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England v India, Second Test

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  • Over 19 - England 54-1 (Cook 17, Ballance 16)
    Another one hits the footmarks and shoots through low but, again, it's well outside Cook's leg-stump and earns England a bye. Ballance gets well forward in defence throughout the remainder of the over.
    7/20/2014 3:36:10 PM
  • Time for India to up the pace. Ishant Sharma is coming on for his second spell of the innings.
    7/20/2014 3:37:37 PM
  • Cook & Ballance grafting well at Lord's, playing the spin of Jadeja with good care. 55/1. #EngvInd

  • Over 20 - England 55-1 (Cook 18, Ballance 16)
    Time for India to up the pace. Ishant Sharma is coming on for his second spell of the innings. Cook happy to leave alone outside off-stump and then keeps the strike with a single with a nudge down to fine-leg as Ishant drops too short with his final ball.
    7/20/2014 3:40:24 PM
  • Maverick move from India captain-wicketkeeper Dhoni - he's standing back from the stumps to Jadeja's spin!
    7/20/2014 3:41:09 PM
  • [nasserhussain] I have never seen this before – Dhoni is standing back to a spinner. What about a regulation nick? It happens in the Under-11s occasionally…”

    7/20/2014 3:43:13 PM
  • Over 21 - England 57-1 (Cook 19, Ballance 17)
    Presume Dhoni's worried about the ball staying low out of the footmarks. Both batsmen - who are now free to come down the track as they please to Jadeja - collect drop-and-run singles into the covers.
    7/20/2014 3:43:56 PM
  • Cook survives a strong Shami shout earlier in his innings

    7/20/2014 3:44:14 PM
  • Over 22 - England 60-1 (Cook 20, Ballance 19)
    Ballance was out caught down the leg side in the first innings - albeit for 110 - and India are appealing for the same thing from Ishant's opening ball. No bat involved this time though, just clipped the thigh pad on the way through to Dhoni. Ishant finds Cook's outside edge but it goes straight down and away for a single, one of three in the over.
    7/20/2014 3:48:43 PM
  • Over 23 - England 62-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 20)
    Dhoni still standing back to Jadeja, who has lots of catchers round the bat - although none of them are in particularly close. It proves costly as Cook gloves a delivery that turns and bounces but drops just short of Kohli at leg gully.
    7/20/2014 3:51:45 PM
  • .@msdhoni standing back to the spin of Jadeja. #EngvInd England 62-1, Cook 21no, Ballance 20no.

  • Over 24 - England 62-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 20)
    Cook plays out a maiden from Ishant in defensive mode. Left four of the six deliveries alone.
    7/20/2014 3:54:58 PM
  • Over 25 - England 62-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 20)
    Dhoni maintains his maverick approach to keeping on this pitch but in his defence, Jadeja is getting the ball to carry through to him nicely. Ballance is twice beaten on the outside edge pushing forward during a probing maiden
    7/20/2014 3:58:14 PM
  • Over 26 - England 62-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 20)
    A third maiden in a row as Ishant keeps things tight against Cook, cramping him for room and attacking the stumps. The England captain holds firm
    7/20/2014 4:03:12 PM
  • Over 27 - England 69-1 (Cook 22, Ballance 26)
    A productive over for England, who collect seven runs off Jadeja. Ballance pushes two through the off-side and then edges along the floor past slip for three more. The two left-handers then trade singles to frustrate the India fielders
    7/20/2014 4:06:57 PM
  • Over 28 - England 70-1 (Cook 22, Ballance 27)
    Ballance tickles to fine-leg for a single to increase the partnership to 58. England making steady progress as dark clouds loom over Lord's
    7/20/2014 4:12:05 PM
  • 7/20/2014 4:12:12 PM
  • Ballance ct Dhoni bld Shami 27 [wicket]

    The change of bowling does the trick for India! Ballance nicks Shami's first ball back and Dhoni takes a routine catch. Loose prod from England's No 3
    7/20/2014 4:13:17 PM
  • WICKET! Shami strikes! Ballance nicks one to Dhoni. He goes for a plucky 27. Bell joins Cook in the middle. 70/2.

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    7/20/2014 4:18:47 PM
  • Over 29 - England 71-2 (Cook 22, Bell 1)
    Dhoni should change the bowling more often... First ball strikes from Jadeja and Shami so far in this innings. Bell comes to the middle and joins his captain with England needed another 248 runs for victory. Key partnership...
    7/20/2014 4:20:50 PM
  • ANALYSIS: Beefy says England’s bowlers lost control as India set their hosts a victory target of 319 at Lord’s:…
  • ANALYSIS: @BumbleCricket wants ‘downtrodden’ England to scrap for each other as they try to win at Lord's:…
  • PODCAST: Mikey Holding looks at Alastair Cook’s woe against pitch-up balls and ahead to day five at Lord’s:,2049…
  • DAY FIVE – ENGLAND 105-4 need 214 runs to win

    Or, to put it another way, India are six wickets away from only their second victory at Lord’s – and what an achievement that would be after losing the toss on day one and being put in to bat on a green seamer. England assistant coach Paul Farbrace came out fighting last night, at least in his choice of vocabulary, in our interview with Ian Ward saying Moeen Ali and Joe Root “love a scrap”. On a wearing, turning pitch it will be real backs to the wall stuff when those two resume in three hours' time…
    7/21/2014 6:57:57 AM
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  • The prospect of a nerve-jangling day is already attracting healthy interest from punters, judging by the early queues at the North Gate when tickets went on sale at just after 7.45am this morning. Top price is £30 but there are some adult tickets available for £25 too, which might just be the bargain of this summer. We'll see...
    7/21/2014 7:10:13 AM
    Last night's poll on The Verdict suggested more of you out there thought England would win this Test and if you were one of them, i doubt that first session has done much to change your mind. However, wickets have tended to fall in flurries in this Test so could Moeen Ali's pre-lunch downfall produce a clatter? Let us know your thoughts @SkyCricket
    7/21/2014 12:23:55 PM
  • [davidlloyd] India are ahead for me. The new ball is the key – it usually brings a couple of wickets so that would make it seven-down. England can’t make another mistake. They’ve got to play brilliantly this afternoon to win the game. It’s all about Joe Root now.

    7/21/2014 12:25:50 PM

    Nasser previews the afternoon session - and reveals where his 'money' is on...

    7/21/2014 12:33:35 PM
  • The afternoon session is underway, and Matt Prior joins Joe Root in the middle. Sky Sports 2: #EngvInd

  • Afternoon session
    Here we go again folks. Four overs until the second new ball. Prior joins Root in the middle, this could be a defining innings with his place in the side under huge scrutiny. Can he see England home?
    7/21/2014 12:41:38 PM
  • Over 77 - England 183-5 (Root 61, Prior 1)
    India persevere with the short ball after lunch but it's an expensive over from Shami as England fight fire with fire. Prior signals his intent by pulling for one and Root then ends the over with back-to-back boundaries, pulled hard through square-leg. Brilliant batting
    7/21/2014 12:46:14 PM
  • Over 78 - England 193-5 (Root 62, Prior 10)
    20 runs from the first two overs after lunch! Prior has set his stall out here, driving Ishant off the backfoot for four through cover and then pulling hard well in front of square for four more. This short-ball policy is proving an expensive one. England need another 126...
    7/21/2014 12:51:40 PM
  • Over 79 - England 193-5 (Root 62, Prior 10)
    Dhoni reacts by bringing back Jadeja, who stems the flow of runs with a maiden to Root
    7/21/2014 12:53:46 PM
  • [ianbotham] If England get off to a flyer with the new ball when it is taken, much as India did, that’s it – game over.”

    7/21/2014 12:53:55 PM
  • If England do pull this off, the MCC will surely have to commission another mural...

    7/21/2014 12:54:16 PM
  • [benedictbermange] This would be England’s second-highest successful fourth innings run chase of all time.  Here are the current top three: 332-7 v Australia (1928/29); 315-4 v Australia (2001); 307-6 v New Zealand (1996/97)."

    7/21/2014 12:58:29 PM
  • WICKET! Matt Prior departs for just 12, Sharma claims another wicket, Vijay with the catch. England 198-6: #EngvInd

  • Prior ct Vijay bld Ishant 12 [wicket]

    Prior pulls Ishant straight down the throat of Vijay on the midwicket boundary. Two deliveries before the new ball is due..
    7/21/2014 1:00:17 PM
    [betting] England, needing 121 for victory with four wickets in hand, are still the underdogs. Where's your money going? Check out the latest betting. 
    7/21/2014 1:01:36 PM
    [andrewstrauss] Matt Prior is absolutely distraught, absolutely gutted with that. Just when we were saying that short-ball theory wasn’t working for India, it did. The ball nestled nicely in Vijay’s hands.

    7/21/2014 1:03:28 PM
    Over 80 - England 198-6 (Root 64, Stokes 0)
    Huge setback for England as Prior continued to chance his arm. India persisted with the short ball and Prior, although he struck it well, couldn't keep it down. Stokes joins Root with the new ball due, but not taken... Jadeja continues
    7/21/2014 1:03:28 PM
    Over 81 - England 199-6 (Root 65, Stokes 0)
    A surprise to see Jadeja continue. Root pushes him to point for a single and Stokes safely negotiates some dangerous deliveries spinning into him sharply out of the rough
    7/21/2014 1:05:59 PM

    Call of duty - England need Stokes to improve on his telephone batting. #EngvInd

    WICKET! Ben Stokes is out for 0, the short ball of Sharma doing the business once again. England in real trouble:

    Root ct Binny bld Ishant 66 [wicket]

    Ishant strikes again! Another short ball from Ishant, another pull shot from an England batsman, and another catch in the deep. Root has to drag himself off the pitch. England's hopes seemingly all-but over now
    7/21/2014 1:09:31 PM
    [andrewstrauss] Stokes is having a horror run of form. He thought it was there to hit but he didn't time it at all and registers a pair. It was the simplest catches for Pujara. What a change of momentum in this game there's been in the last 10 minutes or so."

    7/21/2014 1:11:49 PM

    The final rites - Ravindra Jadeja sets off in celebration after running out James Anderson

    7/21/2014 2:33:58 PM
    England's selectors will meet on Tuesday to pick their team for the third Test - and the form and fitness of the senior players will be very much on the agenda. Beefy has already made it clear that he'd have no problem if Jos Buttler came into the side for Matt Prior; as he puts it, Buttler's batting is good enough and his 'keeping isn't going to get any better out of the side. Here's what Straussy reckons...
    7/21/2014 2:38:09 PM
    [andrewstrauss] Matt Prior looks weighed down by plenty of things – his injury, his form with the bat, his keeping. Maybe there is still a hangover from what happened in Australia. He’s a good example of where the senior players are mentally at the moment. If he’s struggling with those injuries, it is going to be a struggle for England to pick him for the next Test.

    7/21/2014 2:38:28 PM

    7/21/2014 2:41:51 PM
    Since beating Australia in the fourth test last summer, this is England's test record: D,L,L,L,L,L,D,L,D,L. #EngvInd
    ISHANT SHARMA knocked the stuffing out of England with career-best figures of 7-74. Here's what he had to say after being named Man of the Match...

    7/21/2014 2:46:26 PM
    Dhoni: "Ishant didn’t really want to bowl short. It got us the wicket and gave him the confidence to keep attacking the batsman." #EngvInd
    [ianbotham] I’ll throw a name into the ring – Eoin Morgan. If Cook wants to stay in the side that’s fine – it didn’t do me any harm when I resigned. It might free him up. You can’t get 25 hundreds and suddenly it’s all gone. Matt Prior is not the Matt Prior I know so I would consider Jos Buttler there and then you’ve got to think about Stokes and Jordan too. The other one you’ve got to consider is Stuart Broad. I don’t want to see him play on and play on with an injury that can be cured in a month and then suddenly it becomes a three or four month job because he’s playing injured.

    7/21/2014 2:53:31 PM

    Here is what's coming your way tonight. The third test starts Sunday at 10am, on Sky Sports 2: #EngvInd

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