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August 15, 2014


23:37  India fold for 148 as England dominate Day 1:  STUMPS - DAY 1

Eng 62-0 (19 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard


England dominated the opening day of the Oval Test, both with the bat and ball.

Electing to bowl, England bowled India out for a paltry 148 before they cruised to 62 for no loss in 19 overs at stumps on Day 1 with Cook on 24 and Robson on 33. They need just 86 runs to go past India's first innings score.

Dhoni saved India the blushes with a sparkling innings of 82, with the help of 15 fours and a six, as wickets fell around him.

The Indian top order failed to rise to the occasion with Kohli (6) and Pujara (4) departing cheaply to continue their poor run in the series.

India's only hopes of saving this match now rests on the weather, while England look set for another crushing win.
23:31  STUMPS - DAY 1

Eng 62-0 (19 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard


Binny bowling with good pace and in the right channels outside the off-stump. Cook is tempted to come forward and edge the outswinger which goes past the slips for a four before the left-hander blocks the next two deliveries.

Aaron comes to bowl what could possibly be the last over of the opening day. Robson is lucky as the inside edge misses the stumps and goes for a boundary through the fine leg region before the right-hander successfully deals with the rest of the over.
23:26  Eng 54-0 (17 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard

India make the first bowling change as Varun Aaron comes into the attack in place of Bhuvneshwar, who bowled a first spell of seven overs for 25 runs.

Cook flicks the second ball through midwicket for three runs before Robson ends the over with a lovely drive through the covers.

Double bowling change for India as Stuart Binny replaces Ishant with India looking for a wicket or two before stumps.

Cook flicks Binny's second ball through the leg side for a couple to bring up England's 50 in the 16th over.

Aaron seems to be in some discomfort as he seems to have twisted his ankle slightly on the footmarks. A huge appeal for a catch by Dhoni down the leg side is turned down by umpire Reiffel as replays show the ball missed the bat.
23:17  Eng 41-0 (14 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard

Robson gaining in confidence as he plays a wonderful drive through the covers for a four, his first of the innings, off Bhuvneshwar.

In the next over, the right-hander gets an edge off Ishant which flies past the slips for a four.

Robson gets his third four in as many overs as he hits another wonderful drive through the covers to take his score to 20. The next ball is short but slips down the leg side and beats Dhoni for four byes before Robson takes a single from the fifth ball.

Robson looks to drive Ishant through the leg side but gets a leading edge which flies past the slips for two runs. The England opener trusts the bounce as he offers no stroke to the last ball which goes over the stumps.


23:06   Eng 20-0 (10 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard

Ishant bowling short and gets good carry but Robson easily lets it go through to the keeper. However, he makes Robson come forward to play as he pitches one up but the ball beats the edge. Full length delivery is the way to go with the new ball especially for India, who need some quick wickets before stumps.

Bhuvneshwar overpitches on leg stump which Cook flicks through midwicket for the first boundary of the England innings, in the ninth over.

Cook attempts a similar shot off the next ball but misses and is hit on the pads but the umpire turns down the LBW appeal. Hawkeye shows that Cook was lucky to survive with the ball pitching on the leg stump and looking set to hit the middle stump. Maybe umpire Paul Reiffel had doubts over whether ball pitched on or outside the leg-stump. A huge reprieve for the England captain!

England's openers have managed to successfully negotiate the new ball, as they reach 20 for no loss in 10 overs with Cook on 12 and Robson on seven.

22:35  Eng 10-0 (6 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard

Shane Warne slams Dhoni for having a fielder at leg slip. He believes that the opening bowlers are getting a lot of help by pitching the ball up and there is no need to bowl short and waste a fielder at leg slip. Will Dhoni listen?

Cook survives an appeal for LBW with the ball looking set to slide down the leg side. He takes a single from the fifth ball before Robson drives the last ball down the ground for three runs.

Ishant getting some good carry as Robson inside edges one to the fine leg region for two runs.

England have not had much problems against the new ball to reach 10 for no loss in six overs.
22:19  Eng 3-0 (3 ovs) vs India 148 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the innings for India with the ball and facing him will be Alastair Cook and Sam Robson.

Cook gets off the mark with a single from the fourth ball and Robson does the same off the last ball.

Ishant Sharma to share the new ball. Robson picks another single on the leg from the fourth delivery before he plays out the next over from Bhuvneshwar.
21:59  India 148 all out (61.1 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

When Dhoni walked in to bat India were struggling at 28 for four before he staged the rescue act. Dhoni, batting at No. 6, scored nearly 55 percent runs of the Indian innings and was the only batsmen to get past the 20-run mark.

Dhoni and Ishant put on 58 runs for the last wicket with the latter showing good application to finish unbeaten on seven from 42 balls.

Eight out of 11 Indian batsmen were out for single digit scores, including ducks for Gambhir and Rahane.

The wickets were shared equally among the England bowlers, who continued their domination over India. Woakes and Jordan shone with the ball for England with three wickets each, while the experienced duo of Anderson and Broad picked up a couple each.
21:57  Dhoni out for 82, India bowled out for 148:   India 148 all out (61.1 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Ishant looking quite comfortable with more time spent in the middle. He gets behind the line of the ball and defends Broad with confidence before he flicks the last ball through square leg for two runs off the last ball.

Anderson attempts a short ball to Dhoni who pulls it for a four through short fine leg. That boundary also brings up the 50-run partnership for the 10th wicket with Ishant, from 92 balls, to save India the blushes.

Dhoni then hammers the fifth ball through the covers for a four before he picks a bye from the last ball.

Broad ends Dhoni's resistance as the Indian captain pulls a short ball straight into the hands of Woakes on the fine leg fence.

Dhoni even gets an applause from Broad after a splendid innings of 82 from 140 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six, after another poor showing from the top and the middle order batsmen.

21:44  India 137-9 (59 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson kicks off proceedings in the post-tea session and facing him is Dhoni, who is beaten off the second ball. He attempts the pull shot off the fifth ball but misses before he edges the last ball which goes over the slips for a four.

Ishant successfully deals with Broad in the next over, taking two runs from the fifth ball through midwicket.

Dhoni then lofts Anderson over mid-off but gets just a single before Ishant takes one from the fourth ball. Dhoni then chips the fifth ball over midwicket for another four as India reach 137 for nine in 56 overs.
21:40   TEA - DAY 1

India 125-9 (56 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard


Off-spinner Moeen Ali comes into the attack to bowl the final over before the tea break.

Dhoni takes a single from the last ball to retain strike for the post-tea session.

The Indian captain is unbeaten on a gritty innings of 65 from 124 balls, having hit 11 fours and a six, while Ishant is on two from 27 balls.

India reach the tea break at 125 for nine in 56 overs, having scored 82 runs in 31 overs for the loss of nine wickets in the post-lunch session.
21:02  India 124-9 (54 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson comes back as England look to finish off the Indian innings. Dhoni slams a full delivery down the ground for a four before he takes a single from the fifth ball to retain strike.

In the next over, Dhoni lofts Jordan high over long-off for the first six of the match. Despite coming in at No. 6, Dhoni's contribution is now more than 50 percent of the team's total. Dhoni has slammed 64 from 117 balls out of India's total of 124 for nine in 54 overs.
20:50  Dhoni hits fifty but England still in control:  India 113-9 (51 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Dhoni lofts Woakes over mid-off for a four before he takes two more through the off-side to take his score to 49.

He flicks the last ball fine on the leg side to bring up his fifty, from 107 balls having hit 10 fours in total.
20:47  India 103-9 (50 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Ishant manages to play out another good over from Woakes, who sends down another maiden over.

Dhoni pulls a short ball from Jordan over midwicket for three runs before Ishant survive a huge appeal for LBW as India reach 103 for nine in 50 overs with Dhoni 43 from 101 balls and Ishant on two.
20:35  India 100-9 (48 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Dhoni shows his intent as he throws his bat at a wide delivery from Jordan but misses before he pulls a short ball but it goes to deep square leg as the batsmen decide against taking a run.

Dhoni steers a wide delivery from Jordan past point for a four.

India still need five more runs to surpass their lowest total at the Oval -- 98 in August 1952, writes Allan Draycott on Twitter.

As expected, Ishant Sharma plays and misses against Woakes before he decides to take a risky single on the leg side. Broad misses the stumps with Ishant way out of his ground as India pick up another single.

Dhoni is beaten off the fifth ball as he has a wild swing and can't get a single from the last ball to retain strike.

Ishant tries to leave one from Jordan but manages to steer it to Ian Bell at third slip who fails to hold on. He takes another quick single before Dhoni slashes at a wide one which goes over the slips for a four to take India past the 100-run mark, in the 48th over.
20:21  India lose 9th wicket, England in control:   India 90-9 (45 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Woakes ends Aaron's misery as he gets a leading edge and is caught by the bowler on his follow through for one as India slip to 90 for nine in the 45th over.

Touted as England's weak links ahead of the match, Woakes and Jordan have answered their critics in style with three wickets each.
20:15  India 90-8 (44 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Dhoni looking to get some runs with two just wickets left. He smashes a short wide delivery through the point region for his fifth boundary to take his score to 26.

Will India get past the 100-run mark? All depends on captain Dhoni now.

Varun Aaron has a wild swing at Jordan but misses and the huge appeal for caught behind is turned down. A few balls later Aaron is beaten all ends up as the ball as Jordan bowls a beauty.

Woakes bowls a maiden over to Dhoni who is prevented from getting a single from the last two balls courtesy of a short ball and a wide one.

Aaron hands the strike back to his captain as he taps it on the off-side and takes a single. Dhoni turns the next ball on the leg side for a couple before he hits the fifth ball behind point for a four to take his score to 32. However, he is beaten off the last ball as Jordan bowls another perfect outswinger.

India have lost three for 47 runs in 19 overs in the session.
20:01  Bhuvneshwar out for 5, India lose 8th wicket:   India 79-8 (40 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets off the mark with a boundary off Broad before Dhoni crashes Woakes through the off-side for a four.

But another bowling change does the trick for England as Jordan strikes in his comeback over. Kumar goes after a wide delivery but gets the toe end of the bat and is caught by Cook at first slip for five.
19:39  Ashwin out for 13, India lose 7th wicket:  India 68-7 (37 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Ashwin, who played two useful innings of 40-plus each in last Test at Manchester, looking good yet again. He plays another good drive through the covers for two runs before taking a single from the next ball.

Woakes replaces Anderson and he strikes with a wicket in his first over of his new spell.

Ashwin edges one as Root takes another sharp catch at gully diving forward as the umpires consult the third umpire before the decision is ruled in England's favour.

Ashwin walks back for 13 as India are reduced to 68 for seven in the 37th over with Dhoni on 17 from 63 balls at the other end.
19:29  India 65-6 (35 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Dhoni drives Broad through the covers for a four to take India past the 50-run mark, in the 32nd over. He repeats the dose a few deliveries later as he slaps the fifth delivery through the same region for another boundary.

Ashwin steers Anderson behind point for three runs before Dhoni gets an edge which falls short of the slips for a single.

Ashwin is beaten by Broad as he plays a loose shot outside the off-stump but he drives Anderson through the leg side for three as India reach 65 for six in 35 overs.
19:23  Binny falls for 5 as India lose sixth wicket:   India 48-6 (31 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Binny's painful innings of five from 30 balls finally ends as Anderson gets the edge and Cook takes an easy catch at first slip.

New batsman Ravichandran Ashwin nearly drags the next ball back on to his stumps but the inside edge misses the stumps and goes behind for a four.
19:04  India 44-5 (30 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Binny playing the odd loose shot every few deliveries as this time he is beaten off Broad trying to smash it through the off-side before he gets a single from the last ball.

Binny looks all at sea as Anderson beats him with another unplayable delivery which initially comes in with the angle before pitching and leaving the right-hander. Binny looks to hit a few fours but gets beaten time and again, this is poor batting from the all-rounder.

Dhoni hanging in there with his main aim to survive as long as possible. He gets an inside edge trying to defend before Broad beats him with the outswinger which passes close to the outside edge. The last ball is short and comes in as Dhoni lets it hit his body.

India continue to struggle to reach 44 for five in 30 overs with Dhoni six from 43 balls and Binny on five from 27 balls.

Just one run from the first five overs of the post lunch session.
18:57  India's top order flops, England in control:  India 43-5 (27 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

There was a slight drizzle during the lunch break but it lasted only for a few minutes and play resumes on time in the second session.

Broad to resume proceedings after the lunch break and he starts with a maiden over to Binny, who is beaten off the fifth ball as he throws his bat at a wide one.

England's best bowler Anderson from the other end as Dhoni opts to play it safe for another maiden over.
18:09  Pacers put England in control, India 43-5 at lunch:  LUNCH - DAY 1

India 43-5 (25 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard


India's top and middle order has failed them yet again as the visitors struggle on 38 for five in 21 overs.

Stuart Binny gets off the mark with a single on the leg side and Dhoni retains strike with one from the last ball.

Binny plays a nice drive through the covers as Moeen Ali makes a good stop inside the ropes to keep it down to three.

Woakes gets the edge off Dhoni but it falls short of the slips in the last over of the session.

India are struggling on 43 for five in 25 overs at the lunch break on Day 1 with Dhoni on six from 29 balls and Stuart Binny on four from 11 balls.

Jordan took two wickets, while the other three pacers Anderson, Broad and Woakes claimed a wicket apiece.

India's horror show started in the very first over of the match when Gambhir was caught behind for a duck off Anderson. Pujara (4) and Kohli (6) continued their poor run with the bat, while Rahane was caught and bowled by Jordan.

Vijay (18), the only batsman to register double digit scores, was caught at gully off Woakes as India endured another horrible session with the bat, scoring just two boundaries in 25 overs of the morning session.
17:34  Vijay falls for 18 to leave India in tatters:   India 36-5 (19 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Once again, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni left with a huge task with the bat with the top order failing to live up to expectations.

Woakes gets Vijay to edge the first ball but it falls safely on the off-side but Dhoni's edges goes through the slips for a four. The next ball is virtually unplayable, movement and extra bounce, and Dhoni must consider himself lucky not to have edged it.

After beating the bat several times, Woakes finally finds the edge as Vijay is caught by Root for 18. The edge went quickly to Root, who was wearing a helmet and stationed a bit closer than normal at gully.

India in tatters at 36 for five in the 19th over
17:20  Rahane out for a duck as India continue to slip:   India 28-4 (16 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Medium pacer Chris Woakes comes into the attack to replace Anderson, who bowled an excellent first spell of one for 16 in seven overs.

Jordan cripples India further with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in his next over. He chips one back on the pitch where the pacer does well to take a good tumbling catch on his right.

Rahane walks back for a duck as India slip for 28 for four in 16 overs.

A slight improvement from the last Test match where they were reduced to eight for four at Old Trafford on Day 1.
17:10  Kohli out for six, India's top order flops again:   India 26-3 (14 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

A long first spell for Anderson, who continues to bowl his seventh over on the trot.

Kohli punches a half-volley from Anderson through the covers for a boundary, the first for India in this match.

Chris Jordan replaces Broad and he strikes with the wicket of Kohli, who fails for the ninth innings in succession, in the series.

Kohli offers no stroke and is struck on and around the off-stump and is ruled out leg before wicket for six.

India have been reduced to 26 for three in the 14th over with the top order once again failing to live up to expectations.

16:53   India 18-2 (10 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson bowls another beauty as Vijay is forced to play at one and is lucky not to have nicked it as it goes past the edge of the bat. He then bowls the inswinger which strikes Vijay on the pads as England appeal for LBW but it is turned down before another outswinger leaves the Indian opener guessing.

Vijay is battling hard on nine from 31 balls, while Virat Kohli is one as India reach 18 for two in 10 overs.
16:32  Pujara fails again, India in trouble:   India 10-2 (6 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Pujara and Vijay take a single each from the first two balls before the former is beaten yet again by the outswinger from Anderson, who then takes a single on the leg side as India reach 10 for one in five overs.

The incoming delivery proves to be Pujara's downfall again. This time Broad gets one to swing in sharply taking the gloves on to the stumps to bowl Pujara for four.

Pujara never looked settled throughout his innings of 19 deliveries as his woes continue in England.

India in trouble at 10 for two in six overs as another struggling batsmen comes out to the middle -- Virat Kohli.
16:24  Gambhir out for a duck, India lose early wicket:   India 7-1 (4 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

James Anderson strikes in the very first over of the match as Gautam Gambhir falls first ball, for a duck. The left-hander is caught in two minds as he makes a late decision to leave the ball but gets the edge and is caught behind.

Murali Vijay got off the mark with three runs through the covers in the first over of the match.

Stuart Broad to bowl the second over with a visible scar on his nose and black eyes. He also gets good movement as Vijay manages to leave the six deliveries safely through to the keeper.

Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the mark with a single to the covers. Vijay is then beaten by the perfect outswinger from Anderson before he takes two runs through the off-side. Vijay is beaten off the fifth ball as the ball moves away past the outside edge of the bat.

Pujara has a close shave as he edges Broad but the ball falls short of Cook at first slip before he takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.
15:53  Check how the two teams line-up for today's match:

India: Mahendra Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

15:52  The winners of the ongoing five-match Test series will be awarded the Pataudi Trophy, which has been named after the famous Pataudi family, who had Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi and his son Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi playing cricket with great distinction for India.

Infact Ifitkar Ali Khan Pataudi represented both India and England in international cricket.

Mansur Ali Khan's wife Sharmila Tagore will be presenting the trophy to the winners of the series at the end of this Test match.

"Yes, I will be travelling to UK during the final Test match. I have already received a formal invitation from the ECB to be present at the Pataudi Trophy presentation ceremony," Sharmila Tagore had said last month.

ECB's Clare Skinner posted a picture of the Pataudi Trophy on Twitter, which is she taking along with her from Lord's to Oval.

"Good thing I've got a huge handbag as I'm lugging this bit of silverware down to the Oval later from @HomeOfCricket," she writes.
15:34  England elect to bowl; India include Ishant and Binny:   England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the fifth and final Test match at the Oval on Friday.

Stuart Broad has recovered from an injured nose suffered during the fourth match and has been ruled fit to play as England opted to retain the same team.

England have made a couple of changes, with Stuart Binny and Ishant Sharma coming in for Ravindra Jadeja and Pankaj Singh.
15:28   ECB have posted a close up of the Oval pitch on Twitter ahead of the start of the fifth and final Test match.

"Here's the Kia Oval pitch on day 1#EngvInd"

We will have the toss in a few minutes time and there is no doubt that the captain winning the toss would look to bowl first and take advantage of the early help for the bowlers.
15:22   It is quite overcast at the Oval but at the moment it has stopped raining. The umpires have decided that the toss will take place at 11am local time (1530 IST), with play scheduled to start at 1130am.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, on Test Match Special, says he would prefer pace bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny ahead of Ravindra Jadeja on a hard pitch at the Oval.

"This pitch seems pretty hard like the one at Old Trafford. I would look at picking Binny as he would give you more options than Jadeja on this pitch, and he can contribute with the bat."
15:11  Wet outfield delays start of 5th India vs Eng Test:  The start of the fifth Test match between India and England at the Oval in London on Friday has been delayed due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain.

The umpires will conduct an inspection of the conditions at 1045 local time (1515 IST) before deciding when the match would start.

England Cricket Board posted a picture of the Oval this morning on Twitter. "Covers are coming off bit by bit at the Kia Oval #EngvInd"