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England v India - Fifth Test

The Oval

  • Over 114 - England 463-9 (Root 127, Anderson 0)
    That wicket brought an end to an over exclusively of short balls. Broad had managed to uppercut one over Dhoni's head for two before perishing. Anderson joins Root for some final fireworks
    8/17/2014 10:56:20 AM
  • [benedictbermange] Before dismissing Gary Ballance, R Ashwin's last away Test wicket was Ed Cowan at Adelaide on 26 January 2013. Between wickets his figures were 83-8-226-0."

    8/17/2014 10:58:26 AM
  • Over 115 - England 477-9 (Root 141, Anderson 0)
    Root is flying now. Three more boundaries off Ashwin, one reverse-swept, the next swept and the final one pulled. India are going through the motions here and England's lead is 329
    8/17/2014 10:59:31 AM
    8/17/2014 11:04:15 AM
  • Over 116 - England 483-9 (Root 146, Anderson 1)
    Michael Holding, ever the gentleman, is questioning why England are putting Anderson at risk of this short-ball barrage with such a healthy lead already opened up. I'd tend to agree with him. Root back cuts Ishant for four more in an over costing six. The lead is 335 as drinks make their way out to the middle. 98 runs added in 11 overs this morning
    8/17/2014 11:05:35 AM
  • D2 PODCAST: With a glass of wine to hand, BUMBLE toasts England's enterprising batting after hitting new heights at the Oval...

    8/17/2014 11:07:05 AM
  • England 486 all out [end-of-innings]
    A quickfire 101 runs added in 11.3 overs this morning means England will take a 338-run lead into the second innings. Root leaves the field to a standing ovation unbeaten on 149 and England's bowlers will now get to work with India already looking ready to jump on the plane back home!
    8/17/2014 11:12:51 AM
  • So here's the match summary as things stand... England 338 to the good. #EngvInd

  • ROOT - PREPARATION IS KEY - England's man of the moment spoke to Ian Ward before play...

    8/17/2014 11:18:09 AM
  • Since the Lords test, India have been woeful in all departments of the game. Will they show some fight or will England win again in 3 days ?
  • Over 1 - India 1-0 (Vijay 1 Gambhir 0)
    Anderson starts proceedings needing six wickets in this innings to surpass Sir Ian Botham as England's all-time leading wicket-taker. He starts with some gentle away-swingers to Vijay, who nudges a single behind point to get off the mark and then tests Gambhir, who is on a pair
    8/17/2014 11:26:36 AM
  • This in from Benedict: India’s totals this series have followed a general downward trend. For those of you wondering, the equation of the line of best fit through the Indian totals so far is y=-39.6x + 470.67 so innings 10 should be 75 all out!

    8/17/2014 11:27:10 AM
  • Over 2 - India 6-0 (Vijay 2 Gambhir 0)
    A first boundary arrives when Broad strays onto Gambhir's pads and the ball diverts fine past Buttler via the left-hander's thigh pad. Broad comes back well and beats the India on the outside edge last ball. A little bit of nip for England's openers but nothing too alarming. It's all a question of how much fight India have left in them
    8/17/2014 11:32:10 AM
  • Over 3 - India 6-0 (Vijay 2 Gambhir 0)
    Vijay watches a probing maiden from Anderson sail by. He's almost done by an inswinger, though, the ball passing perilously close to the top of off stump
    8/17/2014 11:35:51 AM
  • Over 4 - India 6-0 (Vijay 2 Gambhir 0)
    Broad has Gambhir hopping around and the left-hander cops a nasty blow in the midriff midway through the over. Broad, bowling at around 87mph with good rhythm, then beats Gambhir twice outside off stump and the out-of-form opener looks all at sea at the moment
    8/17/2014 11:40:20 AM
  • Vijay lbw Anderson 2 [wicket]

    Brilliant bowling from Anderson. Vijay was beaten by an away-swinger the ball before and Jimmy then fires in a viscous inswinger which traps the opener lbw!
    8/17/2014 11:43:33 AM
  • Not much doubt about that one...

    8/17/2014 11:45:52 AM
  • Over 5 - India 6-1 (Gambhir 0, Pujara 0)
    A wicket-maiden from Anderson, who set Vijay up beautifully there. Pujara comes to the middle and will face a tricky period before lunch
    8/17/2014 11:45:54 AM
  • Over 6 - India 8-1 (Gambhir 3, Pujara 0)
    A couple more nervy moments for Gambhir, who at least gets off the dreaded pair with three runs down to fine-leg. First he gloves Broad just short of Buttler and then he survives a strong lbw appeal. Pitched well outside of leg stump
    8/17/2014 11:49:57 AM
  • WICKET! Gambhir is run out by Woakes' direct hit just as the rain arrives and sends the players scurrying off. India 9-2. #EngvInd
  • Gambhir run out 3 [wicket]

    England strike just as the rain arrives! Woakes throws down the stumps after Gambhir was caught in the middle of the pitch and the players leave the field in celebration
    8/17/2014 11:51:24 AM
  • [andrewstrauss] India have had a complete shocker today. It’s hard to think of a worse period of play for a team in Test cricket.

    8/17/2014 11:53:30 AM
  • Lunch [lunch]
    Well, a rather farcical end to the session puts England in total command with India 9-2 - still 329 runs behind. They need just eight more wickets to wrap up a 3-1 series win and who would bet against them doing so today?! We will take an early lunch due to this shower which has arrived at the Kia Oval. Stay tuned for more updates...
    8/17/2014 11:54:19 AM
  • Hosing it down... could be on and off this afternoon. #EngvInd Lunch taken.

  • Coming up... we continue to look at the highs & the lows as we celebrate our 200th live England Test on Sky. #EngvInd
  • Let's start with a high... here's IAN BOTHAM recalling the 2010/11 Ashes...

    8/17/2014 12:01:40 PM

    8/17/2014 12:04:05 PM
  • Anderson appeals successfully for the wicket of Vijay...

    8/17/2014 12:07:46 PM
  • The rain has stopped for now... and the mopping up can begin. #EngvInd
  • [betting]Perhaps a bet will make things more interesting? See all Sky Bet's in-play markets here.

    8/17/2014 12:15:03 PM
  • Time to catch up with Bumble, who has been eating salmon...

    8/17/2014 12:26:00 PM
  • So, we won't resume on time but the sun is attempting to come out and assist the blotters in their work. For the meantime, it's time to look back as we celebrate our 200th England Test on Sky...
    8/17/2014 12:36:30 PM
  • THRILLING FINISHES - Nasser Hussain recalls captaining England to victory in Karachi in 2000...

    8/17/2014 12:40:00 PM
  • Very encouraging scenes...

    8/17/2014 12:51:07 PM
  • Re-start delayed [sunny]
    A wet outfield is slowing up proceedings at The Oval, but i'm pleased to report that the sun is shining and hopefully it won't be too long before we get back underway
    8/17/2014 12:52:49 PM
  • From the archives: @Heatherknight55 joins @BumbleCricket for a tour of the commentary box in 2013:…
  • Providing there is no further rain, play will restart at 2.30pm. #EngvInd
  • While we wait, here are few more FUNNIES FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX for you to enjoy...

    8/17/2014 1:06:56 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS... on our 200th Test highlights...

    8/17/2014 1:11:29 PM
  • TIMING... So presuming we start at 2.30pm (which looks very likely as the stump cam is being re-inserted - valuable piece of kit, that) then tea will be at 2.30pm and, with some Indian resistance, there's every chance that we could go on today until 7.30pm.
    8/17/2014 1:15:10 PM
  • So what chance an England victory today? Here are a few words of encouragement (of sorts) for India from ATHERS...

    [mikeatherton] India have still got some very special players to come and you’ve got to carry that belief with you through to the end. But you rarely see a side that looked as bedraggled in the field as India did this morning turn things around. But that was a timely break for them and with the sun out conditions might be slightly better for batting this afternoon.

    8/17/2014 1:19:19 PM
  • BELL BATTING DRILL... from Test through to club and school level, here's England's No 4 demonstrating a drill that might just help you to score more...

    8/17/2014 1:25:19 PM
  • "Correction", as Nasser would say. Tea will be at 4.40pm and play will continue until 7.30pm - with the option of another 30mins if England are in a winning position. So plenty more cricket to come if the weather stays fine.
    8/17/2014 1:26:52 PM
  • Over 7 - India 13-2 (Pujara 0, Kohli 4)
    Anderson finishes the over he started before the rain break and with five slips in place is very unlucky to see an edge from new man Kohli whistle wide of Root at fifth slip and away for four. Kohli's top score this series is 39, can he finish with a flourish?
    8/17/2014 1:32:18 PM
  • Over 8 - India 14-2 (Pujara 1, Kohli 4)
    Broad is bang on the money first over back, beating both Pujara and Kohli with deliveries which just seam away from the right-handers. Pujara pinches a single to square-leg to get off the mark
    8/17/2014 1:37:15 PM
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