Hello and welcome to day three of the Lord's Test. Yesterday was mighty boring, we know, but it has set up the game quite well. If India can pick up the last four England wickets cheaply, they will fancy a win bowling last on this surface.
Biut if England can stay out in the middle and grind India down, then India's terrible record at this ground could well get worse.
Dhoni leaned hard on Bhuvneshwar Kumar yesterday. Not sure how much he can keep doing that.
There could be some issues with the weather today, folks. Some storms expected from the south so we might not see a full day's play. That would obviously have a bearing on what happens in this game.
We are about 15 minutes from the start of play.
The pitch now looks shorn of grass and is quite brown. Almost like they are playing on a different wicket.
Rahul Dravid says today should be the best batting conditions of the Test. Who will take advantage of it?
Michael Vaughan clearly has a different opinion from Dravid.
That could be because of the weather. The ball does funny things in English humidity.
The players are out in the middle now. Prior facing Ishant Sharma.
An early wicket will do nicely for MS Dhoni, who so far has not covered himself with glory with his captaincy.
Liam Plunkett is the other batsman. He came in as the nightwatchman to protect Priot, which didn't quite work out for England.
Ishant gets one to bounce from a good length, much to Prior's surprise. The batsman fends at it as if it is a poisonous insect but fails to make any contact.
Unsurprisingly, it is Bhuvi to bowl from the other end.
Prior picks up a couple to midwicket when Bhuvi gets a little too straight.
Plunkett averages 24 in first-class cricket, so he can bat a bit. He has two hundreds too - his best is 114.
Three runs from Ishant's second over.
Three slips and a gully in place for Bhuvi.
Not a lot of seam movement on offer at the moment.
FOUR! Inside edge from Prior runs away to fine leg. So close to being lbw.
First bowling change of the day. Mohammed Shami comes on.
Starts with a crisp short ball and Prior can't resist the hook. It's too quick for him though.
That ought to get Prior thinking
Next delivery is on the pads and catches Prior on the thigh pad. Prior missed out there.
EDGE! But it doesn't carry. It bounces inches short of Dhawan at first slip. Dravid on commentary reckons Dhawan is a couple of steps too far back.
That ball squared up Prior and just moved away a touch. He has started very brightly.
FOUR! What do I know? On the pads again and Prior clips him to the square boundary. Dhoni immediately takes out gully and puts him at square leg.
Big appeal for lbw as one jags back from outside off but there was substantial inside edge.
Shami beats Prior again with the last ball of the over. Despite the boundary ball, that is the best over Shami has bowled in this series.
FOUR! Bhuvi drops short and Plunkett stands tall to punch him through the offside.
In other news, the Trent Bridge pitch has been rated poor by the ICC. That is good to see.
FOUR! Shami offers a bit of width and Prior leans forward and caresses it through the covers. There wasn't much room to play with but Prior timed it superbly.
FOUR! Loose from Shami and Plunkett is happy to crash him through midwicket to bring up the 250 for England.
Thirty four runs have come from the first seven overs this morning. Not what India wanted but England will be very happy.
Ishant needs 44 balls to take a tail-ender's wicket. Bhuvi needs 29. Shami is perhaps the worst though - he needs 40 balls but concedes over 5 runs an over. The other two are around 3 an over.