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England v India - Fourth Test

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  • Over 42 - England 137/4 (Bell 55, Root 0)
    Joe Root is the new man in and does not mange to get off the mark, although Kumar does concede a wide for a bouncer which sailed through well over head height.
    8/8/2014 10:36:37 AM
  • Over 43 - England 140/4 (Bell 58, Root 0)
    Aaron is now brought into the bowling attack after taking that catch. His first ball is too full and Bell strokes it away through the covers for three runs, but he finds a better length with Root on strike and comes close to clipping the off stump when Root opted to leave one on a good line.
    8/8/2014 10:41:58 AM

  • 8/8/2014 10:43:26 AM
  • Bell c Dhoni b Kumar 58
    [wicket]Kumar almost finds Bell's edge with some good swing and then, one ball later, does get one to flick off the outside of the bat, with the ball carrying through to Dhoni for a simple catch. India in the midst of a good spell here.
    8/8/2014 10:45:52 AM
  • BELL GONE [nasserhussain]
    "Not a great shot from Ian Bell, who just had a little bit of a poke. He left his bat out there and Dhoni is not dropping that."
    8/8/2014 10:47:09 AM
  • Over 44 - England 140/5 (Root 0, Moeen Ali 0)
    Moeen Ali is the new man in and leaves his first two deliveries well alone. It's a wicket maiden for Kumar.
    8/8/2014 10:47:44 AM
  • Over 45 - England 144/5 (Root 4, Moeen Ali 0)
    Root gets off the mark with a four, showing good hands to guide Aaron down to the third-man boundary. Aaron employs a shorter length for the rest of the over and there are no further runs from it.
    8/8/2014 10:52:52 AM
  • Nightwatchman Jordan was the first wicket to fall after pulling to midwicket

    8/8/2014 10:55:40 AM
  • Over 46 - England 145/5 (Root 4, Moeen Ali 1)
    Moeen continues to try and bed himself in as he leaves a number of Kumar deliveries before flicking one away past the man at short leg for a single which gets him off the mark. 
    8/8/2014 10:56:28 AM
  • [betting]The wickets are falling as this game continues to entertain. If England are to win, as Beefy predicted, they need to get some runs on the board.
    Bet in-play on England v India here.
    8/8/2014 10:56:31 AM
  • Over 47 - England 148/5 (Root 6, Moeen Ali 1)
    The batsmen run through for a bye after Dhoni can only palm away a wild delivery from Aaron which got a faint flick off Moeen's pads. Root takes strike for the rest of the over and sees out three dot balls before flicking one away through midwicket for a couple.
    8/8/2014 11:02:12 AM
  • Over 48 - England 160/5 (Root 9, Moeen Ali 10)
    Kumar continues after the drinks break and goes up for an lbw appeal to Moeen, but it's turned down after the ball pitched outside leg stump. The left-hander then pushes one past point for a single before Root does the same for three runs. The runs continue as Moeen puts away a short ball through midwicket and this time it makes it all the way to the boundary for four. Another short one follows and Moeen hooks it away behind square for another four. England have now moved ahead as 12 runs come from the over in total.
    8/8/2014 11:10:41 AM
  • Bumble's behind-the-scenes tour of the media centre at Old Trafford

    8/8/2014 11:12:44 AM
  • Over 49 - England 162/5 (Root 11, Moeen Ali 10)
    Aaron stays on and concedes just two runs from his fourth over of the day as Root flicks him through the midwicket area.
    8/8/2014 11:14:14 AM
  • Over 50 - England 162/5 (Root 11, Moeen Ali 10)
    Kumar's spell is brought to an end as spinner Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack. He finds some turn which scuppers an attempted slog sweep from Moeen as he begins with a maiden over.
    8/8/2014 11:17:55 AM
  • Over 51 - England 167/5 (Root 11, Moeen Ali 10)
    Aaron starts his over with four dot balls before Root is tied in knots by a bouncer and ends up heading one over the slips and away to the third-man boundary for four leg byes. Another extra follows as Aaron oversteps for a no-ball but there are no runs off the bat during the over.
    8/8/2014 11:22:59 AM
  • Over 52 - England 168/5 (Root 11, Moeen Ali 11)
    Ashwin keeps the pressure on Moeen, tempting him into an edge which falls just short of first slip before being flicked away through the leg side for a single.
    8/8/2014 11:25:17 AM
  • Moeen Ali b Aaron 13
    [wicket]India are definitely targeting Moeen with the short ball as Aaron rears one up towards his head, but the batsman manages to guide it away through the leg side for two. Aaron then charges in again, this time it's pitched up and swings through the gate and into off stump! Another wicket for India and a beauty of a delivery from Aaron.
    8/8/2014 11:28:27 AM
  • ALI KO'd [davidgower]
    "The old two card trick... It was a really good delivery, decent pace, just coming back in. It was a delivery that any bowler would be really happy with, let me tell you!"
    8/8/2014 11:29:54 AM
  • Over 53 - England 178/6 (Root 12, Buttler 1)
    New batsman Jos Buttler gets off the mark straight away before Aaron oversteps the mark twice for two more no-balls. Root then flicks a single through square leg before Aaron concedes four more extras when he bounces one down the leg side, completely out of the reach of Dhoni, and away to boundary for four byes.
    8/8/2014 11:33:55 AM
  • Over 54 - England 180/6 (Root 13, Buttler 2)
    Root works Ashwin through the leg side for a single to bring Buttler on strike. Buttler defends for three balls before steering one down to long-on for a single.
    8/8/2014 11:37:28 AM
  • Over 55 - England 185/6 (Root 17, Buttler 3)
    Kumar is brought back on as the umpires have a little inspection of the ball, but it does not look like it will be changed at the moment. Buttler takes a single before Root just about manages to get his gloves out of the way of a short ball. But a tidy over is ruined on the final delivery when Root tucks a wide one away past point for four.
    8/8/2014 11:42:05 AM
  • Beefy praises India's bowlers down at Third Man

    8/8/2014 11:43:30 AM
  • Over 56 - England 188/6 (Root 18, Buttler 5)
    Buttler again gets off strike early in the over with a drive down to mid-on before Root flicks Ashwin away through the square leg area for another single. Another single from Buttler makes it three from the over.
    8/8/2014 11:45:01 AM
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  • Over 57 - England 190/6 (Root 19, Buttler 6)
    Buttler and Root trade singles from the first two balls of Kumar's over but there are no further runs from the final four deliveries.
    8/8/2014 11:48:34 AM
  • Over 58 - England 192/6 (Root 20, Buttler 7)
    Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack and gets the obligatory boos from the stands. The pantomime villain bowls a fairly tidy over, conceding just two singles from it. 
    8/8/2014 11:51:54 AM
  • CHANCE TO SHINE [andrewstrauss]
    "This is a big test for Jos Buttler. He was a little untidy with the gloves but his batting is the vital ingredient."
    8/8/2014 11:52:50 AM
  • Over 59 - England 194/6 (Root 21, Buttler 8)
    There is spin from both ends now as Ashwin comes back on after just one over out of the attack. England keep the scoreboard ticking over with two more singles.
    8/8/2014 11:55:27 AM
  • Over 60 - England 196/6 (Root 22, Buttler 9)
    Jadeja continues as England take two more runs from the over to just keep things ticking over until lunch.
    8/8/2014 11:58:09 AM
  • Over 61 - England 200/6 (Root 22, Buttler 13)
    Ashwin continues and begins with four dot balls before Buttler drives one through the covers and away to the boundary for four runs. India will get one more over in before lunch.
    8/8/2014 12:00:30 PM
  • Over 62 - England 201/6 (Root 23, Buttler 13)
    Root runs a single before Buttler gets in a spot of bother as his edge off Jadeja threatens to make it to slip. He escapes though and England make it through to lunch with a lead of 49.
    8/8/2014 12:02:26 PM
    [lunch]So that brings the morning session to a close. England have moved into the lead with four wickets still in hand but India will be encouraged by the three scalps they have taken. If the seamers can strike again when they come back on after lunch, we will have a very finely-poised match on our hands.
    8/8/2014 12:04:40 PM
  • England ahead - but the session belongs to India, says @ShaneWarne. #EngvInd

  • Beefy ready to spice up his game pie at lunch

    8/8/2014 12:08:36 PM
  • Day One podcast: David Lloyd praises England's pace bowling unit after India were dismissed for 152 on the opening day at Old Trafford
    8/8/2014 12:10:11 PM
  • India fought back with three wickets early on day two

    8/8/2014 12:20:23 PM
  • Nasser gives the morning session to India and is elated to see 'Sir Ian Ward' dismissed on TV

    8/8/2014 12:32:33 PM
  • [betting] Who will be the next man out? Having lost several wickets in the morning session, England are looking to steady the ship. Can Joe Root hold out in the overcast conditions? Will Jos Buttler's attacking tenancies get the better of him?
     Find Sky Bet's latest England v India odds here.
    8/8/2014 12:40:26 PM
  • Over 63 - England 202/6 (Root 24, Buttler 13)
    Pankaj starts the afternoon session - and, of course, he goes past the outside edge of Root's bat. The bowler offers a smile towards the umpire at his end, perhaps suggesting if he didn't laugh he'd cry. There's a hope his maiden wicket is there when he strikes Buttler on the pad, but the ball always looked to be going down.
    8/8/2014 12:45:07 PM
  • Over 64 - England 210/6 (Root 31, Buttler 14)
    Jadeja gets the chance to continue after the break - India have a second new ball not too far away, but surely cannot sit and wait for that to come around? England are in front here, and each run could be crucial.
    Varun Aaron doesn't help much to that extent when he misses the ball at mid-off. Root had tested him with a quick single, then ends up getting an easy all-run four! Neither bowler nor captain enjoyed that. The crowd, though, loved it.
    8/8/2014 12:49:08 PM
  • Over 65 - England 215/6 (Root 31, Buttler 19)
    Lovely shot from Buttler - he eases onto the front foot to drive Pankaj through the covers for four.
    Jos is the 665th man to play Test cricket for England. No. 666 will be next - but that player will get the opportunity to skip that number and be 667 instead! Anyways, England's lead is much lower than that right now - 63 to be precise.
    8/8/2014 12:52:55 PM
  • ATHERS ASKS...[mikeatherton]
    "Why would you open the bowling after lunch with someone who has never taken a Test wicket?!"
    8/8/2014 12:54:55 PM
  • Over 66 - England 217/6 (Root 31, Buttler 21)
    Buttler gets into a position to sweep early, spots that Jadeja has dropped it in a little shorter and instead just paddles the ball around the corner for a couple more.
    India have mid-off and mid-on up, tempting the wicket-keeper to have a go over the top. So far, he's not interested in taking the bait.
    8/8/2014 12:55:37 PM
  • Over 67 - England 226/6 (Root 39, Buttler 21)
    The half-century stand comes up for the seventh wicket when Root under-edges an attempt at a back-foot drive, sending the ball beyond the gloves of Dhoni and away for four.
    Yet again no luck for poor Pankaj. He's then called for a wide when he drops in a short ball somewhere close to his toes. The over finishes with a more emphatic Root four, courtesy of a cut shot through backward point. Some ominous clouds developing not too far in the distance - forecast did suggest rain in the afternoon. Who'd a thunk it in Manchester, eh?
    8/8/2014 1:00:09 PM
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