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England v India - Fifth Test

The Oval


    8/15/2014 7:40:12 AM

    8/15/2014 7:42:42 AM

    Coming up on @SkySportsNewsHQ - Strauss looks ahead to the fifth Test with Tim Abraham. #EngvInd

    Moeen Ali & Chris Jordan arrive at the Oval, where the rain has stopped and the clouds are lightening. #EngvInd

    View from the Committee Room is encouraging, with the covers coming off the sides of the square. #EngvInd

    Over 54 - India 124/9 (Dhoni 64, Ishant 2)
    Four dot balls to start the over. Field then comes up, so Dhoni slams one over long-off for six.
    8/15/2014 3:32:45 PM
    Over 55 - India 124/9 (Dhoni 64, Ishant 2)
    Anderson swinging the ball this way and that, but Ishant manages to get either the middle of the bat or none of it on every ball.
    8/15/2014 3:36:44 PM
    Over 56 - India 125/9 (Dhoni 65, Ishant 2)
    Spin for the first time as Moeen Ali bowls the final ball before the tea interval. Tea's been delayed by 30 minutes for England to get this final wicket, but they've not been able to do it. Dhoni gets a single from the final ball of the session. He's launched quite a fightback for India from 90/9, but they are still in the soup.
    8/15/2014 3:41:05 PM
    Tea - India 125/9
    [tea]Excellent, intelligent batting from Dhoni aside, another superb session for England. What will please the management is the way Woakes and Jordan have played full parts in the rout.
    8/15/2014 3:42:47 PM

    Michael reflects on the afternoon session...

    8/15/2014 3:50:40 PM
    200TH TEST MEMORIES - Paul Allott recalls the abandoned Sabina Park Test of 1998 - one of the shorter of our 200 live England Tests!

    8/15/2014 3:54:27 PM
    Alastair Cook's form has improved, but the debate continues as to whether he would benefit from a break. He's been a permanent fixture in the England side for eight years now. Sir Ian Botham has suggested Eoin Morgan as an able deputy to step in and lead the Test team in the short-term - and the Middlesex batsman has told Sky Sports News Radio it's something he'd definitely do.

    8/15/2014 3:57:00 PM
    Over 57 - India 129/9 (Dhoni 69, Ishant 2)
    Anderson gets another go at Dhoni to open the evening session. There are 36 overs still scheduled today but at least a few will be lost as play will end at 7pm regardless. Dhoni carves a thick edge over the slips for four to finish Anderson's over.
    8/15/2014 4:07:14 PM
    Over 58 - India 131/9 (Dhoni 69, Ishant 4)
    Ishant continues to hang around, even earning himself a couple of runs with a wristy flick into the leg side as Broad drops short.
    8/15/2014 4:08:57 PM
    Over 59 - India 137/9 (Dhoni 74, Ishant 5)
    Dhoni goes aerial against Anderson, lifting a single over mid-off and then finding the boundary at mid-on. In between, Ishant steers a short ball just out of the reach of Robson at short-leg.
    8/15/2014 4:15:46 PM
    Over 60 - India 139/9 (Dhoni 74, Ishant 7)
    Ishant has looked comfortable since tea, working the final delivery of Broad's over for a couple into the leg side.
    8/15/2014 4:17:38 PM

    Fresh arrivals in the comms box... #200thTest #EngvInd India 148-9, Dhoni 82no, Ishant 7no

    Over 61 - India 148/9 (Dhoni 82, Ishant 7)
    Dhoni helps a short ball from Broad to the fine-leg boundary to complete a 50-run stand with Ishant from 92 balls. Dhoni adds another four later in Anderson's over, cut over backward point and then keeps the strike thanks to a bye down the leg side.
    8/15/2014 4:22:01 PM

    Dhoni c Woakes b Broad 82[wicket]

    Dhoni's defiant innings comes to an end, helping a short ball straight into Woakes' hands at long-leg. India's captain has scored 55.4 per cent of his side's first-innings effort of 148 all out.

    8/15/2014 4:23:45 PM

    8/15/2014 4:26:41 PM
    Openers Cook and Robson rush off to get their pads on, England have an hour and a half of batting tonight, while the seamers can put their feet up after a job well done
    8/15/2014 4:28:03 PM
    200th TEST MEMORIES - Nasser Hussain recalls captaining England to victory in Karachi in the dark in 2000...

    8/15/2014 4:29:23 PM
    [ianbotham] You’ve got to fancy bowling on this pitch. The roller has been on and it will be a fraction quicker. India must make the most of the new ball – that’s what MS Dhoni will be telling his bowlers.

    8/15/2014 4:32:27 PM


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    8/15/2014 4:34:12 PM
    Over 1 - England 2/0 (Cook 1, Robson 1)
    Kumar takes the first over with the new ball for India. He's immediately swinging it back into the left-handed Cook, who defends one just in front of short-leg before getting off the mark with a single to fine-leg. Robson also opens his account with a single off his pads to keep the strike.
    8/15/2014 4:38:16 PM
    [injury]Worrying for India, Ishant is limping after the second ball of his opening over. He missed the defeats in Southampton and Manchester with an ankle injury... The groundstaff are coming out to do some work on the footmarks.
    8/15/2014 4:40:22 PM
    He's going to carry on.
    8/15/2014 4:41:38 PM
    Over 2 - England 2/0 (Cook 1, Robson 2)
    Ishant completes his over without further incident, just a single for Robson - worked into the leg side - from it. He seems to be okay now.
    8/15/2014 4:45:53 PM
    Over 3 - England 3/0 (Cook 1, Robson 2)
    Robson, who might well be playing for his immediate Test future in this game, plays out a maiden from Kumar in defensive mode. The medium pacer is getting some good shape on his outswinger.
    8/15/2014 4:48:32 PM
    Over 4 - England 4/0 (Cook 2, Robson 2)
    Cook helps himself to a single off his pads. Ishant seems fine after that early scare, generating decent pace to sneak one past Robson's prod.
    8/15/2014 4:52:44 PM
    Our stats man, Benedict, has come up with the following composite ‘team’ from the players who have played just one England Test on Sky across all the years…

    Ian Ward, (captain - obviously!); Jason Gallian; Aftab Habib; Anthony McGrath; Matthew Maynard  (wk); Gavin Hamilton; Mike Watkinson; Eddie Hemmings; Phil Newport; Boyd Rankin; Darren Pattinson

    8/15/2014 4:54:02 PM
    Over 5 - England 8/0 (Cook 3, Robson 5)
    Kumar stifles an lbw appeal against Cook, probably swinging past the left-hander's leg stump. Hawkeye says that was umpire's call, pitched in line and was just clipping leg stump...Robson drives down the ground for three, hauled in just short of the rope.
    8/15/2014 4:58:02 PM
    Over 6 - England 8/0 (Cook 3, Robson 7)
    Ishant, who demolished England at Lord's in his most recent outing (although it seems a long time ago now), is working up some pace, he certainly adds an extra dimension to this Indian attack. Robson gets two runs via a thick inside edge.
    8/15/2014 5:01:05 PM
    Over 7 - England 12/0 (Cook 5, Robson 7)
    Cook forces through the covers for two off the back foot as Kumar drops just a touch short during an otherwise decent over of line and length
    8/15/2014 5:04:33 PM
    Over 8 - England 12/0 (Cook 5, Robson 7)
    Good maiden over from Ishant, twice going past Robson's outside edge.
    8/15/2014 5:10:35 PM
    Over 9 - England 20/0 (Cook 12, Robson 7)
    Eventful over. Cook clips Kumar through midwicket for four and cuts through point for two. But between those two he's hit on the pad in front of his stumps, and Kumar is aghast when the lbw shout is turned down. Live it looked like it may have pitched outside leg, but Hawk-Eye shows it pitched on leg stump and would've hit the inside of off stump. Let off for the England captain.
    8/15/2014 5:13:08 PM

    LBW let-off for Cook on nine - Hawkeye shows second ball (blue) of Kumar's over pitched in line and would have hit.

    Over 10 - England 20/0 (Cook 12, Robson 7)
    Maiden over from Ishant, who gets one to bounce from a good length and thud firmly into Cook's box. Sore. Cook gets through the rest of the over, and can have a quick check and a recount at DRINKS.
    8/15/2014 5:19:43 PM
    Over 11 - England 24/0 (Cook 12, Robson 11)
    Good shot from Robson to end the over, punching a drive between cover and mid-off as Kumar overpitches.
    8/15/2014 5:24:48 PM
    England team now here in good numbers but still awaiting the arrival of India...
    8/16/2014 8:27:27 AM

    Ian Bell arrives, suitably shaded against the sunshine...

    8/16/2014 8:28:43 AM

    Joe Root - lengthy queue for his autograph this morning.

    8/16/2014 8:37:19 AM

    Coming up: Bumble on the trams plus some of our best funnies over the years? Does this make your shortlist? #EngvInd

    Bryan Henderson receiving the award to mark sky's 200th test it's bigger than him....mind most things are...!!!!

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