India vs England: 2nd Test, Day 4 - As it happened...


Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam



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England Second Innings (319, India - 295 & 342)

Over 46|| Score 105/4 (Ali - 15, Root - 14)

England survived a late charge from the Indians to fight another day. After the end of Day 4's play, England still need another 214 runs to win the match.

Dhoni used six bolwers in Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Jadeja, Vijay and Dhwan, with Ishant taking two wickets. Shami and Jadeja also chipped in with one wicket apiece. After a poor morning session, thanks to Jadeja and Bhuvi's counter-attack, India wrested the initiative from the hosts and will start the Day 5 in a confident note, having taken four wickets.


Over 41|| Score 94/4 (Ali - 11, Root - 7)

In the last five overs, England added another 10 runs to their grand total and Moeen Ali survived a LBW call from Jadeja. Replays showed the ball crashing onto the middle stump.

England need another 226 runs to win the match and there six overs play for today.


Over 36|| Score 84/4 (Ali - 8, Root - 4)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to the attack as he replace wicket taker Ishant Sharma. Moeen Ali started his essay with a four after the fall of Alaister Cook. Then, along with Root, he is trying to survive the storm in Lord's.

Meanwhile, Jadeja has completed 11 overs, conceding 25 runs and with that huge wicket of Robson.

England need another 235 runs.


Over 31.2|| Score 72/4 (Root - 0)

Ishant Sharma returned to remove Cook. England skipper pushed forward and the ball clipped for an edge. Dhoni completed the rite with an easy collection.

Cook c Dhoni b Sharma 22 (93b)

England still need 247 runs to win the match with six wickets in hand. Another 15 overs of play left today.


Over 30|| Score 71/3 (Root - 0, Cook - 22)

Ishant Sharma produced one gem of a delivery. Ian Bell's defence was breached by an delivery which moved a bit to rocked the stumps. England are stuttering.

Bell b Sharma 1 (4b)


Over 29|| Score 71/2 (Bell - 0, Cook - 22)

Shami struck with the first delivery of his third over. Ballance, who was occupying the crease with resolute dedication, chased the pitched up delivery and paid for it. Dhoni completed a neat catch behind the stumps. Good bowling change.

Ballance c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 27 (59b)

England require another 248 runs.


Over 25|| Score 62/1 (Ballance - 20, Cook - 21)

Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are kept busy by Dhoni as England continue to build the foundation for a possible chase down. In the last five overs, hosts have added seven runs, without taking too many risks. For the Indians, Jadeja is bowling beautifully. In the 25th over, he teased and tested Ballance's wits by tossing up his deliveries, and the batsman was beaten more than a couple of times.

Cook and Ballance have completed a 50-run partnership.


Over 20|| Score 55/1 (Ballance - 16, Cook - 18)

After a spell of slow bowlers, Dhoni brought back Ishant Sharma for a go at the English batsmen. For their part, the Ballance and Cook registered a 43-run stand as England reached 55. Despite all the woorying signs, Cook is applying himself pretty well and must be hoping for a big innings. His performance, more than the intent, will be crucial to England's charge against the Indians.

England need another 263 runs to win the match.


Over 16|| Score 43/1 (Ballance - 12, Cook - 15)

So far, Dhoni has used as many as five bowlers including Murali Vijay. But majority of the overs have been shared between Bhuvi and Jadeja, the batting stars of India's second innings.

England still require another 276 runs to win the match as the umpires asked for the lights at Lord's.


Over 11|| Score 21/1 (Ballance - 3, Cook - 6)

A quite period at Lord's as England batsmen prefer to wait and watch policy with lots of over to play in the match. During the last four overs, they have added only four runs, and also enjoyed the Tea break.


Over 7|| Score 18/1 (Ballance - 1, Cook - 5)

After a couple of tidy overs from Bhuvi and Ishant Sharma, Dhoni introduced Jadeja. And the left arm spinner responded with a wicket. An LBW, awarded by Dharmasena. Robson looked unhappy but the ball was always hitting the off stumps after pitching on the line.

Robson lbw b Jadeja 7 (27b)

England still need 301 runs.


Over 4|| Score 11/0 (Robson - 7, Cook - 4)

Another tidy over from Bhuvi. Conceded a single, off the final ball of the over, to Robson.


Over 3|| Score 10/0 (Robson - 6, Cook - 4)

Mohammed Shami failed to control his deliveries and paid the price. Robson dispatched an overpitched delivery, fourth ball of the over, to midwicket boundary.

England need another 309 runs to win the match.


Over 3|| Score 5/0 (Robson - 1, Cook - 4)

Sam Robson opened his account with a leg glance off Bhuvi, off the final ball of the third over. After feeding the first five balls on off-side, Bhuvi strayed the sixth ball and Robson took full advantage.

In his last six innings, Cook made 10, 5, 16, 17, 28 and 17 (latest first).


Over 2|| Score 4/0 (Cook - 4, Robson - 0)

Mohammed Shami shared the new ball with Bhuvi, as usual. Cook, despite his lack of form, got a four through the covers off Shami's second ball.

England need another 315 runs.


Over 1|| Score 0/0 (Cook - 0, Robson - 0)

After a gritty fifty, Bhuvi started the proceedings with a maiden over. Sam Robson consumed all six balls without worrying much about the runs.


India Second Innings (295, England - 319)

Over 103.1|| Score 342 (Sharma- 0)

Bhuvneshwar finally got out after compiling 52 runs as India set a target of 319 runs for England. With Bhuvi's wicket Stokes returned with three wickets.

Bhuveneshwar Kumar c Bell b Stokes 52 (71b)


Over 102|| Score 342/9 (Kumar - 52, Sharma- 0)

Bhuveneshwar Kumar got yet another Test fifty. He brought up it with a lofted straight drive off Stokes.


Over 101|| Score 338/9 (Sharma - 0, Kumar - 48)

Another wicket for England as Moeen Ali removed Shami for a nought. Wicket maiden. India's lead 314.

Mohammed Shami c Prior b Ali 0 (2b)


Over 100|| Score 338/8 (Kumar - 48, Shami -0 )

England got their man as Jadeja got out trying to pull Stokes. But the shot ended with a skier, which was taken by Cook, running backward. Another brilliant catch from the skipper.


Over 99|| Score 338/7 (Kumar - 48, Jadeja - 67)

Another one-run over for India as Cook brought back Moeen Ali. Jadeja-Bhuvi partnership is now worth 99, at a run-a-ball rate. India's lead is 310.


Over 98|| Score 333/7 (Kumar - 44, Jadeja - 67)

After a long time, a good over for England. Stokes conceded only one run and also got a good chance to get rid of Jadeja. But Bell dropped the catch, a difficult chance, as Jadeja launched the ball towards square-leg.


Over 97|| Score 332/7 (Kumar - 44, Jadeja - 66)

Broad take to the cleaner by Bhuvi as India's lead crossed 300. The over started with two dot balls then four byes, followed by a lucky four off the blade of Bhuvi through the third man area. After a dot ball, Bhuvi got another four in the same area.


Over 96|| Score 320/7 (Kumar - 36, Jadeja - 66)

Four runs off Plunkett's over to make India's lead 296. Jadeja, after playing three dot balls, got a three off a short-ball. Kumar took a single off the last ball.


Over 95|| Score 316/7 (Kumar - 35, Jadeja - 63)

Another good over for India as Broad conceded nine runs. Jadeja started with a couple, followed by a single. Then Bhuvi got two dots and suddenly showed his class, for a number nine batsman, with a handsome on-drive. Valliant attempt from Ben Stokes, but the ball won the race. The over finished with a double.


Over 94|| Score 307/7 (Kumar - 29, Jadeja - 60)

Bhuvenshwar, after braving four balls, got one of the front-foot through the extra cover area for a four. He is catching up with Jadeja. What a day for Indian lower order batsmen. With five runs off Plunkett's 21st over, India's lead is 283. Jadeja-Bhuvi partnership now worth 74 from 69 balls.


Over 93|| Score 302/7 (Kumar - 25, Jadeja - 59)

It's all Jadeja at Lord's. He is all over Anderson.

The latest over yielded 13 runs as Anderson struggled to maintain is lenght. Jadeja got two fours, then off the final delivery Bhuvi produced a perfect a upper cut. Reminiscent of Tendulkar! And India's lead is suddenly 278.


Over 92|| Score 289/7 (Kumar - 21, Jadeja - 50)

Jadeja got his first Test fifty with a single off Plunket's second delivery. And some way to celebrate. It's like he is doing a wushu routine with cricket bat. Then Bhuvi produced one of the better shots of the day, a beutiful cover drive. With six runs from the over, India's lead is now 265.


Over 91|| Score 283/7 (Jadeja - 49, Kumar - 15)

Sensible batting display from India as both Jadeja and Bhuvi opted to take singles, rotating the strike. Their partnership now worths 48.

Anderson almost got the better of Jadeja off the final delivery. Jadeja got a well directed bouncer from his bete noire, but the ball landed safely as he continues to frustrate the English players. In between, Jadeja got another helmet.


Over 90|| Score 279/7 (Kumar - 15, Jadeja - 47)

Jadeja's scoring sequence off Plunkett's over is 0,2,2,4,1 then Bhuvenshwar guarding the last ball for a dot. With these nine runs, Jadeja has raced to 47 from 37 balls helping India extend the lead to 255 runs.


Over 89|| Score 270/7 (Kumar - 15, Jadeja - 38)

Post lunch, India added another three runs to the tally. The partnership is now worth 35 and the scoring rate has also been brilliant since Jadeja's arrival.


Lunch time stats for Indian fans. A target in excess of 243 in the fourth innings has been successfully chased only twice at Lord's.

Another fantastic session. The key moments from that 25-over play will be that of Vijay's dismissal at 95, England's three wickets and that of Jadeja's arrival.


Over 88|| Score 267/7 (Kumar - 13, Jadeja - 37)

Indian batsmen negotiated the final over before the lunch without losing further ground, with Jadeja adding another run to the total off Broad's 21st over.

In the 25-over session, India scored 98 runs losing three wickets. India's lead is 243.


Over 87|| Score 266/7 (Kumar - 13, Jadeja - 36)

Another good over for India. 10 runs added as Bhuvneshwar joined the party with two fours off Anderson's over. For a pace bowler to bat this well against fast deliveries, some batting! Jadeja-Bhuvneshwar partnership has so far yielded 31 runs, with India leading England by 242 runs.


Over 86|| Score 256/7 (Jadeja - 36, Kumar - 3)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar survived. Joe Root, standing too close for a fourth slip position, allowed the ball to slip between the hands. Then, Jadeja lofted Broad for a four, which at one time looked like a six. He repeated again with a four, a pull shot coming down the pitch. 10 runs from the over. And the Indian tail is certainly wagging.


Over 85|| Score 246/7 (Jadeja - 28, Kumar - 2)

Another duel between Anderson and Jadeja. The Indian batsman came down the pitch smacked one pass cover fielder for a four off the second delivery of the over. India's lead 222.


Over 84|| Score 240/7 (Jadeja - 23, Kumar - 1)

Another five crucial runs for India as the match seems to shift England's way. For India, Jadeja's innings will be of prime importance. He is batting at 23 from 20 balls with the help of three fours.


Over 83|| Score 235/7 (Kumar - 1, Jadeja - 19)

Murali Vijay finally got out after playing a patient innings of 95 runs off 247 runs. A soft-dismissal considering the amount of application he has applied in this innings. The opener left his bat dangling, flirting with the moving delivery from Anderson. Comfortable catch for wicket-keeper Prior.

Third wicket for England this morning. And India are in dire straits in London. The lead is 211 runs.

Vijay c Prior b Anderson 95 (247b)


Over 82|| Score 235/6 (Jadeja - 19, Vijay - 95)

Another good over for the Indians. Added seven valuable runs as Broad tried all available tricks to get another Indian wicket. Once again, Jadeja got a four of the last ball of the over.


Over 81|| Score 228/6 (Jadeja - 15, Vijay - 92)

Anderson has arrived with a new ball. Vijay played out the first two balls, taking a single off the second. Then Jadeja faced the remaining four balls. No signs of animosity between the two, though. The Indian all-rounder managed to take a couple of the fourth ball.


Over 80|| Score 225/6 (Jadeja - 13, Vijay - 91)

Another productive over for the tourists as eight runs came off Plunkett's over. Jadeja, who has been playing some shots, guided the final ball of the over through the covers for a four. Two balls earlier, Vijay survived a close call as he chipped back the ball to Plunkett. Three runs for the risk.

India's lead is now 201 and English players are getting their new ball.


Over 79|| Score 217/6 (Vijay - 88, Jadeja - 8)

Jadeja survived two lofted shots, but on the brighter side, got crucial runs. The question however is, how long will he survive?

Cook stuck with Moeen Ali, and the off-break bowler conceded 12 runs. Vijay started with a double, a single followed. Then Jadeja drove handomely a full toss to the mid-on boundary. Then the Indian spinner batsman tried lofting one, but ended up edging. Luckily it cleared the point fielder, and ran three runs. Vijay took care of the remaining two balls, taking a doluble off the last delivery.


Over 78|| Score 205/6 (Jadeja -1, Vijay - 81)

After the fall of Binny, Ravindra Jadeja arrived in the centre. And soon got off with a single of the very first ball faced, off Plunkett. Vijay took another single off as India's lead extended to 181.


Over 77|| Score 203/6 (Vijay - 81)

Another wicket for England as Binny's stay in the centre lasted only 9 balls. A moment which could probably salvage England skipper Cook. He brought back Moeen Ali into the attack with the arrival of a new batsman and soon it paid rich dividends. The skipper himself did just enough to produce a sensational catch, running back wards, at mid-off. The batsman was trying to hit his way out.

Binny c Cook b Ali 0 (9b)

And drinks followed.


Over 76|| Score 202/5 (Binny - 0, Vijay - 81)

Plunkett got his third wicket of the innings as he got Dhoni got caught at slips, by Ian Bell. The ball shaped away from took the bat through to second slip. Good catch by Bell. Wicket maiden from the 29-year-old ringht arm fast medium bowler.

Arrived in the centre is Stuart Binny, to give company to Vijay.

Dhoni c Bell b Plunkett 19 (86b)


Over 75|| Score 202/4 (Vijay - 81, Dhoni - 19)

Another three-run over for the Indians as they crossed the magical 200-run mark. The partnership is now worth 79 runs with those three runs from Stokes' over.


Over 74|| Score 199/4 (Vijay - 80, Dhoni - 16)

However, Plunkett continued from the other end as England continue their pursuit to break this blosoming partnership between Vijay and Dhoni.

India added another three runs in the total to extend the lead to 175 at Lord's. Dhoni started the over with a single by clipping towards midwicket, then couple of balls later Vijay got his own single. Then, Dhoni got another single two balls later.


Over 73|| Score 196/4 (Vijay - 80, Dhoni - 14)

Stokes replaced Anderson and in his 14th over conceded four runs as Vijay latched onto an overpitch delivery, fifth ball of the over, to drive through the covers.


Over 72|| Score 192/4 (Dhoni - 14, Vijay - 76)

India started the fourth day in the right earnest with a boundary by Vijay. It started under an overcast condition with floodlights on.

After nine overs play, India have consolidated the overnight lead to 168 runs with Vijay.


Indian legend Kapil Dev started off the day's proceedings at Lord's by ringing the famous bell.


The scorecard here at Lord's presenting an interesting scenario.


The pitch will be interesting to see today in how it shapes up.


The Indian team arrives at Lord's. A big day ahead for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men.


The fourth day of the second Test match at Lord`s will decide the outcome of the match. Such is the importance of today`s play. India have a slender lead of 145 runs and with six wickets in hand they need a massive effort from their batsmen.

The match went onto England`s favour when three wickets fell down in a space of six runs on Saturday. Plunkett`s magical one over followed by Rahane`s horrific decision by Bruce Oxenford changed the game. England sniff a victory here.

The hosts need to get Vijay and Dhoni and can then go all out on the rest.

For the hosts Vijay has been the guardian of their batting so far. He needs to stay there and continue in the manner he has been doing whole of yesterday. If he stays at the crease alongside useful contributions from the others, the match can go India`s way. So far it`s England who have a 70-30 advantage ratio.

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