England tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

England in India Test Series - 2nd Test

India v England

Match drawn

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

Gautam Gambhir will face the first ball and James Anderson will open the attack...here's to five more days of great cricket.

Oh dear, already we have issues with the ball and it's not even been used yet. The box of new balls comes out and the England players huddle around to pick another one, perhaps the bowlers didn't get a chance to pick the one they wanted because of the hurried start. Anyway, we look just about ready.

Anderson has three slips a gully and a deep leg gully.

9.50am The pitch looks bare, especially on a spinners' length, and there's also a crazy-paving effect. However, there's some grass on a length for the seamers and David Lloyd calls it "an interesting pitch."

Here come the players, Kevin Pietersen leads out England. Can the new-ball bowlers take advantage of the overhead conditions and stop Virender Sehwag? We shall see.

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Play will start at 9.50am, so just about eight minutes away.

9.35am India have won the toss and have decided to bat. "There's a touch of grass and it's overcast," Dhoni said, "but if you look at the pitch it should spin later on."

Dhoni also confirms Rahul Dravid will remain at No. 3 despite suggestions he would drop down the order. "We have to start from scratch in every game but confidence is high."

Kevin Pietersen admits he would have batted...he doesn't mince his words, which is always nice.

Just to confirm the teams: India 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Amit Mishra

England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen (capt), Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

9.30am The toss will take place in a few minutes with play due to start at 10am, which is great news.

Meanwhile, Stuart Broad has just been interviewed and revealed England "are playing well in the nets" - well, isn't that just jolly fine. If cricket matches were played in the nets, this England team would be No. 1.

9.25am "Owais Shah not picked is beyond my comprehension," says Kirshan from Singapore. He has indeed been very unlucky, and the pressure will be on Ian Bell over the next five days. Rauf and Harper have just said the light reading is "around six" and they'd like it to be up at "seven" before play can start. Not really sure what those readings mean, but it's clearly very dull. Another point to remember, the floodlights can't be used because of a pre-series arrangement between the teams. Doesn't seem to make sense, but nothing new there.

9.20am The two umpires for this match, Daryl Harper and Asad Rauf (who now has his visa), have had the light metres out but aren't too happy at the moment. It's a chilly, gloomy morning, quite English, and the England players are wearing long-sleeve tops as they warm up.

9.15am There will be a delayed start this morning due to bad light and there hasn't been a toss yet. Hang in there, hopefully it won't be too long. Play this match so far north is a risk and we are likely to have reduced days throughout the game. Both sides will have to factor that in to how they play. If you want to keep yourself amused as we wait for the action, try the Cricinfo Quiz.

9.05am As is likely to be the pattern throughout this match, the umpires are having an early look at the light. It's an overcast morning, typical of northern India at this time of the year (that isn't my local knowledge, thanks to Kanishkaa for that info).

Some team news for you, Stuart Broad comes back for England and replaces Steve Harmison. Broad missed the first Test with a hamstring injury he picked up during the one-day series. Monty Panesar and Ian Bell both hang onto their places, so no chance for the unlucky Owais Shah.

So this will be the England team: 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen (capt), Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

8.55am Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second Test between India and England in Mohali. This match will have to go some to match the first Test for drama, but it's a new day for both teams and everyone starts afresh.

I'm Andrew McGlashan and am looking forward to bringing you the action over the next five days, along with some help from Martin Williamson. Stay with us for all the team and toss news in the next few minutes.

0.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, well, well, swing first up for Anderson into the left hander, takes the pad and carries to leg gully. The bowler shouts for lbw, but that was going down the leg side. Promising signs for Anderson, though

0.2

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, great response from Gambhir, touch wide outside off stump and he leans into a glorious cover drive...Anderson pitching up to try and find the swing, Gambhir has a super answer to it

0.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, straighter this time, clipped off the hip to Ian Bell at leg gully

0.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, squared up a touch on off stump as he defends a good length ball to the off side

Not much of a crowd in yet, the stadium is almost echoing with the sound of bat on ball

0.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed across outside off stump, Gambhir leaves and the ball carries at waist-height through to Matt Prior

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, comes forward, drops the ball into the off side and takes a quick single to steal the strike for the next over

A little bit of swing for Anderson, but the pitch looked true

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0
G Gambhir    5* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

Stuart Broad will share the new ball on his recall to the side...also has three slips and a gully

1.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, down the leg side, Gambhir doesn't make contact with Broad's loosener

1.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, drifts past leg stump again, Broad just trying to find his rhythm early on

1.3

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, makes him play this time, on middle and worked down to fine leg where Monty Panesar gets his first touch of the ball

Here he is, Virender Sehwag to face his first ball of the Test...what an incredible innings he played in Chennai.

1.4

Broad to Sehwag, no run, ooh, nice ball from Broad as it moves off the seam outside off stump...Sehwag pushes at it without much footwork (as his norm) and nearly gets an edge

1.5

Broad to Sehwag, no run, that's a beauty, fuller outside off stump, encourages Sehwag to drive and the ball scoots past the outside edge...a perfect length from Broad to bring the batsman onto the front foot and Prior still takes it a shoulder height

1.6

Broad to Sehwag, OUT, well, there you go...this game is a great leveller, gets a thin outside edge on this drive and Prior takes an easy catch by his ankles. Broad makes a major mark early on his return and what a confidence booster that is for England

V Sehwag c †Prior b Broad 0 (12m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A great start from Broad and England, brings in the under pressure Rahul Dravid

End of over 2 (1 run) India 6/1
     SCJ Broad    1-0-1-1
G Gambhir    6* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-5-0

2.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full on middle, hint of swing into Gambhir and clipped down to mid-on

The key to that early wicket is that England will now feel they can control the pace early on

2.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fired down the leg side, Anderson not quite on the money early on after that promising first ball. He shouldn't be afraid about getting driven, just look at Sehwag's dismissal

2.3

Anderson to Gambhir, 2 runs, too straight again, clipped nicely off the pads through square leg

2.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, that's better from Anderson, back of a length outside off stump and Gambhir pushed away from his body feeling for it

2.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full on middle stump, sweetly driven down to mid-on who is quite close and gets down quickly to make the save

2.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, picks out mid-on again, Pietersen completes the fielding

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 8/1
G Gambhir    8* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-0
R Dravid    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-1

Now Broad has the chance to target Rahul Dravid

3.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, good line on off stump, Dravid comes into the front foot and defends down to mid-off...a confident stride from Dravid first ball

3.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, that's another cracker from Broad, pitches and moves late off the seam past Dravid's outside edge...a tentative push this time

3.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, outside off stump, judges well to leave alone but it wasn't a million miles from the stumps

3.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, this one nips back into Dravid, takes him on the pad and loops into the slip...appeal from Broad but it may have been a touch high

3.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, testing stuff from Broad, Dravid has to jab down late and defends into the ground by his feet...again some late movement makes it hard work for Dravid

3.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, flicked off middle stump out to midwicket, an excellent over from Broad to keep the pressure on Dravid

Replays showed that lbw shout was clipping the bails, so a good decision from the umpire

End of over 4 (maiden) India 8/1
R Dravid    0* (6b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-1-1
G Gambhir    8* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-0

4.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, skips into line and defends from off stump square on the off side

4.2

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, wrong line from Anderson, on leg stump and it takes Gambhir's thigh pad to where leg gully was previously standing

4.3

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, pushed into the off side, some confusion over the single as Dravid wants to get off the mark, but in the end they make it safely...Dravid trying hard to get a big stride in against the new ball

4.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, a good nut from Anderson, flies past the outside edge from a good length. It went late of the seam and left Gambhir poking at it

4.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fuller on middle and off, pushed strongly up to mid-on...Anderson needs to keep the ball pitched up

4.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, well fielded by Anderson in his follow through, a punchy straight drive from Gambhir comes right off the middle, but the bowler gets down well with his right hand to save the runs

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End of over 5 (2 runs) India 10/1
G Gambhir    8* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0
R Dravid    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-1-1

5.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, good length from Broad, brings Dravid forward and he gets an inside edge into the pads

5.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, again, Dravid trying to get a stride in, defends to the off side as Broad keeps the pressure on

5.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, on middle and off, defended straight down the pitch where Broad gets a hand on it

5.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, bouncer from Broad, over middle and off, Dravid goes underneath it

5.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, pushed hard outside off stump, played down into the gully region

5.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, nearly gets the edge, tight line outside off stump and Dravid tries to pull that bat back inside the line but he certainly played at that...he's really having to battle here

End of over 6 (maiden) India 10/1
R Dravid    1* (13b)      SCJ Broad    3-2-1-1
G Gambhir    8* (20b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0

6.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 no ball, good line on middle and off, defended down the pitch, but Anderson oversteps

That didn't look like a no-ball, tight call

6.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short ball over middle and leg, Gambhir ducks down out of danger

6.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, Gambhir hops into line and defends from the top of the bounce into the off side

6.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angling across the left hander, a touch of seam movement takes it a little wider through to the wicketkeeper

England keeping the pressure on, but Anderson gets a little word about running on the pitch

6.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, another bouncer, too short really from Anderson and Gambhir can easily duck down again...better to pitch the ball up at the moment

6.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, good line outside off, Gambhir shoulders arms...certainly looks like the batsmen can trust the bounce early on, nice carry through to Prior

6.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, defended into the off side, tight over from Anderson but his length was a touch short

End of over 7 (1 run) India 11/1
G Gambhir    8* (27b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-9-0
R Dravid    1* (13b)      SCJ Broad    3-2-1-1

7.1

Broad to Dravid, 1 leg bye, looses his line down the leg side, takes the pad down to fine leg

7.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, adjusts his line to the left hander, leaves alone outside

7.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, good length from Broad, a touch fuller outside off stump, and Gambhir nearly caught in two minds as to whether to play or leave, but lets it go comfortably in the end

7.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, defended from off stump, Gambhir exaggerates his footwork as he comes across the stumps

7.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, pushed square on the off side, looking for a quick single but it's not on as gully sprints in quickly

7.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, a little wider outside off, a leave to end the over and another tidy effort from Broad

End of over 8 (1 run, maiden) India 12/1
G Gambhir    8* (32b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-3-1-1
R Dravid    1* (14b)      JM Anderson    4-0-9-0

A man has come in at silly point

8.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, back of a length, comes back into Dravid a touch who jumps tall in the crease and defends under his nose

8.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, defended down to the man under the helmet, Ian Bell, fielding very close on the off side...that's a good position with Dravid lunging forward a lot

8.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, this one is wide enough that Dravid can let it go outside off

8.4

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, close for Dravid, dragged a little short and he goes for the pull and gets a top edge but it loops safely between square leg and fine leg as two fielders converge...is that a bit of a luck for Dravid?

Dravid still hasn't middled anything today

8.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, defended with a hop into the off side

8.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed into the off side to end the over, the batsmen having to be on their guard early on

End of over 9 (1 run) India 13/1
G Gambhir    8* (34b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-10-0
R Dravid    2* (18b)      SCJ Broad    4-3-1-1

There was a presentation before play to mark 75 years since India played their first home Test

9.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, nicely bowled, full on middle from Broad and Dravid is half forward defending down the pitch

9.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, good line again, Dravid gets behind the line

9.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, defended from middle, into the leg side

9.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, tight line on off stump, Dravid plays with a straight bat and the ball rolls into the leg side...pressure builds

9.5

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, tucked neatly off his hip, rode a touch of extra bounce and played it round the corner down to long leg

9.6

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed into the gap at cover, good rotation of the strike from Gambhir and it means he can take some of the pressure away from Dravid

So, ten overs go and England's seamers have held control so far...but just the one wicket

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 15/1
G Gambhir    9* (35b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-3-3-1
R Dravid    3* (23b)      JM Anderson    5-0-10-0

Here comes the first change of bowling, Andrew Flintoff into the attack to replace Anderson. Comes round the wicket straight away, has three slips and a gully to Gambhir

10.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, outside off, left alone through to the wicketkeeper

Flintoff was the pick of England's quicks in Chennai, how much has he got left in the tank for another effort?

10.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, a little too wide outside, allows Gambhir to leave outside off stump to get a sighter

10.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, makes him play this time, pushing outside off stump off the back foot into the gully area...similar to the shot he played to get out in the second innings in Chennai

10.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, pace is increasing from Flintoff, 142kph this time, and carries nicely through to Prior

10.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, jumps onto his toes, dropping into the off side. Gambhir wants the single, but point hustles in to prevent the run

10.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, driven on the up outside off, but not timed and it bobbles down to mid off

Tidy start from Flintoff, a maiden to begin his work for the day. And the players take a drink...that nearly caught me out. If you watch replays of the action, try our 3D feature where every ball is graphically represented.

Now, with the drinks nearly over here is Martin Williamson for the first time today. And he's very excited about it.

End of over 11 (maiden) India 15/1
G Gambhir    9* (41b 1x4)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-0
R Dravid    3* (23b)      SCJ Broad    5-3-3-1

Off head the drinks... no vehicles used here, bow-tied waiters instead.

11.1

Broad to Dravid, 1 leg bye, on leg stump and full, a thin edge off the pad down to long leg

11.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, outside off, a slash and a miss and Prior dives to his right to take low down

11.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, angled across, no shot, it keeps a tad low

He rechecks his guard as Broad comes round the wicket

11.4

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, short and pulled square, Panesar has no hope of cutting that off and he leaves the fielding to a ball boy

11.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, fuller, defended into the off side, he sniffs a single as Anderson closes in on the ball but Dravid having none of it

11.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, fractionally short, played watchfully back to the bowler

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 20/1
G Gambhir    13* (46b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-3-7-1
R Dravid    3* (24b)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-0

12.1

Flintoff to Dravid, 2 runs, turned off his pads, Bell at short leg dives but can't cut it off

12.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, on off stump, he comes forward and defends

12.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, again he comes forward and Flintoff fields in his follow-through

A hint of uncertainty in Dravid's play so far, but that's understandable given the pressure his poor form has brought

12.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, back and pushed into the on side

12.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, again he goes back and defended to leg

12.6

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 no ball, forward and pushed to Pietersen at extra cover

The umpire has to hold the no-ball pose for quite a while as the scorers failed to acknowledge.

12.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, steered into the gully, but he played it some way from his body

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 23/1
R Dravid    5* (31b)      A Flintoff    2-1-3-0
G Gambhir    13* (46b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-3-7-1

Broad continues round the wicket.

13.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, angled in, Gambhir right into line and dead bats it

13.2

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, he drifts onto Gambhir's leg stump, sweetly flicked square, Panesar chases round from long leg and then dives more for show as the ball had already thudded into the boundary marker

Broad switches back to over the wicket.

13.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, good line, patted back to the bowler

13.4

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, short and wide, Gambhir cuts with style and timing, and rather than run he just watches the ball race to the rope

13.5

Broad to Gambhir, 2 runs, too full, driven between the stumps and wide mid-off, Anderson puffs as he gives chase

Still three slips but not for much longer ...

13.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, straighter and fuller, played defensively to Pietersen at mid-on

That is likely to be the end of Broad for the moment.

End of over 14 (10 runs) India 33/1
G Gambhir    23* (52b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    7-3-17-1
R Dravid    5* (31b)      A Flintoff    2-1-3-0

Lots of noise from what is a disappointing crowd so far ...

14.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, back and across to defend

14.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, again an unconvincing shot from Dravid, stands tall to block but he continues to play with the bat some way from his body, leaving him open to any movement

14.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, pushes to Pietersen at extra cover

The excitement in the stands appears to have temporarily died down ... a Dravid boundary will reignite it.

14.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, shorter and Dravid takes evasive action, ducking early and low

14.5

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 run, turned off his hips into the midwicket area, a completely unnecessary shy at the stumps follows

Flintoff round the wicket.

14.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched, driven into the off side, Pietersen bends and gets a hand to the ball as it passes but can't stop the single

The couple of thousand spectators who are here are pretty much all huddled together, presumably for the TV cameras.

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 35/1
G Gambhir    24* (53b 4x4)      A Flintoff    3-1-5-0
R Dravid    6* (36b)      SCJ Broad    7-3-17-1

As expected, Broad gives way to Anderson.

15.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 2 runs, worked into the on side, Bell gives chase and fires in a low return as Gambhir scrambles back for a tight second

15.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, back and across, decides to leave late and Anderson gives a groan, but well judged

"There's no-one there because it's in the middle of nowhere," offers a reader.

15.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, outside off and left

15.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, patted into the on side, Anderson stops with his boot, Bell mops up

15.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, elbow high, a very correct defensive shot

15.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fullish, driven but Pietersen at mid-off is equal to it.

And the TV cameras have spotted Mike Brearley in the stands. I recall when he caught Gavaskar one-handed to give Botham his 100th wicket at Lord's in 1979. Yes, I am that old.

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 37/1
G Gambhir    26* (59b 4x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-12-0
R Dravid    6* (36b)      A Flintoff    3-1-5-0

16.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, onto his toes to defend

16.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, onto his toes and solidly defended

16.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, flicked off his pads to Bell who is five or six yards back at deep short leg ... almost far enough away to dispense with the helmet

16.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, pushed firmly square on the off side, backward point quickly to his right to cut it off

16.5

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 run, tip and run into the off side, Gambhir responds to his partner's call and they scurry through for a well-taken single

16.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, angled across Gambhir who pushes his front foot forward and leaves

Fifteen minutes until the break and India appear to have weathered the early storm. "Bold prediction number one: Dravid to find form and score a century today!" says Jacob very confidently

End of over 17 (1 run) India 38/1
G Gambhir    26* (60b 4x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-6-0
R Dravid    7* (41b)      JM Anderson    6-0-12-0

17.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, he shapes to drive but gets tangled up and does well to squeeze the ball to Pietersen at mid-off

17.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, confidently forward and steered to backward point

A big stride out to meet that, something that has been missing so far. jacob might be right.

17.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, another big and bold stride, this time he leaves

17.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, back, he tries to force the ball off the back foot but gets a thick edge and Anderson fields

17.5

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, short and pulled with real power behind square, four all the way

That will really make him feel better, his first really positive shot and played well.

17.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, outside off stump and left

That pull shot from Dravid was his first boundary in a Test since the second innings in the third Test against Australia, in Delhi, in early November.

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 42/1
R Dravid    11* (47b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-16-0
G Gambhir    26* (60b 4x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-6-0

Flintoff changes a boot which seems to require several of his team-mates to gather round to witness it.

18.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, short and down the leg side, Gambhir shimmies inside the line and allows it to pass

18.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, pushed defensively into the covers

18.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, steered to gully, guided more than stroked

That was how he got out in the first Test.

18.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, angled across Gambhir who leaves, Prior takes low down

18.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, forward, Flintoff continues his follow-through to field no more than four of five yards in front of the batsman

18.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, back and onto his toes, drops the ball into the on side, no more than a dozen yards and another well-taken single

End of over 19 (1 run) India 43/1
G Gambhir    27* (66b 4x4)      A Flintoff    5-1-7-0
R Dravid    11* (47b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-16-0

And Panesar on to bowl what my colleague describes as "left-arm darts". There's no pleasing some people.

19.1

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, full tosses actually ... Gambhir misses out and clips to Anderson at midwicket

19.2

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, down the pitch and kicked away from outside off

19.3

Panesar to Gambhir, FOUR, two steps and lofted over midwicket from around middle-and-leg, confident and well struck

19.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, steps back and cuts hard to point

19.5

Panesar to Gambhir, FOUR, and he uses his feet again, again hit over the top but hit even better and a one-bounce four over mid-on

Panesar signals to his captain he wants a man back ... after five balls!

19.6

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, very correctly blocked, almost mockingly

Panesar gives some verbals to Gambhir. After that over he might be best advised to keep his head down and keep his opinions to himself. He's not a happy chap, though and he wants to share things with anyone that will listen.

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 51/1
G Gambhir    35* (72b 6x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-8-0
R Dravid    11* (47b 1x4)      A Flintoff    5-1-7-0

Double change as Swann comes on.

20.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, forward and played to cover

20.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, again well forward to smother any spin

20.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, sweetly-timed clip to mid-on, a big step to get to the pitch of the ball

20.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, defensively angled behind square on the off

20.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, pushed a few yards towards midwicket

And the umpires start making familiar distress signals about the light ... with one ball to go before the break.

20.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, again well forward and defended to Stauss at short mid-on

Lunch And after the early loss of Sehwag, India have battled back well on what appears to be a good batting track. Gambhir has looked comfortable and played some lovely strokes, the best two pulls and then two lofted drives, while Dravid has weathered a few early problems and, crucially, is still there at the break. We'll be back in 40 minutes at 12.10pm (0640 GMT).

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End of over 21 (maiden) India 51/1
R Dravid    11* (53b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0
G Gambhir    35* (72b 6x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-8-0

12.05pm The players are heading back out. The light is not wonderful but it should be playable for now ... low cloud but no sign of rain as a stiff breeze is keeping things moving along. You can still see the hills in the distance, but only just. Panesar to resume from the Pavilion End. Hold on to your hats.

A lunchtime interview with ECB chairman Giles Clarke has kept everyone entertained. As much as he ever can. Lots of chat about how well the England and India boards are now getting on ("we never had a terrible relationship"). "It's important for world cricket that it remains the No. 1 sport in India."

Over in Perth, Australia are wobbling again. Click here to check out the latest situation ... but only for 15 or so minutes, obviously.

21.1

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, too full, driven to deep mid-on

Mid-on and off are deeper to give the bowler some protection.

Dravid re-takes his guard.

21.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, slower, well flighted, Dravid forward

21.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, back and driven hard to the bowler from right back in his crease

21.4

Panesar to Dravid, FOUR, driven on the half-volley between the cover fielders, a big stride and superbly placed

21.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, all pace killed as he defends

21.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, clipped into the on side but Anderson in quickly to cut off the possible single

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 56/1
R Dravid    15* (58b 2x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    36* (73b 6x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0

Flintoff replaces Swann who got the one over before lunch. Umpire Rauf looks suspiciously at the sky ... one bouncer could set the alarm bells ringing as it is getting dark.

22.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, 2 runs, wide and full, driven languidly through the off side, two fielders chase, Cook beats Anderson

22.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, back, the slips' hands go up as it strikes him on the pads, Flintoff not interested as he has seen a thin edge and they take a run into the leg side

Over goes a fighter plane ... very loud indeed!

22.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, forward, the balls goes to point off a thickish outside edge

22.4

Flintoff to Dravid, FOUR, again too full and crisply driven between the stumps and mid-on

You can almost see Dravid's confidence growing with each boundary.

22.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, forward and pushed into the off side

22.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, back and across, solidly defended

India have started as they ended the morning session ... confidently.

End of over 23 (7 runs) India 63/1
R Dravid    19* (62b 3x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-14-0
G Gambhir    39* (75b 6x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-13-0

23.1

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, tossed up and driven to mid-off

23.2

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, forward and pushed defensively to midwicket

23.3

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, right forward and played with a flick to Strauss at midwicket

He appeared to be set to give Panesar the charge and then thought the better of it.

23.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, another forward defensive

23.5

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, back, worked into space square on the leg side, Flintoff slow to react and that allows them to race through for the run

23.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, back and flicked to Anderson at midwicket

End of over 24 (1 run) India 64/1
R Dravid    19* (63b 3x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-14-0
G Gambhir    40* (80b 6x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-14-0

Given the state of the light, we will be very lucky to get through to the scheduled close. And we are also set for an early start tomorrow and that's equally unlikely!

24.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, outside off, no stroke and Prior collects.

24.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, again outside off, no stroke as the ball seams fractionally away from him

24.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, same line and Gambhir having none of it

24.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, shorter, still outside off, and Gambhir simply flicks his head out of the line

Pietersen clapping enthusiastically at mid-off.

24.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, forward and this time he does have to play it, carefully pushed into the off side

24.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, half forward and played with an angled bat to cover

The umpires are again looking suspiciously at the light. It's more a case of when they start taking readings rather than if.

End of over 25 (maiden) India 64/1
G Gambhir    40* (86b 6x4)      A Flintoff    7-2-14-0
R Dravid    19* (63b 3x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-14-0

25.1

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid threads a drive between the two short extra covers, not completely timed but well played

25.2

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, worked into the on side to the left of short midwicket

25.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, defended to short midwicket

25.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, reaches forward and pushes to extra cover

25.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, flatter, a thick inside edge to midwicket as he pushes well forward, Gambhir looking for the single but Dravid staying put

25.6

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, too short, Dravid back and cuts through the covers to the man in the deep

End of over 26 (3 runs) India 67/1
R Dravid    21* (68b 3x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-17-0
G Gambhir    41* (87b 6x4)      A Flintoff    7-2-14-0

26.1

Flintoff to Dravid, FOUR, forward, he opens the face and runs the ball down to the unpopulated third-man region

Neatly played and well placed. His third boundary since the break.

26.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, pushed to Pietersen at mid-off

More fighter planes roar over the ground on their way to the nearby airport.

26.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, climbs right up on his toes to defend into the on side

26.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, short outside off, left alone

Two slips and a gully ...

26.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, opens the face and plays defensively to backward point

26.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, defends, slightly square on, Flintoff fields off his own bowling and gives a slightly rueful smile

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 71/1
R Dravid    25* (74b 4x4)      A Flintoff    8-2-18-0
G Gambhir    41* (87b 6x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-17-0

27.1

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, floated up and driven hard to Bell at silly mid-on

27.2

Panesar to Gambhir, 3 runs, turned off his feet, Flintoff has to chase all the way to the long-leg boundary, just what he needs after bowling an over

27.3

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, forward, turned round his front pad behind square on leg where there's a big gap

The fielders are round the batsmen like flies round the proverbial stuff ... so runs everywhere.

27.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, flicked to midwicket

27.5

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, not timed as he shapes to cut

27.6

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, turned behind square with the spin, Flintoff chugs round from behind square to field

Panesar has not bowled well so far today, and that's credit to the batsmen who have never let him settle.

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 76/1
G Gambhir    45* (92b 6x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-22-0
R Dravid    26* (75b 4x4)      A Flintoff    8-2-18-0

"Mohali and Delhi are the worst venues to have Test matches in winters," says Paramveer. "Nagpur, Kolkata, Bangalore would have been better...." It would have been sensible to stay in the south of India, surely? Broad replaces Flintoff.

28.1

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, edged wide of second slip where Flintoff stands like a statue as it passes ... not a chance, though

28.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, steered to Swann at gully who dives to stop

28.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, shoulders arms outside off

28.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, wide and left again

it's beginning to spit with rain as umpire Rauf checks out Broad's follow through.

28.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, even wider and left

Broad looked as if he made a real effort to stay off the cut strip in his follow through.

And the groundstaff are getting the covers ready.

28.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, angled across the left-hander, Prior takes

Rauf heads to have a chat with his colleague and then trots back to his mark with a real turn of pace.

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 80/1
G Gambhir    49* (98b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    8-3-21-1
R Dravid    26* (75b 4x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-22-0

29.1

Panesar to Dravid, no run, forward and left, playing inside the line

29.2

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, worked into the on side, neat placement

29.3

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, down the pitch, clipped to short mid-on and he has to hurry back

29.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, short but hit straight at point

29.5

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, this time he finds the gap, flicked between mid-on and midwicket to bring up his second consecutive fifty

Gambhir's fifty came off 101 balls, another composed innings from the opener who is becoming India's Mr Reliable.

29.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, back and cut hard to point where Flintoff stops well

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 82/1
R Dravid    27* (78b 4x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-24-0
G Gambhir    50* (101b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    8-3-21-1

30.1

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide enough to cut hard, well stopped by a diving Collingwood at backward point but he can only parry the ball and that allows the run

30.2

Broad to Dravid, 3 runs, sweetly flicked off his pads, Broad strays onto leg stump and Dravid plays it well but again not quite timed and the fielders cut it off just short of the rope

30.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, too wide to tempt Gambhir

Rauf again looks at Broad's follow through and clearly says "very very close".

30.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, on off stump and defended

30.5

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, back, takes the pace off the ball and he ambles a single as there is nobody at midwicket

30.6

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, another tuck off his pads but this time it is beautifully timed, rasping between midwicket and mid-on and nobody even bothers to pretend to give chase

End of over 31 (9 runs) India 91/1
R Dravid    34* (80b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    9-3-30-1
G Gambhir    52* (105b 7x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-24-0

Another consultation between the umpires. It's dark for sure, but India are quite happy to stay out there.

31.1

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, forward and defended to mid-on

31.2

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, back, gets slightly cramped and cut to short extra cover

31.3

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, again he shapes to cut, again the spin leaves him cramped. That one kept low too ...

31.4

Panesar to Gambhir, no run, not timed as he shapes to play to leg

31.5

Panesar to Gambhir, 1 run, worked into space on the leg side, Anderson in the deep fields

31.6

Panesar to Dravid, no run, firmly driven, Strauss, one of the two short extra covers almost hugging each other, dives to field

End of over 32 (1 run) India 92/1
R Dravid    34* (81b 5x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-25-0
G Gambhir    53* (110b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    9-3-30-1

Three slips and a gully.

32.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, back and stands on his toes to defend, Broad collects in his follow through

32.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, forward to a good-length delivery on off

32.3

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, wide and full, driven through the off side with an open face, that was served to him on a plate and he wasn't about to miss out

Mist fast becoming drizzle now

Broad has to dry the ball when it comes back, so the outfield is clearly getting wet. A further delay as Pietersen resets his field.

32.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, fullish and wide, no shot

32.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, closer to off but the angle off attack - he's still coming over the wicket - means he can leave with little worry

32.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, same line and Gambhir having none of it

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End of over 33 (4 runs) India 96/1
G Gambhir    57* (116b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    10-3-34-1
R Dravid    34* (81b 5x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-25-0

33.1

Panesar to Dravid, FOUR, tossed right up and driven between the plethora of short extra-cover fielders, exquisite timing and placement

33.2

Panesar to Dravid, no run, again some air, forward and defended

33.3

Panesar to Dravid, no run, outside off at 56mph, defended

33.4

Panesar to Dravid, no run, wider, 87kph, he pushes into the off side

33.5

Panesar to Dravid, no run, down on one knee, almost exaggeratedly so, and defended

33.6

Panesar to Dravid, 1 run, on leg stump and that allows Dravid to pick a space and keep the strike

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 101/1
R Dravid    39* (87b 6x4)      MS Panesar    8-0-30-0
G Gambhir    57* (116b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    10-3-34-1

Very gloomy but they are pressing on. You suspect that the light might not be that good for long sessions of this game so they might as well get on with it ...

34.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, outside off and allowed to pass

34.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, outside off, a big stride and a flourish of the bat as he leaves

34.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, back and slightly across, defended to Pietersen at mid-off

34.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, forward, pad thrust well out, the ball cuts back slightly and Broad groans loudly as Dravid allows the ball to pass

34.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, played to Anderson at wide mid-on

34.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, back to the same line two feet outside off and again Dravid leaves

End of over 35 (maiden) India 101/1
R Dravid    39* (93b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    11-4-34-1
G Gambhir    57* (116b 8x4)      MS Panesar    8-0-30-0

Swann comes on for his second spell, replacing Panesar. He was given one over immediately before lunch.

35.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, driven into the off side

A much more defensive field than for Panesar.

35.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flicked to leg but again to a fielder

35.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, cautiously pushed to short mid-on

35.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, short, he starts to come, waits, cuts off the back foot but straight to Strauss at short extra cover

35.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted, Gambhir forward to block

35.6

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, he comes to drive, gets a thick inside edge as he tries to hit him over the top, Flintoff chases the ball down to fine leg

Swann holds his head in his hands ...he beat him in the flight but ended up with nothing to show for it.

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 103/1
G Gambhir    59* (122b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-1-2-0
R Dravid    39* (93b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    11-4-34-1

Two slips and a gully as England begin to grow slightly more defensive.

36.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, outside off and Dravid is getting used to leaving those

36.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, on off stump this time, Dravid forced to play which he does so carefully and correctly

36.3

Broad to Dravid, no run, back and onto his toes, he drops the ball at his feet and the ball trundles to Bell at short extra cover

36.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, outside off, same old, same old

Local experts tell us that we might well lose the last hour given the light.

36.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, forward and defensively driven to wide mid-off

36.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, head over the ball as he blocks

Dravid looking much more like his old self since lunch, timing the ball well and solid as a rock in defence.

End of over 37 (maiden) India 103/1
R Dravid    39* (99b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    12-5-34-1
G Gambhir    59* (122b 8x4)      GP Swann    2-1-2-0

37.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, floated and pushed to leg

37.2

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, helped fine on the leg side, he moved inside the line and used the pace of the ball

37.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, forward and defended

37.4

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, another rather ugly shot from Gambhir, back and he gets a second edge into the leg side

37.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, back and flicked to leg

37.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, tossed right up, driven back to the bowler

The drinks come out, brought by a dapper-looking waiter who has the umpires' refreshments on a silver salver! Seventeen overs in the hour, a rarity, a bit like Andrew McGlashan who will talk you through to tea.

End of over 38 (3 runs) India 106/1
R Dravid    39* (101b 6x4)      GP Swann    3-1-5-0
G Gambhir    62* (126b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    12-5-34-1

Thanks Martin, a super stand forming here for India. Meanwhile, you can relive the boundaries - and, in fact, every ball - on Cricinfo 3D. Change of bowling, here's James Anderson

38.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, on off stump, defended to the leg side

Anderson's first ball of the day swung, but since then there's been barely anything

38.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed across the left hander, outside off and left alone

These two batsmen in no rush, and there's no need for them to be either

38.3

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, cut away over the gully, a touch wide from Anderson and Gambhir went hard at it...was well over the fielder and down to third man. Not like the tentative poke in Chennai, no chance of a catch

38.4

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, and again, almost identical, goes up and over the slip cordon away to third man...it's too wide from Anderson, allowing Gambhir to free his arms

38.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, tighter line, just outside off stump, Gambhir leaves alone after getting eight off the last two balls

38.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full and wide outside off stump, carries through very low to Prior tumbling in front of first slip...a fairly poor over from Anderson on his return

End of over 39 (8 runs) India 114/1
G Gambhir    70* (132b 10x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-24-0
R Dravid    39* (101b 6x4)      GP Swann    3-1-5-0

39.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, strong appeal from Swann, turns from outside off and strikes him in front off off stump...Harper says no, too much guessing as to whether that would have missed leg

39.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, defended to the leg side

39.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, tossed up outside off, driven hard to cover

39.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, defended from off stump, into the leg side

39.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, pushed down the pitch on the front foot

39.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, defended square on the off side, opens the face a touch

Steady stuff from Swann, but England need to build pressure from both ends

End of over 40 (maiden) India 114/1
R Dravid    39* (107b 6x4)      GP Swann    4-2-5-0
G Gambhir    70* (132b 10x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-24-0

A man has been put down to third man for the upper cut...a strength can be a weakness

40.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, outside off, left alone through to Prior

40.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, angling across Gambhir, too wide to make him play this time

40.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, tighter line to off stump, but Gambhir is seeing it well and confident to where his off stump is, let's it go easily

40.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, same again from Anderson and Gambhir, the batsman not interesting it chasing outside off in this over

40.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, five balls left in a row, now, as Anderson pushes another outside off stump...can he make him play with the last ball?

40.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, and he has been able to leave all six in that over, a bit of a waste but it at least keeps the scoring down.

However, England need to break this stand...just look at the batting to come

End of over 41 (maiden) India 114/1
G Gambhir    70* (138b 10x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-24-0
R Dravid    39* (107b 6x4)      GP Swann    4-2-5-0

41.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, outside off, punched out to cover

41.2

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Dravid turns his wrists and flicks it down the on side of the stumps. Mid-on is deep and it's an easy single

Round the wicket to the left hander

41.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, touch short outside off, Gambhir cuts but straight to cover

41.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, better length, tossed up on off stump, Gambhir comes forward and defends solidly

41.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, drifts in a touch to Gambhir, but no spin away and defended to the off side

41.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, dropped ooh, that was close, a tough chance to Paul Collingwood at slip. Nice drift from Swann and a touch of spin, takes the outside edge which flies low to the left of Collingwood, and he couldn't hold on...was very tough

End of over 42 (1 run) India 115/1
G Gambhir    70* (142b 10x4)      GP Swann    5-2-6-0
R Dravid    40* (109b 6x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-24-0

42.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, goes back into his crease, defends straight back down the pitch

42.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, on off stump, hint of shape in, defended out to midwicket

42.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, outside off, Dravid meets it with a big stride towards the ball...he's growing in confidence all the time

42.4

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, goes back this time, punches into the covers to the left of the fielder and rotates the strike

42.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, outside off stump, another leave from Gambhir who is sticking to his gameplan

42.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fuller outside off, a driveable length, but Gambhir isn't interested

End of over 43 (1 run) India 116/1
G Gambhir    70* (144b 10x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-25-0
R Dravid    41* (113b 6x4)      GP Swann    5-2-6-0

Swann continues, he's putting in a good spell and he's troubled Gambhir. Here he is to Dravid

43.1

Swann to Dravid, no run, comes forward, defends down the pitch

43.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, comes forward, head right over the ball, defended towards the on side

43.3

Swann to Dravid, 2 runs, brings out the lap sweep, beautifully played by Dravid who takes it from outside off stump down to fine leg...Broad does well to get down to it and saves the boundary

43.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, tossed up on off stump, driven firmly down to mid-off

43.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, pads up to this one outside off, but no danger of an lbw as it isn't turning much

43.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, goes on with the arm outside off, punched off the back foot to short cover

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 118/1
R Dravid    43* (119b 6x4)      GP Swann    6-2-8-0
G Gambhir    70* (144b 10x4)      JM Anderson    10-1-25-0

About 35 minutes until the tea interval, India building a very strong base for a big total

44.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, turned off middle stump wide of mid-on, Pietersen skips round to keep it to a single

44.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, outside off, defended firmly into the covers...that bat is looking wider and wider

44.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, comes half forward to this one, pushed into the covers

Not much on offer for Anderson with the ball 45 overs old

44.4

Anderson to Dravid, no run, aims full at middle, sweetly punched down to mid-on who has a shy at the non-striker's stumps and hits...but Gambhir hadn't gone anywhere. He just wanted some target practice

44.5

Anderson to Dravid, no run, outside off and left alone

44.6

Anderson to Dravid, no run, doesn't make Dravid play with the final ball of the over, a reasonably tight effort that time from Anderson as England try to build some pressure

End of over 45 (1 run) India 119/1
R Dravid    43* (124b 6x4)      JM Anderson    11-1-26-0
G Gambhir    71* (145b 10x4)      GP Swann    6-2-8-0

45.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, round the wicket, huge shout from Swann as Gambhir is struck on the pad...it looks very close, right in front of middle and the height seems ok. Gambhir is very lucky

45.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, turned into the leg side

45.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, worked out to midwicket

Replays show that lbw was hitting half-way up middle stump...hmmm

45.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, whipped out to midwicket, a strong leg-side field in place

45.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, defended to the on side, this is a good spell from Swann

45.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, turned off the stumps, straight to the man at square leg. Swann unlucky not to get a wicket in that over

End of over 46 (1 run) India 120/1
R Dravid    43* (128b 6x4)      GP Swann    7-2-9-0
G Gambhir    72* (147b 10x4)      JM Anderson    11-1-26-0

46.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, nicely bowled, close to off stump and Gambhir nearly plays but leaves at the last minute

Not to harp on or anything, but that lbw appeal would have made an interesting referral

46.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, pushed across outside off stump, carries at ankle height to Prior

A stiff breeze how blowing across the ground

46.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, left again, this is a game of patience between batsman and bowler...who will crack first?

46.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full on off stump, brings a shot this time as Gambhir drives down to mid-off

46.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, defended from middle and off back to Anderson in his follow through

46.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, confident shot, whipped from off stump into the leg side but straight to Pietersen at a wide mid-on

End of over 47 (maiden) India 120/1
G Gambhir    72* (153b 10x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-26-0
R Dravid    43* (128b 6x4)      GP Swann    7-2-9-0

47.1

Swann to Dravid, 2 runs, another sweep from outside off stump, works it fine past the wicketkeeper...another neat shot, ticks the scoreboard over

47.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, turned from outside off down to mid-on

47.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, comes forward and defends on off stump, bat and pad close together...Dravid has made a strong effort to get well forward on this innings

47.4

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, goes to turn this into the leg side, comes off the back off the bat and dribbles towards mid-on...Pietersen has a shy, and it clearly hurts his cracked rib as he grimaces in pain

47.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, turned into the leg side

47.6

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, touch too straight, tucked off the stumps into the leg side and he keeps the strike

End of over 48 (4 runs) India 124/1
G Gambhir    73* (155b 10x4)      GP Swann    8-2-13-0
R Dravid    46* (132b 6x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-26-0

Change of bowling, Andrew Flintoff replaces Anderson after a five-over spell for 10 runs

48.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, round the wicket, outside off and left alone

48.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, outside off, comes in with the angle but Gambhir is still able to let it go

Just one slip in now...defensive field from Pietersen

48.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, bouncer from Flintoff, well-directed over middle and off, Gambhir sinks to his knees and rocks played...nicely played all round

48.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, extra bounce, fended round the corner down to fine leg where Panesar is stationed

More attacking field against Dravid...two slips and a gully

48.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, pushed hard outside off stump, played into the point area

48.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, goes full this time, dug out on off stump and goes one bounce back to Flintoff

End of over 49 (1 run) India 125/1
R Dravid    46* (134b 6x4)      A Flintoff    9-2-19-0
G Gambhir    74* (159b 10x4)      GP Swann    8-2-13-0

England are desperate for a breakthrough before tea...Swann continues with just a slip close in

49.1

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, uses his feet, works it wide of mid-on but without much force and Panesar can come around to keep them to a single

49.2

Swann to Dravid, no run, slightly quicker ball on off stump, Dravid is hurried into his defensive shot

49.3

Swann to Dravid, no run, whipped out to mid-on with a bit of a flourish

49.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, nicely flighted, Dravid nearly pops a return catch as he drives a little too early

49.5

Swann to Dravid, no run, worked out to midwicket

49.6

Swann to Dravid, no run, comes forward, bat and pad together, ball rolls into the leg side...not much gets past Dravid's forward defensive today

End of over 50 (1 run) India 126/1
R Dravid    46* (139b 6x4)      GP Swann    9-2-14-0
G Gambhir    75* (160b 10x4)      A Flintoff    9-2-19-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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India v England at Mohali - Dec 19-23, 2008
Match drawn
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