England v India, first Test, day five as it happened

India bat out the final day to draw the first Test against England at Trent Bridge.

13 July 2014 Last updated at 09:40 GMT

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  1. 17:45: 

    But for now, it's goodbye from Trent Bridge. We'll reconvene at Lord's on Thursday with the series still square.

    Wondering what you'll do between now and then? I hear there's some football on tonight. Goodbye.

  2. 17:43: 

    And so ends a very odd Test match. At times turgid, at others entertaining, occasionally ridiculous. Does it bode well for the rest of the series? I suppose that depends on what we pitches we get to play on.

  3. 17:42: 

    India captain MS Dhoni: "It was a good Test for us - we put pressure on them in their first innings.

    I didn't pick [spinner] Ravichandran Ashwin because I didn't think there was much for the spinner. It looked like we had a good combination of bowlers - they bowled 160 overs."

  4. 17:40: 

    If England's record of nine Test without a win is bleak, India have now gone 15 away Tests since they last tasted victory. Surely something will give at some point? No-one wants a five-Test series drawn 0-0...

  5. 17:35: 

    Cook on Simon Kerrigan's recall: "Clearly he had a tough experience in one Test he played. He's been good around us and bowled beautifully in the nets.

    "We want have an option in case it's hot and dry at Lord's and might spin more. Simon is a tough lad - he went away with the Lions and did well. I have no doubt in his toughness and he will be a fine bowler for England."

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    Nick: Next Test: Anderson to open batting, Cook to bowl 30 overs.

  7. 17:32: 

    England captain Cook: "A few people aren't talking to me. It was a extraordinary moment for me to have more Test wickets than [bowling coach] David Saker.

    "We dragged ourselves out of a hole. In this game we had a poor session when we lost six wickets. It was an outstanding hundred from Root and with Jimmy to have got 80-something. I didn't see it coming, but thank goodness he got it."

    England captain Alastair Cook acknowledges his surprise bowling exploits
  8. 17:31: 

    More from England captain Alastair Cook: "We're seeing a lot of dry weather. If we get a pitch with pace and bounce that attack will be hard to bat against but we haven't had one of those wickets so we have to have a contingency plan.

    "We know we can put India under some pressure when we bat. We can score heavy runs once we get in, and we know we can put their top order under pressure. We just need a pitch with a bit of life in it."

  9. 17:30: 

    In all of this, it's worth remembering that England have now gone nine Tests without a win, their worst run since 1992-93.

  10. 17:27: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "The scoreboard never lies! There was only one impression in there, the rest was my beautiful action!

    "It was going to come, we threw everything into today but when they got above 250-260 you felt we weren't going to win. We had a sniff when they were only 200 ahead but the wicket won."

    England captain Alastair Cook
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The India team are jumping for joy that Kerrigan has been picked, but England do need a spinner. We can't go on flogging the quicks all the time."

  12. 17:22: 
    England seamer James Anderson feels the strain on the final day at Trent Bridge

    England's James Anderson on the workload of the pace bowlers: "It only becomes an issue if every pitch is like that. Then, the likelihood of getting through five matches diminishes.

    "Today you saw no matter what pitch you play on, teams can be put under pressure, but unfortunately a couple of their guys got stuck in.

    "We knew there was a small chance of winning but we gave it everything. Cookie was very keen to give the first couple of hours a real push, which we did."

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've always tried to say to people that yes we have a responsibility to play decent cricket but were always dependent on the 22 yards. How do you think they would play tennis at Wimbledon if the court was bumpy? This wasn't a contest. There wasn't much in it for any of the bowlers."

  14. 17:20: 

    So I guess we know what will dominate the conversation over the next few days. Will Kerrigan play? If he does, who will sit out? And, after that nightmare at The Oval against the Aussies, how will he do?

  15. 17:16: 
    Kerrigan in England squad

    Stop the debate. As we thought, Simon Kerrigan has been recalled to the England squad for the second Test at Lord's. Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes are also retained, so it's a 14-man party.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Gareth Batty would do a bad job but it's very dangerous to say we will pick you for two or three games because I am not sure what sort of message that sounds out to teams across the world, or to Gareth himself."

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "They have to play a spinner or they will work their seamers into the ground. There is no way they can manage this kind of workload over a five-match series. Even to do the job Ashley Giles did for Nasser Hussain. He wasn't the best spinner but he did a job."

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    Jimmy Porter in Twickenham: Saying that Cook's bowling is worse than 3rd XI is an insult to third team cricket. That bowling wouldn't get into Twickenham 6th XI! Mind you, I'm not sure his batting would either.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "At the start of the summer England were thinking perhaps we don't really need a spinner, but that's been shown to be a ludicrous idea. He needs to bowl 30-40 overs in the second innings and part-time spinners are not good enough to do that. I would be shocked if a full-time spinner is not picked for the next game."

  20. 17:14: 
    End of match scorecard

    Match drawn

    India 391-9 (123 overs) (352 ahead)

    Batsmen: Kumar 63*, Shami 4*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55), 168-4 (Kohli 8), 173-5 (Rahane 24), 184-6 (Dhoni 11) 249-7 (Jadeja 31), 8-340 (Binny 78), 9-387 (Sharma 13)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 21-8-47-1, Broad 21-7-50-2, Plunkett 20-1-85-2, Moeen 28-4-105-3, Stokes 18-3-60-0, Root 12-4-22-0, Cook 2-0-6-1, Ballance 1-1-0-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


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    Mike W, London: So the new criticism of Cookie is born "why didn't he bowl himself sooner?!"

    John Metcalf: Cook bowls more like Bob Seger than Bob Willis.

    Peter in Durham: And people say Alastair Cook has no personality.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special
    India's Stuart Binny hits out during his innings of 78

    "India have had some good performances from their young team, which hasn't played outside the sub continent a lot. Murali Vijay, Kumar was excellent with the bat and the ball. Stuart Binny showed he can be an option but the disappointing thing was their inability to take 20 wickets. Maybe they will consider Ashwin for the next Test match."

  23. 17:11: 

    At times the pitch has had us waving the white flag, but it has also been a pretty decent Test match. Wickets have fallen in exciting clusters, while the England fightback yesterday morning was pretty remarkable. Their performance with the ball this morning had us believing that a result may just be possible, but, in the end, it was too big a task to take 20 wickets. What will we remember most? Probably Anderson's batting and Cook's bowling.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "One thing that's great at the end there, the beleaguered Alastair Cook, who has come under a lot of pressure, showed his lighter side, because he really does have one. The fact he did those bowling impressions reflects really well on him."

  25. 17:07: 
    Match drawn

    Cook actually has the ball and is showing it to the crowd. Joe Root, the centurion, leads England off, while the India players and staff are down the steps to shake hands. We got to Lord's on Thursday with this five-match series still level at 0-0.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Both teams were defeated by the wicket in the end. Some good performances from both sides, surprising performances, 100 run partnerships for the last wicket on both sides, but in the end the pitch was the winner."

  27. 17:04: 
    Match drawn- Ind 391-9
    England captain Alastair Cook leads his players off the field following the drawn first Test

    Mohammed Shami hits the final ball for four and hands are shaken to confirm that this first Test has ended in a draw. In the end the pitch has won, but we have seen some remarkable things in this Test. What have we learned? James Anderson is a batsman and Alastair Cook is a bowler.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We've seen some strange things in this match, James Anderson batting like Brian Lara and Alastair Cook bowling like Bob Willis and taking a wicket."

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    Jacqui, N Wales: Come on TMS, that last dismissal HAS to be the champagne moment!

    Ben in Northumberland: C'mon Cookie. If you're going to bowl yourself and Gary Ballance, at least give Bell, Robson, and Prior an over each too!

  30. 17:03: 
    Ind 387-9

    That Cook wicket (I never thought I'd type that) means this may be the last over of the match. Last man Mohammed Shami is as the crease, while England are doing all they can to ensure they don't have to bowl another. The crowd are clapping Cook to the crease, lapping it up, not worried that they are seeing some of the worst bowling ever seen in a Test match. One ball to go, will this be the lot?

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    Tom in Solihull: Cook's bowling is better than his batting right now. Better than his captaincy too some might argue.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "It's 250 Test dismissals for Matt Prior, the eighth wicketkeeper to get there."

  33. 16:59: 
    WICKET- Ishant c Prior b Cook 13 (Ind 387-9)

    You're not going to believe this. Alastair Cook has a Test wicket! Deciding the off-spin is no good, he decides to bowl some seam, even trying an impression of Bob Willis. Next ball, leg side, one-handed take by Matt Prior, appeal...given! Cook is off around Trent Bridge as if he's just scored the winner in the World Cup final. Ishant can't believe it. Is Bruce Oxenford in on the joke? No, there was a touch on that. Trent Bridge erupts, while Ishant drags himself off to draft his retirement speech.


    England captain Alastair Cook claims his first Test wicket
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Watch this run up from Gary Ballance it's exactly the same as Shane Warne. That's the best first over from a batsman bowling leg spin I have ever seen."

  35. 16:57: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 387-8

    Next to have a roll is Gary Ballance, sending down his leg-breaks. I tell you what, this isn't bad. Drift, turn, bounce. When Kumar sweeps, Matt Prior screams for a catch behind. Not out. It's surprisingly good from Ballance. I bet we'll see him bowl again.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special
  37. 16:55: 
    Ind 387-8

    Cook is listed as "right-arm slow". I'll say. His bowling is that of a man who has never played cricket before. There will be better bowling being sent down in club third XI games up and down the country today. Having said that, it's terribly entertaining. Toss the ball up, watch it come down with snow on it. Five of them, five dots. Then a quicker ball! A maiden. Cook has bowled one over in Test cricket before and has six first-class wickets. How?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't know who is going to volunteer to go to leg slip - in fact nobody is."

  39. 16:52: 
    Ind 385-8

    This break is taking an age, no one in a rush. Ah, that's the reason, Matt Prior has gone off the field. He returns, helmeted and padded. Hello, what's this? Alastair Cook is going to have a bowl. He marks his run like a club bowler, stand at the crease, run back, jump. When his name is spoken over the PA, it gathers the biggest cheer of the day.

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    Richard in Sheffield: If England were batting at this point, we'd all be screaming at Cook to declare. This negative from India as Dhoni could have had more than a session to bowl at England.

    England captain Alastair Cook
  41. 16:47: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 385-8 (346 ahead)

    Having said that, I'm not sure the last hour can begin until 17:05. So, to sum up, your humble text commentator isn't sure when we can go home. Bhuvneshwar Kumar halts the blockathon by pulling Moeen for four. To break the monotony, we have a drinks break. Is that a mobile bar they're wheeling on to the pitch?

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    Oliver Meikle: I think we can safely say the pitch is the winner in this test match, rock solid performance throughout.

  43. 16:44: 
    Ind 381-8 (19 overs left)

    To reiterate, I think that this game could end with 17 overs still to go. India would have to declare, which would lose two for the change of innings. That would leave 15, at which point hands can be shaken. Joe Root, round-arm, four catchers, nothing. Time to think about Lord's. Can we have some grass on the wicket, please?

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    Eoin JP Morgan: In this Test match, I have fallen asleep and dreamt about marshmallows. Does that count as a cricketing dream?

  45. 16:41: 
    Ind 380-8 (20 overs left)

    Moeen around the wicket, Ishant defending. Moeen over the wicket, Ishant defending. Nothing more to say on what's happening out there. It's a nice day, though.

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    Alex in Birmingham: (Re 16:04) Sorry Robert but Worcestershire already use that song for young fast bowler Joe Leach. We can't have two, just be confusing.

  47. 16:39: 
    Ind 380-8 (lead by 341)

    Club stuff, barely a contest. If you were to look up a definition of 'going through the motions', you would see "Final session of the fifth day of the first Test between England and India, Trent Bridge, 2014". I wonder what Alastair Cook is thinking? "This is brilliant, I really don't fancy a bat."


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    Mike Bell: With apologies to Neil Young: "Oh I dreamed I saw Nick Knight in armour come, singing something about Moeen. Wickets fell as England won, it had to be a dream."

  49. 16:36: 
    Ind 338-8 (22 overs left)

    Little movement of the India dressing room. Virat Kohli is sitting with his training gear on, no sign of donning the whites. I'm genuinely intrigued at how quickly England are bowling these overs - just goes to show that the over-rate can be rapid when they want to, doesn't it? Seven left to the final hour, maybe only five in the match.

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    Simon: I used to have a recurring Andrew Strauss hero dream. Playing cricket in the park, using a big tree for the stumps. Not much happened but after scoring a few significant rune, Straussy told me he was proud of me and really liked me. Genuinely gutted every time I woke. The worrying thing is, I was 31 years old at the time.

  51. 16:33: 
    50 for Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Ind 371-8

    Now then, well played Bhuvneshwar Kumar. A second half-century in the match, only the second number nine in Test history to score a fifty in each innings. The first? Peter Siddle. Kumar took five wickets too. Man of the match?

    India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "They are just flying through the overs. There is a cameraman packing his tripod away."

  53. 16:31: 
    Ind 362-8 (323 ahead)

    Thanks, JL. Wonderful job being done by Moeen and Root to rattle through the overs. There are 23 remaining in the match, 15 of which are in the final hour. If India declare with 17 to go, hands can be shaken.

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    John M Butt: Well the money men win. Make sure the pitch lasts 5 days, or in this case a month, to milk the cash cow. Us the public.

  55. 16:28: 
    Ind 361-8 (Root 0-9 from 9)

    Just the single off Joe. The overs are rapidly ticking away. How many will Alastair have to face? All will be revealed as Stephan returns to describe the denouement.

  56. 16:26: 
    Ind 360-8 (Kumar 39, Ishant 10)

    Moeen drops short and is savagely pulled through midwicket by Ishant, who has a highest Test score of 31 not out. Surely he's not going to get a fifty as well, is he?

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    Philip Leavers: Re dreams 16:04. Frisbee with a Victoria sponge to Boycott, who then threw his hat back!

  58. 16:23: 
    Ind 355-8 (316 ahead)

    Joseph turns in a bit of leg-spin here but it is rather short and wide, rather like Les Dawson's legendary mother in law, and dispatched to the boundary by Kumar.

    Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

    "It's the hardest rice pudding in the business."

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    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Five days on this pitch and it hasn't even broken up for the spinner. The odd one has spun but hardly anything."

  61. 16:21: 
    Ind 350-8 (Kumar 33, Ishant 6)

    Four men around the bat as Moeen goes over the wicket in the sunshine to Ishant. Kumar's 58 in the first innings is his Test best and he may have the chance to pass that in these final throes.

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    Andrew Morris: The old adage rings true - catches win matches. India ought be all out now if Prior and Jimmy and Moeen held their chances.

  63. 16:19: 
    Ind 347-8 (308 ahead)

    Root is finding his range now, flighting them nicely. It probably helps having Ishant to bowl to rather than Dhoni, but it's another rapid maiden.

  64. 16:16: 
    Ind 347-8 (Kumar 31, Ishant 5)

    Here we go then for the final session. Moeen round the wicket from the Pavilion End. Kumar declines an obvious run to deep point. Surely we don't need to worry about protecting the tailenders now?

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    Danny Cunningham: Re 16:04 - Yes James, I've had those two as well.

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    The forgotten man of English Test cricket, Steven Finn, is explaining the latest situation in his career now on TMS.

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    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Lord's Test starting on Thursday: Eng have bowled 268 overs in this match; India 145. (Probably max 16 to go)

    Joe Root and James Anderson
  68. 16:04: 
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    In the small amount of sleep I had, I dreamt I called Coronation Street's Sally Webster "contradictory". Not sure what can be gleaned from that, But cricketing dream - have you ever dreamt you were playing chess with Alastair Cook? Or scuba diving with Richie Benaud? Doesn't have to be just those two possibilities. Send yours in. Usual places. Text 81111, Twitter hashtag #bbccricket.

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    Robert Fanner: My fiance's just come up with a brilliant Moeen Ali chant - to the tune of Jolene by Dolly Parton....'Moeen, Moeen, MO - ENNN take the wicket because we know you can' I'm rather fond of it.

  70. 16:00: 

    England's bowlers are in for a heavy workload. But do they have to share a small rickety bed with a full-figured lady who has a sinus situation and flays her arms and legs about like David "Syd" Lawrence off his long run? Who insists upon having the window open, allowing urban Greater Manchester's myriad nocturnal noises to permeate? Do they get awoken by neighbours at 08:30 asking them to look after a three-year-old? No. They do not. Everything is relative, lads.

    Tea scorecard

    India 347-8 (107 overs) - lead by 308

    Batsmen: Kumar 31*, Ishant 5*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55), 168-4 (Kohli 8), 173-5 (Rahane 24), 184-6 (Dhoni 11) 249-7 (Jadeja 31), 8-340 (Binny 78)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 21-8-47-1, Broad 21-7-50-2, Plunkett 20-1-85-2, Moeen 21-2-86-3, Stokes 18-3-60-0, Root 6-3-3-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


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    Dipesh: Surely Dhoni needs to declare. I appreciate it is heading for a draw but nerves in the England batting may still play a part.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think a fresh Jimmy Anderson would have caught this. It was actually rather a simple chance."

  74. 15:57: 
    INTERVAL- Tea: Ind 347-8 (Kumar 31, Sharma 5 - lead by 308)

    Another maiden for Joe, who has the commendable figures of 0-3 from six overs. Should have had his fourth Test wicket there too but such is life. Twenty minutes for tea.

  75. 15:56: 

    Jimmy is a hero, as we all know, but he has put one down there to deny young Joe a wicket. An Ishant drive looped off Prior's gloves and Anderson spilled it over his shoulder at slip.

  76. 15:54: 
    Ind 347-8 (Moeen 3-86 from 21)

    Definite spin for Moeen here. Not so dangerous when it pitches outside leg and spins further away but he has bowled 21 overs in this innings now which is all good for the future. Another maiden and thankfully only one more before a respite and some Bakewell slices.

  77. 15:51: 
    Ind 347-8 (308 ahead)

    Root is over the wicket to the angular Ishant, who was compared to an Afghan hound by Mr Agnew yesterday. There is another world record to tell you about. There have been over 500 runs for the eighth, ninth and 10th wickets in this match. Maiden for Joe. Economy personified.

  78. 15:49: 
    347-8 (Kumar 31, Sharma 5)

    Moeen trying a few doosras here, they are not causing much concern for the renowned tailender Ishant Sharma in all honesty but you have to start somewhere. Ishant opens his account with a flick off the pads for four.

  79. 15:46: 
    Ind 341-8 (Kumar 30, Ishant 0)

    Joe is steaming through these overs. Scurrying round the wicket and sending it in half way down the track at times. Just the single to Kumar into the leg side.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "My initial thought was a touch leg side, but the replay shows it might have hit leg stump. Well played, Stuart Binny, I think that's a match-saving innings."

  81. 15:42: 
    WICKET- Binny lbw Moeen 78 (Ind 340-8)

    All over for the young debutant. I must have become my father, where everyone is young. Unlucky to get one that sharply spins. Not unreasonable of him to be surprised by that but it comes back in from round the wicket and traps him in front. Simple one for umpire Dharmasena it would seem. And yet that old ball-tracker system has it missing the leg stump.


    England's Moeen Ali and Joe Root
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    Rohin: To Richard at Lister Hospital (14:03) I'm on call at Lister today, checking the score between patients (don't worry I'm not an obstetrician). When your baby is out, come down to the doctors' mess for the footie. I'm sure your wife won't mind.

    Nigel in Cheshire: In reply to Richard in Hitchin, my wife's labour was induced two weeks ago and it took three days for the little guy to arrive. I'd suggest buying a radio for the hospital!

  83. 15:39: 
    Ind 336-7 (Root 0-2 from 3)

    These two England part-time spinners are doing wonders for the over rate but don't expect any literary brilliance. Oh you weren't? That's ok then. We have a scheduled 37 overs left in the match. Binny is 25 from a century and Cook is probably worrying about how long he is going to have to bat for in a thankless situation.


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    "In the Old Trafford Test of last summer, the forecast was so diabolical for the last day that team manager Phil Neale told us not to bother to come to the ground, he said he'd ring us. At 10am, we all got frantic calls to say we're starting on time. As a result, when we went out to bat, only four of the team were at the ground."

  85. 15:37: 
    Ind 336-7 (Moeen 2-76 from 18)

    Some sunshine over the ground now as Moeen skips in, also from round the wicket. Binny collects two with a calm turn of the wrists down to fine leg. A reminder that the Earl Grey and the sandwiches are at 15:55 BST today as we are 15 minutes behind following that early mizzle.

  86. 15:35: 
    Ind 333-7 (Binny 73, Kumar 27)

    Now Joe, Matty P is not having the best of times behind the sticks. He doesn't need one that is two yards down the leg side, spits out of the footmarks and goes for four byes. Root has a slip and a helmeted leg slip as he tries his luck from round the wicket but no success for the young centurion.

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    Richard Pettinger: Why are we assuming that India cannot bowl England out in a session? Once they have made the game safe, the only other result becomes an Indian victory, and the ways in which we have snatched defeat from great positions over this past year means that we would not be certain of surviving such a session.

  88. 15:33: 
    Ind 328-7 (289 ahead)

    Fabulous shot from Binny, who will have more than a few thoughts about three figures here. He comes down the wicket and fizzes Moeen over extra cover all the way for six. Cook is playing a few imaginary shots as he tries to focus the mind on batting, but they are defensive pushes and nothing out of the Binny mould.

    India's Stuart Binny
  89. 15:30: 
    Ind 319-7 (Binny 66, Kumar 24)

    This rather tells its own story as young Joe Root is brought on with his occasional off spinners. Kumar has done it again, he has stolen a single with the final ball.

  90. 15:27: 
    Ind 318-7 (279 ahead)

    We're going through the motions now with Moeen firing through the overs. Even the revs are down on the revometer, which has not been the most popular innovation yet. Perhaps it will catch on in time when England produce the next leg-spin wizard. Kumar cheekily pinches the bowling Boycott style with a push to mid-on for a single from the final ball.

    Kieswetter breaks nose and fractures cheekbone

    Some bad news to bring you as Craig Kieswetter, touted by some as a possible replacement for Matt Prior, has broken his nose and fractured a cheekbone playing for Somerset. He was struck by the ball while batting on the first day of the County Championship game against Northants, forcing him to retire hurt. He will play no further part in the match.

    Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said: "These freak cricketing accidents happen from time to time and I am confident with the right care that he will come through this setback."

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  92. 15:24: 
    Ind 316-7 (Binny 66, Kumar 22)

    Deft little late cut from Kumar, looking very much at home. He then opens the face and guides the next ball through the vacant slip cordon. No third man so it's four more. Stokes looking far from impressed, and as a locker room attendant in the West Indies would attest, the Durham all-rounder has a temper on him.

  93. 15:20: 
    Ind 307-7 (268 ahead)

    Fifty partnership for these two. Stuart Terence Roger Binny is becoming one of my favourite overseas players, up there with West Indian Dave Mohammed. Binny's father was the former India all-rounder Roger Michael Humphrey Binny. Anyway, Binny Jr is obviously content that the game is safe and he steps down the pitch to whack Moeen Ali over extra cover for four.

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    Harry Cunningham: (Re Matt Andrews 15:02), I read Boycott's comments in Morgan Freeman's voice. Much better.

  95. 15:16: 
    Ind 293-7 (Binny 60, Kumar 14)

    I see. It's like that, is it? I suppose it has got to that stage. England really needed to be batting now and we would have had a fabulous finale. And the old groundsman would have been feeling much better. But oh well. There are some people who will be eyeing a football match now. Stokes it is, up towards 85mph, but it flies off the bat ever the more rapidly as Kumar cuts the penultimate ball of the over behind square to the fence.

  96. 15:13: 
    Ind 292-7 (253 ahead)

    Indeed it is Moeen, with Binny deciding he won't let the Worcestershire man settle. Savage reverse sweep for four, then a dance and thick edge for three. If England get to the stage where they need to rattle through some overs, might some unlikely candidates be in line for a bowl? Sam Robson? Gary Ballance? I love it when the part-timers have a trundle. Speaking of which, here's Jamie Lillywhite.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I suppose we now talk about who has momentum going into Lord's and I think it's England. They have had a look at the Indian bowlers and said I don't know if you can get 20 of us out. India are probably thinking,'You haven't got us out either'."

  98. 15:09: 
    Ind 285-7 (lead 246, 47 overs left)

    Matt Prior is standing up to Stuart Broad and is beaten by one that zips down the leg side for four byes. This equation is starting to look beyond England, so the big men may soon be withdrawn. Plenty of overs for Moeen Ali in the offing, maybe Joe Root too. There are 32 overs before the last hour, which is when the game can be called a draw.

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    Mike Bell: Right. This is a draw. Don't waste another erg of our quickies' energy. Bring on Root and Ballance, see you Thursday at Lord's.

    Parks: Why is Plunkett in the team if he's only going to bowl at 80mph?

  100. 15:02: 
    50 for Stuart Binny- Ind 278-7

    You know, Matt, I quite like the idea of Morgan Freeman and Geoffrey Boycott swapping jobs. Can you imagine if Geoffrey had narrated The Shawshank Redemption? Or played Nelson Mandela in Invictus? Or, probably the role he's most suited to, God in Bruce Almighty? By the same token, you suspect Freeman would have had no trouble opening the batting. Plunkett pounds away, with back-to-back boundaries taking Binny towards a debut half-century, completed with a single through midwicket. It's looking like a match-saver.

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    Callum James Hamill: At Hyde Park festival waiting for 10cc to sing a certain song while refreshing the live text.

    Matt Andrews: Am I the only person that reads comments from Boycott in his voice in my head? It's the same for Morgan Freeman as well.

  102. 14:56: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 267-7

    Stuart Broad changes ends to replace Anderson for what might be England's last throw of the dice. If no more wickets are taken, Jimmy's work for this Test might already be done. Broad hasn't made much happen with the new ball and his clipped through midwicket for four by Kumar. An hour completed post-lunch, so on come the drinks.

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    Tom: Having one's Bible on one's Smartphone makes the constant referring to the screen during the sermon seem completely natural....

  104. 14:50: 
    Ind 262-7 (223 ahead)

    This is hurting England, time being taken up and runs being added. A fine tickle brings four off Plunkett, with the right-hander then in behind to cover up the rest of the over. 50 overs left in the day, 48 after a change of innings. Already 224 runs would be required. Game off?

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "At the minute they have to keep believing they can get these three wickets. Once it becomes less than 40 overs batting I think it will be too much."

  106. 14:45: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 257-7

    This is a brilliant decision from Bruce Oxenford. Stuart Binny looks stone dead, plumber than Plumby McPlumb. James Anderson is pleading, but Oxenford knows the truth, a feather of an inside edge confirmed by HotSpot. When Anderson appeals again, it's clearly too high, but the excitement is enough to get the crowd involved. At the end, though, India are an over closer to safety.

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    Dennis Statham: Why are we assuming that Cook will open for England if India put us back in. Surely he will be on a hiding to nothing. Let's send in Root and Bell and save the captain for Thursday.

  108. 14:42: 
    Ind 256-7 (52 overs left)

    With Broad having no great joy, Liam Plunkett is summoned. Ball not really moving from the straight, Binny tucking in off his pads. At first slip, Alastair Cook is in the statue-like pose of hand on chin. "If we have to chase 240, how many would I have to get for people to stop calling for me to be sacked?"

  109. 14:40: 
    Scorecard update

    India 254-7 (85 overs) - lead by 215

    Batsmen: Binny 36*, Kumar 0*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55), 168-4 (Kohli 8), 173-5 (Rahane 24), 184-6 (Dhoni 11) 249-7 (Jadeja 31)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 20-8-46-1, Broad 19-7-42-2, Plunkett 17-1-68-2, Moeen 13-1-51-2, Stokes 16-3-45-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


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  110. 14:37: 
    Ind 254-7 (215 ahead)

    Every run scored is one more England have to chase, every delivery bowled one less they have to get them with. Ian Bell calls for the helmet to once again stand at that death-wish close second-slip position, hoping for Binny to edge Anderson. The debutant ticks off another over.

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    Kenny Jarvis: With how defensive Cook is, this match is all over. No way England will attempt to score at over 4 runs per over.

    Mark Stevens: India should declare now and watch England's batting crumble under the pressure. Again.

  112. 14:32: 
    Ind 211-7 (54 overs left)

    Calculators out then. Could England chase 240 in 45 overs? 40 overs? First, they must take three wickets, a task made all the harder by the studious Binny and the scrappy Kumar. Broad not finding much with the new nut yet. India tick down one more over without much trouble.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "If we can get to the point where England have 230 to chase in 40 overs they have got to go for it. As an opener it can just free you up, there is an excuse for getting out. Where Alastair Cook won't want to end up is having to bat for 10 meaningless overs."

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  114. 14:28: 
    Ind 249-7 (210 ahead)

    Jadeja was Eve in the garden there, he just couldn't resist nibbling at the apple Anderson dangled across him. Big puff of the cheeks for Prior as he clung on, perhaps seeing his Test career flash before his eyes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar the new man, a long way from being a mug as his first-innings half century proved. A race against time for England now.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a little relief from Prior that he got it in his mitts. Jadeja looked vulnerable and he does seem to have a problem with confidence or patience. It makes you wonder how the hell did he get 300?"

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  116. 14:23: 
    WICKET- Jadeja c Prior c Anderson 31 (Ind 249-6)

    Don't go writing this game off just yet. England have broken this partnership in the nick of time, James Anderson doing the trick with the new ball. Finally the edge of Ravi Jadeja's bat is located, with Matt Prior clinging on to a chance that dipped sharply. Three wickets left to take, England are in to the tail. India lead by 210 with the best part of 56 overs left to play.


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    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you were looking for a pitch to take with you to save a match you'd take this one every time."

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  118. 14:22: 
    Ind 249-6 (56 overs left)

    Stuart Broad to share the new ball, one slip, a catcher straight on each side of the wicket. Nibble away from Binny, a play-and-miss, but it wouldn't have carried anyway. For some reason, Broad isn't happy with the ball, asking umpire Dharmasena to inspect. No dice from the Morpheus-like Dharmasena. Get on with it, lads.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think we've got anyone better than Prior. Buttler is not a very good keeper. Brilliant batsman but he has got to do some work with the gloves. So has Jonny Bairstow. The key is how Prior does at Lord's. He's got to have a good match there and catch everything."

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  120. 14:13: 
    NEW BALL- Ind 249-6

    Applause as James Anderson's name is announced, with the sparse crowd then cheering as the Lancastrian kicks his heels towards Stuart Binny. Two slips, swing in and out, Binny defending, then Jadeja punching through the covers for four. There are 57 overs remaining in the day. less two for the change of innings. Even now, England would need close to four an over.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "New ball, new ball, it's all about the new ball. There's a frisson of excitement in the Trent Bridge press box in expectation of a crucial 10 overs that will probably determine the tone of many an end-of-play report. Will we be penning the straightforward story of a match petering out into a draw or the tumultuous tale of a thrilling England run chase?"

  122. 14:12: 
    Ind 244-6 (205 ahead)

    R Ashwin, the India spinner from Yorkshire (Our Ashwin) signs some autographs as Moeen tweaks in. Turn away from Jadeja, edged wide of the man at slip. Moeen, perhaps sensing he might not get another bowl for a while, even unveils his doosra, with noticeable turn the other way. 80 overs bowled, new ball now available. Can you tell me where the Last-Chance Saloon is please?

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Why can't we get groups of children in to watch this for free? Wouldn't it be wonderful for the kids? All those lovely white seats could be filled and it could ignite their love for Test cricket."

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  124. 14:08: 
    Ind 241-6 (202 ahead)

    Ben Stokes for what could be his last over for a while. Slight no-ball issue in this match, young Ben. It must be quite demoralising to hurtle in for 20 yards then find out your efforts are useless because you've over-stepped by an inch. Demoralising and stupid. Nothing happening.

  125. 14:03: 
    Ind 238-6 (199 ahead)

    I'm trying to remember my most frantic attempt to keep up with the cricket. When Alex Tudor made 99 against New Zealand in 1999, I was on a school trip in France. Phoning home, I had to explain to my sister that the scorecard could be found on Ceefax page 341. Moeen drops short to Jadeja, who pulls to cow corner for four. England need that new ball.

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    Richard in Hitchin: Keeping up with the cricket from Lister hospital as my wife's labour is induced. Hoping the young chap times his arrival between close of play and start of the WC Final. Is that hoping for too much?

  127. 14:00: 
    Ind 233-6 (Binny 28, Jadeja 18)

    Ben Stokes recalled to the attack after the break inside a very quiet Trent Bridge. Angular looks, flame hair, spidery action, skiddy right-armers with decent wheels. Over the wicket to right-hander Binny, around to leftie Jadeja. Singles. No post-lunch alarms.

    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought Broad was exceptional. Now I'd like to see Moeen Ali bowl at the left-hander Jadeja and toss it up outside the off stump to tempt him because he is very impetuous. He may get hit for a couple of boundaries but Jadeja may hole out."

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  129. 13:56: 
    Close!- Ind 231-6 (192 ahead)

    Moeen Ali after lunch, almost gifted a c&b by Stuart Binny. Full toss, bashed back, falling short. TB gloomy once again, breezy too, the wind flapping Moeen's shirt as he twirls in. A single from the opening over, England ticking down to the new ball with as little damage as possible.

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    Oli in Sussex: Never a bad time to follow the cricket. At a funeral last year and the priest not only informed me he was sorry to hear of the loss of a relative but also he was sorry to hear England were 6 down.

  131. 13:53: 

    Yep, England are still interested, but that may interest may only last for another hour or so. There are five overs until the new ball is due, then the big dogs will be let loose. If India are still batting 20 overs into this session, start thinking about consigning this to the draw dustbin.

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    Anand Danihandekar: Clever ploy by Dhoni and co to keep England interested as much as possible!

  133. 13:51: 

    During the lunch break we've received confirmation that ECB chief executive David Collier is to step down at the end of the summer. Collier took charge in 2004 and has overseen four Ashes wins, two Ashes whitewashes, the 2010 World T20 success and a trip to the top of the world Test rankings.

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    Keith Browning: England chasing 250 in 45 overs. England collapse. India victory. No-one has mentioned this possibility. Of course England never prone to collapse...

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    Peter Beck: If I was Cook, I'd avoid bowling India out now. 200 would be difficult to get and an England collapse is always likely.

    Thomas Lawlor: As my predictions for this game have been rubbish so far. No way are England going to win this one.

  136. 13:32: 
    County update

    Two England hopefuls are in action today for Lancashire against Notts at Liverpool. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is unbeaten on 21 containing four fours, in a total of 81-4, with spinner Simon Kerrigan due to bat at number 11. There is commentary now on BBC local radio.

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    Matt: Was supposed to be spending the day with the missus today. Her friend suddenly came into town and I gallantly said they should go out for lunch and I'll get the house work done. Brownie points and cricket.

    Nick: At Eden Project, been caught checking score twice by wife and wasted my reviews Broad style... Any good hiding places would be welcome!

  138. 13:23: 
    Lunch scorecard

    India 230-6 (75 overs) - lead by 191

    Batsmen: Jadeja 18*, Binny 26*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55), 168-4 (Kohli 8), 173-5 (Rahane 24), 184-6 (Dhoni 11)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 17-7-37-0, Broad 17-6-41-2, Plunkett 17-1-68-2, Moeen 10-1-42-2, Stokes 14-3-40-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


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  139. 13:20:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    England still have a sniff, but the tail must be wrapped up quickly after the break, probably with the help of the new ball. Already they would have to score at three an over - fine - but four or above would become a tall order. On TMS at lunchtime, Aggers will be hosting his regular final-day journalists' panel.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Decent session for England with the three wickets, but they just got it slightly wrong towards the end. Got to have a blast with the new ball. Give it your best and then we'll look after you and you can put your feet up."

  141. 13:15: 
    Lunch- Ind 226-6

    Yep, that is lunch, the end of England's morning. Three wickets had them right in the race to pull off an unlikely win, but India have since clung in there. Somehow Ravi Jadeja has got to 16, Stuart Binny has looked assured for 26. A composed stand of 46, taking the lead to 191. If India survive another 20 overs after lunch, you sense the draw will be done and dusted.

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    Nicholas Rowe: If it gets to 250 to win off 50 overs, then putting Jimmy in up the order may not be such a bad strategy .... don't know where captain Cook would feature though.

  143. 13:14: 
    Ind 230-6 (191 ahead)

    Liam Plunkett switches ends to replace Stokes, padding down what might be the last over before lunch. England are going through the options here, perhaps a little prematurely. Plunkett is around the wicket with catchers and men deep on the leg side. Bumpers, with Jadeja hooking for four. Time being taken up, runs being scored, England's chase getting harder by the ball. I'm not sure we'll get another over in...

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    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen is just bowling a nice line to Jadeja because some are spinning away but some are skipping on. He's got to stay patient."

  145. 13:10: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 217-6

    Moeen and Jadeja resume their battle, the batsman fighting the little chap on his shoulder urging him to whack the ball to Derby. Good from Moeen, Matt Prior begging for a leg before when Jadeja hides the bat. Would have missed off stump.

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    Alex Mills in London: Furniture shopping with the girlfriend but all my attention is consumed by the cricket. This afternoon could end up being more expensive than Moeen Ali's bowling figures.

  147. 13:08: 
    Ind 217-6 (178 ahead)

    Binny actually sets himself up in the style if Rahul Dravid. Very still, leg-side of the ball, armguard. It's when he moves to play the ball that the comparisons because less obvious. Big drive at Stokes, a noise, but no appeal. Quite a lot of blue over Trent Bridge now, the sky only broken by some fluffy clouds. A maiden.

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    James: Currently in Vietnam with the missus, in order to watch the cricket I suggested a pre dinner nap as we "have had a long day" - she's now snoring and I'm glued to the live text! Can't believe it worked...

  149. 13:03: 
    Ind 217-6 (178 ahead)

    Tuffers might be right about patience. It's just gone a little flat inside TB, a little subdued. Binny and Jadeja almost get into a tangle, getting far enough into a second run to shake hands in the middle of the pitch before deciding to return to their ends. Moeen the magician, just one from it.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England just need to stay patient. It's not slipping away just yet. Moeen could be the key. There is some rough outside the left-hander's off-stump."

  151. 13:00: 
    Ind 216-6 (177 ahead)

    How long do India have to survive to make this game safe? If they get an hour in to the afternoon, they will start to feel a lot better about life. Stokes slipping in, Binny playing a wonderful back-foot drive through the covers for four. Tendulkar-esque.

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    Robert Bland: Can't wait to see Jimmy hit the winning runs tonight.

    Andrew Savill: At what point does Jimmy's batting make him too valuable to be used as a night-watchman in the future?

  153. 12:56: 
    Ind 211-6 (172 ahead)

    It's actually Plunkett who Moeen replaces, England perhaps playing on the patience of Jadeja, who no doubt fancies a dart at Moeen. An extreme close-up of the pitch shows the dust of the footholes, clumps of dirt like boulders on the terrain of another planet. A touch of turn for Moeen, who starts tidily, just two singles from it. I believe lunch is delayed until 13:15, while the new ball is 10 overs away.

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    Luis: The wife and I had a lovely Indian meal with Ravi Jadeja sat at the next table last night. We feel fine but he looks a bit uncomfortable, hope it's not a sign of things to come.

  155. 12:52: 
    Ind 208-6 (Jadeja 9, Binny 14)

    Loving this chat of surreptitious cricket following. If you can send us a picture, all the better. As a plane swoops over TB, Moeen Ali goes through some looseners, possibly in readiness for a pre-lunch burst. The slippery Stokes pins Jadeja, buts it way down the leg side. It may well be Stokes who makes way for Moeen.

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    Dave in Thailand: Currently watching the sun set whilst on honeymoon on the Krabi coast. Not sure how many more times I can check the "weather forecast" without being discovered. C'mon guys!

  157. 12:48: 
    Ind 207-6 (168 ahead)

    Did I say the ball isn't doing as much? Scrap that. Plunkett still has the ball arcing in to Binny. Since coming back in to this side, Plunkett has been asked to stare at his feet, bang the ball halfway down the track. In pitching the ball up, he looks much more potent, a full length that all of the England bowlers have benefitted from this morning.

  158. 12:46: 

    India 204-6 (67 overs) - lead by 165

    Batsmen: Jadeja 6*, Binny 12*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55), 168-4 (Kohli 8), 173-5 (Rahane 24), 184-6 (Dhoni 11)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 17-7-37-0, Broad 17-6-41-2, Plunkett 15-1-52-2, Moeen 7-0-39-2, Stokes 12-2-33-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


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  159. 12:45: 
    Ind 204-6 (165 ahead)

    Better from Stokes, a decent line to Jadeja, who's taken his Ritalin and calmed down. Ball not quite doing as much as it did earlier in the session, India just nudging along in quiet accumulation. Still a long way to go, though.

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    Thomas Fallon: I'm currently wandering around Legoland in Windsor with my wife and two kids. My wife thinks I'm being nice offering to watch the bags whilst she takes them on the rides.

  161. 12:42: 
    Ind 202-6 (Jadeja 4, Binny 12)

    Last night, I went down to my cricket club for some post-match refreshment and was asked this question. "When the banter dries up in the live text, does that mean you're bored?" Outrageous. Plunkett to Binny, who pulls out the shot of the day, a wonderful cover drive for four. Two more taken with a fine glance. How many could England chase? How long would they need? There are still 72 overs left in this day.

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    Merryn Tudor: If you have to surreptitiously check scores to keep family/ friends in the dark... get better friends/ family!

  163. 12:36: 
    Ind 196-6 (157 ahead)

    James Anderson is withdrawn in favour of Ben Stokes, himself a decent exponent of reverse swing. Trent Bridge is now in a steady state of brightness, albeit without sunshine. The rain seems to be away for a little while at least. No great noise from the sparse crowd, but you sense there's a real investment in the action. Stokes struggling to get behind the line, two no-balls, while Binny looks reasonably comfortable.

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    Mike: Re Steve (12:05) This is a given. Part of every child's education is a love and knowledge of sport, they can't start too early. I have three daughters in their 30s and still always text them at exciting times like this. Apart from anything else to make sure they're following it!

  165. 12:31: 
    Ind 193-6 (lead by 154)

    Ravi Jadeja's plan for survival might also include winding England up. Liam Plunkett is in his delivery stride when Jadeja pulls away, with the leftie once again playing and missing. How's your luck? Ending the over with a flourishing leave, Jadeja gives the impression he knows what's going on. I'm not fooled.

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    Robin in Munich: (Re 12:05) - This Sunday afternoon I'm being forced by my German wife to get excited about this evening's final so sulkily keeping tabs on the cricket whilst occasionally reminding her that it's one of many proper sports that England play.

  167. 12:27: 
    NOT OUT- Ind 193-6

    Getting run out in that situation would have been especially brainless from Ravi Jadeja. Ben Stokes slipped in the outfield, so Jadeja thought a third run was on. Thing is, Stokes has a bullet of an arm. Arrow throw, good work by Prior, Jadeja only home by an inch or two.

  168. 12:27: 
    Third umpire- Ind 192-6

    A run-out? England think so. It's Jadeja...

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That's the longest an India batsman has taken to get off the mark since a chap called Rahul Dravid took 41 balls at Melbourne in 2007. 38 balls for Jadeja."

  170. 12:25: 
    Ind 190-6 (151 ahead)

    The key to this England performance this morning has been reverse swing. All three wickets have seen the ball hoop in the air, while India have batted as though England are dabbling in some sort of illegal dark out. Law of averages suggests Ravi Jadeja was finally going to connect and he does with a handsome skip and biff over the top. What a way to get off the mark, let alone in this situation. Anderson applauds, though I'm guessing not in approval.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "What a relief for Alastair Cook after that dropped catch. With the overcast conditions giving way to sunshine overhead and England's frontline bowlers reaching the end of the spells, it looked as if India and their captain had ridden out the storm. But Liam Plunkett's wicket has put England right back on track and got the crowd bouncing around on their seats."

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  172. 12:20: 
    Ind 185-6 (146 ahead)

    Seeing the replay of that Dhoni wicket, Plunkett's delivery wasn't that full at all. It was a good length, reversing in, hitting the front pad and then cannoning on to the stumps. It shaped a lot actually, and Dhoni is perhaps a touch unfortunate to be bowled that way. Stuart Binny, a candidate to be a one-Test wonder, is the new man, while Ravi Jadeja still looks like he could edge behind every ball.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very well bowled Liam Plunkett. I can only think Dhoni was expecting the short one. A very happy England and an overjoyed Alastair Cook because there is nothing better than seeing the man you dropped out. A huge chance for England to win the game. There have been that many chances created, you can't see them drying up."

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  174. 12:15: 
    WICKET- Dhoni b Plunkett 11 (Ind 184-6)

    Bowled him! Liam Plunkett has come into the attack to splatter MS Dhoni's stumps with a pacy, full delivery, first ball. India are in all sorts of trouble and England are in rapid pursuit of the most unlikely of Test victories. For all the celebrations, there's huge relief for Alastair Cook. That drop doesn't seem quite so costly now.


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    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The tail have played well but that's not going to happen too many times, is it - partnerships of 100? England must try not to look for that unplayable delivery every time and just let the game happen, let the nerves of the Indian batsmen get to them a bit."

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  176. 12:14: 
    Ind 184-5

    You could never accuse Mahendra Dhoni of being aesthetically pleasing. Usually all shuffles and shovels, with occasional brutal wrist-flicking and helicoptering. He's been subdued since the drop, subdued yet comfortable, while Jadeja is still playing like a man with a hole in his bat. Anderson stretches. England's problem here is that a dull draw might have seen them rest their seamers in preparation for Lord's. The longer they have a sniff, the more work the pacers will do.

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    Adrian M: I'm getting married today and then sneaking-off to watch the cricket. Start as you mean to go on.

    Jon in Eastleigh: Re Steve (12:05) I see your nephew's birthday and raise you my wife's nan's 80th meal at an unnamed-popular-carvery-chain. Having to take a stomach flu to explain my frequent toilet visits.

    Anon: Better to remain anonymous, but sat at the back of church hitting refresh to keep up to date!! Come on England!

  178. 12:10: 
    Ind 183-5 (Dhoni 10, Jadeja 0)

    How is Ravi Jadeja yet to get off the mark? He's played enough strokes to be on about 30. Thing is, he hasn't actually made much contact with the ball. Broad around the wicket, wind ruffling his shirt as he gallops in. Jadeja unsure on off stump, keeping those three slips interested. Another maiden. Runs are important here, the longer India remain static, the easier any potential England chase will be.

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    Hassan: Cook doesn't score runs atm, captaincy is boring and un inventive, and now drops easy chances at slip.

    Nick Brett: The knives will be coming out again for Cook. When its against you nothing sticks.

    Chris Mitchell: Great start from England this morning. Just hope that drop from the capt doesn't costs us the Test. Chances rare on this wicket.

  180. 12:05: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 183-5

    Excellent question, Steve. Is there ever an occasion when it is socially unacceptable to follow the cricket? I don't think so. Do let me know if you've had to come up with an ingenious way of keeping tabs while being forced to do something else on this Sunday afternoon. Anderson, England's newest all-rounder, kicks in to Dhoni, wobbling the ball in to the pads and asking the question. Too high.

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    Steve: Can I get away with asking to put the cricket on at my nephew's third birthday party? I need to discreetly work the party and gather support.

  182. 12:01: 
    Ind 179-5 (140 ahead)

    The sun shows itself for the first time today as Broad pads in to Dhoni. Prior is up to the stumps for right-hander Dhoni, back for leftie Jadeja. England want to keep Dhoni in his crease, but feel that Jadeja is a candidate for nicking off, so Prior goes back to make taking that chance easier. Broad around the wicket, Jadeja now showing some restraint. Only one from it. India going nowhere.

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  184. 11:57: 
    Ind 178-5 (139 ahead)

    I'm struggling to remember a Test match of so many unusual sights. Last-wicket partnerships, wicketkeeper up to opening bowlers and now second slip wearing a helmet. That's right. Ian Bell is so close he feels the need for a lid. I don't blame him. Meanwhile, the Ravi Jadeja Variety Hour is still in full swing, this time with a shuffle so far down the wicket to Anderson that the bowler hurtles the ball back looking for a run out. Hits the retreating batsman. I sort of want him to stick around for a while, just to see how close he can come to getting out without actually being dismissed.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's one of those at slip that has just hit his fingers rather than his palms and it has gone down. If you take that wicket, you're into the bowlers. With Jadeja at the other end batting like he has got a train to catch England could have been batting by lunch."

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  186. 11:53: 
    Dhoni dropped on 5- Ind 178-5

    Oh no skipper! How big might this missed chance prove to be? It's MS Dhoni, put down by Alastair Cook at first slip off Stuart Broad. There are mitigating circumstances - his view is blocked by Matt Prior standing up to the stumps and Cook himself has come closer to make sure the edge carries, but this is straight in and out at box height. Cook gives it the double teapot, muttering an obscenity unbecoming of a former choirboy. Big moment?

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    Stewart Mills: No other sport triggers multiple manual refreshes like England bowlers being on top in a Test match... Bring it on!

    Super Kev: This is all my doing - I left at 5:30 yesterday and missed two wickets and gave my tickets to my sons today!

  188. 11:49: 
    Ind 178-5 (139 ahead)

    What on Earth is Ravi Jadeja doing? A charge at James Anderson, a wild swing, nothing but fresh air. If he'd got out playing a shot like that, it wouldn't have been worth going back to the dressing room. They'd have made him walk to Lord's. Two slips, Anderson taking the ball across Jadeja, then offering words of advice to his fellow leftie. "Did you see me bat yesterday? I'm better than you."

    India's Ravindra Jadeja
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    Small Man Peaky: If I lived in Nottingham I would be making my way to TB as quickly as possible. For fear of missing any more wickets.

    mark: Dhoni won't die wondering - get him caught behind - need slips and third man.

    Andrew Grantham: (Re 11:35) I would have thought there was a lot of life in a tramp's vest.

  190. 11:46: 
    Scorecard update

    India second innings 178-5 (54 overs) - lead by 139

    Batsmen: Dhoni 5*, Jadeja 0*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55), 168-4 (Kohli 8), 173-5 (Rahane 24)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 12-5-27-0, Broad 13-4-36-2, Plunkett 12-1-42-1, Moeen 7-0-39-2, Stokes 9-2-28-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


    India's Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane
  191. 11:44: 
    Ind 178-5 (139 ahead)

    The cheers when Dhoni angles Broad to third man for four tell us that a decent portion of fans inside TB are backing India. There's no sign of the gloom lifting, so there's still the chance that rain could play a part. Broad still getting the ball to arc, Dhoni trying to get down the track to meet it. Very tense, every ball an event.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Fantastic start by England, it couldn't have gone any better. These Indian batsmen they don't know whether to stick or twist and if England can just get one more, who knows?"

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  193. 11:40: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 174-5

    "Baaarrrgggghhhhh!!" England appeal against MS Dhoni, but Anderson's inducker is heading down the leg side. Single, Jadeja on strike, conflab between Cook and Jimmy. The pacer doesn't look impressed by what the skipper says, as if he's just found out they won't be going for a pint tonight. Edged! Short of Ian Bell at second slip. For four days the ball has been better behaved than a child on Christmas Eve. Now it's Bart Simpson.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "There is only a light smattering of spectators here at Trent Bridge at the moment, but I have a feeling it might soon be a decent dollop if this amazing start continues."

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    Richard Hayden: I think Broad is in one of those moods!

    Mark Savile: What a start and what a beauty! Jimmy yesterday Broad today - who says the senior players need to do more?!

    Darren Scott: England's field placements remind me of a tabletop cricket game I had as a child.

  196. 11:35: 
    Ind 173-5 (Broad 13-4-36-2)

    Stuart Broad ran down the wicket with his trademark finger-wagging celebration, jumping into a gloved bearhug from Matt Prior. Ravi Jadeja is the new man, greeted by three slips and catchers in front of the bat. Oh, play and miss, very close. What is going on out there? Is this the same deck that for four days has shown as much life as a tramp's vest? Suddenly it's a minefield. Swing, bounce, zip and carry. England are right in this race.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is the only one that has skipped off the wicket all game. It just bounced on Rahane and took the outside edge. It's getting exciting. We could be in for an absolute belter this afternoon."

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  198. 11:30: 
    WICKET- Rahane c Prior b Broad 24 (Ind 173-5)

    Now do we believe? Stuart Broad has done it again, this time getting one to shape away from the poke of Ajinkya Rahane, resulting in a simple catch to Matt Prior behind the sticks. Two wickets in two overs for Broad, India are only 135 ahead with five wickets in hand. England are cockahoop, Trent Bridge buzzing.


    Stuart Broad removes Ajinkya Rahane
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dhoni is crucial now but he's a nervous starter. He's a bit of a flicker outside off stump. That shot first ball can only be nerves."

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  200. 11:30: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 173-4

    James Anderson continues to attack the stumps, bowling to Ajinkya Rahane with a catcher on each side of the wicket. Those two are so close that the are practically on the cut strip, with Anderson's follow through taking him between his acolytes. A blue-shirted man distracts Rahane - sit down, sir - before England optimistically appeal for leg before. Anderson finishes by giving Rahane a verbal volley, a flea in the ear. England full of intent this morning.

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    Andrew Pickup: Got home, radio on, wicket. You're all welcome.

    Chris Wilson: Yes Broady, bravo.

  202. 11:25: 
    Ind 168-4 (129 ahead)

    Phil Tufnell is spot on - England's approach this morning has been to bowl iron straight, just with that hint of reverse hoop. Replays show Kohli was hit just on off stump and that the ball would have hit the middle of middle. Plumb. MS Dhoni the new man, playing and missing. Pressure on the skip.

    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson got one to shape in and Broad has done the same. On wickets like this, when the ball is keeping low, you bowl at the stumps and bowl for bowleds and lbws. Game on."

  204. 11:21: 
    WICKET- Kohli lbw Broad 8 (Ind 168-4)

    The start of something remarkable? We talked about England's need for early wickets and they already have one, a big one. Stuart Broad has done for Virat Kohli thanks to an inswinger that has clattered into the front pad in front of all three. Inside edge? Don't think so, looks stone dead. Huge cheer inside the Bridge, big grin on Broad's face. Maybe, just maybe...


    England's Stuart Broad
    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The first 20 overs this morning are absolutely key for both sides. If India are still batting at lunch they will have 80 more, so a lead of 200, which will make it very difficult for England."

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  206. 11:18: 
    Ind 167-3 (128 ahead)

    Two slips and a short mid-wicket, England oohing when Kohli walks across to play around his front pad. The ball is 48 overs old, showed a hint of reverse last night, and is just tailing in here. Full length, straight line, a good maiden.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The first hour or so will really decide the day's play. If England can pick up a couple of wickets they might fancy themselves and they'll have a run chase, but if India bat through it could become a bit of a farce after tea."

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  208. 11:15: 
    Ind 167-3

    It's a serious question, will Jerusalem always be played at the beginning of a day's Test cricket in England? It just doesn't seem to work on a grey morning when Trent Bridge has about three times as many empty seats as spectators. England are all smiles as they stride out, with James Anderson removing his cap and sweater. He'll be bowling to Virat Kohli, who has eight, while Ajinkya Rahane is on 18.

  209. 11:10: 
    Scorecard update

    India second innings 167-3 (48 overs) - lead by 128

    Batsmen: Kohli 8*, Rahane 18*

    Fall of wickets: 49-1 (Dhawan 29), 140-2 (Vijay 52), 140-3 (Pujara 55)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-4-21-0, Broad 11-3-35-0, Plunkett 12-1-42-1, Moeen 7-0-39-2, Stokes 9-2-28-0

    First innings: India 457; England 496


    England's Alastair Cook and James Anderson
  210. 11:09: 

    Now then, the covers are off and the skies are reasonably bright. There's even the need for the odd spectator to don the shades. England are out, limbering up, so we are set to start at 11:15. Will this moisture make it a bowling morning?

    Trent Bridge pitch
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    Nomad Purple: Moeen Ali's beard is even more impressive in the flesh. Or should that be the hair!

  212. 11:03: 

    England bowling coach David Saker on resting the seamers later today: "You want to play Test cricket hard but we know we've got a Test match round the corner, we've got some big workloads and we need to make sure the bowlers are fit and ready to go at Lord's. But we don't want to give away runs. There's a balance there."

    On rotating the seam attack during the series: "There's a possibility - but you could get a couple of days' rest watching your team bat. We'll have to wait and see."

    England's James Anderson
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "If you can win a Test on a surface like this you have an opportunity to be part of something really special. If somebody produces a magical spell you can be a hero and it will be a Test match people talk about for years to come."

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no way groundmen are going to risk the danger of a two day Test match so they produce the best pitch they can to ensure five days."

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    Robert Cluley: Why is on one talking about Jigar Naik very attacking spinner, decent with the bat and used to playing on a flat pitch!

  216. 10:59: 
    Get involved

    Which brings me to my next question. Who do you think should be in the England squad for the second Test? Should they pick a spinner? If so, who? And who drops out of this current side? Can you see a result today? Or will be shaking hands in time to watch the World Cup final? Text on 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

    Alec Stewart, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Kerrigan will end up being a good bowler. At Lord's, which generally doesn't turn, bowling to possibly the best players of spin in the world is unfair."

    Simon Kerrigan

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    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I believe Sam Kerrigan will be in the squad - that's the rumour going around. I think it's a real risk for the young lad. We saw what happened at The Oval last year; he wasn't ready. Against this Indian batting it's such a risk. If it goes wrong, you could put him back three or four years. Next year in April I think it's perfect for Kerrigan or Adam Riley to play in the West Indies. If England want to go with a first-rate spinner at the moment - Gareth Batty. He's not going to rip through but he can hold an end, which at the moment Moeen Ali can't seem to do."

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  219. 10:55:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    The appearance of Graeme Swann's teeth tells us that Test Match Special is on the air, with the conversation centred around who will be in the England squad for the second Test at Lord's.

    To listen, tune in on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 longwave, digital TVs, online or via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps. Overseas? Get involved here.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I texted Jimmy last night and it's great to see one of your best mates going so well. I said to him, 'Thanks for getting out before you went past my Test best score'. He said, 'I should still be batting on that deck'."

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    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "I spotted Mahendra Dhoni in the lobby of the India team hotel this morning wielding a bat with coach Duncan Fletcher in close attendance. Clearly some early-morning conference room nets for the India captain, who is next in to bat. On a gloomy morning at Trent Bridge, England will be hoping to snare Dhoni early and prey on the inexperience of a lower order in which four of the five players have played fewer than 10 Tests."

  222. 10:47: 
    Start delayed - further

    Delayed by 10 minutes? The groundstaff need an extra five, so we'll actually get under way at 11.15. Can we nail this please, chaps? You're making me look like a fool. A fool!

  223. 10:46: 

    BBC Weather's Jon Hammond: "Drizzly weather for the next hour or two, it's more of the same and could be frustrating. There are signs that the clouds will lift and we will see some sunshine later in the day, it's just a question of how much rain falls this morning. There are brighter skies to the west but it's a slow process to get them to Trent Bridge."

  224. 10:44: 
    Start delayed

    There's been some rain around at Trent Bridge, wet stuff that would further hamper England's long-shot push for victory. The covers have been on and the start is delayed by 10 minutes.

    When we do, Alastair Cook's men need wickets, probably five of them in the first session if they are to have a sniff of going 1-0 up in this series.

    However, if India continue to repel, then it could be a long day for all concerned.

    Trent Bridge
  225. 10:42: 

    Yep, James Anderson's unlikely 81 in support of Joe Root's unbeaten 154 not only dragged England back into the first Test against India at Trent Bridge, it made the hosts the only team able to force victory.

    Problem is, any deck that Jimmy can get runs on is likely to be favoured by the India top order. In moving to 167-3, a lead of 128, the tourists have made a dour draw the most likely result.

    If that is the case, Anderson's last stand is likely to what this match is most remembered for.

  226. 10:40: 

    There have been 1,120 runs scored in this Test match for the loss of 23 wickets at an average of 48.7.

    No wonder James Anderson turned into a batsman.

    England's James Anderson

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Live Scores - England v India


  • England drew with India
  • England: 496 (144.5 overs)
  • India: 457 & 391-9 (123.0 overs)
  • Venue: Nottingham

India 2nd Innings

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Vijay c Prior b Moeen 52
Dhawan c and b Moeen 29
Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55
Kohli lbw b Broad 8
Rahane c Prior b Broad 24
Dhoni b Plunkett 11
Jadeja c Prior b Anderson 31
Binny lbw b Moeen 78
B Kumar not out 63
I Sharma c Prior b Cook 13
Shami not out 4
Extras 7nb 9b 7lb 23
Total for 9 391

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