England in India Test Series - 3rd Test

India v England

England won by 7 wickets

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

All right. We are in readiness. Gautam Gambhir is taking guard. Virender Sehwag at the other end. A small crowd in. England won't mind it. In any small crowd in India, 80% of them will be English supporters. Okay the pitch looks, as Dhoni said long ago, "ugly". James Anderson on his way

8.50am "Woohoooo more test cricket... just loving this time of year. Test cricket everywhere, no pom poms, no music, just cricket." Amen, Umpire Hugh Jaas

Kalpesh Mashru: "Very happy for Ishant Sharma, I really do think he is Zaheer's replacement albeit bowling with right hand. Waqar made an intersting point in one of the Cricinfo artcile, Indian quicks listen to far too many people which has an effect on their bowling. I hope in this comeback he nails this place."

"Well, Dhoni's got his desired wicket (again) and won the toss (again). It'll be hard to find any excuse if India loses (again)." John, what world are you living in, what newspaper do you read? This is exactly the pitch Dhoni DOESN'T want. Gee, it must be difficult for Dhoni to explain it to people he wants turn and bounce, not slow turn and low bounce. And the former is what should happen in India, not the latter

8.45am Excited also about the return of Ishant Sharma. He has been ridiculed enough for "being unlucky", but I can tell you he enjoys a lot of confidence of the team. They love his attitude, with the ball, with the bat, in the field. And on the tour of Australia earlier this year, some of the Australian batsmen were of the view that the wickets that Umesh Yadav got were down to the pressure created by Ishant Sharma. I remember Sharma's last Test in Kolkata, when South Africa had got off to a superb start, but he bowled a hostile spell of bouncers at Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen, which was the trigger for a huge collapse that helped India retained their No. ranking. However, it didn't show in the figures: 18-3-67-1

8.40am All excited about this Test now. I hope you in the rest of India haven't been caught by surprise by the early start. It is "early start" for the rest, but in Kolkata, 9am is as good as 10am. It's in the Indian far east, and the sun rises and sets early there. Surely India needs two time zones? There are some places in Assam where it gets dark by 4pm

Toss MS Dhoni and Alastair Cook walk out in their blazers. How Cook will he hoping he wins his first toss of the series. He calls "heads" and it lands "tails". That's three tosses out of three for Dhoni, and India are going to bat first. Dhoni feels the grass on the pitch will keep the pitch together, and will help quick bowlers in the first hour everyday. India have got Ishant Sharma in for Harbhajan Singh

Cook would have batted too. He says morale is high, the win in Mumbai was great, but that's all behind them now, and they need to start afresh. To help them start afresh, Ian Bell and Steven Finn are back in the side, replacing Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad

8.20am Ten minutes to go to toss. "You've got to fix your roads. It takes forever to reach anywhere." That's Geoff Boycott to some ministers in a function in Kolkata, lest you thought somebody is taking a dig at Indian pitches.

He continued: "A few years back, I was returning from the golf course to the hotel and the… taxi of yours that I got into hit three cars on the way… the driver even got into a fight with one of them. Goodness, I can't imagine this happening in England…." And The Kolkata telegraph, where the report appears, goes on to add: "On September 12, The Telegraph had shown that the average speed on some of the city's most travelled roads was 7km an hour or less."

Priceless. However, I hope out "12th men" have left their homes accordingly early to beat the slow traffic

8.10am Okay, let's cut to the chase. Let's talk of the most talked-about 22 yards in the lead-up to the Test. Ravi Shastri calls it the "best surface of the series so far". It's flat, with not much tracks, it's hard, thousands of runs in it, and it will get only slower and lower. Don't know how this is the best then. MS Dhoni won't be happy, but he has other more pressing issues with his team. In a land of Rabindra Sangeet, the groundsman has asked Dhoni to Ekla Cholo Re

8am Eden Gardens. The throbbing soul of Test cricket in India. Most conclusive proof that Test cricket is still relevant in India. One of the most intimidating places for teams to visit. Usually, the 12th man here is some 70,000 mad people appealing along with the Indian bowlers. You just don't want to be the new batsman in when you are visiting here and have just lost two wickets in quick succession. Welcome

0.1

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

0.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, left alone as it seams away

0.3

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, swinging in to the pads, the kind of ball that Gambhir in Mumbai, but this time he clips it away to long leg

Lots of cracks on the pitch, but the experts reckon they won't break any time soon

Sehwag on strike, and we already have a deep point. Welcome to modern cricket

0.4

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, full outswinger, on off, pushed to mid-off

0.5

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, that jags back in big time. Starts on a length, outside off, and nips back in to hit him high on the pad. This is already a better pitch than Ahmedabad

0.6

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, length ball, well outside off, left alone

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

Okay, there has been a lot of talk about this man. Let's bring the pace of Steven Finn on. Three slips and a gully in

1.1

Finn to Gambhir, FOUR, starts off full and straight, a little too straight, and Gambhir gets inside the line to glance it away fine

Premkumar: "I liked that 12th men comment. Really the vocal, outspoken crowd. I remember one particular incident, when India played an ODI against SA in which Dada was dropped, I was listening the commentary on radio. Irfan opened the batting and there was huge roar in the first over, I thought it was a 4. But Irfan was out. Thats day SA played with 12 men. Clear example of Eden speaking its heart out and the love for their prince Saurav."

1.2

Finn to Gambhir, FOUR, two fours in two balls, but this time Finn has drawn an edge. Length ball, on off, angling away, Gambhir is tentative, pushes at it, gets the edge, but it dies down, and travels between the third slip and gully

"Quite often Indian captains have come to Eden looking for a new life/turn over a mountain and Eden has obliged. Azhar got a one match life in 1992-93 and started a turnaround in Eden. We all know Eden-2001. Let's see what it does for MSD." Vibhash, well captured

1.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, but it doesn't bounce over the stumps. Good job that it is just outside off, Gambhir will think

1.4

Finn to Gambhir, 1 run, more bounce on this ball, Gambhir stands tall, plays with the bottom hand off it, gets a single to square leg

1.5

Finn to Sehwag, no run, Huge shout for catch at the wicket. Short of a length, just outside off, Sehwag plays for the angle, but the ball holds its line. There is a soft sound as the ball passes the bat. The umpire's finger stays down. Replays not conclusive enough

1.6

Finn to Sehwag, no run, fuller, driven to cover

End of over 2 (9 runs) India 10/0
V Sehwag    0* (5b)      ST Finn    1-0-9-0
G Gambhir    10* (7b 2x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

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

2.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, another leave just outside off. Good bounce this time. There is better bounce available from this end

2.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, well bowled. Short of a length, middle and leg, Gambhir plays at it, and is beaten on the inside edge

2.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, beaut. Superb ball from Anderson. Short of a length, on leg, seaming away, Gambhir does nothing but push his bat it it. Beaten on the outside edge this time

2.5

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, as Anderson pitches it right up, though, Gambhir is forward and drives this with an open face, between cover-point and point

2.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, left alone

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 14/0
G Gambhir    14* (13b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0
V Sehwag    0* (5b)      ST Finn    1-0-9-0

Two slips, no gully for Sehwag

3.1

Finn to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, on off, Sehwag right behind it

3.2

Finn to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length, but a little wide, enough for Sehwag to stand tall and punch it with an open face, past Pietersen at point

3.3

Finn to Sehwag, no run, fuller now, Sehwag is half forward in defence, and is hit on the inside half of the bat

3.4

Finn to Sehwag, no run, length ball, middle and leg, Sehwag wants to turn this to leg, but gets a leading edge back to Finn

3.5

Finn to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, down the leg side, and Sehwag misses on the glance

3.6

Finn to Sehwag, no run, length ball, widish, Sehwag doesn't play at it

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 18/0
V Sehwag    4* (11b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    14* (13b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0

4.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full, middle and leg, Gambhir plays the flick, but finds midwicket

4.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, left alone to angle away

Round the wicket to Gambhir

4.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angling in, after which it holds its line, left alone

"On the dark side, Eden does have some pages in history it would like to forget. The 1996 WC semifinal, then that test match between India vs Pakistan when Police had to vacate the stadium to resume play and finally the India vs SA ODI, when the local boy was of bigger priority over country. Hope nothing of that sort happen ever again." Biman puts the other side of Eden well

4.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, away swing from round the stumps. That would be difficult to face if it were closer to off. Left alone

4.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone. Anderson needs to start closer to off

4.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and he doesn't even need to get closer to off to draw a false shot. He just pitches this up and wide, Gambhir goes after it without any feet, and is beaten by the away movement. Gambhir beaten three times so far, and has edged one through the cordon

End of over 5 (maiden) India 18/0
G Gambhir    14* (19b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-5-0
V Sehwag    4* (11b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-0-13-0

5.1

Finn to Sehwag, 2 runs, short of a length, just outside off, punched past cover. Doesn't really go after it, just looks to time it

5.2

Finn to Sehwag, 1 run, on a length, moving in towards off, pushed nicely with an open face, wide of cover for one

5.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, full, middle and off, pushed to mid-on

5.4

Finn to Gambhir, no run, length ball, middle and off, Gambhir defends this to leg

5.5

Finn to Gambhir, no run, full, middle and off, 140ks, defended back to Finn

5.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, pitches just outside leg, defended in front of middle

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 21/0
G Gambhir    14* (23b 3x4)      ST Finn    3-0-16-0
V Sehwag    7* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-5-0

6.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, length ball, outside off, no movement, played with an open face to point

6.2

Anderson to Sehwag, 2 runs, pitched up, and wide, and Sehwag has driven this wide of deep point for a couple

6.3

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, flays at another wide outswingers. This has gone in the air, but falls short of Pietersen who is very deep in the gully area. Had he been closer, he would have reached it with a dive to his right. Not the best bits of captaincy, these deep fields to Sehwag. This was a thick outside edge, and would have been caught by gully

6.4

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for a single now

Round the wicket to Gambhir again

6.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, half an appeal for lbw, but this is angling too far down leg as it beats Gambhir on the flick

6.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, well bowled. Goes wide of the crease, gets the ball to hold its line in front of off, the ball hits the outside half of Gambhir's bat, but doesn't pop up

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 28/0
G Gambhir    14* (25b 3x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-12-0
V Sehwag    14* (17b 2x4)      ST Finn    3-0-16-0

Spin already. Finn has bowled only three overs so far. Here's Monty Panesar. A slip and a short leg in. Long-off and deep cover too. It's 28 for 0, not 280 for no loss

7.1

Panesar to Sehwag, no run, full, on off, defended

7.2

Panesar to Sehwag, no run, quick, short of a length, 92ks, punched to extra cover

7.3

Panesar to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball, Sehwag plays for the non-existent turn, gets an inside edge onto the pad, takes a single to point

7.4

Panesar to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir picks the length early, slightly short of a length, and he rocks back to punch it for four through cover. Once again he has gone back based on the flat trajectory, but he kept getting beaten doing so in Ahmedabad, because he can bwol full with the same flat trajectory

7.5

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, flighted, and he is down the wicket to defend

7.6

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, defended again

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 33/0
G Gambhir    18* (28b 4x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-5-0
V Sehwag    15* (20b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-12-0

"How is the pitch behaving?? square turner or rectangular flat track" Sathish, you have got to remember all squares are rectangles, but all rectangles are not square

8.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, dug in short, but Sehwag is on his toes to fend this outside off

8.2

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, and again it goes uppishly through gully. However, England's gully is almost a short third man. Sehwag throws his arms at a wide length ball, and ends up driving this fine of Pietersen at deep gully

8.3

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, driven down the ground, but doesn't get timing behind it. Mid-on does the fielding

8.4

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, short, into the body, he drops it at his feet and takes a single

8.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, huge shout for lbw, length ball, on ff, angling in, and clearly going down leg

8.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angling in, Gambhir is on the back foot to defend

End of over 9 (5 runs) India 38/0
G Gambhir    18* (30b 4x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-17-0
V Sehwag    20* (24b 3x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-5-0

9.1

Panesar to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched down to long-off

9.2

Panesar to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir down the track, right to the pitch of it, and lofts Panesar over mid-on

9.3

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, lovely comeback from Panesar. Short of a length, not turning in as Gambhir expects, and also bounces away, beating the outside edge

9.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, flighted outside off, defended

9.5

Panesar to Gambhir, 2 runs, down the wicket again as soon as he sees the ball is given a bit of air, and drives it against the turn, past cover

9.6

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, flighted just outside off, defended

End of over 10 (7 runs) India 45/0
G Gambhir    24* (35b 5x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-12-0
V Sehwag    21* (25b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-17-0

10.1

Anderson to Sehwag, 2 runs, OUT, Sehwag unfurls those wrists. Oh my word. What has Gambhir done here? Run-outs and Eden. Always a story. This is whipped away to deep midwicket. Patel runs from deep square, puts the dive in, keeps the ball in. Finn chases with Patel to support him, and id there to collect the ball and throws it, but Gambhir doesn't want the third. He is ball-watching, Sehwag is almost a handshake away when he realises, he better run back to save his wicket. The throw, though, is accurate, and Sehwag is gone. Gambhir stands there emotionless. Sehwag trudges back. Early Christmas gift for England. Replays show Gambhir saying "no, no, no", but this was always three

V Sehwag run out 23 (45m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.46

Pujara is the new man in

10.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, left alone outside off

10.3

Anderson to Pujara, 1 run, angling in, pushed wide of midwicket for one

Round the wicket

10.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside off as this holds its line

10.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, outside off, moving away, Gambhir doesn't play at it

10.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, angling in, solidly defended

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 48/1
G Gambhir    24* (38b 5x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-20-0
CA Pujara    1* (2b)      MS Panesar    2-0-12-0

"Did Viru Pa 'express himself' on the way back?" Vikram Raj, somebody is reading every word on this website

Short leg moves to silly point for Pujara

11.1

Panesar to Pujara, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked away around the corner

11.2

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, flighted outside off, pushed back to Panesar

11.3

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, goes back to a flat delivery, but it is not short enough, and he is made to defend with an open face

11.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, goes back to a flat ball again, but again it is too full, and he plays this unconvincingly

11.5

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, well forward this time, defends solidly

11.6

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, he is just premeditating a little here. Down the wicket this time a split second before he should have left the crease. The ball is shorter than he expects, and he has to kick it away

End of over 12 (1 run) India 49/1
G Gambhir    24* (43b 5x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-13-0
CA Pujara    2* (3b)      JM Anderson    6-1-20-0

Anderson to bowl a seventh over. He is going all out here

12.1

Anderson to Pujara, no run, short of a length, angling in, Pujara is half forward in defence

12.2

Anderson to Pujara, no run, pushed to point

12.3

Anderson to Pujara, no run, length ball, outside off, defended with an open face

12.4

Anderson to Pujara, no run, closer to off, Pujara right on the front foot to defend

12.5

Anderson to Pujara, 1 run, slightly short, angling in, Pujara closes the face to guide it past square leg

12.6

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, wide length ball, Gambhir is forward and drives with an open face, between gully and point, all along the ground

Run rate over four now, despite all the defensive fields

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 54/1
G Gambhir    28* (44b 6x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-25-0
CA Pujara    3* (8b)      MS Panesar    3-0-13-0

13.1

Panesar to Pujara, no run, nicely tossed up, really full, 89ks, driven to mid-off

13.2

Panesar to Pujara, no run, tossed up on off, Pujara well forward to smother whatever little turn is on it

13.3

Panesar to Pujara, no run, on a length, on off, defended again

13.4

Panesar to Pujara, no run, slightly straighter, making Pujara open the stance a little, defended back to him again

13.5

Panesar to Pujara, no run, slightly shorter, stays low too, punched back to Panesar

13.6

Panesar to Pujara, no run, tossed up a little now, middle and leg, defended towards mid-on

Time for a drink

End of over 14 (maiden) India 54/1
CA Pujara    3* (14b)      MS Panesar    4-1-13-0
G Gambhir    28* (44b 6x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-25-0

"Why is that run-out recorded as Finn/Prior rather than Patel/Finn/Prior?" Jim Geissman, that's a very good point. The association of cricket statisticians has to take a look at this

Finn is back. Anderson 7-1-25-0

14.1

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

14.2

Finn to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on leg, angling towards off, defended to mid-on

14.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on leg, defended to leg

14.4

Finn to Gambhir, no run, on a length, just outside off, left alone

14.5

Finn to Gambhir, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to off

14.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, well outside off, Gambhir doesn't play at it

End of over 15 (maiden) India 54/1
G Gambhir    28* (50b 6x4)      ST Finn    4-1-16-0
CA Pujara    3* (14b)      MS Panesar    4-1-13-0

"The run-out should be Gambhir/Patel/Finn/Prior!" That too, Rohit

15.1

Panesar to Pujara, no run, length ball, middle and leg, no turn, defended easily

15.2

Panesar to Pujara, no run, tossed up, no turn still, hits the inside half of the bat

15.3

Panesar to Pujara, no run, fuller, middle and leg, defended to leg again

15.4

Panesar to Pujara, no run, half forward to defend, the ball bounces, takes the inside edge onto the pad, but it dies in front of him

15.5

Panesar to Pujara, no run, back to a proper forward-defensive

15.6

Panesar to Pujara, no run, flat, full, on off, back-to-back maidens now

End of over 16 (maiden) India 54/1
CA Pujara    3* (20b)      MS Panesar    5-2-13-0
G Gambhir    28* (50b 6x4)      ST Finn    4-1-16-0

16.1

Finn to Gambhir, no run, full, middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

16.2

Finn to Gambhir, no run, well bowled. On a length, middle and off, making Gambhir play, beats him with the angle

Partnership now is worth 7 off 6.1 overs. That's what Sehwag's dismissal does. England can bowl to a plan now

16.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, middle and off, gets an inside edge onto the pad

16.4

Finn to Gambhir, no run, full, outside off, driven to cover

16.5

Finn to Gambhir, FOUR, full and wide this time, Gambhir doesn't quite reach the line of it, but flashes at it, and gets through point/gull region. Hands on heads for England, but there was no one in the vicinity of this uppish hit

16.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length again, no room, defended

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 58/1
G Gambhir    32* (56b 7x4)      ST Finn    5-1-20-0
CA Pujara    3* (20b)      MS Panesar    5-2-13-0

"desperately searching for an (il)legal replay of that run out. Sounds hilarious. Cheers Gautam ol' chap." Yes, James, run-outs often are

17.1

Panesar to Pujara, no run, length, on off, no turn, defended

17.2

Panesar to Pujara, FOUR, Pujara is down the wicket even to a flat delivery, and he has dragged this between mid-on and midwicket, all along the ground

17.3

Panesar to Pujara, no run, tossed up now, slowed down too, 85ks, defended back to Monty

17.4

Panesar to Pujara, no run, that one spits at Pujara. Good change of pace. Quicker, just short of a length, 92ks, lands on the seam, and bounces away, hitting the shoulder of the bat, but it doesn't pop up

Short leg moves straighter

17.5

Panesar to Pujara, no run, quick again, outside off, short of driving length, Pujara reaches out, and is beaten

17.6

Panesar to Pujara, no run, on a length, on off, no turn, defended

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 62/1
CA Pujara    7* (26b 1x4)      MS Panesar    6-2-17-0
G Gambhir    32* (56b 7x4)      ST Finn    5-1-20-0

18.1

Finn to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length, on off, Gambhir tips and runs. Almost left it at his feet. Good call from Pujara, and this time Gambhir is not ball-watching

Two slips, another wider slip, and a gully

18.2

Finn to Pujara, no run, dug in short, defended in front of his chest

18.3

Finn to Pujara, 1 run, short again, into the ribs, Pujara clearly late into the shot, but there is no short leg, and he takes a single

18.4

Finn to Gambhir, no run, length, middle and off, Gambhir wants another tip-and-run, but this time he has timed it a little too well

18.5

Finn to Gambhir, no run, fuller, on off, 142ks, left alone on the angle

18.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, another leave on the angle as this pitches in front of off

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 64/1
G Gambhir    33* (60b 7x4)      ST Finn    6-1-22-0
CA Pujara    8* (28b 1x4)      MS Panesar    6-2-17-0

19.1

Panesar to Pujara, 2 runs, full, middle and leg, worked away past midwicket

"I think last time India were playing at Eden. Gautam was run-out and Sehwag is. Is it Eden causing something fishy here?" Good memory, Utsav Maheshwari. Once Gambhir was run out, Sehwag pulled the shutters, took all responsibility, and helped India win

19.2

Panesar to Pujara, no run, huge lbw shout, seems like the arm ball, beats the inside edge, but this is angling too far down leg

19.3

Panesar to Pujara, FOUR, down the wicket, just a shimmy, right to the pitch of the ball, and drives this wide of mid-on

19.4

Panesar to Pujara, no run, flighted on off, driven to mid-off

19.5

Panesar to Pujara, no run, slows this down, on a length, flighted on off, defended back to him

19.6

Panesar to Pujara, no run, length, on off, forward to defend

End of over 20 (6 runs) India 70/1
CA Pujara    14* (34b 2x4)      MS Panesar    7-2-23-0
G Gambhir    33* (60b 7x4)      ST Finn    6-1-22-0

20.1

Finn to Gambhir, FOUR, half-volley, on off, Gambhir leans into the drive, and sends this crashing through cover. This will make Gambhir feel good

Two slips and a gully now

20.2

Finn to Gambhir, no run, a good leave. Short of a length, on off, and it is angling away

20.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, on a length, on off, defended

20.4

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

Round the stumps now

20.5

Finn to Gambhir, no run, on a length, wide, left alone

20.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, left alone despite the angle, and it is a good leave

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 74/1
G Gambhir    37* (66b 8x4)      ST Finn    7-1-26-0
CA Pujara    14* (34b 2x4)      MS Panesar    7-2-23-0

21.1

Panesar to Pujara, 1 run, length ball, no turn, runs off the inside half of the bat for one

21.2

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, length, outside off, slight turn, Gambhir looks to kick it away, but it doesn't turn in enough

21.3

Panesar to Gambhir, FOUR, down the wicket, not quite to its pitch, but drives it with an open face. Not perfect timing, but it has enough on it to roll along for four, between cover and point

21.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, slightly shorter, wider, Gambhir doesn't play at it

21.5

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched, driven down the ground, Anderson makes a diving save at mid-on

21.6

Panesar to Pujara, no run, short of a length, no room, defended

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 80/1
CA Pujara    15* (36b 2x4)      MS Panesar    8-2-29-0
G Gambhir    42* (70b 9x4)      ST Finn    7-1-26-0

"Time to get Swann on against the left-handed Gambhir I think." John, there he is. Swann to bowl round the stumps to Gambhir. A slip and a short leg in

22.1

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

22.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, full, middle and off, angling in, worked past short leg for one

22.3

Swann to Pujara, no run, full, just outside off, defended back to him

22.4

Swann to Pujara, no run, tossed up outside off, drawing him forward, defended back to him

22.5

Swann to Pujara, no run, full, outside off, well forward in defence

22.6

Swann to Pujara, no run, tossed up outside off, defended back to him

End of over 23 (1 run) India 81/1
CA Pujara    15* (40b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0
G Gambhir    43* (72b 9x4)      MS Panesar    8-2-29-0

Round the wicket to Gambhir

23.1

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, flat, outside off, back-cuts it away for a single

23.2

Panesar to Pujara, no run, on a length, on off, right forward in defence

23.3

Panesar to Pujara, 1 run, short, wide, doesn't quite come on, cut away in front of square

23.4

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish again, runs this behind square for one

23.5

Panesar to Pujara, no run, on a length, angling into the pads, worked to shot fine leg

23.6

Panesar to Pujara, no run, on a length, on off, defended to mid-on

End of over 24 (3 runs) India 84/1
CA Pujara    16* (44b 2x4)      MS Panesar    9-2-32-0
G Gambhir    45* (74b 9x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0

"passing through EDEN.........can hear uproar of 12th man. cant afford to get in as customer is awaiting for tech help!!!!!!" How about calling in sick, Paras?

24.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted, no turn, defended in front of middle and leg

24.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, blocked well

24.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted, on off, holding its line, pushed back to him

24.4

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, angling into the pads, he has just nudged it fine. It's a nudge, nothing more. And it has flown away to fine leg for four. That's some outfield

24.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, on a length, on off, holding its line, defended by Gambhir

24.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed on off, defended with an open face, itching to pick a single tat will take him to fifty. None available here

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 88/1
G Gambhir    49* (80b 10x4)      GP Swann    2-0-5-0
CA Pujara    16* (44b 2x4)      MS Panesar    9-2-32-0

25.1

Panesar to Pujara, no run, length ball, on off, defended back to Monty

25.2

Panesar to Pujara, no run, tossed up, slower in the air, 89ks, solid in defence

25.3

Panesar to Pujara, no run, even slower, 86ks, on off, smothers the turn by moving forward

25.4

Panesar to Pujara, OUT, Monty, you beauty. Another ripper. On a flat wicket, against a batsman in form. He has done him in with an arm ball. That's superb bowling. People need to wake up to the new Monty. He is not as one-dimensional as he is made out to be. He has bowled three full and slow deliveries, drawing Pujara forward, before he bowls this arm ball, which almost seams back in, past the inside edge, and into the stumps. And what a jig he breaks into. Whistling, dancing, almost a Bhangra. Got to love Monty

CA Pujara b Panesar 16 (58m 48b 2x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Huge cheer as Sachin Tendulkar walks in. He has been through the leanest phase of his career. People are asking him to retire. How will he respond? First order will be see this through to lunch. One slip, one short leg. Monty looking to dismiss him for a third time

25.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flat, outside off, defended off the front foot

25.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, full, middle and leg, well forward again in defence. Wicket-maiden for Monty

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) India 88/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      MS Panesar    10-3-32-1
G Gambhir    49* (80b 10x4)      GP Swann    2-0-5-0

Twelve minutes to go to lunch. Gambhir on 49

26.1

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir is always nervous in the 40s and 90s. Here he drives to mid-off on the walk, and takes a risky single to bring up his second fifty in two innings. Huge applause for him from this smallish crowd

26.2

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, quicker, shorter, whipped away and the crowd cheers as Tendulkar is off the mark

26.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, . Fired in, short, Gambhir punches this into short leg, and it has popped up for a "catch", but has it hit the ground before reaching the safe hands of Prior. Replays show the ball fell short of Bell's shin pad before lobbing up. Gambhir bats on. Nothing wrong in checking these things

26.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, full, into the pads, defended, hits the inside half of the bat

26.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted, middle and off, angling in, hits the inside half of the bat

26.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, square turn for Swann. That ball had serious revs behind it. Short of a length, pitched leg, Gambhir is going back to whip it, but the ball breaks away big time. except it does so at a slow pace, and Gambhir recovers to defend

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 90/2
G Gambhir    50* (85b 10x4)      GP Swann    3-0-7-0
SR Tendulkar    1* (3b)      MS Panesar    10-3-32-1

27.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flighted, middle and leg, defended to mid-on

27.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, another flighted delivery, Tendulkar forward in defence again

27.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flighted outside off, Tendulkar is forward but not across, the ball doesn't turn, and hits the inside half of his drive. Could have gone anywhere

27.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, length ball, outside off, defended to cover

27.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, length ball, angling in, quickish, pushed back to Monty

27.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up, middle and leg, pushed back. Another maiden for Panesar. That's two in a row

End of over 28 (maiden) India 90/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (9b)      MS Panesar    11-4-32-1
G Gambhir    50* (85b 10x4)      GP Swann    3-0-7-0

Five minutes to go to lunch. We might get our full quota of 30 before the break. Anderson comes back. Four minutes to go now. Round the stumps

28.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, outside off, holds its line, left alone

28.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full, on off, shaping away a little, but Gambhir covers the movement well

28.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, shaping in now. Got to see closely if it is moving with the shine. Defended well, though

28.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, holding its line outside off, defended off the front foot

28.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, a little shorter, angling in, Gambhir solidly behind it

It's taken a lot of time to set the field for this ball. This might be the last ball before lunch. One slip, two gullies

28.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, wide lenght ball, left alone, and that's a big build-up to a gentle harmless last ball before lunch, which denies us the 30th over in the session

11.01am At lunch, India are 90 for 2. Both teams can stake claim to this session. Gautam Gambhir is the central character here. Ran out Sehwag, but he has also brought up his second half-century in two innings. He looked edgy for the first half hour, but has improved over the next 90 minutes. Monty Panesar has been good again, breaking through the defence of Cheteshwar Pujara, bringing in Sachin Tendulkar, who will bat after lunch too. Good time for Kolkata folks to step out for lunch, and fake food poisoning in order to spend the rest of the week at Eden. Just make sure your boss is not like Utpal Dutt from Golmaal, who will also come to the cricket [hockey, in the case of that film]. We will be back at 11.35am or so

We leave you with this from Titas: "Seeing Sachin come out to bat, I'm reminded of last year,when the talking point was 100th 100of SRT. I left college early,took a bus to Eden refreshing cricinfo every moment ,with srt batting beautifully. I had even thought of the stories I would live to tell as I witness history. just as I reached esplanade , cricinfo told me SRT was out. Was gutted! Well, I got in, and was treated to Rahul dravid's last test century!!!"

And this from Alekhya Chakrabarty: "There 'll alwaz b a lady knittin a sweater in ur stand during a winter test@Eden.'ll finish it perfectly b4 Tea on Day4.#EdenMemories"

End of over 29 (maiden) India 90/2
G Gambhir    50* (91b 10x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-25-0
SR Tendulkar    1* (9b)      MS Panesar    11-4-32-1

Welcome back. Yes it was a hockey match that Amol Palekar was caught watching after bunking work. Back to cricket now. Monty it ready. As is Tendulkar

29.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended back to him

29.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flat, on off, defended back

29.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up, on a length, right forward to defend

29.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, another forward-defensive. Big stride in, not looking to close the face of the bat

29.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, overpitched, driven after opening the front foot a little, driven to mid-on

29.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, length ball, no turn, middle and leg, another defensive stroke. Three successive maidens

End of over 30 (maiden) India 90/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (15b)      MS Panesar    12-5-32-1
G Gambhir    50* (91b 10x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-25-0

"it's sad that due to unexplainable policies of BCCI we don't have live pictures on Cricinfo. What if Sachin scores his first triple century in this innings ?" Manaynk, it's not actually unexplainable. BCCI has barred only two agencies, who make commercial use of photos, and others have boycotted in solidarity with those two agencies. It's well explained by BCCI

30.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, angling in, Gambhir right behind it

Anderson is continuing after lunch, and continuing from round the stumps

30.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, angling in towards middle and leg, played with a closed face

Tendulkar walks up to Gambhir and has a word. Could be telling him not to close the face of the bat. Could be talking about the lunch they had

30.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside off, not angling in enough

30.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, well outside off, left alone again

30.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, outside off, angling in, Gambhir defends with a slightly open face

30.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, widish length ball, left alone, another maiden

End of over 31 (maiden) India 90/2
G Gambhir    50* (97b 10x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-25-0
SR Tendulkar    1* (15b)      MS Panesar    12-5-32-1

31.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball, a little too straight, flicked away for a single. That's 34,000 international runs. The big screen operator at Eden is aware of the statistic

31.2

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot

31.3

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, whipped away from outside off, finds midwicket

31.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, flighted outside off, Gambhir right forward in defence

31.5

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, driven to deepish mid-on for one

31.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, overpitched, Tendulkar tries the big straight drive, ends up toe-ending it into his toe

End of over 32 (2 runs) India 92/2
SR Tendulkar    2* (17b)      MS Panesar    13-5-34-1
G Gambhir    51* (101b 10x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-25-0

32.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended in front of off

32.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, defended in front of off again

32.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, digs this in short, angling in, Gambhir fends in front of his rib

32.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fuller, Gambhir moves forward into a defensive shot

32.5

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely shot. Another length ball from Anderson, widish, and Gambhir's front foot moves forward and across to cover the line, and drives this with an open face, through cover-point

32.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short and wide, could have been cut, but Gambhir decides it is too wide, and leaves it be

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 96/2
G Gambhir    55* (107b 11x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-29-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (17b)      MS Panesar    13-5-34-1

33.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, on a length, not turning, Tendulkar defends again

33.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flighted now, higher in the air, Tendulkar wants to drive but is not quite to its pitch. Ends up hitting it back to Monty, along the ground

33.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flatter, on a length, stays a little low, kept out

33.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, FOUR, short of a length, outside off, Tendulkar pushes at it. It's half-edged, and half-open-faced past slip. Good adjustment by opening the face

33.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length again, on off, Tendulkar defends from the crease

33.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flighted high, 82ks, change of pace there, Tendulkar equal to it, drives this to mid-off

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 100/2
SR Tendulkar    6* (23b 1x4)      MS Panesar    14-5-38-1
G Gambhir    55* (107b 11x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-29-0

Anderson continues. Goes over the wicket now

34.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, middle and off, angling away, left alone

34.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to point. Tendulkar wants one, but is sent back

34.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, left alone again with the angle

34.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, pitches leg, angles towards off, defended by Gambhir

34.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, this one starts outside off, and Gambhir leaves this be. He has left well today

34.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, and Gambhir leaves again

End of over 35 (maiden) India 100/2
G Gambhir    55* (113b 11x4)      JM Anderson    11-4-29-0
SR Tendulkar    6* (23b 1x4)      MS Panesar    14-5-38-1

Run rate under three now

35.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, length ball, on leg, defended back to him

Twelve runs off the last 10 overs

35.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length, stays a little low, Tendulkar does well with the defence with an open face

35.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up outside off, asking him to drive, Tendulkar forward and leaves it alone

35.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, shorter, flatter, Tendulkar is back to keep this out

A silly point joins short leg and slip

35.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, full, into the pads, defended to short leg

35.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up, angling in, beats the inside edge, hits him on the pad. The shout is optimistic, as this is clearly headed down leg

End of over 36 (maiden) India 100/2
SR Tendulkar    6* (29b 1x4)      MS Panesar    15-6-38-1
G Gambhir    55* (113b 11x4)      JM Anderson    11-4-29-0

Tendulkar gets a change of bats. Gambhir on strike. Finn comes back. Round the stumps to Gambhir

36.1

Finn to Gambhir, 1 run, short, wide, cut away to deep point for one

Tendulkar to bat from this end for the first time since lunch

36.2

Finn to Tendulkar, no run, tries the bouncer, Tendulkar ducks, but this is well down leg, and doesn't even get up

36.3

Finn to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length, nipping in, drops this at his toe and takes a single. Hit the handle of the bat

36.4

Finn to Gambhir, no run, lovely bowling. Just short of driving length, holds its line, and beats Gambhir who is playing for the angle

36.5

Finn to Gambhir, no run, this one starts wider, and Gambhir back to leaving them alone

36.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone again

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 102/2
G Gambhir    56* (117b 11x4)      ST Finn    8-1-28-0
SR Tendulkar    7* (31b 1x4)      MS Panesar    15-6-38-1

37.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, length, middle and leg, flattish, defended back to Panesar

37.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, within driving range, Tendulkar drives to mid-on

A slip and a straightish short leg here

37.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, angling into the pads, defended to short leg

37.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up, middle and off, smothers whatever turn is on it

37.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, full, on off, mid-off is deepish, and he has pushed it there for a single. Why would you give him that single?

37.6

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, fullish, outside off, defended back to Panesar

End of over 38 (1 run) India 103/2
G Gambhir    56* (118b 11x4)      MS Panesar    16-6-39-1
SR Tendulkar    8* (36b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-1-28-0

Nine overs since lunch for 13 runs. Interest contest. England concentrating on discipline against two batsmen not quite certain of themselves right now

38.1

Finn to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length, stays a touch low, and he has punched this wide of mid-on for one

Round the stumps to Gambhir

38.2

Finn to Gambhir, no run, length ball, on off, defended back to him

38.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, this one starts wider, and Gambhir has been good at leaving those alone today

38.4

Finn to Gambhir, no run, wide again, and Gambhir doesn't play at it

38.5

Finn to Gambhir, FOUR, angled in from wide of the crease, Gambhir plays a delicate back-cut, between second slip and gully. This should ease the pressure a little. Superb shot

38.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, full, on off, nearly a yorker, dug out

All right, half an hour into the middle session, this is Sidharth Monga handing over the commentary to Alan Gardner

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 108/2
G Gambhir    60* (123b 12x4)      ST Finn    9-1-33-0
SR Tendulkar    9* (37b 1x4)      MS Panesar    16-6-39-1

Hello, hello. How's SRT rolling today, then?

39.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, shortish ball from Panesar, outside off and pushed square towards point with the hands away from the body

39.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on the stumps and played back to the bowler

39.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, angled in with the arm, quite flat, solid forward defensive from Tendulkar

39.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, sliding in towards the stumps, defended into the one side

39.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, leans out and smothers a ball that doesn't turn, fielded by short leg

39.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed through, on the stumps, clipped past short leg, shouts of "Belly!" but he's on his butty taking evasive action

End of over 40 (1 run) India 109/2
SR Tendulkar    10* (43b 1x4)      MS Panesar    17-6-40-1
G Gambhir    60* (123b 12x4)      ST Finn    9-1-33-0

40.1

Finn to Tendulkar, FOUR, banged in short at the little man, who dances across his crease and squirts the ball fine of long leg, Panesar dives for it but Finn is left with his hand on his hips, teapotting in frustration

40.2

Finn to Tendulkar, no run, that's a much better ball, good length and it comes back in, touch low as well, Tendulkar steps out and leaves and the ball flies through outside off

40.3

Finn to Tendulkar, no run, good length and pace, this one shapes away and Tendulkar leaves

40.4

Finn to Tendulkar, no run, angled in and holding its line off the pitch, the batsman prods a little uncertainly and is beaten past the outside edge

40.5

Finn to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more for Sachin, supremely well timed off the back foot, looked like just a defensive punch but it races between the bowler and Anderson at mid-on all the way to the rope

40.6

Finn to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar plays back, the ball zags past the bat off a length and flies through to Prior

Eventful over ... Finn's extra pace seems a good thing for all involved

End of over 41 (8 runs) India 117/2
SR Tendulkar    18* (49b 3x4)      ST Finn    10-1-41-0
G Gambhir    60* (123b 12x4)      MS Panesar    17-6-40-1

41.1

Panesar to Gambhir, OUT, got him, Gambhir is gone! Panesar has another, Trott pouching a sharp catch at slip. Still no hundred for Gambhir then ... he tried to cut a ball that was perhaps just a touch too close, Panesar got a bit of extra bounce and it yawned off the edge, flew quickly but Trott made no mistake

G Gambhir c Trott b Panesar 60 (169m 124b 12x4 0x6) SR: 48.38

Virat Kohli the new man in, short leg and slip in place

41.2

Panesar to Kohli, no run, round the wicket, tossed up and defended on the front foot

41.3

Panesar to Kohli, no run, defended coming forward in front of the stumps

41.4

Panesar to Kohli, no run, stays back and the ball grips a touch, stays low, Kohli gets his bat down to jab to point

41.5

Panesar to Kohli, no run, off-stump line, angling in with the arm, gets behind it to block

41.6

Panesar to Kohli, no run, tossed up on off, driven to the man at extra-cover

Master and successor(?) united in the middle for India now, then

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) India 117/3
V Kohli    0* (5b)      MS Panesar    18-7-40-2
SR Tendulkar    18* (49b 3x4)      ST Finn    10-1-41-0

42.1

Finn to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, fierce bumper from Finn, squeezing life from the pitch, Tendulkar throws his hands in the air but is hit on the forearm and ball runs away on the leg side

42.2

Finn to Kohli, no run, pitched up, full of a good length, steered low to gully

42.3

Finn to Kohli, no run, left alone outside off stump

42.4

Finn to Kohli, no run, full and tailing back in a smidge, hints of reverse swing for Finn, Kohli defends back down the track

42.5

Finn to Kohli, no run, length ball, rearing towards the batsman's body, tucked to leg

42.6

Finn to Kohli, no run, pitched up outside off, begins to shape away from Kohli, who drives half-forward to extra-cover

End of over 43 (1 run, maiden) India 118/3
V Kohli    0* (10b)      ST Finn    11-2-41-0
SR Tendulkar    18* (50b 3x4)      MS Panesar    18-7-40-2

43.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

43.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, 1 run, very full, drifting towards leg stump, Tendulkar on-drives, Swann moves to his left at mid-on but can't gather it cleanly and they take one

43.3

Panesar to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, worked wide of mid-on for one

43.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up outside off, driven on the front foot but straight to the man at cover-point

43.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, rips this one past the outside edge, that'll cause a bit of uncertainty for the batsman, he leaned out and the ball span away, quite a gap between bat and ball but Matt Prior was very excited

43.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, pushed through on off stump and defended

That will be drinks. England's will taste a little sweeter, after that dismissal of Gambhir; it's been tight stuff this session, just 30 runs since lunch

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 120/3
SR Tendulkar    19* (55b 3x4)      MS Panesar    19-7-42-2
V Kohli    1* (11b)      ST Finn    11-2-41-0

"So far the positive for India is that Sachin went past 13, his highest score in this series," says Sateesh. Surely Gambhir's half-century is the positive from the day so far?

Anderson back into the attack...

44.1

Anderson to Kohli, no run, comes back in from outside off, Kohli gets an inside edge into his pads - could have gone worse for him, that

44.2

Anderson to Kohli, no run, good length in the corridor outside off, left alone

44.3

Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up and driven back past the bowler, mid-on fields at full stretch but they take one

Time for Anderson v Tendulkar: The Latest Instalment

44.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, full length and ducking back in, very good delivery and an equally adept response, Tendulkar thunking his bat down in defence

44.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, length delivery outside off, lets this one go through

44.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up full and straight again, blocked into the off side

End of over 45 (1 run) India 121/3
SR Tendulkar    19* (58b 3x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-30-0
V Kohli    2* (14b)      MS Panesar    19-7-42-2

45.1

Panesar to Kohli, no run, full, pitching on leg and straightening, defended into the on side

45.2

Panesar to Kohli, no run, wide of the off stump, skids on, Kohli steps away and chops to the man at point

45.3

Panesar to Kohli, no run, full and flighted outside off, textbook cover drive from the batsman, but can't beat the infield

45.4

Panesar to Kohli, no run, pushed through outside off, straightens off the pitch and Kohli leaves

45.5

Panesar to Kohli, no run, full, drifting in with the arm, defended back to the bowler

45.6

Panesar to Kohli, no run, length ball, angled in, steered towards backward point who is quick to field and they think better of running - another maiden

End of over 46 (maiden) India 121/3
V Kohli    2* (20b)      MS Panesar    20-8-42-2
SR Tendulkar    19* (58b 3x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-30-0

46.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, beaten past the outside edge! Good length, in the corridor, straightens and zips past the willow

46.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up on the stumps, defended coming forward

46.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, fiery throat-botherer from Anderson, rears up at the batsman, Tendulkar limbos out of the way and gets a flick on the chest as the ball sears through, Anderson appeals but Rod Tucker is rightly not interested

46.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, edged wide of second slip this time! Testing times for Tendulkar, who was caught on the crease, a thick edge flew low, just short of Swann, before scuttling away for four

46.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, full, around the line of off, gets forward and meets this with the full face of the bat, poor effort from the fielder at cover means they get two

46.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, straight from Anderson now, looking for Tendulkar's stumps, whipped firmly off the pads to deep square leg

End of over 47 (7 runs) India 128/3
SR Tendulkar    26* (64b 4x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-37-0
V Kohli    2* (20b)      MS Panesar    20-8-42-2

47.1

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, flat, sliding towards leg stump, flicked round the corner to backward square

47.2

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on the stumps, punched to mid-on

47.3

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, rolled out with the arm, quicker delivery on off, pushed back to the bowler

47.4

Panesar to Tendulkar, 4 byes, beats everything, more runs for India ... the ball was tossed up invitingly outside off, Tendulkar didn't connect with the drive as the delivery stayed low and then shot between Prior's legs

47.5

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up outside the line of off, driven to cover

47.6

Panesar to Tendulkar, no run, angled in towards middle and leg, turned into the on side

Is Sachin gritting his way to a big score? Or does the lack of fluency suggest the struggle will last only as long as he survives? I don't think even he knows right now ... but he's still there

End of over 48 (4 runs, maiden) India 132/3
SR Tendulkar    26* (70b 4x4)      MS Panesar    21-9-42-2
V Kohli    2* (20b)      JM Anderson    13-4-37-0

48.1

Anderson to Kohli, no run, pitched up outside off and driven to the man at cover

48.2

Anderson to Kohli, no run, good length outside off and left alone by Kohli

48.3

Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, lovely timing, it was a full ball on middle and off, punched back down the ground on the half volley

48.4

Anderson to Kohli, OUT, edged and gone, Anderson has snaffled Kohli, reward for a probing spell! The ball flew low off the edge, not dissimilar to the Tendulkar chance in Anderson's previous over, but this time Swann got his fingers just underneath it, an excellent catch

V Kohli c Swann b Anderson 6 (31m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Another failure for Kohli ... so that's why they call him the new Tendulkar. I'm only kidding, here's Yuvraj

48.5

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, round the wicket, defended in front of the stumps, full face of the bat present and correct

48.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lifter this time, but misdirected (and not in a good way), flies down the leg side, Yuvraj duck and Prior leaps to take

End of over 49 (4 runs) India 136/4
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    14-4-41-1
SR Tendulkar    26* (70b 4x4)      MS Panesar    21-9-42-2

With Sachin scratching around like he's Foghorn Leghorn and another lefty Yuvraj out there, Cook turns to the lightly used Swann...

49.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up and spinning in from outside off, played back down the track

49.2

Swann to Tendulkar, 2 runs, too wide this, sits up nicely and Tendulkar slaps a cut through point for a couple

49.3

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, fullish, Tendulkar leans out, the ball grips, spins, clips the inside edge and runs low to short leg

49.4

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, this one goes straight on, no spin, and squirts low to backward point off the outside edge

49.5

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, pushed through a bit quicker, blocked

49.6

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up and defended back to the bowler

Right, time for another change in the comms seat - here's Alex Winter

End of over 50 (2 runs) India 138/4
SR Tendulkar    28* (76b 4x4)      GP Swann    4-0-9-0
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    14-4-41-1
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