Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

354dTim de Lisle

Nice guy spoils thriller

Rahul Dravid is an outstanding cricketer, the most classical batsman in the world today. And he is one of the good guys - polite, modest and thoughtful. But at Nagpur, in a Test that had more twists than a racetrack, the biggest twist of all was that Drav

354dPaul Coupar in Nagpur

Kicking against expectation

It was a bizarre end to a bizarre match: brilliant in its own sort of way,always kicking against expectation, writes Paul Coupar

Day 4

354dRahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

Taken to the cleaners

Today showed that `the boys got their flannels dirty' is no longer a barometer of a side's fielding

Day 3

354dDileep Premachandran at Nagpur

Succumbing to swing

Dileep Premachandran considers how Matthew Hoggard's swing did for India's batsmen on the third day at Nagpur

354dPaul Coupar at Nagpur

Reversing the cliches

Paul Coupar tells how Matthew Hoggard helped put paid to some cricketing cliches on a good day for England

354dRahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

A day of fightbacks

Rahul Bhattacharya considers a wholesome day of Test cricket and one which involved fightback after fightback

354dOn the Ball by S Rajesh

Discipline wins the day

England's bowlers and Mohammad Kaif reaped the rewards of keeping it tight

Day 2

354dPaul Coupar at Nagpur

Collingwood makes the right noises

Paul Coupar reflects on Paul Collingwood's first Test century and the steady Indian reply that followed on the second day at Nagpur

Day 1

354dRahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

Of stars and size-12 sneakers

England needed to make the most of the bit of luck that finally went their way this morning. They didn't, but that was half the story.

354dDileep Premachandran at Nagpur

Two tales from Nagpur

Dileep Premachandran looks back at the day one comparing it with another opening day at the same venue, two years back against Australia.


354dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

India tighten the screw

India enjoyed the best of the opening day of the series, despite losing the toss and an impressive 60 by Alastair Cook

354dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Cook's debut century drives England

Alastair Cook cut Harbhajan Singh past point for four to go to a brilliant maiden Test century, as England's lead extended past the 350-mark at Nagpur

354dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

England seize the day with late strikes

Matthew Hoggard took the morning plaudits with a peerless display of swing bowling; Mohammad Kaif and Anil Kumble earned the afternoon honours with an invaluable eighth wicket stand of 128, but it was the debutant Monty Panesar who stole the headlines

354dDileep Premachandran at Nagpur

"Dropped catches don't help" - Kaif

While more or less admitting that an Indian win was unlikely, MohammadKaif was quietly confident that India could save the match

354dDileep Premachandran

Fresh-faced future

The exodus of big-name players, including Chappell, nearly crippled Australian cricket in the early '80s, and he has often spoken of the need to avoid something of that nature happening to this Indian team

354dS Rajesh and Kanishkaa Balachandran

Cook confirms his class

Alastair Cook showed he has the talent and technique to survive and prosper with his debut performance of 60; in the second innings, he showed he has the appetite for runs too

354dRahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

End games

Across the border cleaning up has been the eternal woe.

354dDileep Premachandran at Nagpur

A case for specialists

It wasn't the most fluent innings that Wasim Jaffer's ever played but this unbeaten 73, with the prospect of many more, will mean the world to a man who has spent some of his best years on the fringes

354dOn the Ball with S Rajesh

Collingwood the saviour

After the first day, England would have settled for a first-innings total in the vicinity of 300. If they managed to get nearly 100 more than that, it was largely due to the effort of Paul Collingwood

354dRahul Bhattacharya at Nagpur

A daring surprise at the end

A hundred and twenty nine runs came from the final session at about a run-a-ball but the game was never realistically on

354dS Rajesh and Kanishkaa Balachandran

Lighting up the leg side

Wasim Jaffer's exquisite touch on the leg side was the highlight of his maiden century

354dOn the Ball with S Rajesh

Cook's impressive debut

Alastair Cook arrived arrived in India as a raw, 21-year-old but within two sessions of the opening Test, he showed just why he is so highly rated in England