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India v England ODI series: Eoin Morgan praises preparations

Morgan praises England's preparations for India as one-day series looms large

. There are a lot of foundations already set so it's a matter of building on that,' he said.

'The majority of our preparation has already been done pre-Christmas. Many of us have been here (with the Test squad) since the 24th or 25th of October and some of the guys who weren't spent three weeks here before Christmas too.

'Over the next few days we'll just be doing top-ups in different areas of our games. We are prepared.'

'We've seen in past series how important that is – like the (2010/11) Ashes where we were there three or four weeks prior to the first game. It has done us good in the Test and Twenty20 matches and hopefully it will in the one-dayers too.'

While England are looking to get 2013 off to a winning start at the Palam Services Ground, all eyes in Delhi will instead be on the host nation's ODI match against Pakistan.

India have already lost that series after back to back defeats to their fierce rivals, but there is plenty still to play for in the final fixture.

Media pundits, former internationals and fans alike have called for a change when the squad for England is announced and established stars like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh are all in need of runs.

Run drought: Gautam Gambhir is in a rut

Run drought: Gautam Gambhir is in a rut

Spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has been another target for criticism, having performed also modestly against England in the Tests, but Morgan is not ready to take the reigning world champions lightly.

'I don't think it is a good time to play India. I don't think it is ever a good time to play India,' said the Dubliner.

'We know how successful they have been in the past and they are the World Cup champions at the moment.

'They might be going through a bad patch but they are very, very dangerous cricketers and they have guys who can turn the game on its head in a matter of minutes.'

Tomorrow's match is due to begin at 9am local time (3.30am GMT) in conditions likely to be colder than an April outing at Chester-le-Street.

England's new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is in charge of his country for the first time and has a couple of selection issues to ponder.

Somerset's Jos Buttler and Yorkshire's Joe Root appear to be battling for one place in the top six, while the variations of Jade Dernbach and the pace of Stuart Meaker offer different options for the final pace bowling spot.

Giles must also decide whether to leave Ian Bell at opener or restore Kevin Pietersen, back in the 50-over set-up after reversing his retirement, alongside Alastair Cook at the head of the innings.

England beat India in second Twenty20 – Eoin Morgan scores six off last delivery

Final-ball drama in India as Morgan hammers maximum to hand England Twenty20 victory

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Eoin Morgan hit the last ball for a straight six as England pulled off their highest Twenty20 run chase to conclude their 2012 schedule with a thrilling six-wicket victory over India.

It seemed Morgan (49no) had left it too late, with three still needed to win off the final ball from Ashok Dinda.

But the Irishman kept his cool, even after Dinda controversially pulled out of the delivery first time round with Morgan crouched in his stance.

Match winner: Morgan hit six off the final delivery to bring England level in the Twenty20 series

Match winner: Morgan hit six off the final delivery to bring England level in the Twenty20 series

An apparent rethink then worked a treat for England as Morgan stood his ground to strike a perfect blow straight back over the seamer's head to tie the two-match series.

England had earlier struggled to contain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina's late onslaught and appeared to be up against it to better 177 for eight at the Wankhede Stadium.

But on a good batting surface, and with a heavy dew making life difficult for India after Morgan had won an important toss, Michael Lumb (50) and then the captain himself scrambled England home.

Even another three economical wickets from Yuvraj Singh could not quite tip the balance India's way this time.

Lumb shared an opening stand of 80 with Alex Hales – and then after Yuvraj had done his worst, Morgan finished the job in company with Jos Buttler.

Lumb counted four from the very first ball of England's chase, thanks to a hapless Parvinder Awana misfield as he lost his footing at third-man.

The same fielder, at deep square-leg, then let the greasy ball slip out of his hands as he dropped Hales when he had just seven.

Lumb also had some minor early fortune, mishooking Awana three times in his first over – for a six, a four and a two.

There were plenty more authentic shots in his 30-ball half-century, including a second six over an unguarded long-on during the powerplay off Ravichandran Ashwin.

As in the first match in Pune, the introduction of Yuvraj's left-arm spin was soon significant.

First, Lumb went walkabout and was stumped down the leg-side to end an opening stand of 80 in the ninth over; then Luke Wright got in a tangle and was hit in front, and finally Hales picked out deep square-leg with a sweep.

In the wickets: Dernbach took two key scalps

In the wickets: Dernbach took two key scalps

Yuvraj had taken three for 18 two days ago, and this time he improved his career-best with another three for one run fewer.

Samit Patel holed out in the chase off Dinda, but Morgan and Buttler got the target down to nine off the last over and got home right at the wire.

Wright's first over and Stuart Meaker's last earlier both cost 20 runs, and England had no answer during a 60-run sixth-wicket partnership in just 27 balls between Dhoni and Raina.

Jade Dernbach had struck in only the second over when Ajinkya Rahane carved a catch down to debutant Joe Root at third-man. But first-change Meaker began poorly, with five wides somehow hurled almost straight to fine-leg before he was pulled for four twice.

Hitting out: Dhoni was joint top scorer for India with 38 runs

Hitting out: Dhoni was joint top scorer for India with 38 runs

England's outcricket took another turn for the worse when Wright overstepped for a big no-ball, and saw the free-hit slapped wide of mid-on by Virat Kohli for another boundary.

The upshot was a 50 stand for the second wicket in only 25 balls. Meaker redeemed himself with the wicket of Kohli, for the second match running, lbw pushing across the line to a ball which might have beaten leg-stump.

Wright switched ends to make amends too, with another big wicket when Yuvraj pulled to long-on to give Root some more catching practice.

Opener Gautam Gambhir was cast in the sheet-anchor role, but appeared to be taking the brief to extremes – and it was not clear to whose advantage it was when he mis-pulled Wright to be caught at a fine third-man for 17 off 27 balls.

Rohit Sharma missed a slog-sweep at
James Tredwell and was bowled but Raina was dropped on nine, a tough
chance to diving wicketkeeper Buttler off Tim Bresnan.

Then
just when it seemed England might be about to restrict India, the
left-hander went into overdrive in Meaker's last over – and Dhoni's
canny placement and power proved telling too.

England, however, had done just enough in the middle overs to give their batsmen the chance they needed.

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India beat England in first Twenty20 International at Pune

Yuvraj sinks England despite Hales half-century as India triumph in first T20 at Pune

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16:40 GMT, 20 December 2012

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16:57 GMT, 20 December 2012

England faltered against Yuvraj Singh's spin, after a blistering half-century from Alex Hales, and then had no answer themselves to India's strokemakers in a five-wicket Twenty20 defeat.

Yuvraj, the last of seven bowlers used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, took three wickets for 19 runs to rudely interrupt England's fun at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium after opener Hales (56) and Luke Wright had put them in an encouraging mid-innings position.

Eoin Morgan's team lost their last five wickets for 68 runs in 10 overs to finish on 157 for six on a good batting surface.

Yuvraj himself then did some of the early steering as India coasted home with more than two overs to spare, to gain the most minor revenge in this first of two Twenty20s for England's historic Test series victory here.

It did not help the tourists' cause when new-ball pair Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan both started with wides, the first of 10 England would bowl.

Dernbach was guilty of three, in fact, in his first over – before Ajinkya Rahane hoisted both him and Bresnan over long-on for sixes.

After a 42-run stand, Bresnan hit back with the wickets of both openers in the same over – his first successes in international cricket on this near two-month tour.

Back in form: Yuvraj Singh took three wickets and was India's top scorer

Back in form: Yuvraj Singh took three wickets and was India's top scorer

Gautam Gambhir pulled him high and hard but picked out Hales, the tallest man on the pitch, who held on to the catch above his head at deep square-leg.

Bresnan should then have had two in two, Rahane badly dropped at short fine-leg by Stuart Meaker. But the missed chance cost only one run, because Rahane mistimed his next ball to be well-caught at mid-on by Samit Patel.

Yuvraj dominated a partnership of 49 for the third wicket, hitting Danny Briggs for six, four, six high over the leg-side in the young spinner's only over.

But Meaker then kept his cool under another high one off Wright at deep square-leg when the left-hander fell just short of another six and had to go.

India were already on course for victory by then.

Virat Kohli was bowled off an under-edge, however, trying to pull the slippery pace of Meaker – and Morgan missed one more golden chance to pull his team back into the match.

Finished the job: India captain MS Dhoni

Finished the job: India captain MS Dhoni

When Dhoni fell over and was stranded mid-pitch, having set off for a single, his opposite number produced another wild aim on England's night of wides as the run-out opportunity went begging with more than 40 runs still needed. Hales had been almost single-handedly responsible for getting England's innings off to such a promising start.

He dispatched Ashok Dinda for successive pulled fours in the first over – and after Michael Lumb was then unable to stop Ravichandran Ashwin beginning with a maiden, Hales took a heavy toll of first-change debutant Parvinder Awana and then Ravindra Jadeja.

He hit Jadeja for six over long-on, and repeated the dose off Ashwin too to take the score to 51 for one after the six-over powerplay.

Hales raced to his 50 from just 26 balls, with seven fours and those two sixes – and he and Wright took the score to 89 for one at the 10-over mark, in a stand of 68.

But Wright got underneath an attempted big hit at Yuvraj and holed out at long-off, a dismissal which kick-started the loss of three wickets for 11 runs in 16 balls – all to the slow left-armer.

Yuvraj had Morgan dropped by wicketkeeper Dhoni on four, but bowled Hales who missed a drive at the very next ball – and then got the England captain for good measure in the same over, via another mistimed shot high to long-on.

Piyush Chawla's first over had cost 15 runs, but Dhoni took his chance to recall the leg-spinner – who bowled his next two for nine as Patel and Jos Buttler tried to rebuild.

They progressed exclusively in ones, between the dots, for the next 16 balls – until Buttler clubbed the returning Ashwin over midwicket for six.

Patel's attempt at a maximum, however, resulted only in a third catch in the deep for Rahane off Dinda.

England had lost telling momentum – and despite the best efforts of the innovative Buttler in a career-best 33 not out, including successive sixes in Awana's 20th over, they could not redress the balance.

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INDIA v ENGLAND – DAVID LLOYD: Get on with the flipping game, India… You"re 2-1 down, says Bumble

BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Get on with the flipping game, India… You're 2-1 down! I was expecting someone to bring you tea and sarnies

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14:53 GMT, 13 December 2012

AN INDIAN TEA PARTY

These unofficial breaks during play
are taking the absolute mickey. At one stage yesterday, the players took
about 10 minutes for drinks and there was another break when I thought
they were having an Indian tea party. MS Dhoni got a neck rub and I was
half-expecting someone to bring out a brew and some sarnies! Get on with
the flipping game! India are 2-1 down but they seemed to think it was
15 overs an hour maximum. Staggering.

India's Yuvraj Singh rides his motorbike that he recieved for his Man of the Match award with team mate MS Dhoni

Sandwiches

On yer bike, lads: MS Dhoni (driving Yuvraj on a motorbike in 2008, left) and his team have been ambling around on day one like they were at a picnic, rather than playing in a Test match which they must win

A RIGHT OLD FIFTIES THROW-BACK

What a grinder of a day. It was back to the 1950s when everyone scored at two runs an over and everything ended in a draw. The pitch is as dead as a doornail and it's not easy for the players or the spectators. India also set defensive fields and England's score of 199-5 might be worth a lot more than that. Paul Collingwood predicts this game will finish in three days as the pitch is as 'dry as a riverbed'. He might be right.

Bore draws: It's like being back in the Fifties... Ted Dexter (far left) is poised to field the ball on the first day of the final Test at The Oval during India's tour of England

Bore draws: It's like being back in the Fifties… Ted Dexter (far left) is poised to field the ball on the first day of the final Test at The Oval during India's tour of England

IT WAS COOK'S CALL TO ROOT FOR JOE

I believe Alastair Cook was a massive influence behind the selection of Joe Root. Just a reminder that Kevin Pietersen also came back into the team after Cook's intervention. The captain himself made his debut in India at 21, just like Root, and I think Cook thought “I will have the kid”. Graeme Thorpe is a massive fan of Root's and he played splendidly. England obviously want him in the team and he is a significant selection.

NEW BOYS ARE BORN WINNERS

England have had a problem with the No 6 position, basically since Andrew Flintoff retired. Samit Patel will have been terribly disappointed to be left out but he has not done enough. However, what does Root's selection say to Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan The fact England have gone with a debutant when they are 2-1 up is a pretty decisive move. Nick Compton has also been given a new improved contract so they are obviously happy with him too.

Caught out... in dungarees: Tiny-tot Joe Root grew up to make a fine debut at No 6 today

Caught out… in dungarees: Tiny-tot Joe Root grew up to make a fine debut at No 6 today

Eoin Morgan

England's Jonny Bairstow

Overlooked: Root was selected for the final Test ahead of Eoin Morgan (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right)

I TRUST ENGLAND TO KNOW THEIR ONIONS

The other interesting selection was Tim Bresnan ahead of Graham Onions. Having seen the pitch, I would have gone with a wicket-to- wicket seamer like Onions but I can completely understand why the selectors went with Bresnan. He won't let you down and should also strengthen the batting.

CLASSY KP

Kevin Pietersen will always divide opinion but his innings of 73 was an invaluable knock. He showed great discipline and was ultra patient, batting well within himself. And he was unlucky to get out, the ball stopping on him as he looked to attack. England's other attacking batsman, Matt Prior, continues his fine form. He is just a wonderful player, well within himself.

Grounded innings: Kevin Pietersen hit a responsible - and potentially vital 73 - for England today (FILE IMAGE)

Grounded innings: Kevin Pietersen hit a responsible – and potentially vital 73 – for England today (FILE IMAGE)

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07/12/12

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: Cook and Compo are good neighbours (they have the perfect blend)… but Che Pujara won't revolutionise fielding
06/12/12

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05/12/12

BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Rolling Stones fan Bumble says – It's only an England Test victory in India… but I like it, like it, yes I do!
26/11/12

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: Atherton is right, KP is a genius… but Monty and Co proved England can beat India at their own game
25/11/12

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23/11/12

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India drop Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh for final Test v England in Nagpur

India drop Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan ahead of do-or-die final Test in Nagpur

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10:17 GMT, 9 December 2012

Dropped: Yuvraj

Dropped: Yuvraj

India's selectors have responded to their seven-wicket defeat against England in Kolkata by dropping three of their squad for the final match of the series starting in Nagpur next week.

From the third Test XI batsman Yuvraj Singh and seamer Zaheer Khan have been dropped, while spinner Harbhajan Singh – who played in the 10-wicket defeat in the second Test in Mumbai – is also out of the squad.

Called up in place of the trio are all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, seamer Parvinda Awana and leg spinner Piyush Chawla.

The timing of the announcement in the immediate aftermath of another humiliating defeat is bound to raise further questions over the leadership of the side, with captain MS Dhoni coming under increasing pressure from the country's media.

India are trailing the four-match series 2-1 and need to win in Nagpur to avoid defeat.

Dhoni made it clear after the defeat that he was happy to defer to the wisdom of the Board of Control for Cricket, but that he relishes the opportunity to try to put his team back on track.

'The selectors are here to decide,' said the wicketkeeper-batsman.

'It's always fine to lead a side when they're doing really well, and everyone's performing.

'But that's not the time when you need a leader.

'Leading a side is all about (doing it) when the team is not doing well, trying to gel them together, back the youngsters and the senior guys.

'The easiest thing for me to do right now is to give up the captaincy and be part of the side, because that's just running away from the responsibility.

Off the pace: Zaheer Khan has been replaced by Parvinda AwanaOff the pace: Zaheer Khan has been replaced by Parvinda Awana

Off the pace: Zaheer Khan has been replaced by Parvinda Awana

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'I have to get the team together, and be prepared for the next Test match.'

Dhoni does not believe either that India are at their lowest ebb in his tenure, citing instead whitewash defeats away to both Australia and England.

'We were not really able to compete (then).

'We know what our faults are here, and I think we should be able to rectify them.'

He believes a lack of collective productivity among India's frontline batsmen in back-to-back defeats in Mumbai and Kolkata is the main problem.

'I think the batting order will have to take the responsibility.

'We need to score more runs, on a very good wicket to bat on like this.

'Of course, the bowlers will bowl a few good deliveries that you need to keep out.

'But in the top seven, most of us need to score at the same time to give the bowlers a par total to defend.

'Otherwise, it's very difficult and you find yourself under pressure.'

India v England: Monty Panesar and James Anderson turn the screw in third Test at Eden Gardens

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

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11:04 GMT, 5 December 2012

Even India's back-to-form greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar was unable to stop England grinding out an advantageous position on day one of the third Test at Eden Gardens.

Veteran Tendulkar (76) remains without a Test century in his last 29 innings dating back to early 2011 – but he and opener Gautam Gambhir (60) did manage to salvage a stumps total of 273 for seven.

On a pitch already offering some uneven bounce to the spinners, and some carry and swing for the seamers with the new and old ball, England could easily have been more significantly-rewarded for their disciplined and determined efforts.

James Anderson (three for 68) thought he had Yuvraj Singh lbw for nought, but could not convince umpire Rod Tucker ball had hit pad in line, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was within inches of holing out at midwicket off Graeme Swann first ball.

Instead, Nos 6 and 7 each went on to frustrate England – the former in a stand of 79 with Tendulkar – in this pivotal match of a four-Test series level at 1-1.

The signs were ominous for England after Alastair Cook lost his third successive toss of the series at a ground where India have declared with more than 600 on the board in the first innings of their last three Tests.

Cook's opposite number Dhoni had predicted a modicum of help for the pace bowlers in the first hour, and so it proved for Anderson and Steven Finn.

Rearguard: Sachin Tendulkar was not at his best but still hit 76 in Kolkata

Rearguard: Sachin Tendulkar was not at his best but still hit 76 in Kolkata

It came to nothing, though, as Gambhir and Virender Sehwag approached a 50 stand – until their running between the wickets failed them.

Sehwag clipped the first ball of the 11th over to midwicket. But Samit Patel saved the boundary with a diving stop, and Finn's race from mid-on in support paid off handsomely when he threw in over the stumps to comfortably run out Sehwag after he was sent back for a third.

It was hardly the way England might have envisaged taking the first wicket, but proved the value of all their attention to detail and painstaking training.

Monty Panesar's first success came in more conventional, indeed classical, fashion.

He had worked hard to draw Cheteshwar Pujara forward several times, and then surprised him on the back foot with an arm ball which snaked through the defence to hit middle-stump.

Masterclass: James Anderson took two wickets despite unhelpful conditions

Masterclass: James Anderson took two wickets despite unhelpful conditions

Gambhir, joined by Tendulkar to the obligatory raucous crowd reception at this cavernous stadium, appeared unperturbed by a failure from India's prolific new No 3.

The left-handed opener had hit 10 fours and duly completed his 81-ball half-century with a scampered single before lunch.

But he was first to go in the afternoon, laying back to cut after losing the strike against Panesar and edging a sharp chance to slip which Jonathan Trott just about clung on to.

Tendulkar scratched his way to his first 20, regularly playing and missing at Finn and then Anderson as Cook operated the two seamers in tandem with Panesar.

Finn's fine spell was in vain, but Anderson got a deserved breakthrough when Virat Kohli edged low to Swann at second slip.

Swann had bowled only three overs at that stage, but was called into the attack to give Panesar a rest after 21 unchanged.

Jump for joy: Monty Panesar dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Gautam Gambhir

Jump for joy: Monty Panesar dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Gautam Gambhir

Yuvraj began tentatively, but two driven fours off Swann gave him confidence – and after tea, he immediately went up the wicket to Panesar and struck him for a straight six.

England were toiling by the time Yuvraj lost concentration and poked a catch to cover off Swann, and it might have been two in two next ball when Dhoni's attempt to dominate from the outset brought only a thick inside-edge just short of Patel at midwicket.

Tendulkar began to live up to his billing, increasingly fluent in a 155-ball innings which contained 13 fours but ended in anti-climax – and no 101st international hundred – when he followed some Anderson outswing and was well-caught behind by Matt Prior, diving low to his right.

England then had an obvious chance to run out Ravichandran Ashwin for just a single, he and Dhoni contriving another India mix-up only for Finn to fumble at mid-on when another accurate return to the striker's end would have done the trick.

Anderson, however, ensured it was unarguably England's day when he broke another handy stand by getting through Ashwin's defences with the new ball in the penultimate over.

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Sachin Tendulkar"s future in doubt as he heads towards 40

Whispers grow louder about Tendulkar's future as he approaches 40

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The future of Sachin Tendulkar was on the lips of almost every Indian after the selectors made just one change to a 15-man squad for next week’s third Test.

With seamer Ashok Dinda coming in for the injured Umesh Yadav, the players who lost so heavily here have been given the chance to redeem themselves in Kolkata. And all eyes will be on Tendulkar.

India’s most marketable export has endured runs of bad form before but his failure at the Wankhede, where he was removed twice for eight by Monty Panesar, means he has scored 153 runs in his last 10 Test innings.

Doubts: Sachin Tendulkar will be 40 in April and his future in the game is being discussed frequently by Indian media

Doubts: Sachin Tendulkar will be 40 in April and his future in the game is being discussed frequently by Indian media

Barely a news show goes by in India without a former player commenting on Tendulkar’s future. He turns 40 in April and locals are fretting.

Seven times in those 10 innings Tendulkar has been bowled or lbw; previously, those modes of dismissal accounted for only 38 per cent of his innings. ‘My concern is whether that great mind is tired of concentrating as the way he has been getting bowled suggests,’ said former Test spinner Maninder Singh.

India fans have other concerns, too, and the selectors rowed back from their plan to name a squad for the last two Tests.

Fail in Kolkata, it seems, and you may miss out in Nagpur.

No 6 Yuvraj Singh and off-spinners Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin are particularly vulnerable.

Top spin at the Test: Spinners slow down "new Dravid"

Top spin at the Test: Spinners slow down 'new Dravid'

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20:19 GMT, 23 November 2012

Cheteshwar Pujara is apparently immovable but England may have gained an insight into how to slow him down. Against the two seamers Pujara scored 47 runs off 99 balls, a strike rate of 47. But against the three spinners – including Samit Patel – he managed 67 runs off 190 balls, a less imposing strike rate of 35. Small mercies. After making 87 against England for Mumbai A earlier in the trip, Pujara has now faced 719 balls – only two fewer than the rest of India's top seven put together.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Assured: Cheteshwar Pujara

Broad's economy trouble

Stuart Broad had a pop at pros-turned-pundits on Twitter in the build-up to this Test. A few wickets yesterday might have strengthened his case. Instead, Broad, who was suffering from an upset stomach, drew a costly blank: his 12 overs cost 60. Only once before, against West Indies at Lord's in 2009, has he bowled more than 10 overs in a Test innings for a worse economy rate than the 5.0 here.

Yuvraj is left all at sea

When Yuvraj Singh walked out to bat, he must have known what was coming. Alastair Cook whisked Jimmy Anderson out of the attack and tossed the ball to Graeme Swann. Sure enough, Yuvraj was bowled by the first delivery he faced. But he has some way to go to match another Indian lefty: in 2011, Swann dismissed Suresh Raina for ducks three times, including twice at The Oval.

Sachin Tendulkar just keeps getting
bowled. Admittedly, the Monty Panesar delivery was a beauty, but
Sachin's stumps have been rattled six times in his last 13 innings.
Before that, you had to go back 42 innings to find the previous six
times he'd been bowled.

India v England: Cheteshwar Pujara denies Monty Panesar on day one of second Test in Mumbai

Pujara denies Monty a Bollywood ending… but Panesar is in desperate need of help from rest of England's attack

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India v England: second Test, day one

Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar marked his Test return with four wickets but could find no way past Cheteshwar Pujara as the tireless India number three once again confounded England.

Click here to read the full report.

How do you solve a problem like Pujara If the question is an obvious one, the answer remains elusive. And that elusiveness could well cost England this series.

For about two-thirds of today’s play in Mumbai, the story belonged to Monty Panesar. Mistakenly overlooked for the first Test, he was bowling with his old verve and accuracy, and when he removed MS Dhoni in the second over after tea to leave India 169 for 6, Panesar had four of India’s wickets.

Impenetrable defence: Cheteshwar Pujara

Impenetrable defence: Cheteshwar Pujara

But Cheteshwar Pujara had 77 of those runs, which – as we learned at Ahmedabad – is the kind of score he regards merely as a basis for negotiation. And while he was still there, on a Wankhede pitch already offering the spinners assistance, India refused to panic.

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Tough day: Graeme Swann could only take the wicket of Yuvraj on day one

Yet where was Panesar’s support Graeme Swann cleaned up Yuvraj Singh with his first ball to him, but otherwise offered little more than thrift. Jimmy Anderson went wicketless after curling the second ball of the day into Gautam Gambhir’s pads. And Stuart Broad looked, well, mundane.

Of course, England are not out of this, so long as they conjure up the spirit of their second innings at Ahmedabad rather than their first. But India have chosen to bat first in 13 Tests here and lost only two, one of them when Ian Botham produced one of his tours de force in the Golden Jubilee Test in 1979-80.

Anything less than a first-innings lead of approaching three figures will probably leave England with too much to do. Stuff it up tomorrow, and the dream of a first series win in India for nearly three decades will evaporate into the Mumbai evening air.

LIVE: India v England, day five, first Test, Ahmedabad

LIVE: India v England – the action on day five of the first Test in Ahmedabad

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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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LUNCH ON DAY ONE: INDIA 120-0 (Sehwag 79 Gambhir 37)

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LUNCH ON DAY ONE: INDIA 120-0 (Sehwag 79 Gambhir 37)

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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