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July 12, 2014


23:09  STUMPS - DAY 4

Ind 167-3 (48 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard


At stumps on Day 4, India reach 167 for three in 48 overs to stretch their lead to 128 runs.

Rahane hit a few quick boundaries to score 18 from 21 balls before close, while Kohli was unbeaten on eight from as many balls.

The surprise performer for England with the ball in the second innings was off-spinner Ali, who claimed two for 39 in seven overs.

But the highlight of the day was the world record stand of 198 runs for the 10th wicket between Joe Root and James Anderson.

Root struck a brilliant unbeaten 154 as the home team amassed a total of 496 after having been reduced to 202 for seven on Friday.

Anderson secured another record as he made a career-best 81, the most by an England number 11, before edging the ball to Dhawan at first slip off Bhuvneshwar Kumar who returned figures of five for 82.

The partnership also meant it was the first time in Tests that both sides had compiled last-wicket stands of triple figures, following Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami's alliance of 111 on Thursday.

Kumar also shone with the ball, claiming career-best figures of five for 82.
23:08  India build lead after Root-Anderson's record stand:  STUMPS - DAY 4

Ind 167-3 (48 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard


Kohli also gets off the mark pulling a short ball from Stokes to midwicket for a couple, on the 17th ball he faces.

Broad comes back for what could be the final over the day. He has two close-in fielders on the leg side, short leg, leg gully and silly mid-on with Kohli on strike.

Kohli clips the second ball behind square on the leg side for a four and then turns the next to deep midwicket for one before Rahane plays out the rest of the over to end Day 4.
22:54  Ind 159-3 (46 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Virat Kohli plays out a maiden over from Stokes as India look to play for stumps with around 15 minutes to go.

Rahane is adopting a positive approach as he pulls a short ball to midwicket for a single.

While Kohli has played 12 dot balls in a row from Stokes, Rahane has made 10 from 14 balls, hitting Plunkett for another four through the off-side.

England peppering Rahane with short balls after his dismissal to that delivery in the first innings.

There is a loud appeal for caught down the leg side off Plunkett but is turned down before Rahane pulls the next ball square for another four.

Plunkett pitches one up and Rahane stands tall to punch it down the ground past mid-off for a boundary to race to 18 from as many balls.
22:36  Vijay, Pujara fall in quick succession:   Ind 144-3 (42 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Ali gets another wicket for England with the wicket of Vijay, who comes down the track but is beaten and is stumped after a good innings of 52 from 119 balls.

With nearly 30 minutes for close of play on Day 4, wonder what made Vijay attempt the rash shot.

Vijay and Pujara steadied the Indian innings with a 91-run partnership for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Dhawan.

And India suffer another blow off the very next delivery. Pujara cuts a short ball from Plunkett straight into the hands of Stokes at point, who takes it on the second attempt.

Pujara, who made 55 from 101 balls, stands in disbelief pondering over the poor shot that caused his downfall.

India in a slight spot of bother as they are reduced to 140 for three after losing two wickets in two balls.

Ajinkya Rahane gets off the mark with a boundary through midwicket as India have to endure 20 more minutes before stumps.
22:25  Vijay, Pujara hit 50s to swell India's lead:  Ind 137-1 (40 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Pujara also races to his half-century soon after with two boundaries off Plunkett, in the 40th over.

The second ball is smashed through point for a four as Plunkett offers a bit of width and two balls later he pulls it through midwicket for another boundary. The right-hander brings up his fifty from 95 balls, having hit seven fours as India reach 137 for one in 40 overs.
22:19  In-form Vijay hits half-century to swell India's lead:   Ind 127-1 (38 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Vijay continues his good form from the first innings as he takes a single on the leg side to bring up his fifty, from 111 balls off Ali.

The runs are coming off easily against Ali once again, who has taken the wicket of Dhawan, but conceded 35 runs in five overs.

Plunkett not making much of an impression with the semi-old ball as India reach 127 for one in 38 overs.


22:04  Ind 115-1 (34 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Ali, who picked the wicket of Dhawan in his first spell, comes back. He makes a tidy start giving away two singles followed by a leg bye from the last ball to bring up India's 100-run mark, in the 31st over.

Anderson getting the ball to reverse as the Indian batsmen resort to a more cautious approach. Pujara guides a wide delivery though the vacant thirdman region for a boundary to take his score to 35.

Vijay then chips down the track to Ali and lofts him back over his head for a six as India make their intent clear against the off-spinner.


21:50  Ind 97-1 (30 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Anderson comes back into the attack perhaps to check to exploit some reverse swing. Anderson has not had much of the bowling in the second innings so far and Pujara watchfully plays out the over.

Broad induces the edge from Vijay and it goes past Prior standing up to the stumps for another four through Vijay's favourite -- thirdman area.

After 30 overs, India reach 97 for one in 30 overs, having slowed down considerably in the recent few overs with Anderson and Broad getting the ball to reverse swing.


21:35   Ind 92-1 (25 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Broad comes back, replacing Plunkett, who has bowled six overs for 13 runs so far. Vijay hits the third ball down the ground for a four to take his score to 31 as India reach 82 for one in 21 overs, scoring at nearly four runs per over.

Pujara continues the flow of runs as he Stokes behind square on the off-side for a four, his third of the innings, to take his score to 23.

Pujara seems to keen to make up for his failure in the first innings when he fell for 38 despite looking good for more. He plays another cracking cover drive off Stokes and then takes two through midwicket.

Broad bowls a maiden to Vijay, who like in the first innings, is taking his time to get his eye in.

After 25 overs, India are 92 for one with Vijay on 31 and Pujara on 29, having stretched their lead to 53 runs.
20:55  Vijay, Pujara steady India after early wicket:  Ind 71-1 (18 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Ben Stokes to start off the post tea session and facing him is Pujara, who takes a single from the first ball.

Vijay then steers a wide delivery through the off-side for a four and then edges the next ball which flies past Prior for the same result as nine runs come from the first over.

Vijay survives a confident shout for LBW against Plunkett but the umpire is not interested with the ball looking to slide down the leg side.

Plunkett and Stokes bowling in tandem with Pujara and Vijay looking to build a partnership and steer India to safety before stumps are drawn on Day 4.

After 18 overs, India are 71 for one with Vijay on 27 and Pujara on 12.
20:16  Dhawan out for 29, India 57-1 at tea on Day 4:  TEA - DAY 4

Ind 57-1 (13 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard


Part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali comes into the attack early in the second innings. The second ball is down the leg side which Dhawan nudges fine for a four to continue his brisk start.

However, against the run of play Dhawan loses his wicket in a pretty tame fashion. He gives Ali the charge and ends up hitting a full toss straight back to the bowler to be dismissed for 29 from as many balls. An innings that promised so much but delivered too little.

Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the mark in smashing fashion with back to back fours off Ali.

At tea on Day 4, India are 57 for one in 13 overs with Vijay on 19 from 48 balls and Pujara on eight from two balls.
20:11  Dhawan out for 29, India lose 1st wicket:  Ind 44-0 (10 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Dhawan clips Anderson through midwicket for a four as India continue their brisk start.

Anderson makes way for Liam Plunkett after bowling four overs for 16 runs. Dhawan is on fire at the moment as he hits Plunkett for a four before Vijay crashes Broad through the covers for the same result as India race to 44 for no loss after 10 overs.
19:38  India off to a good start after England take slight lead:  Ind 23-0 (6 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

Dhawan goes after a wide delivery but gets an edge which flies through the slips for a boundary off Broad, in the fourth over.

Vijay gets one off the middle as he plays a cracking cover drive off Anderson's last ball to take India to 18 for no loss in five overs in their second innings.

Dhawan plays a similar shot in the next over off Broad as the fielders on the off-side can only stand and admire the boundary.

India off to a good start in their second innings as they reach 23 for no loss in six overs.
19:26  Ind 10-0 (3 ovs) & 457 vs Eng 496 | Scorecard

After his mammoth effort with the bat, James Anderson is back on the field within a few minutes to open the bowling for England. The first four balls are wide off the stumps and Murali Vijay is happy to see them sail through to the keeper before he defends the fifth and offers no stroke to the last ball.

Shikhar Dhawan gets India off the mark with two runs to the fine leg region before he cuts a short ball from Stuart Broad past point for a four.

Vijay gets an edge off Anderson which wicketkeeper Matt Prior fails catch and it goes past him for a boundary as India reach 10 for no loss in three overs.
19:08  Bhuvneshwar takes 5 wickets, England bowled out for 496:   Eng 496-all out (144.5 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

India finally get the long-awaited wicket as Anderson is caught in the slips for a career-best 81 off Bhuvneshwar, who completes his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Dhawan did well to take a diving catch to his right at second slip to end England's first innings at 496, having taken a slight lead of 39 runs.

Root was left stranded on a magnificent knock of 154, having hit 15 fours in his 295-ball knock. He was involved in a world record stand of 198 runs from 325 balls for the the 10th wicket with Anderson to help England stage a mighty comeback.

Bhuvneshwar was India's most successful bowler, claiming five for 82, while Ishant took three for 150 and Shami bagged two for 128.
18:54  Root-Anderson's world record stand gives England the lead:  Eng 493-9 (142 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar to resume proceedings after the lunch break. Root clips the first ball on the leg side for a couple before he continues to turn down singles but takes one from the fourth ball.

Ishant comes on from the other end. Root drives the first ball down the ground back past the bowler for a four to bring up his 150 in grand style, from 283 balls.

Some drama off the next ball as Root is beaten trying to play the cut shot and Ishant has a huge appeal for caught behind turned down. Some words being exchanged between Ishant and Root, which continues till the end of the over.
18:08   LUNCH - DAY 4

Eng 485-9 (140 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard


At lunch on Day 4, England are sitting pretty on 485 for nine, having taken a small lead of 28 runs with one wicket in hand.

The world record stand between Root and Anderson for the 10th wicket now sits at 187 runs from 48.3 overs and has helped England recover from 202 for seven at one stage on Day 3.

Root played a wonderful innings of 143, hitting 14 fours in 278 balls, while also guiding Anderson throughout the morning session and keeping him away from strike as much as possible.

But Anderson has himself grown in confidence after getting to his half-century and is unbeaten on 81 not out at the break.

Ishant toiled hard but failed to make any impact and his figures now read three for 144 in 36 overs. The other seamers also struggled with Bhuvneshwar (4 for 77) and Shami (2 for 128) looking clueless on a lifeless pitch. Jadeja did his job of holding one end up, giving away 80 runs in 35 overs.

England scored 133 runs from 34 overs in the morning session and both their batsmen looked totally at ease. If they add another 70-80 runs in the post lunch session, then they could boost their chances of pushing for an unlikely victory on Day 5.
18:01  Root-Anderson's world record stand puts England on top:  Eng 485-9 (140 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Anderson looking in complete control out in the middle as he flicks Binny through midwicket for a four and then takes a single to take his score to 75. This could possibly be his best chance to get the elusive Test century.

Root then plays a beautiful drive through the covers for a boundary to continue to build England's lead.

Jadeja and Ishant have both bowled 35 overs each with the latter picking up three wickets and he will continue with just five minutes to go for lunch.

Anderson edges the fifth ball of the over for a boundary to take his score to 81, from 118 balls, with the help of 17 fours.

17:43  Root-Anderson's world record stand gives England the lead:   Eng 464-9 (136 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Binny, who has bowled just six overs out of the 132 overs sent down, is finally noticed by his captain for his first go with the ball on Day 4.

Root and Anderson have now put on 161 runs for the 10th wicket and need another two runs to break the world record.

Root and Anderson put on 164 runs to create the world record for the highest 10th wicket partnership beating the 163 put on by Australia's Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar at the same venue in 2013.

This is getting out of hand for India with the bowlers not even coming close to taking a wicket and even no. 11 Anderson looks quite comfortable out in the middle.

Anderson is batting on 70, while Root is batting fluently on 134 to take England to 464 for nine in 136 overs, a lead of seven runs.
17:27  Root-Anderson's record stand gives England the lead:  Eng 458-9 (132 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Part-time off-spinner Vijay will continue as Anderson charges the last ball and slams him down the ground to level scores as England advance to 457 for nine in 131 overs. A superb recovery from the hosts considering they were 202 for seven at one stage, on Day 3.

Root continues to turn down singles off Jadeja before he finally takes from the fourth ball, as England take the lead.


17:22  Root-Anderson's record stand puts England on top:  Eng 450-9 (130 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Root still farming most of the strike and trying to protect his partner Anderson, who is batting on 60.

He takes a single from the fifth ball before Anderson is beating trying to play the reverse and the LBW or the catch appeal is turned down. In Jadeja's next over, he plays the sweep shot for a boundary through the leg side to take his score to 64.

India have not only been unable to pick up the final wicket but also struggled to keep the runs down as England are now threatening to take the lead.

India have been overdependent on Ishant, who is bowling his 35th over of the innings. He slants a short ball across Anderson, who gets an edge and again it falls between the gap between the slips and gully for a four.

Part-time spinner Murali Vijay comes into the attack and still no signs of Binny on Day 4.

Root reverse sweeps Jadeja for two runs to thirdman to raise the 150-run stand for the 10th wicket from 233 balls. A single from the last ball helps England reach 450 for nine in 130 overs.
16:48  Eng 432-9 (120 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

We have spin for the first time on Day 4 as Jadeja is brought into the attack. Anderson tries to reverse sweep the last ball but gets a bottom edge which beats Dhoni for a boundary behind the wickets.

Anderson makes room and cuts a short ball from Shami over the off-side for a four before he gets a single to take his score to 60, the highest score by a No. 11 batsman from England in Test cricket.

The last ball is short as Anderson looks to nudge it fine but Dhoni is unable to hold on to what looks like a faint edge or off the gloves. The replays have confirmed the ball flicked the shirt before going to Dhoni, who had anyways spilled it.

Dhoni struggling behind the stumps. Jadeja gets one to spin in sharply to Anderson, who is beaten and even Dhoni fails to collect it for four byes.

This is England's record 10th wicket partnership in Test cricket beating the previous record of 130 which stood for nearly 110 years between RE Foster and Wilfred Rhodes in 1903-04.
16:34  Root hits century, Anderson gets maiden fifty:  Eng 415-9 (117 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Anderson comes down the track to Shami and slams a short ball over midwicket for a boundary to complete his fifty in some style, from 61 balls, having hit 11 fours.

The entire stadium stands up to cheer for the England No. 11 batsman, who has got his first Test fifty in 95 matches after a long wait of 131 innings. Apparently, this is the first time that bother the No. 11 batsmen have hit a half-century in the same Test match.

England are 415 for nine in 117 overs and now trail by just 42 runs. They have scored 63 runs in 11 overs on Day 4 to leave the Indians stunned.
16:30  Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) on Twitter says the Anderson-Root stand for the 10th wicket which is now 111 runs is the highest stand against India in Tests.

"This is now the highest 10th wkt partnership vs India in all Tests. Previous best:104,Zulfiqar Ahmed & Amir Elahi,Pak,Chennai,1952," he writes.
16:24  Root hits century, England's last wicket frustrate India:  Eng 404-9 (115 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Anderson gets into the act as he makes room and chops a short ball from Ishant over the slip region for a boundary. That four takes Anderson's score to 37 with the help of eight fours, his highest in Test cricket.

Three balls later the left-hander smashes it through the covers for another four as England continue to torment the Indian bowlers.

Root takes a couple of Shami to sweeper cover to raise the 100-run stand for the 10th wicket. Shami tries a short ball to Anderson which doesn't rise much and the left-hander steers it fine past the keeper on the leg side for a four to take his score to 46 and one hit away from his maiden Test fifty.

The last ball has some bite on it as Anderson is forced but it falls just short of the fielder at point and they take a single.

England are 404 for nine in 115 overs and are now just 53 runs behind India's first innings total of 457.

Root is batting on 104 from 190 balls, while Anderson has made 46 to continue and frustrate the Indian bowlers.
16:07  Root hits century to lift England on Day 4:  Eng 387-9 (113 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

The partnership between Root and Anderson is now England's record 10th wicket stand against India, beating the previous best of 70 by Paul Allott and Bob Willis at Lord's in 1982.

Root comes down the track to Bhuvneshwar and drives him through the covers for a couple before he pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a four.

Root throws his bat a wide full delivery from Ishant but gets a thick outside edge which flies past the first slip fielder for a four to take the right-hander into the 90s.

He attempts a suicidal single off the last ball, hits to mid-on and sets off for the run but Shami can't hit the stumps to give Root a lifeline.

Mohammed Shami comes into the attack. The fifth ball is over-pitched and Root plays the perfect cover drive off the front foot for a delightful boundary.

He hits the next ball between point and covers for another four to complete his century, from 186 balls. This is Root's fourth Test century in 18 matches and has played a big part in rescuing England after the middle order collapse on Day 3.
15:51  Eng 367-9 (110 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the bowling for India with Joe Root on strike, who takes a single from the first ball to thirdman.

James Anderson turns down the second run and rightly so because the ball had gone straight to the fielder on the deep.

Anderson then flicks the fourth ball through midwicket for the first boundary of the day before he is beaten off the last ball of the over.

Ishant to bowl the second over and he makes a good start with sharp inswingers to Root, who is clearly uncomfortable with the movement. He picks a single from the fourth ball to take his score to 80 before Anderson defends the last two balls of the over.

Root takes the single from the third ball before Anderson plays a cracking drive through the covers off Bhuvneshwar for a four to take his score into the 30s.

In Ishant's next over Anderson drives one square on the off-side for a couple before he gets behind a short ball and blocks it.

After 110 overs, England are 367 for nine with Root on 82 and Anderson on 33.
15:26  India look to finish off England innings quickly on Day 4:  Eng 352-9 (106 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

India will look to claim the final England wicket as quickly as possible and look to push for victory, on the fourth day.

Joe Root and James Anderson fought back from an England collapse with a stubborn last wicket stand on the third day of the opening Test at Trent Bridge on Friday to leave the Indians frustrated.

India's bowlers had put their side in a commanding position when Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar tore into the home batsmen after lunch as the host's chased India's 457 in overcast conditions in Nottingham.

England lost six wickets for 68 runs before Root and Stuart Broad provided stubborn resistance with a 78-run partnership and helped them pass the follow-on mark.

When the aggressive Broad (47) fell, followed by Liam Plunkett, tail-ender James Anderson (23 not out) joined Yorkshire batsmen Root, who remains unbeaten on 78, to take England to 352 for nine at the close of play, 105 runs behind India's first innings total.