India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland, 3rd Test: England v India at The Oval, Aug 9-13, 2007
Pataudi Trophy - 3rd Test
Match drawn
9,10,11,12,13 August 2007 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200
50.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, off the mark with no more than a defensive push between mid-off and extra cover, but timed sweetly

50.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and much the same shot, but this one not timed nearly as well as Tremlett fields at extra cover

50.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, booming inswinger, Tendulkar gets tucked up and the ball loops towards point off his pads

50.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, bouncer but much too short and Tendulkar ducked even though it was well over his head

Two slips, a gully and, as Gnasher says, a "good old-fashioned leg slip"

50.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, wide, too short to drive and Tendulkar leaves

50.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 4 byes, short, the ball zips back in to Tendulkar and flies past his shoulder and down the leg side evading Prior's despairing leap

Twelve byes so far ... much muttering about Prior's footwork.

End of over 51 (6 runs) India 199/2

    • SR Tendulkar 2 (11b)
    • KD Karthik 91 (150b 10x4 1x6)
    • JM Anderson 13-3-55-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 14-3-51-0
51.1

Sidebottom to Karthik, OUT, wide and short of a length, Karthik plays a loose drive with no footwork and Prior does the rest, holding a thin but audible nick. Karthik stands motionless for a second or two before slowly heading off to a standing ovation

KD Karthik c †Prior b Sidebottom 91 (216m 151b 10x4 1x6) SR: 60.26

A shame as he deserved a hundred. All complaints to HRG c/o the Bangalore office please for his prediction ...

51.2

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, short, Ganguly barely moves out of the line as it passes

51.3

Sidebottom to Ganguly, FOUR, flashing drive off the back foot, all rather odd off the second ball he has faced and it flies inches to the left of the diving gully

No control ... that went between the fielders because of luck and not judgment.

51.4

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, wide and this time Ganguly leaves it alone

"That was a real cymbals take from Prior," notes Andrew Miller. "Mind you, he does like being loud."

51.5

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, perhaps Ganguly has thought better of another flash and he is being more circumspect

51.6

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, Ganguly into line and defends

Now, at the risk of crashing the servers, the Snikometer shows no edge on the Karthik dismissal ...

End of over 52 (4 runs) India 203/3

    • SC Ganguly 4 (5b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 2 (11b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-3-55-1
    • JM Anderson 13-3-55-2
52.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar more watchful and cautious

52.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 4 byes, swung down the leg side and it carries on to beat the dive of Prior

Prior is not keeping well ... the ball often looks as if it is extra wide and he has done all he can but that's because he is not moving his feet early on and so he has to dive

52.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, straighter and blocked

52.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, short, Tendulkar drops to his haunches and Prior takes to his left

A field change ... short leg comes in to join leg slip. England are going for the balls angled in to the body ...

52.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, pushed towards extra cover, the off-side cordon closes in quickly

52.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, short and once more Tendulkar ducks

The jury is out on the Karthik decision. All we can say is that it looked out at the time and the doubts have only came with the endless replays and use of technology.

End of over 53 (4 runs, maiden) India 207/3

    • SR Tendulkar 2 (17b)
    • SC Ganguly 4 (5b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 14-4-55-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-3-55-1

Meanwhile, HRG has left the office and is in hiding ...

53.1

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, steered to gully where it is half stopped, but that's enough to prevent the single

53.2

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, a big stride, bat and pad into the off side

The ball is starting to reverse swing ... a little but it is ...

53.3

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, a late leave by the batsman but he still looked as if he had time to spare

53.4

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, outside off and left ... Ganguly gives a look of utter contempt towards Sidebottom, not sure what that's all about. Sidebottom can look after himself

53.5

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, short and heading down the leg, Ganguly sways inside the line

53.6

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, firmly pushed to extra cover

Aside from that one flash, Ganguly looks in good touch. Tendulkar is being targeted with inswingers aimed at him, but he too is untroubled to date.

End of over 54 (maiden) India 207/3

    • SC Ganguly 4 (11b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 2 (17b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 16-4-55-1
    • JM Anderson 14-4-55-2
54.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets right over a slightly short ball and drops it into the leg side

54.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, lovely yorker but Tendulkar equal to the challenge and he digs it out without any alarms

54.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, driven into the covers, Pietersen misfields but recovers quickly to prevent the single

54.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, short outside off and Tendulkar plays a very unTendulkarish prod and the ball zips past the outside edge

54.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, into line and watchfully pushed to mid-on

54.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, again Tendulkar forced onto the back foot where he plays a textbook defensive shot

A few emails about byes - Prior has let through 16. It's not the record. On this ground in 1934 Frank Woolley, a stand-in keeper and 47 at the time - let through 37 in an innings.

End of over 55 (maiden) India 207/3

    • SR Tendulkar 2 (23b)
    • SC Ganguly 4 (11b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 15-5-55-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 16-4-55-1
55.1

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, swinging away from the left hander but it started too wide in the first place

55.2

Sidebottom to Ganguly, FOUR, a shot of class, Ganguly waited and did no more than push that past mid-off, no effort, and the ball purred across the outfield

55.3

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, checked drive to extra cover

55.4

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, banged in and Ganguly down early as the ball whizzed over his head

55.5

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, a big stride to off, pad thrust out, but the ball was way wider than that

55.6

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, left but that one held its line and Sidebottom gave a cry of anguish as it passed close to the off stump

4.00pm Hello, again. The batsmen are making their way out, again. Our old friend and work colleague Rob Smyth, now at The Guardian apparently offered to eat a cat if Dravid didn't score a hundred on this featherbed. Any recipes for cat should be sent his way.

Tea A session of 28 overs in which India scored 94 for 2. India still in the driving seat, no doubt about that, but England did pick up two wickets and keep the runs in check, especially in the last hour. Two legends at the crease, however. Ganguly looks assured, Tendulkar less so. Join us again in 20 minutes for Jenny Thompson's post-tea commentary.

End of over 56 (4 runs) India 211/3

    • SC Ganguly 8 (17b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 2 (23b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 17-4-59-1
    • JM Anderson 15-5-55-2
56.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, veering towards leg

56.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, slammed into his legs, specifically his thigh, as he looked to leave one that straightened

56.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, on leg, played down off the thighs into short midwicket

56.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, plenty of swing, unfortunately for Anderson too much, and Tendulkar chases it round, too late

56.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, a nagging line for Anderson - alas, consistently on the legs - Tendulkar again looks to rush that into short midwicket

Tremlett's warming up, now

56.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, on his legs, yet again, and worked just backward of square

End of over 57 (1 run) India 212/3

    • SR Tendulkar 3 (29b)
    • SC Ganguly 8 (17b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 16-5-56-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 17-4-59-1

Two slips in

57.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, swing away down the channel, wide enough to leave. Left

57.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, on off, defended on the front foot

57.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, left alone down the channel, a tighter channel this time

57.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, almost inducing Tendulkar into prodding at it, on a decent length and with a delicious Monroe-esque curve

57.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, got him... not got him. Tendulkar was very close to edging to Cook at short leg, but there was no bat, only pad, as he tried to flick off his legs

57.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, left alone down the channel

Alarmingly, lots of you are sending in cat recipes...

End of over 58 (maiden) India 212/3

    • SR Tendulkar 3 (35b)
    • SC Ganguly 8 (17b 2x4)
    • CT Tremlett 12-1-38-0
    • JM Anderson 16-5-56-2
58.1

Anderson to Ganguly, FOUR, on leg, strongly turned off his hips and that one races

58.2

Anderson to Ganguly, 1 run, on middle and off, turned to square

58.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, sharp swing there follows Tendulkar like a magnet; he clips square, where Sidebottom looks like he's auditioning for the forces inside the rope with a successful commando roll

58.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, left that one, which slunk down leg

58.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, more swing, but poor placement - width down off, allowing Tendulkar to lean into a smooth cover-drive that flies off the face (the bat face, that is)

58.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, bouncer, Tendulkar stands firm and takes a body blow - in his chest region. He then stands, expressionless. Tough as nails

End of over 59 (11 runs) India 223/3

    • SR Tendulkar 9 (39b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 13 (19b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 17-5-67-2
    • CT Tremlett 12-1-38-0
59.1

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, chased down leg, played too late

59.2

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, hopped over the outside edge, tidy delivery, that

59.3

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, played late on the back foot, easing down to gully

59.4

Tremlett to Ganguly, 1 run, rising up on off, worked back down into the covers

59.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, swing away down off, shouldered arms

59.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, played round off the hips behind square

End of over 60 (1 run) India 224/3

    • SR Tendulkar 9 (41b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 14 (23b 3x4)
    • CT Tremlett 13-1-39-0
    • JM Anderson 17-5-67-2
60.1

Anderson to Ganguly, 1 run, from round the wicket, angling in flat at the left hander who stuns the ball on the front foot to cover

60.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, back over the wicket, easy forward defensive this time

60.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, 3 runs, more width from Anderson; Tendulkar merely punches through cover off the back foot, climbing into the line. Made that one look easy

60.4

Anderson to Ganguly, 1 run, round the wicket, worked round down to fine leg

60.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, straight, rising, but played back down without too much alarm into the on-side

60.6

Anderson to Ganguly, no run, wibbly swing in the air, left alone on the back foot

End of over 61 (6 runs) India 230/3

    • SC Ganguly 16 (26b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 13 (44b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 18-5-73-2
    • CT Tremlett 13-1-39-0
61.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, left alone down the channel

61.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 2 runs, swing in the air again, driven from outside off to long-on

61.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, outside off, swing away, but wide enough to be ignored. It's ignored

61.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, more swing away down the channel; more leaving

61.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, defended on the front foot

61.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, let that one crash into his pads and run away fine. There could be no runs, of course, because he hadn't offered a shot

Sidebottom is warming up again. Two slips in

End of over 62 (2 runs) India 232/3

    • SR Tendulkar 15 (50b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 16 (26b 3x4)
    • CT Tremlett 14-1-41-0
    • JM Anderson 18-5-73-2
62.1

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, gentle swing away, worked into the covers

62.2

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, down the channel, a touch of shape away, but left alone

62.3

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, good length, up there, forcing the front-foot defence

62.4

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, left alone once more

62.5

Sidebottom to Ganguly, 1 run, on an off-stump line this time, and so defended on the front foot

62.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, over the wicket, pushed up there, defended back on the front foot

End of over 63 (1 run) India 233/3

    • SR Tendulkar 15 (51b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 17 (31b 3x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 18-4-60-1
    • CT Tremlett 14-1-41-0
63.1

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, pushed down the off-side, a touch of swing away, left alone

63.2

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, wide down off, driven into the covers

63.3

Tremlett to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, on leg, turned off the legs, literally, to fine

63.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, shouldered arms, good judgement, that one coming close - albeit not too threateningly - to the stumps

63.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, left alone once more, this one a bit easier to judge

63.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, extracted, as they say, some bounce there, the ball jumping up just outside off

'Extracted' just makes me think of dentists. Hello dad!

End of over 64 (1 run, maiden) India 234/3

    • SR Tendulkar 15 (54b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 17 (34b 3x4)
    • CT Tremlett 15-2-41-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 18-4-60-1
64.1

Sidebottom to Ganguly, FOUR, a lot of swing away, but Ganguly just waited well and played a patient back-foot punch through the covers

64.2

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, a bit of a dobbin delivery, dragging down the leg-side, his point of release all askew. Got away with it, mind, Ganguly leaving well alone

64.3

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, more leg-side nonsense - again left alone

64.4

Sidebottom to Ganguly, 1 bye, moved around there, inducing a slash (without connection) over the ball, and evading both keeper and first slip

64.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, looked to glance that fine (is there such thing as a thick glance?) but it brushed the thigh-guard on its way through

64.6

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, swing away from the left-hander, on a good length, but wide enough to leave which is the sensible thing to do, and what he does do

It's Panesar now, warming up with an expression earnest as ever

End of over 65 (6 runs) India 240/3

    • SC Ganguly 21 (39b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 15 (55b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 19-4-64-1
    • CT Tremlett 15-2-41-0
65.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, leans over the ball to defend forward

65.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, drags a touch short, but what a positive shot from Tendulkar, coming down and lofting a drive over mid-off for a one-bounce for

65.3

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

65.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, on middle, worked to midwicket for a single

65.5

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, creeps forward a touch, looks to work the ball through midwicket, settles with a forward defence

65.6

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, allows the ball to come into him from outside off

Sidebottom ready to bowl again

End of over 66 (5 runs) India 245/3

    • SC Ganguly 21 (41b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 20 (59b 2x4)
    • MS Panesar 14-2-48-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 19-4-64-1
66.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, outside off, defended on the front foot

66.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, plenty of swing in to the right hander; the ball pitches and straightens on its way through to the keeper

66.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, Shelled Inswinger, edged and the ball bounced off Prior's glove-tips. There was no footwork from the keeper when he came across the first slip. Sidebottom is a friendly shirehorse no more; he's furious, as well he might be after bowling so well

So, Tendulkar's had a let-off on 20

66.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 run, width, allowing him to cut off the back foot

66.5

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, swing away down off, left alone

66.6

Sidebottom to Ganguly, no run, again left

End of over 67 (1 run) India 246/3

    • SC Ganguly 21 (43b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 21 (63b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 20-4-65-1
    • MS Panesar 14-2-48-0
67.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, left alone outside off

67.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, 2 runs, swishes an easy drive off the front foot into midwicket

67.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, wide down off and the ball bounces off Prior's glove-tip

67.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, eases down the track to drive into short midwicket

67.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, pitching just outside leg, thus negating the half-shout

67.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, on middle, Tendulkar opens the face, looking to drive into the covers

End of over 68 (2 runs) India 248/3

    • SR Tendulkar 23 (69b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 21 (43b 4x4)
    • MS Panesar 15-2-50-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 20-4-65-1
68.1

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

68.2

Sidebottom to Ganguly, 1 run, on leg, rushed away into the midwicket; thought of two, settled for one

That's the fifty stand, from 103 balls. And it's a stand that nearly wasn't, given Tendulkar's near-miss just

68.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward to defend on the front foot

68.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 2 runs, on middle, driven out easily towards long-on

68.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, a mere curl away from Tendulkar, but wide enough to leave

68.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, defended on the back foot into the covers

"Let's hope Matt Prior doesn't read the papers tomorrow," says Mike Atherton, while heads nod everywhere

End of over 69 (3 runs) India 251/3

    • SR Tendulkar 25 (73b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 22 (45b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 21-4-68-1
    • MS Panesar 15-2-50-0
69.1

Panesar to Ganguly, 1 run, leans out to try to swipe at a wide one

69.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, let the ball rap him on the knee

Cook offering some encouraging clapping to his team

69.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, pitched outside off, tried to work round

69.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, outside off again, the pad does the work

69.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, defended on the back foot

69.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, on leg, turned round to the 45 for an easy single

Prior's just dropped the Ashes... or, as Gnasher notes, the Pataudi Trophy.

End of over 70 (2 runs) India 253/3

    • SR Tendulkar 26 (78b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 23 (46b 4x4)
    • MS Panesar 16-2-52-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 21-4-68-1
70.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, swing back into the right hander, who leaves it as it straightens on through

70.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, strides out to defend on the front foot

70.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, leans out again, this one a drive towards cover

70.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, pushed across him, left alone

70.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, leans out to defend on the front foot

70.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, on off, defended on the back foot to round off a good over

Many of you are writing in to slam this pair for not getting on with it. Patience my pretties: they're batting sensibly - lest ye forget, India are in the driving seat for the series, and will be more than happy with their day's work.

End of over 71 (maiden) India 253/3

    • SR Tendulkar 26 (84b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 23 (46b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 22-5-68-1
    • MS Panesar 16-2-52-0
71.1

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, up there and defended on the front foot

71.2

Panesar to Ganguly, SIX, down the track and lofted sweetly over long-on

Happy now?! Cracking shot, that

71.3

Panesar to Ganguly, 1 run, pushed forward on the front foot now

71.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, good area (sing.), Panesar prompting a trapping front-foot defence

71.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, horrible late sweep on that as the ball pitches on leg and veers sharply towards off

71.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, on a good length again, defended forward on the front foot

Drinks it is, which means it's time for Andrew McGlashan. Hello all, Andrew here. What a vital final hour we have here with England desperate for a couple more wickets, especially after giving Tendulkar a life, and India keen to consolidate their solid work

End of over 72 (7 runs) India 260/3

    • SR Tendulkar 26 (87b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 30 (49b 4x4 1x6)
    • MS Panesar 17-2-59-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 22-5-68-1

Eight overs until the second new ball...Vaughan will be eyeing that moment. Drinks are leaving the field, everyone ready to go again. Time for Chris Tremlett to have another burst from the Vauxhall End

72.1

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, starts outside off stump, going across Ganguly, who lets it go

72.2

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, again the angle takes it across the left-hander, thought about playing it but lifts the bat high

72.3

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, fuller this time, Ganguly comes onto the front foot and pushes into the covers...thinks of a single, but he's not keen on running quick ones

72.4

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, punched up the pitch, Tremlett gets a hand on it in his follow through

72.5

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, change of approach, round the wicket now, Ganguly watches it sail through to Prior

72.6

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, well bowled, hint of swing into Ganguly who is taken on the pad...half an appeal but a big inside edge onto the pad...promising movement, though, for the England bowlers

End of over 73 (maiden) India 260/3

    • SC Ganguly 30 (55b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 26 (87b 2x4)
    • CT Tremlett 16-3-41-0
    • MS Panesar 17-2-59-0

The pace/spin combo continues with Panesar. In-out field, scout out at long off

73.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, too short and Tendulkar easily cuts to deep cover

73.2

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, Panesar targets the small areas of rough, Ganguly plays with his bat in defence

73.3

Panesar to Ganguly, 1 run, goes down and sweeps from outside off stump, rolled his wrists to keep the ball down

73.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, expertly played by Tendulkar, too short again but it bounced a little and he lent back and guided the ball down to third man

73.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, Panesar struggling a bit, another short ball which is cut out to deep cover

73.6

Panesar to Ganguly, 1 run, now Ganguly rocks back to a short ball outside off stump and steers it out to Tremlett on the cover boundary

End of over 74 (8 runs) India 268/3

    • SC Ganguly 32 (58b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 32 (90b 3x4)
    • MS Panesar 18-2-67-0
    • CT Tremlett 16-3-41-0

Can England force a breakthrough before the new ball?

74.1

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, continues round the wicket, Ganguly comes forward and drives to mid off

74.2

Tremlett to Ganguly, 1 run, outside off stump, Ganguly opens the face and runs the ball through point to a square third man who is on the boundary

74.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, plenty of bounce outside off stump, but it's at a very easy pace and Tendulkar almost has time to turn around see it land in Prior's gloves

74.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, a small amount of away swing, Tendulkar happy to let it go

74.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, nips into Tendulkar, but it's played with a solid straight bat

74.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, very, very short from Tremlett and it wouldn't have troubled a batsman twice the height of Tendulkar...not sure why it's not called wide to be honest

End of over 75 (1 run) India 269/3

    • SR Tendulkar 32 (94b 3x4)
    • SC Ganguly 33 (60b 4x4 1x6)
    • CT Tremlett 17-3-42-0
    • MS Panesar 18-2-67-0

Very amusing pictures of two guys falling asleep in the stands, it may not have been a thrilling session, but it's probably more to do with the food and drink

75.1

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, defended into the covers

75.2

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, tries to place this between midwicket and mid-on, but Strauss makes a good save to prevent any runs

75.3

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, punched to mid on

75.4

Panesar to Ganguly, 2 runs, Ganguly waits for this and delicately places it past slip, deep cover has to run round to collect near the third man boundary

75.5

Panesar to Ganguly, no run, more flight from Monty, driven to mid off

75.6

Panesar to Ganguly, 2 runs, picked off out to deep cover, very comfortable over for the Indians...maybe time for some Paul Collingwood before the new ball?

End of over 76 (4 runs) India 273/3

    • SC Ganguly 37 (66b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 32 (94b 3x4)
    • MS Panesar 19-2-71-0
    • CT Tremlett 17-3-42-0
76.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, pounding away outside off stump, left alone

76.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar shows the full face of the bat as he comes forward

76.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, full, but Tendulkar not tempted into a drive

76.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 run, seams into Tendulkar, who plays with the movement and flicks to deep square-leg

76.5

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, nearly for England, Tremlett round the wicket and Ganguly goes for the cut and gets a bottom edge, but it bounces safely to Prior rather than onto the stumps

76.6

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, tight finish as Ganguly gets everything behind a back-of-a-length delivery

End of over 77 (1 run) India 274/3

    • SC Ganguly 37 (68b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 33 (98b 3x4)
    • CT Tremlett 18-3-43-0
    • MS Panesar 19-2-71-0

I won't say I picked it, but here's Paul Collingwood for some medium-pace wobble...good idea from Vaughan to try something different

77.1

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, outside off stump, gentle away movement and left alone

77.2

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, same again from Collingwood, gentle swing

77.3

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, and for the third time Tendulkar lets it go

77.4

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, guess what...yep, another easy leave for Tendulkar, everyone waiting for the new ball

just one slip in

77.5

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, five out of five, another leave, will it be a full set?

77.6

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, what an ordinary over, every ball wide outside off stump, Tendulkar wasn't interested in any of them and you can't blame him

End of over 78 (maiden) India 274/3

    • SR Tendulkar 33 (104b 3x4)
    • SC Ganguly 37 (68b 4x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 1-1-0-0
    • CT Tremlett 18-3-43-0

Tremlett round the wicket

78.1

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, comes across the crease and defends down to gully

78.2

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, too wide this time, Ganguly lets it go

78.3

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, slightly closer to the batsman, but again not played at

78.4

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, it's all gone very quiet, again sent wide of the stumps and again left

78.5

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, brings one into Ganguly this time, much fuller, and Ganguly is taken on the pads as he falls over in his shot but the angle is taking it well down leg side

78.6

Tremlett to Ganguly, no run, punched into the covers, one bounce to Pietersen

End of over 79 (maiden) India 274/3

    • SC Ganguly 37 (74b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 33 (104b 3x4)
    • CT Tremlett 19-4-43-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-1-0-0

More Collingwood

79.1

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, finally Tendulkar needs to play one, and does so with a perfectly straight bat

79.2

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, and we are back to leaving

79.3

Collingwood to Tendulkar, 1 run, drifts onto the pads and is easily flicked down to long leg

79.4

Collingwood to Ganguly, 1 no ball, even at medium pace Collingwood oversteps, Ganguly defends to mid-off

79.4

Collingwood to Ganguly, no run, well bowled, hurried Ganguly a little as it nipped back at the left-hander...Ganguly wakes himself up with a few skips

79.5

Collingwood to Ganguly, OUT, well, the part-time bowler has made the breakthrough. The ball again nips back at Ganguly who is taken on the pad and a loud appeal is upheld by Ian Howell...but, oh dear, the replays show a big inside edge and Ganguly is unlucky. Collingwood gets his second scalp of the series, and both have owed plenty to the umpires

SC Ganguly lbw b Collingwood 37 (128m 77b 4x4 1x6) SR: 48.05

Ganguly took it well, and walked off with a huge grin on his face...VVS Laxman faces his first ball

79.6

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, and it's too wide to make him play, but Collingwood has done his job

End of over 80 (2 runs) India 276/4

    • VVS Laxman 0 (1b)
    • SR Tendulkar 34 (107b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2-1-2-1
    • CT Tremlett 19-4-43-0

Well, this is an ideal situation for Michael Vaughan, a new batsman in and the new ball due, but not taken just yet as Tremlett continues

80.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, directed at the body, defended into the leg side

80.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, continuing with the short-pitched bowling to Tendulkar, who fends into the leg side...Alastair Cook is at more of a close leg gully than short leg

80.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, very short this time and sails well over his head as he ducks

80.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, another very short one, outside off stump and Tendulkar watches it fly through

80.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, oversteps and Tendulkar allows this to take the thigh pad, so although it races to the fine-leg boundary the runs won't count (apart from the no-ball, of course)

80.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar almost lost his concentration there, well outside off stump and he has a slash at it without any footwork. It was a very half-hearted effort

80.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 4 byes, more byes against Prior's name, who won't remember today with any fondness, as this one is speared down the leg side and misses everything

End of over 81 (5 runs) India 281/4

    • SR Tendulkar 34 (114b 3x4)
    • VVS Laxman 0 (1b)
    • CT Tremlett 20-4-44-0
    • PD Collingwood 2-1-2-1

Surprisingly Collingwood continues. Reward for the wicket.

81.1

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, nice shape, but it's only medium pace and very wide

81.2

Collingwood to Laxman, 2 runs, Laxman opens his account, but nearly spooned a catch to short cover as he reaches out for the ball without much footwork, deep cover prevents a boundary

81.3

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, not interested in this one, left alone

81.4

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, still swinging for Collingwood, left alone, and surely the new ball is a better bet

81.5

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, too wide to tempt Laxman, who is getting a few friendly sighters here

81.6

Collingwood to Laxman, no run, clever bowling, sends down the inswinger which takes the pad but is going well down the leg side

And here comes Ryan Sidebottom...still with the old ball

End of over 82 (2 runs) India 283/4

    • VVS Laxman 2 (7b)
    • SR Tendulkar 34 (114b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 3-1-4-1
    • CT Tremlett 20-4-44-0
82.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, on target first up, Tendulkar defends back to the bowler...possibly a few looseners before the new ball

82.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, forced back to Sidebottom off the back foot, who then throws the ball towards the non-striker's stumps and misses...all rather pointless

And here comes the new ball, and with it a few field changes as a short leg comes in

82.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, holds its line across Tendulkar, who punches to mid off

This is a vital half an hour for both teams

82.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, on off stump, Tendulkar very solidly blocks back to the pitch

Man in on the drive at a very straight silly mid-off

82.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, leaves this alone as it hints to move back in

82.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 run, touch too straight and neatly worked out to deep square-leg and he keeps the strike

End of over 83 (1 run) India 284/4

    • SR Tendulkar 35 (120b 3x4)
    • VVS Laxman 2 (7b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 23-5-69-1
    • PD Collingwood 3-1-4-1

It'll be James Anderson to share the new ball, he was too wide with the first one. Two slips and a gully

83.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, a little away swing and the ball doesn't carry through to Prior

83.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, drags his length shorter and Tendulkar has plenty of time to place the ball out to deep cover, but England won't mind too much as it brings Laxman onto strike

83.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, decent line, but Laxman didn't have to play

83.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, like this morning, Anderson not making the batsman play enough while the ball is new

83.5

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, brings his line straighter and Laxman tucks the ball off his hip through midwicket

83.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, a little overpitched and Tendulkar leans into a confident cover drive, no one back on the boundary now and it runs over the spare pitches

End of over 84 (6 runs) India 290/4

    • SR Tendulkar 40 (123b 4x4)
    • VVS Laxman 3 (10b)
    • JM Anderson 19-5-79-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 23-5-69-1
84.1

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, defended into the covers, Panesar prevents any runs from cover point (he's not exactly Jonty Rhodes, but did his job)

84.2

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, played from the crease, out to cover point

84.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, tries the bouncer, but it loops harmlessly past Laxman without the batsman having to do too much

84.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, another short one, goes over leg stump as Laxman takes the ducking route this time...is Sidebottom setting him up for a full one?

84.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, pushed across the right hander, comfortable leave

84.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, 1 run, on leg stump and clipped out to deep square-leg

End of over 85 (1 run) India 291/4

    • VVS Laxman 4 (16b)
    • SR Tendulkar 40 (123b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 24-5-70-1
    • JM Anderson 19-5-79-2

James Anderson is whipped out of the attack and Chris Tremlett is recalled for a final burst, can is extra bounce break through

85.1

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, sends his first ball very wide, they must make the batsman play

85.2

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, that's better, closer to Laxman but he can still shoulder arms

85.3

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, back of a length and Laxman defends at the top of the bounce

85.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, left alone, this is a waste of the new ball if the batsman get watch it go by

85.5

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, what a beauty, pitches on off stump, hits the seam and straightens on Laxman who is squared-up and nearly gets the edge...close call

85.6

Tremlett to Laxman, 1 wide, then follows it up with a wide, not what England needed

85.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, generally a poor over, apart from that one beauty, as Tremlett did make Laxman play five deliveries

End of over 86 (1 run) India 292/4

    • VVS Laxman 4 (22b)
    • SR Tendulkar 40 (123b 4x4)
    • CT Tremlett 21-4-45-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 24-5-70-1
86.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 2 runs, well played by Tendulkar, waits for the ball and neatly punches off the back foot wide of mid-off

86.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 run, sharp running, dropped down by Tendulkar's feet and rolls into the covers, Laxman is quick to respond for the run

86.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Panesar prevents a single this time as Laxman defends to the covers

86.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, 2 runs, typical Laxman, leans into the drive as Sidebottom goes too full and picks up a couple past mid-off

86.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, fires in a bouncer, Laxman goes underneath it...there hasn't been as much pace in the surface as England would have wanted

86.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, comes round the wicket, Laxman defends into the covers

End of over 87 (5 runs) India 297/4

    • VVS Laxman 6 (26b)
    • SR Tendulkar 43 (125b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 25-5-75-1
    • CT Tremlett 21-4-45-0
87.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 run, on middle, dropped towards vacant mid-on area and they scamper a single

87.2

Tremlett to Laxman, 2 runs, not convincing from Laxman, tries to turn it through midwicket and gets a leading edge through the covers as India reach 300

87.3

Tremlett to Laxman, FOUR, Tremlett goes too straight and is picked off through mid-on, Vaughan is attacking so no fielder there and the ball trickles into the boundary

87.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, defended on the bounce to short leg

87.5

Tremlett to Laxman, FOUR, short ball which Laxman fends down into the slip cordon, Pietersen dives over it and Laxman collects four runs which take him to 5000 in his career

87.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, clipped off the pads and well fielded by Cook at short leg to prevent any runs

End of over 88 (11 runs) India 308/4

    • VVS Laxman 16 (31b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 44 (126b 4x4)
    • CT Tremlett 22-4-56-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 25-5-75-1

Two overs left today and James Anderson switches to the Vauxhaul End for a one-over spell

88.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, makes Tendulkar play and Anderson fields in his follow through

88.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, flashing edge from Tendulkar, goes between second slip and gully as the late flurry of boundaries continues

88.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, inswinger played up to mid-on, Tendulkar wanted a single but Laxman said no

88.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, played with soft hands towards gully, Tendulkar has been a study of concentration today and Prior's drop is proving costly

88.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, can't draw an attacking shot with a ball outside off stump, Tendulkar playing for the close

88.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, blocked up to mid-on and Sachin will be very happy for Laxman to take the last six balls of the day

End of over 89 (4 runs) India 312/4

    • SR Tendulkar 48 (132b 5x4)
    • VVS Laxman 16 (31b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 20-5-83-2
    • CT Tremlett 22-4-56-0
89.1

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, short of a length, Laxman defends towards mid off

89.2

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, solid from Laxmam, out into the covers...maybe Vaughan should bring a man up on the off side

89.3

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, comfortably onto the back foot for Laxman, expect a tempter outside off before the over is finished

89.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, there it is, but Laxman isn't interest and lets it go...two balls left

89.5

Tremlett to Laxman, 4 runs, tries for the yorker, doesn't quite hit the mark and Laxman goes through mid-on...the ball looks like it will go for four, but pulls up short and Panesar has to chase all the way to the boundary

89.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, decent finish from Tremlett, made Laxman play and Vaughan fields at mid-on

Close That completes a strong day for India with Tendulkar and Laxman settling in for a long stay tomorrow. England stuck to their task well on a flat pitch, but will need early wickets while the ball is still new in the morning before India get away from them. India's batting star was Dinesh Karthik with his 91, while Tendulkar looks eager to mark possibly his final appearance in England with a major score. That's all from Cricinfo for today so, from Andrew McGlashan, Martin Williamson and Jenny Thompson, thanks for joining us and come back for more tomorrow morning.

End of over 90 (4 runs) India 316/4

    • VVS Laxman 20 (37b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 48 (132b 5x4)
    • CT Tremlett 23-4-60-0
    • JM Anderson 20-5-83-2

10.55 England are doing the huddle on the field. The umpires are out in the middle and are waiting for the Indian batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. It will be Tendulkar to face the first ball of the morning. Sidebottom will bowl it from over the wicket. Three slips and a gully in place.

10.40 We're just about 20 minutes away from the start of play. India finished the first day on 316 for 4. The first session is absolutely vital for England. They need to take quick wickets to get into the Indian tail and the new ball is only eight overs old. The pitch is still an excellent batting strip although it is expected to be a little quicker.

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7.50am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second day's play in the third and final Test at The Oval. The good news is that we've had a clear night and today has started much as yesterday ended ... with a clear blue sky and temperatures expected to be in the mid 70s. Perfect cricket weather.

One interesting quote last night came from Dinesh Karthik, whose caught behind dismissal was scrutinised endlessly on the TV before the great and the good decided that there was no discernible edge ... and that in turn led to much feedback slating the umpire. Interviewed at the close of play, Kathik said: "I was definitely disappointed the way I got out. There was a small nick, no doubt about that."

90.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball angles across the right-hander after pitching outside the off stump, Tendulkar lets it go through to Prior

90.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for the first run of the morning, Tendulkar moves on to 49

90.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Sidebottom hits a good length on off stump, Laxman waits in his crease and defends towards the leg side on the back foot

90.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, fuller length on middle and off stump, Laxman takes half a stride forward and blocks

90.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, over-pitched on middle and leg stump with a hint of swing into the right-hander, Laxman leans across and flicks to square leg

90.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, good length delivery on off stump to end the over, Laxman leans forward and defends to point

Tidy start from Sidebottom, on target right away.

End of over 91 (1 run) India 317/4

    • VVS Laxman 20 (41b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 49 (134b 5x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 26-5-76-1
    • CT Tremlett 23-4-60-0

James Anderson will share the relatively new ball this morning.

91.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length angling into Tendulkar from over the wicket, played off his hips towards midwicket for a single and that's his fifty, off 135 balls, well played

91.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on middle and leg stump, flicked off the pads to Panesar at square leg

91.3

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, Anderson strays on to middle and leg stump, Laxman leans across his stumps and flicks past Panesar to the square-leg boundary

91.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Laxman tries to flick once more but Anderson's line is much straighter this time, he doesn't make contact

91.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Laxman defends off the back foot towards the bowler

Two slips, a gully and a squareish midwicket in place.

91.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off and middle stump, Laxman defends to Pietersen who is the man at squareish midwicket

End of over 92 (5 runs) India 322/4

    • VVS Laxman 24 (46b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 50 (135b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 21-5-88-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 26-5-76-1
92.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, well bowled, Sidebottom hits the perfect length and angles the ball across Tendulkar, Tendulkar comes forward, pokes tentatively at it and gets beaten

92.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, bowled wider outside the off stump this time and allows Tendulkar to let it go easily

92.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, pitches outside the off stump and angles away from Tendulkar who once again lets the ball go through to Prior

92.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, Sidebottom follows up three away-going deliveries with a bouncer, Tendulkar ducks under it

92.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, another one pitches on off stump and slants away from Tendulkar who patiently shoulders arms

92.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, fuller delivery but the line is too wide outside off to make Tendulkar play

End of over 93 (maiden) India 322/4

    • SR Tendulkar 50 (141b 5x4)
    • VVS Laxman 24 (46b 3x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 27-6-76-1
    • JM Anderson 21-5-88-2
93.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, short of a length on off stump, Laxman waits in his crease and pushes the ball towards cover point off the back foot

93.2

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on middle stump angling into Laxman who leans across and flicks to square leg

93.3

Anderson to Laxman, 4 runs, too straight from Anderson, Laxman leans forward and drives into the gap at midwicket, Vaughan gives chase and scoops the ball to Panesar just inside the boundary, the batsmen have plenty of time to run four

93.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson replies with the bouncer, Laxman half ducks, half sways out of the way

93.5

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, the ball rises sharply on Laxman outside the off stump, Laxman is caught by surprise and plays an uncontrolled cut, the ball flies over gully for four more

93.6

Anderson to Laxman, no run, short of a length on off stump, Laxman moves on to the back foot and defends towards cover

End of over 94 (8 runs) India 330/4

    • VVS Laxman 32 (52b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 50 (141b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 22-5-96-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 27-6-76-1
94.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery and this time the line is on off stump, forcing Tendulkar to play, which he does by defending the ball towards cover on the front foot

94.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, pitches outside the off stump and slants away from Tendulkar who is content with giving Prior some wicketkeeping practice

94.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, defended towards mid-on off the back foot

94.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, full length on middle and off stump, Tendulkar began to play the flick but the ball straightened on him and he had to re-adjust his shot and push the ball to mid-off

94.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Tendulkar slashes hard, taking one hand off the handle, and sends the ball flying to the third-man boundary

94.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, excellent comeback from Sidebottom, pitches on a good length on off stump and moves a fraction away from Tendulkar, just enough the beat the outside edge of his forward defence

End of over 95 (4 runs) India 334/4

    • SR Tendulkar 54 (147b 6x4)
    • VVS Laxman 32 (52b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 28-6-80-1
    • JM Anderson 22-5-96-2
95.1

Anderson to Laxman, no run, good length delivery pitches outside off stump and angles into Laxman who once again decides to defend on the back foot

95.2

Anderson to Laxman, FOUR, superb timing, Laxman waits on the back foot for a good-length ball to come to him, he merely pushed that, almost a defensive shot, but found the gap at cover and the ball races over the practice pitches to the boundary

95.3

Anderson to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off stump, Laxman defends on the back foot

95.4

Anderson to Laxman, no run, this time he gets on to the front foot and defends a full-length ball on off stump towards point

95.5

Anderson to Laxman, no run, Anderson digs it in short but the line is outside off stump and Laxman comfortably lets it pass

95.6

Anderson to Laxman, 1 run, on middle stump angling towards leg, a touch too straight and that's all Laxman needs to flick if off his pads through square leg

End of over 96 (5 runs) India 339/4

    • VVS Laxman 37 (58b 5x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 54 (147b 6x4)
    • JM Anderson 23-5-101-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 28-6-80-1
96.1

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, beaten, Sidebottom cringes as another one passes the outside edge, he pitched that on a good length and seamed it away from Laxman who tried to defend it on the front foot

96.2

Sidebottom to Laxman, FOUR, this time he pitches on leg and middle stump, Laxman moves across and flicks the ball late into the gap at midwicket, he's timed that superbly too

96.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, FOUR, dropped, and it's Prior again, Laxman prods hard at one that is angling across him and gets a thick edge, the ball flies at a comfortable height towards Strauss who is waiting at first slip, the ball is nearly in his hands when Prior dives to his right and gloves the ball away, the ball runs down to the boundary as well

96.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, left alone outside the off stump

96.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, fuller delivery angling across Laxman and this time he lets it go rather than push at it

96.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, 1 run, on middle and leg stump, Laxman moves across his stumps and flicks to deep backward square leg

End of over 97 (9 runs) India 348/4

    • VVS Laxman 46 (64b 7x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 54 (147b 6x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 29-6-89-1
    • JM Anderson 23-5-101-2

Massive ovation for Sidebottom as he returns to fine leg, and he gratefully acknowledges the applause, says Andrew Miller.

Tremlett replaces Anderson, bowling from over the wicket.

97.1

Tremlett to Laxman, FOUR, too short and Laxman swivels and pulls almost effortlessly to the midwicket boundary

97.2

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, fuller length on off stump, defended on the back foot

97.3

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, defended towards the off side on the front foot

97.4

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, Tremlett pitches outside off stump and seams the ball away from the right-hander off the pitch, Laxman lets the ball go

97.5

Tremlett to Laxman, 1 run, Laxman turns a good length ball off his pads towards Sidebottom at fine leg

97.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length delivery pitches on middle and leg and angles further down leg side, Tendulkar lets the ball go through tp Prior who dives and catches it cleanly

End of over 98 (5 runs) India 353/4

    • SR Tendulkar 54 (148b 6x4)
    • VVS Laxman 51 (69b 8x4)
    • CT Tremlett 24-4-65-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 29-6-89-1
98.1

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, full delivery pitches on off stump and angles away from Laxman who defends from his crease towards point

98.2

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Sidebottom bowls it full on off stump, Laxman gets behind the line and defends to the off side

98.3

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, full length and the line is straight on off and middle stump, defended back to the bowler

98.4

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, Sidebottom bangs one short down leg side, Laxman doesn't play a shot at it

98.5

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, good length ball swings back into Laxman from off stump, he gets behind the line and defends back to Sidebottom

98.6

Sidebottom to Laxman, no run, short of a length delivery pitches outside off stump and angles further away from Laxman who lets it go

End of over 99 (maiden) India 353/4

    • VVS Laxman 51 (75b 8x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 54 (148b 6x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 30-7-89-1
    • CT Tremlett 24-4-65-0
99.1

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, Tendulkar tries to cut but the ball is far too close to his body for that shot, he gets beaten by the bounce and the lack of room

99.2

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length on middle and leg stump, the ball bounces into Tendulkar's ribs and he fends it down on the leg side by jumping on to the back foot

99.3

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run

99.4

Tremlett to Tendulkar, 1 run, good length on middle and leg stump, Tendulkar plays the ball off his hips through square leg

99.5

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, Laxman lets one go outside the off stump

99.6

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, quick delivery, 85 mph, it pitches outside off stump and bounces sharply on Laxman who lifts his bat out of the way

End of over 100 (1 run) India 354/4

    • VVS Laxman 51 (77b 8x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 55 (152b 6x4)
    • CT Tremlett 25-4-66-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 30-7-89-1
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