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England v India, Second Test

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  • On to the serious stuff... Straussy and Nass were both in determined mood when they made for the Real Tennis court at Lord's yesterday for their grudge match!

    7/20/2014 9:21:03 AM
  • Out of shape?! It's Ilford v MCC as Nass takes on Straussy in a real Real Tennis grudge match. Coming up on SS2. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs-h8yoIEAAQgt7.jpg

  • If McEnroe had played Real Tennis... Nasser questions a decision.

    7/20/2014 9:26:52 AM
  • Real Tennis rules are complicated but you still need to get it over the net! Nasser & Andrew debate a point... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs-jPPkIIAETy08.jpg

  • The crowd could hardly contain their excitement court-side...

    7/20/2014 9:30:46 AM
  • Beefy has bagged his seat to watch the match...
    7/20/2014 9:38:25 AM
  • The winning moment!

    7/20/2014 9:50:31 AM
  • PLUNKETT's PREVIEW
    Right, best get back to the cricket. Here are Liam Plunkett's reflections on day three - and England's plans for today's play...

    7/20/2014 9:53:56 AM
  • BACK TO THE CRICKET...
    Moving on to more serious matters... The start of day four is less than 10 minutes away. India will resume shortly on 169-4, leading by 145, with Vijay well set on 59 and Dhoni dangerously-poised on 12. England will want early wickets with the pitch beginning to show signs of uneven bounce. Stay right here for over-by-over updates
    7/20/2014 9:54:40 AM
  • STORY OF DAY THREE
    There's the five-minute bell so just time for a quick refresher of how day three panned out...

    7/20/2014 9:56:36 AM
  • Whichever Captain has the best day today at Lords could decide this test match !!! Exciting day 4 & 5 coming up...
  • D3 PODCAST: Mike Atherton fears for England if India can double their lead and tells us why he reckons Strauss will beat Hussain in Real Tennis. Plus, we hear from Liam Plunkett...
    7/20/2014 10:00:32 AM
  • Shane is not wrong. Here are Nasser's pre-play thoughts...

    7/20/2014 10:01:32 AM
  • Over 64 - India 179-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12) - Lead of 157
    India fly out the traps! Broad makes an expensive start in an over costing 12 in total. Vijay edges the first ball of the day along the floor past gully for four, Stokes putting in a valiant chase before almost crashing into the advertising hoarding! Four more follow second ball when Broad errs down leg and Vijay diverts the ball fine past Prior via his thigh pad. Broad is too straight yet again later in the over and Vijay whips two twos through midwicket. Not a great start, Stuart...
    7/20/2014 10:06:21 AM
  • BROAD'S THOUGHTS ON THE PITCH
    7/20/2014 10:07:16 AM
  • Over 65 - India 181-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12) - Lead of 157
    A much tidier effort from Anderson, who is bang on the money to Dhoni, completing a maiden
    7/20/2014 10:09:25 AM
  • Over 66 - India 181-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12) - Lead of 157
    Broad is not happy with the run-up area but puts and grievances to one side to send down a maiden to Vijay. Pitch playing pretty well, as is the India opener, who has made an impressive start to the series
    7/20/2014 10:15:15 AM
  • Over 67 - India 181-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12) - Lead of 157
    Three successive maidens from England, who are building some pressure at HQ. Anderson is generally too wide to Dhoni, but straightens his line and beats the India captain, who pokes forward unconvincingly. That's the perfect spot to MSD
    7/20/2014 10:20:07 AM
  • Over 68 - India 185-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12) - Lead of 161
    Still no Third Man in place and Vijay profits in that area yet again with a controlled edge to the boundary, the only runs off another probing Broad over
    7/20/2014 10:24:44 AM
  • Over 69 - India 187-4 (Vijay 71, Dhoni 14) - Lead of 163
    It's hard to criticise Anderson but he's been a little too short so far today. He beats Dhoni but the ball has done so much that it's well away from the edge. If he can bring Dhoni forward, he and the catchers behind the wicket could be in business
    7/20/2014 10:28:18 AM
  • HOW TO PLAY ON A WEARING PITCH
    Decent start from India - perhaps they caught a glimpse of Straussy and Rahul in the Zone this morning...
    7/20/2014 10:30:14 AM
  • Over 70 - India 191-4 (Vijay 75, Dhoni 14) - Lead of 167
    Just a three-over burst for Broad this morning as Plunkett comes into the attack. A bit of a stiff start and Vijay then feasts on a half-volley, driving sweetly back through mid-on for four. A high class shot
    7/20/2014 10:32:38 AM
  • Over 71 - India 191-4 (Vijay 75, Dhoni 14) - Lead of 167
    Maiden from Anderson to Dhoni, who is happy to leave anything outside off stump well alone
    7/20/2014 10:34:54 AM
  • Over 72 - India 192-4 (Vijay 76, Dhoni 14) - Lead of 168
    Plunkett is struggling with his line but Dhoni is unable to get any bat on three deliveries angling down the leg-side. Just a Vijay single to report. No sign of any improvisation from Dhoni after last night's close call against Plunkett
    7/20/2014 10:40:04 AM
  • Over 73 - India 196-4 (Vijay 80, Dhoni 14) - Lead of 172
    Shot! Vijay moves into the 80s with a crunching cover drive for four off Stokes, on in place of Anderson. Glorious shot. India inching closer to a lead of 200
    7/20/2014 10:44:26 AM
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    7/20/2014 10:45:14 AM
  • Over 74 - India 199-4 (Vijay 81, Dhoni 16) - Lead of 175
    Close! Dhoni almost nicks Plunkett behind when on the cut. He would have been kicking himself all the way back to the pavilion had he edged that. Three singles added to the total
    7/20/2014 10:48:56 AM
  • [shanewarne] I think Alastair Cook has done a lot better in this second innings – he’s been a lot more patient and the bowlers have backed him up.”

    7/20/2014 10:49:38 AM
  • Over 75 - India 202-4 (Vijay 81, Dhoni 19) - Lead of 178
    Brilliant running from Dhoni to turn one into two. England caught napping a little there and the India captain comes back comfortably for a second run when tucking Stokes off his hip. India move past 200
    7/20/2014 10:53:03 AM
  • WICKET! Dhoni is the man to go, Ian Bell with the smart catch: India 202 - 5: #EngvInd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs-22rvCMAEBhPw.jpg

  • Dhoni ct Bell bld Plunkett 19 [wicket]

    A beauty from Plunkett and a fine catch from Bell at second slip. Dhoni done on and around off stump yet again, the ball just leaves him off the pitch and he edges to Bell
    7/20/2014 10:54:21 AM
  • [shanewarne] You just sense that Dhoni went into his shell – maybe went too defensive. It was a full delivery and a good catch from bell; he was nice and relaxed and let the ball come to him.

    7/20/2014 10:56:17 AM
  • At last ...good length ball catches Dhoni on the crease WICKET #nobrainer
  • Over 76 - India 202-5 (Vijay 81, Binny 0) - Lead of 178
    A huge wicket for England, not only because it was Dhoni, but also because the new ball is around the corner. A change in the batting order from India as Binny comes in ahead of Jadeja. He plays out the rest of Plunkett's over without alarm and a diving stop from Anderson at mid-on prevents him getting off the mark
    7/20/2014 11:00:13 AM
  • WICKET! Binny departs for 0, as the captain makes a fine catch: India 203 - 6: #EngvInd bit.ly/1swJk34 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs-4rJBCQAAlMae.jpg

  • Binny ct Cook bld Ali 0 [wicket]

    What a catch! Cook runs back and superbly takes a skier after a woeful shot from Binny, who came down the pitch and hit Ali straight up. Great bowling change, great catch
    7/20/2014 11:02:27 AM
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    7/20/2014 11:05:18 AM
  • Over 77 - India 203-6 (Vijay 82, Jadeja 0) - Lead of 179
    Brainless from Binny, brilliant from Cook. Two quick wickets for England and Jadeja is now in alongside Vijay, who has plenty resting on his shoulders now
    7/20/2014 11:06:12 AM
  • [andrewstrauss] Binny got nowhere near the pitch. It was good tactics from England. Cook kept his men up and forced him to play the big shot and it was an excellent catch by Cook running back."

    7/20/2014 11:06:33 AM
  • Another angle of the Cook catch. Stunning effort from the England captain: #EngvInd bit.ly/1swJk34 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs-5-sZCQAAdVfv.jpg

  • Vijay's wagonwheel on the iPad app - nearly 60 per cent of runs coming on the leg-side.

    7/20/2014 11:11:42 AM
  • Over 79 - India 217-6 (Vijay 88, Jadeja 8) - Lead of 193
    India are trying to put their foot down before the arrival of the second new ball but Jadeja almost perishes in pursuit of quick runs. After whipping a full toss from Ali through midwicket for four, he then skips down the pitch a skews over point. Stumped and caught were both likely outcomes but in the end Jadeja picks up three runs. 12 off the over
    7/20/2014 11:15:32 AM
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