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England v India, Second Test

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    [betting] England have it all to do on the final day of the 2nd Test. Can they deny India a first Test victory away from home in 15 Tests? Check out the latest betting. 
    7/21/2014 9:57:17 AM
  • DAY FOUR PODCAST - Michael Holding drops in to talk about Cook's problems against the full ball and assess England's predicament...
    7/21/2014 9:58:59 AM
    7/21/2014 9:59:57 AM
  • Here we go... [sunny]
    The players make their way out in glorious sunshine at the Home of Cricket. A rather tame bell-ringing performance from Sourav Ganguly, it has to be said... Plenty of work to do for Root (14*) and Ali (15*). Jadeja to bowl the first of many overs today...
    7/21/2014 10:00:21 AM
  • We're underway in the last day of the second test between #EngvInd . SS2 and our live blog:

  • Over 47 - England 105-4 (Root 14, Ali 15)
    Former pace ace Michael Holding in the commentary box is not impressed that India have started the day with a spinner. Jadeja begins with a maiden to Root
    7/21/2014 10:01:46 AM
  • [davidlloyd] England are up against it but any professional should relish and rise to an enormous challenge, which is what this up. Moeen Ali and Joe Root are real fighters – they need to see England through this difficult first session. That will make India think and push them back in the field.

    7/21/2014 10:05:32 AM
  • Over 48 - England 109-4 (Root 14, Ali 19)
    Mikey gets his wish from the other end as Ishant, with two wickets already to his name in this innings, kicks off proceedings from the Pavilion End. He beats Ali's outside edge with a delivery from round the wicket that holds its line, but Mo regroups and drives through extra cover later in the over for the first four of the day
    7/21/2014 10:07:41 AM
  • Over 49 - England 110-4 (Root 15, Ali 19)
    Root dabs Jadeja behind point for a single, the only run off 'Rockstar's' second over of the day
    7/21/2014 10:09:26 AM
  • Beefy - keep the faith

    7/21/2014 10:11:34 AM
  • Over 50 - England 115-4 (Root 16, Ali 23)
    Quick single from Root. England need a few of those today to keep rotating the strike. Ali then aims an expansive drive at Ishant but it comes off the edge, fast and low bouncing before the slips and squirming through for another boundary. Plenty of intent from Mo so far this morning. England need another 204 to win...
    7/21/2014 10:15:09 AM
  • Over 51 - England 116-4 (Root 17, Ali 23)
    Root continues to play back to Jadeja, it's a dangerous ploy on a day five pitch and a delivery that keeps a little lower nearly sneaks through his defences. The young Yorkie swiftly gets off strike with a single, the only run off the over
    7/21/2014 10:17:56 AM
  • Real-time snicko casts some doubt over Sourav Ganguly's bell-ringing technique @HomeOfCricket ... #EngvInd

  • Over 52 - England 119-4 (Root 20, Ali 23)
    Root is England's in-form batsman and very much at home when batting at Lord's. He guides Ishant's final delivery through the vacant gully region for three to keep the scoreboard ticking over. England need exactly 200 more to win
    7/21/2014 10:22:15 AM
  • Over 53 - England 120-4 (Root 21, Ali 23)
    Root hangs back and tucks Jadeja to leg for another single. Dhoni then stands back with Ali on strike and saves four byes final ball after a shorter delivery had shot out of the footholes down the leg-side. A routine stop standing back, four byes standing up
    7/21/2014 10:25:20 AM
  • Over 54 - England 124-4 (Root 22, Ali 26)
    Ali brings up the 50 partnership for the fifth wicket with another sweetly-struck drive through extra cover for three runs. Kohli hauls it in to cheers from the Indian crowd. Plenty of worse ways to spend a Monday morning than at the Home of Cricket watching this...
    7/21/2014 10:30:34 AM
  • Over 55 - England 126-4 (Root 22, Ali 28)
    England have played Jadeja very well so far this morning. Ali whips a short ball from the left-arm tweaker through square-leg for two to inch England closer to their target
    7/21/2014 10:32:44 AM
  • James Anderson and Stuart Broad sign autographs - England fans hoping that's as strenuous as their day gets.

    7/21/2014 10:37:45 AM
  • Over 56 - England 130-4 (Root 25, Ali 29)
    Ishant's five-over spell this morning is 0-20 but he's been more threatening than his figures suggest. He drifts into Root's pads and is worked away for three and Ali then brings him back on strike with a tight single to mid-on
    7/21/2014 10:38:27 AM
  • Over 57 - England 135-4 (Root 25, Ali 30)
    England have seen off Jadeja and Dhawan is back on with his off-breaks for just his third over in Test cricket. He sends down a wild leg-side delivery midway through the over that beats Dhoni and bounces away for four bonus runs. Ali then nurdles a single
    7/21/2014 10:42:09 AM
  • Over 58 - England 135-4 (Root 25, Ali 30)
    Kumar replaces Ishant and umpire Oxenford is keeping a close eye on his follow-through. Six dots to Ali on and around off stump angling across the left-hander
    7/21/2014 10:45:39 AM
  • Over 59 - England 136-4 (Root 25, Ali 30)
    Dhawan is being deployed in one-over spells it appears... Shami replaces him. He comes charging in, operating at around 86/87mph during an over which costs just one leg-bye but he also receives a warning from umpire Dharmasena for over-using the short ball
    7/21/2014 10:50:23 AM
  • Over 60 - England 137-4 (Root 26, Ali 30)
    The heavy roller appears to flattened out some of the uneven bounce we saw last night. The ball is doing very little both in the air and off the pitch and Root tucks Kumar away for another single
    7/21/2014 10:54:31 AM
  • [benedictbermange] Earlier this summer, day five at Leeds started with Joe Root and Moeen Ali at the crease and England nearly managed to survive. On that final day they scored 192 runs in 90.3 overs – a scoring rate of 2.12 runs per over. They started today requiring 214 runs to win in 90 overs – a scoring rate of 2.38 runs per over."

    7/21/2014 10:57:26 AM
  • Over 61 - England 140-4 (Root 29, Ali 30)
    Root is sensing this might be the right time to attack with the ball soft and pitch flat. He drives Shami through wide mid-off for three more to take the partnership to 68. Another 179 required for victory...
    7/21/2014 11:01:13 AM
  • Over 62 - England 140-4 (Root 29, Ali 30)
    Root shuffles down the pitch to Kumar on a couple of occasions and Dhoni responds by coming up to the stumps. Standing up to his new ball bowlers, and back to the spinners. Interesting approach from MSD... Maiden and drinks
    7/21/2014 11:04:01 AM
  • We've played an hour at @HomeOfCricket and here is how things are poised on day five: #EngvInd


    7/21/2014 11:11:04 AM
  • Over 63 - England 140-4 (Root 29, Ali 30)
    Back-to-back maidens for India as Shami is bang on the money to Ali straight after the drinks break. Crucial spell this before the second new ball. Stating the obvious, England will want these two together...
    7/21/2014 11:13:32 AM
  • Over 64 - England 141-4 (Root 30, Ali 30)
    After 16 successive dot balls, Root whips Kumar down to long leg for a single to join Moeen on 30. Hard graft from both teams at the moment
    7/21/2014 11:15:43 AM
  • Moeen Ali - solidly into his stride this morning...

    7/21/2014 11:17:11 AM
  • Over 65 - England 142-4 (Root 31, Ali 30)
    Jadeja is back into the attack, from the Nursery End this time and India, wicket-less this morning, will be getting a little fidgety I imagine... England aren't scoring quickly, though, and only have a Root single to show from Jadeja's comeback over
    7/21/2014 11:21:08 AM
  • Over 66 - England 146-4 (Root 35, Ali 30)
    Root is dominating the strike at the moment and adds a welcome boundary by shuffling down the pitch to Kumar and driving off the backfoot through the covers. Lovely shot
    7/21/2014 11:23:07 AM
  • Over 67 - England 147-4 (Root 35, Ali 31)
    Rather slow turn for Jadeja at the moment but the odd ball is spitting out of the footholes to the left-handed Ali, who gets off strike after a misfield from the bowler
    7/21/2014 11:26:10 AM
  • The partnership of Root and Ali has passed 75. Here are the stats: #EngvInd

  • Over 68 - England 147-4 (Root 35, Ali 31)
    England struggling to break the shackles here. India are bowling tight and Dhoni has his field spot on. Maiden from Kumar to Ali. You sense something is going to give before lunch...
    7/21/2014 11:29:45 AM
    [betting] England have survived the 90 minutes without losing any wickets. Can they pull off an unlikely victory? Check out the latest betting.
    7/21/2014 11:30:46 AM
  • Over 69 - England 147-4 (Root 35, Ali 31)
    Jadeja races through a maiden to Root
    7/21/2014 11:32:45 AM
  • Over 70 - England 151-4 (Root 35, Ali 35)
    Kumar offers up some width to Ali, who throws his hands at the ball and picks up four through backward point. England pass 150 and need another 168... Neither team halfway there
    7/21/2014 11:35:52 AM
  • I see three slips... Athers deploys the binoculars to take a closer look at the field set for Kumar's bowling.

    7/21/2014 11:36:12 AM
  • Over 71 - England 154-4 (Root 37, Ali 36)
    Three singles and almost a wicket in Jadeja's latest over of left-arm twirlers. Ali gets a thick inside edge but it bounces just short of Kohli at leg gully
    7/21/2014 11:39:35 AM
  • Over 72 - England 155-4 (Root 38, Ali 36)
    Root is rapped on the finger by a Kumar delivery which just explodes off the surface a little. He calls for the physio at the end of the over, after adding a single
    7/21/2014 11:43:56 AM
  • ISHANT SHARMA did say this would be a tough day for India...

    7/21/2014 11:44:05 AM
  • [shanewarne] Say England go in to lunch at 175-4 it’s game on - and England have got two guys at the crease who are in.”

    7/21/2014 11:45:34 AM
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