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India 115/4 after 43 overs, Ajinkya Rahane 13*, MS Dhoni 0*
Just when things start to look settled down for the Indians, the English bowlers strike back with a wicket. Ben Stokes has struck back once again, this time picking up the huge wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, rattling a stumps off a beauty.
India 109/3 after 39 overs, Cheteshwar Pujara 24*, Ajinkya Rahane 11*
Although they would have looked to provide an impetus to the scoring rate in the post lunch session, the dismissal of Virat Kohli has put a break on the proceedings. It’s hard work from here for the Indians, while the English bowlers would look to wrap up things as quickly as possible.
India 86/3 after 32 overs, Cheteshwar Pujara 14*, Ajinkya Rahane 0*
After getting off to a promising start, Virat Kohli has been dismissed by James Anderson on 25. Kohli was caught behind the wicket by Matt Prior off an outside edge.
India 73/2 after 27 overs, Cheteshwar Pujara 11*, Virat Kohli 20*
India have managed to get past the crucial first session but have also lost 2 crucial wickets. Virat Kohli is looking in good touch, but he himself survived a scare as Matt Prior dropped him on the last ball before lunch, a very crucial moment in this match. Cheteshwar Pujara on the other hand has taken his time to settle down and as always has made sure that the bowling team doesn’t put excess pressure on the batting lineup. With the number of pure batsmen in the team limited to 5, this partnership is rather crucial for the Indian team.
53/2 after 22 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara 10*, Virat Kohli 1*
Murali Vijay has departed after doing all the hardwork that was required of him. He was caught in the slips on the bowling of Liam Plunket for 24.
47/1 after 21 overs. Murali Vijay 24*, Cheteshwar Pujara 9*.
India has been batting after the initial let down by Shikhar Dhawan. Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay ahve been playing every bal;l on its merit and it seems like they have stalled the initial danger that seemed to exist on this wicket. Although the odd ball is still doing a bit from the pitch, the bowlers are just wasting their energy by delivering the balls outside the off stump.
India 34/1 after 16 overs. Murali Vijay 12*, Cheteshwar Pujara 8*.
Pujara and Vijay have managed to stop the English bowlers from picking up nay more wickets with the new ball. It is an exceptionally good performance from them so far because the ball is doing quite a lot on the green track and batting will only get easy if the batsmen spend time on the wicket. English bowlers on the other end have sticked to the outside off stump line, something that is not really working here.
India 15/1 after 8 overs. Murali Vijay 4*, Cheteshwar Pujara 0*.
With a pitch that is hardly different from the outfiled and the ball doing all sort of things in the morning session, the Indians have got of to a terrible start as they lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the 3rd over of the day. James Anderson is moving the ball miles in the air and off the pitch, while Stuart Broad is giving his 100 percent like he always does. This promises to be a cracking test match already.
India 11/1 after 2.5 overs. Murali Vijay 0*, Cheteshwar Pujara 0*.
Shikhar Dhawan has departed on a peach of a delivery by James Anderson. He was caught in the slips for 7 runs.
India 0/0 after 1 overs. Shikhar Dhawan 0*, Murali Vijay 0*.
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan open the batting for the Indians, Anderson will start with the ball.
When India was in their backyard the last time around, the English team played all over the Indians and managed to pull off a whitewash, a result that the Indian team suffered in 2 successive oversea’s series. It is pretty evident that things have changed considerably in the past three years, and the Indian team that is touring the British Isles this time around seems to be a lot more comfortable against pace, bounce and swing than the team that toured the last time around.
India will come into this game with a slight advantage over the host;s as they outperformed tham convincingly with bat and ball in the first test if you exclude the last wicket stand between james Anderson and Joe Root. The match will begin with the clouds of uncertainity of recent spat between Anderson and Jadeja and the pending decision of the same.
India has only won one test on thsi venue and their main aim would be to replicate the performance of Kapil Dev’s team and get off the mark in this series. they nearly had the host’s in their grab but as he has done on so many occassions, Dhoni just couldn’t manage to hold on the advantage that the team had built. Signs are looking promising for the indian team and the test might just prove to be the start of a good series for the Indian team.