Hello and welcome to the coverage of day 3 of the fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford, Manchester. Play starts at 3.30 pm, follow this link for live scores and updates.
So we have good news today - No rain, no forecast of showers and it's a bright sunny day at the Old Trafford.......
Root and Buttler have already added 67 runs for the 7th wicket. India will look to break this stand as soon as possible.
The average score on day 3 at Old Trafford in the last 10 years is 255.
Right! The players have made their way out to the middle. Root and Buttler are the overnight batsmen. Ravindra Jadeja will start off proceedings for India.
Surprise that Dhoni has started with Jadeja.....
Over 72: The over finished with a flash. Root scored the first run of the day with a single behind square leg.
Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end.
Over 73: Root dabs a couple of outswingers to the slip cordon. Pankaj then strays in line, Root nudges it to fine leg, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dives and flicks it back inside to save a run. Root reaches his 7th Test fifty. It's been a crucial inns from him so far.
Over 74: Two runs off the over. Some encouragement for Jadeja as there was turn and bounce off the third delivery. It was a bit wide, it turned away with extra bounce. Root looked to cut but misses. Root then turns behind square leg for a single and Buttler opened his account for the day with a single through the same area.
Pankaj Singh will continue.
Over 75: A good probing over from Pankaj. Beat Buttler on a couple of occasions with his outswinger. One on the drive and the other on defense. The last ball of the over, Buttler drives it to mid off where Pujara dives and makes a athletic stop. Gets up quickly and misses his shy at the non-striker's end. The non-striker gets back in time.
Over 76: Three singles off the over. Easy for the batsmen. India waiting for the second new ball which is 4 overs away......
Varun Aaron into the attack now.
Over 77: A maiden over. Aaron didn't get his lines right in the over but generated good pace.
Over 78: A maiden over again. Jadeja beat Buttler on his cover drive off the fourth ball of the over. Good change of pace in that over...
Over 79: Aaron resorting to short stuff at the start of the over, Root left the first one alone but the second one was a good sharp delivery, Root looked to poke but then pulled his bat inside at the last moment. Three out of the next four were left alone.
Over 80: Finally after playing out 3 consecutive maidens, England score a couple of runs in the over.
The second new ball is available now, looks like Dhoni will take it straightaway! Yes they have taken the 2nd new ball........
Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack now.
Over 81: Good stuff from England. Buttler brings up the 100-run lead with a cracking cover drive and then follows up with another one through the same region. Bhuvneshwar bounces back hard beating the England wicket-keeper batsman with a lovely outswinger. It's all happening with the new ball.
Change of ends for Pankaj Singh now.....
Over 82: A short and wide one to start with, Root cuts it to deep point for just a single. The next five are left alone by Buttler as they are wide outside off. Buttler then takes a quick single off the last ball.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue....
Over 83: After four tight deliveries, Bhuvneshwar induces a leading edge off Buttler but Kohli drops a tough chance at gully. He dives to his left, gets his left hand to it but doesn't manage to hold on to it. A maiden over and a chance goes a begging.
Of the 16 chances that came their way in slips & gully, India have dropped 8 & pouched 8. Poor conversion rate of 50%
Over 84: 7 runs from the over. Buttler looking confident now. The fifth delivery was short from Pankaj and Buttler was on to it in a flash, he pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Then nudges on to fine leg for a single.
Over 85: Root brings up the 100-run stand with an all-run-four. He pushes it through mid off, Pujara gives it a marathon chase and finally flicks it back. But they run all four. 6 runs off the over. England upping the ante now..
Pankaj Singh will continue.
Over 86: Buttler growing from strength to strength, this is an impressive innings from him so far. Length delivery on off, He punches it straight back past the bowler and again some good running brings them all-run-four. Root then takes a single to deep point. 5 runs off the over.
Bhuvneshwar will continue.
Over 87: Interesting, after all these overs of ball carrying at shoulder height to the keeper, one keeps low from Bhuvneshwar. Root misses his defense and it flies inches past the off stump. Root then clips one to long leg for a single. 3 runs off the over.
A good first hour for England, they have added 42 runs without losing a wicket. The lead is 127 now...
Varun Aaron into the attack now....
Sanjay Manjrekar on commentary: If Pankaj gets a wicket, I am going to stand up in the commentary box and applaud.
Over 88: After decent first four deliveries, Aaron strays in line, Root flicks the fifth ball for a couple behind square leg and then turns one behind square again for a single.
Bhuvneshwar will continue...
Over 89: Nothing going right for India. Dhoni misses a run out chance now. Buttler pulls one behind square, the decide to go for the risky second. Varun darts in a very good throw, Buttler dives to complete the 2nd but Dhoni doesn't accept the throw cleanly. Had he collected and whipped off the bails, Buttler would have been a goner! 3 runs off the over.