Hello and welcome to the coverage of day two of the fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford, Manchester. Play starts at 3.30 pm IST. Follow this link for live scores and updates.
The Indians are practicing slip catches just before the start of the play. Rightly so as they have dropped 7 catches in that region so far.
Warne is analysing Dhoni's technique behind the stumps. He says that there is no movement at all.
PITCH - There is a dark shade appeared right in the center of the pitch. and also a tinge of grass on the surface which will help the seamers early on. Alan Wilkins says that it looks like a good day to bowl. He adds that this could be a very good bowling day for India.
STAT - Out of 15 chances that came their way in the slip cordon, India have pouched 8 & dropped 7 with a poor conversion rate of 53.33%
The conditions are slightly overcast and India need to utilise these conditions to the fullest in the first hour.
The overnight batsmen - Ian Bell and Chris Jordan have made their way out to the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start off proceedings for India.
Over 36: After a cautious approach off the first five balls, Bell hits the first runs of the day as he cuts a short and wide delivery over gully for a boundary. The shot shows that Bell is looking to be positive first up.
Pankaj Singh will share the new ball....
Over 37: Jordan too showing positive signs. Pankaj drops one short and Jordan quickly latches on to it and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. Bell then gets to his 42nd Test fifty off just 63 balls. He's struck form at the right time for England. 6 runs off the over.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue.
Over 38: Bhuvneshwar mixing it up pretty nicely but Bell looks comfortable. he flicks an inswinger through mid-wicket for a couple off the third delivery. Just 2 runs off the over. But Bell is looking positive out in the middle.
Over 39: Runs coming thick and fast for England. Two boundaries in the over. Pankaj was unlucky with the first one as Jordan inside edged one past the stumps to the fine leg fence. But then Jordan, guided one off the outside edge past third slip for another boundary. Pankaj needs to bowl fuller. He was a touch short after the first delivery.
Bhuvneshwar will continue.
Bell is batting way outside his crease....
Over 40: A tight over from Bhuvneshwar but his outswingers didn't trouble Bell. He brought one back into Bell who looked to flick but got an inside edge onto his pads. The umpire turned down the LBW appeal.
Pankaj Singh will continue.
Michael Atherton makes an interesting point He compares Kohli and Bell in their defenses and finds that Kohli's front foot is pointing straight down while Bell's front foot is pointing towards extra cover. Kohli needs to get into the position Bell is getting in while playing the outswinger.
Over 41: A good probing over from Pankaj. He beat Jordan's outside edge off the first ball with an outswinger. Jordan, thereafter, left the outswingers alone.
Over 42: Bhuvneshwar finally gets the first breakthrough of the day. He delivers it short, Jordan looks to pull but mistimes it to mid-wicket where Aaron dives to his right and pouches a good catch.
CJ Jordan c Aaron b Kumar 13 (22b, 3x4, 0x6) Early in the over, Bell flicked one through mid-wicket for a couple and then pulled onto the the same region for a run to give Jordan the strike. 3 runs and a wicket off the over.
Right! Varun Aaron into the attack now.
Joe Root is the new batsman.
Over 43: A good probing over from Aaron.
Meanwhile, the Social Media is going bonkers over Pankaj SIngh being unlucky and here are some of the sarcastic tweets with the #UnluckyPankaj hashtag on Twitter.
@iBestest : Pankaj Singh has perfectly filled in the unlucky shoes of Ishant Sharma.
@TheCricketGeek : Pankaj was due to play his first Test six years ago. His phone was on silent and the selectors called Ishant instead.
@FreedmanDennis: Pankaj is so unlucky that when he got his South African passport, he wasn't selected by England.
Over 44: Bhuvneshwar nicely sets up Bell. Superb delivery Length delivery outside off, shaping away. Bell feels for it and gets an outside edge to the keeper who makes no mistake.
IR Bell c Dhoni b Kumar 58 (82b 8x4 1x6) A wicket maiden from Bhuvneshwar.....
Over 45: Root guides one through slip cordon for a boundary. Then cautiously leaves a couple of deliveries alone.
Over 46: Considering the fact that Moeen Ali has been weak with short deliveries, Bhuvneshwar resorts to short stuff. The fifth delivery of the over is a good sharp short delivery on Moeen's ribs and the England batsman defends it awkwardly.
Varun Aaron will continue.
Over 47: Aaron too tries short stuff to Ali but strays in line and concedes a bye, Root then takes a single off the last ball.
Drinks. India have done well to crawl back into the match with the wickets of two overnight batsmen.
Over 48: A good over for England, A single through cover from Moeen Ali and then Root drives one through covers for three. Moeen then makes sure that he is positive against the short ball as he pulls a couple of short balls for consecutive fours. One in front of square and one behind. 12 runs off the over.
Over 49: Aaron not making the batsmen play much with the line outside off. But then he pitches one up to the stumps and Root pushes it through mid on for a couple. 2 runs off the over. England 162/5, lead by 10 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now.
Over 50: Moeen shows his intentions to attack as he looks to slog sweep off just the second ball of the over from Ashwin but then gets defensive and blocks the next four balls.
Varun Aaron will continue.