England v India, second Test, Lord's, day four as it happened

England slip to 105-4, including captain Alastair Cook for 22, in pursuit of 319 to beat India in the second Test at Lord's.

20 July 2014 Last updated at 10:41

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As it happened

  1. 18:55: 

    Paul Farbrace looks to tomorrow and so too shall we. Can England dig themselves out of this hole? You suspect that nine without a win is about to become 10.

    As for captain Cook, it's one more lonely night without runs. Goodbye.

  2. 18:52: 

    England assistant coach Paul Farbrace: "We've got a bit to do tomorrow, but we've got two guys in who love a scrap. We've got to believe. The spirit is pretty good.

    "The captain is fine, he's in there chatting to the lads who are not out. The form of the senior players isn't a concern. You win as a team and lose as a team.

    "It needs one big partnership tomorrow, a couple of small ones and we've got a chance of being up there."

  3. 18:50: 
    Close-of-play scorecard

    England 105-4 (46 overs) - target 319

    Batsmen: Root 14*, Moeen 15*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Robson 7), 70-2 (Ballance 27), 71-3 (Bell 1), 72-4 (Cook 22)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 8-4-10-0, Shami 7-1-20-1, Ishant 10-5-13-2, Jadeja 16-4-32-1, Vijay 4-1-11-0, Dhawan 1-0-1-0

    Totals: India 295 & 342, England 319


    India's Ishant Sharma
  4. 18:49: 

    Ravi Jadeja: "We are in a good position, but we need to get them out early tomorrow. We don't want to give them runs. We have to put them under pressure.

    "When I went to bat, I just wanted to play my game. I wanted to go out there and play my shots."

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

    "We've got serious problems and the selectors can't keep sticking their heads in the sand."

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  6. 18:47: 

    Somehow, Joe Root and Moeen Ali got to the close, England 105-4, still 214 adrift. Last-chance saloon? Not quite, they're having a drink in the bar next door. Tomorrow? It's hard not to see an India win, but England still have hope. Just.

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

    "Alastair Cook was doing OK, but he was doing alright in the first innings until he got out. He can't totally eradicate his faults. The selectors are all hoping he gets a fifty but it's not happening for him and it might be even worse for him tomorrow if England lose. Ian Bell is another - he's supposed to be one of the best batsmen in the world but when the chips are down and you need a big innings, he just can't seem to do it at the moment."

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    England captain Alastair Cook
  8. 18:45: 

    Ballance edging Mohammed Shami, Ian Bell bowled by an Ishant Sharma shooter. The skipper still there, but not for much longer. Lapse in judgement, a familiar failing, a poke behind off Ishant. England lose three wickets for two runs. From 70-1 to 72-4. Game over?

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

    "We're playing average and ordinary cricket. It's bound to keep the dressing room down - how can you feel buoyant that you can beat a team if your performances are so up and down?"

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  10. 18:42: 

    But what about the captain, the man with the weight of the world on his shoulders? For a while, it was OK for Alastair Cook. Sound judgement on off stump, patience. With Gary Ballance, pressure was absorbed, the India attack blunted. 58 added for the second wicket, progress serene. And then...

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

    "There's something missing with Stuart Broad - there's no zip, there's no spark. He looks under par, but he is trying like hell. James Anderson doesn't seem to be able to bowl full enough for long enough. He might get one up there, but he doesn't like to give the batsmen balls to drive. It's like he can't change gear for the surface he is playing on."

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    Ellie Bergin: If England fail to win then, if I'm not mistaken, it will be the fifth Test out of six where they have taken a first innings lead and failed to win. An indication of a team blessed with talent but short on confidence...

  13. 18:40: 

    The rest fell quickly, England set 319 to win. Only once had a higher score been chased to win a Test at Lord's. A bad start, that man Jadeja again. Sam Robson lbw.

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

    "England were on top, they thought they had a chance of winning and then Ravindra Jadeja got stuck into James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He got under their skin - hitting them back over their head, over cover, smashing lofted drives. He won the battle today and changed the course of the game."

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  15. 18:39: 

    Unorthodox, bizarre and, at time, downright reckless, Jadeja's innings was remarkable in its audacity. With the support of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a runs-and-wickets machine, Jadeja changed the face of this match, belting England all around Lord's on the way to a 57-ball 68. When he finally departed, skying a pull for the back-pedalling Alastair Cook at slip, India's lead was beyond 300.

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

    "Today was the best day's cricket we've seen this summer. When Ravindra Jadeja got stuck into our bowling, it was fascinating and fantastic. There was character, effort, determination and skill. It had us on the edge of our seats for a while."

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  17. 18:37: 

    They had to wait a little while for the breakthrough but, after Ms Dhoni edged Liam Plunkett to second slip, Stuart Binny fell on his sword and Murali Vijay fell short of a second hundred of the series. 235-7, a lead of 211. England in the box seat. Enter Ravi Jadeja.

  18. 18:36: 

    Yep, it's been pretty dismal all round for the home side. England did manage three swift wickets in the morning session but, after that, Ravi Jadeja counter-punched and punched hard. England were floored, just about got up, but have remained groggy. Entering the final round, the knees are wobbly.

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

    "England keep having spells where they get on top and then let the opposition back into the game. If we're honest, England are losing the key moments. You don't generally win matches in Test cricket if you drop chances and bowl too short on pitches offering so much help."

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  20. 18:32: 
    Close of play- Eng 105-4

    And that's that. The end of a desperate day for England, while it's peanut-butter-jelly time for India. Chasing 319, the home side are 105-4, some 214 adrift. On a pitch turning and going up and down, it's hard to see anything other than an India win tomorrow.

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

    "Shikhar Dhawan has an interesting action, but he gets drift through the air and shape into the left-hander. I think he'll be given a bowl tomorrow. Those were some lovely little off-spinners."

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  22. 18:32: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 105-4

    Do all Indian batsmen bowl some sort of spin? Shikhar Dhawan twirls down the final over of the day, screaming for leg before as Moeen prods forward. Outside the line? Just about. Next ball, appeal for a catch at short leg. He's hit that, surely? Bruce Oxenford says no. Somehow, Moeen survives.

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    Matt Farr: It's from watching England matches like these that Bonnie Tyler found inspiration to write 'Holding out for a Hero'. We need one.

  24. 18:27: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 104-4

    Ooohhh, a chance. A very sharp chance, but a chance nevertheless. Moeen Ali is sweeping Ravi Jadeja, the ball coming the back of his bat and popping to MS Dhoni. It's in to the gloves and out. Now, if Dhoni had been standing back, that would have been a dolly. I knew standing back was a good idea. One over to go.

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

    "It looks as though MS Dhoni is desperate to bowl at Moeen Ali - he's offering Joe Root a single with his field to Ravindra Jadeja. Moeen's a cool character though, somebody who makes batting look so easy."

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  26. 18:25: 
    Eng 104-4 (Root 13, Moeen 15)

    It's so dark that the umpires have had to nudge Ms Dhoni to go with spin from both ends. Murali Vijay is asked to bowl his off-breaks, starting with some filthy half-trackers. Shirt untucked, Vijay is belting the ball down, too quickly, too short. England tick another off. We'll probably get another two in before the close.

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    Chris Hey: This happens every week up and down the country, not many can play on the front foot. Back foot biffers.

  28. 18:21: 
    Eng 100-4 (target 319)

    Five to go, but we probably won't get all of them in. Ravi Jadeja over the wicket to right-hander Root, beating the edge with one that turns out of the rough. Taken by Dhoni, who, finding himself up to the stumps, whips the bails off. Not out. When Root goes back, two are taken through the leg side to bring the 100. It's been a long time coming.

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    David Hill: When we played back-yard cricket, the wicketkeeper was a soft toy koala bear. We called him Rodney Marsh. You can see the resemblance.

  30. 18:18: 
    Eng 98-4 (target 319)

    Liam Plunkett has his pyjamas on, waiting to come in as nightwatchman. Pillow under his arm, clutching his teddy, torch in case he needs the toilet. Shami to Moeen, sliding off the face of the bat, two sprinted. Somehow, despite that filthy black could that hangs over the media centre, we're going to make it to the close. The floodlights are beacons in the sky, but we're practically playing at night.

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    Richard Castle: Liberate Cook of the captaincy. Remember 1981 - something extraordinary happened when Botham handed over to Brearley.

    Rakesh S: England should not lose hope here, they do bat deep.

  32. 18:12: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 93-4

    Ooohhh, this is about as close to lbw you can be without being given. Moeen Ali back and across to Ravi Jadeja, an absolute ripper spitting in from outside off stump. Turning square, Moeen right back, has it hit him outside the line? Kumar Dharmasena, judge, jury and executioner, thinks long and hard. About an hour goes by, then the umpire shakes his head. The replay? Umpire's call for impact. Very, very close.

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

    "When I used to play with my brother at Northants, he would field at short-leg. He quite liked it because it meant that if he got hit, he could go and read the newspaper and do some crosswords in the dressing room. With an ice pack on, of course!"

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  34. 18:11: 
    Eng 92-4 (target 319)

    Blimey, it's so dark that Duncan Fletcher has taken his shades off. Mohammed Shami on for Kumar, MS Dhoni shuffling his seamers. Shami striding to the crease, Moeen taking one, then Root covering up. England ticking them down to the close, alarms becoming more few and far between.

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    Geoff in Dubai: How old was Graeme Smith? Give the young 'uns a go, they can't do any worse. Hales and Buttler please.

  36. 18:05: 
    Eng 90-4 (need another 229 to win)

    I say Cook started his career at three. That debut ton in India was as an opener. He went to three in the following English summer, then back up when Marcus Trescothick came home from the 2006-07 Ashes. Root leaving Jadeja, pleased to see the ball miss of stump. That was a coat of varnish away. A blockathon from England.

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    Former England batsman Paul Collingwood on Twitter: Feel for Cookie. He's still one of England's all time greatest batsman though, he'll be back. #legend

  38. 18:02: 
    Eng 88-4 (target 319)

    On the Cook debate, there are lots of suggestions that the skipper could slide down the order. He started his Test career at three, but somehow I don't see it happening. England playing for the close here, Moeen Ali leaning forwards in his stance to defend and leave Kumar. Nine overs remain.

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    Hrushikesh Divyateja: Every team goes through transition. India have lost Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan. But they are still difficult to beat in India.

  40. 17:58: 
    Eng 88-4 (Root 5, Moeen 8)

    Properly dark at HQ now, giving us a preview of what day-night Test cricket will be like. Root is thrusting his front pad towards the tweak of Jadeja, using his bat as a shield to hide behind. Single off the inside edge, with Moeen then kicking three legs byes. All happening. Remember when England won the toss on a snooker table? What a chance that was...

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    Ashley Robbins: The main problem England have is that only one of their top six can play a front foot drive!

    Sachin R. Saraf: These India boys may have made millions in the IPL, but they do take their Test cricket very very seriously.

  42. 17:55: 
    Eng 84-4 (target 319)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar on to bowl his wobblers in the gloom, ending the excellent two-wicket spell of Ishant Sharma. Full length to Moeen, who is batting out of his crease in a bid to blunt the swing. Another maiden. England stuck, begging to get to the close without further losses.

  43. 17:51: 
    Scorecard update

    England 84-4 (35 overs) - target 319

    Batsmen: Root 4*, Moeen 8*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Robson 7), 70-2 (Ballance 27), 71-3 (Bell 1), 72-4 (Cook 22)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 6-2-10-0, Shami 5-1-14-1, Ishant 10-5-13-2, Jadeja 10-2-25-1, Vijay 3-1-7-0

    Totals: India 295 & 342, England 319


    England captain Alastair Cook
  44. 17:50: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 84-4

    The left-arm spin of Ravi Jadeja recalled, this time with Mahendra Dhoni up to the stumps. Round the wicket to Root, terrible appeal for lbw, that wouldn't have hit a third set. A maiden.

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    John: Re Prakash Wakankar at 17:00... Working in Wales, our head office big boss comes down to the office, lots of muttering in Welsh throughout the visit (not pleasant I am told). Visit ends - big boss gathers everyone together and spends 10 minutes thanking all the staff for their views. In fluent Welsh!

  46. 17:48: 
    Eng 84-4 (Root 4, Moeen 8)

    Strange light at Lord's, the floodlights taking almost total effect. Moeen, beard down to the buttons on his shirt, waits for Ishant coming round the wicket. Prod forward, controlled edge, running for four. There are 13 overs left in the day, but they have to be bowled by 18:30.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If India do win this game, it will have to go down as one of their greatest ever victories after being put into bat in such alien conditions. England's bowling in that first innings has cost them in this match."

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  48. 17:44: 
    Eng 80-4 (target 319)

    So, the Cook debate. It would seem that, for all the criticism of his captaincy, runs are the biggest issue. England are a team in transition, so performances will be mixed (not no-win-in-nine mixed, but you get the idea). So, the questions. Do England need Cook the batsman more than Cook the captain? Probably. Is the captaincy affecting his batting? Perhaps. Would he be a better batsman without the captaincy? Only he knows. Remember this, though. In two years, for various reasons, England have lost Strauss, Pietersen, Trott and Swann. Any team would be affected. Problem is, Cook was getting runs and now he isn't. How do you solve this problem? And who else could skipper?

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

    "England have now got that feeling of being slowly suffocated. They are in a very awkward position."

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  50. 17:38: 
    Eng 76-4 (Ishant 9-5-9-2)

    We were wondering how many runs Cook might need in this innings to get the albatross from around his neck. 22 was not mentioned, however good he looked in getting there. England have lost three wickets for two runs in 26 balls, a spell that looks to be terminal in the context of this match. Moeen Ali, as ever, strolls out and belts his first ball for four.

    England's Alastair Cook
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "This is an inspired spell of bowling from Ishant Sharma - he looks so dangerous. It went down the slope and Alastair Cook pushed at it."

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  52. 17:33: 
    WICKET- Cook c Dhoni b Ishant 22 (Eng 72-4)

    Oh, skipper. Alastair Cook goes and with him, you feel, go England's chances of winning this match. For so long in this innings his judgement outside has been sound but, when Ishant Sharma comes round the wicket, it takes only two balls for a familiar failing to resurface. Length, poke, caught behind. What repercussions might that one delivery have? I can hear the grumbling in the distance...


    England captain Alastair Cook
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It's times like these with Alastair Cook, when you are fighting and fighting at the crease, when it all clicks for you. It's amazing how often that actually happens."

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  54. 17:31: 
    Eng 72-3 (Cook 22, Root 0)

    Amidst the wreckage, Alastair Cook is standing tall. Just. Mohammed Shami reaches for the crease, shaping the ball back in to the pads, with Cook just about lurching forward in defence. Still dark at Lord's, floodlights reflecting off the stickers on Cook's bat as the ball hits his thigh pad and trickles for a leg bye. There are 16 overs remaining in the day.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The England batsmen need to come forward much more than they do - they give the bowlers more chance to bowl them or get an outside edge."

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  56. 17:24: 
    Eng 71-3 (target 319)

    Rahul Dravid's right, that ball did keep a little low, but Ian Bell's feet were in concrete, rooted to the crease. If he'd got forward, he might have had half a chance. He wandered off shaking his head, ruing the injustice of it all. Speaking of getting forward, here's Joe Root. A back-foot player, he must will himself on to the front dog. Having said that, one takes off and rattles him on the thumb. Up and down.

    England's Ian Bell
    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "He just didn't get forward, he was rooted to the crease which is surprising for a player of his quality. The ball was just straight and kept a little low."

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  58. 17:20: 
    WICKET- Bell b Ishant 1 (Eng 71-3)

    Bowled him! England are are in all sorts of trouble now. Ishant Sharma gets one to keep low, taking the off stump of Ian Bell clean out of the hallowed Lord's ground. India are jubilant, their fans in the stands rowdy. Two quick wickets have got them right on top in this match. Is there any way back for England?


    England's Ian Bell
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  60. 17:18: 
    Eng 71-2 (Shami 3-0-10-1)

    It's good bowling from Shami, there's just a hint of seam movement away, but the ball pitched well wide of off stump. Should Ballance have been playing? Even the slope was taking the ball away from him. Ian Bell is the new man, meaning England's two most experienced batsmen are at the crease. Both have been out of nick, both dearly need a score.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "What a good bowling change from Mahendra Dhoni. Maybe Gary Ballance was getting used to the pace of the spinners, and that's what foxed him. It's the wicket India have been searching for."

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    India's Mohammed Shami
  62. 17:12: 
    WICKET- Ballance c Dhoni b Shami 27 (Eng 70-2)

    Gone! India strike. It's a change of bowling that's done it, the tourists replacing Ravi Jadeja with Mohammed Shami, who does the trick first ball. Outside off stump, length, Gary Ballance feeling for the ball and prodding through to Mahendra Dhoni. Just as England were easing their way in to this chase, India knock them back down.


    England's Gary Ballance
    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England bat the at the normal rate, that would get the score up to 130-1, maybe 130-2. That would leave 200 in a day with eight wickets. This Test match is setting up to be a humdinger."

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  64. 17:10: 
    Eng 70-1 (target 319)

    As I catch a glimpse at the conclusion of the Open, I'm wondering if playing cricket and golf are the only times when it's acceptable for a man to wear white trousers? Ishant to Ballance, tickle for a single. Ishant to Cook, still unable to persuade the skipper to play. There are 19 overs remaining, England going at two an over. 110ish at the close? No more than two down to have a sniff?

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    Charles Isere: It's heart in the mouth every ball with Jadeja. Cook & Ballance look as secure as a teenager on stilettos.

  66. 17:05: 
    Eng 69-1 (need 250 more to win)

    Ah, there we have it. MS Dhoni is standing back to Jadeja so he can chase the edge to third man. Three to Ballance. Cook is also making an attempt to get across his stumps, to smother the spin. Each man nudging square on the off side, singles apiece. Good over for England.

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

    "I've never been a fan of the Mexican Wave - the only place I've seen them do it properly is at The Oval, when they've stopped serving them beer. Then it's good. Paul Collingwood, in particular, used to get excited when one was about to start up."

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  68. 17:02: 
    Eng 62-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 20)

    Reports of rain coming in from amateur meteorologists all over London. Weather still holding at Lord's, where cheers from the crowd suggest a Mexican Wave has broken out. Sit down and watch the cricket, this is gripping stuff. Cook continues his personal battle, keeping Ishant at bay. On the balcony, Joe Root sits with Peter Moores. I'm fairly certain that Root is always next to Moores. Teacher's pet? Maybe his parents insist he is chaperoned.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "MS Dhoni is shouting to Ravindra Jadeja in Hindi, telling him where to bowl. Wouldn't it be funny if Gary Ballance understood it all and knew where the next delivery was to be pitched?"

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  70. 16:57: 
    Eng 62-1 (target 319)

    India sticking with the under-11/club 6th XI field. Keeper and catchers in no-man's land, neither close nor back. Dhoni, lidless, barely crouching as Jadeja now comes in round the wicket to Ballance. Some natural variation takes the ball past the edge, but it's another over survived. By the way, today I've learned that it's "round the wicket", rather than "around the wicket". It's in the MCC Laws and everything. Every day a school day.

  71. 16:55: 
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  72. 16:54: 
    Eng 62-1 (target 319)

    Menacing grey clouds at HQ, like when the spaceship hovers over the White House in Independence Day. Cook ever so slightly more assured against Ishant, looking to be judging the length a little better. He also looks to have learned a lesson from Murali Vijay, leaving the ball well, only playing when necessary. A maiden.

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

    "I really like the out-of-the-box thinking from India, but the catchers need to be closer."

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  74. 16:50: 
    Eng 62-1 (Cook 21, Ballance 20)

    Ooohhh skipper, this is the sort of fortune you need. Ravi Jadeja gets one to spit, taking Cook on the glove, just falling short of Virat Kohli leg slip. Kohli, by the way, is standing closer than wicketkeeper Dhoni. It may come back to slap me in the face when Dhoni takes a catch, but I still think this is odd. In yard cricket, we used to have automatic wicketkeeper. If it hits the garage door on the full, you're out. Dhoni might take that now.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "This may be tempting fate, but Lord's is living a charmed life weather-wise at the moment. There are dark grey clouds surrounding us on all sides, and reports of downpours in several other parts of London, but at the moment the sky directly above us is clear. It feels like a perfect metaphor for the action, with Alastair Cook currently keeping the gathering storm clouds at bay."

  76. 16:46: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 60-1

    The floodlights are taking such an effect that they are reflecting off the blue plastic of Gary Ballance's helmet. When the ball goes down the leg side to backstop (and I use that word deliberately) Dhoni, India ask the question, but Bruce Oxenford rightly says no. He's Australian, Bruce. Will be out on the town with his lovely wife Sheila later on. Cook's footwork still not convincing, but good Ballance running brings him a single off an edge through the slips.

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

    "Jadeja is bowling as fast as he can into those footholes so he's standing back. Dhoni is thinking, if it jumps and he gloves it, I've got more chance catching it standing back. I've never seen this before in a Test match."

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  78. 16:42: 
    Eng 57-1 (Cook 19, Ballance 17)

    In all the Test cricket I have ever witnessed, I have never seen anything like this. Mahendra Dhoni, a Test wicketkeeper, is standing back to the left-arm spin of Ravi Jadeja. Why? Worried about the one that keeps low? You'd think this was strange in a club 3rd XI match, it's the sort of thing you might see in an under-11 game. Is Jadeja bowling any quicker? I don't think so. Village.

  79. 16:40: 
    Scorecard update

    England 55-1 (20 overs) - target 319

    Batsmen: Cook 18*, Ballance 16*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Robson 7)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 6-2-10-0, Shami 2-0-9-0, Ishant 3-2-1-0, Jadeja 6-1-14-1, Vijay 3-1-7-0

    Totals: India 295 & 342, England 319


    England's Gary Ballance and Alastair Cook
  80. 16:39: 
    Eng 55-1 (target 319)

    Yep, India return to pace, replacing Ravi Jadeja with Ishant Sharma. I bet Jadeja will switch ends. Ishant, long of leg, mullet and shirt flapping, exploring the off stump of Cook, who isn't sure whether to come forward or go back. When Ishant gets leggy, Cook takes once. Steady as she goes, skipper.

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

    "The problem MS Dhoni has with a part-time off-spinner is that he can't set as attacking a field as he'd like."

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  82. 16:34: 
    Eng 54-1 (Cook 17, Ballance 16)

    Darker still, Murali Vijay's part-timers spinning away from the lefties. Odd bit of an uneven bounce, but my guess is that Alastair Cook doesn't mind facing this spin as opposed to the seam he's been struggling against. One bye from it, England ticking along.

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

    "Although there is a hiccup here and there and an ooh and aah, they're ticking. It's when you're stuck and you can't get a run that's it real pressure."

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  84. 16:31: 
    Eng 53-1 (target 319)

    Thanks Higgy. Ravi Jadeja from the Pavilion End, slope not helping him turn his left-armers into this leftie pair. Two short legs, a leg slip and a slip. Gary Ballance's shuffling technique may actually be a help with the ball turning in to him, he gets in a good position to play with the spin. Having said that, a poke takes the outside edge and runs for four. It's getting dark. The floodlights are taking effect and the wind rising. I'd bet we'll get some wet stuff.

    England's Gary Ballance
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    Danny at Lord's: Are extras the biggest run scorer in Test history?

  86. 16:28: 
    Eng 48-1 (target 319)

    Every run counts in this situation, and England gladly accept four byes when MS Dhoni fails to gather. Murali Vijay is extracting a little turn from the surface and he beats Alastair Cook's outside edge before the skipper cracks a single to the boundary rider. Steady stuff.

    Right then. We've got 30 overs left in the day and Stephan Shemilt is your man to take you through them. Enjoy!

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    Alex Manktelow: Raining in SW3. Another turn for this game?

    Nick Underwood: Raining quite hard in Herne Hill near Brixton. . . . coming your way?!

  88. 16:25: 
    Eng 43-1 (Cook 14, Ballance 12)

    Slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja is coming round the wicket now as he continually mixes up the line of attack, and his lengths. England are digging in though and Alastair Cook chips another single from their target.

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

    "I think England will make a good fist of this. I'm not saying they will win, but they've got to come good eventually."

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  90. 16:21: 
    Eng 42-1 (target 319)

    MS Dhoni employs spin from both ends as he gives part-time off-spinner Murali Vijay a chuck. Gary Ballance responds by squirting three down to third man before Alastair Cook chops three more into the same region. That'll do.

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    Scott: Am I the only one who is enjoying the lack of DRS? The fact that the umpire might miss an lbw that would have hit by a millimetre is a small price to play to get rid of the delays, the second guessing and the growing loss of the sense that one takes the rough with the smooth in sport.

  92. 16:18: 
    Eng 36-1 (Cook 11, Ballance 9)

    Nice: Alastair Cook jumps into position and utilises the full face of his bat to guide Bhuvneshwar Kumar through the cover region for the type of boundary which teases the fielder all the way to the ropes. The skipper's in double figures.

    Naughty: Kumar is given an official warning by umpire Bruce Oxenford for running onto the pitch.

    England's Alastair Cook
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    Alex: Chase this down and it will be the making of this team. Lose by 100 and it's lots and lots of questions. Such fine lines.

  94. 16:14: 
    Eng 32-1 (target 319)

    So far, so good after tea... Alastair Cook turning a single square and Gary Ballance tickling two down to fine leg. 319 seems a long, long way away.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "England's first-innings score was 319 and their target is 319. It's the third time in Test cricket that a team have been set the same score they made in the first innings."

  96. 16:11: 
    Eng 29-1 (Cook 6, Ballance 7)

    Light relief is provided by Gary Ballance as he squats in his crease, Eoin Morgan-like, and carves Bhuvneshwar Kumar for four past backward point. He then helps the ball on its way for four leg byes through fine leg. They all count.

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    Mike in Penang: England need 319 to win having made 319 in their first innings. Anybody know if any team have won a Test scoring exactly the same runs in both innings?

  98. 16:07: 
    Eng 21-1 (target 319)

    There are two short legs and a leg slip in place for the two lefties, who trade singles in their desperate attempt to get up to the sanctuary of the non-striker's end. Both Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance are having to get forward to smother Ravindra Jadeja's grenades. Three shaved from the target.

  99. 16:04: 
    Eng 18-1 (Cook 5, Ballance 1)

    You could cut the atmosphere with a knife as Alastair Cook battles his way through Bhuvneshwar Kumar's maiden over. Much like in the first innings - until he got out - he's playing nice and straight and refusing to be tempted outside off stump. Will that continue?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He's not the best spinner in the world. He's not the biggest spinner in the world. But he's just getting it up in that rough."

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  101. 16:01: 
    Eng 18-1 (Target 319)

    What's going on here? Ravindra Jadeja is turning it around corners to the left-handed Gary Ballance. All of a sudden, I'm worried about the fact England have packed their batting line-up with left-handers on a pitch which has been scuffed up outside off stump by their battery of right-arm-over pace bowlers. Maiden over.

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  102. 15:58: 

    They are back out after tea, a couple of minutes earlier than expected. Somebody's keen. Let's play.

    England's Alastair Cook
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    Joseph Slack: People need to re-examine these Hawk-Eye replays more carefully when they're shown as part of the replay; none of the ball was shown as being in line with the stumps, shows the dreadful standard of umpiring on the elite panel really...

    England's Sam Robson
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I can't decide what is more stressful: watching Cook bat or making a tea-time phone call to my wife to find out she's shopping for clothes in the Hampstead 'sales'. Either way, there's a knot in my stomach and I'm fully expecting it to tighten as this evening session unfolds."

  105. 15:52: 

    England are going to have to bat long if they are to successfully chase down this total, and at least one batsman needs to score a ton. The skipper's still hanging in there. We've got 39 overs remaining in the day.

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    Maik in Loxwood: Can you feel it? Not just at Lord's but all around the country. The suspense every time England's captain faces a ball. Come on Cook, this is your moment!

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    Tim in Portsmouth: Maybe time that some of the 'untouchables' places in the England team were questioned. Stuart Broad returned 1-99, how about giving someone else a go, Graham Onions for example? Banging the ball in short on these featherbed pitches is a waste of time.

  108. 15:47: 

    How are the nerves? Got any fingernails left? Or are you remaining optimistic and placing all your confidence in Captain Cook?

  109. 15:47: 
    Tea scorecard

    England 18-1 (8 overs) - target 319

    Batsmen: Cook 5*, Ballance 1*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Robson 7)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 3-1-2-0, Shami 2-0-9-0, Ishant 2-2-0-0, Jadeja 1-0-2-1

    Totals: India 295 & 342, England 319


    England's Sam Robson
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    Sri Gutta: I have it on good authority (Boycott's mum) that WG Grace once tried to hit a cover drive and missed the ball. Mr. Grace decided that he did not miss and it was good judgement so the leave was born!

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

    "It's all on how England play Jadeja. He is the real threat, with those footholes outside the left-hander's off stump. There will be odd ball that spits, that spins, that skids on. He's already having a fantastic day."

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  112. 15:41: 
    TEA- Eng 18-1 (Cook 5, Ballance 1)

    England have never been more thankful to head off for some tea-time brews and biscuits as Ishant Sharma rips one past Alastair Cook's groping outside edge at the end of another maiden over.

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    Merlyn: And the collapse begins. All those optimists welcome back to the England of old. Real 90′s stuff for you to see today.

    Jamie Gerrard: Dodgy decision. "Umpire's call" code for guesswork, outside line and barely hitting the stumps.

  114. 15:37: 
    Eng 18-1 (Target 319)

    This is worrying stuff for England fans as first Alastair Cook almost pops up a catch to leg slip's right before the new batsman, Gary Ballance, unconvincingly helps four leg byes round the corner. Ravindra Jadeja's having a great afternoon.

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

    "Robson shaking his head, but it's pad first. Does he gets outside the line? It's umpire's call and it would have hit. It's brilliant from Dhoni, throwing the ball to Jadeja even though Kumar was bowling OK. It's just his day."

    India's Ravindra Jadeja
  116. 15:31: 
    WICKET- Robson lbw Jadeja 7 (Eng 12-1)

    More superb captaincy from MS Dhoni as he brings on left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja in the seventh over of the England innings and the all-rounder, who smashed a half-century earlier today, sneaks one past Sam Robson's groping defence and into the batsman's pads. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger, with replays showing it would have been umpire's call for both impact and hitting the wicket if the DRS was in place.


    India's Ravindra Jadeja
  117. 15:31: 
    Eng 12-0 (Target 319)

    Pro-active captaincy from MS Dhoni as he quickly hauls a misfiring Mohammed Shami out of the attack and chucks the cherry to Ishant Sharma. A leg-bye puts Alastair Cook on strike, and the captain lets his four deliveries sail through to the keeper. A very sensible ploy.

    That has got me thinking, however. How did the leave come into existence? What would the reaction have been to the very first batsman who left a ball back in the 1800s? I bet it was revolutionary at first. Or am I wrong?

  118. 15:26: 
    Eng 11-0 (Target 319)

    There is deliberate and intense concentration from Sam Robson as he expertly deals with a probing opening spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Five dots and then a single. That's the third successive time he's taken a single at the end of the over to retain the strike. A deliberate ploy or just coincidence?

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Only three players have ever got a half-century and five wickets in successive Test matches: Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Bhuvneshwar Kumar."

  120. 15:22: 
    Eng 10-0 (Robson 6, Cook 4)

    Sam Robson might want to remind his team-mates of a match he played in for Middlesex at Lord's earlier this summer as his county scored a staggering 472-3 in the second innings to beat Yorkshire. The right-hander scored 77 in that winning effort but he's lucky to survive one which almost creeps under his bat before clipping a boundary through midwicket when Mohammed Shami's line strays. He then adds another end-of-over single to once again retain the strike.

  121. 15:17: 
    Cook's woes

    A reminder of Alastair Cook's Test scores this summer (warning - they don't make pretty reading):

    17 & 28: First Test v Sri Lanka, Lord's

    17 & 16: Second Test v Sri Lanka, Headingley

    5: First Test v India, Trent Bridge

    10: Second Test v India, Lord's

  122. 15:17: 
    Eng 5-0 (target 319)

    A delivery to send jitters through the England changing room as Bhuvneshwar Kumar beats Sam Robson with one which scuttles through to the keeper. The Middlesex opener is finally off the mark with a gentle single past backward square. He retains the strike.

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

    "India got 90-100 too many. The wicket flattened out, but England bowled too short. This is the challenge for the captain, to get his mind right, to get his feet going."

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  124. 15:14: 
    Eng 4-0 (Robson 0, Cook 4)

    The dozens inside the England changing room, the thousands packed into Lord's and many of the millions following around the world are rooting for Alastair Cook - at least judging by the reaction of the crowd as they inhale sharply when the skipper plays and misses at his first ball, before loudly cheering a classy cut for four when Mohammed Shami drops short and wide. There's a loud appeal for caught behind but the captain was nowhere near that one. So far, so good.

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    Paddy Murphy: He's my absolute favourite batsmen ever, but I'm fearful for Cooky right now. Please, please let the runs flow. Please.

    Mattie Bagnall: Perfect time for a big innings from Cook. Hope he does it!

    Woody Harrison: Been in the garden for 5 minutes. Is Cook out yet?

  126. 15:09: 
    Eng 0-0 (target 319)

    Sam Robson takes first strike to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Alastair Cook is quickly into position for a sharp single - so much so, in fact, that he could easily have been Mankaded. Imagine that! Gentle swing early on from Kumar and Robson defends those which are on the stumps and leaves those which float harmlessly through to the keeper. We begin with a maiden.

  127. 15:04: 

    Alastair Cook confidently punches gloves with Sam Robson, does a few squats and then marches to the crease. He's ready for this.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Pencils are being sharpened, ball-points readied and quills dipped in ink. It's Cook-watch time again in the Lord's press box. Many wrote the skipper off some time ago - is he charging his glass in the last chance saloon?"

  129. 15:03: 
    Captain Cook

    Former England captain and coach Keith Fletcher on BBC's Sportsweek: "When you are going out to bat, you have got to think only about your batting. Alastair Cook is strong enough to just think about getting runs. As a captain, you need to be.

    "He has to let the ball come through more; he is over-stretching going forward - he loses where his off stump is. He wants to take a slightly shorter stride and play the ball under his eyes.

    "Cook is going to have to play well and have a fair slice of luck, but who knows? This time tomorrow or the next day, we might be talking about a famous victory."

  130. 15:02: 

    India 342 all out (103.1 overs) - England need 319 to win

    Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Dhawan 31), 118-2 (Pujara 43), 118-3 (Kohli 0), 123-4 (Rahane 5), 202-5 (Dhoni 19), 203-6 (Binny 0), 235-7 (Vijay 95), 334-8 (Jadeja 68), 338-9 Shami 0) 342-10 (Kumar 52). Not out: Sharma 0*

    Bowling figures: Anderson 29-11-77-1, Broad 23-6-93-1, Stokes 18.1-2-51-3, Plunkett 22-6-65-3, Moeen 11-3-28-2

    First innings: India 295, England 319


    England's Moeen Ali
  131. 15:01: 

    How England could do with a century from Alastair Cook right about now! It could be just the kick-start this embryonic team needs.

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

    "The opening stand in crucial. If England can get to 60 or 70 for none, it will look a little different. It's been a gripping Test match. Before lunch, England were right in the driving seat, but it has been whipped away from their noses."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We have a game. The facts and stats are there for a reason. The odds are against England but they have time on their side. If they bat throughout, they will win the game."

  134. 14:59: 
    Highest successful Test chases at Lord's

    Only once has a team made more than 319 in the fourth innings to win a Test at Lord's. The highest chases are:

    344-1: West Indies v England, 1984 (below)

    282-3: England v New Zealand, 2004

    218-3: England v New Zealand, 1965

    Gordon Greenidge
  135. 14:56: 
    WICKET- Kumar c Bell b Stokes 52 (Ind 342 all out)

    Pitched up. Outside edge. Caught at second slip. Textbook.

    England angrily head for the changing rooms - Ian Bell by throwing the ball away, Ben Stokes by kicking the turf. They need 319 to win this second Test and go 1-0 up in the five-match series.


    England's Ben Stokes
  136. 14:56: 
    Ind 342-9 (lead by 318)

    Ishant Sharma is dogged enough at number eleven - sitting back in his crease and defending a maiden over back to Moeen Ali.

  137. 14:50: 
    FIFTY FOR KUMAR- Ind 342-9

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar reaches his fifty - his third of the series - by smashing Ben Stokes back over his head for four. Lap up the applause young man, you deserve it. He then sees out the rest of the over, leaving Ishant Sharma on strike for the next set of six.

    India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  138. 14:47: 
    Ind 338-9 (Kumar 48, Ishant 0)

    Can England now quickly take that 10th wicket? Rather like in 10-pin bowling when there's just one skittle left to knock down, both India and England have struggled to get rid of the last man. Another tidy over by Moeen Ali, who now has two wickets and is visibly getting better with the ball.

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    Santanu Mijay: Jadeja gone, but a crucial knock. A match winning one possibly. Under pressure but able to be aggressive. Great effort.

    John Morris: Devastating partnership between Jadeja and Kumar. Pretty much won the game for India.

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

    "It skidded on, almost a doosra, but it was an off-break that didn't turn. England won't be happy, but it's going to be a belting Test match."

  141. 14:45: 
    WICKET- Shami c Prior b Moeen 0 (Ind 338-9)

    Nine down, one to go. Moeen Ali gets one to go on with the arm and Mohammed Shami gets a little tickle behind to a grateful Matt Prior.


    India's Mohammed Shami
  142. 14:43: 
    Ind 334-8 (lead by 314)

    That was some catch by Alastair Cook, running back, watching it all the way, grasping the ball to his chest. Drinks were taken at the fall of the wicket, with Mohammed Shami then arriving. He watches on as Kumar flashes Stokes over the slips for four.

    England's Ben Stokes
    Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

    "If anyone deserves a standing ovation, it is Jadeja now. It has been a magnificent innings, one that will be remembered for some time to come."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a brilliant innings. Jadeja preyed on England and took the attack to them. It's a second brilliant catch by Cook, that is pressure."

    England captain Alastair Cook
  145. 14:38: 
    WICKET- Jadeja c Cook b Stokes 68 (Ind 334-8)

    Got him! But is it too late? Ravindra Jadeja goes for one big shot too many - a pull shot - and gets a steepling top edge over the head of the wicketkeeper, where Alastair Cook runs round and takes another excellent catch.


    India's Ravindra Jadeja
  146. 14:38: 
    Ind 333-7

    Moeen Ali into the bowling attack and the scoring rate instantly slows - Ravindra Jadeja getting a single before Matt Prior drops another sharp, difficult catch as Bhuvneshwar Kumar gloves behind.

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

    "It was a full ball, swinging in to the pads, whipped off the legs. It's gone straight at Bell, quite hard, but you'd think he would have enough time to catch that."

  148. 14:34: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 333-7 (lead by 309)

    Alright lads, you've had your fun. Let's keep this as a contest. At this rate, India will be thinking of declaring so they have enough time to bowl England out.

    More problems for England as Ravindra Jadeja nails Ben Stokes to Ian Bell at midwicket, but the normally reliable catcher shells the head-high chance. It never rains, but it pours. One from the over.

    England's Ben Stokes
    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Matt Prior has gone second on the list of most byes conceded by a wicketkeeper in Test cricket, 771. He's gone past Jeffrey Dujon and is only behind Mark Boucher. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has 201 runs and 11 wickets in the first two Tests of the series. He's the first Indian and only the seventh player of all-time to do that."

  150. 14:29: 
    Ind 332-7 (lead by 308)

    Each run is like a dagger to the heart for England now, especially the four byes which run down to fine leg as Bhuvneshwar Kumar evades a Stuart Broad bouncer fairly easily. The runs continue to flow faster than the bubbly in the posh seats as Kumar twice steers fours down to third man.

    Should we not rename that fielding position? Maybe no man?

    England's Matt Prior
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    Jack Blackburn: Swashbuckling Jadeja has silenced the England fans and ignited India. This is match winning stuff, nonchalantly displayed.

    James Latimer: And the Test slips away again. Constant shifts of momentum and dominance. Compelling stuff.

    Stoney: Cook stands in that all too familiar pose scratching his chin but ultimately absolutely clueless about what to do.

  152. 14:25: 
    Ind 320-7 (Jadeja 66, Kumar 36)

    There is little noise emanating from the Lord's stands now, save for some exuberant India supporters lauding this magnificent display - once again - from their lower order. Liam Plunkett is reasonably tidy, but another four runs are added to the India total.

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

    "England are missing a trick bowling seam. Jadeja would attack Moeen and you can put the fielders where you know the ball will go."

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  154. 14:21: 
    Ind 316-7 (lead by 292)

    Based on my experience of watching England for the best part of 25 years, these are the sort of lower-order partnerships which precipitate a batting collapse from the hosts later in the day. Stuart Broad is back in the bowling attack and Ravindra Jadeja picks up two down to third man and then a single to the off side boundary rider.

    "Oh dear," is muttered by one of my colleagues as Bhuvneshwar Kumar races through for an all-run four before easing two more into the off side. These two boys can bat. And run. And bowl. All to a high standard.

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

    "I'm an England fan, but I'm enjoying the way Jadeja his playing. He's being ultra-aggressive, throwing the bat. It's good to watch. His beans are going."

  156. 14:14: 
    Ind 307-7 (Jadeja 60, Kumar 29)

    Ravindra Jadeja is hitting the ball so hard, it has gone out of shape and a new one is requested from the pavilion. Since lunch, India are going at more than six an over, while England seem to have no idea how to combat Bhuvneshwar Kumar whose lowest score (when being dismissed) in this series is 36. He's a number nine!

    Meanwhile, James Anderson is muttering to Jadeja at the non-striker's end. I don't think he's inviting him round for tea tonight. Another boundary as Kumar clatters Liam Plunkett through the off side. Five from the over.

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    Andy in Bangkok: This Test is gradually slipping away and we could be looking at a defeat as I don't think the England batsmen can bat for over a day. It is also disappointing, again, to see that we have run out of steam and ideas when finishing off the tailenders.

  158. 14:07: 
    Ind 302-7 (lead by 269)

    That penny which James Anderson has found (1402)... can we use it to get Alastair Cook's current thoughts? The England skipper must be getting a little sweaty underneath his blue cap and dark shades as Ravindra Jadeja smacks Liam Plunkett back down the ground for four before the left-hander carves another boundary through the off side.

    Anderson drops short and Jadeja pulls it down into the ground and takes a single. Can it get any worse? Yes it can, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar flashes four through the gully region. Those lunchtime plans aren't working very well, are they?

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "The vast India-supporting contingent in the Lord's crowd are lapping up every run of this counter-attacking partnership. Shouting, screaming and clapping galore. Even the replay of Jadeja's bat-spinning celebration draws a huge cheer."

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

    "Well played, lad. Look at him waving the bat. I'd love to meet him. It's an Australian way of playing, to counter-attack when you're in trouble. It was the Richie Benaud way."

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  161. 14:02: 

    The England slip cordon look like they are doing the YMCA as they enthusiastically appeal for lbw against Bhuvneshwar Kumar before, as one, putting their hands on their head when the appeal is rightly turned down. Too leggy.

    A leg-bye is taken, allowing Ravindra Jadeja to tip the single which takes him to his maiden Test fifty. It's also the excuse for a Zorro-like celebration from the all-rounder, who grins while applause rings around Lord's. James Anderson's not laughing, though. He looks like he's lost a pound and found a penny.

    A flowing four through the covers by Bhuvneshwar Kumar just adds to the misery. India on top now.

    India's Ravindra Jadeja
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Plunkett has pitched the ball up better than anyone. Anderson and Broad have buckets full of Test wickets, but they have been two feet too short. It doesn't sound a lot, but it is."

  163. 13:57: 

    A short delay while Ravindra Jadeja changes helmet after being pinned on the lid by James Anderson at the end of the last over.

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    Barney in Jersey: India surely have enough runs already. Pitch offering uneven bounce, England's experienced batsmen woefully out of form and the young guys have no experience of chasing down a big total on a day 4/5 pitch in Test cricket. I think India will get a 300-run lead, skittle England for 150 and Cook having no option but to resign.

    Phil Messer: If England bat to their potential they can get these runs even if over 300. The concern is England have not batted to their potential for quite a long time.

  165. 13:55: 
    Ind 283-7 (lead by 259)

    Such is the importance of this partnership, I reckon India coach Duncan Fletcher might be cracking a smile in the visitors' changing room. On second thoughts, probably not.

    The tourists are being canny now as they continually drop quick singles into the open spaces vacated by the retreating field. This is distinctly average from England, who are banging the ball in and being given the runaround. Saying that, Ravindra Jadeja gets into a mess with a sharp bumper from around the wicket and almost gloves a catch to Joe Root at gully, via his helmet.

  166. 13:50: 
    Ind 279-7 (Jadeja 47, Kumar 15)

    The England field is pushed back now, allowing Ravindra Jadeja to pick up two with an inside edge off the pads from a decent delivery from Liam Plunkett. The Middlesbrough Miandad, as we christened him following his batting exploits yesterday, is coming round the wicket and Jadeja picks up two more into the leg side before creaming a lofted drive over extra cover for four. A quick single into the off side follows. Frustrating for England, but very useful runs for India.

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    Will in Swanage: Man for man you have to say this series is incredibly evenly matched from one to 11. Sso glad it is a five-Test series. Still fancy India to edge this one, though, unless Jimmy maintains his batting form.

  168. 13:45: 
    Ind 270-7 (lead by 246)

    James Anderson silently snarls his way to the wicket, with his old mate Ravindra Jadeja in opposition. The left-hander gives the Burnley Express the charge second ball up and a lofted, uncontrolled, pull shot drops safely and a single is taken. The pesky, and very talented, Bhuvneshwar Kumar turns his wrists on one and picks up two more crucial runs. Three from the over.

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    Mattie Bagnall: If we bowl them out for 275 we have a chance. A very slim chance.

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

    "The match is poised, almost on a knife-edge. It's impossible to say who's on top for more than 10 minutes."

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  171. 13:41: 

    First of all, however, England need to give Ravindra Jadeja the shove - he's capable of blowing this game away with that flashing blade. The players are back on the pitch now. This next session? Massive. But when is it ever not?

  172. 13:39: 

    That lunch interval came at a good time for England. On more than once occasion this summer, England have come out after an interval with a fresh plan and taken a wicket. Just watch... but don't blame me if they don't!

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    Merlyn: When was the last time England successfully chased anything in the 4th innings? I cannot remember. Game is India's.

  174. 13:31: 

    What's going to happen next then? This feels like it could be a defining day-and-a-half for Alastair Cook's England. Can the skipper score a match-winning ton? Or will Ravindra Jadeja clatter another 50 or so runs and put the match beyond the home side's reach?

    India's Ravindra Jadeja
  175. 13:27: 

    Thanks Stephan. Bubbling up nicely, isn't it?

  176. 13:25: 

    Fully stocked with supplies, Marc Higginson has wandered to the seat beside me. You're in safe hands for the afternoon session.

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    Mike M: India have won. England will not chase 243. Never mind any extra they get.

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    George Block: Even stevens? Only twice in the history of the game has a score higher than this been successfully chased in the 4th innings at Lords, and only 282 and 344 in those cases. The odds are already against England.

  179. 13:13:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

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    Mandip in Surrey: To David in Spain... Jadeja doesn't look much of a rabbit, more of a hare that England are struggling to catch.

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    Andrew Ramsay: I'm loving this 'niggle' between Jimmy and Jadeja; it provides an interesting subtext to an already fascinating game.

    Darren Richards: India's tail, and Kumar in particular, are due a failure... surely?

    Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson
  182. 13:05: 
    Lunch scorecard

    India 267-7 (88 overs) - lead by 243 runs

    Batsmen: Jadeja 37*, Kumar 13*

    Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Dhawan 31), 118-2 (Pujara 43), 118-3 (Kohli 0), 123-4 (Rahane 5), 202-5 (Dhoni 19), 203-6 (Binny 0), 235-7 (Vijay 95)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 26-11-57-1, Broad 21-6-76-1, Stokes 15-2-42-1, Plunkett 18-6-42-3, Moeen 8-1-27-1

    First innings: India 295, England 319


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

    "It's even-stevens now. I think England will be happier that they've got the three wickets and lunch-time allows them to regroup and set some plans up with the coaching staff. They need to get rid of Ravindra Jadeja because he could take the game away from them."

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    India's Ravindra Jadeja
  184. 13:03: 
    Lunch- Ind 267-7

    After all the excitement of the last 20 minutes or so, the final over before the break passes without incident. Jadeja hooks Broad for a single, Kumar is beaten outside off stump. India go to lunch 267-7, leading by 243. England looked to be taking it by the scruff of the neck, but Ravi Jadeja is playing a wonderful counter-attack. Even? I just favour India.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook will be wary of putting men back on the boundary because of all the criticism he has got for that tactic recently."

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  186. 12:58: 
    Ind 266-7 (lead by 242)

    Dangerous times for England. You'd think a target of about 230-270 means it's anyone's game, while anything more would have India favourites. We're in to that zone now. The reprieved Kumar gets in on the act, punching Anderson through the covers, then driving through the on side for an all-run four. One to go before lunch.

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

    "It was short and wide, Kumar flashed at it hard, and Joe Root flicked it over the bar. He was actually quite close to the wicket at fourth slip. That could be crucial. You've got to take everything when you're in this situation."

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  188. 12:48: 
    Kumar dropped on 2- Ind 256-7

    Dropped! England give Bhuvneshwar Kumar a life. Stuart Broad is the bowler, Kumar angling the ball to fourth slip, where Joe Root throws his hands up, only for the ball to burst through. It's travelled quickly. Is that cordon too close? How costly might that be? Broad foaming at the mouth, mood darkened by a bouncer called wide, and turned entirely black by a wonderful aerial drive by Jadeja. One bounce, four. Every ball an event. "Ooohhh Ravi Jadeja" sing the India fans in the crowd when the left-hander pulls another boundary. Wonderful stuff.

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    David in Spain: We had ghosts earlier, but it's India's giant rabbits which spook me!

  190. 12:46: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 246-7

    This could the ball game, right here. If Jadeja bats for an hour, England could be beaten. But get Jadeja, and England will be only two wickets from chasing. Jadeja is charging, belting Anderson through the covers for four. All eyes on Alastair Cook. What do England do in order to both take the wicket and ensure Jadeja doesn't score too many? Throw in the Anderson 'pushgate' and it's delicious Test cricket. "Baaarrrgghhhh!" England appeal, this looks good. Bruce Oxenford detects an inside edge. He's right too. Doesn't stop Jimmy from having a word with Jadeja, though.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Alastair Cook has been criticised for being too passive and during the first innings he rarely talked to his bowlers. But here he is conversing purposefully with Stuart Broad, walking the bowler all the way back to his mark before scampering back to the other end to take up his position at first slip. The England skipper is right in the thick of things in this crucial period of a fascinating match."

  192. 12:41: 
    Ind 240-7 (lead by 216)

    Broad behind the Anderson wicket, getting one to scurry at Kumar, followed by one that jumps. Single taken, another precious run that takes India closer to a winning total. This is the conundrum for England, the balance between attack and defence, wickets and runs conceded. Field back for Jadeja, who sprints two when Sam Robson is slow to the ball at deep square.

  193. 12:38: 

    India 235-7 (83 overs) - lead by 211 runs

    Batsmen: Jadeja 19*, Kumar 0*

    Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Dhawan 31), 118-2 (Pujara 43), 118-3 (Kohli 0), 123-4 (Rahane 5), 202-5 (Dhoni 19), 203-6 (Binny 0), 235-7 (Vijay 95)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 23-10-41-1, Broad 18-6-60-1, Stokes 15-2-42-1, Plunkett 18-6-42-3, Moeen 8-1-27-1.

    First innings: India 295, England 319


  194. 12:36: 
    Ind 235-7 (Anderson 24-11-41-1)

    England on the charge, but this India batting line-up is longer than a queue of MCC members. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the crease. Looking again, that wicket was such an uncharacteristic error from Vijay, who had the left ball so well. This time, he poked, screaming to the sky in frustration as he left. Another twist in a Test that has had more twists and turns that a twisty-turny thing.

    Henry Blofeld, Test Match Special

    "That was the wicket England really wanted. Murali Vijay was the solid factor in the India innings and while he was at the crease, India looked on course of a lead of 300. During the course of the last two Test matches, Vijay was close to gaining squatters' rights at the crease."

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  196. 12:31: 
    WICKET- Vijay c Prior b Anderson 95 (Ind 235-7)

    How to get rid of Murali Vijay? James Anderson knows. It's a huge wicket, the one England so dearly needed. The new ball has done the trick, Vijay unable to resist the temptation of the ball moving away from him. Thick edge, through to Matt Prior, who did the rest. Wild celebrations from Anderson, England knowing how important that strike is.


    England's James Anderson
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  198. 12:28: 
    Ind 235-6 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 15)

    Stuart Broad to share the conker, I wonder if Liam Plunkett thinks he deserves a go? Broad wide, too wide, shaping away and not asking Vijay to play. Champagne and selfies in the crowd, Vijay driving for a couple. How can England get rid of the omnipresent India opener? An ejector seat? He's nearing a second hundred of the series.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It's so hard to judge what a good score is on this wicket. There are times when you think nothing is happening and you want 350, and then two or three wickets fall quickly and you think 240 might be OK."

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  200. 12:22: 
    New ball taken- Ind 228-6

    James Anderson is summoned to take the new nut in growing sunshine, bowling to his mate Ravi Jadeja for what I think is the first time in this match. Three slips, a gully, Jadeja playing an extraordinary charge to whip through midwicket. A counter-attack? If he survives like this until lunch, India will be sprinting on.

    India's Ravindra Jadeja
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    Ollie Kemp: What a shocker from Binny. Need situational awareness as well as talent to be a Test player, looks like he lacks the former!

    Thomas Knights: Cook taken a lot of criticism this summer. Took a fantastic catch there, good cricket all round from England.

    Football Fragmento: Moeen has taken 2-53 in this game & has been a little under-bowled. The lad can spin it.

    Alastair Cook celebrates catching Stuart Binny
  202. 12:17: 
    Ind 221-6 (new ball available)

    Big shout from Plunkett against the frenetic Jadeja, rightly turned down for height. Ooohhh, maybe this nonsense is even getting to Murali Vijay. Usually playing each delivery with enough time for a brew and a biscuit, a rare false shot just loops past the outstretched hand of Plunkett. Jadeja finally looks at home, driving through the covers for four. New ball available.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "That ball was in the air for so long that a gasp echoed around the press box as we collectively realised that Cook was the man underneath it. The England captain had a look of fierce determination on his face as he chased it down and one of boyish delight when he hit the ground with it safely in his grasp. A split-second later, he was on his knees, flexing his muscles towards the pavilion as he soaked up the crowd's applause. Pure sporting drama in one of cricket's greatest theatres."

    England's Alastair Cook
  204. 12:13: 
    Ind 217-6 (lead by 193)

    What's Ravi Jadeja doing here? Has he not seen the Binny dismissal? Jadeja is another on the charge, fortunate to get away with a wild swipe over the cover ring. Is this some sort of Indian plan to attack Moeen before the new ball? Or just a mildly amusing way of committing cricketing suicide? At the other end, Vijay doesn't seem to have noticed. Immovable.

    Rahul Dravid, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "It's fantastic as a captain when you make a move like that and it comes off. It's like a dream."

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  206. 12:08: 
    Ind 205-6 (lead by 181)

    I just wonder if that could be the spark for Cook. Firstly, it was inspired to play on Binny's ego, introducing Mooen and challenging him to play the big shot. When he took the catch, he punched the air with both fists and is now beaming at first slip as Plunkett pounds away. Ravi Jadeja the new man and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to come. Plenty of India batting, with England still needing to shift Vijay. New ball due in two.

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

    "Brilliant from England. They brought Moeen Ali on with the instinct that Stuart Binny would go for the big shot. Alastair Cook then took a superb catch. England have a great opportunity now."

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    England's Alastair Cook
  208. 12:00: 
    WICKET- Binny c Cook b Moeen 0 (Ind 203-6)

    On moments like this, fortunes and Test matches change. It's brilliant from Alastair Cook, both to introduce Moeen Ali and to take a screamer of a catch. Stuart Binny, however, has played an absolutely horrific shot. Just arrived, new ball due soon, eyes light up, sends Moeen to the heavens, so high the ball comes down with snow on it. Cook, mid off, turns and runs, ball dropping over his shoulder, clinging on with a dive. In two overs, England are right in this game and Cook may have had a moment of inspiration.

    India's Stuart Binny
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Lord's is filling up fast on this fourth day and there are far more blue-shirted India fans than we have seen on any other day of this Test. With the sky brightening to a lighter shade of grey, the four floodlights in each corner of the ground have been switched off."

  210. 11:59: 
    Ind 202-5

    It was the length that did for Dhoni there, full, a touch of extra bounce, taking the shoulder of the bat. India have had a rethink in their batting order, promoting Stuart Binny above Ravi Jadeja. Plunkett's got his tail up, fizzing the ball past Binny's nose. A different game all of a sudden. Now, England need shot of Vijay.

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

    "A brilliant catch from Ian Bell, and great lengths from Liam Plunkett who has been England's best bowler in this innings. MS Dhoni was just done by the bounce. It's the perfect time to get a wicket with the new ball due in 4.5 overs."

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  212. 11:52: 
    WICKET- Dhoni c Bell b Plunkett 19 (Ind 202-5)

    The breakthrough! My word, England needed that. From nowhere, Liam Plunkett had induced a mistake from Mahendra Dhoni and Ian Bell has taken a very sharp catch at second slip. Off stump, decent length, no feet from Dhoni, thick edge and well taken two-handed by Bell, diving to his left. Just before the new ball, England strike. The balance tips again.


    England's Liam Plunkett
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The one good thing for England is that the ball hasn't done a great deal and there has been no uneven bounce. You will still have to be watchful around the new ball and play straight, but there's nothing really to worry about."

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  214. 11:51: 
    Ind 202-4 (Vijay 81, Dhoni 19)

    Stokes continues to hang the ball outside off stump, but Dhoni remains patient. India's approach has been simple this morning. Play only when necessary, attack the bad ball, nudge and nurdle, run well. England haven't bowled badly, but the ball hasn't done much. If anything, the hosts haven't hit the top of off stump enough. From 123-4, India have now moved past 200. We're in very dangerous times for the hosts.

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    Toby Tarrant: Currently in the slowest moving queue of all time at Caracas Airport - the MCC members would feel right at home.

  216. 11:48: 
    Ind 199-4 (lead by 175)

    Plunkett, all arms and legs, induces a waft from Dhoni, with extra bounce beating the edge and drawing ooohhhs and aaahhhs from behind the sticks. Three times Plunkett gets too straight and each time is picked off for a single. In the members' area, a lady (are they allowed in?) sits underneath a sunhat the size of a satellite dish. Nearby, one chap with trousers under his armpits sleeps. I'm sure he was in the same position on Thursday. Should we be worried about him?

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    Dukkhaboy: That straight drive from Vijay... Can I have that for Christmas?

  218. 11:43: 
    Ind 197-4 (Vijay 80, Dhoni 15)

    England are going through their options, calling upon Ben Stokes for the first time today. Stokes spiders in, but encounters the same problems his three pace-bowling mates have. Occasionally too wide, his one bad ball taken through the covers by Vijay for four. Murali Vijay doesn't look much of a destroyer, but he's picking through England here. If Dhoni is the whirling infantry, Vijay is the sniper. Still, calm, waiting to pull the trigger, no wasted movement.

  219. 11:40: 
    The Cook conundrum

    Former England captain and coach Keith Fletcher on BBC's Sportsweek: "Knowing him as well as I do, Alastair Cook will want to continue with the captaincy and prove everybody wrong. I think England will stick with him; it is easy to say we should get rid of him, but who do you get rid of him for? You tell me somebody who will do a better job, because I can't tell you.

    "All good players go through bad patches but Cook hasn't had the rub of the green in the last few Test matches. Yes, he has struggled but he is still a great player."

    Keith Fletcher (right) and Mike Atherton
  220. 11:38: 
    Ind 192-4 (lead by 168)

    Further to this, I'm told that some members are in line as early as 3.30 in the morning. That can't be true, can it? That's seven and a half hours before play starts. You spend more time in the line than you do watching cricket. Please tell me if you've ever stood in line that long for cricket, or gone to any other silly lengths to watch a Test. Plunkett again, benign over, one from it. India bossing the morning.

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    Andy Young in Portsmouth: Following the recent form of Cook the following changes might offer a chance for both Cook and England to find better form. Bring in Jos Buttler as opening batsman. He is a powerful quick-scoring batsman as well as a decent wicketkeeper. Drop Cook to number five. This will give him chance to both analyse the pitch and play - and captain the team more confidently, not having to rush from fielding to batting in matter of minutes.

  222. 11:32: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 191-4

    Ooohhh, this looks close, Anderson rattling Dhoni on the back leg. In line? High? Not close enough for Bruce Oxenford, who keeps his finger to himself. A colleague, an MCC member, stands behind me and tells tales of queuing for a seat inside Lord's. I've seen pictures this morning of the members' dash for a place. Chaps of a certain vintage, standard issue uniform of cream slacks, blazer, tie and broadsheet. They're all probably asleep now.

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    Nigel Buck: England's hopes seem to lie with the new ball. I'd give the quicks another few overs then try Ali/Root and get them to hurry through a few overs. The lack of a frontline spinner is put into sharp focus during these periods.

  224. 11:30: 
    Ind 191-4 (Vijay 75, Dhoni 14)

    Indeed we do have the switch, Liam Plunkett coming on for Stuart Broad. Plunkett is easing his way in, not top pace, Vijay only playing when absolutely necessary. This has the feeling of yesterday afternoon, before Plunkett's twin strikes, when England struggled for inspiration and India were in no mood to chase the game. Some worried England faces. Anderson behind his shades, Broad under his sunhat, Cook with hands on hips. Ah, nice from Vijay, driving straight for four. New ball due in 10. England need it.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "James Anderson has been noticeably quieter in this match. He might glare at MS Dhoni between deliveries, but there's no chatter - his verbal guns have been spiked."

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  226. 11:26: 
    Ind 187-4 (lead by 163)

    England have occasionally been too short and wide this morning, but James Anderson is getting closer to the button on off stump. Good shape beats the poke of Dhoni, but one pushed down the slope is turned for a couple by the skipper. Going India's way at the moment. Time for a change?

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    Mike Bell: Sorry to hear Stuart Broad is being troubled by ghosts. How about he asks for his hotel room to be fitted with an exorcise bike?

  228. 11:23: 
    Ind 185-4 (Vijay 71, Dhoni 12)

    England building the dots, but Vijay, as he has umpteen times in these first two Tests, somehow finds a way through the slip cordon and towards the vacant third-man area. Another boundary, England still searching for a way to break this stand, which is now worth 62. Lead to 161. How many is too many? Already, this would the seventh-highest chase to win a Test at Lord's.

  229. 11:20: 
    Surrey... I'm not coming back!

    Graeme Smith will not be returning to Surrey this summer after he was advised to rest his knee following surgery.

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of captaining Surrey but due to my injuries in 2013 and 2014 I have been unable to fulfil my role in achieving the goals that both Surrey and I set out to accomplish when I first arrived," said Smith.

    "I would like to thank Surrey for the way they have looked after me. They have made me feel very welcome and it is very apparent that the current cricket management and personnel in the dressing room are already well on their way to achieving these goals. I will continue to follow the club's progress over the coming years."

    Graeme Smith
  230. 11:18: 
    Ind 181-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12)

    It's all been rather sedate since that 12-run first over. The sky is becoming increasingly blue, the sun strong enough for Anderson to cast a shadow as he kicks in. The pacer isn't making Dhoni play enough here, the skipper happy to leave. A better last ball, Dhoni almost drawn in to edging. Successive maiden number three.

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    John Butt: England's bowlers lost this on the first day with below average bowling. With Prior behind the stumps we need better.

    Jonathan Barrand: Vijay has not just dropped anchor but encased it in concrete.

  232. 11:14: 
    Ind 181-4 (lead by 157)

    Broad, without the accompaniment of any ghosts or other-worldly creatures, hangs the ball outside of Vijay's off stump, while also dealing with some loose footings in his run-up. Better from Broad, a maiden, a second in a row. Not entirely sure what to make of the ghosts at the Langham. I mean, can you really imagine a fast bowler, 252 Test wickets to his name, feisty character, having to knock on the keeper's door? "Matty, can I sleep in your room?"

  233. 11:11: 
    England spooked
    Stuart Broad

    If some of the England cricketers look a little bleary-eyed this morning, it's probably because they are being kept awake at night by ghostly goings-on. The Daily Mail reports some of the England players asked to move rooms at their London base, the historic Langham Hotel in Central London, during the recent Lord's Test against Sri Lanka.

    "It was so hot in the room I just couldn't sleep," said Stuart Broad. "All of a sudden the taps in the bathroom came on for no reason. I turned the lights on and the taps turned themselves off. Then when I turned the lights off again the taps came on.

    "It really freaked me out. I turned the light on and looked online and could see Matt Prior was online, too. I went to his room and he said exactly the same thing! He was wide awake as well. Neither of us could sleep because we were so spooked out.

    "Matt was in a twin room so I ended up sharing with him."

  234. 11:08: 
    Ind 181-4 (Vijay 67, Dhoni 12)

    James Anderson sharing morning duties, bowling to Mahendra Dhoni with three slips in place once more. Slightly brighter, the odd mix of a trying sun and the flickering floodlights. Anderson from the Pavilion End, the slope aiding some in-hoop to Dhoni, who is forced to cover up a maiden. Good from Jimmy.

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

    "That wasn't a bad first over from Stuart Broad but Murali Vijay has come out and looks more positive this morning. He's in very good form too. This pitch is good for batting on still - it's gone from looking like a green trampoline to an African desert."

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  236. 11:03: 
    Ind 181-4 (lead by 157)

    India are off to a flyer. Thick edge from Vijay, no third man, four scored. Broad leggy, thigh pad, four leg byes. Two balls, eight runs. The noise inside HQ tells us there is a healthy smattering of India fans, while there are also plenty of empty seats. It's dark enough for the floodlights to be required, but Vijay is already seeing it well enough to clip a couple of twos through the on side. Great start for India.

  237. 10:59: 

    The magnificent moustache of Kapil Dev rings the bell, summoning the players through the Long Room and on to the green. Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni in the middle, faced by the testing, overcast conditions. Stuart Broad has the ball, Vijay has three slips for company.

    Former India all-rounder Kapil Dev
  238. 10:56: 
    Start-of-play scorecard

    India 169-4 (57 overs) - lead by 145 runs

    Batsmen: Vijay 59*, Dhoni 12*

    Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Dhawan 31), 118-2 (Pujara 43), 118-3 (Kohli 0), 123-4 (Rahane 5)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 18-7-36-0, Broad 14-5-41-1, Stokes 13-2-35-1, Plunkett 12-5-24-2, Moeen 6-1-14-0

    First innings: India 295, England 319


    India's Murali Vijay and Mahendra Dhoni
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    Mark Savile: Love to see Cook play a big role in a win, catches and then score 70-odd to start the run chase. Class is permanent.

  240. 10:52:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    And, while you're going about your Sunday business - gardening, shopping, visiting the in-laws - you may also want a radio accompaniment.

    Test Match Special is on the air from Lord's and can be heard on Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 longwave, online, or via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps. Overseas? Follow this link.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Lord's
    Stuart Binny

    "'Binny, Binny, Binny' are the screams from a gathering of India supporters as their team's number eight Stuart Binny finishes a net on the Nursery Ground, stops for some autographs and heads on to join his team-mates in a game of outfield football. It's overcast this morning, but still very sultry as Peter Moores puts the England fielders through their paces ahead of a crucial morning session."

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    Nish: Fed up with all this Alastair Cook bashing. This is a chap in his 20s with 25 Test centuries to his name. Added to the pressure of opening bat is the captaincy of a transitional team. The vast majority of 'successful' captains have been backed up by a strong vice captain and other senior players along with a good management team. This would seem to be lacking at present in the England set up.

  243. 10:49: 
    Get involved

    So what do you think? Is today the day for skipper Cook? Or will we still be pondering his future this evening? Can England end this nine-match winless run? Or will India make it a miserable 10? Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, or email tms@bbc.co.uk.

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

    "To win the game, England have got to take six wickets in 45 overs. If India bat 50 overs, they will get to that 300 target, which will be very tricky for England. They have got to hit India hard, bowl with a real intensity. Chances will be created if England bowl well - they will have to take them."

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

    "It does feel ideal for swing bowling. Jimmy Anderson hasn't bowled anywhere near his best in this game, so this morning I'd go with Broad and Plunkett straightaway, - they've looked the best two England bowlers."

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    England's Liam Plunkett
  246. 10:46:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    BBC Weather's Philip Avery: "There will be a lot more play than interruptions today. Maybe around about tea time we will see some rain, but in the first two sessions I'd be very surprised to see any rain. With a humid atmosphere, it's going to be another day for the swingers."

  247. 10:44: 

    And that is where we pick up our story. A romance? A tragedy? A comedy? Decide for yourself over the next eight hours or so.

    India begin this fourth day of the second Test 169-4 in their second innings, leading by 145 runs. Pretty even.

    The pitch is flat enough, but just showing some signs of uneven bounce. Overhead cloud suggests a bowling morning.

    Can England skittle the India lower order and chase a target? Or will India bat the hosts out of the Test? And what about Alastair Cook?

    India's Murali Vijay
  248. 10:43: 

    Cook needs some help, though. Six wickets from his bowlers. The equivalent of asking your friend to talk to her friend and say "my mate fancies you".

    Until then, the skipper must wait for his chance.

  249. 10:42: 

    That's all gone. A break-up. Solitary days in then nets, wondering when the runs will come back.

    But it can change. Just a moment. A chance encounter, a dropped catch. The meeting of eye to ball across a 22-yard strip. One dreamy cover drive and everything clicks. The romance returns.

  250. 10:41: 

    If form is love, then Alastair Cook is a lonely heart.

    Not that it was always like this. There was once a time when the birds were signing, the sun shining, the sky blue. Cook was skipping through the meadow, drowning in runs and romance.

    Alastair Cook
  251. 10:40: 

    Form. That fickle mistress.

    "Love comes slow, but goes so fast," says the song. Could have been written about form.

    When you've got it, cash in. Because you never know when it will be back.

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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
Total all out 223

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