1st Test, Day 4: India vs England - As it happened...

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 14:55

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Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha

After dominating a major part of the first three days, India squandered away their advantage as they failed to break the last wicket partnership between Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson. From a position of avoiding the follow-on, England, secured a lead over India and also managed to pick up three Indian wickets before the close of play. The hosts are not in a position to lose this match anymore and early wickets on Day 5 could see a final swing in this Test.

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India - 2nd Innings

Stumps, Day 4

Over 48 || Score 167/3

India ended Day 4 with a lead of 128 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Despite starting well in the second innings, the Indians lost two tickets of Vijay and Pujara in successive balls. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had to survive a tense final few overs. Both batsmen were untroubled and saw the day through without any scare.

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Over 42 || Score 144/3

A rush of blood cost Vijay his wicket as he danced down the wicket to smash Moeen Ali an got stumped by Prior. Two wickets gifted away by the Indian batsmen to Moeen Ali.

Immediately off the next ball, Pujara cut a wide delivery straight into the hands of Ben Stoke at point, who juggled the ball and caught it on the third attempt.

India are now in a spot of bother as Ajinkya Rahane walked into the middle.

M Vijay c †Prior b Ali 52 (119b)

CA Pujara c Stokes b Plunkett 55 (101b)

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Over 38 || Score 127/1

Murali Vijay played the ball to fine leg for a single to bring up his fifty. He did very well to keep the pressure off the score board after he lost his opening partner.

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Over 35 || Score 121/1

Pujara and Vijay accumulated 72 unbeaten runs for the second-wicket. The opener, after his century in the first innings, moved closer to his fifty. Pujara has done bulk of the scoring in this partnership.

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Over 30 || Score 97/1

Both batsmen are enjoying their time in the middle now. They got used to the pitch after negotiating the earlier tough spell from Anderson. Moeen Ali, despite getting Dhawan out has not troubled the Indians.

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Over 25 || Score 92/1

Vijay and Pujara have put on 43 runs since the departure of Dhawan. Pujara is on 29 while Vijay has 31 against his name. The interesting thing about this innings from Pujara has been strike rate, which is 65.90. He has almost caught up with Vijay in terms of scoring.

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Over 25 || Score 92/1

Vijay and Pujara have put on 43 runs since the departure of Dhawan. Pujara is on 29 while Vijay has 31 against his name. The interesting thing about this innings from Pujara has been strike rate, which is 65.90. He has almost caught up with Vijay in terms of scoring.

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Over 20 || Score 78/1

Cheteshwar Pujara looked very comfortable after he came on. The Saurashtra batsman has played cuts with efficiency. Ben Stokes was introduced into the attack. Indian batsmen have looked very positive, which is a good sign. The duo have been consistently hit boundaries and kept the scoreboard ticking.

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Over 15 || Score 68/1

Alastair Cook's bowling change worked as Shikhar Dhawan came down the pitch and hit a low full toss from Moeen Ali straight back to him. That was often what is described as a soft dismissal. Cheteshwar Pujara walked in the middle after he southpaw departed. India need to see the day through without losing too many wickets or they could be under severe pressure tomorrow.

S Dhawan c & b Ali 29 (29b)

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Over 10 || Score 44/0

Indian batsmen have looked not looked completely comfortable against the England bowlers. Despite playing some wonderful strokes, the duo have lived dangerously at the time. Dhawan's ferocious square-cut off Plunkett fell just short of Ben Stokes at point. Vijay has been tentative playing outside his off-stump, while he punished every ball that strayed on his pads.

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Over 5 || Score 18/0

Murali Vijay was dropped by Prior off Anderson's bowling. Actually, the keeper did not even get his gloves. India have been edgy so far and Dhawan edged a couple of balls. Anderson and Broad have bowled extremely well in the initial overs.

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England team would be delighted with this effort. From 202-7 they now boast of a 39 run lead. This match may still have a result in it with England having enough time to bowl India out. Indian batsmen will have to tread carefully as it appears they don't have a clear chance of winnings this match.

Over 145 || Score 496/10

India finally managed to break the world-record last wicket stand between Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson. The two put on 198 before Bhuvi's full delivery was edged by Anderson and Dhawan in the slips completed a great catch. That was the 5th wicket of the innings for Bhuvi. England lead India by 39 runs.

JM Anderson c Dhawan b Kumar 81 (130b)

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Over 140 || Score 485/9

Lunch, Day 4/b>

Root and Anderson created history by going past the record for the last wicket partnership beating Agar and Hughes. The current partnership is an unbeaten 187 runs. England went in at lunch with a lead of 28 runs. This game has taken yet another turn and England now hold the upper hand.

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Over 135 || Score 461/9

England went passed India's total and now lead by 4 runs. The pair continued to frustrate India and Dhoni finally introduced Stuart Binny into the attack.

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Over 130 || Score 450/9

Ms Dhoni introduced Murali Vijay into the attack to try and break this partnership with some off-break spin bowling. Baffling as to why the skipper hasn't thrown the ball to Stuart Binny today.

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Over 124 || Score 440/9

Anderson uses the conventional sweep now, whacks it to deep square leg for a four. They are making merry of the lifeless Indian attack.

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Over 123|| Score 436/9

Ishant continues and gives away two runs. Nothing happening and all the bowlers are looking predictable.

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Over 122 || Score 434/9

Its surprising Dhoni hasn't used Binny much yet. Only six overs for the all-rounder. Then why take him? Jadeja gives away a run to Root and in the last ball there was an appeal for LBW but wasn't given.

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Over 121 || Score 433/9

Dhoni continues with Shami. No change in the field. Bad captaincy which has been negative. One run comes from the over.

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Over 120 || Score 432/9

Its getting bad to worse for India. Root and Anderson have scored a record tenth wicket partnership for England of 134 runs. Five runs come off Jadeja's over which included a boundary.

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Over 119 || Score 427/9

Seven runs from Shami's over. Anderson clubs one to the boundary and the last ball seemed to have hit Anderson's gloves and goes to Dhoni who spills the catch. Nothing going India's way. 30 runs the difference now.

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Over 118 || Score 420/9

Looks like James Anderson looks all set for a big score here. He is already batting at 55. Jadeja into the attack and Anderson reverse sweeps a shot for four. Easy this for the hosts. 37 runs the difference now.

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Over 117 || Score 415/9

Shami is bowling really poorly. Guess Varun Aaron and Pankaj Singh will be a better option in the next Test. A wide ball followed by a no-ball and then a pull shot from Anderson for four. At this express pace Shami is looking lost.

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Over 116 || Score 409/9

Root hits a superb cut shot in the last delivery of the over for a boundary.Anderson who faced more balls in the over has looked comfortable. 48 runs the difference now.

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Over 115 || Score 404/9
Eight runs from Shami's over. Anderson steers one down fine leg for four. Clueless stuff this from India. 53 runs the difference now.

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Over 114 || Score 396/9

Anderson upper cuts a short delivery over the slips for a four. Then a wide by Ishant. Everything seeming easy here from England. India have submitted this Test. Poor play from the visitore. Anderson hits another boundary through cover. The lead is just 61 runs right now.

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Over 113 || Score 387/9

Root brings up his century. Two beautiful shots through the cover off Shami who had replaced Kumar. Eight runs come from the over. No swing from Shami. Pitching up the balls and nothing there in it.

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Over 112 || Score 379/9

Root gets into the 90's. He hits a shot for four off Ishant and keeps the strike after scampering through a run in the last ball. Direct hit and he was out. Shami misses a clear chance. England looking good here.

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Over 111|| Score 374/9

Kumar continues and Root comes down the pitch and drives wide of the cover sweeper for two runs. He hits a boundary after that as Kumar with no pace at all tries a bouncer and Root dispatches it. Bad bowling and poor captaincy this from Dhoni. England are looking well set to cross the 400-run mark and may be even surpass India's score.

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Over 110 || Score 367/9

Root plays a superb cover drive but that's well stopped by the cover fielder. Only a run. Sharma's no-ball woes continue as he delivers a no-ball. The next ball Anderson ekes out a couple after Ishant's attempted yorker is digged out by him through gully.

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Over 109 || Score 363/9

Five runs come from the over. Anderson clubs one to the boundary with a superb drive square through the off side through point. Ordinary bowling this from Kumar.

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Over 108 || Score 358/9

Ishant gives away a single. No such threat in the bowling. India need a wicket as 99 runs is the difference now.

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Over 107 || Score 357/9

Kumar bowls the first over of the day. Root takes a single of the first ball. Anderson then plays a beautiful shot off his hips for a boundary. Five runs from the over 100 runs the difference now.

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Nottingham: Today England will resume from 352 for nine. The home team is trailing by 105 runs with two full days play left in the match. Joe Root has been brilliant and batted exceptionally well with the lower order. James Anderson has stood up to the task and has held on to defy Indian bowlers.

The third day belonged to India and they did well to get wickets in a flat track. At one stage England were reeling at 202/7 but Stuart Broad and James Anderson did well to keep England in the hunt alongside top scorer Joe Root. The first session is the key as India will hope to get the last wicket early and bat positively to set England a good target. For the hosts Joe Root and Andrson will look to get to the 400-run mark and lower the lead deficit. It will be an interesting day ahead and lets see who gets the momentum early on at Nottingham.



First Published: Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 00:31

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