India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland, 2007 / Commentary

Pataudi Trophy - 1st Test

England v India

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.58 am We're moments away from the start of play. The umpires for this first Test are Steve Bucknor and Simon Taufel. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, England's openers, are out in the middle looking crisp in their whites.

Zaheer Khan has the new ball and will run in from over the wicket with three slips and a gully. Strauss will take strike. The weather has got overcast in the last half an hour, fingers crossed it doesn't get any worse.

Your commentators for this Test are Jamie Alter and I (George Binoy). Do write in with your comments on the cricket.

Toss, 10.30 am Michael Vaughan has won the toss and as expected England will bat. No surprises in the Indian team either. Yuvraj Singh loses the fight for No 6 and 7 to VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni.

India: 1 Wasim Jaffer, 2 Dinesh Karthik, 3 Rahul Dravid (capt), 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 MS Dhoni (wk), 8 Anil Kumble, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 RP Singh, 11 Sreesanth.

Here's a reminder of the England's XI. Chris Tremlett is making his debut. Stuart Broad will have to wait a little longer for his first Test cap.

England: 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Chris Tremlett, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

10.15 am One of Cricinfo's reporters at Lord's, Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (I'll refer to him as Sid V hereafter), says the England slip cordon are doing well at catching practice while the Indians aren't slacking with their direct hits either.

The stadium is steadily filling up, the eager fans are watching the batsmen have a hit at the nets and the more pragmatic ones are helping themselves to breakfast.

10.10 am The pitch is hard and has an even cover of grass. It's been raining regularly of late. The bounce is expected to be regular and the lateral movement should be manageable after seeing off the first hour. The captain winning the toss would want to bat.

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9.45 am Here's the England team. 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Chris Tremlett, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

Both James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are in which means there won't be a Lord's debut for Stuart Broad. A little unlucky, after his 5 for 76 for England Lions against the Indians at Chelmsford. It is Tremlett's Test debut though. You'll know the Indian XI as soon as we do ...

7.30am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the Lord's Test. The early news is that, as expected, Matthew Hoggard will not be fit to play and his place will be taken by either James Anderson or Chris Tremlett.

It was clear and sunny earlier today but low, leaden clouds have sneaked in and the Met Office forecast warns that scattered showers could feature later in the day. At least it will be warm, with temperatures around 23°C. Tomorrow is an altogether different story, 17°C and heavy rain with only a slight improvement on Saturday. Will this summer ever start? Check out the forecast here.

MCC members have been queuing outside Lord's since shortly after dawn - not anything like as many as there were for Australia in 2005, but enough. The MCC has been keeping them stocked up with tea and coffee ...

In the meantime, why not check out Sambit Bal's excellent look at the relationship between England and India, Andrew Miller's chat with Monty Panesar (England's most experienced bowler with 17 caps) or Martin Williamson's Cricinfo XI on father and son combinations who have played Tests for England.

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, Zaheer pitches it outside the off stump, no swing, no seam movement but it's early days, Strauss lets it go through to Dhoni

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, tight line just outside the off stump, this one swings away from Strauss who once again offers no shot

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller length from Zaheer and he strays down leg side, Strauss tries to flick but misses

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, back to the outside-the-off-stump line just short of a length, Strauss shoulders arms once more

0.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, bat on ball for the first time, full and straight, Strauss gets behind the line and defends

0.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and seams away from Strauss, left alone by the batsman, Zaheer makes tidy start

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Sreesanth will share the new ball. He's running in from the Nursery end. Three slips, a short leg and a gully in place. Cook on strike.

1.1

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, Sreesanth pitches it on leg stump to the left-hander, Cook moves back in his crease and plays it off his pads through square leg, England are away with a boundary

1.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sreesanth bowls it full and wide outside the off stump, over-compensating for the previous one on the pads, Cook lets it go

1.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, outside the off stump and it moves away from Cook off the pitch, left alone by the batsman

1.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, straighter line on off stump and it bends back into Cook who defends it on the back foot, that was 112 kmh

1.5

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, once again Sreesanth drifts on to the pads and Cook flicks it to the long-leg fence, easy pickings these, Sreesanth got it to swing into the left-hander but the line was poor

Sreesanth decides to go round the wicket.

1.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 2 runs, pitches outside off stump and angles into Cook who opens the faceof the bat and angles it between the slip cordon and gully

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 10/0
AN Cook    10* (6b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0

2.1

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, pitches on off stump and seams away from Strauss who moves forward and defends, the ball hits the outside edge and runs through the cordon for four

2.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length from Zaheer outside the off stump, Strauss moves back and lets it go

2.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, similar line and length outside the off stump, once again Strauss lets it go

An ECB statement has just landed: "Matthew Hoggard underwent an MRI scan yesterday which revealed irritation in a disc in his back and he has been ruled out of the current npower Test Match against India. His rehabilitation will be closely monitored over the next five days and he will be re-assessed by ECB medical staff on Monday."

2.4

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, another edge, another boundary, Zaheer draws Strauss forward with his length and induces the outside edge with the movement away from the left-hander, the ball flies to the left of the fielder at gully

2.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller length and the line is down leg side

2.6

Khan to Strauss, 1 wide, very wide outside the off stump, too wide for Bucknor to let Zaheer go

2.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, once again Zaheer pitches it wide outside the off stump and gets it to move a long way away from Strauss

Julian has some issues about Stuart Broad not getting a maiden Test cap. "Either a good bluff by the England management or a horrendous piece of mismangement," he mails in.

End of over 3 (9 runs) England 19/0
AJ Strauss    8* (12b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-1-9-0
AN Cook    10* (6b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-10-0

Avinash on email: "I dont know what is the fuss about Yuvraj's place in the team. MS Dhoni has a better record in both versions of the game and won more matches with the bat than Yuvraj. So Dhoni should be expected to take his place in the team because his batting alone."

3.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, better line from Sreesanth to begin the over, pitches just outside off stump and angles across Cook who offers no shot, Dhoni takes it comfortably

3.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, identical line and length, just outside the off stump, Cook once again shoulders arms

3.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 3 runs, fuller length from Sreesanth on off stump and he swings it back into Cook who leans across and clips it off his pads between midwicket and mid on

3.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, the ball swings back towards the batsman after it has passed him

3.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 4 byes, Sreesanth sprays it down leg side, a touch of nerves maybe, playing at Lord's and everything, the ball swings too far down leg side for Dhoni to collect it, four byes

3.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, he ends the over with a terribly wide ball outside the off stump, Strauss doesn't even think about playing that

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 26/0
AJ Strauss    8* (15b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-13-0
AN Cook    13* (9b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-1-9-0

4.1

Khan to Cook, no run, Zaheer Khan pitches it on a good length and gets it to move considerably away from Cook but his line is too far outside off stump

4.2

Khan to Cook, 2 runs, too straight this time, on middle stump, he's bowling to a 7-2 offside field, Cook leans forward and gets an inside edge through square leg

4.3

Khan to Cook, FOUR, Zaheer bangs it in short, it sits up nicely for Cook who swivels and pulls it to the deep backward square leg fence

4.4

Khan to Cook, no run, pitches outside off stump and moves further away, Cook lets it go

4.5

Khan to Cook, FOUR, too straight once again, Cook leans forward and flicks it off his pads through square leg, you cannot bowl there when you have a packed offside field

4.6

Khan to Cook, 4 byes, terrible line, full and swinging down leg side, Dhoni dives full length to his right but does not have a hope of saving it, four more byes, England are racing away

End of over 5 (14 runs) England 40/0
AN Cook    23* (15b 4x4)      Z Khan    3-1-19-0
AJ Strauss    8* (15b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-13-0

RP Singh replaces Sreesanth, bowling from over the wicket.

5.1

Singh to Strauss, no run, short of a length on off stump, he pushes Strauss on to the back foot, defended on the off side

5.2

Singh to Strauss, no run, good length once again but a little too straight on leg and middle stump, Strauss goes on to the back foot and plays towards midwicket

5.3

Singh to Strauss, no run, pitches on middle stump and seams away from Strauss who tries to defend on the back foot and gets squared up, the ball hits the outside part of the bat and rolls towards point

5.4

Singh to Strauss, no run, tight line and length just outside the off stump, Strauss watches it go through to Dhoni

5.5

Singh to Strauss, 1 run, 131 kmh, a little too striaght this time, pitching on leg and middle, shaping towards off stump, Strauss pushes it between midwicket and mid on for a single

5.6

Singh to Cook, no run, 135 kmh, short of a length on off stump, Cook moves on to the back foot and defends with a straight bat

End of over 6 (1 run) England 41/0
AN Cook    23* (16b 4x4)      RP Singh    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    9* (20b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-19-0

Sreesanth changes ends and replaces Zaheer.

6.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, it doesn't help, he bowls it full and on leg stump, Strauss leans across and flicks it through midwicket for four more, one-day run-rate this is, or even Twenty20

6.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, the first time the ball has beaten the bat this morning, Sreesanth pitches it on off stump and angles it away from Strauss, the length isn't full enough to drive on the front foot and the ball beats the outside edge of Strauss cover drive

6.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, similar delivery angling away from strauss, this time he lets it go

6.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good-length ball on off stump, Strauss moves on to the back foot and opens the face to play it to point

6.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches outside the off stump and shapes into Strauss who moves back in his crease and lets it go through to Dhoni

6.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Sreesanth overpitches on offstump, Strauss leans forward and drives firmly back to Sreesanth who quickly bends down and stops it

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 45/0
AJ Strauss    13* (26b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-17-0
AN Cook    23* (16b 4x4)      RP Singh    1-0-1-0

7.1

Singh to Cook, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and seams away from Cook who defends on the back foot

7.2

Singh to Cook, no run, fuller length but wider outside the off stump, Cook strides forward and watches it swing away from him

7.3

Singh to Cook, no run, closer to off stump this time with a hint of swing away from the left-hander, Cook moves forward and defends, absolutely rock solid he looks

7.4

Singh to Cook, no run, pushed to mid on off the back foot

7.5

Singh to Cook, no run, fuller length outside the off stump, RP is getting it to shape away from the left-hander but he needs to bowl it closer to Cook for the line to be effective

7.6

Singh to Cook, no run, he bowls it closer to off stump and Cook strides forward and defends, the length is just a bit too full

"Why can't we bat like this in one day cricket?" wonders Tim Hogarth

End of over 8 (maiden) England 45/0
AN Cook    23* (22b 4x4)      RP Singh    2-1-1-0
AJ Strauss    13* (26b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-17-0

8.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, a half-volley on the pads, Strauss leans on to the front foot and flicks between midwicket and mid on for four more

8.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches outside the off stump and moves away from Strauss who decides not to play at it

8.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length outside the off stump, Strauss waits in his crease and lets it go once again

8.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, Sreesanth strays on to leg stump once again, Strauss moves across his stumps and flicks off his pads down to fine leg, England bring up their fifty in the ninth over

8.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, leg-stump line again, Sreesanth has not been able to conrtol his swing back into the left-hander, Cook clips it off his pads to fine leg

8.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, bowled wide outside the off stump, Strauss offers no shot

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 51/0
AJ Strauss    18* (31b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-23-0
AN Cook    24* (23b 4x4)      RP Singh    2-1-1-0

9.1

Singh to Cook, no run, full length outside the off stump, Cook takes a step forward and pushes it to cover

9.2

Singh to Cook, 1 run, good length on off stump, Cook opens the face of the bat, plays it with soft hands between point and cover and calls for a quick single

9.3

Singh to Strauss, no run, banged in short outside the off stump, RP Singh is angling the ball with the arm into the left-handers and getting it to seam away from them off the pitch, Strauss lets it go

9.4

Singh to Strauss, no run, good length once again but the line is too wide for Strauss to play at it

9.5

Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, RP strays on to middle and leg stump, Strauss leans forward and flicks to deep backward square leg

9.6

Singh to Strauss, no run, pitches on a good length on off stump and seams away from Strauss who begins to come forward but eventually tucks his bat behind the pad and lets it go

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 54/0
AJ Strauss    20* (35b 4x4)      RP Singh    3-1-4-0
AN Cook    25* (25b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-23-0

10.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, pitches wide outside the off stump and moves further away from Cook who's happy to let it go through to the wicketkeeper

10.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, 137 kmh, the length on off stump draws Cook into playing the forward defence and the movement off the seam beats the outside edge

10.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, pitches just outside off stump and swings back into Cook who defends on the off side on the front foot

10.4

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, after two good balls Sreesanth bowls another half-volley on the pads, Cook helps himself to his fifth boundary with a flick to deep backward square leg

10.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Sreesanth re-adjusts his line to wide outside the off stump, Cook lets it go

10.6

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, Sreesanth pitches it on off stump and swings it back into Cook who tries to flick but closes the face of the bat too early, the ball hits the leading edge and flies between gully and point for four

End of over 11 (8 runs) England 62/0
AN Cook    33* (31b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-31-0
AJ Strauss    20* (35b 4x4)      RP Singh    3-1-4-0

11.1

Singh to Strauss, no run, good length outside the off stump, Strauss begins to come forward but stops half-way and pushes to mid off

11.2

Singh to Strauss, no run, fuller length outside the off stump, RP Singh's asking Strauss to drive hoping the away movement will induce an edge, Struass doesn't oblige and lets it go

11.3

Singh to Strauss, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Strauss begins to push at it on the back foot but pulls his bat out of the way

11.4

Singh to Strauss, no run, RP Singh is keeping Strauss on the back foot with his length, defended towards gully with an open face

11.5

Singh to Strauss, no run, fuller length on off and middle stump, Strauss leans on the front foot and drives to mid on

11.6

Singh to Strauss, no run, tight line and length just outside the off stump, Strauss moves back and across and shoulders arms

End of over 12 (maiden) England 62/0
AJ Strauss    20* (41b 4x4)      RP Singh    4-2-4-0
AN Cook    33* (31b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-31-0

12.1

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 leg bye, once again Sreesanth bowls on leg stump but the length isn't full, Cook moves across his stumps too early and gets hit on the pad for a leg bye, Dhoni runs towards short fine leg and fields

12.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length angling across the left hander, Strauss watches it go past him

12.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, once again Strauss lets it go outside the off stump, when Sreesanth bowls an off and middle stump line he gets it to swing back into the left hander, however, when he bowls it outside the off stump it goes straight through

12.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, full ball on off stump, Strauss jabs down at it with bat close to the front boot, the ball hits the outside edge and runs between the slip cordon and gully for four, Sreesanth appeals for lbw but the ball didn't hit the pad

12.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 leg bye, pitches on middle and leg, Strauss tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad

12.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, bowled wide outside the off stump, Cook lets it go

Jamie Alter will take you through to lunch.

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 68/0
AN Cook    33* (33b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-35-0
AJ Strauss    24* (45b 5x4)      RP Singh    4-2-4-0

Cheers, George. Howdy, all. England off to a flier here, thanks to Cook, 22, and Strauss, 30, and some generous Indian bowling. Lets see what the next hour yields. There have been plenty of calls, on the email, for Dravid to turn to Ganguly and Kumble.

13.1

Singh to Strauss, no run, good length outside off stump, easily left alone by Strauss

13.2

Singh to Strauss, FOUR, ho hum, another full delivery on leg stump, easily flicked away for four, and thats a shot that Strauss could play in his sleep

13.3

Singh to Strauss, no run, better, better...moving delivery outside off stump, tempting him to drive, but he shoulders arms confidently

13.4

Singh to Strauss, 1 run, now he bangs one in short down leg stump, Strauss tries to pull but doesnt time it well, Sreesanth fields down at fine leg

13.5

Singh to Cook, no run, just short of a length this time, and its played back to the bowler

13.6

Singh to Cook, 3 runs, straighter one on about off stump, allowing him time to get across and work it through midwicket for three

And with that, its drinks at Lord's. Incidentally, there have been four boundaries to the off side all morning. And all of them were outside edges. For those interested, Cook has so far scored six Test hundreds with two coming at Lord's and he has an enviable record at this venuue, with scores of 105 ( v West Indies), 105 (v Pakistan), 89( v Sri Lanka), 65 (v West Indies), and 4( v Pakistan).

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End of over 14 (8 runs) England 76/0
AN Cook    36* (35b 6x4)      RP Singh    5-2-12-0
AJ Strauss    29* (49b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-35-0

And after that Team India huddle, Sourav Ganguly comes into the attack

14.1

Ganguly to Cook, no run, good length on middle and leg, defended back to Ganguly

14.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, beaten! Ganguly pitches one full outside off stump, suckering Cook into a loose drive

14.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, shorter and wider this time and he's lucky Cook's hard back-foot drive found the man at cover

14.4

Ganguly to Cook, OUT, gone! Ganguly strikes! First blood for India! Cook gets into his shot too early, to one right in front of the stumps, and plays over it as the ball angles across him, it pitches and hits him in line in front of about off stump, and after a brief moment Steve Bucknor nods his head

AN Cook lbw b Ganguly 36 (67m 39b 6x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Michael Vaughan walks out next

14.5

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, good delivery, on a good length, and Vaughan just gets forward and defends

14.6

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, another good delivery swings in too much and raps him high on the front leg, but to the naked eye its clear that did too much, and would have gone on down leg, but thats a great first over from Ganguly, meanwhile Vaughan scampers a leg bye towards point

End of over 15 (1 run, wicket maiden) England 77/1
MP Vaughan    0* (2b)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-1
AJ Strauss    29* (49b 6x4)      RP Singh    5-2-12-0

15.1

Khan to Vaughan, 1 run, back of a length just outside off stump, Vaughan gets behind it and defends to cover

15.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller delivery outside off stump, Zaheer looking for swing, pitches and moves in as Strauss leaves well enough alone

15.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, beaten! Pitches on a good length, straightens, and seams away after beating Strauss' attempt at a back-foot defense, good stuff from Zaheer now

15.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, driveable length this time and he does so, but Zaheer fields in his follow-through

15.5

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump, getting Strauss driving away from his body, and he luckily gets it through gully and the slips for four

15.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, now he holds back the length just a tad, and the pace too, allowing Strauss a second to judge the change and leave it be

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 82/1
AJ Strauss    33* (54b 7x4)      Z Khan    4-1-24-0
MP Vaughan    1* (3b)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-1

16.1

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, good length in that channel just outside off stump, Vaughan getting forward in defense

16.2

Ganguly to Vaughan, FOUR, too full this time, coming in from outside off stump and Vaughan times his straight-drive perfectly back past the stumps and mid-on, top shot

16.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 run, good length delivery comes into the pads and he tickles it around the corner to short fine leg

16.4

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitching on leg stump and coming in, Strauss gets behind the line and defends to leg

16.5

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, similar length on leg stump again, this time he tries to work it away but doesnt time it well, the ball rolling to mid-on

16.6

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, fullish delivery on middle and leg, Strauss gets over it and defends with an inside-edge back onto the pads, much to Ganguly's dismay

Another tidy over from Ganguly

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 87/1
AJ Strauss    33* (57b 7x4)      SC Ganguly    2-1-5-1
MP Vaughan    6* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-1-24-0

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17.1

Khan to Vaughan, no run, back of a length, seaming away across off stump, good movement too, but Vaughan coolly shoulders arms

17.2

Khan to Vaughan, no run, much fuller this time, and Vaughan mistimes his attempted drive back to Zaheer

17.3

Khan to Vaughan, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, Zaheer striving for swing, and Vaughan is very lucky to get an inside-edge back onto the front leg before the ball escapes fine

17.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, much fuller and wider this time, giving Strauss the option of getting an eye in and choosing to leave it be

17.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, full again, but much closer to off stump, and Strauss defends to midwicket with another loose shot

17.6

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, looking for that yorker, he overpitches just outside off stump and Strauss, looking to flick it away, ends up chopping down to fine leg for a brace

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 90/1
AJ Strauss    35* (60b 7x4)      Z Khan    5-1-27-0
MP Vaughan    7* (9b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    2-1-5-1

18.1

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, driveable length outside off stump, but Vaughan just has a look at it and leaves it alone for Dhoni

18.2

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, a touch fuller, but still tempting him to drive, and he wants nothing to do with that

Vaughan standing a good foot outside his crease

18.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, back of a length delivery outside off stump, Vaughan gets up tall and shoulders arms

18.4

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, no swing or pace, but full outside off stump, asking him to get forward and drive, but Vaughan shoulders arms getting a good look in

18.5

Ganguly to Vaughan, 2 runs, moves a couple steps forward and collects it on the full, working it into midwicket

Dhoni comes upto the stumps to keep a check on Vaughan

18.6

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, fullish ball outside off stump, left alone with ease

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 92/1
MP Vaughan    9* (15b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    3-1-7-1
AJ Strauss    35* (60b 7x4)      Z Khan    5-1-27-0

19.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length on about off stump, Strauss gets behind it and defends towards mid-on

19.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery again, just outside off stump, defended confidently

19.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length outside off stump, getting Strauss forward and then moving the ball enough for him to hold back the bat at the nth second

Thats where he needs to keep pitching it

19.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, similiar line and length, getting him forward in defense, the outside edge speeding along the ground to a diving Kumble at gully

19.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, good stuff, pitching on that good length a touch wider of off stump, some good movement off the surface as it passes Strauss, who holds back on the shot

19.6

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, but thats too full, giving Strauss the option to flick it away backward of square for a couple

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 94/1
AJ Strauss    37* (66b 7x4)      Z Khan    6-1-29-0
MP Vaughan    9* (15b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    3-1-7-1

Lots of Indian readers writing in that the selectors should have picked Ajit Agarkar for the Tests. While Zaheer and Co have struggled with their line, credit should go to Cook and Strauss for putting away anything that was even marginally on middle and leg stump. England have grabbed the initiative and batted positively.

20.1

Ganguly to Vaughan, FOUR, full outside off stump, and he just gets onto the front foot, driving supremely through the covers

Two wide slips

20.2

Ganguly to Vaughan, FOUR, full again, on off stump, and this time Vaughan on-drives between midwicket and mid-on for another classy four

20.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone by Vaughan

"Notice that Sreesanth from Kerala has been subjecting his fans to the Karela (Indian name for bitter gourd) experience," says Phil.

20.4

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 run, has a step down the track, Ganguly manages to adjust the line, but Vaughan uses the soft hands to drop it in front of the leg-side fielder and calls for the single

20.5

Ganguly to Strauss, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump, and Strauss works it off the pads for one into the gap

20.6

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, too full and wide outside off stump, a hint of away movement, and Vaughan leaves it be

End of over 21 (10 runs) England 104/1
MP Vaughan    18* (20b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    4-1-17-1
AJ Strauss    38* (67b 7x4)      Z Khan    6-1-29-0

21.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length, away-moving delivery outside off stump that Strauss leaves be

21.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, closer to the stumps, no movement, Strauss gets forward and defends to cover

David Lloyd, in the press box, feels Dravid has given Strauss "too much respect..."

21.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, a touch fuller outside off stump, Strauss drives to mid-off

21.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length this time, and he defends confidently to cover

Well to their credit, the Indian bowlers arent pitching too much on the legs now

21.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, left alone by Strauss

21.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, slower too, defended off the front foot to end the over

End of over 22 (maiden) England 104/1
AJ Strauss    38* (73b 7x4)      Z Khan    7-2-29-0
MP Vaughan    18* (20b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    4-1-17-1

22.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, pitches outside the off stump and swings away from Vaughan who moves on to the front foot and lets it go

22.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, much better line to the right-hander, pitches just outside the off stump and goes straight through, Vaughan moves back in his crease and lifts his arms out of the way

22.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, pitches outside the off stump and moves further away, Vaughan lets another one go

22.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, fuller length on middle and off stump, Vaughan covers the line and defends with a straight bat on the back foot

22.5

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, good length outside the off stump, Vaughan moves on to the front foot and shoulders arms

22.6

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, pitches wide outside the off stump and moves further away, Vaughan lets another one go, the line is too wide for him to be interested in play at it

End of over 23 (maiden) England 104/1
MP Vaughan    18* (26b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    7-1-35-0
AJ Strauss    38* (73b 7x4)      Z Khan    7-2-29-0

23.1

Khan to Strauss, (no ball) FOUR, Zaheer over-steps and bowls a dreadful short and wide delivery outside the off stump, Strauss waits for it, frees his arms, and drives through covers for four, powerful shot

23.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller and straighter line, defended on the front foot

Sid V has cracked the curious case of the wayward Indian bowling. There are hardly any hoardings of Indian companies around the boundary line. Vodafone, Deutsche Bank, betfair, Investec, Toyota line up the ropes. It's very strange for a cricket ground. Maybe that's why India are muffing it up.

23.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length ball pitches on off stump and moves away from Strauss who lets it go

23.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, pitches on off stump and seams away from the left-hander off the pitch, Strauss moves on the front foot and pushes hard at it, the ball hits the outside edge and flies to point

23.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, driven on the front foot to mid on

23.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Strauss moves back in his crease and defends towards point

23.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Strauss leans forward and drives to mid on

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 109/1
AJ Strauss    42* (80b 8x4)      Z Khan    8-2-34-0
MP Vaughan    18* (26b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    7-1-35-0

24.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, Sreesanth pitches it on a good length outside the off stump, Vaughan moves forward and lets it go once again

24.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, fullish delivery outside off stump, pitching and seaming away, Vaughan comfortable leaving it be

24.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, back of a length delivery, seams away at a good height to Dhoni after Vaughan again resists having a go

24.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, good length outside off stump, come on, come drive flirts Sreesanth, but Vaughan's not interested

24.5

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, back of a length, straighter delivery on off stump, Vaughan gets right behind it and defends back down the track

24.6

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, nice! Sreesanth runs in wider and pitches it on a good length outside off stump, getting it to move a fraction and force Vaughan onto the back foot, only to drop the hands as it moves by

End of over 25 (maiden) England 109/1
MP Vaughan    18* (32b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    8-2-35-0
AJ Strauss    42* (80b 8x4)      Z Khan    8-2-34-0

And we finally have some spin, as Kumble winds up. Interesting to see what he does here at Lord's.

25.1

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, whoah nellie! A loosener, if ever there was, a rank full toss which Strauss pulls out to the deep backward square leg

Slip and forward short leg in place

25.2

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, floated up on middle and leg, driven to the fielder

25.3

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, tossed up on the stumps, no room to work with and Vaughan gets forward to defend

25.4

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flatter through the air, pitching outside off stump and its left alone

25.5

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flighted up on off stump, getting Vaughan onto the front foot, driving to cover

25.6

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, again, nicely flighted up but not giving any room to work with, and Vaughan defends confidently

End of over 26 (1 run) England 110/1
MP Vaughan    18* (37b 3x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    43* (81b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    8-2-35-0

Not long to go until lunch

26.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length on about off stump, Strauss checks it and defends

26.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, dropped! Would you believe it? On the stroke of lunch, Sreesanth gets Strauss to drive loosely, away from his body, and slice the simplest of chances to Karthik at point, who initially thinks about jumping but then realizes its coming at him nicely, cupping his hands in front of his face and then letting it pop out, even as his hat blows off! How costly will that prove? Yikes!

26.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, fullish outside off stump, left alone

26.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, defended back to Sreesanth

26.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches on a good length and seams past his bat, good bowling

26.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, much fuller and wider, but Strauss gets his front foot out and leaves it be

That missed chance from Karthik was pretty shameful. That was a sitter.

End of over 27 (maiden) England 110/1
AJ Strauss    43* (87b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    9-3-35-0
MP Vaughan    18* (37b 3x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0

Should be the last over before lunch

27.1

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, short, pretty flat, Vaughan gets onto the back foot and drives to point

27.2

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, quicker delivery on leg stump, worked towards square leg

"Why the slow over rate, surely they must be able to manage better than 13 overs and hour?" asks Chris. "Don't they fine teams for slow play anymore?" They still do.

27.3

Kumble to Vaughan, FOUR, well flighted up, drawing Vaughan forward only to draw the thick outside edge that drops wide of slip and runs down to third man

27.4

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, floated up, pretty slow through the air, tight line and its defended

27.5

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flatter and fuller, looking for a yorker length on the stumps is Kumble, but Vaughan shuffles and drives to midwicket

27.6

Kumble to Vaughan, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Vaughan uses the feet and drives to Sreesanth at mid-off for a quick single, and thats the first session on day one

1.00 pm England dominating that session with some positive strokeplay against a wayward Indian pace attack. Cook looked really good before falling in Ganguly's first over, but since then Strauss and Vaughan have batted on with purpose, getting England to 115 for 1 at lunch. India will rue some generous bowling on the pads, and of course that shocker of a dropped catch by Karthik the over before this. HRG informs us that Strauss and Cook are only the fifth pair of openers to have both scored centuries on debut.

This is Jamie Alter, off to rummage about a bite to eat, and when we resume it will be that man George Binoy to take you through the first hour. Do join us for the second session, and until then feel free to try Slogout, the new online cricket game from Cricinfo. Play now!

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Ciao for now...

Oh, here's something to watch during the lunch break. Kapil Dev hitting four sixes in a row off Eddie Hemmings to avoid the follow-on at Lord's in 1990.

Right, now I'm off to get some food.

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 115/1
MP Vaughan    23* (43b 4x4)      A Kumble    2-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    43* (87b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    9-3-35-0

1.38 pm Michael Vaughan will take strike after lunch. Strauss, lucky to still be there, is at the non-striker's end. Sreesanth will begin proceedings for India. Two slips and a gully in place.

1.35 pm England's batsman, Alastair Cook in particular, dominated the first session. The Indian bowlers didn't look like taking a wicket until Ganguly sneaked one past Cook's bat after the first drinks break. Karthik dropped a dolly off Strauss at point in the penultimate over before lunch and England went into the break on 115 for 1 with a run-rate of 4.10.

India cannot afford another session like the first. The post-lunch session is only a few minutes away.

28.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, good length outside the off stump, the ball seams away from the right-hander and Vaughan moves on to the front foot and shoulders arms

28.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, strays down leg side this time, Vaughan moved across his stumps and tried to glance it down to fine leg but couldn't make contact

28.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, full delivery on middle and off stump, it cuts into Vaughan who tries to drive through extra cover but gets an inside edge on to pad

28.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, good length delivery on off and middle stump, Vaughan moves forward and defends towards midwicket

28.5

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump, Vaughan moves his front foot towards the ball and lets it go, that ball swung a fair bit away from the right-hander

28.6

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, Sreesanth begins with a maiden after lunch, he pitches the last ball outside off stump and takes it away from Vaughan who once again plays no shot

Encouraging start for Sreesanth after lunch. Lets see if it lasts. Wonder what he ate.

End of over 29 (maiden) England 115/1
MP Vaughan    23* (49b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    10-4-35-0
AJ Strauss    43* (87b 8x4)      A Kumble    2-0-6-0

RP Singh runs it from over the wicket.

29.1

Singh to Strauss, no run, full and wide outside the off stump, Strauss watches it swing a long way away from him

29.2

Singh to Strauss, no run, shorter in length outside the off stump, Strauss moves back in his crease and lets it go

29.3

Singh to Strauss, no run, the line is closer to off stump, Strauss lets it go and it swings a lot towards Dhoni's left after it passes the bat

29.4

Singh to Strauss, no run, fuller length outside the off stump, Strauss moves on to the front foot and tries to play the cover drive but mis-times the shot

29.5

Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, RP Singh drifts on to leg and middle stump, Strauss moves across and glances it off his pads behind square, first runs after lunch

29.6

Singh to Strauss, no run, tight line and length outside off stump but not close enough to make the batsman play

End of over 30 (2 runs) England 117/1
AJ Strauss    45* (93b 8x4)      RP Singh    6-2-14-0
MP Vaughan    23* (49b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    10-4-35-0

30.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, pitches outside the off stump and moves further away from Vaughan who continues to show patience against Sreesanth and lets the ball go through to Dhoni

30.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, too wide outside the off stump for Vaughan to be interested in playing at it

30.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, this one cuts back sharply into the right-hander instead of moving away, Vaughan is caught by surprise on the back foot and gets cut in half

30.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, 1 bye, Sreesanth digs in a radarless bouncer down leg side, Dhoni jumps up and manages to take the pace off the ball with his glove and concedes byes

30.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, bowled full and wide outside the off stump, Strauss moves forward and allows Dhoni to do the work behind the stumps

30.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, fuller delivery closer to off stump this time, Strauss strides forward and drives to Zaheer at mid off

End of over 31 (1 run, maiden) England 118/1
AJ Strauss    45* (95b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    11-5-35-0
MP Vaughan    23* (53b 4x4)      RP Singh    6-2-14-0

31.1

Singh to Vaughan, no run, pitches on off stump and slants across Vaughan with the angle of the arm, Vaughan plays off the back foot, pokes his bat out at it and gets beaten

31.2

Singh to Vaughan, no run, wider outside the off stump this time and the room allows Vaughan to leave it comfortably

31.3

Singh to Vaughan, no run, short of a length, pitching outside the off stump and going straight through, Vaughan lets it go once again

31.4

Singh to Vaughan, no run, same line and length, pitching outside off and going further away, left alone once again by Vaughan, how long before the drives it through cover?

31.5

Singh to Vaughan, no run, fuller length but the line is the same, outside off stump, Vaughan moves forward and decides not to play at it

31.6

Singh to Vaughan, no run, he shoulders arms to yet another one outside the off stump, that's the end of the over

End of over 32 (maiden) England 118/1
MP Vaughan    23* (59b 4x4)      RP Singh    7-3-14-0
AJ Strauss    45* (95b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    11-5-35-0

32.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches on off stump and moves away from Strauss who waits on the back foot and offers no shot

"The ground is only half full after lunch. The rest are outside with their chilled beers," says Sid V from Lord's.

32.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches outside the off stump and moves into the left-hander, Strauss covers the line by moving forward and shoulders arms

32.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, this one seams back into Strauss after pitching outside off stump, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

32.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, straighter line on middle and off stump, Strauss takes half a stride forward and pushes it towards cover

32.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, full and wide delivery outside the off stump, Strauss isn't going to chase that

Sreesanth coming round the wicket.

32.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches short of a length outside off stump and angles into Strauss who waits on the back foot and plays it to point

Jamie tells me that Sreesanth has bowled six maidens in a row.

End of over 33 (maiden) England 118/1
AJ Strauss    45* (101b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    12-6-35-0
MP Vaughan    23* (59b 4x4)      RP Singh    7-3-14-0

33.1

Singh to Vaughan, no run, good length ball on middle and off stump, Vaughan moves back in his crease and defends back to RP Singh

33.2

Singh to Vaughan, no run, fuller length on off and middle stump, Vaughan moves forward and plays it back to RP with a straight bat

33.3

Singh to Vaughan, no run, RP Singh drifts on to leg stump, Vaughan flicks firmly but straight to square leg

33.4

Singh to Vaughan, 2 runs, too short and too straight from RP, Vaughan moves towards the off side and glances it behind square, Sreesanth runs across from the fine leg fence

33.5

Singh to Vaughan, FOUR, too short and at RP Singh's pace the ball sits up nicely for Vaughan to pull to the deep square leg boundary, such elegance in the stroke

33.6

Singh to Vaughan, no run, full and wide outside the off stump, Vaughan's got his boundary for the over so he decides not to play at it

End of over 34 (6 runs) England 124/1
MP Vaughan    29* (65b 5x4)      RP Singh    8-3-20-0
AJ Strauss    45* (101b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    12-6-35-0

34.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches just outside off stump and swings back into Strauss who moves forward and lets it go, he judged that well, Dhoni didn't judge it too well, he had to hurry to his right to collect it

34.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, full delivery on off and middle stump, it swings back into Strauss who tries to flick but gets hit on the pad, Sreesanth appeals but Bucknor says not out, that was missing leg stump

34.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 wide, huge wide outside the off stump, Dhoni collected that between first and second slip

34.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches outside the off stump and moves further away from Strauss who lets it go through to Dhoni

34.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, full ball on off stump, it swings back into Strauss who moves forward and drives between extra cover and mid off where Zaheer tries to field it with one hand, he's got to do better than that, Strauss timed that well

Sreesanth from round the wicket.

34.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, pitches wide outside off stump, not making Strauss play

34.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Sreesanth is getting it to move away from Strauss off the pitch after angling it into him, but his line is too wide to test the batsman

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 129/1
AJ Strauss    49* (107b 9x4)      S Sreesanth    13-6-40-0
MP Vaughan    29* (65b 5x4)      RP Singh    8-3-20-0

Neil C on email: "Strikes me that a clatter of wickets is just around the corner: England are becalmed after their rapid start, which normally means a nick chasing a wide one, and then a couple of quick wickets straight after. I know these things - after all I had a pony on McGinley at 14-1 to lead The Open after Day 1 and he's 3 shots clear after 14."

35.1

Singh to Vaughan, 2 wides, that's a shocking wide outside the off stump, Dhoni dives across towards first slip where Tendulkar was trying to get out of the way

35.1

Singh to Strauss, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Strauss punches off the front foot to cover

35.2

Singh to Strauss, 1 run, that's fifty fro Strauss, he gets there with a push off the pads through midwicket, well played

35.3

Singh to Vaughan, 1 wide, another extremely wide wide outside off stump, very poor bowling this

35.3

Singh to Vaughan, FOUR, RP Singh offers Vaughan a half-volley on leg stump, he leans forward and, with a flick of the wrists, sends the ball racing to the deep midwicket fence

35.4

Singh to Vaughan, FOUR, action replay of the previous ball, Vaughan leans forward and flicks through midwicket for another well-timed boundary, that's a second consecutive half-volley from RP Singh

S Rajesh, Cricinfo's stats man, tells me that it's Strauss's sixth fifty-plus score in 13 innings at Lord's, where he averages 65.67.

The ball has been changed after those two fours off the middle of Vaughan's bat.

35.5

Singh to Vaughan, no run, RP Singh sprays the changed ball wide outside off stump as well, Vaughan moves forward and lets it go

35.6

Singh to Vaughan, no run, another wide ball outside the off stump, the Indians are not making the England batsmen play enough, and when they do it's usually to bad balls that get hit for four

End of over 36 (12 runs) England 141/1
MP Vaughan    37* (69b 7x4)      RP Singh    9-3-32-0
AJ Strauss    50* (109b 9x4)      S Sreesanth    13-6-40-0

Sourav Ganguly is back into the attack. Dravid's hoping for another wicket against the run of play.

36.1

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, good length on middle and off stump, defended on the back foot

36.2

Ganguly to Strauss, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, Strauss leans across his stumps and flicks down to fine leg

36.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Vaughan takes a step forward and defends towards cover point, Vaughan is standing a couple of steps outside his crease to Ganguly

36.4

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, fuller delivery on off and middle stump, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

36.5

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, full length outside the off stump, Vaughan leans forward and drives gracefully to mid off

36.6

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 run, Ganguly drops it short outside the off stump, Vaughan moves back in his crease, waits for the ball to come to him and plays a powerful square drive to point where RP Singh fumbles and allows the single

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 143/1
MP Vaughan    38* (73b 7x4)      SC Ganguly    5-1-19-1
AJ Strauss    51* (111b 9x4)      RP Singh    9-3-32-0

Zaheer replaces RP Singh after his wayward previous over.

37.1

Khan to Vaughan, no run, pitches on off stump and moves away from the right-hander, left-alone by Vaughan

37.2

Khan to Vaughan, no run, once again the line is outside off stump and once again Vaughan lets it go

37.3

Khan to Vaughan, no run, Zaheer bowls it straighter on middle stump, the shorter length makes Vaughan go on the back foot and flick, he misses and the ball hits the pad

37.4

Khan to Vaughan, no run, defended with a straight bat on the back foot

37.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, pitches just short of a length on off stump and seams away from Vaughan who's been leaving those deliveries all day

37.6

Khan to Vaughan, no run, fuller delivery and much straighter on off and middle stump, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 38 (maiden) England 143/1
MP Vaughan    38* (79b 7x4)      Z Khan    9-3-34-0
AJ Strauss    51* (111b 9x4)      SC Ganguly    5-1-19-1

38.1

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, pitches on a good length on middle and leg stump, Strauss moves forward and tries to force it through square leg but gets hit on the pad

38.2

Ganguly to Strauss, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, Strauss leans forward and mis-times the straight drive but he's placed it well enough to get the single

38.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Vaughan moves quickly on the the back foot and drives through point

38.4

Ganguly to Strauss, 1 run, Ganguly gets it to swing back into Strauss who comes forward and drives a full ball wide off Sreesanth at mid-on

38.5

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 run, Vaughan walks across his stumps and drives Ganguly towards wide mid-on for a single, he can do that against Ganguly's pace

38.6

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, defended with an open face towards point

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 147/1
AJ Strauss    53* (115b 9x4)      SC Ganguly    6-1-23-1
MP Vaughan    40* (81b 7x4)      Z Khan    9-3-34-0

39.1

Khan to Vaughan, 1 run, good length on off and middle stump, Vaughan tries to drive off the front foot on the off side but gets a thick edge to point

39.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, short of a length, angling into Strauss from outside off stump, he moves back in his crease and defends towards point

39.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, Strauss tries to drive through cover off the back foot but the length isn't short enough and he gets a thick outside edge to gully

39.4

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, too short and too wide outside the off stump, Strauss moves on to the back foot and plays the cover drive to perfection, he's timed that superbly

39.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot towards Zaheer

39.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, full ball angling into middle stump, Strauss gets half forward and drives to mid-on

Time for a breather. Jamie will take you through until the tea break.

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 152/1
AJ Strauss    57* (120b 10x4)      Z Khan    10-3-39-0
MP Vaughan    41* (82b 7x4)      SC Ganguly    6-1-23-1

Thanks, George. Hello everyone.

40.1

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, short of a length outside off stump, crunched to backward point

40.2

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, slower and fuller, Vaughan comes onto the front foot and drives straight to short cover

40.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, beaten! Ganguly bowls one fuller and wider and Vaughan gets tempted into a loose drive away from the body, but the ball swings late and beats him

40.4

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, back of a length again, he gets up tall and pushes off the back foot to Jaffer at short cover

40.5

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, good length well outside off stump, left alone

40.6

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, good length again, this time Vaughan gets over it and defends

With that, Steve Bucknor calls for refreshments

End of over 41 (maiden) England 152/1
MP Vaughan    41* (88b 7x4)      SC Ganguly    7-2-23-1
AJ Strauss    57* (120b 10x4)      Z Khan    10-3-39-0

"Can you please say congratulations to Patrick Eagar - "the world's top cricket photographer" / "cricket's leading photographer" - from Caroline, Joel & Carrie and Sam and Muireann for reaching the milestone of 300 Tests today, a fine innings," emails Sam Walker. There you go Sam.

Kumble comes on for what could be a lengthy spell going into tea. One slip and forward leg in place.

41.1

Kumble to Strauss, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he comes forward and defends

41.2

Kumble to Strauss, no run, fizzed down leg stump, Dhoni collects as Strauss fails to time his nudge

41.3

Kumble to Strauss, no run, there's that flighted, in-the-blockhole delivery that Strauss digs out

41.4

Kumble to Strauss, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, and its eased through midwicket for a brace

41.5

Kumble to Strauss, 1 run, flatter trajectory, pitching on about leg stump and spinning down, Strauss helps it into the gap behind square for one

41.6

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, quicker, fuller and flatter and Vaughan square-drives to a diving backward point

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 155/1
MP Vaughan    41* (89b 7x4)      A Kumble    3-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    60* (125b 10x4)      SC Ganguly    7-2-23-1

42.1

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, full delivery angling across the stumps, Strauss drives with a thick inside-edge through square leg

42.2

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, overpitched outside off stump, allowing him to free the arms with a good-looking offdrive but RP Singh times his dive well and saves runs

42.3

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, good length on middle and leg, he gets back and pushes to midwicket

42.4

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, back of a length on off stump, he gets behind it and defends back down the track

42.5

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, full again and he drives with another inside-edge to midwicket

Sid V, who's keeping a close eye on the goings-on at Lord's, says "If there's one thing the Indians have done with single-minded focus it's the huddle - at the start, after drinks, after lunch. They seem be a united front then. When they spread to different corners of the field, the waywardness sets in."

42.6

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Strauss stands his ground and drives to midwicket

The lack of pace not working for Strauss

End of over 43 (maiden) England 155/1
AJ Strauss    60* (131b 10x4)      SC Ganguly    8-3-23-1
MP Vaughan    41* (89b 7x4)      A Kumble    3-0-9-0

43.1

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flighted up on the stumps, Vaughan gets forward in defense

43.2

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, a bit wider this time, giving him the chance to drive, but he cant beat cover

43.3

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flatter line, pitching on off and spinning away, Vaughan gets back and drives to short cover

43.4

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, good delivery, flighted up and Vaughan can only get forward and defend to point

43.5

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, quicker through the air, forcing him to get back and across in defense

43.6

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, good over, Kumble flighting this up in the right area and Vaughan defends to the off

Maiden over from the veteran legspinner

End of over 44 (maiden) England 155/1
MP Vaughan    41* (95b 7x4)      A Kumble    4-1-9-0
AJ Strauss    60* (131b 10x4)      SC Ganguly    8-3-23-1

44.1

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, back of a length on off stump, he gets up and defends uneasily, Ganguly runs forward and does the fielding

44.2

Ganguly to Strauss, 1 leg bye, this one pitches just outside leg stump, Strauss works it to leg off the thigh pad and gets an easy single as Dhoni collects

44.3

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, back of a length again, Vaughan stands tall and drives off the bact foot but to that close-in fielder

44.4

Ganguly to Vaughan, no run, almost! Ganguly holds the length back a touch and Vaughan, standing outside his crease and shuffling across the stumps, gets a leading-edge that pops up and lands just short of midwicket

44.5

Ganguly to Vaughan, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump this time and Vaughan drives into the covers, Sreesanth does the fielding and the batsmen get a single

44.6

Ganguly to Strauss, no run, back of a length on the stumps, he shuffles and turns it into midwicket, where Jaffer throws himself around and cuts off the run

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 157/1
AJ Strauss    60* (134b 10x4)      SC Ganguly    9-3-24-1
MP Vaughan    42* (98b 7x4)      A Kumble    4-1-9-0

45.1

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flights up the gentle legspinner outside off stump, Vaughan defends

45.2

Kumble to Vaughan, 2 runs, a bit too much air on that one, ends up full on leg stump, Vaughan clips it through midwicket out to Zaheer in the deep, who stops it near the ropes

45.3

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, well flighted outside off stump and Vaughan, thinking about the drive, holds back at the end

45.4

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Vaughan gets forward and defends to cover

45.5

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, tight line this, Kumble feeding him on a good length just outside off stump, looking for some spin, and Vaughan defends

there is some assistance from this track for Kumble

45.6

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, well flighted again, Vaughan gets over it and kills any spin with tight defense

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 159/1
MP Vaughan    44* (104b 7x4)      A Kumble    5-1-11-0
AJ Strauss    60* (134b 10x4)      SC Ganguly    9-3-24-1

Zaheer's back. So are the two slips.

46.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, immediately he's looking for movement, there's only a hint of it however as Strauss shoulders arms with ease

46.2

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, bang, thats four! Zaheer pitches fractionally short, 80mph, and Strauss hammers it away through midwicket, top shot!

46.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller delivery on about middle and leg, Strauss eases forward and checks the on-drive to mid-on

46.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, just back of a length and he drives to cover, failing to beat the man there, was a good shot though

46.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller, angling in from outside off stump, turned to midwicket, again to the man there

46.6

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, strays down leg stump and Strauss tickles it down to Sreesanth running around to fine leg, gets a couple for that shot

End of over 47 (6 runs) England 165/1
AJ Strauss    66* (140b 11x4)      Z Khan    11-3-45-0
MP Vaughan    44* (104b 7x4)      A Kumble    5-1-11-0

47.1

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, quick legspinner outside off stump, pitches and spins away, Vaughan leaves it be

47.2

Kumble to Vaughan, FOUR, quicker, flatter, outside leg stump, spins in but Vaughan shuffles brilliantly and glances it down to fine leg, good shot

47.3

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flighted up on that good length around off stump, some turn there too as Vaughan defends to cover

Vipul could apply for the Indian coaching job. "The only hope now for the Indians is to tighten up the screws by squeezing the run-rate. They should block one end using Kumble and keep alternating the other end between Zaheer and Sreesanth. Subsequently get Sachin to bowl a couple of overs in between with his dibly dobly outswingers. I am sure Vaughan will fall for the trap," he says.

47.4

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, good stuff, tossed up on off stump and forcing Vaughan to get over it

47.5

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, more turn, as Kumble fizzes it up a touch wide of off stump and Vaughan defends shakily to slip

47.6

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, flatter line, a bit short on the length too, spins into Vaughan, on the back foot, who turns it to forward short leg

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 169/1
MP Vaughan    48* (110b 8x4)      A Kumble    6-1-15-0
AJ Strauss    66* (140b 11x4)      Z Khan    11-3-45-0

"Is the bowling getting better?" asks David. "Partnership of 80 odd at just over 2.5 per over!" Well, it's definitely not as wayward as the first session but just as toothless.

48.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump, left alone by Strauss

48.2

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, short of a length, pitching on middle and leg and coming in, Strauss tucks it off the hips to midwicket for a quick single

48.3

Khan to Vaughan, no run, back of a length again, Vaughan is hurried into his defense back down the pitch

48.4

Khan to Vaughan, no run, back of a length again, he gets back and defends, making a good attempt to get inside the line

48.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, fuller, pushed across off stump, Vaughan gets the front foot forward and holds back the bat

48.6

Khan to Vaughan, no run, fullish again, a touch wider, Vaughan again just lets it go with a stride in

End of over 49 (1 run) England 170/1
MP Vaughan    48* (114b 8x4)      Z Khan    12-3-46-0
AJ Strauss    67* (142b 11x4)      A Kumble    6-1-15-0

49.1

Kumble to Strauss, no run, well flighted from over the stumps, Strauss gets forward and drives to cover

This is where Kumble is atleast succeeding, in getting the batsmen to play

49.2

Kumble to Strauss, FOUR, and when Strauss plays, he looks good! The wrong 'un ends up short and he rocks back, cutting backward of square for four

49.3

Kumble to Strauss, no run, well flighted on middle and leg, Strauss shuffles and taps it to short leg

49.4

Kumble to Strauss, no run, not as much air on this one, similar line, worked to that man again

49.5

Kumble to Strauss, no run, flighted up outside off stump, no turn as Strauss shoulders arms

49.6

Kumble to Strauss, no run, too short this time, on leg stump, he gets into position and pulls into the ground, a mistimed stroke

End of over 50 (4 runs) England 174/1
AJ Strauss    71* (148b 12x4)      A Kumble    7-1-19-0
MP Vaughan    48* (114b 8x4)      Z Khan    12-3-46-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Jul 23, 2007

Mahendra Singh Dhoni urges the nonstriker to pick up a quick single while Matt Prior looks on, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 23, 2007

Mahendra Singh Dhoni urges the nonstriker to pick up a quick single while Matt Prior looks on

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Jul 23, 2007

Monty Panesar is a picture of despondency after a missed chance, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 23, 2007

Monty Panesar is a picture of despondency after a missed chance

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