England vs India
Right, that's it from day three, and indeed the match, from Old Trafford. England have won by an innings and 54 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series with one Test to play. Thanks for your company, please join us again on Friday.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Stuart Broad has been named man of the match after that terrific six-wicket haul in India's first innings. He is, of course, unable to be there to pick up the over-sized cheque as he's at hospital getting that injured nose checked out.
India's captain admitted the batsmen needed to find form...and quickly: "Even in the first innings we weren't up to the mark. That is one area we will definitely have to improve before the next Test. We talk a lot about our bowling, but I think so far in this series our batting has not clicked. I feel it is very important we get going - the batting department will have to improve."
Stay with us to hear from both captains, as well as the man of the match (Broad, surely?). Before then, let me just mark your card in telling you the fifth and final Test of the series begins next Friday at the Oval. As always, we will have over-by-over coverage in this blog.
By an innings and 54 runs...inside three days (when half of one of those was lost to the rain)...with their first-innings destroyer unable to bowl second time around due to an injured nose
WICKET! Pankaj b Jordan 0
Pankaj bowled first ball! Jordan is full and straight and the last man is cleaned up emphatically as the ball goes off his toe and onto the stumps. India all out for 161 and haven't batted 90 overs in the match.
WICKET! Aaron c Buttler b Jordan 9
Jordan gets the short ball on target at last, cramping Aaron for room and getting him to edge through to Buttler behind the stumps. Pankaj next, leaving the fat lady little time to get warmed up.
Over 42 - India 153/8 (Ashwin 39, Aaron 8)
Moeen is driven square by Ashwin after over-pitching. He's struggled to find the right line and length to his fellow spinner, who finishes the over by coming down the pitch and launching a six over long-on. Have to say, England have bowled pretty poorly at Ashwin in both innings of this Test. India now find themselves 62 behind - Jordan will be continuing from the Statham End.
Over 41 - India 141/8 (Ashwin 28, Aaron 8)
Aaron cuts away Jordan wide of backward point for four to get off the mark, then goes on the front foot to drive the bowler through the covers for another four runs. That pair of boundaries could see a change in the attack after the DRINKS break in Manchester.
Over 40 - India 133/8 (Ashwin 28, Aaron 0)
A single in the Moeen over, Ashwin getting it to leave himself on strike to face Jordan. India trail by 82 runs.
Over 39 - India 133/8 (Ashwin 28, Aaron 0)
Aaron in at 10 - Pankaj's batting exploits so far in this series suggest England might not need to call for the extra half-hour. They possibly won't need another half-hour. India's balcony looks a little shocked at the situation - 90 minutes ago they were 53-1.
WICKET! Kumar run out 9
Fair play to Kumar - having been dismissed off a no ball in Jordan's last over, he now obligingly gives his wicket away by returning for a foolish second run. Moeen's throw from out near deep point is excellent, leaving Buttler to whip off the bails and catch Kumar comfortably short of his ground.
Over 38 - India 132/7 (Ashwin 28, Kumar 9)
Moeen rattles through a maiden. Anderson was off the field for a brief period, not sure if he's yet free to bowl again. England might want him to have a burst at these two fairly soon.
Over 37 - India 132/7 (Ashwin 28, Kumar 9)
England think they've got an eighth wicket when Bell takes an edge from Kumar's bat, only replays show Jordan had no part of his foot behind the line when he let the ball go. Careless - he and Woakes have combined to bowl 18 overs at a cost of 81 runs for a solitary wicket so far in this innings. But for an inch, they would have had one apiece. Jordan looks rather rueful as he takes his sweater.
Over 36 - India 126/7 (Ashwin 27, Kumar 5)
Kumar drives gloriously when offered the chance to do so by Moeen. Too full, and duly punished in style. India, though, still trail by 89 runs. You reckon need one more wicket and then this game could be over rather quickly.
Over 35 - India 121/7 (Ashwin 26, Kumar 1)
England continue to pepper Ashwin with short stuff - he continues to dismiss it, picking up runs in the process. He pulls a four through mid-wicket off Jordan, then also crunches a back-foot drive away behind point for a similar result. The final ball of the over is then worked away through mid-wicket with real ease for three, meaning Ashwin will keep the strike. Runs continue to be haemorrhaged from one end while Moeen poses a serious threat from the other.
Over 34 - India 107/7 (Ashwin 13, Kumar 1)
Kumar avoids a third straight duck in the series - and also registering a pair at Old Trafford - as he turns Moeen into the leg side for a long single. England are crowding the lower order with close catchers.
Over 33 - India 105/6 (Dhoni 27, Ashwin 12)
Woakes off after going for too many. Jordan takes over and only (ONLY) concedes five, all of them to Dhoni drives when he's far too full in length.
Over 32 - India 100/6 (Dhoni 22, Ashwin 12)
India reach three figures - run-rate not a problem at all, just losing six wickets that happens to be a bit of an issue. They still trail by 115 and we have 29 overs scheduled for today's play.
Over 31 - India 98/6 (Dhoni 22, Ashwin 10)
Woakes expensive again - Dhoni takes him down the ground for four, not much wrong with the delivery but just a superb piece of timing as he duck it out from around his toes. The over also finishes with a boundary, India's skipper latching onto something dropped in short to pull away to the square leg rope. England just need to focus again after that flurry of wickets.
Over 30 - India 88/6 (Dhoni 13, Ashwin 9)
More runs for India - a mistake at mid-wicket lets Ashwin get two bonus runs, then he drives in convincing fashion through a huge gap at cover to pick up his first boundary of the innings. This pair also caused a few problems for England first time around, putting on a partnership worth 66 for the seventh wicket.
Over 29 - India 82/6 (Dhoni 13, Ashwin 3)
It may be a desperate situation, but Dhoni isn't going to pass up the opportunity to cash in on some width. Woakes twice pays the price for dropping short outside off, India's skipper hammering him away for back-to-back boundaries in a rather expensive over from the normally miserly Warwickshire seamer.
Over 28 - India 70/6 (Dhoni 2, Ashwin 2)
On the plus side for India - Ashwin has a Test average of nearly 40, Dhoni is in some form after first-innings runs and Kumar has shown his capabilities with the bat already in this series. On the down side - they trail by 145 runs and Moeen Ali is now looking like Saeed Ajmal on a dust bowl in Lahore. Maiden from the Beard to be Feared takes us through to DRINKS.
Over 27 - India 70/6 (Dhoni 2, Ashwin 2)
Dhoni gets off the mark when he tucks the returning Woakes off his hip for a couple down to fine leg. Yet again, India's skipper finds himself in the middle of a right old mess. The target for the tourists right now will be just to try and get through to the close with the game still alive, then hope the weather can help them out for the next two days.
Over 26 - India 68/6 (Dhoni 0, Ashwin 2)
India have lost five wickets in 28 runs in the last 10 overs. FIVE WICKETS FOR 28 RUNS. On a good pitch. Mostly against a man better known for his work with the bat, rather than the ball. Marvellous Moeen now has figures of 3-13.
WICKET! Jadeja c Jordan b Ali 4
This is now officially a procession. Jadeja kept using his feet to Ali, but then all he does is poke a catch to Jordan at slip. Moeen is ripping through India and now they are 66-6 - they'll have a devil's own job to get this match into day four, let alone avoid defeat.
Over 25 - India 65/5 (Dhoni 0, Jadeja 4)
Anderson v Jadeja - round II for today. The first delivery is a full toss that the new batsman misses out on. He doesn't miss out on the next, advancing down the pitch and smacking the seamer through mid-wicket for four. Impressive way to get off the mark.
WICKET! Kohli c Bell b Anderson 7
And now India are five down! Anderson gets Kohli again, and again he's fending at a wide ball and caught in the slips. Not much movement really, he just pushed hard out away from his body to be caught by Ian Bell.
Over 24 - India 61/4 (Kohli 7, Dhoni 0)
Moeen now has two wickets in four overs - Ashwin and Jadeja picked up one between them in 17.3 during England's first innings.
WICKET! Rahane c & b Ali 1
Moeen is slicing through India's line-up again! Rahane is fooled in the flight and attempting to drive, simply shoves an easy return catch back to the bowler. India have now lost three wickets for eight runs.
Over 23 - India 60/3 (Kohli 6, Rahane 1)
Good from Kohli. He needs to be positive to get out of this lean run, and when served up something short from Anderson he duly goes on the pull. The ball rockets away off the middle for four runs, cutting the deficit to 155.
Over 22 - India 55/3 (Kohli 1, Rahane 1)
Chance for two in the over when Kohli gets an inside edge onto his pad, the ball looping right where a leg gully would have been. England also ask for a run out call off the same ball, but Rahane is comfortably in despite not really grounding his bat. Are they having to run past the stumps now to be in? Not out - let's get on with the game.
WICKET! Pujara lbw Ali 17
It's two in two! Moeen starts the next over by trapping Pujara lbw. He was well forward but struck in line. Again, another India batsman walks off rather disappointed with the decision. He, unlike Vijay, has every right to be a little miffed, as Hawk Eye says the ball was going over the top of the stumps.
Over 21 - India 53/2 (Pujara 17, Kohli 0)
Pujara had taken India to their half-century with a nicely-placed cut shot at the start of the over, sending a short ball from Anderson away behind point for four. India now trail by 162 but have lost a second wicket.
WICKET! Gambhir c Buttler b Anderson 18
It seemed to be going a little flat at Old Trafford. Then Gambhir feathers a glove on an Anderson short ball and Buttler does the rest behind the stumps. Crowd break out of a Mexican wave to celebrate the breakthrough after tea.
Over 20 - India 48/1 (Gambhir 18, Pujara 12)
Jordan is off - Moeen takes over. He had an lbw shout against Gambhir with the final delivery of the afternoon session and from around the wicket, the spinner is always threatening the stumps. The response from the left-hander is to get the slog-sweep out, taking the ball square of mid-wicket for four. Good shot, but one not without risk.
Over 19 - India 44/1 (Gambhir 14, Pujara 12)
You know there's a lull in the action when the cameras start panning around the ground to find someone interesting to feature in the crowd. Thankfully they're focused back on the middle in time to see Anderson go past Pujara's outside edge with the fourth ball of the over. Another maiden for the Burnley Express.
Over 18 - India 44/1 (Gambhir 14, Pujara 12)
A delivery from Jordan climbs off the pitch after being left alone by Pujara, wicket-keeper Buttler eventually taking the ball above his head. There's a boundary in the over, Pujara getting it when he leans into a low full toss and drives square of the wicket.
Over 17 - India 38/1 (Gambhir 13, Pujara 7)
BROAD UPDATE: He has left Old Trafford now and heading to hospital for an X-ray. As for the action in the middle, Anderson starts his work in the evening with a maiden to Pujara.
Over 16 - India 38/1 (Gambhir 13, Pujara 7)
Jordan kicks things off at the start of what is going to be a very long session - 46 overs to go in total. There's some action in the middle but the crowd are more interested in the sight of Stuart Broad walking around the outfield with a big bandage across his nose. Already some swelling under his eyes, hard to see how he's going to be allowed on to bowl today. Who knows, with knee surgery planned for the end of the series we might not see him again in either this Test or the next, at the Oval.
So India are 33-1 in their second innings, still trailing by 182 runs. The only wicket to fall for them so far was that of Murali Vijay, trapped leg before by Woakes. Been a good day for bowlers to break their ducks, what with Pankaj finally getting in the wickets column earlier. We still wait to find out if Broad will be able to bowl for England during the rest of the day after taking that fearful blow on the nose whilst batting.
Over 15 - India 33/1 (Gambhir 12, Pujara 3)
But for the final delivery, not a great over from Moeen. He's short for the majority of it, though Gambhir only once gets the cut shot through the infield and away for four. The last ball of the session, though, threatens the stumps and hits the left-hander on the pad as he lunges forward. England appeal of sorts, but don't ever seem too confident. Gambhir survives and he will resume on 12 after tea, Pujara on three.
Over 14 - India 29/1 (Gambhir 8, Pujara 3)
Pujara's confidence will be boosted by a nice, solid push into the cover region for a couple. He's looked a little shaky to start with, including steering Jordan towards the slips in this over when he was initially thinking about leaving the ball alone. The captaincy handbook says we must have an over of spin before the break - Moeen Ali on in place of wicket-taker Woakes.
Over 13 - India 27/1 (Gambhir 8, Pujara 1)
Pujara off the mark from the final ball of the Woakes over, the 12th man only able to half stop a rather poorly-timed on drive. Good to see Woakes keeping the batsman honest with the odd short ball. England still lead by 188 runs as we fast approach tea in Manchester.
Over 12 - India 26/1 (Gambhir 8, Pujara 0)
Jordan nearly makes it two in two balls, an inside edge from Gambhir deflecting off his pad and looping just away from the short leg fielder. Left-hander clearly struggling for a bit of form, which is hardly a surprise considering the small amount of actual cricket he's had on this tour.
Over 11 - India 26/1 (Gambhir 8, Pujara 0)
Pujara comfortably leaves alone the final delivery of the successful Woakes over. The bowler was on his knees pleading with umpire Erasmus to give Vijay out, and it looked for some time like the appeal would be turned down. Such was the delight on the balcony for the bowler that coach David Saker was up out of his seat celebrating.
WICKET! Vijay lbw Woakes 18
Whatever Pankaj can do, so can Woakes. Having bowled predominantly away swingers to Vijay, he traps the right-hander in front with one coming back in. The batsman doesn't like the decision too much, but replays show Mr Erasmus was spot on to raise his finger.
Over 10 - India 25/0 (Vijay 18, Gambhir 7)
Vijay flirting with disaster here. Again he's enticed into playing at a wide one, but with his bat near horizontal or straight, it squeezes off an outside edge and away past a diving third slip for four. Looks much better when driving, leaning forward to put Jordan down the ground for a second boundary in the over. India fans starting to find their voice as this opening pair do their best to blunt the new ball.
Over 9 - India 17/0 (Vijay 10, Gambhir 7)
Change of ends for Woakes. Nearly does the job too, his first ball being short and wide but Vijay coming close to cutting it to point. Root dives to his right but can't get a hand on the ball as it goes away for four runs. The right-hander picks up three more with a clip to the right of mid-on. India now trail by 198 - we have 52 overs still to go on day three, with play able to be extended to 7pm.
Over 8 - India 10/0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 7)
India off the dreaded eight - Gambhir again waits for the ball to Jordan to swing, allowing him to push it straight down the park for a comfortable two. England need the man at mid-off to be a little straighter with the ball coming in to the left-hander. Good opening over from Jordan - nice pace and movement in the air.
Over 7 - India 8/0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 5)
Anderson a little too short here. It's a maiden, but Vijay is hanging back and just trying to leave as much alone as possible. The Burnley Express is through four overs and, as yet, hasn't posed too many problems to the India openers. MAKE. THEM. PLAY. With only three seamers currently available, Cook makes an early change with Jordan taking over from Woakes.
Over 6 - India 8/0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 5)
Finally some runs off Woakes' bowling, his 14th delivery of the day being edged by Gambhir, all along the deck, past the gully fielder for four. Now India are on that dreaded total of eight...and Gambhir tries to kick off a collapse again when he leaves alone a delivery that goes mightily close to his off stump.
Over 5 - India 4/0 (Vijay 3, Gambir 1)
A play-and-a-miss from Vijay, as he is unable to stop himself from poking out at an away swinger from Anderson. All seems now like it is the calm before the storm, as if everyone is waiting for the first domino to fall. Mind you, India need to get their score to eight before things start to happen.
Over 4 - India 4/0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 1)
Second successive maiden from Woakes.
Over 3 - India 4/0 (Vijay 3, Gambhir 1)
Anderson is denied a maiden as Vijay tucks the last delivery into the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. Ball is swinging, albeit from the hand so far.
Over 2 - India 2/0 (Vijay 1, Gambhir 1)
It is Woakes who gets the chance to share the new ball. Makes sense, he's a swing bowler. Starts with a maiden to Gambhir, the majority of which swing back in at the left-hander.
Over 1 - India 2/0 (Vijay 1, Gambhir 1)
Vijay immediately off a pair, defending down at his feet and calling his opening partner through for a single. Gambhir also gets off the mark in the first over, waiting for an inswinger from Anderson and then flicking it away to fine leg. Good job he hit that, though. A lack of wood on that and he was bang in front of all three
England's bowlers warmed up on the field...but not Broad. The 12th man is lingering on the outfield as well, so he's not going to be ready to join the rest of his team-mates at the start of the innings. Woakes or Jordan with the new ball then? Probably the former I reckon.
So England have an advantage of 215 - now we wait to see if they will have Broad fit to bowl immediately at the start of India's second innings.
WICKET! Anderson lbw Jadeja 9
Sure enough, Jadeja gets Anderson out. The left-hander goes too far across his stumps and is struck in line, the ball probably going on to hit leg stump. Although nine down, that's the end of the England innings with Broad retiring hurt.
Over 105 - England 364/8 (Woakes 23, Anderson 9)
Just as we wondered if Dhoni had forgotten Ashwin was in the side (for once), he finally puts the spinner on for the first time today. A single to Woakes and nothing else - you wonder if England are just batting now to give Broad a little longer to recover from that nasty blow to the nose.
Over 104 - England 363/8 (Woakes 22, Anderson 9)
Change of pace - Jadeja on, possibly just to try and allow him to respond to being dismissed by arch nemesis Anderson in the first innings on day one. Jimmy does try and oblige with a sweep that results in him making contact with fresh air, though the reverse does work a little better. He gets two for a paddle past the solitary slip, then dots back the final ball of the over to leave Woakes on strike. Still 65 overs left today!
Over 103 - England 359/8 (Woakes 21, Anderson 7)
Anderson gets off the mark to the loudest cheer of the day - it wasn't pretty, a short ball cramping him for room as he tucked it away towards fine leg, but the crowd don't care. They're chanting his name later in the over when he comes down and deposits a Pankaj bouncer through mid-wicket for four. The Burnley Lara indeed. England now 207 ahead and news comes through that Stuart Broad is being stitched up.
Over 102 - England 351/8 (Woakes 20, Anderson 0)
Woakes finishes the Aaron over with a clever shot. Expecting it to be short, he steps back, giving himself a bit of room to steer the bouncer over the top of where the slips would be. England's lead now at 199.
Over 101 - England 347/8 (Woakes 16, Anderson 0)
Deft flick to fine leg nets Woakes four more, England will want quick runs or to get back out in the field. Anderson spars again, not much chance of a repeat of his Trent Bridge heroics here.
Over 100 - England 342/8 (Woakes 11, Anderson 0)
Nice drive from Woakes for a couple, not out of the middle but there are some wide open spaces on the off side, India instead placing plenty of their fielders on the leg for the barrage of short stuff their sending down. Anderson is spared from starting the next over on strike by a single off the last ball. Advantage now at 190, very very unlikely Broad will bat again so innings will be over when the next wicket falls.
Over 99 - England 339/8 (Woakes 8, Anderson 0)
Woakes now takes a blow, this time on the gloves as Pankaj drops one in short. He does get one in his half, allowing him to get a single into the cover region. Anderson likes bowling on this pitch, batting not so much. He flirts outside off stump once, ducks a short one and then has a wild swing to finish the over. England lead by 187.
Over 98 - England 338/8 (Woakes 7, Broad 12)
Aaron first up after lunch. I like it when Aaron bowls, stuff seems to happen and the game moves along. Case in point - Broad takes on the short ball from the paceman, twice depositing Varun over the rope at deep backward square leg for six. When he has a third attempt at the shot, he gets a top edge into his helmet. Yes, into his helmet. The ball has gone under the grille and onto the bridge of the nose.There's some claret leaking and he immediately calls for help. After some treatment on the field, Broad is slowly helped away from the scene. James Anderson replaces his fellow opening bowler. Eventful start to the afternoon to say the least.
So England managed 88 runs in the 26 overs bowled in the morning session. They go in for a bite to eat with a lead of 173 and the forecast set fair for the rest of the day. A chance for the lower order to have some fun in the afternoon, then get bowling again.
Over 97 - England 325/8 (Woakes 6, Broad 0)
Broad slowly makes his way out to the middle, meaning he makes sure there won't be another over before lunch. He leaves alone his first delivery outside off, then ducks under a Pankaj bouncer. And that, folks, will be lunch. Good session for England and, of course, for Pankaj.
WICKET! Buttler c Pujara b Pankaj 70
And now Test cricket is easy for Pankaj, too. A slower delivery deceives Buttler, who is too early on a drive and lobs a simple catch to Pujara at mid-off. Fine knock from the wicket-keeper that has shown his abilities in a tough situation.
Over 96 - England 325/7 (Buttler 70, Woakes 6)
Clear now that Aaron and Dhoni have come together and decided to bombard this England pair before lunch. Problem is if it's going to be short, it has to be straight. Buttler gets some width to free his arms and cut away over the top of backward point for four. This Test cricket lark is easy really, isn't it? Woakes gets his first boundary when he drives away from his body and away from gully. Nine runs from the over as the advantage continues to grow.
Over 95 - England 316/7 (Buttler 65, Woakes 2)
Woakes off the mark with a scampered single from the first ball of the latest over - the bowler was so pumped he ran across to do the fielding himself, then threatened a throw at the stumps at the bowler's end before he realised there was no one backing up. He also gets another run as four singles come from the over.
Over 94 - England 312/7 (Buttler 63, Woakes 0)
Buttler twice lamps Aaron over the top of cover, using his quick hands to send the ball comfortably clear of the fielder and away for a pair of fours. Dhoni has a field set for short-pitched stuff, so clearly there's been a breakdown in communication somewhere. England's lead now at 160.
Over 93 - England 304/7 (Buttler 55, Woakes 0)
That wicket has given Pankaj an extra yard of pace now. He steams in at new man Chris Woakes, even attempting to repeat the trick with more leg-side filth. Dhoni responds by placing in a leg slip, who then duly fields the final ball of a successful over for India. The crowd are applauding Pankaj, who may now just walk off the field and never be seen again on a cricket field.
WICKET! Root c Dhoni b Pankaj 77
Remember the time, remember where you were the day when Pankaj finally got a Test match wicket. It's a strangle down leg, but he won't really care. Root goes for an excellent 77 and the boy Singh is all smiles at last.
Over 92 - England 303/6 (Root 77, Buttler 55)
Aaron slides onto Root's pads, allowing the YAAAAWKSHIREman to whip through mid-wicket for another England boundary. The bowler nearly gets his revenge with a short ball that the right-hander does his best to duck into, just pulling his head out of the way at the last moment before it sconed him. He recovers his composure to finish the over with a flourish, driving through the covers for four more. England's total now beyond 300 and the lead at 151.
Over 91 - England 295/6 (Root 69, Buttler 55)
Half-century for Buttler - his second in as many Tests and he gets a good, hearty round of applause from his new home crowd at Old Trafford. He gets to the landmark with a lovely back-foot punch that beats a rather lazy dive by the fielder at extra cover. He must have had his heart in his mouth three balls later when he pads up to an inswinger from Kumar. India plead with umpire Erasmus, but he gives the batsman the benefit. Replays show it was just clipping off and, to rub salt in the touring team's wounds, the final ball of the over is slapped away through point by the same batsman for four more.
Over 90 - England 287/6 (Root 69, Buttler 47)
India get all excited about an lbw appeal that isn't going to be given in a month of Sundays (and if it's a Sunday like tomorrow in terms of the weather, then we best hope that never happens). Aaron dances down, and straight across, the pitch trying to convince the umpire - England won't have an issue with him scuffing the surface up. Might have hit a fifth stump, possibly.
Over 89 - England 286/6 (Root 69, Buttler 46)
Buttler decides to take on the man in the deep after a pull shot. He always looks to be struggling for the second and, sure enough, would have been comfortably out had Dhoni managed to gather the ball cleanly. Perhaps those camouflage gloves he wears meant he couldn't actually see where his hands at all. Let off for Buttler, hardly a man you want to give a reprieve to in this current situation.
Over 88 - England 282/6 (Root 68, Buttler 43)
Change in the attack after the break - Aaron replaces Pankaj, who then gets little time to rest as he has to chase a flick from Root out towards deep mid-wicket. England can really push on now.
Over 87 - England 279/6 (Root 65, Buttler 43)
Low bounce now, one delivery from Kumar sneaking past Root's ankles. Fortunately for the batsman, it as outside of off stump. These are all good signs for England's seamers - there is plenty of life in this wicket. Time for some DRINKS at Old Trafford - excellent first hour for England, who now lead by 126 runs.
Over 86 - England 277/6 (Root 64, Buttler 43)
Buttler now goes down the ground, showing the full face to Pankaj to send the ball between the bowler and the stumps. Three easy runs, with poor Ashwin having to dirty his whites with a dive through the muddy patch. England's lead is now at 125 - anything around 200 and they'd be more than happy then to get the tourists back in and have a crack at their top order.
Over 85 - England 273/6 (Root 63, Buttler 40)
Root pushes Kumar down the ground for four, the ball just making it to the boundary. That shot brings up the century partnership between this pair. This second new ball isn't quite working out how India would have hoped.
Over 84 - England 266/6 (Root 59, Buttler 39)
Buttler pulls away a short ball from the rather wayward Pankaj for four - two men in the deep, and yet it dissected the pair of them perfectly. The England advantage is now at 114.
Over 83 - England 259/6 (Root 58, Buttler 34)
DROPPED! Kohli puts down a tough chance off Buttler. The outside edge was found and flew towards gully, where Virat couldn't cling on with one hand as he dived to his left. Much, much better over from Kumar - he pegged back his length and had Buttler groping for the ball outside off.
Over 82 - England 259/6 (Root 58, Buttler 33)
Should have mentioned that those two Buttler boundaries in the last over helped carry England's lead into three figures - it is now 107, to be precise. Poor over from Pankaj in truth, too wide and too short. This partnership for the seventh wicket is now worth 89.
Over 81 - England 257/6 (Root 57, Buttler 33)
And suddenly things happen. Buttler takes a bit of the shine off the new ball immediately with back-to-back cover drives for four, the second of which teased the chasing fielder before limping over the rope. Kumar paid the price for being too full on both occasions, but followed up with a cracker that went past the outside edge. It is going to be Pankaj at the other end.
Over 80 - England 248/6 (Root 56, Buttler 25)
A run for Buttler gets an ironic cheer and a polite ripple of applause from the crowd. Root gets a single off the last himself, meaning he will be on strike for the start of the next. The second new ball is now available and now out in the middle - fourth umpire Michael Gough has come out onto the field to pass it on to his colleagues. India are going to take it immediately as Kumar comes on for the first time today.
Over 79 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
Maiden from Aaron to Root - most of it left well alone outside off peg. Let us fast forward through the next six deliveries and then see if we can't kick this game into life a little, eh?
Over 78 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
Another maiden. Jadeja beats Buttler with a beauty that is flighted outside off, turning away after pitching. Root considers running himself out too, trying to sneak a single towards mid-wicket. Buttler sends him back and the run of dots continues.
Over 77 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
So perhaps Pankaj is going to get the new ball after all. Either that or Aaron is going to get loose with the old one first, as he has replaced his fellow seamer. It ends up being a maiden, but possibly one of the worst ever seen in the history of Test cricket. Root twice misses deliveries down leg, hits a back-foot drive tamely to point and then plinks a flick aimed for mid-wicket to mid-on.
Over 76 - England 246/6 (Root 55, Buttler 24)
Another Jadeja over ticks by, this one including three comfortable singles. England's lead is now at 94 and we are all just waiting until that new ball is finally due.
Over 75 - England 243/6 (Root 53, Buttler 23)
Pankaj is never going to get a wicket, is he? Not until the world finally comes to an end, which means he's probably got until the end of the day to break his duck. Buttler is twice beaten outside off, although on both occasions he's looking to be positive on the front foot. Maiden from Singh, mainly thanks to Pujara stopping a firm drive at mid-off despite wearing those bulky shin pads.
Over 74 - England 243/6 (Root 53, Buttler 23)
Singles apiece for both batsmen. Feels like we're in the calm before the storm, in every sense. Turn and bounce for Jadeja.
Over 73 - England 241/6 (Root 52, Buttler 22)
And there's the 50 for Root. He flicks Pankaj away off his hip to reach the landmark, sending the ball down towards the wet patches at fine leg to get an easy two. It has taken him 103 balls to reach the milestone. Pankaj's presence with the ball at the start of the session suggests Aaron and Kumar will get the new nut shortly.
Over 72 - England 238/6 (Root 49, Buttler 22)
Jadeja to start the morning session - India interested in rattling through overs and getting to the second new ball. Root gets the only run off the left-arm spinner, flicking to deep square leg. He's now just one short of a half-century.
I don't want to dampen (b'dum tush) your spirits. But the weather predicted tomorrow is such that some newspapers feel it might end the world. The tail-end of a hurricane could hit the west and may dump enough rain to ruin not just Sunday but Monday, too. With such a forecast, England will know time is vital considering no one is sure quite how much we will have left in this game. We should, though, get 98 overs in today. Play can go until 7pm.
Apparently the Lancashire groundstaff have decided that should we get rain again in this Test (and this is Manchester, remember), then they will cover the troublesome area down near the boundary to try and help prevent the flooding that scuppered any play yesterday after that afternoon deluge.
England will resume on 237-6 in their first innings, holding a lead of 85 and with Joe Root and Jos Buttler having forged an excellent partnership. A second new ball is just around the corner for India. Should be a really interesting opening session.
And welcome to over-by-over coverage of the third day of the fourth Test between England and India. We're back at Old Trafford and that dreaded puddle has gone...forecast also good for the rest of the day (we won't mention tomorrow, though).
- 7th - 11th Aug 2014
- India won the toss and elected to bat.
- Emirates Old Trafford
- M Erasmus, R J Tucker
- TV Umpire
- R A Kettleborough
- Match Referee
- D C Boon
- Reserve Umpire
- M A Gough
india BATTING CARD
|M. Vijay||lbw Woakes||18|
|G. Gambhir||c Buttler b Anderson||18|
|C.A. Pujara||lbw Ali||17|
|V. Kohli||c Bell b Anderson||7|
|A.M. Rahane||c&b Ali||1|
|M.S. Dhoni||c Ballance b Ali||27|
|R.A. Jadeja||c Jordan b Ali||4|
|R. Ashwin||Not out||46|
|B. Kumar||run out (Ali)||10|
|V.R. Aaron||c Buttler b Jordan||9|
|P. Singh||b Jordan||0|
|Extras||1nb, 1w, 1b, 1lb||4|
|Total||All Out, 43.0 Overs||161|