England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 19, 2014

Determined Vijay keeps England at bay

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India 295 and 169 for 4 (Vijay 59*) lead England 319 (Ballance 110, Plunkett 55*, Kumar 6-82) by 145 runs
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India have lost more Tests at Lord's than at any other venue, but it will take a formidable bowling performance by England on the fourth morning for them to lose this one. They lead by 145 with six wickets remaining, guided there by a serious-minded opener who met the sultriest, most wearing day that London can offer by blocking his way to contentment in a sweater.

M Vijay's share of India's 169 for 4 was 59 not out in 190 balls and four-and-three-quarter hours, an innings of immense watchfulness which burst into life only rarely: a loft down the ground against Moeen Ali; an uncertain, uppish extra-cover drive in the over he reached his fifty which left James Anderson recoiling in disappointment. Just as he contemplated playing more freely after tea, India lost three wickets for five runs in 19 balls. He knew his lot then: he had to confine himself to survival.

What run chase would give England a 50% chance of chasing successfully on this pitch? Perhaps 235, 250 at most? India, after all, do lack a specialist spinner. The pitch has retained its pace; strikingly green on the opening day, it is now strikingly dry. It looked a haven for batting on a somnolent afternoon, but England's bowlers had their dander up as wickets fell after tea and Vijay and Dhoni, one understated, one batting with the passive aggression of somebody strutting the mean streets at midnight, needed all their skill to survive. A couple of Dhoni's walkabouts in his hour-plus at the crease were individualistic to say the least.

Life looked ominous for England at 118 for 1. There was less swing and seam than at any time during the match. Spectators donned emergency headwear - newspapers made into pirate hats, carefully-draped towels and six-hit cards that were unlikely to be needed for their prime purpose on a day like this - and watched with creeping resignation. One lbw appeal by Stuart Broad - a big inside nick by Cheteshwar Pujara - had a bit of a pout about it.

Then Liam Plunkett, who had been down on pace throughout the match, with a tight hamstring offered by way of explanation, removed Pujara and Virat Kohli in successive balls. Pujara, who had been regally composed in making 43, reached defensively for a wide one and edged to the keeper.

Plunkett's next ball, again of goodish length, was a virtual replica - Kohli's first-ball leave-alone had logic on its side, but Plunkett brought the ball back up the slope to strike top of off.

As there will be in a series lacking DRS, there was also an umpiring howler, uncorrected. Bruce Oxenford has not had a good series - he is beginning to resemble a plant by DRS supporters - and there has been nothing to save him. Ajinkya Rahane, India's first-innings century maker, was rapped on the arm guard by a short, hostile delivery, Matt Prior sprinted down the legside to hold a good catch and his appeal was upheld.

The afternoon had less to commend it. Little happened, not that this concerned India who were edging towards a position of authority. Shikhar Dhawan played within himself - he still made 31 in 45 balls - then got out to his first firecracker shot. Ben Stokes dropped short, Dhawan cocked his front leg, leant onto his back foot and rasped the ball through backward point only for Joe Root to plunge to his right and hold an excellent two-handed catch. Having observed a desultory bit of after-you between Root and Gary Ballance in his previous over - a routine not in Yorkshire's training manual - Stokes had reason to be pleasantly surprised.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar had sustained India with another productive bowling display on the third morning, continuing an excellent series with two more wickets and figures of 6 for 82, the first Indian player to take five wickets in successive Tests in England.

After winning such an influential toss, England's 24-run lead must have felt like the worst prize in the Village Hall raffle, the one that you sheepishly realise after winning that you have donated at least twice before.

That England did gain a lead - the last four wickets adding another100 in 19.5 overs - was due to a maiden Test fifty by Plunkett. He came in as a nightwatchman on the second evening, but he did not look remotely out of place as he finished unbeaten on 55. After making a terrible hash of his nightwatchman's stint at Headingley, when he was outfoxed by Rangana Herath, Plunkett took the chance to flex his muscles.

Around him, though, contributions were lacking. Prior threatened but then pulled at Mohammed Shami for Dhawan to lead the pursuit of a swirling catch from slip. When Stokes was cleaned up, on the walk, by Bhuvneshwar, it continued a horrendous run in England colours since late January. He has made 18 runs in nine attempts in all competitions, with five ducks and an average of two. It is a staggering lapse since he shot to prominence at international level with a rumbustious maiden Test century in Perth.

Broad has long consigned himself to a role of late-order hitter. This two-ball affair was hard to justify. He carved his first ball, from Bhuvneshwar, behind point for four, sought a repeat against his next ball and edged to Dhawan at slip.

Anderson's reverse sweep against his off-field adversary, Ravindra Jadeja, ended England's innings as it flew off a glove to first slip. Anderson dashed off for a rub down, just as well as it meant he did not catch sight of Jadeja's smile. The odds - perhaps 55:45 in India's favour - suggested Jadeja may be smiling again by Monday.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • LETSCOMPLICATEIT on July 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Hello and Greetings. I am a die hard England fan and supporter. This young Indian team is immensely talented, and have out bowled, out batted and out fielded England, and are going to win this series 0-3.

  • on July 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    An interesting day's play, and, agreed, the odds slightly in India's favour.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Watch out for Cook, he is due for a score. Dhoni looks so bad defending, he should attack whenever he can, that's the only way he will be a great player for India in a test. Binny looks a good player unfortunate to get out. Very Interesting match, just enjoy and don't worry who wins. Both teams have a chance to go one up.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Dhawan should not included any further tests of INDIA, he is one day.player.INDIA has some good quality spinners playing in domestic , should try.them. And how can you.ignore.Umesh yadav.who would have been so effective.in removing England lower order

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Jadeja playing a Gilchrist like innings here...if Bhuvi can continue to stick around for maybe another 15 overs we can reach 330+... How special would it be??? Considering that Jadeja was shockingly booed by the crowd in the Lord's(probably a first for the Lord's regulars too) if he can play and score a quick-fire 70 odd runs which turns out to be the defining innings of the match will the crowd acknowledge a special performance by a special player?? On the other hand the rapidly turning fan - favorite Bhuvi Kumar is vulnerable to hit-wicket dismissals...My only worry is in order to counter the bounce he does not inadvertently trod on his stumps...Would be catastrophic for India to say the least...Game on at Lord's though...Joga Bonito...

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    what is important here is that Jaddu and Bhuvi should uplift there performance one last time so that this game record itself for the famous Indian win the Lords lime!

  • BradmanBestEver on July 20, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    England's poor performance at home this summer is in no small part due to severe "scarring" from the Ashes humiliation.

    Evidence of this "scarring" effect is there for all to see: for example, dropped catches by Prior and Root, Cook's lack of imagination in his captaincy and his woeful batting form, and in Anderson's inability to bowl at test match standard.

    What will they do about it?

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Vijay missing his 5th 100, Bad luck. He should look at Rahul Dravid. I think Jadeja will fight and reach over 300 run lead before Tea. Over 300 is going to be tough for English team. All 4 seamers will do the job.

  • yogicoolboy on July 20, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Well Played Vijay. Unlucky On missing a well deserved Century. Fought Hard. Hoping for a good and exciting finish. Hope India bowls well

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Dhoni, tried to keep the pressure of Vijay and allowed him to score runs, unlucky for him to get out early on, he should of been more attacking than defending, If you look at his past innings he makes a good score when he is attacking every now and then. Hopefully for the next test he remembers he is an attacking batsman. Jadeja just should just score the runs at every loose delivery and Bhuvi should go for the singles supporting Jadeja and then for sure we can get a decent score for 300+ for ENG to chase. Binny definitely needs to work on his batting, he went for the big shot to early. Kholi needs some time to get his technique back. As for MSD he needs to take some pressure of himself and focus on his technique and attack the batsmen.

  • LETSCOMPLICATEIT on July 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Hello and Greetings. I am a die hard England fan and supporter. This young Indian team is immensely talented, and have out bowled, out batted and out fielded England, and are going to win this series 0-3.

  • on July 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    An interesting day's play, and, agreed, the odds slightly in India's favour.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Watch out for Cook, he is due for a score. Dhoni looks so bad defending, he should attack whenever he can, that's the only way he will be a great player for India in a test. Binny looks a good player unfortunate to get out. Very Interesting match, just enjoy and don't worry who wins. Both teams have a chance to go one up.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Dhawan should not included any further tests of INDIA, he is one day.player.INDIA has some good quality spinners playing in domestic , should try.them. And how can you.ignore.Umesh yadav.who would have been so effective.in removing England lower order

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Jadeja playing a Gilchrist like innings here...if Bhuvi can continue to stick around for maybe another 15 overs we can reach 330+... How special would it be??? Considering that Jadeja was shockingly booed by the crowd in the Lord's(probably a first for the Lord's regulars too) if he can play and score a quick-fire 70 odd runs which turns out to be the defining innings of the match will the crowd acknowledge a special performance by a special player?? On the other hand the rapidly turning fan - favorite Bhuvi Kumar is vulnerable to hit-wicket dismissals...My only worry is in order to counter the bounce he does not inadvertently trod on his stumps...Would be catastrophic for India to say the least...Game on at Lord's though...Joga Bonito...

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    what is important here is that Jaddu and Bhuvi should uplift there performance one last time so that this game record itself for the famous Indian win the Lords lime!

  • BradmanBestEver on July 20, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    England's poor performance at home this summer is in no small part due to severe "scarring" from the Ashes humiliation.

    Evidence of this "scarring" effect is there for all to see: for example, dropped catches by Prior and Root, Cook's lack of imagination in his captaincy and his woeful batting form, and in Anderson's inability to bowl at test match standard.

    What will they do about it?

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Vijay missing his 5th 100, Bad luck. He should look at Rahul Dravid. I think Jadeja will fight and reach over 300 run lead before Tea. Over 300 is going to be tough for English team. All 4 seamers will do the job.

  • yogicoolboy on July 20, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Well Played Vijay. Unlucky On missing a well deserved Century. Fought Hard. Hoping for a good and exciting finish. Hope India bowls well

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Dhoni, tried to keep the pressure of Vijay and allowed him to score runs, unlucky for him to get out early on, he should of been more attacking than defending, If you look at his past innings he makes a good score when he is attacking every now and then. Hopefully for the next test he remembers he is an attacking batsman. Jadeja just should just score the runs at every loose delivery and Bhuvi should go for the singles supporting Jadeja and then for sure we can get a decent score for 300+ for ENG to chase. Binny definitely needs to work on his batting, he went for the big shot to early. Kholi needs some time to get his technique back. As for MSD he needs to take some pressure of himself and focus on his technique and attack the batsmen.

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @Cod&Chips...Regarding your comment about Cook's preference for certain bowlers i feel that he is getting converted into the Dhoni mo'u'ld...Dhoni's primary weapons are spinners...the second line of attack pacers...in overseas conditions spinners aren't effective...So he is forced to turn to the fast bowlers...because of such low confidence in their stock by the captain the bowlers underwhelm exceedingly regularly..Witness Amla today..Steyn and Morkel were willing to run in energy sapping conditions for their captain because he asked them to win the game for the team...Cook's primary weapons are Anderson and Broad..The second line of attack does not make too much impact..Barring Plunkett yesterday and picking up Dhoni today both Stokes,Plunkett have been disappointing in their bowling efforts...Ali is getting wickets because the Indians are going after him...2 wickets for 50 odd runs in 11 overs does not amount to anything...If either of Anderson or Broad breakdown what happens next??

  • JaranNirsi on July 20, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Pitch holding up pretty well, despite the odd low bounce. England should fancy themselves to make anything below 300, with their strength in batting from No 5 onwards.

  • Boycott_Boycott on July 20, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    I feel that spin will play a great deal when England bat. I do hope Jadeja and Vijay fire quick ones at the legs. Lot of candidates for the LBW in the England team. Secondly the Indian team should play for their lives. Run for every ball. Dhoni has to captain well. We should ensure a lead of atleast 300. That will make it a good match.

  • shubham.anuraj on July 20, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    I remember Dhoni sayin before start of the series when asked about his overseas batting that he fared better when he was batting positively. So why isnt he batting positively in the series, having a strike rate of only 40. It will be best for him to bat positively as it comes naturally to him.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    No game is over until Sir Ravindra Jadeja is there chaps!....Jadeja always has a series special perfomance, of the bat of the ball or even of the both at times. Hope this gonna be his session special! This 95 Of Vijay's were even better than the 140's In the first test as this was a even more responsible inning brought on a very tough putch on the 4th day! Dhoni fought hard! Binny just cashed himself out! Jadeja is willing to keep Ashwin out in the next match too! Let's see, A good test match.. My money on India.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    I think England bowled beautifully in this first session today, They took three crucial wickets thanks to plunky, Ali and Andy.. That delivery to dismiss Vijay off Anderson was superb.. But still India scored at a rate of 4 runs per over to accumulate 98 runs and gained a lead of 243(which is quite good IMHO)till lunch.. Still evenly poised unless Jadeja & Bhuvi bats till tea or just before tea and help India get a lead of around 300+ or English bowlers clean up the Indian tail.. Truly a magnificent game of test cricket on display here, A game fitting for Lord's..The home of cricket..

  • bhushanB on July 20, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Bhuvi is being overused both the ball and now with the bat....and due to the utmost importance of every run, is running like a dog.. even ran 4-runs.... Dhoni.. please manage his workfload in the 4th innings... there are still 3-more tests to play.. and Bhuvi is the only one that looked like taking a wicket... take away his wickets.. India are dead in the water..waiting for a declaration innings after innings....

    Dhoni - Manage his workload..

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 20, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Too much short and wide bowling again. Have Anderson & Broad forgotten to pitch it up already? Has full on the stumps and the yorker completely gone from the England bowlers armoury?

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    All the people on here from both teams that are criticising Jadeja , well this knock could prove to be a match winning one as he has upped the temp and taking the lead near 250.

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Too early to be talking about Team changes but Dhawan, Ishant, Binny on notice. India might still persist with the same Team for the next Test to put on a brave face but Gambhir, Rohit Sharma and Ashwin/Aaron will get a look in.

  • bhushanB on July 20, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Has the pitch deteriorated any that might aid spin bowling... I do not see any, except for a very few... The pitch looks like a standard Day- 2 pitch..

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    What dhoni is doing there? He is neither a test captain nor a test player. Just waisting the talents of saha, ojha, karthik, patel and samson.

  • bhushanB on July 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @wapuser - totally agree with you... that seems to be the general consensus from Pujara to Dravid

    India is still very far away from even 250...:(

    Posted by wapuser on (July 20, 2014, 4:28 GMT) 250 chaseble, 300 competitive, 350 impossible..

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Too much hype over a Lords 100. However a 100 on this pitch is probably a double 100 on a flat pitch.

  • bhushanB on July 20, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    For the way they battled out on such a ridiculous green surface on Day1, India deserves not to lose - if not win this test match...But this is a result pitch and with good weather around the corner, there is going to be a result.....

    As an Indian fan I can only pray that the attacking instinct of Jadeja pays off... but India need to set a minimum of 350 target to feel safe... an at the time even 250 is looking very distant..

  • trail_blazer_cric on July 20, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    what a pathetic test team india has......if they cant win overseas against this england team(which is considered to be one of the weakest in their test history) then god bless them....really....being an indian ....i have to dejectedly say.....india cannot win a single test overseas....let alone a test series with this set of players they have.....

  • BradmanBestEver on July 20, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Anything over 200 is going to be tough for this English team - even against this weak bowling attack

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Important time now. England have had problems with opposition tails. Kumar has been England's nemesis this series. Jadeja has a poor international record with the bat but it's excellent in first class cricket.And not too many runs are needed until a lead of 250.

    @neil99 in fairness to @Arun Bose the pitch on day 1 was a lot greener to the pitch on day 2. I agree that India outplayed England could on those days but the pitch has made the contest more even.

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK I was at Lord's yesterday and I wasn't completely alone in thinking Stokes looked our best and most potent bowler.

  • prij on July 20, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    India's last pair who can bat a bit they need to put at-least 50 runs for a good match. hoping for good match from now

  • bhushanB on July 20, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Very sorry for Vijay.. for missing out on a Lords hundred.. and more importantly he was the glue holding this IND second innings... On a personal note, he should look at Rahul Dravid who was dismissed in the 90s on his first test at Lords, and went on to become the WALL and finally did get on the honors board in 2011....

    But from Indian perspective, the most crucial wicket that might have just decided the fate of this test match....India has been very unlucky to lose important wickets at the most crucial junctures...

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 20, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Another very important knock from Vijay under pressure. Setting England 250-300 will pose a real challenge, so let's hope the bowlers can dismiss the last few for no more than another 20-30 - absolutely no tail end wagging! Anderson really needs to put his back into it.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 20, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @ Arun Bose

    JG2704 sums it up perfectly. It's always England are lucky or playing awful, there's never any recognition of India's failure to seize the initiative. During the first test you stated categorically that the pitch did not have much influence on tests generally, and England always make the pitch it's excuse - yet the ICC has subsequently declared the Trent Bridge pitch "poor" so the England team and the media have been completely vilified. Now, however you have turned turtle and it's the pitch fault for holding India back and when India bats the pitch has suddenly become "minefield", but when England bats it's an easy, flat track.

  • bhushanB on July 20, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Binny closed the door on himself with that shot...given the state of the game, it can easily described as the most atrocious shot to play, especially after he failed to score in the first innings, for whatever reason.. But looking at how Jadeja is trying to counter attach as well, looks like it is a team ploy to get some quick uns before the new ball is due...

    Either ways, two big blows in the first hour, ENG and Cook must be really happy

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 20, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    That could be the final nail in the coffin for Binny I'm afraid. Both teams are obsessed with trying to squeeze in too many 'potential all-rounders' that more often than not contribute naught to the game. Where are Praveen Kumar or Ashwin for India? Plunkett seems to be contributing with the bowling at last, but what is Stokes there for exactly? Anybody noticed England have no specialist spinner...

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

    Important breakthrough from Plunkett. His 3 wickets may have saved his test career.

    Ali comes on a gets a wicket as well. Nice to see.

    India still have plenty left in Jadeja and Kumar. Jadeja has a poor international record but has an excellent domestic record so can bat. Kumar has been England's nemesis. India still in this game. Pretty even still.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 20, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Poor shot by Binny to get out this morning at a crucial stage of this match - think that should be the end of his Test career as don't think he is a Test player at all!

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Oh Binny. What have you done boy?

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    @DaisonGarvasis I too am mystified by the role of Binny. Batting 8 and barely bowling. Makes no sense. He batted well at Trent Bridge. And he should have had Ballance out if it weren't for Dhoni/Dhawan, which could have changed the game dramatically from the current position.

  • truecric_fan on July 20, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Eng are in a hopeless situation. Ind has outclassed them with bat and ball. Seems Ind will easily win this test. This young Ind team despite limited exposure to overseas test cricket is growing from strength to strength. I am sure they will peak by end of this year - will be great to see them beat the Aussies down under.

  • St.John on July 20, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I am glad that David Hopps isn't following the popular trend of bashing Alistair Cook and his captaincy. It's so cheap seeing past legends Hussein, Atherton and Boycott take turns (With the enemy Warne) to fault Cook. Moores has tried to re-build; this is virtually a new team and captaining such isn't a dream job. As for his batting, Cook needs some corrective advice from his batting coach to avoid poking at balls outside his off stump. This whole episode shows how quickly vultures descend on a still living prey.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @ram91106 It's an interesting point. What I do know is that the England seamers yesterday looked tired, and Cook is obsessed with giving certain bowlers, particularly Anderson, mammoth spells. Hopefully all the seamers will get some rest this series, especially with the first 3 tests this series being so close to each other.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @Arun Bose Cross seam deliveries might do the trick. They'd certainly be more effective than bowling a few feet outside off stump like England are doing at the moment. Vijay and Dhoni are too clever, mature and patient to fall for it.

    However with the overcast conditions perhaps the best tactic is to hope the ball will swing and just bowl in good areas. If that fails then go to cross seam deliveries.

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    In my opinion,the DRS should be scrapped...not as a concept but as a tool that empowers the captains to override the decision of the umpire...it has always been said that the umpire's decision is final...why change it??? also when a captain asks for a referral isn't it like saying to the umpire "Nope,i don't trust your judgement so I demand another look into your decision"...rather for touch and go decisions umpires should be encouraged to signal for the third umpire themselves...The Rahane dismissal yesterday could have been avoided if Oxenford had turned towards Dharmasena for his opinion...who would have clearly seen from square of the wicket that it was hitting the arm-guard...LBW decisions could stay as it is...unless the batsman is around 6 ft when he plays on the backfoot and the ball hits the thigh pad it can be safely assumed the ball will hit the top of the stumps...but low catches and ball fended off and bat-pad catches could be sent to the third umpire for their decision...

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 20, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Some decisions are brave but no necessarily correct. After Rahane got out and when you see Dhoni coming in to bat at number 6 you kinda feel they are missing a trick there. If they are plannig to use Binny only as a part time bowler, why not get another batsman in place of him and use any other part timer to bowl? Such crunch situation, you really need batting depth. Since Binny is used as part time bowler, is he a batting alrounder? Then why is he not batting up the order? If he cant bat up the order, why not get someone who is specialist in one discipline?

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    So at what stage an upmire call the batsman back??? I mean yesterday Rahane was given out on delivery that was bouncing from his armpad - no where near his bat - Can the umpire consult with the third umpire for such decisions on his initiative (without DRS) and make the call? Why someone has to challenge a decision to make the correct decision?"???

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @cod&Chips...feels nice to be appreciated...however regarding your point on Anderson I don' think he has been injured in a long time...and moreover himself being a bowler he won't be running himself and the other bowlers into the ground...In EPL if we see the best captains are often the defenders..Kompany,Evra,Vidic,Vermaelen,etc... A bowler will always know his and other bowlers' fatigue levels...A batsman would not be able to comprehend what the bowler goes through each time he runs up to bowl...Alastair being the captain now is desperately out of form and wants to win the test and series and hopes to gain some respite from the mounting criticism that is being poured on him for his batting.in desperation to get wickets he is running his bowlers into the ground. may prove fruitful for the short term but may induce injuries due to the over-exertion..also if ECB's sole motivation is the bottomline there would be more American investors to pour the money..Why cause player burn-outs???

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    I think cross-seam deliveries will be more effective on this track now as it has shown some uneven bounce yesterday..Seam up deliveries would not be effective like it were in Day 1 and Day 2.. Cross-seam deliveries would help to generate some uneven bounce and also it will rough up the ball so we can expect some reverse swing as well in Day 5.. What's ur opinion on this?@ JG2704@CodsandChips

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Two more Oxenfords will help England to win.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @JG2704- I never said every game that England won bcz of luck..I am talking abt this particular match..Yes, India were unlucky not to win the toss but they made their own luck by scoring a respectable total of 295 on a greenest of green wicket.. Yes, I would have said India were lucky to win the toss(If they had won it, It was a dream wicket to bowl on for our bowlers as well just like England's).. Brilliance alone can't win you test matches, You need a bit of luck too(For "any" team) and luck favoured England in "this" test more than India.. I didn't said that luck alone would help England win this game.. You still need to bowl better and bat better than the opposition to win this match..So far both teams are equally poised but slightly in favour of India as England will bat 4th on this track and chasing is never easy for "any" team..

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    If you want to see someone under pressure watch Dhoni now.... Captain of the team which is in a not so good position.. The last recognised batsman on crease.. Two of his possible backups.. Naman Ojha scoring a double ton and a ton.. and Samson playing a heroic 81..

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    I wonder how England will bowl this morning. Will they continue to bowl short without a short leg? Will Moeen Ali get a bowl?

    As I've said, while at Lord's yesterday I noticed things such as when Ali came on to bowl his first over, he had one catcher in the form of a slip, and 4 men on the boundary including deep point. Will the same happen today.

    Ben Stokes looked the best of our bowlers. Will this be the same today?

    I wonder how India will bat today. I assume Vijay will remain patient, while the likes of Jadeja, Dhoni and Binny play their shots. It should easily allow them to score the necessary 100-150 runs to ensure they set England a tough target, and win the match.

  • JG2704 on July 20, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @CodandChips - Neither Overton is near England yet. CC is a whole different ball game and Jamie (who was the man last year) is a 2nd 11 player now. Lewis Gregory who is nowhere near England either has been the pick of our youngsters in the CC with the ball.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @JustIPL-He's under pressure alright but he isn't finished yet, If I was the captain, I would give him this whole series to prove he's way better than Rohit Sharma who even if he's in form, Throws his wicket away for no reason fathomable by human mind.. Rohit is good enough ODI and T20 batsman but he needs to improve his mindset to play test cricket..(Though you didn't mentioned abt Rohit but most Indian fans are)

  • JG2704 on July 20, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (July 20, 2014, 8:21 GMT) And who won the toss in the 1st game where it was ideal to bat 1st and put runs on the board. Yes it was a good toss to win but my guess is that you wouldn't say India were "lucky" if they won the toss, I'm not denying that it was a good toss to win and England didn't make the most of it but you're making out that every success India have had was due to brilliance whereas every success England have had has been luck based

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @CodandChips and @ArunBose. I have read most of the comments from this article and yes all comments from you both. I don't find any thing bad thing in yours comment against each other. So CodandChips no need to apologies to Arun. And more, the comments from both you of you are ready good. now moving on game: First thing looking at both teams performance after looking India's past record, this is very good start of this tours. I will say more than expectation and will hope add more by correcting some smaller things(fielding,opening pair,one fast bowler). About Eng, as the last series also not good performance in last 4-6 month, they have decent performance but yes below that comparing to 2011. About today game: it is in balance and the team which will perform will win. in any single session excellent or pool performance will be make the difference in this game. So all the best for both team. (changes of comment getting publish are very less, but thanks to Circinfo if get published)

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Its nice to see determination from Dhoni to stay at the wicket and battle it out. Vijay has excelled himself this time. Kohli has become walking wicket.

    I think if India can bat till end of today, we have the match in hand, whatever the score is. I do't see England batsmen chasing more than 200 runs on the last day in this wicket.

    How the weather today, I wonder!.. No it does't rain and spoil the superb end to this match.

  • himsez on July 20, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    England All Out around 125! Cook 0 Bell 0 Ballance 0 Broad 23 Anderson 28 Plunkett 27and Stokes 52

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @CodandChips- Oh, Then It's fine.. Your comments are quite sensible and realistic unlike others even better than some pessimistic Indian fans.. I wouldn't mind if either team wins as you need to toil hard to win a test match and either team deserve to win but India are slight favourites here to win it as England will bat 4th and It's not easy to bat 4th as some of the fans are suggesting.. Chasing a target of 250 would be a huge challenge for England as Indian bowlers has shown that they aren't a "popgun attack" as most fans describe them.. I hope for a great Lord's test finish as playing at Lord's is itself a great honour and winning there is like dream come true for any cricketer..

  • BustIPL on July 20, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @Arun Bose =Kohli is desperate to put bat to ball and score centuries and soon become indian test captain. Both his shots in this test were pre meditated. In the first he wanted to hit through covers and lost wicket, as a result he wanted to leave outside off but this time English bowlers were bowling wicket to wicket that did not give kohli any escape. I agree both balls were good but he is truly under pressure.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    @ram91106 Interesting team mate but it wouldn't be my choice.

    I've never heard of Roy keeping. Perhaps a thing to ask Surrey fans. He bowls a bit of part-time medium pace. He's batted well this year but I'd slowly ease him into the white-ball sides, starting with T20Is.

    Not too sure on the Overtons. I reckon they're quite far off. Perhaps check with a Somerset fan like @JG2704

    My issue with Anderson or Broad captaining is that they look exhausted and will be rested regularly or injured, and so won't always be available.

    Patel has done well this year. I thought he was a bit of a failure in international cricket but I do point out that people can improve, and so perhaps he deserves a go

    I love Taylor but he hasn't scored the runs this season. But his impressive career stats suggest he has class. And he can adjust his game to any situation. I'd love him to get a game for England in any format.

    Nice to have a discussion with an Indian fan. Thanks for the response

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @JG2704- Weren't they lucky with the toss? To get a chance to bowl first on a greenest wicket ever prepared in Lord's? Didn't they squandered their chance to bowl India out below 170-180? I am stating the facts dude not criticising England.. Luck was indeed in favour of England but they didn't took advantage of it.. Ballance scored a brilliant century but what happened to others? On a pitch which wasn't looking vicious like Day 1 pitch? Against a "mediocre attack by popular vote by most british fans"? I am simply stating the facts..No criticism here..In cricket only the best team wins always.. But most of you guys are simply ignorant of the fact that India played better than England in this match even with all the luck in favour of England.. "If" India beats England in this test, I wonder what Cook's gonna say in press conference.. Anderson is in the team but still they got beaten.. Where are the "tactics" he mentioned before from India?(This one is criticism of Cook though) #Bleedblue

  • sohanpandey578 on July 20, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Dhoni Should play as a specialist Batsman in Test Cricket. Wriddhiman Saha should be the W/K

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @Arun Bose I never accused you of wanting to drop Kohli, Dhawan or Jadeja. It was a general point and I apologise if it came across in the wrong way. What did you think of the rest of the comment? Have I misunderstood the match situation? Have I picked on India?

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    The pitch is easing up may not be true. I feel england has not bowled well again in the second innings too. So many unnecessary short pitched deliveries, very wide of the off or leg stump deliveries. Certain wide deliveries even wicket keeper could not collect resulting in so many byes. And leaking so many runs in the 3rd man area. These type of blunders are the cause for india's relatively good batting position in the 2nd innings. Strictly speaking india should have been now 6 or 7 down with 145 runs lead OR just 4 down like now but total only around 110 runs lead. Something like that. It is again poor bowling by anderson, broad and other england bowlers letting india gather many runs at the cost of only few wickets.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Dhoni's instincts make him go towards the ball and move his hands away from his body trying to meet the ball. He has to curb these instincts and play late and play close to the body. He also has to stop playing premeditated shots. The ball is 60 overs old. In all likelyhood Cook will get Broad, Anderson to open proceedings but saving them for the new ball. All Dhoni has to do is see of the first spell and score of Moen's overs with the old ball.

  • JG2704 on July 20, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (July 20, 2014, 1:52 GMT) As balanced as always there. Maybe one day we'll see a post from you where you give players from both teams credit. Funny that you can post criticisms of England (most of which is true and has been discussed before by England fans) but as soon as anyone from another country says anything about India it becomes a like a vendetta. This is a great game for you because if India win you can be loud and proud and if they lose it's because England were lucky with toss etc.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Play of the day, MS Dhoni walking down the pitch at Broad. Broad should have been bowling full, at and around off, as MS looks pretty ordinary there early on. England were climbing all over India at this point, but MS coming down the track threw Stuey off his game completely and an array of short stuff ensued. Still, it's not the first time we've seen the lad out thought.

    I'm not sure England should have a target in mind, simply trying to knock over India as cheaply as possible should be the aim. The pitch is not deteriorating and nor does it look like doing so with all that grass, they should be confident of chasing anything India can post. They may not get them but they shouldn't be thinking that worsening conditions should inhibit their chase.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Dhoni is not a technical player, he has to play atleast some strokes which proves him a test batsman... its better to replace him with gambhir in... gambhir have good leadership qualities too.. i never trust dhoni in tests...

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @CodandChips- I never said drop Kohli and Dhawan and even Jadeja..Check my comments carefully..

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Test cricket is real cricket.. Where nature comes in picture..

  • SamLovers XI on July 20, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Match evenly poised at this moment # India need to score 300 plus which looks a herculine task but MSD, Jadu n Binny need to build partnerships. Bhuvi has been excellent player for Team India; he is the key for India going 1-0 up @ Lords # Fingers crossed for Day 4 # Imp day in this test for both teams # MSD please score 50 :)

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    @Cod@Chips...That could be one way of solving the opening problem...Lyth has already scored more than a tonne of runs this season...as LVG in one of his management guest lecture has said.."this time i said that i am going to select players who are in form"..the Dutch team would have had RVP,Robben.Strootman and De Jong as the definite of the 23 squad...similarly England can build a team around Ballance,Ali,Root..James Taylor should make a comeback...Jason Roy can be made to keep wickets(International Cricket Captain 2013 says he is a wk..:))..Samit Patel seems to be in good touch...Broad..Anderson to be captain...to follow Imran,Wasim,Anil...One of the Overtons...Jordan/Woakes/Stokes...

    SO there...Lyth,Roy(wk),Ballance,Ali,Root,Taylor,Samit,Woakes/Jordan/Stokes,Broad,Anderson(c),One of the Overtons/Gurney/Tremlett/Dunn/Finn...How does the team look??? Cricinfo pls publish...

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 20, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    @ Herath-UK This is Kohli's 1st tour to ENG so lets compare it with Sanga's first tour to ENG. 1st test at Lord's - 1st innings 10 runs, 2nd innings 6 runs 2nd test at Birmingham - 1st innings 16 runs, 2nd innings 1 run

    Sanga debut in 2000 and scored his 1st 100 outside SC (excluding ZIM) against NZ in 2000. It took him 7 years and 60 odd matches to do so.

  • GRVJPR on July 20, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    @Herath-UK, How many centuries Sanga got in his first outing in Australia and South AFrica, Check that, KOhli is miles ahead!

  • SamLovers XI on July 20, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    For India to win Lords Test : MSD has to bat along Vijay for long time ; Team India cant rely on Jadu n Binny to create partnerships as they r still struggling in this series; Bhuvi can come up the order if we lose early wickets. 275 or 300 plus target is must for Team India to b on a safer side. # Game On if we can achieve 300.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @India fans I think dropping Kohli or Dhawan would be harsh

    Dhawan took to international cricket brilliantly and his test record in particular is excellent. Don't drop him after just two bad games. Also he is the perfect foil for Vijay. One is right handed and extremely patient. The other is left handed and aggressive. Give him a chance.

    Kohli is a magnificent young batsman. He'll certainly have a fine career. Just a couple of bad tests should not be the endearing of him. He played well in South Africa and New Zealand. Give him time to develop.

    All your bowlers have bowled magnificently this series. Except Bunny perhaps, but he has barely bowled. The Ageas Bowl is likely to turn, so perhaps you'll consider the second spinner. Also 3 tests in little time will exhaust your seamers. Perhaps rest a couple next match?

  • spot_on on July 20, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    LOL. Some Boy is comparing Sanga with Kohli. Sanga has numbers proven over years while Kohli is just starting up. Can't compare two different types of players who have a decade of age difference between them

  • gundapps on July 20, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Getting a lead of 250+ appears to be wishful thinking considering the manner in which Dhoni has been batting and the poor technique of Jadeja and Binny. Murali and Bhuvi are the only batsmen on whom the Indian team can depend on to take them anywhere near a challenging total.

  • GRVJPR on July 20, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    I think India in goodish position at the moment. They are 145 ahead and remember India were 145/7 in first innings at one point. They managed 295. Considering that India in good position with 5 wickets left. Even at minimum they add 20 runs per wicket they will add another 100 in worst case. That means 245 minimum. And something tells me they will add 30 per wicket which means 150 more runs. That target of 295 runs for england. With captain out of form, bell struggling, prior a walking wicket these days, and plunkett not likely to again contribute with bat, it's Indias game. India to win by 35 runs. It will be nerve crackling contest though.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta Do you not think you are both being just a little bit unreasonable? Both teams have had their fair share of incorrect decisions. At Trent Bridge there were incorrect decisions for both sides, but not necessarily bad decisions. This match both teams have suffered howlers. Yes India have had more this test, but they've batted more, and more often than not howlers go against the batting side.

    Howlers will always exist as long as umpires are human. It's impossible to know the importance of each mistake, for example Root could have stayed in and scored a hundred had that decision been overturned, or he could have got out next ball.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @ram91106 It's an interesting idea. It workers for Root, who has done a fine job in the middle order. However I reckon that Ali is too loose to be an opener, with questionable temperament, despite the magnificent hundred. And I believe Cook's style of batting is better suited to the top order. And it's does nothing about the captaincy issue.

    My choice would be to bring in Adam Lyth from Yorkshire. He's scoring bucket loads in the county championship.

    For captaincy I have no idea. Perhaps bring in Foster/Read to keep and captain.

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Albert_cambell on (July 20, 2014, 2:54 GMT): Yeah England are in driver seat as your incisive analysis concluded , also Dhoni never performs outside subcontinent yet by fluke he scored 80 odd runs in first test, btw your team seems to be on verge of losing against SA. Good luck with that.

  • DaisonGarvasis on July 20, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Two things - 1) Dhoni at Number 6 overseas was a brave move but so far it has not worked. They need to look at alternatives before it cost the team much. Dhoni should be allowed to bat where he is comfortable and express himself at that position. 2) Dhawan looks like a walking wicket. When the opening pair walks into bat, you have a feeling the first wicket is about to fall pretty soon and it is going o be Dhawan. Vijay has come to the party and has shown he has got what it takes to put up a fight. Dhawans batting looks too casual for this kind of wicket. He needs to go and Gambir needs to be given some time.

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    If India loses this test, the score card will look like this:

    Test 1: India 0 - England 0

    Test 2: India 0 - Oxenford 1

  • Herath-UK on July 20, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Both Kholi & Sanga came with a big following but after four innings, see what each got leaving Sanga way head. However Kohli got six more innings to get his stats better.

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Whatever happens in this test match, Indian fans please remember, we have already broken the record of Indias first innings score of 235 in Lords when batting first EVER (can u believe we had so many batting stars in Gavaskar, SRT, Dravid, Laxman, Vengsarkar, Azhar, Ganguly over the years and we have never posted more that 235 in Lords when thrusted to bat first?) and got the opposition for 319 on a relatively placid wicket. Indians have already won the mental game and as an Indian fan I am really proud of their achievement so far. They have proved that they have what it takes to battle overseas. I, for once, am happy to see that Indian cricket is in very good hands despite IPLs influence and retirement of superstars. I 100% agree we are not the finished product yet. We just need to show the same temperment over the course of the next two days and we will win this game.

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @English audience...Here's a thought regarding Cook...As has been often shown Cook has been vulnerable to the moving ball...The problem being an opener is that he has to face the new ball which will move irrespective of the weather and pitch conditions...Robson has shown the inclination to be patient...How about Cook moves down the order..Promote someone like Moeen Ali who opens in limited overs for Worcs...Moeen has shown he has the wristiness of Laxman...the style of Amla and the temperament as was shown in his century batting with the tail against SL...That way Cook doesn't face the new ball...if he comes around 4 or 5 it will be after 35 to 40 overs...pacers will be tired...Jadeja would probably be bowling..would actually help him discover the middle of the bat again like when he showed his prowess here in India...Cricinfo pls publish

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 20, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    India will need at least another 150 to make a decent fist of it- easier said than done given the pitch and the strength of the attack. To my mind, its advantage England at this stage. Its going to take a brilliant effort for the Indians to take charge from here.

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Binny replaced Rohit as he is considered to be an all-rounder.He hasnt picked a wicket yet in 3 innings that he bowled and if someone argue that he is a good batsman.Rohit will definitely scored more than 87 runs in 3 innings that binny did.So its a chance again for binny.He has to score few valuable runs in the second innings and pick atleast a wicket or two in the last innings of the match to earn his spot or else he should leave his way for either Ashwin/Rohit.

  • ladycricfan on July 20, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Dhoni's walk-about is exposing his stumps.

    A valuable patient knock by Vijay. Keep going.

    Kohli is getting out to good balls. His bad luck is bound to end and he will score big in the next match.

    Rahane's was a howler, time for DRS,

    The match is evenly poised at the moment. Thursday morning session will decide who will get the upper hand.

  • BradmanBestEver on July 20, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    England must drop Anderson and sack Cook as captain regardless of the result in this game, a game, which India deserve to win.

    After an Ashes hammering, a loss at home to a lowly-ranked test team and another struggle against another similarly-ranked team, it is time for change. In fact time for change was a few months ago...

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @Arun Bose When England won the toss on Thursday they should have seized the initiative and bowled India out; they were wasteful and didn't. On Friday the pitch was a lot easier to bat on; England lost a lot of wickets, due to a combination of excellent Indian bowling, especially from Kumar, and poor batting. So yes on those days England were completely outplayed by India but the pitch kept them in the match.

    Now I think India are in the driving seat. Anythinig 250+ is a winning score on this pitch, especially given India's bowling and England's batting. India have enough batting left to easily get a lead 250, even if England bowl well. And I don't buy the idea that Jadeja isn't a front-line spinner- his test stats with the ball are excellent and last year he was the best ODI bowler according to the ICC rankings.

    Also I don't think India should drop Dhawan or Kohli. It'd be ludicrous. Both are fine players who have just had 2 bad matches. That's it. Give them chances.

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 20, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell Hmmm Losing to ENG will still not be as bad as losing from ZIM. LOL.

  • milepost on July 20, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Indian fans, don't be so glum, your team are in a pretty good position. Not a dominant one quite yet but a good first session and England will be out of the game. Anything over 250 will be far too much for an English batting lineup out of form, under pressure and on an up and down pitch. @milepost, I agree your 69 run margin for an Indian win seems pretty close.

  • on July 20, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Well. I think that the match is still hung in balance. Yesterday morning, England scored 100 odd runs in first session at the loss of 4 wickets. What prevents India from scoring 150 runs in that case? The pitch would have gotten better anyway. If Vijay and Dhoni can play out first 10 overs patiently, maybe then Dhoni can change to IPL mode for a few balls. And people calling for Dhawan's head. He looked good and settled. He was a lot more comfortable than Pujara and Vijay. It took a catch of the match to dismiss him.

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Personally think India in the driving seat. This lower order well easily put on the hundred runs minimum to pretty much guarantee victory. To be fair India have been the better team this match so deserve to win.

    Vijay was magnificent. Never seen somebody so patient. Awesome stuff. Pujara looked classy also. Dhawan played sole nice shots.

    Plunkett and Anderson batted better than the other England batsmen who batted yesterday. I'm all for Broad and Prior showing positive intent but they were irresponsible and perhaps a bit too trigger happy.

    Perhaps Stokes is like Jonny Bairstow, a 2 innings wonder?

  • on July 20, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    An interesting fourth day on the cards.India to win this Match!It depends on how this pair survives & scores at the same time.

  • on July 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    With batsmen on both side get 100's and wickets falling regularly it is nice to see an equal contest of bat vs ball

  • CodandChips on July 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Was lucky enough to be invited to the cricket yesterday and it had a noticeably different tone to yesterday at the Ageas Bowl for the Blast. I made a few observations:

    1. Vijay was brilliant and patient and got India into a winning position.

    2. Stokes looked England's best and most potent bowler.

    3. Ali was underused by Cook

    4.Broad, Anderson and Plunkett all bowled too wide at times and short at others

    5.Despite bowling short there was no short leg, but often 3 men on the drive

    6. While Broad bowled at the pavilion end during the spell when 3 wickets fell there were 2 men deep in the leg side but the ball only went once to either of them

    7.Not one replay of a turned-down ppeal was shown and no replay of any potentially controversial decision. It reminded my of 3 years ago when hawkeye replays weren't allowed to be shown in the stadium.

    8.When Ali eventually came on to bowl he had just one slip, no one else in close, and 4 men on the boundary, including deep point

  • princenag25 on July 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Its Balanced. Neither England or India have the Advantage as of Now. India wil be looking to stretch the lead to 250+ and Engalnd trying to restrict. With the pitch offering uneven bounce than seem, i think its time for the "Hit the Deck" bowler Ishant Sharma to "lead" the attack in 4th Innings. Its NOW that India need the Leader to show his skill. If not now may be never.

  • whirlaway on July 20, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Unless they perform some heroics in the rest of the match with the ball or the bat or on the field, the following people should be dropped for the next Test:

    England: Cook, Prior, Stokes India: Dhawan, Jadeja, Dhoni, Binny and probably Kohli (certainly if he fails in the 3rd Test)

    But I am sure that almost none of this will happen, except perhaps Binny will be dropped if he failed with the bat or the ball in the second innings..

  • on July 20, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Up to around 250 may be chaseable but the main question is can england actually chase such totals? Their opening and middle order need to do bulk of the scoring if they want to successfully chase - for that matter even around 200. Out of cook, bell, robson, roots, ballance and ali there has to be at least one century + 2 half centuries, and then the tail enders should be able to contribute a minimum of 50 if they have to dream of chasing around 200 too 250. In these type of bowler's friendly pitches and against a determined & disciplined bowling and fielding attack like india chasing even 180 to 200 is a tough task. After all england has to blame themselves because in the first innings they should have been able to restrict india to around 200 or so - rather englad gave another 80 to 100 extra runs by poor bowling and by not keeping a third man, and wayward leg side wide deliveries giving many byes also contributed to good indian totals so england have to blame themselves.

  • henchart on July 20, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    I am for giving Dhawan one more chance.Well,Kohli hasnt exactly set Thames on fire with his willow ,has he? If Dhoni and Vijay survive till lunch on day four, it actually could be a dilemma for Dhoni as to set what sort of target for England.More importantly,does he have the arsenal in the bowling department to claim 10 wkts in 3 odd sessions?Unless remaining 6 Indian wkts collapse for 50 odd runs,I think it is going to be India 's win or a draw.

  • BeAHuman on July 20, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    A crucial 30 each by Rahane and Kohli or a 70 by one them is the missing element. Now if the rest of the Indian batting can makeup for that, India will be in a position to fight. The trio of Dhoni, Binny, and Jadeja must contribute significantly. And it is time for Vijay to carry on unlike Rahane who missed out on a crucial 20 more runs after he got his century. A fine hundred that could have been a great one if only he had hung on a bit more. Dhoni - he should play a match turning innings or step down from test cricket and let N Ojha play. Dhoni should score exactly what he let Balance score by not going for the catch of Binny. Keeping, batting and captaincy is tough. Test captaincy can be given to another player. Also it is time to reconsider playing Dhawan and bring in Gambhir. The bowling too needs variety....a left arm quick. Also one of the top 5 batsmen must bowl more - like shewag and sachin used to.

  • hellraiser9 on July 20, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    India has to bat atleast 50 overs on day 4 to save this game or Eng will easily win this today itself. Dhoni, Vijay have to bat extremely well. Ball is still seaming and it is adv Eng for the moment. If India manage to get another 200 runs then we can say India is front but till then it is all Eng written all over this match. It is extremely sad but true. Come on India do well.

  • whirlaway on July 20, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    India cannot complain about any umpiring decisions that didn't got its way. After all, it is the Indian team that has insisted that there should be no DRS. You made your bed so you lie on it now!

    I hope sometime during this decade, Indian team will decide to enter the 21st century and accept DRS, like all other cricket teams in the world!

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    @AlbertCambell....Welcome back dude...it was a dull forum here without you...we are very happy that you are here to provide us the laughs again....meanwhile how's the preparation going for your tour to Sri Lanka??

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @Biggus...Any team that plays Down Under needs a lot of luck...Be it the Aussies as you can testify as in 2007-08 or the Indians when they faced you in 2003-04 sans McGrath and Warne...Talent and class coupled with luck makes a potential winner...The current Indian team is far removed from the one that last visited your shores...As Rahul Dravid put it in an interview last time "well we like a few creaky terminators are back for one final battle"...Its a radically different unit this time around...and it will as always be India's batting vs the Aussie bowling...The batsmen will make sure that the four match series isn't 4-0..Your bowlers barring Peter Siddle,Nathan Lyon and Ryan "Lion Heart" Harris need to be on the field rather than on the operating tables..Johnson has to remember that he is Lindwall 2.0...so rather than being smug about your chances in a few months try to make sure the bowlers are ready to slog it out when we come visiting a few months from now....Cricinfo pls publish

  • lonewarriorram on July 20, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    India should shuffle their lineup. B.Kumar should come next followed by Binnny, Jadeja, Shami and Ishant. Gambhir must play in place of Dhawan for next test.

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    KICK & PICKS KICK - DAWAN, VIRATKOHLI, ISHANT SHARMA, STUART BINNY PICK - GAMBHIR, ROHITSHARMA, ISHWARPANDEY, ASWIN Otherwise, we won't save the Game too.. not thinking to win... then especially the umpire... Srilankan Umpire Dharmasena won't allow us to WIN the Game or Save the same... DHONI do it fast otherwise...?

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    It all depends on how India will bat and England will bowl on the 4th day morning will make this Test. Whoever come good will be in driver's seat. If India bats cautiously and clears the first hour then they may be able to put at least 250 to 300 on board which will be difficult for England to match it on the fifth day. Ashwin would have been useful in these conditions but never mind we have Jadeja and he could be lethal with close in fielders like Rahana and Kohli. For England it all depends on how Cook and Bell handle the pressure. If they overcome the pressure then 250 - 300 on the final day is still achievable. Very interesting Test Match. I want to see one Team winning it instead of drawing it.

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    250 chaseble, 300 competitive, 350 impossible..

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    India will put 250 odd for chase, and England will make it albeit with struggle. Done. Let's move on guys. England's going to win this one. I am an Indian, not an Indian fan though.

  • on July 20, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Who is this Ishant sharma? who finds it so necessary that he should be selected and should play the tests matches? on what basis is he playing for India? is that on the basis of caliber or the past performance ? Why Aaron and pandey were selected>? Ishant is Such an over rated bowler, even with this height he is bowling 128kmph speed. even if he is not taking wickets , let him bowl at least 140+ speed. Just because of him, i feel that Indian should lose this match.

  • cricpanther on July 20, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    common England, please behave like English cricketers!!! If you loose this dolly test match, you should better not play ashes anymore!!!

  • cricpanther on July 20, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    all is that is just two more wicket of Vijay and Bhuvaneshwar, that's it. England common ready for chase same runs makes on first inning that is try to be ready to make 319 odd runs on fifth day, no matter what. Better all batman behave and score runs, are they practice hard enough of distracted by many things, specially captain cook, bell, matt prior, root etc.

  • on July 20, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    probably worth giving gambhir a chance; right left combination still remains with vijay and gambhir

  • on July 20, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    i think india can put pressure on england by scoring quick runs.....dhoni should attack at one end ....250 to 270 would be a difficult target to chase on this wicket in 4th innings

  • on July 20, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    While i earnestly hope england could win this test but my gut feeling tells the overall advantage lies with india. They already have around 145 runs lead and they still have 6 wickets intact and even chasing 145 will be a tough task against this disciplined indian bowling (seam + spin), and obviously india will add lot more to the current lead of 145 runs so the task will be extremely tough for england. england batsmen are not at all in form, they are not at all confident of batting, batting needs huge self belief which is at its least in these current bunch of english batsmen, many of them are also youngsters and still inexperienced, their captain is in very very poor form and this is a demotivating factor to the whole team so there are so many factors against england and once the chasing target reaches around 180 runs then england can easily lose this chase and I earnestly hope everything falls in the correct place for england so they can chase this very tough run chase.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 20, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    India will set a target of 283 to England and England will win scoring 286-6 with Alistair Cook hitting 167 not out.

  • Albert_cambell on July 20, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Good Chance for England to win this test. Ms Dhoni will be a walking wicket in these condition. He never performs outside the subcontinent. With England having to take the newball in the 80th over, they can easily clear Jadeja, binny and the tail. 11th defeat on its way for India.

  • finetune on July 20, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Match is evenly poised, i would like to see Indians battling out for next 2 sessions, if dhoni and vijay can stay on the wicket and score 65-70 runs in first session,that would be great. We need 30+ scores from Jaddu,Binny and Bhuvi, that will make sure a score of 290+ for us.110 Overs will give good enough time for Indians to get Poms wickets.

  • SanjivAwesome on July 20, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Surely England is on target to wipe us out tomorrow! Dhoni like Kohli and Dhawan don't have test batting temperament. The two "all rounders" Binny and Jadeja only bat on "their" pitches and Lords is not one of them. England know that after such feeble test cricketers they are into the tail. The tail has already performed once before so I don't expect them to continue the heroics. With two days left, only the English weather can provide us the 12th man for a dream draw!

  • on July 20, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    @JustIPL- Players like Kohli don't need someone to defend them, Kohli is a class player and got out to good deliveries in this match.. All Indian fans are not same, some of them doesn't even know what test cricket is and why is it so much more entertaining and interesting than ODIs and T20s and also much more demanding mentally and physically than ODIs and T20s..Kohli is just 25 years old, He's still a kid but he's a wonderkid.. He will bounce back soon..Cook on the other hand needs to give up the captaincy otherwise he will never come back in form..

  • BustIPL on July 20, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Murali has to be fluent like plunket/prior as normally in this situation wickets fall in heap due to pressure and he is been mostly stuck so far. In the first test there was a collapse and game had to be saved. Also, helicopter has to fly 2moro as we cannot afford to close the fan as it is too cold. Bhuvi has to also score once more please. In short england should not let it go.

  • on July 20, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    I am not sure why this article suggests that the match is balanced. India is doomed. If Kohli and Pujara had scored big runs it would have been a draw. As it stands, India is going to set a target of around 200, maybe 225 which the inept bowling attack India has will never be able to defend.

  • on July 20, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Does Ishant get selected under some permanent reservation quota of mediocrity in the team?56 Test matches and he is still "Learning" are you kidding me?

  • mondotv on July 20, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    @JustIPL - ridiculous. I'm no Kohli fan - consider him a bit of a spoilt brat, but his figures don't lie - he's the quality bat in the Indian team. Sure he's had a woeful series but you don't drop your best batsman that quickly. I think Cook has way more to be worried about.. he clearly needs a break from Test cricket.

    Harris and Johnson roughed him up in Aus and he's yet to regain his composure or more worryingly his footwork. If he does he's one of the world's premier openers but at the moment it's a long, long time between drinks. Weird that India's popgun attack has worried him. On the other hand Kohli's dismissal smacked of a batsman lacking confidence after a run of outs...the ball just brushed the top of off stump - that makes it an excellent delivery and the kind of leave that you don't want to talk about - a bad one. Probably caught by surprise that it wasn't a half tracker from Plunkett!

  • on July 20, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    I think it is totally a wrong thinking to make Bhuvi bat up the order

  • Mushtanda on July 20, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    No the match is not evenly poised. Only one team can lose it from here-- and that's India.

  • on July 20, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    @English fans and neil99- I don't want to be disrespectful to ENG here but wouldn't you agree that luck was with England from beginning of this match? They won the toss, elected to bowl first on a greenest of green wicket but still bowled awefully short and Indian batsmen thrived on that and scored a respectable total on a green top-295..Then when England batted they got a somewhat different wicket(lesser grass and lesser help for Indian bowlers) but still managed to get a lead of only 24 runs.. They have taken 4 wickets in the 3rd innings but India's lead is 145 runs which is quite good till now and six wickets are still left for India.. Luck favoured England mostly but still they somehow squandered it and couldn't take the initiative much.. India made It's own luck in this game and are ahead in this game by two sessions..For me, India has played better than England in this match till now even with all the luck is in favour of England.. Lord's miracle is just a day away.. #Bleedblue

  • whirlaway on July 20, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Like clockwork, we have another day when 8 wickets fell. It was 8 down at the end of the first day, a total of 16 down by the end of second, and 24 wickets down by the end of the third day!

    Looking forward, at the very least, India will have to match their first innings score. That would mean a target of 272 for England. Ideally though, India would need another 80 or 100 runs more than that in order to be able to put pressure on England.

    First hour will be crucial tomorrow. I have my alarm set for 3am here in San Francisco!

  • AmitSol on July 20, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    I don't know why people are talking about dropping Dhawan. He is till above Amla and teammates Pujara.. I am sure a big score is on the way.. give him sometime, he will be next warner for sure.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;spanmin1=01+jan+2014;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

  • on July 20, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Superb test match in terms of tension, even if the quality on show has not been of the highest order. Really like to say how impressed I am with Murali Vijay..... an old fashioned opener who is serving his team so well in this series. There are more twists and turns to come in this match for sure. Whatever happens it is going it is going to be close.

  • rk_ks on July 20, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    @lionslanka: You still don't realize that you are one of the most overrated sports team in the world after India.

  • flavamonkey on July 20, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    India's chances of not losing the game, on current form, depend on two people. Murali Vijay with the bat, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the bat and ball.

  • JaranNirsi on July 20, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    JustIPL: You have to be kidding: any India supporter would desperately want Cook to remain, both as captain and opening bat. As for Kohli, he has got a lot of runs this last year, mainly in shorter formats, but also in Test matches. Let's send what both Kohli and Cook do in the remaining tests, shall we?

  • jmcilhinney on July 20, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Yet another crucial first hour coming up. If there's a bit of life early and England can take early wickets then a chase of under 250 could be on the cards. Of course, they still need to get Kumar out and I don't see how anyone could be confident even with a target of 250. Someone is going to win this game and it could go down to the wire.

  • on July 20, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    India is going to lose this match for sure. Kholi and Pujara are the biggest disappointments. India can manage about 250-300 and England will knock it off well before the tea on last day on this dying pitch. England is lucky to win the toss here though!

  • JaranNirsi on July 20, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Looks as though England are slightly ahead, aided by some loose batting from india in the final session. The first hour tomorrow will be crucial, as usual. But if they can weather that, and reach lunch without further loss and with the addition of another 60 odd runs, the game would be wide open. That first inning missed catch could well be the turning point of the match.

  • Nampally on July 19, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    The Day 3 honours were shared by Kumar, Vijay & Pujara for India & Plunkett for England. Kumar finished the England innings with 6 for 82 whilst Pkunkett contributed both with bat & ball to give England a slim lead. Vijay & Pujara were playing very well to totally frustrate England until one careless shot by Pujara put India on the back foot again with 3 wkts. going down within 5 runs. The a slow recovery action by Dhoni & Vijay was trying to put India back in the game. Umpire Oxenford however stole the show once more with his trrible decision giving Rahane Out caught off his arm guard! That was the cruelest blow struck by this Umpire against India as though 2wkts. in 2 balls was not enough. Now India has an uphill task of rebuilding the innings & hopefully Vijay will carry on with his patient innings at one end. Sadly Kohli has reserved his worst batting for this tour so far with 4 poor innings. Kumar carried India in both bowling & batting. Binny & Jadeja have to justify their spot!

  • Cha_cha_Chaudhary on July 19, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Why are the selectors not questioning Dhawan's ability on pitches that are not "sub-continent-like". it should be very clear by now that he is not fit to open at test match level notwithstanding his memorable debut at Mohali.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 19, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    The pitch is nothing like 1st day green top.Under baking sun,is getting flatter as game goes on.Eng also have advt. of bowling in 1st session in overcast conditions and knock over Ind for 50 odd runs more.Eng will have the best batting conds. after lunch.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 19, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Vijay has replaced Rahul Dravid as a true test-standard batsman of the highest calibre. Pujara comes next; the rest are low standard apart from Dhoni.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 19, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Easily Engs day,except 1st session when they lost few W quickly,fell short of another 50 runs going for shots.In this series context can be said,a rare lower order failure!But Broad/Plunkets clinical spell,Vijays defensive batting have put Eng in drivers.

  • on July 19, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    I bet INDIA gonna win this match.expect ishanth every is contributing.its my challenge INDIA will win :) :) :) (Y)

  • icommoner on July 19, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Drop Dhoni, bring in Saha or D.Karthik, Gambhir for Dhawan. Both Ashwin and Jadeja are v.poor overseas, bring back Bhajji. Fast bowlers as usual toothless, time to test new bowlers now (what happened to Irfan-who won us test matches overseas?). Finally Sehwag and Yuvi should be given a chance to get back into the team. Star players shouldn't be given hard time to get back, instead they should be guided to get their form back; after all they are proven class players.

  • yorkshirematt on July 19, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Everyone seems to have a different take on where this game is heading but I see India as slight favourites. As much as England keep promising a big performance from their bowlers it doesn't look anywhere near happening and India should reach 300 from here

  • on July 19, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    It's all the way it is... nevertheless a better a bowl could dominate the innings... btw the better bat will the master blaster and espn will be the telecaster

  • kc69 on July 19, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    India should try to bat for atleast 2 sessions tomorrow because anything more than 2 sessions will put India on the driving seat and English in a pressure cooker.

  • bhushanB on July 19, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    India, after all, do lack a specialist spinner....

    So it is not just me.... If Binny is an allrounder, jadeja is an allrounder.... then we should definitely get rid of one and get a genuine bowler, test teams cannot work with more than an allrounder....Since there are some specialist pacers, and a lone spinning all rounder - jadeja should make way for a genuine spinner

    Since Vijay and Pujara can roll their arm over for part-time spin, all India needs is a genuine spinner on the likes of Herath.

    Ofcorse I am pretty sure Ishant will be shown the door, if he does not win the match for India by getting a 5-for in the second innings, because his show in the first innings on a helful pitch does not invoke the confidence of an experienced leader of bowling..

  • bhushanB on July 19, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Rahane's wicket was the turning point (ofcorse the first being lapse of concentration on the part of Pujara - He cannot really afford to do this, especially with Vijay batting with such patience at the other end)...

    Had Rahane been batting with Vijay, I would be said India on top or evenly poised. Only vijay has proper technique to survice tomorrow morning, game is highly shifted towards England. It will take a great effort from Indian lower order to post a competant score... with a lot of time left in the game, India needs a minimum of 300 this innings.. as the pitch is yet to flat out... fingers crossed

  • Biggus on July 19, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    @IndvsEngseries:-"This Indain (sic) side is the best at present and no team can beat India now. MSD is the best Captain at present".

    Love your confidence if not your analytical skills. I guess since India are unbeatable and Dhoni is the best captain you should be able to thrash we Aussies down under in a few months. Good luck with that eh, I reckon you'll need plenty. You haven't even beaten a comatose England yet. Kumar will get hammered down here bowling that dibbly-dobbly stuff. He'll be about as threatening in our conditions as Paul Collingwood.

  • Jaguar_xyz on July 19, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Evenly poised??? England is in the driver's seat.. The quick wickets of Pujara, Kohli & Rahane has done it for Pommies. Vijay is still there but he is no Gavaskar... Dhoni and the so-called batsmen like Jadeja / Binny are walking wickets on such pitches.. India will bundled out by lunch tomorrow with a target of 190-200 for England... If India manage to pull it off, that would be a real miracle..

  • JG2704 on July 19, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    @IndvsEngseries (July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT) - And you were saying yesterday that India were in total command and then today England took a narrow lead. To be taken with a very large pinch of salt I suggest

    @ lionslanka on (July 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT) Sorry thought this was a test match not a T20 , Maybe someone should tell Vijay not to value his wicket and go for a few DLF maximums

    @Karthik Sparkler on (July 19, 2014, 17:17 GMT) You're right. Gambhir was superb in the 2011 series

    @cric1965 on (July 19, 2014, 17:52 GMT) I wouldn't say Kohli could only play SFs. He was about the only batsman who showed anything when they last toured Australia. He walks into any international side IMO

  • JG2704 on July 19, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    @Lin Comp - Easy to be critical but maybe both Broad and Jimmy felt that this was a pitch where the best form of defence is attack. I'd rather these players played their shots in the position England were in than become sitting ducks. Plunkett did pretty well with the aggressive approach and without that approach who's to say England may well have been looking at a 50 run deficit? I'd say that would have been a more likely scenario had they put too much value on their wickets. Re English bowlers - both teams have bowled in helpful conditions and England took a 1st inns lead (albeit slim) so let's not go there re saying India would have done that much better. Just your opinion based on nothing really.

    PS - notice times you posted. Thought youd have learnt that wickets fall in clusters - for both sides - throughout the series

    PPS No England aren't great but thanks for the official benchmark must being able to take a wicket before your opposition has 25 runs

  • JG2704 on July 19, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Tough result to call from here but it looks (barring weather) like being a result.

    Plunkett batted really well and after losing Stokes and Broad so cheaply after Prior Eng did well to get any dort of lead.

    Right now I'd (maybe as a hunch) have India slightly ahead. I would have a 250 lead as about par. Anything much less than that and England become favourites and anything much more than that and India are favourites. Tomorrow morning is a massive session

  • TRAM on July 19, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    If Bhuvi (the slowest bowler in Indian pace trio) can take wkts why cant other India fast bowlers?? They simply cant swing the ball and pitch at the right spot, right? Shami has forgotten the reverse swinging and seam bowling art and is no longer useful to the team. He is blocking a slot in the 11 and also making Eng see off the new ball, because Dhoni gives him the new ball. Once Dhoni even gave Ishant the new ball! It is atrocious poor treatment to Binny, the specialist swing bowler who should be sharing the new ball with Bhuvi. During middle overs Jadeja, ISharma are bowling and bowling and bowling. Remember Dhoni did not encourage Bhuvi (he openly said that Bhuvi cant bowl after initial overs and he never gave him overs last year). Now he has dropped Ashwin over Jadeja. I strongly feel India is mismanaged in team selection otherwise they would crush this pretty ordinary England batsmen.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 19, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Even though India may not have wanted DRS, it is still no excuse for the poor umpiring from Oxenford. Really hope he is not officiating any further matches in this series! India need to set England a minimum target of 300 but their cause is not helped by persisting with non-performers like Ishant. If you can't take even a wicket on such a green top, you don't really deserve to be in the side. Really don't know the point too of having Binny as the fourth seamer & then using him only sparingly or only late on.

  • Alberteinstien on July 19, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    I think India should play slowly on 4rth day so that England will bat on 5th day the toughest day to bat. If India makes even 200 tomorrow India cant loose.

  • on July 19, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Kohli is just having a dry spell. he will bounce back. Of all the newcomers, Kohli is the most promising. Dropping him is unthinkable.

  • Alberteinstien on July 19, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    I think its time to drop Jadeja binny and Dhawan. They should be replaced with Ashwin Rishi Dhawan and kedhar jadhav

  • on July 19, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    This test will either go with India collapsing before lunch tomorrow with a small lead that England will knock off easily. Or India will take the lead above 250 to around 280 and bowl England out in a tense chase.

  • kr_kinshuk on July 19, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    England looking good to win this one. India making big strides, however. After losing that toss India had no business staying in this game this long. But they are still not completely out of it is evidence of this side's potential.

    But when it was their chance to cash in they suffered that collapse.

    Btw, Whatever anyone says, Kohli does look a bit under pressure. In South Africa and new zealand, Rohit let the side down by not contributing when needed. In these two games, Kohli's failures might have cost India a breakthrough test match win. Kohli is a good batsman. So, he will eventually score. But he's really missed out on a golden opportunity here.

  • MiddleStump on July 19, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    A weird series so far. On performance alone, both captains Cook and Dhoni will not find a place in their teams. The same holds true for their vice captains Kohli and Prior. The leading seamers Shami and Ishant can't get wickets. Likewise, Ian Bell can't get runs. Stokes with an average of 2, and Binny who is wicketless are being promoted as all rounders. Moen Ali and Murali Vijay have got wickets. But the best spinner in both sides, Ashwin, is yet to play a match. It will be difficult to predict anything but England have their nose in front to win this test and the series.But Oxenford could easily have the last laugh.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on July 19, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    This is turning about to be a good tussle, with the upper hand changing as much as Arun Bose's comments about the pitch. Even though a lot of the play is poor quality, it's engrossing to watch two struggling teams who are well below the upper echelons of test cricket.

    I see England winning this in a close finish, which is not too bad considering England's not great record at a Lords and some mediocre passages of play. The teams are we'll matched, but for all the wrong reasons. It'll also be very interesting to see how Cook fairs, after the match as well as the 2nd innings.

  • on July 19, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    There is plenty of time in this match on the clock, but the way the wicket is behaving - for a batsman, there is no way of knowing which ball has his number on it. Batsmen therefore should look for runs at every available opportunity. In fact, first choice should be an aggressive shot to get runs, block / leave only if the ball does something unexpected. As a batsman - if you manage to connect a few, that will put bowlers off their line / length, reducing the bowler's chances of getting your wicket.

  • memoriesofthepast on July 19, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    It will be a miracle if India save this game and a double miracle if India win it. This Indian bowling attack lacks the bite required to defend a modest target in test. Team needs quality bowling pairs like Wasim-Waqar or Ambrose-Walsh to make a small target unchasable. Ishant Sharma has become a burden. In last two decades, India have never won but mostly lost a test at Lords. Dhawan has been a disappointment,he must give proper respect to batting as opener in test. The indian captaincy needs change-Dhoni's time is over. Dont know how much the Indians can add to their score tomorrow-they can even collapse quickly-they are unreliable. In a test match a target above 250 will be tougher but cant say as Aus were all out for 111 needing only 130 to win at Headingley in1981. The lowest total India defended overseas with success was 143 in Melbourne test of 1981 due to 5 wickets by Kapil who got good support from Ghavri and Doshi at the other end.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    I don't see India batting out the entire day so England should win this match in my opinion.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    I think match is evenly poised. Anything below 200 runs will favour england. Any thing in between 240-250 runs we will have a tight fight and anything near 300 runs advantage India. Tomorrow morning session is very crucial if India survive without any further hiccups then we hv game on. I also prefer now Gambhir over Dhawan

  • fairfan70 on July 19, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    I don't understand what everyone is talking about here. I see England in drivers seat to win this match. Even if England were to lose a heap of top order wickets their tailenders will win the game for them. Indians always have trouble dislodging lower order batsmen and this happens everywhere. It happened in India, South Africa NZ and England too.

    - from an Indian fan

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Match is evenly poised!no team has its nose ahead.yes vijay has kept england at bay but needs a support from the other end.big 1st hour coming tomorrow!you think that this match is heading towards india then india have a mini collapse and you think england are ahead then there is a big partnership!this is what test match is about.1st session tomorrow will decide the fate of this game.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Vijay's innings was pure class and a proper Test innings. Love the way he has started this tour. He is giving us the solid start we need. Let's hope it can continue tomorrow while MSD gets his feet moving. Morning session is vital for India to get a positive result in this match

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 19, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    India needs to get rid of non performers - Dhawan, Kohli, Binny, Jadeja, and Ishant Sharma. We can't win with so much baggage. It's time to bring in Pankaj Singh instead of Ishant Sharma, try Gambhir instead of Dhawan, try Aron instead of Binny, and bring in Ashwin instead of Jadeja. Ashwin and Jadeja are both T10 bowlers. Parvez Rasool is much better than both of them because he is a classic off spinner, like Swanny and Venkataraghavan before him.

  • BustIPL on July 19, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Ha ha ha. How drastically life changes overnight. The fans who were after the head of cook last night are now left to defend kohli's continued inclusion in Indian team.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    the match is very evenly poised if india gets a lead of 300then india will have 70%chance of grabbing this one

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    People who commented negatively on slow scoring by Vijay are now started saying that he should continue to do the same tomorrow. please. Let him play his game plan guys. He has proved himself already. He knows game and need of the hour better than anyone who comment here. Good job now from Vijay. And only half done. I hope he will be the key to drive the remaining Indian innings.

  • on July 19, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Too easy to write off Kohli it seems? Why so much criticism from we Indians here? Why not give him the space!! Surprised to see people comparing him with No-hit Sharma for any vague reasons. One must remember his contribution in SA and NZ tours. Moreover, he may be struggling in tests, but definitely has many centuries away in ODIs. Just for stats, Amla had figures of 36,4,3,DNB against India last December? Should he be dropped?Obviously no!! I know comparing Amla with Kohli is bit naive right now, but given the kind of form he's going on, he needs just one innings to get it right. I reckon, the series has just started, still 6 more innings to come against England

  • Snehaa on July 19, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    India will start winning test matches when they learn to bowl to left handed batsmen on unresponsive wickets.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 19, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Well the bad weather that was forecast thankfully stayed away. Very muggy and several heavy thunder showers here in Oxfordshire; still risk of thunder showers around Lords tomorrow. Having just watched the highlights of today's play, I have to hold my hands up and admit England actually didn't bowl that bad. Plunkett in particular was hitting much better lines and lengths, and that ball that got Kohli was a peach. Excellent judgement and patience shown by Vijay; his wicket will no doubt be highly sought after/prised tomorrow morning. If wickets continue to fall in clusters, there's no reason (weather permitting) why a result can't be possible this game, and at this stage I'd put England ahead by a nose.

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Personally think India in the driving seat. This lower order well easily put on the hundred runs minimum to pretty much guarantee victory. To be fair India have been the better team this match so deserve to win.

    Vijay was magnificent. Never seen somebody so patient. Awesome stuff. Pujara looked classy also. Dhawan played sole nice shots.

    Plunkett and Anderson batted better than the other England batsmen today.

    Perhaps Stokes is like Jonny Bairstow, a 2 inning wonder?

  • CodandChips on July 19, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Was lucky enough to be invited to the cricket today and it had a noticeably different tone to yesterday at the Ageas Bowl for the Blast.

    I made a few observations:

    1. Vijay was brilliant and patient and got India into a winning position.

    2. Stokes looked England's best and most potent bowler.

    3. Ali was underused by Cook

    4.Broad, Anderson and Plunkett all bowled too wide at times and short at others

    5.Despite bowling short there was no short leg, but often 3 men on the drive

    6. While Broad bowled at the pavilion end during the spell when 3?wickets fell there were 2 men deep in the leg side but the ball only went once between

    7.Not one replay of a turned-down ppeal was shown and no replay of any potentially controversial decision. It reminded my of 3 years ago when hawkeye replays weren't allowed to be shown in the stadium.

    8.When Ali eventually came on to bowl he had just one slip, no one else in close, and 4 men on the boundary, including deep point

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    everyday I come to this forum just to check whome people are criticising....before the start of the serious they wanted vijay to be dropped. ..after the 1st test rahane,ha nw its kholi....people want somebody to crtisise and speak about...I hope in the next match they are not going to ask pujara to be get dropped saying his 40's nd 50's are not enough....give them a break guys...they are not run machines...they are jelling into a superb team...lets enjoy the game.. cheers...

  • CurrentPresident on July 19, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I don't understand how the pundits analyze things. England are firmly in front and my favorites to win from here. A second innings score of 350+ would have given India the chance of a draw, but it looks highly unlikely now.

    England being an equally mediocre side will make things hard for themselves, but in the end I see them pulling home and winning this test by 4 wickets or more.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    I think it's time to drop Dhawan and give Gambhir a chance.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    If Dhoni and Vijay get india to post a total of 360+ then we will be in a great position, if one more wicket falls before lunch tomorrow, i say send in Bhuvi to steady the ship, Then once we have a respectable aggressive total on the board send in Binny r Shami to just smack the leather around the park.

  • sams235 on July 19, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    People saying Kohli should be dropped are speaking too soon. He needs a couple of more chances and will come back good. I think it is Dhawan who needs to be dropped for Ghambir. This match could go either way. I think the first 2 sessions tomorrow will decide how it will turn out.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Kohli is a matured cricketer now and he will definitely comeback soon with a bang !!! I think Gambhir should be given a chance. Dhawan is out of form. Dhoni should atleast know how to use team around him. Im a big fan of dhoni, but I seriously think he is ignoring seniors in the team wantedly.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    well said kuldeep, kohli is one of the best at preasent and he holds the key of the indian middle order he will prove his worth in coming matches.

  • SRAM20 on July 19, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Kohli might have to be dropped one batting slot and let Rahane bat at No.4. We need a guy who can stabilise the team at No.4. Sachin Tendulkar did that for years! I thought Kohli would be that kind of a guy, but he is more flashy than sturdy. Rahane should be the No.4 and Kohli should either go up one slot, or go down one slot. Maybe push Kohli up to No.3 and have Pujara at No.4 and Rahane at No.5. Kohli needs to find back his form soon enough, coz Rohit Sharma and Gambhir are waiting in the wings. Gone are the days when reputation alone can keep your place secure.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    My gut feeling says after all the losses and draws abroad it would be a fitting win for India in overseas in over three years..To win a test match at Lord's..The home of cricket..India will win this one, My heart, my soul and every bit of life in me says India's gonna win this one..Vijay and Dhoni will play the knock of their life tomorrow and will give England a formidable total to chase.. The uneven bounce on this track will rip apart the English batting line-up as there will be extra pressure to bat in the 4th innings..And we all know batting in 4th innings is not easy and on this track It's gonna be a nightmare.. It's already looking like a minefield.. Ishant and Shami will bowl beautifully and shut all their critics once and for all.. Kohli haters, He will bounce back bcz he's too good a player to miss out in whole series... He got good deliveries and it happens and has happened with the very best in the game as well.. He will come back and with a bang! #Bleedblue

  • tests_the_best on July 19, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    I feel England are slightly ahead in this match. From 210 odd for 6, they managed to get to 319 so the tail can provide support. Indian tail wagged as well in the first innings but it seems more consistent for England. If India can't extend their lead to atleast 225-250 (which is not certain by any means at this stage), England will definitely be in the drivers seat. Even with a 250+ target and a wobble, all it takes is for someone lower down the order to throw their bats around for a quickfire 30-40 to get them closer. But irrespective of who wins this has been a cracking test so far and should have a result if there's no rain.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 19, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Evey ready to Watch shami show on tomorrow.because he nedds this kind pitch.

  • milepost on July 19, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Tight match but still the masterclasses from India continue. India to win by 69 runs.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    well said kuldeep...

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

    M Vijay really playing beautiful in this series. It will more confidence to him to take forward. Overall in this series he has faced 776 deliveries.. which is quite focused man.. Good Job.

  • on July 19, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    It would be yet another fantastic test match to extend for last two very precious days in order to create history. India is in good position, as it looks like to be. I would extend good support to English boys to take a heart out tomorrow for success at Lord's.

  • prakash_mishra on July 19, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    The third day has ended in favor of England I would say. They managed a 24 run lead which might be very crucial looking at the stage of this match. India were going well till those 3 quick wickets swung the test in England's favor. What a day for Liam Plunkett, First a fitting half century and then getting rid of Pujara and Kohli of Successive deliveries. Rahne's loss was last nail in the coffin. India's batting line-up looks thin with no established batsman past Rahane. Dhoni is a liability in test matches and looking at the bounce and swing, Jadeja and Binny are going to be walking wickets. One has to praise Vijay though for his efforts, If he plays a big innings and scores a hundred, India can reach 260-270. But then a target of 240-250 will not possess much threat to England looking at the Indian Bowlers with only Bhuvi being capable of inflicting some damage. Ishant is useless and Shami is not what we made out of him. Still Goodluck India!!

  • anbil on July 19, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    fantastic innings by murali Vijay.. hopefully he will continue that tomorrow and make another ton.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 19, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    @King900: THREE of Kohli's SIX Test hundreds have come overseas. The most recent of which were in South Africa and New Zealand. Were those flat tracks by any chance or are you purposely forgetting about those?

    First innings he got a beauty and he did nothing wrong in the way he played it. The ball moved a touch and took his edge. Not much could be done and that was a pure greentop. He was starting to look fluent before he got out. 2nd innings may have been a slight error in judgement, but the ball nipped back in off the seam.

    This is his first Test tour in England and he is too good of a player, not to score runs. There are still 3 Test matches left and he will have his chance.

    And yes, he has nothing to prove. Has a phenomenal record in ODIs and his Test average will improve and get closer to 50. Not to forget he has a World Cup medal to his name and earns mega bucks in the IPL.

    Yup, he has nothing to prove to ignorant people such as yourself. Please post this cricinfo.

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

    People who blamed selectors for selecting Vijay now have to feel pity as now he is looking more matured then anyone in the team, his innings in 2nd innings at Lodge may be innings of life. He and MSD has to carry out tomorrow and hundred for Vijay will make him at the cricket world headlines. He has good time and Dhawan facing bad time as He could be given another chance and Virat has to work on his foot movement and hope he will not fail again.

  • cric1965 on July 19, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Kohli is a good one day batsman. But he need temperament to play test cricket.According to his current form Kohli should be dropped. He does not know where his off stump is. If he is unable to perform in seam friendly pitches he will be called as flat track bully. Rohit Sharma is a better test cricketer than Kholi. Forget about the Indian test captaincy. First perform to stabilize your place in the team.

  • kuldeep1109 on July 19, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    @Karthik Sparkler: You call Kohli a flat track bully, just coz of 4 failures, out of which the first 2 were on a pitch that was more subcontinental than overseas!! The same Kohli, who was the only batsman who really looked in any comfort in Australia back in 2012, who got a 100 and a 96 in the same Test down in South Africa, and who batted beautifully in New Zealand!! That you call that very Kohli a 'flat track bully' is incorrigible to me!!! What is funnier is that you are actually asking him to be replaced by Rohit Sharma, one who faces more criticism and gets called a 'flat track bully' more than any other Indian batsman. Please stop being a reactive fan and enjoy the game, rather than responding in such a silly manner. A couple of failures and how quickly we forget and how easily we start criticising and calling for a replacement!! If players were sacked for every 4-5 or even 10 failures, then there would be no players left to represent India at all!!!

  • on July 19, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I hope India can win this test match

  • on July 19, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Common guys virat played superbly in SA nd new zealand ,everyone has a bad phase and asusual my fellow indians started saying he is not fit to play in england. My fellow indians will always want to bark at someone always. If you support a player during his good times ,you must support him during bad times also. M.vijay failed in nz ,people told him to drop him ,see now he is the star in this tour. VIrat will prove it soon.

  • cuhcasa on July 19, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    till now good show by vijay wait and see tomorrow, next match Ashwin and gambhir should be in

  • on July 19, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Pujara should carry on

  • Roshan_P on July 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @Abhay Singh - You don't watch Test cricket do you? It is very rare that quick scoring is ever needed. In fact I think the longer you stay at the crease the better, so you tire out the bowlers and make them work for your wicket. Vijay kept his wicket and scored more runs than Dhawan, making a far bigger contribution, so how does that mean he plays for himself? These are tough conditions, and Vijay has the talent and temperament to guide his team to a big total. Dhawan is more selfish by not keeping his wicket for the team.

  • vkumar_086 on July 19, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    It seems pitch is turning and bouncing rapidly....anything above 300-325 will be a good score....the average last innings score in Lards in only 236 runs...India should get that score anyhow....Murali Vijay will be a key tomorrow

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

    All that talk about Kohli taking over captainship is just silly. He is struggling to stay in the team. His batting has been a big let down so far.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 19, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    I've had enough. A full days' play at not a single yorker from the England bowlers. Destined to stay bottom half of the ranking tables for another few years.

  • CrICkeeet on July 19, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Murali Vijay can write a Book, "How to be a patient guy in 5 days".. i promise i'd like to b his first customer! (vijay 57 off 184 just now)

  • King900 on July 19, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    VIRAT KOHLI said before this tour started that he had nothing to prove to anybody. Well it now seems that he can only "perform" on flat tracks. So far he has failed in 4 innings on this tour.

  • on July 19, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Rohit sharma and Gautam gambhir must be given chance for the next test match after watching the failures of dhawan and kohli...

  • ACrickLover on July 19, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Not really sure why broad tried to bombard doni with so many short pitched deliveries when he just came to bat, a small number of short pitched deliveries is okay and is needed too but so many is not a good idea because for a new batsman a good length or full length delivery just on the off stump or just wide of the off stump is probably the best line and length because this will force the batsman to play these deliveries. i feel broad has wasted many deliveries (as usual for him)

  • PeerieTrow on July 19, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @Karthik Sparkler: Poor umpiring decisions? Both Ravi Shastri and Dhoni have said that's preferable to DRS. India well and truly on the back foot now!

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 19, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Vijay need to play another long innings.he need to play un till tomorrow session.

  • brokeneffingarm on July 19, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    This is frustrating from Vijay....what's the use of sticking at the crease without scoring runs even when your team is 110 for almost nothing? This would not only slow the scoring rate but also give the illusion to the bowlers that they are the ones who are dictating terms. Need to keep the scoreboard ticking....

  • on July 19, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    india wobbles after three quick blows. ..poor umpiring causes rahane's wicket. ..its time for rebuilding the innings...

  • on July 19, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    india wobbles after three quick blows...its time for rebuilding the innings. ..poor umpiring causes rahane's wicket...#EngvsInd

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

    @corporaterock - Agree with you. Pankaj/Ashwin must come in for Binny. Binny is clearly not Test match material (with all due respect to his 78 on a lifeless pitch in the last game). B.Kumar can bat at 8.

  • CrICkeeet on July 19, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    I thing for sure, this is a golden opportunity for india to win an away test. Just they hav to pick up around 300 or so... 118/3 now. when i start typing it was 118/1 nd in the mean time 2 down, nd i'v 2 chnge nd re-type my comments again... just the beauty of cricket! (or dilemma lol)

  • ACrickLover on July 19, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    As of now lead 93 with still 9 wickets intact + 2 well settled batsmen = very very serious concerns for england. cook continues to leave that 3rd man vacant and so many boundaries are hit in that area still no fielder in or around that area. how long cook will hope for an edge to come to slip? why can't he keep one fielder in 3rd man area? take chances by removing long on or long off or some other position and put him at 3rd man, come on cook take some chances, keep doing few different things. now this broad is every now and then throwing the ball wide of the leg stump giving 4 byes and he did it many times in this innings what is wrong broad? is this good bowling? it is not just pretty ordinary bowling by england but it is also great batting by india.

  • JustSaying on July 19, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Folks! Chill out. This is Test Match Cricket. Playing slow is not selfish by any means and it is 3rd innings already on Day 3. Get out of Limited overs mode and Enjoy! Just Saying :-)

  • corporaterock on July 19, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    India are looking at their line up in the wrong perspective. The all rounder they are looking for is not Binny, but Bhuvi. Move him up to 7 and pick Ashwin or another pacer.

  • milepost on July 19, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    If the Ashes were this summer England would lose 5-0. New look England next test hopefully.

  • on July 19, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Hii guys..i think ashwin should come in place of binny or jadeja.bdw he is far better batsman than jadeja n binny...b.kumar emerging as an alrounder which d team has been looking fr after irfan pathan is removed...good luck 2 kumar

  • social_monster09 on July 19, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    The way Indians are playing it seems that they want a draw. I can't understand why? they are in a good situation. These 2 teams are really very boring to watch. I am in severe thought how this English team will face Aussies in next year's Ashes.

  • yogesh.gg on July 19, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    lionslanka on (July 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT) : If this is boring why don't you watch SL vs SA only ? SL are going strong and may as well draw the match , we will see.

  • on July 19, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    I always have a negative feeling for Vijay that he plays for himself, even in the last test when India should have scored quickly in the third innings to produce a result , he stood at the crease unnecessarily and wasted the balls whereas dhawan has blood of sehwag , he tries to put some runs on the board

  • ACrickLover on July 19, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Very ordinary bowling by england, even anderson and broad are nothing special, see how many deliveries england bowlers waste, about 80% of deliveries they waste by bowling short pitched or very wide of the off stump or very wide of the leg stump (giving byes too) - there are hardly any wicket taking deliveries. Also they let the batsmen settle nicely. When dhawan was out and pujara came to bat the next 3 or 4 deliveries by the bowlers were bowled all over but not a single was near to pujara forcing him to bat. The batsman is most vulnerable when he just came to the crease and if you let him off the hook during that time then how can you expect to get him out. England bowlers seem to be expecting wickets to fall by themselves, come on guys you need to put big effort to get wickets. It is also the pre-series hype created about the england bowlers and they still keep thinking what ever they are doing is right but the truth is they are bowling very very weak, pretty ordinary.

  • Maqsood_aalam on July 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Vijay playing for his life.

    62 balls 13 runs

    I think Indians & even Poms too must follow lions cricket current going on for self evaluation. We are better at local club level. Such a boring stuff.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 19, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Ben Stokes is the best English no 11 at the moment.

  • ram91106 on July 19, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan was batting in CT 2013 mode... In an ideal Shikahar Dhawan scenario the stupendous catch by Root would have been dropped...the obligatory chance given we would probably have seen a 120 ball 100 from Shikahar Dhawan...sunny smile...arms aloft with rippling muscles...maybe a twirl of the 'stache...India would have been 160 odd for 2...after 50 overs...a good platform set for Kohli,Dhoni and Rahane to play their natural game...but the golden boy of English cricket spoils it...:(....Hayden-Langer..Petersen-Elgar...Smith-Girsten...Smith-McKenzie...Trescothick-Strauss...Sehwag-A Chopra...Sehwag-Jaffer...Sehwag-Gambhir..Rogers-Warner...its fascinating how an unikely meeting of minds..wills and techniques so regularly produces the best partnership..Maybe the Indian opening slots have been firmly sealed by these two chalk and cheese players...Cricinfo pls publish

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 19, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    What ever happened to Praveen Kumar by the way? Surely his style of bowling would really suit English conditions, and he can be just as effective as Bhuvneshwar Kumar...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 19, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Congratulations to B. Kumar; very well bowled sir. Kudos to Plunkett there as well for hanging in and ensuring the lead, albeit a very slim one that has already been wiped out by the Indian openers as I write.

    Frustrated with Prior, Stokes and Broad; really those three should have contributed more with the bat. Stokes and Plunkett really need to pull of something magical bowling-wise now; Anderson and Broad can't/shouldn't be doing it all alone. Stokes has just picked up a wicket as I type, so maybe there's a twist to come...

  • on July 19, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    If england bowlers cannot get even a single wicket by this time (39 no loss by india) then these bowlers cannot be considered anything so great. One sign of great fast bowling is they never let the opposition team reach no loss 25 and above. This england bowlers consistently allow the openers remain not out for long and openers remainingnot out for long time almost always means good total the batting team will accomplish.

  • ram91106 on July 19, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Bhuvi Kumar has the second best bowling figures behind L Amar Singh.somewhere down the line is Mohammad Nissar.Probably the world's first successful bowling partnership.Mohammad Nissar was probably one of the fastest if not the fastest bowler on the international circuit those days.Played 6 official test matches and 7 or 8 unofficial (vs England and vs Aus) has more than 70 wickets.more than 5 wickets per match for an out and out fast bowler.Similarly Amar Singh has 14 matches(7 official and 7 unofficial) and has similar bowling figures.To be rated by Hammond,Sutcliffe,Jardine as the best they have seen.A career tragically cut short by WWII.begs the question would India have been a radically different cricketing nation if they had played out their careers?? Instead of Roy,Gavaskar,SRT,Kohli maybe it would have been the bowlers as role models.An ideal balance..the south would have produced wristy batsmen and spinners and the north good bowlers.

  • on July 19, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    India should seriously consider dropping Ishant for Pankaj. Pankaj or any body for that matter cant do worst than Ishant.

  • on July 19, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I am sorry to tell but there is really a hype about england seam bowlers. This is 2nd innings & the pitch is still bowler friendly but they still cannot get a single wicket so far.Indian bowlers by this time would have taken at least one wicket. indian seam bowlers are definitely better than the england seamers, it is not mainly about taking the wickets it is mainly about maintaining the teasing line and length, england bowlers seem to be doing better than the first innings but still they are bit short in length. An ideal length delivery is one which can get the batsman out by hitting the stumps (clean bowled), LBW, catch behind the wicket & slip cordon, and catch by other fielders - so gives the bowler all the options to get the wicket but england bowlers' length is such that getting clean bowled, LBW, catch behind the wicket and by slip fielders etc are very minimum. They have to bowl still little fuller than this along with good line too.

  • Samychennai on July 19, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    English bowlers are under pressure to restrict Indians under 250. You could see animated faces in the pitch and around stadium if Indians not loss any wicket until tea break. Dhawan should make century then India will win sure 200%.

  • brokeneffingarm on July 19, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Varun Aaron is waiting by the door , knocking for the third seamer position

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    if India post a target of 250-300........england have to bat out of their skin in 4th inn n showers expected 4th n 5th day India have 80% of chance to pull the victory

  • cnksnk on July 19, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    While it is not fair to form judgements after 1or 2 tests, it is time that Dhoni seriously considers what Ishant brings to the team. On a wicket like this he should have been leading from the front. Sadly his bowling was below average. What if Bhuvi has a bad day. England will rattle up 300 in a day. May be it is time to try Varun or Ishwar. Surely they should do better. India's lead bowler cannot return with 2 or 3 wickets in a match and India still aspires to win. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Kudos to Bhuvi for Splendid Performance.....Now Turn for our batsman to prove their metal ....Come on india we can take lead in the series

  • finetune on July 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    If india can bat next 4 sessions and get any where near 320, match on. the need for the day is quick runs from Dhawan,Kohli,Dhoni and Rahane. Let kohli come at 1 down ,he will be the key man for India now.Hope Bhuvi n Shami will do the job for us in the 4th innings.

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    In the overall context of this game this lead is indeed very slim, england should have aimed for at least 80+ lead, but Broad initially and then later Anderson when england already seemed to be improving its position simply gave their wickets. they could have put more effort and build at least 80+ lead which could have put some pressure on indian batsmen. Now the overall advantage lies with India unless England can put their best effort and pull a miracle. Anderson losing wicket will only kill his confidence during bowling. Broad not doing well with bat too can kill his confidence during bowling. They have to blame themselves for that nobody else.

  • Resultpredictor on July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Excellent bowling from Bhuvi, India on course for famous victory at Lords. No English bowler can match the bowling of Bhuvi. Stokes, Plunkett and Broad are worst bowlers to play for England. its just a matter of 2 days when India will register first overseas victory in 3 years. Bhuvi will be MoM for his all round performance. This Indain side is the best at present and no team can beat India now. MSD is the best Captain at present

  • BustIPL on July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Any lead is lead after all. Bhubi could not impact when this partnership was going b/w prior and plunkett. I cautioned about plunkett current form/capability. and it did. Tailenders are scoring in this series. Wonderful thrashing despite bhuvi six for.

  • anil2340581 on July 19, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    India should not do worse than there first inning . They need to score around 400 and challenge Eng. to score them with certain run rate to win the game . Till now they have done better than expected . Loosing the toss . Forced to bat when condition was such that you can never think that you are in.

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  • anil2340581 on July 19, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    India should not do worse than there first inning . They need to score around 400 and challenge Eng. to score them with certain run rate to win the game . Till now they have done better than expected . Loosing the toss . Forced to bat when condition was such that you can never think that you are in.

  • BustIPL on July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Any lead is lead after all. Bhubi could not impact when this partnership was going b/w prior and plunkett. I cautioned about plunkett current form/capability. and it did. Tailenders are scoring in this series. Wonderful thrashing despite bhuvi six for.

  • Resultpredictor on July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Excellent bowling from Bhuvi, India on course for famous victory at Lords. No English bowler can match the bowling of Bhuvi. Stokes, Plunkett and Broad are worst bowlers to play for England. its just a matter of 2 days when India will register first overseas victory in 3 years. Bhuvi will be MoM for his all round performance. This Indain side is the best at present and no team can beat India now. MSD is the best Captain at present

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    In the overall context of this game this lead is indeed very slim, england should have aimed for at least 80+ lead, but Broad initially and then later Anderson when england already seemed to be improving its position simply gave their wickets. they could have put more effort and build at least 80+ lead which could have put some pressure on indian batsmen. Now the overall advantage lies with India unless England can put their best effort and pull a miracle. Anderson losing wicket will only kill his confidence during bowling. Broad not doing well with bat too can kill his confidence during bowling. They have to blame themselves for that nobody else.

  • finetune on July 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    If india can bat next 4 sessions and get any where near 320, match on. the need for the day is quick runs from Dhawan,Kohli,Dhoni and Rahane. Let kohli come at 1 down ,he will be the key man for India now.Hope Bhuvi n Shami will do the job for us in the 4th innings.

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Kudos to Bhuvi for Splendid Performance.....Now Turn for our batsman to prove their metal ....Come on india we can take lead in the series

  • cnksnk on July 19, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    While it is not fair to form judgements after 1or 2 tests, it is time that Dhoni seriously considers what Ishant brings to the team. On a wicket like this he should have been leading from the front. Sadly his bowling was below average. What if Bhuvi has a bad day. England will rattle up 300 in a day. May be it is time to try Varun or Ishwar. Surely they should do better. India's lead bowler cannot return with 2 or 3 wickets in a match and India still aspires to win. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

  • on July 19, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    if India post a target of 250-300........england have to bat out of their skin in 4th inn n showers expected 4th n 5th day India have 80% of chance to pull the victory

  • brokeneffingarm on July 19, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Varun Aaron is waiting by the door , knocking for the third seamer position

  • Samychennai on July 19, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    English bowlers are under pressure to restrict Indians under 250. You could see animated faces in the pitch and around stadium if Indians not loss any wicket until tea break. Dhawan should make century then India will win sure 200%.