Pataudi Trophy - 2nd Test

England v India

India won by 95 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.55am Rahul Dravid rings the five-minute bell, looks a touch sheepish as he rings it.

Rummy: "Life as MSD Drops Binny. Reaction: "Oh why did he drop him after just one Test?!" Drops Aaron. Reaction: "When will he ever play him on such pitches?!" Picks both and loses the match. Reaction: "He should have selected Ashwin." I understand. It is a tough job for him. And ours is easy. "

Koushik: "I can see an analogy here. 2012 2nd Test - Mumbai, A rank turner. 2014 2nd Test - Lord's, Green Seamer! Result?"

Here come the India openers, Vijay and Dhawan. James Anderson hast the ball. The umpire shouts, 'Play.'

Andy Zaltzman @ZaltzCricket tweets:"Cricket o'clock at Lord's. England bowl first on a green-looking pitch. ICC announces Anderson & Jadeja to have a ceremonial cuddle at tea."

10.45am Big test for India's openers here. M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, both of whom are natural stroke-players but will need to be more watchful early on.

SriniN: "@Krishan:There was only one game played in this series. The team's selection and performace cant be tested in such lifeless pitches. Lets watch out this game and then comment on the selection. :)"

Piyush: "Why is everybody hell bent on dropping Ishant....he has been good in the last 2 tours and last match... #leaveishant alone"

James: "One problem with bowling first is that England have only had 3 days' rest since Trent Bridge, and they were on the field for the last day and a half of that test. The quick bowlers also bowled a lot of overs in that test. Hope they're fresh enough."

10.35am If England fans want a fillip, here's a stat: England have won eight of the last 11 Tests at Lord's. India have won only one in 16, and that was back in 1986. Lord's is the venue where India have lost most Tests.

Krishan: "Unbelievable that Dhoni still hasn't played Varun Aaron. If he doesn't get a game on a green wicket like this than it is hard to see Dhoni selecting him for any games in the series. Now I am left praying that Ishant gets injured so that we can see a real fast bowler for India play!"

Abbas Rumani: "The pitch is green. India will be more happy about this purely because this pitch is likely to make India's bowling line up very potent ! This is one pitch where BK, Shami, Ishant and even Binny will love to bowl. Now it is only a question of which batting team is more skilled to score on these type of pitches."

vishal: "This could be blessing in disguise for the India. Never easy to bat lat on this pitch. If India can negotiate first hour safely they can post a good total really put pressure on England. Sir jadeja is going to be crucial bowler if India post a good total. "

RR22: "Nasser was deceived by the green Gabba and everyone lampooned him. If a similar trap was set for Dhoni did Cook just stumble into it?"

David Lloyd tweets: "Don't be duped by green ........#justsaying"

10.30am Toss MSD says 'heads', it rolls over as a 'Tail'. England win toss and bowl. England unchanged. "Anderson will be desperate to let his cricket do the talking, that is a good state for a bowler to be."

Dhoni says he would have wanted to bowl first as well, because he feels the surface is still soft. India unchanged.

So then, all that discussion over possible changes and neither team has made any.

George Dobell, our England expert, says it looks as if the grass on the track hasn't been cut overnight.

10.20am Prabodh: "Will anyone on this planet will tell me,why no one is talking about Gambhir's inclusion and Dhawan's exclusion from today's match." Alastair Cook wouldn't mind the lessening of the scrutiny of his own form as well. Avg 13.85 this year.

Mayank: "Pitch looks with green grass, India needs to be flexible with thinking and give Aaron a chance in place of Binny. With number of left handers in England and famous lords slope it will be a good idea to think of Aswin in place of Jadeja as well."

Jiten Surtani: "I haven't seen Ishwar Pandey much; but if you had to make a choice between him and Ishant Sharma; who would you choose?" He wasn't too bad at Trent Bridge, and here's the brilliant Jon Hotten writing about what Ishant brings to the team.

Mark: "Can't help but agree with Kevin Pietersen. Lord's has never been a bowl first pitch. It would be rather like Nasser Hussain's decision to bowl first in Brisbane, where he was deceived by the wicket." We'll know in about two minutes.

10.15am Everyone's favourite pre-toss discussion. The XIs? Should Jadeja and Binny play, or should Ashwin and Rohit get a look-in instead? What about Varun Aaron?

And England? Stick with Stokes at No. 8? Or bring in Simon Kerrigan for one of the batsmen? Lord's not the friendliest track for England spinners though, excluding Swann. He took 40 wickets at 24.07 in 10 Tests there, but Monty Panesar's 18 scalps came at 39.16 and Ashley Giles' 16 at 41.50.

Just saw pictures of the track, enough grass there for a herd of cows.

Kiran: "Good point by KP. But what is the use of batting if you are 5 down after 20 overs? That is how fragile the top order of both teams is. BTW I am yet to see a batsman who suggested bowling first on a pitch. They just hate running after the ball... :-)"

10.00am England are now winless in nine Tests. India are now winless in 15 overseas Tests. All the talk leading up to this Test should have been about how the two teams can snap their respective wretched runs. Instead, taking centre stage is the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja spat, and the charges and counter-charges.

'It was good Jadeja did not retaliate' - Dhoni

Anderson charge is India 'tactic' - Cook

Dhoni implacable on Anderson

And here's Andy Zaltzman 'reporting' from the International Court of Justice. Hilarious as ever. Zaltzone: Anderson just wanted Jadeja's autograph

Okay, that's all the news about the spat. Since we don't know more, can we all discuss the cricket over the next five days, and wait for the results of the hearing?

As ESPNcricinfo's editor-in-chief Sambit Bal tweeted: "Hope the cricket at Lord's today is good enough to wipe away all the silliness from the cricketers."

Over to the cricket then. Journos at Lord's tweeting that this is the greenest pitch they have seen in years. Some suggesting that teams winning the toss should bowl first.

Kevin Pietersen, though, has this to say: "Must bat if toss is won...Lords will be flat when ball is 20overs old!"

0.1

Anderson to Vijay, no run, plenty of movement first up, pitching outside off and swerving away

0.2

Anderson to Vijay, no run, huge movement there, almost a legspin type delivery, angles in, hits the seam and jags sharply away, Vijay ends up playing inside the line, way inside the line

0.3

Anderson to Vijay, no run, this time it is on off stump, Vijay defends to the off side

Nasser Hussain says he has never seen as green a pitch at Lord's.

0.4

Anderson to Vijay, no run, angling in, an awkward tuck towards midwicket from Vijay

0.5

Anderson to Vijay, no run, starts too far outside off to worry Vijay, who is happy to let that through to the keeper

0.6

Anderson to Vijay, no run, a touch shorter, gets the ball to curl away nicely, another leave for Vijay

Laxman Subraman: "To distract Anderson, Team management and MSD should announce that Anderson is a lovely guy and he was not at fault."

Chris in Taunto: "It annoys me that Kerrigan gets a call-up and then isn't picked. In my opinion, that's a great way to deflate a guy - but the time he gets picked, (if ever) he'll feel that he's a 'last hope' team member. Or is the Lord's pitch so unsuitable for him....and if so, why did they pick him in the first place? Surely Cook knew what kind of pitch was being prepared?"

End of over 1 (maiden) India 0/0
M Vijay    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
S Dhawan    0* (0b)     

Here's Broad. Three slips and a gully in place.

1.1

Broad to Dhawan, FOUR, gets the edge first ball, just wide of the third slip, doesn't carry to him, Broad starts with a legstump line, Dhawan looking to defend, gets a boundary to third man, where India got plenty of runs in the Trent Bridge Test as well

1.2

Broad to Dhawan, no run, way down the leg side from Broad

1.3

Broad to Dhawan, 2 runs, gets the line right this time, gets plenty of bounce as well, he'll be liking this surface after the lifeless ones he's encountered in the home summer so far, Dhawan defends this to the off side

1.4

Broad to Dhawan, no run, fuller and down the leg side, Dhawan looking to glance the ball, no bat, a diving take for Prior, a muted appeal for caught-behind

1.5

Broad to Dhawan, 4 leg byes, again he bowls down the leg side, off the thigh pad and down to fine leg for four leg-byes, again Dhawan was looking to glance

1.6

Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, starts on middle this time, curving in to Dhawan, who tucks the ball towards square leg

sathish2888: "forget the green, How is the carry?? " Decent carry, Broad got some good bounce as well when he pitched it a touch short.

End of over 2 (11 runs) India 11/0
S Dhawan    7* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-7-0
M Vijay    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

Chin: "I'm confused and need some help. Where's the pitch ?"

2.1

Anderson to Dhawan, no run, angling across Dhawan, just outside off, good bounce once more, Dhawan happy to leave

2.2

Anderson to Dhawan, no run, again Anderson sent that across the batsman, outside off and moving away, Dhawan content to leave once more

2.3

Anderson to Dhawan, no run, third time in a row, this one is slightly closer to off stump, still not close enough to make Dhawan play

2.4

Anderson to Dhawan, no run, pitches just outside off and doesn't move away this time, comes in towards the stumps, defended from the crease to the off side

2.5

Anderson to Dhawan, OUT, whoah, that was outstanding from Anderson, big movement away after pitching outside leg, Dhawan forced to play, nicks it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance, and there's the first breakthrough

S Dhawan c Ballance b Anderson 7 (13m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Here's Pujara. Can he handle the early movement?

2.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, starts with a short of length ball outside off, moves away, Pujara happy to leave

Faisal: "Error 404: Pitch not found.... Looks like they're playing on the outfield."

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) India 11/1
CA Pujara    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    2-2-0-1
M Vijay    0* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-7-0

3.1

Broad to Vijay, no run, goes straight on after pitching well outside off, Vijay has shown in previous Tests that he likes to leave as many as he can outside off early on, he lets this through to the keeper as well

3.2

Broad to Vijay, no run, shortish and outside off, another leave from Vijay, the ball not moving as much for Broad

3.3

Broad to Vijay, no run, this time it does as Broad pitches it up, still starting too wide outside off to make Vijay play

3.4

Broad to Vijay, no run, nearly gets the outside edge as he gets the ball pitching just outside off, curves away as well, Vijay gets forward to defend and he is beaten

3.5

Broad to Vijay, no run, again too wide from Broad, Vijay shoulders arms once more

3.6

Broad to Vijay, no run, dropped, Broad has been striving for that outside edge all over, he gets it this time, a feather through to the keeper, Prior has to dive to his right, that was a low chance, Prior gets a glove on it but puts it down, not the easiest chance but should have been taken, Vijay was dropped on 0 at Trent Bridge as well

End of over 4 (maiden) India 11/1
M Vijay    0* (12b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-7-0
CA Pujara    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    2-2-0-1

4.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, Pujara defends solidly to the off side

4.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, a crisp stroke from Pujara, towards extra cover as he middle it

4.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, short and length and well outside off, Pujara content to leave that one

4.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, lovely delivery from Anderson, angling in and then moving away, Pujara content to leave that one outside off

4.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, this one comes in, unlike the others which went away, Pujara shoulders arms to this one as well as the ball zips by outside off

4.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, back to the away-going ball, solidly defended by Pujara, Anderson bowling well here

End of over 5 (maiden) India 11/1
CA Pujara    0* (7b)      JM Anderson    3-3-0-1
M Vijay    0* (12b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-7-0

5.1

Broad to Vijay, FOUR, nice drive off the front foot, pitched up from Broad, outside off, Vijay looks good when he drives, sends this just in front of point, not looking to hammer that, just guides it for a boundary

5.2

Broad to Vijay, no run, too wide outside off from Broad

5.3

Broad to Vijay, no run, beauty from Broad, in the channel just outside off, just a bit of away movement, Vijay was looking to defend that one but is beaten

5.4

Broad to Vijay, no run, again Broad gets it closer towards off, moving it away from there, vijay plays this towards backward point

Raymond Menzies: "Love the tension of the first day when the ball is zipping around, this is going to be a cracking test! I can feel it!! "

5.5

Broad to Vijay, no run, pitched up once more, 133kph, another leave from Vijay

5.6

Broad to Vijay, no run, this one goes straight on outside off, Vijay gets a good stride in and lifts the bat over his head as he allows the ball through to the keeper

JayP: "Pujara plays the ball so late. The prolific outswing movement may not be an issue to him. What I am worried is the unexpected quick indipper. Should be a good morning to watch."

Nader : "Prior is past his prime. Has dropped one in each of the last four tests he's played. Not much with the bat either. ECB should worry about him more than Cook."

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 15/1
M Vijay    4* (18b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-11-0
CA Pujara    0* (7b)      JM Anderson    3-3-0-1

6.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, getst he ball to swerve away after pitching on a length just outside off, good leave from Pujara

6.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, this one cuts in from Anderson, he's used the change delivery very well this morning, hits high on the blade as Pujara defends to the leg side

6.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, Anderson getting the ball to snake around here, swinging in and then moving away outside off, Pujara allowing it through

6.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, Anderson drops this one short, bounces plenty, Pujara wanted to chop that past point, at least initially he did, but then sees the bounce, was getting too high for him, and ends up wafting ineffectually, no bat

6.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, back to the outswinger outside off, Anderson testing the batsmen here

6.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, good over from Anderson, ends with a short of length ball which lands just outside off and jags away

End of over 7 (maiden) India 15/1
CA Pujara    0* (13b)      JM Anderson    4-4-0-1
M Vijay    4* (18b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-11-0

7.1

Broad to Vijay, no run, Broad gets this one to carry on with the angle, struck on the thigh pad as he looks to defend it, too high so there's only a half-hearted appeal

7.2

Broad to Vijay, no run, again a bit too wide from Broad, Vijay isn't interested in it

7.3

Broad to Vijay, no run, closer to the off this time, still not close enough to the stumps to make Vijay play

7.4

Broad to Vijay, no run, gets the ball to curl away, starting way outside off

Anirudh Bishnoi: "Lord's curator holding up a stump as the crowd rages around the arena - ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?"

7.5

Broad to Vijay, no run, angles in towards off, shortish ball is defended solidly by Vijay

7.6

Broad to Vijay, no run, Vijay continues to leave anything that he can leave, Broad plugs away outside off, not close enough to worry Vijay again

End of over 8 (maiden) India 15/1
M Vijay    4* (24b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-2-11-0
CA Pujara    0* (13b)      JM Anderson    4-4-0-1

8.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, length ball on off stump, just going away a bit, blocked towards the off side

8.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended down the track

Three slips and a gully.

8.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, Anderson has bowled one incutter per over, here's this over's quota, Pujara goes back and looks to defend, ball rolls behind square leg

8.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, length ball curling away, left alone by Pujara

8.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, drops it short, well outside off, Pujara thinks about the cut, then lets the ball through to the keeper

8.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, length ball just outside off, defended towards the gully by Pujara

Anderson: 5-5-0-1.

End of over 9 (maiden) India 15/1
CA Pujara    0* (19b)      JM Anderson    5-5-0-1
M Vijay    4* (24b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-2-11-0

9.1

Broad to Vijay, no run, full and angling n towards middle, clipped towards midwicket by Vijay, who has left 15 out of 24 previous deliveries this innings

9.2

Broad to Vijay, 1 leg bye, angling down the leg side now, off the thigh pad for a quick leg bye

9.3

Broad to Pujara, no run, huge movement, but a lot of it after the ball passes the stumps, Pujara also lets the ball go

9.4

Broad to Pujara, no run, gets this to slide in towards middle and leg, Pujara disconcerted by this one, uncomfortably defended

9.5

Broad to Pujara, no run, beauty from Broad, pitching just around off stump, moving away just a bit, past the outside edge as Pujara looks to block down the track

9.6

Broad to Pujara, no run, short of length ball, outside off and Pujara leaves

Superb stat dug up by my colleague Shiva Jayaraman: "The last time any team added 100+ runs for their opening wicket in the first innings of a Test at Lord's against England was in 1993, when Slater and Taylor added 260"

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) India 16/1
CA Pujara    0* (23b)      SCJ Broad    5-3-11-0
M Vijay    4* (26b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-5-0-1

10.1

Anderson to Vijay, no run, good delivery once more, pitching on a length just outside off and curling away, Vijay - as he has so often today- shoulders arms

10.2

Anderson to Vijay, FOUR, gets the edge, finds the gap through the cordon, Vijay was a looking to defend off the front foot, thic outside edge goes past third slip, first runs off Anderson this morning, Cook isn't best pleased by that third-man boundary, hand on his head

10.3

Anderson to Vijay, no run, this one cuts in from Anderson, through to the keeper

10.4

Anderson to Vijay, no run, again plenty of movement in, Vijay defends but looked very uncomfortable doing that

10.5

Anderson to Vijay, no run, third incutter in a row, beats the bat as Vijay looks to defend, hit high on the pad though, well above the knee-roll, looked to be going over the stumps, though Hawk-Eye suggests it would clip the bails

10.6

Anderson to Vijay, no run, outside off, curling away from Anderson, left alone

Vikram: "For me the absolute master on this kind of a track was the great Curtly Ambrose. He just knew the exact length to bowl on these tracks and was virtually unplayable and would run through sides."

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 20/1
M Vijay    8* (32b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-5-4-1
CA Pujara    0* (23b)      SCJ Broad    5-3-11-0

11.1

Broad to Pujara, no run, slanting in towards the stumps, pretty close to off, but the batsman is confident enough to let it through to the keeper

11.2

Broad to Pujara, 3 runs, just outside off stump once more, better line from Broad this over, bit of a thick edge as the ball goes away past gully towards third man

Four slips

11.3

Broad to Vijay, no run, length ball outside off, once again too far outside off to interest Vijay

11.4

Broad to Vijay, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Vijay looks to clip that away, he does but not past mid-on

11.5

Broad to Vijay, 2 runs, cutting in from back of a length, bit of an outside edge again as the ball rolls away towards the backward point area

11.6

Broad to Vijay, no run, pulled his bat inside the line as the short of length ball seamed away outside off

Amol Mandore: "Considering the pitch & conditions, both Pujara & Vijay are batting beautifully. They are negating the swing & seam movement helping India to take advantage later when the conditions easy-up!!!"

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 25/1
M Vijay    10* (36b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-3-16-0
CA Pujara    3* (25b)      JM Anderson    6-5-4-1

Ed: "Presume you have 'outside off' ready to paste every delivery? BOWL AT THE STUMPS! MAKE THEM PLAY EVERY DELIVERY"

12.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, on cue there's another one, well outside off, curling away

12.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, length ball just outside off, goes straight on, solid forward defence from Pujara

Drinks. Not entirely sure why it is being taken midway through the over. Pujara spoke to the umpire before Dharmasena signalled the break.

After the break, it will be Andrew McGlashan on commentary. The all-knowing McGlashan has just told me that Pujara has broken his bat, hence the break.

Hello everyone. Yep, the splice of Pujara's bat appeared to crack after that defensive shot. A rare ball he's had to hit. England have wasted the new ball so far

12.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, short of a length, Pujara will be very happy to play off the back foot - defends square into the off side

12.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, slightly fuller, the feet don't move as well this time and he's a little static as he pushes at this but plays it safely enough to the off side

12.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, reasonably full outside off, moves away, left alone

Another lengthy opening spell for Anderson. Hope the day on the health farm did its job

12.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, angles in a touch then seams away but not tight enough to off stump to make him play

Will Mac: "Time for Cook to bring himself on?"

End of over 13 (maiden) India 25/1
CA Pujara    3* (31b)      JM Anderson    7-6-4-1
M Vijay    10* (36b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-3-16-0

It's a bowling change. Not Cook, but Liam Plunkett

13.1

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, starts short, outside off stump, Vijay drops his hands and lets it through to Prior

13.2

Plunkett to Vijay, 1 no ball, back of a length outside off, 83mph/133kph, this time he pulls the bat inside the line...he overstepped

13.2

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, still able to defend off the back foot, pushes this delivery towards mid-off

13.3

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, short of a length, pushed square into the off side towards point

13.4

Plunkett to Vijay, 1 leg bye, straighter delivery, angled into the pads a touch, deflects off the thigh pad towards square leg

13.5

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, short outside off, travels gently through to Prior at around knee height

13.6

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, left alone outside off again, short of a length and pretty harmless...not a great over

Murthy: "For those of us without the privilege of watching the match live or on TV, would you please say whether you would stick to "England wasted the new ball" or change it to "Indians played the new ball well"?" India have played well, but have been aided by being able to leave a lot. Bowling too short.

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 27/1
CA Pujara    3* (33b)      LE Plunkett    1-0-1-0
M Vijay    10* (41b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-6-4-1

Anderson gets another one

14.1

Anderson to Vijay, 1 run, on off stump, squares him up a touch, takes a thick outside edge along the ground towards backward point

Four slips in place

14.2

Anderson to Pujara, 1 run, over corrects and gets a little too straight, nudge into square leg

14.3

Anderson to Vijay, no run, fuller outside off, left alone

14.4

Anderson to Vijay, no run, back of a length outside off, nips back a touch into Vijay who is on his toes as he defends to the off side

14.5

Anderson to Vijay, 1 run, that's a better length, full at off stump, some hesitancy in Vijay's footwork and it takes a inside edge backward of square on the leg side

14.6

Anderson to Pujara, FOUR, lovely stroke, flicked neatly off the pads and the outfield is quick so it comfortably beats long leg

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 34/1
CA Pujara    8* (35b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-6-11-1
M Vijay    12* (45b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    1-0-1-0

Andy: "Said in the last Test, England need to reassess what they are doing with the new ball. One wicket down in 14 overs in what seems to be very helplful conditions isn't good enough. Puts way too much pressure on the bowlers to follow, who have to deal with batsmen that have already played themselves in."

15.1

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, short of a length, nips into Vijay who takes a painful blow around the backside area...missed the thigh by the looks of it. Painful.

15.2

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, full outside off, he shoulders arms

15.3

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, beats the outside edge this time, but it was a short of a length when a fuller delivery make have taken the edge

15.4

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, finds the edge this time, played off the back foot, but it goes to ground well before reaching fourth slip

15.5

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, this one nips away, a slightly fuller length, Vijay is completely squared up and it beats the edge by a long way

15.6

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, a good finish to a better over, keeps it full around off stump, shaves past the outside edge as Vijay tries to get forward

End of over 16 (maiden) India 34/1
M Vijay    12* (51b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    2-1-1-0
CA Pujara    8* (35b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-6-11-1

Anderson is given a break. Ben Stokes into the action. Four slips in place

16.1

Stokes to Pujara, no run, starts full outside off, bit of a loosener, left alone

16.2

Stokes to Pujara, no run, dragged shorter outside off, 81mph/130kph, doesn't really zing through to Prior

16.3

Stokes to Pujara, no run, full on off stump, defended with bat and pad together

16.4

Stokes to Pujara, no run, watches closely and leaves alone, this one carries through at chest height

16.5

Stokes to Pujara, no run, short of a length outside off, Pujara arches his back but he was never in any danger from that delivery

16.6

Stokes to Pujara, no run, fuller and shapes into Pujara who falls across slightly as he aims to the leg side and doesn't make contact

End of over 17 (maiden) India 34/1
CA Pujara    8* (41b 1x4)      BA Stokes    1-1-0-0
M Vijay    12* (51b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    2-1-1-0

17.1

Plunkett to Vijay, FOUR, close! Flies just wide of Root in the gully. Pushing at a short-of-a-length delivery off the back foot, away from his body, and Root put in a full-length dive

17.2

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, banged in short, left alone

17.3

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, a strangled shout as this is speared down the leg side and scoots through to Prior but there was no contact with bat or glove

17.4

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, much fuller outside off, a rare opportunity to drive this morning and he finds mid-off

17.5

Plunkett to Vijay, FOUR, nice stroke, full again on off stump and this time he drives straight of mid-off but the bowler shouldn't mind that...he probably will, though

17.6

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, pulls the length back, defended to the leg side

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 42/1
M Vijay    20* (57b 4x4)      LE Plunkett    3-1-9-0
CA Pujara    8* (41b 1x4)      BA Stokes    1-1-0-0

18.1

Stokes to Pujara, no run, short outside off, left alone

Madhan Raj : "Everyone talking about Vijay leaving too many balls. Even some India supporters also. But the truth is, India need a player like Vijay at this situation. Because of his frustrating style of batting put more pressure on bowlers. So far 18 overs with one wicket after England winning the toss. Imagine If India get pass first session with only one wicket." Is anyone really suggesting he has left too many? The more he leaves the better.

18.2

Stokes to Pujara, no run, very full, pitches on the popping crease, left alone

18.3

Stokes to Pujara, no run, good carry on this one, Prior takes at head height, which looks all fine and dandy but it's another one to leave alone

18.4

Stokes to Pujara, 1 run, full at the stumps, flicked with a hint of flourish and plenty of bottom hand towards deep square-leg (can't believe a deep-square was part of the plan first up today)

Short leg now back in place

18.5

Stokes to Vijay, no run, short of a length outside off, a comfortable one not to play

18.6

Stokes to Vijay, no run, better delivery, fuller, starts outside off and swings into the batsman who pushes forward...the ball then loops towards the leg side, doesn't reach short leg and don't think bat was involved

End of over 19 (1 run) India 43/1
M Vijay    20* (59b 4x4)      BA Stokes    2-1-1-0
CA Pujara    9* (45b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    3-1-9-0

19.1

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, poor delivery, short and angled down the leg side, a good take diving to his left by Prior

19.2

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, a bouncer, over middle stump, Pujara ducks

19.3

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, ah, that's a ripper. Full at off stump, draws him forward, then nips away past the outside edge. Not enough there so far today

19.4

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, defended into the off side

19.5

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, full and very wide outside off, left alone

19.6

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, gets away with this one, offered up a hint of width and it was short enough to drive square off the back foot but Stokes intercepted from point

End of over 20 (maiden) India 43/1
CA Pujara    9* (51b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    4-2-9-0
M Vijay    20* (59b 4x4)      BA Stokes    2-1-1-0

20.1

Stokes to Vijay, no run, played towards point

20.2

Stokes to Vijay, no run, a bit fuller but way to wide outside off, Prior skips to his right to take it

20.3

Stokes to Vijay, 2 runs, that's the length, brings him forward with a fuller delivery and it's spooned in the air for a while - a fraction early on the drive - but it goes straight of mid-off

20.4

Stokes to Vijay, no run, slides past the outside with a back-of-a-length delivery. This one held its line rather than moved away

20.5

Stokes to Vijay, 2 runs, comes forward again, drives through mid-off who is Anderson and doesn't really get down as he went one handed

20.6

Stokes to Vijay, no run, short of a length, left alone

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 47/1
M Vijay    24* (65b 4x4)      BA Stokes    3-1-5-0
CA Pujara    9* (51b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    4-2-9-0

21.1

Plunkett to Pujara, 1 run, full at off stump, pushed into the covers between mid-off and point

21.2

Plunkett to Vijay, no run, short and angled down the leg side

21.3

Plunkett to Vijay, OUT, gone! Second catch of the morning for Ballance at third slip. Wasn't really a full delivery, was back of a length, Vijay went to turn it into the leg side, the ball straightened on him, and got a thick outside/leading edge which flew high towards Ballance who will have unsighted for a split second by the way the batsman played the shot

M Vijay c Ballance b Plunkett 24 (97m 67b 4x4 0x6) SR: 35.82

Two very fine catches this morning by Ballance. One low, one high. Virat Kohli in 20 minutes before lunch after two low scores at Trent Bridge

21.4

Plunkett to Kohli, 1 run, he's off the mark straight away, drops a short-of-a-length delivery into the off side

21.5

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, a touch fuller but doesn't bring him forward, defended to cover

21.6

Plunkett to Pujara, 4 byes, very wayward, short and shoved miles down the leg side, Pujara goes to pull but can just watch it fly wide of a despairing Prior who had no chance. But given byes.

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 53/2
CA Pujara    10* (54b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    5-2-11-1
V Kohli    1* (1b)      BA Stokes    3-1-5-0

22.1

Stokes to Kohli, no run, feeling for it outside off, a back-of-a-length delivery climbs past the edge, he can leave those on length

22.2

Stokes to Kohli, FOUR, top shot...leans into a full delivery and dispatches it through the off side. Classy.

Four slips and a short cover in place. Also a deep square

22.3

Stokes to Kohli, no run, full outside off, left alone

22.4

Stokes to Kohli, 1 run, full and straight, 88mph/142kph, gets onto the front foot and flicks it to the right of mid-on

22.5

Stokes to Pujara, no run, short of a length, defended on the back foot

22.6

Stokes to Pujara, no run, too wide to end the over, left alone, it's still climbing as it reaches Prior

JR Rajan: "I have a gut feeling that it's going to be Virat's day today, to get his name etched on the Lord's pavilion."

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 58/2
CA Pujara    10* (56b 1x4)      BA Stokes    4-1-10-0
V Kohli    6* (5b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    5-2-11-1

23.1

Plunkett to Kohli, no run, short ball over off stump, Kohli bends his knees and drops his hands

23.2

Plunkett to Kohli, 2 runs, full on off stump, Kohli turns the face and squeezes it through midwicket

Four slips, gully, short leg

23.3

Plunkett to Kohli, FOUR, poor ball, another one down the leg side, full this time and Kohli is able to catch up with it and deflect to fine leg

23.4

Plunkett to Kohli, no run, adjusts his line back outside off, he isn't interested in playing

Broad to Kohli before lunch?

23.5

Plunkett to Kohli, 3 runs, full and straight, nicely whipped away through the leg side, it's skipping over the outfield by Anderson makes a superb diving save and flick-back just inside the rope. Terrific commitment

23.6

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, full and wide outside off, left alone

End of over 24 (9 runs) India 67/2
CA Pujara    10* (57b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    6-2-20-1
V Kohli    15* (10b 2x4)      BA Stokes    4-1-10-0

rara: "@rajan don't forget that lords is not good enough for great players."

24.1

Stokes to Kohli, no run, full at off stump, onto the front foot and jabs it firmly into the pitch then it bounces to Moeen at short cover. A crowd catch.

24.2

Stokes to Kohli, FOUR, low full toss this time and it's just eased down the ground with a straight bat...at least he's trying to get it full

24.3

Stokes to Kohli, no run, drags his length back, just outside off stump, defended towards short cover

24.4

Stokes to Kohli, no run, decent delivery outside off, reasonably full, left alone

24.5

Stokes to Kohli, no run, full and wide, this one balloons through to Prior who takes it above his head

24.6

Stokes to Kohli, no run, nips back off a good length, Kohli aiming through the leg side but it bounces a touch more to take him on the thigh pad

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 71/2
V Kohli    19* (16b 3x4)      BA Stokes    5-1-14-0
CA Pujara    10* (57b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    6-2-20-1

Plunkett comes around the wicket. It will be short. On a green pitch. Leg gully in place

25.1

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, and it is short, over off stump, easily left alone

25.2

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, he plays at this one, it's not a bouncer, short of a length, defended into the off side

25.3

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, short of a length outside leg stump, takes the thigh pad down to fine leg but it's called dead ball as the umpire rules there was no shot offered

25.4

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, very short and wide outside leg stump. Wasted delivery.

25.5

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, pitches outside leg and Pujara steps inside the line to allow it through the keeper

25.6

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, short of a length, but at least it's at the batsman who defends into the covers

End of over 26 (maiden) India 71/2
CA Pujara    10* (63b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    7-3-20-1
V Kohli    19* (16b 3x4)      BA Stokes    5-1-14-0

A bowling change to end the session. It won't be Broad to Kohli, it will be Moeen Ali. Slip and a short leg in place

26.1

Ali to Kohli, 1 run, tucks a straight delivery through square leg

26.2

Ali to Pujara, no run, fuller ball, he comes forward and works to midwicket

26.3

Ali to Pujara, no run, slightly quicker, defended to the leg side

26.4

Ali to Pujara, 1 run, tossed up with some more air, he uses his feet and works towards mid-on who is halfway back

26.5

Ali to Kohli, no run, stretches forward and defends towards the off side

26.6

Ali to Kohli, no run, is that a drop?! Yes, it is! Oh my goodness, Prior has shelled another one. It grazes the outside edge as he plays defensively on the back foot and it clangs out of Prior's gloves. What a moment that could be

That's lunch. After being inserted on a green pitch - which is what England wanted - India have won that session. Prior's problems have continued, too, with two dropped catches. England have bowled too short and too wide. All credit to Vijay and Pujara, though, who battled hard and left very well. Will England be able to refocus during lunch? We'll find out in half an hour. Karthik will be with you shortly before 1.40pm.

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 73/2
V Kohli    20* (19b 3x4)      MM Ali    1-0-2-0
CA Pujara    11* (66b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    7-3-20-1

12.40pm I'm not sure if we mentioned this when it happened, but in case we didn't, James Anderson became the highest wicket-taker in England, EVER, when he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan. He went past a certain Frederick Sewards Trueman. And here is that man Jimmy, to start the second session.

12.35pm Hello there. This is Karthik Krishnaswamy, taking over from Gnasher for the first hour of the second session. It's been good to watch the ball moving around and carrying through at chest height, and long may that continue, but England will probably need to pitch it a lot further up if they really want to trouble the Indian batsmen. That said, they took two good wickets before lunch, and could have had more had Matt Prior remembered to superglue his gloves.

27.1

Anderson to Pujara, 1 run, onto the pads, and he tucks it down to a squarish fine leg for a single

27.2

Anderson to Kohli, no run, pitches this up, angling in towards off stump, can't discern too much movement, and Kohli comes nicely forward to defend

27.3

Anderson to Kohli, 1 leg bye, once again drifts down leg, and Kohli tucks it off his hip - oh, wait, there's a leg-bye signal - and Prior runs down towards fine leg to stop that ball as it trickles across the outfield

27.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, bit of away swing from well outside off, and Pujara leaves comfortably

James: "I know the current fashion is for a wicketkeeper who can bat (which is fine). However, the keeper's primary job is to keep wicket, and taking catches is the most important part of that job. Prior dropped several in the last test, and 2 already this morning, so his place should be in danger (though he's been a fine player for several years)."

27.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, outswing again, but he'll need to pitch it a lot closer to the stumps to draw Pujara into a shot

27.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, strangled appeal, for what I do not know. It straightened a touch from middle stump and either hit Pujara high on the bat or on his midriff (yes, they showed the live delivery from a terrible angle) as he looked to defend, and then dropped down safely onto the pitch

End of over 28 (2 runs) India 75/2
CA Pujara    12* (70b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-6-12-1
V Kohli    20* (21b 3x4)      MM Ali    1-0-2-0

28.1

Broad to Kohli, no run, that is full but very very wide outside off and Kohli has no option but to leave

28.2

Broad to Kohli, no run, closer to off this time, a touch shorter, and Kohli lets it go as it moves away

28.3

Broad to Kohli, no run, once again, not close enough to the stumps, and Kohli allows it to go through to the keeper

28.4

Broad to Kohli, no run, bit of bounce and Prior collects the ball over his head, but it's one of those deliveries that look impressive but barely nudge the troubling-the-batsman-meter

28.5

Broad to Kohli, no run, looks for a quick single after bunting this back-of-a-length ball towards point and Pujara sends him back. There was no single there

28.6

Broad to Kohli, no run, better. Pitches on off, and straightens just a touch, and Kohli gets behind the line to defend off the back foot

End of over 29 (maiden) India 75/2
V Kohli    20* (27b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-4-16-0
CA Pujara    12* (70b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-6-12-1

29.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, comes in off the seam, and it looked as if Pujara was looking to cut initially. Decides in the end to chop it down into the off side. Almost bounces back towards his stumps

29.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, Fuller, straightening from off, and Pujara plays that half-forward, dead-bat defensive shot he plays so well

29.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, outside off this time, back of a length, and Pujara leaves easily

29.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, Shortish ball, and Pujara gets on his toes, possibly even off them, to defend the ball softly down onto the pitch

29.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, bit of away movement, and Pujara plays that extremely late, with soft hands, to steer it down in front of gully

29.6

Anderson to Pujara, 2 runs, full, and Pujara drives to the right of point. Didn't quite time that, but the placement allows them to run back for a second as Stokes gives chase

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 77/2
CA Pujara    14* (76b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-6-14-1
V Kohli    20* (27b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-4-16-0

Karthik Muthuve: "Pujara's innings reminds me of Dravid's innings of 148 in Leeds. India went on to win the test after a long time. Hope he gets to the century. Fingers crosses!" Looooong way to go for that.

30.1

Broad to Kohli, no run, back of a length, outside off, and Kohli leaves comfortably

30.2

Broad to Kohli, FOUR, lovely shot! That wasn't overpitched by any means, but he leans his body weight into that on-the-up defensive punch and sends it scurring between the bowler and mid-off

30.3

Broad to Kohli, no run, outswinger outside off, not full enough or close enough to off stump to draw a stroke from Kohli

30.4

Broad to Kohli, no run, too far outside off again, and Kohli leaves again

Simon: "I might be missing something, but the averages on the list of all-time English wicket takers seems to be lower than the averages listed on the individual players' pages. Any idea which is the correct one?" Player pages only update after their current match is completed, Simon. The Statsguru pages update live.

30.5

Broad to Kohli, 4 byes, banged in very short, and a leaping Prior can't get the tips of his gloves to the ball as it bounces up and sails way over his head

30.6

Broad to Kohli, 1 run, too straight this time, and Kohli works that off his hips down to deep square leg

End of over 31 (9 runs) India 86/2
V Kohli    25* (33b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    8-4-21-0
CA Pujara    14* (76b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-6-14-1

31.1

Anderson to Kohli, OUT, got him! That was beautifully bowled, angling in towards off, bringing the batsman forward, and Kohli's bat was perfectly straight and not far from his body at all but he couldn't do anything about the away movement, and Prior takes the outside edge tumbling to his right

V Kohli c †Prior b Anderson 25 (39m 34b 4x4 0x6) SR: 73.52

That dismissal happened immediately after KV sent in this message: "Can we safely assume that India got rid of the "losing wicket after break" syndrome?"

Here now is Rahane

31.2

Anderson to Rahane, no run, another perfect delivery, leaving Rahane from off stump, but he played that well, with soft hands, and it dropped safely short of the slip cordon

31.3

Anderson to Rahane, no run, late movement again, he's been bowling so much fuller and angling them in from wider of the stumps as well, and Rahane is beaten as he prods forward

31.4

Anderson to Rahane, 1 run, goes with the angle this time and Rahane gets an inside-edge down towards square leg to get off the mark

31.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, back of a length, straightens from off stump, and he defends solidly off the back foot

31.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, fuller now and he comes forward to defend towards mid-off

End of over 32 (1 run) India 87/3
CA Pujara    14* (78b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-6-15-2
AM Rahane    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    8-4-21-0

Nabhaan: "Can't Prior be played as a batsman and Buttler gets a place in the side as the wicket-keeper?" Debatable, to say the least, since keeping is seen to be Buttler's weak suit. Not completely familiar with County cricket, but didn't Kieswetter replace Buttler as Somerset's keeper?

32.1

Broad to Rahane, no run, angling in, back of a length, on that channel just outside off, and Rahane does well to leave it

32.2

Broad to Rahane, no run, back of a length again, straighter this time, and Rahane takes his bottom-hand off as he plays a nice-looking back-foot defensive shot

Michael: "Simon: the page was of all time wicket takers IN England not by English players. Many English bowlers have a lower average at home." Yes, that too (how did I not think of that?)

32.3

Broad to Rahane, no run, short ball outside off, and Rahane leaves by playing way inside the line

32.4

Broad to Rahane, 1 run, fuller now, and Rahane doesn't really get his front foot out but middles that checked drive pretty well nonetheless, towards Moeen at cover

32.5

Broad to Pujara, 1 bye, angle takes that way down the leg side, and Prior does well to dive across and tip that away, goal-keeper style, with his gloves. Saved three runs there

32.6

Broad to Rahane, no run, back of a length, angling towards off stump, and Rahane defends into the off side

End of over 33 (2 runs) India 89/3
AM Rahane    2* (8b)      SCJ Broad    9-4-22-0
CA Pujara    14* (79b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-6-15-2

Tony Hastings: "Hi, Can't they bring in a wicket keepers' rate like the new T20 strike rate combined with average? Each missed stumping/drop takes the runs subsequently scored by the batsmen from the wicketkeeper's total runs when calculating his average. e.g. Prior drops Kohli on 20, Kohli goes on to score 100, 80 runs are taken off his score for the current test. It suddenly makes Chris Read (an old schoolmate of a friend of mine) much more attractive as a keeper. In the last test, England, in effect were trying to take 15 wickets per innings on a flat pitch." That would be an amazing measure, though calculating it will bring some subjectivities to play

33.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, back of a length, leaves Pujara but it's too wide for him to bother about playing it

33.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, straighter now, and he defends nicely back to the bowler, off the back foot

33.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, goes with the angle and strikes Pujara a painful blow in the inside of his right thigh as he tries to defend. Was playing for the outswing there

33.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, back of a length, and he defends towards point off the back foot

Starfish: "@Karthik - With that reminder of Dravid's 148, You've made me travel back in time. Can't believe it's been 12 years since that magical innings! Undoubtedly the best innings played by an indian! Then, I remember, Cricinfo only used to provide short running commentary. That first day had been like - "Caddick to Dravid, no run" Gem of an innings by the champion batsman!" Those were the days, when we allowed you to form your own images in your head.

33.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, angles this one in towards middle and leg, and he defends into the on side after taking a half stride forward

33.6

Anderson to Pujara, 1 run, nicely played. Comes forward, waits for it to swing away a touch, and calls for a single immediately after defending softly towards the covers

End of over 34 (1 run) India 90/3
CA Pujara    15* (85b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-6-16-2
AM Rahane    2* (8b)      SCJ Broad    9-4-22-0

34.1

Broad to Pujara, no run, back of a length in the channel outside off and Pujara lifts his bat over his head to let that go

34.2

Broad to Pujara, no run, outswing, but it's from way outside off and Pujara lets go before shadow-practicing a forward defensive

34.3

Broad to Pujara, no run, short, angles down the leg side again, and Pujara lifts his arms to let that sail past his left ribcage

34.4

Broad to Pujara, no run, full, just outside off, and Pujara thinks about driving before deciding on a wristy defensive shot down to mid-on

34.5

Broad to Pujara, 1 leg bye, drifts down leg this time and Pujara clips it towards backward square leg

34.6

Broad to Rahane, no run, what happened there? Rahane lets it go outside off, and Prior reacts late, almost as if he didn't see the ball, and shields his face with his gloves, which the ball hits before dropping down beside him

End of over 35 (1 run, maiden) India 91/3
AM Rahane    2* (9b)      SCJ Broad    10-5-22-0
CA Pujara    15* (90b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-6-16-2

35.1

Stokes to Pujara, no run, another back of a length ball well outside off, another leave from Pujara

35.2

Stokes to Pujara, FOUR, Nice inventive shot, that. It was very full, outside off, and he comes forward and opens his face as he meets it on the half-volley to steer it wide of gully for four

35.3

Stokes to Pujara, no run, full again with a bit of outswing, and on the perfect line to draw Pujara forward, but it's an imperfect line way outside off and he lets go comfortably

35.4

Stokes to Pujara, no run, again, nice length but too wide outside off, and Pujara leaves again

35.5

Stokes to Pujara, no run, short outside off, and Pujara thinks about cutting before withdrawing his bat after seeing the ball swing away late

35.6

Stokes to Pujara, no run, that was a monster! It left Pujara, who was looking to defend towards mid-off, and took off, beating the outside edge and nestling into Prior's gloves way above his head

End of over 36 (4 runs) India 95/3
CA Pujara    19* (96b 2x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-18-0
AM Rahane    2* (9b)      SCJ Broad    10-5-22-0

A concise history of Jos Buttler, from Dave: "RE: the Buttler/Kieswetter question. Kieswetter has always been Somerset's first choice. Buttler initially was a 'keeper, gave up as a 'keeper as Kieswetter is better and had the gloves. Got picked by England and was told he had to become a 'keeper again. Kieswetter reamined the better choice, tohugh Buttler got a few games due to Kieswetter being injured. Buttler then choice to follow England instructions and left for Lancs. Never been a great 'keeper and at best will be a manufactured 'keeper. Will his four day battign ever make up for that?"

36.1

Broad to Rahane, no run, back of a length, on off and middle, and he defends back down the ground

36.2

Broad to Rahane, FOUR, that's a nice, full outswinger, wide of off stump, and Rahane drives to the deep point boundary with an angled bat, and England won't mind that shot, considering how far away from his body he was playing it

36.3

Broad to Rahane, no run, closer to off this time, a touch shorter, and Rahane presses forward and lets it go

36.4

Broad to Rahane, no run, bit of bounce, comes in a touch as well, and Rahane is hit on the thigh as he looks to work it into the on side

36.5

Broad to Rahane, FOUR, full, I think he was looking for the yorker but doesn't get it full enough, and Rahane punches this back down the ground, between the bowler and mid-on with a nice straight bat

36.6

Broad to Rahane, no run, back of a length just outside off, and Rahane lets it go. Lots of carry again, forcing Prior to reach over his head

End of over 37 (8 runs) India 103/3
AM Rahane    10* (15b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-5-30-0
CA Pujara    19* (96b 2x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-18-0

Stokes is on now

37.1

Stokes to Pujara, no run, starts with a full ball on middle and off, and Pujara drives it back to him

37.2

Stokes to Pujara, no run, straight ball, angling towards middle, and he defends this towards mid-on

37.3

Stokes to Pujara, no run, length ball outside off, moves away a touch, and Pujara defends towards point off the front foot

37.4

Stokes to Pujara, no run, shortish ball, and Pujara rides the bounce to bunt it into the off side. Rahane sends him back after he scurries out of his crease looking to steal one

37.5

Stokes to Pujara, 1 run, too straight, and he twirls his wrists through a full circle to work it off his hip towards deep square leg

37.6

Stokes to Rahane, no run, pitched right up, on off stump, and he defends back to the bowler

End of over 38 (1 run) India 104/3
AM Rahane    10* (16b 2x4)      BA Stokes    7-1-19-0
CA Pujara    20* (101b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-5-30-0

jose: "I had been pleading for quite some time, that these two in the middle should be India's openers in test matches. Don't know whether I am the only one who thinks so." Well, you can't say Vijay's doing badly. And Dhawan had an excellent New Zealand tour. Plunkett comes on now.

38.1

Plunkett to Pujara, FOUR, full outswinger outside off and Pujara leans on it and twirls his wrists through an elaborate follow-through to send that drive scurrying away in front of point

38.2

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, short and he leaps off the ground to cut, but it was a touch too close to him and the ball goes down towards second slip, who does well to field that as it bounces high to his right

38.3

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, back of a length, Pujara defends off the back foot

38.4

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, away swing, but it's too short and too wide outside off to make Pujara play

38.5

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, shortish ball outside off, and Pujara lets that go through to the keeper

38.6

Plunkett to Pujara, no run, full, outside off, too full to drive, and Pujara jams his bat down on it to squirt it towards point

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 108/3
CA Pujara    24* (107b 3x4)      LE Plunkett    8-3-24-1
AM Rahane    10* (16b 2x4)      BA Stokes    7-1-19-0

39.1

Stokes to Rahane, 1 run, angles this too far, and Rahane tucks it off his hip to fine leg

39.2

Stokes to Pujara, no run, back of a length ball on off stump, and Pujara defends back to the bowler

39.3

Stokes to Pujara, no run, fullish ball, angled in towards off, and Pujara comes forward and opens his bat face to steer it towards point

39.4

Stokes to Pujara, no run, back of a length, angling in, and Pujara shows the full face as he defends towards mid-on off the back foot

39.5

Stokes to Pujara, no run, short ball outside off. Pujara might have thought of cutting, but decided in the end to let it go

39.6

Stokes to Pujara, no run, once again it's a shortish ball outside off, and it swings away extremely late after Pujara leaves it, just as it's about to drop into Prior's gloves

End of over 40 (1 run) India 109/3
CA Pujara    24* (112b 3x4)      BA Stokes    8-1-20-0
AM Rahane    11* (17b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    8-3-24-1

40.1

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, back of a length, well outside off, and it's another easy leave for an India batsman

40.2

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, fuller, closer to off, and he comes forward to drive towards mid-off

40.3

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, well outside off again, and Rahane will leave these all day

40.4

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, is this a deliberate ploy to bowl so wide outside off? Surely it can't be, with so much happening off the pitch?

40.5

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, maybe it is. It's a little fuller, but there is little else in it to recommend it to young fast bowlers watching this. Rahane leaves again

40.6

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, closer to off, bit of movement away from just back of a length, and Rahane leaves once more

And that's it for me for now. Gnasher will take over from here. Cheers!

End of over 41 (maiden) India 109/3
AM Rahane    11* (23b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    9-4-24-1
CA Pujara    24* (112b 3x4)      BA Stokes    8-1-20-0

Hello everyone. Kohli was a big wicket for England to nick out but India are fighting hard and conditions are becoming a little easier as the ball gets older and the sun beats down

41.1

Stokes to Pujara, no run, full at off stump, gets forward and defends

Ankit: "No offense to you but welcome Gnasher. Was waiting for you. When ever you come, runs start to flow." And I was a bowler, too, when I played a bit

41.2

Stokes to Pujara, FOUR, beautiful timing and placement, as if to support Ankit's point, it's full on leg stump and clipped away very sweetly to beat deep square-leg who have that far to go

41.3

Stokes to Pujara, no run, back outside off stump, left alone

41.4

Stokes to Pujara, no run, nips back from a full length, a half appeal, but it always appears to be slanting down the leg side...struck the back leg, but just didn't look right

41.5

Stokes to Pujara, OUT, a beauty! This one nips back again and there's no pad in the way this time. On a full length, Pujara getting forward again, the ball jags off the seam and zips between the inside edge into middle stump. Delight for Stokes.

CA Pujara b Stokes 28 (171m 117b 4x4 0x6) SR: 23.93

MS Dhoni at No. 6. Will Anderson be getting loose?

41.6

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, decent delivery to receive first up, in the channel outside off, slides past the outside edge although Dhoni stopped himself from feeling for it too much

End of over 42 (4 runs) India 113/4
MS Dhoni    0* (1b)      BA Stokes    9-1-24-1
AM Rahane    11* (23b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    9-4-24-1

Chris: "Not sure whether you should put that wicket down to Gnasher or Ankit, maybe both?"

42.1

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, short and outside off, Plunkett struggling in this spell, the batsman doesn't have to play

42.2

Plunkett to Rahane, 2 runs, gets this fuller outside off, he comes forward into a drive and it beats Broad at mid-off who mistimes his dive somewhat and can only take the pace off the shot

Three slips, gully and a short leg in place

42.3

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, full on off stump, defended to short leg

42.4

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, wide, again, outside off and left alone and only at 80mph/128kph

42.5

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, another one wasted that doesn't need to be played at...first signs of Plunkett feeling the strain of his recent workload?

42.6

Plunkett to Rahane, no run, on off stump, defended on the back foot

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 115/4
AM Rahane    13* (29b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    10-4-26-1
MS Dhoni    0* (1b)      BA Stokes    9-1-24-1

43.1

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, Stokes is in a groove here, this is full and tight to off stump, Dhoni comes forward but just about keeps his bat tucked behind the pad

Daniel Alexande: "Love to see Anderson charging in against Dhoni and Jadeja"

43.2

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, excellent delivery, a late swinging yorker, dug out towards the on side...it started to go quite early, so Dhoni had time to pick the movement but still well bowled

43.3

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, back on a length, defended to the on side

43.4

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, full at off stump, driven back to the bowler

43.5

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, good length outside off, could even be a touch fuller, left alone and Prior takes reverse cup

43.6

Stokes to Dhoni, no run, full on middle and off, pushed towards mid-on with some caution

Frank: "Wonder why everybody is slamming the Eng bowlers so much......? Sure, they could have pitched it up a bit more, but than they have the top 4 down for just over a hundred runs and still seem in good control. It seems that people tend to forget India have a more than decent batting unit... " Think it stems from having such gift-wrapped conditions. But, yes, they have chipped away.

End of over 44 (maiden) India 115/4
MS Dhoni    0* (7b)      BA Stokes    10-2-24-1
AM Rahane    13* (29b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    10-4-26-1

Well, interesting change of bowling. Moeen back into the attack

44.1

Ali to Rahane, no run, touch short, hint of turn, driven to mid-off

44.2

Ali to Rahane, 2 runs, full and nicely driven to the left of mid-off but it's also well fielding

44.3

Ali to Rahane, no run, on a good length, he's forward to defend

44.4

Ali to Rahane, no run, a straight line, worked into the leg side

44.5

Ali to Rahane, FOUR, ah, terrific elegance off the back foot. A fraction short, Rahane uses his crease superbly and drives wide of the deep point sweeper

44.6

Ali to Rahane, no run, quicker and flatter, nudged out to midwicket

Kamran: "Gnasher, after that comment from Ankit, did you pump your fist too when Pujara got out - as if you had taken a wicket?" Certainly not. I'm a neutral observer.

End of over 45 (6 runs) India 121/4
AM Rahane    19* (35b 3x4)      MM Ali    2-0-8-0
MS Dhoni    0* (7b)      BA Stokes    10-2-24-1

It's a double change. Not Anderson, but Broad is into the attack

45.1

Broad to Dhoni, no run, full outside off, still swinging, too wide and left alone

Shah: "Ball is 44 overs old and it's still swinging? Or is it reverse swinging?" Still conventional, I think.

45.2

Broad to Dhoni, no run, he's using his feet and chasing this one! Very similar delivery to the first ball, Dhoni is down the crease and outside off, then drives and gets beaten...Broad gives a little clap.

45.3

Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, big appeal for lbw from Broad! This one nipped back off a length - like the Pujara wicket - and struck Dhoni quite high on the back leg. Umpire thinks he hit it

Replays show it was going well over the stumps as well

45.4

Broad to Rahane, no run, full outside off, a more conventional leave from Rahane

45.5

Broad to Rahane, no run, defended into the off side

45.6

Broad to Rahane, no run, wide, swinging away further, left alone and Prior dives in front of first slip

End of over 46 (1 run) India 122/4
AM Rahane    19* (38b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    12-5-31-0
MS Dhoni    1* (10b)      MM Ali    2-0-8-0

46.1

Ali to Dhoni, no run, gets forward on off stump and works it to midwicket

46.2

Ali to Dhoni, no run, this one holds its line and takes a leading edge into the off side but along the ground

46.3

Ali to Dhoni, no run, forward and blocked to the off side

Vishwas: "Don't worry, Bhuveneshwar and Shami are still to bat"

46.4

Ali to Dhoni, no run, gets across the stumps and works this into the leg side

46.5

Ali to Dhoni, no run, tight on off stump, nudge towards midwicket

46.6

Ali to Dhoni, no run, keeps it full and straight, Dhoni drives gently into the off side

End of over 47 (maiden) India 122/4
MS Dhoni    1* (16b)      MM Ali    3-1-8-0
AM Rahane    19* (38b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    12-5-31-0

47.1

Broad to Rahane, 1 run, full on off stump, worked away through midwicket, he closed the face at the last minute to find the gap

47.2

Broad to Dhoni, OUT, finds the edge! Broad strikes, from a full length. Dhoni pressed forward to a delivery outside off stump, takes a thin edge through to Prior. Significant inroads, now, for England. That's 250 Test wickets for Broad

MS Dhoni c †Prior b Broad 1 (23m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.88

And it's Mr R Jadeja. Greeted by plenty of boos. Not often you hear that at Lord's. This could get lively.

47.3

Broad to Jadeja, no run, full outside off, slanted across, left alone

Surely Anderson will be back on?

47.4

Broad to Jadeja, no run, full but started outside leg stump and swings past Jadeja's backside

47.5

Broad to Jadeja, no run, back outside off stump, 83mph, judges it well and leaves alone

47.6

Broad to Jadeja, no run, full at the stumps, swings back into Jadeja who drives towards mid-off

End of over 48 (1 run) India 123/5
RA Jadeja    0* (4b)      SCJ Broad    13-5-32-1
AM Rahane    20* (39b 3x4)      MM Ali    3-1-8-0

Moeen continues

48.1

Ali to Rahane, no run, comes forward and defends to the off side

48.2

Ali to Rahane, no run, touch shorter, spins into him, played off the back foot to mid-on

48.3

Ali to Rahane, no run, tossed up, firmly driven into the covers and well fielded, diving to his right, by Ballance

48.4

Ali to Rahane, no run, patted back to Moeen

48.5

Ali to Rahane, no run, nicely bowled, lures him into a drive to a ball that wasn't quite as full as he thought

48.6

Ali to Rahane, no run, bat and pad together, solid block to end another maiden for Moeen.

End of over 49 (maiden) India 123/5
AM Rahane    20* (45b 3x4)      MM Ali    4-2-8-0
RA Jadeja    0* (4b)      SCJ Broad    13-5-32-1

Chris on Jadeja's reception: "Last time I can remember a reception like that was for Amir and Asif in the notorious test of 2010 after the News of the World story. Not unprecedented but rare."

49.1

Broad to Jadeja, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended and it slides off the face to backward point

49.2

Broad to Jadeja, no run, close for lbw! That looks very good! A full length, swings and seams back into Jadeja, huge appeal. Maybe too much bounce?

49.3

Broad to Jadeja, 3 runs, tries for a similar delivery, was just a fraction straighter to start with and it's clipped through midwicket to get off the mark

Hawk Eye says that appeal was going over off stump. Excellent decision.

49.4

Broad to Rahane, no run, defended towards mid-on

49.5

Broad to Rahane, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, deflects to deep square leg

49.6

Broad to Jadeja, no run, pushed across wide outside off, Prior tumbles in front of first slip to gather

End of over 50 (4 runs) India 127/5
RA Jadeja    3* (8b)      SCJ Broad    14-5-35-1
AM Rahane    20* (47b 3x4)      MM Ali    4-2-8-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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