England lost three wickets for eight runs in the next 25 balls. The trail by two runs short of 300 - and the way the batted yesterday, you'd say that half that would probably be too much to chase on a deteriorating pitch. All things considered, the test cricket positioning for India and England will make sense of after the 5 test crickets, one got completed and left 4 matches to go. There is risk in that stroke but he controlled it well. We've got to give India a lot of credit, they outbowled and outbatted us.
Runs should come easier against the new ball, but so will chances. Follow the updates, India vs England here - Update - Day 1 play has been called off here at. I think now it may actually just be pad. Sharp reflexes from Ollie Pope, the debutant able to gobble the chance to seal victory for England. Cook was criticised for not having a man there yesterday, so why Kohli doesn't, with so many runs on the board, is beyond me.
Bairstow and Stokes touch gloves. James Anderson to Mohammed Shami. Rahul defends the rest of the over, one more before tea I think. There is no hope of winning this, so England must bat time in the second innings. Anyway, still one run needed to avoid the follow on but doubtful India would take it anyway. Jonny though walks back after doing his job. A hint of movement in to the left-handed Stokes - we've seen very little reverse on this pitch, but that suggested there may be some on the way - who sees out a maiden.
They can also watch match previews and reviews. What followed, was one of the great all-time partnerships, as the ginger pairing put on 299, with some outrageous batting. It was a stunning bouncer to Ali, straight and at the face. England need 179 for the greatest victory in the history of sport. A day that certainly belonged to Virat Kohli who will lead his team off the field here and take in the applause from the crowd as well.
A huge number of India fans talking about the same and much excited about this match. In doing so, he put on 105 runs with Root for the fourth wicket. So this is not about the pitch, it's about England's batting. The young man got himself in all sorts of problems yesterday, and not for the first time. That only starts with a lot of hard work. It is so important that England have two established batsmen at the crease when it is taken. But the manner of that collapse - and the whole performance - will make this the toughest test yet of his unquitability.
He's a fighter and you want people like him in the dressing-room. Morgan's first reaction is that he has missed an opportunity as he looks to the heavens but then turns to appeal. A guided edge, perhaps, at second look, he did open the face, but it wasn't meant to go that fine. Well played by Stokes, running the second ball down the third man for an easy single, but the threat from the left armer should be more to Bairstow. What was good about that first hour was not only the lack of wickets though obviously that's a priority.
Adil Rashid comes back on, and there's a running mix-up second ball after drinks. He tucks a single off the pads to end the over. An errant delivery skids down the leg side for four byes. I'm more than capable of harbouring delusional aspirations of a win myself, I expect you to repeatedly point out the scale of the task and provide extensive statistical counter argument about the weight of history. When Umesh gets the line wrong he gets his first boundary and brings up England's 200 with a little flick to fine leg. What a win this is for India - the score will say 100 runs or so, but in real terms, after losing a huge toss, they have trounced England. The worst ball of the day by a mile, and Bairstow almost gets out to it.
The story of the second innings was more or less the same as Kohli top-scored with 51 runs in 93 balls. India lose their first and England are having a 'Ball' with the ball. We didn't bowl well enough on the first day, and with the bat we had an opportunity to get a bigger score because that was when the pitch was at its best. Stuart Broad removed both openers and Jimmy Anderson bowled Cheteshwar Pujara, another first-innings centurion, but Kohli was 56 not out at the close, with the lead up to 298. Suddenly, when Rahane comes on, it looks much trickier, a little bit of spin but met with good defence for now. Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes 21 with a return catch in the 75th over as England were reduced to 243 for seven.