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England v India - Fifth Test

The Oval

  • Go to the top of the class, Mr Cook.

    8/16/2014 1:15:40 PM
  • Over 55 - England 179-1 (Cook 71, Ballance 55) [dropped-catch]
    Drop! Another life for Cook! This one slightly tougher but Rahane, standing at first slip, got a hand to it after Cook was late on his cut shot off Ashwin. Dropped on 65 & 70, surely Cook is destined to make a century now??
    8/16/2014 1:18:21 PM
  • Over 56 - England 182-1 (Cook 74, Ballance 55)
    Cook comes forward and jabs Aaron for two down the ground and then works a full ball off middle and off through midwicket for a single. Cook struggling a little here and could do with a spell at the non strikers' end
    8/16/2014 1:22:59 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS... on Cook
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    8/16/2014 1:24:53 PM
  • Over 57 - England 187-1 (Cook 75, Ballance 59)
    Ashwin tries to sneak another over through quickly but Ballance dispatches the final delivery through extra cover with aplomb to find the fence
    8/16/2014 1:26:12 PM
  • Cook ct Vijay bld Aaron 79 [wicket]

    Third time lucky for India as Vijay this time clings on at first slip to send England's captain on his way and hand Aaron a deserved wicket
    8/16/2014 1:27:31 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] It was a curious innings from Cook. Although he scored 79 it was one of those innings where you wonder if you are in better or worse nick at the end of it. A century is proving very difficult to come by for him.

    8/16/2014 1:29:38 PM
  • Over 58 - England 191-2 (Ballance 59, Bell 0)
    That was a loose drive from Cook after Aaron had angled the ball across him. Indeed a curious innings from the England skipper, who had cruised to 65 before stuttering badly thereafter. Bell joins Ballance and plays out the remainder of the over
    8/16/2014 1:30:39 PM
  • Over 59 - England 192-2 (Ballance 59, Bell 0)
    Ballance tucks a single through leg off Ashwin, who then keeps Bell on nought by spearing it in for the rest of the over. Bell keen to use his feet to the spinner but given no time to play anything expansive
    8/16/2014 1:33:46 PM
  • Over 60 - England 192-2 (Ballance 59, Bell 0)
    Another wholehearted over from Aaron to Ballance, who watchfully plays out a maiden, leaving anything away from his stumps well alone
    8/16/2014 1:39:03 PM
  • Over 61 - England 197-2 (Ballance 64, Bell 1)
    A thick inside edge gets Bell off the mark with a single. Ballance returns on strike and whips a short ball from Ashwin through midwicket with just enough power to reach the fence. England lead by 49 as drinks are wheeled on to the field
    8/16/2014 1:42:39 PM
  • During DRINKS (Eng 197-2, lead by 49) watch highlights of IAN BELL'S 235 against India at the Oval in 2011...

    8/16/2014 1:42:47 PM
  • Over 62 - England 201-2 (Ballance 64, Bell 5)
    Bell takes England past 200 after the drinks break with a pair of twos on the off side. Stating the obvious, India will want his wicket quicker than most. A session of the Warwickshire man will mean the game has all-but gone
    8/16/2014 1:49:39 PM
  • Ballance ct Pujara bld Ashwin 64 [wicket]

    Well, out of nowhere, Ballance prods a simple catch to Pujara at silly point to hand Ashwin his first wicket of the tour. India fighting back...
    8/16/2014 1:51:15 PM
  • [davidgower] It was a length ball – maybe the only thing that may have undone Ballance is a bit of grip on the turf and some extra bounce. Pushing at it was the crime – Ballance has got to do the time.

    8/16/2014 1:53:34 PM
  • Over 63 - England 201-3 (Bell 5, Root 0)
    A pretty unusual dismissal, that one. Maybe a little more bounce than Ballance expected, but it was catching practice for Pujara at silly point. Root joins Bell at the crease with England's lead 53 but two new batsmen at the crease
    8/16/2014 1:54:05 PM
  • Bell ct Dhoni bld Ishant 7 [wicket]

    India have another! Bell nicks the returning Ishant through to Dhoni, who makes no mistake
    8/16/2014 1:55:26 PM
  • [davidgower] This is something of a purple patch for India. It was a very good delivery – there was a little bit of bounce as well and now Ishant Sharma has Moeen Ali in his sights.

    8/16/2014 1:56:49 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS
    [betting]England have suffered another blow as Bell follows Ballance and Cook. There's pressure now on Joe Root. The Yorkshireman is 7/4 to score a half century. Check out the Sky Bet's latest odds and bet in-play. 
    8/16/2014 2:01:20 PM
  • Over 64 - England 209-4 (Root 0, Moeen 1)
    An admirable afternoon fightback from India has made things very interesting now at the Oval. The pressure is now back on Root and Ali, who are in differing sorts of form. Mo gets off the mark with a single. The lead is 61
    8/16/2014 2:02:19 PM
  • Sharma celebrates taking the wicket of Bell (seven)

    8/16/2014 2:03:56 PM
  • Over 65 - England 220-4 (Root 0, Moeen 12)
    Mo on the charge! Ali whips for back-to-back boundaries and then nuges for three more on the on-side. Lovely little counter-attack from Ali to get him and England going again
    8/16/2014 2:08:05 PM
  • Over 66 - England 220-4 (Root 0, Moeen 12)
    Ishant operates on a better off-stump line to Moeen, who plays out a maiden
    8/16/2014 2:11:29 PM
  • Over 67 - England 225-4 (Root 5, Moeen 12)
    Root gets off the mark with a confident drive down the ground. It was destined for four but a diving stop restricts the young Yorkie to two. When back on strike he stands tall on his tip-toes and punches through point for three more. England's lead is 77
    8/16/2014 2:15:10 PM
  • Over 68 - England 226-4 (Root 6, Moeen 12)
    You can't help but feel this series could have panned out differently had Ishant been available for all of it. He's been impressive yet again today and concedes just a single via Root's inside edge
    8/16/2014 2:22:01 PM
  • Good to see the @CricketUnited flag flying proudly above the pavilion on this fund-raising day for the PCA Benevolent Fund, Chance to Shine and the Lord's Taverners.

    8/16/2014 2:22:19 PM
  • [nasserhussain] This is a good fight-back by India. Ashwin is varying his pace – this one was a bit slower and Moeen Ali didn’t know whether to play or to leave.

    8/16/2014 2:25:34 PM
  • Over 69 - England 229-5 (Root 7, Buttler 0)
    Series scores of 14, 39, 32, 12, 13 and now 14 for Ali, who has turned into a bowler who bats a bit! His demise came one delivery after a wild hack had brought him two over gully. India still in this but a make-or-break partnership between Root and Buttler coming up..
    8/16/2014 2:27:13 PM
  • Over 70 - England 234-5 (Root 8, Buttler 4)
    Buttler survives a long but very optimistic lbw shout from Ishant and then gets off the mark by pulling said bowler through midwicket for four. The lbw shout was flawed on line and height
    8/16/2014 2:32:11 PM
  • Over 71 - England 239-5 (Root 9, Buttler 8)
    Buttler punishes a rank long-hop from Ashwin and cuts powerfully through the covers for four. England's lead is approaching 100, as is the tea interval...
    8/16/2014 2:36:20 PM
  • Over 72 - England 241-5 (Root 10, Buttler 8)
    Binny is back for just his fifth over of the match. A very ordinary selection from India, it must be said. Two runs off his comeback over and there will be one more to come before tea
    8/16/2014 2:41:03 PM
  • Over 73 - England 246-5 (Root 11, Buttler 12)
    Just as the the morning session, England end the afternoon session with a boundary as Buttler works Ashwin fine to the fence
    8/16/2014 2:42:12 PM
  • Tea [tea]
    England head to tea with a lead of 98 runs but India can be pleased with their efforts with four wickets taken in the afternoon session. Stay with us for the final passage of day two...
    8/16/2014 2:43:41 PM
  • 200th TEST MEMORIES - CHARLES COLVILE recalls England’s 1993/94 tour to the Caribbean, which included Angus Fraser’s 8-75 in the Barbados Test…

    8/16/2014 2:47:00 PM
  • It's nippy up here!

    8/16/2014 3:00:55 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS... on Bumble...
    [twitter]

    8/16/2014 3:03:15 PM
  • Over 74 - England 248-5 (Root 13, Buttler 12)
    An important spell coming up here with the second new ball around the corner. If India can nick a wicket here and expose the tail they'll fancy their changes of limiting England's lead, which is now 100 after Root adds two through square-leg
    8/16/2014 3:07:04 PM
  • Over 75 - England 252-5 (Root 14, Buttler 13)
    Buttler turns Ashwin for a single and Root is then beaten on the outside edge looking to drive against the spin. Dhoni is also beaten and England scamper two byes to bring up the 250. Root adds another single as England stay busy
    8/16/2014 3:10:17 PM
  • Gripping.@BumbleCricket explains the art of surviving the hoist. "It's good to be back on terracotta," he quips. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvK0tsxIgAA3PNz.jpg

  • Over 76 - England 253-5 (Root 15, Buttler 13)
    Close! Buttler is beaten by Binny and the ball is a whisker away from off stump. Lovely delivery, angled in from wide of the crease between bat and pad. Buttler survives
    8/16/2014 3:14:00 PM
  • Over 77 - England 256-5 (Root 17, Buttler 14)
    Three singles added off Ashwin, two for Root, one for Buttler. Lead is 108 - three overs until the new ball is due
    8/16/2014 3:16:36 PM
  • Over 78 - England 257-5 (Root 18, Buttler 14)
    Ashwin and Binny bowling well in tandem here and keeping the scoring rate down with the second new ball imminent. Just a Root single to report off the latter, and a strangled lbw appeal on Buttler. Sliding down
    8/16/2014 3:20:35 PM
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