England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 4th day July 30, 2014

England eye win after perfect day


India 330 (Rahane 54, Dhoni 50, Anderson 5-53) and 112 for 4 (Moeen 2-33) need 333 more to beat England 569 for 7 dec (Bell 167, Ballance 156, Cook 95, Buttler 85) and 205 for 4 dec (Cook 70*, Root 56*)
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England continued to play the near-perfect Test and India were powerless to hinder them. At times it looked like they weren't even trying, as the cracks in their 1-0 series lead spider-webbed towards shattering point.

The home side did everything right on the fourth day in Southampton. James Anderson mopped up the last two Indian wickets in 4.1 overs; their batsmen scored at five an over to facilitate a declaration by tea; and then their part-time spinners knocked over India's top order and left England needing only six wickets on the fifth day to win a Test they have dominated for its entirety.

India were shoddy right through this match and never more so than in the final session today, when they began their impossible chase of 445 and their improbable 132-over survival battle. There wasn't as much swing or seam movement for England's new-ball bowlers and M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan survived opening spells from Anderson and Stuart Broad without too many scares.

The hard work had been done but in the very next over from Chris Woakes an important flaw in Vijay's game - his sometimes laidback approach - cost him his wicket. Dhawan had dropped the ball close on the leg side and run. Broad ran in from midwicket, under-armed the throw at the striker's end, and hit the stumps. Vijay did not sprint. He did not stretch. He did not extend his bat fully while grounding it. He did not dive. Vijay thought he was safe. He was not, by an inch. Given the trouble India were in, Vijay's lack of commitment to that single was shocking.

Moeen Ali had taken two wickets in the first innings to further his credentials as more than just a part-time spinner. Today, he struck with his second ball, as Cheteshwar Pujara overestimated the turn on the offbreak and edged to slip where Chris Jordan, who had a mediocre match with the ball, swooped low to his right to hold a one-handed catch that would have been the envy of India's slipshod cordon.

Moeen was bowling far better than India's spinner Ravindra Jadeja had. With a little flight and drift, he fizzed balls out of the rough, and the natural variations in the degree of turn caused serious problems. He should have had Dhawan lbw on 20 but the batsman was reprieved and went on to add 51 for the third wicket with Virat Kohli. Like they did each time in India's first innings, England broke the partnership before it grew to significant proportions. Joe Root did it, getting Dhawan to edge to Jordan at slip. England's weakest bowling link had ended India's strongest stand. Moeen returned for a second spell and in his second over he drew Kohli forward and Jos Buttler caught the thin edge. India were 89 for 4.

That England had as many as 132 overs to bowl India out was down to their clinical performance in the first two sessions. India had begun the fourth morning on 323 for 8, trailing by 246, with their captain MS Dhoni at the crease on 50. Any hope of frustrating England, however, was snuffed by two bouncers from Anderson. Dhoni tried to hook, while Mohammed Shami tried to sway away. Both gloved to Buttler to give Anderson his 16th five-wicket haul on his 32nd birthday, and England a 239-run lead inside the first half hour.

England were not delayed while batting either. They scored freely of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and while Pankaj Singh was tight in his first spell, he was also luckless. His match analysis of 0 for 179 was the most expensive for a wicketless debutant. He did not deserve them

Gary Ballance started slowly, scoring 3 off his first 18 balls, but went from first gear into overdrive in a blink. He punched Bhuvneshwar straight for a couple, flicked for four and drove past the bowler for another boundary, off successive deliveries. His best shot was a powerful punch that rocketed past Shami and thudded into the boundary boards. England were pushing towards four an over.

When Dhoni turned to part-time offspinner Rohit Sharma, Ballance promptly smacked him over his head for six, and lashed one through covers. When Jadeja came on, he reverse-slapped him to the point boundary. Ballance was sawn off once again, though. On the stroke of lunch, the ball lobbed to short leg off his pad and thigh, but umpire Marais Erasmus upheld Jadeja's appeal.

Ian Bell, Root and Alastair Cook carried on swelling the lead rapidly after lunch, and it became increasingly clear England would not need to bat after tea. While Cook rotated strike, Bell scored 23 at more than a run a ball. Jadeja eventually bowled him round his legs, but India's hurt was about to get so much worse.

Root and Cook added 99 in 14.2 overs. Cook swept Jadeja to bring up his fifty - his second of the Test and much more convincing than his first - and then swept him again to take the lead to 400. Root was going at nearly a run a ball without hitting boundaries, but he wound up soon enough and brought up his half-century off 38 deliveries. He got there by scooping Bhuvneshwar over the keeper and bludgeoning him twice down the ground for four.

When Root was bowled 25 minutes before the scheduled tea break, with England on 205 for 4 in the 41st over, Cook decided it was time to let his bowlers begin the endgame.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 31, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    If India can take some brave decisions then the ideal playing 11 should be Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli (c), Rahane, Saha, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Pandey, Singh.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Well done England after long time. All the cylinders of batting bowling & fielding fired perfectly. Good performance from Cook Bell Anderson & Ali.

  • madras_boy on July 31, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Perfectly said ! It is reminding me of 2011 haunt memories when India lost all the matches without a backbone. In fact, I thought we will play until tea for reminder of 6 wickets today but unfortunately all wrapped up in 1 hour and 45 min !!! Probably they want to go to Cornwall before the next game !!! Pathetic Performance.

    Time to change Dhawan and Kohli. Test match has become kids play for both. Don't know what Rohit is doing in the team. Probably selectors need to ask Dravid to pad up leaving his media job. Bring in some temperamental players like Badrinath rather than jokers. We need guys who can grind it in test matches, who can play few long sessions. The only solace in the series so far is that Vijay and Rahane. Both got in to the groove else our score card would have been worser than 2011.

    Definitely Cook will be relieved now and will be looking to go up in the series with Old Trafford and Oval to go. Can India grab it again or loose with out a backbone.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Need to make at least three changes in the side for Manchester : in comes: Ashwin, Pandey, and Ghambir . Out goes : Shikkar, Rohit, Shammi. For England one change: Plunkett comes for Jordon.. If Anderson goes out on disciplinary grounds then Finn comes in for Jimmy.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    England pulled of a great win. But i think indian fan do not have to worry as of yet, this will be a big setback but India are now being forced to hit harder in the next match. As of now the series is leveled but i still think India is in top due to pulling of the first win, changes in the playing eleven contributed to the failure of performance. i am disappointed but not angry, looking forward to a fresh faced india in the next test.

    My 11: Vijay, Gauti, Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Varun.

    If Ashwin does not perform with the ball, send him early to bat. The team may get a return on him.

    Good luck to india, Fans should not be sad, gotta lot of good cricket to look forward to.

  • indian1986 on July 31, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Well congrats England!!! I just feel Rohit may not play in a test for a very longtime to come.. i wish it is true...we may be looking at another vinod kambli in the making.. I have been a big fan of him till today..but disappointed..hope he gets his priorities right and hope team India bounces back.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    ENG won by 266 runs or considerably less than the number of runs Bell and Ballance scored after DRS was not applied.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Brilliant cricket from England.. well done poms !!! from a Sri Lankan cricket fan..

  • on July 31, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    If India can take some brave decisions then the ideal playing 11 should be Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli (c), Rahane, Saha, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Pandey, Singh.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Well done England after long time. All the cylinders of batting bowling & fielding fired perfectly. Good performance from Cook Bell Anderson & Ali.

  • madras_boy on July 31, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Perfectly said ! It is reminding me of 2011 haunt memories when India lost all the matches without a backbone. In fact, I thought we will play until tea for reminder of 6 wickets today but unfortunately all wrapped up in 1 hour and 45 min !!! Probably they want to go to Cornwall before the next game !!! Pathetic Performance.

    Time to change Dhawan and Kohli. Test match has become kids play for both. Don't know what Rohit is doing in the team. Probably selectors need to ask Dravid to pad up leaving his media job. Bring in some temperamental players like Badrinath rather than jokers. We need guys who can grind it in test matches, who can play few long sessions. The only solace in the series so far is that Vijay and Rahane. Both got in to the groove else our score card would have been worser than 2011.

    Definitely Cook will be relieved now and will be looking to go up in the series with Old Trafford and Oval to go. Can India grab it again or loose with out a backbone.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Need to make at least three changes in the side for Manchester : in comes: Ashwin, Pandey, and Ghambir . Out goes : Shikkar, Rohit, Shammi. For England one change: Plunkett comes for Jordon.. If Anderson goes out on disciplinary grounds then Finn comes in for Jimmy.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    England pulled of a great win. But i think indian fan do not have to worry as of yet, this will be a big setback but India are now being forced to hit harder in the next match. As of now the series is leveled but i still think India is in top due to pulling of the first win, changes in the playing eleven contributed to the failure of performance. i am disappointed but not angry, looking forward to a fresh faced india in the next test.

    My 11: Vijay, Gauti, Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Varun.

    If Ashwin does not perform with the ball, send him early to bat. The team may get a return on him.

    Good luck to india, Fans should not be sad, gotta lot of good cricket to look forward to.

  • indian1986 on July 31, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Well congrats England!!! I just feel Rohit may not play in a test for a very longtime to come.. i wish it is true...we may be looking at another vinod kambli in the making.. I have been a big fan of him till today..but disappointed..hope he gets his priorities right and hope team India bounces back.

  • on July 31, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    ENG won by 266 runs or considerably less than the number of runs Bell and Ballance scored after DRS was not applied.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Brilliant cricket from England.. well done poms !!! from a Sri Lankan cricket fan..

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Definitely the 4 th test team need to change, my teams 1. Vijay 2. Gambir 3.Kohli 4.Pujara 5.Rahane 6. Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvi 10.Varun aron 11. Ishant

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on July 31, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    well played England. We showed a lot of character to come back from a difficult time over the last 9 months or so. It is great to see performances from a lot of the newer players (Ballance, Ali, Root, Buttler), as well as Plunkett and Robson who have contributed earlier in the series.

    Cook has shown real fight to come back the way he has, and I thought he got the key decisions right - batting first, not enforcing the follow on, timing of the declaration. Not every Captain will be the best their country has ever seen, and with the exception of Clarke I think all international Captains not have a defensive mindset as default. There is so much at stake in each test nowadays.

    Changes - Plunkett back in for Jordan. strengthens the bowling and the batting IMO. Thats it really. everyone in the top 6 has got runs in the series. Could rest Broad for Plunkett. they wont though, next test is critical for both sides. 1-1 with 2 tests to play is great for fans of both teams.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Back to square one.. This is such a disappointing performance from India. This is a sheer demonstration of audacious complacency. Strong signals need to be sent. Its not an overreaction on just one loss. Seeing the situation, this loss is not at all culpable. This is shameful.

  • SHEREHIND on July 31, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    India does it once again as usual. I think Dhoni made a mistake by having Rohit sharma as 6th Batsmen, instead he should have gone for 2 or 3 more batsmen as that would have made him satisfy that India cannot be bowled out twice on such a pitch with so many batsmen.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    India have lost this Test Match and it also does not augur well for the next 2 Test Matches. The only 3 batsmen who seem to be in control in this series are Vijay, Rahane & Bhuvi. The others do not have the technique to hang on for long except for Pujara. Dhawan, Kohli, Rohit Sharma & Dhoni are not Test Players. They either do not have temperament or technique or both. It is surprising that Dhawan is even playing with Gambhir in the squad. Maybe better sense would prevail in the next match. Bowling is just not good enough. They were lucky in the 1st match to have won it. And the worst part is that India used to be best players of spin bowling. Apparently, they are losing more wickets to spin bwling than England. I'm sure most of the retired cricketers would be craving to make a comeback to show this team how to play spin bowling. To wind up, India would be lucky if they can draw this series. I don't see India winning this series after this Test's performance.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 31, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    @Mervo we just beat England at Lord's a week back. This is a bad defeat, but it's not the end of an era. Merely a wake-up call. Series still wide open. English fans, don't make the mistake we did and overhype your side before the next Test. These two are unpredictable!

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on July 31, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Drop Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, Pujara - If you want to win the battle Get VERU, Ghambhir, Naman Ojah, Privin Kumar - then you win battle in English Soil. I missed Viru and Ghambhir as a Oppener man. Pravin Kumar is Swinging Bowler. Only Zahir and Pravin Kumar can do damaged on the English Soil. Fine Get Ashwin involved and Captancy go to Gambhir........!Respect Viru and Gambhir.!

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 31, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    The only positive in this series so far is Vijay and Rahane. Maybe Bhuvi as well.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    I told you so. Two sessions and two sessions it is. The fine batting line crumbling around Rahane left right & centre.

  • jingopack on July 31, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    y do we want to play tests in conventional manner all the time?....try something which wil surprise opposition like play unconventional shots and get the bowlers off their length a bit...atleast try....jadeja and dhoni were capable for it..anyone among them should have come up the order...if it pays off ..it would have shaken up england.....its evident tat they dont have the technical stuff to survive and bat fr long hours....why cant we take such a gamble when u hav ur back against the wall??....

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on July 31, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Indian team deserves the tail of test cricket rankings. Extremely poor performance, on extremely ordinary, part time spin balling could scatter the top guns of Indian batting line up. Batting against spin, which they boast as one of their key strengths was proven a myth, nor good at facing pace attacks. The first win at Lords seems to be a casino luck. Current Indian team is good for any non-performing nation to use as a stepping stone to get in to form.

  • subratachakrabarty on July 31, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I think Indian selectors gave enough chances to Shikhar Dhawan. I think he should sit outside and let other potential player take his place. Very mediocre performance from India. Not even an attitude to win. It seems like they lost it the second day.

  • Mervo on July 31, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    India have been out bowled - pace and spin - and out batted. At least this is a reality check for them. Moen has been better than Jadeja and I am sorry to say that none of the Indian batsmen have not shown anything like the ability I thought they would show on turf wickets. Quiet disappointing for their aspirations really to be a top side. No excuses here. Beating sides away from home is the hallmark. As Australia did in South Africa recently.

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 31, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Ha Ha Enjoying every bit of it. These INDIANS are getting hammered not in the cricketing field but in this forum too..BD,PAK,SL everybody eagerly waiting to see Poms victory..!! Come on Poms do it once more. 3-1 on the cards..

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    india thinking thay are king of the cricket ....so what happend them.....very poor cricket from them kholi`s batting very poor too ..sl was batter than india in england

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Moen Ali what a player England have found.

  • OhDearieMe on July 31, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Style, class, ability, good cricket brain, media friendly........ future India captain?

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

    Methinks he's been concentrating too much on his off-field strategy @franciscan_educated.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Can someone remind me please how did Shikhar Dhawan became the opener for India's Test side? Crazy move which is back firing. With due respect to his performance in NZ, India needs a solid technically sound batsmen to open the innings. Gautam Gambhir is not that batsmen with his tendency to chop it back on to the stumps.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    such poor application from the Indian top order. it really shows why South Africa are the best team in the world. the play the situation better than any other team in the world, in all conditions. that said, I hope India put up a good fight, maybe some razzle from jadeja.

  • rhome on July 31, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    A genuinely honest Indian captain, with the motive of "winning" test matches should start picking his team in the following manner. How do we win? by taking 20 wickets What do we need for that? 5 bowlers (avg 4 wickets per bowler) Is that enough? No, we need good batsmen to support the bowlers. Where do we play? England So should we play 2 spinners? No. 2 spinners will not get to bowl more than 50 overs. Do we have 2 wicket taking spinners? No So whom should we pick? 4 pacers and one spinner (Ashwin). How many batsmen do I have? 6 (including Dhoni) Can 2 of my 5 bowlers support with the bat? Yes, Bhuvi & Ashwin could better than most Indian batsmen. Then why did I go with 3.5 bowlers?

  • india_boy33 on July 31, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Rahane was showed his skill & temperament in SA series & now he is showing that he is learning test cricket very quickly. His shot selection is awesome, he is a future asset for India. I appreciate him. He is not in the class of Dravid or Laxman but he will play an anchor role for the team in future. Go as far as you will go in this test.

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    It's not the loss that will hurt. It's the nature of the loss that's hurts. England fought brilliantly

  • franciscan_educated on July 31, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Can't wait for the post game interview with Mr Dhoni. Hopefully he will admit he was outplayed in every department rather than " well blah blah excuses excuses "

  • on July 31, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    There was a time when Ajinkya Rahane couldnt find a place in the side and us fans would keep calling out for his selection. Kudos to Ajinkya for firmly establishing himself in the middle order. He is building a reputation for playing crucial knocks in difficult situations. Few have called for him to open the innings but I think that would not be wise.

  • CalvinTheCricLover on July 31, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    THIS was always on the cards! With Nohit in the team, the game was already lost. they were looking for a draw from the beginning, no way are you going to win if you do that. Binny and ashwin would have both bowled and batted better than this flat track bully. Only the day when mumbai's cricket domination ends does the indian cricket get better.

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Now the match almost favour to england they deserved the win.england won all the session on this match good batting even though the batsmans got life they utilised well.good seam bowling and fielding and the catches.and finally throw the man dhoni from the test team.worst captaincy and non sense selection. plz dhoni go out from the test team.and dont make the indians fans as fools by selecting useless players as you wish.you well suited for limited overs cricket.

  • armchairjohnny on July 31, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    6 wickets down and hurtling towards a humiliating defeat. This is such a frustrating loss, no side should surrender so meekly after having played so well in the previous test. The Indians have sadly proven me right -- lack of stamina and application to win an overseas 5 match series. The selection of Rohit was a mistake, significantly weakening both the batting and bowling.

  • Umair.Khalid_UK on July 31, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Being an Indian Cricket fan across the border (Pakistan) still waiting to see the mighty come back of Gautam Ghambir by replacing the flat pitch expert Shikar Dhawan.....

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Congratulations England for winning this test match..You guys deserved it as you played better than India.. Your bowlers bowled exceptionally well on a flat pitch, Jimmy and Broad really deserves all the appreciation as they bowled their heart out for England and bowled really very well.. For India, There's still two matches left in the series and they will come back hard in the next two matches and will win this series by 3-1 or 2-1.. If ppl think India cannot make a comeback then just wait for the next match and find out urself.. India's winning this series..We "The die-hard Indian fans" are not sore losers like other fans who don't know what's sportmanship is.. I won't search for any excuse to downgrade England's performance and India's dismal approach to this game.. England played really well and they deserve this victory but we will make a comeback in the nxt match.. Don't get complacent for even a moment or otherwise it will hurt you.. Badly..

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    no resistance at all ..bring back binni who saved first test.

  • Puffin on July 31, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    This is a pretty feeble effort (so far) at saving a test. You can't go 200 runs behind on first innings and expect things to be easy afterwards, but all those Indian batsmen out very cheaply in the 2nd innings is poor. What is going on with Pujara? Last time I saw him he seemed a decent prospect, now he's nothing of note.

    India are making a fine job of making a struggling England team look better than it really is.

  • soumyas on July 31, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    There is an element called LUCK, Binny brought it to the team, even though he wasn't contributing or not given enough chances to contribute, Indian team was winning. poor guy carried the the name "team balance disrupter" even after match saving efforts. NOW, what our great team balancers Rohit,Pankaj,Jadeja doing to save the test ?

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    This loss was coming we haven't batted well since the 1st test now it is finally exposed........last test was a fluke........ and it has been proved in this test match.....and yeah slip fielding has been pathetic!

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 31, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    I'd bring in Gambhir for stability up top. Also bring in Aaron and Ashwin.

    Every India team in Tests should have Yadav and Aaron, yet Yadav is out playing for India A. Absolutely pathetic by the BCCI.

  • cric1965 on July 31, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Now 6 wickets gone.Common India, drag on this test until last hour. Do not give up easily.

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    I think its confirmed India have lost, Rohit got out to a bade decision and Dhoni just got out due to his edge. 1-1 it will be soon. India have to be fresh in the next match with Ashwin, Ishant and Gauti in for Rohit, Pankaj and Dhawan. Not that disappointed, the toss really decided the game india's bowling/batting and fielding sealed it for England. Good Luck to India for the Next two matches, we still can win this series.

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Dhawan and Rohit Sharma totally burden for Indian team. They cannot do anything in foreign pitches. Still they are in team!!!!!!. From Indian A team so many players knocking for chances, Sure India need to lose remaining matches too. Even though they will carry these waste players.

  • captkantor on July 31, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    If you look at things in perspective, at this point series could be 1-1 going on to be 2-1 in England's favour. One person who saved the 1st test was Stuart Binny. What does Dhoni do? Drop Binny and get back a substandard batsman in Rohit Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan, I don't understand what he does to be in the team? You have Gambhir warming up the benches, most astonishing. Gambhir has at the most 4-5 years, why not use him, Dhoni, will not because for him best team doesn't count, his team counts. Mohd. Shami has not been successful in two test why not play, ishwar panday. Next test you will see Pankaj Singh dropped and Ashwin brought in. Again that will be stupid. Pankaj singh is a good bowler and will not perform if not played. Binny is a handy all round cricketer, but will not perform if not given the bowl. We have to admit we are carrying a very substandard team. Next match DHONI, DHAWAN, ROHIT, KOHLI should be dropped and come up with Gambhir, Saha should be broght in.

  • VinodGupte on July 31, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    And there goes Nohit Sharma. Don't despair. He has loads of talent because Ravi Shastri and Ramiz Raja said so during a couple of IPL games. He will unleash hell on the bowlers all over the world in exactly (and only) one match after 5 years. Until then, we wait and trust Ramiz Rajas in the commentary box.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 31, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Rohit again cheaply getting out now has shown his inclusion as an extra batsman in this Test due to the ultra-defensive strategy of MSD has proven to be an utter disaster!

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Another bad decision against Sharma. Not having DRS is not an excuse for poor umpiring. DRS probably has made Umpires more trigger happy these days.

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    India will be all out before lunch today and mighty engalan will level the series.

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    I ll b very happy if india can hang on for two sessions.. fight and go down.. it ll b great if rahane scores a fighting century even of its in a losing cause

  • on July 31, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    India lost the test even before the test began! > I don't know if Rohit and Pankaj were Dhoni's choices or were they forced on him? > Why is there no Ashwin/ Gautam in this test? The pitch must have been studied first before announcing the final 11 > Jadeja cannot be counted as International Class spin bowler; He merits selection purely as batsman not all rounder! Then Binny was a better choice as all rounder > Vijay has negated whatever good-will he created for himself in Lord's Test with his casual approach to his batting in this test > It is time perhaps for Dhoni to rethink over Test Captaincy! He didn't do much in this test as captain What has happened to Virat Kohli? Why is he playing like this in England?

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    If you look at the Indian cricket history ,first of all ,if they win one match they are over the moon,never ever followed it up with real power to put the opposition down and out,the way Australians and South Africans do. Indian cricket team ,well known for their lousy fielding,throwing away wickets cheaply or even after getting a start,none existence of killer instinct,bowlers never ever consistent , all these virtues will never ever get them to the top ,they will always remain as mediocre team with lots of individuals and individual records , superstars to show for nothing. This I am talking about the test matches which is the real cricket,not honky ponky cricket of t20,odi etc. this series 3-1 in favour of England mark my words.

  • PaddynairBlr on July 31, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    God knows when India is going to play five FULL bowlers(meaning Ashwin).This attack is simply not strong enough to take 20 wickets.Lords was a one-off

  • Welay-White-Water on July 31, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Triple Nelson to win with 6 wickets in hand. Need further 127 (239-112) to write off 1st innings deficit. If fail to get further 127 isn't it like an innings defeat.....!

  • anoopgpl on July 31, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Bring here the young boys (like Samson, Kedhar Yadav etc.) playing for India A in Australia. That's 'the only possible solution to save the series. Or else stick to the old guns Veeru & Gambhir. With a par below average squad its hard to hang on from here.

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    For next match ...India should left virat and shikhar out and bring experienced gautam into the opening slot with ashwin as a wicket taking front line spinner....now bhuvi can bat and as well as jaddu....why need an extra batsmen

  • Seamer_Singh on July 31, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Team selection is where the game was virtually lost for India. The inclusion of R.Sharma over a bowler was pretty much a defensive move by Dhoni, as they were a bowler short on the first two days. This shows the negative mindset of BCCI. They needed an extra dimension to their bowling attack, someone with raw pace like Aaron who can bowl around the 90mph mark. Bowlers (and catches) win matches, Batsman save them. This win was gifted to England as was the previous match was gifted to India. Anderson has bowled really well, probably the best bowler for these conditions... must be the beard, something he has learnt from Mitch Johnson! But this series so far has been disappointing... the only way one side will win is when the opposition plays poorly. Poor advert for cricket.

  • RipalParmar1 on July 31, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I agree with Mohamed, we are relying too much on dreams like Hindi movies. Anand Palwankar, how can you can compare Rohit Sharma & Ajinkya Rahane with Dilip Vengsakar & G Viswanath. Rohit and Rahane are production of IPL, the proof was first inning when both threw away their wickets. Lord vicotry was unexpected and luck was favouring India but not any more. Every player is playing shots like they are playing IPL and getting out by playing bad shots or rushing and getting run out. England will walk all over India in next two two tests unless unpredicted English weather can help unpredicted Indian cricket team.

  • VinodGupte on July 31, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    The match will be over before tea. Dhoni will score a 50 and remain not out boosting his away average. #mission accomplished#

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @Dhoni - why did u disturbed the combination which worked so well in 1st two test matches..whose decision is this of deciding rohit & pankaj to play in playing 11..if it is Ur decision, u r the culprit.. Wht wrong stuart binny did?remember he is the one who saved first match

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    INDIA will successfully lose the chase!!! catches win matches and thats what INDIA are paying for... Dhoni can try saha to keep the wickets.... in terms of technique a better batsman too.... I am a serious dhoni fan but he seem to be fading...DHONI CAN PLAY HIS NATURAL ATTACKING GAME RATHER THAN TRYING TO PLAY AS A PLAYER OF TECHNIQUE.... Moreover its a team game n every1 needs to contribute.... INDIAN BOWLERS should work on pace... siddle is working hard to get his pace back...I dont see any INDIAN BOWLER doing that...If team india needs a strong bowling pack to compete they need pace along with their skill...DHONI is gonna end up his captaincy with dis grace... with this bowling pack WC2015 done n dusted... No idea what MRF pace factory is doing!!! cant bring in one bowler perfect bowler for all conditions, a bowler to threaten top order batsman.... I THINK THIS SERIES WILL CONCLUDE 2-1 OR 3-1 TO ENGLAND....

  • nach on July 31, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    tired of seeing dhawan and shami playing. This match is gone. Next match try playing gauti instead of dhawan Ishwar Pandey/Varun Aaron are net practice bowlers..... pls give them a chance.

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    LIST A Average(ie., equivalent to ODI's in international cricket)

    KM Jadhav 2008-2014

    Matches 53 Innings 51 Notouts 9 Highest score 141 Average 47.69 Runs 1884 Strike rate 106.31 Hundereds 4 Fifties 14

    Better record than any other cricketer in present India A team. Still no place for him in Indian team... India wastes some of their talented cricketers.

    Played just 3 matches in quadrangular series being played now in Australia instead of 6 matches played by others and still has highest number of sixes and fours with an average of 48.

    Highest Run scorer in last ended Ranji series.

    Why no place for him in Indian team ?????????

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Dhoni - please go with the same team which played 1st & 2nd match.that is the perfect combination in England conditions

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    India should play with same 11 which they played 1st 2 test matches

  • on July 31, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    540 balls is large than life for Ind. They need atleast 15 batsmans to play on last day of cricket to survive.

  • JG2704 on July 31, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (July 31, 2014, 3:43 GMT) Ravi Shastri was talking about India's reluctance to use DRS and he said they support some elements of DRS but not others. The one thing he said they were totally against was the predictable elements re the ball's course in LBW's - so even with a modified DRS LBW decisions wouldn't be changed. Still you can't accuse them of not developing/offering alternative technology can you?

    @ GRVJPR on (July 31, 2014, 5:27 GMT) re "For all my friends who are looking for miracle Indian win here is a disappointing news" ALL?

  • rhome on July 31, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Cook made an important decision of not following on. If he had done that, he would have given a slight window of opportunity to the Indians. History says that 5th day is the most difficult to bat at Ageas Bowl. Cook isnt that stupid after all. India should play well to bat until tea. 1:1 on the cards.

  • on July 31, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    I see normal service has resumed with India as you all want Dhoni sacked , Rohit and Kohli replaced , just last test this India team was world beaters and could play,on any pitch ha ha. Australia will enjoy another 4-0 if this is what India serve up in Australia.

  • NP_NY on July 31, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    I can't believe I am going to say this - I missed Ishant Sharma! :)

  • 5wombats on July 31, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @Big_Poppa_94 on (July 31, 2014, 7:59 GMT) - a couple of days ago you we calling this pitch a road and this match a certain draw. Now the pitch looks rather "sporting" - wouldn't you say?

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 31, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @VIKAS: I think India still have a chance of winning!!! I know you are also think so...I think still there is a 0% chance that India would win!!!

  • NP_NY on July 31, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    India, watch the South Africans and learn to block EVERYTHING. It's not easy but they have showed that it can be done....a few times now.

  • on July 31, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Our Indian fans are relying on dream all over. Someone is saying Ind is going to win the match. With the likes of mediocre batsman, we will not survive upto lunch. If Rohit and Rahane plays for an hour, we can survive up to tea. Fans please understand this is not the first or second day to score good runs. This is the fifth day in Eng southampton not in mohali or chennai. Winning is close to Impossible and Draw is rarely possible. We did blunders in selection and as a team in all department which we have to work on things large. Better understand the reality of the game and don't blame for losing on the last day.

  • ramli on July 31, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    For a young India team, Lords victory was unexpected and hence joyful ... but, the real tests have just begun ... Eng has upped the ante, can India do so? If this were ODI, Moeen Ali would have been taken to cleaners ... then why hesitate to attack even loose balls from him? This cautious approach only hurts India ... and the only way to make Vijay realize his mistake of a laidback approach (running between wickets is horrible, in fielding as well) is by dropping him from XI next test ... he needs a lesson on professional cricket

  • rhome on July 31, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Right after the team selection was made, India was heading either for a draw or a loss. This mindset would most probably result in a loss. Some individual brilliance might stretch it to draw. I would rather loose by playing 5 bowlers than draw or even occasionally win with 4 or 3.5 bowlers

  • VinodGupte on July 31, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Nohit Sharma got a life by JimmyA yesterday. What are the odds that he will make most of it? Zilch. Nada. None. Nil. Zero. If anything, he will lob one to mid-off 10 minutes into the first session. But before that he will play a nice drive that will prove to the commentators that he has oodles of talent. It will also convince Dhoni that he should be persisted with for another decade or three.

  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Indian Batsman have to play out the first session, If they do that then they can draw the match easily. Hoping for the best

  • mjrvasu on July 31, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Game will finish by lunch, or soon after lunch on the final day. England will go on to win at least one more test and the series. Time for MSD to retire from Test cricket; and time for Indian selectors to get some serious Test players, especially quality bowlers (find them!) into the side.

  • on July 31, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    towards the start of the series the cricketing pundits were predicting at least 3 hundreds from Virat kohli. by now those thoughts would surely have eloped their minds. even a couple of fifties looks a distant reality given his recent form

  • 5wombats on July 31, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    There is a real lot of rubbish here about dropped catches costing India this game. In that case it must have been England dropping catches that resulted in England getting beaten 5-0 in Australia, beaten 1-0 by Sri Lanka and losing the Lords Test to India. What utter nonsense. Test matches are lost through bad batting or poor bowling. That's what happened at Lords - England bowled badly and batted badly and they lost badly as a result. You don't find many England fans bleating that they would have won if only their catching was better. India are currently losing this game because their batting hasn't been good enough - particularly against spin. It was a shock to see Pujara, Dharwan and Kohli all get out the way they did to spin. I rate Pujara and Kohli very highly - but I thought they were supposed to be good players of spin?

  • shanks1967 on July 31, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    England had a good day because they displayed intensity and positive intent while batting in their second innings. I was surprised to see Joe Root taking the Indian bowlers apart. I think India came out to bat with a mindset to defend and defend and defend. Murali Vijay was lazy in responding to the run. Neither did he dive and neither did he plunge his bat in where it could have been inside the crease. Disappointing way to get out in such an important situation. I think India should come out with an intent to score as much as possible in the first session. If they can score at about 4 runs an over, then the pressure will be on Cook who is known to wilt under pressure. No point in just grinding it out. Kohli and Pujara disappointed in this innings also. Could not believe that England and India batted on the same pitch. Indians are natural stroke makers and they should play their shots. It is in the mind and I think the Indian batting line up mind is slightly clouded with defensive play

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 31, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Actually Dhoni has kept relatively attacking fields, even in England's 2nd innings. The error was probably not going in with Ashwin (despite his poor overseas record) and Aaron (for that extra pace which scarred the English in the Ashes).

    India are capable of drawing this match. If they bat sensibly and with a positive mindset, then they can do it. Tire out Anderson and Broad. Then when you see them off, show Ali some respect but punish any poor balls. Keep scoring to prevent being bogged down. Blocking will just mean falling into the hands of the English.

  • truemsdian on July 31, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Now it's d perfect time to seal your spot in test side mr sharma.As far as match is concerned....i still have a gut feeling that india is gonna win but credit to england...the way they bounced back from lord's and won each sessions here till now...and finally hope msd plays a match winning knock here...!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 - I think he is talking about mitch's batting average in SA. wouldn't be surprised though. He almost got 2 unbeaten centuries there.

  • ground-boy on July 31, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Cook did the real thing without effecting possible follow-on put up a big total to chase in the 4th innings, in a good position. 239 run 1st lease lead might not create a big scoreboard pressure for top order batsmen if asked to follow-on who come back fresh from the dressing room. ENG. batted and bowled well . They watched the ball, measured line and length figuring out where the off stump is, eying (reverse)swing/turn at the same time. ENG were not so successful against Sri Lanka, resulted their downfall. But SL has to rectify many things before PAK series. Indian stroke makers apparently trying to rid from IPL mindset have a big task ahead to save the game .

  • Mrithun on July 31, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Right from the start of this test, I observed Dhoni has been very defensive in each and every aspect of the game. The negative bowling of Jaddu on day one, pathetic fielding positions (no gully, no third man), not able to cut the run flow of England in 1st innings, choosing a 7th batsman for the team. However, I am just seeing people are more interested in commenting about the failure of batting and bowling. The captain should pave the way for others and should beam confidence. It was missing in the entire test. Having M.Vijay and R.Sharma to bowl when you have front line bowlers was a clear indication. Maybe Dhoni would have thought that 1-0 lead as very important and might have gone to defensive mode very very early. The reason we might lose this test is because of the captaincy and yes there will be other factors too. But shabby captaincy is the primary reason of all. Dhoni has to stop taking instinctive decisions. It works well for a Limited Overs format but not for a 5 day test!!

  • vkumar_086 on July 31, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    JAHID_OMAR…Hi, I wont go anywhere leaving MY TEAM behind…support, cheer TEAM INDIA until my life….Indian team is still very YOUNG, in this team except Dhoni nobody played 25 test matches…learning from mistakes, achieved something which our team of seniors could not able to do in 2011 England tour..for this reason I told England tour is important than BD tour, and it was proved…BD team (won 3 matches out of 65 against India, not remembering when they won last time against India) comprised of GREATS could not able to win SINGLE MATCH against our Z team…till now im not able to understand how Binny recorded best bowling performance for India in ODI (4 for 6)…he not even took 5 wickets haul in domestic tourneys…says the quality of batting…last thing I suggest you is please read my name again, it is VKIAS and not VIKAS…plz publish (typing from office)…cheers

  • on July 31, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    India need to understand the squad selections. Dhawan, Jadeja, Ashwin, Dhoni, Shami and Rohit are the best contenders for one day and T20s but not for tests. Please differentiate squad with the reality. Players like Sehwag, P Ojha, Bajji, Ghambir, Yadhav, Mishra, Varun, Saha/Ojha/samson and Vijay zol/ amol muzumder are good for test cricket. I think they remember how yuvi, raina played in tests, So, do make the same decision for this squad also. For tests, Give captaincy to Gambhir. Whenever he palyed as a captain he did well as a batsman,good as a captain and have a good experience as a senior in squad. Play Vijay/zol/Amol or Sehwag ( give him a chance) /Gambhir or Vijay/ Gambhir as openers. Then Pujara, Gambhir/Kholi (try him for another series), Rahane/Zol/Amol, Saha/N ojha/Samson/Dhoni (In India), Bhuvi (use him well)/ unadkat/Patel, Ishant, Varun/Yadhav, Ojha/bhajji/Ashwin( In India) and Mishra/chawla.

  • on July 31, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Indian batsmen need to play an unusual game to survive 90 overs. Cook had his plans well chalked out regarding declaration and he stuck to it. A well played attacking innings by Root supported by quick cameos by Ballance and Bell. Cook held the short English inning together. But the real danger for India is the Anderson-Broad Pair. They have really hurt them early on in the morning, and Indian by loosing wickets to Ali, Root and Run Out have really not helped their cause. First session of the morning will be crucial for India. If they survive it at best without loosing any wicket or at max just a single one, then there is hope for us. Its all about surviving sessions from here.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 31, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    @IT JOB sucks- Johnson's avg. in SA is 45? Can't believe it. Really is it? Thats about Ishant's carrier average! I mean, SA is the country where some of the highlights of his career have taken place. But even if thats the case, that's stats for you. As the popular saying goes 'lies,darned lies and stats.' Even a few 'Sidhuisms' -which I wont mention- have been popular on the subject. A prime eg. of stats hiding real picture is in this match- Pankaj Singh and his final bowling analysis.Coming to Mitch,what ever his avg says, fact is he has 2 man of series awards there and has,with due support of a fantastic bunch of quicks been instrumental in 2 outstanding series W in SA for Aussies. And a v good SA team too that was no.1 for a period. If you ask any SA player who's their most feared opponent, reply will be M Johnson. That in itself says enough.

  • Worldcricketlover on July 31, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The victory of England belongs to MSD. I Will be happy to loose by playing Ashwin, Gautam and aaron then Rohit,Dhawan and Shammi . The problem is that fear of failure has creeped MSD mind. No indian has ever dreamed of winning series . So MSD please take a call . You will at least remember a captain who took bold decisions. We all know you don't fit in test format . But despite that nothing can be worse then this defeat. Ask bowler to work on round the wicket actions as most of english batsman are left hander. Bowl bouncer to cook as he come on front foot to neglect swing force him to play on backfoot and pitched up delivery Simple tactics. This what exactly did by english bowler. Jamie dont worry arun will come. I am sure extra pace of aaron and Ashwin will keep english batsman in hunt. By the way India Played with Ishant and lost it . Can english play without anderson and win ?? big question.

  • prathapram91 on July 31, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    there is nothing to worry about about this test even if india lose this test nothing gonna change, they the new lads are exposed to english conditions and they have to learn frem their mistakes like aus after losing 4-0 in india they become stronger against spin bowlers .. if the currrent english team come to indian conditions they will hardly 300 in subcontinent pitches then india will easily beat them,,so what we have to learn is play swing bowlers more consistently in live tracks and not to worry about losing just play positive cricket....go india come stronger in wc 2016

  • YorkshirePudding on July 31, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    It as a good days cricket, I was against enforcing the follow on, in order to rest key bowlers even if only for a hour or two it allowed them to have an Ice bath, massages and put their feet up. It was also important for Cook to build his confidence after the 95 in the first innings.

    Cant say too much about the England wickets that fell as they were trying to push the scoring rate to build a quick lead, I expect the deal was a lead of 400 and then declare on the fall of the first wicket after that or at Tea.

  • Cricketlover54 on July 31, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @GRVJPR Learn to give credit where its due. Eng totally outclassed Ind in this match. And with their new form will destroy Ind in the next games.

  • AT1985 on July 31, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    I think for India, it is always good to play a 3-test series, as you can see, they took this game lightly following their win in the second test. I am sure England will manage to pick up the last 6 wickets and draw the series. First of all, how many chances are we going to give Dhawan, why are we not giving an opportunity to Gambhir. The only practice game befor the series Gambhir scored a 50 and was 31 not out in the second innings whereas Dhawan has been a flop since then. Dhoni, please put Gambhir in for the sake of India to win this series and not for your personal benefits. Anyways looking forward to the 4th Test. Dhoni, retire and give young Samson a chance in Tests!! You are only fit for ODI's and 20-20.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 31, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @GRVJPR - Good to see you have not still lost hope. But its high hopes mate. Even Dhoni and team wouldn't be as hopeful. Knowing fully well its a lost cause. Well, Eng on other hand need just 6 balls, that includes 2 genuine tailenders. It should be over in 1st over itself, by your logic.

  • GRVJPR on July 31, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    One good lucky match doesn't mean a team has suddenly become great. This england team is perfectly beatable. It's India's mistakes that is making england look good in this match and nothing else. Whatever the result in this match India is winning the series comfortable. We will see england back to its true lousy colors come the next match.

  • footrovers on July 31, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Would love to see india not losing a wicket till for a session or two and cook an co.under pressure feel india will fight hard.

  • Nutcutlet on July 31, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Unless everyone, apart from the most optimistic of Indian supporters is wrong, today will see England complete a win that MSD and his men have all but gifted to England. That's what happens when you try to protect a series lead: a defensive mindset/strategy will soon be found out against a side that is hungrier and more on its collective game. The most disappointing aspect of England's performance has been Jordan's bowling and Woakes, whilst bowling acceptably, hasn't completely convinced. Plunkett, on this series' showing, offers more wicket-taking potential. That should help the England selectors get the quicks in the right pecking order. Bresnan, performing effectively for Yorkshire, should come back into the reckoning. A SLA bowler is sorely needed though. What happened to Kerrigan after his auspicious netting at Lord's? Cook's captaincy: much improved, but India has made matters easy for him at the Ageas Bowl. Sterner tests await, but not against MSD this summer, I suspect.

  • on July 31, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Funny how we haven't heard of ARUN BOSE while India are getting beat? Wonder if he is still shouting for the 5-0 to India ha ha, 3-1 England more likely score.

  • ramesh28 on July 31, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    As defeat is no longer..but still indians can fight here. See these two rahane and rohit has played together many times for Mumbai. Now its time to show skill again at highest level what we called Test cricket that too on final day of test to save the test match. Pitch showing their true colors, and spinners have little bit of advantage also but these two can do it. Both of them are very good player of spin and in first inning they throw theirs wickets to Moeen in bizarre fashion. Good luck both of you. One good partnership and you both becomes heroes of days to come.

    And again there is Dhoni to come, i didnt expect too much from him. But i know he also can do it, he did it against Australia in india along with Bhuvi. That was not in fouth inning of course, but he the one who can bat longer along with tailenders. Just he has to go and watch videos of that innings, how he batted. Here he has one more chance for him to prove and that to on foreign pitches, that he can do it. All d best.

  • srinideva on July 31, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    3 Out of 4 wickets have fallen to part time spinners in this inns. What a cruel batting from India. This is inevitable when individuals are trying to prove the world that they can score hundred anywhere.

  • CodandChips on July 31, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Big day for England (aren't they all?)

    First and foremost there is a chance of securing a win. But with some talented players still yet to bat, and England's propensity to throw away advantages, this game is far from over.

    Also big days in the careers of Jordan, Ali and Woakes. Jordan and Woakes pwrhaps to save their immediate test careers. Jordan has been poor this test and failed to take a wicket in his previous test. Woakes looked unthreatening in his previous test, and although he has bowled well and with extra pace looks more potent, he hasn't taken a wicket this match. Given that England don't give many chances to youngsters, perhaps to save their international careers in the short run?

    Ali has a test ahead of him to bowl a decent side out on a with assistance for him. Let battle commence.

  • dunger.bob on July 31, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    @ cric_lver : "why did cook declare so early? Cook should have made 100, after all century is important than win" That's a joke, right? I take it you are an Indian fan. I don't know anyone else who thinks personal glory is more important than the team result.

  • jmcilhinney on July 31, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (July 31, 2014, 4:47 GMT), sorry but your excuse falls flat. If India lose this match it will not be because of umpiring errors, or not only because of that. There have been six umpiring errors in this game, two of which were in England's favour and four of which were in India's favour. Yes, Bell had a stroke of luck early but he still scored all those runs afterwards without offering a chance. Rahane and Dhawan were both given reprieves by the umpires too but neither of them was able to go on and make a big score. Also, let's not forget that England declared twice and only lost 11 wickets in total. They had it in them to score more runs if required. If umpiring mistakes are the issue then the fact is that if India lose this game it will be down to their own board's refusal to accept DRS. England wanted it but India refused. They have only themselves to blame.

  • CodandChips on July 31, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    This game isn't over. Rahane is a very patient batsmen. Sharma very talented. Kumar has been England's nemesis. Shami, Jadeja and Dhoni have all caused problems. And with Anderson and Broad being overworked, I'm not sure this English attack will give India any nightmares.

    It'll be a big test for the temperaments of Dhoni and Jadeja. Especially Jadeja whose test record is poor, but he has outstanding domestic stats which suggest he should be a proper batsman.

  • CodandChips on July 31, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta I'm not sure that "the part-timers will do the trick". While Ali is better than a part-timer, and improving, I can't see him bowling out a side yet. Also I think now India willing respect him, and since they're playing for a draw (sensible decision imo) they can afford to just sit on him. While Moeen Ali bowled a fantastic spell to Dhawan yesterday, I'm not sure he'll be able to bowl out the rest of the Indian team.

    So Anderson and Broad will need to bowl. My comment was hire a wider concern about English bowling; do with have Broad and Anderson replacements? And are they being looked after for the world cup?

    We need Jordan and Woakes to take wickets today. Jordan for confidence. Woakes has bowled well, and with his added pace has more threat than last year, but his lack of wickets will question people to lack his penetration. Hopefully he'll get some wickets today.

  • GRVJPR on July 31, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    No game is over until it is over. We need 333 runs. That's just 80 boundaries. Play attacking cricket. There would be outside and inside edges. We need only 80 balls out of possible 540 balls today to reach boundary. That's doable. Play attacking. Try it.

  • y4yoga on July 31, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Shami Only the performance in India against WI in 2 test matches, he is given chances, I don't how many more matches both Test and ODI he'll be given, Its Time for India to look for a genuine fast Bowler, In my opinion, Pankaj sing is far more better than Shami

  • GRVJPR on July 31, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    For the next match these players should be definitely play doesn't matter who they replace - Ishant, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Ashwin, Jadeja . With these players India can pick 20 wickets easily. Now they can choose whatever batsmen. Why not try and open with SAHA, a reserved keeper but has a solid technique. Remember his 50 on debut against steyn and company.

  • GRVJPR on July 31, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    For all my friends who are looking for miracle Indian win here is a disappointing news. Yesterday in press conference Shikhar Dhawan is made it clear that we are not going for win and would lokk to stay at wicket. Such approach would only mean 1 ting - India will loose this match.. India should go all out against england for me. Play attacking cricket, irk them, hit anderson specifically with lofted shots. We are going to loose anyway, why not create a bit of flutter among english ranks. Jadeja I know will play attacking. Only thing Rahane and rohit needs to do is to add 100 more. Bring total to 233. Then its just 50 boundaries which jaddu, dhoni, bhuvi can manage . I 'm sure about it. What's wrong in trying people.

  • RogerC on July 31, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I would like India to lose for the simple reason that Dhoni will be made to realise the need for proper test match quality spinners like Ashwin, Mishra or Ojha.

  • y4yoga on July 31, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    I am not waiting for an Indian Win or a draw today, but eagerly waiting for the Team XI for the 4th Test, What all the changes will be made despite of a Loss/Draw/ or even a dramatic win..?

  • on July 31, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    England has dominated this test match entirely. No doubt. And there is no doubt that England will win this one without any struggle. The point is India is being inconsistent in overseas series. After wining the second test, and India have the edge in this series until the third test. We have seen this so many times. Where is the short fall? Serious assessment is required. Consistency is the key to win any series. If we don't have that, forget about the rest of the series. Hope India will do some serious changes in next test, and will turnaround the series. We hope so.

  • MaruthuDelft on July 31, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Surely India is going to lose this test but things are not so bad. India's celebrated batsmen Kohli and Pujara have not contributed so far. Ashwin may not be a good spinner but he might be the best test batsman in India. Not only his batting makes you feel something similar to certainty but he scores runs really fast. Even though Indian fans as usual don't understand anything in depth Ishant is a fine cricketer just for the fact that he is the only Indian who gives his 100% in a hard trade like fast bowling; and certainly he worries opposition batsmen. Therefore if all of them play in the next test and 2 of them fire certainly India can match England. And who knows Ashwin might be effective in bowling too if he plays along with Jadeja; he never played an overseas test with another spinner.

  • on July 31, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    One defeat and you have everyone at your neck, one victory and everyone at the opponents neck, its hilarious how some of our own fans behave let alone a few from BD (for the record , Bangladesh is the cricketing superpower, having won consecutive world cups in the last 50 years, they are all time greats and great sportsman, and the No 1 in Test /T20 and Tests) , Now with India, its a progression, they have surely improved, the team needs to play at least 15 tests together to have a team, they need a good opener, No 6 , one nice spinner , and 2 good fast bowlers, I hope they find this before Aus tour.

  • on July 31, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    The problem with this Indian combination is that they can not get a good opening partnership. Both Murli Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan can contribute individually but as an opening pair, they are complete failure. We saw Dhawan getting runs in NZ but Vijay was failing and now in England, the opposite is happening. The best opening combination would be of an experienced player and a young player. Remember the times when both Gautam Gambhir and Virendar Sewagh used to get those big 100 partnerships for India and win mathces

  • nathankathiravan7 on July 31, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Forget this match. When they dropped cook, Indians have lost the match. Fielding really didn't help them for sure. Well played cook and co...

    This current team has no balance... Part time spinner Moeen Ali taking 11 wickets in the series and you are holding back Ashwin. Bad team management from Team India. Dhawan, Shami, had their chances... Drop them and bring in Gambhir, Ashwin, V Aaron for next match. Best of luck guys for today... Try to save the match.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 31, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @ ITJOBSUCKS: Really is that the latest way you analyse a quality of a batsman? Then Dhoni's average in SA is 28 and Chandimal's average is 37!!! Now who is the better batsman?? pls publish

  • GRVJPR on July 31, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    If India loose this match it is because of umpiring howlers. Bell was on 0 and scored 167. Subtract 167 from 333 and it comes to just 166 more runs for India to win. In fact if bell was out early england wouldn't have got even a big total. The requirement would have been 120 odd runs. India is plain unlucky. England is not a good side. India will easily win coming two test matches. Sri lanka was lucky that series was just 2 games so it was a fluke win for them.

  • Sexysteven on July 31, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Ok the pitch has played abit better then i thought but it still needs more pace n bounce to me and looks like England will win but to be honest India should of been good enough to save this game not to take credit away from England but they still have issues to sort out selection wise like how long much longer to give robson and Ali and the make up of the bowling attack is woakes and Jordan upto it prob have to give them all abit more time I guess as for India dhawan will be dropped for gambhir although I think rahane would be better equipped to open followed by.pujara kohli sharma dhoni jadeja ashwin kumar Aaron and ishant would be my team for India

  • on July 31, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    if rohit gets settled then he could be very dangerous because he score runs very quickly. rohit and rahane should play safe until tea and then try to win.India need 333 runs at 3.7 rpo.I think this is going to be a historic win for India.

  • on July 31, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Vjay's lack of commitment is shocking. Well said George Binoy. He needs to be dropped immediately. Gambhir and Sehwag should open with Rohit Sharma promoted to captain.

  • Welay-White-Water on July 31, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Things went along as the fellow comment posted on day before yestd at 6.11 GMT. Chasing over 400 world champions strugling. 50/50 batsmen better learn from fellow Sana how to switch to Test cricket. Fellow blaster who emerged as an ODI player completed a successful test carrier though he was called a butcher when partnered with Aravinda, together played so fine inning @ ovel. India had chased over 400 and won against WI in Gavaska era. To be continued after ENG win which will keep the series more interesting..........

  • cric1965 on July 31, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Anything can happen in cricket. But India's chance of escaping from defeat is very remote. Donate wickets to part time spinners is pathetic. India has to try to drag on this test until final hour at least. Show your fighting spirit.

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 31, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Can some one find where's 'Vikas' 'Francis Mel' & 'YousufAhmed1' ? come out from hiding and watch Poms thrashing Asia's weakest Cricketing team..!! good luck England..Wishes from BD.!!

  • hnlns on July 31, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    India have once again shown this undesirable tendency of giving up the early advantage of being 1-0 up in an overseas test series by staring at a most certain defeat. The most concerning thing is that there is no will to fight it out on a pretty good test pitch where there is just a hint of help for both seamers and spinners, but mainly bat holds the sway. Kohli and Dhawan have not done anything to enhance their reputation. Rohit Sharma has once again shown that he brings no real value to the team. The only positive aspect of this otherwise dismal show is that Pankaj Singh has done very well despite being wicketless. His willingness to take a heavy workload is most heartening aspect on this gloomy occasion for team India. Hope they will show at least a semblance of fight on the last day and try to salvage some respect.

  • on July 31, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Well played england especially broad and anderson Indian fan

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 31, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Simple Truth..If you wanna get in to form simply play with INDIA.. The world's poorest bowling attack..BD have much better attack than this Mediocre bowling line up..!!

  • Unbiased-views on July 31, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby @MelbourneMiracle sanga's avg in SA -- 35 Mitchel Johnson's avg in SA -- 45....Now tell me who is the better batsman ? BTW, Kohli's avg in SA is 68!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    I really don't understand the logic of getting in youngsters even though they cannot perform. .is Dhawan's 30, s better than Sehwag's?..I don't understand the point in dropping Sehwag. .that to next world cup in Australia and New Zealand. .where I don't think these youngsters are capable of surviving for 30 balls...no one is raising the voice for Sehwag as if he is already retired..:-(

  • Oracle_Magus on July 31, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Great all round performance by England. Amazing come back by Cook and Bell. In a game one side may out play the other and Instead of just complaining all the time and using 'ifs' and 'buts' we should appreciate the good work of the English players. A change of team or players does not necessarily change the outcome and if we keep changing the team every time, every player will be insecure of their chances and they will be under pressure. MSD is doing the right thing by allowing the players to play without the stress of loosing their place in the team. England is doing the same by retaining Cook as Captain. Cricket is not just about consistent performance, one need to realise that a lot goes into getting a player to perform consistently. Confidence is one of the major aspects. I expect our remaining players to put up a good fight. With 6 wickets there are still chances. May the best team win. Cheers !!!

  • jmcilhinney on July 31, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    @USA_Res on (July 30, 2014, 12:12 GMT), I can certainly feel for Ballance in the second innings in particular but let's not forget that he profited by an umpiring error early in his first innings. It was a very fine edge but it was an edge and India did appeal. Not completely convincingly though, so I'm not sure that they would have reviewed even if DRS was available.

    It's all very well to say that such errors even themselves out but, while they might for a team over time, they can change the course of a game or a career in the short term.

    I also find it funny that some India fans who claim to be anti-DRS are still happy enough to use evidence provided by DRS technology to support their position in various cases. For instance, who says Ian Bell should have been out LBW in the first innings? The umpire thought not but the same technology that would have been used in DRS would have been used by the TV provider and shown that he should and India fans everywhere would have believed it.

  • Albert_cambell on July 31, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Well done cook. Specially that declaration was a well timed one. Although he had a chance to score a hundred, he put his team ahead of individual glories. One would imagine what could Sachin could have done under these circumstances. Scoring hundreds and making records wont matter here. Its about contributing in your teams win is what matters here.

  • Unbiased-views on July 31, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby Are you sure that SL dominated Eng recently?? But the scorecard says otherwise...SL was saved by DRS in the 1st test & lucky to win the 2nd test on the penultimate ball...AFA ODI's are concerned, SL lost 2 matches by BIG margin & scored JUST 63 in one of those matches....Just check the definition of domination before using it in public forum!!!

  • Welay-White-Water on July 31, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    That is cricket. That is cricket.

  • on July 31, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Full credits to the performance of English Team. They have totally outplayed India in every respect, batting, bowling, fielding. Wonderful contribution by India to the performance of English Team. Poor Fielding, pathetic bowling and batting by India have bring them to this position. Shikhar Dhawan has gone a tour to England to enjoy life not cricket, he has totally forgotten the batting but still continuing to play. Weakness of Virat Kohli on Off stump have been found by English Bowlers and they are taking full benefit of this but Kohli is able to understand this. Why Dhoni is not playing with Gautam Gambhir and Ashwin in this team, totally fail to understand. This match has gone.

  • on July 31, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    may be rahane scores 200 int this innings due to the extra words from anderson indians will play a lot better when they involved in something like this ex:yuvraj and flintoff(6sixes,broad),anderson and jadeja(lords test) and also rohit plays well when he gets a chance early

    but as a indian fan this is just a hope but i will be glad if it becomes reality

  • on July 31, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    England cannot take this test for granted, they need to work very hard, put their best effort, and also should not drop catches, miss run out chances etc. I am sure at some point jadeja, doni etc may start counter attacking by going for big shots, after all asking rate around 3 is not at all big, i understand it is test cricket but the difference between test and one day/20-20 is getting blurred nowadays so expert cricketers can switch gears any moment so england should be wary of indian counter attack with the bat - may be rahane and rohit may try this approach too In cricket anything is possible so assuming this is already won by england is not correct. Hope england try their best and go on to win this test. If they could win by even 1 run too is fine but they should win otherwise all the good work will go waste. Try harder, Good lucks England!

  • vick2025 on July 31, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    The game is not over until it is actually over. But only time will tell who deserves to Win this 2nd match of the series. Ofcourse Eng is on the favorite side at the moment and I am sure they will do everything to get India out tomorrow to register their first win in the last several months. On the other hand, India will also try their best to win this game to take the series to a 2-0 lead. But again, only time will tell. If India looses this game, I really hope Dhoni realizes the mistakes he made in the selection but change that for the 3rd game. I personally believe, it is time to bring in Aaron and Aswhin for Pankaj and Shami. Shami needs rest badly. With two spinners, Ishant, Bhuvi and Aaron, things may be in India's side. Even Dhawan need to rested at the moment, maybe bring in Gambhir...What India needs the most right now is a partnership and all these games are only saying that Dhawan is not good at forming partnership. May the better team win.

  • Anil_Koshy on July 31, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Dhawan simply lack the ability to play outside India, he should be sent back to India. India should allow its players to play in county circuit rather than making them play in IPL, playing in county will help them to gain much needed exposure of playing quality fast bowlers.

  • mrpaneesh1 on July 31, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Come on india do a south african job today

  • Albert_cambell on July 31, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    3 of India's top order batsman fell against 2 part time spinners England(A team that is not known for spin bowling) that too in wickets that gives zero assistant to spin bowling. Is this the best team against spin bowling?

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 31, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    India have won a game in the fab4 era after following on so cook did not want same to happen. It could be a great workload for broad and anderson having to dismiss india again. If cook had asked india to follow on then india would have scored around 400 easily leaving england saving the game as jadeja or other part time spinners would have been good enough. By not asking india to follow on he gave his bowlers some good rest and quickly they were back. Still they were not able to take any wickets and they have to come fresh tomorrow morning to finish the job may be by using the bouncers!!!!!!!!

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 31, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Kholi's average in 6 innings: 16.83 Bhuvaneshwar's avg in 5 innings: 57.00

    And now can someone please tell me who's the better batsman in English conditions from these two?

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 31, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Dhoni kept over attacking and did not spread the field which helped England step up the scoring rate. Indian openers became overly complacent after leaving alone anderson and broad. This gave more help to ali and root. Also, it is hard to leave alone the spinners than the quickies which contributed to batsmen downfall. Only england deserve to win this game after doing everything right through to 12 sessions. Cook will need to attack right away with A&B and get rid of R&R to run into the tail.

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 31, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Now suddenly Ishant has become everyone's hero and hope! When he was selected to the squad, he was stripped by everyone. Now everybody thinks that India is losing because of the absence of Ishant. Typical!

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 31, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    I remember one Dada was repeatedly inviting the fans to watch out for Kholi and Pujara in this series even before it began. So I'm watching. However all what I can see is that those two are struggling miserably and not scoring only. Did he invite us to watch that?

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 31, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    @vkias: What happened to your 30% and 70% prediction now which had 0% for an English win?? And your screaming to get rid of Kholi who you vouched as the replacement for shachin few weeks back!! How ungrateful you could ever be?? Virat is a good batsman and he has to learn with his mistakes. Every player could have a good period as well as a bad period. If you drop him what will happen to this young man's confidence?? his reputation??? And more importantly how can he learn?? Now is the best time for him to show who he is especially for ungrateful fans like you!! Hope he will soon play like Great Sanga!

  • MaruthuDelft on July 31, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    How prematurely Indian fans celebrated Kohli and Pujara as world class! They are just average players. Even Sri Lankan captain Angelo Matthews is better than them. Indian cricket has hardly improved. Sri Lanka with very limited resources is soooooooooo much better.

  • gannyboy on July 31, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Honestly India are lucky to have won a test in this series. There selection has been pathetic through out. What I do not understand is how come you can leave out your biggest match winner on the bench for three consecutive tests. Now Kohli has failed in all the three test matches I still don't see him being dropped. But Ashwin was dropped after one bad test against S.A. If I am right he took 12 wickets in the Australia tour and had some catches being put down at crucial stages as well. Shikar Dhawan simple doesn't have the technique to survive in the oversees test. Yes he will get the odd runs here and there but largely he is going to be a failure, sadly Gambhir Isn't to good a back up. Changes for next test (Ashwin for Dhawan, Aaron for Shami, Pandey for Pankaj). According to Shami is the best pacer we have at the moment but he just looks too tired as of now give him a break and get him relaxed for the Final test.

  • on July 31, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    I Have one question for Indian Batsman,s .. Why are they not attacking Moeen ali one and only so called Spinner . Indian batsman need to be more aggressive then this to moen ali .They have played Far supirioir spinners then moeen ali pretty well , Kholi seems to be out of touch , Dhawan needs a rest . If they Don't want to play gambhir then Wridihiman Saha Can Be Promoted to the opening position . Murli vijay is playing to slow . MSD Needs to Attack a bit with bat . All in all Indian Batters Are not Playing Aggressive Enogh Cricket.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 31, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    @man90: Losing against SA is not a shame. Even Aus lost back home against them. That's why SA is the No 1 team in the world. You are losing to the same opposition that SL dominated for months in all the formats of the game in the late spring where the conditions were much tougher! And Yes you are correct! India didn't lose after losing to England back home few months back.

  • on July 31, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    England in no way can consider this test is over. They should realize there are still 6 wickets left so a draw or even a lose is still possible. Sorry to see anderson dropped that catch from rohit, if he held on to it then it would have been 5 down. I cannot blame him because it was a return catch and has to be taken reflexly and some stick and some do not. Today england should put their best effort and get india all out. And england should make sure they do not give any extra runs too. I am sure doni, jadeja etc will try to counter attack and if only small number of runs are needed to chase then they can succeed so england should be careful today. They should try to get all the remaining batsmen out as soon as possible. Do not underestimate this indian side, be wary of this indian side. England has to win this one, if they do not then it will be difficult to catch up in the final 2 tests. Good lucks England! Try harder!

  • wake_up_india on July 31, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    There is no Dravid and Laxman in this team who can save this match. The difference between Subcontinental and Anglo cricket, as great as table tennis and lawn tennis, has been rubbed in once again. We hang on to a venerable Captain because no one has the guts to fire him. History repeats itself one more time.

  • on July 31, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is the captain, Gambhir has no chance to be in the XI. Unless an emergency or higher powers force his hands. Dhoni has an elephantine memory of all past events. And, he is not that fast in 'forgetting & forgiving'.

    Aspiring captains can learn a lesson or two from the experiences of Sehwag & Gambhir.

  • cric_lver on July 31, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    why did cook declare so early? Cook should have made 100, after all century is important than win

  • fan1099 on July 31, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Hopefully India will NOT bat like South Afria in their recently concluded test at SSC (Sri Lanka) where they blocked the whole day and played probably the most negative cricket seen for the past 100 years to draw the match.

  • LETSCOMPLICATEIT on July 31, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Hello and Greeting! As an die-hard English fan, who was most distraught at their most recent performances, and thus predicting a 0-3 loss in this series, An English Win, would be the happiest humble pie, I would love to have. Regardless of tomorrow's result, I am so very happy for AC and the guys. The welcome back to form of AC is delightful, and Bell's starting to ring, and the Balaance tilting in favor of England! Cheers!

  • on July 31, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    6 wickets and a whole day to defend! its surely gonna be england this time 1-1 for me now, lets focus on the next game

  • on July 31, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    India is doing what England did in the Lord's Test. On day three, every critical point they lost a wicket. After Rohit committed harakiri, Rahane was settling in with Dhoni when he played a rash stroke. Jadeja had almost hit Anderson and Broad out of the attack, and just when Anderson was going to be taken off, Jadeja got a beauty. The same thing happened with Bhuvaneswar against Broad. That it is a mental issue with the team is obvious from the way they gifted wickets to the part-time spinners and a run-out when a draw would allow them to preserve their lead.Dhawan is not a Test batsman on pitches abroad, and sadly, so seem Pujara and Kohli.

  • jmcilhinney on July 31, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    After the first day, some India fans were claiming that this was a flat pitch, prepared to protect England and Cook from losing. After day 3, I saw someone claim that it had been specifically prepared to favour England's "hit the deck" style seamers over India's. Now that it's England's part-time spinners taking all the Indian wickets, I guess the groundsman will be accused of preparing a rank turner to favour England.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 31, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Eng are flying high all of a sudden.Cook's been 'brought back' to form.All rest of Eng top 6 have 100s this series.Am sure even Sam will get 1 if he plays next 2.Buttler an 87.Spinners are among the W!And some more today.And theres Jimmy and co!3-1 Eng.

  • jmcilhinney on July 31, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    If Ishant is fit for the next game, you'd expect him to play. I would hope that the extremely unlucky Pankaj Singh would retain his place and Ishant would replace the out-of-sorts Shami. Unless Rohit plays a good innings here, we might see him replaced by Ashwin too. Ashwin offers as much as Binny or Rohit has shown so far with the bat, although Rohit is obviously the better batsman, but having another front-line spinner could well help, especially an off-spinner to England's numerous lefties.

    As for England, from what I've seen so far, Woakes should probably get another game ahead of Stokes but, if Anderson survives his hearing, Plunkett may come back in for Jordan. The batting looks in good shape, with all the new guys having played long innings at some point and the seniors looking like they are striking a bit of form. If England have faith in their batting then maybe Stokes will get another run if they feel he offers more with the ball than Woakes.

  • SaracensBob on July 31, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    I don't wish to state the obvious but the key in this test has been Eng's big 1st inns score. It's not just that the Eng bowlers had a big total to bowl at; more importantly for the first time in ages they did not have to bat! Getting their pads on and fighting a rear-guard action under pressure must take a lot out of them. This time they could relax in the pavilion and watch the top order do what they are supposed to do. Then they were able to come out fresh and with their tails up. Fancy it will all be over sometime between lunch and tea tomorrow.

  • jmcilhinney on July 31, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    India have made some costly mistakes during this game and Vijay's run out may well be as costly as any. We don't know what else would have happened had that not occurred but that would have demoralised a batting line-up already under pressure. You really cannot afford lapses in concentration like that at this level. Hopefully it's the sort of thing that he will learn from and never let happen again, like Buttler's mankadding, but it may be a very costly lesson.

  • jmcilhinney on July 31, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    England heavy favourites now and the team making headway. They started with some luck in the first innings but are moving under their own steam now. Unfortunately for India, the let-offs for Cook and Bell in the first innings really do look to have them to play themselves back into form. The fact that there was far less pressure in the second innings allowed them to play with freedom and gain even more confidence. It's interesting to note that, where umpiring errors are concerned, India have actually had more go in their favour (4) than England (2) now. Importantly, England have held their catches much better, which is something that hasn't been the case for a good long while. The bowling is probably the biggest worry right now. If Anderson does get suspended, can Jordan and Plunkett pick up the slack? Their performances so far suggest not, but necessity may drive performance. Moeen Ali is still not what I'd call a front-line spinner but he's done well and shows great potential.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 31, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    After the fluke 'historic' Lords W when Eng self destructed more than anything in that 1 session,normal service resumes.And now history's repeating itself! The best part is out of 4 t.o Ind W all have fallen to p/t spin,albeit on a spitting surface.

  • on July 31, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    @CodandChips on (July 30, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

    Yes, Cook need not run his main bowling machines (Jimmy & Stuart) down to dust. The part-timers will do the trick for him, at least in this test. Moeen Ali-Root-Ballance trio will do a Bedi-Prasanna-Chandra act for the English show, it seems. If they also want a Venkat, throw in Robson into the mix, whose bowling, one of the Als in the Cricicnfo commentary team mentioned as 'special'.

  • Suhail Jaan on July 31, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    This test win will do wonders for england team. Cook is back in form means always a good start which they were lacking so far . Ian bell , ballance n root r making runs. A little concern is that they miss a good spinner though Indians dont make them miss a good spinner :) . I am personally very happy for cook

  • TRAM on July 31, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Where are the people who said this pitch is a highway? (including the experts). A match ending on fifth day after lunch/tea, what else you want? Personally I want some kind of artificial pitch that behaves the same all 5 days, instead of this kind of "toss-oriented" matches.

  • Giant-Guru on July 31, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    India will loose this test, its just a matter of time before they get bowled out, looking at the lack of intent to stay and play, its not going to be unlikely that they will last even till lunch. And Dhoni was quick to pat himself and his ingenious ways of using his bowlers and how Ishant was asked to bowl short and bla bla bla.....all crap and self-pat. It was English batsmen fault that gave India its first ever win in 3 years outside India.

    I want to see what Dhoni has to say at the end of match, will he admit that his stuborn attitude to still play Dhawan, not read pitch to play Varun/Ashwin made them look hapless ineffective pack of opening pair and bowling unit.

    Its Indian captain's and team managements oversight and persistence to play Dhawan, and not Ghambhir, Varun and Ashwin that will cost us this test match. Scrutinize Indian players night/strip club activities, we'll understand why they appear to lack energy on field afterall the tourist are here to enjoy English Summer!!

  • MeijiMura on July 31, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    India haven't recovered from Day 1 when England should have been bowled out for under 200. When dropping Cook on 15 (95), having Ballance caught behind the wicket on 10 (156) but given not out by the umpire, and having Bell LBW on 0 (167) once again being given not out by the umpire. Combined these three chances/non-dismissals cost India 393 runs. That missed chance and those non-decisions seem to have gifted England the Test bar the remaining Indian batsmen in the 2nd innings showing some Sri Lankan style grit, determination and toughness to bat out for a draw. England are now overwhelming favourites to win this Test. Rahane, Rohit and Dhoni will have to bat long on Day 5 and get good support from Jadeja and Kumar to survive. You never know, if Jadeja gets enough time out in the middle to score a ton and gets support from someone at the other end India could even win! This England team is very ordinary, but the Indian batsmen's pathetic batting is making them look like world-beaters!

  • sudhindranath on July 30, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Dhoni is suffering from a curse. After he made me waste my time watching him playing for a draw (because his team was 1-0 up) rather than try to win this Test - http://www.espncricinfo.com/nzvind2009/engine/match/366629.html I have placed a curse that whenever Dhoni tries to play for a draw, he should end up losing the match!

    That is what he did in this Test. After going 1-0 up, his attitude was so negative in this match that he didn't want his team to bowl even one over more than the mandated 90 overs in a day. He indulged in all sorts of time-wasting tactics to make that happen. Now, his team would probably not last even 45 overs tomorrow! Serves him right!

  • on July 30, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    I wonder if this is the same pitch Eng annihilated the Indian bowlers. Most interested thing is not the quicks but part time spinners taking wickets.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 30, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    No luck with the toss and bad selection: team as well as shot. Ashwin and Aaron should have been playing. We may lose this, and England may chirp, but the fact is this dries is tied at 1-1, and we can only get better after a showing like this.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 30, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Indian batsmen are showing their inexperience. Why on this earth any specialist batsman would try a silly run and get run-out instead of anchoring themselves at crease. I thought they would definitely learn lessons after making costly mistakes in first innings (both fielding and batting) but they say we don't want to. Indian batsmen are elevating ENG bowling to higher level. Last time they elevated Monty Panesar and this time Moeen as great spinner. Only way Rohit Sharma doesn't get selected in next match is he should get slightly injured (sorry but good for Indian team) in practice match.

  • dunger.bob on July 30, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Almost there England. You can see the winning post from where you are. Drive it into them, don't let up. I always enjoy watching India lose. It's one of lifes little pleasures.

  • NixNixon on July 30, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    India can still draw this game. They must do like south africa do and block out tomorrow to retain their 1-0 lead

  • cricmatters on July 30, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Everything that could go wrong against India has gone wrong in this Test Match. Pankaj Singh can hold his head high. He bowled his heart out with good control. Obviously Shami is not firing on this tour and needs to make way for Ishant Sharma. India should go with specialist bowlers and batsmen instead of expecting bowlers to bat and batsmen to bowl as fill in players. Both Pujara and Kohli, Two front line batsmen not contributing enough has cost India dearly. India has missed the opportunity to continue with the winning momentum by defensive team selection. Hopefully they will pick the right team for the next two remaining matches.

  • on July 30, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    dhoni not good as caption. first innings of first test match eng last wicket scored 190 runs. 2nd test end scored heavily. if dhoni not leave from test caption ship, even god can not save india.

  • on July 30, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    If this test match is lost it will be purely because of playing an inappropriate XI. Dhoni it appears to have gone with a mind set of just drawing this game. By not picking Ashwin was certainly a very bad decision. Both Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni are to blamed. It is time that Dhoni is romved as capitain for the test team.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 30, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Great predatory fielding by England has put them in a fantastic position to finally win a game. Excellent opportunism from Broad to send Vijay, a rock from the previous games, back to the hutch; and then that one-handed snatch at slip by Jordan - who looked perplexed at what had happened, but was perhaps just savoring his intensity. If Anderson had just managed to hold onto that return catch...

    It's been a solid, clinical performance from England. As usual in cricket, there's been luck/howlers for both sides, so pointless arguing/dwelling over them.

  • landl47 on July 30, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    I had to work today, so only saw the first session. Good aggressive bowling from Anderson knocked over the last 2 Indian wickets quickly and England started well. It's a shame Ballance got another howler, because he was looking very good.

    Cook made runs again and Root chipped in with a 50, so Cook was able to declare with a decent amount of time left. If England still had Swann, this would have been a formality, but Moeen and Root did pretty well to nip 3 out.

    Nothing wrong with Cook's captaincy in this game. I believe his mind is much clearer for having made runs. This has also been an excellent wicket, something in it for the seamers early and the spinners later and good enough for the batsmen to play freely.

    India will do really well to survive tomorrow, although they still have 5 good batsmen left. A 1-1 series would set up the last 3 tests nicely.

  • yorkshirematt on July 30, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Why do I get the feeling this one isn't quite dead yet? Forget about India winning, they won't jeopardise their series lead even if they still have six wickets in hand at tea. They have shown throughout the series that they won't (often) give their wickets away and the pitch still looks favourable for batsmen once they're in. And thinking back to last month at Headingley, England went into the final day five down in far more difficult conditions but were just two balls away from saving the Test. All is most certainly not lost for India. After today I doubt anyone else will want to get out to England's spinners, leaving Broad and Anderson with the burden, and you wonder how much they have left in the tank

  • Dhutugemunu on July 30, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Both the Indian batting and bowling are not at the best. Except Rahane, Vijay and B.Kumar (yes. he is a bowler), others look clueless in these conditions. It's a surprise to see a top level batter (at the ODI level though) like Kohli is struggling. Pujara, the replacement for Dravid, hmmm. Others are more or less ODI batters. B.Kumar take wickets. But he is fighting alone. No any help from others. I.Sharma's injury is a big blow for India. Shami, Binny, Pankaj were clueless. Are they really fast bowlers? Definitely this Indian bowling attack is below ordinary in England at least. Anyway this test is lost already by India, if not a miracle happens tomorrow or saved by weather.

  • JG2704 on July 30, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Looks like England's game (without wanting to tempt fate) . Polished off India quickly - even if some of the bowling inc the 2 wicket taking balls wasn't too great. Not a fan of not enforcing the follow on but at least all bar Cook played selflessly - esp Bell and Root , with Ballance surprising me. Probably a perfectly timed declaration. Yes India had a chance but history said it would be a tough ask. He gave India alot of runs to chase and alot of overs to survive and if India were to either chase the runs down or survive then you have to give them all the credit

  • JG2704 on July 30, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    @Umesh Sarang on (July 30, 2014, 15:21 GMT) Time will tell. Obviously at 4 down your words don't look to be carrying so much clout. England need the win and while I thought the follow on was the best option I feel that we batted with good tempo and weren't ultra safe re the declaration. If we don't win from here it will probably feel like a defeat anyway

    @IndvsEngseries on (July 30, 2014, 15:32 GMT) Probably no

  • JG2704 on July 30, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    @ brusselslion on (July 30, 2014, 10:56 GMT) re the comment posted today but on yesterday's thread

    "Is Cook expecting Ali & Root to spin India out on the last day?"

    Funny that Ali in particular has given India all sorts of probs so maybe Cook is a genius after all?

    I'd probably have gone with the follow on but at least our batsmen (barring Cook) went about the job positively

  • roger1981 on July 30, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Well said Mervo-I recall I read it somewhere long time back Pakistan cricket board realised that they don't have the firepwer in terms of money like other boards. They did their math and agreed that their infrastructure and training facilities can't be improved over night, so they went ahead and imported tons of soil from Australia and prepaired fast pitches. As a result pakistan both Pakistant batsmen and bowlers improved big time..Before every tour outside subcontinent Indian team sends their top players to get aclamatise with the condition and other stuff...I always wonder why can't our players participat in BIG BASH LEAGUE IN AUSTRALIA---???? There is too much talk about road to world cup...If this is not enough India should review their last outting in 1992 world cup in Australia...India will always keep on playing for dead draw matches...someone should tell them world cup in Australia is a ODI not a test match...

  • nursery_ender on July 30, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Posted by CodandChips on (July 30, 2014, 20:11 GMT) Also perhaps Robson could have a bowl tomorrow. Wasn't he a bowler when he first came to England? (like Pietersen). He can bowl leg spin so adds something a bit different. And as a part-time spinner he'll be a mixed bag. Perhaps worth a try?

    Have you seen Robson bowl? His bowling would give comedy value but not much else. I don't think he has ever been regarded as anything other than a batsman.

  • FX_5 on July 30, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Its very hard to win the series from here. Playing 11 is a big mistake by Dhoni or Coach. Ind should have won 2 out first 3 tests when eng players were out of form and the morale of end team was low. But by not playing Ashwin to give best attack in bowling, Cook, Bell came into form and its going to be very difficult for india to save the series from defeat. They will select Ashwin for the next test and he will be expected to toil the in-form players who gained so much confidence already...poor Ashwin and worst selection of Binny and Rohit. Ashwin is much much much...better than Rohit for his runs, part time bowling etc,,..

  • on July 30, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Certainly during the day England took enough wickets to leave themselves in the driving seat to enforce the victory. Nothing is certain, but I suspect it will be obtained by 5 o'clock or so, with a 100-150 run winning margin.

  • on July 30, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    India should be worried. They have not shown any ability to really combat fast bowling so far. They better learn by Brisbane, otherwise it will be 4-0 again in Australia

  • sudhindranath on July 30, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Day 5 Session 1 goals:

    India: Score 80-100 without losing any more wickets

    England: Take at least 2 Indian wickets..

  • fguy on July 30, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    getting out to part time spinners on that wicket is just ridiculous.

    so it seems normal service with the team has resumed. no wonder all countries fight to get india to tour them. they make plenty of money, save money on rent of drs equipment, india get all their out of form players back to form, they give good debuts, they make part time spinners look like reincarnation of muralitharan... what more can you ask for?

    the fallacy of india being good players of spin has been continuously exposed since eng tour of '12. look at virat's & shikhar's record against off-spinners.. even eng batsmen arent that poor against spin. the current india generation are nowhere near the previous generations when it comes to playing spin

  • icommoner on July 30, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Dhoni should be sacked. His captaincy and his inability to score runs or even his keeping in overseas hurts the team more than anything. Lost all the series overseas (except WI), beaten at home, holds the record of losing most matches by indian captain. He brought ashwin and jadeja from ipl ,and here they are after 4 years with no overseas success. Bhajji was miles ahead than these two and bats much better than dhoni. How in the world, a lead spinner with 600+ wickets can't be picked again? sehwag, gambhir, bhajji and yuvi (who naturally took it after ganguly retirement) should be guided to get back into the team asap. Zak should regain his fitness soon. Except Che, kohli, rahane, bhuvi (and may be ishant) i don't see any one becoming indian greats.

  • fguy on July 30, 2014, 21:11 GMT


    virat's 100s outside SC - 1. joburg (flat wicket where even on 5th day SA played out 130+ overs & made 450+) 2. adelaide (one of the most batting friendly wickets in Aus along with Sydney) 3. wellington (flat wicket where avg test player like B Mac made 300, also he was out early on but not given caught behind)

    pujara 100's outside SC - 1. his record is even worse only the 150 in joburg so same disclaimer as above

    now once again i'm just playing devils advocate here & hope they prove me wrong but as of now the high opinion we had of both needs to be tempered i feel. only rahane & vijay have truly proven themselves in testing conditions thus far.

  • fguy on July 30, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    it is not that India's batsmen are 'out of form', its just that they are home/flat track bullies. i am a fan of virat & pujara but just look at their record objectively & play the 'devils advocate' - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/32540.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting;view=innings http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/32540.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting;view=innings both have made 100s only at home or on flat wickets outside SC. even their 100s at home have been on the more batting friendly wickets. only pujara to an extent has been a successful on the slightly more bowler friendly wickets in mumbai & that challenging wicket in delhi (against Aus)


  • Cric__Dude on July 30, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Most of the people here speak about changes in playing 11. I see a different problem altogether. The pace department is not really there with Aussies/Pak/Eng. Not just the bench this tour, even in domestic as well. I really feel a need to have Wasim Akram / Courtney Walsh as bowling coach. Wasim is the best bet. He is ruthless, he should be given complete charge wrt pace training & coaching. Spin department is good including the local players, maybe they need to handle overseas conditions. They need to act like the great Indian Spin Quartet of 60s and 70s; give any pitch they deliver. Coming to batting, there is no dearth of that in India. We need good tacticians who can handle the batting talent. I don't understand why India stay with same openers in all formats. Gilly was a great ODI opener but not in tests. Is there a need for Dhawan to open (even play) all 3 formats? Selectors also should be good tacticians. Keep regionalism away, play the best INDIAN PLAYERS.

  • on July 30, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    The solution is...replace the opening pair with Gambhir and any other ranji player. Murali Vijay and Dhawan have clearly made a blunder of the opening slot and its high time they both should be thrown out of the Test team.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 30, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    Let's see how india's tail-rounders do here as they are up to saving a game here. If the trend continue then english bowlers can finish it off in no time. The bouncer today might have reminded dhoni of his instructions to ishant.

  • Chris_P on July 30, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    No game is over until the final wicket falls or the final run is scored so the talk about this being over is way too premature given recent results. That said, both teams have gone in with less than potent bowling attacks, Given the cluster of tests in the short time frame, something has to give soon. So much for the "road" some supposed cricket followers were calling this pitch. Roll on day 5.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 30, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Dhoni kept over attacking and did not spread the field which helped England step up the scoring rate. Indian openers became overly complacent after leaving alone anderson and broad. This gave more help to ali and root. Also, it is hard to leave alone the spinners than the quickies which contributed to batsmen downfall. Only england deserve to win this game after doing everything right through to 12 sessions. Cook will need to attack right away with A&B and get rid of R&R to run into the tail.

  • on July 30, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    India have to bat out of their skin to save this test match. everything went wrong for them the team selection without including four bowlers iincluding a prime spinner. so unfortunate dhoni and the team management had made a mess of retaining dhawan and jadeja so far jadeja and dhawan haven,t lived up to the expectations.dhoni is favouring jadeja further indian bowlers could,t trouble the english batsmen in both innings also they went on to make big scores once got a start but for the indians did perform rather poorly in all three departments. an part time bowler like moen could trouble the indian top order batting and getting wickets at crucial stagges for a better bowling economy,it is shame bowler like jadeja couldn,t trouble the english men and pick up wickets at a better economy rate. finally england bowlers were break the indian batting partnerships at crucial stages. god save team india.....

  • Mervo on July 30, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    It is not that India's batsmen are not 'firing' or 'out of form', its that they are just so unfamiliar with pace bowling. Too much time on low slow wickets and not enough on grassed wickets with some firmness. This is not a fast or even quick wicket, just a normal one and a little faster than the last Test. I was really hoping that they would turn a corner in this series but the Indian pace bowlers are just barely medium pace and have no capacity to hurry the English batsmen. There is an urgent need for development of young men into pace bowlers in India with some wickets that actually encourage them.

  • raviscreen on July 30, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    India has so clinically gifted away this test match. It appears a repeat of England's last India tour. Must say that all the Indian players tried their best. Murali Vijay seems to be very tired and exhausted. Team for the next test match should consider promoting Ajinkya Rahane to open with Murali Vijay (by dropping Dhawan) and bring in Ashwin to add variety.

  • CodandChips on July 30, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Also perhaps Robson could have a bowl tomorrow. Wasn't he a bowler when he first came to England? (like Pietersen).

    He can bowl leg spin so adds something a bit different. And as a part-time spinner he'll be a mixed bag. Perhaps worth a try?

  • CodandChips on July 30, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    The batting innings was very pleasing from watching the highlights. Cook was the anchor, while Bell, Ballance and Root showed they had more gears than they usually show. Perhaps England could have shuffled the order but the batsmen did well.

    Robson outside the off stump is a serious concern. But he has looked calm and comfortable at times and scored that hundred vs Sri Lanka. Since he won't be in the world cup (he doesn't play white-ball cricket for Middlesex, and the likes of Cook, Bell, Carberry, Hales, Lumb, Roy, Vince, Trego etc are all probably ahead of him as ODI openers), perhaps he could work on that over the winter.

  • on July 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Need a big change especially in the bowling unit.. Ishant and Varun for Pankaj and Shami.. Ashwin for Jadeja.. And Gambhir for Dhawan.. Because going 6 batsman is good but we want that 4 bowlers should be good.. When the opponent off-spinner is doing fine (Moeen.. Oh not fine doing far better than many Indian players like Pujara, Kholi, Jadeja).. It's time for India to go with off-spinner.. Should not see again he didn't play well in overseas because he hardly played only 4 tests.. BTW the wickets Moeen's took till now was not all Ego's wicket he really spun lot of deliveries.. Good effort.. If our team spinner not doing well doesn't mean that we should not give credit to opponent spinner..

  • CodandChips on July 30, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    One obvious worry for England is the bowling. Anderson and Broad have had huge workloads. However they ought to be looked after as there is a world cup coming, and Anderson is 4th in the ODI rankings, and Broad was our stand out player in the Ashes in Australia.

    However resting them will be tricky. Woakes has bowled well, and with his added pace looks more potent, however still has no wickets this match, therefore his penetration will be questioned. Jordan has been poor and took no wickets in his previous test either.

    Perhaps Plunkett and Stokes will play next game. But is the attack too dependent on Broad and Anderson?

    Also a quick word on Buttler. Despite many concerns, he's kept well.

  • Rajcrick1707 on July 30, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    This is not a good team. Pujara is not making run since New Zeland series. Kohli is not playing well. We don't have correct test match mindset. Bowling Shami is ordinary. Id on't see any talented plyer in India A too. Future doesn't look good.

  • niazbhi on July 30, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    If india can survive the first session, india might have a chance for a win or a draw. If Ali strikes again... I guess Anderson/Broad can clean up the long tail/allrounders. England's main two bowlers did not get a wicket even with the new ball. I do not know if the wicket will assist spinners a lot.

  • on July 30, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Now that all things happened India can learn a lot from this match. India shouldn't give very easily tomorrow. Rahane and Rohit should continue batting to try and save India. There are wins and losses. Since this is a long series India have another chance to prove themselves. India chose the wrong combination. For India to win they require 4 attacking bowlers. This would be my team for 4th test: Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar, Aaron, Ishant, Pankaj Singh I believe Virat and Shikhar should be left out so that they can have some to think about their technique and Shami isn't playing well. Pankaj Singh deserves to play another game.

  • on July 30, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Lets be practical..This test is gone and dusted. Indian team seemed to suffering from overconfidence after the Lord's win. this loss will definately will bring them to the ground. But the going would be tougher now as the english batsmen have regained form. The only silver line is that the english bowling attack is ordinary. Our batsman have to show some application and bat for long as we can depend upon Vijay and Rahane to score every time. Kohli and Pujara have to score and score big if india have to ensure that they donot lose any more test. couple of changes should be made in the team also. Ashwin should come in in place of Jadeja and Ishant should come in place of Shami.

  • on July 30, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    no one is seeing that except rahane and vijay..no one is success in scoring patiently...all have clicked when it was about scoring fast likeIPL style...bhuvi becoming another irfan pathan to fed quickly...so it is ipl behind all this...thats it...if last year ipl performance can win test spot fo dhawan then why cant it cost him his place based on recently played ipl performance??

  • Herath-UK on July 30, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Indian top batsmen are not firing although came with a big reputation. Had they come in the early summer when the conditions were much worse what calamity would have happened one can guess.Someone has to rise up tomorrow like Sanga & Mathews did.

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

    The moment they selected 6 batsmen in the team, India was eyeing only for the draw, instead of going for the kill. Now they fell in the ditch they dug themselves. Atleast with 5 bowlers, they would have know if the formula works - seem to work in the first two tests, would have been better if the 5th bowler is actually used, but that is a different story.

    India conceded the momentum the moment they announced the 11. They did not win a single session which shows that they are back to 2011 mode with the 6 batsmen formula.

  • Indiaforever on July 30, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Been a very hard test match for India, all credit goes to England for the way they have batted and bowled so far. Our batsman have gifted a few wickets away and have been out to some good deliveries. Overall, we shouldn't worry too much about Pujara and Kohli, in particular, and you always feel that they are one innings away from getting into form. Sadly, it wasn't this match but it could be at Manchester. Bowling wise, I would replace Shami with Aaron, especially because the old trafford pitch is meant to be a bit quicker and Aaron can bowl 90mph. Also Ashwin is a must, Ashwin can do everything that Jadeja can do, but better. A lot to think about for India. They need to work on their slip catching, dropping key wickets like Cook and Buttler is not good enough. Still a bit hopeful for tomorrow, with Rahane out there, you never know what might happen and with Dhoni, Jaddu and Bhuvi to come in, the game is not completely over yet. Come on India!!

  • on July 30, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Bring back gautham ghambir and ashwin in the eleven instead of dhawan and jadeja

  • Speng on July 30, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    England could have batted even faster which would have allowed them to declare at the 2nd session drinks break but India compounded that by losing 4 wickets in a session!

    Hopefully nobody says this matches proves that India need 6 batsmen; it proves the opposite because with only Kumar really taking wickets I don't see them getting England out if they continue. Jadeja's wickets were gifts from the batsmen and Shami's officially off song. With England's batsmen increasing in confidence India will be in serious trouble if the Pom's successfully go after Jaddu in the next match. The Indian batsmen lost their wickets on day 2 due to scoreboard pressure. They need 4 pacers and a proper spinner. The continued failure of Dhawan and Kohli is troubling as they won't want to bring in two new batsmen but it's the bowling lineup that needs primary attention.

    England aren't out of the woods either as Broad and Anderson are carrying the other two quicks at least wicketwise.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    rohit sharma will score 200.he is our new vvs laxman.India will manage to draw if others give him support.

  • liz1558 on July 30, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Great to see Cook scoring runs again and England in a winning position. Not deceived though - this could've been a really tight game but for a couple of things going England's way - Cook being dropped and Bell and Buttler's not-outers in the first innings. England will win, but they don't have the upper hand in this series yet.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    it seems like india started off on a wrong foot from the moment the 11 was announced..playing an extra batsmen..bowling the leg stump line...it is not looking good at the moment , but you know what with india it is never what it seems...they can look mighty on one day and look like ordinary school boys on the other..Though it is lookin pretty bleak at the moment, a team of the calibre of india can easily turn it around either tomorrow or in the next test..we just need a inspirational perfomance from someone to turn it around..common india...

  • Faz63 on July 30, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Good to see England do well as it means the next couple of tests will be heavily contested. All I will say is that India do not deserve the divine right to be the kings of cricket and this should bring them back down to earth.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    big change in Indian team ahead of 4th test. Ashwin ishant gambir varun.. 4changes! !

  • PeerieTrow on July 30, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Excellent test match pitch, Nigel. Best of the series so far?

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Good to see cook returns to form but I request all cricket lovers that don't consider him as a legend. It's just because England plays more cricket than any other country and in no time he will play around 250-300 test matches. His batting technique is not classy as compared to Sanga, Amla, AB. Sorry to say English fans but cook is just overrated.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Another tough day for India.All the 12 sessions belong to English Team.The idea of playing with an extra batsman is not working for Dhoni rather he should go for with Veron.Performance of opener pair is very disappointing right from the start of tour,something needs to be done on this serious issue on urgent basis.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Wow this entire comments section seems to be pouring vitriol against the same set of players who won 10 days ago!!. Yes they have disappointed but England did play much better and their bowlers are better quality. Let us not forget that this kind of pressure (4th innings away test) takes a lot of experience to withstand.

    The team has steel and they are still in the series. Tomorrow looks bleak but Manchester will be a new game.

  • mano9011 on July 30, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    To all sri lankan fans:

    Its a learning curve for youngsters. When your team which composes of so callled greats by your own standards can lose the home test series to SA, then there is no point in getting all your words on this forum against this young indian side. Atleast Indian team has the fighting spirit to make a match in tough conditions. They went down in NZ and SA fighting where none of them had played earlier. Lady Luck smiled on SL in Oval when a batsman like Moeen Ali got century.

    Also india never lost home series in India against SA and NZ. And let me know when was the last time SL won a test series in INDIA even though we have won in SL.

    When Indian team scores lots of runs, its a flat wicket. When India struggles to score runs, it is one of the best test pitches and neutral wicket. whats the logic. We have a day's play. When the going gets tough, tough gets going.

    All the best to Dhoni & co.Looking for a spirited performance from you guys. Cricinfo pls publish

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Hope this defeat shall teach some of my fellow Indians some humility after they believed that our faltering batsmen would make merry on this pitch. Too many of you overra We have not even been in the game since day 1 and England's screw up in the last game that handed us a win will be for nought I fear. Cook and bell are both in form going into the last game.

  • SanjayUSA on July 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Rahane and Rohit need to make up for the manner of their first innings dismissals. BTW, Dhoni went with a defensive mindset from the very beginning (not bolstering bowling attack after losing Ishant). So it is not surprising India find themselves in this situation!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on July 30, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    @ind.rosh11 Michael clarke's captaincy is overrated....why didn't he won a single match in India with his captaincy?How many ICC trophies did he win for australia?why didn't he win a single test match last ashes in England?whereas India already won 1 test match with young kids ..Clarke is just a home track bully...Dont say Australia won in Southafrica...Southafrica And Australia are bouncy tracks.Ask him to come to India ,England and try to win there...Answer my questions if u can..Don't overrate average captaincy like average commentators like Ian chappell used to appreciate...

  • CodandChips on July 30, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Can it happen? Will England win a test match? They're in a great position to do so, but England have squandered advantages habitually in recent times.

    Cook is leading from the front. He still isn't great with his field placings, but he is doing the other parts. He has scored runs this match. And he has been selfless. He could have not batted first. He could have delayed the declaration to score that long-awaited hundred and get that monkey off his back. But he did neither. He put the team first.

    India have a long batting lineup. All wickets this innings bar the runout have fallen to spin, and England have no front-line spinner, though Ali is more than the usual part-timer. England should win tomorrow but the result is far from given. Hopefully they can do it.

    I just wonder how different this game could have been had Jadeja taken that catch. Perhaps how different the series and future of English cricket could have been.

  • Coolcapricorn on July 30, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    When England don't have a specialist spinner but still have success with their part-time spinners on these very dry English wickets & our specialist spinner Ashwin is still to be given a chance in this series even when there a few left-handed English batsmen, this then simply defies logic! When we revert to repeating the mistakes made in SA & NZ of playing only four frontline bowlers, is it any wonder this defensive approach is going to lead to us losing this Test! I could understand it if there was only just one Test to go in protecting our series lead but surely not when there were three Tests left. All this shows why MSD remains a poor Test captain!

  • nand75 on July 30, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    I guess it would be foolish to even hope for a draw tomorrow. We all hoped that Dhoni would somehow hold on with the tail for atleast an hour in the morning. But alas, they lasted not even for 4 overs. Such a wasted opportunity again by the top order today. I am convinced that Lords win was a fluke. It also can be safely assumed that India no longer are the best players of spin neither do they posses a good quality spinner. While it was Monty and Swan who tormented our batsmen earlier, now it is Moeen Ali. I believe Jadeja doesnt deserve a place anymore in this series. Ashwin should be tested. My team for next match would be Vijay, Ghambir, Pujara, Kohli / Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Kumar, Pankaj, Varun, Ishant / Ishwar. I know Dhoni would not experiment much on the existing team. Post this series, i would not like to see Dhoni as a captain.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Indians were never known to be good fighters when the chips are down, neither when bowling or batting, Lords test was a one off fluke where the English batsmen just threw away their wickets rather than Indians pushing the issue.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    If England are doing this to India then can't wait for Australia to play India later in the year as Aussies will be lining up to have a go ha ha.

  • PPL11 on July 30, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @Nirman Chamikara Dissanayake - Does land size decides quality of a team? USA not good at cricket then can we say SL batter then US / China?? Atleast we are not loosing ODI And Test Series at home !! and its still result to come and 2 more matches to go india will come back strongly with this new team, definately newer then LIONS OF HOME

  • vkumar_086 on July 30, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    some strange things happened so far in this series...India bounced out the opposition in Lords test (it was not its usual way)...and now in this test, England spinning out India (it is also not its usual way)...if India survives tomorrow (very slim chance, for this someone has to play like Amla, Duminy, Philander), it will be a 8th wonder... i would be glad if it is proved wrong...Indian fielders should learn taking slip catches by England (Jordan's catch of Pujara, Cook and Ballance's catches)...our fielders dropped even dollies...Dhawan should not be there for next test...Gambhir is in his place....5 batsmen, 1 wicket keeper, 5 bowlers is roght combination (told this in the beginning of the match only)...Ashwin's inclusion in place of rohit is better choice...if Rohit will play nice on tomorrow, then he should replace Kohli...but tomorrow's day is very important for both sides....

  • JAHID_OMAR on July 30, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Simple Truth..If you wanna get in to form simply play with INDIA.. The world's poorest bowling attack..BD have much better attack than this Mediocre bowling line up..!!Please publish

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    The problem is Dhoni ability as a test captain. He is a poor test captain that needs to be sacked on the other side, going in a no.7 his average should be in the late 40s.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    MSD & co. are still under the hangover of Lord's victory, sooner they come over it better, because this is a 5 match series.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Still have faith in india, Congratulations to ENG for their all round show but i still hope india bring it to a draw otherwise this is a very similar situation at Lords only the other way round.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    They should have been aggressive and have gone for the win rather than trying for a draw, once they start attacking bowlers will go defensive losing line and length giving us opportunity to score more like England did

  • CodandChips on July 30, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    I see a lot of people have had their say about DRS, so here's mine.

    I don't know why the BCCI don't like DRS. To me it seems illogical. I bet their players wished it was there. Sometimes I feel like they only don't use it because they don't have to. I know I'm being harsh, but DRS clearly shows the power that BCCI have over world cricket.

    The fact is, DRS can change games. We have seen this this series. Also vs Sri Lanka, it clearly affected the result. Surely if we can prevent incorrect decisions deciding games, we should do so?

    Both teams have suffered incorrect decisions this series. But it is still frustrating to see.

  • on July 30, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    England well deserves this game...they outplayed India in all these days that too coming back from a huge loss..expected a lot from pujara,but he too let down..dhawan a total failure..definitely to be replaced by gambhir..Indians are throwing wkts cheaply.how many days wud they escape in the name of young INDIAN team..their england counterparts like balance and root seems extraordinary..shud learn a lot from them..

  • crindo77 on July 30, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    So may things wrong for India. Dropping Cook first up, and others; irresponsible batting in both innings. Vijays run out was bizarre. Mohammed Shami's going the way of countless others is the most alarming feature IMO. MSD's dogged stubborness to promote a bits and pieces cricketer like Jadeja is strange; his credentials as a test captain overseas have ALWAYS been suspect, and rightly so. 0-4. 0-4, 0-1 and 0-1. Uninspiring, inadequate, insipid and most painfully, demoralising. As an Indian expat in the UK, it hurts to see India disappoint again and again. Last time it was end of an era; whats the excuse this time? Just not good enuff, I guess. Save us expats the pain, and stop touring

  • samvarma on July 30, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Indians back to spineless best. I would say Indian team lack the spine and belly to fight. Loosing hope. Drastic changes in priorities can only save Indian cricket. Otherwise...let us be just IPL wonders without spine to stand up during tough situations.

  • MiddleStump on July 30, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Indian fans and media must do a lot of soul searching after their overhyped gods have been repeatedly exposed. God help them if Kohli is their best batsman, Dhawan is their best opener, and Jadeja their best spinner. That is just the beginning. Bhuvaneswar Kumar has no pace, Shami has no movement, and Ishant has never been consistent. Their batting against the spinners has also been pathetic and lacking in basic technique. Moen is made to look more like a threatening Murali. With a tour of Australia to follow, a deep slide in their ranking is on the cards. On a neutral pitch, India will not win consistently against any team barring Zimbabwe and probably Bangladesh. Given their stubborn selectors, a much needed revamp of the side is also not going to happen.

  • on July 30, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Dhoni's decision to go for an additional batsman have not done them any good. And for that matter, Rohit is not a proven test cricket stuff and has failed to prove his selection right. We should have gone for an additional bowler (Umesh/Varun). Shami could not only fire but leaking runs too. For India, , it is their attitude that is going to cost them this test rather than their failur to score or contain the English batsmen. Indians should have learned from SA as to how to save a test match.

  • on July 30, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    I agree that India saving this test match looks as distant a possibility as it possibly can but there is a glimmer of hope with rahane and rohit at the crease... if they can somehow stonewall their way to lunch without getting dislodged then its game on.... even if India lose 1 wicket in the morning session it may well be curtains

  • on July 30, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    ENG have been on top since day 1, India need to improve their batting especially Pujara, kholi and Dhawan. At this point if we play an SA innings we can bring this game to a draw, but if wickets go every now and then ENG look like a similar position India were at Lords. It was to be honest a great toss to win in the first point. India need to improve their bowling especially shami and fielding and batting. So overall their whole cricket need to improve. Winning is out of the question right now, i just hope Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja and Bhuvi play up until the last ball.

  • Temuzin on July 30, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @CricketChat: I guess you did not watch the match. Pankaj is a find of this test. He bowled very very well and was unlucky not to be among wickets. He must be groomed and given more chances.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 30, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Only a miracle can save india from now on. That last drop by Anderson would have made it five down. Moeen replied to those fans who were surprised india losing wickets to him. He ruled the game and made india batsmen respect him like a regular bowler. Murali wicket came due to complacency as seeing off broad/andy was a great achievement but broad ensured he is in the game and murali cannot survive forever by jest leaving him alone.

  • on July 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Now it is confirmed..it is clear now India lost very good chance to keep lead

    It is better fresh start in next Test.

    M Vijay and Ghambir opening, Pujara , Rahane,Rohit,Kumar,Dhoni,Jadeja,Aswhin,binny,and Pankaj or Ishant.

    This looks solid team and better dhawan and Kholi rest for the series and send back them to first class cricket. Kholi is not for Tests, dhawan out of form ...

    Please Dhoni consider my team here.. you can rock the series

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    India will have to bat up until tea with Rahane and Nohit still batting. Then if they're within reach in the last hour, they can go for it.

  • on July 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    this one is now going for england way..this year is a very bad year for india..but still indian fans thought they are the best..even small island like srilanka can play cricket well than india..you can't win every match..but you must try...

  • Temuzin on July 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    What happened to Pujara? Is he found out or going through a lean patch. I had high expectations from him in this match considering English batsmen were runs by heap.

  • Dhanno on July 30, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Dhawan and Kohli vindicated my belief in them. NExt one, I hope is Rohit.

    A dash of statistics: Bhuvi has faced more deliveries than Kohli and Dhawan combined and he has not even played in this innings. Shami has better avg than both Dhawan and Kohli. A surprise package has been Vijay who has spent enough time on the pitch to negate the new ball effect but the rest of top/ middle order has not made any use of it. Next time when both the openers fail and Kohli/Rohit are exposed too early do remember the numbers : M.Vijay 924 balls faced in 3 tests and still most of the other guys have just sat and gifted their wickets.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 30, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    What a fantastic cricket pitch!Guess that lays all the 'speculations' to rest after 1st 2 days.My assessment of it been a good sporting 1 has come true.Possibly best in series so far.Now for the much expected 'result' which we must get by lunch tomorrow.

  • Cric_Janbaz on July 30, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    SAEED AJMAL had a wonderful season this year for WORCESTERSHIRE....MOEEN ALI was his team mate there....ALI might have learned a few tricks from AJMAL...

  • Pritt32 on July 30, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    England have comprehensively outplayed India and are heading for a deserving victory. India played well in the first two tests, but are struggling to maintain their energy levels as highlighted by their abysmal performance in the third test. Bowling has been awful and batting is dreadful. India need to raise their game in the next two matches, with a few new players.

  • RayMcCooney on July 30, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Totally disagree @Saswat Praharaj. Just because the Indian bowling couldn't contain England's batting doesn't make it a bad pitch. This has been an excellent TEST MATCH pitch and India have been outplayed by England. In addition, Cook has totally out-captained Dhoni whose strategy has been weak.

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    This was not a pitch where England should have been allowed to make 569. India is paying for not playing Ashwin. He is a genuine match winner. He must play the rest of the matches.

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Now seems lyk India can't save this test any more..England need 7 golden balls 2 level the series.And Next tym- Gambhir in, Dhawan Out for sure..MSD gave many chances 2 Dhawan.Now its Gambhir's turn now..... Better Luck Next tym..

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    dhawan and kohli has great chance to come back in this series. be ready rohit,rahane is always there.still looking instresting match.!

  • pvr726 on July 30, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    We need a few of the Indian batsmen to consider how they came into represent the test side, and get angry with their deliverables. Seriously.

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    only option for India is to be confident and attack bowlers. luck fortunes brave.

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    England's bowlers have been excellent so far. taking India's wicket cheaply. Indian batsman should me more responsible. Indian bowlers are seen helpless due to high confidence of high score on board. India should try to save the match wisely.

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    We have an opener, No.3, No.4 and No.6 who have failed in 5 innings. That is a matter of concern. A bowler who has taken 5 for once in the past 20 test matches as our strike bowler. On top of that we have brought 2 of the English senior batsmen back to form. Did you know that the England players dread facing leg spinners ? Ask Shane Warne. Why don't the Indian team have a legspinner ?

  • RD_CricFan on July 30, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Now Indian team cannot save their defeact. Does not make any sense to play with four bowlers and a flop opener like Shikhar Dhawan. Tell me any innings of Dhawan where he scored with out any life been given by the fielding side or by the umpire. Even Dhawan scores in this match but it will be useless coz india will lose match and dhawan already has got life from umpire. My Team for the next match if Dhoni really wants to win overseas match.... Murali Vijay, Gautam Ghambir, Chateshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Pankaj, Aaron.

  • on July 30, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Murali Vijay fail to make his ground, falling short by inches from the crease. Vijay walks back into the pavillion

  • Angry_Bowler on July 30, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    What a shame Indian batsmen are now getting out to even spin bowling and running out for what? Just ridiculous and very lazzy. I am betting now on England to win this and the series by 2-1, good luck Cook. This is the kind of bowling Cook needed to get into form.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 30, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Englands game to loose. I agree with some comments that India haven't won a single session so far. There still 4 + sessions If kholi and middle order get some good scores then we could say we deserved the draw Else game over.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 30, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    If India can survive until Tea with the loss of only one wicket, then they can really attack in the final session and go for an unlikely win. And since I'm listening to the mighty Slayer, I feel India's chances are good.

  • bhushanB on July 30, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    India has not won a single session in the whole test, so they do not deserve to win.They could have resisted for a draw, which seems to be almost impossible. Would have liked Rahane to come up the order before Kohli though.

  • cric1965 on July 30, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    If India try to stay 132 overs and try to save the test they will end up with defeat. Need to attack.

  • bhushanB on July 30, 2014, 15:50 GMT


    Did you watch him bowl at all? At least today, he was the only one that looked any good. His fastest ball was 88.1 in both innings, avg speed 84.5... with some good bounce.... that is something I have not seen for a while.

    Ofcorse I did not expect that he will set the stage on fire - may be you did. But for a debutant he did fine, just unlucky to miss Cook's wicket - what a difference it would have made.

    bhuvi had an off-test, Shami was not good since IPL. This is where the fourth pacer will help, when one of the regulars have an off-day.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 30, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Poor slip fielding in the 1st innings cost India the chance to remain competitive. On a pitch which was still good enough for batting, it was poor from India to throw it away. Everyone got starts and then got out, but what really hurt were the two wickets gifted to Moeen Ali either side of the Tea break.

    As I write this, Vijay is already run out (after a slight hesitation) and Pujara got a good 'un from Moeen. It's time for Kohli and Dhawan to step up and be counted. These situations define a Test cricketer, so let's hope both come out on top!

  • bhushanB on July 30, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    India lost the test match, when they reverted to the formula that failed time and again with 6 batsmen overseas. Thought they would learn something from Lords.

    Lets see if our 6th batsman can save the match for us now.

  • bhushanB on July 30, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Whatever you may say.. Pankaj is a find and should be persisted with - hopefully some advice from bowling coaches would help him get those elusive wickets.. he canbe groomed to be our peter siddle.

  • brusselslion on July 30, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @truemsdian and others: Well, if India win it from here (38/2 as I write), it really will be an historic win

  • bigwonder on July 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I am amazed at the negative approach by Dhoni. From the start of this test (including team selection), he has been on defensive and we are seeing the results. As soon as the 1st day was over, it was obvious what the next 3-4 days will offer - England will pile on runs and India will forget how to bat, eventually losing the test. This is the same Dhoni from 2011. BCCI, please find a new test captain, this one has passed his use-by-date.

  • cric1965 on July 30, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Now Pujara and Vijay are out. Kohli and Dhawan in middle. This pair has to put good partnership. Tail enders will do their duty if fronline batsman perform well. Will Kohli show his true potential Now with arrears?

  • Resultpredictor on July 30, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @truemsdian-well said friend. I will support you. Its India who have a chance to win this match not England as every one thinks.Every Indian batsman is capable of scoring big and India bats deep till no.9.

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    The wheels on the bus are falling off falling off falling off India's wheels on the bus are falling off all day long.

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Please stop comparing Pujara to Dravid. There is night and day difference between their ability to play the moving and spinning ball

  • RayMcCooney on July 30, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @Umesh Sarang: Two down, eight to go. Youre right about spin it would appear. However, Moeen might be enough on his own, and if the give Ballance a bowl it could all be over earlier than you'd like.

  • cric1965 on July 30, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Now Vijay is out. Only hope is Dhawan. He has to play Shewag like attacking cricket to dominate the English team.

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Its time for Indians to play positive cricket. Losing the match trying to win is better than losing trying to play out time. Stop pushing and prodding and start putting away bad deliveries.

  • sumgad on July 30, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Just saw India's second wicket go down in second innings. The question now is will India survive to play the fifth day?

  • Resultpredictor on July 30, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Will Cook become second captain after Gary Sobers to lose the test match after declaring in both innings? India have good chance to win this match as England have only 2 tiring bowlers and 2 worst bowlers in test cricket. Its England who is under pressure to win this match. India is sitting comfortable with lead and momentum. Go India go and make world record and silence the critics who always doubt about India's success. Jai Ho

  • HDG1978 on July 30, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    It's a matter of time and the scoreline will read 1-1. 3-1 to England by the end of August.RIP Indian Test cricket.

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    445 isn't enuf for England to defend. They completely misjudged the pitch and also misread Indians mistakes against their duo broad Anderson. Also leaving aside this duo there's no threat to cover 445/130overs for 11 Indians against England on a last lifeless pitch. There's more to spin on last day than seam and leave aside M Ali there's no spinner.

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    If South Africa could bat out 111 overs on a dust bowl (spinners dream) India can pool this off (draw).pitch seem to be fine

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    India should just play South African style game and bat out today. They shouldn't lose any wickets today and tomorrow India can assess their situation and decide if they want to go for a win or a draw.

  • cric1965 on July 30, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Pankaj is unlucky. He has to give more chances. He will perform well in future. You cannot judge bowler by just one match in international level.

  • on July 30, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    @Francis Mel -what makes you say that your india has been far better than SL when we actually won the tour of england even in cold conditions,and india has lost in both NZ and SA and going to lose this test in sunny conditions...and saying which team is better over one another or which player is better compared to another seems silly cos each team has its good days as well as bad days..whoever plays better on a given day wins,,,

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    if vijay and rahane gets century ..then dhoni and jadeja gets half century. ..india set a world record attempt tomorrow. .come on India. .

  • truemsdian on July 30, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    India is gonna register a famous win here.......mark my word folks.....!!!!

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Virat kohli it's time for you to step up.

  • Nampally on July 30, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    India's opening batting has to show up with at least a century partnership in order for India to save this Test. Without a solid start the momentum which is on England side right now will boost their spirits. This is now a game of mental battle. The balls outside the off stump must be left well alone. England will try these tactics with 2 balls/over on the stumps. If India can frustrate England pace bowlers & tire them, it will be a great boost to India on Day 5. Disciplined & patient batting is the key factor for India to get back In the game. India must be aware that the England pace bowlers are tiring. If Broad & Anderson send down another 20 overs each, their effect will be much reduced. Indian batsmen must rise to the occasion to compensate for Dhoni's insane XI selection. You cannot give England 567 runs in the first innings with a batting capability & consistency unknown by having 3 Specialist Bowlers. Dhoni's lack of logic has put India in a deep hole at Tea time onDay4!

  • CricketChat on July 30, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    So, Pakaj will turn out to be a one test wonder. All those people (including me) who clamored for his inclusion, he proved to be a dud. Back to FC in India where he truly belongs.

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    good to see dhavan has already played nine balls tooany

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    I am missing sehwag nd gauti !!! India will lose this match !!

  • cric1965 on July 30, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    if India wants to set world record Dhawan has to bat his normal game and Kohli has to come to party. Otherwise Series is level. No chance of draw with Jimmy and Broad.

  • kishore.gadiraju on July 30, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    I would love to watch VVS Laxman Bat at this type of typical situations.... He is the best fighting batsmen who can play two complete days to take away the game from England

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    132 overs to get 445...well miracles do happen! It's unlikely but there's some talented players in there and who knows, cricket is a funny game...unfortunately the more likely result, and less romantic, is a England win, mid afternoon tomorrow...if that does happen, India need to recover quickly from the defeat, and definitely avoid doing whatever they've been doing between the end of the Lords Test match and the beginning of this one in Southampton.good luck guys and don't give up !

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    if india were to win this match, Bhuvanesh Kumar needs to score a century

  • anbil on July 30, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    think positive guys.. don't compare the previous records. this is a new young indian team. they will create a new records. I think dhawan will fire in this innings and vijay must stay on crease til tomorrow of lunch. kholi and rohit also need to play long innings. hopefully india can win or draw.

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    India may lose another away Test but they can take a lot of pride in their performance on this Tour. They have been much better than Sri Lanka but thats hardly something to be proud of really. India also performed extremely well on the SA and NZ Tours too and even though they lost both series, they are now a much stronger Test Team.

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on July 30, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    If Dhawan fail again send India Back Home - and occupy Mr. Gambhir - Even If Kohli fail again - Send India Too...! and occupy his place to Mr. Naman Ojah.

  • ProdigyA on July 30, 2014, 14:35 GMT


    He wanted to draw this Test even before it began, utterly negative captaincy, leading to lacklustre performance by the fielders, failing to inspire the team, infact pushing them to belive that we have lost this test.

    After one good Test at Lords, Dhoni is back to his best of useless Test captaincy.

  • AvidCricFan on July 30, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Shami looks like tired and jaded bowler. He has been ineffective in this series. A break will work better to him. India can bring in Aaron in place of Shami. He won't be any worse option than Shami.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 30, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Talk about reversal of fortunes. What happened to ENG at LORDS has happened to us here at South Hampton. What happened to Bhuvi who was bowling so well. Our batsmen did so much better in a difficult pitch at Lords. This pitch is gr8 to bat. Yet we are struggling. We are going to lose this one, but what I hope is for some of the batsmen to show their intent and stay at the wicket to gain some practise and get back to form. If Kohli doesnt score, please drop him for the next match. Dhawan has to go, play Gambhir. Pankaj will be dropped and hope Ishant and Ashwin make it to the squad. Well played ENG.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 30, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Really poor bowling by indian pacers. Bhuvi has too many limitations, shami too much of akram's advice like irfan had, pankaj 300 3rd class wickets????, Nohit failure with the ball against lefties and india are faced with saving this one. In the fab4 era (when they were young) it would have been a cake walk but now there are ifs and buts. It is not a limited overs game now and india have to bat and bat.

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    jadeja and Anderson....only bowlers who did not finish their overs. :P

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    India cant chase this target.All are short players.They should need players like yusuf ,Yuvraj to hit through line for winning.

  • on July 30, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Pankaj S is not test cricket material. Let Bhuvneshvar, Ishant and Aaron together with Ashwin spearhead the Indian bowling attack. Indian batsmen should wake up abd start scoring runs. Dhawan has not delivered - out with him.

  • Cricketlover54 on July 30, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    We can count on India to bring the whole English team back into form. 5.04 runs an over wow. Cook/Bell/Rooti/Broad/Anderson all back in form. lol

  • sumgad on July 30, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    I am not a fan of Dhoni's as captain.I have never been able to understand his field placements. He regularly wastes two or three close in fielders. One of them is short leg and extra fielders in slips. At a time like this, when England are looking for quick runs, he is still got his eccentric field placements.

  • sudhindranath on July 30, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    The highest that India has scored in the 4th innings to win a Test has been 406/4 against the Windies in 1976. The highest that ANY team has scored in the 4th innings to win is 418/7 by the Windies against Aussies. The highest scores that India has made in the 4th innings EVER (in win/loss/draw) have been 445 (chasing 493), 429/8 (chasing 438), 406/4 (chasing 403), 397 (chasing 568), 387/4 (chasing 387) and 376 (chasing 548).

    So a target of 460-470 (with 110-120 overs to get them) should be safe enough for England. Unless the top 4 batsmen of India score heavily (and fast enough) it won't happen. Of the top four, Vijay has been OK, Dhawan is in poor form, and Pujara and Kohli have not shown the ability to stay there for long so far. An Indian victory is extremely unlikely under these circumstances (less than 1 in 500 chance).

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 30, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4, may be ENG suffered from bad decisions here in 2nd innings but I don't agree with this "Credit to Eng then for position they are despite their tough 'luck' ". This actually sounds very funny. We need to talk about luck when it really matters. Ballance is given bad decision but how does it matter now? I think they are in dominant position here only because of their abundant luck in 1st innings. They have decided to go for flat pitch for this test match to save themselves from embarrassment and their luck has started right from winning the toss. Of course it is all destiny. Right now ENG has chances to win looking at ENG batting form but the game is not over yet.

  • on July 30, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    The sooner India employes DRS the better it will be for morals of Indian supporters and Indian players alike. The whole game would have been different and remember professionals have to be sharp all the time. Missed catch in the slips and missed stumping in addition to umpire faults does not help any side

  • RayMcCooney on July 30, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I'm with you there @hecd2. If you don't want to use DRS, then don't play the game.

  • india_boy33 on July 30, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Accidently India done a very crucial mistake here in this test. They gave Cook & Bell a chance to retain their form & they did it. Now this mistake will pinches them in next 2 matches. Very bad move by Dhoni to play only 4 specialist bowlers in which 1 is debutant. This is main difference btwn the sides like India & Aus. Why Dhoni is so conservative or defensive captain? Learn something from Clarke, he always want to extract result from match no matter if he should win or loss. Most courageous & aggressive captain of current time. Learn from him..I am an Indian but I love Aussies cricket becoz of their killer instinct for their never say die attitude/spirit which is completely negligible from my country sportsmen(Cricket only).

  • hecd2 on July 30, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Time for ICC to mandate DRS.

  • on July 30, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    How many catches and run outs will Ind miss in one match. They really don't know how to grab opportunities. If any other NZ, SA or AUS fielders are there they would really turned the match on.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Let me try to put a positive spin on things.If theres any good to come out of the whole ump. fiasco,its that this' been a walking,talking advert for DRS.Face it.Its a vital,inclusive part of todays game.Funny how even with/wo DRS,it makes 'presence' felt.

  • on July 30, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Indians gets humiliated all over this test. There is nothing happening for them. Losing storm continues for India. Surprisingly Eng on right track to win this test match and hopefully they will get the series also with the batting lines they look real hard now. Feeling pity for Indian bowlers, they will only get 20 wickets on odd times and that was happened on last test. so, hopefully they will get another 20 wickets after 15 to 20 matches. As Indians are more poorer in 2nd innings, so they will get 200 runs fro 10 wickets and will losing this test match by tomorrow lunch. Feeling frustrated as an Indian Fan.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Yet another addition to howler count.Surprise!surprise!And Eng bearing brunt again.Credit to Eng then for position they are despite their tough 'luck'.Got to feel for Balance though,form bat of series.Got a 'pair',missed out on more runs in the process.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    isn't it possible for the on field umpire to refer to the 3rd ref, in case he isn't sure if the ball has touched the bat? Surely that would take away the incorrect decisions being committed ...the match situation logically points to an England win, unless India wake up and find a strategy to counter the short pitched bowling directed at the head, as well as if certain key batsmen start focusing on staying at the crease for lengthy periods rather than trying to smash their way out of trouble...this is a test match after all and not a 50 over joy ride...and for a certain Virat Kohli, why not try and control the urge to fiddle with the tempting balls outside the off stump...if India can rediscover some patience, a la Pujara, Rahane, Vijay, this match is surely lost, which would be a pity, after getting the win at Lords...

  • spot_on on July 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Complaining about DRS, take those few errors in ENG 1st innings and ENG are staring at a total of about 300 ish. and easy enough for an Indian victory here.

  • Chris1881 on July 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Has DRS caused a decline in umpiring standards? The current crop of umpires have spent all or most of their careers working with the safety net of DRS. Has this caused their decision making to be less sharp than their predecessors? The evidence of the last two summers would suggest it has.

  • henchart on July 30, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @Milan Mehta :Dream on.Indians can be saved only by weather in Southampton and that possibility also looks bleak.

  • Snambidi on July 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Unless in the second session between Lunch&Tea India gets quick wickets & restrict the lead of England to 410 there does not appear to have any chance for India in this match to win.If they can not restrict ,they should try slow tactics to make it a safe draw. If they have to win with a target of under 410,it is still a Herculian task in which both Kohli& Poojara will have to perform besides others as usual. Aswin's absence is clearly felt in this match. Thdebutant Pankaj Singh could not do anything with ball or Bat. Risky situation for India. Dhoni also got out in the foirst innings like Rehane as a result of an indifferent shot. God saves India now.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    come on England...you desrve to win....dont take the declaration decision too late cos nipping out the tail during the last day even might be difficult specially as DRS is not there..

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    if DRS is there then England first innings score has been different bell may be out cheaply even ballence either so it cost both teams

  • ladycricfan on July 30, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Time for DRS. Last series for Dhoni as Test captain. Pujara or Ashwin the new test captain.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    All the people talking about DRS, just a reminder Ballance was out on 10 in first innings and Bell was out on 0. So, both teams had their luck with decisions.

  • Chris1881 on July 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    The absence of DRS in this series would appear to have created a double jeopardy. There are no reviews & also umpires who have worked with DRS all or most of their careers are now having to get the decision right first time. As so often over the last two summers, the Ballance first innings decision was a guess. And his second innings judgment was a very poor guess.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    If DRS was available this match is already over!! Bad luck for Balance again and good luck for Rahane! more you don't have DRS more space for India to win

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Ok india are still into this game, if ENG post a total of 400, IND can still win or draw this match all they have to do is play with discipline and not throw away their wicket.

  • Lassie.Perera on July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Hope England's innings will be declared by Tea. More than 400 runs lead should be enough for the safe side and push for a victory.

  • RayMcCooney on July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Another dodgy decision for Balance. It's all well and good for Nas and Co to say it's not the umpires fault, he heard two noises and assumed it was bat or glove. These are exactly the decisions that DRS is there to manage, and more importantly the umpires are happy with it and want to use it. This is a bit like a driver being caught by a speed camera and claiming it's out of order because he/she doesn't agree with the concept.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    It is frustrating again a wicket falls just before lunch which means after lunch break again england has to build the innings before going for any attack, shame that a wicket falls at such moments that too because of umpire mistakes.

  • Englishmanabroad on July 30, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    You have to feel for Balance. Twice in the two innings.

    DRS anyone. Its time for DRS to be mandatory.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Another truly shocking decision for Ballance, he was nowhere near it. This test has been littered with umpiring howlers mainly from Rod Tucker with Erasmus now joining in. These two are walking adverts for DRS.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Another truly shocking decision for Ballance, he was nowhere near it. This test has been littered with umpiring howlers mainly from Rod Tucker with Erasmus now joining in. These two are walking adverts for DRS.

  • Englishmanabroad on July 30, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    You have to feel for Balance. Twice in the two innings.

    DRS anyone. Its time for DRS to be mandatory.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    It is frustrating again a wicket falls just before lunch which means after lunch break again england has to build the innings before going for any attack, shame that a wicket falls at such moments that too because of umpire mistakes.

  • RayMcCooney on July 30, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Another dodgy decision for Balance. It's all well and good for Nas and Co to say it's not the umpires fault, he heard two noises and assumed it was bat or glove. These are exactly the decisions that DRS is there to manage, and more importantly the umpires are happy with it and want to use it. This is a bit like a driver being caught by a speed camera and claiming it's out of order because he/she doesn't agree with the concept.

  • Lassie.Perera on July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Hope England's innings will be declared by Tea. More than 400 runs lead should be enough for the safe side and push for a victory.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Ok india are still into this game, if ENG post a total of 400, IND can still win or draw this match all they have to do is play with discipline and not throw away their wicket.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    If DRS was available this match is already over!! Bad luck for Balance again and good luck for Rahane! more you don't have DRS more space for India to win

  • Chris1881 on July 30, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    The absence of DRS in this series would appear to have created a double jeopardy. There are no reviews & also umpires who have worked with DRS all or most of their careers are now having to get the decision right first time. As so often over the last two summers, the Ballance first innings decision was a guess. And his second innings judgment was a very poor guess.

  • on July 30, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    All the people talking about DRS, just a reminder Ballance was out on 10 in first innings and Bell was out on 0. So, both teams had their luck with decisions.

  • ladycricfan on July 30, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Time for DRS. Last series for Dhoni as Test captain. Pujara or Ashwin the new test captain.