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Summary

  1. Gambhir & Vijay survive 23 overs until the close
  2. Stokes makes 128 after being dropped twice
  3. Root 124, Moeen 117, Bairstow 46
  4. First Test in five-match series, Rajkot
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By Jamie Lillywhite and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    So that's the end of day two. We've had 289 runs today and six wickets. It could be hard work for England's bowlers again tomorrow but to see how they get on, please join us at 03:45 GMT on Friday. Cheerio now.

  2. Day two summary

    Just before we leave you, here is a brief review of the day, though you can read more in Stephan Shemilt's in-depth report.

    England resumed on 311-4 and Moeen Ali, who was on 99 overnight, completed his first overseas century as the tourists plundered runs in the morning session, compiling 139 in 30 overs for the loss of only two wickets.

    Ben Stokes was dropped on 60 and 61 but became the third centurion of the innings, the first time England have had three hundreds in an innings in India since 1961.

    He put on 99 with Jonny Bairstow, who hit two sixes in a quickfire 46, before England were all out in an extended afternoon session, having added 226 for their six wickets today.

    England hoped to make some in-roads into the India batting in the 23 overs before the close, but India's openers played solidly and the wicket offered little assistance.

  3. Post update

    More from Moeen Ali: "I really enjoy batting at five, it keeps me in the game. I did bat a little bit at three Worcester and really enjoyed it.

    "When I come in I almost pretend we're one down, and when I get in I have the mindset I'm batting at three and taking the responsibility.

    "I'd had enough of giving my wicket away. As a batsmen I was almost a little bit embarrassed at how I got out." (Moeen offered no shot to seamer Shami and lost his off stump)

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    To BBC Cricket (see 14 overs entry): Creme caramel = burnt sugar on the bottom. Creme brulee = burnt sugar on the top. Best wishes, Charles Mutter.  

    Many thanks Charles, I shall hope to savour both in a taste test when I get home next week.

  5. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes reminds me a bit of the Jacques Kallis quality. I'm not sure he'll be as good as that but he might be a better bowler.

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    There is no shame in saying that at the end of the day, nothing happened. India played nicely, steadily. You can't blame anybody - the pitch is good. 

    Tomorrow might be different. Somebody might play down the wrong line, nick it and there's a clatter of wickets. There's nothing really there where you could say England bowled poorly - they haven't.

    You never know, you get a wicket or two and suddenly there is pressure with 500 on the board.  

  7. "Encouragement for tomorrow"

    Moeen Ali speaking on Sky Sports (having been on 99 overnight): "I slept well. Before I went in to bat I had to get myself going and felt a bit lethargic but I got myself going and the singles were there for me to take - there were times I wanted to have a hack but had to rein it in.

    "There was good spin for us and reverse for the seamers so there is encouragement for tomorrow.

    The slower balls are spinning more than the rest, but the build-up to those has to be good to take wickets."

  8. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    England got a good total but they couldn't make breakthroughs because the pitch is pretty good. They haven't bowled badly, it's just that the Indian batsmen are used to their own conditions. 

  9. Close of play

    Ind 63-0 (Eng 537)

    It's Rashid who bowls the last one. There are three fielders crowded around the bat and captain Cook is crouching under the lid waiting for a catch with hands outstretched as if back on his farm expecting one of his lambs to give birth. There is a beautiful googly that deceives the left-handed Gambhir and rips past the outside edge, but no chance is given and that is your lot for day two. India close 474 runs behind with all 10 wickets intact. 

  10. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Of the five England bowlers we've seen, the one who looked most likely to get a wicket was Moeen Ali. He was getting turn out of the rough to the left-hander.

  11. Ind 60-0

    Vijay 24, Gambhir 26

    Not a huge amount of spin for Ansari it has to be said, but it is accurate and his three overs have cost only three runs. One more to go in the day.

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  13. Ind 59-0

    Eng 537

    Rashid is given a chance, with a slip and leg gully waiting hopefully, but a low full toss is wristily dispatched through wide mid-on by Gambhir, the first boundary since the 13th over.

  14. Post update

    Prakash Wakankar

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    The Rajkot administration and groundsman have produced an excellent wicket. It should hold for five days and make for an interesting finish to the game.

  15. Ind 54-0

    Eng 537

    Steady start for Ansari, just the two singles conceded from his opening two overs. Just three overs remaining in the day.

  16. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad talks to Alastair Cook

    There's not much happening out there - there's not much movement for the seamers. There's a flicker of turn for the spinners, with Moeen bowling the best deliveries so far.

  17. Ind 53-0

    Eng 537

    After six fours in the opening nine overs we have only had one since and the batsmen are no doubt mindful of the close, with only four overs left after this. Singles for both in this Moeen over.

  18. Ind 51-0

    Ansari, in only his second Test, comes into the attack for some left-arm spin, with a nice, rhythmic approach to the crease. One spins but it is very wide and keeps low, although Vijay is fortunate not to get a bottom edge as he slashes at it and makes no contact. A single from the final ball denies the Surrey all-rounder a first Test maiden.

  19. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Gautam Gambhir bats

    Gambhir is not a beautiful player who has you purring. He's a survivor.