India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 3rd day

Kohli ton buoys India before England hit back

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

December 15, 2012

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India 297 for 8 (Kohli 103, Dhoni 99) trail England 330 by 33 runs
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Virat Kohli celebrates his third century in Tests, India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 3rd day, December 15, 2012
Virat Kohli, who has had a poor series, made his third Test century on the third day in Nagpur © BCCI
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India still have hope of levelling the series against England after a mammoth stand of 198 between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni on the third day in Nagpur, but their chances of a lead were hit by the loss of late wickets.

The Test continued to move along in slow-motion - a tempo dictated by the pitch - but Kohli responded with his most mature Test innings and Dhoni looked set to join him on three figures only to be run out for 99 shortly before the close after his innings seized up in the nineties.

As much as the first two sessions were a credit to India, who showed the fighting spirit that has been lacking at stages in this series, the final hour highlighted England's standards of perseverance and fitness as they claimed 4 for 28.

Before tea a few frustrations had started to emerge but they maintained, or regained, their focus. It started with Kohli, lbw to Graeme Swann from around the wicket, then the debutant, Ravindra Jadeja, was trapped in front by James Anderson.

Dhoni spent more than an hour in the 90s before trying for his hundred with a single to mid-off where Alastair Cook swooped and hit directly. It was a one-frame job for the third umpire, S Ravi, but the straight-on view showed clearly the bat was not over the line. To cap England's comeback Swann bowled Piyush Chawla with the first ball of the last over.

Even though the day largely consisted of watching two of the finest attacking batsman in the world, the batting was rarely pretty, except when Kohli was playing his cover drive on the way to a third Test century. In 89.1 overs India added 210 runs but batting through the day was the minimum they needed if they were to stand any chance of levelling the series. Conceding a large lead, which appeared likely when they resumed on 87 for 4, would have left them with no way back but now they have the opportunity to apply some pressure to England over the final two days.

Dhoni's slowest Test fifty turned into his longest Test innings, but the longer he and Kohli remained, the greater the prospect of India building a lead and leaving England with nothing to do but bat out time. The final hour scuppered those plans. Still, from India's point of view the game needed to move forward because they still need time to take ten England wickets to stand any chance. Strange things can happen in the third innings of Tests even though such benign conditions do not suggest dramatic developments.

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  • MS Dhoni became the eighth Indian batsman to be dismissed for 99 in Tests. Sourav Ganguly has been dismissed for 99 on two different occasions.
  • Dhoni is the 15th batsman to be dismissed run out on 99. The last Indian batsman to be run out on 99 was ML Jaisimha in Kanpur in 1960.
  • Virat Kohli's century is his third in Tests. His previous two hundreds came against Australia (Adelaide) and New Zealand (Bangalore).
  • Kohli went past Michael Clarke to become the highest run-getter in 2012 (all formats). In 35 matches, Kohli has scored 2091 runs at an average of 58.08.
  • Dhoni faced 246 balls in his innings. This is the highest number of deliveries he has faced in an innings in Tests.
  • The 198-run stand between Dhoni and Kohli is the second-best fifth-wicket stand for India against England. The highest is 214 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri in Kolkata in 1984.
  • The run-rate during the 198-run stand is the third-lowest for India in Tests against England (century stands only). Overall, it is the seventh-lowest run-rate for a century stand for India since 2000.

As with many players in the India team both Kohli and Dhoni were men under pressure, Kohli because of a lean series at the end of a profitable year and Dhoni because he is leading a side that is underperforming while his own returns have not been overwhelming. So it was to their immense credit that they resisted and shelved the free-flowing scoring they are known for although it was another example, as with Joe Root, that run-scoring, not survival, is the main challenge on this surface.

Kohli's was a magnificent display because it was out of character. He loves nothing more than to go after the bowling and it has been his downfall at times in this series. Here, though, it was about defence first and attacking second. Only when the ball was very full or short did he allow himself the luxury of either a drive or a cut. His hundred came off 289 balls with a crisp back-foot drive off Swann, his 11th boundary, before Swann finally gave England some relief when Kohli was lbw from around the wicket.

The ball had turned just enough to beat the forward defence and would have hit leg stump and meant that checking the record books could stop. Only on three previous occasions - Barbados in 1960, Chennai in 1982 and Trent Bridge in 1989 - had England gone wicketless in the day. A handful of overs later and they would have been delighted with their haul of four scalps.

There was precious little on offer for the bowlers throughout the day. The significant reverse swing of the previous evening could not be replicated early on to show how these things are not an exact science.

Anderson was used carefully by Cook sending down 15 overs in the day and appeared to be struggling with a leg problem near the close but still had the skill to remove Jadeja. Tim Bresnan toiled away at the end of a poor year for him while the spinners were tight but was stymied by the unresponsive pitch although Monty Panesar did manage to spin a couple past the bat during a wicketless 46-over stint.

The second new ball was taken almost straight away but, if anything, the extra hardness aided India for a time. Dhoni slashed the first delivery from Anderson through point and later launched Swann over deep midwicket for the first six of the innings.

However, they were occasional moments of aggression and acceleration even though India are chasing the series. But a bad day for them and it would have been over. Thanks to Dhoni and Kohli they live to fight on.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (December 16, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta on (December 16 2012, 00:30 AM GMT) Thanks alot for your kind words. Much appreciated

Posted by JG2704 on (December 16, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

@ CoreDump on (December 16 2012, 14:07 PM GMT) Others can speak for themselves but how am I a hypocrite ? btw I have said stuff to some of our cheerleaders in the past but what's the point ? Do you fire back at similar comments made by your fans which you know are rubbish and I couldn't even see a comment made by that person on that subject on this thread. Personally I don't have an issue with excessive appealing or whatever. The umpires are paid to do a job and the authorities are there to punish those who they think have overstepped the mark. Also I guess the tolerance level with umpires maybe slightly higher with no DRS and I have a theory that if you keep making ridiculous appeals the borderline decs will go against you

Posted by groundreality on (December 16, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

@ A_Vacant_Slip, @JG2704 and all their mates - That comment was specifically meant for Front-Foot-Lunge. I know sometimes players appeal for ridiculous things, and sometimes umpires do give them out. But Front-Foot-Lunge is always questioning only the Indian players for such appeals (case in point: Ishant's appeal yesterday), as if the England players would die first rather than make such appeals. I take it you never read his comments? Otherwise, since you all are so "fair", you would've shouted at him too.

How ridiculous of me eh? To point to only Front-Foot-Lunge as the British Hypocrite, while in essence everyone from England is one? Thanks for strengthening my case guys.

@Valavan - Look up that (whole) word if you don't know its meaning. Your "comeback" reeks of childishness.

Posted by dabhand on (December 16, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@ Farukafaj YOUR QUOTE - " I think India has a better chance of winning. England will crumble at second innings to 150 , india will chase down on 5th day tea" -- in that parallel universe that is Planet India it may have happened, but in reality, there goes another prediction 161/3 at the close !!

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

@samincolumbia, I respect Australia but do you know that it was Sri Lanka the first visiting team which defeated Australia in a T20 International at home, which happened in 2010? Do you know what happened in the ODI series that followed it in 2010 November? We won 2-1. Also, in the 7 ODIs between Sri Lanka and Australia in the CB series, we won 4 out of 7. I know you are having sleepless nights as Dilshan scored a ton. Chill out mate haha.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

I should say NO GOOD CRICKET BRAIN used by INDIA this morning!!! They WASTED one hour of play by following a very very strange tactic, which NOBODY in this world can UNDERSTAND!! What is the difference between a lead of 33 RUNS and a lead of 4 RUNS at the expense of which going to be look like a crunch 1 HOUR as far as a series levelling test match by INDIA is concerned!!

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

A captain is only good as his team. Changing the captain won't make much difference because still you are going to hang around with the old people. Tactics may be different, but you still need individual performance along with team effort. Instead of blaming Dhoni, the selectors should try to change the team combination. If that also fails, then yes, there is a need for a new captain.

Posted by vijaytsg on (December 16, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

We should not point out to Dhoni's Efficiency because he is keeping behind the stumps more than one half day , immediately came to bat it's not easy thing . But his playing on this test match is superb . he feels do to something for team , we have appreciate both Virat and Dhoni .Based on the situation they played . All senior should learn from this test . in the team every one should feel the responsibility carry the spirit and achieve the targets . Don't point out captain .BCCI should take action against Ex selector Amarnath and Curator of kolkotta Mr .Prabir , Both amar and prabir comments are impacted on team .

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 16, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Indian side is absolutly boring to watch apart from Kohli. Somebody please beg a retirement from guys like Sachin and Sehwag. And Dhoni is most ugly batsman cricket has ever had.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 16, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Excellent fightback by Dhoni and Kohli. Their partnership salvaged India from certain defeat. But England is still in control. Even if India declare now, I don't expect anything special from India's bowling. Ishant Sharma can't take a wicket, just like Sehwag and Tendulkar can't score runs. This should be the last match for all 3 of them.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 16, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

"India still have hope of levelling the series against England after a mammoth stand of 198" . Andrew, you can chalk off that sentence. If india had any hopes they are extinguished by bizarre tactics by captain dho, indians are out to crease and meandering at rate of 1.0 rpo. If team wanted to preserve its "proud home record" they would have atleast tried to now hit few runs and get england out to bat and then get them out! nope india is batting as if its 2-1 up and no issue with a draw. Yesterday's batting was done for the sake saving one's skin, not to try and force result.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 16, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Why when England plays well in India does everyone say "england are lucky this is a terrible India team?". Rewind a few years, India are ranked 1st, they are heading to England & England win comfortably. India's confidence is shattered. Then they head (pre-tenderised) to australia & that only continues the questioning of themselves. Then England head to India, a team that is still very similar to the 2010 number 1 team & England play well, but no, wait...It must be that this is a weak india team, yea?

England are getting their mojo back, thats all.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (December 16, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

@Goutham Saban dhoni and kohli played slow and England played like bullet on first day. 199 after 96 overs. Shame on to u saying dhoni and kohli were slow

Posted by Krishnahk86 on (December 16, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

This is my favorite part...great cricketing legends on the page who should reach out to Sachin and tell him to go take a nap. Remember guys, it's always easy to hit sixes and boundaries from the gallery.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (December 16, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

@Goutham Saban so u like to gambhir as captain. are u mad............

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

I dont know why England fans are going after @sendlink. What he said is correct, our spinners are not good, as an indian fan very hard to say but that's the truth. We dont have spinners like Ajmal after harbajan and kumble , we didn't have potential spinners. Still i would say, in second innings if cook is removed then we have a chance of even winning this match.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Can someone reach to SACHIN and explain its time to retire from Int'l cricket.Pls let him know its not about his skill & temperment.Its purely about his stands and confidence which is no longer within him and it clearly shows that he can't take up the pressure anymore which he is been doing for the last 20yrs.His batting stands clearly shows he lost his confidence and i believe the BCCI is just thinking about its profits and stakes in the market that they are scared to allow SACHIN to retire GRACEFULLY.so if someone who can reach SACHIN please do inform him its time to stop taking the pressure and stop fighting the DEMONS outside and decide by his concise and retire GRACEFULLY.The only reason is purely the pressure and certainly not about his commitment,skill,temperment and so on...as we all know he is a TRUE LEGEND and as the other LEGEND KAPIL indicated let us all allow GOD TO TAKE RESTand see the other side of cricket and ENJOY.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 16, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

@CaptainKool on (December 15 2012, 16:31 PM GMT), really? You don't call 4 wickets for 28 runs in 14.1 overs hitting back? I'd say that most people would have given India the edge at 269/4 but 297/8 puts things very much back on an even keel. That's hitting back. If this pitch doesn't deteriorate then a draw is the most likely outcome but, if it does crumble, let's not forget that India have to bat last and they are the ones who have had the harder time against the opposition spinners so far this series.

Posted by Nish_US on (December 16, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

The job is not done at reaching 50 or 100 or 150, the job begins once you even the first innings scores...in that sense there is little to celebrate and talk about

Posted by Nish_US on (December 16, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Kohli and Dhoni did all the hard work, but stumbled on either side of a personal landmark - disappointed

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (December 16, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

Mr. Cold stayed in his 90s, about an hour and 15 minutes, and died on 99 as run out. What a chump! If you look at his face when he was playing in his 90s, you sure would have said that he was scared a lot to even try to hit the ball. Wasted many many balls in his 90s, and finally ended frustrating ran desperately for dangerous single. First time I seen Dhoni was frustrating like Sachin has been frustrating every time in his 90s in his entire career. In almost every innings, the bowler Ravicharan Ashwin makes more runs than Favicol brand SACHIN TENDULKAR, but doesn't want to retire. Gambhir's played 50th innings without making a century, and always throwing his wicket in sleep cordon or behind the stumps. Sehwag is tired so easily or too lazy with the bat, and throws his wicket. Sehwag's match wining innings are history now. Kohli and Dhoni only play well when the critics are on the pile of criticize them. Indian team must have one more alrounder like I Pathan, rather than 4 spinners.

Posted by howzzattt on (December 16, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

England have played really well in this series and deserve all the accolades. Even if India manages to draw the series level, I still feel that for a young England Captain like Alistair Cook to come to India and achieve what they would've with a squared series would be a great achievement in itself.

I'm a die hard Indian fan and yes there is no doubt that both Dhoni and Kohli batted brilliantly to at least save the match if not win it but I must tell that I'm still not convinced about MS Dhoni as the captain of the test team. He hasn't done anything in the past one year and the stats clearly show that. Like South Africa made a bold decision to make a young Greame Smith the Captain, I feel India too should handover the test captaincy to Kohli. He's 24 and an India U-19 world cup winning captain. He was also the part of the senior side which one the world cup. He's a phenomenal talent and if anything it'll make him more responsible but he needs to be given a rope by the selectors.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 16, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

@dontlikecricket on (December 15 2012, 22:08 PM GMT), a lot of us England fans were saying before this series that England's batting issues were against quality spin and that the current Indian bowlers didn't really measure up. The thing is though, the conditions have still been tough and the batsmen have looked to be more positive than in UAE, despite the slow going on this obviously tough pitch. I agree with you that this series doesn't mean that England have solved their problems against spin but I think that it has shown them that they can play spin if they apply themselves and I'm hoping that it gives them the confidence to do just that in future. Unfortunately we won't get a chance to see whether that's the case for some time and they may have forgotten everything by then and be back to square one.

Posted by Attractivue on (December 16, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

When would India see that it's the young blood (Kohli) that is the future, give up on your old horses that have gone past their expiry date i.e. SACHIN!

Posted by Chris_P on (December 16, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

@Farukafaj, "India has a better chance of winning than England"? To which match are you referring to? I know how 99.9% of cricket followers would think, but, hey, dream on.

Posted by Fogu on (December 16, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

After first day, we heard a lot of fans compliming about england's slow batting and accusing them of playing for a draw. I am assuming they got their answer now. This is England's game to lose. Either they will bat India out of the game on 5th day or bowl them out.

Posted by Nish_US on (December 16, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

Totally agree with LillianThomson. Some good observations JG2704

Comparing the celebrations of Joe Root vs Virat Kohli on reaching an individual milestone- tells the entire story

Did not expect Dhoni to feel the same pressure on 99, as everyone else - I expected him to get to 100 and have a Joe Root like celebration and move on with the task on hand....after all looks like he feels the same pressure but hides it under the cool exterior

Posted by harsidhu on (December 16, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

again a very timely save for DHONI for his position ........ a man with great luck.......NOW time to say GUD Bye to Sehwag,Gambir( no century from lat 3 yrs),,,,,, even ASHWIN he reminds of VIJAY BHARDWAJ who is similar crickter who can do bit of both bowling and batting .......... STICK WITH JADEJA FOR 3-4 MATCHES AND EVEN SAHCIN has to think abt his FUTURE he is always my best player

Posted by harsidhu on (December 16, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

again a very timely save for DHONI for his position ........ a man with great luck.......NOW time to say GUD Bye to Sehwag,Gambir( no century from lat 3 yrs),,,,,, even ASHWIN he reminds of VIJAY BHARDWAJ who is similar crickter who can do bit of both bowling and batting .......... STICK WITH JADEJA FOR 3-4 MATCHES AND EVEN SAHCIN has to think abt his FUTURE he is always my best player

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 16, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

This would have been a much better match and series with DRS. The Pak v Eng and SA v Aus series last year were so good precisely because we both wiped out the umpiring howlers and the whingeing, and because lbws could be given much more freely and over-ruled if necessarily.

Without DRS players seem either to be only given lbw in India if the ball would have hit middle-stump or else missed the stumps completely (if India needs to get Cook out).

When India was a top Test nation - even one of the best five - it mattered if they alone refused DRS. But now that their team is both poor and unpopular, the English and Australian boards are starting to learn that their own fans don't want to play India as often as the accountants want them too.

The combination of graceless players criticising the conditions and bullying administrators refusing DRS (or a Test championship) is increasingly leaving India as the team foreign fans want to avoid. It's sad - they used to be popular visitors.

Posted by cjscanada on (December 16, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

I wish there were more moderate and neutral comments like jimhillney, landl, jg2704 and a few others. A lot of comments have boomeranged back and it does make some of the comments look silly. There is no DRS so lets get on with the games. Decisions are not always right because even with technology there are some guffaws, and Umpires are human and they are neutral. So let's take that out of the equation. You have some good days and some bad. So just chill and enjoy.,

Posted by Attractivue on (December 16, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Well, cry as much as you like about umpiring decisions not going your way, remind me again, is it India that vetoes against DRS?

Posted by Punjami on (December 16, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Normal result from a sporting event is one side winning and the other losing. More than the result the gutsy knocks and character shown will be always hailed. We have had one such occasion in Nagpur - gut and gumption shown and the english bowling which looked unplayable was reduced to Club level. Their come back aided by RJ, scorer of tons in domestic cricket and a cropper in international cricket. We need a Mike Hussey or Adam Gilchrist like player at No.6 or 7.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@JG2704. Very balanced view. From you.You are the kinds of fans, cricket needs, especially test cricket. Please keep on contributing, to bring more sanity in these columns. Guys like Cook, Prior, and what these two Indian Players did today, are the kind of stuff, around which test matches had continued exist, for decades. Batting efforts , such as these need a word of encouragement. From all quarters. Even from the opposing teams' fans. Good show, JG!

Posted by bonobo on (December 16, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

Great to see such tough performances from these two in particular. Kohli who has come to the fore, particularly in ODIs, showed great application and technique. Test cricket needs India to be succesful abd it is really pleasing to see a young star, really dertemined to be the best he can. I am a big fan of Dhoni and am gald he has taken the responsibility to bat at 6. I think he should drop the gloves, give the middle order some experience and bring in a proper gloveman and take some pressure of himself, he is not making the best of himself as a batsman, he is more than a pinch hitter, as we saw today. Of course I hope England win, but i really want to see India restore some pride

Posted by kc69 on (December 15, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

I believe Dravind and Laxman showed their stature even in retirement(not waiting for everyone to tell them when to retire).I guess their significance can be seen in this series.Full marks to england(either this series is a win or draw) for the way they adapted.Cook is a better captain than Strauss.Our batmens should often display maturity in playing(Especially Sehwag and Gambhir) as Kohli and Dhoni did it today.

Posted by kc69 on (December 15, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Well i really don't see a result for this match but the way Kohli and Dhoni fought back has really impressed me.Regarding umpiring decisions its a part of game.But i believe england team is no good without Andy Flower(applied after loss in first test)and also Alistair cook is a captain who led by example(Dhoni probably learnt it now).I have no grudge against Tendulkar but i believe the fans had too much of him and its time for him to leave before everyone in India turn up against him.Indian team was always about batting and i believe since that failed our team failed.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 15, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

@samincolumbia on (December 15 2012, 17:15 PM GMT) Ho ho! very funny comment about Sri Lanka. You say SL - "getting an beating as usual..." LOL. Look like you forgot what happened when your fine India team last went to Australia... remind me - wasn't it 4-0 whitewash? EVERY game India played against Australia it was a (business as usual) beating from the Aussies.... Oh and by the way wasn't it 4-0 whitewash in England too? IS THAT also "business as usual" for India away from their home? Perhaps you should pipe down and hope for the best that England don't make it "business as usual" here in India too!

Posted by PeterMbangala on (December 15, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

Great to see a bit of fight from India today. Both Kohli and Dhoni showed some guts and application that some of the other batsmen on both sides should take note of (esp. Bell and Sehwag). Still, you can't really see India winning this unless the pitch deteriorates badly.

Weird to see some of the triumphalism for Indian fans on here. Your team has finally played with some spirit for two sessions out of the last two and half Tests. You're going to lose this Test and hopefully this will lead you to take Test cricket more seriously and look more closely at who makes up your team.

Dhoni has taken a lot of stick recently, and sure he's a poor captain on the field, but he's easily worth his place in the team and has generally fronted up to the inevitable criticism that has come his way. Kohli has also nailed down his place for a while. Not sure about the other 9 though but time to try some new blood. Sehwag has to go and sadly it looks like Sachin, one of the greats, looks finished.

Posted by Farukafaj on (December 15, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

I think India has a better chance of winning. England will crumble at second innings to 150 , india will chase down on 5th day tea...

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Why is everybody complaining about bad decisions that didn't go India's way or went against India ?? I saw many which went against England as well.....overall the umpiring has become a joke after the retirement of likes of Simon Tauffel.....BCCCI still not going for DRS....wow, don't know what money making motive is backing it.......my fellow indians, please stop making other indians look stupid by making lame excuses time and again, today was a good day for us, but lets face it if our team is not playing well, making excuses to save them won't help for a better future of Indian cricket

Posted by dontlikecricket on (December 15, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

As a neutral fan, I have enjoyed this series so far. Unless there is a collapse from either of the teams, a draw is more likely. Some English fans seem to think their batsmen can now play spin because they have been relativley untroubled by the Indian bowling. Well so far what I have seen current Indian bowling is no better than Bangladesh. They have found the Indian team on a decline with no single outstanding bowler. I suspect if England plays agaisnt quality bowlers in these conditions, result will likely to be same as UAE. Still you have to win the games and put the opposition down regardless how weak they are!

Posted by sachinisawesome on (December 15, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

I don't support Jadeja but plz at least spare him for couple of innings. He looks very useful, I understand that he couldn't perform with the bat but it was his debut innings. People like Elgar from SA and Quiney from Aus are regarded as very gud players but even they failed in their initial 3-4 innings. pls hve sme perspective, people were asking to sack kohli as well even after he has won so many matches for us.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (December 15, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Great to see Kohli coming up with a test 100 and Dhoni showing he still has the test instincts in him. Both played a superb knock. Dhoni did what he said, in terms of taking responsibillity by providing a memorable innings moving him up the order when India was in trouble! Something he did successfully on many occasions in the past. Way to go guys...

Posted by cjscanada on (December 15, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Dhoni talked about showing some character and Kohli and he surely showed some. This is sure a good sign but it has come too late. India needs to have a settled line up. Personally though Gambhir has played better than the others and he has more potential and application which is not displayed. If you analyze his game after the spat with Dhoni in Australia you will get the drift. It looks like he is doing enough but there is some deliberation regarding his innings. He will be the happiest if Dhoni goes. The important thing though is to build a team through a calm person. Kohli seems to be maturing but currently I believe when a change is established sooner I would prefer Pujara or later Kohli. Still feel the track is not as treacherous it looks. It should still be a draw or an England win but India played a pretty good game. Good come back by Swan. I have always felt he is a number 1 bowler and Panesar does not have the game to innovate.

Posted by Ajayvs on (December 15, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

@Musafir366, Just like India needs to review their team and domestic structure, Pakistan also needs to stop living on conspiracy thories and do something useful for their cricket.We all know of the legendary squablles and rift within the Pakistan team.

Posted by Ajayvs on (December 15, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

If a player like Ravindra Jadeja can get two triple hundreds in the Ranji competition,thenthere is something seriously wrong with the quality of pitches and talent in domestic circuit. ontrast that with how he played yesterday in test match, in his complete stay he never gave any indiation that he will be proper no.7 atsmen,most ofhis runs yesterday was from edges!!

Posted by bobmartin on (December 15, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

I note several Indian posters are complaining about some of the umpiring decisions... Tough !!!! Your team doesn't want DRS because they are quite happy without it. the President of the BCCI said as much in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. If that's the Indian position then you have to take the bad decisions that come your way. You''ll get no sympathy from English supporters because England want the use of DRS, but India have vetoed it in both this and the previous series. So if any team has a grouse when they get a bad decision it's England, it's definitely not India.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

Superb fightback by MSD and Kohli . I'd say the game is still beautifully poised with all 3 results possible. India should go for broke in the morning and I'd even go as far as to say they should do a Michael Clarke and declare overnight - 30 runs adrift as they need to win this match and IMO giving themselves the best opportunity to get England out and allow enough time to bowl them out and chase. Sad for MSD. I'm nervous for England and I'd say this was definitely India's day despite the wickets in the last hour

Posted by JG2704 on (December 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@Harshal Joshi on (December 15 2012, 13:53 PM GMT) India were scoring at a rate 0.02 better than Eng did in their inns. I wouldn't say that and individual SRs of 34 and 40 back up what you say. Not that I'm saying India should have upped the tempo more.

@CandidIndian on (December 15 2012, 17:47 PM GMT) Nice one

Posted by JG2704 on (December 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@StraightHit on (December 15 2012, 13:47 PM GMT) It was a gamble but I wouldn't say it's totally backfired. Let's not forget that he took the wickets of 2 set batsmen in KP and Trott and was the most economical bowler in the 1st inns. Sure he failed with the bat but the inns has been a 2 man show

@CoreDump on (December 15 2012, 13:22 PM GMT) re excessive appealing - indeed . Awful behaviour . Someone should have called the police. And re Pujara - presuming England did know it was not out are they exclusively guilty of appealing for something they knew shouldn't have been out? Maybe I dreamt what happened to Bairstow in the 2nd test

Posted by yorkshirematt on (December 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

As much as I would like england to bat out the last two days with little trouble, I can't help thinking this will turn into another all time classic like Chennai 2008. India to chase down 300 on the last afternoon anyone?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

@sendlink, LOL, If England can't play spin how do you explain the fact they're 2-1 up in the series? Witchcraft and magic spells?

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Dhoni made 99, and now there is an excuse not to drop him for another 10 or so tests... INDIA WILL NEVER BE A THREAT.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 15, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

@ Goutham Saban on (December 15 2012, 14:23 PM GMT): " For tests the right choice would be Gambhir". .. Yes please. .. Gambhir has no heart, courage or ability. He is a pathetic excuse for an opening batsman and I have no time for the man (or is that little boy, he's not a man in my book). So, yes, make him your next captain by all means. .... Kohli would be a much better choice. At least he's got some guts.

Posted by vpk23 on (December 15, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Stupid dismissals by both the set Indian batsmen...This shows how still India are obsessed with personal milestones..They should not have let their concentration waiver. The exictement of spot saving innings got the better of both of them and in the end brought havoc to the innings at a cruical juncture. A draw is not all acceptable considering the drastic situtation the team and the country is in and also the composition for the upcoming series..

Posted by richardror on (December 15, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

@sendlink - what are you talking about? England have dominated India's poor spinners and England's spinners have Indian's batsmen all over the place. And don't forget the 4-0, yet we are dominating you home and away!

Posted by 5string on (December 15, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

3 days for 2 innings. Heading for a draw methinks. However many runs the last 2 Indian wickets go for, England have too many batsmen who can stay at the crease for long periods of time to allow a defeat: Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Root, Prior. Great batting from Kohli & Dhoni today, but it will be in vain. Drawn test, England win series 2-1.

Posted by blueG on (December 15, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Unlike Pakistan they just get bowlers to bowl no balls Musafir366

Posted by universalanalyser on (December 15, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

so far i cudnt see all coments.wat the fabulous performance by dhoni and kohli and to find some form at a critical situation.match is evenly poised ,though India cud win from this sort of position at home..all depends on Cook enterprises(Cook,KP,prior) for a good draw and series victory,which is half a chance at this point of time.

Posted by blueG on (December 15, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Just proves average batsman hit a six to win the world cup 2011 David Filcher

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Magnificent Indian fightback by Kohli, Dhoni & India's 12th man, Dharmasena. I trust Kohli's innings will now silence his (mainly Indian) detractors for good: he's pure class, he's passionate to a fault about India's success &, most importantly of all, he's a warrior in the Ganguly mould. The sooner he takes over the reins of captaincy, the better for India. Dhoni's contribution, however, typified both why he should be retained as a player *and* why he should he be fired as skipper: it's simply inexcusable, as a captain, to be run out taking such a risky single in pursuit of a personal milestone when the game is poised on such a knife-edge.

India's main chance now lies in the propensity of England's batsmen - with their captain one of the main culprits, alas - to gift their wickets in increasingly moronic fashion, the prime reason (the secondary being their atrocious catching) why there's still such a wide gulf between them & South Africa. Failing that, there's still Dharmasena.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

sendlink on (December 15 2012, 18:26 PM GMT) said "England cant bat on spinning pitches".

Dear me, have you even seen the last 2 matches? What is it with Indian fans? They get one good partnership and suddenly they are world beaters again? Will you never learn?

Posted by tdslbuwa on (December 15, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

I think India missing a fast bowler of the caliber of Stayn or Sreeshanth/Morkel or joginder Sharma....Sachin should go now and R.Jadeja is the man to replace him...to restrict England there sould be spinners like Ajmal and Chawla ....All rounders like Kallis and Jadeja are very valuble......Great spinners like Ashwin and Kumble are very good...

Posted by sephotrig on (December 15, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

@sendlink, you do realise all the tests have been played on spinning pitches and England are 2-1 up. Having show far more application than India, I would suggest that it is India that do not know how to play test cricket on any pitch other than a featherbed.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Great work Dhoni n Kholi but this is only heading to a draw

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

I don't care the outcome. But when the chips were down,kohli and dhoni showed tremendous charecter to give India a glimmer of hope. Anything over 150 on this pitch on 4th innings is a stiff ask.

Posted by Salobalay on (December 15, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

@ sendlink: This is the 4th test going on. From your comments it looks like you missed the first 3 so I thought i should tell you.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 15, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

I predicted dhoni to make century yesterday. He got out within inches because my bad luck of prediction . Anyway for me dhoni has to go. This last minute batting to hold on to job is pathetic. My problem with dhoni is team is not listening to him. He run out of ideas and luck. He is still not a test batsman. He showed he can grind for runs. Why he did n't do it in 10-0 losses? When his job on the line he is doing it. Patheric. Also for me sachin and sehwag has to go. I am hardcore sehwag fan but if he he is not responsible in building inning either he needs to move to middle order or he has to retire. Sachin should retire but he will do it when he wants because no one in BCCI has courage to tell him you are done. Sehwag has many enemies , most of them he created with his mouth. Saying politically in correct things. For me without Big four team rely on him 400% he has to put prize on wicket. I don't buy this is the way i play argument. Dhoni needs to be fired also.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Want england to win here but indians up against it with nothing to lose are a VERY dangerous side ,( case in point : Virat Kohli, Hobart, 28th Feb 2012 ) of course there is a big difference between TESTS and ODIs but these indians can put up tremendous fight when everything the chips are down. I wouldn't be surprised if England gets bowled out cheaply for around 200 tomorrow and sets INDIA something around the same to chase in 2 - 3 sessions. It's gonna be a very interesting day's play tomorrow! oh and Ashwin is gonna string some annoying partnerships with the tail , just saying

Posted by Maxyboy_123 on (December 15, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

@sendlink you obviously didn't watch the last two test matches. I believe it was India who couldn't play the spinners.

A great days cricket today. I was really pleased to see two Indian players showing the application needed on this type of wicket. Ok so it isn't the most eye catching cricket, but its attritional. Whoever comes out as the winner will know they have won a really hard battle. Compelling stuff. Give me test cricket any day.

Posted by Partyman on (December 15, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Its time that Pakistani and Sri Lankans stop butting their head into columns pertaining to India. Its ridiculous to see them both bashing India. Totally pathetic. Maybe, Cricinfo need to use a filter system, where only supporters of a team is allowed to comment on articles pertaining to that team.

Anyway, coming back to this match, India played very well today. Still a lot of mileage left in this match still. I hope England repeat the miracle of Johannesburg '05......But and foremost, England need to bat India out of this match by occupying the crease for at least four sessions. I hope the likes of Trott, Bell and Pietersen don't have a brain freeze in the 2nd innings. Despite England executing game plans very well, I sometimes feel that some of the England players don't have anything behind their ears, most notably Bell and Pietersen.

Posted by 158notout on (December 15, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

what the Indian team has come to! we heard after the first test in England to watch out, India start slowly, then after losing the second we were told watch out Sehwag is coming, then Sehwag got a king pair and we were told watch out, the Oval pitch will even things up! Then we were told, wait for the ODI's. India lost those as well. Then we got over to India and finally India won some ODI's and we were told, look out revenge is coming. I fully expected England to lose this series 4-0 but due to the poor Indian team ENgland could yet come out with a series win.

And the Indian fans are still commenting here!

Posted by Akshita29 on (December 15, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

@Musafir366 I watched that match and yeah probably few decisions were odd but to suggest that the umpire did it on purpose is just utter rubbish. I am seriously in support of DRS . But when DRS was first used some odd and controversial decisions went against India. Thats why BCCI don't accept DRS which is probably not the best thing done by BCCI. But suggesting that BCCI bribes umpires is total nonsense . Why dont you just worry about your cricketers taking money to fix matches ala Salman Butt . That poor Kid Aamir would have been a great fast bowler though . Anyways please don't make any nonsense comments . Just look at this series. Many wrong decisions went against India too along with some against England . You can blame the Bcci for not having DRS but should not disrespect the poor umpires saying that they are bribed .

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

draw written all over it unless india manage to bowl england out fairly cheaply as they wont give a soft declaration. india chasing 250 on the final afternoon could be very interesting, for the england attack !!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Dear Dhoni, hard luck today. But you played like a fighter and hope to see some improved performance from others. please show same more determination from your side.

Posted by anuprakir on (December 15, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

@Musafir366,have you forgot how many times India beat pak in recent years home and abroad.You think India was helped by umpires every time.You are the first one to suspect Kumble's 19 wkt haul that too after so long.In fact when there were no nutral umpires it was Pak umpires who were suspect.May be you are preparing ground for up coming thrash of Pak by India

Posted by SurenShan on (December 15, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Nervous 90's is common for everyone and off course Dhoni is not exceptional. The partnership between Dhoni and Kholi proof that the England bowling attack can be broken. If Indian batsman followed this patient strategy from second match, we would be 3-0

Posted by Harsha_Reddy on (December 15, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

@TRAM, did you even see the match or just for the heck of it posting your comments. Sitting inside AC chambers and commenting has become a new norm...we indians are very good at giving free advice but reality is different out in middle... attitude shown by 2 players needs to be appreciated and be happy that we got even as close as they did ...if it were other of illustrious colleagues they would have gotten out very fast as there only mode of scoring is boundaries and that were not easy to come by....if at all these guys have given a hope to compete ...

Posted by Akshita29 on (December 15, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Draw is very much on the Card unless England do some serious mistakes in the 3rd innings of the match. Anyways Good show from Dhoni And Kohli . Kohli innings was good because he was willing to work hard for his runs unlike in his last few innings . He has got some serious talent and hope he don't waste it . And even if England loses the match and the series 2-2 it wont be a bad result for them as even many of English fans predicted a 2-1 or 2-0 or 1-0 win for India . Especially considering the whole KP saga and loss to SA and before that the debacle in UAE , this has been a real solid performance from England . Hope our India learns from their mistakes and Improve in test cricket over the next few years. And hope the god retires sometime soon in the interest of the team and give chance to poor Rahane .

Posted by sendlink on (December 15, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

India came good , sorry england ur gonna lose this test because u dont know bat in spinning pitches , India will emerge victorious in this test for sure , good application by dhoni and kohli.

Posted by tanzim.shamsuddin on (December 15, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

All I hope that ppl will stop talking about Dhoni and his captaincy. He is a great man and with this knock he proved that we can still deliver for India. In the meanwhile, if BBCCI wants team India in the hand of a good leader then they choose THE MAN wisely and groom him properly. Let that person be man of character. Most important...let Dhoni feel that he did a good job while he was given the responsibility and let him go away like a respectable person.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Kohli did nothing in first three matches in Australia and then scored a ton same here ..a big flop in first three test ..than a ton just to save his place ...enough ..why do we always choose ODI specialist over 4 day domestic specialist ...Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya RAhane desrve to be in the team...

Posted by starincricket on (December 15, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Hopefully india ll win this match and draw the series.. ll surprise england tomorrow by indian team.. thanks to Dhoni and Kohli for the temperament and class..

Posted by stormy16 on (December 15, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Finally there is life in the form of a fight from India and its still an even game. Great to see Kholi make some runs under pressure and dare I say Dhoni too. It was really a do or die situation and its good to see Kholi part of the fightback. Eng still did enough in the end to even the game with all to play for. The Indian spinners now have a chance to keep Eng down and chase down a win but are they good enough against an English batting line up that has dominated them in the last two tests.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 15, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Don't blame Kohli and Dhoni for playing slow. The pitch is slow. At least they saved India from another humiliating defeat. What did the 2 superstars - Sachin and Sehwag - did for India? This should be the last match they should be allowed to play for India. Give a chance to deserving youngsters like Rahane, Madeep Singh, Rohit, Badri, etc. In bowling, we need to get rid of harmless Ishant and try youngsters like Awana, Shami Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, etc.

Posted by usernames on (December 15, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

@TRAM - Right, a man wasted his powers, and a man here is using all the intelligence in the world to pass comments on what was, if nothing, a tremendous show of character. Geez, do you have anything ever positive? This guy kept wickets for near 140 overs, and then batted almost an entire day. If he'd gotten out trying to hit one of those massive sixes, India would have been done and dusted. It was his intelligence, calm and composure along with Kohli's class and grit that India finds itself in whatever position it is in--without this, we were done and dusted. If India had conceded a lead of 100, no way in hell would they have gotten back in this match. Think before you blow your mouth. As I said, if he'd gotten out, you'd be one of the first here saying how he doesn't deserve to be the captain, how he isn't a test player, etc. Come freakin' on!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

this indian team is equal to a 3rd grade English county team....

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

just proves any average batsman can have a good day. dead funny being run out on 99 tbh

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 15, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

@gsingh7-Boss are you really an Indian fan or posing as one?, as i have read loads of rubbish ,but you are surpassing every clown in trash talking.It seems that you are purposely putting up those comments to provoke people for writing against Indian cricket,grow up kid.

Posted by TRAM on (December 15, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

The only way India could have gained winning possibility was to SCORE FASTER, say 50-100 runs lead by the end of 3rd day. Why? because in this pitch, it is difficult to get the 10 wkts. If a bastman chooses to just block the balls he can stay as long as he wants. Except the SLOW-OFF-THE-PITCH behaviour, all other aspects of the pitch were against bowlers only - it offered no turn, bounce, seam and the ball+atmosphere gave no swing either. But the fast scoring did not happen for India because of Dhoni's 1. usual defensive mindset and 2. lack of intelligence on what is required. There were many many loose deliveries simply blocked by Dhoni, even near full tosses. He was even curbing Kholi to do so. A man who has power to hit big sixers, wasted the chances for India due to his stupidity. Now there is absolutely no chance for India winning this. Well, why am I having hopes? When did Dhoni aggressively pursue win anyway in his captaincy career . Never.

Posted by thejesusofcool on (December 15, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Great effort(at last!) by India.

However, the pitch still shows few signs of wear & playing only one seamer is going to come back & bite India, I suspect.

Still looks like a draw to me.

Posted by Musafir366 on (December 15, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Its obvious and its always, that india uses umpires whenever they have a chance, if own nationals thn no problem and if foreign can be bought. Thats why india is and will always be against DRS system. I remember the match between Pak & India when Kumble took 19 (i think ) wickets and how his club/team mate and indian umpire (i forget his name) helped him to took 19 as few decision was big ridiculous. Go India Go you need only this thing to win the matched :D

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 15, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

This is not a time for pessimists for England. One can almost hear Willis and Krey gift wrapping the series back in India's favour with their negative talk. Dreadful. If England get a lead of 25, and try to look for more scoring opportunities when they bat and aim for 3/over by lunch tomorrow they should be 340 ahead and can try to bowl India out again. Pessiimism sometimes looks like a terminal condition.

Posted by CricLook on (December 15, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

I think the story still remains the same. England is in dominating position once again. Apparently and obviously india fought hard but they lost their opportunity to go ahead. Scoring rate is so slow that in become a gift for england. Don't forget they just need a draw to claim the series. After 130 overs india still behind englands first innings to total. Considering 2 days to go, england is in better position. If india's tail cut the deficit or manage to take small lead they have to play one or two hour. So england have to face less over and india will get even less time & over to reach whatever the target in the final day. India's bowlers have to produce some magic to give the team anything near winnable score. Looking forward for the exciting last two days.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 15, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

@ gsingh7->Dhoni hitting 6's? It was a single Six lol You kidding or what..& btw the run rate of both the teams is almost the same.How can you say that England played slowly & India played fast. 297 runs in 130overs looks like fast enough to you? First of all start learning how to make proper pitches.Indian players themselves were struggling on it,Leave the visitors aside

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

a class innigz frm both of tem..tey 2 hd 2 fight hard 4 their runz.. and tey r makin a statement tht india's bck in t seriez wit a roar.. bt itz vry sad 2 see dhoni losin hiz wicket @ 99. lukin foorward 2 t 4th day... dhoni's makin a statement 2 ll of tem...tht he's still a clazz batsmen

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Many don't seem to know how test cricket is like. So, let me re-post an earlier comment.

This is the way Test cricket used to be, most of the time, everywhere, till a few maverick batsmen, like Viv Richards, or Botham burst on to the scene. Slow. Grinding. 200 runs, and 5 wickets in a day, used to be the norm & used to be hailed as evens stevens. And a good game. With an occasional session of alacrity, when people set aside their wine glasses and watch intently. And, gossips reserved for the dull patches. Take a look at old films on Grace, Duleep, Ranji or Cowdry. Or, even a pugnacious Ken Barrington. We never used to talk about the pitch, since it was the same story, in any kind of pitch. This is a throwback to those days, to be viewed like on old black & white movie, made by the masters. Don't believe me? Ask, some one in his 70's or 80's.They will tell you, what entertainment was all about in those days! Don't believe me? Ask Boyce! Or, his Mom! Boyce wouldn't mind!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Cant stop laughing after dhoni run out....There wasnt a need for that ...why he had so much rush of blood on 99 whereas he played a patient and match saving innings ..although a little of luck that james anderson didnt get him in new ball......certainly..Captaincy pressure got to him....but anyways now expectancy on ashwin to perform wiht bat.as he shown..lets see does he delivers when people expect him to perform ...i have serious doubts....

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

finally dhoni and kholi play for country and saw what they can capable of. but they both know if they not delivered will be out of the test sides. now only question why don't they play like this entire series? because both are selfish now playing for their place. and dhoni want hundred and run out selifsh way. and earlier dhoni accused gambir playing selfish only want to hold his place , i can agree with him but then how abt dhoni and co? same think huh when you are in knife edge u can deliver. hmmm good luck for indian fans. i think need lot of changes and i don't agree 3 spinners any time. and ashwin deserve that batting chance up in the order.

Posted by sendlink on (December 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Wow India good fight back yesterday piyush chawla comments were good , from this sepectators should know that a on field cricketer knows about other on field cricketer on that day and it proved.India will win this test bowling England all out by end of 4th day and india completing chase on 5th day and winning and drawing series

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 15, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@Sinhaya - Isn't there an SL-Australia test going on? Looks like the lions (code word for lambs) are getting a beating (business as usual) from the aussies.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Whatever the result will be, but it is sure now that MSD with his 99 can lead Indian team minimum 8-10 test matches more. I can never understand why people are saying that sehwag should quit though he is the only batsman who scored 100 in this series along with pujara and kohli.

Posted by phermon on (December 15, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

I wonder why Cook didn't give Pietersen a bowl - he often picks up a wicket off an over or two - is he injured?

Posted by salil247 on (December 15, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

@desilvac39- I get sad to see you sad bro! Please don't be sad! @Shankar Krishnamoorthy- For the hundredth time, DRS can go both ways. Can you not see that? And what makes you think DRS is better than an umpire on the field. At least an umpire on the field can be seen by all whereas DRS depends on machines. You can't be sure that the DRS itself is not being manipulated. @Syed_imran_abbas- Did you watch the same match?

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 15, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

having seen some replays aren't the Indian batsmen lucky to get so many extra goes at their innings? The sad thing is even with everything in their favour they still can't give the supposed white wash.

Back DRS lads and then we can have a fair test.As for the Indian media you really do believe your own press. What is it now 6 defeats in the last 7 tests to us.

Marvellous

Posted by Trickstar on (December 15, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

@ RoJayao Come on man, if you're going to have some banter at least make it believable, the Oz lot will get handled like we have done recently in all forms of cricket and then they will be sent home with their tails between their legs for another complete overhaul of their cricket structure.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

@Some, who had expressed comments in this forum, sound foolish at best and nasty (to each other) at worst. This is a beautiful GAME and not a DIRTY WAR! Shame on such guys! Even on a pitch like this, the game is tantalizingly poised, after three days of ups and downs, for both the teams. After three one-sided games, here is a test match, which need to be savoured like well seasoned brandy. Learn to enjoy it, rather than taring each others' hairs apart.

Posted by Trickstar on (December 15, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

@Harshal Joshi Really, you think Dhoni & Kohli played an attacking innings scoring much faster than England today, ygou must have been watching a different game to me and all the commentators, LOL I think you might want to look at the score card, both teams scored at exactly the same rate of 2.2, you're making things up mate. Surely you're not that one eyed to see if England wanted to up the run rate they could do so but what would be the point, we are 2-1 up & it's you lot that have to make the running and force a win not England. It's also you that sounds nuts, yes Kohli played well but where's he been all series, being getting dealt with. It's a clear sign that you're losing when you say comments about how someone will do much better in the one day stuff, yes sure just like you were going to whitewash us in the test series.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 15, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Agree with @rahulcricket007 - India needs to lose this series 3-1 or 2-1. Only then will then our Selection committee get rid of Gambhir, Sehwag, and Tendulkar. These 3 people have destroyed Indian cricket with their greed. Indian Board has willingly acquiesced to these 3 non-performers out of a lack of foresightedness. Bring back Greg Chapell as coach - he will clear the deadwood from this Indian team. people like gsingh7 don't know anything about cricket - it seems they were born yesterday.

Posted by TRAM on (December 15, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

ok Indians fans are happy now since two of their stars have scored. Now they dont care even if India lose from here. All they wanted was their stars to score runs. And what a relief for the selectors! Dhoni can stay for another 3 years. Tendulkar, no questions, for the 70+ he made in last match, he is assured of another 3 years, no problem. Every one is happy.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke,@Front-Foot-Lunge& a couple of others. It is a shame, that sensible guys like you paint all Indians with the same brush. Like Paul's usage of the phrase, "every Indian...". Many Indians had been making quite balanced comments, including abundant appreciation of the all-round superiority (skill, application & attitude) of the England team in this series, and tearing apart the poor (and in many cases, lackadaisical performance) of almost the entire Indian team. Some mad-cap comments of a few jingoists can not and should not be taken as representative of the views of the majority of Indian cricket fans. We are sad & furious. Once the Mumbai test started unfolding,most of us accepted the reality. It is obvious, that you are finding it difficult to correctly identify the Indian fans and their comments. Or, you don't want to accept the fact that many Indians are genuine lovers of the game, irrespective of which team plays well. Feel disappointed, mates!

Posted by OzWally on (December 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

@Shankar Krishnamoorthy - "I have seen the replays of Kohli's LBW & am convinced that the ball from Anderson pitched well outside the off-stump( some 4 stumps outside)". I always thought that India lacked great comedians, but you guys are cracking me up today. So Shankar your eyesight is so good that even with a pitch map you disagreed with where the ball pitched? And oh by the way, that was SWANN bowling not Anderson. New glasses for my friend please.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

SL FANS - lol .. ur team cannot beat indian team no matter in any part of the world they play but still u guys dare to talk wrongly n criticise abu indian team .. probably u ppl r more worried abu indian success n failure than the real indian supporters .. Virat kohli one man is enough to play against ur team there would be no need of other 10 players ..pity u sl fans

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 15, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

"And as every single Indian fan was boasting that they would win 4-0 easily and destroy England" Completely unfair statement ,its not that every Indian fan was boasting here, i am sure whoever is Paul Rone-Clarke he never cared to read comments before this series, many Indian fans acknowledged the fact that Eng are better and more settled test side than ours currently and they have great chance of winning this series,i myself did that many times.There is a big difference between every and many,some cynical people conveniently ignore the positive comments and generalize things on the basis of negative comments which is sad.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 15, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

"And as every single Indian fan was boasting that they would win 4-0 easily and destroy England" Completely unfair statement ,its not that every Indian fan was boasting here, i am sure whoever is Paul Rone-Clarke he never cared to read comments before this series, many Indian fans acknowledged the fact that Eng are better and more settled test side than ours currently and they have great chance of winning this series,i myself did that many times.There is a big difference between every and many,some cynical people conveniently ignore the positive comments and generalize things on the basis of negative comments which is sad.

Posted by Babloo3544 on (December 15, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Great, now that India showed some fighting spirit, although they will lose this test and series to England, we will all be happy and quickly forget the true nature of this team. Come on, we should focus on the golden duck IPL. Its where the money is, be it a circus or not.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (December 15, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

I WONDERED that some people r making baseless comment here ab8 KOHLI..mayb they'r making cmnt without WATCHING the match! If smbody hav any minimum cricket knowledge, he bound to say, KOHLI was OUT! Very clear! i dont know whats d point 2 make questn ab8 that!!!!... umpires r doing pretty decent job in dis test.... if anyone has any questn then my qustn 2 them why didnt u USE DRS! INDIANS often said, they'r respectng UMPIRES by not using DRS... SO USE DRS OR JUST RESPECT THE UMPIRES!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

While it was a superb innings from Kohli, let us not jump the gun and start thinking that we are in with a chance to level the series. That is as far fetched as expecting Tendulkar to score a century in the 4th innings of a test match. Anyway, kudos to Kohli and MSD. I bet MSD would have been delighted at the state of the pitch. @BCCI - if you want to kill test cricket, have the courage to say it openly. Such covert tactics to kill test cricket is not appreciated.

Posted by Nampally on (December 15, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Again trash talk from both sides, from the same Fan blog names! But the fact remains that India finally showed they can bat too if they have some patience. It was unusaul for Dhoni to be patient. Both Kohli & Dhoni finally let their bats talk for them. However they fell short of leading their team past the England total. Both looked like they will play out the day. As usual, Ashwin is left with the same Tail enders- Ishant & Ojha.Will it be too much to expect his last test performance where he added 90 runs aided by these 2! If Ashwin comes thru' India will gain a slight lead . But England are still ahead at this point. I had been pleading for inclusion of RH leg spinner by India right from the start of this series. They finally did include Chawla in this Test. Had India gained a substantial first innings lead, It would have helped Chawla to establish his mark even on this slow wicket. But with almost even first innings total this match is heading for a draw unless some miracle occurs.

Posted by Sano27 on (December 15, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

As accepted this test will now surely ends in a draw....Dhoni might extend his captaincy for another series or so....thats the only thing that would be happened from India's point of view....

Posted by CrICkeeet on (December 15, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

I WONDERED that some people r making baseless comment here ab8 KOHLI..mayb they'r making cmnt without WATCHING the match! If smbody hav any minimum cricket knowledge, he bound to say, KOHLI was OUT! Very clear! i dont know whats d point 2 make questn ab8 that!!!!... umpires r doing pretty decent job in dis test.... if anyone has any questn then my qustn 2 them why didnt u USE DRS! INDIANS often said, they'r respectng UMPIRES by not using DRS... SO USE DRS OR JUST RESPECT THE UMPIRES!

Posted by Trickstar on (December 15, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@ CoreDump So let me get this straight, everyone of India's appeals are plumb and not one of your bowlers keep appealing lol HA HA HA HA, that must be one of the most one eyed cringeworthy comment I've ever read. You must have missed all the constant appealing from Ashwin and Ojha, or some of the appeals from Sharma when the ball pitched leg side by more than a foot, or when the ball struck miles away from the stumps. Or what about when they appealed for Cook when it was nowhere near to hitting the stumps, or when Gambhir caught the ball in his grill and claimed the catch, Dhoni's well known for his constant appealing behind the stumps, you lot have being doing it for years, I could go on & on & on. Get off your high horse, your making a fool of yourself, you're no cricket fan that's for sure little man.

Posted by cric_J on (December 15, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Finally a fightback by India. VK and MSD were awesome. Dhoni definitely deserved a 100. Dissapointing that he couldn't. I think the entire day's proceedings were pretty slow and rather monotonous but the last 20 mins were full of action. Guess it is a test of fightbacks. First England reached 330 from being 130 odd for 5 . (Lovely innings by Root,gritty as always by Prior and Swanny's was the most entertaining.) Then india recovered tremendously from 73/4. And at the end of day 3 England again pulling things back.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

@gsingh7, hey man talking about being unbeaten in a test series, do you know that awesome West Indies never lost a test series at home from 1972 to 1995? Awesome WI never lost neither a home nor away test series from 1980 to 1995. Australia never lost a home test series from 1992-93 summer till 2008-09 summer when SA ended it. These are the best examples of test series dominance for your information.

Posted by OzWally on (December 15, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

@Vinay Kumar - "clearly nicked the bat", are you kidding? Obviously you have the same sight (and reasoning) impairment the BCCI has. I had a LOL moment listening to the commentators debating if he got an edge, when slow motion showed clear daylight on every single frame. I guess they were just toeing the BCCI company line to ensure they keep their jobs. Incidentally, the same reason they won't show the ball track or hot spot as it would ruin their DRS stance.

Posted by aslamPK on (December 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

I believe, Sehwag and tendulkar should sacrifice for Kohli, Rehane, and Pujara. because of their(both seniors) performance of even youngsters is being affected.

Posted by CaptainKool on (December 15, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

England ain't hit back yet. Poor headline.

Posted by Trickstar on (December 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@Yajur Ravi Shankar What planet are you on, he never got anywhere near hitting that ball, you could clearly see daylight between bat and ball, no matter how many times the Indian media kept showing it doesn't make it so. This series more than any other has been the cause of some of the strangest comments from Indian fans, proper tin foil hat wearing conspiracy stuff to just plain embarrassing disrespectful and in between that straight up lies. Some of them have seriously lost the plot, I know they were desperate for 'revenge' but come on it's still only a game, no need to sink to such depths.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@Vinay Kumar, why do you all refuse DRS? Kohli was out before and given not out so learn to live without DRS when the whole world is ok with it.

Posted by JustIPL on (December 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Message to all dhoni bashers who call for his head every now and then that he should be given free hand in grooming new talent. He also needs chappel to cut dead leaves and branches and then we can expect that India survive in test cricket. However, curators should be given full credit for making india look good in this test match but it will not always be the case specially outside india. Dhoni is the captain of lower batting order for sure and can build from there.

Posted by dabhand on (December 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

I understand that the next complaint from some Indian supporters will be that England are fielding more test match standard players and are taking unfair advantage of poor pitches by staying focussed and taking wickets.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Man talk about sore indian fans Kohli was clearly out even the bias indian commentators said so

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 15, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Losing after fighting hard is okay but losing with out showing any hunger to win and giving plain excuses is not okay. If dhoni and co had played like this in Eng or Aus we fans would have been happy and would still support them even if they lost 4-0. But today it looked like dhoni played to save his captaincy.

@@gsingh7 I hope you are not indian fan.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

I have seen the replays of Kohli's LBW & am convinced that the ball from Anderson pitched well outside the off-stump( some 4 stumps outside) seamed a lot to the point of contact (say between middle and leg stumps) and though within the line of the stumps a-la Co ok's off Sharma and will miss the leg stump. Having seen the write-ups of that decision vis-a-viz Trott's LBW not being given; I think this was also a bad or questionable decision. Obviously when DRS has not been accepted for this series; such things are bound to happen and we have to learn to live with it.

Posted by enthusiastic on (December 15, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Good batting by MSD n Virat after a long time. They will value this more as India had their back against the wall. SRT might play a few more tests and score a hundred but what use will it be if India cannot save or win a game. SRT you were great but don't spoil your greatness any longer.

Posted by desilvac39 on (December 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Indians fans please don't dreaming.... England only need a traget of 150 to win this match... I am really sad.... you all dreamed to win 4-0 but it will end with 1-3 loose.... sorry guys your team badly needs young blood....

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 15, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

@freddieraghu gsingh7 is the indian version of RandyOz sans the wit and grammar and coherent sentences.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 15, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Indian batsman are so much pain to watch apart from Kohli.. especially dhoni is the shame to batting.. and their bowling is pathetic.. some body please beg a mercy from tendulkar for cricket.. Leave it man you have enough centuries.. Dont be so greedy..

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

@richardror England won the 3rd and 4th tests by an innings and batted twice in the other two tests but it doesn't detract from the fact over the two series England have dominated India.

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (December 15, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

@Columbo_SL - Nicely put - talk about damning with faint praise ( sort of ) ! @ Gsingh7 - another bad day at the office , I think ! Seriously , well played Kohli and Dohni , just what the match needed. Can't wait for tomorrow ! Cheers !

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Why this kohli fellow always not interested about umpire decisions? this is really nonsense. i have seeen this several times. funny thing is most of times are clean out.still he is not happy.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 15, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

we won't win this test, its very tough in this pitch to get 10 english wickets again and then chase whatever they post

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Well hats off to India, especially Kohli and Dhoni, they showed more tenacity and disipline that India have all series. I was genuinely expecting them to be bowled out for less than 200, but from here, if Chawla/Sharma can hang in there with Ashwin they could even get a first innings lead! Whilst a draw is still very much the likely result good to see India putting up a fight.

Question to all the Indian fans calling for Dhoni to quit, does this performance change your mind, or is it too little too late?

Posted by bMike on (December 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Good to see flat track bullies at least giving a fight though it won't change the end result of the match.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Has the post-day press briefing (or stand up comedy , whichever way you look at it!) done ? I wonder whom they send today, the bowling coach, the captain fab, the bowler-who-nobody-knows-why-he-is-the-team or the allrounder who cracked 300+ while asleep, oh I wait with anticipation of that piece to appear on cricinfo. We are served such gems like "zaheer is top 6 bowler", "no need to panic", "batsman are in best of form" etc. I hope they do a north america comedy tour, people will eagerly await the players !

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

this pitch was very hard to bat on give credit when its due kohli and dhoni batted great hats of pieterson and roots as well

Posted by SnowSnake on (December 15, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

India needs to fire Dhoni despite his 99. I am sick of players who make their fans wait for one year and then score one hundred. Ponting did this, Tendulkar is doing this and so is Dhoni. Gone are the days of Hayden, Greenidge, Haynes etc. where they were formidable every time they walked at crease. These one innings glories followed by 10 innings drought is killing cricket.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Ha ha ha still only one result is possible,i.e England Victory.For them who said kohli and Dhoni is great batsmen its just an incident of luck everyone know Abul hasan no.10 get century in debut and Jason Gillispe as a night watch man got double century.so its just an incident,so stop work shipped...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

@Vinay Kumar: Try not to whinge. Kohli was genuinely out, and how can you complain about anything umpire related when India refuse to play by the same rules as everyone else by not accepting UDRS, and England have played against 12 men all series. Try again.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

This series should be renamed the 'egg-on-face', as the likes of Anderson showed India and Zaheer Khan and a select group of Indian fans (you knwo who you are...!) how to bowl on flat decks, and the English spinners far outclassing the Indian ones. Funny Stuff :)

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Everyone knows of England's poor luck in umpiring this match, and yes it is true that England have spent the entire series playing against 12 men, but their luck is sure to change. Unless Cook is hit by a ball pitching in Pakistan not India (and is called out), England should look to set 250 for India o have a go at from lunch on Day 5. It must be difficult when England and the rest of the world play one form of cricket, with DRS, while one other country wants to play another game, a game open to skill levels being replaced by Umpiring errors. It's all India have had to rely on this series, so outclassed they have been by the superior English side.

Posted by CricfanAarshi on (December 15, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Very well played by Virat... Good comeback.. Hope India win!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Good knock by Kohli. On a pitch infamously offering nothing for bowlers, both Indian and English fans alike have commented how English bowlers get more out of a surface. That is, of course because they are far better. Dhoni hitting the ball straight to the English captain and calling for a run was hilarious and totally his own fault, but he had batted admirably. England will just win on the 5th day now not the 4th.

Posted by D_Jardine on (December 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

What a magnificent piece of batting in adversity we saw today from young Kohli (who is a rare talent and will be seen as one of the game's finest in a few years) and from the captain Dhoni. The latter deserved the accolade of a ton, but should console himself at the fact that it took a smart piece of fielding by my current successor to dismiss him.

The batting of these two under such pressure reminded me of the characters shown by my old friend IAK Pataudi (whom I have long forgiven for the contretemps on the tour in which we hammered the crims) and his wonderful son MAK Pataudi - such a gifted player. Kohli and Dhoni were not able to bat with the freedom and grace of the Pataudis, of course, becuase they are playing on the nastiest wicket since the sandheap in Antigua a few years ago. Nasty or not, it is testing temperament, even if it is not what Test Cricket needs for its future.

Toodle Pip, Sir Douglas Jardine of Bodyline PS - those crims don't like it up 'em.

Posted by landl47 on (December 15, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Great effort by Kohli and Dhoni. Yes, their progress was slow (59 runs in the first session) but that was dictated by the circumstances and the conditions. They have hauled India back into this match. England will need to bat well over the next two days to force the draw and win the series. It's hard to see England scoring enough runs fast enogh to declare on a pitch playing so slowly. Since Pietersen (38), Kohli (34) and Dhoni (40) can't score at a strike rate of over 50 then this is truly one of the deadest pitches I've ever seen.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

i dont see any result except a draw(70%) or a england win(30%).no chance for india winning this match

Posted by arvind9990 on (December 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

what a betting by virat n Mr. cool , yesterday everyone said that india could"T make 200 from here but they don"T know about the indian giants. dhoni only one run short to 100 but he showed the tremendous patient on this type of track where bowl don"t come on to bat, its just a misfortune that he can"t reach the 100 landmark. now we are talk about other polar of this partnership virat kohli highest run scorer in this year its enough to describe him, The master of batting in these days. in this partnership pivotal thing is that both players played shots all over the ground and between the wicket they are just malleable. today they are show the character who they are, why we are world champion n why dhoni is the best captain of india. nevertheless england bowled good in this test match but match is 60-40 now india on rider sit :)

Posted by shameem_imthiaz on (December 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

today kohil batting sensational . india need to change captain because he is not great technical batsman.today he play selfish knock.he play for century not for team score.

Posted by Jahid.bdraj on (December 15, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

This silly run out at this stage proves Dhoni's immaturity and disqualification to be in the Indian team anymore. Some may argue about his fighting spirit to avoid another catastrophic shame against ruthless England but when 99% of a car is ok and the rest 1% is that it's break sometimes doesn't work, nobody with a good sense would buy that car. In the same manner, Dhoni might have scored 99 runs but the way he got out was simply an indicative of his stupidity and whimsical tendency to cricketing performance.He lacks commitment and suffers from the superiority complex of winning the world cup. He is content with little and has no vast desire to lead the team to a historic platform. So, he should be retained and Gambhir should be made test captain and kohli should be made oneday and t20 captain.

Posted by ujverm on (December 15, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Difference between Kohli's and Dhoni's runs was just 4 also both are out now. Why shouldn't the heading mention both Kohli and Dhoni.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 15, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

@CoreDump (December 15 2012, 13:22 PM GMT). Rubbish. You speak of ridiculous Anderson appeal.... What of the ridiculous (desperate) appeals from Ashwin, Chalwa, et al. Nothing? Thought so, Mr.Indian Hypocrite!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

"Posted by Vinay Kumar on (December 15 2012, 13:54 PM GMT) Kohli was not out. The ball clearly nicked his bat before it hit his pads. As usual India are on the receiving end."

india refuses to accept drs so don't complain?

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Kohli is still new in Tests..the more he will play, the more he'll learn on how to pace his innings in Tests. Now surely he must have learned from his mistakes & will improve on it....good effort by Dhoni, but honestly he's no more a captain/batsman material in Tests...give chances to UDAY KAUL(24) & W SAHA(27) in Tests...who r young & hence can reduce the workload from Dhoni's shoulders.

Posted by Feroz9700 on (December 15, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Captain saves the day for India. It's all about building partnerships and rotating strike to build a huge score something other Indian batsman must need to learn. Dhoni and Kholi for a change only punished bad balls and they were no extravagant stroke play like hitting on the up and playing away from the body. Sets up an intriguing test match which could go anyway now, But I think Indian has a chance to win.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (December 15, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

for the sake of indian cricket we need to lose this series by 3-1 . if we lose this series by 3-1 then the media pressure will force selctors to drop sehwag , gambhir,SRT.

Posted by richardror on (December 15, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke - brilliant comment. Whatever the result (I think 2-1) England have proved to be the FAR superior side because we won 4-0 at home have absolutely dominated India in two tests, despite having lost the vital toss! Remember England won by an innings in each game at home as well.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Finally India is fighting to stay in the match. Still England is on top and given the strength of England team they will do well in the II innings and will put India under pressure and chances are India will succumb to 1-3 defeat. Virat and Dhoni played too slowly they should have picked up the momentum like Joe root and swann and scored at least 3 per over which they failed to do and certainly will have impact on the result. Its time that Dhoni quits captaincy and concentrate on wicket keeping in tests and also his batting technique is highly vulnerable compared to Karthik. Dhoni may succeed in tests played in India but away he will struggle a lot. I feel Dhoni leads the team in ODI and T20 which would be better for the team. For tests the right choice would be Gambhir

Posted by richardror on (December 15, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

@VinayKumar - are you joking??? The ball was at least a cm (or just less than an inch) whichever you use, away from the bat. As we in England have to watch what the host broadcaster displays, our commentators were laughing about how many times you were showing that dismissal, as there was clearly no bat involved. May I remind you about Cook's dismissal missing off stump by a foot :)

Posted by creekeetman on (December 15, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

@ vinay kumar, i did'nt see the kohli dismissal, but pujara was unfortunate... either way dont complain, you have your board to thank for no referals.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (December 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

People who criticize Kohli should think twice before doing it. He is a great batsman.

Posted by KevinCostna on (December 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@suve - you call this pitch a flat track. are you stupid or what?

Posted by Valavan on (December 15, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

@Coredump, seems you are dump till core, Anderson made a half appeal.later smiling.@suve, if you are genuine english fan, you must applaud kohli and dhoni effort. They played a typical test innings and thereby justifying the pitch. Match is still 50 - 50. A poor 3rd or 4th innings will produce a win but now seems a draw on card. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by balajit on (December 15, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Finally India fight to stay alive in the series. Now it's upto the bowlers to bowl England out cheap & maybe setup a win! However pitch seems to be too slow & not much turn & cook in great form, so draw a likely outcome!

Posted by noor114 on (December 15, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Its good to see guys fight back but Still we need to change Captain - Dhoni, Gambhir, SRT no way near the test player now a days. GET Parthive Patel, Rahane, Murali Vijay. England will win this GAME aroung in second inning 250 run is more then enough to win this GAME. India will lose this series and History will be repeated once again since 28 years.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Pitch still dead and low. If batsmen are patient and look to occupy rather than score (go out with "I'm having a technical net" mind set) then this game will be a draw. Only nerves or a flash of genius will stop this turgid test from petering out to a draw. Batting 3rd rather than 4th is probably worth 50 runs, but even then it looks like parity after the first innings. 5 1/2 sessions to go after the first innings is over. COuld be interesting but likely to be a draw. And as every single Indian fan was boasting that they would win 4-0 easily and destroy England, seeing them struggle so hard just to draw the series is a nice sight. And if they lose 2-1 or even better 3-1 - I will laugh so hard my neighbours will probably call the cops.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Kohli was not out. The ball clearly nicked his bat before it hit his pads. As usual India are on the receiving end.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

@suve.. Are you nutts?? England have played more defensively in this match..And also much slowly.. You feel they are gonna score 350 tomorrow..They scored just 199/5 in 97 overs on the first day.. And you say they'll score 350??huh.. forget that.. Dhoni and Kohli played positively..The run rate during their partnership was far better than that of England. And also..how dare you call Kohli, a flat track bully.. He's having the highest number of runs this year..And he's shown class and character in this innings..You worry that he'll blow through the England bowling in the T20's and ODIs, and so you are talking filth about him.. Watch out for the number of records he breaks over the years :P :P :P

Posted by RoJayao on (December 15, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Ok PeteB, my prediction is that Australia will destroy both these weak teams, even with a side by our own admission is just an honest toiler! England may be winning this series and deserve to but India is a very weak side, obviously even at home. And England, without their one true modern star in Cook, would be seriously struggling.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (December 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

CoreDump, yesterday it was attacking the English players for tattoos and long hair. Today it's attacking them for appealing. Really? Is that all you are now reduced to in the face of a woefully underperforming Indian team at home? I'm sure if you were to bowl for 5-6 hours without taking a wicket you might throw the odd doubtfull/hopeful appeal in too eh? Just a thought, if the BCCI were to go back on its (IMO) ridiculous stance on DRS it might actually reduce this type of appealing - since players will know their bluff can be called.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

England are clearly the better test team than India currently,there is nothing wrong in losing to better team but the way India were losing in Eng and then at home was extremely disappointing ,i am happy that India showed good fight today. Kohli played innings of 75 at Perth and then scored 100 at Adelaide,after those innings he once again scored a fighting hundred under pressure,this just shows if you back talented youngsters they will give you results by doing well both at home and outside.Now Rahane/Bisht/Chand/Tiwary/Mandeep/Rohit and many more like them are waiting,they should get chance as soon as possible if we have to repeat performances like Aus 2004 and Eng 2007.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@CoreDump - LBW, pitched inline - would have hit leg stump. Not really sure what your problem is here? It's out with DRS... it's out without DRS... it's just plain "out" no matter what rules you look at. The fact that Kohli had two plumb LBW's already turned down and Dhoni a catch at short leg clearly off the glove not given means the umpiries were VERY MUCH erroring in favour of India today. The fact that India had so many lives from umpiring decisions and STILL aren't caught up with England says something.We are getting 2 or 3 umpiring errors every day. I can count 30-40 errors in the 4 tests so far that DRS should have corrected. Yes DRS might have got 2-3 wrong - but that's still 27 better (90% better) than the guys standing there. If this series proves anything - it proves that DRS just has to come sooner rather than later.

Posted by CricketChat on (December 15, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Ind management erred in picking Jadeja. All those triple centuries in low standard Ranji Trophy matches on flat beds has no meaning. His performance is in this test is a true indication of the extent of of his capabilities in tight situations. An extra batsman in Tiwary/Rohit might have been a better option. Ind also played right into Eng hands by scoring slowly and losing valuable time despite having settled batsmen at crease most the 3rd day. Eng are as good as having won the series.

Posted by SRISTARZ on (December 15, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Well being a die-hard Indian fan..finally it's gr8 to see 2 attacking Indian batsmen curbing their natural instincts & playing a WALL-like innings...Gud fightback from England too late in the day...Would love to see a result in this game (Indian Win preferably)...How often do we see 4-match test series in India with no test matches being drawn..If England lose early wickets tmrw..u never know..FUNNY THINGS CAN HAPPEN...Alastair & Kevin are key though !!!

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (December 15, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

This stand of 198 runs between Dhoni and Kohli really worris me as an Indian fan than it would worry English team members. Now Dhini would be considered again as the best Captain who helped India to come out of the hole (which he himself created) and then would not only be part of team but selectors will not have guts to remove him from captain role rest assured team. But we all are missing the point here that he promoted himself ahead of Jadeja to promote himself. If he was not sure of Jadeja's ability at #6 what is Jadeja doing there, in addition Jadeja graciously obliged Dhoni by getting out cheaply and proving his "mettle". May god help Indian cricket, selectors and team players... Just hope India loose this test so at least this nonsens will stop. I hope at least now SRT go away from the game.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 15, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

England are clearly the better test team than India currently,there is nothing wrong in losing to better team but the way India were losing in Eng and then at home was extremely disappointing ,i am happy that India showed good fight today. Kohli played innings of 75 at Perth and then scored 100 at Adelaide,after those innings he once again scored a fighting hundred under pressure,this just shows if you back talented youngsters they will give you results by doing well both at home and outside.Now Rahane/Bisht/Chand/Tiwary/Mandeep/Rohit and many more like them are waiting,they should get chance as soon as possible if we have to repeat performances like Aus 2004 and Eng 2007.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (December 15, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Firstly, credit where it is due to Kohli and Dhoni - their partnership was forged out of a desperate situation and was flawless. Credit also to England's perserverance, as a former bowler, I can;t begin to imagine what it must be like to bowl for 5-6 hours in that heat on a dead, lifeless pitch without a wicket and still retain focus and enthusiasm! I do have to say I'm disappointed with the resurgence of certain arrogant Indian fans who seem to come out of the woodwork the moment India have a good session or 2 proclaiming world domination as though things the past 18 months are just some small blip. On the whole, I think English fans are fair minded and only react to the non-stop arrogance of some of the SC posters.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 15, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

England are clearly the better test team than India currently,there is nothing wrong in losing to better team but the way India were losing in Eng and then at home was extremely disappointing ,i am happy that India showed good fight today. Kohli played innings of 75 at Perth and then scored 100 at Adelaide,after those innings he once again scored a fighting hundred under pressure,this just shows if you back talented youngsters they will give you results by doing well both at home and outside.Now Rahane/Bisht/Chand/Tiwary/Mandeep/Rohit and many more like them are waiting,they should get chance as soon as possible if we have to repeat performances like Aus 2004 and Eng 2007.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 15, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

@Coredump The appeal against Pujara was perfectly fair. It was only in slow-motion replays that you could say that it missed the glove. There is no DRS and the bowler has no slow-motion replay, does he. Either accept DRS, or take the rough with the smooth. Umpires are human and make errors but, these days, with 4 or 5 replays people hype-up the most marginal decisions as major errors when it suits them. I find it personally ridiculous that the Dhoni runout went to DRS (dressed-up as a TV umpire), but the Pujara dismissal could not be referred. When a decsion is not to your liking you start name-calling: what happened to the Indian reputation, stated time and again by English touring sides over the years, for being magnificent hosts?

Posted by criclovingmind on (December 15, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

i am here to say that match is not evenly poised, it is more in the hands of England that they can draw it or win it handsomely.....

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

What on earth is the matter with all these indian fans??? u guys should be ashamed of your film star team having to be be this behind in the series more than anything else...Here's from a west indian hoping for the english to wallop u guys and win the series 3-1

Posted by VJGS on (December 15, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

@suve, what are you talking about? Seriously? Does Dhoni need an excuse even after he gets out at 99??? And that too only because he missed the crease by an inch! I don't remember any English player scoring over 80 this match. The way Kohli and Dhoni battled through the day was heartwarming for Indian supportera because over the past year none of them had shown any fight. It was these two who kept fighting, not England who went wicketless almost an entire day, then when Kohli and Dhoni got out, they picked up a couple of tailenders and you find that impressive? Even with the slow pace India moved at, the Indian run rate is better than the English one.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

may work in india's favour if they are bowled out quickly tomorrow morning and chase about 200 on the 5th day. but will cook, pietersen, root & company crumble in the 2nd innings?

Posted by mogs on (December 15, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@Dhanno: Amazing human being you are ! by the way Mr.Scientist can u please tell when the world will end... lol

Posted by Punter-Fan on (December 15, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

@ Scott Jones,,,agree with you mate...this the nature of indian commentators,they can not be neutral & just want india to win the match..its look like india playing with 15 players....

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@ gsingh7->Dhoni hitting 6's? It was a single Six lol You kidding or what..& btw the run rate of both the teams is almost the same.How can you say that England played slowly & India played fast. India's 297 runs in 130overs looks like fast enough to you? First of all start to make decent pitches.Indian players themselves were struggling on it,Leave the visitors aside

Posted by groundreality on (December 15, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Wonder what Front-Foot-Lunge has to say about the sporting spirit behind the appeal causing Pujara's (unfair) dismissal. Also the ridiculous appeals today from Anderson (impact well outside leg stump) and Swann (several appeals with impact outside off). Nothing? Thought so, Mr.British Hypocrite!

Posted by suve on (December 15, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Brilliant stuff by England though, they keep fighting. Dhoni runout on 99, so what excuse is he going to come up with this time? Bowler taking his line?, the rain?, too dark?. England should bowl India out for 310 and Bat the whole day tommorow and get a lead near 350. Now that flat track bully Kohli got a century, the indian fans will think they are number 1 again.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 15, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

England will need about 300 in their second innings to regain their overall advantage which will mean a large contribution from Cook. India seem to enjoy these dead wickets more than the living ones.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni, Zaheer, Yuvraj should be dropped from tests since their performance is poor 9 out of 10 times nowadays.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

continued @ PeteB. I predicted england will lose 1st test (due to novelty/ acclimatization time etc ) but can take series 2-1. this is based on facts that both WI and NZL gave india good fight/ scare in 2nd test of their 2 match series. I believe indians dont have the fight for longer format and given that nzl/ wi were competitive , predicted england to do much better over course of 4 test (now i would say NZL/ Wi given four match series will also be lot better, it just takes bit time to be adjusted to indian conditions but after that its matter of will, and sadly indians have none, present day is an exception).

I have also predicted newcastle will lose today after pardew said "one victory and we will be on course again"/ that statement was a straw, never happening pardew! and as i sy this city 1 - newcastle 0

Posted by Dhanno on (December 15, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

@peteB. I made predictions before start of series. Some were good, others not so! I predicted "cook will cook few centuries, trott will trot out good runs and bell will fail" Those exact words! I predicted sachin failure with one score of 80 in whole series, and I am being spot on (fingers crossed, hope he fails 2nd innings!). I predicted dhoni/ yuvi to be flops (and for me this 99 means nothing, its one innings and we can watch him 20 more tests and he wont perform). I predicted zaheer to breakdown by 2nd test and leave series, well he was kicked after 3rd. I expected "flowers" like broad to wilt and be injured, and look where he is ! I predicted low 30s avg for sehwag and Gambhir. Series 2-1 to england. I expected trott to do better, got that wrong. I would admit I was not sure of KP's impact and hoped pujara will come good but never predicted! Now its upto cricinfo to publish, i think my predictions take on some their more esteemed voices , so they have been shut off most times :)

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (December 15, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Disappointed at Tea (but very impressed with the Indian fighting spirit). Stunned and overjoyed at the Close. It was always on that one wicket would become four. Delighted to see Graeme Swann making yet another critical contribution to the cause when he comes in for so much abuse from rival fans. And worried that Monty seems to be back to his "two Tests as a shock weapon and then rumbled" mode of operation. It's been a feature of his career that he is rarely effective for a full series. Tomorrow's first session will go along way to determining whether the series will 3-1, 2-1, or 2-2. At Tea, the bookies had England long odds to win the Test and India overwhelmning favourites: will they never learn moderation? I wish that I had had a punt on England because the odds offered all match have been ridiculously generous.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Gnasher said: "As with 'many' players in the India team both Kohli and Dhoni were men under pressure...". Not 'many' ; 'all' ! Who in the Indian team was NOT under pressure? For the kind of performance they had been dishing out, for the past year or more. To be more precise, ever since the ODI World cup win!

Posted by brusselslion on (December 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

If any further proof was needed that the Test format is superior to the bish/bash nonsense then surely this Test supplies that proof. A match/ series that looked all over yesterday springs into life today - due to some excellent batting by Kohli & Dohni - so that with 2 days to go, the match and series are now back in the balance.

Although the Indian tail has proved capable of adding a few runs, if I were Dohni I'd be tempted to declare overnight. To state the obvious, India need to bowl England out asap, and then leave themselves a run chase on Day 5, so why not allow themselves as much time as they can to do so; it's not as if England are likely to score at 6/over.

Posted by doubtingthomas on (December 15, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

@Scott Jones: Spot on mate. These commentators are nothing else but mercenaries, they'd rather be cheerleading at IPL. Their commentary is so devoid of any sting, that I had to switch of the telly and watch the match instead on Sky Sports through live streaming on the internet.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (December 15, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Atlast, Swanny has accepted to go Round the Wicket to the Right Handed batsmen. For such an experienced spinner it is very surprising that he has so far not tried this tactic in this series. And look at the rewards England have reaped. Hope he continues this tactic in future against all teams on all types of surfaces. Swanny's strike rate will improve dramatically.

Posted by doubtingthomas on (December 15, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Let's just stop kidding ourselves, and read the writing on the wall. This match can end in no other way but a draw. And it was meant to be that way. India took a gamble with the pitch on the sole hope that Sehwag can do the unthinkable on an otherwise dead surface. Failing that, both "Captain Kool" and Kohli have been unabashedly defensive. Any other cricketer caring even an ounce about salvaging some pride would have otherwise started attacking after lunch session to make England bat as soon as possible. But not "Captain Kool". Instead, he was looking for brownie points with a meaningless century.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 15, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Well I said yesterday and I say it today. Its the oldies that need to go (Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir). Gambhir, if he gets his form back, in first class cricket can come back. We have talented youngsters. Kohli, Pujara, Ashwin, Ojha and even Jadeja has quite a lot of talent. (His defence is much more assured than Yuvraj and Raina. Pity, he got a beauty from Anderson. Yesterday and the day before we saw he bowls a tight line with the ball too) Is there a better wk batsman than Dhoni in India, in Indian conditions? Well, his keeping is not as good as it used to be. So while can keep him in the team his captaincy in test cricket has to go. And don't worry @Front-Foot-Lunge once India sorts its team out we are gonna trash you guys both home and away. It might take 5-6 years but it will happen. Because we have the best young talent in the world. Only Pakistan comes close.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@ScottJones, u are being funny right abt Ind commentators beeing biased.. :-)

For me as an Indian , Ganguly , Gavaskar, Ravi shastri slam india so much that I get pissed off.

I remember during Ind tour of Eng, all thru the 4 tests , all the english commentators were saying is Eng is great, even No 11 batsman can bat, blah blah and there was no appreciation for some patches of good cricket by Indians on that tour :-)

The pot calling the kettle black :-)

Dont forget ur team lost 3-0 to Pak and 2 to the SA (at home ). So if India are gng down so are u.

Posted by harshthakor on (December 15, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

The stand between Dhoni and Kohli is one of the best partnerships I have ever seen for the 5th wicket,considering the situation or the wicket.From a tantalizing 87-4 they took the score to 269 with an exhibition of meticulous batting.They displayed great mental tenacity and played exactly in accordance to the situation. One was reminded of an architect putting up a building.It was worth hearing Boycott's comments that batting is not just about playing your natural game but adapting to what the situation demands.

Hope this effort could win the game for India,who are now back in the game.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 15, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

all the jokes and indian fan bashing aside, this will sadly postpone the introspection/inquest (which ur esteemed author, harsha was talking about) by another 4 years or so. Well, this will be enough demonstration of application/grit/ technique for dhoni to stay captain for another 3 years/ gambhir sehwag to open/ yuvi might come back now that kohli has made runs (the statements dont need to make sense, our selection is done in such non-sensical fashion anyway).

Btw, bhogle never got back on whether he has been watching / enjoying sachin's every innings so far. He had predicted sachin and KP to watch out for. I just havent seen much of sachin so wondered.

Posted by BG4cricket on (December 15, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Leaving aside some of the churlish comments seen below I think congratulations are in order for Virat and MS for showing discipline and skill to at least give their team a chance at victory over the last 2 days, something that most would not have thought possible yesterday but cricket is a funny game. Nonetheless, regardless of the result of this match (which I still think will be a draw) India have some serious problems still to address both in batting and bowling. I'm not convinced Ashwin or Ojha will get wickets outside the sub-continent and on pitches not designed to be overly helpful to spin but perhaps there are limited options, likewise Sharma and Yadav may be the best seamers they have. The batting is a massive issue and SRT must go with the thanks of all fans for a great career and the openers are a sore point. I would drop Gambhir as Sehwag can still win a match but both are on very shaky ground.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

One of the key differences between England and India has been that England realised there was a problem after the Pakistan series, and worked on it before they got to India. India has been in trouble throughout the year and yet all they claim is there isn't any problem. Until you realise there is a problem you cannot fix it.

Posted by vipravara on (December 15, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

The fight back on this pitch reminds me of a microsoft power-point slide show. The same picture can be presented with different backgrounds and find out where it looks the best finally. It all took a dull, slow and low wicket to fit Dhoni's team to create a fight back. What all I don't wish is that this so-called fight back not to add a feather in the caps of Dhoni & Kholi and make their mouths/egos bigger than before. They better realize this effort only proved their patience but NOT the competence. The fact is Indian team was out played in the series- a cricket lover from India.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

@gsingh.. you must be one of those respectful indian fans guys were talking about on second day. As a joke i commented this morning that dhoni/kohli have played for 27 mins so it means india is on top. but looks like mighty indians are really back :P. well now that kohli/ dhoni have performed beyond their and every-living-souls-who-gives-hoot-about-cricket's imagination, i hope more of such respectful fans show up as well.

let the predictions of 4-0 next time in england begin !

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (December 15, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

What an awesome test match it is turning out to be. Mr. Dobell was bickering 2 days ago on how bad the pitch is and how it is not good for test matches etc. Much like some commentators and Indian players, these writers need to be sacked.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

I honestly feel Ashwin's batting is too good for him to be playing as a spinner in the team; the way I see it? Here is India's replacement for VVS Laxman. We clearly cant blame anybody for the way we Indians have been playing. This is our potential, blame it on the toothless bowling attack that we've got. Look at the way the English spinners are bowling consistently in the good areas, whereas our spinners seem to be letting off pressure with a boundary ball every over. Consistency is the key to any good side & surely we seem to be lacking a lot. Nevertheless, England have clearly been the better side surely because of a wonderful bowling attack!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 15, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (December 15 2012, 09:22 AM GMT), I'm not sure how many England fans have been complaining about the weather or the food but we have definitely been complaining about some of the pitches. Of course, that cane some time after some of the Indian players and fans were talking about preparing spinning pitches in revenge for the supposed green-tops they got in England. As for this game, Dhoni hit one six, not multiple, unlike Graham Swann, who hit two. India's run rate at stumps is 2.28 while England's was 2.26. Not exactly a significant difference. As for India's proud home record, I'd say that it's still very much in jeopardy as a draw in this match is now looking a good likelihood. The pitch hasn't really deteriorated so England shouldn't have any reason to be bowled out cheaply but, if the pitch does suddenly go bad, India still have to bat last against spinners who have had their number so far this series.

Posted by yoohoo on (December 15, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

@Taimur Huk - Yes we are deluded and we have the World Cup. I wonder what that makes the fans of other countries who can't even win against the RUBBISH Indian Team!!!

When Aus or Eng cricket teams play rubbish cricket (like in the last 3 years) then they are supposed to be in transition. But when Indian cricket team loses they are just RUBBISH. There is something called transition for indian team too. Once the transition finishes these same Eng teams will get thrashed as usual. Just like perth 2008 finally indicated for Aus was in transition, Mumbai 2012 has finally indicated india is into full fledged transition. Now is a time for patience for the Indian Supporter.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 15, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

There was much to admire in India's fightback. The pressure on Dhoni, specifically in his role of captain, was immense. This was a defining innings for him & he comes out of it with enormous credit, if not the century that he deserved. His run out, superbly engineered & executed by Cook may, in hindsight, be the moment that India's chances evaporated. Had MS dived, completed his ton, would he not have continued to bat on, in more relaxed vein, leading the rest to build a substantial lead for his side? We'll never know. What did become known was England's character. Cook himself sets the example - in concentration, in the ability to stay focussed & in fitness level. How many other Test sides could have hit back so strongly after two wicketless sessions? Australia possibly, certainly not India. This showed how fit Eng's players are - making the breakthrough & then driving it home. The day that had seemed India's with an hour to go, ended up even, but the match still tilts England's way.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

The mass shooting in the US and the stabbing of schoolkinds in China put everything into some perspective. Who really cares who wins a game of cricket on days like these?

Posted by EnglishCricket on (December 15, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Jadeja just showed how poor Indian domestic circuit really is :D

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Congratulations to Kohli and Dhoni on a wonderful partnership that brought India back into the game when they looked like they might roll over meekly again. As has been said, it's hard to get a set batsman out on this pitch if they play sensibly and those two played sensibly. While I'm not sad to see the back of him, I probably would have liked to see Dhoni get his hundred. Of course, he likely wouldn't have been run out if he wasn't trying to get to that hundred. What a way to go but that's the result of pressure by the fielding team and a wonderful piece of fielding by Cook. I was at the SCG when India last toured Australia and saw Ponting nearly run himself out on 99 when he was so desperate to get a hundred after a long dry spell. Unfortunately the Indian fieldsman couldn't do on that occasion what Cook did today. Back to this game, the pitch doesn't look like crumbling too much so it may yet end in a tame draw but all results still possible right now.

Posted by Nerk on (December 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Two days left in this series. England are still on top. For India to be on top they had to put on a big lead, and that looks unlikely to happen. England are one good batting day away from winning in India for quite a while, whilst India need to bowl well and then bat even better to level the series. We could well know who will win the series tomorrow evening, but judging by the way this series is gone, I doubt it.

Posted by Herath-UK on (December 15, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Kholi & Dhoni stand gave some hopes at last to the indians but I'm certain England will pull off a great series victory to go for the number one ranking again.Though Cook will grab the man of the series award I would definitely give it to none other than Anderson. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

This test match really tested both the teams with bat. England will love to gain lead tomorrow and India team has to bowl very well to win or draw the game. Whatever, it is time for Dhoni to step down as captain. It is better for his own game. He is valuable in the middle. One more thing how do Mr Taimur Huk knows that Dhoni and Kohli played selfishly for themselves?? Will Taimur Huk do any work for free, cricket is played these days for money not like the olden days most of players played the sport for fun. Now it is profession, so, players will play for money. How do gsingh so sure that India will win. In cricket or any sport nothing is for sure to happen.

Posted by Shubham681 on (December 15, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

at the end of the day india's score tells that nothing is gud for dem in this match & india's bowlers can't bowl england out on this pitch in less dan 100 overs....so england will take this series 2-1 instead of 3-1 that's wat today's play has done....

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (December 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

@dabhand and @ADB1, I do agree some comments from us Indians are a bit over the top but the fact also remains that if England were the ones who were behind almost everything about India would have been complaint-worthy by now - cheerleading ably led by the Eng media and ex-cricketers. All seems fine now because England are winning. You can already see complaints about the pitch 3 days into this test just because the game is even. As it is England have done fabulously well and are playing great cricket. Congrats to them for that.

Posted by riprock on (December 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

The 99 may just have successfully managed to extend Msd's captaincy till the next home Tests after which maybe he can gracefully "resign" as captain regardless of result.

Posted by jimbond on (December 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

For those Indian supporters and commentrators who were dissatisfied with the pace at with Dhoni and Kohli were scoring- I guess they too have been spoilt by 20/20. Playing slow and safe was the only realistic chance for India to save/win this test. Now they have their hopes on getting England out on the 4th day and batting fast through Sehwag on the 5th day- both are unlikely. 4th day wickets in India are much better than 5th day ones, and Sehwag only plays well once in a year. From here, India's only hope for a draw is that England continue to play the way they have been playing here- defensively.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

As Ashwin is still there India can take lead and push for series levelling victory

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Days Report from Nik's home: Loved the way Virat played and celebrated! Dhoni proved that will power, grid and determination can beat the skills to prove oneself better and earned some respect back! Jadeja proved that Ranaji cricket and India needs better bowlers! Piyush chawala still looks a school boy at international level! Test cricket can't die soon! Thanks Star cricket for taking over from Neo sports channel for match coverage. Enjoyed the day's commentary!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

After such a uncharacteristic innings, Dhoni's runout was a mental problem with Ashwin denying him strike for nearly three overs by taking last ball runs. Dhoni feeling time running out, took off for an impossible run as he and Ashwin had decided to take a run.and Ashwin was already halfway. Dhoni deserved not just a hundred but to stay back and add runs the next day to overhaul England's score. Anyway, Dhoni has answered those critics who did not feel that he was fit for Test cricket.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

@gsingh, haha forgot how West Indies was unbeaten in a test series both home and away from 1980 to 1995? Also, Windies never lost a home test series from 1972 to 1995. Australia did not lose a home test series from 1992-93 summer till 2008-09 summer when South Africa ended it. So you are wrong to say that no one was unbeaten that long. By the way SA too have been unbeaten in away test series since July 2006 tour of Sri Lanka.

Posted by richardror on (December 15, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Anyone other England supporters flicked on the stadium commentary on sky? Quite possibly more biased and one-sided than the Australians!

Posted by noor114 on (December 15, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

If the Dhoni hit in last over he would have got 100, Do not block the ball, just keep trying hit the ball of the spean. Swan is rubbish bowler as well as panesar, their luck of match they win in Kolkatta and Mumbai. Hit like Mr. Hashim Amla did this English Summer. DO NOT BLOCK, get about 100 Lead and declare.

Posted by rugbywarrior on (December 15, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

gsingh7 hat humilation are you refering to in 2010? I am pretty sure that the score was 4-0 to England.

Posted by jimbond on (December 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

India can still lose from this position if England are bowled out soon. In this test, England has tried hard not to win, but the Indian players desire to lose is greater than England's desire not to win. As for those who feel that Dhoni and Kohli played for themselves (and for those who feel that Tendulkar has hit all those hundreds for himself), I wish there were more players who played for themselves at least. If any team has ten players playing for themselves, the team would be very strong. I suspect that right now, India is a bad team- in a reconstruction phase for at least another one year, but England is not much better. SA and Australia would be far ahead of these two.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

First, missing a double century partnership by just 2 runs. Then missing a century by just 1 run. That is what I would call, missing by the skin of the teeth. Match is tantalizingly poised! Through very good display of skills and temperament,a long steady build up of a 'protective house', in tough conditions. Then, it crumbles down like a 'house of cards'. Ups & downs! Twists & turns! That is what test cricket is all about. Who says, it was boring.Who says test cricket is boring. A gripping test match doesn't always mean a flurry of fours and sixes! Most of us, including some of the commentators sound like spoilt by the plethora of shorter versions being played around the year, all over the world. We have become the instant noodle addicts of cricket!.Seems to have forgotten our grandma's goumet dishes, cooked over slow fire, with love and care.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 15, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

@ Gsingh7, if u think just because Ind has not been beaten since 2004 at home in test series that the record belongs to Ind. FYI, WI was not defeated in series at home for nearly 20 years!!

Re poms complaining, do u see any poms complaining??

FIRST, stop being so cocky ...... SECOND, stop running down other teams ..... THIRD, stop living with Alice in Nagpurland

Posted by bMike on (December 15, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Now I can predict results of this match. England 330 (1st inning) & 350/5 dec (2nd inning). India 310 (1st inning) & 145 (2nd inning). England will win by 225 runs.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (December 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

This match is evenly poised now ..... I ll happy even if India losses. Kholi has given hope to indian batting line up... Definitely India will come back strongly once again...

Posted by Shubham681 on (December 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

dhoni played for himself coz his place as a non-captain in the team is questioned....

Posted by richardror on (December 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@gsingh7 - looks like you spoke a bit too soon. India will be fighting to avoid a loss, and scrape a draw.

Posted by TMSer on (December 15, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

@Scott Jones - try listening to the england retired XI commentating for Sky tv - who exclusively have been lauding about cook and andersen for the last 3 days regardless of whats been happening out in the middle

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 15, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

As Kohli and Dhoni approached their centuries I told my 11 year old son that their jobs were only half-done, and that their greatness would be measured by whether they could dig in and lead India to a lead of 100 or more, which would take England 50 overs to erase.

But the self-satisfied smirk on Kohli's face when he got to his hundred - combined with the failure to acknowledge his skipper and partner - betrayed that traditional Indian malaise, a tendency to over-value personal milestones and fail to prioritise the team's needs.

I've been watching international cricket for nearly 37 years since 1976, and while India has had superior batsmen to Pakistan for the entire period, their team was probably only more feared than Pakistan in Test cricket between 2007 and 2010: a paltry 3 years of superiority out of 36. And the twin reasons are a failure to respect and develop bowling and a cult of idolising individual batting achievements ahead of the team's needs. Sad.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

ROFL. Dhoni out on 99. What did I say? What did I say? Kohli got out after his century and Dhoni was a run short of it.

Posted by Trickstar on (December 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

I bet there's been so many Indians very quick to leave comments before England went bang bang bang bang, 8 down and still 30 odd short. Great last session from England and it showed how much fight they had after a full day in the field, Anderson again was excellent and Swanny had his moments. The pitch does look flat now, it's lost it's up and down bounce that it had on the first couple of days and looks a decent batting deck, still not much turn at all either.

Posted by TMSer on (December 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Dhoni played superbly, but his runout at 99 demonstrated everything you need to know about him - supremely talented but makes poor decisions. Wait for a bad ball to run a risky single for get your hundred? For india to win this they needed their captain to hang around into day 4 and post some sort of lead. India cant afford to have a captian that makes bad decisions. Kohli showed his true class to day as one of the best young batsmen in cricket, but now after both their brilliant innings the game is in the hands of the tailenders. No point fighting for only 5 hours out of 5 days of cricket. Regardless of hundreds we cannot ignore problems that still need to be addressed in order to head back to the heights we achieved only couple of years ago.

Posted by freddieraghu on (December 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

@gsingh7 I'm an indian, and I cant really accept the fact that some of my fellow indians are abysmally foolish. open a dictionary and see what REVENGE means... or teach ur kids about that word REVENGE.. "Revenge is scraping ur way out of deep hole, playing to save ur skins and careers, and draining buckets of sweat with the tongues drooling out JUST TO GET a series result of 2-2 draw." When will you open ur eyes to see the fact that INDIAN CRICKET has got a bigger HOLE that THE TITANIC did. It had already sunk to the bottom. plz resurrect indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

England won last 2 match because of an indian 'Monty panesar' and some boring batting by Cook. England team can never win a single match with 11 english player in their playing 11. England team still poor against spin, it's just india not playing consistently. I wouldn't say England winning rather I'd say india loosing.

Posted by bdfighter1 on (December 15, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

99 runs is not a century!and dhoni is no longer capable of getting hundred in test matches. Poor dhoni!

Posted by baskar_guha on (December 15, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge -- Fighting words. Cook looks nervous and for good reason.

Posted by y4yoga on (December 15, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Oh No!. Ashwin once again in same position, has to rescue

Posted by ADB1 on (December 15, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

LOL and right after @gsingh7's bragging, India lose four wickets in the last hour, and England may end up with a first innings lead! Poetic justice.

Posted by o-bomb on (December 15, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Kohli and Dhoni have batted really well today. It's good to see India fighting back, although obviously I'm pleased we got some wickets at the end of the day. Perhaps we'll have a first innings lead after all. Real shame for Dhoni - he deserved a century. Tomorrow will be a massive day. I'm really looking forward to it.

Posted by SnnrX on (December 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Bravo Dhoni... You Sir, just have played the best knock of your life.. prolly you should retire urself today..

is there any intelligent guy in indian panel who can promote Ashwin up the order.. and please bring back dinesh karthik as a w/k and wasim jaffer, i dont know why can Wasim Jaffer still play for india if sachin and others are playing.. i believe Test Match is for the Technicians of cricket..

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

@gsingh7; we can understand your pressure due to consistent defeats. At least you have some hopes now.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

@dabhand: lol, It's funny to see those 'It'll be a whitewash to pay you back fro last time' fans come out only now after days and week of laying low. England again prove they're the better team. 'Unlucky' India.

Posted by richardror on (December 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Good to see the Indian third umpire didn't bottle it and give Dhoni not out. Well batted MS Dhoni, but a silly thing to do on 99. If Kohli and Dhoni had survived the day a 100+ lead was in contention, not India will struggle to get a lead at all.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

LOL at Dhoni getting run out on 99. Going for personal glory when he should have put the team first, especially as captain and so close to sumps.

Posted by AdityaUpadhyay on (December 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

ppl like @gsingh7 for the sake of attention writes such naive comments.. If you guys are proud of India's home record which include a struggling 1-1 draw over Pakistan, SA & England after the 2004 loss to Aus, then we should not complain abt our players attitude. We fans are totally content with India draw a series to any team to make their home record intact. This safety first approach kills the ruthlessness & killer instinct of team which was visible during India's 1-0 series over weak WI in WI

Posted by Mervo on (December 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Gosh this pitch is so boring. So slow and so low. If that is all India can do then they will need help from other countries' curators to produce wickets fit for balanced interesting cricket. Otherwise test cricket is doomed in India. Imagine Kapil Dev bowling on this poor excuse for a pitch.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Hahaha. What did I say? As soon as one of them makes a hundred, the fight and hunger will go out the window. "To hell with Test cricket. I just needed to show everyone, especially the journalists, that I can bat 6 hours a day and make a century. I just don't like doing it too often. I prefer 20-over cricket. Thank you." I feel so vindicated.

Posted by dabhand on (December 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Ah gsingh7, according to those like yourself, the series was supposed to be a 4-0 whitewash by India, now India are fighting for a win to get a series draw - good for them, but I feel you are opening both the Indian team and other Indian cricket supporters open to ridicule with your rather naive and childlike attitude.

Posted by PeteB on (December 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

It'd be a pretty boring place if no-one made predictions for fear of being wrong. It's far too easy to only pontificate after the result, as if you'd known what was going to happen all along.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Is anyone else sick of the cheerleading being done by the tv commentators? You'd think the BCCI was paying them ...... Seriously, Gavaskar needs to go from the commentary box; he is more biassed than Bill Lawry but sadly, unlike Bill, he is dead set serious.

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (December 15, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I can now accept even defeat in this match -- at least our guys have finally shown fight, so sorely lacking in several tests over the last year

Posted by ADB1 on (December 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

@gsingh7: Surely this series so far has taught you not to mouth off with grandiose predictions before the game is over? Will some people never learn?

Posted by mughal29173 on (December 15, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

thats gr8 to see the effort

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

@ MujahidAliMd Spoken like a true Indian cricket fan, haven't you? One partnership out of like 100 hundreds in this series is successful and all of a sudden, Team India is invincible. Seriously, you guys need a reality check. As a Test team, India are rubbish. Their players are so blinded by the money, fame, and half-naked cheerleaders of the IPL that they have forgotten the fundamentals of Test cricket. England have been a far better side in this series overall and it would be a travesty if they are to lose this match and squander the 2-1 series lead they have. And Dhoni and Kohli are just playing selfishly. They're playing to save their skins. Watch it, when they both get hundreds, if they do, they will get out cheaply to the next ball. and they'll tell the media, "Well, at least we scored a century and answered our critics." lol. You guys are the most deluded bunch of cricket fans in the whole wide world.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 15, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

india will win , amen, now lets see english fans and their pitch whining, weather complaining , food complaining to start , same pitch where england played slow, dhoni hitting sixes, proud record of being undefeated at home from 2004 still intact, no one have been unbeaten that long, england suffered humiliation at hands of sa recently and india in 2010

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

And so that's where the Indian fans were hiding...A dead old track and attritional test cricket means that the better team, England, will still take the series 2-1.

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (December 15, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

these two should have played whole series like this, dhoni and kohli are just playing normal "TEST" cricket but is it to save them from axe....and stay in the team for another year or so....

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

this match should end in a draw. It would be unfair for England to lose this match and undo all the hard work which has taken them to such a position. England outplayed India in the last two matches and if their batsmen hadn't messed up in the first innings in the 1st match in Ahmadabad, they could have given India in the first match as well. Whatever happens, you cannot change the fact that Indian test cricket is in terminal decline and that the main priority of the BCCI is limited overs cricket. I wouldn't be surprised if Indian fans started saying how their team are going to come back just because of one partnership. England are under no pressure to win this match. They can take their time and bowl tightly and force India to accelerate the pace of their innings in their push for victory. That will lead to more mistakes from the batsmen and, who knows, more wickets as well?

Posted by cricketstarbest on (December 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Good match winning partnership from Dhoni and Kohli. India in total command and will win this test to square the series.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

wont mind a defeat as long they go down fighting like this partnership. nice play both. slightly disappointed by swans bowling.

Posted by Trickstar on (December 15, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

@MujahidAliMd Even if India get to parity how will England be in the backfoot, when it's India who have to make all the running and go for the win, the worry for India is if these two have found batting relatively easy, it's going to be almost impossible for India to have anywhere near enough time to win this match. At best it will take them into tomorrow to get level then if England bat, they will take their time. Funny thing is this pitch seems to have got better as the games gone on.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

way 2 go guys. show some fight. thats all we want.

Posted by cricketstarbest on (December 15, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

First session belongs to India. Sensible batting by Dhoni and Kohli. One more good session and India will be right back into this game with England at backfoot

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

So finally we will lose the series and that's what matters. Having seen how England fared in India on dhonis own wicket let us play and win against Australia

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