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England v India, Second Test

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  • [mikeatherton] Cook just had a fence at a ball he should have left alone. This will be a little test of Ballance’s character. But what a let-off that was for Robson. Slip catching is so important on pitches with a bit of lateral movement. You’ve got to take your chances and that was a dolly.

    7/18/2014 10:59:23 AM
  • Over 11 - England 24-1 (Robson 12, Ballance 2)
    Just two balls after Robson's reprieve, Cook hands India their breakthrough with an uncertain prod outside off stump. A simple catch for Dhoni. Ballance joins Robson in the middle and gets off the mark with a couple tucked through backward square-leg
    7/18/2014 11:01:48 AM
  • [benedictbermange] Gary Ballance has a chance to become just the eighth player, and just the third England player to score centuries in his first two Lord’s Test, after: Dilip Vengsarkar (3), Bill Brown (2), Mahela Jayawardene (2), Graeme Smith (2), Andrew Strauss (2), Hashim Amla (2), Jonathan Trott (2).

    7/18/2014 11:03:02 AM
  • Over 12 - England 27-1 (Robson 15, Ballance 2)
    Robson continues to look vulnerable outside off stump and another loose push at Shami almost results in an edge behind. Anything straight is no problem, though, and Robson works three through midwicket to bring Ballance back on strike. Shami finds his edge with a short of a length delivery but it drops well short of Rahane at second slip
    7/18/2014 11:05:31 AM


    7/18/2014 11:09:29 AM
  • Over 13 - England 29-1 (Robson 17, Ballance 2)
    Robson works Kumar through midwicket for a leisurely two in an otherwise quiet over before drinks.
    7/18/2014 11:10:24 AM
  • COMING UP AT LUNCH... a chance to see part three of our RICKY PONTING FEATURE... Here's a taste...

    7/18/2014 11:11:03 AM
  • Over 14 - England 31-1 (Robson 17, Ballance 2)
    Ishant Sharma produces an Ishant Sharma of an over, including a no-ball, a huge wide, a jaffa that nips off the pitch past the outside edge and a huge lbw shout.
    7/18/2014 11:18:44 AM
  • Robson c Dhoni b Kumar 17

    [wicket]Robson tries to drive on the up against Kumar, and a hint of outswing is enough to find the outside edge. Easy catch for Dhoni, England in early bother.
    7/18/2014 11:19:44 AM
  • Over 15 - England 31-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 0)
    Ian Bell in at number four for England. Plays out the rest of the over, so it's a wicket-maiden for Kumar.
    7/18/2014 11:23:02 AM
  • WICKET! Sam Robson is the latest to fall, and as this graphic shows, there is a common theme in his dismissal method:

  • Over 16 - England 31-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 0)
    Another maiden over. There seem to have been a lot of those in this match already.
    7/18/2014 11:27:27 AM
  • Over 17 - England 31-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 0)
    Another maiden. Not a great one, though. Kumar too wide of the off stump in general, and Bell not tempted.
    7/18/2014 11:31:29 AM
  • Over 18 - England 31-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 0)
    Do you remember runs? Runs were good, weren't they?
    7/18/2014 11:35:09 AM
  • No jacket required today in the comms box on the hottest day of the year so far...

    7/18/2014 11:37:24 AM
  • Stay with us on SS2 at lunch for the latest Ricky Ponting Masterclass. Part III...
  • Over 19 - England 39-2 (Ballance 2, Bell 4)
    Runs! Eight runs! Two boundaries! The first four are byes as Dhoni stands up to Kumar who responds as quick bowlers always do by firing one down the legside. Dhoni gets a glove on it, which is enough to hoodwink the umpire into giving leg-byes. The next four is straight off the face of Bell's bat, steered deliciously late down to the third-man boundary in a style that became the defining image of last summer.
    7/18/2014 11:39:57 AM
  • Anderson leads the batting averages...

    7/18/2014 11:41:23 AM
  • ...while Cook's doing ok in the bowling stakes!

    7/18/2014 11:42:43 AM
  • Over 20 - England 41-2 (Ballance 4, Bell 4)
    Ballance beaten by Shami outside the off stump twice in the over, but does manage to get a nurdle away for two through midwicket in between.
    7/18/2014 11:43:09 AM
  • Over 21 - England 46-2 (Ballance 4, Bell 9)
    Ishant changes ends, and Bell walks down the pitch and across his stumps to flick the ball away past square-leg for four. Neatly done, as most things are when Bell's involved right up to the point where he gets out in needless and frustrating fashion. Picks up a single to keep the strike from the last ball of the over.
    7/18/2014 11:48:29 AM
  • Over 22 - England 49-2 (Ballance 6, Bell 10)
    England starting to scrape a few runs together now. Bell into double figures with a single, while Ballance collects two with a clip off the pads behind square-leg.
    7/18/2014 11:53:04 AM
  • Over 23 - England 51-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 11)
    Couple of singles from the over as England go past 50. One more over before lunch.
    7/18/2014 11:58:58 AM
  • Over 24 - England 51-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 11)
    Bell and Ballance manage to dally enough between deliveries to make sure this is the final over of the session. A good one for India despite the first 10th-wicket failure of the series.
    7/18/2014 12:00:58 PM
  • Lunch: England 51-2, trail by 244 runs
    [lunch]Two poor shots from England's openers. Robson's optimistic drive was dreadful, but the big talking point will once again be the skipper. One nibble and you're nobbled as he fatally followed one outside the off stump from the excellent Kumar.
    7/18/2014 12:02:35 PM
  • Hard work in this heat!

    7/18/2014 12:24:56 PM
  • Cool as ever, Michael delivers his lunch-time verdict...

    7/18/2014 12:31:50 PM
  • You'll be able to sign in online and watch part three of our Ricky Ponting masterclass in the afternoon session... Alternatively, catch it on Sky Go.

    7/18/2014 12:34:24 PM
  • Afternoon session
    The players return to the middle after lunch. Bell (11*) and Ballance (7*) at the crease...
    7/18/2014 12:38:52 PM
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    7/18/2014 12:40:43 PM
  • [nasserhussain] It’s a good cricket pitch, you can bat on it, but there’s still plenty in it for the seamers. But the major talking point is the form of Cook.

    7/18/2014 12:42:11 PM
  • Over 25 - England 52-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 12)
    Not sure what the pitch had for lunch but it's just started to misbehave. After watching a short ball from Ishant die on its way through to Dhoni, Bell then sees a full delivery pop up and almost catch his glove. Not encouraging for the team who will have to bat on this pitch last... In between the uneven bounce Bell is relieved to get an inside edge on to his pad. If he hadn't, England would be three down
    7/18/2014 12:45:52 PM
  • If you've missed any of the Ricky Ponting Masterclass series they are available on demand and on the @SkySports website.
  • Over 26 - England 55-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 15)
    Bell has the crowd purring with a dreamy cover drive off Kumar but he doesn't time it as well as he'd have liked and picks up three instead of four, the only runs off the over
    7/18/2014 12:50:54 PM
  • Over 27 - England 56-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 16)
    Ishant is causing Bell a fair amount of discomfort after lunch and gets the ball to seam past his inside edge from back of a length, prompting oohs and aahs from behind the wicket. Another rising delivery from back of a length then forces Bell to get up on his toes and a thick inside edge, not far away from short-leg, brings him one to end the over
    7/18/2014 12:54:48 PM
  • Over 28 - England 56-2 (Ballance 7, Bell 16)
    Bell has hogged the strike since the lunch break, allowing Ballance to face just four balls this session. The Warwickshire man plays out a maiden from Kumar
    7/18/2014 12:57:34 PM
  • Just in... Nasser's 'novelty jacket-stand' title (see pre-play picture) has been well and truly trumped!

    7/18/2014 1:03:32 PM
  • Over 29 - England 63-2 (Ballance 10, Bell 16)
    A poor over from Ishant, who, perhaps put off by the prospect of bowling to a left-hander, is too straight to Ballance and concedes four leg-byes for his team before Ballance helps himself to three more
    7/18/2014 1:03:48 PM
  • Over 30 - England 68-2 (Ballance 15, Bell 16)
    Four! Fine improvisation from Ballance, who helps a short ball from Kumar over the slip cordon and away for his first boundary. A lovely uppercut from the left-hander, who adds a single to retain strike
    7/18/2014 1:06:27 PM
  • Over 31 - England 70-2 (Ballance 16, Bell 16)
    Ballance, who has already survived one strong lbw shout, has to be careful as he's walking a long way across his stumps. His eye is good enough at the moment, though, and he works a single to leg. If he'd missed that, well, India would be celebrating another wicket
    7/18/2014 1:11:43 PM
  • [nasserhussain] Bell got out in the last Test trying to leave the ball. This one nipped back down the slope and got him on the glove. So there’s still enough left in this pitch. Kumar is an excellent cricketer. He’s having a wonderful tour.

    7/18/2014 1:15:14 PM
  • Over 32 - England 73-3 (Ballance 16, Root 3)
    That's twice in as many matches that Bell has been out attempting to leave the ball. In his defence, he didn't do a lot wrong, the delivery just got big on him and it was a clever piece of bowling from Kumar. Root is the new man and gets off the mark with a confident clip through midwicket for three
    7/18/2014 1:17:29 PM
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