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LIVE Cricket! Rahane's century guides India out of trouble on Day 1

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July 17, 2014


23:15  Ajinkya Rahane at end of play on Day 1:

"It's a special hundred, every Test hundred is special but getting one at Lords is to be remembered always. We are in a great position now."
23:05  Rahane's century guides India out of trouble on Day 1:  STUMPS - DAY 1

India 290-9 (90 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard


At stumps on Day 1, India finish on a creditable 290 for nine in 90 overs with Shami unbeaten on 14 and Ishant on 12.

A strong comeback from India after a batting collapse in the post lunch session courtesy of Rahane's century and some sensible batting from the tailenders.

Rahane played a sparkling innings of 103, hitting 15 fours and a six in his 154-ball knock, while Bhuvneshwar played another important innings with the bat.

Bhuvneshwar, batting at No. 9, scored 36 runs and was involved in a 90-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Rahane to steer India out of trouble.

Anderson was the top bowler for England on Day 1 as he claimed four for 55 in 22 overs, while Broad took two for 79.

England were guilty of wasting the new ball in the morning session, bowling either too wide or too short and not making the Indians play much.

India lost four wickets for 32 runs in the space of nearly 15 nearly overs before Rahane's century took them to safety.
22:59  India 290-9 (90 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Ishant drives Broad through the off-side for a boundary to get three runs from the first ball before Shami takes one to the man deep on the off-side.

Ishant plays out the rest three deliveries to ensure Shami is on strike for the next over.

An in-out field for Shami with three slips and the rest of the fielders on the boundary both sides of the wicket.

Shami survives a huge appeal for caught behind before he takes a single from the last ball to retain strike.

The last over of the day to be bowled by Broad. Shami takes a single from the first ball to fielder on the point boundary before Ishant throws his bat at a short wide one and manages to edge it over the slips for a four.

Broad tries a short ball which Ishant tries to avoid but ends up steering it fine on the leg side for a four.
22:49  Rahane falls after hitting century, India lose 9th wkt:   India 276-9 (87 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Shami takes a single from the first ball to hand the strike back to Rahane, who survives a huge shout for LBW.

Rahane then takes a single from the fifth ball to fine leg to take his score to 99 before Shami smashes the last ball past mid-off for a four.

Rahane punches Anderson through the covers for a boundary to raise his second Test century from 150 balls. He gets a huge cheer from the packed gathering at Lord's.

However, he falls three balls later. Rahane tries to hit on the up but is caught by the bowler Anderson, who holds on to a sharp reflex catch.

Rahane walks back after a superb innings of 103 from 154 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six to rescue India after they were struggling at 145 for seven at one stage.

He put on 90 runs for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar and then was involved in a 40-run stand for the ninth wicket with Shami.

Ishant Sharma gets off the mark with a single on the leg side to retain strike.
22:35  India 265-8 (85 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson slides one down the leg side which Rahane helps round the corner for a boundary through the fine leg region. He then lofts the next ball over mid-on and it carries all the way for a six as Rahane looks keen to lift the scoring rate with just two wickets in hand.

Mohammed Shami gets off the mark with a four as he clips a full delivery from Broad square on the leg side. Broad then bowls it wide down the leg side and again Prior can't get to it for four byes before Shami takes two from the last ball as runs continue to flow with the new ball.

Rahane looks in hurry at the moment. He smashes a short ball from Anderson through the leg side and finds the gap despite there being three fielders in the deep. He smashes the last ball of the over through midwicket clearing the fielder easily for another four to take his score to 98, having hit 14 fours and a six from 146 balls.

India have scored 30 runs from the last three overs to reach 265 for eight in 85 overs.
22:22  India 235-8 (82 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson to bowl the with the second straightaway. Rahane plays a beautiful straight drive past mid-off for a boundary.

Broad from the other end as Bhuvneshwar hits the first ball past mid-on for another four before he smashes one through the off-side for the same result.

However, Broad gets revenge as he bowls Bhuvneshwar with a fully delivery that crashes into his stumps. The ball also seems to have kept much lower than expected and went under the bat as the right-hander tried to defend.

Bhuvneshwar played a good hand of 38 from 84 balls, adding 90 runs from 24.4 overs for the eighth wicket to help India recover after a batting collapse.

22:11  Rahane's fifty leads India's recovery at Lord's:   India 223-7 (80 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Rahane gets three runs as he pushes Stokes down the ground for three runs. Bhuvneshwar then steers the fifth ball through the vacant thirdman region to take India past the 200-run mark, in the 76th over.

Plunkett continues to bowl from round the wicket as Rahane pulls a short ball fine on the leg side for a four before he takes a single.

Stokes bowls a good over to Kumar as the second new ball is now just a couple of overs away.

Part-timer Ali comes back with a view to give the pacers a break before the new ball is taken.

Bhuvneshwar has done well with leaving the balls outside the off-stump but he is caught in two minds when playing against Stokes and ends up edging it past the slips for a four. The next ball is down the leg side and continues to slip away beating keeper Prior for four byes.

Rahane and Kumar have now put on 78 runs from 22.4 overs to register India's highest eighth wicket stand at Lord's.

After 80 overs, India have recovered 223 for seven and immediately England take the second new ball.
21:48  Rahane's fifty lifts India after batting collapse:  India 196-7 (75 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Rahane smashes a short ball from Plunkett over the cover region for a boundary to bring up his half-century in some style, from 101 balls. A very good innings from the youngster under the circumstances on a wicket offering a lot of help to the pace bowlers.

The last ball is again short and wide and this time Rahane hammers it through point for the second four of the over.

Bhuvneshwar is proving to be effective with the bat yet again as he survives 50 deliveries at the crease without looking in any sort of problem.

Rahane is lucky to survive as Plunkett nearly gets the edge with a perfect outswinger which moves away.

Bhuvneshwar gaining in confidence as he flicks Stokes fine on the leg side for a four. In the next over, Rahane pulls a short ball from Plunkett through the square leg region for a four and the next ball is also pulled but this time for a single with three men on the boundary now.

After 75 overs, India have reached 196 for seven with Rahane on 61 and Kumar on 18. The duo have so far put on 51 runs from 106 balls for the eighth wicket to rally India after the flurry of wickets.
21:27  Rahane hits half-century to lift India after collapse:  India 175-7 (70 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar is beaten as he tries to hit Stokes over the off-side and the next ball goes past the edge as the full delivery moves away. A good testing over from Stokes, looking to bowl full and making the batsmen play.

Meanwhile Ali is rushing through this covers and not causing much problems for the Indians. Rahane is waging a lone battle as he plays another cracking drive through the covers for a four to take his score to 42.

Finally, Ali gets a breather as Plunkett comes into the attack. Immediately, he gets Bhuvneshwar to edge one which falls short of the slips and they pick a single.

Rahane then slaps a short ball through the off-side for a four to continue his good innings out in the middle as he attempts to bail India out of trouble.

Bhuvneshwar plays with caution against Broad before he drives the last ball through the covers for a four to take his score to 12.

India are 175 for seven in 70 overs with Rahane on 46 and Bhuvneshwar on 12.
21:07  India 161-7 (65 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Stokes comes into the attack replacing Anderson, who has been used in short spells after his long first spell in the morning.

Stokes starts his new spell with a maiden but Ali continues from the other end which must please the Indians. Rahane drives one through the covers for a four as six runs come from the spinner's 12th over to take India to 161 for seven in 65 overs.
20:59  India 151-7 (60 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

England persist with the spin of Ali despite having the opportunity of running through the Indian lower order with their battery of pacers.

Rahane takes an easy single to bring up India's 150-run mark, in the 59th over.

India are 151 for seven in 60 overs with Rahane fighting hard on 30 from 67 balls and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on four.
20:43  Binny falls for nine as India lose 7th wicket:   India 149-7 (58 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Once again, it is Anderson who starts proceedings at the start of a new session. Rahane picks up a single on the leg side from the third ball before Binny takes one on the off-side to get two runs from the over.

England continue with Ali and India's lower order would be happy to face him rather than pacers on a pitch still doing a lot.

India milk Ali for three easy singles before Anderson bags another wicket, in the next over.

This time it is Binny, who falls leg before wicket for nine, after being beaten by the incoming delivery as India slip to 145 for seven.

Could that have gone over the stumps? Binny is reluctant to leave and walks off visibly dejected towards the dressing room. Hawk Eye shows that the ball could have missed the stumps and gone over it.

The in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who hit a half-century in both innings of the Nottingham Test, gets off the mark in some style. He flicks a full delivery on the pads through midwicket for a boundary.


20:23  India collapse after lunch, England on top:  TEA - DAY 1

India 140-6 (55 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard


At tea on Day 1, India are 140 for six in 55 overs.

The visitors collapsed in the post lunch session, losing four wickets for 67 runs in 28 overs.

Rahane is going on strong on 26 from 63 balls, having hit three fours, while Binny is batting on six.

Anderson continued to trouble Indians in the post lunch session, taking two for 19 in 14 overs, while all the other bowlers took a wicket apiece with part-time spinner Ali taking one for 17 in seven overs.
20:23  India collapse after lunch, England on top:  TEA - DAY 1

India 140-6 (55 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard


At tea on Day 1, India are 140 for six in 55 overs.

The visitors collapsed in the post lunch session, losing four wickets for 67 runs in 28 overs.

Rahane is going on strong on 26 from 63 balls, having hit three fours, while Binny is batting on six.

Anderson continued to trouble Indians in the post lunch session, taking two for 19 in 14 overs, while all the other bowlers took a wicket apiece with part-time spinner Ali taking one for 17 in seven overs.
20:21  Jadeja out for three as India lose 6th wicket:   India 140-6 (55 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Ali's part-time spin has fetched England a wicket now as Jadeja falls leg before wicket for three to leave India tottering at 128 for six, losing their fourth wicket of the session.

Jadeja pushed forward but played down the line and umpire Kumara Dharmasena had no choice but to rule him out.

England going for the kill as Anderson comes back into the attack with all-rounder Stuart Binny coming out to join Rahane, who is batting well on 21.

Rahane plays out the over from Anderson before Binny gets off the mark with a straight boundary off Ali, lofting the off-spinner back over his head.


19:53  Dhoni falls for 1 as India continue to slip:   India 127-5 (50 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Broad cripples India further with the key wicket of captain Dhoni, who is caught behind for one as he pushes at one away from his body.

India reeling at 123 for five in the 48th over.

Broad finally gets due reward for his fine bowling since morning as India continue to slip.

With all the pacers having picked up a wicket each, it is surprise to see Ali bowling from end.

It will be interesting to see if Anderson comes into the attack with Ravindra Jadeja coming out to bat.

Jadeja survives a huge shout for leg before wicket, beaten by a full delivery that came in slightly. He turns the next ball through midwicket for three runs as the crowd continue to boo.

India are 127 for five in 50 overs with Rahane on 20 from 47 balls and Jadeja on three.
19:39  Pujara out for 28 to leave India in trouble:   India 121-4 (45 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Stokes bags the crucial wicket of Pujara, who is bowled by the inswinging delivery after a patient innings of 28, having stayed at the wicket for 117 balls and hitting four boundaries in the process.

That is a big blow for India as Pujara had spent a lot of time at the crease and his wicket exposes the lower order in the post lunch session with the ball still doing a lot.

Interestingly, England bring back part-time spinner Mooen Ali into the attack with Dhoni clearly struggling against the pacers.

Rahane will need to bat as long as possible. He is looking good as he plays a drive past mid-off for a couple and then hits Ali through point for a four.
18:54  India 103-3 (37 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

England seem to have learnt from their mistakes in the morning session as both Broad and Anderson trying to make the batsmen play more often than not.

Anderson bowls another good spell of four overs, during which he took one wicket for five runs before he makes way for Stokes.

Pujara strokes a full delivery past point for a four to take his score to 19, having faced 92 balls so far.

Broad bowls full and wide as Rahane plays away from his body to drive it through the covers for a boundary. Three balls later he punches a full delivery down the ground past mid-on for another four to take India past the 100-run mark, in the 37th over.
18:34  Kohli out for 25 as India lose third wicket:   India 87-3 (32 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Broad over-pitches and Kohli plays another lovely straight drive past mid-off, for a boundary to continue his good start. The pacer then bowls a short ball which gives the keeper no chance as it bounces over him for four byes followed by a single from the last ball.

Anderson gets the key wicket of Kohli, who edges the outswinger and is caught by Prior diving to his right. Kohli looked good as he scored 25 from 34 balls but was done in by another splendid delivery from Anderson, who bowled on the stumps and got enough movement to claim the wicket.

Ajinkya Rahane gets a single on the leg side as Anderson ends another successful over, his figures read: two for 15 in 11 overs including six maiden overs.
18:24  Pujara, Kohli steady India after openers perish:  India 77-2 (30 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson to resume proceedings in the post lunch session as Pujara takes guard and he takes a single from the first ball on the leg side. Kohli gets a leg bye from the third ball before Pujara leaves the next two balls and is hit on the pads off the last ball resulting in a muted appeal which is turned down.

Broad comes back and he starts off by bowling wide off the stumps as Kohli is happy to let them go. The first four deliveries are left alone before Kohli taps it on the off-side and looks for a single but Pujara is not interested and he defends the last ball.

Three runs from the next over from Anderson as India reach 77 for two in 30 overs with Kohli on 22 from 28 balls and Pujara on 14 from 76 balls.
17:39  India survive early wicket to reach 73-2 at lunch:  LUNCH - DAY 1

India 73-2 (27 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard


At lunch on Day 1, India are 73 for two in 27 overs with Kohli on 20 from 19 balls and Pujara on 11 from 66 balls.

India would have been happy losing just two wickets in the session on a pitch which was so green and offered a lot of help to the bowlers throughout. Infact, England were guilty of wasting the new ball, bowling either too short or too wide and not making the Indian batsmen play enough.

Anderson was superb with the new ball, bowling a long first spell of one for 11 in eight overs which included six maidens. Plunkett got the wicket of Vijay for figures of one for 20 in seven overs, while Broad bowled six overs for 16 runs and Stokes five overs for 14 runs.
17:32  India 73-2 (27 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Plunkett to bowl from round the wicket and try to target the batsmen with short balls at their body. Pujara successfully manages to play out the over as England continue to waste the new ball.

Part-timer Mooen Ali to bowl the final over before the lunch break. Kohli turns the first ball to deep square leg for one before Pujara takes a single to mid-on.

Kohli (20) is dropped off the last ball as Prior fails to hold on to the outside edge, his second drop of the match so far.


17:26  India 71-2 (25 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Stokes bowls a wide half-volley which Kohli drives stylishly through the covers, coming forward to drive the ball off the middle for a wonderful boundary -- easily the shot of the day so far. He then picks a single from the fourth ball to mid-on before Pujara sees off the last two balls.

Kohli looking positive as he flicks Plunkett through midwicket for a couple before he flicks the next ball fine on the leg side for a four. Pujara has raced to 12 from eight balls, while Pujara is on 10 from 56 balls.

Plunkett again bowls a full delivery on the pads which Kohli flicks through midwicket as Anderson makes a good stop on the ropes to keep it down to three.

England's pacers keeping it full to Kohli, who plays another good drive off the front foot but is unable to beat the fielder at short cover. Stokes then gifts Kohli a full toss which he drives straight back past the bowler for a boundary, which takes him to 19 from 12 balls with the help of three fours.

India are 71 for two in 25 overs with Kohli on 19 from 16 balls and Pujara on 10 from 57 balls.
17:13  Vijay falls for 24, India lose 2nd wicket:   India 53-1 (22 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Vijay drives a full delivery through mid-off for two runs and two balls later he hits it through the covers where Anderson misfields for another couple to get four runs from the over.

WICKET!!! Plunkett makes the breakthrough as Vijay is caught by Ballance at third slip after scoring 24 from 67 balls. Vijay tried to flick it on the leg side but got an outside edge as the ball moved away where Ballance took a good diving catch.

Virat Kohli takes a single to get off the mark with a single on the off side. The last ball is short and wide down the leg side which beats Prior for four byes to take India past the 50-run mark.
17:03  Vijay, Pujara rally India after early wicket at Lord's:  India 43-1 (20 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Plunkett adjusts his length in his second over, bowling a tad fuller. Vijay is beaten off the third ball before he edges the next but it falls short of the slips and is then beaten off the last two deliveries of the over.

Ben Stokes comes into the attack, replacing Anderson, who bowled a long first spell of eight overs for 11, including six maidens having picked the wicket of Dhawan. Even Stokes not bowling on the stumps as Pujara is content to leave four deliveries of that over.

Meanwhile, Vijay steers a short ball from Plunkett which goes in the air and beats a diving Joe Root at gully for a four. Once again Vijay, who hit a century in the first Test, is looking settled as he drives a full delivery straight past mid-off for a four.

Pujara leaves the first two deliveries from Stokes who then tries to compensate by bowling on the stumps which is flicked to deep square leg for a single.

Meanwhile, Plunkett bowls a short ball down the leg side which is well stopped by Prior before Pujara ducks under another short ball and is then beaten by one which moves away after pitching, beating the edge of the bat.

After 20 overs, India are 43 for one with Vijay on 20 from 59 balls and Pujara on nine from 51 balls.
16:42  India 34-1 (15 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

A longish first spell for Anderson as he comes on to bowl the seventh over of his first spell. Pujara seems to have broken his bat and calls for replacement as the umpires take drinks at the same time to save some time. Again, Pujara looking to leave as much as possible as England continue to bowl wide.

The first bowling chance of the day as Liam Plunkett comes in to replace Broad, who bowled six overs for 16 runs in his first spell.

The first two balls on the shorter as Vijay leaves it before he takes a single on the leg side from the fourth ball. Pujara is also happy to offer no stroke to the last two deliveries.

A mammoth effort from Anderson as he comes on to bowl his eighth over on the trot. He is looking to bowl more on the stumps in this over as Vijay gets an edge from the first ball for a single to point before Pujara picks on the leg side. Vijay takes a single from the fifth ball on the leg side and Pujara flicks the last ball square on the leg side for a four as India reach 34 for one in 15 overs.

16:25  Vijay, Pujara steady India after early wicket:  India 25-1 (12 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Finally, Anderson concedes his first runs, in his sixth over. Vijay edges one which flies through the gaps between slips and gully for a boundary in his favourite thirdman region.

Pujara gets off the mark with three runs as he steers Broad past point, from the 25th ball he faces.

Vijay then misses out a half volley on leg stumps as he fails to beat mid-on with the flick before he takes two runs past point.


16:18  India 16-1 (10 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson continues to bowl maidens, five in a row now. His figures currently read 5-5-0-1. He would be looking to pick another wicket or two in his first spell with the wicket offering so much help to the pacers.

England's opening bowlers guilty of not making the Indian batsmen play enough as they continue to bowl away from the stumps.

Just a leg bye from the 10th over as India reach 16 for one with Vijay on four from 26 balls and Pujara yet to get off the mark from 23 balls.

Interestingly, 56 dot balls in the first 10 overs.
16:07  India 15-1 (8 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Broad bowls a wide half-volley which Vijay drives through the covers for a boundary to break the sequence of three consecutive maiden overs. The right-hander is then beaten by one which moves away before he blocks one to point.

Pujara is then beaten by one that bounces quite a bit and moves away as the right-hander plays a rare loose shot away from his body. Lot of swing with the new ball for both the England's pacers and India's batsmen can only defend for the moment.

Vijay doing well to leave as much as possible as Broad bowls another maiden over. India 15 for one in eight overs.
15:55  India 11-1 (5 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Broad also nearly picks up another wicket in his next over. This time Vijay, who is trying to leave as many deliveries as possible, finally edges one. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior puts down a difficult chance diving full length to his right.

Anderson bowling closer to the stumps and making the batsmen play more than Broad is doing at the moment. New batsman Cheteshwar Pujara defends the first ball before he drives the next but it is stopped in the covers. Pujara's solid technique and temperament will be tested here as he sees off the over from Anderson.

India are 11 for no loss in five overs with four of them maidens. Anderson is yet to concede a run in his three overs.
15:47  Anderson strikes early, Dhawan out for 7:   India 11-1 (3 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

Anderson getting plenty of movement as he moves the ball away from Dhawan, who is content to watch it through to the keeper.

WICKET!!! Anderson strikes early with the wicket of Dhawan. A virtually unplayable delivery which moves away quite a bit and Dhawan can only edge it as Gary Ballance takes a sharp catch at third slip. India 11 for one in three overs.
15:41  India 11-0 (2 ovs) vs Eng | Scorecard

James Anderson to bowl the first over and facing him will be Murali Vijay with Shikhar Dhawan at the other end.

He beats Vijay with the second delivery which bounces and moves away as the right-hander looks to defend. The opener defends the fourth ball on the leg side before he lets the last two deliveries go through to the keeper as Anderson starts the match with a maiden.

Stuart Broad to bowl the second over. He gets Dhawan to edge the very first delivery which falls short of the slips and goes through for a four. Dhawan then picks a couple through the leg side before Broad bowls one down the leg side which hits the left-hander on the pads and goes for four leg byes. He retains strike with a single from the last ball.
15:19  Dravid to ring bell at Lord's:  India's btting legend Rahul Dravid will ring the bell before start of play on day one of the second England vs India Test match at Lord's on Thursday.

Dravid played 164 Tests and 345 ODIs in a magnificent career for India, which included scoring century in his final Test appearance at Lord's in 2011.

The tradition of inviting former players or people with a strong association with the game to ring the five minute bell was introduced in 2007 by former MCC Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw.

15:16  Check out the team line-ups for the Lord's Test.

England:
Alastair Cook (captain), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Mooen Ali, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.
15:11  Former England cricketer Isa Guha posted the picture of the Lord's pitch on Twitter and it certainly looks very green.

"It's green!!! 'Bowlers breath a sigh if relief'," Guha wrote.

England bowlers will hope to make most of winning the toss and bowling first on this pitch by claiming a few early wickets. Meanwhile, India's top order will have their task cut out and their primary focus for the first couple of hours atleast would be survival.
15:06  England win toss, elect to bowl against India at Lord's:   England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the second Test at Lord's, on Thursday.

Both teams are unchanged from the first Test match at Nottingham, which finished in a draw.

The pitch looks quite green with a lot of grass left on the 22-yard strip.

There was a lot of off-field dramas leading into the Test match with James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja charged by the ICC for their clash during the first match in Nottingham.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) charged England's bowling spearhead under level 3 of the code of conduct for allegedly "abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja" during the opening Test, while Jadeja was charged under Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.