Hello and welcome to the coverage of day one 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.
Well, it was drizzling at Old Trafford and TOSS HAS BEEN DELAYED!
It will be interesting to see what changes Dhoni makes to the starting eleven.
Right the captains are out in the middle for the toss!
India have won the toss & elected to bat. 3 changes for them as Gambhir, Ashwin & Aaron replace Dhawan, Rohit & Shami
England XI: Cook, Robson, Ballance, Bell, Root, Moeen, Buttler, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Jordan.
India XI: Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Ashwin, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, B Kumar, V Aaron, Pankaj.
It's a big day for Gautam Gambhir who is making a comeback to the Test side after almost two years!
We asked on Twitter whether India made the right changes for this match. Here are some of the reply's.
Right then! The Indian openers - Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir are making their way out to the middle. James Anderson will start off proceedings for England.
Over 1: Jimmy Anderson is right on the mark as he starts off with a maiden. He got some good away movement. Vijay, however, looked solid in his defense.
Stuart Broad will share the new ball.......
Over 2: Gambhir got off the mark straightaway with a nudge to mid-wicket for a couple. The very next ball he was beaten by a beautiful outswinger. Gambhir then got a leading edge to the off side before tucking one behind square leg for another couple. The final delivery of the over snaked off from the surface and ripped through the keeper's gloves for four byes!
James Anderson continues.
The average 1st inns score at Old Trafford since 2000 is 373!
Over 3: Anderson mixed it up nicely with his inswingers and outswingers. Vijay tried to flick one but the ball jumped off the surface. Vijay seemed to miss it. A stifled caught behind appeal was turned down.
OUT! Broad draws first blood. Gambhir is caught at gully. He fails on his comeback. IND-8/1. Short of a good length delivery on off, shaping away. Gambhir stays in his crease and looks to defend. He closes the face of the bat at the last moment and gets an outside edge to gully where Root makes no mistake.
G Gambhir c Root b Broad 4 (7b 0x4 0x6)
Over 4: Brilliant over from Broad. The pitch is assisting the seamers early one. After removing Gambhir, Broad went through Pujara's defenses as he cut him into half with a superb inswinger. It flew over the stumps. Tough time for Indian batsmen beckons!
OUT! Anderson gets into the acts now as he has Vijay(0) caught at 1st slip with a lovely outswinger. Length delivery outside off, shaping away. Vijay comes half forward for a defense but is done in by the away movement. He gets an outside edge and Cook at first slip makes no mistake.
M Vijay c Cook b Anderson 0 (14b 0x4 0x6)
OUT! Anderson gets the second in the over. Kohli flops again. A vicious inswinger followed by a beautiful outswinger. Kohli stays in his crease to defend but gets an outside edge to first slip where Cook moves to his right and pouches it safely.
V Kohli c Cook b Anderson 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Over 5: Cracking over where Anderson picked up two wickets.
OUT! Another one bites the dust! Full outside off, swinging away. Pujara looks to drive but gets an outside edge to third slip where Jordan makes no mistake.
CA Pujara c Jordan b Broad 0 (6b 0x4 0x6)
Over 6: Broad removed Pujara, Dhoni is beaten by a vicious outswinger off thevery first ball and then troubled by the inswingers which jumped off the length area. Another superb over from Broad.
Over 7: Phew! Relief for India, no wickets in this over! Anderson continues with his outswingers, Rahane drives at one but gets a thick outside edge through gully for three. Anderson then bowls a fiery bouncer off the last ball of the over, Dhoni just about sways away from the line. Anderson stares at Dhoni and then walks back.
Over 8: Something to cheer for India as Rahane hits a crisp boundary through mid off. Broad is looking sharp as he is getting the ball to jump off the surface. The last delivery of the spell, Rahane had to jump back and defend it awkwardly.