England in India Test Series - 1st Test

India v England

India won by 9 wickets

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

9.28am All is in readiness. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir walk out. Both look up as they walk out, getting their eyes accustomed to the light out there. They have said a lot and scored a little of late. This is their best chance to find balance there

James Anderson will bowl the first over. Gambhir takes first strike. Three slips and a gully in. Smallish but noisy crowd. "Play"

"I got 20 out of 25 in the quiz you flunked. Shouldn't I be getting your job now?" Varun, you are welcome. I don't mind sitting in my balcony, in the sun, sipping tea and listening to the commentary on radio

"I think the real pressure is on the Indian openers, especially now that Gambhir has said they are the still the best in the country. Both having not scored a 100 for a long time, its time to show some runs to support the talking." Anand, they will be out to bat soon

"That quiz is easy - second go I got 24 out of 25" Jerry, life's easier on the second go

"This series seems to be a battle of weaknesses rather than strengths!" That's well put, Pratsy

"As a die-hard Test Cricket fan, it's still difficult to imagine a test match without Dravid and VVS. Hope Pujara lives up to the expectations." Rajagopalan, you can still catch Laxman's batting. Just hop into a Ranji stadium where Hyderabad are playing. No fee either

"Exciting series coming up! I'm looking forward to having a decent look at Pujara. He's got a big task ahead of him, fitting into a team in generational transition, and I hope the young lad shows his quality. Good luck!" Smudgeon, for me, this series is a huge one for Ashwin and Ojha. They have got great stats, but that's against West Indies and New Zealand, who do throw away their wickets. England and Australia will be a big test for them

9.10am As we await the start of the play, I have got just the thing for you to do. Try this quiz. It's good fun. And my scores are so embarrassing they can't be published here

"Bad move Cooky! Especially with Swann struggling a touch they will need Monty. Still, giant who cares. Today is all about Yuvi! Welcome back champ." Gareth, India will sure hope Yuvraj doesn't have to bat today

9.05am Okay, so Panesar is out, and Tim Bresnan is playing. Just the one specialist spinner then. Samit Patel to bat at No. 6 and bowl left-arm spin. It's a bit like India going to England and playing with two spinners, but hey they have done so and have won a Headingley Test doing so

9am MS Dhoni has won the toss and India have chosen to bat first. Dhoni says the pitch is different from the usual Ahmedabad tracks, and there will be even less help for the fast bowlers than usual. And it's time to welcome back Yuvraj Singh to a Test side

Alastair Cook doesn't see losing the toss as the end of the world. He confirms Steven Finn is out. He isn't asked about the choice around Panesar

8.50am Time for the first look at the pitch. It looks light in colour, and is bald. Both Ravi Shastri and Paul Collingwood talk of the "powdery feel". This could start turning pretty early. Weather, though, is pleasant

8.45am Team selection issues. India seem to be settled on their combination. Yuvraj Singh will replace Suresh Raina in the XI that played against New Zealand. For England, Nick Compton is all set to debut. He has got his cap from Graham Gooch. Steven Finn will miss out. The only decision of interest is if Monty Panesar will play

8.40am That feeling of excitement as we welcome you to the start of the Test series between India and England. Not the kind of hyped build-up we had to the series between these two teams last year. Back then they were playing for the No. 1 ranking, now they are playing to arrest respective slides. The good thing is, it will take a lot to make this one as one-sided as the last year's series. Toss in 20 minutes

0.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, bounces up to knee height, worked away for one

0.2

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball, shin-high bounce, pushed wide of cover for one

0.3

Anderson to Gambhir, 2 runs, length, on the pads, worked away for easy runs, Bresnan puts in a dive at long leg to keep this inside the boundary

No swing so far

0.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, finally a ball that is not scored off. Length ball, middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

0.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, nearly chopped on. Gambhir's dab is back. On a bouncier wicket, this might even have got him. Looks to run this behind square, but the bottom edge doesn't find the timber

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, what a leave. That passed where the fourth stump would have been. Pitched in front of middle and off, just short of a length, and he shouldered arms. Brave, I say

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0
G Gambhir    3* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    1* (1b)     

Stuart Broad to share new ball. Just the two slips for him. Third man is square

1.1

Broad to Sehwag, no run, and right away, Broad digs it in. Gets it to rise rib high, in front of off, Sehwag is right behind it in defence

1.2

Broad to Sehwag, no run, dug in again, and barely bounces as high as the top of the stumps. Sehwag is right behind it again. Defends it just outside off

1.3

Broad to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, left alone outside off, bounces in front of Prior

"First ball of a 5 day match - short of a length, and it barely makes it to the batsman's knees. It's descriptions like that, that convince me fast bowlers should have a union and go on strike sometimes...how depressing!" I hear you, Paul. I wish I could bring you a better description

1.4

Broad to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, on off, defended solidly

1.5

Broad to Sehwag, no run, length ball, on off, driven in front of the body, uppishly, but it falls short of mid-off

"I've watched only the one over, but I can tell you now it's going to be a very l-o-o-o-o-o-ng day in the field for England today" Yes, John Garvey, it was never going to be easy for them

1.6

Broad to Sehwag, 2 runs, full and wide, and he drives without feet and with an open face, past point, gets a couple for it

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 6/0
V Sehwag    3* (7b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0
G Gambhir    3* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-0-4-0

2.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, lenght ball, pretty straight, defended off the front foot

2.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, no room, defended back to him, off the front foot

2.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, goes wide of the crease, bowls on a length, in front of off, Gambhir pushes it back to Anderson

2.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, on the pads this time, but Gambhir finds square leg

Still early days, but I am sure this low bounce is not what Dhoni means by home advantage. This pitch could provide some real slow turn that the batsmen can play off the back foot

2.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full, outside off, driven, but straight to mid-off

2.6

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, and the for the second time Gambhir has nearly played on. He goes driving at a length ball, just outside off, gets a healthy inside edge and it avoids the stumps to go for four

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 10/0
G Gambhir    7* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0
V Sehwag    3* (7b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0

3.1

Broad to Sehwag, 1 bye, Sehwag tries the big drive outside off, the ball moves in slightly, and beats the inside edge. Prior struggles to collect it and allows a bye. It's a shooter again

3.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, full and straight, defended to cover

"Can I jump the gun and get in first with a pro-DRS comment? Geeze, rubbish not having the DRS implemented in this series. Both Dhoni and Cook deserve the right to waste time with incorrect challenges, just like Clarke and Smith!" And GK, DRS helps the England batsmen. Because now the umpires won't be as bold as they were in the UAE. Remember the number of decisions Ajmal got, which he wouldn't have got in the absence of DRS

3.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, half forward to defend this to mid-off

3.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended with an open face

3.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, pushes at this outside off, with an open face, gets it to bounce in front of gully

3.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, steers this to the left of gully, but Pietersen does well there

End of over 4 (1 run, maiden) India 11/0
G Gambhir    7* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-1-2-0
V Sehwag    3* (8b)      JM Anderson    2-0-8-0

4.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

4.2

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, first boundary of the series for Sehwag. Short of a length, into the pads, flicked away off the thigh, fine of long leg

4.3

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, driving a shortish delivery on the up, can't beat the cover field

4.4

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, yorker, on off, dug out. Anderson will have to pull out everything from his armour on this pitch

4.5

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, slightly short of a length, and it stops at him and bounces a little. He didn't even roll the fingers on this. That's interesting. Defending awkwardly. Hits the sticker on the bat

4.6

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, right forward to defend this fullish delivery to cover

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 15/0
V Sehwag    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-0
G Gambhir    7* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-1-2-0

5.1

Broad to Gambhir, 2 runs, length ball, on the pads, nicely flicked away wide of deep square

5.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, just outside off, angling away, left alone

5.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, full, on off, driven to mid-off

5.4

Broad to Gambhir, 2 runs, bouncer, gets it only chest high, pulled away in front of square

5.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside off, Gambhir leaving more balls than usual

5.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside off again. No trouble despite slight away movement

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 19/0
G Gambhir    11* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-6-0
V Sehwag    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-0

"No pace. No bounce. No carry. No movement. Welcome to India, lads!" Cris, welcome indeed

6.1

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length, outside off, crunched away on the up, with an open face, past point. Not too wide, but Sehwag creates his own room

6.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, half-volley, driven again, but cover is deepish and keeps them in their creases

Anderson complaining about the condition of the ball to Tony Hill. No change happening here

6.3

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, length ball, wide, Sehwag is on the front foot and drives with an open face past point

Just the two slips now. No gully. It's attrition now

6.4

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, full, just outside off, driven straight to mid-off

what is surprising is that we haven't seen any swing from England

6.5

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag is on a rampage here. Wide ball, not a driving length by any means, but he hits it on the up and away from the body, between cover and cover-point

Short cover comes in

6.6

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, driven on the up now, but can't beat short cover

End of over 7 (12 runs) India 31/0
V Sehwag    19* (20b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-24-0
G Gambhir    11* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-6-0

Broad goes round the wicket

7.1

Broad to Gambhir, (no ball) 1 run, length ball, angling into the pads, worked away for a single. No-ball too

Two slips and a short cover in

7.1

Broad to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, appeal for leg-before, but the ball is clearly seaming down leg. Broad lets out a full-blooded appeal, and is booed by the smallish but noisy crowd in

7.2

Broad to Gambhir, 2 runs, wide of the body, but driven through the cover ring for two

Just one wide slip and a gully now

7.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, outside off, pushing towards cover-point

7.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended to cover

7.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, defended behind square

Gambhir is not happy with movement in front of or over the top of the sight screen. Gambhir moves out early enough, but Broad bowls anyway, and smashes the stumps. Dead ball called immediately

7.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, defended solidly off the front foot. Length ball, angling in

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 36/0
G Gambhir    14* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-10-0
V Sehwag    19* (21b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-24-0

First bowling change. Tim Bresnan to bowl now

8.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, short outside off, well shorter than short, loopy harmless bounce, and left alone

8.2

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, on off, defended solidly off the front foot

8.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away for one

8.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, pitches middle and off, angling away a little, defended

8.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, angling slightly away, the bottom edge canons into the pitch and then the pad

8.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, slightly wider, and left alone easily

End of over 9 (1 run) India 37/0
G Gambhir    14* (31b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-1-0
V Sehwag    20* (24b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-10-0

A slip, a short cover and a short midwicket

9.1

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, dug it in seriously, but doesn't even get it chest high. Easily fended away for a single to leg

Stays round the wicket to Gambhir

9.2

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, half-volley angling into the pads, and picked away for four through square leg

Back over the stumps

9.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, no room, defended to leg

9.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, full, on off, driven to mid-off

9.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, slower ball, 124ks, we are going to see more and more of this. Defended in front of stumps by Gambhir

9.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, solidly defended to mid-off

End of over 10 (5 runs) India 42/0
G Gambhir    18* (36b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-15-0
V Sehwag    21* (25b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-1-0

10.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, length ball, pretty straight, off and middle, defended off the front foot

"My prediction - KP will score 150% of the highest score of Indian innings and that will save the test for England. Publish this comment so it's 'recorded' :-)" Yes, EddieBhai, in case someone wants to write a book to expose fixing in this match

10.2

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, accurate again, Sehwag is watchful again

10.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, draws a false shot from him as he bowls it short of a length, outside off, and Sehwag tries to punch it, and is beaten

10.4

Bresnan to Sehwag, FOUR, glided away. Knows the third man is fine, and just opens the face to guide this shortish delivery through the square third man region

10.5

Bresnan to Sehwag, 3 runs, beats point on the other side now. Just meets it with an open face, and goes to the right of point this time

10.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, full, outside off, driven with an open face to the deepish cover

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 49/0
G Gambhir    18* (37b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-8-0
V Sehwag    28* (30b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-15-0

"We are yet to see a ball go over the stumps or carry to the Keeper waist high. Despite all that the guys on telly going nuts about the pitch which is going to take turn as it wears, i think this track is going to get flatter and lower and turn into a concrete track for the rest of the game." And if that happens Rakesh, Dhoni will hate it. However, I think the bounce will be uneven here, and will range between low and very low. And there will be turn, slow turn

11.1

Broad to Sehwag, no run, defended with an open face

11.2

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, half-century stand there, worked away off the pad for a single

11.3

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, full, on the pads, easy single

11.4

Broad to Sehwag, 2 runs, full, into the pads again, flicked away

11.5

Broad to Sehwag, FOUR, full and wide, driven powerfully, past the diving cover. Not too discipline from England

11.6

Broad to Sehwag, no run, full and straight this time, nicely driven down the ground, but Bresnan saves a boundary with a dive at mid-on

End of over 12 (8 runs) India 57/0
V Sehwag    35* (35b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-23-0
G Gambhir    19* (38b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-8-0

12.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, wide length ball, driven on the up, but finds cover

12.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, FOUR, the bouncer, gets it only chest high, and Gambhir has pulled this ruthlessly through square leg

12.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, wide length ball, left alone

12.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, left alone outside off

12.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, another leave outside off by Gambhir

This pitch hasn't been to their liking, but England haven't helped matters by bowling both sides of the wicket. They will need to tighten things up here

12.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, defended to cover

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 61/0
G Gambhir    23* (44b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-12-0
V Sehwag    35* (35b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-23-0

I doubt Dhoni will see offspinners hit batsmen in the ribs on this pitch. I'll take Kanpur-like "rank turners" over this any day

First spin now. Big role to play for Graeme Swann. Will he get some bounce from this pitch? Will Sehwag step out first ball? One slip, one short leg

13.1

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, starts with a leg-side full toss, Sehwag misses out, gets just a single to deep square leg

Round the stumps to Gambhir

13.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, half-volley, on off, driven to extra cover

13.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended to leg. Gets it to dip just a little

13.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted again, slightly straighter, defended back to Swann

13.5

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, ambitious. Really ambitious. Looking to run a shortish ball behind square. That's neither short enough nor wide. Somehow he manages to guide it past slip

13.6

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, full, into the pads, helped away for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 65/0
G Gambhir    26* (49b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    36* (36b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-12-0

14.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, left alone

14.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, length ball, just outside off, left alone again

14.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, angled towards, stays a little low, defended by Gambhir

14.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, fuller, just outside off, defended with an open face

14.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller still, driven wide of mid-off, Broad puts the big dive in

England have been very good in the field

"yup, got to agree that a rank turner would be better...3 tests in a week and i'd be surprised at a result from any!!! where is the competition between bat and ball. still it is early days - maybe i need some patience" Yes Luke, especially with India, because Tests move really fast on fourth and fifth days. Things start happening all of a sudden

14.6

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, length ball, on off, no room, defended

End of over 15 (1 run) India 66/0
V Sehwag    36* (37b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-13-0
G Gambhir    27* (54b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0

15.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, full toss, middle and leg, finds short midwicket

15.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir plays another ambitious shot. Dancing down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of it, mis-hits just over Swann. And then he wants a single to mid-off, but Sehwag doesn't. Eventually a misfield allows them the single

15.3

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to swepeer-cover

15.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is living dangerously. He is trying to boss Swann, but Swann hasn't given him room. Goes back to a fullish delivery, and the bats come down just in time to keep it from crashing into the stumps

15.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted outside off now, driven to cover

15.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, forward-defensive from Gambhir

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 68/0
G Gambhir    28* (59b 3x4)      GP Swann    2-0-6-0
V Sehwag    37* (38b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-13-0

16.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, FOUR, runs this shortish delivery away for four. Sehwag going at better than a run a ball now. Not much room, but his open face creates that width, and the third man is not square enough

16.2

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, length ball, outside off, driven on the up, finds cover-point

16.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, FOUR, nicely played. Again he manufactures his own width with the open face and the wrists. Full, just short of being a yorker, on off, and he has driven it past extra cover

"Meanwhile, in Mirpur, there is an airing of a new sitcom. It's called 'Bangladeshis Throwing Away Certain Centuries'. Horrible viewing, painful to watch." Gareth, that sounds like Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

16.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, FOUR

16.4

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length, on off, runs it past point for one

16.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, full, outside off, driven to mid-off

16.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, full and straight, no room, defended back to the bowler

End of over 17 (9 runs) India 77/0
G Gambhir    28* (61b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-22-0
V Sehwag    46* (42b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-0-6-0

"Sidharth - Why are they wearing white clothes in a one day match ?" Ha ha Jay. We are going retro

17.1

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted, middle and leg, driven to long-on

Not much turn for Swann so far

17.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, angling into the pads, helped away easily

17.3

Swann to Sehwag, 2 runs, flighted outside off, plays against the turn, opens the face, gets a couple behind of square

17.4

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, Fifty for Sehwag. Bunts this into the off side and points the bat to the dressing room. Not overly excited

17.5

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, short, no room, goes back, makes room, and punches it past cover

17.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up outside off, not turn, defended to cover

End of over 18 (7 runs) India 84/0
G Gambhir    31* (64b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0
V Sehwag    50* (45b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-22-0

"So if there is no swing or bounce for the seamers, no turn for Swann, are we going to have a match like the one which India and SriLanka played each scoring more than 750 runs???" Arun Shankar, we can't be sure if this pitch will break up on the final three days. And also, England are not as good a players of spin as Sri Lanka are

18.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, FOUR, full, on off, driven between mid-off and extra cover. Sehwag is toying around here

18.2

Bresnan to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length, stays low, Sehwag should ideally be struggling to play it, but here he has punched this wide of mid-on. That's an incredible shot

18.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, SIX, Launched. Absolutely rocketed. Length ball, on the front foot, gets a clean swing of arms, and sends it sailing over long-on. Into the empty stand in the sum

All set for their first century stand since Centurion 2010-11

18.4

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, driven on the up, but finds point

18.5

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, absolutely crunched. On the up, back at him, but Bresnan fields well in his follow-through. Sehwag wants to dominate now

18.6

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, short, chest-high, outside off, pulled into the ground, gets a single

End of over 19 (15 runs) India 99/0
V Sehwag    65* (51b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-37-0
G Gambhir    31* (64b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0

19.1

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, short, turning in from outside off, punched away to sweeper-cover. The century stand is up. They punch gloves even when taking the single. They come back and shake hands too. Their first century stand since Centurion 2010

19.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to leg

19.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir is playing with fire here. Tries to cut a length ball again. And this is also the arm ball. Does well to get the bat down in time

19.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, full, on off, driven to short cover

19.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, quicker, but full, Gambhir stays forward to defend

19.6

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted on the pads, worked away for a single

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 101/0
G Gambhir    32* (69b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-15-0
V Sehwag    66* (52b 10x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-37-0

"The question has to be asked, can VS score a hundred in the 1st session, not been done since 1976. Is the pitch really playing that poor or a lack of consistency by England?" A mix of both, IJ. And let's give credit where it's due. Sehwag has played pretty well. It's not a quick-scoring wicket

Broad comes back for his second spell. One slip and a gully in

20.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, just outside off, guided to gully

More on century stands from Madhu: "This is the 15th century opening stand for India against England and the second between Sehwag and Gambhir.after the 117-run stand in Chennai in 2008. Sunil Gavaskar has been involved in five such stands."

20.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended from the crease

Twenty-five minutes to go to lunch. Sehwag 66 not out. Only four batsmen have got a century in the first session of the match

20.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, no room, defended

20.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, dabs this shortish delivery to gully

20.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to leg

20.6

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length, straight, stays low, worked away behind square

End of over 21 (1 run) India 102/0
G Gambhir    33* (75b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-24-0
V Sehwag    66* (52b 10x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-15-0

21.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended back to him

21.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside off, the ball turns ever so slightly, and it misses the stumps by not much

21.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, stays back to defend a length ball

21.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up just outside off, defended to cover

21.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted on off, defended off the front foot. Right to the pitch of the ball

21.6

Swann to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, arm ball, beats the inside edge, but the ball is clearly headed down leg

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) India 103/0
G Gambhir    33* (81b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-1-15-0
V Sehwag    66* (52b 10x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-1-24-0

"Speaking of a ton in the first session, Viru narrowly missed it in 2006 against Windies when he scored 99 not out before lunch in ST Lucia test match" Spot on there, Sundar

22.1

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball, on off, pushed to the left of cover-point, and he makes it despite a direct hit

22.2

Broad to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, no room, punched to cover-point

22.3

Broad to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, no room, defended off the front foot

22.4

Broad to Sehwag, no run, again, Broad seems to be settling into that rhythm. Short of a length, no room, slight movement to cramp him up. That's the way to go against Sehwag on this pitch

22.5

Broad to Sehwag, no run, similar ball again, defended again

22.6

Broad to Sehwag, FOUR, and Sehwag pounces on the one loose ball. This actually sums up the session. Broad has bowled a good over to deny Sehwag any room, and then bowls the last ball short and wide, and Sehwag is there to make him pay for it with a crunchy cut

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 108/0
V Sehwag    70* (57b 11x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-1-29-0
G Gambhir    34* (82b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-1-15-0

23.1

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, another inside edge for Gambhir. Arm ball from Swann, Gambhir goes back to punch it, and the edge fine on the leg side

23.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, back to flighting it on off, defended off the front foot

23.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up again, defended again

23.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, quicker, but angling too far down leg. Defended to leg

23.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, nicely bowled. Tossed up, short of driving length, middle and off, holds its line, defended

23.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir keeps Swann interested. Swann tosses this up, on a length, on off, but Gambhir goes back to play him. This is the first ball that has really turned, and goes past the outside edge

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 110/0
G Gambhir    36* (88b 3x4)      GP Swann    6-1-17-0
V Sehwag    70* (57b 11x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-1-29-0

24.1

Broad to Sehwag, no run, length ball, no straight, defended back to him

24.2

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, nearly gone. Sehwag, for the first time this morning, tries to manufacture a shot, to go over mid-on, but the mis-hit lands short of the fielder

24.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover-point

24.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, no room, tries to work it to leg, finds square leg

24.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, outside off, no problem leaving that alone

24.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, another leave outside off, Gambhir doing well with those deliveries

End of over 25 (1 run) India 111/0
G Gambhir    36* (92b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-1-30-0
V Sehwag    71* (59b 11x4 1x6)      GP Swann    6-1-17-0

25.1

Swann to Sehwag, no run, nicely bowled. Tossed up on off, slight dip from Swann, and he defends

25.2

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, makes room to take a flat delivery and punch it to deep point

25.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted on middle and leg, gets a stride in to defend

25.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, and Gambhir continues to stay back to length ball, and gets an inside edge onto the pad. Safe, though

25.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted outside off, moves forward to drive, short cover puts a dive in

25.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, oh Gambhir. He is keeping this session interesting. Moves back and away to a length ball on middle stump, but gets the bat down just in time

End of over 26 (1 run) India 112/0
G Gambhir    36* (96b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-1-18-0
V Sehwag    72* (61b 11x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-1-30-0

An ominous stat for England, from Madhu: "India have never lost a single Test at home after a century stand in the first innings of the match. Of the 11 times (before this game) they have managed a century stand in the first innings, India have won seven and drawn four."

Samit Patel gets a bowl now. Six minutes to go to lunch. Will Sehwag leave his crease now?

26.1

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, He won't leave his crease because he will get a juicy full toss just before lunch, and he has slaughtered it over deep midwicket. A nice little appetiser

26.2

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off

Over the stumps to Gambhir

26.3

Patel to Gambhir, no run, overpitched, driven to mid-on

26.4

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, leaves the crease to come to the pitch of this, drives it to sweeper-cover

26.5

Patel to Sehwag, no run, flighted outside off, driven to short cover

26.6

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long-on for one

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 119/0
V Sehwag    78* (65b 12x4 1x6)      SR Patel    1-0-7-0
G Gambhir    37* (98b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-1-18-0

Last over before lunch

27.1

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, full toss, driven wide of long-off, but they get just the single

27.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended to midwicket

27.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, middle and leg, defended back to him

27.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, goes back now to a flatter delivery, defends it well

27.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up, middle and off, defended again

27.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, full, flighted wide, pushed with an open face

Lunch at 120 for 0. All going for India right from the moment the first ball bounced knee high. Swann v Gambhir was a good contest, but otherwise the England bowlers didn't show the patience you need to show on a dead track. Absolutely no movement of bounce on offer. Having said all that, Sehwag has played really well to score at that pace on a slow wicket. It's not a fast-scoring wicket at all. Sehwag is 79 off 66, and Gambhir 37 off 103. That's how well Sehwag has played, and without even stretching himself. After lunch it will be Andrew McGlashan calling the play. Cheers

End of over 28 (1 run) India 120/0
G Gambhir    37* (103b 3x4)      GP Swann    8-1-19-0
V Sehwag    79* (66b 12x4 1x6)      SR Patel    1-0-7-0

The players are back in the middle, Sehwag eyeing his first Test century since 2010. James Anderson will take up the attack, no slips in place...

Welcome back, folks. Gnasher here to bring you the start of the afternoon session. Hard to see anything else other than some hard toil for England who were pretty ordinary for much of that first session. As we wait for play to resume, why not have a read of David Hopps' lunch time view of things.

28.1

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, outside off stump, Sehwag opens the face as did throughout the morning session and guides to fine of third man but Trott is able to cut it off

Slip back in for Gambhir

28.2

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, full on middle and off, Gambhir leans forward and nudges into the gap at midwicket

28.3

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, dropped England have missed one, Sehwag glances this down the leg side off the face of the bat but Prior can't take it one-handed diving to his left. What a let-off. Prior would expect to take that

28.4

Anderson to Gambhir, 2 runs, nice-looking drive this time as he comes forward on off stump and finds the gap between point and cover

28.5

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, another sweet drive to a full ball on off stump, straighter this time, and Broad makes a one-handed diving save at mid-off

28.6

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, beautiful from Sehwag...toying with Cook's field as he glides this through the vacant slip cordon and this time gets it too fine for third man to stop

Just the 10 runs in the first over after lunch

End of over 29 (10 runs) India 130/0
V Sehwag    85* (69b 13x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-34-0
G Gambhir    41* (106b 3x4)      GP Swann    8-1-19-0

Swann will continued

29.1

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, and he gets cut away first ball, although it wasn't too bad a delivery - just a fraction short - and Gambhir gave himself room to slice it backward of point

29.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, missed stumping! Oh dear, Prior's having a shocker. Lovely piece of bowling from Swann which draws Gambhir out of his crease but Prior can't gather the ball

29.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, defended to the off side

29.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, padded away outside off stump, half an appeal from Swann and Prior but umpire not interested

29.5

Swann to Gambhir, OUT, gone! Swann makes the breakthrough. Another really smart piece of bowling as this one slides into Gambhir as he again goes back into the crease to try and play through the off side but this time is beaten as it skids through at takes off stump. Massive relief all round, at least for a moment, for England.

G Gambhir b Swann 45 (126m 111b 4x4 0x6) SR: 40.54

Swann has been the pick of England's bowlers by a mile and deserved that wicket...Pujara in at No. 3

29.6

Swann to Pujara, no run, comes forward and defends to the leg side

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 134/1
CA Pujara    0* (1b)      GP Swann    9-1-23-1
V Sehwag    85* (69b 13x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-34-0

"Ashwin, Ojha and Yuvraj must be licking their lips on seeing Swann spinning some," says Varun.

30.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, full on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

30.2

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, full on off stump, Sehwag eases into another flowing drive which skims out towards cover where Patel makes a good half-stop to keep it to a single

30.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, full on middle, searching for reverse swing, defended to the off side

30.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, gets half forward to this one on off stump, blocks solidly to the off side

30.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, pushed a fraction fuller this time, the ball isn't doing much, and Pujara doesn't quite time his drive to mid-off

30.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, gets well forward to this one and opens the face a touch as he defends to backward point

End of over 31 (1 run) India 135/1
CA Pujara    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    6-0-35-0
V Sehwag    86* (71b 13x4 1x6)      GP Swann    9-1-23-1

31.1

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, full outside off and Sehwag works it calmly along the ground to long-on...England happy to get him off strike

31.2

Swann to Pujara, 2 runs, whipped through midwicket, nicely controlled, as he places it in front of square

31.3

Swann to Pujara, no run, driven very firmly just to the left of mid-off

31.4

Swann to Pujara, no run, drags the length back a little, Pujara comes forward and defends to silly point

31.5

Swann to Pujara, no run, full on off stump again, he certainly doesn't hold back on his drives and again finds mid-off

31.6

Swann to Pujara, no run, nicely bowled, tossed up with a little more air, it turns a fraction and takes a thickish inside edge but quite safely to the leg side

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 138/1
CA Pujara    2* (10b)      GP Swann    10-1-26-1
V Sehwag    87* (72b 13x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-35-0

32.1

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, comes forward and opens the face as he places it out to deep point

32.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Pujara works it out to short midwicket

32.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, very full on off stump, drilled back towards Anderson in his follow through who they throws the ball back past the stumps to Prior

32.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, played into the off side

32.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, full toss on off stump but Pujara can't take advantage as he punches it straight to mid-on

32.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, short of a length, really nothing in the pitch especially at that length, so much time for the batsman just to get behind the line and, on this occasion, defend easily

End of over 33 (1 run) India 139/1
CA Pujara    2* (15b)      JM Anderson    7-0-36-0
V Sehwag    88* (73b 13x4 1x6)      GP Swann    10-1-26-1

33.1

Swann to Sehwag, FOUR, more elegance from Sehwag as he brings out another cover drive, places it well in front of square so it comfortably beats the deep point sweeper

33.2

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, full again, driven down to long-off

Here's a stat from Madhu: "Sehwag has finished with five centuries at a strike rate greater than 100. Three of these have been 200-plus scores. Only Adam Gilchrist (7 times) has done so more often (matches since 1990)."

33.3

Swann to Pujara, no run, padded away past slip from outside off stump

33.4

Swann to Pujara, no run, comes forward and defends into the leg side

33.5

Swann to Pujara, 2 runs, nice placement square of the wicket, although not quite timing, as he drives with an open face

33.6

Swann to Pujara, no run, defended to the off side

End of over 34 (7 runs) India 146/1
CA Pujara    4* (19b)      GP Swann    11-1-33-1
V Sehwag    93* (75b 14x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-36-0

34.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, defended with a firm punch to mid-on

Here's a good observation from Pawan about Sehwag: "The most notable part of this innings hasn't been the controlled hitting but his willingness to rotate the strike. I've always thought his biggest asset was the single after the boundary."

34.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, full at the stumps, Sehwag drives it into the pitch and it bounces back to Anderson

34.3

Anderson to Sehwag, 2 runs, this time he just adjusts the bat face slightly, plays a fraction later places it wide of deep cover...such deftness from Sehwag

34.4

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and Prior can't take it cleanly

34.5

Anderson to Pujara, no run, he nearly gets squared up on this occasion as he aims to play to the leg side and gets a leading edge into the covers...that one did appear to straighten on him

34.6

Anderson to Pujara, no run, a pretty good over from Anderson, the final ball is driven to mid-off without much timing...made a clunk off the bat

End of over 35 (3 runs) India 149/1
CA Pujara    4* (21b)      JM Anderson    8-0-38-0
V Sehwag    95* (79b 14x4 1x6)      GP Swann    11-1-33-1

35.1

Swann to Sehwag, no run, pushed back to the bowler

35.2

Swann to Sehwag, no run, hint of turn into Sehwag who defends comfortably to the off side

35.3

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, worked from outside off stump down the ground to long-on

35.4

Swann to Pujara, FOUR, classical from Pujara as he takes advantage of one that is a touch short from Swann. He steps back and cuts it through the off side. The previous No. 3 would have been proud of that.

35.5

Swann to Pujara, no run, flicked firmly to midwicket

35.6

Swann to Pujara, no run, better length from Swann as he draws Pujara onto the front foot and he defends to silly point

End of over 36 (5 runs) India 154/1
CA Pujara    8* (24b 1x4)      GP Swann    12-1-38-1
V Sehwag    96* (82b 14x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-0-38-0

Change of bowling with Tim Bresnan back into the attack. No slips in place. Looks like a one-day field

36.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, full on middle, defended to midwicket

36.2

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length angling into Sehwag who just pushes down the ground

36.3

Bresnan to Pujara, no run, on off stump, defended back down the pitch

36.4

Bresnan to Pujara, no run, tight on off stump, Pujara hanging back a little as he defends

36.5

Bresnan to Pujara, no run, very similar again this ball, Pujara making sure to play himself in as he defends to midwicket

36.6

Bresnan to Pujara, 1 run, close! Nearly for England and Anderson has misjudged that at mid-on. Pujara got a leading edge and the ball looped in the air towards mid-on, Anderson starting to run in and by the time he realised couldn't get back. Not a drop, but a let-off

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 156/1
CA Pujara    9* (28b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-39-0
V Sehwag    97* (84b 14x4 1x6)      GP Swann    12-1-38-1

37.1

Swann to Pujara, no run, defended with bat and pad together

37.2

Swann to Pujara, no run, uses his feet but picks out mid-on

37.3

Swann to Pujara, 1 run, worked away in front of square through the leg side

The noise level rises again as Sehwag gets back on strike

37.4

Swann to Sehwag, no run, ooh, not a million miles from a leading edge from Sehwag this time but the ball falls well short of Swann

37.5

Swann to Sehwag, no run, nicely bowled, Sehwag has to defend

37.6

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, goes onto the back foot and drives out to deep cover which means he'll keep the strike...Swann in middle of a very nice spell

End of over 38 (2 runs) India 158/1
V Sehwag    98* (87b 14x4 1x6)      GP Swann    13-1-40-1
CA Pujara    10* (31b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-39-0

38.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, angling down the leg side, takes the pad towards fine leg and Sehwag just ambles through for the leg bye

38.2

Bresnan to Pujara, no run, full on middle and driven to mid-on

38.3

Bresnan to Pujara, no run, on middle and off, Pujara right behind the line and defends towards the bowler

Here's Yogi: "Seeing the way swann is getting the ball to not only spin but also bounce England need to make samit bowl more and set innovative fields. Cook has been predictable with bowling changes and fields."

38.4

Bresnan to Pujara, 1 run, hint of width and cut away through the off side

38.5

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, that was actually quite well bowled, nipped back into Sehwag and cramped him for room a little but he was still able to defend into the off side for a single

Sehwag doesn't really do 'get 'em in singles' but he is here

38.6

Bresnan to Pujara, no run, another nice on-drive from Pujara picks out the fielder

End of over 39 (3 runs) India 161/1
CA Pujara    11* (35b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-41-0
V Sehwag    99* (89b 14x4 1x6)      GP Swann    13-1-40-1

39.1

Swann to Sehwag, FOUR, there it is! And not with a single. He lofts Swann over mid-on, it wasn't quite out of the middle and lobs into the outfield but wide of Samit Patel running around and then runs over the rope. So the wait is over for Sehwag. What a way to start the series and open some old wounds for England

39.2

Swann to Sehwag, no run, defended back to Swann

39.3

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, comes forward, opens the face, drives to deep cover

39.4

Swann to Pujara, 3 runs, too short this time, Pujara has plenty of time to cut off the back foot through the covers

39.5

Swann to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed off the back foot out to deep cover

39.6

Swann to Pujara, no run, comes well forward and defends

Madhu again: "This is Sehwag's 13th century in India. Only three other batsmen have more centuries in India. His average (58.93) in India is the highest among all batsmen with 10-plus centuries."

End of over 40 (9 runs) India 170/1
CA Pujara    14* (37b 1x4)      GP Swann    14-1-49-1
V Sehwag    105* (93b 15x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    8-0-41-0

40.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed towards the pads, tucked out to deep square-leg

40.2

Bresnan to Pujara, 1 run, full on the stumps and another one finds deep square

40.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, jabs this into the ground and it bounces up to backward point

40.4

Bresnan to Sehwag, 1 run, chopped into the off side

40.5

Bresnan to Pujara, 1 run, quite easy for India to tick over as Pujara works another off the stumps into the deep on the leg side

40.6

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, driven out to cover

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 174/1
V Sehwag    107* (97b 15x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-0-45-0
CA Pujara    16* (39b 1x4)      GP Swann    14-1-49-1

Samit Patel coming back into the attack after one over before lunch

41.1

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, round the wicket, full on off stump, driven down the ground to long-off

41.2

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads this time and worked into the leg side

41.3

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, comes forward and tucks this off leg stump

41.4

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, another easy-as-anything drive down the ground

41.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, short of a length, whipped off the back foot straight to mid-on

41.6

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, fuller again, Pujara works another of the gaps and that over was milked for five runs no fuss at all

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 179/1
CA Pujara    19* (43b 1x4)      SR Patel    2-0-12-0
V Sehwag    109* (99b 15x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-0-45-0

42.1

Bresnan to Pujara, FOUR, on leg stump, nicely flicked away by Pujara towards long leg...Pietersen runs around the boundary and tries to pull it back but manages to take it over the boundary with him (but has a smile on his face)

42.2

Bresnan to Pujara, 2 runs, now he goes through the off side as Bresnan over-corrects and goes too wide outside off

42.3

Bresnan to Pujara, FOUR, trying for the yorker - I think - and it comes out a low full toss which is a gift to Pujara as he whips it through midwicket

42.4

Bresnan to Pujara, 1 run, there's been too much on Pujara's pads as he is allowed another one to work to deep square

Prior has come up to the stumps

42.5

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, punched into the off side

42.6

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, pushed (relatively) gently back to Bresnan to end another expensive over...tough comeback for him so far, but he should have had Pujara earlier

Anyway, on that note I'm going to hand over to Alan Gardner for the next hour. See you after tea (maybe for Sehwag's double?)

End of over 43 (11 runs) India 190/1
V Sehwag    109* (101b 15x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    10-0-56-0
CA Pujara    30* (47b 3x4)      SR Patel    2-0-12-0

Hello everyone. Little bit going on in Ahmedabad, eh? Due to BCCI restrictions on images from the ground, artists have come up with this visual representation of Virender Sehwag's innings so far today.

Patel to continue...

43.1

Patel to Pujara, no run, tossed up on middle, punched towards cover on the front foot

43.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, flighted, full and on off, pushed into the off side

43.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, tossed up again, blocked away on the off side by Pujara

43.4

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, touch shorter, not much spin, goes back and hacks on through extra-cover

43.5

Patel to Sehwag, no run, floated up on off stump, driven back and fielded by the bowler

43.6

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, full length, on the stumps, patted down to long-on for a single

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 192/1
V Sehwag    110* (103b 15x4 1x6)      SR Patel    3-0-14-0
CA Pujara    31* (51b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    10-0-56-0

"I hope you havent jinxed him Andy..." says Dillon, of Gnasher's prediction. Don't worry, I think Virender is writing his own script today. Stuart Broad replaces Bresnan for a new spell

44.1

Broad to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, length ball, drifting to leg and stays a touch low, hits the knee roll and bobbles away towards square

44.2

Broad to Pujara, FOUR, opens the face and effortlessly guides this for four, it was a good length ball outside off and Pujara just tickled it wide of slip to the vacant third man

44.3

Broad to Pujara, 1 run, straighter line, on middle, flicked off the pads towards deep backward square

44.4

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, another hint of reverse swing for Broad, though it's misdirected down the leg side again, clipped nonchalantly off the pads

44.5

Broad to Pujara, no run, length ball on middle, Pujara shows it the full face in defence and the ball squirts to midwicket

44.6

Broad to Pujara, no run, attempted yorker, doesn't exactly roar at the batsman, who digs it out comfortably enough

End of over 45 (7 runs) India 199/1
CA Pujara    36* (55b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    10-1-36-0
V Sehwag    111* (105b 15x4 1x6)      SR Patel    3-0-14-0

45.1

Patel to Sehwag, no run, length ball on the stumps, played to mid-on on the walk

45.2

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, tossed up, driven wristily down the ground to long-on - that brings up the 200, at a fair old lick

45.3

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, flighted outside off, gets forward and pushes one through square

45.4

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, full and on middle stump, steps away and drives, beating the dive of extra-cover for another single

45.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, flatter trajectory, straightening on middle and leg, defended into the on side

45.6

Patel to Pujara, 1 run, wide of the stumps, Pujara rocks back and cuts through backward point

"What many have not noticed is that Pujara is scoring at a very healthy rate and has scored more in this Partnership than Sehwag! How about that?" Good spot, Sharanyan. And I was just about to comment on how steady, almost Dravid-like, he'd been

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 203/1
CA Pujara    38* (58b 4x4)      SR Patel    4-0-18-0
V Sehwag    113* (108b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    10-1-36-0

46.1

Broad to Pujara, FOUR, short of a length and wide, Pujara rolls the wrists through a silky cut shot for four through backward point

46.2

Broad to Pujara, 1 run, full and straight this time, flicked off the legs to deep backward square

46.3

Broad to Sehwag, no run, rolls the fingers over the ball, slow legcutter and this beats Sehwag's prod in the channel

46.4

Broad to Sehwag, no run, good length, touch wide of off and Sehwag sniffs, yawns and watches it through

46.5

Broad to Sehwag, no run, pitched up, hint of away movement and Sehwag gets a leading edge along the ground to cover

46.6

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, touch full of a length outside the line of off, opens the face and steers a single through cover-point

End of over 47 (6 runs) India 209/1
V Sehwag    114* (112b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    11-1-42-0
CA Pujara    43* (60b 5x4)      SR Patel    4-0-18-0

47.1

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, leans out and works the ball to long-on

47.2

Patel to Pujara, no run, little bit of grip for Patel, who straightens one on to the outside portion of Pujara's bat as he pushes forward defensively

47.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, floated up and turned into the leg side

47.4

Patel to Pujara, FOUR, short, filthy ball from Patel and Pujara whips out his dishcloth and cleans up, cracking a pull in front of square

47.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, full length, floated up outside off but driven to the cover fielder

47.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, tossed up on the stumps and defended into the off side

End of over 48 (5 runs) India 214/1
CA Pujara    47* (65b 6x4)      SR Patel    5-0-23-0
V Sehwag    115* (113b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    11-1-42-0

48.1

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball outside off, guides one to third man

48.2

Broad to Pujara, 2 runs, touch shorter, wide of off, the batsman hops back and carves another couple through cover

48.3

Broad to Pujara, 2 runs, touch full and drifting from middle to leg, whipped past square and that takes Pujara to a nifty fifty - very well played

48.4

Broad to Pujara, no run, length ball in the corridor, blocked on the front foot

48.5

Broad to Pujara, FOUR, full and reversing past leg stump, Pujara just glances the ball on its way past and it scoots to the fine leg rope

48.6

Broad to Pujara, no run, line and length from Broad ("too late!" was the cry), Pujara leaves it alone

Broad still not looking like he's found his sorts. Worrying for England

End of over 49 (9 runs) India 223/1
CA Pujara    55* (70b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    12-1-51-0
V Sehwag    116* (114b 15x4 1x6)      SR Patel    5-0-23-0

Patel to go over the wicket, still one slip in for Sehwag

49.1

Patel to Sehwag, no run, flat and spinning across from outside leg, tapped back to the bowler

49.2

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, on the legs and flicked through square

49.3

Patel to Pujara, no run, round the wicket now, tossed up and driven hard to extra-cover

49.4

Patel to Pujara, no run, straighter line, Pujara windmills his arms through a leg glance but again picks out a fielder

49.5

Patel to Pujara, no run, floated up on off stump and punched back to Patel

49.6

Patel to Pujara, no run, tossed up wider, slightly loose drive and the ball skews along the ground to backward point

End of over 50 (1 run) India 224/1
CA Pujara    55* (74b 7x4)      SR Patel    6-0-24-0
V Sehwag    117* (116b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    12-1-51-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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Match drawn
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