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

Pataudi Trophy - 2nd Test

England v India

India won by 7 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook are on their way, the Indian side is already out there having huddled, and Simon Taufel and Ian Howell - whose shirt appears to have shrunk into a Tour de Drugs snug-fit - are waiting. Strauss to face Zaheer Khan who will be squelching in from the Pavilion End ...

2.55pm All we now have to get through is the standard ECB hype with hymns and flag waving and we can get going. Oh how we adore marketing men and their endless attempts to justify their salaries.

2.50pm Here's the revised timings ... the afternoon session will be from 3.00pm until 4.50pm ... tea from 4.50pm to 5.10pm, and then the evening session from 5.10pm to 7.00pm, and another half hour possible if they haven't bowled the necessary 55 overs.

2.45pm While we wait for play to get underway, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

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2.40pm Thanks Jenny, excellent wibbling during the long rain delays. Good for the players and officials for getting the game underway. It's fairly wet on the outfield, so much so that they have laid matting at third man and covered the whole area in sawdust. If the ball goes down there it will come back resembling a bar of soap.

Just checked the Met Office forecast for the remainder of the match and it's not too bad at all.

Your commentators today will be Martin Williamson, Jenny Thompson and Will Luke

2.30pm Toss India have put England in. Rahul Dravid on wet outfield worries: "There was a bit of concern but hopefully it will dry up." Michael Vaughan: "We would have had a bowl, but we're not too sure what this wicket will do. The key now is to get some runs on the board."

Both teams have retained the same XIs as the opening Test at Lord's.

England, then, look like this: 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 Monty Panesar, 11 James Anderson.

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

And now, dear friends, it's time to hand you over to Martin Williamson.

2.20pm You won't believe this - OK, you probably will. It's raining. It's a passing shower - the skies are otherwise blue - but the covers are coming back on. We don't think it will hold up play, but you never know. We will let you know ASAP, naturally.

2.10pm News! It's a 3 o'clock start, so the toss will take place in 20 minutes or so. No need for these then, after all (thanks to Matt Ryan).

2.00pm An inspection, we hear, is imminent.

"I'm almost hoping the whole day is called off now," says Julian. "That might make Notts think about putting in a Lord's-style drainage system before they fork out for two new stands." It might make lots of counties think of similar, particularly the Test-staging ones...

1.10pm And after long chats and much head shaking, the announcement is that there will another inspection at 2pm. It's so frustrating ... sunshine and no play, but in fairness it is very wet and not fit for cricket. If this was a county game the day would have been called off hours ago. An early lunch for all and another update in 50 minutes.

Martin and Will are losing it, doing very bad impressions of northerners - they'll never compete with me. Martin was serenading Will earlier; apparently, he came along, he caught him out. Howzat? While I'm on the subject of winner-ish colleagues, let me tell you about my big boss... I heard a certain Sambit Bal turned up at the county ground this morning, asking where the ticket office was. Good effort, but this was the football ground. An easy mistake to make...

1.00pm "A whole lot of not a lot going on here," non-reports Andrew Miller. There's a lot of earnest conversations going on in the middle - but, says Andrew, there is no sign of an inspection. A few England players milling around by the pavilion gate. The nets are still up on the practice square, so the groundstaff don't anticipate anything happening in a hurry.

12.45pm It's not looking good. Allan Donald says: "My gut feeling is we won't play today." Shudder... I'm also shuddering because I remember watching him and Athers here in the nineties; that was frightening. But briliant.

Meanwhile, Steve Cohen hang your head for this nonsense: "If Harry Potter did make an appearance today, would he sit in the Pavilion or the "Daniel Radcliffe" Road End?"

12.40pm Squelch-watch - still soggy, alas. In unrelated non-sogginess, Willo's in the house (he says hello) and has set up a very exciting caption competition for you to enter. There be prizes, too. Yah. Be witty, immediately

12.35pm Sky are showing replays of the last Test. We could do similar but it wouldn't be that exciting...

9.5 Tremlett to Jaffer, 2 runs, Tremlett bowls a little fuller on off stump, Jaffer leans forward and pushes towards cover for a single, the overthrow allows the second

Nope, doesn't work, does it. Still, only ten minutes till the next inspection...

Meanwhile, Salim intones: "Ask not what jamodu can do for you, ask what you can do for jamodu." Deep as the outfield puddles, Salim. "Since npower supplies power, Jamodu can just supply Jamod to the people," suggests Ullad. Like it... but wouldn't that be Amodu? Hang on, none of these things are real, are they, so it doesn't really matter does it.

12.30pm "This rain delay allows me to finish my Harry Potter book!" writes! Cryus! "Hope you have one, too." No, I am an adult. Great news that Daniel Radcliffe is a cricket convert, though. He's not been spotted at Trent Bridge yet, alas; I'm sure they could do with some Potter magic. What am I saying; it's not real.

12.20pm James Darmon says: "I think Jamodu is one of those fiendish Japanese games where you have to use logic to work out why play has been delayed." Soggy outfield, I win. I'll have Goldfinger, too, as Spudgun would say.

12.10pm Mark Kidger tells us: "TMS has decided to go off-air, which means that they are not expecting any play in the foreseeable future." Crikey.

12.00pm Another inspection is due at 12.45pm. The players are engaging in lighthearted practice. The sun is shining, it's a shame there can be no cricket right now. Ron Gerard asks: "Jamodu - suppliers of yticirtcele?" Did that hurt your eyes reading it, too? Sorry if so.

11.50am No feedback on the inspection yet, ominously perhaps, but the surnameless Brendan has made us laugh: "Maybe jamodu could take electricity away from people?" Bhavani Shankar adds: "Lightning rods/earthing wire spring to mind, but maybe the physics geeks out there can come up with a better opposite for electricity."

11.30am The inspection should be taking place about now... but, not to be doommongers or anything (nous?), Jonathan Agnew on TMS reckons that the inspections are more cosmetic, to please the crowds, than anything. Sob, sob, sop, sop. The umpires are walking out, and pressing the outfield with their feet - it's still very soggy.

And now a plug. Patrick Kidd at The Times is organising a charity cricket match for his team, The Kirby Strollers, "a team of overweight, unfit and untalented part-timers" (his words) on August 12. They're playing The PG Wodehouse Society at Audley End, a stately home in northwest Essex, to raise money for The Kids Company. If you're feeling generous click here.

11.25am We're still waiting for the inspection, so while we are... here's something for you to (Glenn) ponder. Sir Tim Rice wrote to my Wisden Cricketer magazine colleagues recently saying "The npower logo ... when viewed upside down ... becomes a new and exciting logo for a company entitled Jamodu. I have therefore set up a company with this name, and appointed directors. We simply need something for Jamodu to do or make." Any ideas? While it's a Friday, and you're all tired after a hard week's work/study, I'm saving your imaginations with one I made earlier.

11.20am "Can you talk us through why the drainage in Lord's was so marvellous," asks Tom Foltynie. "Perhaps even let the people in Tewkesbury know." In brief - there'll be a full feature coming out over the weekend - Lord's used to have clay soil, which allowed minimal drainage, so in 2002 they relaid it to a golf green spec, replacing most of the clay with a mixture comprising 90% sand content. At the same time they added an irrigation system for when the ground gets thirsty, as it rapidly does (one of the downsides). The ground can now cope with two inches of rainfall, which is what fell on the second day. The system cost £1.25million to install, which was repaid alone by saving on ticket refunds at the Test. So now you know...

11.10am Inspection news. There's one due in 20 minutes, but we're not holding out much hope for any play at least until after lunch. The crowd are being patient, so far - and they can work on their tans, at least.

10.50am Justin Jones suggests: "Maybe a liberal use of talcum powder on the outfield would solve the problem?" Erm, thanks for that, Justin. The water table is so high that there's really nowhere for the water to go, hence the sogginess of the outfield. It's drier in the middle; there's a bit of grass on the strip. It's not as hard as at Lord's but should quicken up as the game goes on.

10.40am No news from Trent Bridge, but some from nearby Derbyshire, who have just sent me a press release telling me: "Adnan given permission to talk". Curious. In other news, Slogout, of course, is never delayed by a wet outfield...

10.30am "Aw, look, it is very frustrating," says guess-which-umpire, yes, it's Simon Taufel. "We're hopeful the sun keeps beating down and the public are patient and that we can start at some point today." Oh dear, that sounds a bit alarming; the umpires are rightly being safety conscious and the outfield is very wet. Ian Howell, his South African colleague, is not much more hopeful either, hoping for "some play" today.

It's frustrating that there could be a longer delay to the start than previously expected - especially as there are sunny skies; the umpires won't even hazard a guess at a start time. But safety is paramount, of course. Any thoughts on anything, anyone?

10.20am Andrew Miller does not report a lot. "Not a lot to report at the moment." (technically, he just got paid for that non-observation) "The super-soppers are sopping away, the umpires are pottering around by the wicket. Lots of cricketers toing and froing from the nets on the edge of the square, and a steady crowd building. The outfield is apparently still pretty damp so we'll just have to wait and see." Super sopping by the soppers.

It's frustrating all this wet weather malarkey, isn't it? A few tales for a non-rainy day as this is while we wait for news... Yesterday I was at Lord's where the head groundsman Mick Hunt told me all about the splendid drainage system he has in operation there... but also revealed that it has its disadvantages - fast draining on really sunny days means the ground gets "really thirsty". So it's not all roses, or "streamers and bloomers" to use his phrase, bless him. Groundsmen of the world unite - Mick travelled to Trent Bridge on Wednesday to lend his help, much like the Worcester team who went to help out at Northants this week. Much unsung they all are... so let's have a sing-song now. Or not.

And speaking of Worcestershire, I also went to Guildford yesterday (rather greedily) to see them play Surrey. Phil Jaques told me that Gareth Batty had had to stay at his house because of the floods. Now, this is the same Gareth Batty who got into difficulties while surfing in Sri Lanka in 2003 and had to be rescued. What is it with him and water? Rumours he was driving (steering?) the Fredalo have yet to be confirmed.

10.00am Good morning one and all - or afternoon, or evening - and welcome along to the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge, with things all square between England and India after the squeaky draw at Lord's.

First the bad news (sorry) - heavy overnight rains have delayed the start slightly, and now the good: the sun is shining; the players are out there practising, and inspections will be every half hour until play gets underway. The stumps are sitting hopefully in their place, too, so we shouldn't be too long before we kick off.

I'll keep you updated, of course, I being Jenny Thompson, hello. My co-driver today is Martin Williamson; we'll have S Rajesh on the bulletin, Andrew Miller providing colour and Gnasher McGlashan would be on drums... but he's off today.

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, wide outside off stump, swinging away from the left hander and Strauss watches and leaves it alone

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, slightly better line, still leave-aloneable and gentle swing towards the slips

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, Zaheer is certainly swinging the ball but he's not found his line so far and Strauss able to leave with ease

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, better ... straighter and it didn't swing, Strauss got all tangled up and it struck him painfully on the thigh

A second gully brought in by Dravid, mid-on now wide open.

0.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, too wide and left

Second gully round into the slips.

0.6

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, fuller, driven and Dravid at mid-off - who is in line with the stumps - makes a rather feeble attempt to stop it and it's four all the way

Sreesanth shares the new ball ...

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0
AJ Strauss    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Three slips and a gully ...

1.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, speared across Cook who shoulders arms ... no swing

1.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, again too wide to lure Cook, about two feet too wide

The wind should swing it into the left handers ...

1.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, even wider, as if that was possible, and Dhoni takes it around his ankles in front of first slip

1.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook and and across, thrusting his bat high above his head to let the ball pass

1.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, at last ... straight with a sniff of drift into the batsman, Cook forward and blocks solidly

1.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, wide and a tad short, Cook back and tries to cut but the ball zips into the pitch off a thick bottom edge and bobbles safely towards Dhoni

End of over 2 (maiden) England 4/0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-4-0

2.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, back and pushed a few feet into the off side

"Lay off the marketing men (and women). We took cricinfo from zero to hero in no time," says Marty. Of course ...

2.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, Strauss back and leaves

2.3

Khan to Strauss, OUT, super delivery, right line and length and Strauss' footwork once again lets him down ... he is drawn half forward and a loose drive goes straight into Sachin Tendulkar's midriff at first slip

AJ Strauss c Tendulkar b Khan 4 (9m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Strauss added to his problems by not getting his foot to the pitch of the ball and ended up reaching for a swinging ball he could have left

2.4

Khan to Vaughan, 2 runs, too full, Vaughan leans into what is no more than a push and the ball scurries through the covers

Zaheer switches to round the wicket for Vaughan.

2.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, into line to block

2.6

Khan to Vaughan, no run, no stroke attempted to one a foot outside off stump

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 6/1
MP Vaughan    2* (3b)      Z Khan    2-0-6-1
AN Cook    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-1-0-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook makes a big stride forward and then leaves

Sreesanth has not found his line or length yet.

3.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, about the widest of them all so far ... he's struggling to control the ball and seems to be overcompensating for the breeze across the ground

3.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, outside off and Cook leaves

3.4

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, overpitched and Cook cracks it through the covers, it has enough power to get across the soggy outfield to the cheers of the crowd ... they've been waiting so long they will cheer anything at the moment

There's the difference between Cook and Strauss. Cook used his feet and reach to get right to the pitch of the ball.

3.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook pushes gently to mid-on

3.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, no shot, two feet outside off

Don't forget we have prizes to give away in our latest competition. Graeme Smith is riding a Harley Davidson so, be witty.

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 10/1
AN Cook    4* (12b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-1-4-0
MP Vaughan    2* (3b)      Z Khan    2-0-6-1

Zaheer continues round the wicket to Vaughan.

4.1

Khan to Vaughan, no run, slanted into Vaughan who defends

4.2

Khan to Vaughan, no run, into Vaughan's pads and he gets into line and blocks comfortably

4.3

Khan to Vaughan, no run, much the same, into the right hander and he defends with plenty of time

4.4

Khan to Vaughan, no run, very wide - in one-day wide territory - and Vaughan makes no effort to do anything with it

Zaheer switches to over the wicket after that one ...

4.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, squirted into the leg side off the pads

4.6

Khan to Vaughan, 1 run, defensive push to where conventional extra cover would usually be, but there's a gap there and Vaughan trots through for the single

End of over 5 (1 run) England 11/1
MP Vaughan    3* (9b)      Z Khan    3-0-7-1
AN Cook    4* (12b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-1-4-0

5.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, much better line to the right hander, a stifled cry as Vaughan meets it with bat and pad

5.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan leaves but that was still the right line, inches outside the off stump

Michael replies to Marketing Marty. "There are those of us who have managed to discover things of quality like Cricinfo without the jargon-laden nannying of deceitful, overpaid consultants."

5.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, slightly too much width, no shot

5.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, and again, swinging from outside off to even wider outside off

5.5

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, overcompensates, down the leg side and no swing this time, Dhoni skips across to take it around waist height

5.6

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, another leave to end the over

Sreesanth started that over with two excellent deliveries but lost his way after that and gave Vaughan too many balls he did not have to play.

End of over 6 (maiden) England 11/1
MP Vaughan    3* (15b)      S Sreesanth    3-2-4-0
AN Cook    4* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-7-1

Ed Davis responds to Marty's comments to lay off the marketing men: "Remember the immortal words of the late Bill Hicks - 'If you're in marketing, kill yourself now. It's the only way to save your soul'."

6.1

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook tentatively pushes at the ball from the crease, safe enough and it bobbles into the off side

6.2

Khan to Cook, FOUR, good bowling, Cook reaches and edges the ball a couple of feet short of Ganguly at third slip - he dives, shuts his eyes and misses it

No sooner do we praise Cook's footwork than he shows none.

6.3

Khan to Cook, 1 leg bye, thudded into Cook's thigh pad and into the on side for an ambled leg bye

6.4

Khan to Vaughan, 2 runs, an attempted drive comes off the outside edge and so goes much straighter than intended

6.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, full, Vaughan half forward to defend into the off side

6.6

Khan to Vaughan, no run, booming outswinger which was way too wide to trouble the batsman

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 18/1
MP Vaughan    5* (18b)      Z Khan    4-0-13-1
AN Cook    8* (15b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-2-4-0

Sorry about the delay ... much arm waving and field placing going on out there ... plus much sawdust being spread around

7.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook back and leaves

7.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook pushes into the covers and no sooner has he done so that he sends Vaughan back with a loud "no"

7.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 2 runs, inswinging yorker, Cook digs it out well and the ball scuttles down to long leg

7.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, tempting fate, but Sreesanth seems to have found his line at last ... on off stump, defended into the leg side. He's making the batsmen think about every ball now

Yet more sawdust comes out ... it could be at a premium in Nottingham by the end of the day. Expect a run on it in pet shops across the city ...

7.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, full, Cook has to jab down

7.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, swinging into the left hander, good over, well done

More sawdust out there than in a butcher's shop now. It shows how soggy it is underfoot ...

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 20/1
AN Cook    10* (21b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-2-6-0
MP Vaughan    5* (18b)      Z Khan    4-0-13-1

Marketing men the world over are writing in to defend their honorable trade ... and charging their clients for the time spent doing so, no doubt

8.1

Khan to Vaughan, no run, swinging across Vaughan who leaves but only after giving the delivery every consideration

8.2

Khan to Vaughan, no run, short, Vaughan very late on a pull and he is nutted by a direct hit

He looks accusingly at the pitch and then gratefully at his helmet and gets ready to resume ...

8.3

Khan to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

Vaughan takes another stroll to look at the pitch ...

8.4

Khan to Vaughan, FOUR, Zaheer drifts to leg, Vaughan flicks the ball off his hips and its timed and placed, long leg has no chance to get round

8.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, a wide awayswinger, an adjustment too far

"I am an adult," announces the confusingly named Cyrus. "Not scared of saying I'm a Harry Potter fan." The shame of it... It was Jenny who scoffed at all the harry Potter fans, so pick on her.

8.6

Khan to Vaughan, OUT, another pearl from Zaheer, Vaughan forced to play defensively at one drifting away from him, and a thick outside edge gives Tendulkar at first slip his second catch of the afternoon, lower down this time

MP Vaughan c Tendulkar b Khan 9 (30m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

And that brings in the shy and retiring Kevin Pietersen. And gives Zaheer his 150th wicket in his 49th Test.

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 24/2
     Z Khan    5-0-17-2
AN Cook    10* (21b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-2-6-0

RP Singh replaces Sreesanth

9.1

Singh to Cook, no run, lots of swing but the wrong line to start with and it's very wide

9.2

Singh to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers

9.3

Singh to Cook, no run, an easy leave outside off

9.4

Singh to Cook, no run, lots of swing but lacking control so far in his first over

9.5

Singh to Cook, no run, booming awayswinger, less booming leave from Cook

9.6

Singh to Cook, no run, a maiden but not one to write home to the kids about ... lots of swing but Cook barely had to move from his stance

End of over 10 (maiden) England 24/2
AN Cook    10* (27b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-1-0-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      Z Khan    5-0-17-2

10.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles in the crease like a cat on a hot tin thingy, ends up defending into the covers

This could be an entertaining spell ...

10.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, peach ,,, angled across Pietersen who gropes for the ball and misses

10.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, shorter but down the leg side and Pietersen takes a step to the off and watches it pass

10.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, flamboyant leave outside off, bat thrust to the heavens

10.5

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen steps to off, gets an edge into his pads and the ball scoots fine down the leg side and trundles away for four

10.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, very wide, not even Pietersen at his most aggressive would have swiped at that

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 28/2
KP Pietersen    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-0-21-2
AN Cook    10* (27b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-1-0-0

11.1

Singh to Cook, 1 run, pushed defensively to mid-on where the fielder is slow to respond and that allows a well-run single. A deserved glower from RP Singh at his team-mate

11.2

Singh to Pietersen, no run, firmly driven to Dravid at short mid-on

11.3

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed into the off side, no power but well placed between cover and mid-off

Glenn emails to say the Indian flag is flying upside down from the pavilion ...

11.4

Singh to Cook, 3 runs, punched through mid-on, sweetly timed, to bring up Cook's 1500 runs in Tests, the youngest English player to get to that landmark

Cook is 22 years 214 days ... Tendulkar was 19!

11.5

Singh to Pietersen, no run, plopped off bat and pad into the leg side ... quite safe

RP Singh drops the ball in his delivery stride ... everyone laughs except a rather embarrassed bowler

11.6

Singh to Pietersen, (no ball) FOUR, sublime straight drive past the bowler, all along the ground and the kind of stroke any club cricketer would be happy to retire after playing

Andrew confirms the flag on the pavilion is indeed proudly upright in its correct position.

11.6

Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen attempts the same shot but this time doesn't time it and Singh fields

And despite the fact that it's not exactly sweltering and the crowd has had to wait for hours for any action, the ICC rules dictate there will be a drinks break after an hour, and so a drinks break there will be. Bless them ... always thinking of the public. Speaking of which, here's Will Luke.

End of over 12 (10 runs) England 38/2
KP Pietersen    9* (11b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-1-10-0
AN Cook    14* (29b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-21-2

Thanks Martin, and an uproariously good afternoon to you all

12.1

Khan to Cook, no run, vast swing outside Cook's off stump which amuses both the batsman and bowler. Far too wide to begin with, but it bent away from the left-hander quite markedly

12.2

Khan to Cook, no run, and this time he strays down the leg side, though Cook can't quite take advantage of it - nervously poking it to leg

12.3

Khan to Cook, no run, that's the line and - I'll wager - the length, too, drawing Cook forward and attacking his off stump. It's defended solidly

12.4

Khan to Cook, no run, very well bowled indeed, Cook remaining back in his crease to this slightly shorter ball which swings away from the batsman at the last moment. Cook pokes; Cook misses

12.5

Khan to Cook, no run, again, nicely bowled - he's just angling it into Cook here, before swinging it away at the last moment. To his credit, Cook is well behind it and plays it late

12.6

Khan to Cook, FOUR, edged but short - in fact, I'm going to give Cook the benefit of the doubt there. He went back and played it very late, angling it down into the slips - through them, rather - to third man for four

Zaheer offers a few choice words to Cook there who in turn braises them into a stew

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 42/2
AN Cook    18* (35b 3x4)      Z Khan    7-0-25-2
KP Pietersen    9* (11b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-1-10-0

13.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, no, the wrong line from Sreesanth - too wide and swinging wider still

Swapnil emails; "Can you put together a list of grounds and their city names and their counties as fans outside England seldom know which ground is in which county. I mean Lord's is in London in Middlesex, Old Trafford is in Manchester in ..." Easy. Lord's is in London but not in Middlesex. Middlesex doesn't exist. The Oval is in London but not in Surrey. Old Trafford is in Manchester but not in Lancashire ... Somerset play home matches at Bath which isn't in Somerset. Next month Worcestershire play at Taunton in Somerset. Last week they played at Derby in Derbyshire. All clear now?

13.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, better line but again a bit too short. Pietersen is back and across, blocking it out

13.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, very well bowled - there's the line. On middle-and-off, almost squaring Pietersen up with the outswing he is generating - but it's firmly pushed back to the bowler

No words yet from Sreesanth to Pietersen. Neither are short of a few

13.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, ooh a massive shout from Sreesanth as he raps Pietersen on the pads. He wants it - imploring the umpire to raise his finger, but he clearly got an inside edge

"Big edge, big edge - big edge" screams Martin

13.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, FOUR, but he loses his line here, drifting it down leg and Pietersen gratefully accepts four to fine-leg with a calm flick off his toes

13.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, poor ball - a real waste; short and down the leg side, it's ignored by the batsman and accepted by the keeper

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 46/2
KP Pietersen    13* (17b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-2-10-0
AN Cook    18* (35b 3x4)      Z Khan    7-0-25-2

Ah, here's RP Singh who, at Cricinfo Towers, is affectionately known as Arpy Singh. He's not really, I just made that up.

14.1

Singh to Cook, no run, nudged to leg - a crab-like knock off his hip

RP is over the wicket to the left-hander, incidentally

14.2

Singh to Cook, no run, and Cook leaves this one alone. Not a great deal of swing for Singh yet, not as much as Zaheer was generating at any rate

14.3

Singh to Cook, 1 run, neatly played from Cook, playing very late back in his crease and nudging this leg-side drifter off his pads for a single

14.4

Singh to Pietersen, OUT, and he's got him - very well bowled by Singh. Full and straight, swinging back into Pietersen who tried to whip it to leg but was trapped in front - the ball would have taken out middle quite comfortably

KP Pietersen lbw b Singh 13 (38m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

This is messy for England. Time for a 500-ball 40 from Collingwood to dig them out

"He's a fighter," says Nick Knight. Is Collingwood ever called anything else?

14.5

Singh to Collingwood, no run, yelps and oohs from the slip cordon here as Collingwood shoulders arms. Well wide of the off stump, and perfectly sensibly played

14.6

Singh to Collingwood, no run, ooh nearly! Very close to bowling Collingwood here who was almost knocked off his feet. Full, quick and swinging into the right hander who, at the very last moment, dug it out

End of over 15 (1 run) England 47/3
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      RP Singh    3-1-11-1
AN Cook    19* (38b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-2-10-0

15.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, very close indeed and I'm calling it, it looks absolutely plumb. Swinging into Cook and rapping him on the pads, dead in front. Replays don't appear to indicate he hit it, but it did look a bit high. Either way, here's there to fight another ball

15.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, a touch wider of the off stump, Cook leaves well alone

15.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, left alone once more. Touch too wide from Sreesanth

15.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good length, but Cook can again leave it alone outside off. No need to serve up a drive

15.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, that's better - Sreesanth at last attacking Cook's off stump who goes back to defend

15.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 leg bye, a huge, Murali-esque appeal from Sreesanth who rapped Cook on the back foot, but that was clearly, clearly going down the leg side

"Excuse me ? Bath has ALWAYS been in Somerset," fumes an angry Graham Turner. Apologies. You're right.

End of over 16 (1 run, maiden) England 48/3
AN Cook    19* (44b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    6-3-10-0
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      RP Singh    3-1-11-1

16.1

Singh to Cook, 2 runs, on his legs and Cook calmly nudges this off his pads for a couple. Well played

16.2

Singh to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to shoulder arms, and does so with immense skill and talent

16.3

Singh to Cook, no run, Cook again comes forward, taking a big stride down the pitch before, at the last moment, withdrawing his bat. Well left

16.4

Singh to Cook, no run, very well bowled by Singh, cutting this back into Cook who is forward and defending solidly

16.5

Singh to Cook, no run, a waste. Far too wide and swinging wider of the off stump

16.6

Singh to Cook, no run, Cook tries to spoon this to leg but can't find the gap

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 50/3
AN Cook    21* (50b 3x4)      RP Singh    4-1-13-1
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      S Sreesanth    6-3-10-0

"Have a look at that slip cordon," cries Michael Holding. And it's hard not to. Like being told "don't look at the ceiling," you immediately glance up. They've four slips in place

Pretty tight over, that, but safely negotiated by Cook. Right then, here's Sreesanth for one more

17.1

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off. Swinging wider still

17.2

Sreesanth to Collingwood, 1 run, tough too straight here and Collingwood nudges it off his pads, allowing them to scamper through for a decidedly cheeky single

17.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to block this out, and does so solidly

17.4

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, ooh, very close to losing his leg stump Cook - Sreesanth angling this into his pads and he takes it off his legs at the very last moment, flicking it down to fine-leg

It's a quagmire down at fine-leg, but fortunately they fish the ball out of the moat

17.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 4 byes, terrible ball down the leg side and Dhoni makes rather a hash of it behind the stumps, and he can't prevent it racing down to fine leg

17.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, better line outside off and it's left alone

End of over 18 (9 runs) England 59/3
AN Cook    25* (54b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    7-3-15-0
PD Collingwood    1* (4b)      RP Singh    4-1-13-1

Apparently, we "seem to be a great and jolly mood today," says Sajjad. "You have to be, its a dream beginning for India." Yes, that's why we're all so jolly.

18.1

Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, well played Collingwood. A shorter ball but, given the sogginess of the pitch, it barely bounces chest-high and he pulls it in front of square

18.2

Singh to Collingwood, no run, firmly punched off the back foot by Collingwood

18.3

Singh to Collingwood, 2 runs, ooh close! Very, very close to inside-edging this onto his stumps. Short, wide of the off stump and he tries to cut it but it got a little big on him, in fact. Inside edges it down to fine leg

"Paul Collingwood - I have heard him described as the Owen Hargreaves of Cricket," says Roger Butcher

18.4

Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, neat stroke. Vast amounts of bottom hand but the ball races (as much as any ball can in such moist conditions) straight down the ground for four

The India fielders are furiously, vigorously drying the ball. It's been on a bit of a journey around the marshlands of Trent Bridge in recent overs. What tales it must have

18.5

Singh to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, wrong line, down the leg side and he whips him (the ball) to fine leg

18.6

Singh to Cook, no run, an uncharacteristically ugly poke from Cook, like a pensioner about to board a bus, poking at the door with his walking stick

End of over 19 (11 runs) England 70/3
AN Cook    25* (55b 4x4)      RP Singh    5-1-23-1
PD Collingwood    11* (9b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    7-3-15-0

19.1

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, wide, and swinging wider. It's far out and Collingwood isn't interested

19.2

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, ah, lovely shot from Collingwood for a zero. Firmly punched to mid-on

19.3

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, again down the leg side

Sreesanth's losing it here. The ball's going all over the place and he appears to be fighting the demons within; clenching his fists and imploring with himself to bowl straight

19.4

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, and again, miles down the leg side

19.5

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, and it's on target this time, just outside the off stump and it's left alone

He looks unbelievably tense

19.6

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, good end to a poor over, pitching this up to the right hander who digs it out

And again the multi-named Sreesanth has a pop at the batsman - a little word in Collingwood's ear, and a savage stare. Best just get on with the game if you're bowling like that, I reckons.

End of over 20 (maiden) England 70/3
PD Collingwood    11* (15b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    8-4-15-0
AN Cook    25* (55b 4x4)      RP Singh    5-1-23-1

Anyway. Cricket

Sir Arthur Greebe-Streebling has emailed. Not sure what he's said as I've not read it, but the name takes me back to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore - what geniuses they were. "Is that Greeve-Streebling or Streeb-Greebling?"

20.1

Singh to Cook, 1 run, drops this down and they scamper through. Excellent running

20.2

Singh to Collingwood, 3 runs, very neat punch off the back foot - placing it past extra cover and they scamper three

20.3

Singh to Cook, no run, another leg-side drifter - India appear a little flustered here

20.4

Singh to Cook, 1 run, clipped off his pads for a single. Collingwood wants two but Cook declines with a strangled yelp of "no"

People asking, quite rightly, what the Owen Hargreaves of cricket means. Imagine if he was the Roger Hargreaves of cricket, turning all his colleagues into Mr Men. There'd be Mr Ego, Mr Drive, Mr Nervous Nineties...we'll stop there

20.5

Singh to Collingwood, no run, good line, attacking the stumps and it's firmly defended

20.6

Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, shot. A calm punch on the front foot - nothing more than a push, really - but he times it beautifully through extra cover for four

End of over 21 (9 runs) England 79/3
PD Collingwood    18* (18b 3x4)      RP Singh    6-1-32-1
AN Cook    27* (58b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    8-4-15-0

Zaheer Khan is returning, bowling for the first time from the Radcliffe Road End

21.1

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward, poking at it like a pensioner with a wooden leg

21.2

Khan to Cook, no run, well bowled, swinging this into Cook's pads but he defends this on the front quite solidly

21.3

Khan to Cook, no run, pushes forward to defend

Who says marketing people aren't funny? Npower has brought out a tongue-in-cheek ad campaign featuring players with "solar-lighting helmets" - the ultimate accessory for cricketers hampered by dim light. They're crrrrazy, all right.

21.4

Khan to Cook, 1 run, that's very well played from Cook, dropping this dead out into the off side and scampering through for a single. Excellent cricket

In fact, excellent cricket from England since the fall of the third wicket

21.5

Khan to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

21.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, several miles wide of the off stump. Collingwood couldn't have reached that with, well - you get the idea

End of over 22 (1 run) England 80/3
PD Collingwood    18* (20b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-0-26-2
AN Cook    28* (62b 4x4)      RP Singh    6-1-32-1

Ganguly into the attack. He could be an absolute nightmare on this surface

22.1

Ganguly to Cook, no run, Cook shapes to leave but is a little late on it, the ball rapping him on the glove

22.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, true to form, Ganguly sends this miles wide of the off stump

And there we have it. It's only taken two balls and already he's complaining about his back. Looks like he's tweaked it

22.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, better line this time, but still not straight enough to test Cook

22.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a little wibbly-wobbly swinger outside off

22.5

Ganguly to Cook, no run, miles wide of the off stump. This is a bit village really, but Cook does need to keep his concentration

22.6

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a beautiful ball with which to finish the over, shaping away from Cook who is drawn forward into a poke. He misses, Ganguly yelps and all is well with the world

End of over 23 (maiden) England 80/3
AN Cook    28* (68b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-0
PD Collingwood    18* (20b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-0-26-2

23.1

Khan to Collingwood, 2 runs, on his legs, clipped just backward of square - and it was very neatly played, too, staying right back in his crease

23.2

Khan to Collingwood, FOUR, oh, don't bowl there. Down the leg side, Collingwood clips this through midwicket for four. Super shot

23.3

Khan to Collingwood, no run, pushed off the back foot to cover

23.4

Khan to Collingwood, 1 run, again, on the leg stump, Collingwood clips him to fine-leg

23.5

Khan to Cook, FOUR, much too short, Cook pulls it away and times it very well indeed

23.6

Khan to Cook, 3 runs, again well played, nudging this through midwicket and they'll get three

End of over 24 (14 runs) England 94/3
AN Cook    35* (70b 5x4)      Z Khan    9-0-40-2
PD Collingwood    25* (24b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-0

Hello all. Will here. Martin and Jenny are both slaving over their keyboards, so it's me for another stint. And here's Anil Kumble to open proceedings after tea

Meanwhile, you have two tasks. Give some money to Patrick Kidd, our friend at The Times, for a charity match he has organised on August 12. They're trying to raise £1000 for Kid's Company - a terrific cause, so dig deep. Less importantly, have a dart at our caption competition.

And that, ladies and gentleman, shall be tea. A good recovery by England - this pair have put on 47 in 9.2 overs to steady proceedings, but the conditions still suit India's bowlers - if they can control the swinging ball. We're all off to eat ginger cake and suggest you do the same. Either Martin or Jenny will take you through proceedings after tea, and hope you'll join us then.

24.1

Kumble to Cook, no run, a beauty! It raced on - turned and bounced at Cook who played, missed, grimaced and smiled

24.2

Kumble to Cook, no run, tossed up on off stump, Cook is firmly forward this time

24.3

Kumble to Cook, no run, on middle-and-leg this time, Cook nudges it to leg

24.4

Kumble to Cook, no run, very full - tossed up and it lands almost as a yorker. Cook doesn't do anything daft, just digging it out at the last moment

24.5

Kumble to Cook, no run, late cut, firmly, but Ganguly pulls off an excellent stop at point

24.6

Kumble to Cook, 1 run, Kumble drops it short and Cook works him around the corner to steal the strike

End of over 25 (1 run) England 95/3
AN Cook    36* (76b 5x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0
PD Collingwood    25* (24b 4x4)      Z Khan    9-0-40-2

Ah, now then. Spin from one end; wobble from the other as Ganguly is back from the Radcliffe Road End with two slips and a gully

25.1

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a nice start too, on off stump and bending back into the left-hander who defends

25.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, another pensionable poke from Cook - he really doesn't play that with any grace whatsoever. A real "feeler" of a stroke

25.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, that's much better. A solid step down the pitch before punching it back to the bowler

25.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, swinging into Cook who defends

I don't think anyone has ever bowled at such a floaty, slow pace, ever. Cook has enough time to make a cup of tea before the ball is bowled. Maybe he will?

25.5

Ganguly to Cook, no run, punched to mid-on

25.6

Ganguly to Cook, no run, and it's blocked out again on off stump

End of over 26 (maiden) England 95/3
AN Cook    36* (82b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    2-2-0-0
PD Collingwood    25* (24b 4x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0

Zaheer back into the attack

26.1

Khan to Collingwood, no run, swinging back into Collingwood who diligently defends it back to the bowler

There's a man in the crowd, equipped with blazer, newspaper, pen...and a blow-up banana. He's trying to inflate it while tackling six-down. And struggling. What does he look like?

26.2

Khan to Collingwood, no run, cracked on the front foot to cover

26.3

Khan to Collingwood, no run, ooh that's a belter from Zaheer, cutting this across Collingwood who plays and misses

26.4

Khan to Collingwood, no run, punched to mid-on's right who makes excellent ground to field

26.5

Khan to Collingwood, no run, well left outside his off stump

Bananaman has inflated his banana and has placed it by his feet. He almost appears to have a contented grin on his face, one of real accomplishment. Well, if you don't have any friends, bring an inflatable...

26.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 27 (maiden) England 95/3
PD Collingwood    25* (30b 4x4)      Z Khan    10-1-40-2
AN Cook    36* (82b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    2-2-0-0

27.1

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a floaty drifter on off stump which Cook gets right behind and defends

Tragedy has struck at Trent Bridge. Bananaman has had his inflatable banana confiscated by the evil lady in orange. "It's not an ECB banana," Martin quips. "It's not an ICC banana," quips someone from the magazine. We're not cynical

27.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

27.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, pushed out to cover

27.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a drifty floater down the leg side - Ganguly gets terribly excited for no apparent reason

27.5

Ganguly to Cook, no run, leaves this alone outside off. That's the line from Ganguly

27.6

Ganguly to Cook, no run, ooh that's well bowled, cutting this back into the left-hander who is almost squared up

Ganguly's doing the business here

End of over 28 (maiden) England 95/3
AN Cook    36* (88b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    3-3-0-0
PD Collingwood    25* (30b 4x4)      Z Khan    10-1-40-2

28.1

Khan to Collingwood, no run, a bouncer, but an ineffectual one down the leg side

28.2

Khan to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a length and it rises up onto Collingwood who plays it well, nudging it to leg off his pads

28.3

Khan to Cook, no run, good line this, outside Cook's off stump but he's happy to leave it alone

I don't know if he's actually happy. I'm only guessing.

28.4

Khan to Cook, no run, ooh well played - well bowled, too, attacking Cook's off stump but he comes forward to defend at the last moment

28.5

Khan to Cook, no run, well left! A tempter outside his off stump and Cook leaves it alone...but only at the last moment, causing yelps of excitement from behind the stumps

28.6

Khan to Cook, no run, he shoulders arms to end the over

End of over 29 (1 run) England 96/3
AN Cook    36* (92b 5x4)      Z Khan    11-1-41-2
PD Collingwood    26* (32b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    3-3-0-0

Here comes Ganguly...who drops the ball mid-delivery. The crowd are probably too drunk to have noticed, but a small contingent did give him a friendly jeer

29.1

Ganguly to Collingwood, no run, huge, huge appeal from the bowler but he's well outside the line here - and it hit the bat. Or did it? No, replays show it was pad-bat...close shout

29.2

Ganguly to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes forward confidently here, blocking it out with fervour

29.3

Ganguly to Collingwood, 1 run, nudged off his pads to bring up the pair's fifty partnership

50 off 89 balls. Well done everyone

29.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, Cook goes back and across to defend

29.5

Ganguly to Cook, no run, punched to leg

Ganguly's got Cook in knots here - and he's bowling nicely, too

29.6

Ganguly to Cook, no run, ooh cracking cut, there, but straight to cover

End of over 30 (1 run) England 97/3
AN Cook    36* (95b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    4-3-1-0
PD Collingwood    27* (35b 4x4)      Z Khan    11-1-41-2

30.1

Khan to Collingwood, no run, and he plays and misses outside off. Encouraging bounce for the man called Zaheer, and he screams an agonising roar for his poor luck

30.2

Khan to Collingwood, no run, on the front foot Collingwood crunches this to cover, but straight to cover

30.3

Khan to Collingwood, no run, straighter from Zaheer this time, swinging into Collingwood's pads who defends solidly

30.4

Khan to Collingwood, no run, well bowled, finding some bounce and Collingwood goes back to chop it down

30.5

Khan to Collingwood, no run, down the leg side, it clips his thigh pad and Zaheer roars another primal scream for his wicket. He's been fired up, this series

30.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off and it's another maiden

End of over 31 (maiden) England 97/3
PD Collingwood    27* (41b 4x4)      Z Khan    12-2-41-2
AN Cook    36* (95b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    4-3-1-0

Two maidens in a row. I'm sure there's a joke in that

31.1

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a nice little wobbling drifter on Cook's off stump, bending back into the left-hander

The general consensus from the slip cordon appeared to be "oohh-ayye-yeee" to that last delivery, and I quite agree

31.2

Ganguly to Cook, 2 runs, nurdled off his pads. Ganguly nearly ruptures something very vital with another huge appeal for nothing

31.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

31.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, swinging into the left-hander who pushes it back to the bowler

31.5

Ganguly to Cook, 1 run, flicked off his pads for a single and there's England's 100

31.6

Ganguly to Collingwood, 1 run, whipped through midwicket

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 101/3
PD Collingwood    28* (42b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    5-3-5-0
AN Cook    39* (100b 5x4)      Z Khan    12-2-41-2

I've begun talking in a northern accent this afternoon. None of this matters a jot, because here comes Sreesanth

32.1

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, smacked off the back foot, but smacked to nowhere

32.2

Sreesanth to Collingwood, OUT, well bowled! Swinging into Collingwood who came tentatively forward, without conviction, and inside-edged it onto his stumps

PD Collingwood b Sreesanth 28 (73m 44b 4x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Very well bowled by Sreesanth, who was all over the shop before tea. There's the length: can he maintain it?

Here's Ian Bell...arms a'pumpin' and sleeves a'rollin'

32.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, defends this to leg

32.4

Sreesanth to Bell, 4 leg byes, poor delivery, down the leg side and he clips it for four to fine-leg. Oh, the umpire signals leg-byes

32.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, too wide of the off stump to trouble Bell who leaves this well alone

32.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, and he leaves it alone to end the over

End of over 33 (4 runs, wicket maiden) England 105/4
IR Bell    0* (4b)      S Sreesanth    9-5-15-1
AN Cook    39* (100b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    5-3-5-0

33.1

Ganguly to Cook, FOUR, flicked off his legs - and, well, he's timed this exquisitely and it fairly races away through midwicket

33.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, another flick, but he flicks it straight to short midwicket

33.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, pushes this back to Ganguly. Mid-on fields...

33.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, a floater. Cook defends on off stump

33.5

Ganguly to Cook, no run, swinging into Cook's middle stump, as it were, it's blocked out

33.6

Ganguly to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, it's left alone

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 109/4
AN Cook    43* (106b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    6-3-9-0
IR Bell    0* (4b)      S Sreesanth    9-5-15-1

34.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, wide, swinging wider and it's left alone

I'm wide and getting wider, too

34.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, a little too short and a little too wide

That could apply to many people

HRG advises us that Zaheer Khan is the fourth left-arm quick to pass 150 Test wickets ... the others are Wasim Akram (414) Chaminda Vaas (319) and Alan Davidson (186). So now you know.

34.3

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, a beauty! That is a cracker from Sreesanth. Outside off stump, it cut away from him and bounced prodigiously on Bell who tried to defend it off the back foot but missed. Missed it comfortably, truth be told

Three slips in place

34.4

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, but therein lies Sreesanth's problem, drifting this delivery down the leg side

34.5

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, another cracker, cutting this away from Bell who plays and misses

34.6

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

Hot-footing it into the commentators' chair comes Martin Williamson, currently singing Culture Club's Karma Chameleon. We're nothing if not music junkies here

End of over 35 (maiden) England 109/4
IR Bell    0* (10b)      S Sreesanth    10-6-15-1
AN Cook    43* (106b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    6-3-9-0

My colours are like a dream ...

35.1

Ganguly to Cook, no run, wobbly medium pace, 70mph, wobbly prod into the covers

35.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, straight, pushed back to Ganguly who deigns to bend and field

35.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, patted into the leg side

This is all rather sleepy. India should be going for the jugular.

35.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, like an old motor, he's losing power ... that was 69mph and wide of off

"Do you publish only 'witty' or 'lame' views here?" asks Sathya Karanam. "No matter how witty I try to be, none of my comments are published."

35.5

Ganguly to Cook, OUT, and Ganguly strikes, drifting one back into Cook who is hit on the pads and Taufel answers a beseeching appeal for leg before with a nod and a finger

AN Cook lbw b Ganguly 43 (160m 111b 6x4 0x6) SR: 38.73

Hawk-Eye suggests that the ball was sneaking ... well, passing well over ... the stumps. That makes no difference, Ganguly has the wicket and that's all that matters. But Cook was standing tall after a decent stride and it hit him fairly high up ... sorry, Simon, but that was a bad decision, no question.

Ganguly never ceases to amaze. He looks innocuous, is about 10mph faster than Monty Panesar and yet he gets wickets ... England now have two batsmen yet to get off the mark, pressure on and all that ...

35.6

Ganguly to Prior, no run, no shot, wide and left

End of over 36 (wicket maiden) England 109/5
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      SC Ganguly    7-4-9-1
IR Bell    0* (10b)      S Sreesanth    10-6-15-1

36.1

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, outside off, Bell leaves and heads disdainfully towards square leg

36.2

Sreesanth to Bell, no run, again no need to play that

36.3

Sreesanth to Bell, 1 run, whipped from middle-and-leg behind square for the single

36.4

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, Prior right into line and a watchful defensive stroke

36.5

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, Prior takes a big step forward and leaves, a hint of seam into him but no danger as it started too wide

36.6

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, fullish, driven firmly inches to the right of the stumps and mid-on across quickly to field

Once again a Ganguly-basher is giving the commentaries!" misspells a gloating Amit. "The unnecessary slurs simply can not be missed ... looks strange though when a comment such as 'like an old motor, Ganguly is losing power' has to be followed by a validated decision by the umpire. Would walk a mile to have a look at the stupid face of the commentator." Eh?

End of over 37 (1 run) England 110/5
MJ Prior    0* (4b)      S Sreesanth    11-6-16-1
IR Bell    1* (13b)      SC Ganguly    7-4-9-1

37.1

Ganguly to Bell, 2 runs, swished off the pads square on the leg side, the man in the deep has 20 yards to run to his left so the batsmen get an easy two

37.2

Ganguly to Bell, no run, driven but not timed, a thick inside edge and the ball bobbles to mid-on

37.3

Ganguly to Bell, no run, Bell takes a big stride and defends on the walk

37.4

Ganguly to Bell, no run, lovely delivery, a bit more zip and bounce and Bell whips his bat inside the line at the last minute

37.5

Ganguly to Bell, no run, too short, Bell turns the ball to midwicket

37.6

Ganguly to Bell, no run, Bell leaves a wide and rather gentle one

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 112/5
IR Bell    3* (19b)      SC Ganguly    8-4-11-1
MJ Prior    0* (4b)      S Sreesanth    11-6-16-1

38.1

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, speared down the leg side, Dhoni across smartly to take on the run

38.2

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, just as wayward, only this time off-side waywardness, Somewhere in between needed ...

38.3

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, Prior shapes to drive, the swing means he gets a thick inside edge into pad and the ball trickles into the covers

38.4

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, Prior looks like someone who wants to get on with things but perhaps caution needed in these conditions

38.5

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, pushed off the back foot into the off side

38.6

Sreesanth to Prior, no run, too short to tempt the hook

Ganguly hobbles off after his spell. Not sure why he hobbles ... Sachin Tendulkar to replace him.

End of over 39 (maiden) England 112/5
MJ Prior    0* (10b)      S Sreesanth    12-7-16-1
IR Bell    3* (19b)      SC Ganguly    8-4-11-1

39.1

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, booming awayswing from Tendulkar, Bell drives but ends up having to reach for it and so gets only half a bat on it

39.2

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, good line and length, Bell watches and blocks

39.3

Tendulkar to Bell, 2 runs, Bell waits and punches a more gentle awayswinger through the covers. He has the time to place it ...

39.4

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, forward and left alone

Tendulkar swinging the ball away from the right hander.

39.5

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, too full and that allows Bell to wait and time the ball through the covers

39.6

Tendulkar to Prior, no run, floated more, Bell slightly bemused and in the end he keeps it out but in a rather ungainly way

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 115/5
MJ Prior    0* (11b)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    6* (24b)      S Sreesanth    12-7-16-1

40.1

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, crisply driven through the covers, not timed well enough to outpace the chasing fielders

40.2

Singh to Bell, FOUR, Bell stands tall and cuts the ball behind point, he hit that into the ground but with power and he had the width to free his arms

40.3

Singh to Bell, no run, a genuine edge but the ball falls 18 inches short of Tendulkar at first slip

40.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, turned behind square on the on side, Bell considers a second but long leg is in quickly

40.5

Singh to Prior, no run, solid defence, into the ground and the bowler fields on the bounce

40.6

Singh to Prior, no run, another resolute defensive shot

End of over 41 (7 runs) England 122/5
MJ Prior    0* (13b)      RP Singh    7-1-39-1
IR Bell    13* (28b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-3-0

Legspin at Lord's, seamers here from Tendulkar

41.1

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, drifting towards the slips, Bell not interested

41.2

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, pushed defensive shot square on the off

41.3

Tendulkar to Bell, FOUR, too full, and he cannot afford that at this pace, Bell walks to meet the ball and smacks it through extra cover

Dhoni standing back which allows the batsmen to stroll down the track with impunity.

41.4

Tendulkar to Bell, 2 runs, Bell back, waits and clips through square leg

41.5

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, short, bell punches off the back foot but with no timing

41.6

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, Bell defends with almost exaggerated caution

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 128/5
IR Bell    19* (34b 2x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-9-0
MJ Prior    0* (13b)      RP Singh    7-1-39-1

42.1

Singh to Prior, no run, another inside edge from Prior ... he found the edge more than the middle so far

42.2

Singh to Prior, no run, fired down the leg, Dhoni leaps to his left to gather

42.3

Singh to Prior, no run, Prior leaves, bat well out of harm's way

42.4

Singh to Prior, no run, Prior happy to watch and leave at this stage of the day

42.5

Singh to Prior, FOUR, off the mark with a leg glance, much too fine for long leg to even start trying to cut it off

42.6

Singh to Prior, 3 runs, driven through the covers, caught by the fielder a yard from the rope

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 135/5
MJ Prior    7* (19b 1x4)      RP Singh    8-1-46-1
IR Bell    19* (34b 2x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-9-0

Tendulkar off, no surprise there as the experiment didn't really come off, but worth a punt. Anil Kumble takes over ...

43.1

Kumble to Prior, no run, Prior lunges forward to block

43.2

Kumble to Prior, 1 no ball, flighted more, Prior watches and blocks from the crease

43.2

Kumble to Prior, FOUR, steps back and thwacks that through the covers, no turn and that was a gift

43.3

Kumble to Prior, no run, back into the groove, Prior stretches forward to defend

43.4

Kumble to Prior, no run, pushed through, again met with the full face of the bat

43.5

Kumble to Prior, no run, bang on target, not much turn at this stage and Prior keeps it out

43.6

Kumble to Prior, no run

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 140/5
MJ Prior    11* (26b 2x4)      A Kumble    2-0-6-0
IR Bell    19* (34b 2x4)      RP Singh    8-1-46-1

44.1

Singh to Bell, no run, swinging in to the right hander, punched back on the bounce to the bowler

44.2

Singh to Bell, FOUR, far too wide from Singh, Bell drives sweetly between cover and extra cover, timed and no chance for the chasing duo

44.3

Singh to Bell, 1 no ball, short and wide, Bell looks to chop it square but pulls out of the shot as he hears the shout of no-ball

44.3

Singh to Bell, no run, jagged back off the seam, Bell jumps to block

the late-afternoon sunshine now sweeping across the ground, the shadows lengthening

44.4

Singh to Bell, no run, another decent delivery, Bell has to hurry to defend

44.5

Singh to Bell, no run, left with ease, too wide to tempt

"Prior should do OK against Kumble," says PB. "Didn't his father invent the Merlin spin machine?" Not quite, PB. It was a different Matthew Pryor, The Times cricket journalist, whose father Henry is responsible for Merlyn.

44.6

Singh to Bell, 1 run, once more too wide, firmly driven but Dravid has put a man on the cover boundary so only the single

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 146/5
IR Bell    24* (41b 3x4)      RP Singh    9-1-52-1
MJ Prior    11* (26b 2x4)      A Kumble    2-0-6-0

45.1

Kumble to Bell, 1 run, Bell down the pitch early to sweep ...well, paddle, to short long leg

45.2

Kumble to Prior, no run, Prior defends .. he doesn't look happy

45.3

Kumble to Prior, no run, pushed firmly into the off side via the boots of silly point

45.4

Kumble to Prior, no run, driven to short extra cover

45.5

Kumble to Prior, no run, pulled down by Kumble, Prior drops int into the leg side but the fielders close quickly

45.6

Kumble to Prior, OUT, Prior drives at a wide one and Dravid holds a straightforward catch to his left at first slip ... there was an inevitability about that dismissal, Prior never looked happy against Kumble

MJ Prior c Dravid b Kumble 11 (45m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.48

End of over 46 (1 run) England 147/6
     A Kumble    3-0-7-1
IR Bell    25* (42b 3x4)      RP Singh    9-1-52-1

46.1

Singh to Bell, no run, steered to third slip, all along the ground

46.2

Singh to Bell, no run, punched to short mid-on

46.3

Singh to Bell, 1 run, short, pulled, a hint of top edge and the ball was in the air for a while as it headed to long leg but never a catch

46.4

Singh to Tremlett, no run, wide and Tremlett, with no Test runs to his name, leaves

46.5

Singh to Tremlett, 3 runs, a relieved Tremlett is off the mark with a steer to third man, cheers from the crowd greet his first Test runs

46.6

Singh to Bell, no run, way too short, quite deliberate to keep Bell on strike

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 151/6
IR Bell    26* (46b 3x4)      RP Singh    10-1-56-1
CT Tremlett    3* (2b)      A Kumble    3-0-7-1

47.1

Kumble to Tremlett, no run, too short and Tremlett defends

47.2

Kumble to Tremlett, 1 run, lunging defensive shot, a thick inside edge and the ball fizzes behind square

47.3

Kumble to Bell, 2 runs, short, Bell steps to leg and hammers it square on the off where the man in the deep on the cover boundary fields

47.4

Kumble to Bell, no run, full, Bell comes to meet it and almost yorks himself

47.5

Kumble to Bell, no run, quicker ball, Bell defends and the ball bounces up and over the stumps as he spins round to check where it is heading

47.6

Kumble to Bell, no run, another stride or two, smashed back at Kumble who, like all good bowlers, tries a little bit harder to stop it when his figures are at risk

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 154/6
IR Bell    28* (50b 3x4)      A Kumble    4-0-10-1
CT Tremlett    4* (4b)      RP Singh    10-1-56-1

Zaheer Khan comes on for a late burst. Seven over left tonight, so this will go the distance to 7.30pm.

48.1

Khan to Tremlett, no run, full, a sniff of awayswing, Tremlett digs it out

48.2

Khan to Tremlett, no run, pushed to cover, no worries so far for England's new No. 8

48.3

Khan to Tremlett, no run, confidently flicked to midwicket

48.4

Khan to Tremlett, no run, dropped Zaheer finds the edge, the ball zips to Tendulkar at knee height ...he did everything right except catch it. It went into the middle of his hands and out again

48.5

Khan to Tremlett, no run, another nibble from Tremlett ... this might not last too long

48.6

Khan to Tremlett, no run, a relieved Tremlett can leave that one

End of over 49 (maiden) England 154/6
CT Tremlett    4* (10b)      Z Khan    13-3-41-2
IR Bell    28* (50b 3x4)      A Kumble    4-0-10-1

49.1

Kumble to Bell, 1 run, easy nibble into the off-side

49.2

Kumble to Tremlett, no run, plenty of excitement around the bat, from the men in catching positions, as Tremlett pushes that into the leg-side

49.3

Kumble to Tremlett, no run, getting closer, flighted, big inside edge saved him

49.4

Kumble to Tremlett, no run, more solid forward defence, the ball trickles into the leg-side

Dravid tweaks the field, bringing in a leg slip

49.5

Kumble to Tremlett, no run, Tremlett leans forward to defend on the front foot

49.6

Kumble to Tremlett, no run, on leg, poked forward on the front foot again and a relieved Tremlett survives

End of over 50 (1 run) England 155/6
CT Tremlett    4* (15b)      A Kumble    5-0-11-1
IR Bell    29* (51b 3x4)      Z Khan    13-3-41-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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