India vs Eng as it happened: India score 323-4 on day one

by FP Sports  Nov 15, 2012 16:30 IST

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India 323-4 at end of play on day one
Yuvraj 24*, Pujara 98*

The new ball caused a bit of trouble for Yuvraj and Pujara, but they quickly adjusted and England couldn't muster a breakthrough before end of play. Pujara will have to come out tomorrow looking for his century. Yuvraj will also tested in the morning conditions.

As it stands, India are certainly on the front foot and in charge in this Test match. They chose to bat first and have put up a considerably good total.

England have opted for the new ball after 86 overs

India 303-4 after 84 overs
Yuvraj 14, Pujara 88

At this rate, Pujara may have to wait till tomorrow for his century. Swann has saved his best for the last session and it has put India under some pressure. But nothing to worry for India, who should be happy with more than 300 runs on day one.

India 295-4 after 80 overs
Yuvraj 9, Pujara 85

Pujara doesn't look like getting out today. Two more LBW shouts against him, close, but not given. Yuvraj has scored a boundary through covers to quickly get off the mark.

WICKET! India 283-4 after 76.4 overs
Virat Kohli b Swann 19 (67b, 3x4, 0x6)

Another one for Swann. The ball skids off the surface of the dry pitch, turns sharply into Kohli and takes his bails off. Swann's had a great day compared to the English pacers.

India 281-3 after 74 overs
Kohli 17, Pujara 82

The run-rate has gone down to 3.79. In the last ten overs though, it's been only 2.80. Swann and Patel bowling in tandem has slowed things down. There was a loud confident appeal from Patel for LBW, but the ball may just be straying away from Pujara's leg-stump.

India 272-3 after 69 overs
Kohli 11, Pujara 79

Quite a moment as Kohli's edge carried to Trott. He tried taking it but it turned into a juggle before he clearly dropped it, picked it off the grass and became part of the English huddle appealing for the wicket. The decision went to the third umpire and was given not out. That's quite something... Trott must have certainly known that the ball was dropped.

India 253-3 after 64 overs
Kohli 0, Pujara 71

As you can see, the scoreboard has barely moved. Kohli, surprisingly, has gone 21 deliveries without getting off the mark. Compare this session to the first two, and it seems very slow.

India 250-3 after 60 overs
Kohli 0, Pujara 68

Kohli has faced 12 balls without scoring. The last session of the match has begun. India don't need to take any risks as of now.

India 250-3 after 56.5 overs
Sachin Tendulkar c Patel b Swann 13 (18b, 2x4, 0x6)

Tendulkar gets a lofted four over mid-wicket and tries it again in the same over. But Cook and Swann have tricked him this time. Samit Patel came under another high shot from Sachin and takes him easily. Good stuff from England.

India 237-2 after 54 overs
Tendulkar 9, Pujara 59

Glorious cut shot from Sachin off the bowling of Anderson. Remember, he's in good nick especially after that hundred for Mumbai. Pujara on the other end is quietly pushing ahead.

WICKET! India 224-2 after 50.1 overs
Virender Sehwag b Swann 117 (117b, 15x4, 1x6)

Bowled! And it's Swann again. He invites Sehwag to sweep on a turning delivery and is successful as the batsman misses, only to see his stumps take a beating. Sachin up next.

India 223-1 after 49 overs
Sehwag 116, Pujara 55

So Pujara scores a fifty — his second in Test cricket. It comes in 67 balls and consists of six fours. He gets it with a slight roll of the wrists and a quick double. Class act this lad, at just 24-years-old.

India 209-1 after 47 overs
Sehwag 114, Pujara 43

Incredible batting from Pujara. At times, he looks as elegant as Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman. He has scored five fours and is scoring at a strike rate of almost 72. The latest punch off the back-foot for four was pure quality.

India 190-1 after 43 overs
Sehwag 109, Pujara 30

Pujara has shifted gears, and Bresnan has allowed him to do it with ease. His loose deliveries have made it easy for Pujara to pick out the boundary. Sehwag, meanwhile, has calmed down a bit. Hopefully for England, it won't be the calm before the storm.

India 165-1 after 39.1 overs
Sehwag 103, Pujara 11

He does it, and he does it in style! Sehwag reaches his 23rd Test century with a lofted boundary over mid-on. His century contains 15 fours and a six. He's had to work for this hundred and needs to be applauded. Long wait for this one.

India 149-1 after 35 overs
Sehwag 95, Pujara 4

Sehwag plays a lovely drive through the offside from Swann's bowling. That takes him into his nineties. It remains to be seen whether he gets to his century with a six. If there's one man who does that a lot, it's Sehwag.

WICKET! India 130-1 after 29.5 overs
Gautam Gambhir b Swann 45 (111b, 4x4, 0x6)

Bowled him! Gambhir could have been stumped but Prior couldn't collect behind the wicket. That must have unsettled him. Two balls later, he played a loose shot, missed and the ball kept low before hitting the stumps.

India 108-0 after 28 overs
Gambhir 37, Sehwag 79

Lunch has been called for. India have scored at a run-rate of 4.28, which is very good for a Test match. Gambhir and Sehwag have made their first century-partnership since Centurion in 2010-11. India are looking at a big score unless there's a collapse coming.

Sehwag scored 15 fours and a six by the time he reached his century. PTI

India 108-0 after 23 overs
Gambhir 34, Sehwag 70

Sehwag is in the mood. Swats away another four to move to 70 and is looking ominous. One must feel some pity for England... the pitch is offering nothing to the bowlers.

India 101-0 after 20 overs
Gambhir 32, Sehwag 66

Sehwag is targeting Bresnan. He takes 15 runs off one of his overs (4-4-6-0-0-1) and that helps India go past the 100-run mark. That is the first century partnership between Gambhir-Sehwag since Centurion in 2010-11.

India 84-0 after 18 overs
Gambhir 31, Sehwag 50

Fifty for Sehwag — that's his 33rd in Test cricket and it's taken him just 45 balls. Even with those stats, he hasn't looked aggressive. Maybe it's because you like seeing him get to fifty in 20 balls.

India 66-0 after 15 overs
Gambhir 27, Sehwag 36

Bresnan's bouncer pulled away by Gambhir in style for four. That tells you one thing — there is no pace off the pitch. It does look flat and the ball comes easily. Graeme Swann has been introduced into the attack... maybe that might work for England.

India 57-0 after 12 overs
Gambhir 19, Sehwag 35

Now we're seeing some good batting, especially from Sehwag. He's punched a late cut through the off-side (so unlike him) and then powerfully driven one through the covers (so like him). India are scoring at run-rate of 5.10.

India 42-0 after 10 overs
Gambhir 18, Sehwag 21

All the commentators are harping about the balance Gambhir has shown today. In fact, he has treated this innings with patience... no poking around outside the off-side and playing those half shots. He's played a shot off his pads and through square-leg for four more.

Tim Bresnan has come into the attack now.

India 36-0 after 8 overs
Gambhir 14, Sehwag 19

Gambhir just pulls out of a delivery as the ball raps the middle-stump. Something in the sight screen disturbed him... umpire called dead ball just in time. Rahul Dravid, who has been commenting on the match is impressed with the solidity Gambhir has shown up until now.

India 19-0 after 6 overs
Gambhir 11, Sehwag 7

Sehwag has flicked one away for four. So that makes it a boundary each for both batsmen. It hasn't been phenomenal batting, nor has it been great bowling. Still waiting for something exciting.

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India 10-0 after 3 overs
Gambhir 7, Sehwag 3

Gambhir gets lucky. An inside edge runs away to the ropes after almost clipping his stumps.

India 6-0 after 2 overs
Gambhir 3, Sehwag 3

Sehwag plays out the whole over from Broad. He drives beautifully on the final ball, but it's good fielding again from England and he'll get only a couple.

India 4-0 after 1 over
Gambhir 3, Sehwag 1

Both batsmen were off the mark on the first deliveries they faced. Gambhir almost got a boundary towards fine-leg, but will take two after some good fielding in the deep.

Gambhir and Sehwag are out to bat. Here we go...

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

MS Dhoni hinted yesterday that he may not go in with three specialist spinners. AP

India squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha

India have won the toss and will bat first

Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma miss out on this match.

Alastair Cook: "We aren't looking at this series as a learning curve... we're here to win."

PRE-MATCH

England have warmed up, India are  ready. And vengeance is certainly on the agenda.

On Sports Talk yesterday, we discussed MS Dhoni and his position in the team. Cricket expert Ayaz Memon feels that his is the position most vulnerable in the team. You can watch the video here.

MS Dhoni hinted yesterday that he may not go in with three specialist spinners. That means Harbhajan Singh will be consigned to sit out the first Test. You can read the full report here.

Pace is where England will like to hurt India, but Steven Finn has failed to recover from a thigh injury which he sustained in England's first warm-up match.

Skipper Alastair Cook said: “Steven won’t be available for tomorrow’s test match. He has made some fantastic progress with the injury, has come home better than we thought, but unfortunately he is not going to make it.”

Read the full report here.

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