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

Pataudi Trophy - 3rd Test

England v India

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

Dinesh Karthik to take strike, Ryan Sidebottom to open up from the Vauxhall End.

10.55am The talking is almost over and the umpires are on their way out followed by the England team and the ubiquitous Jerusalem blasts across the ground to accompany the ubiquitous huddle. India's openers, who did so well in the first innings at Nottingham, emerge from the far-from-picturesque setting of the Barrington stand, by far the unloveliest players' home on England's Test circuit.

10.50am Most of the crowd are in the ground and are making their way to their seats. The first four days were sold out as long ago as February but day five tickets are still on sale, available from our friends at www.surreycricket.com until around 4pm on Sunday, or you can buy them on the door on the day, cash only.

News filtering through that Ashley Giles will announce his retirement at a press conference here tomorrow ... the first of the Ashes-winning side to quit.

10.45am And David Gower cannot resist asking Vaughan about jelly beans. As if that particular issue has not been flogged to death many times over ... and as if to show that they are nothing if not persistent, Sky Sports in the UK are now running a feature on it. And to add to the 'amusement' they have just made a joke about foot-and-mouth disease ... which is fairly pathetic given that the outbreak is less than 20 miles from The Oval and people's livelihoods are at risk ... but never let anything get in the way of a cheap laugh chaps ...

10.30am India have won the toss and will bat. "It looks a good wicket, it looks firm, quite dry," Rahul Dravid said. "Hopefully we can get a big score on the board and put some pressure on England. We truly believe that with five days of good cricket here there will be a result one way or the other and we want to be on the right side of it."

"We would have liked to have had a bat, but we've got an opportunity to come out and try to take some wickets," admitted Michael Vaughan. "It will bounce, so we will try to put the ball in the right area. Sometimes at The Oval it can swing nicely, and we have got bowlers who can extract bounce. It's a great challenge for us. We've got some good memories of The Oval."

Both teams are unchanged ...

9.55am Good morning and welcome to a sun-drenched Oval where summer has finally arrived. The sky is clear and the two teams are limbering up for the series decider ... the only sad thing is that the Test series is so short ... and all because the boards want to jam in as many ODIs as they can. Shame.

England's two overnight fitness worries - Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett - are both out and about. Pietersen has already got the all clear but Tremlett is still undergoing tests on his right shoulder. The feeling is that he will be fine.

Toss and teams to follow. The first four days are sold out - all tickets went by February. Day five tickets are still available

0.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, started wide and swung in to the right hander, he reached and patted it to Vaughan at mid-off

0.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, back and into line, again inswing and the ball is hit hard into the ground and out into the covers

0.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, poor shot selection, it was wide, Karthik played an expansive drive and the ball beat his inside edge

0.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, more circumspect leave to another wide one

"I know it's a girlie thing to say," says Jenny, "but I don't know how he can bowl with his hair down."

0.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, defensive push to mid-off, Karthik sets off as if looking for a quick single but checks as he sees Vaughan rushing in

"It's one thing growing a moustache," continues Jenny on a theme and a roll ...

0.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, Sidebottom probes outside off, Kathik leaves

Gentle applause for a decent first over.

End of over 1 (maiden) India 0/0
KD Karthik    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0
W Jaffer    0* (0b)     

James Anderson from the Pavilion End to Wasim Jaffer. Three slips and a gully. A slight delay as the umpires chat to someone on their walkie talkies. Jaffer appears unhappy with something behind the bowler. Steve Bucknor looks rather resigned, as if he has seen it all before.

1.1

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, wide of off stump, no shot

1.2

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, lovely ball, coming in to Jaffer, a bit of bounce and it zips past the outside edge

1.3

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, more gentle away swing, left alone

1.4

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, again far too wide to tempt

1.5

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, well judged, left by Jaffer but that was a much better line

1.6

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, another leave but too wide once more

More applause but aside from the one ball that beat Jaffer, it was a fairly uninspiring opening over.

End of over 2 (maiden) India 0/0
W Jaffer    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
KD Karthik    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0

Andrew Caddick was on standby for this match. Don't scoff, he's had a cracking season - and calling up county stalwarts is very Peter Moores of course. TMS's Jonathan Agnew asked Vaughan to confirm this, to which he replied: "It's Caddick or you, Aggers."

2.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, into the pads, the ball plops harmlessly into the leg side

Three slips and Cook at short leg.

2.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, swinging into Karthik, he is well forward and meets the ball with a no-nonsense block

2.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, pushed with the swing into the leg side and the ball trundles to mid-on

2.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, left alone, well judged as it was not too far outside off stump

2.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, more encouragement from the close fielders even though Karthik was able to leave with something to spare

2.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, much fuller, blocked on the bounce back to Sidebottom who fakes a shy at the stumps to cheers from a few spectators

End of over 3 (maiden) India 0/0
KD Karthik    0* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-0
W Jaffer    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

Almost full aside from the corporates in the OCS stand. Morning coffee or cricket ... no choice for the City slickers ...

3.1

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, too wide again from Anderson

3.2

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, it hardly needs saying ... but too wide to remotely interest the batsman

3.3

Anderson to Jaffer, FOUR, after several sighters Jaffer finally has a go at one and hammers the ball behind square on the off for four. That ball got exactly what it deserved

3.4

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, wide but fuller, Jaffer leaves

3.5

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, outside off, no shot

Anderson has not bowled one remotely close to being on target so far this over.

3.6

Anderson to Jaffer, FOUR, well, better line but too full and Jaffer plays an effortless straight drive down the ground ... he barely leaves his crease as that races away across the unusually lush outfield

End of over 4 (8 runs) India 8/0
W Jaffer    8* (12b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-8-0
KD Karthik    0* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-0

4.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, swinging in to Karthik who chops down to defend

4.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, 2 runs, wider and fuller, Karthik does no more than defensively push behind square on the off, but the ball is neatly placed between fielders and he's off the mark

4.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, fuller and Karthik messily keeps it out, that would have been fairly plumb but he was saved by a thick inside edge

4.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, wider and Karthik lifts his bat out of harm's way

4.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, down the leg, Karthik aims a rather airy swish and Prior takes off to gather the ball as it arcs away from him

4.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, the swing beats Karthik as he shapes to turn the ball to leg and it thuds into his pads

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 10/0
KD Karthik    2* (18b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-2-0
W Jaffer    8* (12b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-8-0

5.1

Anderson to Jaffer, 1 wide, and that was the widest of the lot, and even too much for Ian Howell who calls it

5.1

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, he's really off the boil ... started wide and got wider

5.2

Anderson to Jaffer, FOUR, too full and Jaffer gets a thick outside edge - probably intentional - and the ball scoots away behind square on the off side

Anderson looks to the heavens ...

5.3

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, firm drive and Tremlett at extra cover athletically dives to his left and flicks the ball towards the keeper's end

5.4

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, the first short one, Jaffer sways back and lets the ball pass at head height

5.5

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, much better, a good length and line, Jaffer plays inside the line. No foot movement

5.6

Anderson to Jaffer, SIX, short but much too wide, Jaffer leans back,slashes the ball over gully and it carries all the way. Quite safe as there is no third man and the width allowed him the freedom to throw the bat at it

End of over 6 (11 runs) India 21/0
W Jaffer    18* (18b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-1-19-0
KD Karthik    2* (18b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-2-0

Anderson may get an early rest ...

6.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, 3 runs, fuller and a crisp off drive, Panesar chases hard and flicks the ball back with a lunge inches inside the rope

Jaffer to face Sidebottom for the first time today

Jaffer makes his mark and does a few limbering exercises.

6.2

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, good line, swinging in, Jaffer meets it with the face of the bat

6.3

Sidebottom to Jaffer, FOUR, Jaffer back and punches the ball through midwicket, Vaughan chases but opts not to dive for the sake of saving a run

6.4

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, wide but no swing, Jaffer played for it to come back and ended up groping as it left him

6.5

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, fuller, Jaffer back but is beaten offering a rather nothing poke

6.6

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, defensive push to mid-off

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 28/0
W Jaffer    22* (23b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-9-0
KD Karthik    5* (19b)      JM Anderson    3-1-19-0

Chris Tremlett replaces the hapless Anderson.

7.1

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, the ball lifts off a length and Prior takes on the rise

7.2

Tremlett to Karthik, 1 no ball, outside off, again springy bounce but he overstepped

7.2

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Karthik turns slightly square as he blocks, again he looks as if he is about to set off for a sharp single but it was never remotely possible

7.3

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, into line and blocked with a dead bat

7.4

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, wide, a grunt, and left

7.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, much too wide again ...

7.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, slightly better line but still no need for a shot

End of over 8 (1 run) India 29/0
KD Karthik    5* (26b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-1-0
W Jaffer    22* (23b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-9-0

8.1

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, booming inswinger which started wide enough for Jaffer to leave anyway

8.2

Sidebottom to Jaffer, FOUR, sublime and effortless flick through square leg, lovely shot

8.3

Sidebottom to Jaffer, 2 runs, less attractive, he reaches for the ball and steers the ball off the bottom of the bat behind square on the off. Poor running .... Jaffer was not pushing for a third which was clearly there

8.4

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, outside off, Jaffer back and then leaves

8.5

Sidebottom to Jaffer, 1 run, pushed into the covers off the back foot and good placement enables a comfortable single

8.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, slanted across the right hander but too wide to entice

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 36/0
KD Karthik    5* (27b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-2-16-0
W Jaffer    29* (28b 5x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    1-0-1-0

9.1

Tremlett to Jaffer, no run, Jaffer stands tall to get over the ball and drops it into the off side

9.2

Tremlett to Jaffer, no run, pushed into the covers off the front foot, no chance of a run as point quickly in

9.3

Tremlett to Jaffer, no run, Jaffer surprised by the bounce, he takes his bottom hand off the handle and just about keeps the ball under control and it loops a few yards into the off side

9.4

Tremlett to Jaffer, no run, able to leave as it was a couple of feet outside off

9.5

Tremlett to Jaffer, 1 run, turned safely past Cook who is at backward short leg

9.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Karthik gets bat and body right into line to defend

End of over 10 (1 run) India 37/0
KD Karthik    5* (28b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-2-0
W Jaffer    30* (33b 5x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    5-2-16-0

10.1

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, angled across Jaffer but much too wide and Prior has to scurry to his right to gather

10.2

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, no shot from Jaffer who gets half forward with his pad just in case the swing is exceptional ... which it is not

10.3

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, three out of three left alone

10.4

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, back and across but no shot needed

Barely a hum around the ground ... the alcohol hasn't taken its toll yet though!

10.5

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, short, Jaffer jerks his head back a few inches even though it was not close to him, Prior takes above his head and the slips applaud with the enthusiasm of seals expecting a fish

10.6

Sidebottom to Jaffer, no run, left alone. Six balls, six that did not need playing. That's a lot of effort from Sidebottom on a hot day for absolutely no reward

End of over 11 (maiden) India 37/0
W Jaffer    30* (39b 5x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    6-3-16-0
KD Karthik    5* (28b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-2-0

11.1

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, fired down the leg side, Karthik was already moving to off and so not in a position to play a shot and Prior skipped across to take it

11.2

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Karthik trapped back in his crease, a fuller ball beat him and hit just above the knee roll, a loud appeal but Ian Howell shakes his head

Hawk-Eye supports the unpire, it was going over the top.

11.3

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, outside off, no shot

11.4

Tremlett to Karthik, 2 runs, Karthik again looks rather ill at ease, a thick leading edge squirts into the covers. He was once more turned completely square as he played that ...

11.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Karthik sways to the off and looks to help that round the corner but misses

11.6

Tremlett to Karthik, 1 no ball, wide, a no-ball ... aside from that, spot on

11.6

Tremlett to Karthik, FOUR, Karthik's first boundary of the day, driven on the up through the covers, in the air but safe, and the ball races across the outfield

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 44/0
KD Karthik    11* (35b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    3-0-9-0
W Jaffer    30* (39b 5x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    6-3-16-0

A lovely day here in London. Hot and warm, not often that has been the case this summer. Not as hot as at the US PGA which starts later where the temperatures are set to top 100 degrees. Anderson back into the fray ...

12.1

Anderson to Jaffer, 1 run, turned round the corner to deep backward square leg

12.2

Anderson to Karthik, no run, up in the blockhole, Karthik almost yorks himself but jabs down just in time, albeit off balance, and as he stumbles Anderson shies back at the stumps ... and misses by some way and there was no chance of a run out anyway

12.3

Anderson to Karthik, 3 runs, neatly placed to the right of mid-on

12.4

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, full, firmly driven back at Anderson's feet

12.5

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, wide, and the ball seemed to struggle to get through to Prior, like an old man chasing a bus

12.6

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, no stroke needed

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 48/0
W Jaffer    31* (43b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    4-1-23-0
KD Karthik    14* (37b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    3-0-9-0

13.1

Tremlett to Karthik, 2 runs, full, driven through mid-on but not timed

13.2

Tremlett to Karthik, FOUR, a thick edge from Karthik as he tried to pull the bat out of the way, the slips fail to gather a half volley and it's four as there is no third man

13.3

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, left alone, wrong line

13.4

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, pushed to extra cover with a flourish

13.5

Tremlett to Karthik, FOUR, sweetly flicked through midwicket, too full ... Karthik waited for the ball and eased it into the leg side

13.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, firm drive to Vaughan who stops it well at shortish mid-off

And for the first time today it's Jenny Thompson who has hopefully got over her rather unnatural fixation with body hair. Thank you, Martin Williamson. Hello everyone. Glorious day and a great start for India at The Oval; faultless.

End of over 14 (10 runs) India 58/0
KD Karthik    24* (43b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    4-0-19-0
W Jaffer    31* (43b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    4-1-23-0

14.1

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, a good length, nipped back in off the seam veering towards leg stump

14.2

Anderson to Jaffer, FOUR, shorter this time, on off, and creamily dispatched in front of midwicket with a back-foot pull

14.3

Anderson to Jaffer, no run, better direction for Anderson, outside off and slanting in casually to the right-hander - with a touch of lift, too - and he fends down off the back-foot

14.4

Anderson to Jaffer, OUT, width outside off, short-of-a-length and that was a deliberate strategy to entice Jaffer to upper cut off the back-foot straight to Pietersen at third man

W Jaffer c Pietersen b Anderson 35 (69m 47b 6x4 1x6) SR: 74.46

"Catch it," barked a fielder, helpfully, as the ball was in the air. Dravid to the crease now.

14.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, first ball to Dravid is much fuller, but dug out off his toes, working to short midwicket

14.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, on off, short, defended down on the back foot

"Jaffer couldn't have his cake and eat it..." says Gnasher McGlashan. His words, folks.

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 62/1
R Dravid    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    5-1-27-1
KD Karthik    24* (43b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    4-0-19-0

15.1

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, on the back foot, defended down

15.2

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, wideish down the channel, encouraging signs of lift for Tremlett

15.3

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, this time a hint of swing away, slinky arc, and a good length, but too wide to be of interest

15.4

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, on off stump this time, slightly squared up in defence

15.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, swing away down the channel, left alone

15.6

Tremlett to Karthik, FOUR, outside off, too short, driven back back down the ground through mid-off with some neat timing

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 66/1
KD Karthik    28* (49b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    5-0-23-0
R Dravid    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    5-1-27-1

16.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, tight delivery that one, up there on off, but defended stoutly on the front foot

16.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, another dot ball with a tidy delivery prompting another defence

16.3

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, too much width outside off now, allowing Dravid to get off the mark with a crashing back-foot cut in front of point

16.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, swing away down the channel, left alone

16.5

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, wide again, flashed up-and-over the slips, a deliberate shot - and one which got its reward

16.6

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, on leg now, Dravid squeezes over to work the ball behind square and earn himself ten runs from the over

End of over 17 (10 runs) India 76/1
R Dravid    10* (8b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-37-1
KD Karthik    28* (49b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    5-0-23-0

17.1

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, wide down off and boomeranging wider - that looked a wide, and taken by Prior at first-and-a-half-slip, as it were

Or between first and second slip as I should have said

17.2

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, up there and defended forward this time

17.3

Tremlett to Karthik, 1 run, down off and tries to pull hard through midwicket, but is a shade late on the shot

17.4

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 run, defended on the front foot

17.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, more front-foot defence

17.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, encouraging bounce for Tremlett, down off, but wide enough to leave

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 78/1
KD Karthik    29* (54b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    6-0-25-0
R Dravid    11* (9b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-37-1

18.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, down the off-side this time

18.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, on the legs now, worked away off the thighs in front of square

18.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, defended on the front foot

18.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, worked the ball to leg now, straight to the fielder there

18.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, better delivery - tight and up there, with a hint of bounce, defended back down

18.6

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, width outside off, not completely timed but found the middle with a drive off the back-foot and the ball raced through cover

Cheers as Panesar's brought into the attack. Boos from touchtyping commentators around the world - he rattles through his overs. Let's see if he can get some bounce on the track.

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 82/1
R Dravid    15* (15b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-41-1
KD Karthik    29* (54b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    6-0-25-0

19.1

Panesar to Karthik, no run, on the spot, and dealt with easily

19.2

Panesar to Karthik, 2 runs, tucked away through short leg for a quick single

19.3

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, loop from Panesar, Karthik waits and watches to play a neat wristy drive on the front foot to mid-off

19.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, hits the spot on the front foot, defended forward

19.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, on the front foot, defended forward

19.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, quicker one, pushed past the outside edge, a good delivery

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 85/1
R Dravid    15* (18b 3x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-3-0
KD Karthik    32* (57b 4x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-41-1

Anderson to continue

20.1

Anderson to Karthik, no run, up there, defended on the front foot

20.2

Anderson to Karthik, no run, flashed at it away from the body off the back foot - but the swing away took the ball away and just out of reach

Should have done away with one of those aways

20.3

Anderson to Karthik, FOUR, width outside off and well directed through third man

20.4

Anderson to Karthik, no run, outside off, good length, Karthik aims to drive but eases off the pedal and the ball rolls to cover

20.5

Anderson to Karthik, 1 run, a bit more testing this time, up there on off, and driven into the covers

20.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, outside off, poked back down off the back foot

There's a serene atmosphere to proceedings, for India anyway, who are accumulating nicely

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 90/1
R Dravid    15* (19b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-46-1
KD Karthik    37* (62b 5x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-3-0

21.1

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, stretches out to defend on the front foot

21.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, touch extra loop, but on the same spot - and the same shot

21.3

Panesar to Dravid, 2 runs, drags it a touch short, and Dravid frees his arms (in a manner of speaking) to cut very well away through point. Ah, shame you can't see Anderson's fielding - a very commendable effort with a sliding stop, then a body jerk to avoid the ropes.

As Alan Partridge would say, "Ooh, that's first-class."

21.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended forward this time

21.5

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, on leg, worked to square

21.6

Panesar to Karthik, 2 runs, more runs, this time a caress in front of midwicket

Sidebottom now back into the attack, replacing Anderson

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 96/1
KD Karthik    40* (64b 5x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-9-0
R Dravid    18* (23b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-46-1

22.1

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, over the wicket, curving into the right hander who defends on the front foot

22.2

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, defended on the front foot

Two slips in by the way

22.3

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, on the front foot, rushed towards mid-on

22.4

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, up there, on middle, and defended forward

22.5

Sidebottom to Dravid, FOUR, worked into the leg-side to bring up India's 100 before lunch

22.6

Sidebottom to Dravid, 3 runs, on middle-and-leg this time, a rare fumble from Panesar who manages to recover in time to stop the ball inside the rope

End of over 23 (7 runs) India 103/1
R Dravid    25* (29b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-3-23-0
KD Karthik    40* (64b 5x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-9-0

23.1

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended on the front foot

23.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, shorter ball, crashed towards short leg

23.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, chased down the leg-side

23.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, on the front foot, defended on the front foot without alarm

23.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, more defending, again on the front foot

23.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, some spin, albeit a touch wide, and that's left alone easily

End of over 24 (maiden) India 103/1
R Dravid    25* (35b 4x4)      MS Panesar    3-1-9-0
KD Karthik    40* (64b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-3-23-0

24.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, on the front foot, defended forward

24.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, straight delivery, defended on the front foot

24.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, 2 runs, a touch loose, cut away to point

24.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, 4 byes, beaten Prior down the leg - it was wide and swinging even wider

24.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, pushed across the right hander, a touch fuller, poked to cover

24.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, on off, bounced up and played down off the back foot

End of over 25 (6 runs) India 109/1
KD Karthik    42* (70b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-3-25-0
R Dravid    25* (35b 4x4)      MS Panesar    3-1-9-0

25.1

Panesar to Dravid, no run, floated up there, and defended into the covers

25.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended on the front foot this time

25.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, a touch more float, it's eyed beadily, but driven straight to mid-off

25.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, left alone outside off now

25.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended on the back foot this time

25.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, and now on the front foot

As we mentioned this morning, Ashley Giles has retired because of his hip injury - we've just had official confirmation from the ECB. "I had hoped to make a full recovery and return to playing over the next few months but the advice I have received means that there is no chance of me returning to cricket at any level."

End of over 26 (maiden) India 109/1
R Dravid    25* (41b 4x4)      MS Panesar    4-2-9-0
KD Karthik    42* (70b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-3-25-0

26.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, round the wicket, angles the ball in at the right hander, who defends on the front foot

26.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, FOUR, outside off, deliberately opening the blade and running the ball down to the vacant third man area

That's the fifty partnership

26.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, left alone outside off this time

26.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot

26.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, pushed right up there and defended on the front foot

26.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, 3 runs, found the gap through cover but doesn't make it all the way

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 116/1
KD Karthik    49* (76b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-3-32-0
R Dravid    25* (41b 4x4)      MS Panesar    4-2-9-0

27.1

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, worked to square to bring up another good half-century for Karthik. This came up from 77 balls, including six fours

27.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended on the front foot

27.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, driven to the fielder at mid-off

27.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, deliberate loop, driven to gully

27.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, creeps down the track to make sure he shoos out any threat with a forward defensive

27.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, another solid forward defensive ends the session

Lunch A cracking opening session for India, after batting. A good toss to win, and the visitors have taken full advantage, with Karthik leading the way. Join Andrew McGlashan after the break for the afternoon session.

End of over 28 (1 run) India 117/1
R Dravid    25* (46b 4x4)      MS Panesar    5-2-10-0
KD Karthik    50* (77b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-3-32-0

Welcome back to the afternoon session from The Oval. I'm Andrew McGlashan and will take you through the first hour. India have made a solid start, with Wasim Jaffer the only wicket in the morning as England's bowlers realised this is a flat surface full of runs. There should be plenty of bowling for Monty Panesar this afternoon, while the seamers will have to plug away.

The players make their way to the middle...it's going to be Ryan Sidebottom to start the bowling, round the wicket

28.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, FOUR, starts with a full half-volley outside off stump and Karthik leans into a perfectly-timed cover drive, ideal start for him after lunch

28.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, 1 run, straighter this time and worked past square leg, brings Dravid onto strike

back over the wicket to Dravid

28.3

Sidebottom to Dravid, FOUR, and Dravid repeats Karthik's effort with another textbook cover drive, Sidebottom overpitching as he waits for his lunch to settle

28.4

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, that's the spot from Sidebottom, in the channel outside off stump, Dravid plays forward and the ball scoots past the edge, there was a noise but it was bat hitting pad...not surprisingly Matt Prior was a little excited.

28.5

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, played out to point, not much movement now for the bowlers

28.6

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, wide enough for Dravid to watch it sail harmlessly through to Prior, good start for India with nine runs off the first over after lunch

End of over 29 (9 runs) India 126/1
R Dravid    29* (50b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-3-41-0
KD Karthik    55* (79b 7x4)      MS Panesar    5-2-10-0

Monty Panesar will continue, slip and a short leg in place and a man on the drive at short extra-cover

29.1

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, very full, drifting into leg stump and flicked out to deep square-leg

29.2

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, Panesar goes full again, Dravid drives out to the man on the cover boundary

29.3

Panesar to Karthik, 2 runs, Monty is overpitching at the moment, this time Karthik works into the gap at midwicket

29.4

Panesar to Karthik, no run, Dropped Panesar pulls his length back and Karthik drives on the up, Andrew Strauss at short cover can't quite hold on, but it would have been a fine catch...on flat pitches, though, you need to take them

29.5

Panesar to Karthik, no run, pushed down to mid off

29.6

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, worked past short leg, a few shouts from the England players but it was very safe

End of over 30 (5 runs) India 131/1
KD Karthik    59* (84b 7x4)      MS Panesar    6-2-15-0
R Dravid    30* (51b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-3-41-0

30.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, 4 byes, comes round the wicket, but fires the ball down the leg side and Prior can't get a glove on it...Sidebottom has been poor since lunch and is leaking runs

30.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, 1 run, on off stump, but Karthik uses the angle and pushes wide of Vaughan at mid-on for a comfortable single

30.3

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, better from Sidebottom, back over the wicket to Dravid and pitches on middle, the ball hints to swing and Dravid is squared-up with a thick outside edge rolling into the slips

Sidebottom is more comfortable over the wicket

30.4

Sidebottom to Dravid, 1 run, worked off the hip, keeps the strike rotating so the bowler can't settle

30.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, stays over to Karthik this time and sends the ball wide of off stump, an easy leave

30.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, going down the leg side again, flicks the pad through to Prior who makes a tumbling save

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 137/1
KD Karthik    60* (88b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-3-43-0
R Dravid    31* (53b 5x4)      MS Panesar    6-2-15-0

31.1

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, drifting too straight and Dravid rolls his wrists to whip the ball through square leg

31.2

Panesar to Karthik, no run, comes onto the front foot, bat and pad together back to Panesar

31.3

Panesar to Karthik, no run, draws another defensive shot, better length

31.4

Panesar to Karthik, no run, Karthik being watchful here, leans forward with his bat in front of his pad

31.5

Panesar to Karthik, no run, pushed into the covers

31.6

Panesar to Karthik, no run, moment of excitement for the close fielders...hint of turn of bounce, takes the glove but falls short of Alastair Cook under the helmet at short leg

End of over 32 (1 run) India 138/1
KD Karthik    60* (93b 7x4)      MS Panesar    7-2-16-0
R Dravid    32* (54b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-3-43-0

First change after lunch, Tremlett replaces the unusually wayward Sidebottom

32.1

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, bounce straight away and Dravid drops the ball towards the slip cordon

32.2

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, lets this one fly past off stump

32.3

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, too wide from Tremlett, Dravid very happy to let it go by

32.4

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 run, tries to compensate and moves onto Dravid's legs and that's an easy clip out to deep square-leg

32.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Tremlett gets away with this, short and wide outside off stump but Karthik's cut goes straight to gully

England down to two slips and a gully

32.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, a beauty to end the over, moves away off the pitch with bounce and Karthik fends at it and almost gets the edge

End of over 33 (1 run) India 139/1
KD Karthik    60* (95b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    7-0-26-0
R Dravid    33* (58b 5x4)      MS Panesar    7-2-16-0

33.1

Panesar to Dravid, FOUR, touch too short and Dravid latches onto it very quickly, cutting away to the backward point boundary...superb timing and no chance for the man at deep cover

33.2

Panesar to Dravid, FOUR, now he pierces the gap between the two men at short cover, elegant shot from Dravid and the runs continue to flow

33.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, quicker ball from Panesar, played off the front foot back to the bowler

33.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, same again all round, Dravid looks hungry for a huge innings here

33.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, Panesar has fought back after the first two balls went for four, but he's spearing it in pretty quickly...not risking too much air

33.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, decent finish to the over, Dravid plays to short cover

End of over 34 (8 runs) India 147/1
R Dravid    41* (64b 7x4)      MS Panesar    8-2-24-0
KD Karthik    60* (95b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    7-0-26-0

Tremlett continues

34.1

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, hits the spot outside off stump, gets good carry through to Prior...he's looking in good rhythm after lunch

34.2

Tremlett to Karthik, 1 no ball, oversteps, trying for a little more effort and it's also too wide

34.2

Tremlett to Karthik, 2 runs, fuller and Karthik leans into a well-timed push past mid-off as India bring up their 150

34.3

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, a mental block from Karthik, who feels the need to have a huge drive at a wide-ish ball from Tremlett and nearly gifts England a breakthrough...is this the moment his concentration falters?

34.4

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, that's better, leaves a delivery which rises past off stump

34.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, more pleasing carry for Karthik, but needs to get a little closer to the batsman

34.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, a bit too easy for the batsman to watch the last three balls sail past

End of over 35 (3 runs) India 150/1
KD Karthik    62* (102b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    8-0-29-0
R Dravid    41* (64b 7x4)      MS Panesar    8-2-24-0

Panesar comes over the wicket now, maybe in honour of the recently retired Ashley Giles?

35.1

Panesar to Dravid, no run, padded away

35.2

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, short enough for Dravid to rock onto the back foot and whip out to deep square-leg

35.3

Panesar to Karthik, no run, Karthik thrusts his pad at the ball, Monty shouts but he can't get them when the ball pitches outside leg

35.4

Panesar to Karthik, no run, padded away, Karthik can kick them all day from outside leg stump

35.5

Panesar to Karthik, no run, pitches on leg this time, bringing a defensive shot back down the pitch

35.6

Panesar to Karthik, no run, takes the thigh pad into the leg side

End of over 36 (1 run) India 151/1
KD Karthik    62* (106b 7x4)      MS Panesar    9-2-25-0
R Dravid    42* (66b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    8-0-29-0

Latest odds...England now 7/1 and drifting out by the hour.

36.1

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, Dravid lets this go past off stump

36.2

Tremlett to Dravid, FOUR, just too easy for Dravid, leans into another perfect cover drive which races out to the boundary

36.3

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, way outside off stump

36.4

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, makes Dravid play this time, played from the top of the bounce

36.5

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, hint of movement off the pitch, but it started too wide and Dravid isn't interested

36.6

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, Tremlett probs, but still too wide to tempt Dravid

End of over 37 (4 runs) India 155/1
R Dravid    46* (72b 8x4)      CT Tremlett    9-0-33-0
KD Karthik    62* (106b 7x4)      MS Panesar    9-2-25-0

37.1

Panesar to Karthik, 2 runs, still over the wicket, pushed across Karthik and played with soft hards backward of point

37.2

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, head over the ball and flicked through midwicket

37.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended into the off side

37.4

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, dragged too short, Dravid thumps out to deep cover

37.5

Panesar to Karthik, no run, big shout from England, Karthik comes forward and the ball lobs to slip...the appeal could have been for lbw and a catch but neither is out

37.6

Panesar to Karthik, 2 runs, nicely angled through the covers

End of over 38 (6 runs) India 161/1
KD Karthik    67* (110b 7x4)      MS Panesar    10-2-31-0
R Dravid    47* (74b 8x4)      CT Tremlett    9-0-33-0

38.1

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, pitched up a little further, Dravid has plenty of time to come onto the front foot and defend to cover

38.2

Tremlett to Dravid, no run, shoulders arms and this ball goes through to Prior down by his ankles

38.3

Tremlett to Dravid, 1 run, worked off the body out to deep square-leg, the single brings up a hundred stand off 144 balls...these two have played very well

38.4

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Karthik plays from the crease, a ball on middle stump and pushed towards mid on

38.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, goes outside off stump again, moves late after it has gone past the bat

38.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, too wide again, the line from England's seamers hasn't been consistent since lunch

End of over 39 (1 run) India 162/1
KD Karthik    67* (113b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    10-0-34-0
R Dravid    48* (77b 8x4)      MS Panesar    10-2-31-0

India's run-rate above four-an-over and a huge score on the cards by the end of today...unless England can strike

39.1

Panesar to Dravid, no run, pushed to short cover

39.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, outside leg stump, padded away

39.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, again its pad on ball out into the leg stump

39.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, played with the bat this time, towards backward point

39.5

Panesar to Dravid, 2 runs, worked off middle stump, time for a brace to deep backward square and Dravid completes another fifty off 83 balls...and the pumped fist towards the dressing room suggests it's only a start

39.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, padded away as Dravid prepares for his next fifty

End of over 40 (2 runs) India 164/1
R Dravid    50* (83b 8x4)      MS Panesar    11-2-33-0
KD Karthik    67* (113b 7x4)      CT Tremlett    10-0-34-0

40.1

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, Karthik continues to leave Tremlett and gets a thumbs up from his captain

40.2

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, on the stumps, Karthik plays with a straight bat back down the pitch...not much happening for the bowlers

40.3

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, another ball is left alone, superb play from the Indians as they make the bowlers bowl where they want them to

40.4

Tremlett to Karthik, FOUR, and on cue, Tremlett tries to pitch it up and is handsomely driven through the covers with an uncompromising flow of the bat

40.5

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, ah, a bouncer to test out the middle of the pitch...it climbs well over the batsman as he ducks

40.6

Tremlett to Karthik, no run, back on off stump, defended to mid off

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 168/1
KD Karthik    71* (119b 8x4)      CT Tremlett    11-0-38-0
R Dravid    50* (83b 8x4)      MS Panesar    11-2-33-0

41.1

Panesar to Dravid, no run, uses his feet to meet the delivery on the half volley, but decides to block to short cover

41.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, tries to whip through the leg side, but misses and is taken on the pad

41.3

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, connects this time and collects a single wide of short fine-leg

41.4

Panesar to Karthik, no run, Panesar pitches one on the stumps, and it's blocked with ease into the covers

41.5

Panesar to Karthik, 1 run, brings out the sweep which finds Tremlett at deep square-leg...even the crowd has gone quiet

41.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, lunges forward, covers the stumps with bat and pad

End of over 42 (2 runs) India 170/1
R Dravid    51* (87b 8x4)      MS Panesar    12-2-35-0
KD Karthik    72* (121b 8x4)      CT Tremlett    11-0-38-0

Now James Anderson gets his turn...I'm sure he can't wait to run in again on this featherbed

42.1

Anderson to Karthik, no run, hits a decent spot first up, Karthik drops into the covers and half thinks of a single before staying put

42.2

Anderson to Karthik, no run, again picks out cover, Vaughan has gone much more defensive with runs flowing easily and little help for his attack

Two slips in...third man in place now

42.3

Anderson to Karthik, no run, outside off stump, no interest from the batsman

42.4

Anderson to Karthik, no run, on off stump without even a hint of movement

42.5

Anderson to Karthik, FOUR, glorious from Karthik, who was into his drive almost before Anderson had let the ball go...takes a step down the track and goes past mid off, holds his pose for the photographers

42.6

Anderson to Karthik, 1 run, angled down to third man, keeps the strike

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 175/1
KD Karthik    77* (127b 9x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-51-1
R Dravid    51* (87b 8x4)      MS Panesar    12-2-35-0

43.1

Panesar to Karthik, no run, tries to sweep, doesn't connect and takes the pad, Prior runs round to field

43.2

Panesar to Karthik, no run, again fails to make contact with an attempt to go leg side

43.3

Panesar to Karthik, no run, fired down the leg side, no need for Karthik to even pad it away

43.4

Panesar to Karthik, 2 runs, successful sweep on this occasion, all along the floor to deep square-leg

43.5

Panesar to Karthik, SIX, another imperious shot from Karthik, a couple of steps down the track and lofts Panesar effortlessly over mid-off and over the short boundary towards the pavilion

43.6

Panesar to Karthik, no run, pads this away...Karthik motoring along now

End of over 44 (8 runs) India 183/1
KD Karthik    85* (133b 9x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    13-2-43-0
R Dravid    51* (87b 8x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-51-1

44.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, wide from Anderson, easily left

44.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, hint of movement, but again not making the batsman play

44.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, better line, draws Dravid onto the front foot but a comfortable defensive shot

44.4

Anderson to Dravid, 2 runs, a rare hint of the streaky from Dravid, wide from Anderson and he throws his hands through the line of the ball, the outside edge flying down to third man who makes a good save

44.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, back to Dravid's trademark leave

44.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, ends the over by playing forward...ends another impressive hour for India

Now it's over to Martin Williamson to see if he can find a wicket from anywhere...i've seen him bowl, it's unlikely.

End of over 45 (2 runs) India 185/1
R Dravid    53* (93b 8x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-53-1
KD Karthik    85* (133b 9x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    13-2-43-0

My last wicket was in India at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium I'll have you know. Pitched outside off, ripped back to clip leg stump. Now go and make the tea and keep quiet ... drinks all round, and for about the only time this summer they are needed as opposed to imposed by the ICC. Looking closely it's more like a vicar's tea party with snacks to the fore ... Finally we're ready to resume and Ryan Sidebottom replaces Jimmy Anderson.

45.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, 1 run, falls forward as he pushes into the leg side for an easy single

Karthik will never have a better chance to add to his one Test hundred.

45.2

Sidebottom to Dravid, 1 run, leggish, Dravid shimmies towards the off and helps it down to long leg

45.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, again Karthik plays the shot on the walk and looking for all the world as if he is off balance ... but it works

45.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, very correct forward defensive shot

45.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, and another, a big stride forward, elbow high ... purring from the technical experts in the vicinity

45.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, 1 run, flicked to the man patrolling the deepish midwicket boundary for a walked single

For all you cynics re the Brabourne wicket, there was a batsman facing and it was not during the lunch break ... everyone's a doubter ...

End of over 46 (3 runs) India 188/1
KD Karthik    87* (138b 9x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    12-3-46-0
R Dravid    54* (94b 8x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-53-1

Anderson switches to the Vauxhall End.

46.1

Anderson to Karthik, no run, wide and no shot needed

46.2

Anderson to Karthik, no run, punched off the back foot to mid-off

46.3

Anderson to Karthik, no run, Karthik defends with ease. On this pitch he can bide his time

46.4

Anderson to Karthik, no run, that woke him up, shorter and he had to jerk back out of the way as the ball passed at chest height

46.5

Anderson to Karthik, no run, seamed away and Karthik, who was playing with no foot movement at all, fenced and missed

46.6

Anderson to Karthik, no run, angled in, defended into the on side with a touch and bat and pad

End of over 47 (maiden) India 188/1
KD Karthik    87* (144b 9x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-2-53-1
R Dravid    54* (94b 8x4)      RJ Sidebottom    12-3-46-0

47.1

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, slanted across Dravid but it started far too wide to tempt him

47.2

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, again too wide but this time too full as well

47.3

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, jabbed slightly hurriedly to backward point

47.4

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, a rare victory to the bowler ... Dravid plays and misses, but he was stretching for a ball he might well have left

47.5

Sidebottom to Dravid, no run, played inches short of Collingwood at second slip, off the open face but with more than a sniff of edge as well

47.6

Sidebottom to Dravid, 1 run, pushed into the covers with soft hands and a well-run single

Sidebottom won that over, but without the wicket, it matters not a jot really ...

End of over 48 (1 run) India 189/1
R Dravid    55* (100b 8x4)      RJ Sidebottom    13-3-47-0
KD Karthik    87* (144b 9x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-2-53-1

48.1

Anderson to Dravid, OUT, full, enough late swing to beat Dravid who was falling over as he shaped to clip the ball through midwicket and played inside it

R Dravid b Anderson 55 (131m 101b 8x4 0x6) SR: 54.45

Anderson trots away in a pale impression of Monty Panesar but with a big grin on his face. In fairness to Sidebottom, his pressure exercised in the previous over contributed to that.

Tendulkar emerges to a standing ovation from the crowd in the belief that this is his final Test appearance in a Test in this country.

48.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, outside off, swinging back in, left alone

It's an emotional time for Andrew Miller, too. "I saw Tendulkar bat here in 1990, the first day of Test cricket I ever saw." He's just wiping a tear from his eye.

48.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, theatrical leave to an awayswinger

48.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, massive cheers from the crowd as the ball lifts and hits Tendulkar under the arm and Bell, at leg slip, dives to his right to hold a "catch". Tendulkar gives a look as if to say "come off it" and Steve Bucknor even less amused .. but there was no real appeal other than by Bell and Prior who couldn't have seen what it hit

Well played so early in his innings ... he got his hands out of harm's way and let the ball hit his body.

48.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, swinging down the leg side and Tendulkar lets it flick his pads and again Bell fields

48.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, dug in forcing Tendulkar to take evasive action

End of over 49 (wicket maiden) India 189/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    12-3-53-2
KD Karthik    87* (144b 9x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    13-3-47-0

49.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, stands tall and pushes the ball a few yards into the off side

49.2

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, prodded a little more forcefully to point

49.3

Sidebottom to Karthik, FOUR, four runs, a good bouncer, Karthik shaped to pull but got in a complete mess ... he got away with it as the ball could have gone anywhere ... as it was, it looped high over Prior and dropped safely

Statsman HRG has just sent me some statistics as Karthik's hundred "seems certain". Tempting fate?

49.4

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, left alone, no shot played or needed

49.5

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, pushed into the covers, he set off for the single but Pietersen was in like a gazelle and rightly Karthik thought better of it

49.6

Sidebottom to Karthik, no run, wide and full, driveable but the shot was barely timed and the ball trickled to mid-off

End of over 50 (4 runs) India 193/2
KD Karthik    91* (150b 10x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    14-3-51-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    12-3-53-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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Sachin Tendulkar with his medal, England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 13, 2007

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