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Last Updated: 19/11/12 8:02am
Kohli drives Swann down the ground and India have deservedly opened up a 1-0 lead in the four-match series
The scores are level! Kohli slams Patel back down the ground for four and then scampers a single last ball to tie the match. He wants the winning runs but you would have to say Pujara deserves themAnother elegant boundary from Pujara, whipping Swann away through midwicket and the ball gathers pace on its way to the fence. Only six requiredIt's turning into a rather slow death for England now. Another single added by Pujara before some excitement from Prior as Kohli drives just short of extra coverA very rare maiden, bowled by Swann to Kohli. Purely delaying the inevitableSome start from Kohli, who leans on a full, wide delivery from Patel and eases it to the cover boundary. A single follows and the end is nigh for EnglandWICKET! Game on!... Not quite. Sehwag attempts to put Swann over the rope, but only succeeds in picking out Pietersen, who does well to cling on at long on and not take the ball over the rope. Sehwag goes for a breezy 25. Kohli is the new man. Pujara is on strike, though, and pounces on a short ball and pulls hard to the rope. Just 16 more requiredJust a Pujara single off Patel's over. John Martin has been in touch and asks: "Why have England all of a sudden, in the last 6 months gone from fantastic to rather terrible?" I would say the quality of their opposition has something to do with that. I would also say that 'terrible' is a tad harshA bit of a boundary drought for India here but I can't see them knocking these off in singles. Four more added off Swann's latest set of sixI would swap Bell, Patel, Bresnan, and Broad with Morgan, Bairstow, Panesar and Finn.Patel stems the flow of runs with an over which concedes only one Sehwag single. What changes would you make for the second Test? Tweet your suggestions to @skycricket and @skysportsdrabs or e-mail me at Joe.firstname.lastname@example.orgOur man at the ground Michael Atherton confirms that Joe Root is on the field in place of Ian Bell because the Warwickshire man has flown home early for the birth of his first childA few mental scars are being scratched on England here. Swann is dishing up flat half-volleys at the moment and Pujara is too good a player to miss out, driving to the extra cover boundary once more. He has raced to 29 off just 23 balls. 29 more required...Bosh! Patel replaces Anderson and he too appears in a hurry to get this over with, serving up a loopy full toss to start which Sehwag dispatches over the rope for six! Horrible delivery. Patel then ends the over with a drag down and Pujara rocks back and pulls it for four. This is hard to watchSehwag gets in on the act with a sumptuous extra cover drive of his own off Swann before handing the strike back to Pujara with a single. Shot! Pujara skips down and drills Swann through the same region. What a stroke that was. This isn't going to last much longer folks - you'll comfortably be in work for 9amPujara continues to deal in boundaries, leaning on a full delivery from Anderson and driving imperiously through extra cover for four more. This guy is some player. England look beaten... and they will be shortlyA huge cheer from Nasser in the commentary box as England open with Swann. It makes no difference to Pujara, though, who picks up where he left off in the first innings with two boundaries through the leg side. Glorious timing in both through midwicket. India are in a hurry to knock these off and go home!Michael Atherton has been in touch from Ahmedabad. His last rites: "India did really well this morning taking the last five wickets, but that was always the fear once they came back refreshed after a night's sleep. The pitch is still decent despite England's best efforts to scuff it up and it would take something remarkable for India not to win now. If they do, then England will look back with regret at the first innings (in six Tests in Asia this winter they have been bowled out in their first innings for less than 200 four times) and that period on the evening of day 2 when they lost three quick wickets. Don't forget, too, the missed chances in the field. dropping Pujara on 8 made a big difference."Just to remind you that Gambhir suffered a family bereavement during this Test, hence why Pujara is opening instead of him. A boundary rider is in place for Sehwag and he is in action immediately after a firm drive from the right-hander. The pitch is flat, no movement for Anderson, five singles addedAnderson will start for England. Sehwag and Pujara to open. Any believers? Tweet me @skysportsdrabs or e-mail Joe.email@example.comSo, India look set to take a 1-0 lead, despite the best efforts of Cook (176) and Prior (91). Both England batsmen fell to Ojha in the first hour and England's tail failed to survive until lunch. India will need just 77 when play resumesBresnan drills Zaheer straight to short extra cover to bring an end to England's innings. India will require 77 runs to win after an early lunchWICKET! Ashwin removes fellow off-spinner Swann, who has tried one left-handed shot too many. Attempting a switch-hit, Swann only succeeds in yorking himself, and Ashwin crashes the ball into middle stump. A rather daft shot, it must be said. Lunch is around the corner... Anderson joins Bresnan in the middle and this is looking a lost cause for England now, with the lead just 76.Solid from Bresnan, who plays out a maiden from Zaheer. He and Swann's objective now must be to get through to lunch with the interval just 15 minutes away. England can reassess their plans then. The lead remains 72. Stat for you: India have only lost once when chasing less than 200. Don't say I don't look after youAshwin is on for the first time today and Bresnan brings up the 400 with a single through the off side. This has been a great effort from England, albeit at the second time of asking. Swann is having some fun out there now, dabbing a reverse sweep for a couple before completely missing an attempted reverse slog-sweep! Steady Graeme, steady...Wow, Dhoni really was angry. So angry with Yadav that he has removed him from the attack! Zaheer is back on but he gifts Swann another run-scoring opportunity, which he takes by flicking a low full toss through square-leg for a boundary. Another fine shot from England's No.10Swann finally gets one away, all the way! Six! Great slog-sweep, high over midwicket for a maximum. That's the way to play Ojha in these circumstances. A Swann single follows before a Bresnan edge lands just short of gully. The lead is now up to 65Dhoni is angry, very angry, after a leg-side delivery from Yadav bobbles past him and away for four byes. You rarely see the India captain get that animated! Those are the only runs from an otherwise uneventful overBresnan gets an arm-ball from Ojha away for a single to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Swann, despite not scoring off his 11 balls faced, is certainly trying his very best to contribute but the pitch is hampering his progress. If, and it's a very big 'if', England can somehow muster another 60/70 runs they won't rule out their chances of winning this...Bresnan survives a strong lbw appeal when Yadav gets a delivery to tail back sharply into his pads. That looked close, very close, and it was - Sky Sports' technology confirming that it was destined for middle stump. Bres then pulls for a single and Swann survives an lbw appeal of his own, that one much more ambitiousBresnan takes England's lead past 50 with a well-timed flick through midwicket for three. Swann then requires a shovel as Ojha gets a straight delivery to literally roll and the England batsman does incredibly well to keep that one out. Swann looks to take the pitch out of the equation next ball, but does not connect properly with his attempted heave over the topWICKET! Broad has gone and England are in major trouble now! Attempting to turn the ball to leg, the England left-hander could only present a leading edge straight back to Yadav, who collects a simple return catch. That wicket came straight after a boundary when Dhoni let a bobbling ball slip through his legs. Swann struts out to the middle. What will his gameplan be? Surely he will look to attack? No immediate signs, as he blocks out the remaining three ballsMy gut feeling is that Bresnan will be content with blocking and adding runs where possible, whereas Broad, and then Swann, will look to attack. Only a Broad single off Ojha's latest over. England lead by 42Dhoni shuffles his pack once more with Yadav replacing Zaheer. Do England stick or twist here? Runs are crucial but so too is survival. Bresnan blocks a half volley through the covers for a couple and then adds a boundary when the new bowler drifts into his pads. Tense times in Ahmedabad...WICKET! Cook has gone! That could be a decisive blow for India! Ojha gets a delivery to keep low and even Cook can't keep that one out as the ball crashes into his stumps via a pad. The England captain goes for a superb 176 off 374 balls. Broad joins Bresnan with England's lead just 35. Ojha now has nine wickets in the match. Game over?This is a definite ploy from Bresnan, who walks across his stumps to Zaheer and clips two more through the on-side. He has to be careful of lbw, though, and Zaheer almost traps him on the crease with an inswinger next ball. Another over survived and England lead by 35Bresnan, pushing forward, is comprehensively beaten by Ojha's sharply spinning opening delivery. He rocks back next ball and tucks two through midwicket before adding a single. Nervy, nervy times. It is far too early for this sort of tension!What a big innings this is for Bresnan. After a disappointing showing with the ball, he will be keen to prove his worth with the bat. He adds another single first up against Zaheer, steering a run through gully. Cook and Bresnan then trade further singles - it's imperative that England keep the scoreboard ticking over. The lead is 30WICKET! Breakthrough for India! After all that effort, Prior gifts his wicket away with a very tame dismissal. Ojha dragged one down and Prior, playing off the back foot, simply chipped it straight back to the bowler, who could not believe his luck as he gobbled up the return catch. Prior goes for a valiant 91 and Bresnan comes to the middle. He gets off the mark first ball with a single and India finally have an end to attackA productive over for England as six further runs are added. Dhoni gifts them two byes with a sloppy piece of glovework and Cook then increases England's lead to 26 with a fine tickle off his pads which races to the fine-leg fence. That is the opening half an hour safely negotiatedYou can feel the tension around the ground. A rather sparse crowd at the moment, it must be said. I dare say it will fill up if and when this partnership is broken. Cook remains solid as a rock and takes England to 350 with a singleCook works Zaheer off middle stump for a single, much to the bowler's frustration! If he had missed that he would have been in big, big trouble, but how often do we say that?? Just that run off the over as England remain in survival modeOjha is absolutely racing through his overs here, not giving Prior any time to get ready. The England 'keeper, who has a fielder literally under his nose, keeps his composure and calmly plays out a maidenBoth batsmen pick up singles against Zaheer. It's important they rotate the strike as much as possible today to share the workload. The pitch remains very flat and there is not much assistance fo Zaheer, either in the air or off the pitch. Two from the over and England now lead by 18A strangled lbw appeal from Ojha on Prior. "The umpires are having a bad game but not that bad", says Nasser, with the ball clearly drifting down leg. India are rushing through their overs as Prior plays out a maidenPrior signals his intent early against Zaheer, flaying his opening delivery against the India quick through backward point and away to the boundary. The England 'keeper then moves into the 90s with a single. England lead by 16Two slips and a silly point in place as Ojha starts alongside Zaheer. Prior blocks the first five deliveries before punching out to the cover sweeper for England's first run of the dayNot a single slip in sight as Zaheer kicks off to Cook. It's a nervy start, too, as the England skipper plays and misses at the very first ball of the day. He is solid thereafter, playing out a maiden. Nasser Hussain believes England will have to bat for around 45 overs today to save the matchWell, who thought we would even get to this scenario two days ago? England lead by just 10 runs with five wickets left. Can they hang on and save a famous draw? Captain Cook (168*) and Prior (84*) remain key to their hopes of doing so. Get in touch via e-mail at Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org and on twitter @skysportsdrabsHello everyone and welcome to interactive text commentary of day five of the first Test!