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Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in control of second Test as Australia"s struggles continue in Hyderabad

India take stranglehold on the second Test as Australia's struggles continue in Hyderabad

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

12:21 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 3 March 2013

The outstanding batting of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in control of the second Test against Australia as they finished day two on 311 for one, already a lead of 74 runs.

Pujara was unbeaten on 162 while Vijay was not far behind on 129 after a day of delight for the watching India fans in Hyderabad.

They had begun slowly after Michael Clarke's surprising declaration on 237 for nine last night, resuming on five without loss and playing defensively.

In Control: India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Virat Kohli after the dismissal of Australia's Matthew Clarke

In Control: India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Virat Kohli after the dismissal of Australia's Matthew Clarke

After underperforming with the bat, Australia knew they needed to make early inroads and their hopes were raised when Virender Sehwag fended behind off Peter Siddle in the fifth over of the day to depart for six.

India did not seem unduly worried, though, as Vijay drove James Pattinson for four in the next over and Pujara clipped his first ball to the boundary.

Thereafter India dug in before the break and it was 18 overs until Vijay struck the next boundary, a lofted drive off Xavier Doherty.

Although Doherty did beat the bat on occasion, the closest Australia came to another breakthrough was a run-out appeal in which replays showed Pujara was comfortably home.

They made it through to lunch on 54 for one, but then stepped it up a gear with Pujara's intentions particularly clear.

Struggling: Australia's Shane Watson walks back to pavilion after his side were bowled out for 237

Struggling: Australia's Shane Watson walks back to pavilion after his side declared at 237

He struck three boundaries off a single Pattinson over early in the session while Vijay soon hit Doherty for six.

Test debutant Glenn Maxwell's first over was a maiden and helped Australia stem the tide, but he gave up 31 off his next six overs as India dominated the rest of the session.

They added 106 runs to reach tea on 160 for one, but were still only warming up and the final session of the day saw them pile on 151 more, their unbroken partnership worth 294 by the close.

Australia looked worryingly short of wicket-takers, with Doherty the only man to even slightly unsettle either batsman as he found a little turn, but nothing they were not able to handle.

The tourists will need to find a way to fix that tomorrow if they are not to let this Test get away from them as the series opener did in Chennai.

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India v England – essentials

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

Umpires: R Tucker (Aus) and K Dharmasena (SL)

Match referee: J Crowe (NZ)

ENGLAND WON THE TOSS AND BAT

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80th over: England 164-5 (Root 21, Prior 14)

79th over: England 164-5 (Root 21, Prior 14)

Ashwin comes back into the attack.

Prior plays one down to deep point for a single and Root then flicks one wide of mid-on for another single.

78th over: England 162-5 (Root 20, Prior 13)

Ojha comes back to bowl.

Root adds two more with a nice drive through the covers.

77th over: England 160-5 (Root 18, Prior 13)

Prior takes a single off the first ball with a shot to deep backward square. Root then adds two with a nice shot guided to point.

76th over: England 156-5 (Root 15, Prior 12)

Jadeja to Root and it is yet another maiden. I wish I hadn't said anything a few overs a go.

75th over: England 156-5 (Root 15, Prior 12)

Sharma comes back into the attack after his spell on the side lines and he starts off this spell with a maiden.

74th over: England 156-5 (Root 15, Prior 12)

Just as I mention the lack of maidens, what happens next A maiden from Jadeja.

73rd over: England 152-5 (Root 15, Prior 8)

A lovely shot by Prior from the final ball of the over with a nice shot through the covers.

72nd over: England 148-5 (Root 15, Prior 8)

A run each for Root and Prior, the runs are not flowing freely, but at least the maidens have stopped – for now.

71st over: England 146-5 (Root 14, Prior 7)

Sharma is back on the field.

Prior takes one and then Root plays a nice flick past square leg for three.

70th over: England 146-5 (Root 11, Prior 5)

Prior gets one off the over from the bowling of Jadeja.

69th over: England 145-5 (Root 11, Prior 5)

Prior plays a cut shot towards cover point for two.

68th over: England 142-5 (Root 11, Prior 3)

WICKET: Pietersen c Ojha b Jadeja 73

Big wicket for India, they have got England's main man, it was a loose shot against the spin (what little spin there is) and Ojha takes the catch low at midwicket. England are wobbling.

Matt Prior is the new man in the middle.

Prior gets two off his first ball with an edge and then adds a single to keep the strike.

Coming in for his debut: Joe Root came in for England at No 6

Coming in for his debut: Joe Root came in for England at No 6

67th over: England 139-4 (Pietersen 73, Root 11)

Some news emerging from the England camp, Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the two-match Twenty20 series against India due to a heel injury and will be replaced as captain by Eoin Morgan. James Harris has been called into the Twenty20 squad as a result.

Root gets a single with a shot into the covers and Pietersen then adds another one.

66th over: England 137-4 (Pietersen 72, Root 10)

Excellent shot from Pietersen from the first ball after tea, a flashing drive that goes past cover point for FOUR.

TEA ON DAY ONE: ENGLAND 133-4

View from Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, Lawrence Booth in Nagpur:

'The trouble with attritional cricket is that it places an onus on the batsmen not to give it away. While England were advancing at two an over to 101 for 2, this was not an issue. But Jonathan Trott gift-wrapped a first Test wicket to Ravindra Jadeja, and Ian Bell presented Piyush Chawla with his first since April 2008. If England are to close out this series, they can’t afford many more shows of generosity.

A lot now depends on Kevin Pietersen, who has reined himself in with impressive discipline on a pitch apparently designed to scare away the people of Nagpur for a generation.

Occasionally Pietersen has opened up, using his class to pierce the few gaps presented by MS Dhoni’s ultra-defensive field. But this was cricket for a very particular type of connoisseur – one who goes through life wondering who is going to blink first.

Dhoni was damned if he was going to be that man, setting 6-3 leg-side fields for Ishant Sharma and generally placing his men as if in a one-day international.

Trott was in his element for a while, and looked set for a repeat of his Kolkata vigil before he misjudged a delivery from the left-arm spin of Jadeja that went on with the arm. Bell got bogged down, but didn’t have the nous to ride it out, driving elegantly to extra-cover to make it 119 for 4.

Joe Root has made a positive start to his Test career, and Pietersen is still there on 68. But, after finally winning a toss, England will be disappointed with anything less than 300.'

65th over: England 133-4 (Pietersen 68, Root 10)

Pietersen sweeps one into the deep, they run one and come back for the second, for a second it looks as though Root may struggle to make his ground, but he does

Run off the final ball of the over meaning Pietersen will keep the strike after tea.

64th over: England 130-4 (Pietersen 65, Root 10)

Nice shot by Root to square leg for two.

He then finds a boundary with a well timed drive for FOUR.

63rd over: England 124-4 (Pietersen 65, Root 4)

First runs in Test match cricket for Root. He will be relieved to be off the mark. He takes a big stride forward and plays a neat drive through the covers for three.

Pietersen adds one more and then Root retains the strike with a single from the final ball of the over.

62nd over: England 119-4 (Pietersen 64, Root 0)

Ojha comes back on and it is another maiden.

61st over: England 119-4 (Pietersen 64, Root 0)

Now this is interesting, Ishant Sharma has gone off the field just one over into his latest spell. Rules state that players can only go off if injured (it does not always work like that in practice) but if he is injured then that is a problem for Dhoni, as he is his only seamer.

Piyush Chawla comes into the attack.

Pietersen takes two thanks to a miss field, gets home safely despite the appeal. And then another single.

WICKET: Bell c Kohli b Chawla 1

Bell chips one to short extra-cover and he is caught, 28 balls, one run and out.

Debutant Joe Root is the new man in the middle. A big moment for the young batsman.

60th over: England 116-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

And another maiden, this time it is Jadeja to Bell.

59th over: England 116-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Sharma to Pietersen and another maiden.

58th over: England 116-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Just one slip in for Bell. Four leg-byes come off the final ball.

57th over: England 112-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

India's only seamer Ishant Sharma is back into the attack.

Chance for India, or was it Pietersen flicked one away towards midwicket and Cheteshwar Pujara could not hold it, but unclear if it actually carried.

Maiden over.

56th over: England 112-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Another maiden from Jadeja, bowling to Bell.

55th over: England 112-3 (Pietersen 61, Bell 1)

Another good shot from Pietersen which is dispatched to the boundary, it was in the air, but safely over extra cover for FOUR.

Looking to build: England batsman Ian Bell make a telling contribution with the bat

Looking to build: England batsman Ian Bell make a telling contribution with the bat

54th over: England 108-3 (Pietersen 57, Bell 1)

The dot balls continue to mount, another maiden for India, this time it is Jadeja.

53rd over: England 108-3 (Pietersen 57, Bell 1)

Ojha to Pietersen, and not for the first time today it is a maiden.

52nd over: England 108-3 (Pietersen 57, Bell 1)

Bell gets off the mark as he plays the ball to mid-on and scampers home for a single. KP then adds one more from the final ball to keep the strike.

51st over: England 106-3 (Pietersen 56, Bell 0)

Another perfectly timed shot from Pietersen for FOUR, this time he plays it through midwicket.

50th over: England 102-3 (Pietersen 52, Bell 0)

WICKET: Trott b Jadeja 44

The debutant gets his first Test wicket. Trott left it along and it came in to take the bails. What was he thinking

Ian Bell comes to the middle.

49th over: England 101-2 (Trott 44, Pietersen 51)

Another nice sweep shot from Trott to the backward square boundary for FOUR.

That brings up the hundred for England.

Time for drinks.

48th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

KP breaks to eat a banana.

Another maiden for Jadeja.

47th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Ojha bowls another maiden to Trott. India have done well to keep the runs down.

46th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Jadeja comes back into the attack.

KP sees a good shot well blocked. Maiden.

45th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Trott survives a very optimistic shout for LBW after missing a sweep. It was sliding down the leg side. Maiden for Ojha

44th over: England 97-2 (Trott 40, Pietersen 51)

Pietersen works one away fine to the boundary for for FOUR.

FIFTY FOR KEVIN PIETERSEN

KP then nudges one away to square leg for one and then Trott gets a single off the last ball.

43rd over: England 91-2 (Trott 39, Pietersen 46)

Ojha comes back for the first time in this session.

Pietersen drives one down to third man and they run three.

42nd over: England 88-2 (Trott 39, Pietersen 43)

Ashwin bowls five dot balls to Trott, but the sixth is unleashed past point for FOUR.

41st over: England 84-2 (Trott 35, Pietersen 43)

Sharma continues, this policy of using just one seamer could come back to hurt India.

Pietersen drives one through the off-side for FOUR, brilliantly timed shot.

40th over: England 80-2 (Trott 35, Pietersen 39)

Pietersen whips one away down to deep square for one.

39th over: England 79-2 (Trott 35, Pietersen 38)

Pietersen works one away for one and Trott flicks one away for a single and KP ends the over with one more towards square.

38th over: England 76-2 (Trott 34, Pietersen 36)

FOUR for Trott, a nicely timed half volley through cover point.

37th over: England 72-2 (Trott 30, Pietersen 36)

Sharma looks to bang one down to Trott but it gets no height, Trott looks to sway out of the way to avoid being hit and it hits the gloves and goes away towards third man for one.

36th over: England 70-2 (Trott 29, Pietersen 36)

Ashwin to Trott and it is another maiden.

35th over: England 70-2 (Trott 29, Pietersen 36)

Sharma stays on at the other end.

Pietersen gets two from a ball he works away towards long-leg.

Sharma then bowls too straight and KP has no problem in flicking it away past midwicket.

Pietersen adds a single and Trott does the same, eight runs from the over.

34th over: England 62-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 29)

Ashwin takes the ball after lunch.

Big session for both sides, England and Pietersen in particular will look to kick on, while India will no doubt feel that a couple of wickets and they are in with a good chance of winning this Test and leveling the series.

Pietersen flicks one away to deep backward square for a single.

LUNCH ON DAY ONE: ENGLAND 61-2

View from Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, Lawrence Booth in Nagpur:

'That was a bizarre session, in which England’s early nerves were assisted by India’s eggs-in-one-basket selection. If Ishant Sharma had been granted a fellow seamer to help him exploit a pitch of variable bounce (most of it low), England might have been in deeper trouble than 61 for 2 after both openers had fallen with 16 on the board.

At lunch, they were grateful to have faced as many as 25 overs of spin, many of them met with a dead bat as England focussed on not making a mess of winning their first toss of the series.

It really was slow going. Nick Compton nibbled at one he ought to have left, even if he might have been unfortunate to get one of the few deliveries which didn’t die a sorry death on the way through to MS Dhoni.

And Alastair Cook, tied down by Pragyan Ojha’s left-arm spin and a 7-2 leg-side field, was definitely unlucky to be given out leg-before by umpire Dharmasena to a ball that was clearly missing off stump.

If Cook’s 1 off 28 balls – following 548 runs in the first three Tests – said something about the mood of the morning and the state of the pitch, then Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen were generally content to bide their time. It may be the only match-winning template available as England go in search of their first series win in India for nearly 28 years.'

Looking to make his mark: Kevin Pietersen will look to build after lunch

Looking to make his mark: Kevin Pietersen will look to build after lunch

33rd over: England 61-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 28)

This should be the last over before lunch.

Pietersen gets a single. Trott then ducks to avoid a bouncer, but again it does not bounce particularly high.

One from the over, and that is lunch.

32nd over: England 60-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 27)

Trott sees off a maiden from Ashwin.

31st over: England 60-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 27)

Sharma comes back into the attack before lunch.

No slips in play. No real surprise given the lack of bounce in the pitch.

He bowls a maiden with his first over back.

30th over: England 60-2 (Trott 28, Pietersen 27)

Change of bowling for India, and it is their best player from the last test, Ravichandran Ashwin, to take over with the ball.

Trott paddles one away for a single. Pietersen drives one to long-on for a single.

Trott then hits a couple off the final ball of the over.

29th over: England 56-2 (Trott 25, Pietersen 26)

Trott works one away on the half-volley wide past Ashwin for three.

28th over: England 53-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 26)

Jadeja stays on and bowls another maiden, this time to Pietersen.

27th over: England 53-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 26)

Chawla to Trott and it is another maiden.

26th over: England 53-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 26)

Pietersen looks in the mood now, he punches the ball through cover-point for another FOUR.

25th over: England 49-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 22)

Pietersen starting to show his power, brilliant shot for FOUR over mid-on, really nice shot from the England batsman.

He's done it again, another boundary, as Pietersen once again clears mid-on for FOUR, no fuss from KP.

Single off the final ball and Pietersen keeps the strike. Nine from the over.

24th over: England 40-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 13)

Pietersen finally finds the gap from the final ball, off the front foot and through cover point for three.

23rd over: England 37-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 10)

Pietersen walks down the wicket and works one away to long-off for a single. One from the over.

22nd over: England 36-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 9)

Trott facing Jadeja, and it is yet another maiden. Trott won't mind this, but you get the feeling that Pietersen at the other end could get frustrated, that is no doubt India's plan.

21st over: England 36-2 (Trott 22, Pietersen 9)

Bowling change for India, Piyush Chawla comes into the attack.

First run for a while. Trott pushes one away for a single.

20th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

This time it is the turn of Pietersen and Ojha, but the result is the same, another maiden.

19th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

Jadeja to Trott and it is another maiden. India keeping the runs down well.

18th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

Pietersen is having no real problem with this left arm spin so far, just struggling to beat the field at the moment. Another maiden.

17th over: England 35-2 (Trott 21, Pietersen 9)

Really nice shot from Trott, down the wicket, takes it on the half-volley and drives it between the stumps and mid-on for FOUR.

16th over: England 31-2 (Trott 17, Pietersen 9)

Ojha makes a big appeal against Pietersen, but there was a big inside edge. And then just a few balls later he goes up for another appeal, but Pietersen is so far down the wicket again there is no way it could be given out. Maiden.

15th over: England 31-2 (Trott 17, Pietersen 9)

Trott sees off Jadeja's first over after drinks. Maiden.

14th over: England 31-2 (Trott 17, Pietersen 9)

Trott sweeps one away over square leg for FOUR. Single off the final ball of the over as India look for a run-out, but Pietersen is home comfortably.

End of the first hour, so time for drinks.

13th over: England 26-2 (Trott 12, Pietersen 9)

Bowling change for India, and MS Dhoni is going for two left arm spinners as Ravindra Jadeja replaces Sharma.

Pietersen looks in the mood as he comes down the wicket again and plays one off the pads to midwicket and England run three.

Trott then pushes one to short leg for a single and then KP gets his first boundary of the morning. Pietersen comes down the wicket and lofts the ball back over the bowlers head for FOUR.

12th over: England 18-2 (Trott 11, Pietersen 2)

Ojha to Pietersen and there is another big appeal from the fourth ball as the ball hits the pads. But the England batsman is half way down the wicket when he lets the ball hit his pads. No way he could be given out coming that far down. Pietersen then takes a single.

Out in the middle: Jonathan Trott came in at No 3 earlier than he would have hoped after Nick Compton's dismissal

Out in the middle: Jonathan Trott came in at No 3 earlier than he would have hoped after Nick Compton's dismissal

11th over: England 17-2 (Trott 11, Pietersen 1)

WICKET: Cook LBW Sharma 1

Another big appeal from Sharma and this time umpire Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger. But it looked to be a poor decision. It was hitting him outside the line and did not look like it was going to hit the stumps. Very poor call from Dharmasena, not that you will hear too many Indians complain, they have dismissed England's talisman cheaply.

Kevin Pietersen is the new man for England and he will have to adjust to this pitch which seems to be dying a death out there.

He pulls one away from the final ball to keep the strike.

10th over: England 16-1 (Cook 1, Trott 11)

Trott sweeps Ojha away past short fine leg for FOUR. He is playing well, despite that scare in the last over.

9th over: England 12-1 (Cook 1, Trott 7)

Trott plays one fine down towards fine leg, good stop by Ojha on the boundary.

Trott then ducks to avoid a Sharma bouncer, with the pitch and its uneven bounce that one went through at about waist height.

Big, big appeal from Sharma. It was a length ball that was nipping in and it beat the inside edge, and hits Trott in front or just outside off as the umpire shakes his head. Probably just the correct decision, but it was very close.

8th over: England 9-1 (Cook 1, Trott 5)

India bring a leg slip in for Cook, the England skipper defends the over away.

Maiden over from Ojha.

7th over: England 9-1 (Cook 1, Trott 5)

First boundary of the day to Trott and it is a beautifully timed shot back down the ground past the stumps on the half volley for FOUR. It has been a careful start from England so far.

6th over: England 5-1 (Cook 1, Trott 1)

Cook gets off the mark with a shot to deep midwicket. Trott then gets off the mark with a single to mid-on.

5th over: England 3-1 (Cook 0, Trott 0)

WICKET: Compton c Dhoni b Sharma 3

Breakthrough for India early on. Sharma gets Compton to play at one and nicks off the edge and it is a straight forward catch for Dhoni behind the stumps, replays showed Sharma was very close to bowling a no ball, but it was ok – just. England are one down.

Jonathan Trott is the new man in the middle.

Wicket maiden for Sharma.

4th over: England 3-0 (Cook 0, Compton 3)

Compton defends the first five ball of the over. He then hits the final ball towards mid-on and takes a single to keep the strike.

3rd over: England 2-0 (Cook 0, Compton 2)

Compton works one away off the pads for a single down the leg side. Cook sees off the the remaining five balls of the over, and is still to get off the mark.

2nd over: England 1-0 (Cook 0, Compton 1)

Left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha takes the new ball at the other end.

First run of the morning as Compton pushes the ball to mid-on.

Cook then fends the remaining balls away. Just the one run from the over.

1st over: England 0-0 (Cook 0, Compton 0)

Only one seam bowler in the starting XI, and he, Ishant Sharma, opens up for India.

Low bounce from this first over, and it is a maiden first up.

Captain marvel: Alastair Cook has guided England to a 2-1 lead

Captain marvel: Alastair Cook has guided England to a 2-1 lead

3.57am: Earlier, Joe Root was handed his first Test cap by former batsman Paul Collingwood, big five days for the 21-year-old at No 6 for England.

3.55am: View from Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Nagpur via Twitter:

'England will miss Finn, but with Bresnan they have a shorter tail. In Mumbai, last four fell for seven, in Kolkata for 13…'

3.50am: We are just ten minutes away from the start of play and Alastair Cook and Nick Compton opening up for England. Hopefully from the England point of view they will start better than the second innings in the last Test where they found themselves 8 for 3.

3.45am: If England manage a draw then they will win the series 2-1 for the first time since 1984/85, if they win the game then they will win 3-1 for the first time ever.

3.35am: Couple of changes for England. Steven Finn misses out due to a bad back and Tim Bresnan returns. And as Sportsmail's Paul Newman revealed here, Joe Root comes in for his debut in place of Samit Patel.

3.30am: England have one the toss and will bat.

3.25am: The one thing England have not managed to do so far is win the toss, that is coming up. Can Cook win his first toss as England captain

3.15am: Good morning and welcome to the first days play of the fourth and final Test between India and England.

It has been some series so far, with India winning the first Test with ease and looking like they would stroll to a comfortable series win. But Alastair Cook and England had different ideas and fought back brilliantly to win the next two tests to take a 2-1 lead.

They now stand on the brink of a the first series win in India for 28 years.

Field of dreams: England have the chance to secure a famous series win in Nagpur

Field of dreams: England have the chance to secure a famous series win in Nagpur

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India v England: Alastair Cook and Nick Compton are perfect blend – David Lloyd

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: Cook and Compo are good neighbours (they have the perfect blend)… but Che Pujara won't revolutionise fielding

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Captain Cook leaves me lost for words

A perfect day. Alastair Cook just goes on and on and I am running out of superlatives. England will be looking at a massive lead because this pitch is doing nothing. The theory is that they bat all day today, then look for some wear and tear in the pitch and tell the bowlers to get to work again on India.

Day to remember: Alastair Cook is now England's record Test century-maker with 23 hundreds

Day to remember: Alastair Cook is now England's record Test century-maker with 23 hundreds

Che Pujara won't revolutionise fielding

India’s fielding was abysmal. The young lad Che Pujara was standing at first slip with his shin pads on and a chest guard. This restricted his movement, he looked like a ridiculous Michelin man and, surprise, surprise, he crucially dropped Cook.

First slip is a specialist position and Virender Sehwag normally fields there but for some reason was stood at extra cover. Fielding is hard work, and India look reluctant to do it. This is Test cricket, it tests you physically and mentally.

Even India’s running between the wickets was farcical, summed up by Sehwag’s run-out. The ironic things is their specialist fielding coach is Trevor Penney, who was electric. He will be tearing his hair out.

Che Guevara

Che Pujara

One's a Marxist revolutionary, the other's a rubbish fielder: Che Guevara (left) and Che Pujara (right)

Picture dispute

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Cook and Compo are good neighbours (they have the perfect blend)

Nick Compton definitely has a Test-match temperament. Nothing fazes him. He will continue to find his feet in a careful manner at this level and should find things more natural against Australia in English conditions next summer.

Compton contributed to an opening century partnership and has found a nice blend with Cook. It’s noticeable that Cook has increased his scoring repertoire and is the more aggressive of the two, developing his sweep shot, hitting over the top and generally extending his game.

Perfect foil: England captain Alastair Cook (right) and fellow opener Nick Compton (left)

Perfect foil: England captain Alastair Cook (right) and fellow opener Nick Compton (left)

Fill yer boots, lads

Jonathan Trott also looks very determined. The massive plus for England is that this pitch will be excellent for batting again on Friday and part of the talk from Cook and coach Andy Flower will be to keep India out in the field for as long as possible, especially if their fielding continues to be shambolic.

And remember that this pitch has been played on previously so something should be happening for the England bowlers – whether it’s turn for the spinners or movement for the seamers – on days four and five.

My verdict on the four greats who Cook has overtaken

Kevin Pietersen

Geoff Boycott

Kevin Pietersen

He will now be chasing Cook, he’ll see
this as a nice challenge.

KP is simply box office, the best English
player I have ever seen, just because of his sheer ability.

Geoffrey Boycott

The type of player you would want to
play for your life. Bowlers had to prise him out. And even when he was
out, he was reluctant to go! He was never out when he got back to the
dressing room. A typical Yorkshireman, he was careful in every aspect of
his life!

Colin Cowdrey

Wally Hammond

Colin Cowdrey

An elegant batsman and a gentleman, on
and off the pitch.

He would celebrate a century by doffing his cap,
maybe a warm handshake.

For some reason I can’t quite imagine him
kissing the pitch, kissing the badge or setting off on a dance!

Wally Hammond

Wally Hammond: I never saw him play but I
can only quote my great hero Fred Trueman, who once describe Hammond as
‘the great Wally’ and who could disagree with Fred Mind you, on Test
Match Special, Fred was once reminiscing about bowling at Hammond and
Bill Frindall looked up the stats and quietly mentioned that Wally had
retired before Fred had started playing!

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India v England – the action on day two of the third Test in Kolkata as it happened

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India v England – essentials

India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni (c/wk), Ashwin, Zaheer, Sharma, Ojha.

England: Cook (c), Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Patel, Prior (wk), Swann, Anderson, Finn, Panesar.

Umpires: HDPK Dharmasena (SRI) and RJ Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: JJ Crowe (NZ)

India won the toss and elected to bat

First innings: India 316.

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3am: Morning one, morning all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage on day two of the third Test between England and India from Kolkata.

The tourists efforts yesterday have rightly been described as heroic after being asked to bowl and taking seven wickets on the flattest of tracks.

Talk of pace and bounce were rendered nonsense early on and huge credit must go to James Anderson and Monty Panesar whose efforts have given England the advantage.

The plan from here is to wrap up the three final wickets with minimal fuss then begin the task of building big first-innings runs.

That's the ideal scenario, of course. But if the previous two Tests have taught us anything the first day has been a pretty accurate precursor of what's to come.

3.14: Right, we've got about 15 minutes before play resumes, enough time to have quick peruse of Bumble's Test diary. Day one left him dreaming of Monty and Bruno!

3.20: James Anderson drew huge plaudits for his efforts on day one. Nasser Hussain stood and admired as he got the better of Sachin Tendulkar.. again.

3.24: So, how do you see the action panning out today Can England wrap up the remnants of this India innings without too much fuss. Or are you worried this low, slow track will start turning big when England come in to bat Twitter and email details are above if you so wish to use them.

91st over: India 280-7 (Dhoni 27, Z Khan 1)

Credit to the hardy bunch of Barmy Army fans who serenade their heroes with a rendition of Jerusalem in the early stages of the over. James Anderson begins the attack for England and MS Dhoni is straight on the attack, taking a couple of steps down the track and firing Jimmy back to the rope at long-off.

92nd over: India 282-7 (Dhoni 28, Z Khan 2)

Are you prepared for another long day at the coal face, Monty He bowled 35 overs yesterday and is hoicked straight into the action this morning. Zaheer Khan is – unsurprisingly – in blocking mood, until the final ball of the over where he takes a quick single to retain the strike. Brave. I like it.

93rd over: India 291-7 (Dhoni 28, Z Khan 6)

Dropped! Anderson is absolutely fuming after Swann (now no longer his best mate) shells a dolly at second slip. What a chance that was. Swann was a close second slip, the ball hit him on the chest/ribs and looped up, but Cook couldn't catch the loose ball. Jimmy responds with a ludicrously short one which bounced over Prior for five runs (with the wide). And Khan slogs the final delivery of the over square for four more. It is all going on.

WICKET! Zaheer Khan lbw b Panesar 6

Khan wastes the extra life he was given in the previous over, lunging forward and playing around a straight one. The ball pitched on middle/leg and straightened enough.

94th over: India 292-8 (Dhoni 29)

Maybe that wicket has saved the Anderson/Swann friendship what with Khan adding not many after Swanny shelled him at Slip Well done, Monty. Your still the man. Although your celebrations remain bloody awful.

95th over: India 296-8 (Dhoni 33, Sharma 0)

Anderson dips one back of a length, Dhoni leans back and clubs the ball backward of square for four runs. Meat and drink that kind of length for the Insia captain. Final delivery is wide of off stump, Dhoni swings hard, but misses, which gives Monty a chance to have a dip at new boy Ishant Sharma.

Magic Monty: Panesar has picked up four vital wickets for England

Magic Monty: Panesar has picked up four vital wickets for England

WICKET! Ishant Sharma b Panesar 0

Lofted flight on the delivery does for Sharma who misreads it and plays all around a straight one. Proper No 10's shot and Monty has a four-fer.

96th over: India 296-9 (Dhoni 33, Ojha 0)

Wicket maiden for the boy Monty. But the face on MS Dhoni as he watched Sharma play all around a straight delivery was a peach. Fuming.

97th over: India 296-9 (Dhoni 33, Ojha 0)

'It's a stalemate', notes Nasser in the Sky comms boxs. And he's right. Dhoni's in blocking mode, until the final delivery which he heaves square for a single to retain strike.

98th over: India 309-9 (Dhoni 46, Ojha 0)

Now, here's a stat: No England bowler has taken three five wicket hauls in a row since 1970-71. Monty has five in his previous two and is on four here. One more, Monty, can you do it Well, no, Dhoni's having none of it as he rocks back on his heels and scores the second SIX of the innings over long-off. And then he scores the third SIX with the final delivery of the over – a massive boomer over midwicket.

99th over: India 311-9 (Dhoni 47, Ojha 0)

Well, if you want anyone marshalling the end of an innings, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than MS Dhoni. Ojha faces a couple, there's a big lbw shout which is turned down, and the India captain dabs a quick single to retain strike.

100th over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

A much brighter morning today than the misty fug which enveloped Eden Gardens yesterday, but that hasn't encouraged more spectators in this 63,000-capacity ground. A mere smattering: 4 or 5,000 at most. Monty continues to Dhoni, field set well back, the captain takes a single with the final delivery, chipping one to vacant mid-off.

101st over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Nick Knight reveals the news that Phil Hughes will replace Ricky Ponting in the Australia team. I'm no gambling man, but if I was (and I'm not) I would be down the bookies as soon as the door opened to wager every penny I can lay my greedy mitts on for England to win the Ashes. Hughes hasn't enjoyed the best of luck against England. Maiden for Monty.

102nd over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Bowling change: Graeme Swann is hoicked in in James Anderson's stead. Much to the paceman's chagrin, I presume – certainly when he has the No 11 to face. Slip, gully and short leg come in, Ojha does well to block out. Maiden.

103rd over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Do you think the denizens of Kolkata have any inkling knowledge of Only Fools and Horses Granted, why should those who live in this sprawling metropolis care for the antics of two zooms from Peckham Still, they'll be familiar with the theme tune now that Billy Cooper – the Barmy Army's trumpeter-in-chief has just belted it out.

104th over: India 312-9 (Dhoni 48, Ojha 0)

Proddy, proddy, touch, touch. Ojha's doing his best to hang around, but this seems all rather futile, India haven't added a run in five overs. It's that tedious, I've searched – and listened to – Fat Larry's Band classic Zoom on youtube. Maiden.

105th over: India 316 (Ojha 0)

Bowling change: Steven Finn comes into the action to try and frighten India out of this innings. Which he does!

WICKET! Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Swann b Finn 52

Great work from Swann who races from second slip to pouch Dhoni's attempted cut which booms up off his gloves. And that is that.

INDIA ALL OUT FOR 316

On the attack: Cook is hoping to score more big runs as England begin their first innings

On the attack: Cook is hoping to score more big runs as England begin their first innings

1st over: England 4-0 (Cook 4, Compton 0)

England will be very pleased with their work so far. Restricting India to 316 after losing the toss is a super effort, particularly on a pitch which is offering no assistance. But what of England's replay Zaheer Khan begins the attack with two slips and a gully in position. Cook moves off the mark with a well timed dash via point for four runs.

2nd over: England 6-0 (Cook 4, Compton 2)

Ishant Sharma joins Khan in the attack to Compton whose busy defensive strokes I admire so. Compton pushes a quick single to cover, but some shoddy work in the field – an overthrow – allows the England pair to take another.

3rd over: England 10-0 (Cook 8, Compton 2)

It is said that whenever the word 'cricket' is mentioned, a Frenchman or German, somewhere in the world, starts laughing, such is esteem in which they hold the game.

Bucking this trend, however, is former Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann. Didi Hamann, via Twitter: 'England on top if they get 400+ you got to fancy them to win …Anderson outstanding #onlyonemonty'. Thick edge from Cook sends the ball between slips and gully for four.

4th over: England 10-0 (Cook 8, Compton 2)

Six deliveries outside off, Compton doesn't look interested. That's a maiden.

5th over: England 16-0 (Cook 13, Compton 3)

A rather tepid start from the India pacemen. Cook and Compton looking unruffled, the captain helps himself to four via clip off his pads and, erm, that's about it.

6th over: England 17-0 (Cook 13, Compton 4)

The stats suggest Sharma has had the making of Cook more than many bowlers. But the seamer isn't going to trouble the left-hander with his current line, which is too straight into the England captain. He needs to look for the feather edge, wider of off stump if he is to prosper. Unless he can find some extra pace to leave Cook open to lbw. Just a single for Compton.

7th over: England 17-0 (Cook 13, Compton 4)

Pleased to say Eden Gardens is starting to fill up as the morning carries on. Still huge swathes of empty seats, but there's plenty of atmosphere pouring down from the stands as England go about their business diligently in the middle. Compton faces six from Khan and that's a maiden.

8th over: England 21-0 (Cook 17, Compton 4)

Cook hangs hit bat out to Sharma who finds an edge, but it is of the thickish variety and thusly runs wide of slips, but inside gully and brings up another boundary. Maybe some spin before lunch It's only 10 minutes away.

9th over: England 21-0 (Cook 17, Compton 4)

It's another maiden over for Khan, but it was almost so much worse for England after Compton called a kamikaze single, only to send Cook back before any damage could be done. Steady now boys, you're within a sniff of the lunch break. Now is not the time for rash decisions.

In good Nick: Compton has started well as England begin their first innings

In good Nick: Compton has started well as England begin their first innings

10th over: England 21-0 (Cook 17, Compton 4)

Bowling change: Yep, it's time for some spin and Ravichandran Ashwin is hoicked in to turn his arm over for six before the break. Nothing extra going on for him over Panesar or Swann. Maiden.

11th over: England 22-0 (Cook 17, Compton 5)

Short leg comes in for Compton as Sharma changes ends at in the dregs of the session. Just a single for the Somerset man. And that is lunch. Muy bien.

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Kolkata writes: So, England have done the first bit. /12/06/article-2243328-0D25177D00000578-345_306x459.jpg” width=”306″ height=”459″ alt=”Plenty to ponder: Dhoni's side have struggled to break England down” class=”blkBorder” />

Plenty to ponder: Dhoni's side have struggled to break England down

23rd over: England 61-0 (Cook 44, Compton 17)

Full credit to the England pair who are picking the right moments when to stick or twist. The tandem threat of Khan and Ishant had to be seen off, now with Ashwin's gentle spin on, they can vary the attack and take it to the hosts. Just a single from the over.

24th over: England 62-0 (Cook 45, Compton 17)

So, after an hour of the afternoon session, England continue to move forward serenely. They have added 40 runs without the loss of a wicket in the 12 overs thus far. A decent return. But there's plenty left to do. Another single from the over keeps the scorecard ticking over.

25th over: England 62-0 (Cook 45, Compton 17)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden. And time for some drinks.

26th over: England 62-0 (Cook 45, Compton 17)

England moving along serenely here. They've enjoyed this session so far. They've added 40 runs without losing a wicket. Still plenty of work left to do, mind. Another maiden.

27th over: England 62-0 (Cook 50, Compton 17)

Shot! Zaheer's attempted inswinging yorker arrows in towards off stump, but Cook flat bats back down the ground for four. Stunning shot. Another single also brings up the captain's half-century.

28th over: England 74-0 (Cook 51, Compton 23)

Shot! Compton leaves his crease and punches Ojha high and mighty over the midwicket boundary for another maximum! SIX big runs for Nick, England sitting pretty here.

29th over: England 74-0 (Cook 51, Compton 23)

A series of dots. Six in total. That's a maiden.

30th over: England 77-0 (Cook 53, Compton 24)

Ojha's in now, so we have spin on at both ends. England have played it well thus far. But I can tell you, this over-by-over lark isn't half made difficult with two twirlers on, what with their minute long overs and all. There's steam coming off my keyboard. Cook taps a couple backward of square.

31st over: England 83-0 (Cook 58, Compton 25)

Howizaaaat! Ashwin asks the question, but he's clutching at straws – the ball hit Compton's boot on the flush, but miles outside the line of the stumps. There follows a howler in the field – of which there have already been a few – which allows England to nick a single and overthrows add another four. Ouch.

32nd over: England 86-0 (Cook 60, Compton 26)

Half an hour to go until the tea break, England will be mighty pleased if they reach the break without loss. And will certainly hope to reach three figures by that point, too. Three more singles from Ojha's bowling.

33rd over: England 90-0 (Cook 64, Compton 26)

Courtesy of Sky Sports' statto Bendict Bermange, on Twitter: 'If – or rather – when Cook gets to 88 he will be the youngest to reach 7000 Test runs. Another Sachin record will fall'. Cook finds the rope with a well timed club through covers.

34th over: England 94-0 (Cook 67, Compton 27)

So, after a promising opening 34 overs, England trail by 222 runs. An excellent base from which to work on and takes the pressure off those coming in behind the openers. But India are allowing them to find the singles, find the gaps to keep the score ticking over. A couple of singles and one brace come as England move forward.

35th over: England 95-0 (Cook 68, Compton 27)

An eerie silence around the ground at the moment, despite the fact there must be 15,000 spectators in attendance. The locals have had very little to cheer today. Ashwin zooms through his over, one from it as yet another misfield allows the England pair to cross without too much fuss.

36th over: England 100-0 (Cook 69, Compton 31)

Dhoni's not happy with the ball, he asks the umpires to run it through that piece of kt which measures the balls roundness. It doesn't come up to scratch and so a selection of new'uns is brought on. But even the new cherry cannot help India as Compton chops forward of point to take England past the century mark.

Solid start: The England openers have laid excellent foundations for England's first innings

Solid start: The England openers have laid excellent foundations for England's first innings

37th over: England 104-0 (Cook 73, Compton 31)

Of course Cook will receive plaudits for his excellent form again today, but mention must be made of some of the dross which is being served up. Ashwin dips down a rank wide one and the England captain dispatches it through cover point for four. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

38th over: England 110-0 (Cook 74, Compton 36)

Compton leans across his pads and clips the ball square for four more. I don't want to gush, but England are filling their boots here at the moment, India need to find a creative spark from somewhere. Maybe they're waiting on an England mistake Doesn't look forthcoming at the moment.

39th over: England 113-0 (Cook 77, Compton 36)

Final few overs before tea now. England must be eyeing the break. They will be delighted to reach it without losing a wicket. India keeping everything crossed that they can.

40th over: England 116-0 (Cook 79, Compton 37)

England nurdle three more singles from Ojha who has looked pretty toothless in his eight overs thus far. And he's going at a shy under four an over.

41st over: England 116-0 (Cook 79, Compton 37)

Ashwin continues, a series of dot balls. That's a maiden.

42nd over: England 116-0 (Cook 81, Compton 40)

Four more from that over as England reach the break without loss. Sterling effort in that afternoon session from the tourists.

Sportsmail's Lawrence Booth in Kolkata writes: That was another sparkling session for England – and a miserable one for India. Cheteshwar Pujara dropped Alastair Cook at first slip on 17, their spinners lacked bite, and the fielding was lethargic. If England reach stumps without major damage, they will be in a decent position to take a scarcely believable 2-1 lead in this four-match series.

Quietly, Cook and Nick Compton have gone about establishing an opening partnership that, despite a few rough edges (mainly Compton’s), seems to work.

Against the odds, Cook has become the aggressor, with Compton content to defend the good balls, chance the occasional quick single to mid-off, and take toll of the free gifts. The six he launched down the ground off Pragyan Ojha was a glorious aberration.

Cook simply looks immovable, and it needed a beauty from Zaheer Khan to induce the error that was spurned by Pujara: the ball shaped to swing in, then held its line before kissing the outside edge. It was the kind of delivery only in-form batsmen tend to nick.

This pair have put on 123, 66, 58* and now 121* since they were parted early on the second evening in Ahmedabad. And if Cook has stolen the headlines, scoring more runs in a series in India than any England captain in history (Ted Dexter, who has been at this game, was the previous record-holder, with 409 runs in 1961-62), Compton has been a more than faithful sidekick.

As for India, some shoddy work in the field betrayed their state of mind. But it's far too early for heads to drop: a couple of quick wickets, and a reversing ball after tea, can bring them back into the game.

TEA: ENGLAND ARE 121-0

43rd over: England 127-0 (Cook 80, Compton 46)

No pressure, but Alastair Cook needs just 20 more runs to become England's most successful batsman ever. Those runs will take him to his 23rd centrury, taking him past the tally of 22 held by Kevin Pietersen, Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Sir Geoffrey Boycott. Compton gets England underway with a rather ugly chop backward of square for four.

44th over: England 131-0 (Cook 81, Compton 49)

India really have been poor in the field today. Two rather shoddy pieces of work turn dicey singles into comfortable strolls. Surely cricket -even in India where the hosts are usually so dominant – has moved on from this part-time-looking attitude.

45th over: England 138-0 (Cook 88, Compton 49)

I'll be honest, we've had a bit of a chat about the impending milestone Alastair Cook could pass if he reaches 100 runs here, and I was worried I could jinx his chances. But with bowling like that, he'll have no trouble becoming the first Englishman to score 23 Test centuries. Man at extra cover could have stopped the ball, I reckon, before it passed him to the boundary. But I think I've covered the quality of India's fielding already.

46th over: England 138-0 (Cook 88, Compton 49)

Ashwin continues – with very little reward. That's a series of six dots – a maiden in old money.

47th over: England 144-0 (Cook 92, Compton 50)

Are they signs of frustration creeping in there from Ishant Sharma The paceman dips one in well short, Compton has to take evasive action and there follows some staring action from the pair. There follows two singles which bring up Compton's half-century. You can't see me, but I'm clapping in admiration. A huge milestone in any player's career. Cook chips in with a dashing drive which finds a the edge and races to vacant third man.

48th over: England 146-0 (Cook 93, Compton 51)

England into the 48th over, still without loss and trail India by 170 runs with all their wickets intact. They won't find parity today, but could be within 50 runs of the hosts' total by the close of play. Two singles dabbed either side of the wicket.

49th over: England 146-0 (Cook 93, Compton 51)

There's a Mexico Wave wending its way round the stadium at the moment. It seem the locals are entertaining themselves seeing as their players are declining to offer any support. I'd ban the bloody things if I could. Mexican Waves, that is. Not locals. Maiden over.

50th over: England 148-0 (Cook 94, Compton 52)

I am getting ahead of myself here, but, for the record, England's highest first wicket stand against India was the 225 scored by Messrs Gooch and Atherton at Headingley in 1990.

51st over: England 152-0 (Cook 98, Compton 52)

Shot! Cook goes on the sweep, finds the rope in front of square to take him to two runs shy of that tantalising 23rd Test century for England.

Man of the moment: Cook has become England's most successful batsman ever

Man of the moment: Cook has become England's most successful batsman ever

52nd over: England 156-0 (Cook 101, Compton 53)

There it is, he's done it! Alastair Cook dabs the two runs he needs to become England's most successful Test batsman, with his 23rd century. Plaudits will rightly rain down on Ice Man. He's on some run at the moment.

WICKET! Nick Compton lbw b Ojha 57

The attempted paddle/sweep, but misses the ball which hits his back leg. That looks plumb.

53rd over: England 165-1 (Cook 106)

Big moment for India , they've been desperate for the breakthrough. The crowd have really come alive now, too.

54th over: England 176-1 (Cook 117, Trott 0)

Zaheer Khan returns to the fray… can he shake up the England pair with a new man in Nope. Cook pulls one just behind square for four and another boundary come via backward point.

55th over: England 181-1 (Cook 118, Trott 4)

So, the ever dependable Trott is in. But he's in dire need of some runs. His scores thus far in this series are 0, 17, 0. Not good enough. But he makes a decent start here, with a flick round the corner for four runs.

56th over: England 187-1 (Cook 124, Trott 4)

The wicket has really endowed the Indian players and crowd with renewed energies. Ishant Sharma has just performed an athletic slid e to save a certain four and the crowd scream their agreement as Ojha asks for an lbw decision against Cook. No dice, well outside the line. There follows a stunning cover drive from the England captain. A real beauty. And that takes us up to drinks.

57th over: England 187-1 (Cook 124, Trott 4)

Here we go then, final hour of the day – or 17 overs. Should squeeze them all in with the spinners in play. If England end the day with just the one in the wickets column they will be mighty pleased. The trick will be to bat all day tomorrow, build a lead of 200-odd and go from there. Granted, that is a best-case scenario, India are formidable on home soil, surely they can't remain as docile as this for much longer. Ojha continues with a maiden.

58th over: England 191-1 (Cook 128, Trott 4)

Cook eyes the ball as it races to the fence via mid-on. He holds his pose, just long enough to let Ashwin know who's in charge. The local producers also show us Trott's three dismissals in this tour. All have come on turning pitches. This is not one of those.

59th over: England 191-1 (Cook 128, Trott 4)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden.

60th over: England 194-1 (Cook 130, Trott 5)

With spinners on at both ends we might actually end up bowling more than the allotted 90 today. A rare scenario and one which will please Bumble immensely. Trott dabs one and Cook dabs a couple of singles.

61st over: England 194-1 (Cook 131, Trott 9)

Zoooom! Ojha rips through his over at lightning speed, Trott scores what now seems like the obligatory boundary – through midwicket – for England.

62nd over: England 201-1 (Cook 132, Trott 10)

Cook dabs a single to mid-on which brings the England supporters to their feet as England reach the 200 mark. In all honesty, it has been something of a cake walk.

63rd over: England 205-1 (Cook 132, Trott 14)

England
are still behind by 111 runs, but India already look deflated. It is
like they are being forced to watch and swallow England's lesson in how
to play the conditions in their own back yard. They're probably keen to
get back into the dressing room to regroup and think about the plan of
attack for tomorrow. Trott bangs one through midwicket which zip to the
fence in a flash. Four!

64th over: England 207-1 (Cook 133, Trott 15)

Another
couple of singles and we have nine overs left today. India desperate to
make a breakthrough before the close of play. They need it to give them
some impetus for tomorrow.

Able assistant: Trott is hoping to improve on his poor record in the series

Able assistant: Trott is hoping to improve on his poor record in the series

65th over: England 208-1 (Cook 133, Trott 16)

Trott dabs a single via midwicket. Shot playing is being reined in now as the England pair have their sights firmly set on the close of play.

66th over: England 209-1 (Cook 133, Trott 17)

The life's gone out of this one. Is it worth shaking hands on the day now England aren't playing any shots, India's body language suggests they've had enough for the day.

67th over: England 209-1 (Cook 133, Trott 17)

Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot. That's a maiden.

68th over: England 209-1 (Cook 133, Trott 17)

You can read more on Alastair Cook's batting heroics today right here. As for the action out in the middle Well, erm, there isn't any, really. Maiden.

69th over: England 210-1 (Cook 133, Trott 18)

Trott pushes to midwicket and England snaffle a single. Sends my heart a-flutter, been a while since England scored four overs left in the day.

70th over: England 212-1 (Cook 134, Trott 19)

Another couple of singles added to the tally in the fag end of what has been a thoroughly successful day for England. The defeat in Ahmedabad seems like a lifetime ago just now.

71st over: England 214-1 (Cook 135, Trott 20)

Final throw of the dice today for MS Dhoni who asks Zaheer Khan to come back in and tried to 'do a Jimmy'. And by that, I mean take a late wicket in the dregs of the day, not the rhyming slang Jimmy Riddle (you can work it out for yourself). Nowt doing, though, three singles from the over.

72nd over: England 214-1 (Cook 135, Trott 20)

The penultimate over of the day starts after a lengthy break for the England pair to take on some fluids. Trott blocks/shoulder arms the life out of the over from Ishant Sharma. Maiden.

73rd over: England 216-1 (Cook 136, Trott 22)

Cook dabs a single to mid-off, Trott angles one to third man and that – my good friends – is stumps.

STUMPS: England are 216-1

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India v England: Third Test

Anderson and Panesar turn the screw on India as only Sachin knock stands between England and paradise at Eden Gardens

This was little short of heroic from England. Condemned to bowl first for the third Test in a row, they overcame a loose start to take charge of a day that had at one stage seemed destined to belong to Sachin Tendulkar.

From 45 without loss off 10 overs, India spent the remaining 80 putting together 273 for 7 – testimony both to the meandering nature of a batting line-up that lacked a firm hand on the tiller once Cheteshwar Pujara had jumped ship, and to the discipline of England’s bowlers.

Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson in particular were immense. The extent to which Panesar outbowled Graeme Swann at Mumbai wasn’t reflected by respective match hauls of 11 wickets and eight, but there was little doubt which of his two spinners Alastair Cook felt more inclined to turn to before lunch when he craved control.

Bunny: James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 76 at Eden Gardens

Bunny: James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 76 at Eden Gardens

Helped by Tendulkar’s admirable refusal to commit the same errors which had twice cost him against Panesar in Mumbai, England’s left-arm spinner settled into a groove from which he was only budged when Yuvraj Singh hit him for a straight six in the second over after tea.

It was mesmerising stuff, as his two victims would presumably testify: Pujara was undone by one that, deliberately or otherwise, went on with the arm, while Gautam Gambhir cut to slip, where Jonathan Trott was grateful to take one in the guts.

Anderson showed off all his skills. He was unfortunate not to dismiss Gambhir in his opening spell, and underlined his versatility by returning for the 45th over for a stint with the oldish ball.

Virat Kohli was undone by one that left him slightly – India’s batting prodigy has been a desperate let-down in this series – but the wicket that sent Anderson halfway round Eden Gardens was that of Tendulkar, who prodded at the first ball after the post-tea drinks and was well held by a tumbling Matt Prior.

Charmed life: Tendulkar was not convincing despite hitting a half-century

Charmed life: Tendulkar was not convincing despite hitting a half-century

With that wicket Anderson joined Muttiah Muralitharan in a two-man club: only they have dismissed Tendulkar eight times in Tests.

But the context of the game mattered more. At a venue where India had passed 600 in each of their three previous first innings, they were now 230 for 6. (Had Steven Finn not fumbled a glaring chance to run out Ravichandran Ashwin from mid-on in the same over, India would have been 231 for 7.)

For Tendulkar, it was a painful moment. Throughout much of a gripping day, he appeared fated to prove his supporters correct and play the three-figure innings that would silence – temporarily, at least – those who feel he is living on borrowed time.

It was rarely pretty, save for a trio of paddle-sweeps off Swann and one laceration through the covers off Panesar. Mainly, he scored behind the wicket, steering the ball with varying degrees of conviction past the slips. If he really is on his way out, he is not going beautifully.

And yet there was plenty to admire, too. While less gnarled team-mates contrived to surrender their wickets – none more grievously than Yuvraj Singh, who poked a near long hop from Swann to short extra cover – Tendulkar delved deep into his reserves of bloody-mindedness.

No one would have begrudged him a first Test century since January 2011, but England were not in the mood for charity. And that pretty well summed up their day.

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India v England: Essentials

India: G Gambhir, V Sehwag, CA Pujara,
SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, Y Singh, MS Dhoni (Captain, wkt), R Ashwin, H Singh, Z Khan, PP Ojha

England: AN Cook (Captain), NRD Compton, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, JM Bairstow, SR Patel, MJ Prior (wkt), SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, MS Panesar

Umpires: A Dar (Pak) and T Hill (NZ)

Match referee: R Mahanama (SL)

India won the toss and elected to bat

First innings: India 327, England 413

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3.45am: Good morning and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the fourth day of the second day between India and England in Mumbai.

And if you are an England fan then it promises to be an exciting morning with the chance of victory with a day to spare.

Yesterday, Kevin Pietersen lead the way with the bat and then it was the turn of Monty Panesar to leave India in a spin with the ball, can he do the same this morning

3.50am: Play is due to get underway at 4am (UK time) and Gambhir and Harbhajan will be the men in the middle for India as they try and lead the fightback.34th over: India 127-7 (Gambhir 58, Harbhajan 6)

34th over: India 127-7 (Gambhir 58, Harbhajan 6)

Monty Panesar opens the bowling for England, and Harbhajan makes a statement of intent with the first ball, smashing the ball over mid-on for FOUR. Gambhir then shows his intent with a FOUR from a loosner on the leg side. 10 runs from the first over for India.

35th over: India 128-8 (Gambhir 59, Khan 0)

Graeme Swann is the bowler at the other end. Gambhir works one away off the pads for a single.

WICKET: Harbhajan c Trott b Swann 6

Breakthrough for England in the second over. Swann gets some good bounce on the ball and it comes off the gloves and is a simple catch for Jonathan Trott at slip.

36th over: India 129-8 (Gambhir 60, Khan 0)

Panesar finds his range and after 10 from his first over, India manage just one off the over from Gambhir.

37th over: India 131-8 (Gambhir 61, Khan 1)

Gambhir takes a single off the first ball, in normal circumstances he would try and keep the strike as much as possible, but in this case, every run counts so he has to take the single when they are on offer. Khan gets off the mark with an inside edge.

Spin twins: Swann (right) and Panesar (left) mopped up the final few wickets for England

Spin twins: Swann (right) and Panesar (left) mopped up the final few wickets for England

38th over: India 131-9 (Gambhir 61, Ojah 0)

Panesar gets the chance to bowl at Khan.

WICKET: Khan C Prior b Panesar 1

England's excellent start to the morning continues as Panesar gets in on the act. Khan goes for a slog sweep and miss-times the shot and get a huge top edge and Prior gets himself into position to take a simple catch.

Ojha is the final man out in the middle.Wicket maiden for Monty.

39th over: India 131-9 (Gambhir 61, Ojha 0)

Hugh shout for LBW off Swann's first ball to Ojha, but the ball was probably turning too much. Maiden for Swann.

40th over: India 136-9 (Gambhir 62, Ojah 4)

Gambhir continues to take runs when they are on offer and expose the tail. One off the first ball. Ojha then hits a FOUR as he drills it down the ground. Next ball Ojha gets an inside edge to the ball and Swann takes the catch at slip. But for some reason Umpire Dar does not give it out, a quite bizarre decision.

Last man out: Gautam Gambhir was the final wicket to fall

Last man out: Gautam Gambhir was the final wicket to fall

41st over: India 136-9 (Gambhir 62, Ojah 4)

Swann chips in with another maiden.

42nd over: India 139-9 (Gambhir 64, Ojah 5)

Ojha gets an inside edge off the first ball and takes a single. India then go for two of the penultimate ball and it is nearly a run out, poor running from India, but they do get home.

43rd over: India 140-9 (Gambhir 64, Ojah 6)

Ojha takes a single with a thick outside edge.

44th over: India 142-9 (Gambhir 65, Ojah 6)

Panesar gets one to turn sharply and it goes past Prior for a bye and then Gambhir goes onto his back foot to work one round the corner for one.

44th over: India 142-9 (Gambhir 65, Ojah 6)

WICKET: Gambhir LBW b Swann 65

That is it! Swann takes the final wicket of the innings with an LBW that Tony Hill has no hesitation in raising his finger, despite a hint of bat before it hit the pad. While two wrongs don't make a right, England will feel justice is done after the clear catch was not given a couple of overs ago.

INDIA ALL OUT FOR 142

1st over: England 8-0 (Cook 4 Compton 0)

England need just 57 runs to win the Test. Ravi Ashwin opens the bowling and the first ball goes for four byes. Alastair Cook then tries a cut shot and get an inside edge and sees it away for FOUR.

2nd over: England 13-0 (Cook 4 Compton 5)

Nick Compton looks to be positive from the start and smashes the ball from Ojha down the ground for FOUR, he then takes a single off the next ball.

3rd over: England 21-0 (Cook 4 Compton 13)

Ashwin bowls a full toss to Compton and the England batsman does not miss out as he times the ball perfectly as he drives the ball wide of mid-on for FOUR. Compton seems to be in a hurry, he takes another FOUR with a reverse sweep.

4th over: England 25-0 (Cook 7 Compton 14)

Cook takes a single off the first ball from Ojha. Compton takes a single, these two don't look like they want to hang around for too long, they want to get the job done as quickly as possible. Cook adds a couple more.

Positive play: England batsman Nick Compton scored 30 not out as the tourists won

Positive play: England batsman Nick Compton scored 30 not out as the tourists won

5th over: England 31-0 (Cook 11 Compton 16)

Leg bye off the first ball, and then Cook takes a single off the second ball, these two are rotating the strike well. Cook finds the gap and gets the ball wide of point and take three runs.

6th over: England 38-0 (Cook 11 Compton 22)

Good footwork from Compton as he hits a maximum down the ground for a flat SIX. England have broken the back of this total, they need just 19 more to win.

7th over: England 43-0 (Cook 15 Compton 23)

Harbhajan Singh is on to bowl for India. Cook drives the ball off the pads for three and then Compton drives one to long-on for one. Big shout for LBW for Cook, but it is outside the line.

8th over: England 45-0 (Cook 15 Compton 24)

One bye off the first ball, Compton, who is playing very positively, gets a single.

Professional job: Alastair Cook saw England home to victory

Professional job: Alastair Cook saw England home to victory

9th over: England 50-0 (Cook 18 Compton 26)

Cook tucks one away off Singh for a and they come back for two as England get the target down to single figures. Compton works one away for a single.

10th over: England 58-0 (Cook 18 Compton 30)

Ashwin is back on for India and the first ball is sent to the boundary. Compton gets forward and then rocks back and cuts the ball away, the fast outfield sees it over the rope for FOUR. Four more runs come from a wayward ball that goes away for four byes and THAT IS IT. ENGLAND WIN THE SECOND TEST BY 10 WICKETS

ENGLAND WIN THE SECOND TEST BY 10 WICKETS AND THE SERIES IS LEVEL AT 1-1 WITH TWO TESTS TO PLAY

A very professional days play by England. Panesar and Swann did the job with the ball and then Cook and Compton took no time at all to chase down India's target.

Kevin Pietersen is awarded the man of the match for his 186 in the first innings.

Time to deliver: England and India will play the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

Time to deliver: England and India will play the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

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CLASSIC PITCH = CLASSIC MATCH

This is a cracking pitch and it promises to be a classic Test match. A spinning pitch makes for a great game. Some resolute batting from Pujara and Ashwin during some superb India resistance, and they could have a good score already.

SWANNING AROUND IN THE SHADOW OF MONTY

A big tick for Monty Panesar. He was handled very well by Alastair Cook, who brought him on in the seventh over. His dismissal of Tendulkar was a classic and it was great to see him and Graeme Swann bowl together, although it is interesting that when Monty plays, he tends to push Swann into the background. It might be that Swann thrives as being the main man in a four-pronged attack while he is less effective when there is another spinner in the side.

Perilous place: Stuart Broad's vice-captaincy does not guarantee him selection and his poor displays have put his place in the side in jeopardy

Perilous place: Stuart Broad's vice-captaincy does not guarantee him selection and his poor displays have put his place in the side in jeopardy

VICE-CAPTAINCY DOESN'T GUARANTEE SELECTION

Stuart Broad is out of sorts..he’s running on empty. I know him well and he will be frustrated that his contribution is not as it should be. Quick bowlers need to be used in short, sharp bursts in India and his pace is down. He needs a break and England should freshen things up for the next Test. They are under no obligation to pick him just because he is vice-captain. Why do we even need one

MY PRINCELY PORTRAIT

Former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell is now a world-renowned artist…and he’s doing my portrait. It’s a work in progress. I’ve sat with him for two hours so far and he won’t let me see it, he says it’s bad luck. But crikey, having my portrait done…I feel like Prince Philip!

Ugly mug: Bumble is having his portrait painted by former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell

Ugly mug: Bumble is having his portrait painted by former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell

Prince Philip

Jack the lad: Former England wicketkeeper turned professional artist Jack Russell is painting Bumble's portrait

Royal appointment: Bumble says that sitting for Russell (right) makes him feel like Prince Philip (left)

JIMMY'S DODGY BARNET

Jimmy Anderson is supposed to be a fashion icon, a star of magazines. So who on earth was let loose with the scissors to give him that haircut Whichever of his team-mates it was, they must have done it when he was asleep.

ROLLING WITH SIR BEEFY

Ian Botham is off to see the Rolling Stones in London this weekend and it promises to be a fantastic occasion. All together now: 'This could be the last time…'

Sir Ian Botham

The Rolling Stones Grrr!

Old rocker: Sir Ian (left) will be rocking it out at this weekend's Rolling Stones gig, titled Grrr! (right)

More from David Lloyd…

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: Drop Trott, it's time to wield the axe because India are having England for breakfast
19/11/12

Bumble's diary: Cook doesn't perspire and never changes his gloves, magnificent
18/11/12

Bumble's Test diary: England finally wake up and join the Test series
18/11/12

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: How the utter madness of England sending in Jimmy left me calling for Sunny and Cher
16/11/12

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: England have picked the wrong team… but why I'm in a tizz over Chas
15/11/12

Bumble's guide to Twenty20 Finals day: Yorkshire v Sussex, Somerset v Hampshire
23/08/12

Bumble at the Test: KP's Headingley innings was my magic moment, will it be his last
20/08/12

Bumble at the Test: Polly thriller as Shaun finally gets to ring the Lord's bell
19/08/12

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India v England: Essentials

India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Tony Hill (New Zealand).

Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka).

India first innings: 521-8 dec

England first innings: 191

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131sth over: England 346-5 (Cook 168 Prior 90)

Shot! That's a statement of intent from Prior, who creams a length ball from Zaheer to the cover fence for the first FOUR of the day. And Prior follows up with another sweet drive into the covers, just one this time as the sweeper cuts it off. Into the 90s goes England's wicketkeeper. Will they be nervous If he carries on like that he won't be in them for long…

130th over: England 341-5 (Cook 168 Prior 85)

The highly-impressive Pragyan Ojha resumes the attack from the opposite end with his left-arm spin. India on the attack: slip, gully, silly point – they won't move for most of the day, you'd think. Prior notches the first run of the day with a trademark punch through the covers.

129th over: England 340-5 (Cook 168 Prior 84)

Zaheer Khan, wily old left-armer, gets us underway… and it's a beauty! From over the wicket to the left-handed Cook the ball holds its line and zips past the outside edge. Nervy start for England's captain. Maiden.

3.55am: Players are out, Indians in a huddle and getting a real talking to by captain MS Dhoni… we're ready to go.

3.50am: Brisbane 2010, remember that England 221 runs behind after first innings 501 for one Alastair Cook 235 not out

Well, that's the spirit that Cook invoked yesterday during his incredible innings of 168 not out, but the job's not done yet.

England lead by just 10 runs and with only five second-innings wickets in hand. But if the Gabba taught us anything it's that this side knows how to seriously scrap.

Rounds one, two and three went to India, but round four was claimed by Cook and Matt Prior.

Ding ding… round five.

Hopes fading: Can Matt Prior rescue England in the first Test

Glimmer of hope: Can Matt Prior help rescue England in the first Test

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India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Tony Hill (New Zealand).

Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka).

India first innings: 521-8 dec

England first innings: 198

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109th over: England 302-5 (Cook 158 Prior 58)

100 partnership and 300 up for England. Which begs the question: why couldn't they have done this earlier Top class batting from Cook and Prior, and it continues as the No 7 punishes an Ojha long-hop and pulls for FOUR.

109th over: England 296-5 (Cook 157 Prior 53)

Zaheer comes back into the attack as Dhoni changes things up again. But he is sent to the boundary for FOUR with a nice pull shot to the long leg boundary.

108th over: England 292-5 (Cook 153 Prior 53)

A quick single for Cook as he places a shot from Yuvraj down the leg side and then Prior picks up two with a shot behind square.

107th over: England 289-5 (Cook 152 Prior 51)

Cook retains the strike with a single off the final ball of Khan's over. India may start to get frustrated having not taken a wicket for some time.

106th over: England 288-5 (Cook 151 Prior 51)

And there it is

150 FOR ALASTAIR COOK

Cook off the back foot places a shot through point for two, although today is not really about personal milestones, as good as they are, it is about digging in, and that is what these two are doing at the moment. The extra half an hour is available to India should they feel they can finish England off today, but Cook and Prior will be looking to take the game into a fifth and final day.

105th over: England 285-5 (Cook 148 Prior 51)

Cook edges closer to his next significant landmark with a nice drive through cover-point for FOUR. The England captain really is leading by example.

104th over: England 274-5 (Cook 143 Prior 51)

50 FOR MATT PRIOR

Top knock from England's No 7 – surely the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world. Just what the doctor ordered for England but his work is far from over. His half-century came from 109 balls and contained five fours. It's his 23rd in Test cricket.

103rd over: England 274-5 (Cook 140 Prior 48)

Someone should tell Zaheer that he needs the ball to bowl. The left-armer steams in but somehow drops the ball before his delivery stride to leave Cook nonplussed. Perhaps it's part of a devilish plan, but then maybe not. England's skipper carves another easy single as his marvellous innings continues. His team-mates must look and learn: this is how to bat on the Subcontinent.

102nd over: England 271-5 (Cook 139 Prior 46)

Is that pastry I can smell It must be because it's everyone's favourite pie-chucker, Yuvraj, coming on for a trundle. Sadly KP's already back in the hutch so those two can't resume their rivalry, but this could get tasty. Prior clips through point for two then picks up two more with a mis-hit drive.

101st over: England 266-5 (Cook 139 Prior 41)

We're back, Zaheer with ball in hand, Cook on strike…

… and it's a fine start for Cook as he clips into the leg side for a single. Prior follows suit and cracks away a single of his own on the opposite side of the wicket.

AT TEA ON DAY FOUR ENGLAND TRAIL INDIA BY 66 RUNS WITH FIVE SECOND INNINGS WICKETS IN HAND

Lawrence Booth, Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, reports from Ahmedabad:

Let’s hear it, while this game is still going on, for Alastair Cook. While many of his team-mates have unwittingly complicated the task of batting against spin in India, England’s new captain has simply got on with the job. He has worked the singles, clattered the bad ball, and exuded a calm that – if his colleagues have been paying attention – can still serve them well in the three Tests that remain.

Cook now has 21 Test hundreds, and five of them have been in Asia: at Nagpur (on debut), Galle, Dhaka, Chittagong and now Ahmedabad. He is not generally chalked down as one of England’s better players of spin, but perhaps it’s because ostentation does not form part of his game. His Test average in Asia is now 54; Kevin Pietersen’s is 36.

Quietly, he has put together one of England’s great Test hundreds, and he has enjoyed the company of Matt Prior, who survived some skittish moments shortly before tea to remind everyone why Pietersen once declared him this team’s best player of spin.

Ironically, then, the two wickets England have lost in this session were in successive balls to late-dipping yorkers from Umesh Yadav. It’s hard to blame Ian Bell or Samit Patel for their demise, although both will leave this game with thoughts to mull over.

Bell flies home at the end of it to attend the birth of his first child and will miss Mumbai, which leaves open the possibility that we will not see him again in this series. And Patel, after looking positively regal during the warm-ups, has now been sawn off cheaply twice – even if he should have been given out in the first innings before he eventually was. Any calls to drop him from the second Test must be resisted.

100th over: England 264-5 (Cook 138 Prior 40)

Last over before tea, Prior on strike, three men around the bat on the off side. Ojha over the wicket now. Prior survives by the skin of his teeth. Maiden.

99th over: England 264-5 (Cook 138 Prior 40)

Cook – yes, he is still batting – edges short of slip. This pitch is d-e-a-d. But England's captain gets two more with a drive through the covers.

Lone furrow: England captain Cook remained unbeaten at tea

Lone furrow: England captain Cook remained unbeaten at tea

98th over: England 262-5 (Cook 136 Prior 40)

Ojha is really probing here, flight and guile – and the pace taken right off giving the ball every chance of spinning. Prior keeps trying to have a go but a combination of good close Indian fielding and over-ambition keeps England's wicketkeeper under the pump.

97th over: England 261-5 (Cook 135 Prior 40)

Blimey, it's getting jumpy out there! The Indian spinners fancy their chances of getting Prior here, they're hopping about, appealing like mad, the crowd are getting worked up and England are clinging on.

96th over: England 261-5 (Cook 135 Prior 40)

Howzat! No, nothing doing, Prior survives again. Inside edge. tea can't come soon enough right now.

95th over: England 260-5 (Cook 135 Prior 39)

Ouch! Prior sweeps hard at Ashwin and the ball clatters straight into short leg's ankle – I think that's Pujara under the helmet there. He's made of strong stuff though and just gets on with things – no magic sponge for this hard nut!

94th over: England 258-5 (Cook 134 Prior 38)

And again Ojha has Prior in trouble! Ojha tosses one up again and finds big turn, the batsman prods forward and edges to first slip, but just short! Nervy times for Prior.

93rd over: England 256-5 (Cook 133 Prior 37)

Now it's Ashwin's turn to make Prior sweat, beating his bat outside off. India throwing a two-pronged spin attack at this pair now.

92nd over: England 254-5 (Cook 132 Prior 36)

But Prior can't rest on his laurels – the dangerman, Ojha, is back on and very nearly gets his man. The right-hander steps back and looks to cut but Ojha finds some extra bounce to deceive his man.

91st over: England 253-5 (Cook 131 Prior 36)

Prior really is a top player of spin, using his feet this time to Ashwin and clipping two through square leg. England trail by 76. Another hour of Prior and that'll be all but gone.

90th over: England 250-5 (Cook 130 Prior 34)

Oh dear! More Indian misfielding gifts Prior four as Zaheer tumbles but can't stop a cut at backward point. 50 partnership between Prior and Cook, off 75 balls too, a good lick.

89th over: England 244-5 (Cook 129 Prior 29)

Decent innings from Prior, this – but it must be just the start of something as far as England are concerned. Both Trott and Bell made promising starts but ultimately failed. The Sussex man collects another couple of singles, and Cook follows suit, off Zaheer.

88th over: England 240-5 (Cook 127 Prior 27)

Ashwin, arms whirling above his head like an exotic dancer (one that keeps their clothes on, mind) nearly prises Cook from the crease with a lovely flighted delivery. But this is better from Prior, who skips down the track and lofts the off-spinner over midwicket for four. Great shot.

87th over: England 234-5 (Cook 126 Prior 22)

It's a double change in the attack as Zaheer is brought back in. He looks as grumpy as ever after Prior swishes wildly outside off and misses, before the batsman crunches a cover drive that is cut off by the sweeper for two. The wily old left-armer's using all of his tricks here though, and a slower ball nearly has Prior punching to mid off. And now Zaheer's leaping around, imploring for leg-before after a beauty of an inswinger from around the wicket. Umpire Hill says no – inside edge on that one.

86th over: England 230-5 (Cook 125 Prior 19)

Cook cracks a single off Ashwin to backward point and England now trail by 100 runs. Right then, quickly knock those off, build a lead of 200 or so then skittle India in the final session for a 1-0 series lead – simple, right Anyone No

85th over: England 229-5 (Cook 124 Prior 19)

Yadav steams in again, Prior clipping a single to square leg as the bowler pitches it up again. He's taken his two wickets with full, swinging deliveries. If the pitch is dead then the way to beat batsmen is in the air – and he's done just that, in complete contrast to England's one-dimensional, line and length seamers. Four singles from the over.

84th over: England 225-5 (Cook 122 Prior 17)

Ojha gets a dart at Prior, men all around the bat, and rips a big turner past Priors flashing blade. They run a bye as Dhoni fails to collect, not for the first time. Maiden.

83rd over: England 224-5 (Cook 122 Prior 17)

Four for Prior, Yadav spearing it into his pads and watching as the ball is clipped fine to the fence. That forces India to take the new ball and Prior licks his lips at the extra bounce on the ball as he lashes through the covers for four more.

82nd over: England 212-5 (Cook 122 Prior 8)

A gift from Yuvraj at midwicket as a misfield hands Prior two more. No sign of that new nut just yet.

81st over: England 212-5 (Cook 122 Prior 5)

Now Prior's up and running, that cut shot bringing four through point after Yadav drifts wide of off stump. Finally Cook is forced into an edge as the bowler fires the ball down from wide on the crease, over the wicket. But Cook's hands are soft and the ball drops short of a diving slip.

Hopes fading: Can Matt Prior rescue England in the first Test

Hopes fading: Can Matt Prior rescue England in the first Test

80th over: England 206-5 (Cook 122 Prior 0)

Captain Cook plunders four more off Ojha with a razor-sharp cut. But Prior nearly hands the left-armer another wicket as he backs off and aims a cut at a ball perhaps not wide enough for the shot, and misses. still not yet off the mark, is England's wicketkeeper. New ball now available.

79th over: England 201-5 (Cook 117 Prior 0)

Cook faces Yadav's hat-trick ball… and survives! It was a decent ball though, full of grunt outside off and finding some extra bounce. England's captain thinks about fencing at it, but wisely leaves well alone.

78th over: England 200-5 (Cook 115 Prior 0)

Cook must be wondering what on earth is going on down the other end – it's more serene progress from him with a single off Ojha. 200 up for the visitors but they still trail by 130 runs.

77th over: England 199-5 (Cook 114 Prior 0)

Yadav's back. Sweet timing from Bell whose forward defensive manages to penetrate the gap between bowler and mid on, and he runs two.

WICKET!!! Bell lbw Yadav 22

Well, what can you say about that The new ball is just around the corner but, just when it looked like he as starting to settle down, Bell departs. Yadav can consider himself fortunate to get the decision – the ball was just clipping leg stump – but Bell was beaten all ends up. That completes a miserable Test for the man who will miss the match in Mumbai.

WICKET!!! Patel lbw Yadav 0

He's gone first ball! England in ruins here, staring at a crushing defeat now. Patel is not impressed at all – and with good reason – he got an inside edge on that. This is what the technology is for. But the frankly ridiculous Indian board won't have any of that. Imagine if Sachin had got that decision Yadav on a hat-trick!

76th over: England 196-3 (Cook 114 Bell 20)

Bell starting to build an innings here, his hard work in defence paying off as the returning Ojha offers some filth, which the batsman cracks away through point for four easy runs.

75th over: England 191-3 (Cook 113 Bell 16)

Zaheer continues from round the wicket to Bell, who survives a half-hearted leg before shout before pushing two through the covers.

Bell must play this innings like the croc in Neverland (bear with me here). But, unlike his namesake, hearing that scoreboard keep tick, tick, ticking along will be music to captain Cook's ears.

74th over: England 187-3 (Cook 112 Bell 13)

Bell is tempted to throw the bat outside off and is lucky to survive an injudicious swipe. Ashwin sinks to his knees in frustration. The right-hander gets himself out of the firing line unconvincingly, misreading the flicked carrom ball but nicking to point.

73rd over: England 185-3 (Cook 111 Bell 12)

Bell grabs his first run after luncheon with a single off Zaheer before Cook nudges and runs a terrific single to mid on, the fieldsman was on his heels there and England's captain took full advantage.

72nd over: England 183-3 (Cook 110 Bell 11)

Dhoni continues to mix things up by throwing the ball to Ashwin again. England will be breathing a sigh of relief that Ojha's out of the attack. Another maiden. Pressure building.

71st over: England 183-3 (Cook 110 Bell 11)

The new ball's just 10 overs away but Zaheer is brought back to have a dart with the old nut. His seven overs so far have gone for just nine runs. Cook nicks a single but Zaheer's keeping the scoring drier than Jack Dee in an airing cupboard.

70th over: England 182-3 (Cook 109 Bell 11)

Not the most encouraging start from Bell as he misses out twice, hitting short balls straight to the fieldsmen in the ring on the offside, and then prodding forward and missing a slow turner from Ojha, the dangerman. Maiden.

Just waking up Well, you probably won't be surprised to hear that England are right up against it after losing three wickets this morning. The good news is that captain Cook is still going strong. But he needs support or this Test match could be done and dusted by the end of play today.

The Indian team and two batsmen are back on the field. Let's play!

AT LUNCH ON DAY FOUR, ENGLAND TRAIL INDIA BY 148 RUNS WITH SEVEN SECOND-INNINGS WICKETS IN HAND

Lawrence Booth, Sportsmail's cricket writer and editor of Wisden, reports from Ahmedabad:

When England resumed their second innings this morning on 111 without loss, still 219 behind India, they knew they could not afford to lose more than three wickets in the entire day, maybe four. In the event, they have lost three before lunch, a session in which only the outstanding Alastair Cook showed the nous necessary to survive.

Nick Compton looked nervous before – an accident waiting to happen – he was trapped in the seventh over by Zaheer Khan, while Jonathan Trott got a good one from Pragyan Ojha that turned and kissed the outside edge. These things happen.

But Kevin Pietersen was left to reflect on the fact that reintegration may be a trickier business than he imagined. For the second time in the game, he was bowled by Ojha essaying something extravagant, which means he has now lost his wicket to a slow left-armer in Tests on 25 occasions. Sorry, Kev: facts are facts.

Pietersen boasted in his autobiography that Shane Warne would never bowl him round his legs. Then came Adelaide 2006-07. This felt similar, but in one sense it was more remarkable: Ojha was bowling round the wicket, and from wide of the crease. The degree of turn was eye-popping, even if Pietersen opened himself up to the possibility by moving across his stumps.

Regardless, England are now left hoping that Cook and Ian Bell, who has survived some hairy moments of his own against Ojha, can bat until tea and beyond. Realistically, we’re looking at 1-0 to India.

69th over: England 182-3 (Cook 109 Bell 11)

Ashwin to bowl the final over before the break, and Cook helps himself to three more through midwicket, he's so strong in that area. Bell trots a single and Cook blocks out the final ball. Time for a well-earned break, Alastair. But England remain well adrift of their hosts.

68th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

Oooooh, Bell's in trouble here! Ojha spins one past his groping bat and the ball flicks the back pad in front of middle stump and the Indians scream an appeal… but it's not out! Umpire Dar says no, but why That looked plumb Dhoni took the catch behind the wicket but bat did not graze ball. Did it pitch outside leg Great decision if so. Maiden.

67th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

It's spin, spin, sugar as Ashwin returns. But that's not sweet news for England's battle-scarred batsmen. Cook's got one eye on the lunch break – just five minutes to go. Maiden.

66th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

Ojha certainly looks the dangerman for England again, but Bell smothers his latest efforts. Maiden.

65th over: England 178-3 (Cook 106 Bell 10)

Cook, in contrast to his hapless team-mates, is making this all look like a doddle. Another sweetly-timed clip into the leg side finds the gap at midwicket and rolls away for four. Whoops, have i spoken too soon Cook pads up outside off stump as Yadav spears it in from round the wicket – this is the angle from which Cook, like so many left-handers, can look uncomfortable. Umpire Hill isn't having it, however.

64th over: England 174-3 (Cook 102 Bell 10)

Cook, by the way, now has three centuries in five innings spread over this Test match (his first as permanent skipper) and the series in Bangladesh in 2010.

63rd over: England 173-3 (Cook 101 Bell 10)

Short, wide, four. Bell cashes in on Yadav's rubbish, cutting with ease to the third man rope. But that's much better from the bowler, nipping one back into Bell's thigh pad and there's a muted shout for a catch at slip. And now there's hands on heads as Bell misses and the ball shaves the off stump. And finally he offers up a half-volley, which Bell misses out on. Rather a mixed bag, that.

62nd over: England 168-3 (Cook 100 Bell 6)

Watchful from Bell, ignoring the tempter floated up outside off stump from Ojha. Maiden.

Captain marvel: Cook hit his 21st Test ton

Captain marvel: Cook hit his 21st Test ton

61st over: England 168-3 (Cook 100 Bell 6)

HUNDRED FOR COOK!

That's the spirit, Cookie! A nudged two to leg seals a terrific knock from England's captain – it's his 21st Test ton and fifth on the Subcontinent – that's the most by any England batsman.

Cooks milestone comes up in 181 balls, with 16 fours.

Right, can anyone hang around with Cook long enough to rescue this for England

60th over: England 166-3 (Cook 98 Bell 6)

WICKET!!! Pietersen b Ojha 2

Why can't one of the greatest batsmen in world cricket play left-arm spin This is Dr Who stuff – watch it from behind your sofa or between your fingers or something – just shield your eyes. KP tries to sweep and is bowled round his legs. Awful, abysmal stuff. England now deep in the mire. Effectively they're minus 170 for three.

Ian Bell at the crease now, on a king pair. His first ball squirts off the edge. But that's a beautiful way to get off the mark – a trademark cover drive for four. And he gets two more, again driven through cover.

59th over: England 160-2 (Cook 98 Pietersen 1)

Muffled shout from Yadav against KP as the ball reverses into the pads. Horrible swipe to a short ball brings the batsman a single to square leg. KP's arrival seems to have woken the crowd up at last, pantomime build-up and oooohs following each ball, great stuff.

58th over: England 158-2 (Cook 97 Pietersen 1)

WICKET!!! Trott c Dhoni b Ojha 17

Another one bites the dust! Trott has looked in fine touch but his horrible run continues with a regulation dismissal for the left-arm spinner. Ojha gets one to grip and turn and Trott can only edge behind. Easy as pie. After a decent start this morning, England are in trouble now. And, guess what, here comes KP against left-arm spin…

Boy, do England need a big innings from Pietersen now. He's off the mark with a trademark Red Bull run to mid on.

Apologies everyone, we've had gremlins in the system for the last few overs. But here's how the action unfolded while we were away…

57th over: England 156-1 (Cook 96 Trott 17)

Dhoni has turned back to pace in his search for the breakthrough as Umesh Yadav gets his first trundle of the day. Impeccable stuff from Cook as he hops back into his crease and flicks to the midwicket boundary for four more. His hundred is just one hit away now…

56th over: England 152-1 (Cook 92 Trott 17)

One more for Cook before Trott unfurls the sweep to Ashwin – but of a Tom Cruise shot that (risky business) with leg before brought into play – but he times this one well. Whoa, where's that one come from Cook misses a big turner that beats bat and keeper and nips away for two byes.

55th over: England 147-1 (Cook 90 Trott 16)

Ojha resumes after the drinks break and Trott looks suitably refreshed by his beverage. A perfectly-timed drive beats the man at cover and zips away for four.

54th over: England 143-1 (Cook 90 Trott 12)

There's no time for fussing and fighting for Cook as he calmly blocks out another over from Ashwin. England's captain leading from the front in this rearguard. That's the first hour out of the way with England having lost just the wicket of Compton to Zaheer.

53rd over: England 143-1 (Cook 90 Trott 12)

Cook resists hammering a juicy full toss from Ojha but picks up another single to jog into the 90s. Four more for Trott as the left-armer drops one short and wide, England's No 3 rocks back and cuts hard to the boundary.

52nd over: England 137-1 (Cook 88 Trott 8)

It's spin from both ends now as Ashwin twirls away again. One more for Captain Cook. The real test starts now for Trott, with silly mid off, leg slip and short leg all in around the bat.

51st over: England 137-1 (Cook 88 Trott 8)

Zaheer takes a well-earned rest as Pragyan Ojha is thrown the ball. The left-arm spinner was the main threat in the first innings, taking five wickets. Trott reads his arm ball and runs two.

50th over: England 135-1 (Cook 88 Trott 6)

Four singles help England keep the scoreboard ticking over nicely, and Trott appears to be settling down nicely.

49th over: England 131-1 (Cook 86 Trott 4)

Oh ho! A bouncer! Not much value in that ball from Zaheer, I fancy. Maiden. Cricinfo are reporting that Gautam Gambhir's grandmother has died and India's opener has flown off to Delhi. His team may not need to bat again in this match but if they do his position in the order will be affected depening on how long he is off the field.

48th over: England 131-1 (Cook 86 Trott 4)

One more for Trott, England trail by less than 200 now. Which is something… But effectively they are minus 199 for one.

Rearguard: Alastair Cook offered some resistance to India on day four in Ahmedabad

Rearguard: Alastair Cook offered some resistance to India on day four in Ahmedabad

47th over: England 130-1 (Cook 86 Trott 3)

Relief for Trott as he escapes the pair with a clip into the leg side for two as Zaheer strays onto the pads. Meat and drink for a batsman of his class. Frankly, India would be mad to persist with Zaheer for too long at Trott, as well as he might be bowling. The Warwickshire right-hander looks princely against the medium pacers. Against spin in the first innings he looked more like Prince might with a bat in his tiny hands.

46th over: England 127-1 (Cook 86 Trott 0)

The mood's changed out in the middle now, there's little yelps of tension and expectation after each ball from the close fielders right in under the batsman's helmet. Cook's not having any of it though and sweeps hard for four.

45th over: England 123-1 (Cook 82 Trott 0)

Life's looking pretty uncomfortable for Compton out there. The Somerset opener is digging in and fighting for his life but I'm not quite sure where his scoring areas are. Zaheer, going round the wicket and wide on the crease, has him in a right tizz with another beauty that nips back in off the seam, and the batsman misses completely. Fortunately for him, so do the ball and the stumps.

WICKET!!! Compton lbw Khan 37

But there's the breakthrough! Zaheer gets his man this time after changing the angle of attack to over the wicket. Compton's looked ill at ease all morning and he plays round a ball that straightens up a touch. Umpire Hill raises the finger. Was that ball pitching outside leg though Nope, good decision and Compton's troubled stay is over.

Jonathan Trott is the new man in – and he's on a pair. Tough times for England, these.

44th over: England 123-0 (Cook 82 Compton 37)

Missed stumping! Oh, that's a shocker from MS Dhoni behind the stumps. As if to back up the point about Indian fielding, their captain lets Compton off with an absolute howler. Ashwin had him dancing down the track but beat the batsman in the flight. Compton was miles out of his ground but Dhoni didn't even get the gloves anyway near the cherry and Compton breathes again. Cook nicks two off his pads.

43rd over: England 120-0 (Cook 80 Compton 36)

Plenty of oohs and aahs in the field as Compton scampers through for a very tight single. Yuvraj Singh gathered the ball at point and shied at the stumps where Cook was hurtling through, and had he hit that would have been squeaky bum time. England's captain would have been gone had that hit, I fancy. But, talented and highly-skilled as this Indian side is, their fielding is not a strong suit.

42nd over: England 119-0 (Cook 80 Compton 35)

Howzat! Ashwin screams for lbw against the right-handed Compton after a big offbreak beats the defensive prod, but that was doing too much and umpire Dar shakes the head. Compton pushes to cover and sets off on a quick single to trouble the scorer for the first time today.

41st over: England 116-0 (Cook 79 Compton 34)

Shot! Cook's up and running now, leaning back to cut past point for four precious runs. Zaheer threatens to hit back as he finds some sharp movement off the seam from over the wicket, the ball jagging back into Cook, but the batsman leaves it on length and is not troubled. This pitch is deader than a Victorian undertaker for the seamers.

40th over: England 112-0 (Cook 75 Compton 34)

Ravi Ashwin's off-breaks will resume the attack from the opposite end. Cook nudges a single into the leg side for the first run of the day.

39th over: England 111-0 (Cook 74 Compton 34)

And it's a maiden to kick things off as Compton remains watchful. Hint of reverse swing for the left-armer Zaheer.

3.55am: Now, you may not know this, but India actually DO have a fast bowler playing in this match. You wouldn't know it by watching most of England's dismal first innings collapse to spin, but the hosts do in fact have two quicks in their side. Yes, hard to believe, I know.

One of them, Zaheer Khan, is about to get us underway, Compton on strike, 34 not out…

3.50am: Morning, evening, night… whatever time of the day it is for you (and I'm not sure what on earth the time is here), welcome to day four of the first Test.

Right, hands strapped, gloves on, walk to the ring accompanied by dodgy music done… it's time for a scrap, England.

Alastair Cook and Nick Compton have battled their way to 111 for no loss in their second innings following on but remain a whopping 219 runs behind India.

And the trial by spin will continue relentless.


Digging in: England openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton made 111 in the second innings at the end of day three

Digging in: England openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton made 111 in the second innings at the end of day three

Cheteshwar Pujara the new great Wall of India – Martin Samuel

Double centurion Pujara is the new great Wall of India

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For India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, there was only one problem with yesterday’s score of 206 not out. It was all over too soon.

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Ton-derful: Pujara produced a magnificent innings

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Not out on 98 overnight, he steered India through to the declaration with an innings marked by the focus and timing that identifies a world-class batsman.

Pujara was always in control. He punished the wayward balls, respected the good ones and recognised that his responsibility was to form a series of alliances with incoming batsmen that would take his team beyond 500.

Having ridden his luck on eight on the first day — when James Anderson lost the flight of a catching opportunity — Pujara never offered England a sniff thereafter and a star was born.

When he brought his 200 up, the appreciation of the locals sounded shrill, like teeny-boppers in awe of the latest pop idol. If Pujara is as good as he looks, he will be that and more in a land in which cricket tops the charts.

Star in the making: Pujara plays into the leg side for Mumbai 'A' against England earlier this month

Star in the making: Pujara plays into the leg side for Mumbai 'A' against England earlier this month

How do they keep doing it Not by accident, that is for sure. A production line of technically precise, classically styled and determined batsmen, with a full repertoire of shots, outstanding footwork and the concentration powers of sages is no fluke.

Pujara scored his first triple century for Saurashtra cricket club against regional rivals Baroda in an Under 14 game on the dusty flat plains of Gujarat state in India’s west. He was 12.

No English schoolboy gets to bat like that, even if he could. At 12, the majority of competitions insist on retirement at 25 or 30. Even those that have no top end in terms of scoring are limited-over affairs.

The idea that a precocious 12-year-old could bat through two days, learn what it was like to dwell Test-match hours, mentally and physically, at the crease is simply unthinkable in England.

But there is no correlation — and you would be a fool and a madman to see one — in a 24-year-old making his second score of more than 150 in six Tests and England, with a little bit of pressure applied, losing three wickets in 13 balls to conclude day two in a state of disarray.

Dedicated: Pujara lives and breathes cricket

Dedicated: Pujara lives and breathes cricket

Dedicated: Pujara lives and breathes cricket

Pujara was no Sachin Tendulkar, in the national team at 16, but he was a prodigy. At the age of 20, he made two triple centuries in one week for Saurashtra in the CK Nayudu Under 22 Trophy.

His 308 against Mumbai took nine hours, the 386 against Maharashtra lasted 11-and-a-half. Promoted to the first team — you have to wonder what kept them — his first score was 302 in a partnership of 520 with Ravindra Jadeja against Orissa, which remains the highest fifth-wicket stand in first-class cricket. You might say he’s got form.

In the subcontinent, Twenty20 is now king, we are told. Yet, no country cherishes the value of staying at the crease like India. Pujara talked of his wicket as a trophy and it is not one he doles out thoughtlessly to the undeserving.

England’s Samit Patel removed Yuvraj Singh with a waist-high full toss that would have been called a no-ball in that Under 14 game with Baroda. Pujara would have winced at the sight of it from beneath his helmet.

The master: Rahul Dravid was the original 'Wall'

The master: Rahul Dravid was the original 'Wall'

‘We had to put up a big total and we were losing quite a few wickets in the middle order, so it was important that I stayed,’ said Pujara. ‘Even when I got to 200 I wanted to go on, but our target was 500 and we achieved that.

‘Now the wicket is turning and turning quite big, so with the momentum we are building I think we can get them all out tomorrow, and finish the match in five days.

‘There’s nothing wrong with the wicket. We dealt with the conditions better than them, that’s all. I was very comfortable facing all their bowlers. Initially, my concern was Graeme Swann, because I didn’t face him before, but after a couple of overs I knew I could play him.’

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More to come: England will be fearing the worst

Alastair Cook, a technically excellent teenage batsman whose power arrived later, would probably not make the Essex junior ranks now. They would instead nurture a boy with half his method and twice his strength and, down the line, England would be deprived of their captain.

Meanwhile, India have already found a replacement for the mighty Dravid and he has played an innings that may have the same psychological effect on England’s fortunes as Hashim Amla’s 311 for South Africa in the first Test last summer.

Previous best: Pujara raises his bat against New Zealand in August

Previous best: Pujara raises his bat against New Zealand in August

They make them different out here. Pujara, known as Chintu to his family (it means ‘sun’ in Hindi), was batting in nearby Bhavnagar when his mother, Reena, died seven years ago and he says he has no hobbies or interests in life beside cricket.

It was Reena who made him promise that he would play for India one day. ‘This was her dream,’ he said. ‘It was her obsession and she would have been ecstatic.’

His father Arvind, a railway worker, and uncle Bipin were also first-class cricketers with Saurashtra.

‘My dad is my friend, philosopher and guide,’ added Pujara. ‘I’ve had no personal coach except him. He taught me everything about cricket and sacrificed some of the precious years of his life for my growth.’

There is a story that in his second Test against South Africa in Durban, Pujara misjudged a pull shot off Lonwabo Tsotsobe and was caught, top edge, for 19. Back in the dressing room, Dravid looked at him coolly. ‘Do you often play shots like that’ he asked.

‘He told me I should go to my natural game rather than playing too many shots,’ Pujara recalled. ‘Play to your strength, he said, which is to hang around and wait for the loose ball.’

It sounds such pedestrian advice, but it is India’s secret. Hang around, wait for the loose ball, then hang around some more. From here, England play it Pujara’s way, or lose.