The final over of the day! Ishant Sharma continues and a single is taken first up by Robson. Ballance then gets a brace through the leg-side. Off the last ball, there is an appeal for a caught behind down the leg-side, but in the replays it is seen that the ball just clipped the stumps. That is the end of day’s play. A good day for India. Though they collapsed, the last wicket partnership helped them push to 457. England then came out and lost the wicket of Cook. But the two youngsters have done well to take England through to stumps. Do join us tomorrow for Day Three. Until then, good bye!
Ballance is batting well. When Ishant pitched one full outside the off-stump, he is driven very well for a four. But, later, there is an edge, which doesn’t carry to the wicketkeeper. Stuart Binny then comes on to bowl.
Robson and Ballance are happy to defend it. Dhoni then gambles a touch as he gets in Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma. Jadeja is getting a little bit of turn here. Ishant has already bowled a maiden to Robson, keeping him on strike.
13.85 – Alastair Cook’s Test average in 2014 is now 13.85, having hit 97 runs in 7 innings, with a high score of 28. Struggles.
These two have now recorded a partnership of 110. This is now the second highest partnership for India for the 10th wicket. And then Bhuvneshwar is out as he tries to go over the top and is caught at mid-wicket. A wicket at last for Ali.
OUT! Bhuvneshwar 58(149)
Who said Indian bowlers wouldn’t do well in England?
Bhuvneshwar has got his first Test half century. This is now a 96-run stand. A very good knock this and it has helped India tremendously. And Shami goes through the line and smashes a six down the ground and that is his half-century. That is the 100-run partnership.
Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar continue. Plunkett continues and he is coming from round the wicket. Shami plays for a couple through the off-side.
Bhuvneshwar and Shami are now building this partnership very well. They have put up 87 for this wicket and it is going very strong. Now, it is tea. Wonderful partnership here.
Shami cuts one behind point to get a boundary. The highest partnership for the last wicket is 133 by Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar. However, Tendulkar had only come at No 4.
Bhuvneshwar opens the face of the bat and places one from Stokes and that goes to the boundary. That is the 400 for India. This partnership has helped India.
The 50-run partnership is up with SHami smashing Ali down the ground for a four. This partnership has been inspirational. Remember last year? When Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes put up 163 runs for the last wicket.
Suddenly Shami is on the attack. He has played some very aggressive strokes and has moved into double figures. Even though there are quite a few men around the bat, he is still managing to find the gap. But, the shot that stands out is a four over extra cover by Bhuvneshwar.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is farming the strike for himself and keeping it. SHami hasn’t faced too many and it is Bhuvneshwar who is keeping India afloat.
Shami and Bhuvneshwar are picking the runs that are available for them. They are just extending India’s fight here. It has been a tough time for the Indian batsman.
Lunch breaks are the best English bowlers till now…6 wickets soon after two lunch breaks over two days #TheBigTest
Ishant is gone! Broad hits the top off his off-stump as he shoulders arms to one. India have slumped.
OUT! Ishant 1(6)
Binny is gone now! He has played that straight to the man at point.
OUT! Binny 1(11)
Dhoni is run out! He pushes it to mid-off and calles Binny. Anderson comes in and throws it at the stumps. They are shattered. He has to go back as the third-umpire rules him out.
OUT! Dhoni 82(152)
Binny gets off the mark off the second ball he faces. The first ball he faced, he hit a confident shot to point. And then, the next ball was on his pads and he worked it fine for a single. Now, we have Stuart vs Stuart! Broad is bowling to Binny. He plays out a maiden over.
Most runs as keeper: 1. Gilchrist 5570, 2. Boucher 5515, 3. Dhoni 4541, 4. Stewart 4540.
Anderson strays on Jadeja’s pads and he is guided for a four through fine-leg. A few singles and then come along as lunch is taken. India go into lunch at 342 for five. That is a good session for them. Dhoni is unbeaten on 80 and he will look to charge, Jadeja has come out all guns blazing. It promises to be an interesting session later in the day. Do join us.
Dhoni tries to keep strike at the end of Anderson’s over. He pushes to the off-side and runs. Had the throw hit the stumps it would have been out. But, it goes for overthrows. Dhoni gets five with that. When Moeen Ali comes for the next over, Jadeja smashes a half-volley straight down the ground and it has gone all the way for a six. And then Jadeja goes for it again and hits it over long-off for a six. Then there is an appeal for leg-before off the last ball, but it has hit the bat as Jadeja indicated.
Exceptionally good temperament on display from M Vijay! Has shown good technique dealing with the short deliveries. #EngvInd#TheBigTest
Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in the middle. Ali continues as Dhoni hits the second ball down the ground for a single. Replays suggest that the ball hit Vijay too high and it may have been missing the stumps. Jadeja gets off the mark off his fourth ball as he pulls a short one from Ali over mid-wicket for a four. That was asking to be hit.
Vijay is out! A magnificent innings has come to an end. Almost against the run of play. Anderson got it to come in and hits him high on the back leg. But, it is given out. Magnificent knock by Vijay!
OUT! Vijay 146(361)
After India get to 300, Vijay and Dhoni play out two maidens. It is on this wicket that they can dominate and perhaps they will start a charge in the afternoon session. It is important for India that these two continue through to lunch. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali is introduced for the first time in the day. Dhoni tries a reverse sweep and there was an appeal for leg-before. It hits his pads and they get a couple of leg-byes. Dhoni then places one past point and they get a couple.
India have gone past 300 in their 1st inns of this series. Something they couldn’t do in 8 inns in 2011. They did score 300 once last tour.
Dhoni smashes one four through the off-side. It was hit a little in the air but it is safe and goes for a four. The run-scoring rate is still slow and it needs to lift. However, they are adding solidity with this partnership. Vijay then flicks one from Plunkett for a four through mid-wicket. That brings up the 300 for India.
Vijay now moves into the 140s with a glorious drive through the off-side. That has been played very gracefully. This game sees patches where the batsmen are slow and then there are a few runs. There will come a time when Vijay and Dhoni will start attacking.
Since the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia Matt Prior has taken 25 catches and dropped 11. That’s 11 dropped catches in 8 matches. #struggling
Dhoni is now trying to be a little more aggressive. He walks down the track and hits one straight to mid-on. And then, he charges again, but is hit on the pads. That was hit outside the line. They get a leg-bye. Later, Dhoni gets a couple and that is the century partnership as there are overthrows. Dhoni then dances down the track to Stokes and hits him past mid-on for a four.
AFter a very slow passage of play, where the batsmen played two maiden overs, Murali Vijay gets things going with a beautiful drive through square for a four. He then plays a similar shot and gets two.
Vijay plays a maiden over from Anderson. Dhoni follow suite as well. But then Anderson overpitches in the 96th over and Vijay drives it beautifully for a four through mid-off.
Dhoni gets an edge off Broad and it is dropped as Prior just manages to get a hand to it. It was dying on him and he had to dive to his right. That took Prior’s gloves and went past the slips. They get a couple of runs.
Dhoni plays out a maiden over first up. James Anderson starts from the other end. There is a short mid-on there. Remember, Cheteshwar Pujara had been caught there yesterday. The first runs for Vijay on the day. He opens the face of the bat and is sent through third-man for a four.
Murali Vijay scored his fourth Test ton and first in overseas conditions to take India to a commanding position of 259 for four at stumps on Day One of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. On an easy batting wicket, Vijay stuck to the task and shepherded the Indian innings after a brisk start. Skipper MS Dhoni‘s unbeaten 50 towards the end gave the visitors much needed momentum. Dhoni and Vijay shared an unbeaten stand of 81. England bowlers did have a brief spell where they snared quick wickets to put India in a spot of bother.
India couldn’t have asked for a better start to their tour. At venue known to present green tops, the visitors were welcomed to dry grass which offered a subcontinent-like condition to bat. Hi, This is Nishad Pai Vaidya and I will be bringing you the updates of the day’s play.