England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 1st day July 27, 2014

Cook, Ballance put England well ahead

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England 247 for 2 (Cook 95, Ballance 104*) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Play 01:36
Kimber: Cook lucky, Pankaj unlucky

Alastair Cook took a step towards quelling some of the criticism he has been bombarded with recently by making his highest score since his last Test hundred in May 2013. He laid a foundation for England's large first-innings score during a 158-run association with Gary Ballance, who, unlike his captain, is enjoying a productive summer and scored his third hundred to go with two half-centuries in only six Tests. Cook now needs his tactical decisions to pay off to earn breathing space on the captaincy front.

Cook had the sort of fortune an under-pressure captain needs when chasing a 0-1 deficit in the series. England's first break came before play began when India's Man of the Match at Lord's, Ishant Sharma, was ruled out with an ankle injury. Cook then won the toss on a pitch that left MS Dhoni undecided about whether to bat or bowl had he called correctly, but the hard and grassy surface offered limited swing and seam movement to India's quicks. Both those pieces of luck would have amounted to naught, however, had Ravindra Jadeja held a straightforward chance. Cook was on 15 at the time and the debutant Pankaj Singh, Ishant's replacement, missed out on a maiden Test wicket.

The first delivery of the match was perfect from Bhuvneshwar. He pitched on a good length around off, drew the batsman forward, wobbled the ball a bit and found the edge. Cook looked behind to see the chance fall short of second slip, an immediate sign it was going to be his day.

Sam Robson's footwork was more assured at the start, his judgement astute as he left deliveries that swung away and seamed into him. As his confidence grew, Robson pressed forward and drove on the up to the cover boundary, a shot he repeated twice more in his innings.

Unlike at Lord's, Cook stood outside his crease in this innings to counter Bhuvneshwar's swing. It worked, and when he was beaten the ball missed the edge. The plan was trickier to execute against the taller Pankaj, though. He bent a few deliveries back into Cook, before getting one to straighten off a good length. Pankaj had taken 300 first-class wickets before getting a Test debut, and he could have had a wicket in his third over had Jadeja been competent at third slip. It was the fifth catch India had put down in the cordon this series.

India bowled no short deliveries or bouncers in the first hour. England's openers had been given no opportunities to cut or pull, though Cook had been offered a few balls on his pads to clip through square. With Cook settling in, however, Dhoni took out his gully, and soon watched an edge off Shami fly at catchable height to the third-man boundary.

Robson fell against the run of play. He had been moving forward smoothly until he stayed in his crease and prodded away at Shami's outswinger. This time Jadeja held the catch at third slip, ending the partnership on 55, England's first 50-plus opening in ten innings.

Cook brought up his half-century soon after lunch, pulling a short delivery from Shami for two. There was no release of emotion as he received a standing ovation. Instead, he pulled the next short one for four.

India bowled too straight or too wide at Ballance, who scored his first ten runs between backward square and midwicket and then began hitting the ball through point whenever he had width, which was often. Cook and Ballance picked on the shorter lengths from India's quicks, and while Jadeja's left-arm spin offered India economy, it did not do much else apart from ensuring an outstanding over rate.

India had another opportunity to dismiss Cook, but Shami missed a direct hit from mid-on, and when the batsman scored his 70th run he moved past David Gower to take third spot among England's leading run-scorers.

While Cook scored at a careful pace, Ballance gave England an infusion of energy in the last half hour before tea. He was adept at putting away anything wide, and peppered the arc between third man and cover with a series of cuts and drives to help England score 108 in the second session.

India's seamers frequently bowled poor lines and lengths - too straight and too short. Ballance fed off deliveries on his hips, while Cook moved into the nineties with a controlled pull off a half-tracker from Shami. All day Jadeja had bowled over the wicket to the left-hand batsmen with a packed leg-side, trying to stifle them, but Ballance was able to step out and surgically place a drive through midwicket.

Cook was also dismissed against the run of play. On 95, he went back to pull a delivery from Jadeja that was sliding down leg and Dhoni caught the bottom edge. The Ageas Bowl had been preparing to celebrate Cook's hundred but the spectators rose in unison to applaud the England captain.

India then made an unsuccessful appeal against Ian Bell as soon as the new ball was taken, when Pankaj squared the batsman up and struck the pad with a delivery that behaved like a fast legcutter. Replays indicated Pankaj had been unlucky; Bell had not yet scored.

Ballance had no such worries. He carved a length ball from Bhuvneshwar over point to enter the nineties, and then rode the bounce to cut Shami to the third-man boundary to bring up a hundred. With England picking allrounders Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes, and Stuart Broad to bat at No. 10, India were facing another long day in the field.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • landl47 on July 28, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Both sides worked hard today. India bowled better than this report suggests and the effort was good all day. How long a four-bowler attack can keep going is another issue. Bhuvi looked absolutely exhausted by the end of the day. Jadejar is doing the job England were hoping Moeen would do; he doesn't look like getting wickets (the one he did get was a short ball down the leg side which Cook tried to hit too hard), but like the short-format bowler he is he kept it tight to give the seamers a rest.

    England batted with determination. It will have done Cook a lot of good not only to have made runs himself, but to have taken part in a really big partnership with Ballance. Robson didn't make a big score, but saw off the first hour and got the 50 up for the first wicket.

    India were unlucky with the decisions today, with a possible nick from Ballance and Bell getting an LBW let-off. It's really too bad of England to deny India the use of DRS- wait a minute, I've got that wrong, haven't I?

  • jmcilhinney on July 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Cook will be bitterly disappointed to get so close but miss out on a century but it's a welcome sight to see him scoring runs. It's too early to say that he's back to form but he was looking far more confident the longer he was out there and spending a long spell in the middle will have done wonders for his confidence. Yes, he had a stroke of luck early but that's often what you need to get you going when out of form. So many batsmen have had similar strokes of luck when playing England recently that I don't think that anyone can complain.

    You have to feel somewhat for Pankaj Singh. On debut and having a catch dropped and what sounds like a possible LBW turned down. I can never feel sorry for India as a team when they are unlucky on LBWs though, and I think you know why.

    While nothing's guaranteed with England at the moment, they look set for a big first innings score and may actually be able to put some pressure on India. They may want to pick up the scoring rate on day 2 though.

  • srinath555 on July 30, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    England has scored this much with pure luck....DRS went against India...NO ISHANT SHARMA IN THE SIDE....few dropped catches...still England won't win this test match...

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 29, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Oh ishant. if you were playing, england would have been all out for less than 150. u got injured and now you might even miss the chance to get 200 wickets on this tour. get well soon and you still have 3 more matches to pick 26 wickets.

  • cricdick on July 28, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I think Cook should consider himself lucky when Jadeja dropped him at 17 and at the time,Ballance was given not out and they laid a good base for England. Now Dhoni has a big struggle on his hand.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 28, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    If England make a big score, which is likely, India will lose. What is the point in playing a chronic failure like Rohit? Jadeja doesn't have the capacity to play as the sole spinner. No spinner in India has. So play two. Jadeja and one more. And Ishant's absence proves even though he was inconsistent he is the most important paceman in India. It is not Shami or Bhuvi. They simply lack the physical clout; they can't intimidate batsmen.

  • Nuwas on July 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Cook & Co. is cooking some delicious broth here it seems... hmmm... smells delicious....

  • on July 28, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    indian bowler shami change bowling side and need wkts

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 28, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Even the Sky commentators have said the pitch is flat. Ashwin isn't good overseas, so if he'd been selected then everyone would still be complaining. Old ball didn't reverse and Indian bowlers have bowled okay for the most part, without any luck. Only disappointment was Shami who looks worn out.

  • MichaelBurton on July 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    In my opinion, England doesn't have flat road like wickets which are customary to Asia. Old Trafford in Manchester has the highest drawn tests % (0.46) of all Eng pitches. But it is only the 11th of the World. Top 10 are filled with 4 Indian (2nd, 3rd, 8th and 10th), 2 Pakistan (5th and 6th), 2 NZ (1st and 9th) and 2 WI pitches (4th and 7th). Dhaka Bangladesh 16th (0.41), Bulawayo Zimbabwe 23rd (0.36) SSC Sri Lanka 24th (0.35) Kingsmead Durban of SA join the list with the 28th (0.32) and Adelaide of Aus 36th. Clearly Aus and SA are having the best sporting test wickets though the case with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is bit different to Asian tradition of non sporting wickets. It is interesting to see if the case is due to these 2 countries performing badly at home too. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=percentage_drawn;qualmin1=10;qualval1=matches;template=results;type=aggregate;view=ground

  • landl47 on July 28, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Both sides worked hard today. India bowled better than this report suggests and the effort was good all day. How long a four-bowler attack can keep going is another issue. Bhuvi looked absolutely exhausted by the end of the day. Jadejar is doing the job England were hoping Moeen would do; he doesn't look like getting wickets (the one he did get was a short ball down the leg side which Cook tried to hit too hard), but like the short-format bowler he is he kept it tight to give the seamers a rest.

    England batted with determination. It will have done Cook a lot of good not only to have made runs himself, but to have taken part in a really big partnership with Ballance. Robson didn't make a big score, but saw off the first hour and got the 50 up for the first wicket.

    India were unlucky with the decisions today, with a possible nick from Ballance and Bell getting an LBW let-off. It's really too bad of England to deny India the use of DRS- wait a minute, I've got that wrong, haven't I?

  • jmcilhinney on July 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Cook will be bitterly disappointed to get so close but miss out on a century but it's a welcome sight to see him scoring runs. It's too early to say that he's back to form but he was looking far more confident the longer he was out there and spending a long spell in the middle will have done wonders for his confidence. Yes, he had a stroke of luck early but that's often what you need to get you going when out of form. So many batsmen have had similar strokes of luck when playing England recently that I don't think that anyone can complain.

    You have to feel somewhat for Pankaj Singh. On debut and having a catch dropped and what sounds like a possible LBW turned down. I can never feel sorry for India as a team when they are unlucky on LBWs though, and I think you know why.

    While nothing's guaranteed with England at the moment, they look set for a big first innings score and may actually be able to put some pressure on India. They may want to pick up the scoring rate on day 2 though.

  • srinath555 on July 30, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    England has scored this much with pure luck....DRS went against India...NO ISHANT SHARMA IN THE SIDE....few dropped catches...still England won't win this test match...

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 29, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Oh ishant. if you were playing, england would have been all out for less than 150. u got injured and now you might even miss the chance to get 200 wickets on this tour. get well soon and you still have 3 more matches to pick 26 wickets.

  • cricdick on July 28, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I think Cook should consider himself lucky when Jadeja dropped him at 17 and at the time,Ballance was given not out and they laid a good base for England. Now Dhoni has a big struggle on his hand.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 28, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    If England make a big score, which is likely, India will lose. What is the point in playing a chronic failure like Rohit? Jadeja doesn't have the capacity to play as the sole spinner. No spinner in India has. So play two. Jadeja and one more. And Ishant's absence proves even though he was inconsistent he is the most important paceman in India. It is not Shami or Bhuvi. They simply lack the physical clout; they can't intimidate batsmen.

  • Nuwas on July 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Cook & Co. is cooking some delicious broth here it seems... hmmm... smells delicious....

  • on July 28, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    indian bowler shami change bowling side and need wkts

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 28, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Even the Sky commentators have said the pitch is flat. Ashwin isn't good overseas, so if he'd been selected then everyone would still be complaining. Old ball didn't reverse and Indian bowlers have bowled okay for the most part, without any luck. Only disappointment was Shami who looks worn out.

  • MichaelBurton on July 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    In my opinion, England doesn't have flat road like wickets which are customary to Asia. Old Trafford in Manchester has the highest drawn tests % (0.46) of all Eng pitches. But it is only the 11th of the World. Top 10 are filled with 4 Indian (2nd, 3rd, 8th and 10th), 2 Pakistan (5th and 6th), 2 NZ (1st and 9th) and 2 WI pitches (4th and 7th). Dhaka Bangladesh 16th (0.41), Bulawayo Zimbabwe 23rd (0.36) SSC Sri Lanka 24th (0.35) Kingsmead Durban of SA join the list with the 28th (0.32) and Adelaide of Aus 36th. Clearly Aus and SA are having the best sporting test wickets though the case with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is bit different to Asian tradition of non sporting wickets. It is interesting to see if the case is due to these 2 countries performing badly at home too. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=percentage_drawn;qualmin1=10;qualval1=matches;template=results;type=aggregate;view=ground

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 28, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Flat pitch, so nothing more to say.

  • DingDong420 on July 28, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Bell will score runs today as all the hard work as already been done. You can never rely on Bell when the going gets tough

  • on July 28, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    It's not a batting paradise , India bowlers are bowling terrible on it as how many balls are down leg side? There is movement for the bowlers but sorry India are not bowling in the right area's! Funny though when India are up against it it's a flat pitch with nothing in blah blah.

  • liz1558 on July 28, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    It's certainly good to see Cook scoring runs; however, the main problem - that England's top 3 don't score quickly enough, remains. England haven't had a fluent, attacking opening batsman since the days of Tresco and Vaughan. Strauss could move up a gear - and often did, even if it wasn't his natural game. England needed 300 on the board at close of play. Runs are better than no runs, but impetus is required at the top of the order - Dhawan, Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Warner, Gayle provide it for other teams - England are still too safety first.

  • on July 28, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    This is turning out to be a batting paradise. 500+ scores in the first two innings and a tame draw is my prediction.

  • on July 28, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Interesting contest this! Bot sides have problems of their own. Cook struggling with hos own form and his captaincy and Dhoni struggling to improve on his overseas record! Bot sides have selection woes - England have opted for some players like Jordan and Woake..and Dhoni sticking to Rohit (?) and Dhawan. Battle between equals eh? Seriously Dhoni never seems to learn from his past mistakes - his team selection leaves a lot to be desired. And the same goes for England and Cook.

  • on July 28, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Why Dhoni sits out Gambir again...Why he has taken there....?

  • ram91106 on July 28, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    In an interesting note surely this must be the first time that both teams have fielded XIs who all have at least a fifty at FC level...Does that mean that the bowling at the domestic level irrespective of the country is not up to standard or have the bowlers really started to work on their bat wielding skills??? Will it impact on their primary expertise??Is is possible that a team may in the near future field a full XI of batsmen and batting all-rounders and bowling all-rounders??? Cricinfo please publish...

  • ram91106 on July 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Bit puzzled about the English line-up though...Only Broad and Anderson can be genuinely considered as bowlers...Jordan is more like his Caribbean counterpart Dwayne Bravo...Woakes is more in the mould of Ian Harvey of Australia...In effect all-rounders...Is Cook so confident of his bowlers' ability that he has resorted to this tactic?? An out-and-out pacer in place of Woakes or Jordan such as Dunn or Meaker would have been ideal IMHO...with Nass and Atherton saying the pitch will be at its quickest on day 2 and day 3 considering England bat till tea and score around 500 then what would be the workload of the bowlers???Broad has a niggle which may hamper his pace...Anderson is getting bowled into the dust...Jordan and Woakes are as far as I have seen not genuine bowlers..may get a wicket or two in 40 overs for 150 odd runs combined..will that be enough to bowl out any team???Would appreciate some insight from the English....Cricinfo please publish...

  • GRVJPR on July 28, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @anver777, Cook is not in form. It is a very flat track designed for cook to get cheap runs. He almost failed again. Very lucky. On bowler friendly pitch he will again be a walking wicket.

  • PROPHESIER on July 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Dhoni has proved again that he is the worst captain as far as test matches are concerned. He is defensive and has shown the same in team selection. How the hell he thought he was gonna get 20 wkts. Lords pitch was different, it got enough juice for seamers to get wkts and a brilliant spells from Ishanth and Kumar have rendered the 5 th bowlers servises useless. We knew all along from the curator's description that Ageas Bowl wasn't going to be as responsive as Lords. ECB has to be blamed for churning out flat pitch. Its disgusting to see test matches are being played on this kind of pitches.

  • on July 28, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    250 in a day doesn't sound a lot, but remember the size and speed of the outfield. On another day that could have been 275+ easily.

  • Alberteinstien on July 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Who is faster?shahid afridi or Stuart binny.Shahid afridi clocked 134kmph to remove tim southee. Binny clocked 165kmph to remove James Anderson in the first test's first inning thereby providing a huge first inning lead to India.So the answer for the question was very easy.

  • anver777 on July 28, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Cook is back to form !!!! its a great news for him & as well as ENG..... very very unfortunate that he missed a much waited ton !!!

  • Alberteinstien on July 28, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Had ashwin being playing he would have send cook and balance cheaply to pavillion.Being an offspinner he had great advantage over left handers.If India loose this match dhoni should resign as captain for his decision of not playing ashwin.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @ramli- I certainly hope bad decisions-if any-dont go against Eng in this test.As far as Pankaj is concerned,he looks by far best seamer Ind've got.Can say unluckiest as well.That ball to Bell was 1 even the Don would've been plumb.Only 'some1' to blame!

  • sreehk on July 28, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    SICK selection by Dhoni. With Jadeja as your 4th and last bowler in the eleven, the attack is effectively 3 bowlers instead of what should have been 5 bowlers following the win. Ok, Ishant got injured. Then Aswin should have been brought in for Binny while Pankaj is for Ishant. What will 7th batsman do if top 6 cannot. But your 5th proper bowler can make a lot of difference. Imagine Aswin attacking on 4th or 5th day. Imagine your fast bowlers fresh for whole match. Now just after day 1, they are toiled and soiled. Also I wonder if Dhoni conspires by sending Rohit at 5 ahead of Rahane. If so this would be day light robbery. What on earth has Rohit done to earn the no.5 spot. Rahane has earned his spot now for 5. More over in Jadeja, Bhuvi and Ashwin Indian tail looks very strong. So I wonder what does Dhoni and India gain by these mindless selections!!

  • ankush0531 on July 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Yesterday, most of the commentators were saying that pitch is absolutely flat and batting paradise. However What I observed that pitch was good enough to get eight wickets in a day. Still lot of juice remains in it. But some good batting by England and poor catching by Indian lacked wicket falling. Today We will see at least 10 wickets falling in whole day. Indian batsmen will struggle

  • on July 28, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Test cricket will die a painful death if cricket boards in all countries keep coming up with these kind of flat wickets all the time..England's main advantage is swing, pace and bounce so they must prepare wickets like Lord's everytime..India's main weapon is spin that's why we prepare turners not flat wickets as ppl usually suggest here..Indian wickets are turners which help atleast one kind of bowlers.. But these flat pitches are heaven's bed for batsmen only.. Like in TB, Dhoni opted to bat first bcz that was a genuine flat pitch.. This one again a flat pitch, Very irritating to watch test cricket on these tracks...Please England, Prepare green wickets not these boring wickets...

  • ramli on July 28, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @jmcilhinney ... don't worry about the denied LBW ... India will very soon benefit from a bat-pad wrong decision ... No DRS needed!!! ... Pankaj Singh bowled well for a debudant ... hope he keeps his place for the next test ... with 4 bowlers, no chance of India winning this test ... may be, draw is a sure possibility

  • rhome on July 28, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    With this team, if India play well, then this match will result in a draw. If England play very bad, then India could win. Can we move on to manchester?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Still debate raging about whether its a flat pitch or not.All of it will be put to rest when shiny new duke is in hands of Jimmy and co. some time tomorrow!Of 1 thing theres no debate.That special flat track talent Rohit wont last long on this pitch!-:)

  • rhome on July 28, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Iam not sure when will Dhoni realise he needs 5 proper bowlers to win test matches. Jadeja is a bowler to hold one end up, which leaves us with 3 bowlers. Does he believe to take 20 wickets with 3 bowlers? Overworking bowlers WILL lead to injury. First it was zaheer, then Ishanth, next in line will be Shami or Bhuvi. It doesnt matter if he packs his side with a thousand batsmen. The first 5 players to be selected should be bowlers.

  • shane-oh on July 28, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Kiwi fan here, and really happy to see Cookie get some big runs here today. He's one of my favourite players to watch, a really classy batsman, and almost all the criticism of him and his captaincy is over the top and not warranted. He will score big, big scores again - he's simply too good not to. Well done Cookie.

  • Ibanezfan on July 28, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    What a boring first day and what a terrible pitch! Is this a tour of England or Nagpur and Gwalior?! And replacing an injured bowler with Rohit?! How about another bowler? They can be useful sometimes! Bhuvi is already showing signs of tiredness on the first day. The 3rd test will be a draw. Rahane and Vijay will bat India to safety. Heck, even Rohit, Dhawan and Dhoni may score on this pitch. Also, good to see that the Sri Lankan well-wishers of Indian cricket have recovered from the heartbreaking loss in the Lord's test. We missed you guys at the end of the fifth day's play of the 2nd test.

  • JG2704 on July 28, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - Agree re Stokes/Broad. If Stokes is bowling better than Broad then his batting shouldn't matter - Broad's doesn't. Hopefully Broad will produce the goods as he often does when we most doubt him. Re Ashwin - they were saying his bowling average outside SC is around 70 - maybe that has something to do with it? Also I think we're struggling as much with pace as spin right now.

    @bhushanB - Can see your point but Binney has bowled very few overs and Rohit is surely a better batsman. Maybe they could have replaced Binney with another bowler? The 1 thingI'll say is that England are the team who need to get back in the series. India can afford bore draws

    @Lin Comp - You say it's a bowler friendly wicket and yet you criticise England for being 78-1 - strange?

    @Ranga Wickramasingha - I want Eng to come back but there's no way India's win was anything but well deserved

    please publish this time -

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @YousufAhmed,every1- I once again point out I'm v much an Indian and writing this from India itself.Coming to the cricket,the SLankans and Pak are comfortably the 2 best teams of sub cont. in all forms.Just check the rankings.

  • on July 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    This is a flat pitch, No wonder England opted to bat first otherwise they would have "unleashed" their bowlers if this was a bowling friendly pitch.. It will only result in a draw.. Boring...

  • vkumar_086 on July 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @GRVJPR...yes you are spot on mate...England bowlers cant do anything much in this kind of pitch (England fans also accepts this)...even Indian bowlers also, who bowled better than them in this series (took 5 wicket haul thrice in this series) with England will post > 400 and India also close to that total...both these innings will take at least three and half days and test will end in draw

  • The-love on July 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    I think there was lot to offer for bowlers in this pitch.India simple didn't capitalize it.Bhuvi bowled really short,He should have pitched it further.India batsmen will not find any easy from Anderson and co.If India don't stop England before 450,first defeat of the series may be on cards here.

  • on July 28, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    This is a flat pitch, No wonder England opted to bat first..

  • GRVJPR on July 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @ gundapps, there has to be basis of everything. On what basis can you say english bowlers would exploit pitch better than India? They couldn't do anything on absolute green grass track at lords. They haven't done anything in Ashes, they haven't done anything in last 2 test matches. Enough of this overpraising of foreigners.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on July 28, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    What a flat pitch!!... why is England coming up with flat pitches?!!! guys we need seam movement and bounce.. bring it on!!!

  • gundapps on July 28, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Can't help but feel that the English pacers can exploit this pitch a lot better than the Indians have so far since they have more variety. Dhoni should try some short pitched stuff from Pankaj and some out of the box thinking - otherwise, with the English side having batting till No. 10, the Indians are in for a long stay in the field.

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 28, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Its funny to see SL fans like electric logo and pak fans like albert are coming out of their caves after 1 bad day for ind. How they just forget their ICC rankings and how they get used by top teams to gain points. SA will be leaving SL by thrashing them in their home. LOL. But here in SL some people still consider Mahela a Legend. It clearly shows the lack of quality in SL cricket.

  • VinodGupte on July 28, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    i don't think this match will end in a boring draw. IND's batting barring Vijay and Rahane is fragile. Dhawan is a passenger. Kohli is vacationing. Pujara is off color. Nohit sharma and dhoni... 'nuf said.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Dhawan with no feet,Kohli,Dhoni 'walking' Ws,Pujara looks a good indipper away being caught in front and that v talented flat track 'only' bat,thats story of Ind batting.With gritty Vijay,impressive Rahand due for a flop,I see a follow on/inngs L for Ind.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on July 28, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    On this pitch Vijay and pujara will grind like a grinder,Kohli will attack like a warrior and Rohit sharma will score triple century by batting left handed...

  • on July 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Dhoni made a big mistake by selecting Rohit in playing eleven. Without Isant he should have strengthed his bowling rather than batting.Ashwin would have been a better choice. Entire pride of India is at stake because of Dhoni's ego. It shows Dhoni is not confident of his batting. Flecther should have convinced Dhoni to go in with an additional bowler. Can Dhoni take up the responsibility if India looses this Test.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 28, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    This pitch is only going to be better for Batting, both teams don't have specialist spinners (India denied to have one) . I bet for another Vijay 100, Kohli might follow Cook and get back to track as well, two 500+ scores are happening as I see. This match should be a good one for Individual stats, 2 Indian centuries will make me happy.

  • on July 28, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Too early to comment on any england's advantage here, the run rate is not at all good for modern era test cricket. at least 3 runs per over so around 270 runs per 90 over day is generally expected. of course england tried their best what they could do, they are not in great form also they hardly have any confidence but this run rate is definitely not encouraging. if Peterson was there or if Bell was in form then they could have hoped for around 270 yesterday. or if Cook was in better form then also more runs could have been expected but it seems this is the best we can expect from this england team. if they cannot hit more runs from jadeja on the first day of a test that too in an england wicket then that shows that these batsmen are really not in great form or they are not confident.

  • on July 28, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK, I guess we'll see what sort of limits the English batsmen have on their strokeplay today, the ball should be coming on nicely and I'd be expecting 3.5 rpo after they get set this morning. Kind of frustrating for England though that the next man in, Root, is also more of a defensive player. Looking forward to watching Moeen and Buttler bat though, if they get a go!

  • on July 28, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    I can bet atleast three Indian batsmen are going to make hundreds in their first innings.

  • on July 28, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    while 95 runs may look like confidence building but that he was not able to hit a century still affect his game in the future matches. this is because he has not been scoring for very long time so the missed 5 runs may play in his mind more than the earned 95 runs. if he had scored a fifty and got out it would have helped with his confidence and once he reached above 90 he should have made it counted. i am not blaming him for this, the shot he played when he was on 95 to jadeja was not at all a wrong shot, it was certainly not an outrageous shot, in fact it was a playable shot at that moment it is just that his time had come so he had to lose his wicket that too on the leg side for an innocuous delivery and also not a bad shot, but now he needs to make sure he gets at least a half century to back up this good innings otherwise he cannot regain his form in any meaningful way.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 28, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Expecting a high scoring Draw here. England 600/7d, India 560/10, Eng 15/0 .... Game over!

  • sudhindranath on July 28, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Some people have decided that this is a flat track and is bound to result in a drawn match. I suggest they wait until at least the first half of the Indian innings (5 wickets or 300 runs whichever comes first) before they give a verdict on the pitch and the likely result of the match!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on July 28, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Holly Molly!!!!!! Rohit sharma will score triple century on this pitch

  • iamgroot on July 28, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    IF there is anything bad about Dhoni's captaincy then it is his selection woes. He always gets it wrong and messes up when it comes to selecting playing X1. This is one major flip side to his remarkable captaincy on the field. He selected a well balanced team for first two Tests though pitch didn't help that much in 1st. Now he has chosen to go ahead with Rohit sharma who is a BIG failure at international level. He is a failure because he throws away his wicket. Time and again he is reckless, repeats same mistakes over and over. He is not a good leaver like Vijay or pujara. He keeps fishing outside off. On top of that he is extremely expensive for a part timer and not a partnership breaker by no means. Opposition batsman find him very comfortable to deal with. Above all he MISSES lot of catches and not a good fielder. I have seen him miss some important catches which have proved havoc to the Indian team. He is extremely POOR. HE has more FAILURES than any success to name.

  • on July 28, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Well played England! Both on and off the field. They have ringed in the necessary changes to the squad and played quite well on the first day of the test.

    India on the other hand have erred with the team selection once again! When India played only 6 batsmen (including Dhoni) on a far more greener track at Lord's, it is ridiculous to play seven on a friendlier pitch.

    Teams like SA could afford to play a "holding" spinner as they had four frontline seamers (including Kallis) to take wickets. With the seam attack that India posess, Jadeja cannot be the employed with three other bowlers. India should have picked Ashwin or another seamer instead of Rohit. They are going to pay dearly for this decision. It was painful to watch the three and a half bowlers toil through the the day.

  • GRVJPR on July 28, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 , enland might score 1000 runs on this road but they will never challenge Indian batting unit with this mediocre bowling attack. 10 Howlers from umpires needed for england bowlers to take 10 indian wickets. Next 10, they can't even take in dreams. I expect couple of double hundreds from Indian batsmen and match will end in a draw.

  • Suja59 on July 28, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Dropped catches, bad decisions ... these things happen all the time. Good teams still manage to make inroads in to opposition. There has been some comments on selection and captaincy. Dhoni has never been the one to go by the book, so give him some space.This match has just started. Somehow I get the feeling that Rohit is going to shine in this test, not sure whether with the bat or the ball.He is a damn good off-spinner, much better than Dhawan

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Engs target,esp with their batting dominated lineup will be to rack up 700+ by early d3 while pitch still 'holds' which will give ample time to claim 20 Ind W.Early signs show pitch will offer double bounce,seam,also rough for Moeen.Also the cloud cover.

  • Oracle_Magus on July 28, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    This is the beauty of cricket. A good day at the office will nullify the past undoing. Confidence plays a major part in the game and all of us are in A way responsible for the the fall or rise of a player or a team. If you look at it when people are against us, we never can give our best and we are all bound to make more mistakes. When we expect chances to be given to us every time, why can't we do the same to the cricketer's. Let's just hope that the backing that Cook will receive post this innings, will boost his confidence and help him perform better. His statistics is the evidence of his talent and a few rainy days will not be able to take it away, but constant criticism can surely do that. Let us wish England the very best from here on and hope for an evenly contested match. Cheers!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Todays going to be day for Eng to put bowlers to sword,cash in on good work to bat long,big,once.Talk of cashing in,Bell's still to get a score,stages set for Engs best.A big double 100 anchoring,with attacking 100s from Broad,Woakes and Eng will be 700.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 28, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Well perfect-almost-d1 for Eng.A good toss W on a v sporting pitch in which even mediocre Ind bowlers gave batsmen some close moments.Bit of luck,ordinary Ind fielding,couple of lucky umpiring breaks have ensured Eng sit pretty and in position to dominate

  • spinkingKK on July 28, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Very impressed with Pankaj Singh. I didn't see him being unlucky with the LBW decision (I wasn't watching it at that time). However, the first one should have been taken. Jadeja's inexperience was the reason. Pankaj seems to be quite fast and being tall, he can hit the deck hard. I don't know why this guy didn't get a chance for all this while. He is going to be the one to watch in the Australian tour. Ishant's injury came as a blessing in disguise. I haven't seen Ishwar Pandey before either. Who knows, he could be even better. I was hoping India play Aaron. I think they should have played him instead of Shami.

  • GRVJPR on July 28, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Cook scores lucky 95 of flattest track on earth and they are saying he is back in form. That's ridiculous. He playes some very risky shots today and luck that pitch was flattest ever on earth that he survived despite giving 3 chances.

  • yogicoolboy on July 28, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I thought Pankaj Singh was really Unlucky, He Bowled well. Could Have got 2 Wickets. Dhoni Should have played Ashwin. Anyways with the resources he has now He has to get quick wickets And keep England under 450, Or else It will be a huge pressure on the Batsman

  • Realistic_cri_fan on July 28, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    I don't agree with the people who are saying that the pitch is flat and behaving like a road.There was enough for the bowlers in the morning.The was swing till the 30th over.But poor bowling and poor fielding cost the match for us.Add poor umpiring to that.Expect Pankaj none of the bowlers looked good.It will be incredible if India save this match.That drop catch of Jadeja is the turning point of the match.India lost this match in the first session itself.

  • on July 28, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Baffling team selection..defensive to the core..you cannot win a test match with this team..5 genuine bowlers were the need of the hour..Jadeja is my 3rd choice spin bowler and Ashwin can bat as good as him..also why the hell have you taken Gambhir to England..Dhawan should be immediately dropped and Gambhir should replace him. Also dhoni should take more of batting responsibility rather than being content with shaky 30-40 and sharing burden with Rohit Sharma.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on July 28, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Holly Molly!!!Rohit sharma will score triple century on this road...

  • Ajith1985 on July 28, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    If Virat and Rohith fails to score then Indian defeat is the most probable result.I hope India scores big to draw this test match.

  • dunger.bob on July 28, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Not a lot of runs for a days play but extremely solid nonetheless. I can hear the sighs of relief from 10,000 k's away. .. The best thing for England to do now is rev their motor right up and push this home for a win. That would be much more psychologically beneficial than a mere draw. .. it just remains to be seen if they've got the will and ability to go that way.

  • on July 28, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Hold your horses fellas!! Men are still at work and it's just been a day :-)

  • Albert_cambell on July 28, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    One thing that puzzles me all the time is why is Anil Kumble is rated as a legend by Indian fans. His records suggest that he is just an average bowler. Lets see his stats.In India-350wts,Ave 24.88, In Pak-24 Wkts, Avg 42.41,In SL- 30 wts,Avg 44.63, In Eng-36 wts, Avg 41.41,In NZ- 11wkts ,Avg 40.27.Apart from India, he averages 30+ in every part of the world. This proves that he is nothing more than a home track bully.

  • on July 28, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Its good to see cook getting some runs.i would like to see England bat with more positive attitude and post a huge total.Rest leave on Anderson and Broad.Sensing England Victory..:)

  • Sniper on July 28, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    It is rather surprising that Dhoni is not picking Ashwin for the game. There was a time when Ashwin was always in the Team. Has anything happened between them to find Ashwin sitting with a book. India needs an aggressive bowler like Ashwin. Jadeja is at best good in holding the runs but far from aggressive. Rohit SHARMA who came in place of Binny is not a specialist bowler. His batting is suitable for one day or 20-20 formats and not for Tests. In spite of so many comments about his not picking Ashwin, he persists on doing so. There seems to be something behind this move of this not connected with cricket. Sniper

  • on July 28, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    It's going to be England win this match. Indian batting line up not capable to face England swing bowling. Look like kholi is out of touch. That would be big issue for India. If England win this match its hard to stop them there after. Good luck both teams.

  • prakash_mishra on July 28, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Innings defeat for India I suppose!!!

  • jackthelad on July 28, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    The ball was moving just a little; it was good to see Cook making some runs again, but I still think he should step down. This pitch has, however, shown what a poor lot these Indian bowlers are, even under decent circumstances, and, if England can avoid their usual problem of overating every opposing team, they have nothing whatever to worry about.

  • Ramansilva on July 28, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    India's mediocre bowlers have run out of luck. Toil... toil very hard for another day.

  • wake_up_india on July 28, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    India is paying for opposing DRS. They should swallow their pig headed pride and drop the opposition.

  • truebleue_cricfan on July 28, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Anil Kumble's greatest disservice to Indian cricket has to be his unimaginative use of DRS in the 2008 series against SL which set the precedence for BCCI's opposition to the DRS. Dhoni was his understrudy then and clearly Kumble, Dhoni and a few senior members back then went back and gave a scathing report of the DRS that is still being considered by the BCCI. It has cost India a couple of wickets today.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 28, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    I am happy about one thing. ENG again went back to slow pitches to save themselves from Indian bowling attack. I don't say India bowling is great now but they are trying their best to give tough fight and better than 2011 attack. I think Dhoni is aware of this slow pitch and so he went for additional specialist batsman. I am also surprised that no non-Indian fans are discussing why curators/ECB prepared slow pitches after Lord's match. I can't even imagine how everyone would have reacted if it was India in ENG's place.

  • sudhindranath on July 28, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    It is truly irritating and irksome to see Dhoni's negative tactics on display once again. He seemed hell bent on not bowling even one over more than the 90 mandated. So, rather than put pressure on the England batsmen towards the end of the day, he let them off the hook. Would 260 for 4 (even if the last one was a night watchman's wicket) have been better than 247 for 2? You bet it would be!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 28, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    @Ranga Wickramasingha and other fellow SL fans, I don't want to talk about how SL performed and discuss here whether luck was involved or not when they won ENG series. But can you please elaborate on why India was lucky in winning Lord's match? Most the senior players from India and ENG praised India for their team work on the greenest pitch. So I am curious to listen to your analysis on why India was lucky. Today Cook got 3 chances and what do you say about that...Was that Cook's luck or India's bad luck?

  • whirlaway on July 28, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    India should have gone with an extra bowler (Ashwin) instead of an extra batsman (Sharma). The theory that Ashwin does not get wickets overseas is based on his performance in merely 4 Tests - 3 in Aus and 1 in SA. You cannot be sure at least until he played in 15-20 Tests across 4 or 5 countries.

    Dhoni is a defensive captain and is probably thinking of drawing this series 1-0. That ain't gonna happen. The next 3 Tests are not all going to be drawn. In fact, this very Test is tilted in England's favor right now. If they score 400+ and take a 100-150 run first innings lead, India could be staring at a 450+ 4th innings target with about 5 sessions to bat through.

  • mrhamilton on July 28, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    What has happened to shami.18 months ago his early test career made him look a poor man's waqar younis circa 1997 and that a compliment.he had good speed 86-87 mph and swing.now 18 month down the line he is a little chubby,82 mph and body language betrays lack of confidence.he's still very young and like ishant is doing now may go on to be a spearhead.I hope so .really in reality the finishing school,ishant,shami,and buvensheker need which isn't gonna happen in this day and age is a long season in English county cricket.these guys are a good attack

  • MeijiMura on July 28, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    A day of missed opportunities for India. They created the chances but they weren't taken. Jadeja erred badly by dropping a straightforward chance off Cook when he was on only 15 while Ballance was caught relatively early on in his innings, but was given not out by the umpire. Then there were missed run-out opportunities through poor fielding and LBWs not awarded by the umpires in favour of the Indians. Cricket is a great leveller so it wouldn't surprise to see India have a much better Day 2 than Day 1. I am not convinced by Jordan and Woakes as Test cricketers whilst Buttler will be under pressure both with the bat and behind the stumps with the gloves. History also shows that as series go on Anderson becomes less effective and Broad breaks down with injury. Add the fact that Dhawan, Pujara and Kohli are overdue for big scores and I'm not yet convinced England are in as strong a position as some people might think. Let's get through both first innings before passing judgement.

  • on July 28, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    On the first looks it like, England did not want to give a bowler-freindly wicket, which India can exploit as much, if not better than Egland.

    On closer look, one could see, except for short spells, India did not bowl as well as they probably could.

    And, to India's and Pankaj's bad luck, he missed out on two very important wickets, on a pitch where it is tough to get wickets. Cook at 15 , with Sir dropping a dolly catch; and Bell surviving an lbw courtesy the umpire. ( For umpires' mistakes i have no sympathy for India, as it is partly a slf inflicted wound, for their cussed refusal to accept use of technology, however imperfect it is)

  • on July 28, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Pankaj should have had 2 wickets. Shami should be out next match.

  • Albert_cambell on July 27, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Ishant or Pankaj it wont make a big difference on the outcome of the game. Ishant produced one in a Million game performance at Lords and suddenly becomes a Dale Steyn for Indian fans.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 27, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Cook could'nt make real 'big' his early reprieve,to come up with really big 1.Sure he got 95,a 'big' score by his recent stds.,but a comb. of desperation,pure bad luck played part in him giving it away on 95.Hope Bell makes most of his with a 100 on d2.

  • JaranNirsi on July 27, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    How does this wicket compare with that at Trent Bridge? Is it faster and bouncier, or about the same? I wonder how it's going to behave as the innings develop.

  • Albert_cambell on July 27, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    England will be right back into the series with a thumping win and will go onto win the next 2 games as well. India had one good game at Lords. But that doesnt change who they are. As we know Every dog has its day. That was the case with India at Lords. Its was their day. Thats all. I still predict England to win the series 3-1

  • on July 27, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    A much better day all round for England, but more so for the captain, just a pity he came up short of scoring a much needed hundred. I just wonder if England would have been happier with 50 or so more runs on the board, I heard the weather forecast isn't good?

  • brusselslion on July 27, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Well played Ballance. Looks a real find.

    I think that most cricket fans, irrespective of national loyalities, will be pleased for Cook. As an England fan, the return to form of Cook the batsman is welcome, however, the problem of Cook the captain still remains as he's obviously there in both capacities for the foreseebale future (although to be fair he's very good at the coin toss!). Sorry, if this sounds a bit glass half empty, but one decent knock doesn't make him a good captain, and may even make the captaincy problem worse.

    BTW: What did Plunkett do to deserve to be dropped (other than not be called Jimmy or Stuart)?

    BBTW: Still not sure about Robson.

  • JustInfinity on July 27, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    I find some of the comments pathetic. Wanting one team to lose in particular more than anything for some of these fans takes us back to dark ages. The world is shrinking and people make friends. Unfortunately, sport which is supposed to bring people together seems to be splitting them. I am sure you have your reason for hating a particular country, but so does the other fan. I feel that the use of these forums where the true identities can be hidden provides fodder for these haters/trolls who exist to abuse other team/players! Somehow as we advance in science and tech, we regress as human!

  • Lmaotsetung on July 27, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    This is only day 1 people. Test is played over 5 days and if England lose 2-3 wickets early tomorrow and suddenly are looking at say 300 for 5 then it will be a different story. Anyone remember Oval 2012 against SA?

  • Patchmaster on July 27, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Cook the batsman - YES...Cook the Captain.....NO thanks.

  • SnowSnake on July 27, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    247i in 90 overs? This thing is headed for a draw on day 1.

  • JG2704 on July 27, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Well done Ballance and Cook. The one thing I woder about is the bowling selction and I wonder if we should have gone with a stronger bowling attack. Woakes inclusion suggests that we want to add to the batting whereas I'd say that at 1 down we should be adding to the bowling depth and I'd say Woakes for Stokes (provided that was change) adds more to the batting at the expense of bowling potency , esp when India have added to their batting line up. Think we need to up the tempo a bit more tomorrow although I see it as a real tough slog to bowl India out twice on such a pitch

  • __PK on July 27, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    "England's large first-innings score." 2/247 is a not even a large first day score. It's a very good (if very slow) start, but not yet a large score and that's all they have at the moment. A few quick wickets and it's looking low.

  • kuro5hin on July 27, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Two days and it's already evident India have England rattled. The captain is fighting for his career, Matt Prior's career is DoA, and Anderson & Broad have been pushed to breaking point.

    The English press have, of course, spun this as England's incompetence against an average team, but who are they kidding? India have been smart & persistent and have reaped the rewards, England have been arrogant & complacent and have paid the price.

    And now, they have been forced to abandon the quest for so-called sporting pitches midway through the series and gifted a belter for Captain Cook to find his mojo. Even on this road of a pitch, the already soporific England batting fell short of 250 -- well, India would have managed at least 375+ here.

    This leads us to this paradox: England have to bat long to have enough runs to stand a chance to win. But if they get enough runs, they would have batted so long, they'd have no time left to take 20 wickets.

  • JaranNirsi on July 27, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    England having easily the best of the opening day, and deserved to. India on the back foot, as well they have earned. That dropped catch could well be the crucial event of this match, and the turning point of the series. Pankaj Singh bowled well, if unluckily. Bhuvi was game, but the wicket didn't have much to offer. This is England's game to win, and playing safe may not quite get them there.

  • Kays789 on July 27, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Looks like the indians are back to regular service. England have only themselves to blame for losing the last test for an abysmal test side like india. Looks like this test will end with just three innings.

  • Nampally on July 27, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    It was a pitch made for Batting. India dropped at least 3 chances + 1 clear LBW decision went against India. This made Dhoni's decision of going into 3rd Test with just 3 specialist bowlers look much worse than had these events gone in favour of India. Dhoni will never learn that 3 specialist + All rounder theory for a 5 day test match on modern pitches is a disaster. He lost the SA series as well as NZ Test via this approach. Any logical Captain facing an opposition with 6 LH bats will not drop their Off spinner especially when that guy happens to be the fastest 100 Test wkt. taker in the World. Ashwin has been a victim of such treatment for 3 Tests in a row. Jadeja - an all rounder- cannot be classified as a wicket taking Bowler. He is there to control the runs thru' economical bowling. Presence of Ashwin would have been challenging & made score more palatable to India. As it happened the 2 LH bats on Day 1 sent the Indian bowling of 3 specialists into a Total Eclipse!

  • on July 27, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    glad cook played well, he was a player who was destined to break a lot of records in test match in terms of centuries scored , baring in mind he's on 29 years of age. I hope cook picks up his form from here and possibly get close to Sachin record of most centuries in test cricket

  • ssenthil on July 27, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Dhoni and Jadeja is the worst combination that hurting India's progress ahead. Jadeja is not a test player overseas. He is definitely worse then Ashwin with the ball except he is economical but he is nowhere near threatening. Lords batting effort was a fluke and he is definitely a No.9 batsman at test level. Going for 4 bowlers with none of the bowlers haven't played more then 10 tests. The combined test experience of our bowlers is only 26 (Jadeja 10, B Kumar and Shami 8 each). Brain-fade by Dhoni similar to the shot played by Binny at Lords. This test is going to have only 1 winner and that will be England but if India bat decently they can draw this test due to slow batting of England but the same maynot going to happen tomorrow for sure.

  • on July 27, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    @ Surath Weerasekara

    This young team knows its strength & weaknesses, plays according merit & situation though it is not extra ordinary as like Sri Lanka who is playing brilliantly to lose every match of the series against SA at home.

    @ Ranga Wickramasingha says, "India was very lucky to win the lords match"

    India was lucky to win every matches against SL where as SL is very unlucky to win single match at home against SA.

    @ Rasanja Perera

    If you are in good form. play against SA at home on low, slow spin track.You will realize your potential about how to win at least single match against teams other than minnows & outside BD tracks.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 27, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Jeeeez, why are there so many flat roads for pitches in England these days? Used to be seamer friendly surfaces.

  • hhillbumper on July 27, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    does anyone else feel that Cook coming back into form is sweet justice following KP putting his oar in. England need Cook firing and need the team to start winning. What England lacks is belief,not talent. The spin cupboard is not as thin as people say and there seems to be a lot of young talent coming through. Finn hasn't been picked yet. Let alone Patel at Miidx or Riley at Kent. There is young talent. it just needs some belef

  • on July 27, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Dawan must be replaced by Rohit while Ashwin included. This time India mislead the condition.

  • opto_pus on July 27, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    y4yoga - "Atleast after this Test(3rd), I Hope MSD would realise the important of his major trump card( Ashwin)" you are wrong Indian spinners have been hopeless on English tracks, India need 5 bowlers to win overseas thats what has got thwem ahead in this series Varun Arron should have been included with the others.Pankaj for Ishant was good. Next test should be Pankaj, Ishant, Varun and Kumar bowling with R ashwin instead of Jadeja unless Jadeja scores a hundred on this easy batting track Dhewan and Pujara need to score big too here on this pitch.

  • bobmartin on July 27, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Lack of DRS... India's choice... cost them the wicket of Bell. No sympathy I'm afraid... You reap what you sow.

  • baskar_guha on July 27, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Draw is in the offing which doesn't help test cricket. As to why test wickets are batting friendly is beyond me given that ODI and T20 are totally for the batsmen.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on July 27, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    I said it before, a score won't save Cook. He could have been gone for 15 and the Indian batting lineup will outshine England on a flat wicket. It also does not change the fact he's a poor captain. Remember, Cook getting runs is the anomalie, his form slump is consistent.

  • on July 27, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    india was very lucky to win the lords match but england will win the rest of the series!! we all want england to win!!

  • Eclipse0990 on July 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    It does look like that this pitch was to negate indian bowling specially jadeja. Let us wait and see how Anderson and Broad fair here. The bounce looks good

  • CodandChips on July 27, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    I'd just like to add that Bell needs to make to must of his reprieve like Cook nearly did. England need both Cook and Bell firing to take the team forward.

    With Buttler, Root, Ali, Broad, Woakes, England clearly have enough batting to take advantage of this well laid platform.

  • toucheandsuch on July 27, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Terrific debut by Pankaj Singh. After watching him I understood the selection logic. It looks like Dhoni wants to play 3 type of fast bowlers - Shami/Aaron who are skiddy and in the 83 to 90mph range, Bhuvi/Ishwar who are accurate swing bowlers and Ishant/Pankaj, tall guys who hit the deck hard and can get bounce. The challenge Shami is facing on this tour is that his novelty has worn out and England know that they will get the hit me ball every now and then. That said, this looks like a 400 pitch and that is probably the reason to include Rohit. At the current scoring rate, the 1st innings should not finish before day 4 so unless India's batting flops, this looks like a drawn match already!! I also think Dhawan will come good on this pitch.

  • CodandChips on July 27, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    This could prove to be a pivotal day for the future of English cricket. I was lucky to witness it at the Ageas Bowl.

    Great to see Cook score runs. I have been on his back so it's nice to see him do well. The ovations he got all day were symbolic of the support behind him from England fans. He rode his luck at times but some of his stroke-play was imperious. We shouldn't get too carried away; there are still issues with his batting and captaincy, and he's still without a hundred, but this could lift him and the team.

    Ballance as well deserves a lot of credit for another excellent performance. Once again showing his class and his different gears.

  • SRAM20 on July 27, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    With the kind of batting India have, they have to bat really long.. There is no way our bowlers will get 20 wkts on this pitch. Might as well boost our batting records. The likes of Pujara and Kohli should grab this opportunity to get their first shot at big scores in this series. England should score 600 tomorrow. If India score 500+, then this test will definitely be a draw. Its now confirmed that England worry giving India a track with help for bowlers.

  • on July 27, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Really good to see Cook getting some runs. It would have been great if he could have got his hundred but anyways he did good job. Specially its really good to see Ballance doing it again. Now its full backing for rest of team to get good amount of runs tomorrow.

  • on July 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    much needed inning for cook's survival!

  • Lassie.Perera on July 27, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Well done A Cook and hope you will guide your team to a victory in this match plus eventual series win. In my previous comments I have always backed you to bounce back and I'm glad you're doing that. One day you'll break all the English batting records and time is in your hand to do it. All the best.

  • ladycricfan on July 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    England's first priority was to get Cook back to form. They produced a flat wicket and succeeded. Congrats Cook for his timely 95 and Balance for his century. England bat deep and on course for a substantial first innings total. Unless there is drastic change in the pitch the match will end in a draw.

    Pankaj bowled well on debut and was unlucky not to get his two wickets.

  • Sam_Sinister on July 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Feeling awesome for Pankaj Singh! This guys has been trying so hard since ten years!. Loved the way he bowled today! Wish he gets few wickets tomorrow.

  • aasha_gupta on July 27, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    ballance is proving his average of 55 in first class cricket

  • on July 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Pankaj is excellent bowler. Dhoni And company should give him more chance. wish you all the best Pankaj.

  • on July 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Hard to know what to make of todays play. England have done well I guess to retain their wickets, they'll want to hurry the run rate along at some point though I'd guess, great opportunity for Buttler in his first test to cash in on the good work of the top order. Ballance looks more and more a quality bat, given his record it's hard to see why he didn't get a run sooner.

  • WC2011Champs on July 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Going by the first day the pitch has no juice for the bowlers. And there is always two ways to look at things. Ashwin would not have come up a fiver here, absolutely not. He also needs a highly turning track and England has already played him very well in India. Same goes with Varun or another bowler. I think Shami needs to step up and figure out ways to start taking wickets on the tour. Two or three India batsmen out of seven have to bat out to draw this one. This test is not for bowlers.

  • mzm149 on July 27, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    The score should have been 300 by the end of the day to get to 600 by stumps tomorrow. But with 8 wickets in hand England will post a decent total so that they don't have to bat again. The pitch is not placid as the loss of wickets suggest. There was swing movement till 50 overs and bounce was pretty decent. Indians don't have bowling to take wickets. We will get a result for sure and it would be in England's favour.

  • vkumar_086 on July 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Unlike the OTHER TEAM....India wont depend upon one or two players...India is unlucky today with two missed chances and one turn down of plumb LBW appeal...England is set to score 400..India also close to it...to complete these two innings, it will take at least 3 and half days...then again two innings in one and half day is always difficult to complete on this kind of pitch....im sure that the match will end in draw...hope the pitch for next match will be competitive

  • y4yoga on July 27, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Atleast after this Test(3rd), I Hope MSD would realise the important of his major trump card( Ashwin)

  • man90 on July 27, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    First of all congrats to Cook and ballance for stitching a good partnership and it was good to see Cook trying hard to come back to form. It was good to see Pankaj bowling his heart out in the match. If there was some sort of assistance in the pitch, then he would have been in some wickets to his name. With respect to Pitch, it seems to be a highway road where there is not much assistance for faster bowlers as well as for the spinners. This kind of pitches make test cricket die which cricket lovers wouldn't cherish.

    India did miss a trick in not getting ashwin in. He is kind of a bowler who can go for runs as well as take few wickets and not to forget his batting. WIth six left handers you can still fancy ashwin to take few wickets.

    Now India should not lose their heart with today's performance and go to defensive mode and allow batsman to take singles easily tomorrow.

    Hiopefully looking for a fascinating day's play tomorrow. If not the match is going to be a tame draw.

  • on July 27, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    This looks like a 600+ 1st innings pitch to me... Also Root and Ali still to come so no less than 600 it seems here... Honestly Eng needs to score quickly if they want to bat out Indians.. Only 2 days will not be sufficient to get Indians out 2wice.. So 600 till mid post-lunch session on day3 will be ideal for Eng...

    For Indians.. they need to bowl well and if not wkts atleast block runs.. Pankaj was unlucky today.. He has good height and can be more useful than Ishant if given atleast 1/2 chances than it was given to Ishant..

    POSITIVE approach can SAVE Indians here as they also have good batters but they need to restrict Eng to a score as low as they can. Good Luck..

  • on July 27, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    The trend clearly shows that this Indian team never pulls back the opposition and they always let the opposition run away with the game, and this is the trend for the past about couple of years. even in SA & NZ this team let the opposition dominate and got humiliated. In England, they already are 1-0 up, but history will repeat with 2-1 or 3-1 defeat for India. I hope it does not happen this time but the trend shows this indian team is simply ordinary.

  • thalagune on July 27, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    this england team does bat very long,even andersson is a decent batter,,,

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Well so much for "limited strokeplay"; I've seldom seen runs scored so equally around the ground as Gary Ballance's innings (just reached his ton as I write). What a player!

    Really hope Bell can make the most of this opportunity now.

  • INDSlider on July 27, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Congrat Ballance for smart hundred. 500+ on the card for Eng. Best of luck guys.

  • Collegefastbowler on July 27, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Well, the team selection is very defensive as the side is packed with specialist batsmen. But it is at the cost of the bowling attack. Three specialist bowlers cannot get you 20 wickets in Test cricket on a normal pitch. Ashvin should have replaced Jadeja to give more balance to the side and provide teeth to the attack. As a spinner Jadeja is only average and Ashvin is almost as good with the bat but his bowling is far more incisive.

  • cktspirit on July 27, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    India Team selection does not seem to suit pitch conditions. Dhoni's preferences probably override logic. Lack of a penetrative bowler is quite apparent, the ones chosen are not necessarily the the best available bowling pack.

  • on July 27, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    And all those who say India cant take wickets are wrong. As today the reasons behind India not taking wickets is the mixed result of Dropping Catched, Missed run out chances, Flat pitch, Lack of enthusiasm, And underperformimg Jadeja Shami and Bhuvi. Better Dhoni be defensive to save this match. Anyways I guarantee the match will be a draw.

  • pratit on July 27, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I think Dhoni went in with the idea of drawing the match from the outset. We already know the Indian bowling is the weak link, not the batting. Then, the bowler whose excellent effort led to the Lord's win is injured. But instead of strengthening the bowling by inducting Ashwin, Dhoni beefed up the batting. And Jadeja is a defensive spinner who is needed to keep thing s tight but unlikely to take many wickets. So, the motive is clear. But unfortunately India have lost the toss. If India had won the toss, India probably could have managed a draw. But now it looks harder. The only thing going for India is that the opposition captain Cook is also an extremely unimpressive, defensive captain who instead of bolstering the bowling line up with genuine wicket takers would rather fill his side with mediocre allrounders.

  • on July 27, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    This test only two chance; may be England will win or draw if Rohit Sharma, Sikhar Dhawan like that rare scoring players play well India will get draw.

  • entryholedia on July 27, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Our only fast bowler Ishant is physically weak after two tests . He take seven and is out of action is very bad for Indian Cricket. The bench strength is poor . Pankaj singh is at best a trundler and is better be called as the "gentle Giant' who does not bother any batsmen . Mohd Shami was rated as the most promising quick bowler from India only last year & look at him he just cannot find a correct line to bowl . So what are we left with -Bhuvi only as the most probable wicket taker . Even after taking 18 players to England we cannot find a replacement for Ishant. There is no incisiveness in the attack at all & thats so demoralizing for us . Varun Aaron & Ishwar has gone to learn the bowling in the tracks of England or play in tests . Aaron should have been given chance . The result of this test is a foregone conclusion - England Win surely

  • on July 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Well done cook... Good to see you back with your real strength... Beat ' em up.. It's easy.. Wish u best of luck.. From Sri lankan fans.....

  • on July 27, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Ashwin should have played, Look like good batting pitch.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on July 27, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    What a road of a pitch. England will make 550. India could make 700. Both teams with poor team selection. England don't have a specialist spinner, neither do India (Jadeja is not a spinner). This is a great chance for out of form batsmen like Cook and Kohli to get back to some rhythm. Hope Manchester will give us a good pitch.

  • on July 27, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    the trend clearly shows that this particular cricket team of india always pulls back the opposition again and again and they never let the opposition run away with the game, and this is the trend for the past about couple of years. even in SA & NZ this team never let the opposition dominate, although they lost the series with a narrow margin of 1-0 there. in england here they already are 1-0 up, so if england is thinking they did so far great today then they have to definitely think twice, because this indian team can pull the opposition team down any time. i am hoping this time at least india cannot do it but my gut feeling is after the tea session india will pull back things again and gain control of this test too. I hope it does not happen this time but the trend shows this indian team is simply unstoppable.

  • handy_dude on July 27, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Dhoni shud have played at least one specialist spinner in this test. This test iis lost for sure.

  • Nampally on July 27, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    At Tea break England are 184 for 1 with both Cook & Balance heading for a century & well set. There is a huge difference using Ashwin's off spinners vs. part time Rohit's off spin. But Dhoni fees he can do with Rohit as off spinner. Again India has 3 specialist bowlers playing a 5 day test match- Back to SA & NZ tour! After India being 1-0, Dhoni needed to go with 4 specialist bowlers + 1 bowling all rounder. With this set of bowlers India does not have 20 wkt, taking ability. So the best India can expect is a draw if they bat well. The session after tea is crucial especially with the New Ball. I personally feel England's target is a total over 500. Dhoni should stop messing around with short pitch bowling from Pankaj or leg stump attack from jadeja. It will be too expensive. It will not work on a plumb batting wkt. Lords wkt. had uneven bounce & India were facing the lower batting order. Just focus on steady line & length & hope for batsmen to make mistakes.

  • Samychennai on July 27, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    By the way England found the trick to bring their captain in form that prepared slow pitch again. Dhoni did mistake again not selecting Ashwin in this slow pitch and he is going get trouble by not taking 20 wickets. You could see England declare their innings first time in test cricket after long while. Rohit is very lazy in moving bat and he might have failed fast track. He may survive in this slow track but what use? This is going to another draw by Dhoni's master mind?

  • on July 27, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    good response by England captain

  • TheBigBoodha on July 27, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    England already on their way to a winning position here. Good to see Cook getting runs. What hell he has been through!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on July 27, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Another ROAD...Another DRAW looms....RIP test cricket

  • Nampally on July 27, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    India does not have bowlers to take 20 wkts. especially when critical catches are floored - jadeja let off Cook in the slips. Cook will be heading towards his century as he always did after being dropped. Both Balance & Cook are LH bats. Bu where is the off spinner Ashwin to counter them? On the Bench! It looks like England will finish the day on high note judging by the ease with which they are scoring runs. Dhoni has put India in jeopardy again by his poor XI selection. This looks like a batting wkt. & a good toss for England to win. I won't be surprised if Dhoni goes back to his defensive field very soon. My advise to Dhoni is not to burn out Kumar. Use Pankaj more as he is relatively fresh. If he can bowl economically along with jadeja England may be limited to 300 at the end of Day 1. I can foresee a total of >400 facing India when they go into bat if they bowl well. India has to take 2 wkt. in each of the 2 sessions to remain competitive. One has to pay for omitting right bowlers

  • on July 27, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    if you are in bad form then play against India

  • on July 27, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    who is the most negative test captain in the world?

  • on July 27, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    india will lose this match on the 4th day.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Oh I understand it fine.. Dhoni waiting for the second new ball and saving his pacers.. Now wait it is not due for anotehr 30-odd overs... and there is no guarantee that he would take it immediately this time around.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Cloud cover... a bit encouragement for pace bowlers.. and what do I see here.. Jadeja bowling on the stumps (actually legs).. difficult to understand

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Bhuvi getting into the groove here... a wicket around the corner...?

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Is that another Mastermind from Dhoni - Jadeja bowling a leg stump line... last I've seen bowl that line was Sanath Jayarusiya (and ofcorse Aswin)

  • finetune on July 27, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Pathetic team selection by Indians, unless a miracle happens i do not see winning result going towards any team. How does Dhoni expect his 4 bowlers to get 20 wickets on this pitch? i wanted to see Ashwin or Aaron in place of Rohit. Already can see this match going towards draw because of long batting line up from both the teams.the only match played on The Ageas Bowl suggest the same, batting will get better and better as game progresses. http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-india-2014/engine/match/474465.html

  • RayMcCooney on July 27, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    How, when and of what has Cook been reprieved?

  • Coolcapricorn on July 27, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Can see England getting 400-500+ in this innings with MSD having to overbowl his three seamers. Poor team selection by India, nothing seems to have been learned from our recent trips to SA + NZ and this why MSD remains a poor Test captain abroad. Maybe by picking an extra batsman, his plan is to protect his 1-0 series lead & will happily settle for three high-scoring draws in the remaining matches including this one.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on July 27, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Cook gets a ton, England score 600, India score 600, nobody gets entertained.

    Calling it.

  • madras_boy on July 27, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    God only can help India. I cannot see the reason why Rohit is always selected in the team as if we dont have any one. Ashwin is not there still. Bizarre selection. The series going to be levelled in 3 days !!!

  • on July 27, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    How frail are our players was shown through breaking down of Ishant after 2 tests . replacement is a 'gentle giant' a trundler at best .poor replacement .Aaron if not now when? The present test does not auger well for India .

  • Oracle_Magus on July 27, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Looks like today is Cook's day and he is going to make it count. This match is what's required to get him back to form. Once he regains his confidence, it will have a huge effect on his captaincy too. It seems to be a great move from India to bring Rohit in. This pitch does not have the sting and winning here by bowling out the opposition seems to be impossible. Rohit can score at quick pace and this can put some pressure on England. A draw here will be the best possible result for India and from here that is the most likely outcome. Unless of course one of the two teams does something bizarre and gifts their wickets to the opposition, which in case of these two teams are not too unlikely. Let's look forward for some good batting performance here from the two teams and wish them the best. Cheers!!!

  • on July 27, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    india must be the most disciplined test bowling side currently, they hardly give any easy runs, and continuously make the batsmen to play almost each and every deliveries. south africa looks like having over all better bowling side than india but styen for example wastes so many deliveries with short pitched or very wide off the stumps so practically speaking india can be considered as the most disciplined bowling side in the test cricket in the recent times.they put lot of effort and dedication behind their bowling and try to get the best of their effort.

  • Nampally on July 27, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Despite Dhoni's assertion to pick a "Right Team" Dhoni once again made the same mistake of dropping Ashwin. England LH bats have to be countered with a good off spinner. Relying on part time off spin of Rohit Sharma is poor way to find an off spinner. Ashwin should have come in place of Jadeja, who is an all rounder not a specialist bowler. Ashwin is more of a specialist bowler who is a better bat than jadeja as his Test Average of 40 proves it along with over 100 Test wlts. You cannot bench someone with fastest 100 wkt. tally especially when he is #1 counter foil to LH bats. Sadly Dhoni never uses logic- just gut feeling. With Ishant missing he needed an aggressive pace bowler like Aaron at 145 to 150 KPH. Instead Dhoni chose Pankaj. Either go with real pace or good swing- not just economy. You need to take out 20 wkts. to win- Has India got the bowling? Kumar & Shami have to rise to step up by taking wkts. Jadeja & Pankaj will be the economy bowlers. Even Cook has found Form!

  • on July 27, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    england still struggling, of course it is understandable due to the poor form of their batsmen, lack of confidence and wonderful bowling from indian bowlers. 78 for 1 is better than something worse than this but it itself is nothing great especially in the context of england down by 1 test already. it should have been no-loss till lunch or around 90 to 95 for 1, so england is still not fine here. this is still a bowling friendly pitch and england has to do lot of hard work from here onwards. i would say the 1st session was draw rather than england's. england had no confidence to put india to bat and take some quick wickets and you can see the results already, england has no advantage at all so far.

  • CodandChips on July 27, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Enjoying myself at the home of cricket (I'm a Hants fan after all).

    Cook received a standing ovation from the Shane Warne stand when he went out to bat and when he came off at lunch he got one from the whole stadium. Let's hope he can get that hundred.

    Stokes has been treated unfairly imo. Has bowled better than Anderson and Broad this series. But glad to see Plunkett rested and Woakes and Jordan get their goes. But perhaps Broad should have got rested given his possible injury and a world cup in a few months.

  • INDSlider on July 27, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Good luck Cook for getting back to form.

  • on July 27, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Hahaha Cook keeps England steady...... Haven't heard that in a while.

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

    love to see cook is back to his form. he had some luck but you need some luck when you're out of form for some time. he got that. now it's time to do the hard work. i'm pretty sure this will be a storming come back from cook. opposite teams will have to suffer a lot then because he is hungry for runs now than he ever was.

  • on July 27, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    i think iswar is a best bowler than pankag . rohit isn't a mistake from dhoni because also binny not do many overs

  • siltbreeze on July 27, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Bizarre team selection by India. Despite what some writers have said before the match about the Rose Bowl having pace and bounce, it generally doesn't - it tends to be a slow, turning track and we're in the middle of a hot dry spell, yet India go in with one spinner (not their best) and Rohit bowls before lunch. I just don't understand the thinking. Fletcher can be very defensive, but are India really trying to defend 1-0 already, when England are in disarray and there to be beaten?

  • Sexysteven on July 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Ok another slow and low wicket I see all three pitches so far very low and slow lords being the best of them at least it had something in it for the bowlers this one in Southampton doesn't look much better then the one in Trentbridge it's got draw written all over it if both teams bat well team selections good to see rohit play I would of played Aaron he looks better then Punkjah Singh and England why's plunkett been left out its broad that needs arest and stokes don't understand why he's not playing stokes is abetter bowler then woakes

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Totally ENG session here.. Had India got cook it would have been a different story....

  • opto_pus on July 27, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I think sloppy fielding at slips could cost India dearly they really need to practice their fielding. Letting Cook off was poor cricket by them.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    England's session so far unless India manage to get Cook. Shami has ramped up his pace just couple of miles, but looks better than the last two tests.. Bhuvi has been off-color or is it that he setup such high expectations that no wicket in a sessions seems like an utter failure..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 27, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    @Jayanta-Seriously?Only safe comparison will be with Pankaj,Ishant's replacement.Well these 2 match up to the Aussie legend pretty much on 1 aspect though-height.Coming to the match,just heard Warne mention pitch will get quicker on d2,3.Eng well on top

  • on July 27, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    y dhawan.. still in playing xi

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Dravid making some good points there... but as always he is too good a human being and too modest to make his points the emphatic way he needs to say them... On a good note, India tasted the first blood

  • namakkalsekar on July 27, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Shami should have been dropped. Highly inconsistent and there is no sting in his bowling. He will be punished heavily here.

  • on July 27, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    This third rate bowling is looking very innocuous. It was Ishant Sharma's magic spell that made all the difference. England will make 600 on this pitch and this bowling attack.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Eng looking good for a good couple of days of batting.Been a solid 1st hour from Eng openers,with lot more to come.Ind are already looking flat,with Binny out doesnt help going in with only 4 bowlers,1 of them left arm spinner Jadeja looks a long day.

  • on July 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    india should have. picked ishwar pandey and dropping binny for ipl specialist rohit is a big mistake

  • on July 27, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Rohit ahead of Ashwin is big mistake when present batting is in good shape. Bowlers are gonna have nightmare in this wicket. It is quite possible for English victory this time.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Dravid makes a good point-- had that catch been taken off Binny, he would have possibly got more chances with the ball and could haven well been playing this game.... Hope Pankaj does not end up with a similar fate..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Well a beautiful pitch and an even better toss W by Eng.And Eng openers have looked @ no trouble at all v Ind's 120 k medium pacers.A dropped sitter already off Cook.Thats a sign thats its his day.Both Sam,Cook looking good to be n.o on big 100s @ stumps.

  • Surajrises on July 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    This pitch is going to get flatter and flatter as the match progresses. This means we are witnessing another boring Test Match. David Boon would already be making another report right now about another disastrous PITCH. There just seems to be nothing in this pitch! More over, Jadeja has dropped Cook! Only god knows how costly is it going to prove for India. India are allowing Cook to come back to form and save his Captaincy.

  • Aussasinator on July 27, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    India should have played Varun Aaron instead of Pankaj. Still don't understand Dhoni's attitude . He is going to kill Indian faster bowlers and create a batch of medium paced trundlers by the time he retires. Wanted Kohli as captain. We will then see genuine bowlers, both pace and spin, winning matches for India.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Pankaj is so-far bowling waaaay faster than Ishant - Avg mid 80's and occasionally touching high 80s.... make it count Pankaj. Ishant injured, does not happen every day and everyone knows how difficult it would be to displace him from the team.

  • on July 27, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Pankaj singh looks good! although I think Varun aaron would have probably been a better option

  • Dilmah82 on July 27, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    The 7 batsmen tactic would have been good if Ishant was player, but now is a risk with him out as an inexperienced attack. Jadeja main jobn is to take wickets not score runs...how can they keep Ashwin out for him

  • Mervo on July 27, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    How Stokes has come back to the field after a bright start in Australia. England need to invest more time and coaching into their own home grown players as youngsters and stop importing them.

  • on July 27, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Positive captaincy yields positive results as we have seen at Lords. Inexplicably however, Dhoni is back again to defensive tactics. With yr MoM in the last match out with an injury one would expect him to bolster his bowling attack. Getting in Aaron or Ashwin would have clearly indicated India's intent to go for the kill. Getting a 7th batsman only serves to show that Dhoni does not trust his batsmen as well as his own batting skills. Such a waste of opportunity this is.

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    England should have picked KP!!!

  • Coolcapricorn on July 27, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    India's poor close catching continues........now Jadeja drops a sitter! Think India are going to struggle in this Test with only four frontline bowlers....which I think is a big mistake!

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Great job in the slips...way to boost up the confidence of the debutant..a drop catch, several mis-fields. Pankaj showing good signs here... what a start it would have been had Jadeja managed a simple dolly.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Cook dropped on 15 by Jadeja... how costly will that be?

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Looks like Bhuvi is putting too much pressure on himself, He should get back to his strength which is cool mind setting up the batsmen with patience. He is getting a bit too anxious.

  • paapam on July 27, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Understandable. 1-0 up, strenghthen batting. Try and maintain lead. Ashwin will get a look in if the top order fires.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    What will India do if Bhuvi has an off-day - which he already seems liike - looking at the way he is spraying all over the pitch. Shami not that effective since the beginning of IPL, and a debutant in Pankaj - who would definitely bowl his heart out.. but has India lost the plot here a bit. What message would they have sent if they selected Aaron instead of Rohit.. they would have said.. here we come ENG.. here we come to WIN. We've tasted blood and we want more....

    But with Rohit in, IND is really saying, we got our one-off historic win, we are happy and complacent, all we care for now are three draws in a row for our first away series win...in what for ever.

  • Kashi0127 on July 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Guatam Gambhir is extremely lucky to be on the tour and better if he is relegated to free lunches and dinner and keep the bench warm.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Eng so far has been very lucky with the TOSS this series, getting to bat first at Trentbridge, then puttiing India first at Lords and now getting to bat first here. They could not capitalize the first two occasions but looks like a different story here with Cook playing positively, Robson playing solid.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Very early to say this....but Looks like India is back to its familiar ways of waiting for the declaration. Butler for Prior is already known, Stokes losing his place is expected and Jordon is a welcome addition, but I think Plunkett played well and that is a surprise change for ENG. I guess the ploy is to give Plunkett a bit a rest, as Anderson may miss the next games.

    Anyways looks like a long day at field for India and return to merry ways for Cook. Come on India make me eat my words.

  • RogerC on July 27, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    I can foresee that India will be defeated in this test with a poor bowling line up. Ashwin will be brought in for the next test when England has its tail up and that will be too late.

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Surprise the inclusion of Rohit. Ashwin is better option. Rohit inclusion waste, His batting performance during south Africa tour was very poor. See this.....after completion of this test.

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    turn back time, Glenn mcgrath injuring his ankle after test 1 with Autralia up 1-0 and we all know what happenned to that series. Some Gremlins with india going in with just 4 specialist bowlers and sacrificing the allrounder in favour of the specialist batter. Time will tell whether R Ashvin deserved to sit out another one...

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    My comment from yesterday - of very little value now - but I still stick to what I believe.

    It would be utterly insane to drop binny and go back to 6 batsmen formula. India seems to take a step

    forward and then 10 backward. If India could manage with 5 batsmen on such a lively pitch at Lords,

    that should boost their confidence in their batsmen. Taking 20 wickets is the top priority.

    If Rohit HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in KOHLI's place or RAHANEs'. Can Dhoni do that?

    If Ashwin HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in JADEJA's place.

    I would not mind giving Shami or Ishant a rest and get either Pankaj or Pandey in the side.

    If at all Binny has to make way, then it should be to a genuine pace bowler, but not to either Rohit or Ashwin.

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Can you believe.. gauti is still on the bench while dhawan is opening.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    For a moment I thought India made a brave but positive move to include Pankaj singh in place of Binny. Joined live TV little late and was Little nervous but happy to see Pankaj singh field. Couple of balls later to my horror saw Rohit on the field - stoned... what has happened, who would he have replaced if Pankaj came for Binny. My computer is still restarting at that point - hurried to cricinfo and to my dismay saw that Rohit came in place of Binny. Very poor decision and a backward decision by India. Very disappointed.

    India lost the plot here. Only two results from here either an ENG win or ROHIT magic to make it a draw, unless Pankaj has a major say (have not seen him bowl yet).

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Pankaj was more deserving than Shami or Ishant before the series began. Thank god he got a chance. Ideally, with Ishant injured, both Pankaj and Aaron should have played, keeping Shami out. Thank god Binny is out. Rohit will score heavily in this match, Pankaj will take wickets.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Bizarre that despite playing against a team inept at playing well against spin, India STILL insist on leaving out Ashwin... Vijay's there I suppose.

  • denmore on July 27, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Good luck India..2-0 will be great. Good luck to Pankaj Singh. Remember 1996, some injuries brought in Ganguly and Dravid. The rest is history!!!!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    With Anderson possibly missing the next two games after his hearing, I can understand/forgive insisting on playing him; but if Broad is carrying any sort of niggle I don't agree with running him into the ground just because England are 1-0 down. I read somewhere that Stokes may be suffering from blistered feet, but couldn't work out if that was just tongue-in-cheek. Forget about his batting for the moment - use him as a strike bowler and get him in there in place of Broad if he's fit. Anyway, glad to see Woakes and Jordan get a run regardless of who for. Anybody notice England have no frontline spinner...

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    England made bad decisions last test on the field. Now even worse ones with the Dropping of Plunkett. I thought he was one of England's better performers in the test at Lords. let's hope it's just a spell and he'll return next test.

  • Sachin_the_god_forever on July 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Good luck Pankaj singh..Please fellow Indians dont critisize his inclusion..He deserved this chance..

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    surely plunket has been England's best seam bowler thus far.Why drop him?

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    surely plunket has been England's best seam bowler thus far.Why drop him?

  • Sachin_the_god_forever on July 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Good luck Pankaj singh..Please fellow Indians dont critisize his inclusion..He deserved this chance..

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    England made bad decisions last test on the field. Now even worse ones with the Dropping of Plunkett. I thought he was one of England's better performers in the test at Lords. let's hope it's just a spell and he'll return next test.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    With Anderson possibly missing the next two games after his hearing, I can understand/forgive insisting on playing him; but if Broad is carrying any sort of niggle I don't agree with running him into the ground just because England are 1-0 down. I read somewhere that Stokes may be suffering from blistered feet, but couldn't work out if that was just tongue-in-cheek. Forget about his batting for the moment - use him as a strike bowler and get him in there in place of Broad if he's fit. Anyway, glad to see Woakes and Jordan get a run regardless of who for. Anybody notice England have no frontline spinner...

  • denmore on July 27, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Good luck India..2-0 will be great. Good luck to Pankaj Singh. Remember 1996, some injuries brought in Ganguly and Dravid. The rest is history!!!!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Bizarre that despite playing against a team inept at playing well against spin, India STILL insist on leaving out Ashwin... Vijay's there I suppose.

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Pankaj was more deserving than Shami or Ishant before the series began. Thank god he got a chance. Ideally, with Ishant injured, both Pankaj and Aaron should have played, keeping Shami out. Thank god Binny is out. Rohit will score heavily in this match, Pankaj will take wickets.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    For a moment I thought India made a brave but positive move to include Pankaj singh in place of Binny. Joined live TV little late and was Little nervous but happy to see Pankaj singh field. Couple of balls later to my horror saw Rohit on the field - stoned... what has happened, who would he have replaced if Pankaj came for Binny. My computer is still restarting at that point - hurried to cricinfo and to my dismay saw that Rohit came in place of Binny. Very poor decision and a backward decision by India. Very disappointed.

    India lost the plot here. Only two results from here either an ENG win or ROHIT magic to make it a draw, unless Pankaj has a major say (have not seen him bowl yet).

  • on July 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Can you believe.. gauti is still on the bench while dhawan is opening.

  • bhushanB on July 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    My comment from yesterday - of very little value now - but I still stick to what I believe.

    It would be utterly insane to drop binny and go back to 6 batsmen formula. India seems to take a step

    forward and then 10 backward. If India could manage with 5 batsmen on such a lively pitch at Lords,

    that should boost their confidence in their batsmen. Taking 20 wickets is the top priority.

    If Rohit HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in KOHLI's place or RAHANEs'. Can Dhoni do that?

    If Ashwin HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in JADEJA's place.

    I would not mind giving Shami or Ishant a rest and get either Pankaj or Pandey in the side.

    If at all Binny has to make way, then it should be to a genuine pace bowler, but not to either Rohit or Ashwin.