England v India: Fourth Test, Old Trafford, day three, as it happened

England beat India by an innings in the fourth Test with two days to spare.

9 August 2014 Last updated at 10:33

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  1. 19:05: 

    And that, I think, is that, at the end of a remarkable day and a quite thrilling Test match.

    From being down and nearly out at Lord's, England have come roaring back to lead this series 2-1. Can they finish the job? Join us on Friday to find out. Goodbye.

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

    "If you look at India properly I do believe to a great degree we were so bad, we made them look better than they are. Their best batsman is Kohli and he hasn't made a run on this tour. Pujara, he hasn't made many runs either. They have had fits and starts and Kumar, a success at Lord's, looks absolutely knackered and shot. He is not used to Test matches so soon after each other, and from nipping the ball around at 80mph on a green top he's down to 76. They've made bad selections and got away with it, not picking Ashwin. They haven't been that good - we have been that bad. We're not now."

  3. 18:59: 

    So now, we go to The Oval for the final Test match of the summer. England cannot be beaten in this series, only defeat in south London will mean they have to share the spoils. What a victory it would be for the young side that looked all at sea both at Headingley and Lord's earlier this summer.

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

    "It's up to the players and the players have turned it round. They deserve praise for it but they couldn't go on like they were! A lot of things have clicked but we have question marks about the opening batsman Sam Robson. Is he going to play the next Test or are the selectors going to try someone else because we haven't got too many Test matches before Australia. I am not convinced, I am not comfortable about him outside off stump. If he doesn't improve fast he hasn't got a Test career. When you're playing top sport time is never on your side."

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  5. 18:53: 

    England's Moeen Ali on TMS: "I've tried to bowl quicker, straighter and through that I have picked up wickets. Some spin, some don't spin and because of the pace maybe the batsmen find it harder to come down the wicket."

  6. 18:52: 

    The England players are down amongst the crowd, shaking hands and posing for photos. I fancy they'll enjoy tonight.

  7. 18:51: 

    England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler: "For that half-hour where we picked up those wickets, the atmosphere was amazing and we thought we could finish it today. The experience of winning Test cricket is the best feeling in my career. I know I'll be asked to bat differently in different scenarios so it was great to have that partnership with Joe Root. The Rose Bowl was probably the best I've ever kept, it was tough coming here but a great learning experience."

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    Ade: Typically English, I know, but even in emphatic victory I can't help but worry about our fast bowling after Anderson and Broad. Surely Finn has to be picked and given license to just bowl as fast as he can at The Oval?

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

    "Probably the only minus for England is the back-up seam bowlers don't look as penetrating. There is less pressure when they're bowling. If anything happens to Broad and Anderson we look a lot weaker. I hope they don't start thinking everything is fabulous because we have beaten India twice."

  10. 18:48: 

    More from Peter Moores: "The commitment shown by the lads and those players have given everything. At Lord's we felt totally deflated and it was one of those moments a side looks at itself and is determined to put it right."

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

    "England have worn them down. The toss was important and Dhoni made a terrible mistake by batting and losing all those wickets. All in all it was England wearing them down and them not being able to cope with the pressure. Jimmy came in to bat and he got a few runs, the home crowd starting shouting for him and psychologically that hurts the opposition, particularly the opening batsmen, it really gets to you mentally. It's like a pack of cards tumbling down, one after the other."

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  12. 18:47: 

    England all-rounder Moeen Ali: "I'm feeling great, to contribute to the team winning is fantastic. I'd like to get a few more runs but to contribute with wickets is great. Hopefully I can keep going. Stuart bowled fantastically on the first morning, Rooty and Jos set the game up for us very well."

  13. 18:46: 

    England taking nine wickets in a session to win a Test match isn't as historic as you might think. It happened last year at Chester-le-Street when Stuart Broad steamrollered Australia.

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    Cricket analyst Simon Hughes on Twitter: Anderson bowled those nine overs today with a terrible lurgy. Has been throwing up in the dressing room. He's amazingly tough.

  15. 18:44: 

    England coach Peter Moores on TMS: "What a great win. It was one of those days when anything could happen.

    "It was a great partnership by Buttler and Root, the way they went about it. Jos always appears calm and in control of the situation. He was looking to take the game to them.

    "Credit to Jimmy, he was really crook. The doc has done a great job and at one stage we weren't sure if he was going to bowl at all. Moeen has adapted and today was the best I have seen him bowl."

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    Robin Sen: Jimmy, Mo and Stu destroy India drunk on IPL Twenty20. Test cricket will always remain ultimate test with or without Bertha!

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

    "I am starting to feel that England have guys who are starting to read the game, not through data, but with their eyes. Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Gary Ballance. The England team are gradually improving but we will judge them next year in the Ashes as to how far they have travelled."

  18. 18:42: 

    More from England captain Alastair Cook: "We missed our straps in similar conditions at Lord's but Jimmy and Broady were exceptional in that first hour.

    "I'm lucky to captain them as they're brilliant bowlers and they've learned how to bowl in all conditions. Hopefully we can keep them fit for a few more years. We'll enjoy tonight and a couple of days off and can rest up well before The Oval."

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

    "Moeen is working out how to bowl in Test cricket, he's bowling it quicker so he's not giving the batsmen a chance to just milk him and he's getting plenty of revolutions on the ball."

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  20. 18:40: 

    Some great pictures of the moment of England's victory are being replayed. A group hug in the middle, a cuddle between coaches Peter Moores, Paul Farbrace and David Saker. Alastair Cook grabbed a stump, Moeen Ali was grinning with delight.

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    Rakesh S: We Indian fans love cricket more than anything and we don't deserve this, need some big changes, starting with captaincy.

    Richard Wilkinson: Not ready to get carried away yet. Abject India side making England look decent.

  22. 18:39: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "You don't often get nine wickets in a session, the support we've had for three days was fantastic and we love playing here. We thought we'd get enough cricket over the next two days, but it was great to do it today. Jimmy's got the lurgy, he's not very well so it was a great effort for him to get off his bed to bowl those nine overs and Moeen was terrific - I've never seen a bloke work so hard and improve so much in international cricket."

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

    "I look at the spine of the England side and it looks like it's going in the right direction. The togetherness lacking from India is certainly with England. The atmosphere in the last two and half hours reminded me of 2005. The crowd have an incredible knack of getting behind the England team. It's what its about, Test cricket in the stands, having a bit of fun."

  24. 18:38: 
    Man of the match

    Stuart Broad has been named man of the match, with Alastair Cook having to accept the award on his behalf. "He's got a sore nose, we hope it doesn't spoil his good looks," says Cook. No word of if Broad will be fit for The Oval yet.

  25. 18:37: 
    England's James Anderson and Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "This is why you hang in during the tough times, to appreciate the good times. There are a lot of good things going on at the moment and we just have to keep going.

    "Stuart Broad has got a broken nose and we are going to have to wait and see. Jimmy has had the lurgy and has been really under the weather, so that's a great effort by him."

  26. 18:36: 

    A huge cheer for Alastair Cook, what a turnaround in his life in the space of a couple of weeks.

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

    "I just don't see how India can come back from this, I am looking at an Indian side that is completely broken."

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  28. 18:35: 

    More from Mahendra Dhoni: "We are playing plenty of cricket, but we have to spend time in the middle. It's important to know the areas where you want to be, to ask the bowler to come to you.

    "I am happy with how we have progressed, but there are areas where we have to improve.

    "Varun Aaron is someone who can bowl quick, which gives us the option of bouncing the batsman out. He is someone who can attack."

  29. 18:33: 

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "Even in the first innings, we weren't up to the mark. We have to improve before the next Test. So far in this series, our batting has not clicked. We've played with a fifth bowler and, more often than not, he has got the runs. That has camouflaged the performance of the top order.

    "A few of them might be going through a lean patch. In the past, this line-up has done well. But, the wickets have been good for batting, so we have to apply ourselves more.

    "It didn't feel like a quick pitch, but you could trust the bounce. We don't really look too deep, just apply ourselves.

    "We are exposing Pujara, number three going in early, under pressure to face the new ball. Sometimes he might feel that he's better off opening."

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

    "If you look back to Lord's I think India have been fighting too many battles off the pitch. You've got to remember to fight battles on the pitch and I have not seen any of that over that in the last two weeks."

  31. 18:29: 

    All of this has been against the backdrop of the James Anderson-Ravi Jadeja he said/she said pushing incident. As it is, Anderson has been cleared, much to India's displeasure, and has again played a crucial role here, picking up five wickets in the match. Eight in the final Test at The Oval would take him past Sir Ian Botham's England record of 383.

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

    "Brilliant from England. India, you can only describe their display today as pathetic. There was no movement through the air, a hint of spin, but not a great deal and they just lost their fight. As soon as Gambhir got out it was almost as if they dangled a white flag from the dressing-room and that is unacceptable from an international side."

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  33. 18:27: 

    What a turnaround since the second Test at Lord's, when abject England notched up their 10th match without a win. Since then, they have won pretty much every session across eight days and two matches. Here at Old Trafford, when you consider how much time was lost yesterday, they have taken only two and a half days to beat India. They have also beaten Hurricane Bertha, who is now free to arrive in Manchester, have a curry in Rusholme, a beer in Didsbury and a night out in the Printworks. She can stay as long as she likes, because she will have no affect on this Test match.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What was very good about England's out-cricket - there has been some ropey bowling at times - but their catching has been very sharp. Ian Bell is plucking things out of nowhere at second slip, we've seen some terrific catching by Gary Ballance. It's nowhere near the finished article, they have blown away an Indian side that has played some pretty ordinary cricket in these last two games, but you can only beat what is out there."

  35. 18:23: 

    Not sure what's just happened there? Nine wickets have fallen since tea. At one stage, India lost five wickets for 13 runs. Moeen Ali was once again the destroyer, with 4-39. James Anderson and Chris Jordan took two wickets each. Not one of the India top four passed 20 in either innings.

  36. 18:21: 
    Final scorecard

    India 161 (43 overs) - England win by an innings and 54 runs

    Batsman: Ashwin 46*

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Vijay 18), 53-2 (Gambhir 18), 53-3 (Pujara 17), 61-4 (Rahane 1), 61-5 (Kohli 7), 66-6 (Jadeja 4), 105-7 (Dhoni 27), 133-8 Kumar 10), 161-9 (Aaron 9), 161-10 (Pankaj 0)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-4-18-2, Woakes 9-2-37-1, Jordan 12-1-65-2, Moeen 13-3-39-4.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Whether it is possible for India to pick themselves up it remains to be seen but there is an impetus with the England team. I don't think Alastair Cook can quite believe the match is over."

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  38. 18:18: 
    England lead the series 2-1

    India have not managed to bat for a total of 90 overs in the entire match - that's 20 wickets gone inside what would have been only a day's cricket. In this second innings, they were blown away inside 43. Alastair Cook, the man who was under so much pressure before the third Test at Southampton, grabs a stump and smiles wider than the Trent and Mersey Canal. England are 2-1 up with one to play.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's an extraordinary session. Nine wickets have fallen and there was still quite a lot of cricket left. It was beyond anyone's expectations this morning. To see India 33-1 at tea it looked like a hard long slog with the inconvenience of Hurricane Bertha lurking tomorrow as well. India look a demoralised side at the moment."

  40. 18:16: 
    England win by an innings and 54 runs- Pankaj b Jordan 0 (Ind 161 all out)
    Chris Jordan bowls Pankaj Singh

    Bowled him! Chris Jordan bowls Pankaj Singh first ball! England win by an innings and 54 runs. The home side take a 2-1 lead in this series. Remember when they went 10 without a win? Me neither.


    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a good short ball, particularly against a tail-ender. He tried to get out the way but he couldn't and it followed him. Jordan has a chance of another wicket in that our dear friend Pankaj is coming in and is not the sort of cricketer who would detain you for too long."

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  42. 18:14: 
    WICKET- Aaron c Buttler b Jordan 9 (Ind 161-9)

    Start the car. Chris Jordan finally gets it right, producing a brute of a bouncer that Varun Aaron can only fend through to Jos Buttler. England are only one wicket away from a 2-1 lead in this series. India's last line of defence is Pankaj Singh. A thin, dotted line with lots of holes in it.


    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You'd pick this bloke Ashwin for his batting. If it's very full he just drives it."

  44. 18:10: 
    Ind 153-8 (trail by 62)

    Moeen Ali after the drinks break. "Moeen, Moeen, Moeeen, Moeeeeen." Try singing it to the tune of Dolly Parton's Jolene - really works. Lots of company for Aaron, who gets of strike with a bye off the pads of Buttler. Ashwin continues to show his mates how to do it, square-driving for four. "What's the problem, guys?" Show them how to do it? Better than that? Dance and biff for six. He's the only man to get past 30 in this innings.

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    Aashish: I reckon the Indians have better things to do tomorrow than this Test cricket lark - certainly playing like it. The Indians have just been Moee'd down!

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Seven wickets have fallen and England's secondary seamers have bowled a heap of garbage. It is an amazing session."

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  47. 18:04: 
    Drinks break- Ind 141-8

    Chris Jordan still isn't getting it right, his length is all over the place. Too short, then too full, cut and driven for four by Varun Aaron. A well-directed bumper at least has Aaron ducking and diving, draws ooohhhs from the well-lubricated crowd. Speaking of lubrication, it's time for a drinks.

  48. 18:00: 
    Scorecard update

    India 133-8 (40 overs) - trail by 82

    Batsmen: Ashwin 28*, Aaron 0*

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Vijay 18), 53-2 (Gambhir 18), 53-3 (Pujara 17), 61-4 (Rahane 1), 61-5 (Kohli 7), 66-6 (Jadeja 4), 105-7 (Dhoni 27), 133-8 Kumar 10)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-4-18-2, Woakes 9-2-37-1, Jordan 10-1-49-0, Moeen 12-3-28-4.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


  49. 17:59: 
    Ind 133-8 (trail by 82)

    Moeen twirling away, looping the ball outside Ashwin's off stump. The right-hander is up to defending - he is one of the few India batsman to have stood up with the bat during this Test. He looks for the single, but can't find it, leaving Aaron to face Jordan.

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    Terry Mahoney: That Moeen Ali, apparently he can bat a bit as well.

    Ed Stockton: If I don't see a crowd full of false beards (and maybe one or two authentics) at the fifth Test then it will be a crying shame.

  51. 17:56: 
    Ind 133-8 (trail by 82)

    Some brilliant replays of that Kumar run out show Sam Robson, standing behind Jos Buttler as the bails were removed, celebrating because he knew Kumar was gone. In the stands, thousands of Lancastrians jumped to their feet in celebration. Varun Aaron the latest lamb to the slaughter, surviving in the face of seven close catchers.

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

    "That is just so irresponsible it is ridiculous. They have lost the thinking or the will, everything about them. You can see their brains are scrambled."

  53. 17:50: 
    WICKET- Kumar run out 10 (Ind 133-8)
    India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar is run out

    You can't keep Moeen Ali out of of the game. His bullet arm does for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is involved in some village running to be sent on his way. Pushed through the covers, turn for two, out by such a distance that the third umpire isn't even required. Kumar stares at Ravichandran Ashwin as he departs. Awful cricket.


  54. 17:50: 
    Ind 132-7 (trail by 83)

    Even though the atmosphere isn't quite as electric as during that five-wicket spell of mayhem, that Jordan non-wicket proves that every ball remains an event, with the potential to push England closer to victory. Still Moeen, who may as well pitch a Tent at the Pavilion End. A maiden to Ashwin.

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    Peter Dodds: Jordan runs up to the wicket like a three-legged rabbit. If he is a Test Match fast bowler then so is my mum.

  56. 17:44: 
    Not out- Ind 131-7

    It was, and should have been number eight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught at second slip by Ian Bell off Chris Jordan. But, when we looked again, Jordan's foot was not behind the line. False alarm. Sorry...

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

    "Capitulation. They have given up. There is a pub team near me that don't even practise and they play better shots. I'll just ask my mum if she can get an Indian passport, she could get in the team easily."

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  58. 17:41: 
    Not out- Ind 127-7

    Not even close, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has smashed a full toss straight in to the ground, with the ball bouncing up in to the hands of Gary Ballance. On the boundary, Moeen Ali is serenaded, before the Barmies revert to singing about themselves.

  59. 17:40: 
    Third umpire- Ind 127-7

    Number eight? Gary Ballance thinks so. He's taken a catch at third slip, but is it a bump-ball?

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    Flemming Jensen: Not going to call Moeen a part-timer, but he's not this good....yet. Has he hypnotized the batsmen? Sheer madness.

    Peter Coles: Since he's short of a bowler and the ball is turning, Cook should give Joe Root a few overs (possibly with false beard)

  61. 17:39: 
    Ind 126-7 (trail by 89)

    Old Trafford bathed in sunshine, but there's collective gloom on the India balcony. They're all lined up - players, coaches, even the press officer - each one as glum as the next. Not a smile between them. Then again, why would you? Moeen still twirling, Kumar playing a lovely drive through the covers for four. In the stands, there's a very faint strain of a Barmy Army ditty.

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

    "Pressure has got to India. They have bottled it. We have been talking about it and we can't believe how they have given up. You can't bat unless you move your feet. Keep your mind clear and focus on playing the ball."

  63. 17:34: 
    Ind 121-7 (trail by 94)

    What's the difference in Moeen's bowling? How has he managed to take 12 wickets in his last three innings (he didn't bowl in the first innings here)? Well, he's actually bowling quicker. In the first five Tests of the summer, his pace was mainly between 50-55mph. Both here and Southampton, the Worcestershire man is exclusively between 55-60mph. Still Chris Jordan, wayward, Ashwin taking a boundary on each side of the wicket.

  64. 17:31: 
    Scorecard update

    India 107-7 (34 overs) - trail by 108

    Batsmen: Ashwin 13*, Kumar 1*

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Vijay 18), 53-2 (Gambhir 18), 53-3 (Pujara 17), 61-4 (Rahane 1), 61-5 (Kohli 7), 66-6 (Jadeja 4), 105-7 (Dhoni 27)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-4-18-2, Woakes 9-2-37-1, Jordan 7-1-28-0, Moeen 9-1-23-4.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


  65. 17:29: 
    Ind 107-7 (Moeen 9-1-23-4)

    That shot of Dhoni's looks pretty poor, a dance, a closed-faced swipe, but what is the way to play in this situation? Defend? Attack? Either way, it does show how confused India are when it comes to playing Moeen. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new man, someone who is usually up for a fight. England need only three wickets for victory inside three days.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Dhoni went for the big hit and didn't quite get to the pitch of the ball so wasn't able to get the elevation. That's an outstanding catch and catches like that win matches."

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  67. 17:25: 
    WICKET- Dhoni c Ballance b Moeen 27 (Ind 105-7)
    England's Moeen Ali

    What a catch! Everything is going England's way as Gary Ballance flies goalkeeper-style to his right, clinging on with both hands when Mahendra Dhoni heaves Moeen Ali to midwicket. India are seven wickets down, careering towards an innings defeat, while Moeen Ali has 4-21 and is on the verge of a second successive five-wicket haul.


    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "There were was no backbone shown by India, the dismissals were soft, there were no great deliveries, England were just persistent."

  69. 17:23: 
    Ind 105-6 (trail by 110)

    With both James Anderson and Stuart Broad off the pitch (we're not sure why Jimmy is off, Broad is having an X-ray on his hooter), Alastair Cook turns to Chris Jordan. Anderson has actually been off for some time, more than half an hour, so probably won't be able to bowl for that long again. Jordan looking very stern, going too full to be driven on both sides of the wicket. In the England dressing room, Anderson readies himself to return.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "In terms of days, it's been 58 days since Moeen's debut, which makes him the quickest England spinner to get to 20 Test wickets."

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  71. 17:19: 
    Ind 100-6 (trail by 115)

    It's all a little calmer, as if we've taken time out before the next moment of madness. Maybe this is the eye of the storm. One reason for this is that R Ashwin and Mahendra Dhoni are batting well, just as they did in the first innings. Moeen's length a little short, Ashwin picking him off through the leg side.

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    Philip Hallworth: Re 17:08 cricketing housing development: Is Moeen Alley parallel to Broadway by any chance? Not forgetting Brian Close in the old quarter....

  73. 17:16: 
    Ind 98-6 (trail by 117)

    On that theme of poor India batting, the visitors have been 66-6 in each innings of this Test. Hard to win from those positions. England, on the other hand, are buzzing, lots of chirp and encouragement from behind the wicket as Woakes skids in. Three slips and a gully, a short leg. Ball not really swinging, Woakes angling it in with his right-arm-over action. To remind you, if England get in to a position to claim the extra half-hour tonight, we could be here until 19:30 BST.

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    Ollie Kemp: All of a sudden Moeen has a better bowling average than Swann! Can we stop calling the lad a 'part-timer' now please?

    Peter Crompton: The prospect of England winning this game tonight with one of their four main bowlers injured shows just how 'all at sea' India are.

  75. 17:12: 
    Ind 88-6 (trail by 127)
    India's Mahendra Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin run a quick single

    Things have calmed slightly since that five-wicket burst, Ashwin driving Moeen for four, then defending as the off-spinner dips into his box of tricks. In amongst all of this, and as well as England have bowled in these last two Tests, what on Earth has happened to this revered India batting line-up? There's has been an astonishing lack of graft in this match.

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    Ian Flack: Mooen now has a Test bowling average less than 30! Great stuff!

  77. 17:08: 
    Ind 82-6 (trail by 134)

    Chris Woakes after the break in lengthening shadows, Mahendra Dhoni counter-attacking to twice cut a couple of poor deliveries over gully for four. Alastair Cook, the gaffer at slip, claps his hands to encourage his young bowler. A rare successful over for India. What will come first, an England win or Hurricane Bertha?

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    Roland Benham: I was developing a theoretic housing development using names for the roads from my favourite sport. Well, considered names like Cover Drive and Deep Square but I have torn them up and am going to have one thoroughfare called Moeen Alley.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "This morning with the Root and Buttler partnership you could see Indian heads go down and thereafter there has been no thinking of 'let's fight because of the washout tomorrow,' no determination."

  80. 17:02: 
    Drinks break- Ind 70-6

    Moeen Ali is bowling weapons, bombs that could explode out of the Old Trafford wicket. Tongue poking out of his superb beard, Moeen spins a web to R Ashwin, who does all he can to plod forward and defend on off stump. Ooohhs and aaahhhs around the bat, celebrations in sunshine on the terraces. We've all earned a drink.

  81. 17:00: 
    Scorecard update

    India 70-6 (27 overs) - trail by 145

    Batsmen: Dhoni 2*, Ashwin 2*

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Vijay 18), 53-2 (Gambhir 18), 53-3 (Pujara 17), 61-4 (Rahane 1), 61-5 (Kohli 7), 66-6 (Jadeja 4)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-4-18-2, Woakes 7-2-15-1, Jordan 6-1-23-0, Moeen 5-0-13-3.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


  82. 16:59: 
    Ind 70-6 (trail by 145)

    Those of us who spend a lot of time watching England play cricket know a good batting collapse when we see one, and this is up there with the best. Five wickets for 13 runs. This is the same team that was 8-4 on the first morning. Combined, that's 21-9. Chris Woakes on for James Anderson in front of an Old Trafford crowd that is baying for more, cheering the bowler to the crease. On the India balcony, there's not an expression between them.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Anderson to Kohli in this series, he has bowled 30 balls to him, Kohli has scored seven runs off him and been out four times."

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  84. 16:56: 
    Ind 68-6 (trail by 147)

    India have lost five wickets for 19 runs. Since the start of the Southampton Test, Moeen has 11 wickets - and he's not finished yet. Overall, he has 21 wickets in six Tests at an average of 28.14. Remarkable. Also, credit to Alastair Cook for getting him in to the attack when he did. Ravi Ashwin is the new man, the latest Indian looking to survive an increasingly hopeless situation. Is Stuart Broad getting score updates in the X-ray room?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That ball did turn and it bounced. I have no idea why Jadeja loitered, it carried to Jordan who is developing as the safest of slip fielders. There is Moeen picking up wickets like flies in a rotten apple."

  86. 16:52: 
    WICKET- Jadeja c Jordan c Moeen 4 (Ind 66-6)
    India's Ravindra Jadeja

    You've got to be kidding. This is unreal cricket, the stuff English dreams are made of. It's Moeen Ali, the destroyer, once more. Lovely off-break from round the wicket, Ravindra Jadeja groping and edging to the diving Chris Jordan at slip. Moeen is wheeling away in celebration, Old Trafford erupting in joy. What an unbelievable spell of Test cricket.


    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It feels now as if India are in a hopeless position in this game."

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  88. 16:50: 
    Ind 65-5 (Anderson 9-4-18-2)

    Just listen to that roar as James Anderson kicks in to the pantomime villain, his nemesis, Ravindra Jadeja. Crisis, what crisis? Jadeja skips down the wicket to belt through midwicket for four. I suspect Anderson doesn't mind seeing that, his applause confirming as much.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a nightmare series Kohli is having. Four wickets for eight in 23 balls. Amazing stuff. Very good catch by Bell, for a second I thought it wasn't going to carry."

  90. 16:46: 
    WICKET- Kohli c Bell b Anderson 7 (Ind 61-5)
    India's Virat Kohli

    This is madness. England are rampant, India as good as beaten. Virat Kohli is the latest to join the pitiful procession, prodding forward at a James Anderson inswinger, edging low to Ian Bell at second slip. India have lost four wickets for eight runs since tea. They trail by 154 runs and there are 36 overs left in the day, plus the extra half an hour if required. Hurricane Bertha may yet have no say in this match.


    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Going back to the end of the Southampton Test, Moeen has now taken 6-28."

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  92. 16:45: 
    Ind 61-4 (Moeen 4-0-11-2)

    Perhaps I was a little unfair on Moeen there, because his bowling is improving with every match. However, the fact remains that, he is often second fiddle back at New Road. That was so soft from Rahane, playing a loose drive back to the bowler. Mahendra Dhoni is the new man, arriving in a crisis for the second time in this Test.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a very sharp catch, went for the drive, didn't quite middle it, no need to go to the umpire to see if he hit that and a certain amount of panic now in the Indian line-up. All was calm but three wickets have gone in no time. I think we can now reach a stage where we can say hat's off to the selectors because Moeen is looking the part and getting more and more accurate."

  94. 16:40: 
    WICKET- Rahane c&b Moeen 1 (Ind 61-4)
    England's Moeen Ali celebrates a wicket

    India are all over the shop, imploding, collapsing. England are rampant, sprinting towards victory, maybe even tonight. Moeen Ali is the destroyer, Ajinkya Rahane surrendering. It's so innocuous, a regulation off-break patted back for a return catch. This is India, the best players of spin in the world, falling apart in the face of a man who often isn't even Worcestershire's number one.


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    Ben in Swindon: Checking the text commentary from the maternity ward in Swindon. Taking a sneaky peak in between the wife's contractions which were quite lively over those two wickets!

  96. 16:38: 
    Ind 60-3 (trail by 155)

    England all over India here, James Anderson bowling with a three slips, a gully, a leg slip and a short leg. The tourists are still miles behind and there are 38 overs left in the day. Could England even win tonight? Ooohhh, Rahane play and miss. Every ball could be a wicket. By the way, in this pic, has Jimmy got the ball in his mouth?

    England's James Anderson
  97. 16:35: 
    Scorecard update

    India 55-3 (22 overs) - trail by 160

    Batsmen: Kohli 1*, Rahane 1*

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Vijay 18), 53-2 (Gambhir 18), 53-3 (Pujara 17)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 7-4-9-1, Woakes 6-2-13-1, Jordan 6-1-23-0, Moeen 3-0-10-1.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On the Gambhir wicket: "That is a very, very good decision. All the noise around the ground, all the arms and legs everywhere, there was no deflection, a top class decision."

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  99. 16:34: 
    Ind 55-3 (trail by 160)

    Two batsmen on nought - Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Where once the crowd was Mexican waving, now they are invested in the action, realising that every ball is an event. That Pujara wicket stopped me from telling you I'd done Anderson a disservice for the Gambhir dismissal. That bumper was quite vicious, it got head high. As for Pujara, he got a bad decision. Moeen to Kohli, inside edge, only just looping to safety. All happening.

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

    "A real big twist in the match. Pujara felt it was a poor decision and it is going down the leg side. You can see why the umpire feels it is going to hit the stumps though. The Mexican wave has got a two-for."

  101. 16:29: 
    WICKET- Pujara lbw Moeen 17 (Ind 53-3)
    England's Moeen Ali and Joe Root celebrate

    Two in two balls! Moeen Ali does for Cheteshwar Pujara with a beauty. Turn from outside off stump, Pujara on the front foot, Rod Tucker with the deadly finger. It looks a brave decision and Pujara can't believe it. Outside the line? No, but it is missing the stumps. It's turned so much to be going over leg stump. Still, Pujara is on his way back and England are charging towards victory.


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

    "Perfect for England. Anderson has had Kohli on toast. You just feel every time he is going to find the outside edge. The Mexican wave worked for England."

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  103. 16:26: 
    WICKET- Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 18 (Ind 53-2)
    England's James Anderson

    Oh, Jimmy, Jimmy! James Anderson strikes to give England their second wicket. Frankly, it's a pretty awful dismissal for Gautam Gambhir, who somehow manages to glove what can only be described as a long hop through to Jos Buttler. It was a short ball, but with no great hostility, getting up only about waist high. Yet, Gambhir left the hands there, the ball feathered the gloves and went to the keeper.


  104. 16:24: 
    Sangakkara's double ton
    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara

    Elsewhere in the world of cricket, over in Galle, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has gone past Brian Lara by recording his 10th Test double century. making 221 before being stumped. Pakistan are 4-1 in their second innings at close of play on day four, still 78 behind the hosts.

    The top five double-tonners in Test history are now Sir Donald Bradman (12), Sangakkara (10), Lara (9), Wally Hammond (7) and Mahela Jayawardene (7).

  105. 16:22: 
    Ind 44-1 (trail by 167)

    Now then, Moeen Ali, in the absence of Stuart Broad, I reckon you've got a lot of work to do. Moeen and his impressive beard round the wicket to the left-handed Gambhir, bowling a lovely line and length. Just a hint of drift towards the pads - lbw on the cards. Nice from Moeen, flight and guile, before Gambhir breaks the shackles with a heaved sweep for four.

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    Mark Jackson: (Re 16:10) Don't Lancashire play in Blackpool?

    Richard Sampson: (Re 16:10) Surrey don't play in Surrey. Middlesex don't play in Middlesex. Don't feel too bad for the red rose.

  107. 16:19: 
    Ind 44-1 (Gambhir 14, Pujara 12)

    The slender Anderson, hair quiffed, is looking for wobble on a full length. Ooohhh, that's good, drawing Che Pujara into a loose drive. Play and miss. When Pujara defends back down the wicket, Anderson shows his football skills. Three or four kick-ups. Decent pressure from England, but being absorbed by India. Ball not doing lots, just a hint of shape here and there.

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    Paul H: Re David Smith (16:10) The government borders are administrative only. Manchester is in Lancs.

  109. 16:15: 
    Ind 44-1 (trail by 171)

    Chris Jordan from the Pavilion End in the sunshine. He has an odd pre-delivery routine, Jordan. He stands at his mark, holds the ball in his right hand, draws an imaginary circle in the air with it, then sets off. I once heard of a chap in the leagues who practised his bowling in his back garden. When it came to playing in a match, he still ran around the plant pots and ducked under the washing line. Full and wide from Jordan, driven square for four by Pujara.

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    Ramesh Bala: I thought that was Broady doing his bit for Red Nose Day.

  111. 16:10: 
    Ind 38-1 (Gambhir 13, Pujara 7)

    We've had it confirmed that Stuart Broad is off for an X-ray. Getting hit anywhere with a cricket ball is rarely pleasant - getting hit on the conk must be very painful. If you've played and not been hit, you're very lucky. James Anderson after tea, the soundtrack of an increasingly rowdy OT crowd behind him. Cheteshwar Pujara out of his crease, looking to combat the swing, defending a maiden.

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    David Smith, Morecambe: What a great interview with Peter Reid. Obviously he loves and understands his cricket. It does pose a question however, following local government reorganisation, are Lancashire the only county who technically never play in Lancashire? They play in Greater Manchester and Merseyside. What a shame for the red rose.

  113. 16:05: 
    Ind 38-1 (trail by 177)

    Still no sign of Stuart Broad as Chris Jordan stutters in for the first of 46 overs left in the day. 46! That's nearly one whole innings of an ODI. More than an entire T20 game. Ah, here's Broad, walking around the boundary with a bandage entirely covering his nose. "Where exactly did the ball hit you, Stuart?" It looks like Broad is actually on his way out of the ground.

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    Sent before the Vijay wicket...

    Simon from Cheltenham: I'm sure that his mum, wife, sister, brother and cousins love him, but unfortunately, Chris Woakes is just not a Test standard bowler. I hope this test finally convinces the selectors that whilst he can do a one day job, we should look elsewhere for our first/second change seamer.

  115. 16:01: 

    Umpires out. No players. Should have started by now. Alastair Cook emerges, throwing his hands in the air as if to say he didn't know what was going on. This is the England captain, in his 108th Test. If he doesn't know that tea lasts for 20 minutes, there's no hope.

  116. 15:57: 

    Thanks to Jamie Lillywhite, Stephan Shemilt back for what is likely to be a three-hour final session. Three hours! We've got 46 overs to get through. How close might England be to winning this Test match by 19:00 BST tonight?

  117. 15:53:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Ex-England footballer Peter Reid on TMS: "When I played cricket as a boy, I bowled a bit like Malinga - I think I was a chucker. I can't say that, can I?"

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  118. 15:50:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special
    Peter Reid

    Ex-England footballer Peter Reid on TMS: "Garry Sobers was the best player who ever walked the earth for me. He could bowl fast, bowl spin, and he was so wristy. And I remember seeing Malcolm Marshall play for Hampshire against Lancashire at Aigburth - he was mesmerising."

  119. 15:47: 

    Aggers has found former Everton and England footballer Peter Reid on a tour of the ground during the interval and you can listen to their chat on TMS now.

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  120. 15:45: 
    Tea scorecard

    India 33-1 (15 overs) - trail by 182

    Batsmen: Gambhir 12*, Pujara 3*

    Fall of wickets: 26-1 (Vijay 18)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 4-2-4-0, Woakes 6-2-13-1, Jordan 4-1-12-0, Moeen 1-0-4-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


  121. 15:42: 
    Tea interval- Ind 33-1 (trail by 182)

    A shout for lbw with the final ball as Gambhir pushes forward. It might have turned a fraction - a very slight, virtually indecipherable fraction - and replays suggest it was clipping the leg stump to give an umpire's call, but the umpire's original call was not out and the players head for the pavilion with the prospect of 46 overs to be bowled in the final session.

  122. 15:39: 
    Ind 29-1 (Gambhir 8, Pujara 3)

    Four slips and a gully in place for Jordan but no fireworks, Pujara taking two with a push off the back foot, and with one more over before the tea interval we will have the first over of the match from Moeen Ali, who wrapped up victory in the previous Test at Southampton.

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    Continuing the tales of Boycott benevolence...

    Martyn: As a small boy in the 70s I posted my treasured autograph book to Mr Boycott at Yorkshire meekly requesting his autograph. After spending several days forlornly watching the postman walk past our house, a large, stiff brown envelope popped through the letterbox. Inside was my autograph book, beautifully signed by Geoffrey, plus a signed photograph of Geoffrey, plus a photo of the entire Yorkshire team - signed by all, plus a lovely note written by the great man himself! Joy!

  124. 15:34: 
    Ind 27-1 (Woakes 1-13 from 6)

    Pujara, caught at slip off Broad in the first innings, evades a pair with a nudge off the final ball from Woakes, aided by a mid-field from Root.

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    Geoffrey: Ref: Broad and the ball in his helmet. My son, Jimmy Fingers, just asked me if Stuart Broad had run off the pitch would it have been a six?

  126. 15:30: 
    Ind 26-1 (trail by 189, Gambir 8, Pujara 0)

    Jordan is up at 89mph now. The radar is not always set perfectly but the intent is there and Gambhir, in his first Test innings since December 2012, is feeling his way back somewhat hesitantly. Ten minutes before tea and England sensing another breakthrough, with two of the more stubborn Indian batsmen at the crease.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "Woakes was practising bowling the inswinger this morning. It came and hit him in line and would have hit the top of the stumps."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special
    India's Murali Vijay

    "Vijay has to drag himself away, there's an indication there might have been an inside edge. It looked straight."

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  129. 15:21: 
    WICKET- Vijay lbw b Woakes 18 (Ind 26-1, trail by 189)
    England's Chris Woakes

    It was a good length, it moved in a fraction as Vijay pushed forward and there was no doubt about the direction of the ball. Umpire Erasmus took his time but up went the finger. Suggestions of an inside edge but nothing conclusive, perhaps bat on pad if anything, and Woakes has his second Test wicket.


  130. 15:19: 
    Ind 25-0 (Vijay 18, Gambhir 7)

    By this stage of India's first innings they had lost four wickets but Jordan comes the closest so far as he tempts Vijay into a flash outside off-stump which whistles past Anderson at third slip. A gully is brought in after the horse has vacated the scene but Vijay collects a more authentic boundary by driving fluently for four. A better finale to the over for Jordan who beats the bat at 87mph.

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    Josh: When Pankaj took his first wicket I was making beans on toast. My girlfriend didn't quite understand why I and TMS seemed suddenly so pleased for England to be losing wickets.

    Mike: When Pankaj took his first Test wicket a Lancaster bomber flew about 200ft above my house.

  132. 15:13: 
    Ind 17-0 (trail by 198)

    A change of ends for Woakes but fortune is still not on his side. A firm push off the back foot from Vijay flies over the hand of a diving Root at backward point and races away to the boundary. Good carry through above head height to Buttler from Woakes up at 85mph. Vijay flicks the final ball of the over for three through mid wicket. Woakes now has a rather disconcerting Test bowling average of 233.

  133. 15:10: 
    Scorecard update

    India 10-0 (8 overs) - trail by 205

    Batsmen: Vijay 3*, Gambhir 7*

    Bowling figures: Anderson 4-2-4-0, Woakes 3-2-4-0, Jordan 1-0-2-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)

    England first innings: 367-9 all out (Root 77, Buttler 70)


  134. 15:09: 
    Ind 10-0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 7)

    The first change sees Chris Jordan on for Woakes, who conceded only that thick edge for four in his opening three overs but did not look particularly threatening. Jordan is up at 86mph with his final ball and tentatively asks about an lbw as Gambhir tries to glance to leg, but nothing doing.

  135. 15:03: 
    Ind 8-0 (trail by 207)

    Jimmy gets some noticeable swing but it is well wide of off stump and Vijay does not need to concern himself with those. Calm application from the openers so far, but not the severest of tests it has to be said.

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    Tony Leighton: I recall seeing Wasim Akram, on his Birmingham League debut for Smethwick, send a ball through the grill of a Wolverhampton batsman's helmet and break the poor guy's jaw.

  137. 14:59: 
    Ind 8-0 (Woakes 0-4 from 3)

    Gambhir picks up four with a thick edge along the ground wide of gully. Given the horrendous forecast for tomorrow England will surely need some wickets today but it is looking as though it is going to be much harder work for them in this dig, particularly as we don't know when the man who took 6-25 will be fit to bowl.

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    Harry Willis: With Broad's unexpected absence, I wonder how much Cook is wishing he could hand the ball to Steve Finn right now?

  139. 14:56: 
    Ind 4-0 (trail by 211)

    Nice shape from Anderson. These are not the conditions of the first morning when that cluster of wickets fell but Anderson is going to keep testing Vijay in Geoffrey's corridor of uncertainty and maybe one will move away enough to find the edge. Jimmy's first maiden.

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

    "Woakes bowled well at Southampton but didn't quite hit his straps in the first innings here. This is a good opportunity for him to swing the new cherry - it's what he does for Warwickshire."

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  141. 14:52: 
    Ind 4-0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 1)
    India's Gautam Gambhir

    Woakes has three slips and a gully for the left-handed Gambhir, there is the merest hint of in-swing and he is accurate enough around off-stump but it is comfortable so far for the batsmen, perhaps the strong breeze negating any sharp movement. A second maiden nevertheless for the Warwickshire all-rounder.

  142. 14:47: 
    Ind 4-0 (trail by 211)

    Such is Anderson's mastery of swing that even his bouncers move in the air, a useful delivery indeed but Vijay is up to the task and sways out of danger. The opener collects two by clipping the final ball off his pads for two.

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    Wisden's Lawrence Booth: Since Lord's, both sides have batted three times. England have made 1,141 runs for the loss of 21 wickets, India 660 for 30.

  144. 14:44: 
    Ind 2-0 (Vijay 1, Gambhir 1)

    Not just yet Samuel, it is Chris Woakes who takes the new pill. Statistically he will not spark fear into the minds of the batsmen, with an average of 222 and just the one wicket from his three Tests thus far, but he is up into the mid 80's-mph and begins with a maiden.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "Chris Jordan is getting lots of fist pumps and pats on the back as England gather on the boundary rope. Looks like he'll be taking the new ball in place of Stuart Broad."

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special
    England's Stuart Broad

    "Stuart Broad is currently being stitched, he will continue to receive attention and they will make a decision later on when he returns to the field of play."

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  147. 14:39: 
    Ind 2-0 (trail by 213)

    No prizes for guessing that is Jimmy Anderson to open the bowling from the Brian Statham End, with a stiffish breeze across the ground and pleasant afternoon sunshine. There is a hint of swing but no major alarms for the Indian openers. Problems with the foot holes already and a groundsman with an impressively large broom races out to attend.

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

    "The Broad injury is big for England. When Woakes and Jordan bowl, it's just not the same, the hostility, the movement. Jordan's line and length has to improve. In the first innings, he was OK, but nothing special."

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  149. 14:33: 

    Not surprisingly Broad has not taken the field and we hear he is receiving stitches. I remember having an entire tooth knocked out after failing to take a catch at backward point. I used to wear it on a chain for a while and people refused to believe it was not an imitation shark's tooth from Marbella. Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes will be the contenders for the new ball, unless we are going to go left field and start with Moeen's embryonic off-spin, and we have 61 overs left in the day.

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

    "Well done, Alastair Cook. It's right to be bowling. Get India in and knock them over. The psychology of local lad James Anderson getting a few runs will be transferred to the bowling, he'll be roaring in."

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    Scorecard update

    England 367-9 all out (105.3 overs) - lead by 215

    Batsman: Woakes 26*

    Fall of wickets: 21-1 (Robson 6), 36-2 (Cook 17), 113-3 (Ballance 37), 136-4 (Jordan 13), 140-5 (Bell 58), 170-6 (Moeen 13), 304-7 (Root 77), 325-8 (Buttler 70), 367-9 (Anderson 9)

    NB Broad (12) retired hurt at 338-8

    Bowling figures: Kumar 24-7-75-3, Pankaj 28-5-113-2, Aaron 26-4-97-3, Ashwin 14-1-29-0, Jadeja 13.3-1-36-1.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)


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  153. 14:22: 
    WICKET- Anderson lbw Jadeja 9 (Eng 367-9 all out)
    India leave the field

    Anderson is trapped on the back foot trying to turn one to leg and is dismissed by his old sparring partner Jadeja. But he will have his chance for revenge, perhaps later today, and will take the new ball with England 215 runs to the good. The question is, who will share the new cherry with him? With Broad indisposed, England declare and Woakes is unbeaten on 26 from 39 balls.


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    Andrew: India want to hope Broad can't bowl. Devon Malcolm went crazy after he got a mere scratch on his head in comparison to Broad.

  155. 14:22: 
    Eng 364-8 (Woakes 23, Anderson 9)

    Ravichandran Ashwin with some more accomplished spin, there are some patches of rough outside the left-hander's off-stump. Ashwin, who has 104 wickets from his 20 Tests, is over the 2,000 revs on the host broadcaster's new gadget but he cannot dislodge England's record-making number 11 yet, just the single to Woakes in the over.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Old Trafford
    Fans with a beer snake at Old Trafford

    "It has taken three days but the party stand on the south side of the ground is finally living up to its name. A group of fans are dancing down one of the aisles carrying a giant beer snake on their shoulders and an inflatable banana is being patted around above people's heads. There's a huge cheer when the banana goes over the fence but is retrieved by a fan moments before a steward arrives to confiscate it."

  157. 14:18: 
    Eng 363-8 (lead by 211)
    England's James Anderson reverse-sweeps

    Some spin from Jadeja, or slow left arm bowling from over the wicket to be more precise. He's bowling to his old adversary Anderson, who wields the reverse sweep and picks up two runs. Good for the over rate if nothing else, there are 65 more scheduled to be bowled today.

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

    "It's time to bowl, but the Stuart Broad situation worries me. However, unless his nose is broken, they just need to stop the blood and get him out to bowl."

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  159. 14:14: 
    Eng 359-8 (Woakes 21, Anderson 7)

    Anderson backs away again but this time with attacking intent and he swats Pankaj dismissively through mid wicket for four to the delight of the crowd, who are in good spirits now in the sunshine. The lead now a healthy 207.

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    Scott M: Something of a design flaw if a cricket ball can squeeze through the gap in the helmet? Poor Stuart Broad.

    Dave W: Broad hit in the face & gets a bloody nose with a ball through the grill. But a strip of wet outfield was too dangerous to play?

  161. 14:10: 
    Eng 347-8 (lead by 199)

    Twenty20 innovation from Woakes, the field is spread so he backs away a late cuts Aaron delightfully over the vacant slip cordon for four.

  162. 14:06: 
    Scorecard update

    England 347-8 (101 overs) - lead by 195

    Batsmen: Woakes 16*, Anderson 0*

    Fall of wickets: 21-1 (Robson 6), 36-2 (Cook 17), 113-3 (Ballance 37), 136-4 (Jordan 13), 140-5 (Bell 58), 170-6 (Moeen 13), 304-7 (Root 77), 325-8 (Buttler 70)

    NB Broad (12) retired hurt at 338-8

    Bowling figures: Kumar 24-7-75-3, Pankaj 27-5-105-2, Aaron 25-4-93-3, Ashwin 13-1-28-0, Jadeja 12-1-29-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)


  163. 14:05: 
    Eng 347-8 (Woakes 16, Anderson 0)

    More delays due to the outfield but this time because there is a large beach ball on it, with an inflatable banana not too far away. Woakes adds a welcome boundary with a flick off the pads as Pankaj strays, and Jimmy survives a further peppering, if not in convincing fashion. England's tactical waters have been rather muddied by that injury to Broad. Can't think it was part of the plan.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The notion of blocking for a while so Stuart Broad is ready to bowl doesn't look to be uppermost in their minds. It's a great opportunity, in a curious way, for Woakes and Jordan."

  165. 14:00: 
    Eng 342-8 (lead by 190)

    Broad's injury of course casts something of an issue over the plan for him and Anderson to skittle out India this afternoon. More short pitched stuff from Aaron but in amongst it a pitched up delivery allows Woakes to drive fluently into the many gaps in the spread out field to collect two and he keeps the bowling with a single off the final ball.

  166. 13:55: 
    Eng 339-8 (Pankaj 2-100)

    After all that it is the bustling Pankaj Singh from the Pavilion End and, encouraged by his first Test wickets and the sight of an England batsman retiring hurt, he tries some short stuff in the mid 80's-mph which Woakes seems to have difficulty picking up. Anderson is not sure about the big man either and there is a hint of Tufnell-style backing away to leg.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    India's fielders surround England's Stuart Broad

    "I think Woakes and Anderson will play a few shots. I'd be amazed if Broad's in a fit state to take the new ball, he'll have to have everything checked out."

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  168. 13:49: 
    Eng 338-8 (Broad retired hurt 12)
    England's Stuart Broad is helped off

    Let's hope we don't have a Mike Gatting moment in the West Indies when they found a piece of his nose embedded in the ball but Broad is leaving the field holding a bandage over the bridge of his nose. He has had some spectacular moments in his Test career but this has been one of the more remarkable. Two sixes and a blooded nose. In comes Jimmy, probably a little apprehensively.

  169. 13:47: 
    England's Stuart Broad

    But hold fire, we have an abundance of claret. And those of you of a sensitive disposition may wish to look away now. Broad has top-edged a short one from Aaron and it has miraculously gone through the narrow gap between grille and the visor peak in his cycling-style helmet and thudded sickeningly into his nose. Very nasty.

  170. 13:45: 
    Eng 338-8 (Broad 12, Woakes 7)

    Varun Aaron begins proceedings after lunch and has a slip and leg slip in place, with an extra slip brought in when the left-handed Broad takes strike. We know he likes to get on with things and Broad opens his account with successive pirouetting pull shots for six. This is exactly the sort of thing we like to see.

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    Leighton: I completed the extensive Krypton Factor questionnaire, and was short-listed as a contestant. My qualifying round was held in a Nottingham hotel. They were prepared to take my word for it that I could complete the assault course (!), but I failed to satisfy the producers of my observation skills, after mistaking in the film test how many and what colour towels James Bond had draped over his shoulder.

  172. 13:39: 

    So, how are England going to play it this afternoon then? The lead is 173 and we have the man who shared in a world record partnership still to come, but will there be a declaration? Here come Woakes and Broad, playing plenty of attacking practice shots as they make their way to the centre.

  173. 13:37: 

    Thanks Stephan, blue sky all around in Manchester at the time of writing and even the micro climate that is the Trafford area is unlikely to produce any stoppages in play today, but all the blue on tomorrow's weather map is to indicate rain. It looks bad country wide actually and I fear the worst for the Chilli Fiesta at the magnificent West Dean Gardens near Goodwood, but if you are in the area pop along, it's well worth a visit.

  174. 13:32: 

    Lunch almost done, afternoon rapidly approaching. Here's Jamie Lillywhite.

  175. 13:31:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special
    Gordon Burns on TMS

    Gordon Burns on TMS: "I got pigeonholed as a quiz show host rather than a political interviewer, but I loved every minute of the Krypton Factor. We used to get a 'super person' to present the trophy - one year it was Viv Richards, another year Ian Botham. Viv came to the party after the final and went to the disco - the night before the Old Trafford Test."

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    Simon Roberts: Am I the only person who looks for jobs to do around the house to give me an excuse to listen to TMS while my wife entertains our young daughters? I've been painting the fence since 11am. Hoping to drag it out till close of play!

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    Hugh Linden: You just got to love cricket. Gordon Burns meeting his hero Alec Bedser in the president's box while drinking pink champagne.

  178. 13:23: 

    Lancashire director of cricket Mike Watkinson on the club website:

    "From our point of view we've got a lot of things right. We've had a massive downpour, water has congregated in the low point of the ground, it comes to this side, it's an area that we have used for construction purposes (of the new stands).

    "It's been re-established and it's got high-performing drains. What it hasn't got is turf that has knitted together over seasons like the rest of the outfield. It's quite a new area. If we have got anything wrong, it was to go with the water hog (to clear the rain) instead of letting it drain naturally. You can understand our groundstaff being as proactive as possible.

    "It looks a bit of a mess. We accept that. Last Friday evening we were under water for a Twenty20 game and played the following day. There's no reason at all it won't dry out overnight."

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    Adrian Wyatt: No time for sentiment. Buttler has years ahead for that first century. Maximum another 40 runs, 200 lead and time to let Jimmy and Broady loose.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Old Trafford
    The Pennines

    "The terrace at the top of the new Old Trafford media centre offers a cracking view to the east with the Pennines in the background. No, I'm pretty sure that isn't former Hurricane Bertha heaving over the hills."

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    Dean: I was at the ground yesterday having travelled from Southampton! Sat right in front of these puddles at the Statham End. I think Mike Watkinson's explanation on the LCCC website is good. The turf is new. It hasn't bedded in like the rest of the outfield, which is why it didn't drain very well and the super sopper didn't help, it just made it very muddy! To get as close to more play as we did is a testimony to the LCCC ground staff who certainly earned their money's worth yesterday!

  182. 13:17:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    TV presenter Gordon Burns: "Tom Graveney was the greatest strokeplayer I saw, but Peter May was terrific as well. I read that he practises cover drives with his umbrellas as he walked to the office, so I did the same. He was my hero."

  183. 13:14: 

    I love the fact that "1st XI" trends on Twitter on Saturday afternoons. All the clubs out there tweeting scores and news from the leagues.

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

    "This is a typical Old Trafford pitch, not a great deal through the air but there's enough in the surface if you whack it in hard. I think reverse swing will come in more as the game goes on but it is a very good batting surface. I think it is the best Test pitch in the country. Why don't the ECB send all the other grounds round in the country and ask what the medicine is so we can have all our wickets like this?"

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    Sam Herbert: Yay! Pankaj again. Seems like such a lovely man.

    Nick Mehta: Very pleased for Pankaj! Far too good a bowler to wait that long for the 1st Test wicket.

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

    "They've had it India, they're down. That's why we've got to get them in, 200 on and bowl them out. We always have to be wary of rain in England."

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  187. 13:06:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special
    Gordon Burns with former BBC North West Tonight co-host Ranvir Singh

    Today's "View from the Boundary" guest on TMS at lunchtime is Gordon Burns, former host of BBC North West Tonight who will probably always be better known to those outside the north west as the presenter of that classic 80s show, The Krypton Factor.

  188. 13:04: 
    Lunch scorecard

    England 325-8 (97 overs) - lead by 173

    Batsmen: Woakes 6*, Broad 0*

    Fall of wickets: 21-1 (Robson 6), 36-2 (Cook 17), 113-3 (Ballance 37), 136-4 (Jordan 13), 140-5 (Bell 58), 170-6 (Moeen 13), 304-7 (Root 77), 325-8 (Buttler 70)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 24-7-75-3, Pankaj 25-5-99-2, Aaron 23-4-77-3, Ashwin 13-1-28-0, Jadeja 12-1-29-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)


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

    "England have played it nicely. I don't think it's the worst thing they've lost wickets They'll come out after lunch and try and get 30 or 40 more but today is the day the weather looks at its best. There are so many India players out of form and I could quite easily see England could force a result today if they bowl well. With so many overs left today I think getting the Indian opening pair back out for 30 minutes of fielding is probably right."

  190. 13:02: 
    Lunch- Eng 325-8

    And that is the interval, England heading for a brew and a sandwich on 325-8, a lead of 173. Joe Root and Jos Buttler did the job this morning, resisting the India threat and pushing the score along. Though those wickets have been lost (well done, Pankaj), England are in a prime position to push for victory in this Test match.

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

    "Pankaj is chasing a four-for. He's man of the match if he gets that, forget what anyone else does!"

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  192. 13:01: 
    Eng 325-8 (Pankaj 24.4-4-99-2)

    I may actually be doing Pankaj a disservice there. It was a very good slower ball, once that completely suckered Jos Buttler. He immediately dropped his head when he realised what he'd done, perhaps the vision of that missed ton flashing before him. Stuart Broad the new man, two balls before lunch.

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

    "Jos Buttler is absolutely gutted but he's had an excellent start. That first Test century will come quickly, he has proven he can play a different brand of cricket when required. This was a better 70 than at Southampton."

  194. 12:57: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Pujara b Pankaj 70 (Eng 325-8)
    India's Pankaj Singh

    Pankaj Singh is on a roll. He waits all that time for a first Test wicket, then another comes along right away. Once again, it's a little soft, a slower ball deceiving Jos Buttler, who pats a tame catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at mid off. His chance of a maiden Test hundred goes begging, while this Test continues to bump along apace. England will no doubt be bowling again this afternoon.


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    Dave Jackson: Apparently 'Trafford' means 'fishtrap ford' - why build a sports facility there with a name like that? Best of luck to the groundsmen over the next couple of days!

  196. 12:55: 
    Eng 325-7 (lead by 173)

    I'm not sure about this India plan to Buttler. The short stuff doesn't seem to bother him, with an Aaron bouncer swatted to third man for four. Chris Woakes, by the way, has pushed his Test average above 50. He's only been out once in three matches. His bowling average is 222.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    "It's amazing how a wicket can transform the mood of a team, even one in India's predicament. Before the breakthrough, their body language was terrible, shoulders slumped and heads bowed. But now the tourists are all on their toes and clapping encouragingly at one another."

  198. 12:50: 
    Eng 316-7 (Pankaj 24-4-99-1)

    Pankaj, who will forever be a Test wicket-taker, is transformed, a bundle of hulking energy, fielding off his own bowling and zipping the ball around off the seam. Singles on offer for England, four of them, including two to get Chris Woakes under way. There's 10 minutes to go before lunch.

  199. 12:46: 
    How's stat?

    Pankaj Singh now has a Test bowling average (274 at the time of the wicket), but only four men are ahead of him - off-spinner Naeem Islam of Bangladesh tops the list with 303, followed by Sri Lanka's Roger Wijesuriya (294), and two England players - Ravi Bopara (290) and JJ Warr (281).

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

    "I think we'll be looking to go through the gears now and we might see a few more expansive shots."

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  201. 12:45: 
    Eng 312-7 (Buttler 63, Woakes 0)

    Will Jos Buttler go through the gears now Root has gone? An uppish drive through the covers brings him four off Aaron. That might be the last one Buttler gets in his own half, as India set the trap for some leg theory. Leg slip, short leg, Aaron banging the ball in, but Buttler up to the task. When Aaron abandons the plan to go full again, Buttler takes him through the covers. Lovely shot.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Old Trafford
    India's Pankaj Singh celebrates a wicket

    "Pankaj Singh's first Test wicket - after 69 overs and two balls - prompts a spontaneous round of applause in the press box. The India workhorse had had a lot of people rooting for him this week."

  203. 12:40: 
    Eng 304-7 (lead by 152)

    It took Pankaj 416 deliveries to finally get that maiden Test wicket. He roared with a frantic, arm-waving appeal, then breathed a heavy, smiling, sigh when the finger went up. Chris Woakes is the new man, seeing off the rest of Pankaj's wicket maiden. At the end of it all, he gets a warm round of applause from the Old Trafford crowd. Has a Test wicket ever been so hard-earned?

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

    "You could see from Joe Root walking off he had set his stall out for three figures his balance and movement at the crease was excellent and it's never a nice way to get out, a little feather down the leg side. For England the lead 152 is such a good one, with this weather around tomorrow it's not the worst thing if they are bowled out and get India batting again."

  205. 12:35: 
    WICKET- Root c Dhoni b Pankaj 77 (Eng 304-7)
    India's Pankaj Singh celebrates his maiden Test wicket

    Pankaj Singh has a Test wicket! Some eight days into his Test career, the hulking pacer finally does it, with one of the worst balls he's bowled. Leg side to Joe Root, who gets a feather of a glove through to Mahendra Dhoni. In the wider context of the game, India have broken that big England partnership and are a step closer to batting again. Root is gone for a very good 77, while Pankaj is smiling again.


  206. 12:35: 
    Scorecard update

    England 303-6 (92 overs) - lead by 151

    Batsmen: Root 77*, Buttler 55*

    Fall of wickets: 21-1 (Robson 6), 36-2 (Cook 17), 113-3 (Ballance 37), 136-4 (Jordan 13), 140-5 (Bell 58), 170-6 (Moeen 13)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 24-7-75-3, Pankaj 22-3-95-0, Aaron 21-4-60-3, Ashwin 13-1-28-0, Jadeja 12-1-29-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)


  207. 12:34: 
    Eng 303-6 (partnership 133)

    India are making this new ball do plenty - a good sign for England's pacers. In bright sunshine, Varun Aaron hoops one back to Joe Root, who inside-edges on to thigh and almost on to stumps. When Aaron surprises Root with the bumper, the England batsman almost wears one between the eyes. Though runs are being scored, there's a bit in it for the bowlers. England, though, are forging on. The lead is past 150.

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    Adam in Milton Keynes: Surely there's no way back for Matt Prior, Butler's keeping and batting far superior to the injury prone Prior.

    Matt in Eastbourne: As an East Sussex division 8 wicket keeper, even I can say that MS Dhoni must be the worst Test keeper I have ever seen.

  209. 12:28: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 295-6

    My word, this is very, very close. Jos Buttler shoulders arms to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, perhaps not reading the in-swinger, and looks stone dead as India appeal. The cuddly Marais Erasmus shakes his head. Are you sure, Mr Erasmus? India can't believe it, but Marais is right, sort of. DRS gives it an 'umpire's call' on the hitting of off stump.

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

    "Now Buttler has got a few runs he is liable to go after the bowling. That's what we want, thinking cricketers, not computer cricketers. I like to see players assess the game."

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  211. 12:27: 
    50 for Jos Buttler- Eng 291-6
    England's Jos Buttler and Joe Root

    Who said Jos Buttler wasn't ready for Test cricket? The Lancashire wicketkeeper goes to his second half century in as many matches with a sumptuous back-foot drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If his Southampton effort was in pressure-free circumstances, here, he has shown a different side of his game. 108 balls. England were 170-6 when he came in.

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    James Smurthwaite: How about Shivnarine Chanderpuddle?

  213. 12:24: 
    Eng 287-6 (Root 69, Buttler 47)

    Old Trafford murmurs as the bearded Varun Aaron asks for lbw against Joe Root. Optimistic, it wouldn't have hit a second set. England have been bumping along at four an over for the last 10 or so, but have been becalmed of late. What's the plan? Steady as she goes until lunch and then have a look?

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

    "Kumar's speed is down, I don't know whether he is knackered with all these Test matches so close together. He's at 74-75mph. These are good players, it's no problem for them."

  215. 12:20: 
    Close!- Eng 286-6

    Oh dear, this is very poor from Mahendra Dhoni, who gives Jos Buttler yet another let-off. Coming back a for second run, Buttler isn't even in the right post code, diving for his ground as the ball comes in on the bounce, right over the top of the stumps. Dhoni, though, for some inexplicable reason, doesn't gather it cleanly, allowing Buttler to slide in. Should have been long gone. Buttler, once more, enjoys a slice of fortune, but you can't blame him for India's mistakes.

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    Chris in Eltham: After how many overs does a new ball become just a ball....and when does it officially become old?

  217. 12:14: 
    Eng 282-6 (lead by 130)

    Varun Aaron after the break, running towards the grand old pavilion. That building, which used to house the players, was formerly side on to the action but, since the square was turned, is now straight. England ticking, but not fizzing, taking the leg-side singles on offer. What's the thinking here? Lead by 250 by mid-afternoon then pull out? Bat longer than that?

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    Steve Moran: How about Mark Damprakash.

  219. 12:08: 
    Scorecard update

    England 278-6 (87 overs)

    Batsmen: Root 65*, Buttler 43*

    Fall of wickets: 21-1 (Robson 6), 36-2 (Cook 17), 113-3 (Ballance 37), 136-4 (Jordan 13), 140-5 (Bell 58), 170-6 (Moeen 13)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 22-7-63-3, Pankaj 22-3-95-0, Aaron 18-4-48-3, Ashwin 13-1-28-0, Jadeja 12-1-29-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)


    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "England have batted really well, running absolutely brilliantly between the wickets and putting enormous pressure on the fielders."

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

    "For England's sake I'd like them to get bowled out by lunch or just after so we are not hanging around too long. You would fancy Broad and Anderson bowling India out."

  222. 12:06: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 279-6

    As ever, Kumar's untucked shirt is flapping behind him as he hangs the ball outside Root's off stump, so wide that it's called so. When he adjusts, it is too much, with Root taking one to fine leg for the final act before drinks. No wickets and 42 runs so far. England's hour.

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    The Pete: Is Buttler going to be one of those lucky batsmen who always seem to get at least one life every innings? I hope so!

  224. 12:00: 
    Eng 277-6 (Root 64, Buttler 43)

    Jos Buttler, sleeveless sweater and angular looks, comes forward to push Pankaj down the ground, running three and moving towards a second Test half century. Dropped today, Buttler also got away with an edge that was deemed not have carried to the slips on debut at Southampton. A lucky player better than a good one? England have scored 29 runs in six overs since the new ball was taken.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Jos Buttler has been involved in three partnerships now in his short Test career, two of them over 100."

  226. 11:55: 
    Eng 271-6 (partnership 101)

    Is there anything more dispiriting than chasing the ball, hauling it in before the boundary, then finding that the batsmen have run four anyway? That's the lot of Cheteshwar Pujara, who chases a Joe Root drive, only to find that four times the runners have crossed. That's the 100 partnership between Root and Buttler. I wonder how many times we'll see them batting together over the next decade or so?

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    Stephen Corsham: Re Problem Corner: Long Ness? Rodney Marsh Memorial?

    Duncan Burbridge: Silly pont?

    Jack: Surely problem corner is long lake not fine lake?

  228. 11:50: 
    Eng 266-6 (Pankaj 21-3-91-0)
    India's Pankaj Singh

    There has been some bright sunshine, but some menacing clouds also lurk. The sun is covered as Pankaj comes again with an improved over, a straighter line. Ah, that's spoiled it. Pankaj is beating the edge, but somehow feels the need to test out the middle of the deck. Short, hooked by Jos Buttler, who gets four. England pushing on, a lead of 114. Remember, India were bowled out for 152 first dig.

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The new ball is their best bet because we haven't seen any turn for the spinners. They have to rip England out while the ball is hard and new otherwise they will be on the field for a long, long time."

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  230. 11:46: 
    Buttler dropped on 34- Eng 259-6
    England's Jos Buttler is dropped

    Down! A chance, albeit a very difficult chance, goes begging. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is swinging this new ball, looking to feed the three slips and a gully. Jos Buttler obliges, trying to work on the leg side and presenting a leading edge. It screams to Virat Kohli in the gully, who goes one-handed to his left and grasses the ball. Catchable.

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    Robin in Bookham: The mention of fancy dress competitions leaves a bitter sweet taste ever since my mates and I (dressed as cricketing terminology - Nelson, Maiden, Duck etc) were robbed of the Oval prize many years back. Gatting even apologised to us when he realised the error of his judging ways.

  232. 11:41: 
    Eng 259-6 (lead by 107)
    Fans dressed as Minnie Mouse and Cookie Monster

    Pankaj back to share the new ball, the smile so often seen on his face slowly fading. Outside Buttler's off stump, leave alone. Who's that in the crowd? The Cookie Monster! Imagine sitting behind him. You wouldn't see a thing. Poor this from Pankaj, not making Buttler play. On that offending part of the outfield, can we do better than 'Problem Corner'? Fine lake? Deep midwater?

    Sunil Gavaskar, Ex-India captain on Test Match Special

    "The first half-hour is the time you really need those wickets. India haven't got them and England look to be settling down. If you don't get them when the footwork is not certain you can really be taken for runs."

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  234. 11:36: 
    New ball taken- Eng 257-6

    You wait all morning for the new ball and some runs, then both come along at once. Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the conker in hand, looking for a full length but twice being driven through the covers by Buttler. Ooohhh, that's a rozzer, Kumar replying with an arcing away-swinger that defeats the prodding Buttler. Kumar would make a good club professional - bowl 20-odd overs, get runs, probably mark the pitch between innings too.

  235. 11:33: 
    Scorecard update
    Old Trafford

    England 248-6 (80 overs) - second new ball available

    Batsmen: Root 56*, Buttler 25*

    Fall of wickets: 21-1 (Robson 6), 36-2 (Cook 17), 113-3 (Ballance 37), 136-4 (Jordan 13), 140-5 (Bell 58), 170-6 (Moeen 13)

    Bowling figures: Kumar 18-6-47-3, Pankaj 19-3-82-0, Aaron 18-4-48-3, Ashwin 13-1-28-0, Jadeja 12-1-29-0.

    India first innings: 152 (Dhoni 71, Broad 6-25)


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    Bill Beeby: Forgive me but I just do not understand why players like Root and now Buttler show so much respect to Jadeja's bowling. He hardly turns it and has not taken as many wickets as Moeen Ali. Anyone tell me why? To me he bowls a lot of balls that cry out to be hit to the boundary. Maybe I am missing something?

  237. 11:32: 
    Eng 248-6 (80 overs)

    Still the set-piece we've gone through for much of the morning. Jadeja creeping, England waiting, maybe taking the odd single. It's a pleasant enough day, but not warm enough for the crowd to shed the jackets. They warm themselves through ironic cheers when England get the scoreboard moving. When Jadeja completes his over, fourth umpire Michael Gough performs one of his few duties by running on the new nut.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Forget the outfield - it's a very good pitch they are playing on, with a lot more pace than anything we have seen all summer."

  239. 11:29: 
    Eng 246-6 (lead by 94)

    A young chap in the crowd holds a sign telling us that it's his 'Test debut'. Ah, the first day of Test cricket. What a thrill. I have a feeling mine was 1994, England v New Zealand at Old Trafford. I'm not sure anything remarkable happened, though. Aged nine, I think I was more interested in the club shop. Aaron hangs the ball outside Root's off stump, but the Yorkshire tyro isn't interested. Another maiden. We wait, wait, wait for the new ball.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "India would love to nick one with the old ball and then attack with the new one."

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  241. 11:24: 
    Eng 246-6 (78 overs)

    Jos Buttler, the dasher, is battling with himself, resisting the urge to belt Jadeja to Bolton. When Buttler does waft outside off stump, he's missing one Jadeja has held back. Slow turn. Jadeja has been decent this morning, varying his pace. England are prepared to wait, shadow box before the new ball comes.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "I hope Pankaj hasn't been following the Zimbabwe-South Africa Test in Harare, where South Africa spinner Dane Piedt has taken a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket."

  243. 11:21: 
    Eng 246-6 (partnership 76)

    Jonny, I can't comment because I have no idea who Rufus Sewell is. The pacey Varun Aaron replaces the unsuccessful Pankaj as a healthy wind blows both the flags atop the media centre and the white clouds overhead. Aaron is lively, having Root on the hop, before skipper MS Dhoni takes his grey stubble and sleeveless sweater for a chat with the bowler. Smiles. Must have just remembered a funny story. A maiden.

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    Jonny in Devon: Is it me or does Jadeja look exactly like the actor Rufus Sewell?

  245. 11:16: 
    Eng 246-6 (lead by 94)

    Saturday at the Test invariably means fancy dress and a group of butchers, complete with sausages, take their seats. Still Jadeja twirling around the wicket, asking Root to defend on the front foot. A push to the off side brings one, with Buttler repeating the dose. Healthy hum inside OT, more noise than at any point during the Test. Four overs until the new ball is available.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler has had an interesting baptism with his new county and has done well batting at six. He moved up to Lancashire to get more keeping but he has got a lot more batting and has often helped to rebuild an innings, averaging 40. He wants to be a compete player. He still has a bit of license in this situation though, England will want him to play positively."

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  247. 11:13: 
    Eng 243-6 (Root 53, Buttler 23)

    No noticeable threat? Scratch that. Pankaj produces two beauties to twice beat the off-stump gropes of Jos Buttler. Naturally, there's no edge, because Pankaj is destined to never take a Test wicket. Apparently, before his debut at Southampton, Pankaj broke a mirror, walked under a ladder, had a black cat cross his path and opened his packet of crisps upside down.

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    India legend Kapil Dev (centre)

    "This is pretty much par for the course for India legend Kapil Dev. Every time I have seen him at a Test ground this summer, he has had the same fixed grin on his face as he poses for yet another photo with his adoring fans. Still, I imagine it's even worse for India's greatest all-rounder when he steps out on to the street in his homeland."

  249. 11:09: 
    Eng 243-6 (lead by 91)

    Comfortable accumulation so far for England this morning, no noticeable threat. Are we in a phoney war before the new ball is available? Nudges and nurdles off Jadeja. After yesterday's lost time, there are 98 overs to be bowled today, scheduled to be completed by 18:30, with an extra 30 minutes if needed.

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    Ben Thapa: England must bat until lunch if they can and then put India in for two sessions and see what carnage they can cause today...

    ian mccormack: I live less than 800 yards from the ground and my back garden is still waterlogged. Credit to the staff for clearing it!

    Matt Bennett: They've finally found the floodlight "off" switch.

  251. 11:07: 
    50 for Joe Root- Eng 241-6
    England's Joe Root hits out

    Well played, Joe Root, a seventh Test half century reached with a tickle off the pads. After being dropped for the final Test of the Ashes winter, Root is having an excellent summer back at number five. That clip off the luckless (and wicketless) Pankaj Singh saw the ball go to 'Problem Corner' for the first time today. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to dive to stop the ball reaching the boundary. He nearly drowned.

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    Chris Martins: I hear Michael Fish says there will be no rain so why are we worried...

  253. 11:01: 
    Eng 238-6 (Root 49, Buttler 22)

    There's only nine overs until the new ball is due, so that's probably the reason for Jadeja's spin, rather than a pacer, first up. Slip and a silly point, some turn, but Root is away with a single and is only one away from a half century. Good crowd at OT, Saturday-morning buzz.

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    Hannah Dixie: Why not start an hour earlier to make up lost time? Common sense and cricket rarely seem to mix!

    oliver j williams: Painfully long wait for Jos Buttler's historic first Test century, sort your drainage out Old Trafford - artists at work.

    Naveed Afzal: The ground staff at Old Trafford have done a good job if you ask me.

  255. 10:59: 
    Players emerge at Old Trafford

    Jerusalem plays, India huddle, England batsmen emerge through a tunnel of flags. Joe Root drives imaginary cricket balls, Jos Buttler loosens his shoulders. There's plenty of cloud, but it's pretty white, rather than menacing grey. The smiling Root will be on strike and will be facing the left-arm spin of Ravi Jadeja.

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    Ian in Bolton: Really don't understand the fuss being made over yesterday and the ridiculous ramblings of a certain Boycott. Boundary couldn't be brought in as it would make it unfair, and that area of the pitch was underwater. Frustrating? Yes. Playable? No. It's as though all those pessimists who were whining about England's form recently just needed something else to complain about. This is England, days will be lost to rain, get over it!

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    Oakoakey: I am a bit bemused at the level of criticism levelled at the stadium/drainage etc. The rain that fell in the hour after 2pm was frankly bonkers! It was a minor miracle that play almost started later in the day.

  258. 10:54: 

    England batsman Ian Bell: "Maybe India edged the first hour but Jos and Rooty got us back into it and hopefully we can extend that. This a good wicket, plenty for the bowlers but nice to play some shots on. I think it is one of the best cricketing wickets in the country. We'd like to get ourselves to 300, I don't think it is a 400 wicket, but if we can get that lead to 150 we are giving ourselves a good chance. You can't just play with potential weather around the corner, but we've got two guys at the crease who can score quickly."

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    Andy in Bristol: Surely with the lost play yesterday and the forecast for the next few days an early start would have been in order today?

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The new ball can always go round the park as a bowler you want an extra slip and that means a gap in the field. England have shot players and if it doesn't go well for India with the new ball England could be 150 ahead very quickly, but if they get it right, England could be all out only 100 ahead. Then India will be thinking if they bat big in the third innings they could have a chance of winning the game."

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  261. 10:51: 

    So maybe now we'll focus on the cricket, rather than the lack of it. England will have Joe Root and Jos Buttler at the crease, unbeaten on 48 and 22 respectively. On 237-6, the home side lead India by 85 runs. The ball is likely to do a little, so the visitors' quest for quick wickets may be helped. But, if England get away, how big a lead is too many? 150? 200?

  262. 10:49: 

    Lancashire director of cricket Mike Watkinson on TMS: "I do feel we are making a big issue about losing about 45 minutes of play."

    And if the rain returns?

    "We'll do everything we can. We'll take every measure possible. If nature beats us it won't be through lack of effort."

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's probably as windy as it has been throughout the Test match and I think the pitch could have a little more pace in it. There are potentially 98 overs in the day and then the potential to force the result with an extra half an hour so I think England will be looking to ram home the advantage, get a good lead and put pressure on India. If they can keep the wood on Kohli I think England can get a result today."

  264. 10:47:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Jamie, Sir Geoffrey may well have been rushing to the Test Match Special box. TMS is already on the air from Old Trafford, and can be heard on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 Long Wave, here online and via the BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer Radio apps.

    If you're looking to listen to TMS overseas, follow this link - it's not available in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.

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    Jamie: Geoff Boycott just touched my arm and muttered "excuse me lads" while rushing past with his wheelie suitcase in tow (overslept?). I may never wash this arm again!

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

    "It's easy for people to say they have to get out there and play but if it's your job and you see the state of that outfield last night you don't want to play, it wasn't fit. If it rains all day tomorrow I don't see how it's going to be fit for Monday."

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  267. 10:42: 

    Am I right in thinking that yesterday was one of the great days of non-cricket? The abandoned matches in Jamaica in 1998 and Antigua in 2009 spring to mind. Anyone to have ever played or watched the great game will have experienced non-cricket. As a youngster, I played in a match that was abandoned by snow. Non-cricket. It's a rite of passage.

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    Ramesh Bala: Given the weather forecast for Sun & Mon India will have do something incredibly stupid to lose this Test.

  269. 10:40: 
    Get involved

    So, what did you make of those shenanigans yesterday? Were you a frustrated spectator inside Old Trafford, or merely baffled from afar? And what about the actual cricket? Do you expect England to push on towards victory today? Or will ex-hurricane Bertha scupper us tomorrow? Text 81111, email tms@bbc.co.uk or tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket.

  270. 10:38: 

    BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes: "Today no problems, it's around 17 degrees in Manchester at the moment with sunny spells and it's going to stay dry. Tomorrow is a different story, we have the remains of hurricane Bertha mixed in with Atlantic low pressure and it could well be a washout. On Monday, we'll have a north westerly breeze and it will be a case of sunny spells and showers."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Old Trafford
    A corner of Old Trafford

    "So how is 'Problem Corner' looking this morning I hear you ask? Well, as you can see, it's still a fair bit damper and muddier than the rest of the outfield despite apparently being covered overnight. Beyond the boundary, sheets of artificial grass have been laid out to cover the wet ground and protect any fielders sliding over the rope."

  272. 10:35: 

    Just that one section of outfield prevented us from getting back on. Lancashire apologised and explained that, it was the drying process, rather than the drains, that was to blame.

    Either way, that all rather overshadowed the action, in which England moved to 237-6, a lead of 85 over India. It is from there where we shall begin on a pleasant day in Manchester. The offending section of outfield is fit enough for us to start on time.

  273. 10:34: 

    By early evening, the sunshine was cracking the flags. Get back out there? Alas, no. Though pretty much all of Old Trafford was playable, there was one section that was more farmer's field than cricket outfield. Down at the Brian Statham End, under the media centre, the section patrolled by fine leg or third man was being employed to grow rice.

  274. 10:32: 

    Yep, the second day at Old Trafford was one of the great days of non-cricket. When the players left the field at 14:15 BST, the rain came down and the floods came up. All done for the day? Well, yes, but not really in the circumstances we expected.

  275. 10:30: 

    Has a Test series ever been more dominated by the drainage? First Test, Trent Bridge, too dry. Ah, the drains are working too well. Fourth Test, Old Trafford. Dryness after a torrential downpour, but one puddle remains. Drains not working well enough?

    Rain soaks the boundary at Old Trafford

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