England v India, second Test, day one as it happened

India fight back from 145-7 to reach 290-9 on the first day of the second Test against a wasteful England.

17 July 2014 Last updated at 10:24

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As it happened

  1. 18:55: 

    So that's your lot. India 290-9 at the end of this first day. If you'd just seen the scorecard, you might think it was England's day, but that wouldn't tell the story.

    Only tomorrow will we truly know where the balance of power lies in this Test. Until then.

  2. 18:49: 

    England all-rounder Ben Stokes: "We were probably a little bit too wide. When the ball moves like it did today, you could say we should have bowled fuller. Overall, though, in the way we stuck to our guns, I thought we were great today.

    "You don't feel extra pressure as a bowler when you field first. A pitch like that gives you more confidence than Trent Bridge."

  3. 18:47: 

    Very strong words from Sir G there, getting stuck in to Alastair Cook's captaincy and then suggesting the skipper may have to drop himself if he doesn't get runs in this match. For all Cook would have wanted this deck to help his bowlers, an the out-of-form batsman in him must be wondering how he'll get runs.

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

    "If Alastair Cook fails twice in this match, he should drop himself and go and get some runs for Essex. He doesn't need to get a massive score, just a nice 40 where he occupies the crease."

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    England captain Alastair Cook
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    Paul Keighley: Cook is an absolute embarrassment of a captain. Putting the field out for a no. 10 with a new ball to bowl at the no. 11.

    Tom Schofield: Alastair Cook is tactically, by far the worst captain England have had in my lifetime.

    James Gutteridge: When will England learn? Bowl full, quick and on the stumps to tailenders and you get wickets fast.

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

    "England are like a misfiring car - there are too many parts which don't look very good. Matt Prior is dropping catches, Alastair Cook hasn't got any runs, we don't know if the bowlers can bowl line and length. I won't be putting any money at all on England beating Australia next summer. I'm worried about the Ashes. There's nothing which stands us in good stead."

  7. 18:42: 

    So what happens next? Firstly, England have to take this final India wicket as quickly as possible, then bat well. The forecast for tomorrow is very good, so this pitch may be at its best for batting. However, it will still offer assistance to India's slippery seamers. If India bowl well, they may already be in a very strong position.

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

    "Even if we bat really well and pass the India total, that was still poor. They shouldn't have got 290-odd. A great bowling attack would have bowled them out for 130-140, a decent one would have bowled them out for 160-170."

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  9. 18:40: 

    India's Ajinkya Rahane, who made 103 of 154 balls: "It's really special. When I went up I saw my name on the board - so it's a proud moment. I give credit to the top order because they batted well in a tough situation. They made it easy for me.

    "Playing Test cricket is always a challenge but if you play outside your country it is a great challenge. I love challenges; I love playing on these kind of wickets. Tomorrow morning, another 25-30 runs, and it's going to be a challenge for the England batsmen too."

    India's Ajinkya Rahane
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "As a batsman, I start thinking that I'm going to get out if I get four good balls an over. England couldn't manage that. They could only do it once an over. They then lost the plot when Liam Plunkett went round the wicket and started to bang it in. Then we end the day with three men on the hook. Alastair Cook is not going to make it as a tactical captain - the lads might like him in the dressing room, but not as a tactical captain. Sorry."

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  11. 18:39: 

    England's bowlers? Mixed at best. James Anderson has 4-55, but even he was guilty of bowling a touch wide this morning. Stuart Broad, 2-79, was inconsistent, while Liam Plunkett, 1-51, had a bit of a shocker. The sight of him bowling short from around the wicket was simply bizarre. Ben Stokes was probably the most consistent for 1-40, while Moeen Ali had his best bowling day in Test cricket for 1-38.

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

    "England got away with it a bit because they bowled quite well in the afternoon session. India should have been polished off for 200 at the most. How have they scored almost 300?"

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    Paul Roberts: At what point do we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that Cook can't inspire his men to get the job done?

  14. 18:36: 

    A word too for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, India's tailenders at it again. Kumar made 36 in adding 90 with Rahane, Shami is still there on 14. All teams coached by Duncan Fletcher bat deep.

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

    "What a fantastic day for India. England had the opportunity they wanted - a green pitch at Lord's with the ball moving around - and they couldn't even bowl straight with the new conker."

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

    "I honestly think, with what the ball was doing this morning, England should have bowled out India for 200 by tea. Ajinkya Rahane, from a position of no hope, has given India a great chance of winning this Test match."

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  17. 18:34: 

    In the evening the wheels came off and Ajinkya Rahane was the man with the spanner. A wonderfully calm and composed century, his second in Tests, came as part of 150 runs scored in the evening session. England hit back with the new ball, James Anderson removing Rahane as one of his four wickets, but 290-9 still represents England's day.

  18. 18:31: 

    Three distinct sessions for England. The first was poor, the second brilliant, the third awful. England wasted the new ball to take only two wickets this morning but, from lunch through to just after tea, ran through the India middle order to have the visitors 145-7.

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

    "I hope there's some honesty in the England dressing room and somebody says 'look, we've missed a great opportunity today.' That last session cost England 150 runs."

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  20. 18:28: 
    Close of play- Ind 290-9

    Ishant in behind it, India closing on 290-9. It is the tourists that will sleep sounder, they have made it through the day after being asked to bat on a very sporting wicket. Don't judge the track until both sides have batted, but a total of around 300 looks decent. At one point, they were 128-6.


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    Matthew Keast: I dread to think what this England cricket team is going to be like when Jimmy Anderson calls it a day.

  22. 18:28: 
    Ind 290-9

    Right then, last over of the day, to be sent down by Stuart Broad. Field still spread. Shami, who has probably never been given this much respect, takes the single on offer, then watches Ishant flash a short ball over the slips for four. Ishant looks for one, is sent back, then somehow punches a bumper for four. One to come...

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

    "Why have England spread the field for Shami, a number 10? You're basically saying you think India's number 10 is going to hit James Anderson all around Lord's. I just don't get it."

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  24. 18:24: 
    Ind 281-9 (one over remains)

    Yep, still weird. James Anderson, hundreds of wickets for England, has the field spread for Mohammed Shami. Yes, there's three slips, but why are England happy to give him one? Has he turned in to Sachin Tendulkar in the space of a couple of Tests? A couple played and missed, then a single gifted from the final ball. Shami keeps the strike. England protecting the boundary, do they think Shami is going to crash it around? Inexplicable.

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    Eddie Filsak: I'm not sure why everyone is moaning so much about today. The pitch isn't a minefield, we have them almost out at Lord's on day one. The pitch gets better.

  26. 18:19: 
    Ind 280-9 (Broad 21-5-70-2)

    This is slightly baffling. Before the last Test, Mohammed Shami only had an average of 3.33. Yet, with the new ball, England are happy to give him a single in order to bowl at Ishant. Broad beats Ishant, then finds the edge, but it's falling short of Ian Bell at second slip. Two overs left in the day.

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    Rohin Maini: Rahane's innings is up there with Dravid at Headingley 2002 as the best innings by an Indian in England.

  28. 18:15: 
    Ind 276-9 (Anderson 21-7-54-4)

    Ishant Sharma, demoted to number 11, is the new man. Get Alastair Cook on? In surviving two balls, I reckon that Ishant has ensured that England won't have to bat tonight. James Anderson, after that bit of magic, now has four wickets. He's sniffing the honours board too.

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

    "Brilliant from James Anderson. Ajinkya Rahane deserves to be bigged up after that innings, but the skills levels of Anderson to take that wonderful catch are remarkable."

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  30. 18:11: 
    WICKET- Rahane c&b Anderson 103 (Ind 275-9)

    What a catch! James Anderson takes a blinder to send back Ajinkya Rahane just after he moves to three figures. Patted back, Anderson sticks out his left hand, taking the catch in one paw, easy as you like. A big wicket and India could yet be bowled out today.


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

    "This innings is special. You only have to look at what the ball was doing when he came in... He has shown great judgment, temperament. That six down the ground - the 'Little Master' Sachin Tendulkar would have been proud.

  32. 18:09: 
    100 for Ajinkya Rahane- Ind 275-8

    Ah, well batted sir. Ajinkya Rahane drives off the back foot to go to a second Test hundred, one that could be a match-winner, even on this first day. If it's a low-scoring Test, hundreds almost count double. The balcony rises, Lord's cheers, while Rahane removes his hemet and looks to the sky, safe in the knowledge his name is going on that honours board. It's come from 151 balls, the second 50 in even time.

    India's Ajinkya Rahane
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    Small Man Peaky: The England of 2010-11 would already be batting. Plunkett and Broad have been so poor. 300+ very good score on this pitch.

  34. 18:08: 
    Ind 271-8 (Rahane 99, Shami 11)

    "Oooowwwzzzaaaat?!?!" Stuart Broad is convinced he has his Rahane, screaming at Bruce Oxenford, appealing for so long that he ends up next to the batsman. Not out and umpire Oxenford is right, too high. A clip fine takes Rahane to 99, with Shami then belting through mid off for four. Four overs left in the day.

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

    "England bowled too wide and too short in the first session. They were fantastic in the second session - they pitched it up. But in the last session they've been dreadful. You look at the body language now and England look desperate to get in the dressing room."

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  36. 18:03: 
    Ind 265-8 (Rahane 98, Shami 6)

    Was 250 par? India are past that. Would 300 be match-winning? For as poor England have been in the morning and evening sessions, Ajinkya Rahane has been brilliant, taking the attack to England, punishing any bad bowling, of which there has been a lot. When Anderson is short, he pulls for four, repeating the dose at the end of the over. He's only two from a hundred.

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    Jamie: I'm beginning to think that this attack cannot take 20 wickets. With Anderson on the downward slope (albeit still potent) I worry about where the next standout seamer is coming from. England have had one bowler come through in recent years who had genuine world class potential, and constant interference from the management ruined him. Step forward, Steven Finn.

  38. 17:58: 
    Ind 257-8 (117 runs since tea)

    What's the big deal about protecting Mohammed Shami? Three slips, gully, short leg. No matter. Shuffle and work Stuart Broad for four. Out goes short leg - why? Broad, looking like a man who has lost a fiver and found a penny, beats the outside edge, then fires so far down the leg side that it evades Prior and runs for four byes. Would England have expected to still be bowling now? It's looking like they won't bat tonight. Six overs left.

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    Tom Caston: As an Englishman I could watch Rahane bat all day, however much it hurts. Pure class.

  40. 17:54: 
    Ind 246-8 (Rahane 89, Shami 0)

    Mohammed Shami, a half century at number 11 in the first Test, is promoted to number 10, with England predictably spreading the field for Rahane is order to get him to surrender the strike. Hmmm, England may need fielders in the stands. A flick for four, then a wonderful biff straight that sends Anderson back over his head for six. Rahane closing in on a hundred and also pinching the strike.

  41. 17:51: 
    Scorecard update

    India 235-8 (82 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Rahane 78*, Shami 0*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25), 113-4 (Pujara 28), 123-5 (Dhoni 1), 128-6 (Jadeja 3), 145-7 (Binny 9), 235-8 (Kumar 36)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 18-7-30-3, Broad 18-5-49-2, Plunkett 15-5-51-1, Stokes 17-5-40-1, Moeen 14-2-38-1


    England's Stuart Broad
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A puff of the cheeks from Stuart Broad because he knew England needed that. It might just have hit some dents in the pitch and moved back in a little bit. I think Kumar misread that, but that innings has put India in a half-decent position."

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  43. 17:48: 
    WICKET- Kumar b Broad 36 (Ind 235-8)

    Finally England have the breakthrough. How did it come? Full bowling. The stubborn resistance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar is broken by Stuart Broad, who gets a length ball through the defences and into the stumps. Kumar should have been forward, jumped back and had his furniture rearranged.


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

    "England's bowlers have not hit their straps - they haven't quite got into a rhythm today. Maybe they should have cut their pace down a little bit and let the pitch work in their favour."

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  45. 17:43: 
    New ball taken- Ind 227-7

    Anderson may have been so keen to get the new ball that he marched into the umpires' room to fetch it. He's at the Pavilion End, looking to feed the three slips and gully with a Rahane edge. There's swing, but Rahane leans into a dreamy straight drive, taking four in the shadow of the pavilion. Lord's still quiet, perhaps because of the plethora of empty seats. When was the last time HQ wasn't full for the first day of a Test?

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    Balaji Viswanathan: Bhuvi bats way better than Dhoni, Jadeja and Dhawan. Why is he batting that low?

    India' Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  47. 17:40: 
    Ind 223-7 (new ball available)

    The big-hearted Ben Stokes continues to pound the length, going luckless when Kumar edges between third slip and gully for four. A rare Stokes bad ball evades Matt Prior and runs away for four. The new ball is due, being marched down the stairs by, erm, James Anderson. Is he umpiring as well as playing?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ben Stokes has got three slips and a gully in place - all because he's getting movement. Why is that field setting not in place for the seamer at the other end?"

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  49. 17:35: 
    Ind 215-7 (Rahane 74, Kumar 24)

    There's only one over left from the Pavilion End before the new ball is due, so perhaps only one over that Liam Plunkett may have bowled. However, he can't be trusted and is yanked from the attack in favour of Moeen Ali's off-breaks. Arms twirling past his mighty beard, there's no noticeable turn for Moeen, but he's finding decent areas. Still, India milk six from the over. Very easy.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That last Ben Stokes over showed to me that if you bowl a full length, the ball will still move about a bit."

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  51. 17:32: 
    Ind 209-7 (78 overs)

    The spidery Stokes slips in, keeping a full length on and around stump to Kumar, who is hopping around in defence of one that hits the seam. It's amazing how much more difficult batting looks when the ball is pitched in the batsman's half of the track.

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    Andy in Bangkok: Why isn't Cook telling Plunkett where to bowl? Or does Cook not know the best area to bowl?

  53. 17:27: 
    Ind 208-7 (Plunkett 15-5-51-1)

    Liam Plunkett may as well stand at the end of his run and shout "Ajinkya, pal. These are going to be short." The daft thing is, Plunkett uses his two short balls for the over in the first two deliveries, so a third ball isn't short enough, allowing Rahane to pull for four. Hard to describe how pointless this tactic looks. Pitch. It. Up.

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    Chris Mitchell: Once again, England throwing away yet another position of dominance in the cricket. These players have forgotten how to win.

  55. 17:23: 
    Ind 203-7 (partnership 58)

    Whatever was said at drinks, it hasn't done much to lighten the England mood. Hands on hips all round, eyes hidden behind shades, faces longer than horses'. Still Stokes, pushed downtown for three by Rahane. Any buzz that was inside Lord's has evaporated. Patrons slipping off for a Pimm's? Members slipping into a slumber? Wide from Stokes, Kumar driving square for four. England need the new ball.

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    Andy in Bangor: Is it possible for Liam Plunkett to pitch the bowl on anything apart from a short length? Seeing Plunkett at the moment reminds me of that terrible phase when Broad thought he was 'the enforcer' and actually forgot about those little wooden things at the other end.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "India will be happy. They were in danger of being bowled out for 160-170, but Ajinkya Rahane has been superb and if they can get to 240-250, that is par on this pitch."

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  58. 17:17: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 196-7

    There's an episode of the Simpsons where Lisa asks if her brother Bart is smarter than a hamster. When a treat is connected to an electric current, the hamster isn't fooled twice. Bart, however, keeps returning to a charged cupcake, getting multiple shocks. Liam Plunkett is Bart. Around the wicket, pound away, watch Rahane hook for four. Have a drink and come up with a better idea.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The game is just meandering now. It's been a warm day and maybe the fielders are just tired?"

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  60. 17:12: 
    Ind 189-7 (Rahane 54, Kumar 18)

    As a yellow RAF helicopter whirls in the distance, Ben Stokes comes back to relieve Stuart Broad. Shadows lengthen, slips crouch, waiting for the Kumar edge. Back and across, defend, then work a poor ball through midwicket for four. England looking flat, waiting for the new ball. India, on the other hand, will be thinking they are working their way back.

  61. 17:10: 
    Scorecard update

    India 185-7 (73 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Rahane 54*, Kumar 14*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25), 113-4 (Pujara 28), 123-5 (Dhoni 1), 128-6 (Jadeja 3), 145-7 (Binny 9)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 17-2-26-3, Broad 17-5-45-1, Plunkett 13-5-39-1, Stokes 13-5-24-1, Moeen 13-2-32-1


  62. 17:09: 
    Ind 185-7 (73 overs)

    When he's struggling, Liam Plunkett's default mode seems to be to return to around the wicket, call in the leg-side catchers and bang the ball in halfway down. A smart move on this grassy knoll? I'm not sure. Rahane ducks and weaves, prodding and missing at one delivery, all in a maiden over.

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    Daniel Whitehead: Picking up on the chat on TMS at present regarding rotating bowlers given the weight of Test cricket we've got, an alternate attack featuring the likes of Finn, Bresnan, Onions, Jordan, Tremlett, Rankin, Woakes - not much in the spin stakes, of course, but a pretty impressive line-up when on form and I'm probably forgetting one or two and not even mentioning those who are on the cusp of a call-up.

  64. 17:04: 
    Ind 185-7 (Rahane 54, Kumar 14)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar is once again proving to be more than an annoyance to England. Two half-centuries in the last Test, he's been around for more than 50 deliveries already in this innings. In what could a be a low-scoring match, lower-order contributions could be vital. Evening sun, Lord's murmuring, but the patrons have drifted. If we were sailing, we'd be in the doldrums.

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

    "We're soon getting to the stage where India have won the day because they are closing in on 200 after being put in on a green seamer."

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  66. 16:58: 
    50 for Ajinkya Rahane- Ind 183-7

    In amongst the rubble, Ajinkya Rahane has stood tall. When Liam Plunkett drops short, the right-hander goes aerial over the off side to earn the boundary that takes him to a third Test half-century. Calm and correct, he's been impressive on the drive in particular. Plunkett doesn't learn his lesson, either, getting cut for four more. What's a good score on this deck? 250? India might soon be optimistic of reaching that.

    India's Ajinkya Rahane
  67. 16:55: 
    Ind 175-7 (partnership 30)

    That is extraordinary. It would appear someone in the crowd has tried to switch the ball with one that is newer. Imagine hatching that plan? "We'll take a ball with us, sit on the front row, then, when the ball comes over the rope, we'll throw a different one back." Why on earth would you do that? Is this the same person who was popping champagne cork on to the outfield earlier today? Fools.

  69. 16:52: 
    Ind 171-7 (Plunkett 11-4-31-1)

    Liam Plunkett, not seen for a while because of a thigh strain, is back into the attack. Plunkett did take a wicket this morning, but was often wayward. In fact, his performance is mirrored by his hairstyle. His quiff is usually blow dried and slick, not out of place in the cast of Grease. Today, it's flat, wet, stuck to his forehead. Hello, what's happened here? A cut four four by Rahane, hitting the boards. Straight away, another ball is thrown on from the crowd. Ben Stokes isn't fooled, returning the right leather.

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    Adam in Wallingford: India have the bowlers to exploit this pitch as well. England can be collapse happy.

  71. 16:47: 
    Ind 166-7 (Rahane 42, Kumar 7)

    Stuart Broad on for Ben Stokes, possibly for a short burst before a pre-new ball rest. Shape away from the righty-handed Rahane, who twice drives, only to find mid off. Third time's a charm, lovely strike through the covers. All a little subdued from England.

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    Dan in Texas: Re: 16.20...does "2014 M. Higginson India 5-78" go up on the Lord's Pressroom Honours Board?

  73. 16:41: 
    Ind 162-7 (67 overs)

    Hot at HQ, spectators, shielding from the sun under hats, scarves and broadsheets, fan themselves with £50 notes. Hint of turn for Moeen as both Plunkett and Stuart Broad go through some looseners. The second new ball is due in 13 overs' time.

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

    "This is not a bad pitch; it just gives the bowler a little bit of something. It's not jumped at anybody, or rolled along the deck; it's just had sideways movement."

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  75. 16:39: 
    Ind 161-7 (Rahane 37, Kumar 7)

    Ben Stokes has stains all over his white trousers. Both knees, thighs and, erm, backside. Do cricketers wash their own whites? My mum used to have a right grumble when my whites came back filthy. Does Ben Stokes's mum give him the same grief? He probes around the off stump of Kumar, hustling down another maiden. No freebies from England at the moment.

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    Colin Bolton: Would be nice to have a running summary of Prior's team contribution. Columns for runs scored by batsmen after he missed a stumping or catch or not going up to the stumps up for a run out. Additionally the number of catches falling short of slips due to him standing too far back. Nothing personal against Prior but his batting has to carry his leg injuries and less than county standard wicketkeeping ability.

  77. 16:34: 
    Ind 161-7 (Moeen 12-2-31-1)

    Moeen is bowling the sort of spell England hoped for when he came in to the side. The Worcestershire man isn't expected to run through teams, but England do want control at one end. The offie is going for little more than two an over and is perhaps benefitting from Liam Plunkett's waywardness and hamstring injury. Having said that, this is lovely from Rahane, driving through the covers for four.

  78. 16:32: 
    Scorecard update

    India 155-7 (64 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Rahane 32*, Kumar 6*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25), 113-4 (Pujara 28), 123-5 (Dhoni 1), 128-6 (Jadeja 3), 145-7 (Binny 9)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 17-2-26-3, Broad 14-5-35-1, Plunkett 10-4-26-1, Stokes 12-4-24-1, Moeen 11-2-25-1


    India's Ajinkya Rahane
    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "This pitch should flatten out and become good for batting, so England will hope they can finish off India quickly and then score enough runs so that they only need to bat once."

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  80. 16:31: 
    Ind 155-7 (Rahane 32, Kumar 6)

    The spidery Stokes, three slips, a gully and a short leg. The crouching Kumar waits, hunched over his bat, beaten by one that nips and climbs. You need a bat as wide as a door to get an edge on that. England miserly, but this pair clinging on. Just.

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    Scott Clark: Are we sure we really want Chef batting on this pitch this evening?

  82. 16:27: 
    Ind 155-7 (63 overs)

    Is this Moeen Ali's best bowling day as a Test cricketer? I suspect so. Not that it is impressing a beige-suited man in the crowd. He's slumbering underneath a Panama hat. Keep an eye on him. If he hasn't moved in half an hour, pinch his membership card. Moeen twirling, single apiece to Kumar and Rahane.

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    Matthew in Salisbury: Sam Robson is actually a short leg specialist and has always fielded there for Middlesex! Obviously we do usually give it to the junior pro but in this case it is due to Robson's skill there!

  84. 16:25: 
    Ind 153-7 (Rahane 31, Kumar 5)

    Ben Stokes, impressive today, on to replace James Anderson. As ever, the flame-haired Durham tyro has a bandage on his right arm, while his left bicep is covered in the black ink of a tattoo. Alastair Cook, at first slip, waits, perhaps with his thoughts turning to batting. I suspect his relief at winning the toss this morning was not only because he got first dibs on bowling, but also so he didn't have to bat on the green 'un. A maiden.

  85. 16:20: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 153-7

    Thanks, Higgy, the end of a five-wicket spell from you. Sun still shining at HQ, behind Moeen Ali as he twirls in from the Pavilion End. Down the slope, looking for the angle, Rahane missing with a sweep. Appeal for leg before, but that's leggy.

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    Ben in Windsor: Can someone please tell me why India aren't forced to use DRS? Everyone else uses it and it makes a mockery of the whole thing. They should at least be forced to use it when they are playing in countries that do use it but, for me, they should have to use it like everyone else.

  87. 16:18: 
    Ind 151-7

    Ajinkya Rahane is playing a Steve Smith-like innings here as he reins in his attacking tendencies and digs in to shepherd the tail. He guides a single past backward square leg when James Anderson's line strays, before the bowler brings in a short leg to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Not that it perturbs the number nine, who plays out the rest of the over effortlessly. And with that, my time in the live text seat comes to an end. Ladies and gentlemen... Mr Stephan Shemilt.

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    Jamie Burton: Nothing more satisfying than an incorrect decision against DRS-hating India.

    Edward Taylor: Shocking decision but there's no DRS. India only have themselves to blame.

    Louis: No sympathy for Binny - it isn't the ECB who won't have DRS.

  89. 16:14: 
    Ind 150-7

    Still Moeen Ali, who, in this spell at least, appears to have mastered the art of maintaining the pressure at one end so that the seamers can do their thing at the other. One more single to the score brings up India's 150.

  90. 16:11: 
    Ind 149-7

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who scored two half-centuries at Trent Bridge, is off the mark straight away at Lord's with a lovely boundary through midwicket. Can England finish India off before the close of play? Alastair Cook to end the day on a nice 30 not out?

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

    "It's another spectacular fail for the Indian stance on DRS."

    England's James Anderson
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Binny is lingering, thinking it's too high. He's shaking his head. It was the inswinger, cramping him up. It's straight enough, but Binny is right, it was going over the top."

  93. 16:07: 
    WICKET- Binny lbw b Anderson 9 (Ind 145-7)

    Graeme Swann appears to have mastered the art of the commentator's curse in retirement as James Anderson gets one to nip back in and trap Stuart Binny in front. The finger goes up, but replays show the ball was travelling over the top. If only India had agreed to the use of DRS...


    England's James Anderson traps Stuart Binny lbw
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's turn for Moeen, the ball just coming back down the slope. Binny looks a good player, he shapes up very well."

  95. 16:06: 
    Ind 145-6

    Alastair Cook is putting plenty of faith in Moeen Ali today, letting the off-spinner continue after tea. The all-rounder is drifting the ball into the pads with the help of the Lord's slope, his tidy line and length limiting the batsmen to just three singles.

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    Aidan Twomey: 140-6 might actually be a good score on this pitch, especially if you add 100 for the last wicket.

    Mark Preston: Great choice to bowl. Skittle them today. England to have a 200 run lead by Saturday lunch. But Prior still has to be dropped.

    Richard Baker: Everyone proclaiming the current score means the mornings mistakes don't count are having a laugh! England were a mess this morning.

  97. 16:02: 
    Ind 142-6 (Rahane 27, Binny 7)

    The wicket appears to have livened up after the tea break, judging by James Anderson's opening gambit which spits at the batsman and Ajinkya Rahane fends the ball off to where a short leg should be stationed. A missed opportunity? A couple of singles complete the over.

  98. 15:59: 

    Right then. Enough of my shameless plugs, let's play cricket! James Anderson will get us under way after tea with Ajinkya Rahane on strike.

  99. 15:52: 

    Looking for a decent read during the tea break? Have a gander at this Duncan Fletcher feature I have written, with contributions from Jacques Kallis, Steve Harmison, Marcus Trescothick and Hugh Morris. I say 'decent read'... but maybe I should let you be the judge!

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    Jay: People complaining about booing, really? I'm sure the players will be fine. Especially considering the things that are bantered about in the middle between two teams.

    Alan: Oh come off it "booing is not acceptable in this sport". It's all part of the game and the pantomime villain etc! Stop being so boring, sport is supposed to be competitive and a bit edgy.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "To mark its 200th birthday, the MCC asked local schools to produce posters inspired by the ground and its folklore. The best entries are displayed on a mural behind the media centre."

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  102. 15:46: 
    Tea scorecard

    India 140-6 (55 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Rahane 26*, Binny 6*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25), 113-4 (Pujara 28)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 14-7-19-2, Broad 14-5-35-1, Plunkett 10-4-26-1, Stokes 10-2-24-1, Moeen 7-2-17-1


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    Adam: Can everyone who wrote in with knee-jerk outrage about England's performance after only an hour or so's play please look at the current scoreboard, go and sit in a quiet room and reacquaint yourselves with the basics of the 5-day game. A few average overs and people lost it.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good session. You wonder what might have happened had England bowled like that in the morning."

  105. 15:41: 
    TEA- Ind 140-6 (Mooen 7-2-17-1)

    The last over before tea is safely negotiated by Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny - India leaving for refreshments with four wickets less and 67 runs more than they had at lunch. England will be pleased with their efforts.

  106. 15:37: 
    Ind 138-6 (Rahane 25, Binny 5)

    All of a sudden, Alastair Cook looks very relaxed in the slip cordon - he has the air of a man who is enjoying a bit of sun while playing cricket with his mates on the village green. The job's not done yet though, with Ajinkya Rahane playing with a straight bat and pushing James Anderson for three. Next up, Anderson raps Stuart Binny on the pads with one which did too much. It's hooping out there now.

  107. 15:33: 
    Ind 134-6

    Stuart Binny is full of confidence following that maiden half-century at Trent Bridge, and he shimmies down the pitch before lofting Moeen Ali straight down the ground for a one-bounce four. Six from the over.

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    Clive: Booing players onto the pitch. Really? England fans, show some class please.

    Jonathan: Currently sitting at Lord's and sorry Rahul but you need to get familiar with the Pantomime villain. All on good humour.

    Jim Pitts: Booing is not acceptable in this sport, well not in any sport really, whatever the reason.

  109. 15:31: 
    Ind 128-6 (Rahane 21, Binny 0)

    Indeed, James Anderson is brought back into the attack with a probing maiden over to the watchful Ajinkya Rahane. The Lancashire lad will fancy a five-for today.

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    VillanUK: Maybe Jadeja didn't like the welcome from Lord's, is he going to complain about that as well?

    Momo: Plumb. No one to "push" you in the long room Ravindra. It's a lonely walk back.

  111. 15:26: 
    Ind 128-6

    Should we give Captain Cook credit for that wicket? He kept on Moeen Ali when 99% of us thought he would turn to James Anderson. Stuart Binny is the new batsman.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "This will make Moeen feel better. It was a classic off-spinner's dismissal. It didn't turn and would have gone on to hit the stumps."

  113. 15:23: 
    WICKET- Jadeja lbw Moeen 3 (Ind 128-6)

    Superb bowling, Moeen! The offie comes round the wicket to the left-handed Ravindra Jadeja, gets one to straighten and the ball crashes into the batsman's pads. The finger goes up, and England are cock-a-hoop.


    India's Ravindra Jadeja is lbw to Moeen Ali
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "You don't want to see people getting booed on a cricket field. It's uncalled for."

  115. 15:21: 
    Ind 127-5 (50 overs)

    Close. Very close. Stuart Broad gets one to seam back into the pads of the left-handed Ravindra Jadeja, but height appears to be the issue. The all-rounder gets off the mark with a gentle three into the off side. At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane is digging in and shouldering the responsibility of being India's last recognised batsman.

  116. 15:16: 
    Ind 123-5 (Rahane 20, Jadeja 0)

    James Anderson is left to stew in the outfield for now as Moeen Ali continues to twirl away - Ajinkya Rahane happy to play out a maiden to the off-spinner.

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

    "I don't think Jadeja will be holding back. He likes to play his shots. He looks a chirpy character and he may rise to it. Just look at his moustache."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "I never thought I'd see the day when the Lord's crowd booed a player onto the pitch. Step forward Ravindra Jadeja. This year's David Warner."

  119. 15:13: 
    Ind 123-5 (Broad 13-5-32-1)

    India don't have anyone called Brad Haddin, so England must surely have a great chance of building on this dominant position now? Ravindra Jadeja is plucky though, as he lets a couple go outside off stump.

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

    "It was a full length, outside the off stump and Dhoni seems to have a flick at those deliveries. That's good cricket from England, knowing their plans. There might have been harsh words at lunch, but they are back in it now."

  121. 15:09: 
    WICKET- Dhoni c Prior b Broad 1 (Eng 123-5)

    Stuart Broad's animal instincts must have been working overtime while MS Dhoni was at the crease, because it was clear for all to see that the India captain was very uncomfortable against the England seamer. And so it proves as the skipper edges a gentle outswinger behind to Matt Prior. Cue pantomime boos as Ravindra Jadeja walks to the crease. Get warmed up, Jimmy.


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni
  122. 15:07: 
    Ind 122-4 (Rahane 19, Dhoni 1)

    What's the thinking behind Moeen Ali's return to the attack then? It wasn't to facilitate a change of ends because he's given a second set of six and he races through a tidy maiden over to MS Dhoni. No real spin, though.

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    Will: Remember when Alan Knott, England's best wicketkeeper/batsman was replaced by Bob Taylor, England's best wicketkeeper, aged about 34? With such a great wicketkeeper as Bob Taylor, England didn't need him to score lots of runs. Prior = Knotty, Chris Read = Bob Taylor.

  124. 15:05: 
    Ind 122-4

    Stuart Broad has not looked at the races today, but there's still time to change all of that. He might get a helping hand from MS Dhoni too, with the jittery skipper playing an awful swish on the move outside off stump which beats the batsman all ends up. The next one nips back into Dhoni's midriff and a loud appeal is turned down.

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

    "I don't see the reason for Moeen. You've got four seamers to rotate. Dhoni has just come in, he's not a great player of the moving ball. It's a green top and you've given the ball to the offie. I want to see Stuart Broad against Dhoni."

  126. 15:00: 
    Ind 121-4

    Moeen Ali is handed a set of six and he seems determined to toss the ball up, giving it plenty of air as Ajinkya Rahane drives a couple through the mid-off region. He then drags one down and Rahane is quick to jump into position and slice a boundary through the covers.

  127. 14:56: 
    Ind 115-4 (Rahane 13, Dhoni 0)

    MS Dhoni is earning his keep early on - the India captain keeping out a hooping inswinger from Ben Stokes. Still without a run, the skipper looks a little jumpy in his crease as he tries to get on the front foot to England's young whipper-snapper.

  128. 14:53: 
    Ind 115-4

    England sense a real opening now, and they are intercepting everything that comes their way in the field - Stuart Broad's diving stop denying Ajinkya Rahane a certain boundary through the covers and limiting the classy youngster to just two. He deserved more for the shot. That's his lot for the over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Here comes MS Dhoni. I don't think England will be clapping him in like they do at prep school. There's a muttering in the crowd. Unusual for Lord's."

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

    "It just seamed back up the hill. Pujara played an immaculate forward defensive, but he heard the rattle behind him. He got in a great position, but it's carried on with the angle."

  131. 14:45: 
    WICKET- Pujara b Stokes 28 (Ind 113-4)

    It was beginning to look like Che Pujara was booking in for bed and breakfast when he effortlessly clipped a length ball to the midwicket boundary early in Ben Stokes's latest over, but the Durham all-rounder was bowling to a plan - one which eventually sees the ball nip through a stout forward defence and splatter the stumps. Golden Arm strikes again. Enter MS Dhoni, to one or two boos.


    England's Ben Stokes bowls Cheteshwar Pujara
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    Jonathan Hornby: Butler clearly answer for WK. Folk forget Prior was good with bat but not best behind the timbers when he started in test team.

    Richard Harmon: The issue surrounding Prior can be answered by giving Jos Buttler a chance at test level. Young and talented at both disciplines.

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

    "I'm just recovering from the thought of Gatt in lycra and sequins on Strictly Come Dancing. But he'd get my vote."

  134. 14:40: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 109-3 (Pujara 24, Rahane 11)

    Liam Plunkett's pace is down to 82-83mph - is that anything to do with back-to-back Tests, I wonder? He's doing his best to get the ball to 'kiss' the surface but it's not quite happening for him at the moment, with Ajinkya Rahane happy to play out a maiden over. Time for drinks.

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    Jack Grummit: Answer to England's wicketkeeping problem has been unchanged for about 15 years, and his name's Chris Read. Doesn't drop a ball.

    Richard Baker: Chris Read is hardly a spring chicken either though. Good keeper.

    Matt Fleet: Given the long batting line up is there no room for a specialist wicket keeper like Foster? Isn't exactly the worst with the bat

  136. 14:37: 
    Ind 109-3

    Who's that chatting with Mike Gatting up in the posh seats? It's Anton du Beke. Could Gatt be lining up an appearance on Strictly? Another tidy Ben Stokes over, just a single from it.

  137. 14:33: 
    Ind 108-3

    Liam Plunkett pounds in for his second spell and his first delivery is caressed to the cover boundary by Che Pujara. There must be a few earthworms being awoken from their mid-afternoon slumber by Plunkett's heavy and muscular approach to the wicket. Five dots follow the boundary. Good stuff from the Yorkshire paceman.

  139. 14:29: 
    Scorecard update

    India 103-3 (37 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Pujara 19*, Rahane 10*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24), 86-3 (Kohli 25)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 12-6-16-2, Broad 11-5-30-0, Plunkett 7-3-20-1, Stokes 6-1-18-0, Moeen 1-0-2-0


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  140. 14:28: 
    Ind 103-3

    England's fourth slip is slowly becoming a short gully for Ben Stokes, who always poses a problem with his stock delivery which angles away from the right-hander. When his line does stray, Che Pujara is quick to flick a single into the leg side. Ajinkya Rahane is much keener to get on the front foot and he does well to dig out an inswinging yorker.

  141. 14:23: 
    Ind 103-3 (Broad 11-5-30-0)

    There are very clear and distinctive strips of green on this Lord's surface, which are very similar to my front lawn when I get distracted while doing the seed and weed. When the ball hits some live grass, it's rears up at the batsmen. Just like before lunch, however, too many deliveries are wayward and Ajinkya Rahane capitalises with two boundaries in the over - the second one particularly easy on the eye as the ball is pushed down the ground with the straightest of straight bats.

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    James in Woolwich: I hate the phrase 'form is temporary, class is permanent' because class clearly isn't permanent. Everyone loses it sooner or later.

  143. 14:19: 
    Ind 95-3

    Ben Stokes into the attack and Che Pujara caresses four through the gully region before pulling his bat out of the way just in time to one which angles in and then nips away. The next one is an absolute jaffa as it whistles past the outside edge and is taken at head height by Matt Prior. Decent, probing stuff.

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

    "The odd surprise bouncer might keep the batsman on the back foot, then the full ball is the danger. It's a wicket where you don't need to change much. The fields are set be conditions, and these are perfect for swing and seam bowling."

  145. 14:15: 
    Ind 91-3 (Pujara 15, Rahane 2)

    Che Pujara strikes me as the sort of chap who would happily walk back into the dressing room at the close of play 60 not out. He's in no hurry as he flicks a single off his pads to reach 16 (from 90 balls). He's dropping anchor, which is just what India need - particularly on this pitch, which sees the next delivery rip through Matt Prior's gloves and almost pin the keeper on the bonce.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Anderson's wicket, from a full, swinging delivery, was met with many an "I told you so" from the great and the good in the Lord's media centre. At lunch, a brains trust of Wasim Akram, Alec Stewart and Jonathan Agnew were berating England for bowling too short and wide. Wasim was particularly dismayed by England's decision to bowl bouncers from round the wicket on the first morning of the match. They also mused over Matt Prior's wicketkeeping form - a considerable problem with a less obvious solution."

  147. 14:11: 
    Ind 90-3

    Do England suspect Che Pujara has a weakness against the short ball? They have stationed Sam Robson under the helmet at short leg as James Anderson continues to bowl short of a length. He gets one to nip back into the obdurate right-hander, but an inside edge muffles the ensuing appeal. Five dots and then a pushed single to finish the over.

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    Stephen Eagle: Chris Read in good form with gloves and bat Notts v Lancs - five catches 25& 40no... How many runs does Prior have to make now to compensate for drops?

    Nottinghamshire's Chris Read
  149. 14:07: 
    Ind 89-3 (Pujara 14, Rahane 2)

    Ajinkya Rahane, who began his first-class career as an opener, is happy to shoulder arms to a couple of Stuart Broad's outswingers. The four-strong slip cordon is desperate to gobble up any edges, but they are not forthcoming as Rahane eases a single into the covers before a stray ball down the leg-side adds another bye to the scorecard.

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    Paul Andrew: I think Dave in Bloxwich (13:48) has forgotten the majority of the 1990s!

  151. 14:03: 
    Ind 87-3 (Anderson 11-6-15-2)

    Suddenly, the scorecard looks a little better for England. Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman, and all that stands between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja...

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

    "This is the absolute perfect area to bowl a ball. Jimmy Anderson has got his length right, brought Kohli forward, using that slope. He had to play at it and it took the outside edge."

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  153. 13:58: 
    WICKET- Kohli c Prior b Anderson 25 (Ind 86-3)

    Yes, Jimmy, yes! The Lancashire paceman angles one in before the ball nips away and catches the edge of Virat Kohli's groping bat. Matt Prior does the rest behind the stumps. Very little in the way of a celebration from Prior, though.


    England's James Anderson
  154. 13:57: 
    Ind 86-2

    Television replays of Matt Prior's dropped catches are not doing the England keeper any favours as he tips a Stuart Broad bouncer over the bar for four byes. Coming after Virat Kohli had punched four down the ground, it adds to England's frustration.

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    Paddy Mawhinney: Is there a feed without the inane, self-pitying, whining comments? England surely have the most miserable fans ever. Prior is the best keeper-batsman we've had since Knott, Cook is pure class, and learning as he goes.

  156. 13:53: 
    Ind 78-2

    There are League Cup-like empty spaces in the stands as spectators slowly file in after a long lunch. James Anderson is still toiling away, finally pitching one up and Che Pujara drives through the off side where a Ben Stokes pick-up-and-slide limits the batsman to two. Three from the over.

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    Dave in Bloxwich, West Midlands: Just what is the matter with this England team? Four bowlers who can't put the ball in the right place, A wicketkeeper obviously not fit or, more probably, past it. No quality spinners and a captain, well, words fail me, His failure with field placings and allowing his bowlers to waste the advantage they had of winning the toss - too many short or wide balls. I have to say this is one of the poorest England teams I have ever known after listening to TMS since the mid 1950s.

  158. 13:48: 
    Ind 75-2

    Matt Prior crouches behind the stumps, with his suncream-stained and sweat-soaked England cap looking a little grubby under the pristine blue skies at Lord's. That England cap is certainly well loved - rather like a child's favourite teddy, there's no way it's ever going to be put through the washer.

    Prior's two dropped catches pre-lunch don't seem to have taken the edge from his energy behind the stumps as he takes a couple of Stuart Broad outswingers in front of his face. The bowler gets one to nip back into Virat Kohli which squares up the batsman, but the right-hander is more than up to the task. Maiden over.

  159. 13:43: 
    Ind 75-2 (Pujara 12, Kohli 20)

    James Anderson scowls his way through the first over post-lunch. Perhaps he's still feeling the effects of the 'chocolate lumpy bumpy' dessert which Graeme Swann has told TMS listeners is a must-have during the lunch break at Lord's? A decent over first up, with just two runs coming from it - but still relatively painless for the India batsmen. Make em' play, lads!

  160. 13:39: 

    Right then. We're all set. First the two not out batsmen stride to the crease, followed by the English fielders. Let's play!

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    Robert Bownes: Classic Cook bashing started already - only the 1st session on the 1st day? Add 2 wickets to the score & tell me India are on top!

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    Jaime Timbrell: Matt Prior being pilloried by a lot of people who've clearly never dropped a catch. Class permanent form temporary.

  163. 13:33: 

    Thanks Stephan. How are we all? It's not going quite to plan for England, is it? However, the last time I sat in this chair for the afternoon session of a Lord's Test match, Australia collapsed from 42-1 to 96-7. Ah, those were the days...

  164. 13:30: 

    Speaking of enjoying lunch, that's what I intend to do. Here's Marc Higginson for the afternoon session.

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    Dan in Leeds: I've just tried explaining 'the corridor of uncertainty' to a non-cricket fan colleague. When he finally realised what it was he announced that was a rubbish name and that he'd call it the ginnel of doom.

  166. 13:28: 

    Just joining us? Think 73-2 represents a pretty even morning? It will actually be India who are enjoying their lovely Lord's lunch that bit more. On a grassy wicket, England have opted to bowl first and would have wanted more rewards for their morning. As it is, some bowling that has too often been too short and wide, along with a couple of Matt Prior drops, has amounted to a frustrating session for the hosts.

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

    "You might not think it's the diet of a successful side, but all we ate in India - in that series which we won in 2012 - was curry, pizza and chips!"

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    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord'sHappy 200th birthday

    "From Don Bradman's finest hour to Graham Gooch's 333, Lord's has staged some of cricket's most famous moments. As the ground celebrates its 200th anniversary, I've picked out 10 of the greatest, dug out some quirky facts about the 'home of cricket' (heard the one about the Smokers v Non-Smokers match in 1884?) and asked the Test Match Special team for the favourite memories of the ground. Have a little gander and send us some possible entries of your own, via the usual ways and means.

    West Indies captain Clive Lloyd lifts the World Cup in 1973
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    Steve Davies in Warrington: As feared, new ball being wasted. Wicket drying out in the sun, ball getting soft and batsmen getting settled. This has the potential to be Cook's 'Nasser in Brisbane' moment, something his captaincy can ill-afford.

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    James F Dale: Prior is now a real problem. You have to play the best keeper regardless of his batting, especially with Stokes at 7/8.

    Jamie Burton: That's the death knell for Prior's England career.

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    Mark in London: I don't think there is any less pointless officiousness at Lord's than Headingley to be honest (and I speak as a London based northerner). So far today I have seen bags moved centimetres for no reason, more ticket checking than ever before and an argument about how many bottles of wine a group of eight could bring in. A few weeks ago I saw a Union flag picnic rug confiscated along with an Indian flag the size of a stamp.

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    Anuj Sood: Cook's decision to bowl first is not merely a captain's decision. Surely, his own batting form had a role to play.

  173. 13:09:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On Test Match Special, they are looking back at the career of commentator Henry Blofeld, who is celebrating 40 years behind the microphone. My dear old thing...

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    "James Anderson and Stuart Broad have let their captain down - the batsmen were under pressure for just one ball an over. Too many times they bowled too short and too wide. It was heartbreaking."

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    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "England look pretty disconsolate as they traipse off for lunch. When Alastair Cook put India in to bat on this snooker-table of a pitch, he would have hoped to have potted the reds and be into the colours by now. Instead, India are at the table and look capable of racking up a century break.

    "It seems very early in the match to be talking about a big session but, unless England's seamers find their lines and lengths after lunch, there's every chance India could kick on and take control this afternoon."

  176. 13:06: 
    Lunch scorecard

    India 73-2 (27 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Pujara 11, Kohli 20*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 8-6-11-1, Broad 6-3-16-0, Plunkett 7-3-20-1, Stokes 5-1-14-0, Moeen 1-0-2-0


    England's Liam Plunkett
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Matt Prior is having a run of form like Alastair Cook. Things just aren't going his way."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Matt Prior has not had a great morning. He got a lot of glove on that one just before lunch - they either stick or they don't when you're standing up."

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  179. 13:05: 
    Ind 73-2

    That drop off Moeen was bizarre. Firstly because no one expected him to be bowling, and secondly because it was all so straightforward. No turn, back and across, edge, in the gloves and out again. That's two Prior has dropped, but not all England's woes can be blamed on him. England's bowling has been poor.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I give that session to India. England should really have had five wickets by now."

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  181. 13:01: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 73-2

    An over of spin before lunch? Naturally. I suspect England weren't planning on using Moeen Ali in the first session, but Shane Warne always say that "if it seams, it will turn". Having said that, Warne is also the man who called for Alastair Cook to consider his future. You couldn't make this up. There is another dropped catch from the final ball before lunch and it's Matt Prior again. Virat Kohli the batsman, outside edge, in the gloves and out again. That was regulation and the story of England's morning.

    Matt Prior drops Virat Kohli
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've heard people say that Alastair Cook should have batted first. Nonsense! This was always a bowl-first wicket, however the pitch is already looking a little less green."

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  183. 12:57: 
    Ind 71-2 (26 overs)

    On a fairly frustrating morning, this is perhaps the most bizarre tactic of the lot. For three Tests this summer, England's pacers have asked for assistance. Now, with grass on the deck, Liam Plunkett is around the wicket and banging the ball in before lunch on the first day. This green top calls for the ball to be pitched up, not dug in. This is a day for catches in the slips, not leg theory. Che Pujara, as bewildered as the rest of us, defends without trouble. I can hear the knives being sharpened.

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

    "Virat Kohli has got centuries in Australia and in South Africa. He openly talks about wanting to score hundreds against each Test-playing nation in their own backyard so he can prove to be a well-rounded batsman."

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  185. 12:53: 
    Ind 71-2 (Pujara 10, Kohli 19)

    Warm sunshine now and Virat Kohli is certainly turning up the heat. After a couple of disappointments at Trent Bridge, the new price of Indian cricket looks in lovely touch, coming forward to drive Stokes down the ground for four. Some zip for Stokes, steep bounce beating the bat, then pinning Kohli on the hip. Possibly two overs left before the break.

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

    "I used to hate it when commentators would say the bowling is too short. I'm sure I'd have noticed it out in the middle. However, it doesn't seem that the players have realised it today. The two different perspectives are interesting."

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  187. 12:49: 
    Ind 67-2 (Pujara 10, Kohli 15)

    Chris, I'm with you. There is no place for champagne in cricket. Cricket is a pint of bitter, followed by chips, peas (mushy) and gravy. Caviar, prawns and anything aged for 28 days are not acceptable. Liam Plunkett continues his scattergun approach, flicked fine for four by Kohli.

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    Chris in Newcastle: It's interesting that the firing of champagne corks onto the ground at Lord's is seen as a bit of a lark. The stewards retrieve them and it's all a bit of a laugh. However, a piece of cheese thrown from the Western Terrace at Headingley was treated as a major incident. Play was stopped and a culprit vigorously sought. Double standards?

  189. 12:45: 
    Ind 58-2 (Pujara 10, Kohli 6)

    On winning the toss and fielding, England may well have wanted three wickets by lunch. They still have a chance to do just that. Ben Stokes to new man Virat Kohli. Why is there a man at deep square leg? Bizarre on the first morning a of a Test and with a new man at the crease? Half-volley, wonderfully driven for four by Kohli. No, no, no. Don't move short leg to short cover because of that. It was a bad ball and a great shot, it doesn't mean Kohli is any less likely to be caught at short leg.

  190. 12:42: 
    Scorecard update

    India 53-2 (22 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Pujara 10, Kohli 1*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7), 48-2 (Vijay 24)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 8-6-11-1, Broad 6-3-16-0, Plunkett 5-2-11-1, Stokes 3-1-5-0


    England's Joe Root
  191. 12:41: 
    Ind 53-2 (Plunkett 5-2-11-1)

    Looking again, Plunkett was wide of the crease and the angle might have fooled Vijay. The ball still pitched on off stump and probably wasn't straight enough to be working to leg. It may not have actually been all that full, but still full enough to do for Vijay. Virat Kohli the new man, immediately off the mark with a single.

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

    "It's a fullish delivery round about middle and leg and Murali Vijay got a leading edge where it shot off, head-high, to third slip. Liam Plunkett is the type of bowler you expect to bang it in, but he's pitched it up more than James Anderson and Stuart Broad. If England can get another wicket before lunch, they will get themselves out of jail a little bit."

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  193. 12:37: 
    WICKET- Vijay c Ballance b Plunkett 24 (Ind 48-2)

    Right, what have we learned here? Pitch the ball up. Correct, Liam Plunkett. The big Yorkshire pacer gets it full to Murali Vijay. It doesn't matter that it's leggy, because a little nip draws a leading edge from the right-hander, with the ball flying to Gary Ballance at third slip. After a pretty average morning, England still have the chance to enjoy their lunch.


    England's Liam Plunkett
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "If there's a greater place in the world than this to watch cricket, I'm yet to find it. There's the usual buzz of excited conversation in the stands as the early morning sharpeners start to take effect."

  195. 12:36: 
    Ind 48-1 (Vijay 24, Pujara 10)

    On the subject of that champagne cork. What if a boundary fielder was pinned on the back of the head by a stray bottle-stopper? That would be a posh way to get hurt. Stokes finally draws Vijay in to a drive - that's the length - with an uppish drive going through mid off for a couple. Another full ball goes in the same direction, with James Anderson making a hash of the fielding. Two more.

    Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali is permanently fielding on the boundary somewhere. He is always being sent to some faraway outpost."

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  197. 12:32: 
    Ind 43-1 (20 overs)

    That's a rare sight, England beating the bat with a full ball. Delivered by Plunkett, it beats the grope off Vijay. Mainly too short, though, another maiden. On the boundary edge, one chap pops a champagne cork that flies on to the outfield. A steward goes to retrieve it. Where else in the world is a sporting venue invaded by champagne corks?

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    Thomas Measures: Not sure I rate Ben Stokes' bowling. Just do not feel he is likely to get a wicket, or is capable of keeping the runs down.

  199. 12:29: 
    Ind 44-1 (Vijay 20, Pujara 10)

    In fairness to Ben Stokes, he's shown some good hustle this morning. Now he has an extra catcher at short leg, arrowing in on Pujara's pads with an in-ducker. Having said that, four deliveries in the over are left alone. I may get "make them play" tattooed on my forehead.

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    Julian in Surrey: Already you are writing that our bowlers are pitching too short. I can't remember the last time that wasn't said on this live text feed, about 10 matches ago (Durham Ashes win?) I think.

  201. 12:25: 
    Ind 42-1 (partnership 31)

    I hate to say it, but Alastair Cook is following the ball. A thick edge from Vijay off Plunkett flies past the dive of gully for four. The response? Cook posts a second gully. Horses bolting? England have let Black Beauty, Red Rum and Trigger escape through the gate this morning. Sometimes wide, sometimes leggy, now full, Plunkett continues his all sorts to be driven through the mid-off by Vijay.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have noticed that Che Pujara plays with quite low hands, and that might get him into trouble on a fast deck."

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  203. 12:20: 
    Ind 34-1 (Vijay 12, Pujara 8)

    The bright sunshine of the morning is replaced by a little murk as Ben Stokes replaces James Anderson. The sky remains mainly blue, but is now covered by a few more white clouds. New bowler, same result. Wide of off stump, Pujara leaving. What on Earth is going on? What is the thinking here? Is this a plan, or an inability to bowl straight? For goodness sake, make them play!

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    Mike Bell in Ashford: Re. Tom Bentley's wickets as curries (11.46). After nine matches without a win, this green pitch is hopefully a bhuna for England, and they can finally turn the korma, win the match, and we'll be dhansaking in the streets of NW8 by Monday. Failing that, and if Matt Prior keeps dropping catches, we'll have to call up Rogan Josh Buttler.

  205. 12:16: 
    Ind 34-1 (Plunkett 2-1-1-0)

    England post a short leg for Plunkett, the helmeted, box-touching Sam Robson going in at boot hill. Plunkett gets one to miss the thigh pad of Vijay, hitting the batsman on the, erm, behind. Though he's going past the edge and taking the shoulder of the bat, it's still too short from the big Yorkshire pacer. If we're running out of ways to describe the wicket, I may also get tired of writing "too short". Having said that, this last one is a beauty, full and holding its line to beat the bat. A maiden.

    India's Murali Vijay
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Lord's is one of those pitches where, if you're willing to be brave and bowl full of length, you will get rewards. If England had bowled a fuller length, they would have had five chances in the slips by now."

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    Fergus McIntosh: At school, our wickets are described with dogs. We played on a poodle yesterday, our openers both hit 85. Today's wicket is more of an Alsatian- not quite a pitbull, but aggressive nonetheless.

  208. 12:11: 
    Ind 34-1 (Vijay 12, Pujara 8)

    I suggested it was underwhelming and the Lord's crowd seems to agree with me. The background noise, the soundtrack, has been turned down, less audible than before. Also, when was the last time so many empty seats were visible on the first morning of a Lord's Test? I wonder if Pujara and Vijay stood statuesque in the position of a leave, how many balls would actually have them coming a cropper? Anderson, mood darkening, continues, getting too straight and whipped for four by Pujara.

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I remember playing a game for Middlesex in 2005 when the pitch was just as green. The scoring went 470, 450, 370, game over! It doesn't mean that it will be hard to bat on just because there is grass on it."

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  210. 12:07: 
    Ind 27-1 (14 overs)

    The first change of the match, with the strapping Liam Plunkett asked to charge down the slope. So often the 'battering-ram' or the 'enforcer' (not a fan of those descriptions, what do they actually mean?) in the first three Tests of the summer, Plunkett must adjust his length to go full on this deck. Initially, it's a task that is beyond him and Pujara can't believe his luck in leaving and defending an over that is too short.

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    Scott White: Arjun (11:09)... did you not see Kieron Pollard throw his bat at Mitchell Starc then?

  212. 12:03: 
    Ind 25-1 (Vijay 10, Pujara 3)

    Is this all a little underwhelming? The ball has done plenty, but England haven't made the most of this mushy-peas wicket. Sometimes too short, very often too wide, this very patient India pair haven't being asked to play often enough. Every ball they can leave is a little win for Pujara and Vijay, which the former, new bat in hand, is doing on the resumption.


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    James in Glasgow: Re the pitch.... It's like Slimer from Ghostbusters. It's green, slippery and prone to unexpected behaviour!

  214. 11:58: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 25-1

    Stuart Broad trots off the field, perhaps suggesting that his spell is over. When Pujara pokes forward to defend Anderson, a crack appears in his bat, prompting him to call for a new blade. So close to the drinks break, the umps decide this is the perfect time for refreshments.

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    Iken Canoe: This pitch is a Bill Maynard (Greengrass in 'Heartbeat' for the uninitiated!)

  216. 11:55: 
    Ind 25-1 (Vijay 10, Pujara 3)

    Che Pujara, from the 25th ball he's faced, finally gets off the mark with a thick edge towards third man for three. With the strike is rotated, Vijay waits with four slips - but no gully - for company. Where does it go? You guessed it. Two through gully, Cook forced two stroke his chin in thought. Another catcher then, skipper?

    England's Stuart Broad
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "We're getting to the stage now where England might look to Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes. Plunkett has been the enforcer in this series, but it's important he bowls a full length today."

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  218. 11:51: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 20-1

    Now, Alastair Cook may take some grief here, but I've got a little sympathy for him. When Anderson induces the edge from Vijay, it flies between third slip and gully for four. Should there be another catcher? Maybe, but, bar the Dhawan wicket, the bowlers haven't deserved more grabbers. Where Cook fails is then following the ball. "Oowwwzzzaatttt" screams Anderson when a nip-backer pins Vijay, but it's just - and I mean just - too high.

    England's James Anderson
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    We're asking you for different ways of describing today's green-tinged wicket...

    Tom Bentley: At Uffington CC we describe each wicket like a curry. Sadly looking at our league position this year we've played on too many Vindaloos. Today at Lords would be a steady Jalfrezi, just a little extra bit of kick than a normal wicket.

  220. 11:46: 
    Ind 16-1 (Vijay 4, Pujara 0)

    If India manage to get to lunch only one down, they will be delighted. The runs aren't flowing, but there's not too many questions being asked of the batsmen either. It's a bit of a leaveathon. When Broad finally gets one in the right place, he beats Pujara's grope with a complete jaffa. Just a leg bye from it.

    Scorecard update

    India 15-1 (9 overs) after England won toss

    Batsmen: Vijay 4*, Pujara 0*

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Dhawan 7)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-5-0-1, Broad 4-2-11-0


    England's Gary Ballance
  222. 11:42: 
    Ind 15-1 (Anderson 5-5-0-1)

    A Lord's member of a certain vintage hustles up the steps and asks to be let in the pavilion. Doors locked, try again later. Another patron, in a questionable bacon-and-egg blazer, is already hunched over, chin on chest and asleep. High in the crowd, Andy Flower talks to England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster. I bet there's some management speak there. "Moving forward we need blue-sky thinking and a holistic approach." Anderson a touch too short to Pujara, finally going full to draw him forward in defence. A fifth maiden.

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

    "You can just sense from Stuart Broad that he's not in any sort of rhythm this morning. He's struggling to get the batsmen driving. If anything, the pitch is doing too much."

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  224. 11:37: 
    Ind 15-1 (Vijay 4, Pujara 0)

    There's plenty of empty seats inside HQ, but the hum is more than lively. About a six out of 10. Broad is looking to move the ball down the slope, away from Vijay, in order to get his slips interested. It's too wide, though, and Vijay is more than happy to leave. Don't waste the new ball.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "After all their funky get-ups in the last three Tests, it's nice to see England dressing like a dad again in the traditional environs of the 'home of cricket'. All four slips are right in the game, anticipating a catch at any moment on this spicy pitch. It's also a refreshing novelty to see Matt Prior having to take the ball in front of his chest in upturned hands."

    England slips
  226. 11:33: 
    Ind 15-1

    Anderson, bowling on the sort of deck he'd like to roll up and carry around in his coffin, is in to his fourth over and still yet to concede a run. Jimmy's got his dander up at 88mph, nipping the ball past Pujara's edge. Some bounce causes Prior to appeal - maybe he's pleased to have caught one - but umpire Kumar Dharmasena isn't interested. A fourth successive Anderson maiden.

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    Darren Ellam: Ballance should have taken his top off and whirled it above his head whilst Jimmy gave him a little pretend push.

  228. 11:29: 
    Ind 15-1 (Vijay 4, Pujara 0)

    I sense that we're going have to come up with some different ways of describing this deck. A green top? Semi-skimmed. Think about it. Lovely from Vijay, who leans in to a dreamy cover drive when Broad overpitches. Off the mark from the 13th ball he's faced. Though there's plenty happening, it might not affect either of this pair. They're proper players.

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    Sam Ellard: See what you've done Jadeja? You've fired up Jimmy Anderson and you don't want to do that! The perfect start for England!

    James Nightingale: This Test Match will last 3 days, tops!

    Jack Mendel: The pitch is green. It will benefit seamers. India have good seamers. They out-bowled England's at Trent Bridge. Caution needed.

  230. 11:26: 
    Ind 15-1 (Anderson 3-3-0-1)

    It's almost like we're watching a different sport from the one played at Trent Bridge. Then, it was all about runscoring on a straw-coloured pitch with a ball less likely to move than a darts player living next door to the pub. Now, it's a bowlers' game. Batting is about survival. The pitch is a cabbage patch and the ball a naughty toddler. Anderson to Pujara. A third maiden for Jimmy.

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

    "England have got to hang on to their chances, because these conditions will not last long once the sun starts to beat down. You could almost see one or two heads briefly drop when Matt Prior dropped Murali Vijay then."

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  232. 11:19: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 11-1

    England could and probably should have another. Matt Prior, a tough game behind the stumps at Trent Bridge, has put down another difficult chance here. Stuart Broad, zipping the ball away from Murali Vijay, takes the outside edge, with Prior unable to cling on with a two-handed dive in front of Alastair Cook at first slip. Hard, but catchable.

    ENgland's Matt Prior
    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "James Anderson has now taken 230 Test wickets in England - overtaking Freddie Trueman's record of 229 victims. He also has 69 wickets at Lord's, taking him level with Ian Botham."

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  234. 11:19: 
    Ind 11-1

    You know, I've done that delivery disservice. It's an absolute rozzer from Anderson, pretty much unplayable. It has pitched outside the left-handed Dhawan's leg stump, with the batsman justifiably looking to play on the leg side. Instead, it has darted across, taking the edge over middle and off, with Ballance getting down low to just about gather.

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

    "Perfect bowling. James Anderson got the length right - it was an away-swinger to the left-handed batsman and a great, tumbling catch in the slips by Gary Ballance. Just what England needed after winning the toss."

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    England's James Anderson
  236. 11:12: 
    WICKET- Dhawan c Ballance b Anderson 7 (Ind 11-1)

    England ordered this wicket and are instantly reaping the rewards. It's that man James Anderson, responding to the controversy surrounding him by letting his bowling do the talking. I say talking, but, with the help of the conditions, Anderson has made this one sing. Leg stump, movement across Shikhar Dhawan, moving so much to take the outside edge, with third slip Gary Ballance taking a good low catch.


    India's Shikhar Dhawan
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    Dave Jackson: So what were they thinking of when they picked Kerrigan for the squad but not the starting line-up? Is the pitch not conducive to spin? Were they afraid of undermining Moeen Ali's or Stokes' confidence if they left either of them out? Mind games with India? Mind games with Kerrigan?

  238. 11:09: 
    Ind 11-0

    Stuart Broad, about 3ft 4in as he limped in on the final day at Trent Bridge, is all of his 6ft 5in on this green top. Galloping in, immediately taking the thick edge of Dhawan, with the ball flying between third slip and gully for four. Gully moved to fourth slip, chasing that bolted horse. Broad is swinging the ball in to the pads of leftie Dhawan and, when the ball clatters the thigh pad, India earn four leg byes.

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    Arjun in London: England seem to regularly get in quarrels with opposition. None of the players play in the IPL; maybe the IPL helps foster greater camaraderie amongst players of different countries.

  240. 11:04: 
    Ind 0-0

    Three slips and a gully, Anderson charging towards a track barely different to the green square that surrounds it. Movement right away, the ball nipping off the seam and still rising as it thuds in to the gloves of Matt Prior. Pace and carry. Vijay, virtually omnipresent at the crease during the first Test, defends a maiden.

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

    "Hold on to your hats, this could be a very interesting first session. The pitch is almost as green as Henry Blofeld's jacket."

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  242. 11:00: 

    Unusually, the batsmen are down the steps first, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay are forced to wait on the boundary edge for Alastair Cook and his men to skip past them. Lord's, as ever, is glorious. Members have rushed to their seats, the rest of the grand old ground is buzzing. The sun is out. James Anderson has the ball, greeted by a huge cheer. Murali Vijay is on strike. Play.

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    Ian Lamerton: Really hope Cook has got this decision right. Not sure his captaincy could survive India making 350+ after England put them in.

    Jon Pearson: If the bowlers can't get early wickets on that pitch they deserve to toil in the sun.

    Ben Turner: It's a tight call, but Anderson swinging it down the slope on a green pitch gives us a great chance to take early wickets.

  244. 10:57: 

    Rahul Dravid rings the pavilion bell in exactly the style in which he batted. Calm, unruffled, classy, easy on the eye. Up above, the umpires raise from their seats, the players have final words of encouragement and the bacon-and-egg brigade raise their noses from the morning broadsheets.

    Former India batsman Rahul Dravid and MCC's Derek Brewer
  245. 10:53: 

    England: Cook, Robson, Ballance, Bell, Root, Moeen, Prior, Stokes, Plunkett, Broad, Anderson.

    India: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Jadeja, Dhoni, Binny, Kumar, Ishant, Shami.

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

    "Duncan Fletcher is trying to upset the apple cart but it's pathetic. It smacks of skulduggery to me. India might just have fired up James Anderson. I remember Alastair Cook would often ask me to do it if he wasn't firing properly. They won't need to do that today."

    Jonathan Agnew and Graeme Swann
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "To suggest India wants James Anderson banned trivialises the very serious issue of one player pushing another. Anderson has been bowling well against India for years, it's not a new thing."

  248. 10:50:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Test Match Special is on the air from HQ. You can listen on 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 longwave, digital TVs, online and via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps. Overseas listeners can get involved here.

    Rahul Dravid will once again be contributing to TMS and the India batting legend will soon be ringing the bell to summon the players.

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    Louis McMahon: I get the feeling this may challenge Hussain at Brisbane '02 as one of the poorest toss decisions by and England captain!

    Matt Cree: Can't remember seeing a Test match pitch as green as that. Don't think this one will be a draw!

    David Teasdale: Have a feeling that might be a horrible decision to bowl first.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "A no-brainer for Alastair Cook to field first? Well yes … and no. There is a nightmare scenario, whereby India weather the early storm, wait for the pitch to flatten out, and then bed in for a long innings under the baking sun. The risk then is that England's bowlers simply run themselves into the ground. After all, in the first Test at Trent Bridge, which only finished on Sunday, England's quartet of seamers sent down 222 overs between them, while India's bowled 108."

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

    "The bowlers will think Christmas has come early on, although I hope it doesn't backfire on them because it's going to be a very warm day."

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  252. 10:43: 

    BBC Weather's John Hammond: "A hot and sunny day, plain and simple. It will possibly nudge 30 degrees. There will be light winds but increasing amount of sunshine - a pretty hot and oppressive day."

  253. 10:42: 

    So the deck is green, that we know. But, Lord's is set for something of a scorcher, the sun warm in the blue sky. If the England bowlers don't get it right and India get through the early stages, it could yet be a day to toil.

  254. 10:40: 
    Get involved

    So, what to make of all that? Are you pleased to see a green top, or is it a little too 'sporting'? Have England picked the right team? Are they finally going to end that nine-match winless run? And what about the off-field issues? Is the Anderson-Jadeja fuss all a little petty, or well beyond what is acceptable during a Test match? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Stuart Broad looked fed up when he walked past me after the toss at Trent Bridge. Now he's got a beaming smile on his face. He can't wait to bowl on this surface."

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  256. 10:36: 

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "We would have bowled first because the base of the wicket looks soft, which means it will have something in it for the quick bowlers early on. It looks like a good wicket, though, and the grass will hold it together."

  257. 10:35: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "We think there might be a bit in it for the bowlers early on, with all that grass, so we're pleased to bowl first. We looked at our squad but it would have been a tough call to leave anybody out after the way they played at Trent Bridge. I'm not worried about James Anderson - he wants his cricket to do the talking."

  258. 10:33: 
    Team news

    Both teams are unchanged from the draw at Trent Bridge, the grass on this wicket meaning the spin options of Simon Kerrigan and Ravichandran Ashwin go unrequired.

  259. 10:31: 
    England win the toss and field

    I'm not sure I've ever seen two captains more focussed on the fall of a coin from the sky. Alastair Cook flicked, MS Dhoni called "heads", and the coin fell far away. As they peered over, a tail pointing upwards provided huge relief for Cook. Finally some luck for the England skipper, who gobbled up the chance to bowl first.

    England captain Alastair Cook and Mahendra Dhoni
  260. 10:30: 

    But, speaking of talking points, let's start with the 22 yards of turf that dominated chat at TB. Slow, lifeless, sleep-inducing, draw-making.

    Will HQ provide something with more life and, dare I say, a little more assistance to England's pace bowlers?

    See for yourself. This isn't the outfield or the square, but a Test-match wicket. Billiard-table green. The skippers are heading out for the toss. I'd be stunned if the winner bats first.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "There were unusually vast crowds surrounding the lifts up to the media spaceship this morning. What's this? I wondered. An Anderson-Jadeja dance-off? I wriggled through a gap in the crowd, only to find out that the man at the centre of the throng was one Geoffrey Boycott, signing autographs in an immaculate beige suit. When the lift arrived Boycott made a dart before shaking his head. "I'm amazed they keep coming," he told us mere mortals. "I finished playing 30 years ago."

  262. 10:28: 

    OK, so maybe I'm being a little flippant about the biggest talking point since that drawn first Test between England and India.

    Since then, all we've heard is of James-Anderson-Ravi-Jadeja-pushgate. But now, on the morning of this second Test at Lord's, we have more important things to worry about.

    England's nine-match winless run? Alastair Cook's form? Simon Kerrigan's return? Gary Ballance topless?

  263. 10:26: 

    But, really, we waited five days for something to happen in that first Test at Trent Bridge, then found out two nights later that the most exciting occurrence wasn't even on the pitch.


  264. 10:25: 

    "Please, sir, Jimmy pushed me. He should get at least two detentions, maybe four."

Live Scores - England v India


  • India beat England by 95 runs
  • England: 319 & 223 (88.2 overs)
  • India: 295 & 342 (103.1 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

England 2nd Innings

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Robson lbw b Jadeja 7
Cook c Dhoni b I Sharma 22
Ballance c Dhoni b Shami 27
Bell b I Sharma 1
Root c Binny b I Sharma 66
Moeen c Pujara b I Sharma 39
Prior c Vijay b I Sharma 12
Stokes c Pujara b I Sharma 0
Broad c Dhoni b I Sharma 8
Plunkett not out 7
Anderson run out (Jadeja) 2
Extras 2nb 1w 13b 16lb 32
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India in England

India celebrate after winning the one-day series

Reports and scorecards from India's 2014 tour of England, which includes five Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.

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