India vs England: 4th Test, Day 2- As it happened!

first_imgIndia won the toss and elected to bat first against EnglandWelcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the 4th Test between India and England from the Old Trafford Cricket stadium in Manchester.Scorecard | Day 1 It’s official, play has been abandoned for the day. The weather has come to India’s rescue, though there is still a lot of time left in the Test match. The forecast for tomorrow is fine, but Hurricane Bertha is apparently heading towards the UK on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar began the day well by accounting for nightwatchman Chris Jordan before dismissing a well set Ian Bell. Varun Aaron bowled exceptionally well and knocked over Moeen Ali. Joe Root and Jos Buttler though batted positively after lunch to increase England’s lead to 85. The rain came down heavily in the post-lunch session and flooded the outfield. Though it stopped spitting after a while, a lot of damage was already done near the boundary rope. The groundstaff tried their best but couldn’t quite ensure that it is bone-dry and safe enough for the players to continue play. Tomorrow is an important day for both sides and more important for the hosts considering that they have the upper hand at this stage. GOOD NEWS: It has stopped raining and the covers are coming off! We could have some play today, especially with the sun popping out. The umpires will have a pitch inspection at 17:00 local time. RAIN UPDATE: It is pouring down heavily at Old Trafford. The long delay is about to get longer. There are heavy puddles of water by the edge of the boundary. An arduous task awaits the groundsmen. advertisementBAD NEWS: It has started raining at the Old Trafford cricket ground. The umpires have decided to halt play and the players are walking off the field. Stay tuned for more updates!! With Jos Buttler(22) and Joe Root(48) at the crease, England are currently at 237/6 after 71 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!66.3 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root goes for the drive and gets a bottom edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. That brings up the FIFTY-RUN PARTNERSHIP between these two!! With Jos Buttler(19) and Joe Root(31) at the crease, England are currently at 215/6 after 65 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!64.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. That was SWEETLY TIMED by Buttler!! With Jos Buttler(14) and Joe Root(31) at the crease, England are currently at 210/6 after 64 overs.India’s first innings in #IndvsEng match~Total number of balls Faced by MS Dhoni is~ 133 BallsRemaining 10 Indian Batsman~ 147 Balls Shanaya (@Sinceere_Angel) August 8, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!! Ravindra Jadeja will bowl from the other end for India.With Jos Buttler(13) and Joe Root(24) at the crease, England are currently at 202/6 after 63 overs.ONE RUN off the over!! Joe Root and Jos Buttler are out in the middle for England while Pankaj Singh will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: So India have won a session after Lord’s. Cue for wild celebrations in their camp! They had gone 16 sessions without winning one, since this one. It was all started off by Bhuvi who got the nightwatchman Jordan out with a short ball, then removed Bell with a beautiful outswinger. Aaron came to the party and produced a brute to dismiss Moeen Ali as India went on the attack, sensing blood and more wickets. But Buttler and Root have stayed firm since Moeen’s dismissal and have seen it through till lunch. The lead is 49 and India would be hoping to restrict it to as less a figure as possible. The post-lunch session should be another cracker, with overcast conditions still prevailing – which gives the bowlers a fair crack. With Jos Buttler(13) and Joe Root(23) at the crease, England are currently at 201/6 after 62 overs.ONE RUN off the over!!Ravindra Jadeja will bowl the FINAL OVER BEFORE LUNCH for India. FOUR RUNS off the over!!60.5 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler gets a stride forward and drills it past mid-off for a boundary. With Jos Buttler(7) and Joe Root(21) at the crease, England are currently at 193/6 after 58 overs.Just overheard dhoni saying “jaagega tu, do din hogaye” to sir jadeja on the stump mic! Gotta love this guy #IndvsEng #banter #dhoni Mandela Kiran (@mandela86) August 8, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!! FINALLY, Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for India. Took him 57 overs though!! With Jos Buttler(3) and Joe Root(17) at the crease, England are currently at 185/6 after 55 overs.Indian bowlers don’t forget,you still have the ROOT cause of all problems there at the crease.There is buttler too.Get em out soon!#indvsengadvertisement Shikhar Saini (@shikharskr) August 8, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!54.6 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root hangs back and flays the cut shot past backward point for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Root!! With Jos Buttler(1) and Joe Root(12) at the crease, England are currently at 178/6 after 53 overs.Pleased to know that @VarunAaron and @BhuviOfficial are upping the ante and causing serious damage to English batting! #bravo #IndvsEng 🙂 Sam Christy Varghese (@samchristyv) August 8, 2014TEN RUNS off the over!!Jos Buttler comes to the crease for England.That was FAST & FURIOUS from Aaron!!52.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Varun Aaron has bowled Moeen Ali on a fiery inswinger. Ali was a tad too early in the shot as the ball swings past his bat and pad to rattle the stumps. Moeen Ali departs after scoring 13 runs off 27 balls with two boundaries. Another BLOW for England!! With Moeen Ali(10) and Joe Root(9) at the crease, England are currently at 160/5 after 48 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!i dont think mooen ali is struggling with short balls batting nicely #IndvsEng srextasagar (@srexta) August 8, 201447.6 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali rocks back and smacks it towards square leg for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Ali!!47.5 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali leans forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. With Moeen Ali(1) and Joe Root(4) at the crease, England are currently at 145/5 after 46 overs.Another wicket down #indvseng @BhuviOfficial showing his potential.. divyanshu rai (@the_divyanshu) August 8, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!44.2 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root picks the length early and steers it towards third man for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Root there!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Bhuvi!!Moeen Ali comes to the crease for England.Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ON A ROLL here!!43.4 overs: OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Ian Bell out caught by the wicket-keeper. Bell was forced to play at it and gets an outside edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Ian Bell departs after scoring 58 runs off 82 balls with eight boundaries and a six. BIG WICKET for India!! With Ian Bell(58) and Joe Root(0) at the crease, England are currently at 140/4 after 43 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Joe Root comes to the crease for England.Bhuvneshwar Kumar STRIKES AGAIN for India!!41.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Chris Jordan out caught at midwicket. Jordan goes for the pull but gets a top-edge that goes straight towards Varun Aaron who takes it comfortably. Chris Jordan departs after scoring 13 runs off 22 balls with three boundaries.38.6 overs: FOUR!! Chris Jordan waits for it and steers it towards third man for a boundary.SIX RUNS off the over!!36.4 overs: FOUR!! Chris Jordan rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary.Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.FOUR RUNS off the over!!35.6 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Bell!!advertisementIan Bell and Chris Jordan are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India.Toss: India won the toss and elected to bat first against England.Changes: India have made three changes with Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singhlast_img

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