England tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

England in India Test Series - 1st Test

India v England

India won by 6 wickets

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

100.1

Mishra to Anderson, no run, ah, a cut and a miss to a quicker one that stays very low

100.2

Mishra to Anderson, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, turns sharply and he defends it well

100.3

Mishra to Anderson, 2 runs, tossed up slowly on leg, Anderson paddles it down to fine leg

100.4

Mishra to Anderson, no run, quicker ball, fuller too, and he drives hard with another inside edge

100.5

Mishra to Anderson, no run, well flighted, Anderson gets bat and pad together and defends

100.6

Mishra to Anderson, no run, tossed up, some turn there, but Anderson defends well

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End of over 101 (2 runs) England 246/6
JM Anderson    8* (52b)      A Mishra    25-5-74-2
MJ Prior    10* (20b)      I Sharma    17-4-29-0

101.1

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump and he steers it past gully

101.2

Sharma to Anderson, no run, keeps it fuller to Anderson, who produces a hard drive to cover

101.3

Sharma to Anderson, no run, pushes a full ball to point and screams out of the blocks, Prior is smarter and looks at Yuvraj running across to collect the ball, and sends Anderson back

101.4

Sharma to Anderson, no run, back of a length, some reverse there, Anderson hops and defends

This has been a dogged effort from Anderson, who came in as nightwatchman remember.

101.5

Sharma to Anderson, no run, back of a length, he gets back and across and defends to the on side

101.6

Sharma to Anderson, no run, gets back towards leg stump and defends a length ball back

Anderson survives another over, good stuff from him. What will that drop cost India?

End of over 102 (1 run) England 247/6
JM Anderson    8* (57b)      I Sharma    18-4-30-0
MJ Prior    11* (21b)      A Mishra    25-5-74-2

102.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on a length and Prior gets forward to block

102.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up again and he simply dead-bats it back to Mishra

102.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up and he gets forward, driving uppishly to short extra cover

102.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg stump, ball turns in, Prior covers off and blocks

102.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, goes back and across and defends a legbreak to Gambhir

102.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, shuffles across and defends one turning down leg stump

End of over 103 (maiden) England 247/6
MJ Prior    11* (27b)      A Mishra    26-6-74-2
JM Anderson    8* (57b)      I Sharma    18-4-30-0

"Prior and Swann's batting partnership will be the highlight of today," says Paul.

103.1

Sharma to Anderson, no run, down the leg side, tries to tickle it fine but gets beaten

103.2

Sharma to Anderson, no run, short of a length on the body, he shuffles and turns it to midwicket

103.3

Sharma to Anderson, no run, fuller outside off, he gets back and drives uneasily to point

103.4

Sharma to Anderson, no run, lands on a teasing length outside off, straightens, Anderson leaves

103.5

Sharma to Anderson, no run, bangs in a short one, 138ks, into Anderson's ribs, he takes the eyes off it and turns away, the ball skims past his gloves and Dhoni collects

103.6

Sharma to Anderson, 1 no ball, oversteps, pitches it up, Anderson doesn't counter the swing well at all, just poking at it and getting an inside edge back past leg stump

103.6

Sharma to Anderson, no run, slides down the pads, Anderson shuffles and tickles it, Dhoni tumbles to his right and stops the ball, it was off the bat methinks but didn't look to have carried to Dhoni

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"James Anderson's 8 of 63 (so far) reminds me of Geoff Allott's 0 of 101 balls," says Avinash Koppal. Now that effort was a world record, and Allott was a much better batsman than that long duck innings would suggest. Anderson has worked hard on his batting, it appears.

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End of over 104 (1 run) England 248/6
JM Anderson    8* (64b)      I Sharma    19-4-31-0
MJ Prior    11* (27b)      A Mishra    26-6-74-2

104.1

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, shortish ball, turns in from middle and leg and Prior shuffles across to easily push the ball into the gap at midwicket

104.2

Mishra to Anderson, no run, turns in sharply, but Anderson goes back and defends to short leg

104.3

Mishra to Anderson, FOUR, nice shot, Jimmy! Anderson gets forward and unfurls a reverse sweep of all things, nicely covering the line and paddling the ball down to third man

104.4

Mishra to Anderson, 1 run, fuller, much slower at 75ks, Anderson pushes it to point

104.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, tosses up the googly on middle and leg and Prior defends

104.6

Mishra to Prior, no run, low dipping delivery, Prior drives hard, with lots of bottom hand, to mid-on

End of over 105 (6 runs) England 254/6
MJ Prior    12* (30b)      A Mishra    27-6-80-2
JM Anderson    13* (67b 1x4)      I Sharma    19-4-31-0

Cheers in Chennai as The Turbanator comes into the attack.

105.1

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, tosses it up on middle and leg and Anderson defends

105.2

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, 1 run, too short, it sits up but Anderson whacks it through midwicket

105.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, FOUR, top shot, Prior slog-sweeping this one hard over midwicket

Immediately a man goes back

105.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slows the pace, holds back the length, and Prior defends

105.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, slow and turning down leg stump, Prior brushes it past short leg

105.6

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, turns from middle and off and Anderson opens the face to slip

Not much of a crowd in, perhaps more than yesterday. Maybe they'll come on the weekend when India bat.

End of over 106 (6 runs) England 260/6
JM Anderson    14* (70b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-2-73-2
MJ Prior    17* (33b 1x4)      A Mishra    27-6-80-2

106.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, uses his feet and drives a flighted delivery back to Mishra

106.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, pitches on leg and turns, Prior defends with soft hands to Gambhir

106.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, slow again, some good dip on it, and Prior defends it back

106.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, gets forward and defends another low dipping delivery

106.5

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, tossed up generously and Prior sweeps from off past Gambhir

106.6

Mishra to Anderson, no run, pitches and turns sharply past a clueless Anderson's outer edge

End of over 107 (1 run) England 261/6
JM Anderson    14* (71b 1x4)      A Mishra    28-6-81-2
MJ Prior    18* (38b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-2-73-2

107.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up on a length and Prior stretches well forward to defend

107.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, flatter, shorter, Prior shuffles and defends to leg gully

107.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, slower delivery down Prior's pads, he brushes it wide of Laxman

107.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, short again, turning in from outside off, Prior deflects it to Laxman

107.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, plays another short ball off his pads, Laxman dives and saves runs

He moves around the stumps for the last ball and moves Laxman finer at leg slip

107.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tosses it up slowly, Prior goes back and defends it to Gambhir

End of over 108 (2 runs) England 263/6
MJ Prior    20* (44b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-2-75-2
JM Anderson    14* (71b 1x4)      A Mishra    28-6-81-2

108.1

Mishra to Anderson, no run, too short, it does turn and Anderson slaps it in the air towards gully

Now its Mishra's turn to change the angle

108.2

Mishra to Anderson, no run, flights in a faster googly which Anderson clips to short leg

108.3

Mishra to Anderson, no run, slides down leg stump and now Anderson sweeps to leg gully

108.4

Mishra to Anderson, 1 run, kneels down and slog-sweeps hard through midwicket for one

108.5

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, Prior sweeps now as Mishra tosses it up slowly outside leg stump

108.6

Mishra to Anderson, no run, no turn there, this one lands in the footmarks outside off stump and goes on through Anderson, whose feet don't move as he feels for it

End of over 109 (2 runs) England 265/6
JM Anderson    15* (76b 1x4)      A Mishra    29-6-83-2
MJ Prior    21* (45b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-2-75-2

Dhoni has the option to again take the new ball but he does not. Harbhajan continues around the stumps.

109.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, full on leg stump and Prior clips it to midwicket

109.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up outside leg, turns in and Prior goes back and across

109.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, too full and wide so Prior sweeps out to deep backward square

109.4

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, FOUR, too short and Anderson slaps the quicker ball between cover and point for four, that is a shot of a man gaining in confidence

109.5

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, smartly slows the pace and tosses it up, Anderson plays another slog sweep but misses completely, Dhoni collects, Harbhajan stares

109.6

Harbhajan Singh to Anderson, no run, tossed up gently on a off and Anderson comfortably defends

End of over 110 (5 runs) England 270/6
JM Anderson    19* (79b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    29-2-80-2
MJ Prior    22* (48b 1x4)      A Mishra    29-6-83-2

110.1

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, uses his feet and collects it on the full, off the toe end of the bat, clipping this one through midwicket for a single

110.2

Mishra to Anderson, no run, generous flight does it for Anderson, pushing and missing

110.3

Mishra to Anderson, no run, a long hop slips out, bounces a bit and Anderson rocks back to cut in the air towards Zaheer at backward point, he was also late to react

110.4

Mishra to Anderson, OUT, Anderson goes! End of a solid innings from the nighwatchman, who kneels down and produces another of those preferred sweep shots, except this one is a top edge that's gobbled up by the birthday boy Yuvraj at deep midwicket, so Mishra's patience pays off

JM Anderson c Yuvraj Singh b Mishra 19 (113m 82b 2x4 0x6) SR: 23.17

A real dogged inning from Anderson. In comes the debutant Grame Swann.

110.5

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up and he defends it back

110.6

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, slower and shorter, Prior shuffles and plays through midwicket

End of over 111 (2 runs) England 272/7
MJ Prior    24* (51b 1x4)      A Mishra    30-6-85-3
GP Swann    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    29-2-80-2

111.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, quicker delivery on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket

111.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, comes out and clips a tossed up delivery to midwicket

Swann to face his first delivery in Test cricket. Four men around the bat.

111.3

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, 1 run, and he's off the mark first ball, shuffling and nudging one sliding down leg stump between leg gully and forward short leg

111.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, shorter one and Prior goes back and across to defend

111.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, loose shot from Prior, dancing down and miscuing an attempted aerial on-drive over midwicket and wide of Ishant, running across from wide mid-on

111.6

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, slower one tossed up and Swann stretches forward to defend

End of over 112 (3 runs) England 275/7
GP Swann    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    30-2-83-2
MJ Prior    26* (55b 1x4)      A Mishra    30-6-85-3

112.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, tossed up, good dip on that one, Prior smothers the spin

112.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, too short and he gets across to whip it to the man at midwicket

112.3

Mishra to Prior, no run, slower one, turns in from outside leg stump and Prior defends

112.4

Mishra to Prior, no run, sharp turn and more importantly bounce, pitching in the rough and spitting up across Prior, fending and edging just short of Dravid at slip

112.5

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, flat outside leg stump and he picks up another single to square leg

112.6

Mishra to Swann, no run, slower, looped up delivery down leg, played off the pad to Gambhir

Twenty minutes to go until lunch.

End of over 113 (1 run) England 276/7
GP Swann    1* (3b)      A Mishra    31-6-86-3
MJ Prior    27* (60b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-2-83-2

113.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, pitches short and turns down leg stump, tucked off the hips down through a diving Laxman at leg gully

113.2

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, a poor attempt at a reverse sweep, no contact whatsoever

113.3

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, no run, slows the pace and gives it plenty of flight, Swann drives off the front foot and gets a big inside edge back onto pad, which balloons up and wide of silly point

113.4

Harbhajan Singh to Swann, OUT, well hello, thats fairly ripped up! Harbhajan holds back the length and gets this nasty one to turn and bounce up off a crack to flummox Swann, who can do nothing about that except fend it off his chest and edge to Dravid at slip, who makes no mistake this time

GP Swann c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 1 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

In comes Steve Harmison to face the music. That last ball just kicked up and poor Swann was out fending.

113.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, tossed up, this too sits up but Harmison gets right over it

113.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, slower ball, looped up, Harmison plays it off the pads

End of over 114 (1 run) England 277/8
SJ Harmison    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    31-2-84-3
MJ Prior    28* (61b 1x4)      A Mishra    31-6-86-3

114.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, gets a good stride in and defends to the off, yelling 'WAIT'

114.2

Mishra to Prior, 2 runs, gets across and laps it fine, sprinting back for the second

114.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, low full toss, Prior stretches forward and clips to Sehwag at midwicket

"I'm going for Harmison to club Mishra for three sixes," shouts Chris.

114.4

Mishra to Harmison, no run, well bowled, flights up the googly on middle and off and Harmison uneasily defends to Gambhir at short leg, the inside edge does not carry though

114.5

Mishra to Harmison, no run, tosses it up invitingly again, middle and leg, Harmison defends

114.6

Mishra to Harmison, no run, gets a long way forward and is struck outside the line, Mishra belts out a confident appeal but umpire Billy Bowden shakes his head and hands back his cap

End of over 115 (3 runs) England 280/8
SJ Harmison    0* (5b)      A Mishra    32-6-89-3
MJ Prior    31* (64b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    31-2-84-3

115.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up and he gets well forward to defend this one

115.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slower, sliding down leg, brushed off the pads to short leg

115.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, quicker one, gets forward and defends again

115.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slows it up this time, on middle and leg, and Prior defends

115.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, shorter, flatter, Prior walks across and dabs it towards point

Harmison walks down and tells Prior he's up for the single

115.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, and they get it with ease, Prior smartly making room to gently nudge a short ball into the opening at cover to keep hold of the strike

End of over 116 (1 run) England 281/8
MJ Prior    32* (70b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    32-2-85-3
SJ Harmison    0* (5b)      A Mishra    32-6-89-3

116.1

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, he shuffles and dabs one to midwicket

116.2

Mishra to Harmison, 3 runs, slow delivery down leg and Harmison paddles it over leg gully

116.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, googly, down leg, Prior nicely turns it wide of leg gully for one

116.4

Mishra to Harmison, no run, quicker one spits and Harmison somehow manages to keep it down

116.5

Mishra to Harmison, 2 runs, short and wide, he waits for it and cutely steers wide of slip for two

116.6

Mishra to Harmison, no run, tossed up on a length and he defends it awkwardly to the off

Just five minutes till lunch ...

End of over 117 (7 runs) England 288/8
SJ Harmison    5* (9b)      A Mishra    33-6-96-3
MJ Prior    34* (72b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    32-2-85-3

117.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, sharp turn down leg stump, Prior pushes it to Laxman

117.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slower, just 83ks, played to forward short leg

117.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, turns and bounces again, he covers it well, opening the face and steering it wide of point, Harbhajan yells at Sehwag to keep them to one to Harmison will face

117.4

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, tossed up invitingly and he smothers the spin

117.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, 1 run, gets a single, defending while forward, running it past slip

Field is changed to try and curb the single

117.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, but he gets it coolly, shuffling and tucking one off the pads

End of over 118 (3 runs) England 291/8
MJ Prior    36* (76b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    33-2-88-3
SJ Harmison    6* (11b)      A Mishra    33-6-96-3

Dhoni gets Yuvraj to bowl the last over of the session. Left-arm around the stumps.

118.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, 83.5ks, a low full toss but Prior, playing for lunch, defends

118.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, turns into his pads and he tucks it to forward short leg

118.3

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, stands his ground and drives another full ball towards cover

118.4

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 2 runs, too short and he punches it out to deep cover for an easy couple

118.5

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, tossed up slowly and very wide, Prior cover-drives a single

Leg slip comes back for Harmison

118.6

Yuvraj Singh to Harmison, no run, and thats lunch as Harmison easily defends a full one on off stump

11.30am A good session. England scored 65 runs, India took three wickets. Prior has batted fluently to get England close to 300. Anderson played a good cameo of 19 from 82 balls. All the wickets fell to spin. Don't go very far, because we'll be back at 12.10 to kick off the second session.

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End of over 119 (3 runs) England 294/8
SJ Harmison    6* (12b)      Yuvraj Singh    12-2-25-0
MJ Prior    39* (81b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    33-2-88-3

12.10pm Ready to resume? I am. Prior to face, batting on 39. He's impressed on return to the Test side, especially so after flopping in the truncated one-day leg of England's tour. India need two wickets to wrap this up, and will want to do so without letting England get much beyond 300. Here comes Harbhajan Singh.

119.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up on leg, and he starts the session by defending

There are fielders spread to protect boundaries, with three men around the bat.

119.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, no run, slower and a bit flatter and Prior comes well forward

119.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, now he starts paddling with the turn, bobbing it up in the air over square leg, landing safely in the deep and Tendulkar runs across from fine leg to field

119.4

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, thrusts forward and defends, the ball balloons up off pad

119.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, 2 leg byes, this one also balloons up after the big man defends, more cries of catch it but this one's come off Harmison's pads and evades Laxman at leg slip

119.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, flat on middle and leg and he strides forward to defend

End of over 120 (3 runs) England 297/8
SJ Harmison    6* (15b)      Harbhajan Singh    34-2-89-3
MJ Prior    40* (84b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    12-2-25-0

Yuvraj gets preference over Mishra. One slip in place, thats all.

120.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 2 runs, short on the stumps and Prior muscles it to Harbhajan at mid-on

120.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 2 runs, short again and he shuffles to play it through midwicket for a couple that also raises England's 300, thats some good running between the two, who punch gloves

120.3

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, comes a long way forward to defend the ball into the covers

120.4

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, smart stuff, Prior gets across and works the ball to midwicket for one

Now leg slip and short leg come in

120.5

Yuvraj Singh to Harmison, no run, tossed up, hint of turn, Harmison opens the face to steer it away

120.6

Yuvraj Singh to Harmison, no run, more turn, beating Harmison as he pushes from the crease

End of over 121 (5 runs) England 302/8
SJ Harmison    6* (17b)      Yuvraj Singh    13-2-30-0
MJ Prior    45* (88b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    34-2-89-3

121.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, pitches on leg and spins, Prior turns it past short leg

Dhoni puts in four men, two on either side catching for Harmison

121.2

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, flat from around the stumps, Harmison defends to silly point

121.3

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, bit of flight, looks to be a topspinner, which Harmison picks

121.4

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, covers the line with a big stride and keeps it out again

121.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, comes well forward, opens the face and defends to the off

121.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harmison, no run, turns, takes the pad and bobs up to Gambhir at short leg

End of over 122 (1 run) England 303/8
SJ Harmison    6* (22b)      Harbhajan Singh    35-2-90-3
MJ Prior    46* (89b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    13-2-30-0

122.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, short, turning in, Prior works it straight to the man at midwicket

122.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, wrong line and Prior paddle-sweeps a single around the corner

122.3

Yuvraj Singh to Harmison, OUT, Harmison walks! Yuvraj gets his fifth Test wicket as Harmison opens the face and tickles the faintest of edges through to Dhoni, then doesn't wait a moment before turning and heading back for the pavilion, as opposed to Yuvraj, who shouts in frustration and turns back to his mark, thinking he's beat the bat, then he looks back and sees that he's actually got a wicket

SJ Harmison c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 6 (32m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.08

Monty Panesar comes to the crease

122.4

Yuvraj Singh to Panesar, no run, gets well forward and defends one on leg stump

122.5

Yuvraj Singh to Panesar, no run, shorter in length, straightens outside off and Monty leaves

Decides to come over the stumps

122.6

Yuvraj Singh to Panesar, no run, tossed up on middle and off and Monty defends watchfully

England nine down for 304. Prior on 47. A wicket for Yuvraj on his 27th birthday.

End of over 123 (1 run) England 304/9
MS Panesar    0* (3b)      Yuvraj Singh    14-2-31-1
MJ Prior    47* (91b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    35-2-90-3

123.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, moves to 48 with another easy single off the hips

123.2

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, tossed up, 91ks, Monty blocks it out to short leg

123.3

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, slower, much wider, turns and Monty leaves it be for Dhoni

123.4

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, flatter trajectory, middle and off, and he defends rather well

Now Dhoni puts in five men around the bat for Panesar

123.5

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, a ripper, turning and bouncing past Monty's forward prod

123.6

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, thrusts his front pad out and shoulders arms as it turns by

End of over 124 (1 run) England 305/9
MS Panesar    0* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    36-2-91-3
MJ Prior    48* (92b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    14-2-31-1

Yuvraj continues. He didn't see Billy Bowden signal anything when Harmison nicked one, so was thrilled to see Harmison walk. Then he beamed and raised his hands.

124.1

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, tossed up and he keeps this one out patiently once again

124.2

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he works it to midwicket

124.3

Yuvraj Singh to Panesar, no run, comes forward and drives with a straight bat back to Yuvraj

124.4

Yuvraj Singh to Panesar, no run, shorter now and he goes back to punch it to the bowler

124.5

Yuvraj Singh to Panesar, 1 run, spins into leg, Monty tucks it away to midwicket for one

124.6

Yuvraj Singh to Prior, no run, quicker delivery into Prior, who shuffles and plays it to short leg

End of over 125 (2 runs) England 307/9
MJ Prior    49* (95b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    15-2-33-1
MS Panesar    1* (11b)      Harbhajan Singh    36-2-91-3

125.1

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, 1 run, shortish ball and Monty gets across to nicely dab a single to point

125.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, well played Prior, raising fifty with a customary shuffle and clip off the pads as Harbhajan again slides one down leg stump, a crucial innings on comeback

125.3

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, quicker ball, middle and off, well defended by Monty

125.4

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, bounces as it spins across Monty, who drops the hands in time

125.5

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, short and this time he pushes it off the back foot to cover

125.6

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, no turn, pitches outside leg and clips the pad to leg slip

End of over 126 (2 runs) England 309/9
MS Panesar    2* (16b)      Harbhajan Singh    37-2-93-3
MJ Prior    50* (96b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    15-2-33-1

Mishra replaces Yuvraj. Mishra has done well after taking an early beating.

126.1

Mishra to Prior, no run, full and floated up on leg stump, Prior turns it towards short leg

126.2

Mishra to Prior, no run, slowly drifted up on middle and leg and Prior drops his head

126.3

Mishra to Prior, 1 run, that one's short and Prior is content to punch a single into the covers

126.4

Mishra to Panesar, no run, quicker, 82ks, and Monty smothers the spin efficiently

126.5

Mishra to Panesar, no run, textbook defence from Monty, getting in line with a straight bat

126.6

Mishra to Panesar, 2 runs, and then he plays that shot! Monty clears his front leg and drives a teasingly tossed up delivery over mid-on's head, its a loose shot but safely picked over the gap

End of over 127 (3 runs) England 312/9
MS Panesar    4* (19b)      A Mishra    34-6-99-3
MJ Prior    51* (99b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    37-2-93-3

Will this stand frustrate India further? Monty is not a complete mug with the bat. Field is spread.

127.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 1 run, too short and Prior rocks back, cutting a single to deep point

Five men hover around the bat now

127.2

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, quicker one pushed through, there's turn and bounce to catch Monty going back on his crease, the ball strikes his back leg as it bounces, Harbhajan sets off in appeal but Daryl Harper is not convinced because though the ball pitched in line it turned and bounced alot

127.3

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, 2 runs, short this time, Monty opens the face and dabs two through cover

127.4

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, picks the topspinner and presents a straight back in defence

127.5

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, gives it a bit of air and Monty defends very well again

127.6

Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, no run, pushes him on the back foot and he keeps this out too

Ishant is warming up. Maybe Dhoni will finally take the new ball.

End of over 128 (3 runs) England 315/9
MS Panesar    6* (24b)      Harbhajan Singh    38-2-96-3
MJ Prior    52* (100b 1x4)      A Mishra    34-6-99-3

Ishant does indeed replace Mishra, but no sign of a second new ball. Slip in place, men out on the ropes.

128.1

Sharma to Prior, no run, full down leg stump, Prior tries to flick but misses, no appeal

128.2

Sharma to Prior, 1 run, attempted yorker into leg stump, Prior clips a single to deep square leg

Dhoni brings in catchers for Panesar, a second slip and silly mid-on come on.

128.3

Sharma to Panesar, no run, brave, brave leave, Monty! Ishant pitches just outside off stump and gets the ball to come back in, but a confident batsman shoulders arms

"Monty playing for Luton Town and Indians against my club at Dunstable town had scored 128," emails Dipen Dixit.

128.4

Sharma to Panesar, OUT, all over, as Ishant traps Monty plumb in front! This one pitches in line, straightens a fraction, and catches Monty in front as the bat comes down late, so England get 316

MS Panesar lbw b Sharma 6 (23m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

Prior is unbeaten on 53. Ishant gets a wicket, rewarded for his consistency. How will England feel after winning the toss? How will Prior feel about constantly exposing Monty to the strike? Share your thoughts or just feel free to vent on our Facebook page. Meanwhile I'll be back shortly for India's innings.

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