India v England, second Test, Mumbai, day two as it happened

England reach 178-2 at the close of day two in the second Test against India in Mumbai, in reply to India's 327.

24 November 2012 Last updated at 11:35

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  1. 1120: 

    Want more? Amuse yourselves with Sam Sheringham's match report. And join us tomorrow from 0330 GMT when all our questions will be answered. Don't forget to set that alarm.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not quite sure where we are. If England bat well, they could get a lead. We're in flux really. Ask me tomorrow night and I'll tell you."


    Conor Spackman on Twitter: "Good grief - that really was our day. Tremendous from KP and Cookie. Tomorrow key to match and series."

  4. 1116: 

    Are England on top yet? I must admit, I didn't expect to be even posing that question when England were being held up by India's lower order yesterday - on a pitch that was starting to play like my mum and dad's back garden. But Cook and Pietersen batted with great skill and no little common sense in seeing off India's triumvirate of spinners (and Zaheer Khan). Another hour together tomorrow and who knows...?


    Matthew Owen on Twitter: "Excellent day for England, didn't expect them to bat so well. Just need to crack on tomorrow and post a score past 400."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Pietersen has not been crash, bang, wallop. This was lovely, controlled, professional batting from one of the best batsmen in the world. The reason he has played so well is, instead of playing to the leg side against the spin, he has played everything to mid-off and extra-cover. His ego didn't get in the way. It's been chalk and cheese from Ahmedabad to here."

  7. 1110: 

    A performance on a par with the Ahmedabad first innings could have spelt the end of England's hopes in this series. As it was, they could hardly have wished for a better day: four India wickets for 61 runs and a healthy start (note use of the word 'start' - we know it could all go wrong tomorrow).

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Terrific day for England. Anything could have happened. You never know who's winning until both teams have batted. At the moment England are way in the game, Don't be surprised if they bat themselves into the lead tomorrow."

  9. 1105: 

    So Cook leaves with 87 to his name and Pietersen an equally impressive - if significantly quicker - 62. The third-wicket stand - which began after the loss of two quick wickets, remember - is currently worth 110.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been emphatically England's day and Cook and Pietersen have batted superbly. We all expected India to go through England but they haven't had that success. They will have to look back on the lines and lengths that they bowled and come back strongly on a fresh day tomorrow."

  11. 1102: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Eng 178-2 (TRAIL 149)

    And that's that for the day. Job done. Pietersen jogs to join his captain as he leaves the pitch.

  12. 1100: 

    Cook put down by Sehwag at slip. Harbhajan from round the wicket, Cook cutting from too close to the stumps and it flashes to Sehwag at first slip. A tough one - that went quickly - but Sehwag was upright long before it hit him on his left boot. A let-off for England, but you could argue that they've deserved that for the way they've played today.

  13. 1058: 
    Eng 176-2

    Pietersen plays out a maiden from the accurate but unthreatening Ojha. Sensible stuff from KP - no rash charges down the pitch or ill-advised reverse-sweeps with moments left in the day.


    Michael Shaw on Twitter: "Time for the BCCI to wake up and smell the coffee over DRS, not had the rub of the green today - and it is their fault."

  15. 1054: 
    Eng 176-2 (TRAIL BY 151)

    A close-ish shave for a leaden-footed Cook, who edges Zaheer to first slip on the bounce. Now that's better - he's more authoritative in defence to finish the over. The England skipper is 85, Pietersen 62.


    From John Meredith, in bed in Exeter, via text on 81111: "Dear Mr Dhoni, Please place more of your best batsmen at target practice...I mean short leg...for the rest of the series. Suggested candidates for the role include Mr Tendulkar, Mr Sehwag, Mr Kohli, they are purportedly very keen to serve their country in that way."

  17. 1049: 
    Eng 176-2

    Another Harbhajan over and another cut from Cook to keep England ticking over - but only after he survives an lbw shout on the sweep. DRS may have helped India there. Again. Pietersen takes two off each of the last two deliveries.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "England needed a big performance from their big performers after losing Compton and Trott. Cook and Pietersen pushed India on to the back foot very quickly and there have been hardly any chances."


    From Jonnie in Oxford, via text on 81111: "Geoffrey would surely host 'can't bat, won't bat'. First contestants Phil Tufnell and Devon Malcolm."

  20. 1045: 
    Eng 171-2 (TRAIL BY 156)

    Zaheer tries his luck from round the wicket but there's so little pace that Pietersen is defending short-of-a-length balls off the front foot. Pietersen and Cook trade singles before a leg glance from the former brings up the century stand, off 162 balls.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "As the day has gone on, especially in the last session, there hasn't been much for the spinners. Maybe the ball has got soft and the bowlers more tired. Pietersen has used the depth of the crease really well - we've seen some fantastic shots off the back foot."

  22. 1039: 
    Eng 165-2 (TRAIL BY 162)

    Speaking of Cook, he has now passed 300 runs in the series - and he is within sight of a fourth century in as many Tests as captain. Leading from the front, anyone? A couple of half-hearted lbw shouts from Harbhajan are the only events of note in that over.


    From Tom, via text on 81111: "I went to Bedford School with Alastair Cook and he joined age 13. He had a big reputation for his age group and when filing in the admin forms when joining said he wanted to be England captain when he was older. He was asked to be scorer for the schools first XI pre-season game and the opposition, an MCC invitational side, turned up with 10 men. We gave them a 13-year-old Cook and before anyone at school has seen him play, he proceeded to score a century against our 18-year-olds. He broke all school records and they stopped giving him a new bat for each century, as was tradition, as he almost put the school shop out of business! And the runs never stopped."

  24. 1036: 
    Eng 164-2

    With spin not working, Dhoni asks his solitary seamer, Zaheer Khan, to make the breakthough. He can't, although India will take a maiden.


    From Owen, near Paris in France, TMS inbox: "There must be a cookery show Geoffrey can star in with his stick of rhubarb and his Mum's pinny."

  26. 1031: 
    Eng 164-2 (TRAIL BY 163)

    Sorry sorry sorry. Immediately after I made that premature statement, Cook is beaten on the outside edge by the sort of delivery that any off-spinner - Ashwin or otherwise - dreams about. England are halfway to India's total (at least you can't fault my maths).


    From JN in York, via text on 81111: "I'd like to see Geoffrey and his rhubarb-wielding mother on the Generation Game."

  28. 1028: 
    Eng 161-2

    India's attack is looking far from potent at the moment (if I write this caveat in brackets afterwards, then mockers don't apply - I've just invented that rule). A single apiece for Pietersen and Cook in that over Harbhajan over. "If I was India, I'd be a little worried now," says Aggers on TMS.


    Bibhash Dash on Twitter: "Sir Geoffrey's quiz shows: Are you smarter than Geoffrey's mum at batting?"

  30. 1025: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 159-2 (TRAIL BY 168)

    A sweeping Cook survives an impassioned appeal for lbw from Ashwin, saved by a hefty stride and, crucially, the ball hitting him outside off stump.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He hasn't looked frenetic, panicking or nervy as he did in Ahmedabad; he's been in complete control. He's played every bit as well here as he did badly there."

  32. 1022: 

    Pietersen goes to his half-century - his 28th in Tests and his first since returning to the side - with, fittingly, four off the back foot through cover.


    Andrew Southcott on Twitter: "Quiz show? Easy! Sir Geoffrey version of Pointless, called Runless. The idea is to.....well it writes itself!"

  34. 1018: 
    Ouch!- Eng 154-2

    The 150 up for England (it's worth bearing in mind that they had lost eight wickets in reaching this total in Ahmedabad). You've got to have some sympathy for Rahane today. Sub fielder is hardly the most coveted job at the best of times, but he's now been pinned by a full-blooded Pietersen sweep at short-leg. That's two blows he's taken on the body today. Reminds me of my friend's stag party when we got to take pot shots at him with our paintball guns.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "This pair have batted sublimely well. We know Pietersen can play, but he was so frenetic in Ahmedabad we wondered about him. Cook could not have batted much better than he has today."

  36. 1012: 
    Eng 148-2 (TRAIL BY 179)

    Pietersen's growing confidence (on second thoughts, is it possible to grow any more?) is illustrated by a reverse-swept single off Ashwin. There seem to be plenty of gaps in the field now, and the England pair are finding them with something bordering on ease. Pietersen five away from 50.


    James Bamford on Twitter: "Mastermind triumph! Surely we will soon see Sir Geoffrey editions of Catchphrase and Blankety Blank hitting prime time TV!"

    Any other suggestions for quiz shows that our Geoffrey could star in?

  38. 1008: 
    Eng 144-2

    Harbhajan is thrown the ball after drinks, and he opts to go round the wicket to Pietersen. Again, there's little menace in the pitch to worry KP, who plays with the spin to deep midwicket for an ambled single.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If England had played like this, they wouldn't have lost as badly in the first Test. It's as if Cook is still batting in Ahmedabad - he just goes on and on, like Pujara."


    From Andy Kay, TMS inbox: "When I was 14 I was out to a spinner, I middled the ball straight to short leg. The ball hit him in the throat, rolled inside his shirt down his collar. He had his shirt tucked in and while his team-mates were checking to see if he was OK, the bowler put his arm down the chap's shirt and I was caught and bowled. I went back to the pavilion while he went to A&E."

  41. 1000: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 142-2

    Dhoni persists with Ojha, who is finding little in the way of assistance from the footholds outside Cook's off stump. Guess what? Cook sweeps for another single. The captain has 71 to his name and Pietersen 42 and the partnership is now worth 74. That's drinks.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Dhoni needs to change the bowling to keep the batsmen guessing. If England carry on like this they will be sitting pretty at the end of the day. They should have had Harbhajan on 15 minutes ago."


    From Simon in Amersham, via text on 81111: "That's a relief, we have avoided the follow on at least! Small steps..."

  44. 0957: 
    Eng 140-2 (TRAIL BY 187)

    Cook gets another chance to sweep - and add another boundary to his tally - off the wayward Ashwin. Such has been England's progress that their avoiding the follow-on escaped my attention. Luckily, Simon is on the ball...


    From John Wilson, TMS inbox: "Unfortunately I didn't hear all the questions but I am glad that Sir Geoffrey heard the questions that I set about him for last night's Mastermind. I set questions on a variety of subjects, but to do a set on Sir Geoffrey was particularly a pleasure as I am a Yorkshireman, a long time Yorkshire CCC member and saw his two centuries against the 1977 Australians at Scarborough and at the Test match at Headingley."

    So, just to clear this up, John is the man who wrote the questions for Boycott Mastermind?

  46. 0953: 
    Eng 136-2

    The sweep is proving rather productive for Cook, who has Rahane taking evasive action at short-leg as he tucks into Ojha once more. Zaheer gets a chance to stretch his ageing limbs - to no avail - on the boundary. At least it keeps him busy, given that he has bowled only five overs today. Seven off the over, thank you very much.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Pietersen has played totally different here to the two innings he had in Ahmedabad. Graham Gooch has been on at him to trust his technique. He's played very well, a sensible innings. Yes, he's scoring quickly, but there's no silly shots, playing with the spin."

  48. 0948: 
    Eng 129-2 (TRAIL BY 197)

    Pietersen is catching up his captain here. Cook begins this over on 60, and is more than content to pat Ashwin away outside off stump before sweeping him for a single when he strays on to the stumps. Pietersen negotiates the rest of the over, delivered from round the wicket. India's lead now under 200 as Pietersen gets some liquid refreshment.


    Vincent James on Twitter: "Pietersen adopting 'attack as best form of defence' vs left-arm spinner. If he can stick around for an hour England are in this."

  50. 0945: 
    Eng 128-2

    Did you miss 'Geoffrey Boycott on Mastermind - Specialist subject: Geoffrey Boycott'? You can listen again now on the TMS podcast. He'll get all the answers correct, surely...? Ojha is punished for dropping short once again by Pietersen, who is then beaten by a beauty that turns and bounces like a tennis ball on the driveway.


    Jack Ashbee on Twitter: "Dear Santa. All I want for Christmas is a big innings from Pietersen. Please please please."

  52. 0941: 
    Eng 124-2 (TRAIL BY 203)

    Is it me, or does Ashwin looks like he's trying to get out of a pair of handcuffs as he runs in to bowl? He finds some bounce there, but from way short of a length, and Cook somehow muscles it through mid-on for four. Runs coming relatively easily for England now, albeit with the odd moment of alarm.


    FirstCitizen on Twitter: "If these two play till end of day then England will runaway with match due to pathetic Dhoni captaincy!"

  54. 0938: 
    Eng 120-2

    It's Pietersen's turn now to ride his luck (Fred (0926), we did speak too soon) as Ojha locates his outside edge and the ball drops inches short of Sehwag at slip. Pietersen's response: a resounding, textbook drive back over the bowler's head. Absorbing cricket.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook is very lucky to be hanging on by his fingernails. He received three balls there that had his name on, with the fourth, a top-edged sweep, a piece of self-induced danger."

  56. 0935: 
    Eng 116-2

    Woah woah woah. Steady on, Cooky. The captain is beaten on the outside edge by Ashwin, then watches a top-edged sweep land safely just short of deep backward square-leg. He then plays and misses again and follows it up with a thick edge that doesn't quite carry to second slip. Time for Pietersen to restore some calm.


    Marc Sepetowski on Twitter: "I wonder if Alastair Cook would let me clean his boots? The man deserves to be treated as royalty!"

  58. 0931: 
    Eng 112-2 (TRAIL BY 215)

    The contest continues, Ojha probing Pietersen's technique, armed with a packed off-side field and offering plenty of invitation to drive.


    From Matthew in York, TMS inbox: "I once scored for a match where a wicket fell off a spinner with the batsman cutting the ball straight onto the head of a rather close gully (no cap, helmet or anything) and it then looped up for an easy catch to the 'keeper!"

  60. 0926: 
    FIFTY FOR COOK- Eng 108-2

    I know, I know, don't speak too soon and all that. A flashing Pietersen cut off Ashwin lands just short of - and past - Tendulkar at backward point, prompting a change in the field from Dhoni. Back on strike, Cook goes to his fifty off the penultimate ball of the over. Well batted, skip.


    Fred Green on Twitter: "Ojha is nothing to fear, just a decent slow left armer bowling on VERY spin friendly pitches. KP looks good so far."

  62. 0923: 
    Eng 101-2

    I wonder whether Pietersen will appreciate his conversation being broadcast live on air...? Whatever happened at Ahmedabad, Pietersen's shot selection and execution cannot be faulted today. He takes a scampered single to mid-off in another rather unthreatening over from Ojha.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook is still judging the length beautifully, but now for the left-arm spinner against Kevin Pietersen. This will be a key duel."


    Wisden editor Lawrence Booth on Twitter: "Warne says on TV that KP admitted to him this morning his mind was "a bit of a scramble" during the first Test."

  65. 0920: 
    Eng 96-2 (TRAIL BY 231)

    Pietersen's treatment of Harbhajan persuades Dhoni to turn to Ashwin, whose 13 overs up to now cost just 20. Round the wicket to Cook, the offie finds precious little turn and Cook helps himself to a couple off his pads.


    Richard Bradley on Twitter: "This session will make or break the Test match. 150-5 and it's game, set match India. 175-3 and there's a game on."

  67. 0916: 
    Ouch!- Eng 94-2

    Well, Cook's tactics are clear: take the Indians out. After forcing Pujara off the field with a meaty sweep that struck him on the side, the England captain deals out similar punishment to substitute fielder Ajinkya Rahane. Can anyone think of a worse position in cricket?

  68. 0914: 
    Eng 93-2

    Deja vu. Harbhajan drops short once again and Pietersen rocks back and forces through the vacant cover region. "So far he's judged the length of the off-spinner very well," says Vic Marks on TMS.


    Dave in Torquay, TMS inbox: "When is Geoffrey going to stop extolling the virtues of that 'match-winner' Pietersen? He's too inconsistent to be considered a match-winner as he doesn't apply himself when out in the middle. He gives his wicket away and doesn't appear to cherish it! I, personally, wouldn't have bothered to 're-integrate' him before this series, if at all!"

  70. 0911: 
    Eng 86-2

    Rather uneventful from Ojha by comparison, that over. Pietersen content to see out the remaining two balls after Cook collects a single courtesy of a sweep.


    Charlie Tinsley via text: "I was the Mastermind contestant yesterday. Currently stuck on a train, looking forward to the podcast!"

    It will be with you shortly. Be interested to know where you think Geoffrey could improve...

  72. 0908: 
    Eng 85-2

    Harbhajan resumes after the interval with his trademark skip-and-a-jump delivery stride. Pietersen takes him for successive fours, a cut through point followed by a sashay down the track and a disdainful drive over mid-on. Talk about signalling your intent.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have to get on parity with India. You can't go giving them a 50- or 70-run lead when we have to bat fourth. If you do that you're going to lose more often than not."

  74. 0903: 

    Well, I did get 8 out of 10 in a maths test at primary school once. That reminds me - I must update my CV...

  75. 0858: 

    With Mastermind complete, Sir Geoff is now off his long run on how England must play in the final session. With Boycott leaving his TMS post for a while, I'm going to follow suit, leaving you in the hands of our own Mastermind, Justin Goulding.


    Martin Jones on Twitter: "Can't understand Patel playing, he's no No.6 batsman and he only bowled 4 overs. Why not have a proper batsman?"

  77. 0856: 

    Geoffrey can't remember the name of his two rabbits....


    James McCoy on Twitter: "I could watch Alistair Cook bat all day. Every day."

  79. 0853: 

    Geoffrey has also been talking about former England chairman of selectors Doug Insole, who dropped Sir Geoff after he made 246 not out for scoring too slowly. Boycott says "they should have spelt his name with an 'A'". For those of you asking if Boycott Mastermind will be a podcast, I can confirm that it will.


    From Will in Edmonton, TMS inbox: "To Rob in Wuhan (0757) - that's a very long taxi ride you're on there as Canadian thanksgiving was at the start of October."

  81. 0851: 

    Boycott Mastermind has just revealed that Sir Geoff was once on Leeds United's books. Did not know that. Isn't he also a Manchester United fan?


    From Dan in a soggy Milton Keynes, TMS inbox: "Alastair Cook has been by far our best player for at least the last two years. With the number of Test centuries he's accumaluting who knows where he will end up on the list of great players to have played for England? Top?"

  83. 0849: 

    Just a thought, one more wicket would see Jonny Bairstow and Samit Patel, two players with only nine Test between them, exposed. India will be sensing a real opportunity.


    Ian Parker on Twitter: "Trott to be replaced by Joe Root next time round?. Root is a capable twirler too."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought we did pretty well until the two wickets. The young lad got right forward and played exactly like a right-handed Cook before he got a good ball. Then as always happens, you lose another wicket and the game changes very quickly. It's going to be interesting after tea."

  86. 0846: 

    England were doing so well before they lost those two wickets, now India will be coming out after the break with a big spring in their step. If today is make-or-break for England's winter, the evening session is indescribably massive. On TMS during the interval, Geoffrey Boycott will be answering Mastermind questions on....Geoffrey Boycott. Well worth a listen.

    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    Bangladesh are spiralling towards defeat by West Indies - and a 2-0 series loss - in Khulna. After posting a mammoth 648-9 declared - Chanderpaul finished 150 not out - the Windies have reduced Bangladesh to 85-5 at tea on day four. The hosts are still 176 short of making West Indies bat again.


    Jarleth Eaton on Twitter: "Stephan, you said Compton was looking impressive, gets out. You then say Cook and Trott can go for life, Trott goes! #mockers."

  89. 0843: 
    TEA- Eng 77-2

    India are being cute here, trying to give Cook the single to let Ojha have a go at KP before tea. Some good running sees England take two from the first ball, but a single comes from the second. With four men around the bat, Pietersen barely pushes the ball off the track and sets off for a single, but it's a good run as he gets home easily. Cook pushes forward to see the tourists to tea, ending one of the most fascinating sessions of Test cricket I've seen in ages.

    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Just manoeuvring the big black chair into the Test Match Special commentary box ready for Boycott mastermind at tea."

  91. 0836: 
    Eng 73-2

    Sir Geoff is right, we have Kevin Pietersen in the middle to face the left-arm spin of Pragyan Ojha. Before that, he has to deal with Harbhajan Singh and gets off the mark first ball by reaching to play a lovely drive through the covers for four. One over until tea.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Don't make a cup of tea ladies and gentlemen. Do not miss this. This is electric. England's best player against the turning ball, against a left-arm spinner, which apparently he has no problem against. Everybody sit on the edge of your chair."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "You could call that from up here it was so plumb. He looked like a man playing French cricket in the garden."

  94. 0832: 
    WICKET- Trott lbw Ojha 0 (Eng 68-2)

    You wondered if one wicket would bring plenty and India will certainly be smelling blood now. To be fair, Trott's shot would have led to a wicket whatever the conditions, as he goes back on his crease and misses a straightener from Ojha, getting trapped plumb in front. He really is in a poor run at the minute, England's number three, that was plumber than Plumby McPlumb, winner of last year's Mr Plumb contest on the Planet Plumb.


    Ben Bradshaw in Winchester on Twitter: "For Ian in Winchester (0801). Not Pujara, as you'll never get the baby out."

  96. 0828: 
    Eng 67-1

    Jonathan Trott is the new man, formerly extra reliable, he has only one hundred in his last 16 Tests. Still, if you wanted an England partnership to bat for your life, you'd go for Cook and Trott. He sees off the end of Ojha's over then watches on as Rahane is again in the game at short leg when Harbhajan bowls to Cook. With the England skipper sweeping, Rahane moves behind square and almost gathers the ball on the full. Great anticipation, almost leading to a wicket.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a really good ball. If you're doing your best and you get a good ball, you shouldn't go back and feel too upset. He played nicely, he got right forward and right back. I've seen enough in Ahmedabad and here to say he's got a chance of making a decent Test career. He hasn't looked out of place."

    WICKET- Compton c Sehwag b Ojha 29 (Eng 66-1)

    A bowling change brings the a vital breakthrough for India, with Pragyan Ojha striking after replacing Ashwin. Compton is the victim, as he again can't build on a decent start. It's wide from Ojha, turning away from the right-hander, who can't resist prodding at it. He gets an edge, offering a simple chance to Virender Sehwag at slip. Indian have broken the partnership, have they opened the door?


    From Rich in Salisbury, TMS inbox: "My wife went into labour the day Alec Stewart scored a hundred in his 100th Test. We had a girl so we'll never know whether I'd off won the 'We're calling it Alec' debate!"

  100. 0821: 
    Eng 66-0

    Still Harbhajan around the wicket to the increasingly impressive Compton, who ignores a spitter into the pads by turning the next ball around the corner for a single. England still building, the cricket still absorbing.


    Jonathon Southam on Twitter: "Negative, nope. Careful, yes. This innings is crucial. If we fail, bang goes the series!"

  102. 0817: 
    Eng 65-0

    I think it's Ajinkyha Rahane that's replaced Pujara at short leg and the 12th man is in the game three times in this Ashwin over. Two chances flash towards him, bouncing on the way, while his tries to flick a third up with his boot in the hope of a catch. More nervous moments for Cook, England's runs have dried up for the moment.


    Ed via text to 81111: "Compton is showing he has the temperament and technique for test cricket, in the most difficult of places to prove yourself. His strike rate is no worse than Pujara's. Think bigger picture, we could have found our replacement for Strauss at the first time of asking!"

  104. 0812: 
    Eng 65-0

    Danger for Cook, who goes back to Harbhajan and plays across the line, getting a leading edge towards the vacant short cover area. With no man there to pouch the chance, the skipper survives.


    Ruairi Giles on Twitter: "Just seen a Domino's pizza guy delivering to Barmy Army in the stands."

  106. 0811: 
    Eng 63-0

    How on earth do you time a ball that well? With all the timing of Charlie Watts on the drums, Cook whips Ashwin through wide mid-on for four. Mere mortals can only dream of playing shots like that.


    Plenty of suggested names for Ian in Winchester's baby:

    Jack near Winchester via text: "Surely Monty as a name, he is my man of the moment!"

    Adam in St. Albans via text: "Sachin for a girl?"

  108. 0805: 
    Ouch!- Eng 59-0

    Here's one tactic England might use to ensure Cheteshwar Pujara does no more damage with the bat. A full-bloodied sweep from Cook hammers straight into Che at short leg, landing a nasty blow to the run-machine's ribs. He goes down like a sack of potatoes, clutching his side and, after some attention from the physio, leaves the field. Now then, who's next under the lid? Anyone?

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook, in particular, has used his feet well. Nick Compton has picked up from him - he's looking good. Good start for England - they needed one."

  110. 0804: 
    Eng 59-0

    Harbhajan is around the wicket to the right-handed Compton, getting the ball to jump and kick at Denis's grandson. The Somerset man flicks one around the corner past leg slip for four, then has to throw his gloves out of the way when the last ball of the over bites towards his belly. Every ball an event.


    Adam Wheeler on Twitter: "Compton may be one paced but batting time is ideal in India. Give the guy a break."

  112. 0801: 
    Eng 55-0

    Ashwin, wearing shades the size of a ski mask and with sun block smeared on his cheeks, throws his hands in the air as Cook gets cramped for room in dabbing to third man. Compton, looking like the coolest man in Mumbai, pushes to mid-on for one of his own.


    From Ian in Winchester, via text on 81111: "Wife going into labour. A big day ahead for live text commentary. Don't let me down!"

    Surely this provides the opportunity for us to suggest names? Alastair for a boy?

  114. 0757: 
    Eng 53-0

    Indeed it is Harbhajan, a man with 406 Test wickets who is only India's third-choice spinner. He's around the wicket to Cook, with a slip, gully, silly point and short leg. As the ball bites and fizzes, Harby gets a word in the ear from umpire Tony Hill, probably about running on the pitch. Cook mis-times a cut and takes a single, then Compton continues his stoic defence.


    From Rob in Wuhan, central China, TMS inbox: "In a taxi en route to my first ever thanksgiving meal with some Canadian friends. I will be giving thanks for Cook & Compton if they continue this solid start. Just asked the taxi driver if he uses de-icer. He didn't understand me."

  116. 0753: 
    Eng 52-0

    Still no Harby, with Ashwin posting a Jim Laker-esque leg slip and two short legs for Compton. Straight Outta pokes, prods and thrusts a pad out in defence and England continue their progress. I think we're about to get some Turbonator...


    Joey Smith on Twitter: "Is Harbhajan Singh playing as a specialist batsman?"

  118. 0750: 
    Eng 51-0

    England have succeeded in getting India to retreat a little. There's now only three men around the bat for Ojha, with another catcher pushed back to shortish cover. Compton gets a thick edge for a couple to bring up the 50 partnership, which for some reason causes silly point to return. The Somerset man still plods forward to smother the spin, though.


    Vincent James on Twitter: "Why was I up and awake at 6 to watch cricket? I'm 32. I haven't done this since I was 8 and I'd get up for Trans World Sport..."

  120. 0748: 
    Eng 49-0

    It's still Ashwin after drinks - I'm a little befuddled as to why we haven't seen Harbhajan yet. Offie Ashwin hangs the ball outside the skipper's off stump, but Cook isn't interested in getting after it. A maiden.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "England 49-0, you can't get much better than that. We know all about Cook and we're learning about Compton at this level. It's early days, but if he could end this tour as England's opening batsman, and begin the next series in New Zealand as England's opening batsman, he's got a chance to cement the spot."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England's spinners found more from this pitch so far than India's."


    Ian Nicholson on Twitter: "Fascinating cricket....great test for the batsmen....and even bigger one for the umpires! they wish they had drs!"

  124. 0741: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 49-0

    There's a man in the crowd dressed in an all-gold suit, as if he's wrapped in the foil you'd find in your Christmas Quality Street. Surely he's a bit toasty in the Indian sun? Compton follows Cook's example by coming down the pitch and whacking Ojha over mid on for four, but the left-armer, the slowest of all the spinners in this match, responds with a quicker one that nearly rolls on to Straight Outta's stumps. That hour after lunch has flown by. Drinks.


    Jack Allum on Twitter: "This is dreadful from Compton. Negative batting from start to finish, utterly one paced. Need to change one of top 3..."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "It's stumps on day three in Adelaide and this match is on a knife edge. Australia are 111-5 in their second innings, leading by 273 with five wickets in hand and Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey at the crease. Ricky Ponting made just 16 before he played on to Dale Steyn - is the clock ticking on the great man's career?"

  127. 0738: 
    Eng 45-0

    Cook pulls away just as Ashwin gets into his delivery stride. Something must have distracted the England skip, for which he apologises. What a nice chap. Ashwin's reply is to rip a rozzer past the left-hander's groping outside edge. We'll see plenty more of those before the day is out.

    Oliver Doward, BBC Sport

    "Every ball is a mini event up in the stands at present but England are weathering the storm nicely. Dhoni seeks to make something happen by sending Tendulkar to the extra cover boundary - and that section of the ground duly erupts."

  129. 0735: 
    Eng 44-0

    Cook really is in good touch, again getting down the track to Ojha, once more hitting over mid on for four. England are intent on attacking when they can, but also have to deal with odd turner. India's response is the in-out field, with men around the bat and scouts on the boundary. Fascinating stuff.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If one wicket falls, then it will happen; it will start to turn. At the moment they're doing a grand job: Compton passive, Cook quick-quick-slow. A good weekend crowd are waiting for something to happen. India might need a bit of spark from Harbhajan."

  131. 0731: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 40-0

    Now, is this a chance? Ashwin changes his line of attack to come around the wicket to Compton, who uses his feet for the first time. The ball doesn't turn and Compton gets an edge past slip, running for four to third man. Could Sehwag have grabbed that? It might have fallen short. However, I'm feeling stern, so am going for the dropped catch graphic.

  132. 0728: 
    Eng 36-0

    With the excitement of Alastair Cook's six, I didn't mention the tweet from Yohan Blake. The Jamaican speedster was at Lord's for the South Africa Test this summer, so is obviously very keen on his cricket. I always wonder if there's any celebrities following the live text. John Cleese used to follow Somerset's scores on Ceefax and once even phoned to complain when they weren't updating. Ojha to Cook - a maiden.


    FirstCitizen on Twitter: "This is kind of wicket where Harbhajan will take more wickets in first innings and Ojha in second innings."

  134. 0725: 
    Eng 36-0

    Compton, with four men around the bat, is more sedate at the other end, plodding forward to push back Ashwin. On the England balcony, number four Kevin Pietersen hasn't even got his whites on, resting his head on his right hand and yawning. Are we keeping you awake, Kevin?


    From Dan in Crawley, via text on 81111: "Let's not forget that England made over 400 in their last innings against spin so they can do it. Believe!"

  136. 0723: 
    Eng 36-0

    Not Harbhajan, but the return of Ojha, who is greeted by a collector's item - an Alastair Cook six. The England skipper charges, hitting high over long on, where a young lad initially refuses to return the ball. That's Cook's eighth maximum in Test cricket - as many as Geoffrey Boycott. After stopping Ojha in his run-up to tell Virender Sehwag at slip to keep quiet, Cook takes another couple through square leg.


    World 100m champion and Olympic relay gold medallist Yohan Blake on Twitter: "This Test match between South Africa and Australia it is looking crazy loving it and loving the West Indies too and also England in India."

  138. 0719: 
    Eng 28-0

    Just as he did time and time again during his hundred in Ahmedabad, Cook rocks back to cut for four. This one is more of a top-edged slash, but it still brings him four. Ashwin struggled in England's second innings in the first Test, and hasn't looked too dangerous yet. Time for Harbhajan?

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no question Compton wants to learn; he works extremely hard on his game. He was outstanding for Somerset last season - he backed his technique and got runs when other people didn't. He has looked comfortable but I'm not quite sure where he's going to get his runs."

  140. 0715: 
    Eng 22-0

    Compton turns Zaheer to the right of mid-on to reach double figures, paving the way for Cook to see out the over. No frills, no fuss, proper old-fashioned openers these two and they are looking to lay down a proper platform for England.

    Henry Blofeld, BBC Test Match Special

    "Batting is in the mind, and in the dressing room is where the mind can take over."


    Ongar Cricket Club on Twitter: "Compton seems tidy but just seen there's a stand named after him @lords - after one Test! Too early!!"

  143. 0710: 
    Eng 21-0

    Compton sweeps for the first time in the innings, clearing short leg with a swipe at Ashwin and picking up a single. Then a straighter one to Cook and a big appeal. Not out - inside edge.

    Heard about today's tea-time special. Geoffrey Boycott on Mastermind. His specialist subject - Geoffrey Boycott. I'd suggest that might be worth listening to.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "You have to go back to 1910 for the last time two spinners opened the bowling in the first innings of a Test - at the old Wanderers, England's first innings against South Africa."

  145. 0706: 
    Eng 20-0

    The stubble-faced Zaheer gets bored of hanging the ball outside Cook's off stump, digging one in to get pulled for four by the England skip. Steady from the tourists.


    Rachel T on Twitter: "England just need to stay there. I'm not sure India have a Plan B."

  147. 0702: 
    Eng 16-0

    Well Sir Geoff, Ojha has been withdrawn from the attack to be replaced by Ashwin. The right-armer, short of run and high in action, draws Compton forward, with the Somerset man happy to play back another maiden.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I haven't seen anything at either end to worry England. Zaheer has been very straightforward and my grandmother, never mind my mum, could play Ojha."

  149. 0700: 
    Eng 16-0

    Zaheer is bowling an impeccable length to Cook, keeping the England captain honest around middle and off stumps. There's some arm-throwing and hand-clapping in the slips, but Cook has no trouble playing back a maiden.


    Jack Byrne on Twitter: "The fact we are using the word 'survives' when England are batting in their 1st innings with 0 wickets lost sums up our chances."

  151. 0656: 
    Eng 16-0

    Ojha hasn't really turned one yet and, when he strays on to the leg side, Straight Outta Compton flicks it away fine for four. Whisper it quietly, but England don't look too threatened. Yet.


    From John in Chelmsford, via text on 81111: "When was the last time English spinners took 9 wickets in an innings?"

  153. 0654: 
    Eng 12-0

    The presence of Zaheer in the attack offers more respite to a text commentator than when two spinners are bowling in tandem. Compton leans on a full one to take a single to cover, with Cook then not tempted to play when the ball goes past the off stump. Zaheer responds with a quizzical stare back at the at the England skip.


    From Dave in Germany, TMS inbox: "The fact that we aren't seeing much fast bowling in this series means we don't hear much about the corridor of uncertainty. Which is disappointing. What's the spinners equivalent? Guessing it's pitching it where a batsmen doesn't know whether to come forward or stay back. What would sir Geoffrey call it? I'd go for the Pitch Patch of Perplexion. Perhaps."

  155. 0648: 
    Eng 11-0

    Pragyan Ojha continues after lunch, with four men around the bat "breathing down Cook's neck like vultures", according to Henry Blofeld. Vultures or no vultures, Cook is down the track to play over mid-wicket for four, prompting MS Dhoni to post a man on the leg-side fence. A small victory for Cook.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "There's an intriguing Test match developing over in Adelaide where rookie South Africa seamer Rory Kleinveldt has just removed Australia's top three batsmen in quick succession to leave the hosts on 91-3 in their second innings, leading by 253. Ricky Ponting is at the crease and boy does he need runs. Michael Clarke is out there too and boy does he know how to score them at the moment."

  157. 0645: 
    Eng 7-0

    Zaheer, with trousers that look a little too short for him, is bowling over the wicket with two slips and a gully to the right-handed Nick Compton. Is there a hint of swing? I don't think so. Compton edges the final ball, but it falls short of the slips. A maiden.

  158. 0641: 

    Wonder of wonders, we will see some seam straight after the break in the shape of left-armer Zaheer Khan. Play.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It will be interesting to see who is the most dangerous bowler is for India. I wonder if Ojha bowls a bit too slow for this pitch. Harbhajan has a normal trajectory, but Ashwin bowls it quicker - it will be interesting to see who's the best."


    From Ben, TMS inbox: "I've spoken to some locals here in Phuket for you and whilst they say they have never needed de-icer (or indeed ever heard of it) if your interested they can get you some 'warm' de-icer within the hour for a 'very good price'."

  161. 0639: 

    Just a thought - a wicket hasn't fallen to pace since the second ball of the match. When might the next one come? Players back on the way out.


    From Drew in Dubai, TMS inbox: Watching my son take the Chris Tavare approach to batting at the ICC cricket academy gives me plenty of time to check the updates. I always thought de icer was the de man who filled de coolbox."

  163. 0635: 

    Have you lunched/breakfasted well? Perhaps you preferred to stay under the duvet, or maybe you are somewhere lovely and warm, enjoying an ice cream or a beer. Me? Ham and cucumber sandwich.

  164. 0606: 

    Well, pick the bones out of that if you can. India have more runs than England would have wanted, but the visitors have at least wrapped up the tail and got to lunch unscathed. During the lunch break, TMS will be looking back at the Mumbai Test of 2006 with Shaun Udal and Matthew Hoggard, so stay tuned to that. I'm off to invent a warm de-icer.


    Clive Grimshaw on Twitter: "The toughest battle ahead for these English batsmen is in their heads. Must concentrate & believe they can bat on this surface."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Not a bad morning for England. Nothing much happened in those 10 minutes but they did play if pretty well to cope with the pressure. Nick Compton is very decisive in his footwork when he is defending and he judges the length pretty well. It's a fascinating Test, a real Indian Test and a severe test for the England batsmen."

  167. 0600: 
    LUNCH- Eng 7-0

    England survive, with Compton forward to smother the spin of Ojha like a fireman draping a damp tea towel on a chip-pan fire. A single leaves Cook to do the same, seeing the tourists to lunch. Well batted, but there's so much more to do.


    Tom Shaw on Twitter: "It's not normal Test cricket- no new nut going through chin height at 90mph - but my is it worth the early start! C'mon England."

  169. 0556: 
    Eng 6-0

    Apologies for not mentioning the field this England pair are facing, but I reckon you can take a guess. Both bowlers have posted a slip, leg slip, short leg and silly point for each batsman. Ashwin is over the wicket to Compton, who nudges behind square for a single. The leg slip is moved to gully as Cook looks to waste some time before lunch but, as the skipper prods forward in defence, we'll have time for another.


    From Dirk in Kuala Lumpur, TMS inbox: "The key is for England's batters to put any bad balls away. Being overly defensive will not work on this pitch, we need runs. Two hundred of them by stumps, for no more than five down..."

  171. 0555: 
    Eng 5-0

    Left-armer Ojha is around the wicket to the right-hander Compton. Getting a decent stride, the Somerset man gets England under way with an inside-edged single through mid-wicket. Ojha stays around the wicket to Cook, but drops short and is cut for four.

  172. 0553: 

    Pragyan Ojha from the other end....


    From Martin, TMS inbox: "Keeping an eye on the live text whilst I should be keeping an eye on my two small children in the park here in Brisbane. Hoping other parents will let me know if anything untoward happens. No de-icer needed in the Sunshine State either."

  174. 0552: 
    Eng 0-0

    Offie Ashwin is around the wicket, turning the ball away from the left-handed Cook. Should he play? Should he leave alone? There's turn and bounce but, with minimal footwork, the skipper survives.

  175. 0551: 

    It's Ashwin. Cook on strike. Deep breath from the England captain. Good luck.

  176. 0550: 

    MS Dhoni already has his helmet on, so he'll be standing up. Spin it is, but who?


    Gareth Hole on Twitter: "Here we go then. Time to see if we can play the Indian spinners."

  178. 0549: 

    Right then, moment of truth time. Trial by spin, with Ashwin, Ojha and Harbhajan in the roles of judge, jury and executioner. The rest of today could well define England's winter. Predictions? You know how to get in touch. Text, tweet and email.


    From Al, TMS inbox: "I may be the only person living in Kansas that was born in Luton and is following the game. I am glad to see that Monty, another Lutonian, is doing so well."

    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    "There may be some debate over how good a total this is for India, but the same cannot be said of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies in Khulna. The tourists have rattled along to 639-8 by lunch on day four - a first-innings lead of 252 - with Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 143."


    Kate Fowler (Sharp) on Twitter: "Keeping up with Monty's stellar haul from a beach in Philippines - my hubby back in Berks UK would be impressed!"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "The upshot is that England will have a nasty little 10-minute session before lunch. I suspect they won't have an all-seam attack to deal with. England bowled pretty well today. Panesar took the first wicket then Swann came in with a run and finished with figures of 4-70. I think 327 is a pretty good score on this pitch quite frankly. England have an awful lot of work to do to stay in this game."

  183. 0543: 

    It's a bit of a mixed blessing for England to have wrapped up the tail in that manner. Openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton have got to come out and bat before lunch.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: "Swann will be chuffed with his landmark of 200 Test wkts. History of the game means a lot to him and he's mixing with the best."

    WICKET- Zaheer c Bairstow b Swann 11 (Ind 327 all out)

    And, just like that, it's all over. England get a slice of luck with this decision, as Zaheer is given out caught at short leg when the ball doesn't seem to be in the same post code as his bat. Nevertheless, the facts are this, Swann finishes with 4-70, while India look to have a very good score on this pitch.


    From Matt in Bristol, via text on 81111: "Missus has just moved to the spare room in a huff... text commentary on the Blackberry and TMS on 5 live sport extra. What's the problem?"

  187. 0535: 
    Ind 327-9

    Right then, only one more wicket to fall, with Zaheer Khan deciding he best play some shots now he only has Pragyan Ojha for company. First, Panesar is pulled for four, then Zaheer swings cleanly over long on for a maximum.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Pujara scored 135 runs in 452 minutes off 350 balls with 12 fours. In the series, he has 382 runs in 1,016 minutes off 790 balls, with 41 fours."

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a fantastic innings, a match-defining innings and it was lovely to see some of the England players clap him off. Maybe he was looking to get a bit of a move on with the tail-enders and that is why he was stumped. We are going to see a lot more of Cheteshwar Pujara in the future."

    WICKET- Pujara st Prior b Swann 135 (Ind 316-8)

    This is not a mistake, you are reading correctly. England have finally dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara after what seems like a lifetime in the middle. It comes at the end of a very good over from Swann, that had Pujara up and down trying to get the ball away. Eventually he dances towards a wide one that drifts past the outside edge, with Matt Prior doing the rest with some swift glovework. Pujara is applauded by the England players as he leaves the field, while Prime Minister David Cameron declares that Monday will be a bank holiday to celebrate England's achievement of getting him out.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "Monty has stuck to his task admirably. He was disappointed to be left out in Ahmedabad. Everyone called for his selection, but it is one thing to call for it, another to come in and deliver, and he has done that."

  192. 0528: 
    Ind 316-8

    Just two wickets needed before England can have a bat. However, this India batting line-up is never ending - number 10 is Zaheer Khan, who has three Test half-centuries to his name. After the immovable Pujara takes a single, Zaheer prods forward to push back the rest of Monty's over.

    Oliver Doward, BBC Sport at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

    "It's a bubbling hive of activity outside the ground where thousands of people with tickets are waiting impatiently to get in, a ginormous queue is snaking down Marine Drive. I've lost count of number of times I've politely turned down offers of India flags, India face paint, India sweat bands, giant India balloons. Consensus among the locals I've talked to is that the Turbanator will run through England this afternoon."


    That's Graeme Swann's 200th Test wicket, the 14th England bowler to go past the double-century and second spinner after Deadly Derek Underwood.

    WICKET- Harbhajan lbw Swann 21 (Ind 315-8)

    How much did England need that? Harbhajan gets right across his stumps, trying to work Swann with the spin, but misses and is hit just in line with off stump. Aleem Dar's finger is raised and Harby doesn't look convinced, but replays show it's a good call, with the ball probably clipping leg stump.


    From James in Bristol via text: "Getting a little worried about the lack of wickets. I don't want to imagine how stuck England would be now without Monty."

  197. 0518: 
    Ind 314-7

    My word, is that another chance? Panesar is getting it to spin like a top, finding Harbhajan's edge again. This time it goes to the right of Swann in the gully and runs for four. Perhaps harsh to say Swann should be catching that. When Monty tosses one up, Harby decides it's time for some humpty, clearing the ropes over long on for a maximum. If these pair are still together at lunch, I'd wager that England are out of this match.


    Ganz on Twitter: "Naive to think that Panesar would've had this kind of success on the slow,low pitch in Ahmedabad. Find a different excuse lads."

  199. 0515: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 302-7

    Harbhajan misses with a sweep, but Swann's appeal is futile because the batsman is way outside the line of off stump. When Harby eventually connects, the ball goes out on the bounce to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "300-7 doesn't sound a lot but, I promise you, no-one in the dressing room will underestimate the value of that in these conditions."

  201. 0513: 
    Ind 301-7

    Just as he has umpteen times before in the past 10 days or so, Pujara goes back to work through the leg side for a couple. A heaved single gives Harbhajan the chance to flick to fine leg and bring up the 300. Plenty of replays of the Trott missed chance being shown. He fell over like his arms were tied to his waist, like a Weeble that wobbled too far.


    John in Hull, on the night shift via text on 81111: "My old cricket coach would be giving us his deadly stare. Catches win matches i can hear him even now."

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann has been unlucky. You look at the scorecard and he has only taken one wicket, but he has beaten the bat on a number of occasions. He will bowl a lot worse on other days and will get more wickets."

  204. 0508: 
    Ind 295-7

    "I am genuinely terrified about how our middle order will cope in this match," says Sam Sheringham sat to my left. His comments are prompted by the spin being found by Graeme Swann. You can't say that England haven't bowled well this morning, but India are edging towards a what could well be a match-winning score. Two off the over.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been a good session for England; they bowled really well and will be very happy so far - 27 runs in 17 overs. The first session is a crucial one; for some reason there always seems to be a bit for the bowlers."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Batting is really going to be a test for England when they get their chance. If spinning pitches are a problem; this is a spinning pitch to top them all."

  207. 0502: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Indi 293-7

    Monty still landing it on a five pence piece, with England moving Jonny Bairstow over from short leg to silly point. Not that that bothers Pujara, who defends with all the sense of duty of the Queen's bodyguard, before turning for a drink.


    From Steve in Caerleon, Wales, via text on 81111: "Following the decision to leave out Mr Panesar in the first Test did anyone advise Mr Flower that "Ahmontygood" Should I get my coat?"

  209. 0459: 
    Ind 293-7

    Swann still getting some big turn towards the right-handed Pujara, who manages to back off and cut to deep point for a single. Another ripper goes between Harbhajan's bat and pad, with England appealing for a catch at leg slip. Nothing doing, but I bet Harby is looking forward to bowling on this bunsen burner.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "South Africa have been bowled out for 388 in the second Test in reply to Australia's 550 in Adelaide. After avoiding the follow-on, the Proteas continued to frustrate the home side, with their final-wicket pair adding 36 before debutant Faf Du Plessis was the last man out for 78."

  211. 0456: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 292-7

    Remember when England could catch flies for fun? Another beauty from Monty is feathered by Harbhajan, brushing Matt Prior's gloves then past Jonathan Trott at slip. That's two Monty has had missed to go with the five wickets he's taken.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "There will be other days when Swann gets five. You've got to bowl as a team. If only we had a seam-bowling all-rounder like Freddie Flintoff..."

  213. 0451: 
    Ind 288-7

    Pujara is looking a little more aggressive now, dancing towards Swann at every opportunity. Some good fielding from James Anderson stops a fierce drive, then a sharp-turner completes a maiden.


    Will Davis via text on 81111: "Woke up cursing the fact I eat so much Chinese last night, then remembered the cricket was on and am now grateful to be up watching Monty do the business!! Come on lads!"

  215. 0450: 
    Ind 288-7

    More from magical Monty, but it's not so magical to let Harbhajan take an easy single to get off the mark. Pujara looks to pinch the strike, but Harbhajan sends him back. Che looks to do the same from the next and final ball of the over, and this time Harby has no choice but to run. A direct hit would have seen him short, but he gets home.


    Nick Dunn on Twitter: "Following the live text from Tanzania, the generator power goes off in an hour hoping for some wickets before that."

  217. 0447: 
    Ind 286-7

    Loop from Swann, then some sharp turn. Che Pujara's response is a delicate late cut. Can anyone remember a time when Pujara wasn't batting? My very first memory is my third birthday party, the second is a Pujara forward defence. Andy Flower carries a plastic chair down from the dressing room to get a closer look.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: "Rahul Dravid has looked at the pitch this morn - says expect quick turn and bounce again. Batting only going to get more tricky."

  219. 0443: 
    Ind 284-7

    So, India have replaced a number eight with one Test hundred with a number nine who has two. Harbhajan Singh faces up to Monty and sees one rip past his outside edge. Panesar is in the zone here, you can see it in those big eyes of his.


    Richard in Sheffield via text at 81111: "Watched Mastermind last night. The chap who answered questions on Boycs gave a solid performance but ultimately scored too slowly. Oddly fitting, not sure why."

  221. 0440: 
    Ind 284-7

    Geoffrey gets his wish, with Swann replacing Anderson. The off-spinner drops short, though, and his hammered through the covers for four by Pujara.


    From Gareth Kevin Holey on Twitter: "Following the cricket from Bucheon, South Korea on a Saturday afternoon. Preferable to waking up at 4am in Wales to catch it! "


    And that completes a five-fer for Monty, his 11th in Test cricket. What a good decision it was to leave him out in Ahmedabad.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Panesar earned that wicket. He beat Ashwin with one that pitched and turned in the last over. That upset him because this over he has come down the wicket twice. I would be hard pressed to go round world teams and find a better number eight than Ashwin. He's a superb timer of the ball, very simplistic. Who in the world plays better than him?"

    WICKET- Ashwin lbw Panesar 68 (Ind 280-7)

    Ooooooowwwwwzzzzzaaaattttt? Monty screams for a positive decision from Tony Hill, just a couple of balls after having another big shout turned down. This time Mr Hill points the deadly digit, giving England the breakthrough they dearly need. Ashwin had been hit on the front foot earlier in the over, this time the ball brushes his back pad as he misses a cut shot. It's stone dead. Monty's done it again.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Why isn't Swann bowling? Who are the most difficult bowlers to face on this pitch? The spinners. Swann and Paneasr should bowl straightaway. If I went into bat and you said, 'which bowler would you like to bowl at me', I would say the seamers, because they haven't threatened."


    From Ben Perry, TMS inbox: "Listening on Patong beach, Phuket in Thailand, hoping Monty can wrap this innings up sooner than later, then for Kevin to get a triple hundred (no de-icer seen in Thailand)!!"

  228. 0431: 
    Ind 280-6

    After half an hour we have our first boundary of the day, Pujara climbing into a cut when Anderson drops short. Geoffrey Boycott announces his arrival in the TMS box by asking why Graeme Swann isn't bowling. I'm afraid I don't know. Sorry Geoffrey.

    Justin Goulding, BBC Sport

    South Africa have avoided the follow-on against Australia on day three of the second Test in Adelaide - but only just. Needing 351 to make Australia bat again, the tourists slipped from an overnight 217-2 to 250-7, before Faf Du Plessis and an injured Jacques Kallis helped them over the line. Kallis, batting at number nine because of a hamstring problem sustained on day one, hit 10 fours and a six in his 58. South Africa are 371-9, with Du Plessis unbeaten on 67.

  230. 0428: 
    Ind 276-6

    That's lovely from Panesar, turning one past Ashwin's outside edge. England respond by moving Graeme Swann in as an extra catcher at gully. Another goes past Ashwin's edge, is the ball now starting to do something? Perhaps the effects of the roller are wearing off.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have bowled with good control. They haven't got much movement. In one sense they'll be quite pleased because the wicket is not yet deteriorating, but on the other hand they'll want to get through the tail."

  232. 0425: 
    Ind 276-6

    There's definitely more pace in this pitch than in Ahmedabad. Anderson has Ashwin jerking backwards to avoid a bumper, as if the batsman is pulling his nose away from the foul-smelling ball. Not too much happening for the bowlers. Good for England when they come to bat, but they still need four wickets.


    From Sam in USA, TMS inbox: "Ashwin is not your regular number 8. Nine years ago, Ashwin had played for the India under-17 side as an opening batsman."

  234. 0420: 
    Ind 273-6

    Is Pujara something of a snitch? He scratches around in the footholes where Monty is following through, as if to draw it to the attention of umpire Tony Hill. Hill stares at Monty, who turns innocently. "Who, me?" Ashwin drives uppishly through point, but the fielder is out on the boundary and they run a single.


    From Fiona in New York City, via text on 81111: "Here for Thanksgiving, trying to stay awake to follow the match on the mobile phone. I think I'm the only person in Queens interested."

  236. 0416: 
    Ind 272-6

    England have been on the money so far, neither Anderson or Panesar have bowled a bad ball. However, bar that lbw shout against Pujara, it's been routine for the batsmen. Three singles from Anderson's over.


    Angus Walker on Twitter: "Re: How to get Pujara out. Unfortunately dynamite may be the only option."

  238. 0411: 
    Ind 269-6

    It seems strange that Panesar, the second choice spinner, could have got through more overs than Graeme Swann. One reason for this could be the amount of right-handers in the India side, with Monty turning the ball away from them. Pujara dutifully plods forward to play back a Monty maiden.


    Matt Lewis on Twitter: "Following the game while waiting to bat for Hampton United in Australia (Melbourne)."

    Eleven on Twitter: "Ready to follow Test in Buffalo, NY, USA."

    Robin Smith on Twitter: "Keeping up to date late night in Bermuda!"

  240. 0408: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 269-6

    It will be James Anderson from the other end, sporting a sharp Indian haircut that I think he might be regretting. Think Full Metal Jacket. Oooooh that's close, so close to removing Pujara. Che plays all round a straight one, surely that's hitting? Aleem Dar gives runs, so Pujara must have got a slither on it. They run one to bring up the 100 partnership.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ashwin was so impressive last night; Pujara just sat back and watched him. There's something similar to come in Harbhajan - he can play, in an aggressive sort of way - so there's no need for Pujara to start swinging."

  242. 0403: 
    Ind 267-6

    The first major change from yesterday? Captain Alastair Cook has removed himself from short leg, replaced by the moustache-wearing Jonny Bairstow. Nice start accurate start by Monty, just an Ashwin single from the over.


    Tracey Nichol on Twitter: "With England's record, if this tour is anything but a whitewash it's a bonus, but England can't play the conditions, outclassed."

  244. 0359: 

    Here we go then, the umpires are out followed by the England team. No huddle today. I wonder if they decide that before they get out on the ground? Monty removes his hat and shades before Pujara and Ashwin cross the boundary. We shall begin with spin.


    From Rob Webb, TMS inbox: "My suggestion for removing Che Pujara... get Cook at short leg to re-arrange his name to spell Ache Jar Up. Utter confusion will ensue."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "There were massive queues to get in, about a quarter of a mile long, full of teenagers and young people. The only problem is, it was hardly moving."


    From Robert in Shanghai, TMS inbox: "De-icer is colder than ice and works by lowering the freezing point of water thus melting it. A penguin's feet are colder than ice and thus don't stick. Let's hope England can coolly deal with the tail even if Pujara sticks."

    So, if I get my windscreen colder than ice, it won't freeze?


    England bowler Monty Panesar, who took four wickets on day one: "It was nice to bowl with the new ball, come on and get a couple to grip early on. Tendulkar is a special cricketer and it showed what kind of delivery you need to get a player like him out. There is bounce in the wicket, but after lunch the heat means you have to play attritional cricket."


    Oscar Wilde on Twitter: "Following live text from Erfurt, Germany, aka middle of nowhere, and praying for early wickets."


    From Mike Fraser, TMS inbox: "To get Pujara out, simple. Take your catches!"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "The feature of this series so far from an Indian perspective has been Pujara. I'm impressed by Ashwin as a cricketer, he's come in and changed the game."


    Nathan Innes on Twitter: "It's going to take a bit of magic from England to finally claim Pujara's wicket."

  253. 0347: 

    With TMS taking to the airwaves, I'll also give a reminder that we'll be keeping you in touch with two other Test matches that are going on at the moment. West Indies seem to be on top of Bangladesh on day four in Khulna, well South Africa are battling to stay in touch with Australia in Adelaide. There, a one-legged Jacques Kallis is doing the business batting at number nine.

  254. 0344: 

    And if all else fails, just get in touch and tell us where you're following the cricket from. It's always good to know that we're being accompanied from obscure places around the globe.

  255. 0342: 

    I can assure you that is not a rhetorical question. If you have any ideas on how to remove Che Pujara without resorting to dynamite then get your answers in via email to (with 'For Stephan Shemilt' in the subject), text 81111 of tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket. That is not the only big issue I'd like to address on this early morning. I also want to know why de-icer is so cold it hurts my hands. It just doesn't make sense.

  256. 0340: 

    But maybe, just maybe, there are some crumbs of comfort at hand. India number eight Ravichandran Ashwin made batting look pretty simple yesterday and England have a nearly new cherry to try and get him and the rest of the tail with. This is, however, one large question looming for Alastair Cook's men. How on earth do you get Cheteshwar Pujara out?

  257. 0337: 

    We may only be about to embark on the seventh day of this Test series, but the fact that some are already calling this as make-or-break for England's winter tells you all you need to know about how it has gone for the tourists thus far.

  258. 0334: 

    Yep, that win in Mumbai may have been built on the Ring Of Fire, but for England, day two of the second Test against India may be less jumping through burning hoops and more a spin of the Wheel Of Fortune. Spin being the key word.

  259. 0332: 

    If that is true, then England can take some heart from the last time they played a Test in Mumbai. In that game, they were bowled to victory by a bloke called Shaggy and the captain of 2006 is now preparing to become a boxer.

  260. 0330: 

    According to Mark Twain, what matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

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Live Scores - India v England


  • England beat India by 10 wickets
  • India: 327 & 142 (44.1 overs)
  • England: 413 & 58-0 (9.4 overs)
  • Venue: Mumbai

England 2nd Innings

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Cook not out 18
Compton not out 30
Extras 8b 2lb 10
Total for 0 58

England in India 2012-13

India's Mahendra Dhoni and England's Alastair Cook

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