Plunkett straying down leg now. England drifting towards the new ball rather than trying to extract everything they can from the old ball.
Loud shout for lbw against Vijay as Plunkett bowls it full from over the wicket and nips it back but that was doing too much. Replays suggest a little inside edge as well.
Two more overs to go before the new ball. Ali will bowl one of them.
Vijay again comes down the track and doesn't time it perfectly but it gets it through midwicket and to the boundary.
Cricinfo points out Plunkett has been conceding 4.7 runs an over from over-the-wicket and just 1.3 runs an over from around-the-wicket.
Plunkett with a leg gully and a short leg. No change in tactics then.
Plunkett crashes one into Vijay's left elbow as the batsman tries to evade a bouncer.
Doesn't bother Vijay. He presents the full face of the bat to a wide delivery and sends it crashing through the covers.
The new ball is now available. Cook hands the old ball to Joe Root instead.
People want Cook to think out of the box. This is thinking out of the box.
FOUR! Dhoni is happy to tonk a full toss to the long-off boundary.
After 81 overs, India is 249/4 with Vijay on 122 and Dhoni on 40.
THE NEW BALL HAS BEEN TAKEN.
Anderson gets first crack with it. He starts with a wide one that Vijay leaves well alone.
Vijay continues to defend and leave with great aplomb. It has been a feature of his innings.
A maiden to start with from Anderson.
India have another eight overs to face today.
Dhoni has quietly accumulated 40 from 45 balls so far. His partnership with Vijay is now worth 71.
Dhoni moves across his stumps and tucks Broad to fine leg for a single.
Vijay continues to resist temptation. He has shown the patience of Job today. Nothing has ruffled him.
It has to be said, England haven't bowled particularly well through the day but there have been moments when the bowlers were on top. Vijay has repelled everything that has been thrown at him to this point.
Dhoni decides to step out to Anderson but the ball is far enough outside off to leave.
England need to bowl straighter with this new ball.
Out of nowhere Dhoni players the upper cut over point. The ball doesn't make it the ropes but that was an audacious shot that came against the rhythm of play.
Broad continues. The pattern of play continues as well.
Vijay plays out another maiden.
After 85 overs, India is 252 for 4, with Vijay on 122 and Dhoni on 43.
Wide and Dhoni flatfoots a slash to cover. No run and no footwork.
Dhoni sneaks a quick single to cover. Cook looking concerned right now.
A beauty from Anderson. Good length and swinging away and it beats Vijay's front foot defense.
Vijay immediately goes back to leaving the ball.
Just a single from Anderson's over.
India inching toward's the end of the day.
More defending from Vijay.
Just one slip now. It seems like everyone is waiting for stumps now.
Anderson to Dhoni, who is on 45.
He gets two to square leg to move to 47. Can he get to his 50 before the close of play?
A single takes Dhoni to 48 and then Vijay continues to defend.
Vijay lets another ball go through outside offstump. His nickame is the Monk. It seems apt today.