Over 51: After just one ball from over the wicket, Aaron decides to go from round the wicket. He bowls a snorter off the 5th ball, Root is hurried up, he looks to fend but it hits his helmet and flies over the slip cordon to the third man fence. Looks like Dhoni is again trying to utilise the 'bounce out' strategy.......
Over 52: Encouraging signs for India as Ashwin generated good turn and bounce. The wily off-spinner found the outside edge of Moeen off the fourth ball but it fell just short of Rahane at first slip.
Over 53: Brilliant stuff from Aaron. He bowls a really good sharp bouncer, Moeen at first looks to duck but then looks to pull it very late. The ball flies off his gloves just past the short leg fielder. The very next ball is a perfect inswinger. Moeen looks to flick but misses it completely. The ball shatters the timber. That swung in viciously and very late but he set Moeen up perfectly..... MM Ali b Aaron 13 (27b 2x4 0x6) He then resorts to round the wicket stuff to Root but has problems with overstepping as he delivers a couple of no balls. Root flicks one through square leg for a single. Aaron then loses his line and conceded four byes with a wide delivery down the leg side.
Ashwin will continue.... Jos Buttler has joined Root out in the middle.
Over 54: Root turns one to square leg for a single, Buttler then pushes one to long on for a run. 2 runs off the over.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack now.
Over 55: After 5 good deliveries, Bhuvneshwar drops one short and wide outside off, Root cracks it through point for a boundary.
Over 56: 3 singles off the over. Both Root and Buttler looking comfortable against Ashwin.......
Bhuvneshwar will continue....
STAT: Bhuvneshwar, with 18 wickets, is now level with Zaheer Khan for the most wickets taken by an Indian in a Test series in England.
Over 57: A couple of singles off the first two deliveries. Buttler then looks to turn one to the leg side but gets a leading edge to the off side. Two runs off the over.
Finally, Jadeja into the attack.....
Over 58: Jadeja missed his lengths in his over. A couple of singles off the third and fourth balls and then Jadeja drops the last two deliveries short but Root punches them straight to extra cover.
Over 59: Two singles off the over. The batsmen are looking comfortable against Ashwin. Ashwin tried a carrom ball off the last ball of the over but Buttler defends it cautiously.
Over 60: Two singles off the first two balls but then Root defends the other four watchfully.
Ashwin will continue.... He is bowling from round the wicket now.
Over 61: just when it seemed like Ashwin was building up the pressure, Buttler releases it with a cracking cover drive for a four. He brings up England's 200. They lead by 48 now.
Over 62: Some encouragement for Jadeja as the third delivery zipped away and found Buttler's outside edge but it fell just short of the first slip fielder. Just one run off the over. That's Lunch on day 2!
Lunch, day 2: At last India win a session! They scalped 3 wickets for 88 runs to claw back into the game. ENG-201/6. Bhuvneshwar struck early on to get a couple of wickets which included the important one of Bell(58) . Aaron then bowled a fiery spell and scalped the wicket of Moeen. There is lot of work to be done yet as India need to break this Root-Buttler stand as soon as possible after the break!
Right! Back after lunch......This is a crucial session for India. Pankaj Singh will start off proceedings for India.
Over 63: Pankaj beats Root with a lovely outswinger off the second ball of the over. He then has a huge LBW shout turned down against Buttler and rightly so as it was sliding down leg. Just one run off the over but a bright start by Pankaj!
Jadeja will bowl from the other end.
Over 64: Root clips one behind square leg for a couple, then there are a couple of singles. The final ball is dramatic as Root pushes one to mid off and scampers through for a single, Aaron rushes forward and looks for a run out but totally misses the ball, it runs away towards the fence, Aaron chases, slides and pulls it back. They run all four by then! 8 runs off the over.
Over 65: Buttler getting into the groove now, he leans forward and drives it on the up through covers for a lovely boundary. He then looks to pull a short delivery but mistimes it to square leg for a single. Root is defensive wit the last three balls.
Over 66: With Buttler the scoreboard will keep ticking, here he paddles one to fine leg for a couple then defends the next four balls. The lead is increasing slowly and India need a wicket here.
Over 67: Pankaj is unlucky again, Root tries to punch one off the back foot but gets an under edge which falls short of the slip cordon and runs away to the third man fence. He then delivers a gift to Root, a short and wide one, the England batsman obliges and cuts it powerfully through backward point for a boundary. 9 runs off the over.
Over 68: And the run flow continues..... Buttler paddles one to fine leg for a single. Root then cuts one very late past the short third man for a boundary. 6 runs off the over....
Right, Pankaj is off and Varun Aaron into the attack.
Over 69: A good over from Aaron apart from the last delivery which he strayed on the pads. Root flicked it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
The ground staff are getting ready looks like rain is around..........
Over 70: Jadeja brought his variations nicely into the over. A couple of quicker ones and then a nicely flighted delivery. Just one run off the over.
The two umpires are getting together but they decide to get on with the game. It's gone really dark out in the middle.
Over 71: It's India's fielding that's letting them down here. Root clips it to the leg side and they take a single. Kohli makes a mess of it while backing up the throw and they they get another one. Aaron then darts in a fiery bouncer, Buttler looks to duck but it hits him on the shoulder. Good stuff from Aaron.
Well, the drizzle has got heavier and the players are off. The covers are coming on.
We had asked this earlier - When do you think will Pankaj Singh finally take a wicket? 1) In this session 2) In the final session 3) In the next match 4) Never. Surprisingly 47% of the voters think Pankaj will never scalp a wicket!!!!
Just as the groundsmen were starting to remove the covers, it started raining again. Doesn't look good...
Play has been abandoned for the day at Old Trafford. At stumps, ENG-237/6, lead by 85.
Just 36 overs of play was possible. India clawed their way back into the match early on as they picked up 3 wickets in the first session. Root 48* and Buttler 22* then steadied the ship with a 67-run unbeaten stand. The lead is 85 already and India would aim to bundle out England as soon as possible tomorrow.