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

5.40pm We're ready... Here come India and here come Strauss and Cook.

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, Zaheer finds his line-and-length immediately, upright seam, Strauss pulls away

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, defended on the front foot now

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Strauss moves across and lets the ball go

0.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, left alone once again outside the off stump

0.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller length outside the off stump, Strauss shoulders arms once more

Zaheer starts with a maiden.

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

Sreesanth will share the new ball. He had a horrible game at Nottingham. Can he improve here?

1.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, short of a length on middle and leg stump, Cook tucks it off his hips to short leg

1.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, excellent ball, pitches on middle and off and seams away from Cook who waits on the back foot and pulls his bat away from the ball at the last minute

1.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, a bit wider outside the off stump this time, Cook lifts his bat out of the way

1.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, fuller delivery on middle stump, Cook leans forward and drives towards mid-on where Anil Kumble, fresh as ever after his maiden Test century, sprints to his right and slides to cut off any runs

1.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, pitches short of a length outside the off stump, Cook lets it go

1.6

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, a half-volley on leg stump, Cook leans across and clips it off his toes to long leg, England are away, trailing by 663 runs

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

2.1

Khan to Cook, FOUR, squirted down leg, that's a gimme and Cook gives himself four runs off the legs through fine

2.2

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

2.3

Khan to Cook, no run, down the channel, a tempting ball but moving away gently - and a good decision to leave

2.4

Khan to Cook, 1 run, worked round the corner just behind square

2.5

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, on the legs, worked away to the man at square

2.6

Khan to Cook, no run, swing away down the channel, left alone

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 7/0
AN Cook    6* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-1-6-0
AJ Strauss    1* (7b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-1-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, slams down a bouncer that rises high enough for Strauss to simply bob under and then veers away late

3.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, FOUR, on leg, tucked off the thigh through square

Something for the fans to cheer about

3.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, defended on the front foot this time, now

3.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, on leg, turned away square for a quick single

3.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, a hint of swing there, wobbling in on middle, and defended now

3.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, worked out to square this time

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    6* (12b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    6* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-1-6-0

4.1

Khan to Strauss, OUT, and Zaheer strikes just before stumps - Strauss pulling high off the bottom of his bat, sailing over to Sreesanth at long leg who takes a calm, collected catch

AJ Strauss c Sreesanth b Khan 6 (18m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

It's not the first time he's been out on the pull. A big blow for England in the dying embers of the final session.

Here's Anderson to watch the night.

4.2

Khan to Cook, no run, swing away from the left hander who leaves that one extravagantly

4.3

Khan to Cook, no run, well judged leave, the ball creeping back towards his stumps

Cook's on strike because they crossed by the way, as you probably guessed

4.4

Khan to Cook, FOUR, now that's how to play the pull shot, Cook swivelling round on top of the bounce and controlling smoothly behind square. It races

4.5

Khan to Cook, no run, down the channel, fullish and just outside off stump - Cook draws the bat inside the line, well out of harm's way

4.6

Khan to Cook, 2 runs, right on the money, in front of off, but a firm push sends the ball to long-off and they come back for two

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 18/1
AN Cook    12* (17b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-12-1
JM Anderson    0* (0b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-6-0

5.1

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, on leg and Sreesanth offers aeroplane arms in his appeal - ooh, worth an appeal, ubt probably going down. The umpire awards the batsman the benefit

5.2

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, just got a shade of inside edge on that one which curls back into him after pitching in line with off

5.3

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, oh, tidy delivery, leaping over a prodding forward defensive

I suspect Anderson is not enjoying this. Where's Hoggard when there's a nightwatchman need?

5.4

Sreesanth to Anderson, FOUR, squeezes out a forward defence which races through mid-off, using the pace of the delivery. Hit the pad first though, in line, and Sreesanth thinks he's had the raw end of the deal, there

5.5

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, pitching on a good line and moving away

Speaking of Hoggard, he's had a beer named after him - the Nightwatchman. So there

5.6

Sreesanth to Anderson, 1 run, an extra there from an overthrow

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 23/1
JM Anderson    5* (6b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    12* (17b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-12-1

6.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, defended on the back foot

6.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, another defence this time

6.3

Khan to Anderson, no run, on middle-and-leg, turned away nicely to short midwicket where it's snapped up instantly

6.4

Khan to Anderson, no run, left alone on its way through to the keeper

6.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, poked into the covers this time, off the back foot

6.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, muchos swing away from the left hander, wide down the channel

End of over 7 (maiden) England 23/1
JM Anderson    5* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-2-12-1
AN Cook    12* (17b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-11-0

7.1

Kumble to Cook, no run, ooh, spins away testingly from the left hander

7.2

Kumble to Cook, no run, Cook is watchful in defending right over that one

Tricky period, this, for England

7.3

Kumble to Cook, no run, chased round to the 45

7.4

Kumble to Cook, no run, just about trapped under the face this time, the ball bobbling down

7.5

Kumble to Cook, 1 no ball, defended on the back foot

7.5

Kumble to Cook, no run, poked into the ground off the back foot

7.6

Kumble to Cook, no run, round the wicket now, shoots that down leg and Cook pads away

Close. A prolific day, then for India, racking up 664, including Anil Kumble's maiden Test ton. The sun shone, and there were bales and bales of hay. Positively epic. India have played themselves right into a fantastic position to secure the series. Thanks for joining us all today - from myself, Jenny Thompson; Andrew McGlashan and George Binoy it's goodnight. But do come back tomorrow, won't you.

End of over 8 (1 run) England 24/1
AN Cook    12* (24b 2x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0
JM Anderson    5* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-2-12-1

10.55am Players and officials heading to the middle, we're just about ready to roll ... Jerusalem trills out ... huddles ... the usual pre-play paraphernalia. Your commentators today will be Martin Williamson, Andrew McGlashan, and fresh from having beer poured over him by an overeager spectator, George Binoy.

10.00am Good morning, another sun-drenched day at The Oval and another full house. In prospect, an England rearguard. "We need to be patient because it's a flat wicket and there are good batsmen still to come," MS Dhoni told reporters last night.

And this is the day that cricket ceases to exist in the minds of the national newspapers ... yes, football is back. If you want to read about this match tomorrow then you will have to plough through 2000-word reports on Hereford v Rotherham ...

The ever-cheerful Andrew McGlashan plonks himself into his seat and announces that "this has the makings of England being bowled out twice for 200 as they don't give a ****". I suspect he had a late night out.

8.1

Khan to Anderson, no run, short, stiff, and Anderson just sways very gently out the way

8.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, short again, Steve Bucknor signals that's his lot for the over

8.3

Khan to Anderson, 4 byes, speared down the leg side, it swings as well and Dhoni doesn't even bother to dive it is so wide ... but Bucknor, no friend to wicketkeepers' records, signals byes. Harsh

8.4

Khan to Anderson, no run, straighter and defended into the off side

8.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, all slightly early morning, Zaheer appears rather stiff and he's not troubled Anderson so far

8.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, outside off, leaving the left hander and Anderson starts to poke and then withdraws the bat

End of over 9 (4 runs, maiden) England 28/1
JM Anderson    5* (18b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-3-12-1
AN Cook    12* (24b 2x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0

Sreesanth opens up from the Pavilion End. He scuffs the repaired footmarks to ensure he gets some grip when he lands and walks purposefully back to his mark.

9.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, very wide and Dhoni has to scurry to his left to gather in front of first slip

Howell doesn't signal anything but how that was not a wide in anyone's book is a mystery ... as with Bucknor last over. So keen to signal anything in ODIs, so reluctant in Tests ...

9.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, straight and Cook into line to defend back down the pitch

9.3

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, swinging down the leg, Dhoni dives to take

Poor wicketkeeping, no footwork , just a dive which would have stuffed him had the ball moved more than expected. Like Prior, he's technically not the best ...

9.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, clipped firmly off his legs and well stopped by shortish midwicket

9.5

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, drifting to leg and Cook helps it round the corner

A smattering of applause for the first run of the day.

9.6

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, angled across the nightwatchman, Anderson not tempted

End of over 10 (1 run) England 29/1
JM Anderson    5* (19b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-12-0
AN Cook    13* (29b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-3-12-1

10.1

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook goes half forward and then lets the ball pass as it gently swings away

In comes a leg slip for the shot off the hips and point into the slips. Two slips and two gullys.

10.2

Khan to Cook, no run, fuller but wide, Cook leaves and the ball swings away and then changes direction after passing

10.3

Khan to Cook, no run, lovely delivery, Cook drawn into the shot and the ball spits past the outside edge

10.4

Khan to Cook, 1 leg bye, he shapes to turn to leg, misses by some way, the ball bobbles into space off the pad on the leg side where there's a run almost everywhere as India look to attack

10.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, solid defence, no heroics from Anderson

10.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, far too good for a nightwatchman, Anderson cut in two as the ball spits away from him and he is left jabbing at thin air

End of over 11 (1 run, maiden) England 30/1
JM Anderson    5* (21b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-4-12-1
AN Cook    13* (33b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-12-0

11.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, dropped Karthik was put at leg slip for just that ... Cook glances off the face of the bat straight to him at stomach height .. he never had to move but it was spilt and he even had a second bite at it

11.2

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, insult to injury ... the same line, shorter, and Cook whips that off his hips through square leg

11.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, leg-stump line again, Cook runs the ball on the 45 down to long leg

11.4

Sreesanth to Anderson, 4 leg byes, full toss swinging to leg, the ball clips the top of Anderson's pads and evades Dhoni's rather half-hearted dive ... a tough one to stop in fairness

11.5

Sreesanth to Anderson, 2 runs, overpitched on leg stump, Anderson clips that with the air of a genuine batsman into space towards deep midwicket

11.6

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, the first ball of the over not on or outside leg stump, but too wide and Anderson leaves

Good analysis on TV from David Lloyd, who fielded leg slip. Kathik was too close - level with the keeper - and he was actually walking in when he dropped the chance.

End of over 12 (11 runs) England 41/1
JM Anderson    7* (24b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-19-0
AN Cook    18* (36b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-4-12-1

12.1

Khan to Cook, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off and a quick single

Leg slip is still a yard in front of the keeper ...

12.2

Khan to Anderson, no run, fired down the leg side, Anderson steps inside the line, Dhoni quickly across to take

12.3

Khan to Anderson, 4 byes, again speared down the leg, it was wide and swung wider, Dhoni never had a chance and once more did not even bother diving as it bisected him and leg slip. Bucknor, heartless beast, signals byes

12.4

Khan to Anderson, no run, overcorrection, outside off and Anderson has no need to play

12.5

Khan to Anderson, no run, left on line and length, bat thrust towards the heavens

12.6

Khan to Anderson, no run, too wide, that leg-side four byes rattled Zaheer and he over adjusted for the rest of the over so that Anderson didn't have to play at one

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 46/1
JM Anderson    7* (29b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-4-13-1
AN Cook    19* (37b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-19-0

13.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, slightly too short, Cook leaves

13.2

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, a foot or so outside off but enough so that Cook can decide to leave in plenty of time

13.3

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 no ball, no-ball but even Howell might have called that wide as is rasped towards the slips and Dhoni got across well

13.3

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, good delivery, fuller, Cook gets a thick outside edge and the ball rips along the ground where third slip would have been

13.4

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, wide, Cook barely moves and lets it pass

13.5

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, no shot, but the last three deliveries have looked more controlled that he has been to date

13.6

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, fuller, Cook blocks into the off side, slightly unbalanced but it did the job

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 51/1
AN Cook    23* (44b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-24-0
JM Anderson    7* (29b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-4-13-1

Anil Kumble on to replace Zaheer Khan at the Vauxhall End. Zaheer has struggled to control the swinging ball this morning. A plethora of helmets emerge from the dressing room, including one for Dhoni. It's like a bikers' convention on Box Hill. And more shinpads that you will see at the average Premiership match later today. Bucknor expresses displeasure at the length of time this dressing-up time is taking.

14.1

Kumble to Anderson, no run, past the outside edge as Anderson pokes with hard hands

14.2

Kumble to Anderson, no run, pushed into the covers

14.3

Kumble to Anderson, no run, Anderson well over the ball as it gets a bit of extra bounce

14.4

Kumble to Anderson, no run, back and dropped defensively in front of short leg

Attacking field for Kumble; slip, gully, short leg, midwicket, mid-on, mid-off, deep square-leg, cover and backward point

14.5

Kumble to Anderson, no run, watchful, oh-so-cautious forward defensive

14.6

Kumble to Anderson, no run, he shapes a rather limp drive and the ball beats the outside edge

End of over 15 (maiden) England 51/1
JM Anderson    7* (35b 1x4)      A Kumble    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    23* (44b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-24-0

15.1

Sreesanth to Cook, FOUR, steered through the gap between slips and gully - and its a big one - controlled, all along the ground

15.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, fuller, Cook blocks but once more appeared to be overbalancing as he dug it out ... but there was still a single into the off side

15.3

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, much too short, Anderson barely has to move to avoid it

Sreesanth should be keeping it pitched up and probe away at Anderson's off stump, that's where he'll get him.

15.4

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, outside off, Anderson able to leave on length as well

15.5

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, started on leg and carried on swinging, Dhoni dives across to stop it

15.6

Sreesanth to Anderson, no run, not sensible bowling, once more banged it and Anderson not troubled as he sways out the way

When Sreesanth has kept it pitched on a length he has looked like troubling the batsmen, but he's struggled for line and length.

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 56/1
JM Anderson    7* (39b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-29-0
AN Cook    28* (46b 5x4)      A Kumble    2-1-1-0

16.1

Kumble to Cook, 1 run, dropped down the leg, Cook swishes and leg slip dives to his left but cannot hold on ... it flew to Ganguly and he did well but couldn't hold it

16.2

Kumble to Anderson, 1 run, pushed into the off, no more than a defensive poke, but quick running allows a comfortable single

16.3

Kumble to Cook, FOUR, slightly too full, caressed through midwicket, controlled and timed

That's the 50 stand off 76 balls.

16.4

Kumble to Cook, 1 run, turned into the leg side, using his reach to get to the pitch of the ball

16.5

Kumble to Anderson, FOUR, "top shot" Gnasher purrs, too full, a little wide, and crisply driven through the covers

16.6

Kumble to Anderson, no run, pushed into the off side

End of over 17 (11 runs) England 67/1
JM Anderson    12* (42b 2x4)      A Kumble    3-1-12-0
AN Cook    34* (49b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-29-0

Rahul Dravid summons RP Singh to replace Sreesanth at the Pavilion End.

17.1

Singh to Cook, no run, fullish, turned into the leg side where they thought of a single but midwicket was on it quickly and Cook sent Anderson scurrying back

17.2

Singh to Cook, no run, applause from the slips as Singh gets some extra bounce and beats Cook

17.3

Singh to Cook, no run, firmly prodded into the off side

17.4

Singh to Cook, 1 run, squirted into the off side, not really too convincing, but into space and Cook responds quickly to Anderson's call

17.5

Singh to Anderson, no run, Anderson gets tucked up as he shapes to turn to leg, the ball thuds into him

17.6

Singh to Anderson, FOUR, full and a classic on drive, the shot of a top-order batsman and not a man described by Andrew McGlashan as "someone who hasn't a clue where his off stump is even when he bowls"

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 72/1
JM Anderson    16* (44b 3x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    35* (53b 6x4)      A Kumble    3-1-12-0

Some news from the England camp: Ryan Sidebottom was back in training after going for a scan on his side. He couldn't bowl in the latter stages of India's innings yesterday, but the scan didn't show anything major and he took a full part in the warm-ups this morning. He'll be hoping he doesn't have to strap his pads on for a long time.

18.1

Kumble to Cook, 2 runs, wristy clip past short leg, a shout of catch it but never remotely likely

Laxman at leg slip instead of Ganguly

18.2

Kumble to Cook, no run, flighted, solid block from Cook, head over the ball

18.3

Kumble to Cook, no run, a big step and a defensive dead-bat shot

18.4

Kumble to Cook, no run, Cook back on this stumps and defends

18.5

Kumble to Cook, FOUR, full toss, driven back at the non-striker, Kumble dives at Anderson's feet, gets a finger to it but nothing like enough to stop the ball racing to the rope

Kumble grimaces ... Anderson may have trodden on him as he landed after jumping to get out of the way of the drive

18.6

Kumble to Cook, no run, outside off, Cook plays inside the line

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 78/1
AN Cook    41* (59b 7x4)      A Kumble    4-1-18-0
JM Anderson    16* (44b 3x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0

Running repairs on Kumble on the the boundary edge ... his finger being given attention.

19.1

Singh to Anderson, no run, Anderson turned slightly square but pulls his bat inside the line

19.2

Singh to Anderson, no run, good line and length, Anderson defends into the off side

19.3

Singh to Anderson, no run, Anderson not required to play

19.4

Singh to Anderson, OUT, full and it straightened, Anderson caught on the back foot, a loud appeal and Howell takes an age to raise his finger but eventually - and correctly -does so and the nightwatchman departs

JM Anderson lbw b Singh 16 (71m 48b 3x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

The dismissal has been used as a chance to take drinks ... Singh switches to round the wicket.

19.5

Singh to Vaughan, no run, too wide to tempt even though it seamed back in

19.6

Singh to Vaughan, no run, swinging in to Vaughan, defended

And for the next hour, changed but still smelling of beer, George Binoy.

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) England 78/2
MP Vaughan    0* (2b)      RP Singh    2-1-5-1
AN Cook    41* (59b 7x4)      A Kumble    4-1-18-0

Cheers Martin. England have had a satisfying first hour, losing only the nightwatchman James Anderson, although India could have dismissed Cook as well had either Karthik or Ganguly held on to catches at leg slip.

Zaheer's back into the attack, bowling from over the wicket from the Vauxhall end with two slips and a gully.

20.1

Khan to Cook, no run, good length on off and middle stump to start with, Cook leans on to the front foot and defends

20.2

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook waits on the back foot and defends towards gully

20.3

Khan to Cook, no run, short of a length delivery pitching on off stump and angling into Cook who gets caught on the crease and struck high on the pad, Zaheer roars an appeal but it was too high and missing leg as well

20.4

Khan to Cook, no run, defended towards point on the front foot

20.5

Khan to Cook, no run, bowled full and wide outside off stump, Cook lets it go

20.6

Khan to Cook, no run, full-length delivery angling into Cook's middle stump, he leans across in his crease and flicks to midwicket

End of over 21 (maiden) England 78/2
AN Cook    41* (65b 7x4)      Z Khan    8-5-13-1
MP Vaughan    0* (2b)      RP Singh    2-1-5-1

RP Singh from round the wicket to Vaughan. Two slips and a gully in place.

21.1

Singh to Vaughan, 1 run, full delivery swinging into Vaughan who pushes the ball towards Dravid at extra cover and runs a quick single to get off the mark

21.2

Singh to Cook, 2 runs, RP Singh bowls a fraction too straight and Cook leans forward and pushes the ball into the gap at midwicket, more of a gentle push rather than a firm flick

21.3

Singh to Cook, no run, full ball outside the off stump, Cook gets half forward and begins to push at it but checks his stroke, the Indians think he's edged it but Ian Howell doesn't

21.4

Singh to Cook, no run, full delivery on middle and off stump, defended on the front foot

21.5

Singh to Cook, no run, good length ball pitches outside off stump and seams away from the left-hander, Cook lets it go through to Dhoni

He's bowling over the wicket to the left-hander.

21.6

Singh to Cook, no run, good length once again, pitches just outside the off stump and moves a fraction away from Cook who shoulders arms once again

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 81/2
AN Cook    43* (70b 7x4)      RP Singh    3-1-8-1
MP Vaughan    1* (3b)      Z Khan    8-5-13-1

There's a silly mid-on in place.

22.1

Khan to Vaughan, no run, full ball but the line is outside off stump and Vaughan decides not to play at it

22.2

Khan to Vaughan, no run, defended towards midwicket on the front foot

22.3

Khan to Vaughan, no run, poor line, far too wide outside off stump, the length was short as well, Vaughan lets it go

22.4

Khan to Vaughan, no run, closer to off stump this time but still wide enough for Vaughan not to play a shot at it

22.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and swings a long way towards Dhoni's left after Vaughan lets it go

22.6

Khan to Vaughan, no run, excellent ball to finish, pitches just outside off stump from over the wicket and bends back into Vaughan who moves on to the front foot and lets the ball go past his off stump

End of over 23 (maiden) England 81/2
MP Vaughan    1* (9b)      Z Khan    9-6-13-1
AN Cook    43* (70b 7x4)      RP Singh    3-1-8-1

23.1

Singh to Cook, no run, hits a good length outside off stump and holds its line through to Dhoni after Cook strides forward and lifts his bat out of the way

23.2

Singh to Cook, no run, Cook moves on to the front foot and defends a good length ball on off stump towards cover

23.3

Singh to Cook, no run, fuller delivery on middle and off stump at 80 mph, Cook comes on to the front foot and closes the face of the bat to play the ball towards midwicket

23.4

Singh to Cook, FOUR, far too shot and too wide as well, Cook moves forward and drives powerfully through cover for four, nobody moved

23.5

Singh to Cook, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and seams away from Cook who lets it go through to Dhoni

23.6

Singh to Cook, no run, too wide outside off stump once again, Cook leaves it alone

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 85/2
AN Cook    47* (76b 8x4)      RP Singh    4-1-12-1
MP Vaughan    1* (9b)      Z Khan    9-6-13-1

24.1

Khan to Vaughan, no run, pitches on a good length but wide outside off stump and Vaughan decides not to play at it

24.2

Khan to Vaughan, no run, pitches outside off stump and swings back into Vaughan but mostly after it's passed him, Dhoni dives to his left and makes the save

24.3

Khan to Vaughan, no run, defended off the front foot to the man stationed at silly mid-on

24.4

Khan to Vaughan, no run, sharp bouncer from Zaheer, Vaughan tried to pull but the ball was too quick for him, it misses the bat, misses the helmet and goes through to Dhoni, the Indians appeal for caught behind but Bucknor says not out

24.5

Khan to Vaughan, no run, a good length ball swings into Vaughan who gets a good stride forward and gets hit on the top of the front pad, the ball loops up towards slip and the Indians appeal for lbw and then the catch, Bucknor says not out to both

24.6

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

End of over 25 (maiden) England 85/2
MP Vaughan    1* (15b)      Z Khan    10-7-13-1
AN Cook    47* (76b 8x4)      RP Singh    4-1-12-1

25.1

Singh to Cook, FOUR, too full outside the off stump, Cook leans forward and drives through cover, the outfield is super quick and the ball races to the boundary, Cook brings up his fifty with that boundary, his first of the series

25.2

Singh to Cook, no run, too wide outside off, left alone by Cook

25.3

Singh to Cook, FOUR, lovely shot, too full once again on off stump, Cook strides forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives through mid-off for four more

25.4

Singh to Cook, no run, RP Singh bowls on a good length but too wide outside off, Cook watches it go past him

25.5

Singh to Cook, no run, this time the line is much straighter on middle and off stump, Cook leans forward and defends back to RP Singh, he picks the ball up and throws it back at Cook's stumps, the crowd love it

25.6

Singh to Cook, 1 leg bye, Cook tries to flick one that swings back into him, he misses and gets hit on the pad as he moves across his crease, the Indians appeal for leg before but Ian Howell is quick to say no, that looked close, Hawk-Eye shows it hitting leg stump

End of over 26 (9 runs) England 94/2
AN Cook    55* (82b 10x4)      RP Singh    5-1-20-1
MP Vaughan    1* (15b)      Z Khan    10-7-13-1

26.1

Khan to Cook, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone by Cook

26.2

Khan to Cook, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Cook waits on the back foot and lets it go through to Dhoni

26.3

Khan to Cook, no run, wide down leg side this time, Dhoni scampers to his right to collect the ball

26.4

Khan to Cook, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Cook waits on the back foot and cuts in front of point, Karthik gives chase and makes a desperate dive on the boundary but can't save it

26.5

Khan to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot towards cover

26.6

Khan to Cook, no run, Zaheer bowls a bouncer that really takes off, Cook shapes to pull but bails out of the shot, Dhoni leaps high in the air and makes a one-gloved save

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 98/2
AN Cook    59* (88b 11x4)      Z Khan    11-7-17-1
MP Vaughan    1* (15b)      RP Singh    5-1-20-1

27.1

Singh to Vaughan, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the middle, Vaughan moves forward and turns it to short midwicket

27.2

Singh to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

27.3

Singh to Cook, no run, short of a length delivery angling into the left-hander, Cook plays and misses

27.4

Singh to Cook, 4 byes, RP Singh strays down leg side and Dhoni has no chance to save that, England bring up their hundred

27.5

Singh to Cook, 5 wides, shocking line, that's very wide down leg side and Dhoni doesn't even attempt what would have been a fruitless dive, that's rightly called wide

27.5

Singh to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

27.6

Singh to Cook, no run, short ball on middle and leg, Cook lets it go through to Dhoni

End of over 28 (10 runs) England 108/2
AN Cook    59* (93b 11x4)      RP Singh    6-1-26-1
MP Vaughan    2* (16b)      Z Khan    11-7-17-1

Sreesanth's back into the attack, bowling from over the wicket.

28.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, 1 wide, pitches outside off stump and seams further away from Vaughan who lets it go, the Indian fast bowlers have lost their radar for the moment

28.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, fuller delivery and closer to the right-hander, it angles into Vaughan and then seams away from him off the pitch, left alone once again

28.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, slower ball from Sreesanth outside the off stump, Vaughan lets it go and the ball bounces a second time before reaching Dhoni, the speed gun measured that at 81 mph

28.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, wide outside off once again, left alone by Vaughan once again

28.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, the bowlers are not making the batsmen play enough, Vaughan lets another one go comfortably outside the off stump

28.5

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, and again ... the ball pitches outside off and seams away from the right-hander, Vaughan gets a stride forward and lifts his bat out of the way

28.6

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, and yet again ... Sreesanth bowls too wide outside off stump and Vaughan is content with letting it go, it's a maiden but not a very good over

End of over 29 (1 run) England 109/2
MP Vaughan    2* (22b)      S Sreesanth    8-0-30-0
AN Cook    59* (93b 11x4)      RP Singh    6-1-26-1

Kumble returns for a spell before lunch which is about 20 minutes away. he's bowling from the Pavillion end.

29.1

Kumble to Cook, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards cover for a single

29.2

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, bowled quickly through the air on to middle stump, Vaughan strides forward and defends confidently

29.3

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, quicker delivery pushes Vaughan on to the back foot and hits him on the pad, Vaughan was standing on leg stump and the Indians appeal confidently, that was too high and missing leg as well

29.4

Kumble to Vaughan, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Vaughan helps himself to an easy boundary with a well-timed cut

29.5

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot to the off side

29.6

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, played to midwicket on the front foot

The BBC weather centre is predicting showers for tomorrow -still warm - but another sunny day on Monday.

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 114/2
MP Vaughan    6* (27b 1x4)      A Kumble    5-1-23-0
AN Cook    60* (94b 11x4)      S Sreesanth    8-0-30-0

30.1

Sreesanth to Cook, no run, good length ball on middle and off stump, defended on the back foot towards Sreesanth

Leg-slip in place.

30.2

Sreesanth to Cook, 1 run, Sreesanth pitches just short of a length on middle and leg stump, Cook moves back and across and flicks the ball through square leg

30.3

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and seams away from Vaughan who lets it go

30.4

Sreesanth to Vaughan, FOUR, just a fraction short on middle stump and Vaughan moves into position quickly and pulls the ball through midwicket for four, graceful shot

30.5

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

30.6

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, slower ball on off stump, Vaughan leans forward and defends

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 119/2
MP Vaughan    10* (31b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    9-0-35-0
AN Cook    61* (96b 11x4)      A Kumble    5-1-23-0

31.1

Kumble to Cook, no run, defended on the off side

Kumble from round the wicket to Cook.

31.2

Kumble to Cook, OUT, caught! Kumble bowls a loopy delivery that is drifting down leg side, Cook leans forward and tricks to flick, he's far too early on the shot, he's almost finished playing it before the ball reaches him, the ball hits the back of the bat and lobs up tamely to RP Singh at mid-off who takes a simple catch

AN Cook c Singh b Kumble 61 (148m 98b 11x4 0x6) SR: 62.24

Pietersen is the new batsman.

31.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, defended towards the leg side on the front foot

31.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, quicker ball on off and middle stump, defended on the back foot

31.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, defended back to Kumble off the back foot

31.6

Kumble to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen gets off the mark by pushing one through midwicket

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 121/3
KP Pietersen    2* (4b)      A Kumble    6-1-25-1
MP Vaughan    10* (31b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    9-0-35-0

32.1

Sreesanth to Vaughan, no run, outstanding ball, the ball pitched on a good length on off stump, forcing Vaughan to play at it, it seams away from the right-hander and beats the outside edge of Vaughan's tentative prod

32.2

Sreesanth to Vaughan, 1 run, pushed towards midwicket off the back foot for a single

32.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Pietersen stands tall on the back foot and opens the face to angle the ball towards gully

32.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, short of a length outside off once again, Pietersen waits on the back foot and drives towards cover point

32.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 2 runs, the attempted yorker but the line and length isn't quite right, Pietersen leans across his stumps and flicks into the gap at midwicket

32.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Pietersen stands in his crease and defends to mid-on

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 124/3
KP Pietersen    4* (8b)      S Sreesanth    10-0-38-0
MP Vaughan    11* (33b 2x4)      A Kumble    6-1-25-1

33.1

Kumble to Vaughan, no run, quicker delivery drifting down leg side, Vaughan moves across his stumps and tries to guide it to fine leg but doesn't make contact

33.2

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

33.3

Kumble to Vaughan, OUT, massive wicket on the stroke of lunch, Kumble tosses up the googly on off stump, Vaughan leans forward and tries to drive, the ball stops on him a little and he hits it with the inside half of the bat back to Kumble who moves a step to his right and takes a simple catch

MP Vaughan c & b Kumble 11 (66m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.55

That's lunch on the third day. India will be extremely happy after picking up three wickets even though their fast bowlers bowled well below par. They dropped a couple of catches off Cook as well but Kumble won the session for India by dismissing Cook and Vaughan in the last few overs before lunch. The players will break for 40 minutes and so will we. Join us after lunch when Andrew McGlashan will bring you the action.

Welcome back to the afternoon session on the third day from The Oval. It's Andrew here to bring you all the action with India finding themselves in a terrific position after removing Michael Vaughan with the last ball before lunch. Anil Kumble is starting to find help from the rough and England's middle order have a tough task ahead. Paul Collingwood joins Pietersen in the middle

33.4

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, starts with another googly, played off the back foot

Four men round the bat, "I hope he isn't claustrophobic," says Martin Williamson

33.5

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, another wrong 'un, Collingwood comes forward and is taken on the front pad...huge appeal which is turned down but that looked very close

33.6

Kumble to Collingwood, FOUR, he gets this away, overpitched on leg stump and whipped with plenty of bottom hand through midwicket

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 128/4
PD Collingwood    4* (3b 1x4)      A Kumble    7-1-29-2
KP Pietersen    4* (8b)      S Sreesanth    10-0-38-0

This will be interesting, it's Sreesanth to share the bowling duties after lunch. He wasn't very good this morning, too wide and drift down the leg side too much

34.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, he starts with a decent delivery, takes Pietersen on the thigh pad

34.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 2 runs, loses his line, swings into the pads and it's an easy clip for Pietersen...a packed slip cordon and Sreesanth bowls at leg stump

34.3

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, that's better, goes for the yorker and it nearly squeezes under Pietersen's bat, it moved very late and was heading towards leg stump but Pietersen gets it to mid-on

34.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump, Pietersen takes a big stride but the ball takes half the bat back down the pitch

34.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, moves away from Pietersen who lets it go through, Sreesanth still not consistent enough

34.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, decent short ball, rises awkwardly at Pietersen who takes a blow on the bottom hand as the ball goes backward of square on the leg side

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 131/4
KP Pietersen    7* (14b)      S Sreesanth    11-0-41-0
PD Collingwood    4* (3b 1x4)      A Kumble    7-1-29-2

35.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, low full toss on leg stump and Pietersen misses out as he finds midwicket with his flick

35.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, legspinner this time and it grips and turns away from Pietersen who lets it go

35.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, more turn, and bounce this time as well, Pietersen can let it go but these are great signs for Kumble, who doesn't normally rip his leg-break

35.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, defended to silly point

35.5

Kumble to Pietersen, FOUR, a touch flatter outside off stump, enough width for Pietersen to free his arms and slap it through the covers...there was plenty of risk in that shot, it was on the up, and Kumble won't mind

35.6

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to mid-off, Pietersen sets off for a quick single and he really has to get a move on but would have made it even with a direct hit. He jarred his knee as he made the crease and is in a bit of discomfort

End of over 36 (5 runs) England 136/4
KP Pietersen    12* (20b 1x4)      A Kumble    8-1-34-2
PD Collingwood    4* (3b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    11-0-41-0

36.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, very loose from Pietersen, outside off stump and he goes for a wild drive through the covers without any footwork...dicing with danger here

36.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, more controlled this time, similar delivery and it's guided into the covers for any easy single

36.3

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, nice shape, but a touch wide from Sreesanth and Collingwood can let it go

36.4

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, another comfortable leave for Collingwood outside off stump

36.5

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood gets into a bit of a tangle as this delivery goes down the leg side towards his hip area

36.6

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, on the stumps, defended into the covers, Collingwood stays very watchful and needs to do it for many more hours to come

End of over 37 (1 run) England 137/4
PD Collingwood    4* (7b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    12-0-42-0
KP Pietersen    13* (22b 1x4)      A Kumble    8-1-34-2

Short extra-cover goes in for Pietersen from silly point

37.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, and that man does the fielding as Pietersen plays from the front foot

37.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, same again and short extra-cover in action

37.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, a touch more flourish, but the drive goes straight to mid-off

37.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, tries to hit on the up, through the covers, but doesn't time or place it and cover collects

37.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, homing in on middle, Pietersen plays with bat in front of pad

37.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, close, Pietersen again goes for a big drive and the ball falls short of cover...he's living dangerously and Kumble just needs to keep plugging away

End of over 38 (maiden) England 137/4
KP Pietersen    13* (28b 1x4)      A Kumble    9-2-34-2
PD Collingwood    4* (7b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    12-0-42-0

Leg gully, short leg, two slips and a gully...a short-pitched attack on the way?

38.1

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, starts outside off stump, movement away from Collingwood but too wide

38.2

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, fuller and on the stumps, played from the crease up to mid-on

38.3

Sreesanth to Collingwood, FOUR, well bowled, that's the area, on off stump and the movement takes the outside edge through the vacant third slip and away for four...Dravid could fill that gap, he has so many runs to play with

38.4

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, touch wider and Collingwood can leave this

38.5

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, that ducks in late to Collingwood, good variation, takes the top of the pad and would have gone over the stumps and down leg

38.6

Sreesanth to Collingwood, no run, and now a peach of an away-swinger, top bowling, Collingwood goes fishing and nearly gets the edge. Sreesanth needs more overs like that

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 141/4
PD Collingwood    8* (13b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    13-0-46-0
KP Pietersen    13* (28b 1x4)      A Kumble    9-2-34-2

39.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, flighted on middle stump, Pietersen plays carefully forward

39.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, drifts towards leg stump, encourages the flick from Pietersen but is beaten by the turn...an excited appeal (there will be plenty this afternoon) but not out on all accounts

39.3

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

39.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, leans forward with bat and pad together, Pietersen is itching to take on Kumble but the risks are huge

39.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, full, under the eyes, flicked with a turn of the wrists back to Kumble

39.6

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, a gentle drive to mid-off, who makes a mess of the stop and allows a single...should have been a maiden over

End of over 40 (1 run) England 142/4
KP Pietersen    14* (34b 1x4)      A Kumble    10-2-35-2
PD Collingwood    8* (13b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    13-0-46-0

Can Sreesanth follow up his last over with another good one? A second gully goes in for Pietersen

40.1

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, played out to point with the swing

40.2

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 3 runs, on middle and leg, neatly clipped off the pads and down to long leg, another fumble, this time by Zaheer Khan, allows Pietersen back for three

40.3

Sreesanth to Collingwood, 1 run, nearly another wicket, Collingwood tries to work into the leg side, takes the leading edge but falls short of point

40.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, (no ball) 2 runs, oversteps this time, going down leg side and it's flicked down to long leg who uses his boot to prevent a boundary

40.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 no ball, another no-ball, the slower ball, Sreesanth trying all his variations - and probably too many

40.4

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, goes for the pull as the ball again drifts down the leg side

Sreesanth goes round the wicket...why can't he stay with one plan?

40.5

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, fires the ball way outside off stump, Pietersen isn't interested

40.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 no ball, another no ball, he's struggling this over, it beats Pietersen on the front foot and his bat clips his pad which gets the close fielders excited, but no one is talking to Sreesanth

40.6

Sreesanth to Pietersen, no run, angling across Pietersen, who leaves again, a poor over

End of over 41 (9 runs) England 151/4
KP Pietersen    19* (42b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    14-0-55-0
PD Collingwood    9* (14b 2x4)      A Kumble    10-2-35-2

Kumble prepares for another over with a slip, silly point and short leg

41.1

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, comes forward, defended to short leg

41.2

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, clipped firmly into the leg side but straight at midwicket

41.3

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, off stump this time, played on the bounce to silly point

41.4

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, slightly quicker this time, Collingwood gets down in time and blocks to the off side

41.5

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, outside leg stump, Collingwood goes for the fine sweep but doesn't make contact as Dhoni takes a blow on the knee

41.6

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, almost for Kumble, Collingwood lunges forward and the ball flies straight off the face wide of short leg

Kumble not happy with where short leg was standing

End of over 42 (maiden) England 151/4
PD Collingwood    9* (20b 2x4)      A Kumble    11-3-35-2
KP Pietersen    19* (42b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    14-0-55-0

Change of bowling, Zaheer is back to replace Sreesanth

42.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, slants across Pietersen who watches it through to Dhoni

42.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, moves a fraction off the seam as it passes by Pietersen's expansive leave

42.3

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, on the stumps and flicked to the right of mid-on with enough placement for a single

42.4

Khan to Collingwood, no run, tries to work through the leg side, but Collingwood is beaten by a touch of extra bounce and taken on the thigh pad

42.5

Khan to Collingwood, no run, full and outside off stump, setting Collingwood up for the inswinger, as the batsman lets it go

42.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, too wide this time, easy for the batsman to watch it go past

End of over 43 (1 run) England 152/4
PD Collingwood    9* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-7-18-1
KP Pietersen    20* (45b 1x4)      A Kumble    11-3-35-2

43.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, nicely bowled, bounces more at Pietersen and takes the inside edge between his legs but falls safely

43.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, this one finds the middle and into the off side

43.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, opens the face and guides the ball into the covers

43.4

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, goes fuller this time, Pietersen drops into the covers and both batsmen agree on the quick single, good batting

43.5

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, comes forward, head over the ball and defends

43.6

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, same again, hint of turn from Kumble's legspinner but well covered

End of over 44 (1 run) England 153/4
PD Collingwood    9* (25b 2x4)      A Kumble    12-3-36-2
KP Pietersen    21* (49b 1x4)      Z Khan    12-7-18-1

44.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, on the stumps, pushed in the off side

44.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, that's what Zaheer is aiming for, pitched up outside off stump and Pietersen plays and misses with his drive...the ball didn't carry to Dhoni, but no edge

44.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, outswinger again, takes the outside half of the bat towards gully...probing stuff from Zaheer

44.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, back of a length this time, but still moving away from Pietersen who defends back down the pitch

44.5

Khan to Pietersen, no run, plays forward on the move, inside edge into the pads and bobbles square on the off side

44.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, brilliant stuff from Zaheer, goes for the short one which again moves away from Pietersen and he fends at it, Dhoni takes well in front of first slip but there wasn't a touch on it...fine over from Zaheer

End of over 45 (maiden) England 153/4
KP Pietersen    21* (55b 1x4)      Z Khan    13-8-18-1
PD Collingwood    9* (25b 2x4)      A Kumble    12-3-36-2

45.1

Kumble to Collingwood, 1 run, that came out wrong, a long hop and Collingwood swings to deep square-leg but he'll feel it should have gone for more

45.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, back on the spot, played with soft hands to point

45.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, flicked down to mid-on, needs to be careful going against the spin

45.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, and again, Kumble will be sensing a return catch if this continues

45.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, further down the leg side, Pietersen tries to play through square leg but misses and everyone goes up for a catch, however Ian Howell has spotted that it flicked the pad

45.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, left outside off

Pietersen and Collingwood having to work very hard for their runs

End of over 46 (1 run) England 154/4
KP Pietersen    21* (60b 1x4)      A Kumble    13-3-37-2
PD Collingwood    10* (26b 2x4)      Z Khan    13-8-18-1

46.1

Khan to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, on leg stump, turned into the vacant area at square leg, in fact it came off the pad

46.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, continues with the probing line outside off to Pietersen, with more movement away and it's let go

46.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, outside off again, Pietersen leaves with ease

46.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, starts moving in the air, then a little more off the pitch, Pietersen watches and raises his bat high

46.5

Khan to Pietersen, no run, makes him play with the bat on this occasion, back to the bowler

Goes round the wicket now

46.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, loud shout as this comes back into Pietersen and takes him on the pad, Steve Bucknor shakes his head but it was superbly bowled by Zaheer...replays show it was going well over the stumps

End of over 47 (1 run, maiden) England 155/4
KP Pietersen    21* (65b 1x4)      Z Khan    14-9-18-1
PD Collingwood    10* (27b 2x4)      A Kumble    13-3-37-2

47.1

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, on middle and leg, comes forward with soft hands

47.2

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, pushed towards silly point

47.3

Kumble to Collingwood, 2 runs, tucked off the pads out to deep square-leg and there is time for a brace as it goes between the fielders

47.4

Kumble to Collingwood, FOUR, low full toss, nicely picked off through midwicket and it goes all the way

47.5

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, quicker and flatter, turned to midwicket

47.6

Kumble to Collingwood, 1 run, again finds the gap at square leg, but midwicket is quick enough to prevent two this time

End of over 48 (7 runs) England 162/4
PD Collingwood    17* (33b 3x4)      A Kumble    14-3-44-2
KP Pietersen    21* (65b 1x4)      Z Khan    14-9-18-1

48.1

Khan to Collingwood, 4 byes, round the wicket, banged in and goes over leg stump and keeps moving down the leg side and Dhoni's lack of footwork means he can't get to it...more byes in this match

48.2

Khan to Collingwood, no run, down leg side again, Dhoni skips across neatly this time

48.3

Khan to Collingwood, FOUR, taken off the stumps and it races down to fine leg for a boundary, Zaheer just losing his line

Back over the wicket

48.4

Khan to Collingwood, no run, very full, Collingwood digs it out back to the bowler

48.5

Khan to Collingwood, 2 leg byes, on leg stump, goes straight off the pad and the lack of pace on the ball means they can get back for two

48.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, defended into the gully area, and it's time for drinks

When play resumes it will be Martin Williamson to take you through to tea

End of over 49 (10 runs) England 172/4
PD Collingwood    21* (39b 4x4)      Z Khan    15-9-22-1
KP Pietersen    21* (65b 1x4)      A Kumble    14-3-44-2

Thanks Gnasher. England have avoided any more mishaps since lunch but India are still in complete control. What they need is for their seamers to fire consistently to support the impressive Anil Kumble.

49.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, big leave outside off

49.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, reaches forward to defend

49.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, two steps down the track and he tries to turn the googly to leg, misses, and the ball hits him on the pads

49.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, full, driven arrow-straight back to Kumble

49.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, slightly quicker, full again and blocked

49.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, turned with ease into the leg side

End of over 50 (maiden) England 172/4
KP Pietersen    21* (71b 1x4)      A Kumble    15-4-44-2
PD Collingwood    21* (39b 4x4)      Z Khan    15-9-22-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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England v India at The Oval - Aug 9-13, 2007
Match drawn
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Sachin Tendulkar with his medal, England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 13, 2007

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