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England in control on Day 2, Tendulkar fails again

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December 14, 2012

16:39  England in control on Day 2, Tendulkar fails again:  - Scorecard


India 85-4 (40 ovs) vs England 330

England's bowlers were once again much better than their Indian counterparts. While India were ready to wait and concentrated on bowling a tight line and length, England's bowlers went in for the kill and were rewarded with four wickets in the post tea session.

Anderson once again tormented the Indians with a magnificent spell of three for 24 in nine overs, while Swann took one for nine in seven overs after he had made 56 with the bat.

A memorable debut for Root, who played a patient knock of 73 to guide his team out of trouble in the company of Prior, who made 57.
16:35  England in control on Day 2, Tendulkar fails again:  - Scorecard


India 85-4 (40 ovs) vs England 330

So the day belonged to England completely and they look the favourites at this stage to make it 3-1.

India are in complete tatters at 85 for four in 40 overs with MS Dhoni on eight and Kohli on 11.

Tendulkar failed to fire with the bat and was bowled for two by Anderson, who also accounted for Gambhir (37).

Anderson had given England a good start as he bowled Sehwag for a duck in the first over of the innings.

Pujara was unlucky to be given caught at short leg for 26 as the ball missed the gloves and hit his forearm.
16:31  India reeling as top order fails again:  - Scorecard

India 85-4 (40 ovs) vs England 330

Tough times for the two batsmen -- Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. With just a few overs to go for stumps, they will look to defend everything that comes their way and make sure that India goes to stumps with just four wickets down.

The England bowlers have also not made scoring that easy on this slow wicket and it will require tons of patience from the rest of the Indian batsmen to bail their team out from this precarious situation.
16:16  Live Cricket! Anderson's double leaves India in a mess:  - Scorecard

India 79-4 (36 ovs) vs England 330

What a superb spell from Anderson, two wickets for three in four overs, including the key wickets of Tendulkar and Gambhir.

Bresnan replaces him as England continue with pacer from one end. There is an appeal for LBW off the first delivery but the umpire rules in Dhoni's favour considering the height of the delivery.

Dhoni slaps the next ball powerfully through the covers for a boundary, the first after a long wait of 17 years.

16:06  How the Twitter world is reacting to Tendulkar's failure in Nagpur:

Harsha Bhogle: "when you have seen and known tendulkar as much i have, the pain within only grows....."

Ayaz Memon: "He's had an unedifying year as yet with 7 ducks. Also, Tendulkar's fallen 9 times to Anderson, his nemesis."

BBC Sport: '"Tendulkar is one of the greatest of all time but who knows if we'll see him after this Test," says Vic Marks on TMS.'

Jonathan Agnew (BBC): "Whatever that Anderson ball did or didn't do, Tendulkar's footwork was a mess."

Rajneesh Gupta: "Since the England tour in 2011 Sachin Tendulkar has been dismissed BOWLED or LBW 15 times out of his 30 innings!"

Mohandas Menon: "Tendulkar dismissed most times in Tests: 9 JAnderson, 8 Murali, 6 McGrath/Gillespie, 5 Cronje/Donald/Lee/Vettori"

16:01  Anderson's double leaves India in a mess:   - Scorecard

India 72-4 (32 ovs) vs England 330

Anderson has picked another big wicket here. Gambhir flirts at an outgoing delivery without any real footwork only to edge it and is caught behind by wicketkeeper Prior for 37.

India in shambles at the moment at 71 for four in the 32nd over.

At the moment even the follow-on target of 131 looks a long way away. The way India are batting, England will fancy their changes of getting them bowled under the 200-mark or even less.

Time for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come up with a captain's knock and answer his ever growing list of critics.
15:52  Tendulkar out for 2 as poor run continues:  Is this end of Sachin Tendulkar? Will he continue after this match?

Barring for the half-century in the third Test in Kolkata, Tendulkar has struggled to get runs in the series. His tally reads a disappointing 112 runs in six innings at an average of 18.66.

Even the 76 he made in Kolkata can be rated as one of the most scratchy innings of his career.

It remains to be seen what he decides after this series.

England well and truly in control of this match. Once again their bowlers have been better than the Indian bowlers, who just concentrated on keeping things tight.
15:48  Tendulkar fails again, India in trouble:   - Scorecard

India 64-3 (28 ovs) vs England 330

Tendulkar has fallen to Anderson yet again! A straight delivery that comes in slightly and keeps a touch low to beat his defences and bowl him for two.

India in big trouble at 64 for three in 28 overs.

Anderson has dismissed Tendulkar the most times in Test matches with nine dismissals going past Muttiah Muralitharan who has scalped him eight times.

15:20  India lose 2nd wicket:   - Scorecard

India 59-2 (22.3 ovs) vs England 330

Swann provides England with the big wicket of Pujara, who is caught at short leg for 26.

The youngster has been India's best batsman in the series with two centuries in the first two matches but his recent poor run has impacted India big time.

Pujara hits three fours in his 72-ball knock, adding 58 runs in 22 overs for the second wicket with Gambhir.

Replays shows that the ball might have missed the gloves and stuck Pujara on the forearm before it was caught at short leg. He is visibly unhappy with the decision and walks back shaking his hand in disappointment.

Sachin Tendulkar has walked out to a huge cheer from the sparse crowd inside the stadium. India need a big innings from the veteran to help them post a good first innings total.

15:03  Pujara, Gambhir take India past 50:  - Scorecard

India 54-1 (19 ovs) vs England 330

Gambhir gets a thick outside edge which flies past wicketkeeper Prior for a boundary to bring up India's 50 in the 19th over. The duo have also brought up their 50-run stand for the second wicket to put India on top after that early wicket.

Gambhir is batting on 29 from 53 balls and Pujara on 23 from 59 balls.

Panesar has so far not caused any problems for the batsmen on a pitch which is slow and not giving any turn.
14:47  - Scorecard

India 45-1 (15 ovs) vs England 330

Bresnan bowls the first over after the tea break with England looking for a few Indian wickets before stumps on Day 2. Surprising that Ishant seemed to have caused more problems for the batsmen than the two England pacer with the uneven bounce. So far Gambhir and Pujara have looked very confident out in the middle.

Pujara drives a full delivery from Panesar through the covers and the youngster forces Gambhir to come back for the third. Gambhir flicks the next ball fine on the leg side and sprints across for two runs and manages to make the crease just in time. If you remember, he was responsible for the run outs of Sehwag and Pujara in the last Test so he needs to be very certain with his calling and running between the wickets.

In the next over, Pujara takes on a short ball from Bresnan and hooks it behind square on the leg side for a four. The right-hander is looking to play positively and hitting bounders whenever possible
14:20  Pujara, Gambhir steady India after early wkt:  - Scorecard

India 32-1 (12 ovs) vs England 330

Gambhir charges down the wicket to Panesar and lofts him over mid-on to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket, in his 54th match.

Graeme Swann comes on from the other end as Gambhir is content to play for tea and defends the over and Pujara does the same off the next over from Panesar.

India are 32 for one in 12 overs at tea on Day 2, trailing England by 298 runs.

Gambhir is on 17 (32 balls) while Pujara has made 15 from 38 balls. The duo have put on 31 runs in 11.3 overs for the second wicket to steady India after the early dismissal of Sehwag, who was bowled for a duck in the first over of the innings.
14:01  - Scorecard

India 22-1 (8 ovs) vs England 330

Gambhir gets his first boundary as he crashes a full delivery from Bresnan between point and covers, in the 6th over.

Pujara drives Anderson through the covers for a couple before punching the fourth delivery down the ground for a boundary.

India are 22 for one in seven overs before left-arm spinner Monty Panesar comes into the attack. Pujara is watchful in Panesar's first over and blocks the entire with utmost caution.
13:41  4th Test: India in trouble after Sehwag falls early:   - Scorecard

India 10-1 (3 ovs) vs England 330

Tim Bresnan to bowl the second over and you can already feel how nervous India's batsmen will be feeling out in the middle after that early wicket.

Gambhir flicks the fifth ball on the leg side for one before Bresnan has a loud appeal for LBW against Pujara but it is clearly slipping down the leg side.

Pujara gets the first boundary of the Indian innings as he strokes a wide delivery from Anderson past the point fielder before taking a single from the last ball of that over.

13:28  Sehwag out for a duck, India lose early wicket:  - Scorecard

India 1-1 (0.3 over) vs England 330

James Anderson to bowl the first over. Gautam Gambhir flicks the first ball to the fine leg region for one to bring Virender Sehwag on strike.

Sehwag misses the second ball which slides down the leg side and is collected by wicketkeeper Prior. But he is bowled off the next delivery as Anderson bowls a quick inswinger with Sehwag looking to play inside the line but misses.

Sehwag is out for a two-ball duck and India are dealt with an early jolt.
13:25  England 330 all out vs India

England were 139-5 at one stage but the lower order staged a great recovery to take them to 330 on a slow wicket where scoring is not easy.

It will be interesting how India responds with the bat, whether they will adopt England's strategy and look to bat with patience or look to take the attack to England and score positively.
13:17  Chawla takes 4, England 330 all out:   - Scorecard

England 330 all out (145.5 ovs) vs India

James Anderson is the final wicket to fall. He is caught at short leg by Pujara off Chawla for 4 as England are bowled out for 330 in their first innings.

Chawla is the most successful bowler for India in this innings as he finishes with four for 69 in 21.5 overs, his best figures in Test cricket.

England lasted for nearly an hour in the post lunch session before they lost their remaining three wickets after scoring 53 runs 16.5 overs.

Ishant took three for 49 in 28 overs, while debutant Jadeja bowled the most number of overs for India to claim two for 58 in 37 overs.

India's frontline bowlers disappointed as Ashwin took one for 66 in 24 overs, while Ojha finished wicketless in 35 overs.

Indian bowlers had a total of 42 overs out of the total of 145.5 overs they sent down in the first innings.
13:04  Swann out for 56, Chawla picks 3rd wicket:  - Scorecard

England 325-9 (143.4 ovs) vs India

Swann taps Ashwin to mid-off and runs across for a quick single but Chawla's overthrow gifts him another run. A few balls latr he chips down the track and lofts it back over the bowler for a four before a single gets him his fifty from 87 balls.

Chawla then has a huge appeal for LBW turned down as Swann is beaten by the googly, that was a close shout. Swann then lofts him down the ground for a six before the leg-spinner gets his revenge by trapping him leg before wicket.

Swann tried to play the reverse sweep but missed one that went straight on and was given LBW after a fine knock of 56 from 91 balls.

Chawla has taken two wickets in this spell for figures of three for 69 in his 21st over.

12:51  Root falls for 73, England lose 8th wicket:   - Scorecard

England 302-8 (139 ovs) vs India

Chawla brings some relief to the Indian camp with the wicket of Root, who spoons a simple catch back to the bowler. The debutant impressed with a solid knock of 73, having hit four boundaries in his 229-ball knock.

Root, 21, spent 290 minutes at the crease in his first ever innings in Test cricket on a wicket where runs were very hard to score.

Root and Swann added 60 runs in 22.5 overs for the eighth wicket to take England past the 300-run mark.

12:43  Root, Swann take England past 300:   - Scorecard

England 300-7 (138 ovs) vs India

Sharma has a huge appeal for LBW turned down by umpire Dharmasena and quite rightly so as the batsman was struck outside the off-stump.

After a few quiet overs Swann decides to break the shackles as he lofts Jadeja into the stands over the leg side for a six, the first of the match. If you are still awake this was also the first boundary of the session.

Swann and Root have put on 50 runs from 118 balls for the eighth wicket as England continue to build their first innings total.

Root then sweeps Chawla from outside the off-stump behind square on the leg side for a boundary to bring up England's 300.
12:19  - Scorecard

England 280-7 (132 ovs) vs India

Jadeja resumes proceedings after lunch and he starts with a maiden over. Surpisingly, Swann decides to be cautious to begin with as he plays out a maiden over from Jadeja.

Ashwin to bowl the second over as Root and Swann pick a single each to the long-on fielder as India continue with their policy of keeping things tight. Root flicks the last ball of that over to fine leg for another single.

Jadeja continues to bowl what he describes as the "stump to stump line" for his second successive over after the lunch break.

11:36  Root shines on debut, Eng 277-7 at lunch:  - Scorecard

England 277-7 (129 ovs) vs India

Young Joe Root has made a good impression with the bat on his Test debut. He has showed tons of patience to bat solidly on a slow wicket for his innings of 65 not out from 200 balls.

He has hardly looked trouble either against the spinners or Ishant Sharma's pace.

England made 78 runs in 32 overs, out of which eight were maiden overs, while losing two wickets in the morning session.

Indian bowlers toiled hard in the morning session but England led by Prior and Root held forte and resisted the hosts with a big partnership.
11:19  Debutant Root thwarts India's bowlers:   - Scorecard

England 265-7 (123 ovs) vs India

Graeme Swann makes his intentions clear as he lofts Ojha over midwicket for a boundary, his third to take his score to 12 from 22 balls.

Some respite for the fans at the stadium after some paintful batting since the start of play.

Root seems to have lost his concentration for once as he reverse sweeps Ashwin but hits it straight into Dhoni's pads. He is looking quite solid on 61, having hit just 3 boundaries in 183 balls so far.

As Swann looks to attack Dhoni replaces Ojha with Jadeja, hoping to keep things tight. Dhoni adopting T20 tactics in a bid to try and frustrate England's batsmen.
10:57  Bresnan out for 0, England lose 7th wicket:  - Scorecard

England 246-7 (117 ovs) vs India

Ashwin is taken off that wicket-taking over and he is replaced by Ishant, who strikes in that very over.

Tim Bresnan is dismissed leg before wicket for a two-ball duck as he is struck plumb in front of the stumps with a full delivery that came in after pitching.

10:41  Ashwin strikes, Prior bowled for 57:  - Scorecard

England 242-6 (115 ovs) vs India

The drinks break has worked in India's favour. Ashwin strikes in the first over after the break with the wicket of Prior, who scored a patient 57 from 142 balls.

Ashwin bowls from round the wicket and gets the ball to go straight as Prior plays inside the line expecting it to turn but misses it and is bowled.

That ends a good partnership for England as Prior put on 103 runs in 47.3 overs for the sixth wicket with Root.
10:34  Prior, Root hit 50s to lift England on Day 2:  - Scorecard

England 241-5 (114 ovs) vs India

Ashwin comes into the attack now as India look to attack with three close in fielders at slip, short leg and silly point.

Prior drives a full delivery through the covers for three runs and Root then takes a single from the next delivery to bring up his fifty from 155 balls.

The two batsmen also brought up the 100-run stand for the sixth wicket from 269 balls to frustrate the Indians on Day 2.
10:22  Prior hits 50, England make good progress:  - Scorecard

England 235-5 (112 ovs) vs India

Every run seems like gold dust here with India resorting to some tight bowling and defensive field placings. Prior completes his fifty in style as he cuts Ojha past the short thirdman fielder for a boundary.

Chawla continues to spray the ball around, bowling either short or on the pads and he has protection on the boundary in sweeper cover and fine leg fielder on the ropes.

Root flicks a full toss to the fine leg region for one and Prior cuts a short ball to sweeper cover to get two runs.

England have made steady progress in the first part of the morning session, scoring 36 runs in the first 15 overs of the day.

Prior has completed his fifty (53 from 132 balls), while Root looks good to hit a fifty on debut (48 from 151 balls) with the partnership slowly swelling to 96 runs from 44.3 overs.
10:16  Check out what has been going on Twitter with regards to this boring Test match currently going on in Nagpur.

Former India spinner Bishan Bedi: "Heard Boycott telling Ishaant-"Even my grandmother would'nt bowl without a slip.......!!!"

Cricket commentator Ayaz Memom: "Pitch playing low, slow. Every run has to be hard earned. But i think Prior and especially Root have been exrmplary."

Telegraph's Nick Hoult: "So far in the press box Joe Root has been compared by "experts" to Mike Atherton and Greg Chappell"
10:09  Root, Prior continue to frustrate India:  - Scorecard

England 224-5 (107 ovs) vs India

Root drives a full delivery from Ishant through the covers for threre and Prior gets an outside edge which falls well short of Dhoni, who also fails to gather it to give England the first boundary of the day.

Piyush Chawla comes into the attack as Dhoni decides to hold back both his premier spinners, Ojha and Ashwin. Root cuts a short ball from Chawla past the point fielder for another four. Prior does the same to Jadeja in the next over as he cuts another short ball through the off-side.

09:46  Root, Prior take England past 200:  - Scorecard

England 204-5 (100 ovs) vs India

You can be assured that this will be another horrible day for the spectators and everyone watching the Test match.

India are happy to squeeze the pressure by keeping the runs down while England are content to bat patiently. Nothing happening in the match really!

Jadeja bowls the first over. Prior takes a single on the leg side to bring up England's 200 in the 98th over. Ishant to bowl from the pavilion end. Prior cuts the third ball to the thirdman region for one and Root tops a low bouncer on the leg side for his first run of the day.

Jadeja continues to bowl tight and on the stumps in a bid to keep things tight. Root cuts him past the first slip fielder to get two runs as England are 204 for five in 100 overs.

09:34  Root, Prior take England past 200:  - Scorecard

England 200-5 (98 ovs) vs India

Ravindra Jadeja to open the bowling for India on Day 2 and facing him will be Joe Trott.

England, who resumed on their overnight score of 199 for five in 97 overs, crossed the 200-run mark when Prior took a single from the second ball from the first over of the day bowled by Jadeja.

Prior is batting on 35 from 85 balls and Root on 31 from 114 balls.