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England v India - Fifth Test

The Oval

  • Over 29 - England 98-1 (Cook 37, Ballance 17)
    Two more runs added off Aaron as Cook clips to long-leg before a front-foot no-ball that Ballance had cut hard, but straight to backward point. Ishant to replace Kumar...
    8/16/2014 10:48:30 AM
  • Robson's dismissal - Athers highlighted the minimal foot movement

    8/16/2014 10:48:40 AM
  • Over 30 - England 99-1 (Cook 37, Ballance 17)
    Cook leaves seven successive deliveries from Ishant well alone outside off stump. A no-ball causing the extra leave
    8/16/2014 10:54:27 AM
  • Over 31 - England 103-1 (Cook 37, Ballance 21) [100]
    Edge! Ballance anxiously turns around after edging Aaron just wide of fourth slip. A loose drive from the left-hander, his first misjudgment since coming to the crease. It brings him four runs, nevertheless. Up comes the England 100
    8/16/2014 10:59:10 AM
  • Over 32 - England 103-1 (Cook 37, Ballance 21)
    The last over of the first hour is a maiden from Ishant and on come an assortment of drinks. England trail by 45
    8/16/2014 11:02:26 AM
    ...a compilation of our 'best bits' from the last 24 years, as we celebrate broadcasting our 200th live England Test.

    8/16/2014 11:05:22 AM
  • Over 33 - England 106-1 (Cook 38, Ballance 22)
    With boundary riders now in place England have been subdued in the last few overs. Three runs added in the first over after drinks, a single apiece for Cook and Ballance and a front-foot no-ball from Aaron
    8/16/2014 11:11:32 AM
  • Over 34 - England 111-1 (Cook 43, Ballance 22)
    Cook, who has been dismissed eight times by Ishant in Tests, pulls the India seamer hard through square-leg for a welcome boundary and awakes the crowd after a quiet passage of play. A single then takes England on to Nelson. Binny to replace Aaron...
    8/16/2014 11:15:47 AM
  • D1 PODCAST: Andrew Strauss and David Lloyd reflect on a perfect start for England and we catch up with Chris Woakes, who claimed 3-30...

    8/16/2014 11:15:57 AM
  • Over 35 - England 118-1 (Cook 44, Ballance 28)
    Shane Warne, in the Sky Sports commentary box, questions the decision to bring Binny into the attack ahead of Ashwin and he's proved right when England take his opening over for seven runs. Cook nurdles a single off his hip before Ballance takes centre stage with two runs clipped over square-leg and a driven boundary through the covers
    8/16/2014 11:21:16 AM
  • Great views out over a sunny London today...

    8/16/2014 11:22:06 AM
  • Partnership between Cook & Ballance building surely... #EngvInd

  • Over 36 - England 122-1 (Cook 44, Ballance 28)
    A moment for Dhoni to forget behind the stumps as a wobbler slips through his grasp and away for four byes, the only runs off an otherwise tidy Ishant over
    8/16/2014 11:25:42 AM
  • Over 37 - England 130-1 (Cook 45, Ballance 35)
    Eight more runs off Binny, who is unfortunate to see a Ballance edge find the rope through the vacant and profitable third man region. Ballance was genuinely squared up there but played with soft hands to keep the ball down. The Yorkshire left-hander keeps the scoreboard ticking next ball by forcing thee runs off the backfoot through mid-on and Cook adds a single to keep strike
    8/16/2014 11:31:57 AM
  • Alastair Cook: has been quick to pounce on anything short today

    8/16/2014 11:32:26 AM
  • Over 38 - England 130-1 (Cook 45, Ballance 35)
    Ishant stems the flow of runs with a maiden to Cook, who has scored just two singles off his last 16 deliveries faced
    8/16/2014 11:35:11 AM
  • Over 39 - England 130-1 (Cook 45, Ballance 35)
    Spin is introduced for the first time today as Ashwin sends down a maiden to Ballance. Little spin on show but nothing loose from the under-used off-spinner
    8/16/2014 11:37:42 AM
  • Over 40 - England 133-1 (Cook 46, Ballance 35)
    An eight-ball over from Ishant, who twice oversteps and also concedes a single to Cook. After missing the last two Test matches through injury, Ishant is clearly determined to get the most out of this tour
    8/16/2014 11:45:46 AM
  • Over 41 - England 137-1 (Cook 50, Ballance 35) [50]
    50 for Cook! He gets to his 38th Test half-century with a trademark cut shot off Ashwin, which races to the boundary. The Oval crowd rise to their feet and the England captain will now be aiming to bat big
    8/16/2014 11:47:49 AM
    [benedictbermange] If he reaches 70, Alastair Cook will become England’s leading run-scorer in Tests against India ahead of: Gooch (1,725 in 33 inns); Pietersen (1,581 in 28); Gower (1,391 in 37 inns); Barrington (1,355 in 21 inns); Bell (1,336 in 34 inns). Before this innings Cook had scored 1,680 in 35 inns."

    8/16/2014 11:49:41 AM
  • Over 42 - England 139-1 (Cook 51, Ballance 36)
    England are closing in on parity with just one wicket down. Cook and Ballance trade singles to move within nine runs of India's first-innings score
    8/16/2014 11:51:53 AM
  • Over 43 - England 140-1 (Cook 52, Ballance 36)
    England will have one eye on lunch, which is six minutes and probably two overs away. Cook pushes a quicker delivery from Ashwin off his pads for the only run off the over
    8/16/2014 11:55:21 AM
  • A look at Cook's wagon-wheel as the skipper's fifty puts England on the brink of overtaking India's first inns total

  • Over 44 - England 144-1 (Cook 56, Ballance 36)
    Cook is looking well-balanced at the crease and whips Kumar for four more through midwicket, aided by a lazy piece of fielding from Binny. Ashwin to bowl the last over before lunch...
    8/16/2014 11:59:31 AM
  • Over 45 - England 148-1 (Cook 56, Ballance 40)
    Ballance takes England to lunch with a glorious cover drive for four which levels the scores!
    8/16/2014 12:01:03 PM
  • Lunch [lunch]
    Almost the perfect session for England, who lost Sam Robson in the second over of the day, bowled by Aaron for 37. Since then, left-handers Cook 56* and Ballance 40* have effortlessly maintained England's firm grip on this Test and will resume after lunch with the scores level. Stay tuned for more updates from the Kia Oval...
    8/16/2014 12:03:05 PM
  • This is how we stand at lunch - scores level after a session of 86 runs and Robson's wicket. #EngvInd

  • Coming up at lunch - part four of 'One in a Billion', our Sachin Tendulkar feature. #EngvInd
  • BUMBLE ON THE TRAMS... must-see viewing for lunchtime

    8/16/2014 12:08:06 PM
  • Time to dig into that hamper...

    8/16/2014 12:13:35 PM
  • 200 TEST MEMORIES... Mike Atherton recalls England's demolition of Australia at Melbourne in 2010

    8/16/2014 12:23:00 PM
  • 200 TEST MEMORIES - back, but not by popular demand from England fans, is Shane Warne's take on Mitchell Johnson's wicket rampage in the 2013/14 Ashes...

    8/16/2014 12:32:00 PM
  • A few quick words from Warney as the afternoon session begins...

    8/16/2014 12:40:41 PM
  • Over 46 - England 152-1 (Cook 60, Ballance 40)
    Cook tickles the first ball of the afternoon session fine past Dhoni, who opts against a dive, and away for four. England take the lead! Bumble in the commentary box believes the five-match series is catching up with Kumar, who is "running out of steam". I'd have to agree. He's been off-colour so far today
    8/16/2014 12:45:24 PM
  • Over 47 - England 157-1 (Cook 60, Ballance 45)
    You get the feeling this is going to be a long day for India... The sun is out, the pitch is flat and outfield fast. Ballance cuts Ashwin to the rope and then dabs a single. The partnership is now 91 and the lead is nine
    8/16/2014 12:48:49 PM
  • Gary Ballance acknowledges the generous applause for his fifty. #EngvInd

  • Over 48 - England 165-1 (Cook 60, Ballance 53) [50]
    50 for Ballance! What a start this man is having to his Test career! He has now made three 100s and three 50s in eight Tests, reaching his latest half-century off 77 balls with 11 fours. Two more in this over, one clipped to long-leg, the next guided over the slip cordon after a bang-in ball from Kumar. Great improvisation
    8/16/2014 12:54:21 PM
  • Over 49 - England 166-1 (Cook 61, Ballance 53)
    Just a Cook single off Ashwin but almost an edge behind after a loose cut from the England skipper, who momentarily loses concentration
    8/16/2014 12:56:04 PM
  • And that's the century stand up between Cook & Ballance. #EngvInd

  • Over 50 - England 172-1 (Cook 66, Ballance 53) [dropped-catch]
    Drop! Cook dropped on 65! What a miss from Vijay at first slip. It was the perfect height after Aaron had squared up the England skipper but his buddy in the cordon let him down. Cook, who had earlier cut away for four through backward point, regroups and works a single through midwicket. Forlorn looks from Aaron and the India fielders
    8/16/2014 1:02:08 PM
  • Over 51 - England 173-1 (Cook 67, Ballance 53)
    Ashwin races through another over to Cook, conceding just a single
    8/16/2014 1:04:51 PM
  • Over 52 - England 174-1 (Cook 68, Ballance 53)
    Cook is more than happy to work the singles after that earlier let-off. Just a single off Aaron, who continues to steam in with plenty of endeavour
    8/16/2014 1:09:41 PM
  • What might have been... Plenty for Murali Vijay and India to ponder.

    8/16/2014 1:09:52 PM
  • Over 53 - England 175-1 (Cook 69, Ballance 53)
    A third successive over with just a Cook single to report. England's lead is 27
    8/16/2014 1:11:10 PM
  • Over 54 - England 176-1 (Cook 70, Ballance 53)
    Aaron is getting the ball to tail in nicely to the left-handers from round the wicket and almost forces Cook to drag a drive back on to his stumps. Instead, he nabs a single. India building some pressure...
    8/16/2014 1:14:11 PM
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