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England v India - Fourth Test

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  • Extras fourth highest scorer. Determined knock from @msdhoni but Ashwin & Rahane only others to post double figures. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BucdyHECIAAITrU.png

  • Looks like Elvis could well be leaving the building...

    8/7/2014 3:24:40 PM
  • Over 1 - England 1/0 (Cook 1, Robson 0)
    Good start from Kumar, who starts with a couple of inswinging yorkers to Cook - the second is squeezed into the legside for a single - before curving an unplayable beauty past Robson's outside edge. Robson plays a couple of firm, punchy drives out of the middle of the bat but picks out cover both times.
    8/7/2014 3:25:37 PM
  • Over 2 - England 6/0 (Cook 6, Robson 0)
    Pankaj bowled 181 balls at the Ageas Bowl without taking a wicket. Was a bit unlucky to be fair. Has the new ball to work with this time, but that new ball travels faster and further off the bat as well. Lovely shot from Cook, who just puts the bat on a full delivery from Pankaj and sends it whizzing past the bowler and away for four. Thick inside edge brings a single that will keep the England captain on strike.
    8/7/2014 3:30:25 PM
  • BUMBLE'S VIEW...
    [davidlloyd] "England were terrific first up with the new ball. MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first and you can understand that, but there is moisture in the pitch and there was big pace as well. Broad's six-for was terrific but this is a good pitch and once the sun gets on it England will want to get over the new ball and bat big. Bowlers, get 'yer feet up!"
    8/7/2014 3:33:18 PM
  • Over 3 - England 7/0 (Cook 7, Robson 0)
    Typically probing start from Kumar, who's getting the ball to swing around prodigiously at medium pace. Well-judged quick single for Cook the only run from the over.
    8/7/2014 3:34:35 PM
  • Cook strides out to the middle after watching his bowlers run amok

    8/7/2014 3:38:14 PM
  • Welcome to Manchester .....
  • Over 4 - England 11/0 (Cook 10, Robson 1)
    Single for Cook takes England to 8/0. India managed to lose four for none in 13 balls from that point, so Robson shrewdly takes a quick single to avoid similar woes for England. Cook clips one off his pads for two.
    8/7/2014 3:40:00 PM
  • Over 5 - England 15/0 (Cook 10, Robson 5)
    Two slices of luck for Robson as a thick edge flies wide of the slips and away for four before a thinner edge lands short of first slip. It's not Dhawan there any more, but he's still far too deep.
    8/7/2014 3:43:14 PM
  • Over 6 - England 20/0 (Cook 15, Robson 5)
    Cook looks a different beast compared to a couple of weeks ago. Punches a second boundary straight back past Pankaj, walking down the pitch at the bowler like a home counties Hayden. Picks up a quick single with a thick inside edge.
    8/7/2014 3:47:29 PM
  • Over 7 - England 20/0 (Cook 15, Robson 5)
    Cook shows frustration when he pokes at a ball wide of off stump that is only swinging even wider.
    He shows what he should have done to the very next delivery, getting well forward and then lifting his bat well out of harm's way. Maiden from Kumar.
    8/7/2014 3:50:59 PM
  • Over 8 - England 21/0 (Cook 15, Robson 6)
    After a Robson single, Pankaj has a pop around the wicket to Cook. The bowler does threaten to throw at the stumps when stopping a defensive prod, though the bigger concern for the England captain will have been seeing the big-footed paceman running right down the middle of the wicket to change the direction of his follow-through and get hold of the ball!
    8/7/2014 3:56:02 PM
  • Robson b Kumar 6 [wicket]

    Having been fed a diet of away swingers, Robson is bowled offering no shot to the one that comes back in to him.
    He was completely fooled there by Kumar - superb bit of bowling from the seamer.
    8/7/2014 3:59:22 PM
  • WELCOME WICKET [andrewstrauss]
    "That was a really good delivery from Kumar. Just what MS Dhoni and India needed. This is a pretty good surface and they needed to strike early."
    8/7/2014 4:01:05 PM
  • Over 9 - England 21/1 (Cook 15, Ballance 0)
    That, my friends, is what you call an error in judgement.
    Robson didn't even look back after shouldering arms, instead the end of his innings being confirmed by the death rattle behind him. Was just going to say it all seemed a little flat, except in the crowd where the paying spectators are beginning to entertain themselves.
    8/7/2014 4:01:17 PM
  • Ballance is the new man. Let us take you back to his first televised hundred...

    8/7/2014 4:03:23 PM
  • Over 10 - England 26/1 (Cook 16, Ballance 3)
    Ballance off the mark immediately, whipping the first ball he faces through mid-wicket for a comfortable three.
    Only two men have scored more runs in their first six Test matches for England than G Ballance. Pankaj gets excited about an lbw shout against Cook that looks both high and heading down leg. Mind you, if you'd bowled a million overs without taking a Test scalp, you wouldn't be shy in asking for anything either.
    8/7/2014 4:05:20 PM
  • Over 11 - England 33/1 (Cook 17, Ballance 9)
    Ballance storming out of the blocks here.
    He pushes Kumar straight down the park for the easiest of boundaries, then when offered a little width he pushes into a big gap in the covers for a couple more. England now trail by 119 runs and we've still go 32 overs scheduled to be bowled today.
    8/7/2014 4:08:47 PM
  • With Varun Aaron into the attack, @Benedict_B asks: "Which other cricketers having rhyming names?" Send them in...
  • Over 12 - England 34/1 (Cook 17, Ballance 9)
    Change to the attack - Varun Aaron comes on for his first bowl of the series.
    He's got some wheels - high 80mph on the speed gun and plenty of carry through to wicket-keeper Dhoni. He's quick enough with the fourth delivery of the over to beat Cook for pace, the England captain late to get his bat down on one pitched right up outside off stick. Only run conceded in the over comes courtesy of a wide.
    8/7/2014 4:14:59 PM
  • Over 13 - England 36/1 (Cook 17, Ballance 9)
    Couple of leg byes aid England's cause, the ball deflecting off Ballance's hip when it was a little dubious if he was ever really offering a shot.
    Little delay at the end of the over as the ground staff are on to do a bit of work to the foot holes. There's some digging, some sweeping, then off go the two workers.
    8/7/2014 4:19:51 PM
  • Cook c Pankaj b Aaron 17 [wicket]

    Cook gone! And to a short ball as well! Aaron bangs one in, England's captain takes it on and then deposits his hook shot straight out to Pankaj at deep backward square leg.
    The fielder didn't have to move from his original spot.
    8/7/2014 4:21:27 PM
  • BOUNCED OUT [andrewstrauss]
    "There was extra bounce on the short ball and Cook wasn't able to control the shot and it was a casual catch from Pankaj."
    8/7/2014 4:24:30 PM
  • Over 14 - England 40/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 4)
    Err, interesting start from Bell.
    Having seen Cook caught out hooking, the right-hander tries to do exactly the same when he has a go at another Aaron short ball. Next up he plays and misses outside off, beaten for pace as much as anything else. Eventually he manages to get bat on ball, finishing up with a flick through the gap at square leg for four. Good over from Aaron though - he's got some gas and offers India's attack something extra.
    8/7/2014 4:26:09 PM
  • Robson's scores this series: 59, 17, 7, 26, 13, 6

    8/7/2014 4:29:23 PM
  • Over 15 - England 40/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 4)
    Maiden from Kumar - he's now through a seven-over spell and has taken 1-13.
    Ballance tries to leave alone the final delivery at the last second, resulting in him getting an under-edge that fortunately runs away safely towards point.
    8/7/2014 4:30:14 PM
  • Over 16 - England 42/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 5)
    Bell does well to get his bat down in time to one full and straight from Aaron - bowler and the slip cordon all were ready to launch an appeal had the batsman not got any wood on that.
    The over is extended by one ball when Aaron sends something so wide that Ballance would not have been able to hit it with the proverbial barge pole.
    8/7/2014 4:34:55 PM
  • Over 17 - England 46/2 (Ballance 9, Bell 9)
    Kumar keeps on bowling.
    Bell is watchful of the swing, playing as late as possible when required, otherwise keen to shoulder arms and leave alone. He does play one shot in anger, pulling something a little shorter than normal away for four through mid-wicket. Time for some spin, perhaps? Both England batsmen now on nine runs.
    8/7/2014 4:39:42 PM
  • Over 18 - England 50/2 (Ballance 13, Bell 9)
    Aaron's only other Test appearance came back in 2011, in Mumbai.
    Little bit different to this one, though. West Indies made 590 in their first innings, then just held on to stave off the threat of defeat after India fell one run short of chasing 243 on the final day of the match. The paceman claimed three wickets, all first time around. Back here in Manchester, meanwhile, he sees his hopes of a maiden dashed when Ballance whips the last ball of the over through the huge gap at mid-wicket for four. England reach 50 as we reach DRINKS in the final session of day one.
    8/7/2014 4:44:18 PM
  • Over 19 - England 54/2 (Ballance 13, Bell 13)
    Kumar gets a well-deserved rest after nine probing overs.
    Big bad Pankaj takes over and gets a little excited when an inside edge nearly goes back onto Bell's stumps. The last ball of the over, however, comes right off the middle, Bell cutting it in the air well away from the man at backward point. That boundary reduces the deficit for England into two figures - 98 to be precise.
    8/7/2014 4:51:46 PM
  • England ticking over nicely in the Manchester sunshine

    8/7/2014 4:55:49 PM
  • Over 20 - England 63/2 (Ballance 14, Bell 21)
    Bell shows his captain how to attack the short ball, getting right on top of his hook shot to send it down and away for a boundary.
    The next delivery is also sent out that way for four more, second time around a short-armed pull being sent comfortably in front of square. Nothing wrong with the plan from Aaron - but he needs to tell his captain to plug the vast spaces out to leg to help him out.
    8/7/2014 4:56:20 PM
  • And the ice cream van is doing a decent trade

    8/7/2014 4:56:26 PM
  • Over 21 - England 71/2 (Ballance 22, Bell 21)
    Ballance in on the boundary fun now - he pushes Pankaj down the ground, showing the bowler the maker's name as he does so, and then cuts past point when offered a little width from over the wicket.
    England blossoming now in the evening Manchester sun. This stand for the third wicket is now worth 35 from 7.5 overs. The flurry of runs is going to lead to a change in pace from India - Ashwin is coming on for the first time in the series.
    8/7/2014 5:01:40 PM
  • Over 22 - England 79/2 (Ballance 22, Bell 29) [6]
    Bell greets the introduction of Ashwin into the attack by skipping down the wicket to his fourth ball and lofting him straight back over the bowler's head for a maximum.
    Beautiful, beautiful shot. No wonder he turned down a long single the delivery before when Ballance had made it halfway down the wicket.
    8/7/2014 5:05:28 PM
  • Over 23 - England 79/2 (Ballance 22, Bell 29)
    Pankaj STILL waiting for that maiden Test wicket.
    He's now sent down over 350 deliveries without one. It's a maiden to Ballance
    8/7/2014 5:08:57 PM
  • Over 24 - England 80/2 (Ballance 22, Bell 30)
    Turn for Ashwin - he gets one to lift and bounce bowling to Ballance, though then follows that up with one far too full that can be driven comfortably away for a single.
    England now behind by 71 runs. Still should have another 19 overs today, but 7pm is the cut-off time tonight.
    8/7/2014 5:11:56 PM
  • The moment of the day? Anderson celebrates the wicket of Jadeja

    8/7/2014 5:17:22 PM
  • Over 25 - England 89/2 (Ballance 31, Bell 30)
    Another pair of sumptuous boundaries from Ballance.
    The first with a flick through mid-wicket that beats Gambhir to the boundary rope, the second with a classical cover drive that leaves no fielder wondering if it will go all the way to the rope. England motoring along now and this is going to be an extended session in the field for India. The deficit could nearly be gone by stumps if these two continue to bloom. Stand now worth 50, too.
    8/7/2014 5:17:58 PM
  • Over 26 - England 90/2 (Ballance 31, Bell 31)
    A Bell single takes the difference between the teams down to 62.
    Ashwin has bowled better, a more attacking line, when he's had Ballance in his sights.
    8/7/2014 5:19:32 PM
  • Over 27 - England 96/2 (Ballance 31, Bell 37)
    Bell clips Pankaj to long-leg for a scampered two before driving through mid-off for four every bit as beautifully as you're imagining it to be. In between, though, he survives a desperately close lbw shout. But Poor Pankaj still can't find that first Test wicket as Marais Erasmus decides - correctly, Hawk-Eye confirms - that the ball was clearing the bails.
    8/7/2014 5:25:00 PM
  • Over 28 - England 98/2 (Ballance 32, Bell 38)
    Couple of pushes down the ground for singles in a quiet over from Ashwin. England bossing this.
    8/7/2014 5:27:46 PM
  • Over 29 - England 103/2 (Ballance 32, Bell 43)
    The classic Bell late-cut brings four more to the total and tears of pure joy to all inside Old Trafford as they bask in the evening sunshine. A push to mid-off allows Bell to scamper through for a single. A big inswinger from round the wicket to end the Pankaj over, and it brings a leg-bye to fine-leg as Ballance makes no contact with the leg glance.
    8/7/2014 5:32:32 PM
  • BAT BIG [davidlloyd]
    "England's gameplan is to bat long and bat once!"
    8/7/2014 5:35:33 PM
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