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England v India - Fourth Test

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  • Over 26 - India 68/6 (Dhoni 0, Ashwin 2)
    India have lost five wickets in 28 runs in the last 10 overs.
    FIVE WICKETS FOR 28 RUNS. On a good pitch. Mostly against a man better known for his work with the bat, rather than the ball. Marvellous Moeen now has figures of 3-13.
    8/9/2014 3:55:59 PM
  • Over 27 - India 70/6 (Dhoni 2, Ashwin 2)
    Dhoni gets off the mark when he tucks the returning Woakes off his hip for a couple down to fine leg.
    Yet again, India's skipper finds himself in the middle of a right old mess. The target for the tourists right now will be just to try and get through to the close with the game still alive, then hope the weather can help them out for the next two days.
    8/9/2014 3:59:34 PM
  • @RPaulBucknall : @SkyCricket do you still think he's a part time spinner, @BumbleCricket ?”He is at Worcs ..
  • Strauss catches his breath after a chaotic commentary stint

    8/9/2014 4:06:01 PM
  • Over 29 - India 82/6 (Dhoni 13, Ashwin 3)
    It may be a desperate situation, but Dhoni isn't going to pass up the opportunity to cash in on some width.
    Woakes twice pays the price for dropping short outside off, India's skipper hammering him away for back-to-back boundaries in a rather expensive over from the normally miserly Warwickshire seamer.
    8/9/2014 4:10:15 PM
  • Over 30 - India 88/6 (Dhoni 13, Ashwin 9)
    More runs for India - a mistake at mid-wicket lets Ashwin get two bonus runs, then he drives in convincing fashion through a huge gap at cover to pick up his first boundary of the innings.
    This pair also caused a few problems for England first time around, putting on a partnership worth 66 for the seventh wicket.
    8/9/2014 4:12:54 PM
  • Mo and Joe celebrate as England close in on victory

    8/9/2014 4:15:30 PM
  • Over 31 - India 98/6 (Dhoni 22, Ashwin 10)
    Woakes expensive again - Dhoni takes him down the ground for four, not much wrong with the delivery but just a superb piece of timing as he duck it out from around his toes.
    The over also finishes with a boundary, India's skipper latching onto something dropped in short to pull away to the square leg rope. England just need to focus again after that flurry of wickets.
    8/9/2014 4:16:57 PM
  • Over 32 - India 100/6 (Dhoni 22, Ashwin 12)
    India reach three figures - run-rate not a problem at all, just losing six wickets that happens to be a bit of an issue.
    They still trail by 115 and we have 29 overs scheduled for today's play.
    8/9/2014 4:19:49 PM
  • Over 33 - India 105/6 (Dhoni 27, Ashwin 12)
    Woakes off after going for too many.
    Jordan takes over and only (ONLY) concedes five, all of them to Dhoni drives when he's far too full in length.
    8/9/2014 4:24:07 PM
  • Dhoni c Ballance b Ali 27 [wicket]

    Dhoni departs, and now England will really sense the chance to win tonight.
    The India wicket-keeper came down the pitch to Moeen, then duly clipped the ball too close to Ballance at mid-wicket. Excellent catch, giving Moeen his fourth wicket of the innings.
    8/9/2014 4:26:47 PM
  • 'UNACCEPTABLE' [ianbotham]
    "That was a remarkable shot from Dhoni! I don't understand it with the weather likely to be awful tomorrow and rain against forecast on Monday. To go dancing down the wicket and get caught and midwicket is unacceptable."
    8/9/2014 4:28:16 PM
  • Over 34 - India 107/7 (Ashwin 13, Kumar 1)
    Kumar avoids a third straight duck in the series - and also registering a pair at Old Trafford - as he turns Moeen into the leg side for a long single.
    England are crowding the lower order with close catchers.
    8/9/2014 4:30:40 PM
  • Moeen Ali now second in the list of highest wicket-takers in this series. Only @jimmy9 ahead of him... #EngvInd

  • Over 35 - India 121/7 (Ashwin 26, Kumar 1)
    England continue to pepper Ashwin with short stuff - he continues to dismiss it, picking up runs in the process.
    He pulls a four through mid-wicket off Jordan, then also crunches a back-foot drive away behind point for a similar result. The final ball of the over is then worked away through mid-wicket with real ease for three, meaning Ashwin will keep the strike. Runs continue to be haemorrhaged from one end while Moeen poses a serious threat from the other.
    8/9/2014 4:36:27 PM
  • 'PANIC BUTTON' [nasserhussain]
    "I think there's been a bit of confused thinking from India since losing at the Ageas Bowl. They pressed the panic button a little. Going back an era to Gambhir and playing Jadeja, who I'm still not sure about as a Test cricketer."
    8/9/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • Over 36 - India 126/7 (Ashwin 27, Kumar 5)
    Kumar drives gloriously when offered the chance to do so by Moeen.
    Too full, and duly punished in style. India, though, still trail by 89 runs. You reckon need one more wicket and then this game could be over rather quickly
    8/9/2014 4:40:02 PM
  • Over 37 - India 132/7 (Ashwin 28, Kumar 9)
    England think they've got an eighth wicket when Bell takes an edge from Kumar's bat, only replays show Jordan had no part of his foot behind the line when he let the ball go.
    Careless - he and Woakes have combined to bowl 18 overs at a cost of 81 runs for a solitary wicket so far in this innings. But for an inch, they would have had one apiece. Jordan looks rather rueful as he takes his sweater.
    8/9/2014 4:48:10 PM
  • Over 38 - India 132/7 (Ashwin 28, Kumar 9)
    Moeen rattles through a maiden.
    Anderson was off the field for a brief period, not sure if he's yet free to bowl again. England might want him to have a burst at these two fairly soon.
    8/9/2014 4:50:14 PM
  • WICKET! No doubt about this one! You can't keep Moeen out of the game. A brilliant throw has Kumar run out. India 133-8
  • Kumar run out 9 [wicket]

    Fair play to Kumar - having been dismissed off a no ball in Jordan's last over, he now obligingly gives his wicket away by returning for a foolish second run.
    Moeen's throw from out near deep point is excellent, leaving Buttler to whip off the bails and catch Kumar comfortably short of his ground.
    8/9/2014 4:52:38 PM
  • SUPER MO [nasserhussain]
    "They just ambled the first run and Moeen Ali did really well there. An excellent release and quickly. Sam Robson (at short-leg) is celebrating, he knew (it was out)."
    8/9/2014 4:54:45 PM
  • Kumar... barely in the picture. "It was only a yard out," reflects @BeefyBotham... #EngvInd

  • Over 39 - India 133/8 (Ashwin 28, Aaron 0)
    Aaron in at 10 - Pankaj's batting exploits so far in this series suggest England might not need to call for the extra half-hour.
    They possibly won't need another half-hour. India's balcony looks a little shocked at the situation - 90 minutes ago they were 53-1.
    8/9/2014 4:57:08 PM
  • Over 40 - India 133/8 (Ashwin 28, Aaron 0)
    A single in the Moeen over, Ashwin getting it to leave himself on strike to face Jordan.
    India trail by 82 runs.
    8/9/2014 4:59:56 PM
  • Over 41 - India 141/8 (Ashwin 28, Aaron 8)
    Aaron cuts away Jordan wide of backward point for four to get off the mark, then goes on the front foot to drive the bowler through the covers for another four runs.
    That pair of boundaries could see a change in the attack after the DRINKS break in Manchester.
    8/9/2014 5:04:15 PM
  • WELCOME CUPPA [davidlloyd]
    "There was just enough time for everyone to get their breath back during that drinks break!"
    8/9/2014 5:07:40 PM
  • Over 42 - India 153/8 (Ashwin 39, Aaron 8)
    Moeen is driven square by Ashwin after over-pitching.
    He's struggled to find the right line and length to his fellow spinner, who finishes the over by coming down the pitch and launching a six over long-on. Have to say, England have bowled pretty poorly at Ashwin in both innings of this Test. India now find themselves 62 behind - Jordan will be continuing from the Statham End.
    8/9/2014 5:11:08 PM
  • Ballance pulled off a superb catch to send Dhoni on his way

    8/9/2014 5:13:06 PM
  • WICKET! England one away from a series lead. Jordan catches Aaron's edge and Buttler does the rest. India 161-9
  • Aaron c Buttler b Jordan 9 [wicket]

    Jordan gets the short ball on target at last, cramping Aaron for room and getting him to edge through to Buttler behind the stumps.
    Pankaj next, leaving the fat lady little time to get warmed up.
    8/9/2014 5:16:06 PM
  • Pankaj b Jordan 0 [wicket]

    Pankaj bowled first ball! Jordan is full and straight and the last man is cleaned up emphatically as the ball goes off his toe and onto the stumps.
    India all out for 161 and haven't batted 90 overs in the match.
    8/9/2014 5:17:58 PM

    By an innings and 54 runs...inside three days (when half of one of those was lost to the rain, too)...with their first-innings destroyer unable to bowl second time around due to an injured nose. That is as comprehensive as you like. What a turnaround in this series.
    8/9/2014 5:20:19 PM
    Stay with us to hear from both captains, as well as the man of the match (Broad, surely?). Before the presentation ceremony, let me just mark your card in telling you the fifth and final Test of the series begins next Friday at the Oval. As always, we will be there offering behind-the-scenes stuff and over-by-over updates.
    8/9/2014 5:24:23 PM
  • DHONI ON BATTING [quotes]
    India captain MS Dhoni admitted the batting line-up simply hadn't been good enough, not just in this Test but throughout the series...
    Even in the first innings we weren’t up to the mark. That is one area we will definitely have to improve before the next Test. We talk a lot about our bowling, but I think so far in this series our batting has not clicked. I feel it is very important we get going – the batting department will have to improve
    He was a little at a loss to provide a reason for their struggles, considering they had performed well overseas recently...
    A lot can happen – one of the reasons can be that maybe a few of them are going through a lean patch altogether. But the in the Test matches we have played outside India this batting line-up has done reasonably well. Most of the wickets have been good for batting, apart from Lord’s on the first day. We just have to apply ourselves a little more.

    8/9/2014 5:35:28 PM
  • DHONI ON DUO [quotes]
    On Pujara and Kohli...
    You had the bounce to trust – that makes the job slightly easier for the batsmen. Other than that, I don’t think we need to look too much behind. We just need to apply ourselves more. We are exposing Pujara early – that is putting pressure on him. But that is something number three has to go through if the openers aren’t doing well. Virat – it’s something he has to go through. He has had a beautiful last couple of years in all formats, and I still think he is middling the ball really well.

    8/9/2014 5:37:59 PM
  • COOK DELIGHTED [quotes]
    The winning skipper is delighted to have sewn up victory inside three days, particularly with the Manchester weather not looking good for Sunday and Monday...
    You don’t often get nine wickets in a session. We didn’t think we’d get it done today – but we thought we would get enough cricket over the next two days, even in Manchester where it does rain a bit. It’s great to do it today. 

    8/9/2014 5:42:50 PM
  • DYNAMIC DUO [quotes]
    Cook also revealed that as well as Broad being off the field with a badly injured nose after being hit whilst batting, Anderson was struggling with illness. Mind you, it doesn't matter when you've got Moeen to call upon...
    Jimmy hasn’t been very well. It was a great effort by him to get off the bed and bowl those nine overs. We knew we had a big effort to bowl for three hours today – Moeen was fantastic. Everything went to plan. I’ve never seen a bloke work so hard and make such a big improvement in such a short space of time. He’s really learned how to bowl in international cricket.

    8/9/2014 5:44:03 PM
    Stuart Broad has been named man of the match after that terrific six-wicket haul in India's first innings. He is, of course, unable to be there to pick up the over-sized cheque as he's at hospital getting that injured nose checked out
    8/9/2014 5:46:47 PM
  • ALL OVER! Pankaj is bowled to end the Test

    8/9/2014 5:48:59 PM
  • REPORT: England win by innings and 54 runs at Old Trafford to lead series 2-1.
  • JOS THE TICKET! [quotes]
    Easy lark, this Test match cricket. Jos Buttler has played two, won two.
    That 20 minutes, half-an-hour, where we picked up all those wickets…the atmosphere was amazing. It was a fantastic team performance. The experience of winning a Test match is probably the best feeling of my career – long may that continue.
    He again played an important role with the bat, though unlike on debut at the Ageas Bowl he needed to dig in at a crucial stage and put together a partnership with Joe Root...

    It was nice to come here having batted here this season, what with this being my home ground. Something that will be asked of me in my career is to be able to bat differently in different scenarios. I was delighted with that partnership with Joe, who played fantastically.

    8/9/2014 5:54:39 PM
    Moeen Ali again proved his talents with the ball, taking four wickets in India's second innings after his six-for at the Ageas Bowl...
    To contribute to the team winning games is a fantastic feeling. I’d like to get a few more runs for the team, but I’m happy getting the wickets and winning the game. When you finished games in three days it is fantastic. Hopefully I can keep going and continue to build. 

    8/9/2014 5:56:57 PM
  • MOORE THE MERRIER [quotes]
    Head coach Peter Moores is pleased that England are adapting quickly...and pinpointed the performance of his trusted new-ball pair on the first day as being crucial to the outcome.
    The senior players stepping up has been key. The way Stuart and Jimmy bowled up front really set the tone for the game. But also, the young players have really started to step up. International sport gives you the chance to develop quickly, because you’re playing with good players. Moeen has taken that chance – he has worked very hard in the nets and that has started to show in the middle.

    8/9/2014 5:59:46 PM
    Moores reveals that they will play Stuart Broad at the Oval if he is fully fit, but that they also won't take any risks with him. Remember, he is scheduled to have surgery to fix a knee problem at the end of this series already. A broken nose may mean we have seen the last of him this summer.
    8/9/2014 6:00:49 PM
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