 18, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    How long can a side carry a poor captain who can't make a run? It's not a joke by the way.

  • Snambidi on July 18, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Yesterday England had threatened India with smart dismissals & at one stage India was 145/7. England started preparing early to celebrate .Iwas indeed possible had They dismissed India under 160. But as Gavaskar had said Indian youngsters started speaking with Bat& finished their Innings today at 295. Although this is not enough to put pressure on a Team of Calibre of England,Indian started to speak with Ball also. BhuvaneshKumar had Alistair cook & Robson in his pockrt cheaply.there after England showed all the signs of struggle with Bell& brilliance.however Bell was dismissed again by B.Kumar The score card reading 70/3. so ,now the Test hangs in balance for both England& India. It appears that the position of England is more risky as the game now depends upon Joe Root .If India gets the wicket of Joe Root the Test match would swing in favor of India. Let us enjoy cricket while both India& England struggle in the middle

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    If u can neither take wickets at home nor away against good sides there is nothing wrong with pitches or conditions, your r just not an international standard bowler. This is the case with Shami

    Bcz u got to have at least 1 on of these quality to be international level bowler, pace 85+, bounce like Morkel, swing like Bhuvi or reverse swing like waqar. Shami has none of these.

    India has just 1 bowler & even he can bowl only with new ball

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    CAn anyone tell me why Binney is not bowling yet? he is an all rounder than why Dhoni is not using him properly. Binney didnt bowl that many overs at Nottingham either

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 18, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Cook and Bell failed yet again. Prior dropping catches at will. Come on Selectors, sort this out - drop them!

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Why not hand the reins to Broad? He has captained the T20 side and is one of the first pencilled onto the team sheet.

  • milepost on July 18, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Cook..... Well anyway it's good to see Ballance and Bell trying to see off the old ball. Hopefully the forthcoming batting collapse with give the crowd some value for money because 2 an over sure isn't going to do it. A masterclass by Dhoni and the bowlers is great viewing though.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @ Harlequin. I'm not sure but I wonder if it is the same reason India have persisted with Dhoni in tests for so long...

  • PeerieTrow on July 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Something needs to be done about Cook; the team can't continue to carry a captain/opening-bat who is consistently failing at both. Yesterday his management of the bowlers and their fields was short sighted at best. Today's batting performance was focussed more on not failing again than succeeding. Also, I have said before and say again, that Robson isn't ready and should be sent back to the counties. Adam Lyth is an attacking opening batsman who is currently going well. At 26 now is the time to get him in in place of Robson. If Cook is as committed to the England cause as he claims then he should be big enough to continue to open the batting under Bell as captain. If not, it's time for him to go. As to who replaces him, I would offer that any of the English openers from the counties would be a better option, but possibly James Vince and Lyth could form a long term opening partnership.

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

    Bhuvi bowled very well, moved ball with a great control. Ishant , though moved , wasn't accurate. I feel Ishant should bowl round the wicket, specially for Balance.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 18, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    An absolute disgrace that Captain Cook is still at the helm. After they get Cook to walk the plank they should do the same to the inept selectors.

  • Harlequin. on July 18, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Can anyone tell me how England have got to the stage where they can't drop the worst captain in world cricket, despite his non-existent batting form, because of the value of his captaincy?

    and don't give me that rubbish that there is no-one else, because firstly - none of the others have been tried. secondly - i can't see how they could be a worse captain. thirdly - i am 95% sure that Root would make an excellent captain.

  • ACrickLover on July 18, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    India is certainly having an upper hand.

  • ACrickLover on July 18, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    India is certainly having an upper hand.

  • Harlequin. on July 18, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Can anyone tell me how England have got to the stage where they can't drop the worst captain in world cricket, despite his non-existent batting form, because of the value of his captaincy?

    and don't give me that rubbish that there is no-one else, because firstly - none of the others have been tried. secondly - i can't see how they could be a worse captain. thirdly - i am 95% sure that Root would make an excellent captain.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 18, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    An absolute disgrace that Captain Cook is still at the helm. After they get Cook to walk the plank they should do the same to the inept selectors.

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

    Bhuvi bowled very well, moved ball with a great control. Ishant , though moved , wasn't accurate. I feel Ishant should bowl round the wicket, specially for Balance.

  • PeerieTrow on July 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Something needs to be done about Cook; the team can't continue to carry a captain/opening-bat who is consistently failing at both. Yesterday his management of the bowlers and their fields was short sighted at best. Today's batting performance was focussed more on not failing again than succeeding. Also, I have said before and say again, that Robson isn't ready and should be sent back to the counties. Adam Lyth is an attacking opening batsman who is currently going well. At 26 now is the time to get him in in place of Robson. If Cook is as committed to the England cause as he claims then he should be big enough to continue to open the batting under Bell as captain. If not, it's time for him to go. As to who replaces him, I would offer that any of the English openers from the counties would be a better option, but possibly James Vince and Lyth could form a long term opening partnership.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 18, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @ Harlequin. I'm not sure but I wonder if it is the same reason India have persisted with Dhoni in tests for so long...

  • milepost on July 18, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Cook..... Well anyway it's good to see Ballance and Bell trying to see off the old ball. Hopefully the forthcoming batting collapse with give the crowd some value for money because 2 an over sure isn't going to do it. A masterclass by Dhoni and the bowlers is great viewing though.

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Why not hand the reins to Broad? He has captained the T20 side and is one of the first pencilled onto the team sheet.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 18, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Cook and Bell failed yet again. Prior dropping catches at will. Come on Selectors, sort this out - drop them!

  • on July 18, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    CAn anyone tell me why Binney is not bowling yet? he is an all rounder than why Dhoni is not using him properly. Binney didnt bowl that many overs at Nottingham either