England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day August 7, 2014

Broad six-for sets up dominant day for England

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England 113 for 3 (Bell 45*, Jordan 0*) trail India 152 (Dhoni 71, Ashwin 40, Broad 6-25) by 39 runs
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Kimber: Carnage by swing and seam

A couple of weeks ago it appeared unlikely Stuart Broad would make it through this series and until a few days ago it was by no means certain that James Anderson would be available, either. As it was, the pair combined to take nine wickets - Broad the bulk of them with 6 for 25 - as India were removed for 152 inside two sessions at Old Trafford and by the close England were strongly placed only 39 runs behind to suggest a significant swing in the series.

Within six overs India were in tatters at 8 for 4; three of the top four having collected ducks, including the struggling Virat Kohli who fell second ball to his nemesis Anderson. From the rubble of the first half an hour, their final total was something of a recovery. MS Dhoni, back at No. 6 after another reshuffle of the batting order, played excellently for his 71 but Broad, who according to reports will have knee surgery after the series, cleaned up the lower order.

The six ducks in India's innings equalled the world record as, for the first time this season, England managed to exploit what could be termed 'English' conditions although they were by no means frightful. It was certainly the quickest pitch seen so far but, by and large, England found the correct, full length which found the edges which they had failed to do at Headingley against Sri Lanka and Lord's in this series.

England did not have it all their own way in reply, certainly against the new ball as Sam Robson and Alastair Cook departed cheaply to leave them 36 for 2. However, on a gloriously sunny evening Ian Bell, after wild pull first ball, clicked into gear with a string of boundaries which included advancing down to loft R Ashwin for a straight six.

Gary Ballance continued his fine form and the third-wicket pair looked set to see out the day but Ballance was trapped lbw by the impressive Varun Aaron, playing his second Test and first since November 2011, from around the wicket in what proved the final over the day. It should be noted that eight overs were lost.

There was a stroke - or should that be a flip - of fortune for England before a ball was bowled. Cook lost the toss and Dhoni was happy to bat first; it has been the route taken by every Test captain at this ground since Graham Gooch against Australia in 1993. Cook admitted he would have batted, but as he said that he glanced skywards at the clouds, which had been heavy enough to delay the start by half an hour with drizzle, and pondered what could be on offer.

Stood at first slip, Cook would immediately have been delighted by what he watched. A manic 13-ball period began when Broad made the opening incision in the fourth over when Gautam Gambhir, playing his first Test since December 2012 in place of Shikhar Dhawan, was squared up in a manner similar to the 2011 tour and edged to gully.

Anderson had already found his groove and now started to find the edges. M Vijay, the pillar of India's batting in the series, nicked a perfect outswinger to Cook at first slip and two deliveries later there was a near replay when Kohli moved across his crease and felt for another delivery which curved away. It was one of those spells where another wicket, if not more, felt inevitable and Dhoni's uncertain technique was given a working over by Anderson.

There has been some criticism this season of the length of spells Anderson has been asked to bowl, but the nine-over opening burst today was fully understandable in the circumstances. It was a reminder, not that any was needed, of the significance of the not-guilty verdict.

The next stage of the match came when Cook changed the bowling - would Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan maintain the stranglehold? Woakes could have struck - for just the second time in Test cricket - with his third ball when Dhoni edged a booming drive which flew high towards Jordan at fourth slip but he could not time his jump to intercept the chance.

Dhoni was always keen to try and get onto the front foot and England's response was to bowl a touch shorter, which took them away from what had provided all the earlier success. It was not a complete dereliction of their duties as happened at Lord's, but they were perhaps sucked in by Dhoni's method. Whenever the ball was full, it kept moving.

As it did at Lord's, Ajinkya Rahane's technique, playing the ball late with a straight bat, stood him in good stead and he was the most comfortable of India's batsmen in the morning session only to be let down by a rare misjudgement, driving at a swinging delivery, although it was a timely reminder to England's bowlers that the cost of a few boundaries is worth the potential reward of the outside edge. For Jordan, the weakest link of the attack at the Ageas Bowl, it was an important wicket after two barren outings although the support for Anderson and Broad was still not as exacting as it could have been.

Shortly after lunch the other half of the recent off-field drama, Ravindra Jadeja, who had not been given an overly welcoming reception from the partisan crowd, was pinned lbw by a classic Anderson set-up, almost identical to how he fell at the Ageas Bowl. At 63 for 6 three figures was looking some way off for India.

Ashwin counter-attacked, picking off England's bowlers when they were drawn into bowling too straight, and the total was doubled during the 14-over stand with Dhoni. However, when there was just a hint that England could let frustration get to them, Ashwin picked out deep square-leg from a short delivery. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's batting mojo has deserted him since Lord's and he left a delivery that hit middle stump and after Dhoni collected a few defiant boundaries managed to pick out the only fielder within acres on the leg side.

It was not perfect from England. Early in England's reply, Robson shouldered arms to a well-disguised inswinger from Bhuvneshwar which took his off stump. It was an unconvincing stay from Robson, who twice nearly edged to slip, and he is the one new member of the batting order who, despite his hundred against Sri Lanka, has yet to wholly convince.

If Robson is feeling any pressure, he could glance over at his opening partner. Cook revived his fortunes last week and, as he slotted away an on- and off-drive off Pankaj Singh, and was moving smoothly only to be outdone by a slippery short delivery from Aaron who touched 90mph during a lively spell. Going for the hook, Cook was not in control and top-edged to Pankaj at long leg. Pankaj took it nonchalantly, but surely will have wished the dismissal was the other way around: his wait for a maiden Test wicket goes on.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Pretty ruthless bowling by England, although I'm sure looking at 8 for 4, they would have been thinking that India could have been dismissed for under 100, but they were probably happy with the outcome.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 8, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @Facebook user I obviously didn't know Praveen Kumar was injured, and there's nothing on his profile page to say so. I can't remember the last time Zaheer Kahn wasn't injured, so never really thought of him. Stuart Broad seems to be playing well through injury for England…

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith, considering Bell is currently the SECOND highest scorer in the game, whats your real problem with him? Root and Buttler might score more run but lets evaluate Bells innings in its context, unless you think that he need to be superhuman and never get out scoring 100's every game?

  • on August 8, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I am really disappointed with england batsmen, even in their home grounds they struggle sooo... much. I am not taking away the discipline and the skill with which indian bowlers bowled but england batsmen are not in good form and also their skill against moving ball (bhuvi) and pace (aaron) etc is in question. I knew the moment Cook threw away his wicket with that unnecessary shot of hooking or pulling what ever it was england batsmen are going to suffer, because solid foundation from the top order is needed in these tricky & tough batting conditions. If england bowlers are really better than indian bowlers then they should have restricted indian batsmen to within 100 or so in this pitch, so it is like lords test where the real value of england bowlers performance got decoded only when the roles got reversed (indians started bowling). England you need to put much much much much... better effort than this, otherwise the momentum will easily swing towards india again, God lucks England!

  • SirViv1973 on August 8, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Decent morning for Ind, the 3 wickets have kept them in the match, Eng still in the box seat though. Ind will need to bowl Eng out well before tea of they are to well & truly get themseleves back in to the game. A lead of 120 - 130 should be substancial in what is looking like being a low scoring match.

  • pratit on August 8, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Dare say Pankaj Singh has probably played his last test. He may get a few wickets and prove me wrong, but there does not seem to be much going for him. Given that hulk of a frame, pace and bounce were likely to be his weapons but he has troubled none with those. Surprised that Aaron is bowling so well. Thought he was ideal for tests and not ODIs. Just shows that England are uncomfortable playing bowlers with genuine pace and bounce and India made a blunder by not picking Umesh Yadav. Anyway, for the next few years the 5 fast bowlers in the Indian test squad should be- Kumar, Yadav( the best Indian fast bowler), Shami, Ishant and Aaron. These guys should be preserved for tests. Let other mediocre bowlers like Vinay Kumar labour in ODIs.

  • on August 8, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Moin Ali is a top order batsman. He needs time to adjust to batting lower down.

  • srh25 on August 8, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    When vk keeps scoring .. wow what a player.. outstanding....I feel sorry for people around here.... u cant score a century in every innings .. vk is a outstanding player.. even Ab failed in a coupple of innings ... he might be a great player but vk is young and hes just got 19 centuries.. failing in couple of tests doeant mean hes a bad player ... It is a part of a game and vk is true champion and he ll come back for sure. jus wait n watch the show...

  • on August 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK- Praveen Kumar is injured, You can't bring an injured player.. A no-brainer actually, Zaheer Khan is injured as well and he's our best swing bowler.. India didn't bring him as well..

  • on August 8, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @Arun Bose : Please enlighten us as what test cricket is all about...

  • on August 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Pretty ruthless bowling by England, although I'm sure looking at 8 for 4, they would have been thinking that India could have been dismissed for under 100, but they were probably happy with the outcome.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 8, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @Facebook user I obviously didn't know Praveen Kumar was injured, and there's nothing on his profile page to say so. I can't remember the last time Zaheer Kahn wasn't injured, so never really thought of him. Stuart Broad seems to be playing well through injury for England…

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith, considering Bell is currently the SECOND highest scorer in the game, whats your real problem with him? Root and Buttler might score more run but lets evaluate Bells innings in its context, unless you think that he need to be superhuman and never get out scoring 100's every game?

  • on August 8, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I am really disappointed with england batsmen, even in their home grounds they struggle sooo... much. I am not taking away the discipline and the skill with which indian bowlers bowled but england batsmen are not in good form and also their skill against moving ball (bhuvi) and pace (aaron) etc is in question. I knew the moment Cook threw away his wicket with that unnecessary shot of hooking or pulling what ever it was england batsmen are going to suffer, because solid foundation from the top order is needed in these tricky & tough batting conditions. If england bowlers are really better than indian bowlers then they should have restricted indian batsmen to within 100 or so in this pitch, so it is like lords test where the real value of england bowlers performance got decoded only when the roles got reversed (indians started bowling). England you need to put much much much much... better effort than this, otherwise the momentum will easily swing towards india again, God lucks England!

  • SirViv1973 on August 8, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Decent morning for Ind, the 3 wickets have kept them in the match, Eng still in the box seat though. Ind will need to bowl Eng out well before tea of they are to well & truly get themseleves back in to the game. A lead of 120 - 130 should be substancial in what is looking like being a low scoring match.

  • pratit on August 8, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Dare say Pankaj Singh has probably played his last test. He may get a few wickets and prove me wrong, but there does not seem to be much going for him. Given that hulk of a frame, pace and bounce were likely to be his weapons but he has troubled none with those. Surprised that Aaron is bowling so well. Thought he was ideal for tests and not ODIs. Just shows that England are uncomfortable playing bowlers with genuine pace and bounce and India made a blunder by not picking Umesh Yadav. Anyway, for the next few years the 5 fast bowlers in the Indian test squad should be- Kumar, Yadav( the best Indian fast bowler), Shami, Ishant and Aaron. These guys should be preserved for tests. Let other mediocre bowlers like Vinay Kumar labour in ODIs.

  • on August 8, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Moin Ali is a top order batsman. He needs time to adjust to batting lower down.

  • srh25 on August 8, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    When vk keeps scoring .. wow what a player.. outstanding....I feel sorry for people around here.... u cant score a century in every innings .. vk is a outstanding player.. even Ab failed in a coupple of innings ... he might be a great player but vk is young and hes just got 19 centuries.. failing in couple of tests doeant mean hes a bad player ... It is a part of a game and vk is true champion and he ll come back for sure. jus wait n watch the show...

  • on August 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK- Praveen Kumar is injured, You can't bring an injured player.. A no-brainer actually, Zaheer Khan is injured as well and he's our best swing bowler.. India didn't bring him as well..

  • on August 8, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @Arun Bose : Please enlighten us as what test cricket is all about...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 8, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Just as I feared... England just as inept at playing the moving ball as India. Conditions perfect for good swing bowlers like Bhuvneshwar (can't believe India didn't bring Praveen Kumar on this tour!). The rain is going to save embarrassment for both teams in my opinion.

  • VillageBlacksmith on August 8, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    TYPICAL BELL….. 18 ineffective inns over the last year… he eventually gets a ton (when DRS would have given him out for 0!) and now back to his usual ineffective (but very stylish as they keep saying on tv) bit scores…

  • on August 8, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @brusselslion- Why should I find faults with own team? Yes, They were bowled out cheaply in the first innings and congrats to English bowlers for bowling really well but the match isn't finished yet..There's still another innings left for them to show how good they really are, But ppl don't get that here at cricinfo that there's still an innings left.. What If India scores 350-400 in the second innings? You can never say that they can't but if you do then test cricket isn't ur cup of tea.. Stop watching it immediately.. Not just you, Whoever says that Indian batting line-up won't comeback in the second innings then don't even think for a moment that you know anything abt test cricket and specially Jamie Moneghan who sounds like a big bash fan or CPL fan.. :)

  • on August 8, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Prior to this match everyone was calling for the inclusion of Gjambir.

  • on August 8, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    England are nearly in front with 7 wickets in hand , even England's night watchmen is batting better than India's top order ha ha. If England bat rest of the day then game over as lead will be over 200.

  • brusselslion on August 8, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @Arun Bose: There is nothing wrong with supporting your team, and championing their cause. It's just the way that you do it. What rubs me - and I guess others - up the wrong way are these wild predictions of 5-0 series wins, and the inability to see any fault in your own team.

  • on August 8, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    no pace no bounce no aggression from pankaj singh..even jordan punishing him ....

  • sal7 on August 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @ dunger.bob- I couldn't agree with you more there! I was shocked when Gambhir was included for this tour. Gambhir is undoubtedly an elegant batsman and I have great respect for what he has done for India, but in a horses for courses sense, he was the wrong choice indeed.

  • Seamer_Singh on August 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    The conditions in the first session suited the English bowlers perfectly and they bowled the right lines and lengths. India have problems, the bowling looks out of sorts and the none of the top/mid order batsman have scored big away from the S/C in a while, just a few hundreds/nineties here and there. England may be in the same boat soon especially their bowling department... It's just a shame that the majority of these well paid 'international' players can't perform on any given surface/weather.

  • on August 8, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan- Let the match finish first and then come back here with ur smug comments.. @JG2704- What gave you the idea that I am praying for rain? I hope there's no rain as any cricket lover especially test cricket lover don't like to see matches wash away due to rain.. But you can't fight with the weather conditions..If it happens, It happens nobody in the world can stop that but I do hope there's no rain.. You don't even know the half of it abt how confident I am abt my team.. I haven't budged an inch from my belief on this Indian team from the very beginning of this series even before the series began... Along with GRVJPR, Rajesh_Indian fan 1990 and many more..

  • on August 8, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Congrats, India and Dhoni, for the World Record

  • on August 8, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    never mind Cook's "technique" and "failings", 6 ducks in an innings indicates such analysis should be directed elsewhere!

  • AFanOfGoodCricket on August 8, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    How come Jadeja gets to play so many tests despite his non performance but Binny gets dropped in 2? Mr. Sandeep Patil whats the logic?

  • shane-oh on August 8, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @Arun Bose - as a NZ fan, I appreciate and can also kind of empathise with your optimism. But to claim this was India's day is frankly ridiculous and undermines any other argument you ever attempt to make.

  • dunger.bob on August 8, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    A word about Gambhir. He's pretty good on s/c pitches if I remember correctly but is unbelievably rattled by bounce. If the ball passes through over stump high off a good length he looks wary. If it threatens his arm pits he falls to pieces quickly. .. I think it's a real risk playing him on a quickish deck imo. Possibly a poor selection there by India in a horses for courses sense.

  • brusselslion on August 8, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @GRVJPR: Cook certainly still has problems but, to date, Kohli has been a bigger flop. Yet still Indian supporters champion him as the best young batsman in the world. As you say, give me a break please!

  • ShanNachimuthu on August 8, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    It was wonderful bowling from Anderson and Broad. Especially by Anderson, his pace and swing with immaculate precision was totally unplayable. That was decent effort by Dhoni and Ashwin to make India to cross 150. Ashwin batting style often reminds me of VVS. In my opinion he could even be tried as a opener. Anyway I am happy with MSD's positive mindset of going with 5 bowlers. The problem with Indian pace attack is that there is no fast bowler who can swing in both ways @140 Kmph. Aroan has pace but no great deal of swing. On contrary Bhuvi swings both ways but there is no pace in it. Pankaj, no great deal of pace and swing. India does not have a bowling attack to come back hard. But Cricket is a funny game and we do not know what is in store in this test match yet. If India manages to bundle ENG below 250 then the match will be more interesting from Indian perspective. On the other hand If ENG gains a lead around 200 then it will be customary away loss for India. Nothing new to India

  • shane-oh on August 8, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @Arun Bose - as a NZ fan, I appreciate and can also kind of empathise with your optimism. But to claim this was India's day is frankly ridiculous and undermines any other argument you ever attempt to make.

  • Biggus on August 8, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Well, who'd have thunk it? I would have reckoned it was England's day but apparently India are well on top and absolutely certain to win the match and series.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on August 8, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Cook back to his actual form, good to see. India can run through England, everyone else has.

  • SirViv1973 on August 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Massive morning for Ind. To get themselves back in the game they will need to make serious inroads in to Engs batting this morning and bowlthwm out by mid afternoon. If Eng are still batting after tea then Ind will need plenty of rain on day's 4 & 5 to save this.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @(August 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT), why should england have reached 152 by close, to get to 152 of 35 overs would have required a run rate of over 4. as it is they are batting at about the same pace as India. so should reach 152 around 46-47 overs just like india did.

    JG2704 is quite correct in no way can yesterday have been indias day, unless England were 100 for 6.

  • mzm149 on August 8, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, GRVJPR, Arun Bose: Grapes are sour.

  • BhaiYehWala on August 8, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Cric__Dude: How can you say Robson looks very Solid in batting?

  • GRVJPR on August 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Cook has been a failure, along with other england openers for 29th match in a row and pleople here are saying they have better technique. Cook is failing overseas, Cook is failing at home. Cook is failing against Mitchell Johnson, Cook is failing againt Bhivi, Aron, Ishant - still he has the best technique and has no flaws. Give me a break please!

  • BradmanBestEver on August 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    England should not get carried away when their two regular opening bowlers who average > 30 over a lengthy period do well against a low-quality opposition.

    Having said that, at least England are performing better than in the recent past, so some credit should go to them for what seems to be more effort put in by the team as a whole.

    We do however, look forward to future battles against more formidable opposition to assess where they are actually at.

  • Pradeephar09 on August 8, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    why VIRU not be the part of Indian team ? only Indiian batsman who has scored 2 triple hundred and good test record?????????????

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    "England should've got 152 yesterday but they couldn't bcz Indian bowlers bowled well and took three wickets" - perhaps,but not quite as well as England because, in case you didn't notice, England took 10!

    If your praying for rain already to save this match then your confidence in India winning this series is more than a little hopeful, I feel.

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @Arun_Bose. Stop preaching about the weather as England will have won the game before the 4th day anyway , Indian batsmen look out of sorts hence why they keep hitting the ball to the slips. Point being Indian batsmen not good enough to make 250 second dig. England bat all the way down to number 9 so England might not even need to bat again if the lead is over 200. The world knows when the pressure is on India collapse like a lack of cards as your away stats back that up!

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    "English openers are back in pavilion as well" - yes, but England were not 8 for 4 either were they? Nor is Cook's technique necessarily flawed just because he mis-hooked a short-ball. I would think the techniques of the Indian top order need to addressed instead, given their own spectacular batting collapse yesterday.

    Interesting people now talking about it being a "bowlers wicket" when India skittled out cheaply - what's the reason for Dhoni choosing to bat first bat first after winning the toss then? Didn't he understand the conditions? No doubt if England build a big lead today, people will chat about it being a batsman's paradise instead.

    Face facts those of the defensive nature - in the same way Indian bowlers were on top at Lords, thus is the same here and in the last test at the Rose-Bowl.

    Anderson and Broad bowled superbly yesterday, and India were outplayed on first day of this test.

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @JG2704- The match hasn't finished yet, There are still three days left and rain prediction is for last two days so don't get your smug avatar out just yet and watch the match calmly.. England should've got 152 yesterday but they couldn't bcz Indian bowlers bowled well and took three wickets.. Don't get excited just yet and don't think England has won the match.. Watch the first session today, Whoever wins that session will win this test match...Nasser Hussain also said that this match will washout bcz of rain not just my accuweather app.. Tell me, is he wrong as well? I don't think so.. Anyway, India's going to win this series.. Keep calm and deal with it!

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Now the indian team should think about new opening pair . aren,t they?

  • Naresh28 on August 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    For the Odi's India should bring in Samson and Ohja. Both are wicketkeepers but are in good form from the recent Oz tour. Out of form players in the test side should dropped and some youngsters included. We need to find the best players - this will also help the selectors choosing a TEST team in future.

  • Cric__Dude on August 8, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Indian team combination this match is quite ok. All Rohit fans please stop idolizing him. If he is such a great player, he should be playing in the top 4, not fight for no. 6 position. He is great in domestic and IPL but when it comes to India? 5 bowlers are required at any cost (atleast overseas). But 2 pacers, 2 spinners and Binny's medium pace would have been ideal. Somehow Dhoni doesn't believe him and nobody can question Dhoni. But clearly, England is a better team this series. Youngsters like Balllance, Moeen, Root, Robson look very solid in batting. Jimmy and Broad are a great pair. Jordan, Moeen can strike in between. Jimmy has atleast 2-3 years left in him and Broad looks like a great replacement after him. This England side has a bright future.

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan, I hope your analysis comes true but i am not that confident for 2 reasons, first reason is i am not yet sure whether england can actually achieve more than 100 runs lead in this innings in this bowler friendly pitch, and the second reason is even if england can get more than 100 runs lead in no way england can take it for granted that everything will fall in place for them. But i hope your analysis comes true because if england can win this test then there will be a good lead in the series (2-1) with just one test pending in this series and then one thing is sure england cannot lose this series! and if england could win the 5th test too then it will be a huge bonus!

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Indian team is not good on overseas pitches and that's proved again. Only batsman comfortable overseas was Kohli and he failed till now in this series. He has to come back in form.

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Virat Kohli cannot be compared with AB deVilliers,Kohli can only be compared with contemporaries like Warner, Williamson,Matthews,Asad Shafiq and at the moment Matthews is head and shoulders above the rest ready to break in big boys league where you have Hash, Bell AB, Sanga,Clarke,Chanders,Younis.Pujara is good only on slow pitches bereft of bounce,he plays the ball too low and not suprised by the abject failure but suprised that it took so long coming.

  • on August 8, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    varon and pankaj will back with ball.............

  • JG2704 on August 8, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @ArunBose - It is not showing who the Facebook users are who are making the comms (just using the F symbol) but I'm kind of guessing the comm. made at 1.16 was yours? I agree Eng shouldn't get carried away and if conditions are similar this morning to day 1 then we have an interesting contest on our hands but to say it was India's day is wrong. BTW - The weather hasn't been AS bad as your Acuweather app told it was going to be? Have you been relying on the app for making your predictions?

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    @CodandChips, I agree and we might see a few players that are in the current Lions Squad and playing in the triangular series get a call up for the series with a view to them playing in the WC in 2015.

    I definitely think Cook should not be part of the ODI team, give the captaincy to Morgan and let Cook focus on Test cricket.

  • VinodGupte on August 8, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Dhoni's batting is nothing but the law of averages. You play enough duds and you are likely to score a 50 some day. Yesterday was that day. That does not speak volumes about his batting as some of his fans would like to think. His innings is no different than Ishant Sharma's 7 at the Lord's - an occurrence as rare as Hale's comet visit.

    Pankaj Singh, I still maintain, should try a career at wrestling. 6'4", muscular and yet bowls 130 at the age of 29 going for 4.5 rpo. Surely, he is not meant for cricket?

    Jadeja keeps testing patience of test cricket fans. It is not his fault that he is a mediocre cricketer. It is Sandeep Patil's fault who keeps on selecting him for reasons known to him.

    Pujara appears to be a classic flat-track-bulldozer who will score hundreds of runs at Jaipur, Gwalior, Chennai, Mumbai, Kanpur, Delhi but can't score even a 50 on foreign soil.

  • on August 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Anything more than 100 run lead will be enough for England to win the test as India won't make more than 250 in their 2nd innings.

  • GRVJPR on August 8, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    What's the problem with people? Just 1 innings failure and they are all over India. English openers are back in pavilion as well and looked more ordinary to me than Indian openers considering Indians were facing anderson and broad on a fresh pitch and english openers facing 2 test match old Indian pacers. Where is technique of english openers who bounced out to short ball again. I saw this england team shivering against Mitchell Johnson in asutralai where as young Virat Kohli got emphatic 100. He got 73 at perth as well and ran out of partners, He was the last men out there. I still maintain England is a pretty ordinary cricket team. They are huffing and puffing to perform even at home. Young Indian side will give them good run for their money. It was a bad toss to win, for a change!

  • on August 8, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    At toss if someone promised Cook india all out at 152 he would have eagerly accepted it but i am not sure he would feel that happy at the end of the first day in this test. When it was 8 for 4 and after actually 4 wickets fell for the same score of 8 then letting india reach to 152, and then to lose 3 wickets by 113 is not going to make cook happy. Cook himself threw away his wicket by going for an unnecessary shot which had high risk of getting out. Although Balance cannot be blamed similar to cook because balance did not lose his wicket by playing a reckless shot rather he got out during defending but why balance inexplicably tried to play so defensive is beyond understanding. Just before adopting an inexplicable defensive approach england was batting really well and then balance suddenly chose to play pathetically defensive and it costed him his wicket. Now england have to put their real best effort to put some good lead in this innings because this is not a batsmen friendly pitch.

  • CodandChips on August 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    For the ODI series England need to be brave with selection. Most of the test players should be rested for 2 reasons: to ensure no burnout is suffered, 2.To ensure the best side available is selected for the tour of Sri Lanka and the world cup.

    Also England should try a different batting approach this series just to see which one is more effective. Is it better to load your top 4 full of grit as occurred vs Sri Lanka or do you want more intent?

    For example perhaps you'd select: 1.Hales 2.Lumb/Roy/Trego 3.Taylor 4.Morgan (captain) 5.Keeper (to find a reserved for Buttler- Is Bairstow ready?) 6.Bopara 7.Willey/Smith 8.Jordan 9.Gurney 10.Fletcher 11.Parry/Briggs/Any potential reserve to Tredwell

    Would give the opportunity to see if a different approach works better and if any other players need to be looked at, rather than blindly and stubbornly sticking with the same team and ignoring county cricket.

  • RoHITian on August 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    India still can pull the things back by taking few quick wickets on 2nd Morning. Rohit in place of R. Jadeja would've made ideal Team composition who can roll over arms when required.

    I think Rohit is under used. The Player of his caliber should be given more chances. He hardly played 7 matches which is least of all Specialist batsmen in current Indian lot.. Agreed that he had a flop show in SA. But in NZ he had a half century and in the 2nd test he was unbeaten on 30* which i feel avg. If he isn't given the chances, how will he learn? If this is the case India is going to face the Music if one of the lead batsmen injured or so and the replacement is not ready for the occasion Management should rethink the strategies. ATB India #FromARoHITian

  • GRVJPR on August 8, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    For all people who are judging young Indian batsmen, please can you throw a light on why english openers (cook and robson), moeen ali, and many others looks absolute ordinary and hopeless even against this very very inexperienced Indian bowling.

  • on August 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    The disgrace that is the Indian batting has been clearly exposed. This is the beauty of test cricket. Gambhir, Dhawan, et al are simply refusing to learn from their mistakes and applying themselves. Indian selectors have to understand that you cannot send teams on non-subcontinent pitches without at least three or four technician batsmen. Dominating batsmen have no meaning. My proposal is to have different captains for subcontinent and non-subcontinent matches. Different team with players who play county/club cricket in various countries. Then during the test tour we pick them as our batsmen. BCCI can pay them handsomly to stay in the foreign country. Come back for IPL and whatever thats not a problem. But this disgrace in SAF, ENG, AUS and NZ will continue if we dont change the infrastructure.

  • subcontinent-expert on August 8, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan- Actually we believed that Virat will perform well both in tests and Odis like AB but that has not been the case till now.. Also if Virat fails in England doesn't mean he can't play there... He will succeed in future for sure... If he is in poor form then he will fail in ODI also but if that isn't the case then "DON'T MISS THE COMMING ODIs" ... Virat Kohli will be as good as AB in future and if you doubt ask AB...

  • Zanki-Panki on August 8, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Not a big VK fan..but, feeling sad for him...He hasn't tested such a failure..I hope he comes backs from it. Otherwise he will be next Trott. #HoneymoonPeriodOver

  • Kashi0127 on August 8, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Though being Indian ,I am now thinking about England's biggest worry - weather! Getting this Indian team all out second time would be NO BIG DEAL. What is worrying is the weather forecast 3rd day onwards. England should score quick runs and declare before Tea on 2nd day - a lead of 150 or 200 should more than suffice for an innings win. Try and wrap up the match well before tea on 3rd day!

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    It was a very good day the office and set up England so that they can attempt to force the win even with the forecast weather interruptions. BUT theres still everything for India to play for, if they can restrict England to 250 its very much game on, anything over 300 and India will need to bat time and pray for significant weather interruptions and bad light calls, as they will need to post at least the same score as England to have something to bowl at.

  • on August 8, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Venkatesh Venkat- I am not frustrated at all, What gave you that idea? I am confident that this batting line-up is talented enough not to make the same mistake again in the 2nd innings.. Just wait for it to begin.. Ad commercials are a way to earn money and every individual has right to earn, Don't you do extra work in ur profession to earn more? Why are you targeting them alone? They do prepare but they are human beings not machines..Human beings aren't perfect and they do make some mistakes but they rectify it as well, Machines don't do mistakes so It's absolutely ridiculous to think that they(Indian players) will be perfect all the time... Just wait for the second innings to begin and then judge them and if you can, Try to give credit to them if they do well like you're criticising them when they have failed in the 1st innings.. Don't just dismiss their performance by saying it was just one time..

  • Kruns on August 8, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    @jackpot:- I meant comeback in test cricket i am not interested in T20 champions league or IPL... We all know about the talent of the person and what he can deliver so lets not talk and just watch and se what he does .

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 8, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    What will boomerang do?it will come to the place from where it was thrown.....like that this young indian team will bounce back strongly in second innings and ofcourse going to win this match....

  • on August 8, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @Albert_Cambell. Couldn't have out it better myself regarding Kohli , as keep hearing he has hundreds blah blah , laughable he is compared to the AB as Kohli is more suited to a Ravi Bopara comparison as Ravi too has Hundreds.

  • prof_aks on August 8, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    When Dhoni chose to bat, we all appreciated. Credit to ENG bowling dominating Indian batting. If Indian bowlers can also bowl streight and around off stumps like Eng did, and bowl well directed bouncers like Ishant did, they can bind England upto 200 and then India can regain reputation in IInd innings. Also stop them taking runs to build pressure on ENG

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 8, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    what will BOOMERANG do?it will come back to the place from where it was thrown........like that this Indian team will come strongly in second innings and will win the test.......

  • Naresh28 on August 8, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    THE INDIANS WERE WALKING DUCKS......some great bowling by England. When you three down for 8 runs its time to buckle up. Why is it that other teams are able to do this? Its time the selectors looked at TALL BATSMAN in the top four. At quick pace and bounce these short batsman are not able to withstand climbing balls. Ashwin's batting puts the top four in the shade. Really a disgrace. Only one Rahane - is showing signs of being capable to fill the shoes of Dravid,Laxman,Sachin,Ganguly,Shewag.

  • on August 8, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    mr arun bose don't get frustrate, india never come back again there is 3 reason behind it. 1. pujara's bat comes from the gully, it shows his minus agaist inswinging delivery from anderson, he can talk himself that I have scored many hundreds with same technic but he has to understand the new condition in englend and they r working out his bat lift technic.2) BCCI has no time to fix the conditioning camp at hillstation prior to the seaming conditions in England. bcoz players have few days time for the cpmmercial ad film shooting. no priority for preparation. 3) no aggression india will face the heavy defeat.

  • cricketsubh on August 8, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    jackpot6 i agree with u vk will back in from but not in eng . series vs wi in india i am dam sure all indian batsmen score big rund vs wi and india win 3-0 aganist wi every one forget what happen in england .plz publish cricinfo

  • subcontinent-expert on August 8, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @ShaneWilliam-- No need to wait that long... The ODIs are comming...!!!

  • MSGharat on August 8, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    The Indian team old failing of getting out on the off side has been exposed again in series. All the top batsmen has repeatedly got out fishing outside the off stump. It looks like even after playing 9 innings most of them have not been able to adjust and change their game. I do not know what the coach and the support staff is doing, the batsmen are making the same mistakes again and again. Batsmen of Kohli and Pujara are making the same mistakes only Rahane and to an extent Vijay was successful. But Vijay has been taking too long to start scoring runs, letting the bowlers dominate the batsmen, and making the batsmen who are following think that the wicket and the bowlers are difficult.

  • Kashi0127 on August 8, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    The selection committee of 1970's did a bold move. They requested / asked Tiger Pataudi to come out of retirement and lead India team as there was a leadership crisis. Pataudi inspite of a long gap of active cricket agreed to do so and did so quite admirably against West Indies - a team then comprising of Roberts, Gorden Greenidge, Vivian Richards, Clive Llyod , Bennard Julian and Holder.

    India selection committee can emulate as they have a huge opportunity to be innovative. Ask Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble (may be few more) to train as hard as they possibly can to be fit with no expenses barred and be ready in 12 months time to represent India in Test Cricket. Then groom few youngsters under their guidance. ONLY THEN THERE IS SOME HOPE FOR INDIAN CRICKET.

  • on August 8, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    @arun bose , very well said dude.. India squandered their chance of repeating lord's performance on day one after winning toss..pankaj Singh inclusion is a bit blunder leaving shami or pandey. .should have played 4 fast bowlers as I kept saying from the beginning. .just leaving the balls outside off stump and defending the incoming deliveries with focus , then scoring off Jordan and woakes , and then on tired a and b bowlers bad deliveries as they did not lord's would have set up commendable position for India at least scoring 300 in 1.5 days. .lack of patience and team spirit is seen..hope this mistake will not be repeated in second innings for God's sake!!

  • on August 8, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @timeless_steel- In a test match, There are always two innings to bat and this very same batting line-up will comeback in the second innings.. Just wait for 2nd innings to begin..

  • Jackpot6 on August 8, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @ Kruns: "VK is true strong to make a come back of sort and i am dam sure he will", and guess what you are right he will come strong when they return to India and start playing on flat pitches...

  • Jackpot6 on August 8, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    y4yoga : Oh hello Mr. wisdom provider; the problem is not of getting; people don't expect them to score centuries in every match; all know they are not Sachin let alone they don't have that mental character as well; but atleast give a stand for 50 odd run at the least and if that too is not possible at least face more than 200 balls....please provide me the runs they have scored so far in the series...The form thing only applies to India... just my opinion...

  • eggyroe on August 8, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    @Greatest_Game,I was just expressing an opinion,alas I have no personal input into the Test Playing schedule for England but if it was up to me all Test Match Series throughout the Test Match playing countries would be over 5 games.

  • on August 8, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    just see how aron made cook with his speed bring back uames

  • timeless_steel on August 8, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    4 for 8 in 5 overs, are you kidding, is this a professional cricket team? You got to understand it clearly that the current crop of players are not focusing on genuine cricketing skills. No batsmen could be said to be complete ever, unless he learns to negotiate the moving ball. Cricket is nothing less than art and current Indian batsmen are extremely poor artist.

    Clearly Dhoni played much better than the rest which also shows that his intent is spot on and for the rest of India's batsmen i can say that they have lost respect of millions unless they make a comeback.

  • y4yoga on August 8, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    In the beginning part of Kholi's and Pujara's career , just after hitting a couple of centuries, people praise... Next Dravid, next Tendulkar, but when they struggle, the same people cry out asking why they are in team, or they shoud be replaced with the batsmen sitting outside, or give rest, or some blah blah, nowadays it is irritating in reading comments here than watching the match, First of all one should analyse what a player is and the comment about him rather expressing a variety of comments on the same player after each and every match, Vijay was nowhere before the series, so as Ishant, but after the 1st 2 Tests, they became hero, Virat and Pujara Where so called Backbone of Indian batting lineup, including Shami in bowling, now became useless for nothing in the views of these people, I didn't worry whether it will be published or not, but my opinion to cricinfo ...

  • Kruns on August 8, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Hello People , Please stop comparing Sachin / Dravid with VK/Pujara thats not fare on them..... VK has had a dream run till this ENG series and such things happens in sport and that by any means does not make you a bad player at all.....

    VK is true strong to make a come back of sort and i am dam sure he will , our batting line earlier were great (Sehwag,Dravid , Sach , VVS) , but we need to give time to this young guns and and they would make there mark for sure so please dont judge them like this....

    The game is not over yet i hope india somehow fights in this test match win/loss dont bother but fight for the game thats what i would love to see.....

    If India can bundle out eng with taking lead less than 60 runs i am sure there are very good chace of a come back as India would bat 2-3 day of the test match and Eng will have to bat last....

  • lancia71 on August 8, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    I am not sure what ails this Indian batting line up. I am a sri lankan and feel Indian batting line up overall is much better than sri lanka's. But the results don't show that. remember when sri lanka toured the ball was doing little bit more. Whatever the reason, there is something really wrong but with India having so many coaches and mentors around, why can't they get this sorted out. Regarding the sledging part….i think Indians should lean from the small brother. Sri Lankans gave much more than they got and some of the English batsman couldn't take it up. I don't think what Angelo said at times to Root is acceptable but give them back and most of them will crumble. we need India to do well.

  • on August 8, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    This pitch will get quicker frm today onwards till 4th day first or second session.. If England get complacent today in the morning session then they will be in trouble and lose 3-4 wickets quickly in the morning session..and then it will be different ball game altogether.. Indian batsmen won't repeat the same mistake in the 2nd innings after watching Dhoni's fightback in the 1st..They will step up to the task of scoring a formidable total for England to chase in their 2nd innings..If rain doesn't interrupt this game, India will win this match.. Don't be complacent England, Your highest scorer and in-form batsman is not there in the middle. Bell won't get lucky all the time. Today's morning session will decide which way this game is heading. Strange, Some ppl have already decided that this game is over for India only after just one day. Test cricket is the most uncertain format of cricket, It surprises everytime that's why I love this format more than any other..Long live Test cricket!

  • mycricket2007 on August 8, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    People are blaming Kohil/Pujara but just remember that even top 4 (sachin/dravid/laxman/ganguli) also flow on their first overseas tour in Aus 1999, at that time, dravid/saurav already had 3-4 years of experience but still they flop in Aus. Similar this is their first tour and its learning, ishant sharma did n no. of tours then in first match he performed, similar rohit also did no. of tour (on-day) but still failing. so pl. don't blame this two for this flow show. only blame is captain, he played n. no. of matches but still here and there some time play one good ininigs and previous game wrong selection, who asked him to go with 2 spinner. it was overcast condition then it is not good to bowl first. so i think players are young and learning so thats ok, but captain should go, after 11 loss, why he is still captain. all others are gone who are part of that 11 only dhoni is still there, so its time to drop him as captain.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 8, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    A moving ball and a slips cordon: two reasons why test matches are a far better indication of a batsman's skill than short format games.

  • Rajnish_aggarwal on August 8, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Does Indian think tanks like Gavaskars and Dravids have no clue to Virat Kohli's problems. His problem is he gets caught wrong footed. If he shuffles his back foot first and then moves front foot to come in line of the delivery and readjusts his back foot according to the swing of the ball then the problem may be sorted out. Another trick could be the s light tilted open chested stance. Chandrapaul has been very successful with his flat open stance. I am suggesting slightly tilted stance like Mohinder Amarnath. Other than the stance and shuffling changes, he must restrict his bat's movement and let the ball come on to his bat. His bat is over reaching. You see his videos and you will find his legs locked in every footage criss cross. Instead of inducting Gambhir, India should have asked Rahane to ope and allowed Dhawan to bat at lower order. Dhawan,s problem was that he got some vicious deliveries early on. Otherwise he is hitting the ball well.

  • Solid_Snake on August 8, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    The Great Indian Batting once again failed miserably.Wait a sec..Where is Virat Kohli the great & Pujara the new Wall of team India?

  • VinodGupte on August 8, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Dhoni's batting is nothing but the law of averages. You play enough duds and you are likely to score a 50 some day. Yesterday was that day. That does not speak volumes about his batting as some of his fans would like to think. His innings is no different than Ishant Sharma's 7 at the Lord's - an occurrence as rare as Hale's comet visit.

    Pankaj Singh, I still maintain, should try a career at wrestling. 6'4", muscular and yet bowls 130 at the age of 29 going for 4.5 rpo. Surely, he is not meant for cricket?

    Jadeja keeps testing patience of test cricket fans. It is not his fault that he is a mediocre cricketer. It is Sandeep Patil's fault who keeps on selecting him for reasons known to him.

    Pujara appears to be a classic flat-track-bulldozer who will score hundreds of runs at Jaipur, Gwalior, Chennai, Mumbai, Kanpur, Delhi but can't score even a 50 on foreign soil.

  • smaravind on August 8, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    IT is only to blame Kohli & Pujara. Kohli should be removed and we can try with rohit again. At least rohit will score some runs and can be used as a part time bowler

  • Nayan-Jyoti on August 8, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Pujara and Kohli thought they will be next Dravid and Sachin. Now they are shown the mirror. Not any Tom, Dick, Harry can become Sachin and Dravid. Both of them have 50+ average in England. Kohli may compete Sachin in ODI, but in tests he will not even come close. Rahane is the real deal for India.

  • on August 8, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    We should revive the old practice of Indian players playing in English County cricket, when they are not playing for India. That experience will make them "complete cricketers''. The kind of variety of conditions you can get from that is just not available anywhere else; not in Australia, South Africa or NZ.

  • on August 8, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    This comment is confined to England players.

    Many specialist fast bowlers played and retired or dropped, in the last few decades. One bowling pair who captured my imagination and admiration in the past was Freddie Truman & Brian Statham.

    After their retirement, this is the first time, I can say an English fast bowling pair is coming close to Truman-Statham standards - that is Jimmy Anderson & Stuart Broad.

    Currently playing at Old Trafford, the home ground of Statham, I hope, they will try to imbibe Statham's personal qualities too, to embellish their performance with the ball.

    P.S. I didn't count Botham or Flintoff in my assessment for two reasons. For one, they were all-rounders and not specialist bowlers. Secondly, I was looking for hunting pairs like Lillie-Thommo or Ambrose-Walsh.

  • vpartha1973 on August 8, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Players of the 90's and 2000's, Sachin, Sehwag, Saurav & VVS have really taken over very well from stalwarts of 70s and 80s like Sunny, Vishy, Vengsarkar and Amarnath. But the current Indian team lack the courage and technique to fair against testing conditions of swing and pace. It is rather pathetic to look at the Indian frontline struggling against Broad and Anderson. Oh God !!! its a nightmare to think this team facing Marshall, Holding, Walsh, Willis or Imran.

  • prof_aks on August 8, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    When Dhoni chose to bat, we all appreciated. Credit to bowling dominating Indian batting. If Indian bowlers can also bowl strait and around off stumps like Eng did, and bowl well directed bouncers like Ishant did, they can bind England upto 200 and then India can regain reputation in IInd innings I wish this

  • waqas-mazhar on August 8, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Guess the 4th highest scorer name

    Virat???? no no no Gambhir?? no no dear Jadeja??? no no Pujara?? no Vijay??? no no 4TH HIGHEST SCORER WAS EXTRAS..... ME ME ME :) go ENG go

  • Johnny_129 on August 8, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    @ F on (August 8, 2014, 3:28 GMT) - Very well said. The negative effects of IPL which were predicted at commencement can be seen now. It takes time for such things to take effect. It is the new generation that shows it. While Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman were still around, the hunger for international success was still present. The current bunch are not as hungry - With the riches of IPL why would they be? They are only keen to hold on to their place in the Indian team to make themselves a more marketable commodity in the IPL. Look at the likes of Ishant - He only performs when he is about to be dropped. Kholi is more interested in the limited over stuff where he can be a hero by himself - Test cricket requires a TEAM EFFORT where every member has to contribute his all.

  • on August 8, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    India's top order Batsmen have failed again, What is happening with Kohli, he should have been replaced after failing to post a decent score in all the previous tests. Sami would have been more useful. This score is a shame to Indians all over the world.

  • on August 8, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Best team in the world will come back strongly in the second inning with a triple ton from Kholi and double ton from Pujara . Aswin and Jadeja will sink the England in the second inning with a huge win to India.

  • BHAASCARAN on August 8, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    It is really pity that our Star batsman Virat is getting out again and again on the same fashion.Yesterday we cant blame Gambhir,Vijay,Rahane.But Pujara and Virat are letting us down again and again.Virat is due for a big score after 7 failiures.Hope that he will get it in the second innings and in the nexe test. Todays morning session will be crucial for us.If we get some early wickets we will be back.Lets keep our fingers crossed

  • wolf777 on August 8, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Speed talks when all else fail...Good to see pace from Indian bowler. Keep up the pace, Arron.

  • on August 8, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    England bowlers finally realizing that great bowling is not equal to just short pitched and fast deliveries rather maintaining a tight line and length and forcing the batsmen to play almost each and delivery is actually part of best bowling attack. You use short pitched deliveries as a surprise delivery or to set up the batsman where bowl first one or two short pitched deliveries and then follow up with a relatively fuller length delivery, but recklessly and purposelessly bowling short pitched deliveries will not fetch anything substantial. Lords test was mainly lost by england due to poor bowling. I am surprised the bowling coaches of many countries still insist their bowlers to ball short pitched and wide deliveries to indian batsmen but these bowling coaches should realize this approach has not at all been productive recently so they should insist on bowling tight line and length to these bunch of indian batsmen.

  • on August 8, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    dhoni's poor decision to take batting first and coming with two spiiners, i think this team should eliminate before super 8 in world cup 215 which will be held in australia. rahane is the one and only hope in the batting line up, india definitely lost this test match.

  • black_bird on August 8, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    I am not sure, why everyone is thinking the match is over for world champions. They had similar situation against bd , and everyone knows how they turned the match. Same thing will happen here. India is going to win this match by huge margin. Because this is what world champions do.

  • on August 8, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Hi

    I think there are lot of things happens wrong in 3rd test again indian cricket team.

    Terrible umpiring not giving out to bell, butler and also ballance.

    This way anybody can win the test match.

    Another thing to mention to "Pakisthan_Fan" is that every body is lion at home.

    I dont see broad and anderson, take more wickets other than England.

    Did you forget Yuvraj Singh moke Stuart Broad.

    They are just good bowler in English wicket, you can see they will struggle in Australia.

    There is still some hope with Aaron, if he can pick up some wickets early tomorrow, you can say it is different ball.

  • JustIPL on August 8, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: 4 or 5 test series will only be played among big3. So, SA or other teams will get max of 3 tests against big3. Everyone, was surprised to see 5 test series for indian team against england which comprises on limited over players and have limited skills to play the purest form of cricket.

  • _-Will-_ on August 8, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    I know the conditions suited England's bowlers and Broad and Anderson bowled superbly, but we must at least try to stitch together some sort of meaningful recovery with ball and bat during the next two innings. We should play this way regardless of weather predictions. For morale if nothing else.

    I'm a critic of Dhoni's place and influence in our test team and I stand by my past statements. However, credit where it is due, and at least Dhoni showed the will to fight it out. Ashwin was good too, pity he didn't stay longer.

    I also think the selection wasn't too bad. The two spinners three seamers combination is decent, we just need better seamers and spinners!!

    Batting first was a fair enough call too, can't blame Dhoni for expecting just a little more from our batsmen.

    England have our batsmen figured out and we obviously haven't got a game plan to keep up with such developments. Our bowling woes continue, not near tight enough. Any of this seem familiar??!!

    *sigh....

  • on August 8, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Last tour to England was disappointed by Sewag......this year by Kohli

  • on August 8, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Indian players are NEVER going to get ANY better. Indian cricket is doomed outside India. We will never see a Dravid or Sachin so long as these guys look for money, play only in IPL during off season, and don't get their important training in county crickets in UK or Australia. Meanwhile all other country players are going to better in India, thanks to IPL. I am moving on to focus on Hockey leagues now.

  • JustIPL on August 8, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    @Hiba.R: They were up against rampaging Broad and Anderson, A & B of english cricket. Against ordinary bowlers or at home they will be different batsmen, note my point.

  • Albert_cambell on August 8, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    I cant wait to see the fans who said Virat Kohli as the best batsman in the planet. He Just scored 100 runs in his 7 innings. His hundreds in SA(we scored 450 in the 4th innings) ,NZ(Same wicket where Mccullum scored a 300) and Aus(Adelaide is one of the flattest wicket in the world) came on Flat wickets. When he is given a lively wicket he simply gives catching practice the fielders.

  • on August 8, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    I am very upset with the way Cook got out, and this can be the turning point in this match for advantage england versus non advantage england. The type of shot he hit was absolutely not required at that moment. It was a risky shot with potential for aerial hitting and that is exactly what happened and when there is a leg side/square leg area fielder and when such risky shots are not required you do not go for such silly shots. All expected from him was a 50 if possible so that the middle order and the lower order gets some foundation. He spoiled it with one reckless shot. In these type of pitches where lot of wicket taking deliveries occur the batsmen should never give their wicket freely like cook did. Cook forgot that huge first innings lead is needed by england to press for true advantage and he wasted an opportunity. It is already now 3 down for england. Bowlers did it for england but their batsmen seem to be wasting it again. Put your bestest effort, Good lucks England!

  • landl47 on August 8, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    A good day for England, but not a decisive one. Dhoni batted very well to pull India up from 8-4 to 150, with support from Rahane and Ashwin. Broad and Anderson bowled very well and I thought Jordan looked much better than in the last game. Woakes didn't have one of his better days and wasn't hitting the right areas nearly enough.

    Aaron bowled well, but Ballance and Bell had tipped the game in England's favour. Then Ballance played a lazy shot, not getting outside the line to Aaron and was lbw, which gave India some hope.

    If India can restrict England to 250 or less, then they might very well put up a good enough score to give their bowlers something to work with in the 4th innings. England will want at least 300 and preferably more. Much will depend on the morning session tomorrow.

  • JustIPL on August 8, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Twice in a row indian batting has lost 10 wickets in about 2 sessions each while one session was enough for england to score 200. So, Just three or four more sessions will be enough to ensure england win.

  • mayuresh11 on August 8, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    india india it was nice to see that rohit was not the part of this team other wise all the criticizer would be behind him

    rohit not played well in 3 test match and was drop than y not pujara and khoili jadeja ... many of you think they had played well?

    after rahane the only 2 batsman looks good to play well in this condition was vijay and rohit .... so y he was drop

    if u take a past performance and pick team the rohit should be on top he is the only batsman to score 200 in odi in current team he has good average and strike rate in IPL his domestic record is good and in line with rahane he can bowl off spin and take wicket (last test match)

    pujara kholi dhawan gambhir vijay can do that .? hope india team management think some aggressive move for team india your view pls

  • JustIPL on August 8, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Dhoni's decision to bat was spot on looking at the wicket, 2 spinners, by his own performance and by the fact that it is going to rain most of next 4 days as per forecast. Dhoni was the luckiest beiing dropped by jordon. Had the indian batters survived till the end today then he would have got few survivors from this trip. It was easy to say then that india batted well but it rained. However, it backfired as whatever lineup india play it is bound to falter. I heard dada saying indian players should miss IPL and play county but which county will take them?????

  • pandian_ikku on August 8, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    And yet Indian fans say India got the best batting line-up in the world.

  • nathankathiravan7 on August 8, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Game is not over yet... Get early 2 or 3 quick wickets today and apply more pressure on England. Play positive cricket... Good luck Dhoni & Co.

  • Greatest_Game on August 8, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    @ eggy roe tells us "It is all well and good playing a 2 or 3 match series then jumping on a plane home.Why do you think that the Ashes are played over 5 games,because it is a true contest and usually when one team gets on top they never remove the boot from the throat,and long may this happen throughout the Test Match playing world."

    Then why did England go from playing 5 test series against SA to playing 3 test series. They won't host SA for 5 tests because they will get whipped in all 5 tests. Boot on the throat - you betcha! England are petrified of playing a 5 test series against SA! Don't knock India when you Poms won't play five against SA. That is all talk, and no cricket!

  • CricketChat on August 8, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Actually, I thought it was a good fight back by Ind. I thought they would beat their lowest ever 42 (also against Eng) and set a new record. I will never be convinced that Dhawan, Pujara and Kohli are anything but flat track sub-continent batsmen. I no longer get to see disgusting swagger and mustache twirling from Dhawan during the days of his short lived honeymoon period before pace bowlers all over found him out. Eng bowlers have brought down the Indian batting down to earth. I also thought that wkt less wonder Pankaj is done and dusted. I would rather bring Binny for Pankaj anytime even though Binny is just as useless in bowling dept, but at least there is a hope of few runs and better fielding. This series should dispel any doubts to Ind fans that Dhoni is done with test cricket and Kohli is no where near test captaincy should Dhoni decides to quit soon.

  • TRAM on August 8, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Bhuvi produced magic deliveries and created the edges from batsmen. But Dhoni would not let India win. He and his slip fielders are standing so far back (not just this test match, but for years thats what he has been doing) and the slip fielders did not get the chances. MVijay attempted a one handed catch but HE WAS STANDING 2 FEET BEHIND. With Dhoni not changing, the results are not going to change. Of course, India slip fielders can hold only 50% of the chances they get. So that is another issue. Are there fielding coaches for India?

  • on August 8, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    It is pathetic selection of teams. Can't we have Yadav and Aaron together? Now for the one dayers, Yadav will be back but Aaron gone.

  • hnlns on August 8, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    India have put themselves out of this test after less than 50 overs and winning the series now looks a near impossibility, with this kind of spineless and inept batting. Unless people like Kohli and Pujara do justice to reputations, can't see this test lasting more than 3 days. India must pray that at least the fickle Manchester weather will be their ally and save them from another embarrassing defeat.

  • Greatest_Game on August 8, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 thinks "The pitch is made to look like Perth in itr heyday ,with a generous coat of live grass!! And Jimmy,Broad are looking like Lillee,Thomo and Mitch all steaming in."

    Perth. That is where Australia get hammered by South Africa every time. Might be because its the only place that they don't offer SA a road!

  • Angry_Bowler on August 8, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    Amazing bowling by Board and Jimmy! And amazing Indian ducks, who proved once again, no for nth time, how horriblely they can bat on these kind of pitches. Who was that predicted Kholi will score at least three centuries in this series?

  • Giant-Guru on August 8, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Indian specialist batsmen, the backbone of Indian cricket, the superstar status holder and non-performing batsmen who developed an immunity from being dropped....and Gambhir failed again probably after getting test chance for the last time, all needed to be rested But its not all their fault, Dhoni knew the pitch will suit the fast bowlers agreed had been a traditionally bat first one....but the pitch conditions were different today that made it explode under heavily overcast sky over and moisture under due to rain. All this required a second thought and proactive approach to exploit the conditions. But Dhoni as always showed his adamant closed minded approach and did not think out of box to exploit the changed playing conditions..and as always will pay the price now.

    Going forward BCCI needs to think about Kohli like they did with Dhawan....This should be the last chance for Gambhir for his persistence with getting out in the same way. We need to play Sehwag again with Vijay.

  • on August 8, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    I still believe it was India's day, Even after bowling out India for 152, England are still 39 behind with 7 wickets in hand... They should have crossed 152 easily yesterday after Ballance and Bell formed a wonderful partnership.. They should have made 152 but couldn't.. Morning session of 2nd day would be absolutely crucial for England, If they lose 3-4 wickets quickly then they are in trouble.. India will win this match...(If rain doesn't interrupt)

  • TRAM on August 8, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    People talk bad about CSK players being in India team. I am not too much for or against any IPL team. But it seems on an average CSK players contribute more than other players.

  • IndCricFan2013 on August 8, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    I said a day before the match that Ashwin should open and Rohit should play at No.6 Gambhir should play entire Aussie series.If that happened, I believe, thing could have been different. May be in the 2nd innings Ashwin should open?

  • baluarun on August 8, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Still india hav a chance to come back in this test match... If indian bowlers wil bowl in tight line&length and will restrict eng within 200 runs, match will be interesting...

  • on August 8, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    England bowlers bowled exceptionally well. Captaincy is an art. One should be adept in many issues, be it reading the pitch , selecting the best available players given the conditions, field placements, not to leak away easy runs etc etc. Dhoni faltered on all these important things. SBinny would have been handy under these conditions instead of Jadeja.. Pandey would have been a better bet. He bowls full and also swings. Bhuvi looks very meek, the load is becoming difficult for him. Dhoni gave away easy runs by his continuos faith in having 3 slips when there were no edges. All in all Dhoni once again proved what an average captain he is in Tests. Now it is for the bowlers to turn it around to save this test by reducing the deficit to the minimum

  • CaseyWilliamOZ on August 8, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Don't worry India. It will get better, when you go back home and start playing on those placid pitches and small stadiums. Rohit can get back to scoring double centuries and you can start believing that your mediocre team/players are the best in the world. Lol.

  • legfinedeep on August 8, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Kohli is not a test player - at least outside the subcontinent. I also hope this failure does not mean they will not give Gambhir another chance, after all he is not the only one who failed dismally this innings. Still, if Aaron and Kumar can run through England cheaply and snaffle seven wickets for another <100 runs, they can still win this if they don't allow Eng a healthy lead and make sure they need to bat again to win.

  • satchander on August 8, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    Well, India getting bowled out for 150 odd on a fast and seaming wicket does not come as a surprise given India was expected to lose this series 0-5. Got one victory at Lords which was more than the expectation that had been set. What has impressed me most is the team selection for this 4th test match. DHONI has for once decided to be AGGRESSIVE and has got Aaron in and Ashwin in to go back to 5 bowler strategy that worked so well in the first 2 test matches. Sure, India definitely could lose this test match given they have got bowled out for 150 in first innings but I am happy that our Captain has decided to be more aggressive in his team selection - being willing to drop non-performers. This will help India win more matches if they continue to be more positive like they have been in Test match # 1,2 and 4.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    @Rajesh-Ind-V Aron did bowl some bumpers,got Cooks W for sure.But had more to do with him miscuing it,holing out.Was there to hit,also looked comfortable.As to bouncing out Aussies,not a wise idea!Imagine him doing that to worlds best bat Warner @ 140k !

  • trigga315 on August 7, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Another concerning performance from both sides in many facets (obviously more so for India). Kohli, Pujara form slumps continued wile England yet again showing that they have no fast bowlers besides Anderson and Broad. Woakes and Jordan average 50 and 220 now. Robson's and Cook's partnership is still quite rocky.

    @Anderson has 371 wickets in 97 Tests & Broad has 255 wickets in 72 Tests. Cook has 8300+ runs in 107 Tests & Bell has 7000+ runs in 103 Tests. For reference, at their end of their career. Akram has 414 wickets in 104 Tests & Waqar has 373 wickets in 87 Tests. Miandad has 8800 runs in 124 Tests & Inzamam Ul Haq 8800 runs in 120 Tests.

    Surely you realise averages are important; the English bowlers average about 30 between them compared to 23 and then the English batters average 45 compared to 52. Huge difference I think anyone in their right mind from a non bias perspective would take those 4 Pakistani players over the 4 English players.

  • sammysam on August 7, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Jadeja still in the playing 11. what the? The gambhir of old is back. who the? India want to lose this series and make England look a superior cricketing team.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Whats all hype about Aron?Sure,did show some zip,touch 140 k,was fastest Ind bowler-thats not saying much-picked couple of vital W,with element of luck though,batsmen making mistakes.Sure he was quicker in IPL.But was only 4 oves.How he goes aft. 40 ovrs?

  • Mervo on August 7, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    A good wicket where medium pacers, who couldn't buy a wicket in Australia, look to be fire breathers. 6 ducks from India? Seems that equals the world record in Tests. Work to do there and more time on grassy wickets is essential at home in domestic matches for India.

  • hhillbumper on August 7, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    So does this man England are a good team once more? There is so much hyperbole on here at times. Aus were terrible, win the Ashes and now are the greatest team ever. Lets have some perspective. This is a young England team that has some new young talent. As for India,they never do travel well and their whole emphasis is twenty twenty as it suits the limited ability

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @Rajesh-India-As Indian myself-not a fan-got ominous feelings of Aus tour later.Taking on worlds no.1/2 team-Aus,SA pretty much even,then 'daylight'-@ their shore with arguably worlds best bat lineup,def. most attacking with this Ind attack.4-0 Aussies.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 7, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    On a 5 test tour you need competitive first class matches between tests to give struggling players a chance to rediscover their touch and to decide on selection issues. Gambhir went out to open today not having played any competitive first-class cricket for over two months - what do we expect? This is due to the BCCI's paring down overseas tours to a minimum, and Duncan Fletcher's well known contempt for first class cricket. When Fletcher was England coach he moved towards central contracts so test players could not play county cricket without permission. So you had Jimmy Anderson spending months attached to the England team without being picked for the playing XI but also not being allowed to practice his skills by playing county cricket. Fletcher prefers having his players in the nets where he can be in their ears rather than being out in the middle playing competitive cricket. On a long 5 test tour it means players are rusty and, if they are out of form, stuck in a rut.

  • on August 7, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    we miss Yuvraj Singh six sixer

  • on August 7, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    "Posted by on (August 7, 2014, 16:44 GMT) Has India missed a trick by not playing Binny instead of Jadeja on this track???". A big YES.

  • Greatest_Game on August 7, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    I guess the theory that Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world has finally been put to bed? England's bowlers have certainly done an extremely good job of exposing Kohli's fondness for flat tracks, but I am surprised to see Pujara struggling. Seems that only Vijay, Rahane & Dhoni are able to cope well with conditions that are not an airport runway!

  • whirlaway on August 7, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    DAY 2 GOALS:

    India: Get England all out for 200-250 max. Erase first innings deficit for the loss of 0-1 wickets.

    England: Take total to at least 352 i.e. 200-run lead

    FIRST SESSION GOALS:

    India: Get at least 4 more wickets before England reaches 200

    England: Reach 200 losing at the most 1 more wicket.

  • niteshpanchal on August 7, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    It clearly says there are so many things wrong in Indian Team because of Mr Dhoni...Only one thing will change Indian team is to drop Dhoni from Test team. Team Players having problems with Mr Dhoni now, because of his own choice of players in the team. It clearly says that Dhoni is not playing for winning, he is playing to loose the series...

  • on August 7, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    I thought Kohli was a better player than this! disappointed! He was never a great and probably will not be, hopefully not another flat tract bully!

  • JG2704 on August 7, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    After managing to get some quality time out at Totnes - after Sunday's successfully completed challenge and the aftermath had kept me out of action for several days - I watched the recorded highlights from a minute or so in and the ball was flying about everywhere. I've not noticed any (certainly there aren't many so far) comments criticising MSDs decision to bat first. To me the overhead conditions - and it's often the overhead conditions as opposed to the pitches which often help the bowlers most - looked perfect for bowlers and a mare for batsmen.

  • on August 7, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    When would I get to see Aaron and yadav bowling in tandem?

  • CurrentPresident on August 7, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Does India have a bowling coach? Without an experienced leader, I would be shocked if they don't have a dedicated bowling coach.

    It seemed today that the English had specific plans for each Indian batsman. The weaknesses were well exploited.

    I did not see that when the Indians were bowling, otherwise Aaron would have come in earlier for Cook and Bell bowling in a specific way. Pankaj and Bhuvi also seemed to be trying generic things rather than a plan specific to each batsman's weakness. Please hire Donald or McGrath or even Akram.

    On the other hand, it's not like having a coach focused on batting has done wonders... Maybe it's just an overall lack of discipline endemic to the system.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 7, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    When all the wickets were falling at the start of the Indian inning, it brought back memories of Adelaide 2010...2 runs for 3 wickets. Oh what wonderful memories those were! And I think the 8 for 4 we witnessed today is even better.

  • En_Passant on August 7, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Good effort by England - although I'm worried by Chris Woakes. He has had a disastrous start to his Test career - anyone else think he doesn't get enough LATE movement on the ball to trouble Test batsmen? Any swing he gets seems to be out of the hand, too early to keep the batsmen guessing. Anderson and Broad were excellent though.

  • on August 7, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Apart from captain fantastic everyone was under pressure after horrible opening.

  • JustIPL on August 7, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Dhoni's decision to bat was spot on looking at the wicket, by his own performance and by the fact that it is going to rain most of next 4 days as per forecast. Had the indian batters survived till the end today then he would have got few survivors from this trip. It was easy to say then that india batted well but it rained. However, it backfired as whatever lineup india play it is bound to falter. I heard dada saying indian players should miss IPL and play county but which county will take them?????

  • mskanth on August 7, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    If I remember India's performance pattern in Test Cricket for a decade; I feel like No other country had lost as many series's as like India 'after being UP with 1-0'.(May be applicable for both Home and Away). But sad part is that 'we all remember the India(Team!) who came back to draw series(Or won) which may have happened only for 2-3 times.

  • rk_ks on August 7, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    @Chaitanyareddy90: Gambhir and Dhawan are the same. Gambhir is way more ahead than Dhawan in terms of technique and talent. He is out of form very badly, where as Dhawan is never in form except his first hundred on a batting pitch.

  • Shamshad05 on August 7, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    If Kohli,Pujara and Jadeja are failing repeatedly,why are they not rested and play the reserve wicket keeper as a batsman. Jadeja is not test class,Kohli and Pujara are having a bad patch. Only in India a regular batsman not in form is persisted with test after test.We could have flown replacements in Ojha and a batsman.

  • Chris_P on August 7, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    That was supposed to be Stokes/Woakes not Jordan/Woakes. Jordan, I still think is behind a few other players, but encouragement behind performing players can only do him good. Not sure if Moeen's bowling will be utilized to a great degree this match, as I also see him in the #6/5th bowler category (That's 3 IMHO!!). This is why I enjoy test cricket so much, to many twists & turns left in the game.

  • shanepe2003 on August 7, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    152 all out! hats off Bcci to get this test series (5tests) in middle of summer imagine we got this test series beginning of the spring season would have been all out for less than 100 runs in that senario I think SL played well than India..

  • on August 7, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Pujara and Kohli were disappointing but Dhoni's under pressure innings was great. Anderson was bowling fireballs today.

  • Chris_P on August 7, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    I have said it before but bears repeating, these conditions, England are a tough unit to crack when their bowlers are firing. Rather than knock the batsmen, what's wrong with giving bowlers credit? I am still not sure about Jordan & Woakes as the support staff (I still see them as #6 & 5th bowlers type of players), I can only imagine how a fully fit Finn would have added to this. Good to see bowers step up, looking forward to the next couple of days. Cheers to 5Wombats who I think has a smile!

  • on August 7, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    India has had a successful tour so far; we have managed to revive a moribund English Team. Cook is back in form, we have helped Mooen become a world class spinner and England have won a test after a long wait. However one area we haven't succeeded yet is in as far as Robson goes. We still haven't helped him find his form. Come on India, you can do it

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on August 7, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Great bowling from Broad, he'd perform more often like this if the ditched the pointless shirt stuff. Woakes showed his true class today - another poor performance on a highly responsive pitch. Let's hope thus us his final test. And Bell has followed up a good ton with a solid knock - wonders will never.

    I suppose Arun Bose et al will proclaim England were lucky that Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat. I can't wait to read the laughable excuses. Better comedy than Peter Kay at The Top of The Tower.

  • CurrentPresident on August 7, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    I am so disappointed at the lack of discipline shown by Indian batsmen. The first test in SA tour had raised hopes that Indian batting can buckle down and prosper in overseas tests. But since then, only Rahane and Vijay have demonstrated any nous.

    I hope Kohli-Pujara are not doing a Sehwag-Gambhir, otherwise they need to be replaced as well.

    The bowling seems helpless - Bhuvi is tired+docile and Pankaj seems like a limited overs bowler who can at best bowl 10 tidy overs. Indian bowlers are all the same and need continuous rotation every test to keep them fresh. Maybe its not too late to add Yadav, Praveen Kumar/Sandeep Sharma, Karn to this already large entourage.

    For this test, if they use Aaron aggressively, they still might be able to turn things around. Short bursts of 3-4 overs at top speed and a lot of bouncers coming in towards the batsmen. Don't worry about a couple of fours. Have a tight spinner on the other side to mount pressure and cause undue risks.

  • brusselslion on August 7, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Good effort from Broad & Anderson (and from Dhoni also). Still some worries for England. I'd prefer to see Finn (and Plunkett if fit) in at Oval for Woakes & Jordan. Biggest worry is Robson. He just does not look Test class to me. He will probably retain his place at the Oval, but Lyth's numbers are good this season, and he must be close to selection. Alternatively, they could revert to Carbery (or Compton!) but the likelyhood of that happening is almost zero, as it would mean the selectors admitting that they were wrong (heaven forbid!).

    Unless the rain washes out 6 or more sessions, an England lead of 200 would almost certainly guarantee them a win. If India can skittle out England for under 200, they are back in a chance. Still some mileage left in this game, but you'd rather be in England's position that India's.

  • CodandChips on August 7, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Finally, I wonder if England players are going to have to start specialising in formats. It's something I'm not too happy with, because it could lead to the dangerous idea of players choosing between T20 and Test cricket, leading to a gulf in money. However with England's schedule (cricket every month!?!) I doubt anybody will last the whole year. This will require careful planning and rotation.

    I do think that some players play the wrong formats anyway. Such as Ian Bell in the T20I side! That was the most ridiculous example I could think of.

  • Faz63 on August 7, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Well, Well...who would have thought it. England bowled exceptionally well and was a delight to witness. From a cricket lover, its nice to see proper hard fought cricket amongst all the adversity. Lets hope from a cricket [perspective England get 300 'ish, India bat again and get 475....game on!!

  • nursery_ender on August 7, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Posted by srh25 on (August 7, 2014, 12:39 GMT) @mikkkk england might play swing better .. but as far in this series they are struggling .. they had some luck .

    The main bit of luck being that India have been rubbish. Even at Lord's where England just happened to play worse.

  • CodandChips on August 7, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    I think Cook should give up the ODI captaincy at least. In the ODI side I'm sure Morgan could do the job. He's a good captain, an automatic selection, and somebody who won't need to be rested and miss games because he doesn't play test cricket.

    There are plenty of alternative opening batsmen in the ODI side to Cook, such as Hales, Lumb, Roy, Trego, Vince, even Carberry, Lees and Lyth. The key thing about these guys also is that they'd add a bit more intent to the ODI side. The top-order of Cook, Bell, Ballance and Root is too stagnant imo. No successful county side uses such a formula. No international side uses such a formula. So why does England?

    Giving up the ODI captaincy would give Cook time over the winter to have a holiday and then work on his game; both batting and captaincy. It would also relieve his huge burden, which will be important in 2015 as England are playing cricket in every month!

    Anyone else any thoughts?

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Pathetic batting from India. It seems they lost Venum and all the top order batsman does not have technique to survive for 2 hours of the morning session. Dhoni played well along with Ashwin. Rahane should learn fastly on how to defend his wicket and patience is the key word here. Pankaj singh is bowling well without any luck and Varun seems to be a good bowler. We have to see how tomorrow morning our bowlers take quick wickets

  • Biggest_Cricket_Fan on August 7, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Not sure what is the fuss about. This is absolute familiar condition for Indian cricket team all over the world for last 2 years. Get beaten by team all over the world handsomely. Lords was something unique that will seldomly happen till we have MSD and his CSK buddies in the team with N. Shrinivasan being board president.

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

    Great again from the senior bowlers. They were criticised at the start of the test summer, and rightly so, but are delivering now. It certainly shows the significance of the not guilty verdict.

    A pretty much excellent day for England. Just a few more wickets lost than perhaps they would have wanted, like what happened at Melbourne a few years ago, but it's still pretty good.

    I'm partly glad that Woakes and Jordan got another chance as I do think England don't look after the young players well enough. The usual first in first out policy looks to have been put on hold. Woakes bowled well last game, but throughout his brief test career hasn't taken wickets. Jordan lacks control, but must have bowled better today. . Questions will be asked about whether the 2 are test-match material.

    Questions remain over the opening batsmen. It's a technical thing outside off-stump as well as a confidence thing I reckon. There's time to work on it over the winter, if Cook steps aside from ODIs.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 7, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Inspirational performance from the England bowlers; been a while since we've seen that. Still no joy for Woakes; in hindsight, how great would it have been to have Finn steaming in today as well!?

    Difficult day for the Indians to digest. Hard to get in when the ball's moving so much like that. Dhoni rode his luck, but his positive and unorthodox approach at least kept their heads above the water (and by the weather forecast, there's lots of that on the way!). Nice little bonus at the end to get Ballance back in the hutch, and there should still be plenty of movement tomorrow again to make life difficult for England batting.

    I'm still saying draw at the moment with all the rain forecast, but all three results are still possible I suppose. England will not want to squander such a terrific start; India will want to continue to try and shake off the tag that their bowlers struggle overseas, and obviously not repeat the first innings batting performance.

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    india played hopeless cricket...this is really bad batting effort...it will take time to replace RAHUL sachin laxman in real means....these Indian batsman can bat only in india except dhoni and rahane....its not about technique its all about mindset and resistance that's what dhoni showed today...I see this match will be finished in three days..or may take add one session@ day 4...that's all...india will lose for sure this as well as next test...since no player is interested to stay on pitch....

  • ram4crictheory on August 7, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    For India to succeed overseas these changes are essential. 1. Restrict Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron along with Ishanth Sharma only to tests as these bowlers are more suitable for test cricket than ODIs or T20s mainly because of their speeds although they are inconsistent with their line and length, but by restricting them to tests we have to give them a clear indication on what the team is expecting from them and they need to improve line and length. Bbhuvi can be in the tests but not as a spearhead. Bhuvi is apt for ODIs and T20s. 2. Psychological counseling to batsman as most of the batsman's attitude changes while batting in test matches thinking that first they need to save their wicket because of which they are not able to play their natural game and it is obvious players tend to fail when they are not doing what they naturally are good at. 3. Find a player like Sehwag at the top of the innings, this will spoil the confidence and line&length of the bowler even if he averages only 30.

  • RipalParmar1 on August 7, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    One fact everybody is forgetting that Kohli is an over rated test player. He will stay in Indian Test squad for another 10 years but still won't be able to score big runs outside India. In Indian cricketing history, lots of players like him have come and gone and also stayed in the team for years. It hurts and unfortunately I am an Indian cricket fan. IPL is an entertainment and not cricket, it is damaging Indian cricket especially test cricket.

  • wpbus13 on August 7, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    This was actually a good toss to lose; give credit where it's due, the English bowlers bowled superbly!

  • SanjivAwesome on August 7, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Despite other posts in these columns, our old duds like Gautam should not be re-selected - ever. To that add Zaheer, Dhoni (the captain, not batter).

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    What today has proven is that we wildly overrate our players and despite the odd false dawn we are still pretty woeful away from home. Dhoni fought it out for an ugly 70 but under the circumstances that's the least you would expect from your captain who has been a big reason for our plight. Our problems as a test team fundamentally begin from having him as a captain where he tries to apply his successful limited overs strategy that is predicated mainly on chasing down totals to a format that is on the whole a lot more demanding and which is in general a lot more unforgiving because of it's lack of variables. one in which people like Dhawan, Jadeja, Binny do not even deserve a look in. But alas.

  • ram4crictheory on August 7, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    I am happy with the Indian team selection except Jadeja. I am not saying this because he failed today, I have said it when he scored 50 at Lord's. Either Rohit or Ishwar Pandey/Shami Ahmed as Ishant is not fit in place of Jadeja would have been a perfect team selection. Players tend to have bad games so I am not worried about the failure of our top batsman but feeling sorry that almost all the batsman had a bad game in this match. Anyways it is not going to happen everytime. So, lets continue.

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    GG getting squared-up same as when he was dropped..big guns failing to score runs...ashwin doing good with bat than ball..indian bats man making most runs in IPL style....bhuvi kumar again piling ducks....ovar all 2011 cricket business re-stored for india...

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    @ Cric_info_pak: Clearly you have no knowledge on cricket. Weakest England side for some time? This team has the best 2 batters and best 2 bowlers England will ever have. Cook & Bell, Anderson & Broad. All 4 will own the top 2 Test Batting and Bowling records by the time they retire.

    Anderson has 371 wickets in 97 Tests & Broad has 255 wickets in 72 Tests. Cook has 8300+ runs in 107 Tests & Bell has 7000+ runs in 103 Tests.

    For reference, at their end of their career.

    Akram has 414 wickets in 104 Tests & Waqar has 373 wickets in 87 Tests. Miandad has 8800 runs in 124 Tests & Inzamam Ul Haq 8800 runs in 120 Tests.

    Anderson is 32, Broad is 28. Cook is 30, Bell is 32. You do the math.

  • mahmoodsiddique on August 7, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    After the third test, Indian team focused on playing moeen better and ensure that they don't gift him wickets like the last test. Atleast this part was accomplished today!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @valavan Dream on mate...India will win this match...only rain can save England

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    for me ...game is still alive !!1

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Having watched parts of the game today, its clear our batsman are hopelessly overmatched (and a few are technically so deficient they dont belong there - the number of zeros on the card would put a zip code to shame) - as for the bowling, this unit (I wont use the word attack - it seems inappropriate and a gross overstatement) may take 10 wickets collectively in both innings, with luck. A truly flaccid performance with the exception of the captain. England on the other hand, while being a weak team, are clearly too strong for us and that Lords test seems a distant memory now...

  • jmcilhinney on August 7, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Still plenty of this game left but, after a few mistakes in the last game, it's good to see that both umpires are having a good game so far, both making all the right calls on some close LBW decisions.

  • cricpanther on August 7, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    again extra ordinary effort by broad, but why cook is taking granted, he is so silly to give away wickets and now england should not demonstrate the way they witness for india batted!!! Score 500 runs and atleast 350 lead should England eyeing for. Nonsense batters lost 3 wickets!!!

  • on August 7, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Anderson why u so awesome again u picked jadeja's wicket that time your face emotion is awesome and may b gambhir will played well in 2 in second ininnigs and his come back game is big treat to Indian team :-) lets wait nd see what will happens engaland's 3 downs so intersting game :-)

  • jmcilhinney on August 7, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    @Zomac on (August 7, 2014, 18:31 GMT), or maybe Anderson and Broad just aren't as overrated as you want to think. They both are very good bowlers - not greats, but Anderson has been consistently good for quite a while and Broad has regular flashes of brilliance. As for the batsmen, Kohli looks genuinely out of touch while Pujara looks capable but just seems to be finding ways to get out - something England fans are very familiar with courtesy of Ian Bell.

  • sachin_ten_fan on August 7, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    What a day! The only bright spot for India is Varun Aaron and the fact that they have managed to get Ballance out who has looked unstoppable this series. But Cricket is a funny game, anything can happen tomorrow. Just follow the basics, off stump length full line and wickets will come.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    kholi scored century on flat johanessburg wickets one century cannot make you a great player.

  • mzm149 on August 7, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Well played England. Thanks for showing India their real face. Now I am expecting England to score at least 350 and bowl India out again. Anything above 350 will be a bonus. There will be no need of 4th innings or England might have to chase paltry 50 odd runs.

  • jmcilhinney on August 7, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Anderson and Broad certainly seem to have found their mojo again. England need more from their other bowlers though. Jordan looked better than last game but was still a bit too inconsistent and Woakes probably didn't bowl as well as last game, where he was a bit unlucky.

  • toucheandsuch on August 7, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Ashwin was superb today. I have said this before in my comments...he should play as a batting all rounder and higher up. He has the Ravi Shastri type quality to even open at some point. I believe he was an opening batsman when he started his career!! Bhuvi does not look 100% and has probably been forced into playing because Pankaj and Aaron between them had played 2 tests before this one!!

    If it rains early tomorrow and stays cloudy, England will make just 250 and the uneven bounce will make it tough for them to face Ashwin and Jadeja in the 4th innings. In other words, I think India can win this one!!!!!

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Indian top batsmen have not shown any backbone even in the fourth Test after spending so much time now in the country. Weather is fine ,the sun is out full, had they come in the early summer you do not want to think of what disaster the team could have been. Now can understand the value of Sanga's & Mathew's innings that helped Sri Lanka.At least if Kholi get some runs others will stand round him.

  • sreek09 on August 7, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    I hope BCCI take some initiative and let players like Kohli, Pujara, Shami, Bhuvi etc play county cricket rather than the IPL crap. Currently after each overseas test serious the team goes to some limited over cricket and all the lessons learned are forgotten and there is no continuous test plan. By the time next overseas test serious comes, test team is again selected based on IPL performance (other than this there is no explanation for repeated selection of Ashwin and Jadeja).

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    India can only play good in their backyard and nowhere else. So, what happened to the "Big Three"? India doesn't seem to belong with the Big Three and seem overrated. I like how the Indian fans are making excuses such as blaming the selection or bad toss, etc.

  • eggyroe on August 7, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    As stated by Mike Atherton,this the first series that any of this Indian Touring side has ever played in a 5 Test Match Series.Once the bowlers have worked out the technique flaws in the opposition batting line up then there is no hiding place as per India's woeful display today.It is all well and good playing a 2 or 3 match series then jumping on a plane home.Why do you think that the Ashes are played over 5 games,because it is a true contest and usually when one team gets on top they never remove the boot from the throat,and long may this happen throughout the Test Match playing world.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Until both teams complete innings it is difficult to say who has upper hand, India have to take bunch of wickets in first session, kohli and pujara are figured out by bowlers to say they will fail in Australia is to soon, the ball bounce over there on England it is the swing and seam both, a lot difficult to play here. Batting requires lot of skills here, all big scores on subcontinent wickets looks meaningless

  • Cric_info_pak on August 7, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    well this is the weakest england side for some time ... if india can't beat this team then india only should play home and IPL or bangladesh. recently srilanka won their first ever series in england ... and they r struggling against pakistan and lost series Against SA in home ... well wht weak team india will get now.....just play on IPL your indian will make money and every indain will be happy to see club level team batting and bowling doing good in tht IPL club level league

  • anandks007 on August 7, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Reply to "nites9" how funny is it to not talk about cricket but bully a developing nation that 5% of England can do so many thing.. a very large population is still under poverty and make less than 1 pound/$ a day. they dont spend time in practicing a sport versus to work to make ends-meet.. england has the luxury and is a rich country.. so stop comparing just on headcount .. both countries economies & people's priorities at large are not the same...

    his original post: below Well, let us get some perspective on satistics. England population is less than 5% of indian population and they excel in lot of other sports. In olympics 2012, england won 29 golds and 65 total medals. How many golds did india win? zero. besides, england plays international level rugby, football, tennis.. to name a few. And what does india with its 1.3 billion population play? Cricket, Cricket and Cricket. Laws of statistics dicatate that at this rate, even a unsporting population will create few gems.

  • Dhutugemunu on August 7, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    No need to shout guys. This is the best available XI to field at the moment. Ind used 5 bat-1 wk-1 all-4 bowl mix. They chose best 5 batters (Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli and Rahane) at least based on their past glory and/or back home or ODI credentials, leaving Dhawan and Rohit out. Dhoni is the wicketkeeper choice since he is the captain, which leaves N.Ojha out. Only recognized allrounder in this squad is Jadeja (at least in ODI level). Therefore he is the obvious choice. Now 4 bowlers. Bhuwaneshar is the obvious number 1 choice since he is the best Indian bowler during this series (and he is a better batsmen than several top order players). Ashwin is the only spinner in the squad and he can bat a bit. Other 2 should be from injured Ishant (out), clueless Shami (out), bits and pieces Binny (out), Aaron who can bowl fast (selected), tall Pankaj and Pandey who are expected to bounce the ball. Pankaj has more first class experience, 78 vs 31 for Pandey (selected).

  • tests_the_best on August 7, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Now that the new Indian team has played in SA, NZ & Eng, some observations are in order:

    Rahane is a batsman for all conditions and Vijay close behind.

    Both Dhawan & Gambhir can be liabilities on overseas tours so the search for another opener continues, maybe Rahane should be tried as 2nd opener.

    Pujara is actually close to being a man for all conditions despite not playing that well so far in Eng whereas doubts now arise about Kohli's ability in swinging conditions.

    Dhoni has been a pleasant surprise.Through combination of grit, luck and unorthodox technique, he's already played a few important knocks in this series.

    Ashwin should play ahead of Jadeja in overseas tests. He's certainly a better batsman and doesn't necessarily rely on the slog style of Jadeja to get runs. Also Jadeja's bowling is not that better than Ashwin's, so no point in playing both, maybe get N Ojha/Rohit.

    For pacers, the rotation of Kumar, Ishant, Aaron, Shami, Umesh/Pankaj seems the best available option.

  • crookedfinger on August 7, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    The Anderson's deliver to Vijay , which got him out, was absolute beauty. Awesome to watch. Excellent bowling by England.

  • subcontinent-expert on August 7, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    India lost this test inside first 4 overs... Rest is just the formality... England should win by innings margin here... Now even if India scores 600 (can't do) then also Eng would need just 80 to 100 max target to chase... I take my words back so "Engand will win both the tests and series by 3-1"

  • Zomac on August 7, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Can somebody tell me what has happened to pujara n kohli????? Seriously when these guys can score centuries against the likes of steyn n co in their own backyard then why can't they do the same against the overrated broad n anderson.what the hell happened after lords???is it due to the absence of their lucky charm ishant or due to the entry of the unlucky pankaj

  • Valavan on August 7, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    @thozar, if aaron can pick wickets, do you think India gonna win it now. he he even if aaron picks 5 wickets, Broad and Anderson in his home turf will bulldoze once more as they did in southampton. Butler is a slogger but Ashwin, dhoni and jadeja are accomplished test players. did you see how dhoni was bounced out by broad. yes Dhoni got some runs due to attacking field. get ready for more troll you, arunbose and rajesh1990. cricinfo please publish.

  • Valavan on August 7, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    @thozar, if aaron can pick wickets, do you think India gonna win it now. he he even if aaron picks 5 wickets, Broad and Anderson in his home turf will bulldoze once more as they did in southampton. Butler is a slogger but Ashwin, dhoni and jadeja are accomplished test players. did you see how dhoni was bounced out by broad. yes Dhoni got some runs due to attacking field. get ready for more troll you, arunbose and rajesh1990.

  • Valavan on August 7, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    @thozar, if aaron can pick wickets, do you think India gonna win it now. he he even if aaron picks 5 wickets, Broad and Anderson in his home turf will bulldoze once more as they did in southampton. get ready for more troll you, arunbose and rajesh1990. cricinfo please publish.

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 7, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    It is very interesting to see the contrast between "Oldest" comments and "Latest" comments. Like very good team selection, very good toss to win, India will put pressure on England now etc etc.. and now very bad team selection and a bad toss to be won, and the nominations for the should have team... Hilarious...

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    39 runs ahead with 7 wickets to take with substandard test pitch...INDIA'S day...Remember everyone Australia was dismissed for just 47 in this type of pitch...Tommorow varun Aaron will fire thunderbolts to steam roll this England team...

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    I think the fact the game has moved on so much is a big plus for England. There is likely to be heavy rain showers tomorrow afternoon and Sunday, so with time taken out of the game the easiest route for an England win is batting second after dismissing India for a low total and getting a big lead. Then in effect it would give them time enough to dismiss Indiaa second time after Anderson and Broad have had a good rest.

  • chechong0114 on August 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Thank GOD I am not an Indian cricketer. Their fans are so inconsiderate and fickle. Every time they lose a match , series or get bowled out cheaply it's either BCCI to blame or change this player or that or something else that needs to be drastically done. This team has been failing overseas at test level for quite sometime now,yet their schedule continues to be crammed with cricket all year round every year. As the demands of the cricket world continues to heavily depend on India to eat and survive their players are getting very little rest and time to recuperate but still no one seems to care because all they want is a win at all cost. These fair weather Indian fans need a reality check and start seeing the bigger picture and appreciate their International stars and stop being so critical all the time. Their is a crisis forming in Indian cricket and from the looks of things half of this team will not be their next year this same time if this crisis is not death with soon.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    India can hope to pull things back if they restrict England to a lead of below 100 which looks a little far fetched at the moment ... varun aaron s good but needs more consistency to become a genuine matchwinner...

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Reading comments here is funny thing to do... You can find encyclopedia of excuses... One mentioned even about "migrants" who play for England team... And how the aussie teams loss became a subject here without having single aussie fan commenting... Media hype sometimes let people live in an imaginary world then they can't accept when it shattered... Sorry guys, this is not a domestic t20 league... Try EA Cricket game (Easy mode may do for you)...

  • PeerieTrow on August 7, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Dhoni out-captained by Cook on day 1.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Fantastic by Broad and Anderson. The other two.....not so much. Woakes (and Stokes, for that matter) are 4th change bowlers. Jordan looks a bit off but he is capable of much more, and the same for Plunkett. Should have gone for Finn though. I'd personally have picked Finn and Plunkett. Can you imagine being 8/4, then having the fastest bowler in the country and the most feared on the county circuit coming in as 3rd and 4th changes? The horror.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Eng reaped the rewards of bowling full.

    Ind bowled short with the exception of 2nd test & have suffered. But it is Dhoni's job to encourage his bowlers to ball full by providing straightish fields i.e straightish mid on, mid off, short cover short, mid wicket and deep sq leg

  • entryholedia on August 7, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Indian teams batting standards against genuine swing bowling brought back memories of the 1952 tour when Trueman tore Indian apart and then in 1974 when Chris Old & Geoff Arnold with their boomerang swing dismissed India for 42 . Those teams had all the batting greats and one was the BCCI secretary for IPL not too long ago . Those players themselves now comment what is right & wrong . we cannot play swing bowling is plain & simple and for that matter no one can boast of being able to handle consistent swing , not even the English. Pankaj is the gentle giant and will be remembered that way who never could clock 140 with that mountain of a frame neither take wickets

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Six ducks. That does not spell good for a International Team.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    As I mentioned umpteen times dhoni should have stuck to the six batsmen, wk[himself] and four best bowlers, [ ideally three seamers and one genuine spinner].u don't play five bowlers bs the fifith one will b under bowled anyway whereas all the batsman get their turn to bt. com on this is cricket. what difference will a ffith bowler do. with du respect jadeja, ashwin is a better bet specially in this format. god knows who bough this five bowler strategy.

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 7, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    It is very interesting to see the contrast between "Oldest" comments and "Latest" comments. Like very good team selection, very good toss to win, India will put pressure on England now etc etc.. and now very bad team selection and a bad toss to be won, and the nominations for the should have team... Hilarious...

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    People criticize Pakistani batsmen for their immature batting and poor short selection and temperament. but surprisingly Pakistan's record is much in foreign tours rather than INDIA and SRILANKA..Specially India is only a flat track bully. But, against Pakistani bowlers they get bowled out or restricted between 200-250. The results proof that Indian batsmen cannot play against quality bowling line up.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    So jadeja doesn't bowl a single over and ashwin bowls 7...that tells you one thing that he is your 5th bowler and is in the team coz of his batting? Rather than picking a player like him why not play with a specialist batsman/bowler?

  • pollachiprakash on August 7, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    virat kohli averages 14 in this series he can play cricket without slips only.he barely lasts for 10 balls

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    well played England ! and this is from an indian cricket team fan. donno from where this thought of playing five front line bowlers dawned into ndian tem management. and after the lords win the commentators,fans went gaga over the strategy which to me is baffling.no top team in the history of test cricket played with five bowlers be it the 80's windies or 90's oz team. more baffling was listening to ex india captain saurav ganguly who is rated as finest indain captain never played with five bowlers making the likes of kumble warm the bench overseas. and here he was championing the cause of five bowlers. utter rubbish. the only change if needed was swapping the spinner. and baffling is dropping of dhawan & rohit who r on their first test tour to England. how will they learn. no after this failure gambhir is made to look like a fool. crazy really. hhh.

  • Ramansilva on August 7, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    At 4 for 8 the score card looked so beautiful. At the end of the innings it looked even more beautiful. The best batting line in the world. LoLzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • thozar on August 7, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Aaron's pace too much for Ballance. Ballance was a real thorn in our flesh this summer and it is good to see him return to the pavilion. I think India may have spotted a weakness in his batting with bowling full, angling in from outside the off stump at good pace from around the wicket. He did seem like clueless on how to play it. Bodes well for the rest of the tour and other teams may have spotted it also.

    As I said, from here on, all India have to worry about is Joe Root who has had a habit of failing when there is pressure. Ali will be bounced out, Buttler is only a slogger who is good only for one dayers and T20s, and the rest are all tail-enders. So, I think we will dismiss this England side out for not so much more. Let's get them out for 180, and then their lead would be meaningless. Then, the batsmen have to make amends for their horrendous show in the last 2 innings. Remember England have to bat last on this pitch. Aaron has bowled with pace and fire.

  • on August 7, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    I am not a fan of Kohli the Cricketer....but all I know knowing Kohli's attitude is..He is yet the finest of Batsmen in the making ..Critics are to criticize..But he will have a rise back for sure and soon..India just need's to have patience and faith in him..and my view on Dhoni's test captaincy is he should quit immediately after this series...And wait for the test series in Australia to start...The Indian cricketing world will then witness the lowest of Indian test cricket...lowest..let people like Kohli or Pujara be the captain of this poor ..or to be more clear miserable side...yes there are some positives ..but i bet And hope that Dhoni quits soon and and let know the Indian fans what happens when some young lad himself in the formation leads the side ..in the pressure of captaicy ..Dhoni's thick and rapidly increasing grey beard and hair has grown of some cause..Hope Indian fans will understand that someday..

  • LAKINGSFAN on August 7, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Lessons on learned on Day 1 of this test match. GG is no better than Dhawan. Kohli and Pujara are simply flat track bullies. Seriously, had India played Saha he would have definitely scored more than what Kohli did. Kohli should be dropped for next test. Period. There are no ifs, ands or buts. Someone really deserves a place in the 11 than ever failing Kohli. Keep him away from 5th test else he may ruin ODIs too. Pujara is not the next Dravid.

  • Dhutugemunu on August 7, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    What is Chris Jordan doing in the England team? Seems like he is just there to fill the 4 th bowler position in conventional 6 batsmen - 1 wicket keeper - 4 bowlers mix.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    @electric_loco Varon Aaron version. 1.0 will fire thunder bolts at 150k....another australian thrashing on the cards.....

  • thozar on August 7, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Someone once asked Andy Roberts what the bowlers' plan would be if the great West Indies team were bowled out for 100. Roberts replied that the bowlers will try to bowl the opposition out for 90. That is what India should aim now. We were unlucky to bat under dark skies. I was worried when India were reduced to 8/4 and then 63/6. But then Dhoni combined well with Ashwin, played a captain's knock and while 152 is still not respectable, I would say that it has given our bowlers some chance now. Remember England are two down, and after this partnership, there is just Joe Root and nothing else. If India can get 2 more quick wickets, then it will be a procession for England. We can still win this. 4 days and 1 more innings to go for each team. So, there is still some time. Indian fans should not lose hope. Also remember that Indian batting won't fail every time.

  • SevereCritic on August 7, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    The difference in skill between this generation of Indian batsmen and the previous generation is simply staggering. They will get butchered in Australia as well.

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    its first day nothing can't be predicted match can turn any time on this pitch

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 7, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    @Posted by F, Every team and player struggle while batting on difficult conditions on first or last day of the test match. Every player got out on zero, even Don Bradman also

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Shame on Indian selectors they are really very loose.If the selection committee dosent change it will be a huge problem for Indian cricket Instead of:- Varun Aaron-Umesh Yadav is better Gautham Gambhir-Virender Sehwag is better Pankaj Singh-Zaheer Khan is better

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    It's the real condition of Team India . They play well when they played in their playground. demoralize ............................

  • nites9 on August 7, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    It is funny how some indian supporters bring up the fact that england team has some "migrants". Well, let us get some perspective on satistics. England population is less than 5% of indian population and they excel in lot of other sports. In olympics 2012, england won 29 golds and 65 total medals. How many golds did india win? zero. besides, england plays international level rugby, football, tennis.. to name a few. And what does india with its 1.3 billion population play? Cricket, Cricket and Cricket. Laws of statistics dicatate that at this rate, even a unsporting population will create few gems. They should be winning all the games at home and abroad. But instead, even here, they are ranked 4th out of 8 teams.

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Is their a relationship between the number of IPL games played on dead tracks and number of scores in one day international and tests overseas!

  • rk_ks on August 7, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    India seems to be the only team which doesn't learn from it's mistakes. Last tour Anderson and Broad dominated. They are doing the same again. Will Dhoni and the coach at least review the performances of players. Do they have a plan at all or they go out and play hoping that everything will be OK.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 7, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    @ Posted by F, Please do not jump on conclusion here and start bashing Indian team. Test match is not over yet. Although England side is not that great either look at their records recently. Dhoni made a mistake choosing to bat. England would have been in the same situation also, Nice swinging conditions and on fresh pitch. Nothing to do with it flat tracks and IPL. Different itch different conditions ad cricket needs all variety f it.

  • CricketMakdi on August 7, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Back to old days Indian batsman never learn

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    All out for 152....Really??? don't know how they are going to save the test match and the series?? and I think Dhoni have got the anticipation that what is going to happen next. May be 3-1 this time.

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    india build yours abs & muscles in your abdomen & build muscles in all over the body.Because if u dont build muscles you cant think of white washing england in england & take tall 6 feet & above.See Bretlee he bowled 165k in once upon a time but he does not have motor heart he has only ordinary heart.It just broughtup for india is not right.Concentrate on physique because its the basic art of sports.Its not like education profeessional to use not only brain because you have more brain in applying than other nations in the world but only u lack is support from your physique.So,your basic is not right.leave the past & see to your future.

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Pankaj Singh Didn't impressed a bit,,, im sensing some older faces coming back after this series,,,,

  • baskar_guha on August 7, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    The only thing can save India in this test is the monsoon finding its way to Manchester.

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    India still playing the same IPL heroes/masters of flat tracks but poor overseas. When will they ever learn?

  • rk_ks on August 7, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Proved again. If any team is out of form. Play against India to regain your form.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @Rajesh-India- Mitch was getting fit,ready and building up to unleash Mitch ver 2.0 -fastest,most feared and best quick of current gen.As Eng,SA found out later that year. In fact he gave a little sneek peek in Ind earlier- the ODI series,IPL.

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    virat kholi is the greats batsman the world (0 run)

  • kahvas on August 7, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    India's batsman cant bat, fielders cant catch well, bowlers cant bowl correct line and lenghts. What is pankaj doing in England, at best he's a ranji level bowler. Aaron's bowling either too full, or way outside off or short deliveries at 80mph. What's the point of a pacey bowler like Aaron, bowling short deliveries at slower pace.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    @Rajesh-India-1990-Guess you're well aware that in that Ind series most of Aussies key players were injured including worlds best,fastest Mitch,Ryano and others.Was @ best an young Aus team,almost an Aus A team.So 4-0 @ home was not really an achievement.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @xtragarfx Varon Aaron will demoralize ur team with his thunder bolts....

  • rnarayan on August 7, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    frankly, what is Jadeja doing in the side? A growing reputation as Dhoni's pet does him no good. Ideally, Rohit should have played. Aswin reminds me so much of VVS, because there is an economy to his strokeplay, and he plays late, and then gets out to a silly shot..Apart from that, England bowled well, India batted badly. Nothing wrong with the pitch.. its movement in the air as far as I can see..

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Wow... the great batting display by the champions of dead tracks and IPL...

  • on August 7, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    @Rajesh_India_1990. Johnston wasn't even on that tour actually quite a few of the current team weren't either. You keep sulking over your poor teams miserable away form. 2003 final really does still hurt doesn't it Rajesh?

  • nursery_ender on August 7, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Posted by on (August 7, 2014, 16:44 GMT) Has India missed a trick by not playing Binny instead of Jadeja on this track??? Only time will tell. Don' t underestimate the likes of Pankaj Singh and Varun on this treacherous track. They too can run through this English line up.

    Nothing to do with the pitch, just an inability to deal with the swinging ball.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Eng have put flat track masters in their place.All back in dressing room in 50 overs. Now over to Bell,Balance and co. to put avg. bowling to the grind. 600+ in next 2 days.

  • CurrentPresident on August 7, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Now that Aaron is in, the captain should use him properly. - Short 3-4 over bursts - Make him bowl straight (not outside off) - Make him bowl at least one or two bouncers per over, ones that come in from outside off. - Bowl spin at the other end to complement and keep the pace perception skewed.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    @xtragalfx what was ur Mitchell johnson doing when India thrashed ur team 4-0 last time in india?

  • jimmyg02 on August 7, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    kholi the best batsmen in the world?? ha

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Has India missed a trick by not playing Binny instead of Jadeja on this track??? Only time will tell. Don' t underestimate the likes of Pankaj Singh and Varun on this treacherous track. They too can run through this English line up.

  • RD_CricFan on August 7, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    I wish India play with four pacers Bhuvi, Ishant, Varun & Umesh in next match.

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Dhoni making sure Bhuvi does not play the next test, so that Ishant can get back in..... more importantly if he can put him out of the ODI series... better chances of keeping bhuvi out of WC squad.. and then he can get Mohit in

    Otherwise - Kumar was doubtful to even play this match and you bowl him for 9 straight overs.. ridiculous and then he complains about injuries

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    even the #legend #tendulkar struggled in England. Only Dravid was comfortable batting on the last tour.

  • gvarun1975 on August 7, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Cant we find better test players than Jadeja to bowl a little spin when needed.I am tired of seeing jadeja who has no technique at all to play on those fast track pitches.Its better to play someone like piyush chawla or karan sharma etc if we need some spinning allrounders,But no more jadeja again.I am fed up with him

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    to me technique is totally subjective....it depends on ones perception....what the greats of game invented and looks pleasing to our eyes are considered orthodox while what the likes of Dhoni play seems other way round....Had players like MSD were first to play this game then this word would have different meaning....when we can love unusual arm actions of Malinga, Shoaib and Murali because they used to fetch wickets then why can't we love Dhoni's way because they always come more than handy when required....why does it suddenly become uncomfortable to few peoples eyes as soon he starta getting runs and even if not....there is no law in any lawbook which states that a batsman has to play a particular shot only in a particular way.....

  • shrastogi on August 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    My respect for Dhoni as a test batsman has risen a notch after this innings. Some of the comments made here about him batting higher & about his batting ability are simple rubbish. Except for Gambhir this is the first English tour for top order and to give an example Dravid in his first tour to Australia got 90 odd runs in three tests but later on scored double hundred there. So its not end of the world for Pujaras and Kohlis.If India had scored 250 I would have thought they had done reasonably well but with 152 England has taken initiative. Our fast bowlers have experience of 12 tests so they have to bowl at their best to make an impression. They must make batsmen play. England bowlers didnt make mistake of Lords test.

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    If India loses Test series against England, they should simply forfeit Australian series ... it will be too painful to stomach.

  • Jits_SRTian on August 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Bounce out the flat pitch bullies just like Lords.. England i.e.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 7, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    The Indians fans are paying the price of placing too much glory on a batting line up that hasn't been truly tested. These kids have a long way to go before they reach other Indian legends like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman. Next up is Mitch Johnson on Australian pitches. Good night nurse.

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Six ducks in an inning must be a new record ??

  • HDG1978 on August 7, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Will be happy if India is routed in 3 days. That will bring us closer to the end of MSD's tenure as India Test skipper. The final nail in the coffin for the end of Dhoni as India captain will hopefully be India's Waterloo at next year's WC. Mind you I am very much an Indian fan but want change for the better future of Indian cricket. A few bitter pills along the way will only cure Indian cricket.

  • rk_ks on August 7, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Indian Team...Please for god's sake at least review your previous matches and find out where you are doing wrong. Please stand couple of feet forward for slip catches. Looks like you take losing the game on a lighter note and no intentions of getting back hard. How many slip catches were fallen short. Why don't you guys show any improvement at all.

  • Pritt32 on August 7, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    I am extremely saddened seeing another poor performance from India. Abject batting as Kholi and Pujara dimissed on 0. They both should be rested fo the next test. Jadeja is a waste of space. Dhoni played a good knock, but not a good captain. The team does not look right at all. England will quickly win this match with the way things are going. England are on top and India sinking fast.

  • Jaffa79 on August 7, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Good from Broad and Jimmy, although it is blatantly clear that England rely too much on on them. Jordan worries me; his run up needs sorting out and his lack of consistency and lateral movement make me question his place in the line up. Woakes has bowled well but can he get Test match wickets? Not sure about him tbh although pleased his pace is up. Finn, Overton, Plunkett, Stokes all have ability and need to grab their next opportunity with both hands. With the ridiculous schedule next year for England, protecting Jimmy and Broad is vital and I'd be tempted not to take them to the Windies next Easter. I am not confident at all about our ability to win Tests without them but a 3 test series directly after the World Cup on slow, low docile Windies pitches could break them just before the start of the English summer. Time for our peripheral quicks to step up!

  • NCP1 on August 7, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Well this may be Dhoni's best inning under circumstances, experience has shown how to graft. Gambhir will do the same may be in the next inning. Hard to see them escape from defeat here but cricket is a funny game. Too many batsman failing at the same time, England on top and will remain so with bowling or batting.

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Dhoni is just an average batsman. He keeps himself hiding at number 6 position and is always busy playing with the tail. I would consider him a proper batsman if he would come and bat with the openers or atleast at number 3rd spot when the ball was much more seaming early on but he always opted a safer option coming at number 6 make 50 odd runs with the tail and makie himself unaccountable for the team's performance. Shame on Dhoni I haven't seen such a selfish player like MSD.

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Good to see he bowling attack getting back to its best after the horrors of the Ashes down under. Kohli is a rabbit in the headlights at the moment!

  • ut4me87 on August 7, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    India was 0 for 4 in 1952 I think. I was not born. I was born and in school in England when India was all out for 41. That team had Gavaskar and Viswanath. Being of Indian origin, I was ashamed. Now much older and wiser I did not except for 4 for 8 from these highly paid cricketers. They should have come to England early and learn how to play swing bowling.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 7, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Before we get too carries lets wait and see what England manage to achive on this pitch anything around 200-250 will make the game interesting, over that and it will depend on the weather and if India dig in.

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on August 7, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    India are a far poorer team than England - at the start of the series I thought England were the worse, but by a slim margin. India have thrown this series away when they were on top and had England by the proverbials. Toothless bowling, abject batting from the so called world beaters Kohli & Pujara, questionable team selections and poor captaincy. India require a complete rebuild.

  • Mr_Anonymous on August 7, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I feel sorry for the way the Indian team players are letting Dhoni down. And it seems almost funny when people want Gambhir or Kohli as Test captain (although both have potential, look at their performances) when they are much more out of form. Dhoni not only has the workload of captaincy and wicket keeping, he still has a higher batting average than them even though he mostly bats with the tail than either of the 2 upper-order "batsmen". Kohli's performance has been especially disappointing. I understand that he is an attacking batsman but it seems like he should first be patient and get his eye in and then back his attacking instinct. He just seems to want to play in the limited overs mode. He has been unfortunate though to get some really good balls. Hope his luck will turn. Not having a meaningful big innings fom Pujara (and 55 in one innings is not enough) and Kohli (or Dhawan/Gambhir) in this series has perhaps been most disappointing aspect of the series so far.

  • Cool_Jeeves on August 7, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Dhoni's fighting 50 is the least a captain must do. But Dhoni does not influence the team selection in the right direction, does not attack when on the field, is always defensive in his thinking except in second test, and one fifty cannot change all that. When we are back from this series, after a second successive hiding in England, in a manner few teams suffer, we will finally have reason to forget the painful 8-0 three years ago (inclusive of 5 innings defeats) as these wounds would be too fresh. What a mess our cricket is in. Unless Dhoni goes, nothing will change.

  • slazenger on August 7, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Expect better display of cricket from world champions.

  • truemsdian on August 7, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Well....well...to all my dear msd haters......this guy doesn't have the technique like kohli,cook,etc etc...but he has the heart and courage to conquer the toughest of conditions.He take blows on his body,walks down the pitch and find a way to come on top.Talent and technique is secondary in comparision to willpower.For eg. the very talented and technically correct rohit sharma hadn't achieved anything.

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    We should get a new eleven for the future. Send the whole lot to retirement. I hope Ashwin get the new ball.

  • coolitbaby on August 7, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Very frustrating to watch India fold like this time and again. If only they had been more careful with Andersen and Broad, I am sure they would have scored more runs against the others. Even a team like Sri Lanka managed to beat Eng, and their middle order trundlers managed to accumulate runs. Eng had been under a lot of pressure and India should have exploited it. Anyway, well done indeed to Broad and Andersen. They were truly outstanding. I think India will be rolled over in 3days.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 7, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Miserable performance from team India. Monga was talking about how India showed character following adversity. Well, those gentlemen that had the steel to do so, long gone. MSD scored almost 50% of the team score. This game is done and dusted.

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Same old India outside of India , test will be done and dusted by England by early on third day!

  • TheBigBoodha on August 7, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    All those saying how great Dhoni is and that you don't need a technique, I suggest you take a look back through the cricinfo commentary. How many did he snick through slips?

  • Sanjo.john1 on August 7, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    This is the time to realize the importance of VEERU. Have you ever seen English bowlers with this much aggression before.No, that is because they knew just one innings of Veeru will change the morale of the team. Just look at the Indian players. No one is there with atleast some sort of confidence. Selectors...First try respect players who have done the major contributions to get India to the top level. Have a look at Cook & Bell. Selectors trusted them. See how responded.....!

  • brusselslion on August 7, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Well batted MSD & Ashwin, and very well bowled England... oh yes... congrats to India on their record equaling exploits today!

  • UnbiasedCricFan on August 7, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Now its the bowlers turn, Aaron using his pace should batter England hopefully. MDS played a captain's knock to bring india away from a Disaster. Nevertheless ENG Played brilliantly bowling the right length to the top order. Kholi should be dropped for the next test, bring in Ojha. Credit to Dhoni for his effort, deserved a century. Thats why he is in the team. 8-4 to 152 all out. Ashwin again showed class. Jadeja showed his weakness.

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 7, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Because cricket is such a batsman dominated game, we the fans rarely ever truly acknowledge and praise the bowling efforts of a team unless its Steyn, Ajmal and a few others who we rate highly are doing the damage. When a batsman plays a loose shot or pokes at a delivery, true it can be seen as technical issue, but most times that batsman has been set up wonderfully by the bowler. India selected more or less the XI everybody wanted. I would have kept Rohit and let him open instead of Gambhir as it is a cruel double standard to drop him after a decent match but retain Pankraj after a fruitless one.

    Great bowling by England. Lets see how the match turns out.

  • cric1965 on August 7, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    After winning toss India made a blunder by batting first and now they pay the price. 152/9

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Hey ya all Indian fans please don't feel sad or sorry because CLt20 is coming soon and moreover the IPL 2015 is not far either. we'll soon forget everything once these bcci tournament starts. we will again no doubt see the rohits the dhawans the kohlis all hitting sixes n fours in front of our packed stadiums. These English Australian tours are just for entertainment...nothing more serious than cl or ipl. I've always predicted 3-1 for England and won't be wrong.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    B.Kumar will enjoy bowling here

  • Proteas_Power on August 7, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Amazing bowling performance by English bowlers. They show India there true colour. I remember when India toured here in SA Indian batsmen were shivered in terror to face pace bowling. Actually Indian team is a below average team with mediocre batsmen in their army. This Indian side is not even a competitive side with us, if they tour here right now we thrash them with a perfect whitewash. Pity

  • wide_gully on August 7, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    A Test lost in the first 6 overs of the match!!!!

  • madras_boy on August 7, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Can someone remind our team that it is not a 50 over game and that they can bat forever if they like. From a frustrated fan !

  • whirlaway on August 7, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Close of play goals for the two teams.

    India: 200+

    England: Get India out for 150-160. Then score 70-80 for the loss of 1 wicket or less.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    India need to bowl really really well this is a next to nothing score for England they can knock it off for a couple of wickets

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    wow !!Msd scored 50 on a pitch where Australian team bundled out for 47.....MSD clearly shows Technique is overrated thing in test cricket....MSD best wicketkeeper batsman in the world at present....

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 7, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    See the pitch. Dhoni defnatly missed ishwar pandey services. Pandey is good height and also struggles the batsmen with his line and length bowling like bhuvi.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    All those calling for Dhoni's head because of his batting overseas can eat humble pie now. This is his second fighting fifty in really tough conditions. While people may accuse him of not having the technique, there is no dearth of heart. He has proved what a fighter he is. Its a pity that others with much better technique in this line up lack his spirit. May there be more of his ilk.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Someone believes it or not....MSD is a a very inspiring and brilliant sportsperson overall...how poor his batting technique may be as a test batsmen outside the subcontinent ...he plays like a fighter....a proper fighter...outside the field being a gentelmen to media...and cool in the field ...I saw him smiling various times when India was about to die under 150.. I dont know if someone notices the mind games he kept playing in his innings so far today! dont know if he will even get to his fifty but well played....Doesnt seems that India is now anyhow saving the match...but hope Ashwin and Dhoni will build some partnership.. Really well played Ashwin too ..was positive and displayed good batting technique....

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    another series loss on the cards

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Ashwin should bat at 6, he is better than Dhoni.

  • LAKINGSFAN on August 7, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    India needs to replace Kohli in test team sooner or later. He's of no use in tests. Pujara too should be replaced sooner. He's just a SC player.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Time for Dhoni and Fletcher to go. They have ruined whatever Ganguly-Sachin-Darvid-VVS-Shewag-Kirsten-Wright and a few others including Dhoni himself built from 2001 to 2011.

    I want to see India play not [I(PL)ndia].

    But who listens?

    MSD and his ways are like an expired tablet - continuing with the pill is dangerous. Even if India wins this series, MSD has to go.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Oh England when are you gonna learn, again let India off the hook when they were down and out, all this by balling poor short balls, No wonder england have turned so pathetic, they have lost the appetite for victory.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    The century makers on dusty pitches cannot play on bouncy pitches. ...... it is the reality.......

  • Mittaraghava on August 7, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    In 1952 Fred Truman 's debut series reduced India to 0 for 4.3 wickets to Truman and 1 to Bedser.It was a deadly pace attack leaving spectators shocked.Till date this score was considered the worst performence by Indian batsmen against pace.I saw something similar today when Anderson and Broad reduced India to 4 for 8.But then Vijay Hazare and Dattu Padhker stood the storm with a 95 run patnership and helped India recover to 165 total.I am doubtful that whether Indian batsmen can do some thing similar to salvage some pride after lunch break.Gavasker once said that in a test match against W.Indies he demoted himself in batting order ,but when India were reduced to 3 for 0,Gavasker walked in and Viv Richards said "No matter when you come The score is Zero."

  • Rally_Windies on August 7, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    I guess Rohit does not look so bad right now ?

    Kholi is terribly out of form.. He is the one who should have been "rested"

  • on August 7, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Team India, hope u misunderstood the protocol. This is a test match played for 5days.

  • cricchanel.com on August 7, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    India's batting collapse continued again against the hero of last match James Anderson and co attacker Broad. This is often said about the Indian batting that they are good palyers of spin bowling at asian wickets. I think fact is playing in and India's batting is collapsing again and again/

  • Raki99 on August 7, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    I have lost all the Hopes In this Youngsters, Pujara and Kohli have been utter failures in this series and apart from rahane and Vijay nobody has played well. Can't blame this on Dhoni when your team doesn't score runs what is a captain suppose to do. As They say you are as good as your team and that applies in any setting whether it is a cooperate world or on sports team. This test and the series is gone.

  • Cricthink on August 7, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    All the talk about Virat being the next Sachin!!!!, no way , he is a flat track bully , no 2 words about it. Can not play the swinging or bouncing ball, Sachin, Dravid, VVS to name from India, Sangakara from Sri lanka and of late Angelo Mathews are players who have done well home and abbroad. Virat - not the same class I am sorry, 7 innings without a proper score is too bad

  • Seamer_Singh on August 7, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Guys need give credit where it's due. Anderson, Broad bowled really well this morning. If they had started off like this at Lords, the result of that match may have been different. A lot of problems with BCCI. I mentioned just after the Lords test match Bhuvi & co can't keep on saving the batting... the specialist batsman are there for that and they need to step up. Kohli has been off form for a while now and the bottom line is most of the Indian top order haven't had a BIG innings in a while. Maybe they need to revise their technique, stop playing IPL, produce more bowler friendly pitches in India, I don't know...the person who gets paid(very well), in the BCCI camp to know this should have the answer!!??

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    This kind of pitches is very dangerous for batsmen.. not a test standard pitch at all.....last time i saw this kind of pitch in southafrica where Australia was bundled out for mere 47...Only Indian batters have the ability to survive on this pitch....If any other team means they were bundled out by lunch like Australia bundled out for 47 once...

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Now with two guys with better and proper batting technique - Ashwin & Bhuvi to bat next....feeling excited

  • franciscan_educated on August 7, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    In defense of Gambir, he should feel good about himself..... he atleast scored half the runs the team had made when they were 4 wickets down. Match should be over by Lunch on day 3.

  • on August 7, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    SL fought well :) keep pushing it!!

  • on August 7, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    I would like to see how Pankaj Singh and Kumar bowl on this track. If they come to the party, the match will be a real treat to watch. Once the wicket starts cracking, there is always ashwin in the side.

  • whirlaway on August 7, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Those who think rain will turn this match into a draw, think again. If the forecast says 90% chance of rain, it does NOT mean that it will rain 90% of the time! Nor does it mean that it will be "torrential" rain! Most of the rain on Day 2 and Day 4 (as per current forecast) is for showers and thundershowers. And showers are necessarily light and of short duration. So, expect some on/off/on/off action on those days.

    Besides, the pitch cover and drainage systems are more advanced these days. The game can restart much sooner after a rain delay.

    As of now, the more serious rain (thunder-storms) is forecast for Day 5. But that might be too late for India anyway!

  • Jinxy.The.Cat on August 7, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    I think Dhoni should rethink about his captaincy in abroad tests. Since he is in service of INDIAN CRICKET, the BCCI made him like, no one like him... No doubt, he is a great in limited overs captain, he won WT20 2007, WC2011, CT2013, IPL2009, IPL2010, CLT20 2010, bt he is not upto date in abroad test... In my memories, he has just won 3 or 4 abroad test out of 35 or 36.... Its time to step down mahi... Make the way for new youngster...

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on August 7, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    My word since I the Series began - Kohli,Pujara,Dhawan - Can't do in English Soil. May Indian tema drop them. Don't like proud in cricket who ever do. I extremley fan of African Team where ever they go - Exploied them self. Wonderfull Batsman Mr. Hashim,AB,Kalis. Kohli's and Pujara's time is up now. They can't do in Australia either. Please drop them get good Batsman Like Naman Ojah, Samson.

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on August 7, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    My word since I the Series began - Kohli,Pujara,Dhawan - Can't do in English Soil. May Indian tema drop them. Don't like proud in cricket who ever do. I extremley fan of African Team where ever they go - Exploied them self. Wonderfull Batsman Mr. Hashim,AB,Kalis. Kohli's and Pujara's time is up now. They can't do in Australia either. Please drop them get good Batsman Like Naman Ojah, Samson.

  • on August 7, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    England cannot loosen the grip now. They should have prevented the 50 run partnership and tried to get the 5th wicket before the partnership reached 25 or so. Now coming after the lunch they have to put far better effort because we know what happened in lords, it looked like england bowled well but when indian bowlers started bowling then everyone realized that england should have bowled better than what they actually did. So england should keep in their mind that bhuvi, aaron, and other indian pacers who bowl very disciplined line and length could have restricted england to 63 runs for 6 or 7 wickets down by lunch so engalnd should be careful in accepting this bowling display before today's lunch. And added to that india has ashwin and jadeja as spinners better than england's spinners so england should not mistake they have achieved something great.

    Put much much better effort after the lunch England, Good lucks!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Anyway no problem India...Just throw the ball in 22 yards you will get wickets easily....

  • on August 7, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    What are English fans happy about playing highest number of migrated players. Every team is good on there home pitch I can ask the same question to England team what happened against Australia or Sri Lanka England team are just a bunch of opportunists. When Australia came to India we best them 4-0 England came to India won because two guys of indian origin Bopara and panesar if India are home track bullies so is English team

  • Big_Poppa_94 on August 7, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Gambhir? Poor dismisal. I had already mentioned before that he was even MORE susceptible outside off stump. Vijay? Got a good one. Maybe should have been more forward. Pujara? Got a good one. Maybe should have been more forward. Kohli? Got a good one. Maybe should have been more forward. Rahane? Looked fairly settled and then plays a loose shot. Should have left it.

    So yeah, 3 out of the 5 dismissals were due to very good bowling England. Those balls would've dislodged non-sub continent players as well. So all you SA, NZ and Aus fans better zip it.

  • Charlie101 on August 7, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I feel sorry for Gambhir - he must have been so pleased to be first of all included in the squad and then in the team after a long gap and then he receives a swing bowling barrage and is back in the changing room !!!

    I hope he plays the last test as he has worked hard for a recall

  • Sexysteven on August 7, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Great pitch pace and bounce at last about time the best pitch of the series so far India would of been better off having rahane open in English conditions his technique is better equipped to deal with the swinging ball then dhawan or gambhir and rohit would off been handy at five but now India need to get what they can out of the lower order just so they ain't completely embarrassed there's nothing wrong with the pitch you can sure bat on this it's starting to flatten out as the day goes on I just think the off field crap has distracted india as I thought it would and it's played into England's hands nothing wrong with dhonis decision to bat first just some bad shots from his batsmen had they been only 3down at lunch that would of been ideal for India but 5down prob abit much to ask the tail to get 200more runs to make it competitive

  • sumit1982 on August 7, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    If indian team blows out around 200 runs I think it will be miracle to come back into these test match.

  • Kotuwegogoda on August 7, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    It's too early to say which way the Test will proceed or end. But barring rain a result is possible. If England pacers can garner wickets is early, India too could get their pacers on the act. As of now, Dhoni will have to somehow guide middle and lower order to show commitment to stay at the wicket and score when opportunity is given.

    On the other hand England would want to add misery to Indian line up now that they have a comprehensive win under their belt in 3rd Test.

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Well Said Nasreen Ali, I am a true fan of Cricket..

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Unless i'm mistaken, India have struggled in England during the last three tours. If i recall correctly in 2007 it was only Kumble who scored the only century of the series. In 2011 it was only Dravid that showed any application and during this series (so far), Rahane is the only batsman that has shown some fight. Some Indian fans on here are complaining about the pitch, but that's the whole point of home-advantage isn't it?.. This current generation of Indian batsmen are too used to dry flat wickets back in India, where the only chance bowlers have are if the pitch takes any spin or the ball reverses. I thought they turned a corner during the recent tours of SA and NZ, but the Indian batsmen are going too hard at the ball in conditions taking swing, seam and bounce. The top order look unsure what to play or leave, as well as whether to go back or forward. They need to improve in the 2nd innings, to have any chance of getting back into this match, otherwise this series is gone.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Anyway no problem India...Just throw the ball in 22 yards you will get wickets easily....

  • AtulDEO on August 7, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    The media driven ouster of Dhawan to Gambhir hope does not make matters worse in the interest of developing a steady opening pair for India over a period of time. Hope Gautam plays well. Wish India had not restructure the change back to old Gautam who was equally a perennial poker outside the off stump. There is no escaping the truth that there is no batsman world over who would not succumb to the new ball swinging out swinger. What must Dhawan be thinking?

  • Yuosufahmed on August 7, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Honestly speaking, Except Rahane all the other Indian players just play good at home. I doubt, they would never come back to the era of Sachin-Dravid. After so much overrate, we could see real Kohli now. Dhoni is driving on others luck. They have a lot to learn from the batsmen like Amla, Devilliers, Younis, Misbah. Better not to talk on mediocre bowlers.

  • Big_Poppa_94 on August 7, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Flat tracker? Then you lot including England, NZ and Aus are clearly flat track p*ssies considering y'all have poor records in the sub continent. It was just really good bowling by England. These are the same players who have performed in Australia (Kohli), SA (Kohli, Pujara, Rahane) and NZ (Kohli, Rahane, Dhawan) so our players are hardly flat trackers. And produce green, faster seaming tracks? Mumbai has some pace (as Rahane has mentioned in one of his interviews) and Mohali is generally pacy with bounce. So yeah, there ARE those type of pitches you mention. The CONDITIONS however do NOT allow for those pitches to sustained. Why? Because the glaring heat of the sun dries up any moisture and burns off the grass. For the types of seaming conditions you talk about you need dampness, overcast or high altitude climate. Something India generally doesn't have, except for the high altitude near Kashmir. Come talk when you have a World Cup. 2 TIMES mate.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on August 7, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @tommytuckersaffa Is that what you said for your bowlers in the first test against SA this year when Indian batsmen murdered ur fast bowlers? No!!best remains best.Ut may however not deliver one time and that is an xcption. Lolz

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    home champs playing to the music ...keep rocking

  • vkumar_086. on August 7, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Yes yes what a fantastic display by the worldclass batting lineup as we keep on boasting. Just a rare win at Lords simply due to mere luck. All England needs is just 30 overs to get our mediocre batting lineup cheaply dismissed.

    Whole world knows how we got all out for 54 in the Sharjah expressway in the year 2000.

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I dont want to be too critical of our batsmen. Overall they have exceeded expectations on this Tour. All credit must go to the bowlers for bowling wicket taking deliveries. One could argue that Kohli and Rahane could have left the balls it is great bowling that drew them out

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    india should have to put rohit but now nothing possible .

  • srh25 on August 7, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    @mikkkk england might play swing better .. but as far in this series they are struggling .. they had some luck ... And as per the conditions u got to believe ur batsmen ... u got some class players like kohli pujara .... they need to support him..NOT TO forget bhuvi can swing better and have some good pace atack like aaron n pankaj...its not gonna be easy for england ttoo

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    poor india.. class of kohli class of pujara over emphasised before the tour and both failing correct thier lose run streak.. what does class means. when sri lanka won on the same soil n watching greatness of sanga all indian fans said indians will do much better than sri lanka and they hav better team... yes better by names.. but not as efective as sri lanka to win all three formats in the tour... indian fanz should always re think about thier own weekneses rather than humiliate others victory. true sri lanka fan

  • Vpd23 on August 7, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Looks like a Proper T20 team playing against a Test team.!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 7, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Flat trackers exposed once again. I have read this story before and history always repeats itself. BCCI need to start encouraging faster, seam friendly tracks in India so blushes of embarrassment can be avoided when travelling overseas.

  • black_bird on August 7, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 . exactly my thought. India will always play at india. Not at any bouncy track. it is a crime against wold champions.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 7, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Dhoni has rolled the dice once again. Picks five bowlers, wins the toss on a bowlers paradise and decides to bat first. Nothing new.

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on August 7, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Rajesh_india_1990 clearly showing a detailed knowledge of the game here. The wickets have all been as a result of swing - which is nothing to do with the pitch (which is perfectly fine anyway, just quick and bouncy).

    No doubt if the situation was reversed you would be banging on about how great the Indian seamers were.

    oh and there goes number 5 to a terrible poke at a wide ball.

    just confirms the fact that your India team just aren't very good unless playing at home.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Wasn't expecting to see Finn, but in hindsight he should have been playing instead of Woakes or Jordan. Fantastic opening spells from Anderson and Broad, but unfortunately it's all for nothing as the remaining days of the game now have weather warnings for torrential rain. Draw, draw, draw all the way. Anderson has now bowled more overs for England than any other bowler, and if he breaks down in this game or the next, questions will be asked of why he wasn't rested for this game that will obviously go nowhere and not be concluded. #Put_that_guy_on_ice!

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Great bowling from the Brits at the onset of the game. If only Indians could have applied themselves a bit more. Still can't take anything away from the Bowlers.

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    vry poor performnce.. heart breaking performnce by india.. :'(

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Now thassss why dhoni wanted to play that extra batsman rohit sharma.... Bcoz he knows that top order is struggling and rohit could be effective in these situations.... But bcoz of the question raising frm everywhere he has to left out rohit.... Common indian fan have faith in dhoni...he is best captain of india

  • mikkkk on August 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @ srh25"u cant always blame dhoni... even cook wanted to bat first.."

    Difference is Cook knows England play swing a lot better and India have inferior swing bowlers. On the other hand Dohni knows England have far better swing bowlers and that India can't play swing. That in combination with the overcast conditions makes you wonder how he cam to his decision.

  • Mervo on August 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    And just imagine if this was Mitchell Johnson or even Dale Steyn bowling at full pace. But then I think this wicket would not have been produced. Vale India.

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Indian seamers would be happy to see the way this pitch is behaving. Bhuvi and Aaron would make a great combination of swing and speed. It's just what the doctor ordered for India. A true fast bowler like varun Aaron can put England under pressure. Bhuvi would be the main man here for India while Aaron and the others would play as supporters.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    ICC should look into this pitch..this is serious issue..otherwise test cricket will die

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    India lost this match in the first five overs. Now we will see a couple of centuries from England. That is why the test match is so boring. A team loses in the first five overs and its fans now have to suffer five days of torture.

  • Mervo on August 7, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    How embarrassing for India. I really had hopes that they would now have some players who could do well on wickets with grass in them, such as Pujara. But no. Too many days spent on dry dusty pitches and then away from home grounds, the same old story. And to play Gambir, who is known for his weakness on pitches with any kind of support for fast bowling in inexplicable. England are not a strong team and after the poundings they have taken from Australia, SL and so on, they were never going to give India a look in. Oh for a Dravid now

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Aah,what spectacle!Am I enjoying it or what!Seems like we're been transported back in time to see likes of Mcgrath,Gillespie,Donald,Pollock and Lee all bowling in tandem and making ball talk.Scorecard says all.Not unexpected with this Ind lineup though!

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @rajesh what r u talking about? pitch anywhere and get wickets??? That is some high class bowling by England. They have made Indian batsmen play.Their balls swung in and then seamed away to the slip corridor. its not like they pitched outside the off stump and Indian batsmen threw their wickets away. give credit where its due

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    There's nothing wrong with the pitch. The late swing is just impossible to play. You're seeing Dhoni do the right thing and thats just leave the ball to get through to the keeper. Hopefully as a bit of shine comes off the ball it becomes easier to play.

  • srh25 on August 7, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    u cant always blame dhoni.... i dont think people around here doesnt listen what people say... even cook wanted to bat first.. ganguly also opted to bat first play with 3 seamers n 2 spinners... and the record at old trafford says win the toss n bat first.....

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    What a treat its been!!Nothing like it when fast bowlers are having batsmen in his mercy.Such refreshing change.Theres been swing,seam,nip, balls taking off,flying to keeper,the works.What a fantastic pitch!!Just as I wrote none other than Wasim agrees!

  • SajithaD on August 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @@Rajesh_india_1990, Now I cant stop laughing man... Its like diie hard indian fans die soon... Anyway dhoni may take you out of this misery for a while... He is a fighter...

  • Hasheem on August 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    It has been proved quite convincingly that Messers Koli,Gambhir and Pujara are just not there for English conditions. Koli and his failures will make him wonder were those days of brilliant batting have gone. Pujara claimed that he wanted to be Dravid,honestly he is nowhere near the Great Wall,pl spare Dravid a Great man. Gambhir better call it a day from INternational cricket

  • PeerieTrow on August 7, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990: There's nothing wrong with the pitch. In the last two tests India have failed to bat on a sub-continent style wicket and the sort of wicket on which cricket was born. What's the common factor? Not the pitch, that's for sure.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    The pitch is made to look like Perth in itr heyday ,with a generous coat of live grass!! And Jimmy,Broad are looking like Lillee,Thomo and Mitch all steaming in 1 after other!Ind sinking quick and proper. Even 2 full days of rain won't prevent inngs L.

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Every single bit of Anderson and Broad's body language and their every single delivery is looking like to take a wicket..Tremendous display of disciplined agressive bowling..not much for batsmen to do...The key question for India is how much can Rahane and Dhoni survive!

  • Valavan on August 7, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    @RajeshIndia_1990, this is genuine swing bowling, it takes the edges means the swing in the wind is so quick, the brittle indian top order is in two moods and a prod. Nothing than usual pacy wicket, if India have genuine pacers surely india can do it otherway round. picking 2 spinners in manchester seems to be very amatuer from dhoni's captaincy. cricinfo please publish.

  • JChandi on August 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Weather is not an issue, this match will be over in 3 and half days. This is very much English favored ground and conditions.

  • SID_Testcricket on August 7, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Why does dhoni always wake up late in Test Cricket? I thought his personality could suit test captaince..any thoughts?

    It was always a no brainer to include one best available test spinner in your final 11.

    Hope its not too late in series, with advantage/confidence already handed over to the english batsmen .

  • karthik_ig on August 7, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    looking at englands bowling..now putting bat on ball gets them a wicket..looks very difficult to survive..reaching 100 looks like a mountain now..they need to leave as many balls as they can..

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    This is the worst ever performence by india giving away 4 wickets in the very first ten overs

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    @Rajesh_India_1990. Your comments just look more and more ridiculous as 1) You say India are best team in the world and they can beat any team in front of them easily. 2) you said during last test that the pitch was a road and when there is a lively pitch you say it's killing a Test cricket? Just face it India are a very very average side who are ranked 4th for a reason and sliding further down the rankings.

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Hey! Nothing pathetic by Dhoni as to choosing to bat ..Cook was going to do so..Every match commentator wanted to bat as a captain! It was England's tremendous bowling display and India's vulnerable batting that is hurting the decision! Ah India!

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Expected from Gambhir, Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan and finally we seen the result. They are not suitable for Test matches "outside" India. India need to search players to replace Kohli for Test matches and Pujara, Gambhir, Dhawan need to quit from Indian team.

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Lol i m not watching the match but can say excellent bowling by england and terrible batting by india Might be able to see the result tomorrow

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 7, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Just about tuning in here in India,about 3 overs into the game.And bingo!1st Gambir,next Vijay,then Koli 1st ball.Wait!As I write Pujara is nipped out for 0.Now 'walking wkt' Dhoni is in.Ind 8-4!!Let me take a guess.Ind 40 all out by stroke of lunch.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on August 7, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    I am sure gabhir also same as dhawan. Struggled againest swing. In the past dhawan is so lucky because he got 2 or 3 lifes when got hundred each and every time especially in odis. These two guys clicking only one or two matches out of 15 matches in overseas conditions. Dhoni should pick up 4 seamars for this test. Beacause ravi failed past 6 innings to get wickets. i think ashwin also go that same way only plus is ashwin batting.

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Ahh India!! Ahh Poor India! What have you done! Self Destruction mode on! Kohli has turned out to be the man of ducks after the start of the IPL! Feeling like crying being an Indian fan! Ah India! Ah Arun Bose-The predictor!..Ahhh

  • mikkkk on August 7, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    The weather will save India. Forecast is pretty poor for the next few days.

  • Waws on August 7, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    And they rate this kohli oke in the same legue as ab de villiers, that de villiers oke from SA is in a class above the rest,in all my years of watching this great game he comes close to the best of the best,from a Aussie

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 7, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    This kind of pitches will kill test cricket..u just come and bowl somewhere in this pitch..still it will give u a wicket

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    ahh the talent , the charisma , best batsmen !! Oh wait its 8/4 already ....

  • Cricketlover54 on August 7, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    I've been doubting Anderson and Broad for a long time, couldn't remember the last time they removed top order for not much, and along came India!!! Has to be the worst batting line up and worst test team that ever existed.

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    what on earth is going on am I watching highlights or a live match. wickets are tumbling. excellent bowling from England

  • NP_NY on August 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni....why would you bat first on a bouncy wicket under cloudy skies with such a shaky top order? Now it's 8 for 4 and you are batting in the 6th over of the match. Terrible decision making!

  • on August 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    india made a wrong decision....they should bowl!!!!!!8-4.it seems that indua will be bowled out under 120!!!

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    surely virat kohli is a player with enough technical ability to play himself into form. I love watching him bat and hope the runs come soon, he is too good a player.

  • Seamer_Singh on August 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Only the weather can save India now.

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    The worst of the situation IND ever was, the two I have been praying to come out good... Pujara and Rahane

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Some people were saying that Virat Kohli is better than AB de Villiers...lol. Looks like Dhonis legacy of great captaincy continues with a shocking decision to bat first !!!

  • Jimi01 on August 7, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    What a pathetic team, 8-3 as we speak. Thank you India in completely bringing the whole entire team back up.

  • mikkkk on August 7, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    "Very brave decision by Dhoni...I can sense India is about to get rewards of their braveness... "

    8-3. You really have a feel for this game dont you:-)

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Now or never for Pujara - Vijay had that failure that has been around the corner for quite a while.. India in the most precarious situation - 8/2

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Excellent decision by india better late than never. All that's needed now is a century by virat n good fielding by slop cordon. All the best boys

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Now I can understand why Dhoni was right to keep gambhir out of the indian team, Hos days are over.

  • Coolcapricorn on August 7, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Talked about Gambhir's vulnerability outside off-stump like Dhawan in my previous comment....and he's gone showing this weakness yet again! :(((

  • UnbiasedCricFan on August 7, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Gambhir gone, very surprised he played the shot so casually. Hope that changes in the 2nd Innings.

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I am confused, is that the poke or the prod? I think that is the prod, as it is not outside off and he has not reached out to poke at it...

    As expected, there is a poke, then a prod and finally a walking wicket

  • SirViv1973 on August 7, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    I had expected Finn (who has by all accounts been looking good in the nets) to come in for Jordan who was pretty woeful at Soton.

  • Kannanthenu on August 7, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Expected Good Changes and Bat first.Can India bring back the victory again ?.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    good side but the problem is I sharma is missing

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    There it is.. the famous poke outside the off... now waiting for the prod.. and then you know the rest..

    Once in a life time chance for Gambhir, lets see what he makes out of it

  • Vel2win on August 7, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I am happy to see the team selection::::::

    India 1 M Vijay, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Varun Aaron 11 Pankaj Singh

    ALL THE BEST to Indian team....

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    England stick to the winning team, inspite of Chris Jordan having a terrible game... something that India should have done going into the third. Binny would have easliy managed the runs that Rohit did, and if Dhoni has the head to wisely use him as the 5th bowler, the results would definitely have been different (at least Bhuvi would have been more fit)

  • Coolcapricorn on August 7, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Decent team selection by India - only let's hope Gambhir no longer has this this vulnerability outside the off-stump that has been afflicting Dhawan lately. Good that Pankaj has been given another chance after his poor luck at the Rose Bowl. India's close catching has to improve in this match as they simply can't afford dropping chances.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    its the best possible team, india would have fielded for a positive start.. all the best

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    great team selection i really liked it bt why dhawan, rohit, and shami got selected in one day team if the selectors know they are in out of form

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    What a travesty, the two people (in fact three) that I got out of the team with a lot of pain after a long wait.. are back in the team, in fact welcomed in to the team, while the the third is greatly missed.

    Needless to say Gambhir, Ashwin and Ishant

  • rama64 on August 7, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Thats a good team selection as of now . we will be able to know how good it is in remaining days.My doubt is whether rohit is dropped orput aside to get extra bowler

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    India get the all more required experience at the top in Gambhir...it might well prove to be a critical change..good selection to bring in Ash and Aaron..All the Best Team India!!

  • zaltekashinath on August 7, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Now Dhoni selected best team and won the good toss.Now India bat properly and give to big answer to anderson.

    Best of luck Team India...

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Very brave decision by Dhoni...I can sense India is about to get rewards of their braveness...

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  • on August 7, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Very brave decision by Dhoni...I can sense India is about to get rewards of their braveness...

  • zaltekashinath on August 7, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Now Dhoni selected best team and won the good toss.Now India bat properly and give to big answer to anderson.

    Best of luck Team India...

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    India get the all more required experience at the top in Gambhir...it might well prove to be a critical change..good selection to bring in Ash and Aaron..All the Best Team India!!

  • rama64 on August 7, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Thats a good team selection as of now . we will be able to know how good it is in remaining days.My doubt is whether rohit is dropped orput aside to get extra bowler

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    What a travesty, the two people (in fact three) that I got out of the team with a lot of pain after a long wait.. are back in the team, in fact welcomed in to the team, while the the third is greatly missed.

    Needless to say Gambhir, Ashwin and Ishant

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    great team selection i really liked it bt why dhawan, rohit, and shami got selected in one day team if the selectors know they are in out of form

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    its the best possible team, india would have fielded for a positive start.. all the best

  • Coolcapricorn on August 7, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Decent team selection by India - only let's hope Gambhir no longer has this this vulnerability outside the off-stump that has been afflicting Dhawan lately. Good that Pankaj has been given another chance after his poor luck at the Rose Bowl. India's close catching has to improve in this match as they simply can't afford dropping chances.

  • bhushanB on August 7, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    England stick to the winning team, inspite of Chris Jordan having a terrible game... something that India should have done going into the third. Binny would have easliy managed the runs that Rohit did, and if Dhoni has the head to wisely use him as the 5th bowler, the results would definitely have been different (at least Bhuvi would have been more fit)

  • Vel2win on August 7, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I am happy to see the team selection::::::

    India 1 M Vijay, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Varun Aaron 11 Pankaj Singh

    ALL THE BEST to Indian team....