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

100.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery starts off around off stump and bends back into Tendulkar who defends on the front foot

100.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, flicked off his pads behind square

100.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Tendulkar moves forward and lifts his bat and lets it go

100.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, banged in short, Tendulkar gets under it

100.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery slanting into the right-hander, Tendulkar defends back to the bowler

Yes, we know Laxman got his fifty, and no, we are not biased for forgetting to mention it. it's been an excellent innings by the way.

100.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length on middle and leg, Tendulkar comes on the front foot and tries to flick, the ball hits the pad and England go up in appeal, it might have been slipping down leg

End of over 101 (maiden) India 354/4
SR Tendulkar    55* (158b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    31-8-89-1
VVS Laxman    51* (77b 8x4)      CT Tremlett    25-4-66-0

101.1

Tremlett to Laxman, no run, shrt of a length outside the off stump, Laxman stands tall and punches it straight to the fielder at cover

101.2

Tremlett to Laxman, OUT, Prior's caught it, Tremlett bowled it short of a length outside the off stump and got it to seam away from Laxman who stood on the back foot and tried to hit it through the off side, he got a thick edge on that and Prior took the easiest of catches

VVS Laxman c †Prior b Tremlett 51 (101m 79b 8x4 0x6) SR: 64.55

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the new batsman. England are just one more wicket away from the Indian tail.

101.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery on off stump, it bounces a bit more than Dhoni thought it would and he ended up defending awkwardly off the back foot

101.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, once more Dhoni is late on the back-foot defence and the ball rolls past his stumps towards Prior

101.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run

101.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, slightly wide outside the off stump and Dhoni gets off the mark by cutting it through point for four

over to Andrew McGlashan for the next hour.

End of over 102 (4 runs) India 358/5
MS Dhoni    4* (4b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    26-4-70-1
SR Tendulkar    55* (158b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    31-8-89-1

Afternoon folks. England got that breakthrough just in time, now can they build on it up to lunch. Sidebottom continues

102.1

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, outside off stump, Tendulkar leans into it and finds cover

102.2

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, still a hint of swing for Sidebottom, but he loses his line and drifts down the leg side

102.3

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, full on middle and Tendulkar meets it with the full face, straight back to Sidebottom who collects in his follow through

102.4

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, drags his length back a touch, hurries the batsman into a defensive stroke but it's all very secure in the end

Tremlett may have got the wicket, but Sidebottom more than deserves a scalp or two

102.5

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, no run, keeps his line very tight to Tendulkar, who is equally solid with his block

102.6

Sidebottom to Tendulkar, FOUR, banged in and brings a rare hook from Tendulkar, not entirely convincing as it comes high off the bat and flies just wide of Tremlett at long leg...he wasn't in control of that and it the shot came out of nowhere considering how watchful he has been this morning

End of over 103 (4 runs) India 362/5
SR Tendulkar    59* (164b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    32-8-93-1
MS Dhoni    4* (4b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    26-4-70-1

103.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, short and wide, seams away even further from Dhoni and Prior jumps across to take it (cleanly) in front of first slip

103.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, closer to Dhoni, but still not enough to bring a shot

103.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, that's the spot, Tremlett hits his back-of-a-length area and Dhoni takes a blow on his arm as he ties to drop his gloves, the ball falls into the slip area

103.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 no ball, a beauty, seams away from Dhoni who prods at it, but didn't take the edge and a good job, too, as it was a no-ball

103.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, a touch wider and Dhoni lets it go through

103.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, comes onto the front foot and guides the ball to gully

103.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, finishes a testing over with one that nips back into Dhoni, who covers up with a straight bat

End of over 104 (1 run) India 363/5
MS Dhoni    4* (11b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    27-4-71-1
SR Tendulkar    59* (164b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    32-8-93-1

Sidebottom is given a break after a fine, unrewarded spell, and here comes James Anderson

104.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, starts full on middle, driven firmly to mid on

104.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, short and wide, Tendulkar has a flash but doesn't make contact. The ball didn't bounce much and Prior takes it on the half volley

104.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, well bowled, not as much swing and much closer to off stump, Tendulkar judges his leave well

104.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, tries to tempt Tendulkar into a drive, but he continues to resist and shoulders arms

104.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, easy pickings for Tendulkar, nothing more than a wide long-hop and it is slotted through the vacant cover area

104.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, gets back on a length, Tendulkar gets back to leaving

"Chris Tavare's ghost has taken over Tendiya," suggests Kiran...maybe slightly harsh, all India need is draw, but he certainly has played more aggressive innings

End of over 105 (4 runs) India 367/5
SR Tendulkar    63* (170b 8x4)      JM Anderson    24-5-105-2
MS Dhoni    4* (11b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    27-4-71-1

105.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, India trading in boundaries at the moment, Dhoni rides the extra bounce and guides the ball through the gully area and down to third man

105.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, opts to let this one sail past off stump

105.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, pitches up on off stump, Dhoni drives to short extra-cover

105.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 2 runs, typical Dhoni as he launches into an expansive drive, goes high in the air over point and falls safely, pulling up short of the rope...Dhoni doesn't want to hang around here

105.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, puts his shots away as Tremlett pulls his line tighter

105.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, bounces and seams away from Dhoni and it's left through to Prior

End of over 106 (6 runs) India 373/5
MS Dhoni    10* (17b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    28-4-77-1
SR Tendulkar    63* (170b 8x4)      JM Anderson    24-5-105-2

106.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, tries to drive a full delivery on off stump, but doesn't find the middle and the ball bobbles back towards Anderson

106.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, brings out the inswinger, Tendulkar misses his whip through the leg side and is taken on the pad but it's going well down the leg side, easy call for Steve Bucknor

106.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed into the covers and both batsmen scamper for a quick single, the throw hits the non-striker's stumps and Vaughan completes a sharp piece of backing up to prevent any overthrows

106.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar picks the line early and raises his bat high out of harms way

106.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, comes onto the front foot, defends with an angled bat towards gully

106.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, good length, Tendulkar comfortable enough to come onto the front foot and blocks to cover

End of over 107 (2 runs) India 375/5
SR Tendulkar    63* (175b 8x4)      JM Anderson    25-5-106-2
MS Dhoni    11* (18b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    28-4-77-1

107.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni's elaborate back lift, plenty of swishes, comes to nothing as he leaves alone outside off stump

107.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, this one brings plenty, overpitched from Tremlett and he powers into an uncompromising cover drive which races to the boundary

107.3

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, touch slower from Tremlett, on middle and dug out to cover

107.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, flicked off the hip down to long leg

Leg gully in for Tendulkar

107.5

Tremlett to Tendulkar, no run, outside off and Tendulkar hits through the line but finds mid-off, that came off the middle

107.6

Tremlett to Tendulkar, FOUR, top shot, one of Tendulkar's best, plays at the top of bounce with a straight bat through mid-off...began looking like a defensive shot but it was so well timed and placed that it raced away

"Has there ever been a series won by a team where none of the winning teams batsmen scored any hundreds?" asks Ketan a little prematurely. India haven't won this yet and one of them could go on to get a hundred.

End of over 108 (9 runs) India 384/5
SR Tendulkar    67* (177b 9x4)      CT Tremlett    29-4-86-1
MS Dhoni    16* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    25-5-106-2

108.1

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, goes after a wide delivery, takes the bottom of the bat and lands short of Ian Bell at gully who reacts well to awkward bounce to bring off the save

108.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, driven up to mid-off, Dhoni is threatening to cut loose

108.3

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, banged in, drifts down the leg side and Dhoni goes for the pull, close to taking the glove as Prior brings off a fine take...that will boost his confidence

108.4

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, an inswinger is tucked off the pads for a single

108.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, full on the stumps, Tendulkar plays it back to Anderson

108.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 4 byes, that came out all wrong from Anderson, speared down the leg side and Prior can't get a glove on it...more byes against him but that wasn't really his fault

End of over 109 (5 runs) India 389/5
SR Tendulkar    67* (179b 9x4)      JM Anderson    26-5-107-2
MS Dhoni    17* (26b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    29-4-86-1

Here we go, time for some Monty...slip and a short leg in

109.1

Panesar to Dhoni, FOUR, poor start, full toss and Dhoni latches on with a thumping, agricultural, drive through mid-on

109.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, comes forward and defends into the covers

109.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, Panesar not tossing it up too much at the moment, defended with bat and pad together

109.4

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, very full, dug out back down the pitch

109.5

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, angling towards leg stump (sorry, should have said Panesar is round the wicket) and Dhoni defends

109.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, completes the over with another block, not much threat from Monty's first over but Dhoni won't sit back for too long

End of over 110 (4 runs) India 393/5
MS Dhoni    21* (32b 4x4)      MS Panesar    20-2-75-0
SR Tendulkar    67* (179b 9x4)      JM Anderson    26-5-107-2

110.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, full with some outswing outside off stump, Tendulkar drives off half of the bat down to third man

110.2

Anderson to Dhoni, 3 runs, more impressive timing from Dhoni, played off the back foot past mid-off and he makes it back for three even though he dropped his bat mid-run and still had time to pick it up again

110.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, wide outside off stump, Tendulkar nearly has a dip at it but pulls out

110.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, top shot, elegant drive off the back foot but an equally good save in the covers by Cook

110.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, nicely bowled, Tendulkar comes half forward and gets a thick inside edge which rolls into the leg side and mid-on runs round to field

110.6

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, banged in very short, and quite wide too, but Dhoni restrains himself on this occasion

End of over 111 (5 runs) India 398/5
MS Dhoni    24* (34b 4x4)      JM Anderson    27-5-112-2
SR Tendulkar    69* (183b 9x4)      MS Panesar    20-2-75-0

111.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, 3 runs, floated onto middle and whipped through midwicket with elegance and ease, Pietersen pulls it in short of the rope

111.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, driven out to deep cover with the spin, although there isn't much

Over the wicket now

111.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, 4 byes, pitches outside leg stump, Tendulkar goes for the sweep and doesn't make contact but Prior can't glove the ball and it's more byes

111.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, turn out of the rough, the pitch broke up as that ball landed...Anil Kumble won't mind seeing that

111.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, comes forward, takes the pad over silly point's head

111.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, guided with the turn towards point

End of over 112 (8 runs) India 406/5
SR Tendulkar    72* (188b 9x4)      MS Panesar    21-2-79-0
MS Dhoni    25* (35b 4x4)      JM Anderson    27-5-112-2

112.1

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, comes into Dhoni, taken on the pad and a loud appeal is met with a shake of the head form Bucknor, and he's spot on as it's going down the leg

112.2

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, worked with the hint of inswing through midwicket

112.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, leans into a drive as Anderson goes full, not much power but they get two as Panesar does the chasing from mid-off

112.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, gorgeous from Tendulkar, on middle stump and it's eased past mid-on with a textbook straight bat and hardly any follow through. That was all timing and one of his best shots in the innings

112.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, now he's starting to cut loose, Anderson tries to compensate by going outside off stump but Tendulkar frees his arms and places this through square cover

112.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, OUT, well, well, Anderson makes the breakthrough just as Tendulkar was looking set to finally reach three figures in this series...outside off stump and Tendulkar pushes at it sending a regulation catch to Strauss at first slip who gobbles it well...Tendulkar leaves to standing ovation, he might get one more innings but who knows

SR Tendulkar c Strauss b Anderson 82 (298m 192b 11x4 0x6) SR: 42.70

We know it's a Friday but that's no reason to slack off. Enter our competition immediately

Meanwhile, here comes Anil Kumble...some batting to do before his bowling duties

End of over 113 (11 runs) India 417/6
     JM Anderson    28-5-123-3
MS Dhoni    26* (37b 4x4)      MS Panesar    21-2-79-0

113.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, stays over the wicket, nudged into the leg side...will Dhoni open up now the tail is in?

113.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, not yet, as he works into the leg side

113.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, back round the wicket, turn and bounce from the good part of the pitch...Kumble plays and misses but will also be smiling inside

113.4

Panesar to Kumble, no run, comes forward, defends to silly point

113.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, guided out to point, Kumble playing for lunch

113.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, solid block again, Panesar can afford to toss it up a bit more to the tail

End of over 114 (1 run) India 418/6
A Kumble    0* (4b)      MS Panesar    22-2-80-0
MS Dhoni    27* (39b 4x4)      JM Anderson    28-5-123-3

114.1

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, short and wide, help yourself and Dhoni does so with a perfectly placed cut through the covers...it's so well timed that deep point can't stop it

114.2

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, lets this one pass by the off stump, if England snare another before lunch it will have been a decent session

Still no hundreds by India in this series

114.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, worked off leg stump out to deep square-leg, Anderson gets three balls at Kumble

114.4

Anderson to Kumble, no run, too good from Anderson, the inswinger and Kumble's feet go nowhere as he pushes at the ball and misses by a few inches

114.5

Anderson to Kumble, no run, vicious short ball from Anderson, bounces sharply into Kumble and takes the arm guard...Prior takes the catch and England appeal, but Bucknor makes another good decision

114.6

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, tries the fuller ball after the bouncer, Kumble gets bat onto it into the square-leg area and opens his account

End of over 115 (6 runs) India 424/6
A Kumble    1* (7b)      JM Anderson    29-5-129-3
MS Dhoni    32* (42b 5x4)      MS Panesar    22-2-80-0

Probably one more over until lunch

115.1

Panesar to Kumble, no run, On middle, Kumble comes forward and defends

115.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, bat and pad into the off side, Pansear starts to get excited...nothing new there

115.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, very full, under Kumble's eyes and he digs out to short leg

115.4

Panesar to Kumble, no run, angling into leg stump, Kumble offers the pad

gully comes in

115.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, lunges forward and blocks down the track

115.6

Panesar to Kumble, FOUR, top shot from Kumble, too full from Panesar and it's driven with minimal fuss through the covers for his first boundary

End of over 116 (4 runs) India 428/6
A Kumble    5* (13b 1x4)      MS Panesar    23-2-84-0
MS Dhoni    32* (42b 5x4)      JM Anderson    29-5-129-3

They will squeeze one more Anderson over in before I (sorry, the players) can get lunch

116.1

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, worked towards square leg, Anderson can now target Kumble again

116.2

Anderson to Kumble, no run, shapes away outside off stump, left well alone

116.3

Anderson to Kumble, no run, goes for the short one again, defended down by Kumble's feet...Anderson trying to set him up

116.4

Anderson to Kumble, no run, ultra short this time, nowhere near the batsman as he watches it fly through

116.5

Anderson to Kumble, no run, that's better, this one tails in towards Kumble but he drops his gloves and sways backwards

Leg gully in for the last ball

116.6

Anderson to Kumble, no run, it was a double bluff, the ball is full on middle and driven firmly to cover

1.40pm Hello everyone, 'tis Jennifer here. England are taking the field for the fifth session this Test. Wispy, watercolour-esque clouds streak across an otherwise blue sky. India resuming on 429 for 6, then, and it will be Panesar to bowl from the Pavilion End.

1.10pm Another solid session for India, adding 113 runs in 27 overs as their total grows towards series-winning proportions. England grabbed two wickets, and India still don't have a century-maker in the series as Sachin Tendulkar fell for 82, but there is a lot of work to do. Join us in around 30 minutes for the afternoon session at 1.40 when it will be the delightful Jenny Thompson.

End of over 117 (1 run) India 429/6
A Kumble    5* (18b 1x4)      JM Anderson    30-5-130-3
MS Dhoni    33* (43b 5x4)      MS Panesar    23-2-84-0

117.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, full-length delivery on leg, Dhoni looks to attack, coming forward but is too late on the shot

117.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, prods a forward defence this time

117.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, pitches on leg, forcing Dhoni to defend on the front foot, but it's not convincing and an inside edge skews worryingly down

117.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, a more orthodox shot this time, pushing forward for a quick single

117.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, reaches over and leans down into a forward defence

117.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, similar ball and another slow, deliberate forward defence

Anderson is on now

End of over 118 (1 run) India 430/6
A Kumble    5* (20b 1x4)      MS Panesar    24-2-85-0
MS Dhoni    34* (47b 5x4)      JM Anderson    30-5-130-3

118.1

Anderson to Dhoni, 2 runs, outside off, cutting into the right hander who makes room to cut it back out to point

118.2

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, in to the right hander off the seam again, but he waits to ease the ball back out to point

Kumble takes his guard now

118.3

Anderson to Kumble, no run, tries to bang down a short one but it's a tad too wide, and Kumble tries to cut down off his back foot, but doesn't get hold of it

118.4

Anderson to Kumble, no run, rises on to the back foot to defend back down

118.5

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, brings this one down a touch too short, prompting a back-foot prod into the covers, with Panesar doing the fielding

118.6

Anderson to Dhoni, FOUR, Anderson loses his line, straying on to leg and Dhoni doesn't miss out, turning the ball off his legs behind square. A lovely shot

End of over 119 (8 runs) India 438/6
MS Dhoni    41* (50b 6x4)      JM Anderson    31-5-138-3
A Kumble    6* (23b 1x4)      MS Panesar    24-2-85-0

119.1

Panesar to Kumble, no run, on leg, Kumble squeezes down on a forward defensive while there's a hopeful "Catch it"

119.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, driven forward without any power now

119.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, on middle, briefly threatens, but the threat is killed with a forward defensive

119.4

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

119.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, driven out to mid-off this time, a smooth shot straight to the fielder

119.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, a touch more flight, dealt with via a forward defensive

An immediate change, with Vaughan now turning to Tremlett

End of over 120 (maiden) India 438/6
A Kumble    6* (29b 1x4)      MS Panesar    25-3-85-0
MS Dhoni    41* (50b 6x4)      JM Anderson    31-5-138-3

120.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, lets go gently on one which sails down on off, where the ball's eased out for a quick single

120.2

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, thinks about a single, wants a single, but has to settle for a dot as the ball was merely pushed into the covers

120.3

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, fired down leg, chased round, taken by Prior

120.4

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, a hint of rise pushes Kumble back on to the back foot for a solid defensive this time

120.5

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, swing around the off-stick is negated with a calm Kumble defence

120.6

Tremlett to Kumble, FOUR, wide and cut behind point for more easy runs

It's looking comfortable for India at the moment; they are playing a patient game

End of over 121 (5 runs) India 443/6
A Kumble    10* (34b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    30-4-91-1
MS Dhoni    42* (51b 6x4)      MS Panesar    25-3-85-0

121.1

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, width outside off and whipped off the back foot behind point

121.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, a well-struck straight drive has Panesar foraging like a truffle-snuffling pig in the undergrowth - but it's to good effect as he cuts off the ball

121.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, a more regimental ball, a forward defensive

121.4

Panesar to Kumble, FOUR, hit inside-out, through extra-cover, and India's score creeps up and up

121.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, thinks about a cover drive this time; settles on a check

121.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, good placement from Panesar, matched by a forward defensive

End of over 122 (5 runs) India 448/6
A Kumble    14* (39b 3x4)      MS Panesar    26-3-90-0
MS Dhoni    43* (52b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    30-4-91-1

122.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, Tremlett's line is wrong again, this one steepling down leg

122.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up, slower, wide and invited the drive through cover

122.3

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, testing bounce + slight swing away outside off stump + movement in off the seam = a false stroke from Kumble; but he got away with it

122.4

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, thought about poking at that one. Didn't

122.5

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, close and Tremlett's confident, but Bucknor correctly rules - via a slight shake of his head - that it was drifting down leg, and was a tad high, too

122.6

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, eased to gully off the back foot

End of over 123 (1 run) India 449/6
A Kumble    14* (43b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    31-4-92-1
MS Dhoni    44* (54b 6x4)      MS Panesar    26-3-90-0

123.1

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

123.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, on leg, tried to rush to square but didn't time it at all

123.3

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, similar ball, but better timing allows the single to square and brings up India's 450

123.4

Panesar to Kumble, no run, over the wicket, pitching outside leg and Kumble pads it away

123.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, on leg this time, Kumble playing on the front foot to defend

123.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, a vaguely awkward attempt to bring bat and pad together, but the result's effective enough - a forward defensive

End of over 124 (1 run) India 450/6
A Kumble    14* (46b 3x4)      MS Panesar    27-3-91-0
MS Dhoni    45* (57b 6x4)      CT Tremlett    31-4-92-1

124.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, 2 runs, on leg, and moved away through the 45. Tremlett still struggling

124.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, width outside off now, Dhoni cuts out to deep point and moves closer to his fifty

124.3

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, on middle-and-off, the ball climbing late, but fended back down without too much trouble

124.4

Tremlett to Kumble, 1 run, on leg stump and there's a crisp flick off the legs now

124.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, outside off, almost crouching-crabbed* away through gully

* to use the technical term

124.6

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, fairly ungainly whip with the wrists, a touch of crouching, down to gully and Dhoni will have the strike chasing his half-century

End of over 125 (5 runs) India 455/6
A Kumble    15* (49b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    32-4-97-1
MS Dhoni    49* (60b 6x4)      MS Panesar    27-3-91-0

125.1

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, on leg, rushed to square but without being properly timed

125.2

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, driven forward to mid-off, Dhoni still looking for his half-century, but will have to wait

125.3

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, worked forward again, but has to settle for no run

125.4

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, pushed through on leg, Dhoni working it back out to the on-side. Still no fifty

125.5

Panesar to Dhoni, FOUR, but it's there now - a quick drive through mid-on. His half-century, a fine one and ever-entertaining, has come up from 65 balls, his sixth Test fifty

125.6

Panesar to Dhoni, no run, thinks about working it to square, but doesn't risk the single

End of over 126 (4 runs) India 459/6
MS Dhoni    53* (66b 7x4)      MS Panesar    28-3-95-0
A Kumble    15* (49b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    32-4-97-1

126.1

Tremlett to Kumble, FOUR, width outside off allows a firmly struck cut off the back foot behind point

Cracking shot. Vaughan is a man perplexed

126.2

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, a lesser-spotted straight one, tight too, and defended easily enough

126.3

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, good delivery now, rising past the helmet on a decent line just outside off

126.4

Tremlett to Kumble, 1 run, drags it a touch short outside off and cracked off the back foot to deep point

A man goes in to backward point, making it a quartet of deep fielders now

126.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, switches the ball from off through midwicket for an easy single

126.6

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, on off, rising, and defended down off the back foot

End of over 127 (6 runs) India 465/6
A Kumble    20* (54b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    33-4-103-1
MS Dhoni    54* (67b 7x4)      MS Panesar    28-3-95-0

127.1

Panesar to Dhoni, SIX, splendid shot, driven right over the top wide of long-on - hitting against the spin

Three lines appear on Panesar's forehead

127.2

Panesar to Dhoni, 2 runs, worked out to point

127.3

Panesar to Dhoni, SIX, down the track and shouldered straight over long-on for a smashing shot

Gnasher notes this is like Gilchrist in Perth. And he's right. In which case, mind the windows, everyone, and look out Row Z

Three catching men around the bat (as opposed to catching children, or catching animals etc)

127.4

Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run, defended on the front foot

127.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, defended solidly into the leg-side

127.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, defended on off this time

End of over 128 (15 runs) India 480/6
A Kumble    20* (56b 4x4)      MS Panesar    29-3-110-0
MS Dhoni    69* (71b 7x4 2x6)      CT Tremlett    33-4-103-1

128.1

Tremlett to Dhoni, no run, tries to hook one which sails over middle, deviating late, but lightly, on its way over

128.2

Tremlett to Dhoni, 1 run, outside off, worked over the ball easily, down through gully

128.3

Tremlett to Kumble, 1 run, worked through gully again

128.4

Tremlett to Dhoni, 2 runs, what is that shot?! Goes to hit a forehand winner of a pull - leaping in the air to boot - that goes high, but evades all three men out on the hook

Always inventive, Dhoni. Amusing to watch'n'all

128.5

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, cut away, more orthodoxly this time

128.6

Tremlett to Dhoni, FOUR, short, outside off, licence to print runs, Dhoni hits the key marked 4, as he cuts away through cover. A rocket

27 runs from the last two overs. Take that.

An inevitable change of bowling - Collingwood into the firing line

End of over 129 (12 runs) India 492/6
MS Dhoni    80* (76b 9x4 2x6)      CT Tremlett    34-4-115-1
A Kumble    21* (57b 4x4)      MS Panesar    29-3-110-0

129.1

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, immediately imparts a much-welcomed dot, on the spot, and it's defended

129.2

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, slinks another accurate delivery down the channel - left alone

129.3

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, on middle, drifting towards leg, played forward

129.4

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, banged down leg, but Kumble shows no interest given the decent length

129.5

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, back on it this ball, with a forward defensive now

129.6

Collingwood to Kumble, FOUR, outside off, short, and crashed away - that loose delivery puncturing the momentum

Pietersen now replacing Tremlett. This will be interesting. Dhoni, meanwhile, has called for a new bat... Two are brought on for him, and he duly makes his choice

End of over 130 (4 runs) India 496/6
A Kumble    25* (63b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    4-1-8-1
MS Dhoni    80* (76b 9x4 2x6)      CT Tremlett    34-4-115-1

130.1

Pietersen to Dhoni, no run, that would have been a one-day wide down leg. As it is, it's a Test dot

130.2

Pietersen to Dhoni, no run, on off, defended forward

130.3

Pietersen to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni doesn't really mess around, stepping down and muscling that one right over lond0on into the middle tier

130.4

Pietersen to Dhoni, SIX, short and crashed again - this one pulled up and over square, off a top-edge

130.5

Pietersen to Dhoni, OUT, doesn't work this time and he holes out to Cook at deep square. He couldn't resist standing up and trying to deliver a scoop but doesn't get enough under it, Cook taking a good catch, low

MS Dhoni c Cook b Pietersen 92 (120m 81b 9x4 4x6) SR: 113.58

Pietersen beams broadly. It's his second Test wicket, and they've both been keepers (the other being? Kamran Akmal)

130.6

Pietersen to Khan, no run, tight delivery, defended on the front foot

It's time to hand over to Andrew McGlashan

End of over 131 (12 runs) India 508/7
Z Khan    0* (1b)      KP Pietersen    1-0-12-1
A Kumble    25* (63b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    4-1-8-1

Hello all, Collingwood continues

131.1

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, outside off stump, chopping into the ground and bobbles to Prior

131.2

Collingwood to Kumble, 1 run, on the legs, clipped through square leg for a comfortable single to the man on the fence

131.3

Collingwood to Khan, no run, Khan gets behind the line with a solid defensive shot

131.4

Collingwood to Khan, no run, bouncer from Collingwood, plenty of time to sway out of the line

131.5

Collingwood to Khan, no run, full on off stump, played out to gully

131.6

Collingwood to Khan, no run, very wide, seams away and Prior moves across to take by first slip

End of over 132 (1 run) India 509/7
Z Khan    0* (5b)      PD Collingwood    5-1-9-1
A Kumble    26* (65b 5x4)      KP Pietersen    1-0-12-1

More part-time offspin, can it buy another wicket?

132.1

Pietersen to Kumble, no run, driven up to mid-off

132.2

Pietersen to Kumble, no run, very full, inside edge into the pads and dribbles into the covers

132.3

Pietersen to Kumble, 1 run, floated outside off stump, Kumble steps forward to drive for an easy single to mid-off

132.4

Pietersen to Khan, no run, off the pad to short leg, no danger, Bucknor grins

132.5

Pietersen to Khan, 2 runs, low full toss, whipped through midwicket and time for two

132.6

Pietersen to Khan, no run, gentle offspinner, gentle forward defense, all very gentle

End of over 133 (3 runs) India 512/7
Z Khan    2* (8b)      KP Pietersen    2-0-15-1
A Kumble    27* (68b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    5-1-9-1

133.1

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, on middle and squirted to midwicket

133.2

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, outside off stump, shoulders arms to a gentle seamer

133.3

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, short outside off stump, Kumble tries to cut but doesn't make contact

133.4

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, slower ball, Kumble waits and guides it towards point

133.5

Collingwood to Kumble, 1 run, on leg stump, neatly turned down to Tremlett on the long-leg boundary

133.6

Collingwood to Khan, no run, final ball of the over is block, as India try to use up more time while extending their total

End of over 134 (1 run) India 513/7
Z Khan    2* (9b)      PD Collingwood    6-1-10-1
A Kumble    28* (73b 5x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-15-1

It's the end of KP's short spell. James Anderson is back to try and wrap up the innings

134.1

Anderson to Kumble, no run, short of a length, Kumble plays off the back foot towards mid-off

134.2

Anderson to Kumble, no run, nearly for Anderson, pitched up slightly more and Kumble gives himself some room to try and cut and almost gets the edge

134.3

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, guided down to third man off the thick edge, along the ground and wide of second slip

134.4

Anderson to Khan, no run, decent short ball, comes through at an awkward height but Zaheer manages to get his gloves out of the way...more tennis-ball bounce

134.5

Anderson to Khan, no run, angling down the leg side, Prior takes

134.6

Anderson to Khan, 1 run, tucked off the hip out to deep square-leg

End of over 135 (2 runs) India 515/7
Z Khan    3* (12b)      JM Anderson    32-5-140-3
A Kumble    29* (76b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    6-1-10-1

135.1

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

135.2

Collingwood to Khan, no run, bouncer, much easier to sway out of the way of Collingwood's pace

135.3

Collingwood to Khan, no run, very full, pushed out to short cover

135.4

Collingwood to Khan, no run, continues to prob off stump, cover again in action

135.5

Collingwood to Khan, 1 run, goes for the drive, spooned high over cover and falls between two fielders

135.6

Collingwood to Kumble, no run, drifting down leg, doesn't quite carry through to Prior

Game in a holding pattern at the moment with England trying to wrap up the innings and India not in much of a rush

End of over 136 (1 run) India 516/7
A Kumble    29* (77b 5x4)      PD Collingwood    7-1-11-1
Z Khan    4* (17b)      JM Anderson    32-5-140-3

136.1

Anderson to Khan, 1 leg bye, short and into Khan's body, takes the chest guard to the short fine-leg area

136.2

Anderson to Kumble, no run, punched back to Anderson

136.3

Anderson to Kumble, no run, another waft from Kumble at a wide ball, very half-hearted effort, doesn't make contact

136.4

Anderson to Kumble, no run, driven, without much timing, to mid-off

136.5

Anderson to Kumble, 4 leg byes, attempted inswinger, slightly off target and flicks the pad to beat Prior down the leg side for four more extras...Mr Ex Tras is having a good innings

136.6

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, short of a length and nudged into the wide open spaces on the leg side

End of over 137 (6 runs) India 522/7
A Kumble    30* (82b 5x4)      JM Anderson    33-5-141-3
Z Khan    4* (18b)      PD Collingwood    7-1-11-1

By the way, just in case anyone is wondering why Sidebottom isn't bowling, he has a slight side problem which the medics are going to investgate late...but he is still fielding. Meanwhile, Panesar's back and relieved Dhoni has gone, no doubt

137.1

Panesar to Kumble, no run, very flat, on leg stump, defended

137.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, pushed to cover

137.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, bat and pad together

137.4

Panesar to Kumble, 4 leg byes, more runs off the pad as Panesar drifts onto the legs and in beats Collingwood into the fine-leg boundary

137.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, solid defense from Kumble

137.6

Panesar to Kumble, no run, blocks to end an uneventful over

This is now the highest total without a batsman scoring a century. The previous best was when India made 524 for 9 against New Zealand at Kanpur in 1976.

End of over 138 (4 runs, maiden) India 526/7
A Kumble    30* (88b 5x4)      MS Panesar    30-4-110-0
Z Khan    4* (18b)      JM Anderson    33-5-141-3

138.1

Anderson to Khan, no run, aiming for a glove down the leg side, but off target from Anderson

138.2

Anderson to Khan, no run, back outside off stump, defended down to gully

138.3

Anderson to Khan, no run, big full toss outside off stump, the batsman misses out

138.4

Anderson to Khan, no run, pitch looking very flat as Zaheer brings out another solid block

leg gully still in for Anderson's bowling

138.5

Anderson to Khan, no run, again down the leg side, everyone in the England team is starting to look a bit tired

138.6

Anderson to Khan, 1 run, pushed into the leg side, Alastair Cook runs round from leg gully to pick up at midwicket

End of over 139 (1 run) India 527/7
Z Khan    5* (24b)      JM Anderson    34-5-142-3
A Kumble    30* (88b 5x4)      MS Panesar    30-4-110-0

139.1

Panesar to Khan, no run, defended to silly point

Come Monty, loop it

139.2

Panesar to Khan, no run, goes for a huge heave over the leg side, but only manages an inside edge into his pad

139.3

Panesar to Khan, no run, comes forward this time, to silly point

139.4

Panesar to Khan, no run, fired in at leg stump

139.5

Panesar to Khan, no run, another wild heave-ho, doesn't get anything on this one and the ball misses the stumps by a fraction

139.6

Panesar to Khan, no run, thrusts his pad at the ball, half an appeal but too much bounce and outside off stump

End of over 140 (maiden) India 527/7
Z Khan    5* (30b)      MS Panesar    31-5-110-0
A Kumble    30* (88b 5x4)      JM Anderson    34-5-142-3

140.1

Anderson to Kumble, no run, nips back into Kumble, bobbles into the off side

140.2

Anderson to Kumble, no run, misses another cut, he hasn't made contact with many of those recently

India are just going to bat and bat here, and who can blame them

140.3

Anderson to Kumble, no run, forced off the back foot to cover

140.4

Anderson to Kumble, FOUR, handsome shot, too short from Anderson and some width, Kumble picks his gap and finds the cover boundary

64 fours now and seven sixes

140.5

Anderson to Kumble, no run, tries the yorker, Kumble digs it out

140.6

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, nudged into the leg side as the score ticks along

"Kumble is the rich man's Ashley Giles," quips Cricinfo's Dileep Premachandran from The Oval

End of over 141 (5 runs) India 532/7
A Kumble    35* (94b 6x4)      JM Anderson    35-5-147-3
Z Khan    5* (30b)      MS Panesar    31-5-110-0

141.1

Panesar to Kumble, FOUR, some aggression from Kumble as he runs at Panesar and hammers this straight down the ground

141.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, flatter again, Kumble lunges forward and defends

141.3

Panesar to Kumble, 1 run, again goes down the ground, but Monty gets a hand on it and mid-on is deeper now so it's just a single

141.4

Panesar to Khan, no run, turned to mid-on, who's saving one with Zaheer on strike

141.5

Panesar to Khan, no run, goes forward then back, plays out to cover, even the tailenders have time to adjust

141.6

Panesar to Khan, 1 run, inside edge into his pad, lobs into the leg side out of Cook's reach

End of over 142 (6 runs) India 538/7
Z Khan    6* (33b)      MS Panesar    32-5-116-0
A Kumble    40* (97b 7x4)      JM Anderson    35-5-147-3

Anderson continues

142.1

Anderson to Khan, 1 run, goes full, hint of movement into the batsman, but they pick up a sharp single into the off side

142.2

Anderson to Kumble, no run, pushed out to point, 20 minutes until tea

142.3

Anderson to Kumble, 2 runs, neatly turned off his pads and Sidebottom, dodgy side and all, makes a fine sliding save on the long-leg boundary

Two slips in

142.4

Anderson to Kumble, no run, plays from the top of the bounce, back to the bowler who hurls the ball to Prior

142.5

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, goes for a flamboyant drive, down on one knee and finds third man

142.6

Anderson to Khan, no run, outside off stump and Zaheer watches it go through to Prior

End of over 143 (4 runs) India 542/7
Z Khan    7* (35b)      JM Anderson    36-5-151-3
A Kumble    43* (101b 7x4)      MS Panesar    32-5-116-0

143.1

Panesar to Kumble, no run, Kumble skips down the track, it's another flat delivery and he blocks towards mid-on

143.2

Panesar to Kumble, FOUR, uses the pace on the ball to guide past slip and down to third man

143.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, forward and defended back to the bowler

143.4

Panesar to Kumble, 1 run, touch slower, inside edge goes fine of short leg and they pick up one

143.5

Panesar to Khan, no run, props onto the front foot, how long can he resist?

143.6

Panesar to Khan, no run, well, for at least another ball as he plays forward very carefully

End of over 144 (5 runs) India 547/7
Z Khan    7* (37b)      MS Panesar    33-5-121-0
A Kumble    48* (105b 8x4)      JM Anderson    36-5-151-3

Decent over-rate this afternoon, 15.3 an hour, thanks to the spinners

144.1

Anderson to Kumble, no run, another flowing drive, but goes straight to point

144.2

Anderson to Kumble, no run, defended to mid off as Anderson continues to search for his fourth wicket...the previous three have been hard-earned

144.3

Anderson to Kumble, no run, this one goes to Alastair Cook at cover

144.4

Anderson to Kumble, FOUR, thick outside edge, races through the vacant second and third slip area down to third man as Kumble brings up his fifth Test fifty...well played and he enjoys the moment with wave of the bat around the ground, but his main job is still to come

144.5

Anderson to Kumble, 1 run, turned out to deep square-leg

144.6

Anderson to Khan, no run, tries a short ball at the body, but there's plenty of time to ride the bounce into the leg side

End of over 145 (5 runs) India 552/7
Z Khan    7* (38b)      JM Anderson    37-5-156-3
A Kumble    53* (110b 9x4)      MS Panesar    33-5-121-0

Panesar takes another break before tea and here's Chris Tremlett for his 35th over

145.1

Tremlett to Kumble, FOUR, driven through mid-off with plenty of flourish

145.2

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, straight to midwicket

145.3

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, driven to mid-off

145.4

Tremlett to Kumble, 1 run, pushed into the off side for another single, not sure where the wickets will come from

145.5

Tremlett to Khan, no run, outside off stump and left alone

145.6

Tremlett to Khan, no run, tighter to off stump, draws the bat inside the line

Breaking news Simon Jones has broken down injured again - this time it's his calf. He won't play a further part in Glamorgan's match against Northants at Colwyn Bay.

End of over 146 (5 runs) India 557/7
Z Khan    7* (40b)      CT Tremlett    35-4-120-1
A Kumble    58* (114b 10x4)      JM Anderson    37-5-156-3

change of ends for Panesar, over the wicket

146.1

Panesar to Kumble, no run, another lunge forward from Kumble, out to cover

146.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, tickled to short fine-leg

146.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, puts his pad to the line of the ball, kicks it away

146.4

Panesar to Kumble, no run, goes with the bat as well this time and the ball falls into the off side

146.5

Panesar to Kumble, no run, misses a flick of his legs and Prior takes behind the stumps

146.6

Panesar to Kumble, 2 runs, angled past slip, using Panesar's pace

End of over 147 (2 runs) India 559/7
A Kumble    60* (120b 10x4)      MS Panesar    34-5-123-0
Z Khan    7* (40b)      CT Tremlett    35-4-120-1

147.1

Tremlett to Khan, no run, outside off, not interested in the final over before tea

147.2

Tremlett to Khan, no run, too wide again from Tremlett, left alone

147.3

Tremlett to Khan, no run, fuller and he has a huge swing at it without making contact

147.4

Tremlett to Khan, no run, fends at this delivery and almost gets the edge through to Prior

147.5

Tremlett to Khan, no run, too wide, wasted for all that effort

147.6

Tremlett to Khan, no run, plays inside the line, no danger in that over, and everyone troops off for a 20-minute break

130 runs for one wicket in that session, it's been all India. They will bat on as long as they can to take time out of the game and the series is virtually in the bag. Anil Kumble will have one eye on a maiden Test century, he's 40 away. Join George Binoy in a little over 15 minutes, at 4.00pm, for the final session.

End of over 148 (maiden) India 559/7
Z Khan    7* (46b)      CT Tremlett    36-5-120-1
A Kumble    60* (120b 10x4)      MS Panesar    34-5-123-0

3.58 pm Thanks Andrew. It's been all India today, and yesterday too, hasn't it. I imagine they will try to get as much as possible in this first innings without giving a thought to the declaration. Kumble's batting on 60, his highest score is 88. Zaheer has also stuck around for 46 balls for his 7. Kumble's half-century is the sixth of the innings, India have posted the highest total without a century, England are one away from conceding fifty extras - it's been a statistician's paradise.

Panesar will open the attack after tea over over the wicket. Slip and a silly point in place.

148.1

Panesar to Kumble, no run, tossed up on leg and middle stump, Kumble leans forward and defends

148.2

Panesar to Kumble, no run, driven towards mid-off on the front foot

148.3

Panesar to Kumble, no run, defended on the front foot to silly point

148.4

Panesar to Kumble, 1 run, Panesar drifts down leg side, Kumble sweeps to the fielder at short fine leg

148.5

Panesar to Khan, no run, loud appeal for leg before, Zaheer took a stride forward to defend and got hit on the pad, the ball was missing leg stump

148.6

Panesar to Khan, FOUR, a bit of width offered outside off and Zaheer cuts it away to the third man boundary

End of over 149 (5 runs) India 564/7
Z Khan    11* (48b 1x4)      MS Panesar    35-5-128-0
A Kumble    61* (124b 10x4)      CT Tremlett    36-5-120-1

Tremlett will continue from over the wicket with just one slip and a gully.

149.1

Tremlett to Kumble, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Kumble cuts to gully

149.2

Tremlett to Kumble, FOUR, too wide outside the off stump, Kumble frees his arms and smashes it through cover for four more

149.3

Tremlett to Kumble, 1 run, too much width once again ffrom Tremlett, Kumble guides the ball down to third man

149.4

Tremlett to Khan, no run, full delivery pitches outside leg stump, Zaheer moves towards the off side and lets Prior collect the ball

149.5

Tremlett to Khan, no run, short of a length outside off stump, the ball seams away from Zaheer off the pitch and once again he lets it go

149.6

Tremlett to Khan, no run, good length delivery angling into off and middle stump, defended towards gully on the front foot

End of over 150 (5 runs) India 569/7
Z Khan    11* (51b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    37-5-125-1
A Kumble    66* (127b 11x4)      MS Panesar    35-5-128-0
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