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3rd Test LIVE! India end Day Two on 25 for one, 544 behind hosts

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July 28, 2014


India: 25-1 (14 overs)
England: 569-7 (163.4 overs) decl

England affect the first bowling change in the 10th over, Chris Jordan replacing Broad (4-2-4-0). He bowls a maiden first up. 

Pujara survives a lod caught behind appeal off Anderson. The next ball falls short of the slip fielder. 

Chris Woakes to bowl the final over of the day. 

India end Day Two on 25 for one, trailing the home team by 544 runs. 

India: 17-1 
England: 569-7 (163.4 overs) decl

Dhawan and Vijay aren't exactly middling the ball well but the key now is survival. 

However, that's not to be as Anderson strikes in his fourth over, having Dhawan (6) caught by Cook at first slip. 

This is the third time in five innings in this series that Anderson has accounted for Dhawan, after similar dismissals in Nottingham and Lord's.
Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in. 

India: 17-0 
England: 569-7 (163.4 overs) decl

Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting for India and it will be James Anderson first up for England. 

Vijay steers the second ball to the third man fence. Five runs come off the first over. 

Stuart Broad to bowl the second over. He gives away two runs to Vijay. 

Dhawan finds the fence in Anderson's second over. 

England: 569-7 (163.4 overs) decl

But Buttler won't have a century on debut as he drags a Jadeja delivery onto his stumps. 

Buttler's 83-ball 85 was inclusive of nine boundaries and three sixes. 

And England have declared, on 569 for seven (163.4 overs)

India have about 15 overs to negotiate.

England: 566-6

The third new ball is due now. But Dhoni doesn't take it. The Indian captain also fails to stump Buttler (on 59) off Jadeja. 

The batsman celebrates with a boundary two balls later. 

Buttler takes 20 runs off a Pankaj Singh over, including successive sixes. 

England: 534-6

A single by Bell, off Jadeja, helps raise the 100-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Buttler smashes the last ball of the same over to the fence. 

Jadeja has got some real pasting today. The lack of variation in his bowling has been completely exposed. 

A single off Kumar helps Buttler reach a half century on Test debut. However, Kumar strikes with his next ball, having Bell (167) caught by Pankaj Singh at mid-off. 

Bell's 256-ball knock was inclusive of 19 hits to the fence and three over it and  he added 106 runs for the sixth wicket with Buttler.

England: 508-5 (156 overs)

A three by Bell, off Shami, helps raise the 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Dhawan drops Buttler (on 23) at first slip, Shami being the unfortunate bowler.

A single off Singh helps Bell reach 150. He celebrates the same with a magnificent boundary three balls later. 

Buttler smashes Jadeja for a straight six, the shot helping England get past the 500-run mark, in the 156th over. Two balls later he smashes a boundary off the bowler.

England: 452-5 (145 overs)

A boundary by Bell, off Singh, followed by a couple helps England get past the 450-run mark, in the 144th over. 

Tea is taken after the 145th over, with England on 452 for five. 

Bellis unbeaten on 133 and Buttler on 13, the two having added 32 so far for the sixth wicket.

England: 442-5

Bell's onslaught in Jadeja's 32nd over has helped him get past the 7,000 Test runs mark. 

However, there's some good news for India in the next over. A short ball from Kumar ensures him his second wicket, Moeen Ali's (12) weird shot caught by Ajinkya Rahane at second slip. 

Jos Buttler is the new man in. He survives a catch appeal before even opening his account. Kumar was convinced he had him caught by Rahane at slips. Replays proved inconclusive.

Buttler celebrates with a couple of boundaries off Jadeja. 

England: 418-4

Bell smashes a six off Jadeja, his second off the bowler, to complete his 21st Test hundred. 

The hit also helps England get past the 400-run mark, in the 135th over.

Bell celebrates his feat with a boundary followed by a six in what is an expensive over by Jadeja. The fifth ball is also hit to the fence as 21 come off the over.

England: 385-4

Kumar replaces Shami (27-4-92-1) in the attack in the 128th over. He starts off with two wides but strikes with his second legitimate ball, having Joe Root (3) caught behind. 

Root never looked comfortable in his 25-ball stay at the crease. Moeen Ali is the new man in. 

And there's another bowling change, Shami replacing Singh (31-8-99-0).

England: 372-3

India have made in the first four overs after lunch. It hasn't helped matters much though. 

The pace of the English innings has slackened considerably in the second session. 

Bell is into the 80s though. 

England: 358-3 (119 overs)

Joe Root is the new man in. He has been in good form in the series.

But he scores one before lunch is taken.

The home team has dominated the morning session, having added 111 runs to their overnight total (247-2) while losing only one wicket. 

Bell is unbeaten on 68.

England: 355-3 (120 overs)

A boundary by Ballance, off Jadeja in the next over, helps England get to the 350-run mark, in the 116th over. 

Rohit Sharma gets a couple of overs before lunch, replacing Singh (28-6-95-0). And the ploy works, Sharma has Ballance (156) caught behind.

Ballance's 288-ball knock was inclusive of 24 hits to the fence and he added 142 for the third wicket with Bell.

England: 346-2

Pankaj Singh replaces Shami (24-4-81-1) in the attack in the 113th over, the latter having received some treatment on his right foot. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also left the field. 

A boundary off Singh helps Ballance complete a well-deserved 150, his first such effort and one that has come in the best possible time. 

England: 318-2

Bell is getting adventurous with every passing over. Having hit seven boundaries already, he smashes Jadeja for a straight six. Brilliant shot this!

A single off Shami helps Bell complete his 42nd Test fifty, in what is his 103rd match. His coming back to form is good news for England. 

This is Bell's first significant contribution of the series. A couple off his blade, off Shami, helps achieve the 100-run partnership for the third wicket, this after Cook and Ballance added 158 for the second.

England: 301-2

After a sedate start, Ballance gets back into the groove with three boundaries in a Kumar over. 

The first bowling change for the day is affected in the eighth over, Shami replacing Singh (23-4-71-0). Dhoni continues with his strategy of using his bowlers in short spells. 

Singh is back, replacing Kumar (27-8-79-0). Bell is dealing only in boundaries at the moment, he gets his seventh off Singh with a superb back foot drive. 

Successive boundaries by Ballance, off Singh, help England get past the 300-run mark, in the 103rd over.

Ravindra Jadeja is introduced in the next over, replacing Shami (21-4-72-1). He starts off with a maiden.

England: 263-2

An edge by Bell, off Singh, give the hosts their first boundary of the day, in the first ball of the third over. The second comes in the ball immediately after. 

On this occasion this is a nice flick by Bell to the fine leg. The batsman gets another boundary in the next over, off Kumar. 

A single by Ballance, off Singh, help raise the 50-run partnership for the third wicket. The home team has had 50-plus partnerships for all wickets thus far in the innings.
Eng 247-2 (92 ovs) vs Ind |  Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India on the second day and facing him is Ballance, who plays out the over with caution.

Pankaj Singh, who was unlucky to get the wicket of Ian Bell leg before wicket late on Day 1, is called into action from the other end. He continues to impress, beating Bell twice outside the off-stump with the outswinger which force the right-hander to have a poke. But he survives as India start with two maiden overs on Day 2.

15:35  India eye early wickets on Day 2, England on top:  
Eng 247-2 (90 ovs) vs Ind |  Scorecard

Welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the third Test match between India and England in Southampton, on Monday.

India will look to claim a few early wickets and check England's charge on the second day. The hosts were sitting pretty at stumps on Day 1 on 247 for two.

Left-hander Gary Ballance continued his good run with the bat and was unbeaten on 104 with Ian Bell (on 16) for company, the two having added 34 for the third wicket so far.

Captain Alastair Cook managed to break his run of poor scores as he played a fluent innings of 95 before he was caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja.