India v England, first Test, day one, Ahmedabad, as it happened

Virender Sehwag's 117 and an unbeaten 98 from Cheteshwar Pujara give India the upper hand on day one of the Test series.

16 November 2012 Last updated at 03:16 GMT

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  1. 1120: 

    While Boycott Bingo fans will be hastily ticking off their sheets after Geoffrey's parting references to sticks of rhubarb, we're going to wrap things up after an entertaining first day of the series - and you can keep the debate (and the Strictly suggestions) going via #bbccricket as long as you like.

    After you have enjoyed Stephan Shemilt's match report, don't forget to set your alarm as we'll be back from 0330 GMT tomorrow morning.

    TMS is on air from 0345 (but remember the podcast and the highlights programme before then). Until then, take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "With selection, we did the same in the UAE - left Monty Panesar out of the first Test match and didn't have the ammunition to fire teams out. Unless you can bowl at the pace of Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis, if you're only fast-medium the conditions almost cut you down to medium. Look at what teams play in their own country - India only ever play two seamers here. Samit's a lovely little cricketer, he bats and bowls a bit and does well in one-day cricket, but you've got to pick bowlers who can take wickets. I like Pujara, he's got a high left elbow like Barry Richards and plays very straight. He made one mistake when he got a leading edge to Bresnan and it went over Anderson's head at mid-on."


    One last entry for the Cricketing Strictly contenders:

    Dave Foot on Twitter: "What about Daren Ganga-m Style?"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good toss to win, I didn't really expect England to have a better day than they did as sometimes you might only get two wickets on a day like this. Swann bowled very well, the seamers looked fairly straightforward - I won't say innocuous - but the ball hardly went off the straight. After a couple of streaky inside edges, Sehwag played beautifully - he blocked some, but then caressed the ball around, it looks so easy for him on subcontinent pitches, but when he comes to England and the ball swings around, my mum could get more runs than him."

  5. 1105: 

    Aggers and Geoff Boycott are beginning their review of the day, which will be available later as the TMS Podcast - while also in this series, there will be a highlights programme broadcast each day on BBC 5 live sports extra - today, you can listen to it from 1800 GMT.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "On the evidence of today, I think England might see a lot more of Pujara in the future. I think it's been India's day, right from winning the toss - England fought back well in the last session but India will be extremely happy with 323-4 on a wearing wicket. Virender Sehwag batted well, while young Pujara will have a bit of a sleepless night on 98, but he'll have the expectation of coming back tomorrow and completing his hundred."

  7. 1102: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Ind 323-4

    Anderson to bowl the last over of the day, with Pujara on 90. First ball is edged for four through third man - "is he going to do a Steve Waugh?" wonders Aggers, remembering the former Australia captain reaching three figures in front of his home Sydney crowd in the final over of a day of Test cricket when he was under pressure. He can't get the next four deliveries away, but drills the last ball of the day for four through the covers, and finishes the day on 98.


    The texters are still busy with Cricketing Strictly suggestions...

    Mark in Wokingham: "Waltzy Hammond?"

    Ed in London: "How about Zaheer Khan Khan?"

    Anon: "Mark Rumba-kash would have the ladies swooning!"

  9. 1058: 
    Ind 315-4

    Broad bowls a little short and Yuvraj drills a four between the bowler and the diving Bresnan, who's not had the best of days, at mid-off. The left-hander prods a quick single to Nick Compton at point but no-one backs the throw up and they manage a second run. One more over, I think.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Prior will be looking for a good back massage tonight - he's done a lot of crouching, as the ball hasn't come through very hard to him. This can't be a very easy ground to keep wicket on."


    Robbie Graves on Twitter: "Would waiting for the close of play be an acceptable reason to be late for uni?"

  12. 1053: 
    Ind 309-4

    Having bowled their first 86 overs very quickly, all those shenanigans with the ground staff have slowed England up here - but perhaps they won't be too unhappy at not having to bowl more than their required 90. James Anderson returns to share the new ball with Broad, Pujara guides a single to move to 90 and Yuvraj works a two to leg before a single off the last ball takes him to 18.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are already shadows from the floodlight pylons stretching across the ground, even at 4.20pm local time - the days start early and end early in this part of the world."


    Ross McDonald on Twitter:‏ "Take Swann off for one over. Bring him back for a new spell immediately = guaranteed wicket time."

  15. 1048: 
    Ind 305-4

    It's going to be Stuart Broad, rather than James Anderson, taking the new ball for the start of the 87th over - Yuvraj and Pujara add a single apiece from the first over with the new cherry. Yuvi is up to 15, Pujara has 89.


    From Stefan in Cambridge, via text on 81111: "Great that Swann is taking wickets, but it suggests the Indian spinners are going to make the ball go round corners!"

  17. 1043: 

    Looks like England are considering turning back to seam, as both umpires, James Anderson and Captain Cook come over to have a look at the bowler's footmarks - a member of the ground staff in a turquoise shirt and denim jeans, runs on wielding a blue bucket, then a green-shirted colleague runs on with a broom... and then runs off again. Bit of a hold-up (thankfully there's no over-rate issues with only four still to be bowled) - and England take the new ball.


    Cricketing Strictly ideas from the TMS inbox...

    Robert Evans: "Jive Lloyd? Big lad for a fast step, but a good cover-point fielder in his youth…"

    Jess in Cork: "Kumar Samba-kkara?!"

  19. 1038: 
    Ind 303-4

    Patel begins the 86th over, Prakash Wakankar on TMS thinks Samit's bowled in more of a groove in this last session. "He hasn't been threatening, but he's bowled quite well to the right-handers, although as soon as Yuvraj came in, he's scored a few runs off him," notes Rahul Dravid, as Pujara plays out a maiden.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have bowled really well after tea, stuck to their disciplines and created pressure - some of that pressure has led to wickets, and the chance like when Kohli was dropped."


    Gareth Preston on Twitter: "I bet Swann secretly wants Cook to keep Patel bowling... He doesn't want someone ruining his 10-for."

  22. 1035: 
    Ind 303-4

    Swann bowls round the wicket to the left-handed Yuvraj, still three close catchers and a man catching next to one of the other wickets at short extra cover. Yuvraj, still not sure of a regular place in the five-day format, is taking no chances, and plays out a maiden.


    Some more cricketing Strictly suggestions on Twitter...

    Marc Harries: "Shimmy Anderson and Thilan Samba-araweera."

    Joshua Barrett: "Irfan Pa-tango could always be a candidate to open the show? No? I'll get my coat..."

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Ahmedabad

    "Local media especially excited for Cheteshwar Pujara. He's a Gujurati boy, so nearest thing to a local hero here. Quite a few spectators seemed to leave at tea, but plenty remaining in hope of Pujara's 100..."

  25. 1032: 
    Ind 303-4

    Yuvraj works Patel off his legs for a scampered three, Pujara inches closer to three figures with a single, but Yuvi nicks the strike. Six overs left to be bowled today, but at this rate they're going to get more than 90 in anyway.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It would make England's day if they could get one more wicket here. Yuvraj is playing totally differently in Test cricket from the way he plays in one-day cricket."

  27. 1029: 
    Ind 298-4

    Swann begins the 83rd over with two slips, a short leg and a short extra cover. After a single from Pujara takes his score to 87, Yuvraj sweeps a single to move into double figures.


    Philip Sparrow on Twitter:‏ "Never mind Swann Lake; at this rate we could be in for Swann Laker."

  29. 1026: 
    Ind 296-4

    Pujara pushes Patel for a single, he's slowed right down in this evening session (he now has 86 from 157 balls) but England look like they'd prefer bowling at Yuvraj, and Boycs on TMS thinks they should stick with spin for another couple of overs before they go to the new ball, but wishes they'd picked "another wicket-taking spinner".


    From Neel at Wexham Park Hospital, via text on 81111: "Re Strictly cricketers... Ian Bell-ero! Pretty poor I know but best I could come up with laying on my hospital bed!"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Yuvraj was very determined to play with a straight bat there. You've got to be able to adapt to everything that's thrown at you - and the man most likely to get them out at the moment is Swann."

  32. 1023: 
    Ind 295-4

    England persist with Swann (and why not, he's taken all four wickets) as they enter the 81st over of the India innings. Yuvraj pushes a two but blocks the rest of the over.


    Junaid Mati on Twitter: "After seeing that last wicket, anyone else already nervous about England innings?"

  34. 1021: 
    Ind 293-4

    Yuvraj rocks back and hammers Patel for four through the covers, then drills a single to wide long-on. He has seven, and the second new ball is available... but not taken just yet.


    From Richard, waiting for a job interview (nice distraction), via text on 81111: "Re: cricketers on Strictly: Dimitri Macarena."

    From Dave in Belfast, via text on 81111: "How about Mahendra swing Dhoni?"

  36. 1018: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 288-4

    Swann to Yuvraj, England appeal for lbw (in vain) as he prods forward. Next ball hits him on the pad again, that's even closer as Yuvraj offered no shot, but again umpire Hill shakes his head. Yuvraj sweeps a low full toss for a single - Geoff Boycott on TMS notes "if that was a one-day match, he'd have walloped that for four". Pujara steers a two through the covers to move to 85.


    Stuart Peel on Twitter: "Cha-Cha-Cha-minda Vaas could be good, mixes the pace up, particularly good in the shorter forms of the dance game."

    Keep them coming via #bbccricket

  38. 1014: 
    Ind 285-4

    Pujara pushes Patel for a quick single - non-striker Yuvraj was standing very wide of the crease, and easily makes his ground at the striker's end. Yuvraj is off the mark with a single to long-on.


    Darren Hawkins on Twitter: "Not confident at all, I reckon India already have enough runs in this Test match to beat England. Hope I'm wrong."

  40. 1012: 
    Ind 283-4

    Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman - Swann will be licking his lips at having the chance to bowl at a left-hander. Yuvraj last played a Test against West Indies in November 2011 before having treatment for cancer earlier this year.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a really good piece of bowling by Swann - Kohli was deceived in the flight. The pitch is getting slower from this morning, it's harder to force the ball away."

  42. 1008: 
    WICKET- Kohli b Swann 19 (Ind 283-4)

    Blowers is in his element on TMS as he notices a couple of Ahmedabad pigeons flying across the ground, but it's all over for Kohli as he's caught in two minds, is beaten in the flight and is bowled! Swann points to the heavens in celebration - he's still on for all 10!


    William Hudson on Twitter: "Suffering from a severe case of 'one more over' syndrome instead of referencing this essay."

  44. 1006: 
    Ind 283-3

    The players have received their drinks, the ground staff have beaten a hasty retreat and Patel resumes the attack for the 76th over - the second new ball being available after 80. Kohli knocks a single to mid-off, Pujara remains stranded on 82 for the time being.


    Fred Clarke on Twitter: "If England are ever going to have a chance in this series their fielding has to be spot on. Far from that at the moment."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the only way I'd like to do Strictly Come Dancing is on the radio. I don't think I'd do it on television."


    From Chris in Essex, TMS inbox: "As soon as the text from Chris from Essex was put up I was sure I could hear the sound of a thousand Live update followers clicking on to Wikipedia to look up lists of dances to make punning cricketing names from. For what it's worth, my shoddy effort is Shivnarine Charleston-paul."

  48. 1000: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 282-3

    Swann keeps it tight against Kohli, who drills a single to mid-on where Kevin Pietersen's dead-eye throw knocks over the middle stump at the bowler's end, but Kohli had made his ground. Now it really is drinks, and those naughty ground staff are allowed on by Mr Dar. Kohli has 18, Pujara has 82, and we've had 75 overs so if England keep bowling spin, we could be on for a reasonably prompt finish.


    The Bell Inn on Twitter: "Re: cricketers on Strictly - Allan Lam-bada?"

    That may be the first time a pub has tweeted us... I hasten to add that other pubs are available!

  50. 0957: 
    Ind 281-3

    Patel sends down a rapid maiden over to Pujara - England have bowled their overs much quicker since tea - and when the ground staff run on in anticipation of a drinks break, they are shooed off by umpire Aleem Dar as it's not quite time yet!

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann's not turned the ball much, and Patel's barely turned a ball, but they've been harder to hit than the seamers. Swann has conjured three wickets, and he should have had four."

  52. 0955: 
    Ind 281-3

    Kohli hammers a low full toss from Swann back past the non-striker for four, the off-spinner removes his sunglasses briefly to wipe his forehead on his sleeve. Swann redeems himself somewhat with five dot balls.


    Ben Sawyer on Twitter: "Three for Swanny! Can only imagine how Monty could help double that. And wish the fielders hadn't washed their hands in olive oil."

  54. 0952: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 277-3

    Patel replaces Broad, who's been a little ragged today (0-63 from 15 overs). Kohli adds a single, then Pujara is hit on the pad by a quicker ball - we've not had many lbw appeals today - and Samit appeals, but umpire Aleem Dar shakes his head and the replay appears to show the ball not turning and going down leg anyway.


    From Sam, distracting myself in a lecture, via text on 81111: "Why can't England catch any more? Bring Monty in as a specialist slip!"

  56. 0949: 
    Ind 276-3

    Trott is still in at slip for Swann, with Bell under the helmet at short leg, Pujara squeezes a two down to fine leg. That's the only scoring stroke. Today's play's almost been like a symphony in several movements - slow, quick, quick, slow...


    From Dan, via text on 81111: "Re: cricketers on Strictly. I hear Strauss can do a fair waltz."


  58. 0946: 
    Ind 274-3

    Broad digs in a short ball to Kohli and a fumble from Prior yields a single. Pujara moves up to 80 from 130 balls, and Broad trots off at the end of the over, to be replaced by substitute fielder Joe Root. His England shirt doesn't have a number under the three lions yet, as he's not yet appeared in a Test...

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "England's seam bowlers have bowled 39 overs and taken 0-171."


    Jonathan Russell on Twitter (re: cricketers on Strictly): "Graeme Swann-lake has got to be the best bet in the ballet round."

  61. 0942: 
    Ind 272-3

    Kohli comes down the wicket to Swann, poking a single to mid-on, Pujara adds two more to move to 79.


    Jack Organ on Twitter: "Not impressed with Jonathan Trott there. He would have known he hadn't caught that."

    Alex Smith on Twitter: "The drop was bad cricket by Trott but to claim the catch was worse."

    Hardik Modha "Celebration or not, Trott claimed that catch, terrible. If that was an Indian or Aussie, he would be getting all sorts of abuse."

  63. 0939: 
    Ind 269-3

    We're just into the 68th over and there's a ball change (presumably it's gone out of shape) - fourth umpire Anil Chowdhury rushes on with a box of balls, and a replacement ball of a similar age is selected. Broad strays down the leg side and Kohli, reprieved last over, flicks the ball past the diving Samit Patel at square leg for four. A single takes him into double figures.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If they'd taken that catch, the match would have taken a big swing. Looking at the replay, it's amazing that Trott didn't realise that the ball was grounded as it was patently obvious from the replay. There was no celebration from Trott, which rather betrayed the fact he wasn't sure he'd taken it. England have clearly made a policy decision on this, as Anderson always used to field at slip to Swann."

  65. 0934: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 264-3

    Single from Pujara, then Kohli edges Swann, and Trott takes the catch at slip... or does he? There's no DRS in this series, but the umpires aren't sure whether it was taken cleanly, and ask the third umpire... and replays show he dropped it as he juggled it and fell over. "Why isn't Anderson at slip?" fumes Geoffrey on TMS. Reprieved, Kohli pushes a single, then Pujara unleashes another powerful cover-driven four.


    From Chris in Essex, via text on 81111: "Surely Jonathan fox-Trott is the next Strictly candidate?"

  67. 0930: 
    Ind 258-3

    Stuart Broad replaces Anderson, Pujara steers a single to move to 72 and bring the runless Kohli back on strike. He's finally off the mark from his 30th ball when Broad serves up an inviting half-volley which Kohli punches back past the bowler for four.


    Ian Myers on Twitter: "I'd like to see Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan on Strictly, just for the hilarity of the judges trying to say his name!"

    Or if Chaminda Vaas insisted on using his full name...

  69. 0924: 
    Ind 253-3

    Virat Kohli has faced 21 balls so far, and they've all been dots... Swann keeps the squeeze on the India number five, with a couple of close fielders in, and he plays out another maiden - so it's no runs from 27 balls for Kohli. Maybe we jinxed him by asking whether he was the new Tendulkar?


    From Dave in Essex, TMS inbox: "Saw the following headline on BBC news page - just above the text commentary link 'Boycott Sri Lanka, Cameron urged'. Can we just clarify if this is Geoffrey or his celery wielding mother? (I am assuming it's in a coaching role) I did phone number 10, but they insisted that all cricketing matters should be directed to John Major."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson's done very well, he's bowling as straight as he can to the youngsters, the ball's not coming off the pitch so it's difficult to time."

  72. 0921: 
    Ind 253-3

    Anderson has been right on the money since tea, as he keeps it tight against Pujara - in fact, since the over before tea he's bowled four overs, three maidens and only conceded one run. Well done him.

    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Sir Geoff reveals he once turned down the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing. Shame - his technique would have been immaculate."

    Anyone know whether in Geoffrey's day, they had to cope with uncovered dancefloors?

  74. 0918: 
    Ind 253-3

    Rapid over from Swann to Pujara, just a single off the last ball as the youngster moves to 71. Blowers reveals he's a big fan of curries, while Geoff Boycott reveals he's more of a fish fan.


    Rohan on Twitter: "What's more ominous for England, the fact that India are set to score at least 400 or whether a spinner has taken all three so far?"

  76. 0914: 
    Ind 252-3

    I won't kid you, this game has stepped down a gear or two since tea. Pujara pushes Anderson for a single, Kohli sees off the rest of the over as England look to put the squeeze on.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I was Monty, I'd feel like packing my bag and flying back to Heathrow. There's no fun coming on tour when you're just carrying the drinks and practising in the nets, when you're a spinner and don't even get picked on a pitch like this."

  78. 0911: 
    Ind 251-3

    Pujara finally breaks the shackles with a firm straight-driven single, but that's the only scoring stroke. Swann has 3-61 from 20 overs.

    Geoffrey has ruled himself out, but which other cricketers (past or present) do you think would do well on Strictly - and follow in the footsteps of former winners Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash? Let us know via #bbccricket

  79. 0908: 
    Ind 250-3

    Anderson managed a maiden to Kohli before tea, can he bowl another? The right-hander is on the defensive as he sees out six dot balls so that's the third maiden on the trot - there's not much to talk about, so Blowers and Geoffrey are still on about Strictly... that's 60 overs bowled, we have 30 to go. Close of play will be at 1100 GMT (or 1130 if they've not bowled the overs).

  80. 0905: 
    Ind 250-3

    A sedate start to the post-tea session as Swann bowls a maiden to Pujara.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I kept telling Michael Vaughan that his wonky knee would go if he went on Strictly Come Dancing. I said he'd collapse like a horse that has to be shot. But I've heard he's going to be dancing at Wembley on Saturday. I'm not going to stay up for it. How could he want to go dancing when he could be out here watching this?"

  82. 0902: 

    Ready to resume, Graeme Swann to continue his pursuit of all 10 wickets...


    Purav Patel on Twitter: "Stupid shot by Tendulkar. Man was put on the boundary for that exact reason. India were cruising."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a mental mistake by Tendulkar. He'd just flipped Swann through mid-wicket and was trying to hit him through long-on, but he went too leg-side. I think he was trying not to get too bogged down, but he was so early in his innings. But for me, it was still India's session."


    Wisden editor Lawrence Booth on Twitter: "At tea, England's three seamers - Anderson, Broad, Bresnan - have combined figures of 34-2-160-0..."

  86. 0845: 

    While Kevin Howells takes a special look at the England Performance Programme squad (who'll be going to India soon) on TMS, it's time for another quick break...

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann will be quite happy, he's the solitary wicket-taker with 3-60 from 18 overs."

  88. 0842: 
    TEA- Ind 250-3

    James Anderson to conclude the afternoon session, Kohli defends a maiden over and that's tea. 130 runs added in the session for the cost of three wickets, but at least two of them - Sehwag and Tendulkar - were to pretty needlessly reckless shots.

  89. 0838: 
    Ind 250-3

    Virat Kohli is the new batsman, he'll be facing the last over before tea.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a good catch by Patel, who's not the safest catcher - we saw him drop one last summer. Swann's on for all 10, and the way the others are bowling, he may get them."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was really poor shot selection by Tendulkar - especially five minutes before tea."

  92. 0836: 
    WICKET- Tendulkar c Patel b Swann 13 (Ind 250-3)

    This has been a prolific session for India, Tendulkar sends the crowd wild again as he slog-sweeps Swann for four. But the crowd are struck into silence when the fielder is put back, and Tendulkar goes for another big heave - and he holes out to Patel at deep mid-wicket! Once more, like Sehwag, there was no real need to play that shot...

  93. 0834: 
    Ind 246-2

    Anderson has Pujara in two minds as he tries to chop the ball down to third man but can't connect - Aggers on TMS thinks this may be the closest Prior has ever stood to the stumps when Anderson's bowling, there's really nothing in it for the quicks here. And when the "Burnley Express" strays a little with his line, Pujara punishes him with another four through the covers.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a very classy shot indeed, it's as good as we've seen all day. This man can play - he's a busy number three rather than a blocking number three."

  95. 0830: 
    Ind 242-2

    "Shot of the day" contender by Pujara as he laces the ninth four of his innings through the covers, which has the TMS team purring with appreciation. He keeps the strike with a single off the last ball of Swann's over to move to 64.


    Peter Langley on Twitter: "Re: Dave in London (0810) - great mockers, keep it coming!"

  97. 0828: 
    Ind 237-2

    Tendulkar flashes a square cut at Anderson, that's four all the way and the crowd are loving this, particularly that chap who paints his entire body in the colours of the Indian flag and is a particular fan of Sachin. He flicks the last ball off his legs, the outfield is pretty slow here and Patel stops the ball before the rope as they run two.

    Aggers warns Radio 4 LW listeners that they'll shortly be dragged off for "Yesterday in Parliament" - and Vic notes that a Test has never been interrupted for "Yesterday in Parliament" before when there's been an MP (Tendulkar) at the crease!


    Paul Mayer on Twitter: "To even things out in Test match cricket, the toss should apply to the first match then alternate between teams."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Even in a Test match on a sluggish pitch, the run-rate is still more than four an over thanks to that Sehwag innings."

  100. 0824: 
    Ind 231-2

    Tendulkar sweeps at Swann, but it strikes short-leg fielder Ian Bell a nasty blow on his back as he turns away to take evasive action. Vic Marks mischievously points out that a ricochet could have helped England there... anyone remember Aussie keeper Wayne Phillips being caught by David Gower, via Allan Lamb's heel? The "Little Master" moves to three with a single.

  101. 0821: 
    Ind 230-2

    ...and they do turn to seam, with James Anderson recalled to the attack. Tendulkar doubles his score with another single, and Pujara glances a four off his legs.

    And after Anderson appeared to be warned earlier today for running on the wicket, we've just seen TV footage of umpire Tony Hill holding up a couple of fingers... is that a second warning? We're not entirely sure, so we'll keep you posted.


    From Phil in Guildford, TMS inbox: "Variety in pitches is part of cricket, and it should be encouraged. However, it is concerning that the pitch (and the toss) may have more bearing on the outcome of a Test than the quality of the players. My solution would be to do away with the toss and allow the away team to always choose whether to bat/field first (the home team would not have to name their XI until after the away team had chosen to bat/field). This would encourage the home side to produce pitches that offered a fair balance between bat and ball throughout five days."

  103. 0815: 
    Ind 225-2

    So, 23 years to the day after his debut, Sachin Tendulkar walks to the crease for his 315th Test innings - and he's off the mark with a single. Vic on TMS wonders whether England may test Tendulkar with a seamer...

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann has this habit of coming back and getting wickets in his first over. Having equalled it earlier, he has now surpassed Jim Laker's tally of Test wickets, so that's a landmark he'll enjoy. The crowd are enjoying the advent of the next man in - we still marvel at the adoration they give to Sachin Tendulkar."

  105. 0811: 
    WICKET- Sehwag b Swann 117 (Ind 224-2)

    Sehwag goes for a big agricultural heave-ho slog-sweep against the recalled Swann and is bowled! And he had no real need to play a shot like that as India looked to be on cruise control - maybe it was just "Sehwag being Sehwag".


    From Dave in London, via text on 81111: "Ominous stat for England: when going past 110, Sehwag averages 196, and on this road I can only see that improving."

  107. 0810: 
    Ind 224-1

    Patel switches to bowling slow left-arm over the wicket in the manner of Ashley Giles, this at least slows the scoring rate a little as there's only a solitary Sehwag single from the over.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good strike rate by Pujara, he started a little slowly, but he's played a lot of good shots, all around the wicket."

  109. 0806: 
    PUJARA FIFTY- Ind 223-1

    Henry Blofeld on TMS explains how Kolkata is his favourite Indian city (he even got to meet Mother Teresa once), while Pujara guides Broad for two through the covers, before forcing another two off his legs to bring up his second Test fifty from 67 balls - and very pleasant it has been to watch, too. Pujara guides another four off his legs to the boundary, and vice-captain Broad takes his sunhat before having an animated discussion with Captain Cook.


    Dan Edwards on Twitter: "Re. Andy (0732). Having neutral pitches would be the death of Tests. The bounce in Perth, swing in England, Indian dust bowls = a test of all!"

  111. 0801: 
    Ind 214-1

    Sehwag steers Patel for a single, then the left-armer drops one short and Pujara clears his left leg well to blast it through mid-wicket for four. Patel has 0-23 from five overs.

  112. 0759: 
    Ind 209-1

    I'm liking the look of young Pujara here, he effortlessly guides Broad for another four backward of point before a single takes him to 43 from 60 balls. Sehwag nicks the strike with a single off the last delivery - he has 114 from 112 deliveries.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Ahmedabad

    "Interesting to note the affection that remains in India for Monty Panesar among the public. This is partly linked to his Indian heritage, but there's deep respect for his bowling too. Actually, one local journalist referred to Swann and Panesar as the best spin combination in the world this week. Haven't really produced results when they've played together, though."

  114. 0754: 
    Ind 203-1

    Sehwag takes India's score to 200 with a single, and this pair are starting to pick Patel off for singles like it's the middle overs of a one-day international. Four singles from it.

  115. 0751: 
    Ind 199-1

    Bresnan, who's not had the best of times today, is replaced by Stuart Broad and Sehwag runs a leg bye before Pujara emulates his partner with the "open the face for four through third man" we've seen a couple of times from Sehwag earlier in the day. Two more singles, and the momentum is very much with India once more. That's 45 overs bowled, so we're halfway through the day's play in terms of overs.


    Kartikey Srivastava on Twitter: "Andy in Aberystwyth [0735] is right. The ICC should turn the Waca into a dustbowl."

  117. 0746: 
    Ind 192-1

    Better from Patel, a single apiece from Pujara and Sehwag who have now added 58 - Pujara has 31 and Sehwag's on 110.

    And a little treat for Hampshire fans - the TV cameras a few minutes ago showed Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar sat together on commentary duty. All three played in that game at Southampton in 1996 when Kevan James took four wickets in four balls (Vikram Rathour, Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid and Manjrekar, while Ganguly was the non-striker) before scoring a century the following day.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "Monty Panesar has a good record in India, even if he doesn't take wickets he can keep the run-rate down. I think that would at least allow them to keep the pressure on, as there's a lot resting on Graeme Swann. It has turned a little bit, which will encourage the Indian spinners."

    Henry Blofeld adds: "One relief for the England bowlers, Rahul, is that they don't have to bowl at you here!"


    Oliver Jones on Twitter: "Sehwag, Iqbal and Gayle have all shown in the last few days how entertaining openers can be."


    From Ade, via text on 81111: "Cook has always come across as a very safety first cautious captain, hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come or the attacking Michael Clarke will be licking his lips."

  121. 0740: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 190-1

    Pujara flicks Bresnan off his legs, some unfortunate fielding by Kevin Pietersen down at fine leg allows four as he can't stop the ball cleanly. Next ball is steered through the covers for two, that's the fifty stand in less than 13 overs since this pair came together, and then the increasingly impressive Pujara carves his second boundary of the over, this time through mid-wicket. A single and he's suddenly up to 30 already. Prior comes up to the stumps, he won't have done that to Bresnan too often, as Sehwag sees off the over. Time for drinks.


    Jeet Vyas on Twitter: "The legend of Virender Sehwag lives on!"

  123. 0735: 
    Ind 179-1

    Swann takes a rest after taking 1-49 from 14 overs, and it's time for Samit Patel to have another twirl. But not really anything to threaten Pujara and Sehwag, who take singles from five of the six balls.


    From Andy in Aberystwyth, TMS inbox: "We've had neutral umpires for years now, shouldn't we also have neutral pitches? The ICC should dictate the make-up of pitches around the world to prevent games being won or lost on the toss, as this one probably has been."

  125. 0732: 
    Ind 174-1

    Geoff Boycott on TMS continues pushing the proposed selection of Monty Panesar as Sehwag and Pujara both take two singles off Bresnan's over - Big Tim has 0-45 from nine overs.


    Neil Harris on Twitter: "What pictures are people watching? There's stacks of people there. The ground is huge, remember."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sehwag's never been a great athlete, he's 33 - or at least he says he is, I think he might be a bit like Basil D'Oliveira, who took a few years off. He averages 60 on the subcontinent, but only 27 in England."

  128. 0727: 
    SEHWAG CENTURY- Ind 170-1

    Sehwag goes after Swann, lofting a four through long-on to reach his century in style from 90 balls. Raising his bat to salute the crowd, he also removes his dark blue India helmet to reveal a bright red bandana covering his head. He's now above Mohammad Azharuddin as number four in the list of most centuries for India, behind Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar.

  129. 0724: 
    Ind 161-1

    Sehwag tries to force Bresnan to leg... but can only manage a leg bye. If you're just waking up and joining us, there's not been a lot to cheer about from England's point of view. Pujara rotates the strike, Sehwag chops a quick single into the off side to move to 99 as the crowd's sense of anticipation grows.

  130. 0720: 
    Ind 158-1

    Swann rattles through his 13th over, just a single apiece to the Indian second-wicket pair. Pujara moves to double figures with 10, Sehwag sneaks up to 98. And has the strike.


    From Dave in Darlington, via text on 81111: "Very bad start for Cook as captain. Terrible selection with Bresnan not Panesar. Tedious, negative bowling changes and fields. Worst of all called wrong at toss."

  132. 0717: 
    Ind 156-1

    Anderson takes a rest after his second four-over spell of the day, and it's time for Tim Bresnan to have another go. Prakash Wakankar on TMS thinks the crowd, which has been rising steadily all day, is now about 10,000 strong - Sehwag pushes a single to mid-on as he inches towards three figures. The tall Pujara gets a leading edge as he tries to force the ball to edge... but it's misjudged by Anderson at mid-on as he comes in too far and over-runs it. Definitely a chance - Pujara was preparing to walk off.


    From Matthew in York, TMS inbox: "I don't understand why England can't get Sehwag out! He's just a slogger! Why don't we have plans to get him out?"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Samit Patel is essentially a batsman who bowls. He's not quite Yuvraj Singh in either department. But we expect he'll get plenty of work."

  135. 0712: 
    Ind 154-1

    Sehwag, who's closing on his 23rd Test century, carefully guides a single to move to 96 as the scoreboard ticks round to 150. Pujara unleashes his first boundary, rocking back to hammer Swann through cover point for four. He's looked very much at home so far.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Ahmedabad

    "The crowd here is actually bigger than many people feared (there were estimates of 4,000 in the build-up). MS Dhoni concedes that in the future Tests might be staged in smaller cities and venues, where presumably the novelty factor would be higher. He also accepts that Indian cricket tastes have changed, as people are now used to a 'fast food' diet of cricket."


    From Moh in Manchester, via text on 81111: "I think it's unfair to blame the Indians for turning their pitches into tarmac. That's a home side advantage as far as I'm concerned and its partially due to the hot climate in India... I didn't see anyone talking about the English pitches when subcontinent teams were getting whitewashed in England? End of the day, great batsmen don't depend on the toss or conditions, they adapt to the conditions and show why they are great."

  138. 0709: 
    Ind 149-1

    Anderson in for his eighth over, Sehwag drills a two through the covers to move to 95, then there's another ball down the leg side - a bit like that dropped catch earlier - and this one is signalled as a leg bye.

    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    "A little about Cheteshwar Pujara, India's number three and the man charged with filling Rahul Dravid's clown-sized shoes... A 24-year-old playing his sixth Test, he made 72 on debut against Australia in 2010 and 159 on his return to the team against New Zealand this August. If England didn't take notice after his 87 for Mumbai A in the recent tour game, then perhaps a first-class average of 53 will make them do so."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann's going to be a busy man here. The one ball he got a lot of turn with, produced a missed stumping, but he's got a lot of right-handers to bowl to. Pujara is looking quite composed."

  141. 0704: 
    Ind 146-1

    Sehwag has the crowd on their feet as he steps forward and caresses the ball through the covers for four. Swann tosses the next ball up and Sehwag can only guide it to long-off for a single as he moves to 93. Pujara doubles his score with a two.


    Hamza A Khan on Twitter: "Three right-handers at 3,4,5 and Sehwag still in. England will miss Monty who's better than Swann against right-handers."

  143. 0701: 
    Ind 139-1

    For the third successive over, Sehwag gets a single at the start of the over, then Pujara pushes the ball into the covers and Anderson is quick to field off his own bowling, hurling the ball at the stumps as Pujara ducks back into his crease.


    From Graham in Exeter, via text on 81111: "The situation regarding DRS in this series is absurd. It's an antiquated attitude to technology from the people making decisions in India and it is holding back cricket worldwide. It may cost England in this series as well, with them being the side that is used to dealing with it."

  145. 0657: 
    Ind 138-1

    Single from Sehwag again, then Pujara is off the mark with a well-run two off his legs. Swann has 1-26 from 10 overs, comfortably the pick of England's bowlers.


    Mukundhan on Twitter: "Let's get over the misconception once for all. Barring Chennai, Bangalore & Kolkata, none of the cities care about Test cricket."

  147. 0654: 
    Ind 135-1

    Sehwag pushes Anderson for a single, while I can also tell you that Graeme Swann drew level with Jim Laker on 193 Test wickets in that over, making him England's joint leading wicket-taker among Test off-spinners. But he needs another 104 to catch England's leading spinner, Derek Underwood, who took 297.

    More worryingly for England, Henry Blofeld and Vic Marks on TMS think Anderson has received an official warning for running on the wicket.

  148. 0649: 
    Ind 134-1

    Right-hander Cheteshwar Pujara - playing his sixth Test, and having to fill Rahul Dravid's shoes in the number three spot - is the new batsman.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That's the highest opening stand in a Test on this ground, beating the 131 by the rather unlikely pair of Matt Horne and Gary Stead for New Zealand in 1999. The new batsman Pujara was man of the tournament at the 2006 Under-19 World Cup."

  150. 0646: 
    WICKET- Gambhir b Swann 45 (Ind 134-1)

    Swann to continue, Gambhir gives himself room and guides him for four square of the wicket. Next ball, Gambhir is put down by Prior behind the stumps (depending on whether you think he got a faint edge, it's either a dropped catch or a missed stumping, or both) - but when he attempts another cut shot, Swann bowls him off stump and is ecstatic!


    From Tom Clark, TMS inbox: "I thought cricket was supposed to be a religion in India. Where are all the cricket fans? The stadium is empty! I don't understand."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "They're bowling at Sehwag without a slip - you could almost have a defensive, wide slip for him, as he shouldn't be able to just glide it for four like that."

  153. 0644: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 130-0

    Sehwag slices the first ball after lunch for a single to the tumbling Jonathan Trott at third man. Gambhir adds a single, then Sehwag flicks one off his leg, Prior gets a glove to it but can't hold on and there's no umpire signal, so that was bat on it... and we have to put it down as a chance as Sehwag moves to 81 with a single. Gambhir guides a two through the covers, before a great dive-and-pick-up by Broad at mid-off restricts him to a single. Sehwag guides the last ball of the over through third man - too fine for the fielder - for four. He's on 85.

  154. 0640: 

    As Vic mentioned, James Anderson to take up the attack. No slips in for the right-arm paceman.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Ahmedabad

    "Decent stream of spectators still arriving through the lunch interval, perhaps lured by the promise of more runs. Diwali holiday spirit still in evidence in Ahmedabad, although fireworks stopped early last night... around midnight. Car park outside the ground is full, packed with new compact white hatchbacks - the new India!"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "One of the good things England have done is kept Sehwag off strike. He's only faced 66 balls, Gambhir has faced over 100. To give Sehwag width is lethal, they've got to be tighter. Swann at least managed some control, I'd imagine he'll have to stay on at one end. Anderson, who only bowled four overs this morning, is going to start after the interval, he'll be hoping this magical reverse swing arrives. But they've got to get rid of Sehwag, or he's going to run away with this innings."

  157. 0636:  
    BBC 5 live sports extra

    TMS are currently playing a few highlights of the morning session - a timely reminder that although play is due to finish at 1100 GMT (or 1130 if they've not bowled the overs) each day, you can listen to highlights of each day's play on BBC 5 live sports extra each afternoon and evening.

  158. 0630: 

    While you're pondering England's first session of the series, we've taken a look at what a tough test Alastair Cook is facing in his maiden stint as official Test captain. Former England paceman Steve Harmison and Cook's Essex coach Paul Grayson discuss the new skipper - you can read it on the BBC Sport website.


    Philip Sparrow on Twitter: "When was the last time a four-match series ended 0-0?"


    Australian commentator Jim Maxwell on TMS: "There's no-one really at the moment pushing for Ricky Ponting's place, but no-one's indispensable. If he can get some runs in the next couple of matches he might keep going for the rest of the summer. Ideally he'll retire on his own terms, but it may not be like that, like the way he was dropped from the one-day side. He really wants to try to get to England next year and regain the Ashes, but at the moment he needs to convince everyone he can still perform. He'll be 38 in December but he still runs and catches as well as anyone."


    Chris Tubby on Twitter: "Sitting at my desk in Korea searching the internet for video footage of Geoffrey's mum batting. None so far."

  162. 0606: 

    TMS are going to discuss Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting during the interval - two titans of the modern game, who may be coming towards the end of their international careers. Boycs, for his two'pennyworth, thinks Ponting should have already called it a day.

    Keep your radio on TMS, we're going to see if the BBC canteen has anything to offer at this time of day... back soon.


    Drew Leitch on Twitter: "Said I would start work on my essay once England get their first wicket - 2 hours ago now."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Gambhir's had a very ordinary morning but he's got away with it, he doesn't look in good nick and doesn't look like he knows where to hit Swann. When he drives the ball, he doesn't time it. Sehwag's played serenely after those first few overs, Swann has bowled very well but the seamers were innocuous, and I'd have brought Patel on earlier. This is India, so it's par for the course that the pitch is flat and slow. As we get the sunshine, it'll get slower and lower, but it'll spin more as the game goes on so India should make hay while the sun shines."

  165. 0600: 
    LUNCH- Ind 120-0

    Swann joins his spin buddy Patel in serving up a full toss to Sehwag, who's only able to work it away for a single. With the interval imminent, Gambhir looks content to play out the rest of the over, and lunch is taken with India having barely put a foot wrong.


    From Dick, TMS inbox: "Broad bowls too many five-ball overs, with one ball meat and drink to an in batsman, which Sehwag most certainly is. Panesar or Onions for Broad every time. Or Geoffrey's mum."

  167. 0557: 
    Ind 119-0

    England turn to Samit Patel as their fifth bowler, but the burly left-arm spinner's first ball is a juicy pie of a full toss which Sehwag clubs through mid-wicket for a first-bounce four. A single takes Sehwag to 77, Gambhir drills one through the covers and they run one. Patel has men back at long-off and long-on for Sehwag, who hits a single to the latter fielder.


    Junaid Rahim on Twitter: "Pouring down with rain in Vietnam! Consoling myself by following the TMS Test match commentary."

  169. 0554: 
    Ind 112-0

    India look to be playing for lunch here, Sehwag helps himself to a single and Swann has 0-18 from seven overs. But apart from one stifled lbw appeal, there's not been much going for him today either.

    Meanwhile, my match report colleague Stephan Shemilt points out that it could have been worse for England. "We could have won the toss and put them in," he muses...


    Tom Coleman on Twitter: "I've now resorted to playing out an alternate scenario in my head where we won the toss and Cook is doing what Sehwag is doing."

  171. 0550: 
    Ind 111-0

    We're just over 10 minutes from lunch and England still haven't tried Samit Patel's left-arm spin as Sehwag takes a village-style swing at Broad, doesn't make clean contact but gets a single to mid-on.


    From Alex in Bristol, TMS inbox: "Very thoughtful of England to schedule a tour to India now. It coincides perfectly with me becoming a new mum so I now have something to keep me occupied whilst I'm up in the night feeding my newborn. I might see if I can stretch my maternity leave out so I'm at home during the Ashes too."

  173. 0547: 
    Ind 110-0

    Gambhir tries to force Swann through the leg side but only succeeds in smearing a two to fine leg, where Boycs on TMS is concerned that Broad's not moving as well as he usually does - remember, he suffered a heel injury in the warm-up games. "I think they have to swap the bowling around here, keep the batsmen guessing," Geoffrey advises.

  174. 0544: 
    Ind 108-0

    Gambhir prods Broad into the covers, there's some slight hesitation but they go for the single and Compton's throw hits the stumps at the bowler's end but Gambhir was easily home. Sehwag, who was keen to run that single to get back on strike, he's faced only 52 balls at this stage compared to Gambhir's 82. Broad keeps it pretty tight but the last ball is short and wide, and Sehwag blasts it through point for four to move to 70.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Isn't this what we did against Pakistan in the UAE, go with three seamers in the first Test and only then switch to two spinners? Don't we ever learn? The soil on those pitches in the UAE came from Pakistan, so they were pretty much subcontinent pitches."


    From Dave in London, via text on 81111: "Expect another three pitches exactly like this. India are under pressure after a couple of humiliating foreign tours and so they've retreated to brazenly optimising home conditions. It's a short term fix which ignores the underlying faults in their techniques when facing movement. It's a classic case of heads being buried in sand and they won't progress until this attitude changes. At least England are self critical and face up to their weaknesses against spin head on, it's how you move forward as a side."

  177. 0540: 
    Ind 103-0

    Geoff Boycott on TMS thinks the way to frustrate Sehwag is to deprive him of the strike - and if England are trying to do that, they're succeeding as he hasn't faced for a couple of overs. Gambhir is watchful against Swann, not trying anything fancy, eventually ticking the scoreboard along with a leg bye off the last ball of the over, so Gambhir nicks the strike again, having faced the last 17 deliveries.


    From Ian in London, via text on 81111: "Not a massive fan of clubbing or even 4am cricket to be brutally honest. Find it hard to believe anyone combines both though?"

  179. 0536: 
    Ind 102-0

    Vice-captain Stuart Broad returns to the attack after a long chat with Captain Cook. Just a slip and a gully in, and the brakes are momentarily on as he sends down five dot balls to Gambhir before he guides the last off his pads for a single.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've done a lot of commentating out here, and I don't recall India often going into a game with three seamers. That tells you a lot. I wouldn't like to bowl against 'The Wall', Rahul Dravid, on this pitch!"


    Shravan Bhat on Twitter: "Sir Geoff, may I direct you to Sehwag's 195 at the MCG in 2003? If your mum can do that, she should be on this tour."

  182. 0532: 
    Ind 101-0

    Sehwag steers Swann for a single to bring up the century stand. Swann bowls round the wicket to the left-handed Gambhir, who manages a single off the last delivery.


    From Matthew, TMS inbox: "Currently lesson prepping in chilly Tengzhou, China. I explained cricket to the children yesterday, only to be greeted by blank faces - the sort of expressions I get when I talk about demonstrative pronouns."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's no good them saying to me that they've been practising hard in the nets - they should do, as they're professionals. It's all about what you do in the middle."

  185. 0529: 
    Ind 99-0

    Bresnan is taking a bit of punishment from Sehwag today, the right-hander carves a cover-driven four before whipping the next delivery from outside off stump and past Broad at mid-on for another four. Third ball, Sehwag goes for the big one and launches a massive six over the bowler's head! "When he's batting like this, you need 15 fielders," notes Boycs on TMS - and for that shot, you'd need at least a couple of those fielders in the first few rows of the stand. Having plundered 14 from the first three balls of the over, it's a relief for Bresnan to follow it with two dot balls before Sehwag pulls a single off the last delivery to Patel coming in from the square leg boundary.


    Ashley Hibben on Twitter: "I'm in California and I am writing an essay and presentation due tomorrow. England aren't making this any easier."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "The biggest threat here for England is the batsmen making a mistake. The ball's coming through low and it's barely moved. But is Sehwag a great player? Don't kid me. He can only play well on certain surfaces. My mum could have batted better than him in England, after a couple of nets."

  188. 0524: 
    SEHWAG FIFTY- Ind 84-0

    Cap'n Cook takes some advice between overs from Kevin Pietersen, who of course was the last man to captain England in a Test in India. Sehwag and Gambhir keep pushing the ones and twos, and Sehwag reaches his 33rd Test fifty (he has 22 centuries) with a gentle single from his 45th ball. Gambhir guides a two towards the point boundary, pursued by Samit Patel, who might find himself bowling soon as England look for a wicket.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to keep plugging away here. It hasn't spun much for Swann, but it won't be easy for a new batsman either if they can get one in. India have played sensibly."

  190. 0520: 
    Ind 77-0

    Sehwag opens the face to Bresnan again, guiding a four past slip, then unleashes a bnrutal cover drive at a fuller, straight delivery which has the Pontefract-born seamer shrugging his shoulders in frustration. A single takes the opener to 46.


    Dave Astley on Twitter: "Shout it loudly if we get a wicket fellas, I'm out retired for the night."

  192. 0516: 
    Ind 68-0

    Swann, bowling in his sunglasses as ever, wheels away with his off-spin as Gambhir lofts a single over the bowler's head, Sehwag rotates the strike and it doesn't look like there will be too many easy pickings for England at this rate.

  193. 0512: 
    Ind 66-0

    Tim Bresnan to continue in the attack, Gambhir off-drives for a single - he has 27 from 54 balls, and has played more of an anchor role while Sehwag has 36 from 37.


    From Toby in Lancaster, via text on 81111: "Finishing a shift in a nightclub and listening to TMS as I try to get some kip before 10am lectures. Smooth voices please."

    Anyone else still clubbing at this time of the morning before settling down with the cricket? Text or tweet us if you are...

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a tough start for England, it always can be on the subcontinent. England have looked to bowl straighter than they would in English conditions, but India have still got them away for runs, which may be a concern for Alastair Cook. Gambhir built his reputation as a great player of spin."

  196. 0508: 
    Ind 65-0

    Bring on The Wall! India legend Rahul Dravid joins Aggers on TMS as play resumes. Dravid had advised England to pick Monty Panesar when we spoke to him before the series, but it's going to be England's number one spinner Graeme Swann into the attack, with Ian Bell donning a helmet to field at short leg. (Bell may regret England's decision to leave James Taylor at home, meaning he'll be short leg again for the foreseeable future). Sehwag pushes Swann for a single, Gambhir steps back and guides a two wide of Jonathan Trott at slip - doesn't Anderson normally field at slip for Swann? The left-hander adds a single off the last ball.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That is not a first hour which England will cherish."


    From Wayne, TMS inbox: "Currently on honeymoon in Hawaii, can't find any TV channel showing the cricket, but can find free wifi! Come on Jimmy!"

  199. 0500: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 61-0

    Bresnan bangs it in short to Gambhir, who dismissively pulls him for four. Worrying for England that it's less than an hour into the series, and their seam bowlers are already into "bang it in and hope for the best" mode... Captain Cook looks impassive behind his sunglasses, and may be learning that Test captaincy isn't all hearts and flowers. Something for him to ponder as drinks are taken.


    James Japhet on Twitter: "England keeping it nice and straight here which is good to see. It would be nice to see a little more (or anything) in the track."

  201. 0456: 
    Ind 57-0

    England persist with Broad, Sehwag and Gambhir continue to help themselves to singles and there are plenty of cheers for the fifty partnership. The right-handed Sehwag guides a two to fine leg, then cover-drives another four past Compton at point, taking his score to 35 from 34 balls. He's been more of a slow-burning catherine wheel than a firecracker this morning, but it could be a vintage Sehwag day at this rate...


    Jed Gore on Twitter: "Patel not good enough to play as an all-rounder. It should have been Panesar or Morgan, basically a bowler or a batsman."

    It seems like "The Patel Debate" is the new "Bell Debate" (which long-time viewers of these live texts may remember from circa 2008) - have your say via #bbccricket

  203. 0452: 
    Ind 49-0

    Sehwag has the crowd cheering again when he opens the face fo the bat and effortlessly runs Bresnan down to his favoured third man area for four. The next ball is dabbed past the diving Nick Compton at backward point but Jonathan Trott hares after it and stops the ball just in front of the rope as the Indians run three. Personally, I'd always have a third man for Sehwag... why give him free runs?

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "You don't know whether it will spin on the first day - you'd certainly expect it to spin by the third - but you need to have a look. I think I played on this ground in 1984 when I discovered Mohammad Azharuddin was quite a good player. He got about 150 in a warm-up game, including quite a few off me."

    Henry Blofeld, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think we've got the early birds, or perhaps Insomniacs Incorporated with us at this time of day!"

  206. 0448: 
    Ind 42-0

    Broad continues for his fifth over, Sehwag adds a single while Gambhir helps himself to another four off his legs. He has 18, Sehwag has 21, time for some spin?


    Harry Manoharan on Twitter: "Have they tarmacked the wicket? It's an absolute road."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Dhoni said it at the start - when you're in India, you win the toss and bat, especially on a surface like this which looks like it's going to neuter England's fast bowlers."

  209. 0443: 
    Ind 37-0

    James Anderson is removed from the attack after being bludgeoned for those three fours in his last over by Sehwag, and England turn to third seamer Tim Bresnan - who might have been the man to make way if Monty P had been selected. Big Tim may find himself as a bit of a "workhorse" in these conditions, expected to keep the runs down as there's only one slip in for him and not much help from the conditions, but it's a good first over which only yields a solitary single.


    Si Lomas on Twitter: "Could be long few days for England this, dead pitch, Sehwag 100 before tea. Will regret not playing Monty here, no way need three seamers."

    What do you think of England's team selection? A few of you seem to be lamenting the absence of Panesar already and we're only eight overs into the game! Join the debate by tweeting us via #bbccricket

  211. 0439: 
    Ind 36-0

    England have no fewer than seven reserves available for 12th man duties - Jonny Bairstow is the first to run on with supplies between overs, he's sporting a wonderful handlebar moustache for "Movember" - while Graham Onions told us in his column this week that his own facial fungus is leading him to be compared to Officer Crabtree, the policeman from Allo Allo. Crabtree might observe India have had more of a "good moaning" so far than England, as Broad strays with a no-ball, which Gambhir pushes for one. Sehwag rotates the strike with a leg bye, before Gambhir pushes a two. He pulls away before the last ball of the over - another sightscreen problem? - and Broad follows through with the delivery, shattering the stumps as "dead ball" is called.


    From Steve in Kent, via text on 81111: "I can always rely on chicken fajitas to make me wake up at 4am with a dry throat. I could've have just set the alarm but not as much fun. I would have played Monty. Quality over quantity."

  213. 0432: 
    Ind 31-0

    Gautam Gambhir tightens one of the studs on his boot between overs, Sehwag crashes Anderson for a four through the covers and there are a few pockets of England fans who look rather tickled to have been picked out by the TV cameras. There's not much assistance for Anderson here, but he does himself no favours by sending down a half-volley which Sehwag guides for four backward of point. Fifth ball of the over is also overpitched and wide, and Sehwag helps himself to four more. He has 19 from 20 balls, while Gambhir has 11 from 22.


    From Chris in Melbourne, TMS inbox: "Reckon Aggers [0414] needs to learn the definition of the word 'confided'."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to concentrate on bowling, and catching the catches when they come - don't worry about the batting at this stage. The ball is only bouncing stump-high here."

  216. 0427: 
    Ind 19-0

    Gambhir guides a two off his legs, then Broad digs in a bouncer which Gambhir works towards the square leg boundary and they run two as Ian Bell gives chase. Captain Cook has a cheeky grin on his face, which I'd imagine would grow to Cheshire Cat-size if they can pick up an early wicket or two.


    From Keith Flett, TMS inbox: "The Beard Liberation Front says that without Panesar the England team for the rirst Test may lack a crucial element of Beard Power. This could be a significant strategic error."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not against one-day cricket and I'm not against players making a lot of money at the IPL. But I think it affects their Test match technique - they're playing one-day shots against Anderson. If you think you can hit every ball, you're going to make mistakes."

  219. 0423: 
    Ind 15-0

    Sehwag guides Anderson for a four off his legs, then examines his bat as he checks a drive towards extra cover. Plenty of excitement in the stadium, loud screaming from a few of the Indian fans although we've not had too many fireworks from their batsmen yet.


    Bibhash Dash on Twitter: "It's stupid o'clock here in East Yorkshire but the lure of good solid Test cricket is enough to wake the lazy me. Come on India!"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd have picked Monty as he's a better bowler than Patel. You pick bowlers to take wickets, and batsmen to score runs. They're slightly worried about Broad's injury in case he gets injured, so they pick Bresnan because he can bat but he hasn't scored runs recently, except against Bangladesh and I don't think that counts. I don't think you need three seamers here, and if Broad's not right he should stand down."

  222. 0418: 
    Ind 11-0

    Sehwag has a bit of a wild swing at Broad, there's another inside edge and this time they run one. But Broad is on the money for the rest of the over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I saw Ian Bell today and asked him when his wife is due to have their baby. He confided in me that she's having a Caesarean on the 21st, so he'll go back after this Test finishes. We wish Chantal all the best."

  224. 0414: 
    Ind 10-0

    Anderson keeps it tight against Gambhir - Aggers and Boycs think there are about 3,000 people in the ground - and Gambhir finally unleashes India's first boundary of the series when he gets an inside edge past the stumps for four.


    James Green on Twitter: "Currently procrastinating and trying to justify listening to TMS while I really should be researching China."

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Ahmedabad

    "Encouraging sense of occasion outside the ground, and some atmosphere inside. Lots of empty seats, true, but then it's a big, big stadium - capacity in region of fifty thousand. Meanwhile half a dozen 14 over a side games were in full swing on waste ground near our hotel before breakfast, big hitters all greeted with 'Pietersen, Pietersen!'"

  227. 0410: 
    Ind 6-0

    Stuart Broad takes the second over, his chin covered in stubble, but there's precious little bounce for him. Captain Cook has taken over from his predecessor Andrew Strauss at first slip, though his non-sweating hands will probably still be doing plenty of ball-shining. Graeme Swann is at second slip, just the two in for Broad, and after the third man is brought up to short extra cover for the last ball of the over, Sehwag square-drives for two.


    From Paul in Chichester, via text on 81111: "Up all night with chicken pox and the neighbours' dog barking. Hopefully some early wickets for Jimmy will stem my need to scratch."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's extremely rare to see a blade of grass on a pitch in India - most of the time they're flat like this."

  230. 0405: 
    Ind 4-0

    There's a bit of a delay while someone adjusts the sightscreen but the left-handed Gambhir guides the first ball of the series off his legs for a single. The field adjusts for the right-handed Sehwag - there's a third man in for him, knowing his tendency to swing hard from the off. Three slips but no gully as Sehwag sedately (by his standards) pushes a single to extra cover. Geoff Boycott joins Aggers on TMS, who warns the Yorkshire legend to be "gentle" with the early-morning audience. Gambhir pushes the score along with another flick off his legs, and Tim Bresnan dives well at fine leg to restrict them to two.


    Junaid Mati on Twitter: "Nothing beats getting up early for winter tours! I have a feeling Ashwin/Ojha will make England look silly at least once!"

  232. 0359: 

    Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are opening up for India - you don't want to miss anything while Sehwag's around, so stand by your beds. (Or continue to huddle in your beds, as the case may be). James Anderson taking the new ball. Bring it on!

  233. 0358: 

    Huge cheers as the players take the field - Alastair Cook leading England out for the first time as full-time, undisputed, Test captain (having deputised for Andrew Strauss in Bangladesh a couple of years ago). Vic Marks on TMS points out they've set some kind of record (in recent times) of 15 minutes on air without mentioning Kevin Pietersen!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I spoke to Nick Compton briefly this morning, he looked very focused and I think he wants everyone to forget about the [his grandfather] Denis part of it."

  235. 0353: 

    On this day in 1989, a fresh-faced 16-year-old called Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut for India against Pakistan at Karachi. 23 years and 190 Tests later, he's still there, as the last of India's "Fab Four" still standing after the retirements of Dravid, Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. And BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Jones has taken a look at whether Virat Kohli will be a successor to Tendulkar's crown.


    Jack Ashbee on Twitter: "Haven't been to bed yet as I don't trust myself to wake up, and I don't want to miss this! Gonna be an excellent series."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I watched Dhoni go off after the toss, and he got huge cheers from the pavilion - I don't know whether that was for winning the toss, or just for being MS Dhoni. England have named Samit Patel at number six - they've finally decided he's a batsman who bowls. His bowling is handy, but we shouldn't regard him as a front-line bowler. There's a lot of batting there, with Swann down at 10, so there's plenty of insurance."

  238. 0345: 

    Jonathan Agnew welcomes Test Match Special listeners to the airwaves (as well as wishing everyone a happy Diwali). As I alluded to just now, the TMS line-up for this series includes former India captain Rahul Dravid.

    There's plenty to read on the BBC Sport website ahead of the series - we've chatted to Dravid and England's two double centurions from their last Test series victory in India, Mike Gatting and Graeme Fowler, about how to win in India - while there's more from our columnists Alec Stewart and making his BBC debut, Graham Onions.

  239. 0343: 

    So, it's a welcome return to Test cricket for Yuvraj Singh after his battle with cancer, while there have been a couple of high-profile Indian retirements since they were beaten 4-0 in England last summer - there's no Rahul Dravid (though he's in the TMS box for this series) or VVS Laxman any more, so one or two unfamiliar names for England fans in the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav.

    Meanwhile, as expected, Nick Compton makes his Test debut, while Samit Patel gets a chance to establish himself at number six but will have a big role to play as the secondary spinner - leaving Monty Panesar carrying the drinks along with Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Stuart Meaker and the injured Steven Finn.


    Ben Ellis on Twitter: "Did Ravi Shastri just call the England captain Alison?"

  241. 0337: 

    India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

    Umpires today are Pakistan's Aleem Dar and New Zealand's Tony Hill, with India's Sudhir Asnani on TV replays and Anil Chowdhury as fourth ump. Match referee is Sri Lanka's Roshan Mahanama.

  242. 0335: 

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni thinks the wicket looks dry and that spin will come into it as the game comes on. England's Alastair Cook expresses similar sentiments, thinks it'll play well for three days and break up. Steven Finn's injury rules him out, but Cook says Tim Bresnan's inclusion "adds a lot" to the side.

  243. 0332: 

    India have won the toss and will bat first. Captain Cook called "heads" and it was "tails". Them's the breaks.

  244. 0330: 

    While we wait for the toss, as ever we'd like you to "come to the party" (as India coach Duncan Fletcher might put it) - let us know your thoughts throughout the day's play by emailing (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), texting 81111 if you're in the UK (with "CRICKET" as the first word), or tweeting us via the hashtag #bbccricket - we look forward to hearing from you!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Bres marking out run up. Samit bowling on square. Guess that confirms team."

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Radio 5 live in Ahmedabad

    On Twitter: "Hope everyone is suitably excited for this toss! Sure both sides will want to bat first. Pitch expected to break up."

  247. 0326: 

    "Spin", in all its forms appears to have been the word on everybody's lips in the build-up to the series. After much talk about Kevin Pietersen's initial omission from the touring squad - followed by his "reintegration" - there's been chat about India's reluctance to allow England to face top-line spinners in the three warm-up games, while at least one spin bowler involved in today's game is reported to be ready to unleash a new "mystery" delivery. (Does anyone still fall for that one since the days of Shane Warne?) The make-up of England's bowling attack has also been a major talking point - while their batsmen's ability (or lack of it) to play spin will also be a big factor in the series.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Toss in 15 mins. Absolute must win and bat first. Just wished Compo good luck..."

    The news from ahmedabad is that Nick Compton is set to make his Test debut, but we'll bring you the confirmed team line-ups as soon as we get them...

  249. 0320: 

    Morning, everyone - and a warm welcome to those of you who've set your alarm clock and are huddled in your pyjamas for the start of a much-anticipated showdown between India and England. We're about 40 minutes from the start of play in Ahmedabad as the tourists bid to win their first Test series in India since 1984-85.

    Jonathan Agnew and the Test Match Special team will be on air from 0345 GMT from the Sardar Patel Stadium, where England have played only one previous Test - a drawn game in December 2001 where Craig White made his only Test century.

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Live Scores - India v England


  • India beat England by 9 wickets
  • India: 521-8 & 80-1 (15.3 overs)
  • England: 191 & 406 (154.3 overs)
  • Venue: Ahmedabad

India 2nd Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 1 80
Sehwag c Pietersen b Swann 25
Pujara not out 41
Kohli not out 14
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England in India 2012-13

India's Mahendra Dhoni and England's Alastair Cook

Reports and scorecards from England's one-day tour of India, which includes five ODIs.