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England v India, Second Test

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  • Over 33 - England 73-3 (Ballance 16, Root 3)
    Two Yorkshire boys at the crease looking to repair this stuttering innings. India have extracted some uneven bounce out of this pitch in the afternoon session and, after an Ishant maiden to Root, England currently trail by 222 runs
    7/18/2014 1:22:07 PM
  • Over 34 - England 73-3 (Ballance 16, Root 3)
    Ballance and Root have fine records at Lord's. Root already has scores of 200*, 180, and 71 at the Home of Cricket, while Ballance scored 104* on his last Test outing here, against Sri Lanka earlier in the summer. Meanwhile, Ballance sees out a maiden to the impressive Kumar
    7/18/2014 1:26:17 PM
  • Fridge struggling to keep India's drinks cool down at third man.

    7/18/2014 1:26:27 PM
  • Over 35 - England 79-3 (Ballance 21, Root 3)
    A ran four! You don't see those every day. Ballance times Ishant sweetly through midwicket and the Yorkshire duo run four despite the ball being hauled in inside the rope. Clearly not out of breath, Ballance and Root then pinch a sharp single next ball. Clever cricket from the two Yorkies
    7/18/2014 1:30:07 PM
  • Over 36 - England 85-3 (Ballance 27, Root 4)
    Ballance shows he is strong on both sides of the wicket, pouncing on a rare short, wide delivery from Kumar and cutting hard through point to the boundary. Lovely shot. He follows that up with two through square-leg as the India seamer begins to tire. Confident play from Ballance
    7/18/2014 1:34:38 PM
  • Over 37 - England 85-3 (Ballance 27, Root 4)
    Root gives himself a quiet talking to after a loose dab at Ishant, who is into his seventh successive over after lunch. Root regroups well and sees out a maiden
    7/18/2014 1:38:46 PM
  • Couple of legends draw a crowd...

    7/18/2014 1:42:00 PM
  • Over 38 - England 91-3 (Ballance 32, Root 4)
    Stuart Binny is on for his first bowl at Lord's... He starts with a loopy loosener which Ballance edges high over the vacant gully region for a streaky boundary. A sign that England may look to attack India's fifth bowler. He settles into a better line and length thereafter, conceding just a Ballance single and leg-bye at the end of his first over. Drinks
    7/18/2014 1:42:50 PM
  • Over 39 - England 91-3 (Ballance 32, Root 4)
    Quiet maiden over to ease us back into things after drinks.
    7/18/2014 1:50:50 PM
  • Over 40 - England 95-3 (Ballance 36, Root 4)
    Let-off for Ballance as he edges Binny perfectly between Dhoni and first slip Shikhar Dhawan. The two men stand and look at each other. Had to be keeper's catch; he really didn't have far to go. Binny denied a first Test wicket.
    7/18/2014 1:54:13 PM
  • Over 41 - England 95-3 (Ballance 36, Root 4)
    Bumble-baiting delay in proceedings as Root leisurely wanders towards the pavilion to source himself a new bat. Seems to be a good one as he times the pants off a square-cut next ball but is denied any palpable reward by a diving Murali Vijay.
    7/18/2014 1:58:54 PM
  • Over 42 - England 104-3 (Ballance 41, Root 8)
    Lovely straight drive brings Ballance four, but it was the floatiest, most inviting of half-volleys from Binny. A legside flick for one brings a single and England's 100 before a whip through midwicket and some hearty scampering brings Root an all-run four.
    7/18/2014 2:03:28 PM
  • Over 43 - England 108-3 (Ballance 45, Root 8)
    Ballance flicks the ball past short fine-leg for four as he closes on an impressive half-century.
    7/18/2014 2:08:28 PM
  • Over 44 - England 111-3 (Ballance 45, Root 11)
    Nothing happening for Binny. Root steers him to third-man for two and punches to deep point for another single to keep the strike.
    7/18/2014 2:11:47 PM
  • Over 45 - England 112-3 (Ballance 45, Root 12)
    Quiet first over from Jadeja. Root works him to leg for a single off the back foot. Nothing much else occurs.
    7/18/2014 2:15:10 PM
  • Over 46 - England 113-3 (Ballance 45, Root 13)
    Bit of strike-pilfering going on from Root here at the moment. Single from the final ball of Binny's over.
    7/18/2014 2:18:51 PM
  • Root lbw b Jadeja 13

    [wicket]Root given out lbw propping forward to Jadeja, but replays show an inside edge.
    7/18/2014 2:20:49 PM
  • Over 47 - England 117-4 (Ballance 45, Moeen 4)
    Easy game this. Moeen Ali strides to the middle and plonks a slog-sweep over midwicket for four first ball.
    7/18/2014 2:22:41 PM
  • Over 48 - England 118-4 (Ballance 46, Moeen 4)
    Single for Ballance off the persevering Binny. Moeen plays out the over with the serenity we've come to expect.
    7/18/2014 2:27:01 PM

    7/18/2014 2:27:45 PM
  • Over 49 - England 119-4 (Ballance 47, Moeen 4)
    Another single for Ballance, who continues to prove beyond all doubt that drunken shirtlessness is in fact the very ideal preparation for a Test match, before Moeen makes no contact with an attempt to repeat the Mo mow with which he started his innings.
    7/18/2014 2:29:50 PM
  • Over 50 - England 120-4 (Ballance 48, Moeen 4)
    A pattern emerging at the moment. Ballance gets a single, before Moeen plays out the over in laconic defence.
    7/18/2014 2:33:17 PM
  • Definitely a lazy afternoon feel around the ground...

    7/18/2014 2:33:24 PM
  • Over 51 - England 122-4 (Ballance 49, Moeen 5)
    Moeen breaks the pattern. Ballance gets his single, thick inside-edging Jadeja past short-leg, but Moeen gets a single of his own.
    7/18/2014 2:36:09 PM
  • Over 52 - England 124-4 (Ballance 50, Moeen 6)
    [50]Ballance completes a fine half-century off the part-time spin of Vijay. Opts to keep his shirt on during the celebrations. Saving that one for the century, perhaps.
    7/18/2014 2:38:35 PM
  • My word. Not much you can say about that...
    7/18/2014 2:38:40 PM
  • [shanewarne] What he should do now is rip his shirt off and say, you beauty!”

    7/18/2014 2:39:04 PM
  • Over 53 - England 125-4 (Ballance 51, Moeen 6)
    Ballance and Moeen negotiate the final over of the session without alarm. But it's another decent one for India, winkling out another couple of key wickets.
    7/18/2014 2:41:31 PM
  • We're at tea on day two between #EngvInd . England are 125-4 and Ballance has just reached his half-century:

  • Tea - England 125-4, trail by 170 runs
    [tea]England struggling against some accurate bowling in tricky conditions. Ballance has been excellent, continuing to look the part after moving up to number three. They've got a lot wrong recently, but the selectors deserve credit for that one.
    7/18/2014 2:42:55 PM
  • A quick tea-time catch-up with Bumble...

    7/18/2014 3:01:00 PM
  • The teams are back out. Tantalising session in prospect. Don't miss a ball. SS2.

  • Evening session
    Murali Vijay to bowl the first over after tea...
    7/18/2014 3:02:05 PM
  • Over 54 - England 130-4 (Ballance 56, Moeen 6)
    Vijay, who has only bowled 18 balls in Test cricket before today, seems an odd choice to kick-off the session given the match situation and he fires one onto Ballance's pads for the cost of four runs early in the over. Poor delivery. A single to point ends the first over of the evening session
    7/18/2014 3:07:19 PM
  • Pradeep and Ishant doing their best this summer to bring back the mullet into Test cricket
  • Over 55 - England 134-4 (Ballance 60, Moeen 6)
    A second boundary in as many overs for Ballance, who steers Ishant along the floor through gully and to the rope. Warm applause from the Lord's crowd, who have been basking in the sunshine again in the capital. Just four off the over, England trail by 161
    7/18/2014 3:11:10 PM
  • Over 56 - England 138-4 (Ballance 60, Moeen 10)
    England looking to attack, just as India, who added 150 runs in the evening session on day one, did yesterday. Ali attempts to sweep Jadeja from well outside off stump but can only top edge streakily over where short fine-leg could and perhaps should have been. Dhawan puts in a chase but the ball wins and trickles for four
    7/18/2014 3:15:24 PM
  • Over 57 - England 142-4 (Ballance 64, Moeen 10)
    Short, wide, four! Brilliant from Ballance, who rocks back and powerfully cuts Ishant to the rope for four more. Gary letting his bat do the talking after his nightclub antics in Nottingham last week...
    7/18/2014 3:18:52 PM
  • Over 58 - England 142-4 (Ballance 64, Moeen 10)
    Very tidy from Jadeja, who pins Ali back during a maiden and almost forces him to drag a tentative defensive push back on to his stumps. Very little spin on offer, but Jadeja is mixing up his flight nicely
    7/18/2014 3:21:36 PM
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