England v India: fifth Test, day three – live!


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “England v India: fifth Test, day three – live!” was written by Adam Collins (at The Oval) Tanya Aldred (earlier), for theguardian.com on Sunday 9th September 2018 21.08 Asia/Kolkata

17th over: England 32-1 (Cook 13, Moeen Ali 5) Cook has to find a way to get out of this Shami shift or he won’t be adding to his 13 runs. His outstanding spell, running away from us at the Vauxhall End, includes two further deliveries that Cook plays out without making contact outside the off-stump. Granted, the second of those he could have let go comfortably but that’s the nature of the pressure that Shami is building.

“Jennings might start the series in Sri Lanka (even though I would drop him without hesitation) but England surely have to take a genuine third opener and not rely on Mo or Vince to do it once Jennings fails once more,” says Kevin Wilson “With a few Championship games to go, someone could really sneak in at the last moment.”

True. Burns is a certain starter, it would seem. But there is a bit of a race to the finish line for other openers around the country. A couple of big hits and they get to visit Kandy, which is one of my favourite places in the world. Incentive enough.

16th over: England 32-1 (Cook 13, Moeen Ali 5) Jas Bumrah’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble / Hey-la-day-la Jas Bumrah’s back. On theme, no? Moeen does a good job defending his first over back as the big quick works into the fresh spell. Maiden.

15th over: England 32-1 (Cook 13, Moeen Ali 5) Shami to Cook remains compelling viewing. By my count, he went by the champion’s outside edge six times before tea – as you do. And sure enough, he’s at it again this time around with a ball that Cook simply had to play at. The good news is that when Cook is getting bat on ball, it is hitting the middle.

“A bit unlikely, Boris Johnson actually singing the national anthem as if he meant it, when he’d want it to be something like God Save Me,” quips John Starbuck. “I understand Graeme Swann will be giving us his samba in a couple of weeks, providing analysts with a lot of data about using his feet properly. We already know he has some affinity for dance and music, being not only a famous Sprinkle Dancer, but also posing as Dr Comfort & the Lurid Revelations.”

My girlfriend had to school me on the finer points of Strictly last night as I’ve never watched it. My view on this, of course, means absolutely nothing. But does anyone who knows the programme have a feel for whether he’s going to run the table and win it?

14th over: England 32-1 (Cook 13, Moeen Ali 5) Moeen is away with a lovely sweep off Jadeja, nailing the timing. But he plays and misses his finger-spinning counterpart later in the set when giving the ball is given a fraction more air. Yep, this should be a good old stoush.

“My Shakira-fan wife approves of the Shakira references so far during this afternoon’s commentary,” begins Edmund King, “but suggests there are songs other than “Hips Don’t Lie” that we could use to serenade Cook’s particular batting genius. How about “Cut Me Deep,” which is clearly about all the runs Cook has scored over the years in the backward point area? And then there’s “23,” Shakira’s ode to Keaton Jennings’s test batting average.”

After that dismissal, Janice Ian might have the song closer aligned to KJ’s average.

13th over: England 27-1 (Cook 13, Moeen Ali 0) Andrew Samson tells us on TMS that Jennings concludes the series with 163 runs at 18.1. He’ll still get a gig in Sri Lanka – I can’t see them starting with two new openers – but he will arrive under immediate pressure.

WICKET! Jennings b Shami 10 (England 27-1)

Bowled not offering a shot! It has came back a mile but it doesn’t make it any better to look at on replay. The second time in as many Tests that Jennings has been dismissed shouldering arms. Shami, at long last, is into the book.

Jennings is bowled out.
Jennings is bowled out. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian


IS COOK LBW? A carbon copy of the previous over, in that, Jadeja was turned down and convinced Vohli to push the button. And once again, IT IS NOT OUT! Ball tracking confirms that contact was made outside the line, just as it was last time. India, thanks to Jadeja, have burned both of their referrals in the space of six balls. Madness.

12th over: England 27-0 (Cook 13, Jennings 10) Cook defended the first five balls with a degree of ease, patting the spinner on the head out to cover time and again. The unsuccessful lbw shout came when he tried to cut off the back foot, but as the technology confirmed, he was quite right to do so.


11th over: England 27-0 (Cook 13, Jennings 10) Keaton’s turn to deal with Shami, which will be cool with Cook. And goodness me he’s done it again, this time beating Jennings with yet another beauty. It juuuust misses the off-stump after passing his blade, doing so much that it also gets through Pant’s gloves too. Four byes. Too good.

10th over: England 23-0 (Cook 13, Jennings 10) The usual OBO caveat for when Jadeja is operating: these will be brief updates as there isn’t a bowler in the game who gets through their overs quicker. Jennings gets the sweep straight back out again after it nearly brought him undone earlier in the set, connecting well to pick up two runs. He then keeps the strike from the final ball, carving a single to point.

IS JENNINGS OUT LBW? Second ball back after tea, Jadeja is convinced he has him! It has been given not out on the field they have gone upstairs. Stand by… NOT OUT! The ball was spinning back a long way, hitting the left-hander when missing his sweep, but it it made contact with his pad well outside the line of the off-stump. All told, a poor review.

Sandwich devoured, ready to go! Not quite Obamaesque as far as slogans go, but it’ll do ahead of this final session as the players return to the field. A reminder that Cook is seven runs away from having 12,345 in his career, which I’ll probably make quite a big deal of if/when it happens.

“Not sure if the the adagietto from Mahler’s 5th symphony was used in Gallipoli,” begins Pete Wood, “but it was famously used in Visconti’s dreadful overblown, Death in Venice. A film, which from memory, chiefly consisted of an elderly man sitting for hours at a time watching young men besports themselves, much like many of the members of the Oval cricket ground at present. The symphony begins in C minor, befitting, perhaps, the Chef’s final repast.”

You’ve been storing that up for a while, I suspect? On music, I caught the finale of The Proms on telly last night after Swanny did his thing on Strictly. Not having lived here for that many years, it was my first experience of it. All I could think of was Boris Johnson at home after his big day at the cricket, sitting on his couch in his pants singing along. Maybe a bit emotional during God Save the Queen? Welcome to my brain.

Tea! England lead by 60 runs.

9th over: England 20-0 (Cook 13, Jennings 7) Shami gets the ball in his hand at 3:39pm, so the plan has worked. And boy, it nearly worked big time with Cook beaten three times on the bounce from balls directed in at him from round the wicket before jagging away wildly off the seam. It’s truly outstanding fast bowling from a man who, somehow, is yet to claim a wicket in this Test Match. Cook gets the middle of his bat on the final delivery before the break, the crowd applauding as one. That’s tea! I’ll be back shortly.

8th over: England 18-0 (Cook 12, Jennings 6) While I was tending to your emails, Ravi Jadeja came on and raced through one of his 45-second specials in order to get Shami another chance to bowl another before tea. That’s clever captaincy from Kohli. Both batsmen picked up singles to midwicket along the way.

7th over: England 16-0 (Cook 11, Jennings 5) Shami is getting a chance with the newish ball from the Vauxhall End, for good reason given the way he bowled in the first innings. And he beats Cook immediately! It’s the first of three times in the over where the ball passes the veteran’s outside edge, with an enthusiastic leg before appeal in there as well – only turned down on height, by the looks. Between times, though, Cook drove a couple to cover before playing that famous tuck again, timed with ease to the boundary to move him into double figures. [WM Lawry] It is all happening. [/WM Lawry]

Think this is the Gallipoli music,” replies Brian Withington. “Also unbearably moving.”

‘What are your legs? Steel springs.’

“Brian Withington’s choice of exit music is surely far too morose,” adds Fraser Padmore. “I prefer to imagine Chef walking off (after a 200) into a setting South London sun to the gibberish music at the end of Gladiator, begloved hand brushing golden ears of barley. Presumably off his hips.”

Hips don’t lie. And yes, that is the second time I’ve worked that into the OBO this weekend, for the Shakira statisticians out there.

5th over: England 6-0 (Cook 4, Jennings 2) Jennings takes a singlewide of mid-off – the first runs off Bumrah today. But it is Cook the crowd are here to see and they respond in style when he gets off the mark with a shot we’ve seen him play a thousand times before: the clip through square leg for four. It races away too, beautifully timed.

“Why is it that bowlers are not alternated from one end during a session?” asks Mark Slater, noting that he has also been pushing for ‘keeper rotation session to session in this series. “I would suggest that, say, Anderson and Broad may be used in rotation at one end for their second spell – the ball will still be relatively hard – with perhaps the 5th bowler such as Ali operating at the other end. The quicker bowlers gets to rest for 3 overs, using sweaters to make sure they do not get cold, and then can put together a spell of 8 or more overs each, and the batsmen has to face a rotating attack of two different pacemen plus the guile of a spinner. Any thoughts?”

Only that with T20 cricket conditioning bowlers to operate for spells of one over routinely, I’m sure this sort of thing will becoming part of Test cricket soon enough.

“I would like Cookie to score 143 and end up with a total of 12,468… because it means getting a century!” Mark adds.

If he does, that will be his 33rd, taking him past Steve Waugh. But one thing at a time.

Cook gets his first four of the day.
Cook gets his first four of the day. Photograph: John Walton/PA

6th over: England 10-0 (Cook 5, Jennings 5) A nice clip from Jennings earns him three runs to start the new over, giving the strike back to Cook too. He’s in much better shape than in the previous over where he faced the bowler who has picked him up more than any other, defending with the middle of the bat then leaving confidently. Into the covers, he collects a single from the final ball.

4th over: England 1-0 (Cook 0, Jennings 1) In the air off Cook’s edge but not to hand! Ishant draws the false stroke, landing where a conventional gully would be if they were in position, Michael Vaughan says on TMS. With backward point doing the tidying up, he’s not able to get off the mark from it either. Earlier in the over Ishant beat the outside edge with a ball that hooped a long way from the left-hander from round the wicket. We’ve said it all series but how wonderful have these Indian seamers been? If England do get up here to win the series 4-1 it won’t do these visiting bowlers any justice.

3rd over: England 1-0 (Cook 0, Jennings 1) Bumrah gets his first chance at Jennings, a man he has dismissed plenty of times in this series. It’s a good contest from the get-go, the opener getting into position to play before leaving late by pulling inside the line on a couple of occasions. Lovely shape from the Indian attack-leader.

“Hankies at the ready,” emails Brian Withington. “Cue Barber’s Adagio for Strings (or the fourth movement from Mahler’s 5th). Very slowly.” I don’t have time to check this, but is that the piece from the final scene in Gallipoli?

2nd over: England 1-0 (Cook 0, Jennings 1) Cook is also within striking distance of Kumar Sangakkara, requiring 75 runs to overtake his career tally. All of this is not to forget Jennings, for whom this is a big afternoon as well. I think it is safe to assume that he is on the plane to Sri Lanka regardless, but what he would give for a meaningful contribution in the final innings of the summer. But he’s nearly edging the first ball with a nervous waft at a ball he did not need to have anything to do with from Ishant Sharma. With that out of the way, he deals competently with the rest, turning a single behind square to open his, and England’s, account.

1st over: England 0-0 (Cook 0, Jennings 0) He’s struck on the pad first ball! Half an appeal from the cordon but Bumrah isn’t interested. Blimey – imagine that? Cook deals with the rest in the usual way, defending then leaving with calm. He’s squared up by a good’un but plays with nice, soft hands. Take a breath, everyone.

No guard of honour. But wow, what an ovation from the crowd, lasting at least two minutes before the game can resume. A beautiful moment. Kohli shakes his hand. Cook is on strike, Bumrah has the ball. PLAY!

Cook walks out for their second innings.
Cook walks out for their second innings. Photograph: John Walton/PA


Pass the tissues? Cook will get himself another guard of honour, and rightly so. Ricky Ponting, if I recall correctly, had four in his final Test Match in 2012: on the way to, then way back from the middle in both innings. I looked at some of his numbers during the first session, which reinforced to me just how much he should finish with a 45+ average. To do so, the champion requires 50 in this final innings of his career. That’d be nice.

INDIA ALL-OUT 292! WICKET! Bumrah run out (Broad/Bairstow) 0.

At last, it is over. They had to go for the quick single being the last delivery of the Moeen Ali over but Bumrah never stood a chance. Broad’s throw to Bairstow had him short by about two feet. Alastair Cook sprints off the ground to pad up for England one last time.

94th over: India 292-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 86) Thank you, Tanya. Great stint. Hello from The Oval. Isn’t this fun? Perhaps not for Root and co, but I can tell you that the England fans sitting around our outside press box tribune are enjoying the contest as much as the Indian devotees. Well, nearly as much. But there really is something about the strike-milking/smashing process that brings people together at the end of an innings. It is Broad now from the Pavilion End in an effort to knock over Bumrah, who has the strike. The no. 11 gets himself in a tangle halfway through the over, hit on the pad with the ball landing at short leg, Broad appealing for both. They elect not to use a review and Bumrah plays a most competent forward defensive to finish the job.

93rd over: India 292-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 86) Root fiddles incessantly about with his field, infant-puppeteer, as Moeen floats the ball up and Jadeja potters it down. Some rip for Moeen with the fifth ball. And, at last, England prevent India taking the single from the last ball. And that, my friends is drinks, and Adam Collins will take you through the remainder of this Indian innings and the rest of the day. Thank you so much for all your emails and tweets, bye!


92nd over: India 292-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 86) Root turns to Rashid. Jadeja obediently pats the first four balls back. They scamper a single to the fifth, which Anderson fumbles at short mid-wicket. A huge cheer as Bumrah gets down the wicket, bats down the last ball like a spade patting down a sandcastle.

91st over: India 290-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 85) England’s wheels temporarily come a bit loose as Jadeja out-foxes them again. A couple down to long-on, a four down to mid-wicket and with the sixth ball of the over Anderson digs in a short one and Jadeja turns it off his ribs … and they run the single. Jadeja 1, England 0.

90th over: India 282-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 76) Superb play here by Jadeja. Broad digs one in short and Jadeja hooks behind square, like a rocket, for four. Again they get a single from the last ball. The deficit is now down to fifty.

I’ve just realised that I failed to mention that Bumrah was dropped by Keaton Jennings at silly point off his first ball( off Rashid) when the score was 260/9.

89th over: India 275-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 71) This time Anderson has the new ball. Jadeja steps forward hardly at all, swings the bat with elbow high and lifts Anderson back over his head and into the crowd for six. Root flaps about a bit from slip and brings the field in. Jadeja then nudges the ball down and they run a single from the last ball. This Indian innings is mirroring England’s. They trail by 57.

88th over: India 268-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 64) England take the new ball and Broad charges in. Short one, short one, short one, full one, short one (that Bumrah evades inelegantly, but with a smile), leave!

87th over: India 268-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 64) Anderson is back but the new ball isn’t taken. Jadeja drives, so, so crisply, for two. And that’s a classy bit of Anderson wind-up by Jadeja to the last ball of the over. He edges, with deliberation, past first slip and down to the boundary for four. India now trail by 64.

Steve Hudson has had a good lunch: “Jadeja always seems to cause England problems. Jadeja vu, you might say.” Bo-Booom!

86th over: India 260-9 (Bumrah 0, Jadeja 51) That wicket came from a loose Rashid over, Jadeja had beautifully dispatched a long-hop for four and all Shami had to do was defend for two balls.


Shami c Broad b Rashid 1

A heave by Shami is well caught by a tumbling Broad at long-on . That was a bit daft.

85th over: India 254-8 (Shami 1, Jadeja 51) A punch through cover point off Ali and that’s Jadeja’s fifty – and the drum majorette’s twirl comes out alongside a huge grin. His ninth Test fifty, 113 balls, seven fours. He’s a smashing little batsman.

Jadeja and India fight back.
Jadeja and India fight back. Photograph: Alex Davidson/REX/Shutterstock


84th over: India 250-8 (Shami 0, Jadeja 47) Rashid continues and Shami defends.

Patrick Phillips was listening to Ed Smith. “I heard his interview on TMS. Seems to suggest that cricket is a team game and that players must fit in. Should they ? A team game ? That old chestnut. Is it really ? Just one bowler bowling at one batsman. The others can scarcely influence that duel. I prefer watching the best batsmen and there best bowlers not just the nicest chaps.”

I’m not sure Patrick. I don’t think that Ed was always the most popular on the county circuit (though personally I’ve always found him kind) so it would be strange if he put popularity over skill.

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83rd over: India 249-8 (Shami 0, Jadeja 43) Jadeja had just survived an appeal for lbw, before Sharma pushed forward at one too many, and another wicket falls into the pocket of Moeen Ali, who now has 2-46.


WICKET! Sharma c Bairstow b Ali 4

A fractional edge from the thrust-forward bat goes through to the helmeted Bairstow.

82nd over: India 246-7 (Sharma 4, Jadeja 43) Sharma sticks his huge ham of a foot down the pitch and sweeps Rashid for one.

I don’t think you’ll have to wait long.

81st over: India 244-7 (Sharma 3, Jadeja 42) And England don’t take it, Moeen continues. Ah Jadeja’s got his cap on – I’m going to come over all wistful and 1980s. A squeezed outside edge to Moeen’s last ball squeaks through to the slips.

80th over: India 241-7 (Sharma 1, Jadeja 41) Rashid bowls an uneventful first over after lunch, a leg-bye comes from it, and the second new ball becomes available.



Gary Naylor is puzzled

-they need to watch some county cricket! Wickets-a-kimbo this year.

While Matt Burleigh points out that neither team has scored more than 400 in the hottest summer since 1976. “Except they didn’t schedule any tests during it.”

Ha! Though I think Lord’s was during the hot spell? Wasn’t it?

Ian Forth isn’t convinced by Ed Smith: “I’ve noticed people say “That’s a very good question” to play for time when they don’t have an answer. While the questioner is feeling smug, they haven’t noticed that their very good question didn’t actually get answered.”

Ian, that’s a very good point.

Re On a Ragga Tip: Tom/Tony – I feel a bit out of my depth here – can I leave you to fight it out between yourselves?

Ed Smith on TMS. He’s good on the radio, whatever you think of him, you have to give him that. Flatters his interviewer “that’s a very good question Aggers”, throws some crumbs to the purists, points out how much county cricket he is watching (I’ve seen him twice on the county circuit this year – at Old Trafford and Guildford – and he said how much he’d seen on his ipad. Is that as good as watching live? Probably?)

And this is what he said on Jos Buttler.

“I stuck my neck out and there were serveral parts to it. To me he is one of Englnd’s best cricketers, and everything that has happend this summer it is no surprise to me. I had a very high degree of confidence in him in a cricketer. I could see that not only did he have the capacity to learn but he was developing at a very very fast rate…. I was certain that he should be in the Test team.”

Interestingly, he had no say on Moeen batting at three.

Lunch Well, that was probably a session for the purists. Just a handful of runs squeezed off the bat as the Indian batsmen first saw off some clinical opening overs from Broad and Anderson, then nurdled, nudged and sometime cut and drove their way to reducing the deficit. Will we remember this maiden fifty of Vihari in our dotage? The figures suggest yes, and his temperament seems well suited. There was one drive, in particular, clipped and angular, which ticked every box that a box-ticker might tick. Jadeja was ever-present, and dangerous. Time for a quick sandwich, no crumble here, alas, see you in half an hour.

79th over: India 240-7 (Sharma 1, Jadeja 41) Moeen, who favours the baggy trouser and top combo, which tumbles in the breeze, wheels in, with four close fielders surrounding Sharma, Jennings practically up his nose at silly-mid off. And that’s lunch. A tight little session, 66 runs, one wicket.

78th over: India 238-7 (Sharma 0, Jadeja 40) Bairstow appeals for a catch behind as Sharma prods forwards to the Rashid leg-break, but no-one else, player or umpire, looks remotely interested. Jaedja crouches on the ground for some (strategic?) cramp.

Meanwhile, Brian Withington has his head in his hands. “Hi Tanya

“Good to see my brother unfurling another from his bounteous (bottomless?) store of Hornchurch Athletic anecdotes (69th over). Just don’t let him get started on craft gins and cheeky bourbons.”

Does he do motorways of the British Isles too?

77th over: India 237-7 (Sharma 0, Jadeja 39) A super little innings from young Vihari, who plunged throught the early thicket to emerge into the sunny uplands. And Ali does it again!

Wicket! Vihari c Bairstow b Ali 56

OOOh Vihari immediately reviews and it’s a tricky one – the ball hits the bat, the same time bat hits the pad – and the third umpire goes with the on-field decision. An important break through for England in their quest for first-innings dominance.

Ali of England celebrates taking the wicket of Vihari.
Ali of England celebrates taking the wicket of Vihari. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock


76th over: India 234-6 (Vihari 56, Jadeja 36) Root turns to Curran who bustles in, high shoulders, short arms, but doesn’t immediately give the batsmen too much to worry about. They squirt a few runs and the deficit is down to less than a hundred.

75th over: India 231-6 (Vihari 55, Jadeja 34) Stokes puts everything into the last ball of the over, it rises, higher, higher, and Vihari bends and attempts to flick rather magestically. He misses, but it was still good to watch.

Tony Howard is thinking musically

74th over: India 230-6 (Vihari 55, Jadeja 33) Moeen’s second over. Jadeja steps to the side and cuts crisply for a single. Keaton Jennings, with the air of the ever-willing head boy, dons the helmet and crouches in at silly point. But the two short fielders don’t vex Vihari, who sweeps long, down to the boundary.

73rd over: India 224-6 (Vihari 50, Jadeja 32) Stokes delivers up an apple pie of a delivery, short(crust) and fat, and Jadeja cuts it for four. He then tries a bouncer which Jadeja swerves with impressive flexibility.

Robert Wilson is in despair over Rashid.

“64th over – ‘’He starts with his trademark googly’’. Rashid breaks my heart. That trademark googly is a fine one but it is utterly wasted on him. You don’t start with it. I’ve banged on about this forever but a great googly is the set-up for the dozens and dozens of wickets you get with the straight one (or the shooter, slider or strange quark of leggie fame). You build whole bowling sessions around a batter anticipating and dreading the googly and you accompany it with a mountain of bullshit, conning, double-talk and grifter’s patter. Warne was legendary at all that mystery-ball piffle (the zipper, the backer, the League of Nations). And it won him shedloads of neurotic and credulous scalps. Rashid’s goodly is an absolute gem. And he has no idea what to do with it. (Sob.)“

Robert, Robert. There is still time. But perhaps Rashid could be given a slice of guile for lunch.


72nd over: India 220-6 (Vihari 50, Jadeja 28)

71st over: India 220-6 (Vihari 50, Jadeja 28) And that’s a fifty on debut for young Vihari- congratulations! A nervy start, but he has grown in confidence with every minute at the crease. The batsmen punch gloves. It came off 159 minutes with 6 fours and 1 six. Is Root mulling over his decision not to review yesterday? Swings and roundabouts.

And a huge appeal off the last ball of Stokes’ over. The ball passes outside the edge of Jadeja’s bat . England look convinced and unanimously call for a review. But ultra-edge shows nothing at all, and air is visible to the naked eye between bat and ball. How strange. And England lose a referral.

70th over: India 219-6 (Vihari 49, Jadeja 28) Nothing much to report from that Rashid over, three runs and no threat. India have weathered the morning storm it seems.

69th over: India 216-6 (Vihari 46, Jadeja 28) Stokes complains about the ball, the umpires have a look and agree that it has gone out of shape. They pluck another from the box of tricks. And Vihari.. cover-drives him from four, elbow to knee, all right-angles of class. He moves to 46 and the new ball does nothing of any note.

John Withington is back, with kind words for Rob Key:

“Sorry to mix medias but I wanted to record my enjoyment of Rob Keys’ everyman style of commentating. Especially notable alongside Lord Gower. He just told a story about his mate “Nev” at Beckenham CC who was a great club man who’d volunteer for all the unpopular away games and field all day. Reminded me of similar ex players from my club days. One, let’s call him “Mark” got into the Sunday 2nds as a non bowling, non batting but, crucially, driving cricketer! Ferried bands of youngsters around Essex every weekend. Then a few years later, playing against a higher level club’s first XI he came striking out against us first wicket down. Proceeded to “drive” our bowlers all over the place, on the ground and in the air!”

I’m completely with you on Key – he’s great. Down to earth, yet knowledgeable. Friendly but not laddy.

68th over: India 210-6 (Vihari 41, Jadeja 27) Jadeja straight-bats a lowish full-toss from Rashid down the ground for a single, and they scamper a couple more and that’s the fifty partnership for the seventh wicket. Very well played by these two- careful, thoughtful and lucky – from 117 balls, 11 fours. It’s stopped the rot – can it do more? Young Vihari has a first-class triple century…

And for those who like that sort of thing, national selector Ed Smith will be on TMS this lunchtime.

67th over: India 207-6 (Vihari 39, Jadeja 26) Stokes replaces Anderson, and bowls a maiden, largely without incident.

66th over: India 207-6 (Vihari 39, Jadeja 26) Rashid continues, and Jadeja stretches and presses and sticks out his pad, largely untroubled. India trail by 125 and that’s drinks.

Kim Thonger has emergency advice for anyone contemplating stodgy puddings for Sunday lunch:

“Morning Tanya. I noticed discussion of crumble. Feel compelled to offer important health and safety advice. It is UNSAFE to eat this dessert without custard, cream AND ice-cream. I have solid scientific supporting evidence gathered over five decades.”

It’s cream for me Kim. Every time. Double cream. Lots of it. Custard is nice, but only served cold.

65th over: India 205-6 (Vihari 38, Jadeja 25) Anderson continues, and India remain watchful – still 128 runs in debt. A quick single goes to the sub-fielder, the magnificently named Fynn Hudson-Prentice.

Tom Bowtell has been thinking about Stuart Broad’s batting. – and in a good way.

“Have been meditating on Broad’s batting. That’s 2 Tests in a row that he’s dragged a first innings into the foothills of adequacy. I know he’s diminished from what he was, but he’s still a pretty decent number 10 – in fact, after yesterday, he’s the most prolific ever in that position: https://bit.ly/2wYXCkk

The thing with Broad is that there is always the possibility, however unlikely, of fireworks.

64th over: India 204-6 (Vihari 38, Jadeja 24) And here, at over 63, comes Adil Rashid for his first over of the match. He starts with his trademark googly, on the money after all that grazing down on the boundary. A maiden, accurate, without threatening.

And the TMS link for overseas listeners: hope this helps, thanks Tom Morgan and James Simpson.

63rd over: India 204-6 (Vihari 38, Jadeja 24) Jadeja opens the face and eases Anderson down to the third-man boundary for four, and then again, next ball, edges past where fourth slip would be, followed by the batsman’s tell-tale panicked look behind him. Anderson effs and blinds his way back to his mark. Time for a change?

62nd over: India 196-6 (Vihari 38, Jadeja 16) Broad drifts wide and Vihari drives him beautifully, bottom-hand heavy, through the covers. Then four more, a soft-handed tinker, kind-of-controlled, between Stokes and Root at second and third slip, down to the boundary for four. A look of frustration passes Broad’s face. And in other news Mo Farah has won the Great North Run.

Mo Farah: Great North Run winner Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for Nike

61st over: India 186-6 (Vihari 29, Jadeja 15) . Maiden, maiden another maiden. Jadeja leaves one from Anderson that brushes past his off stump. Then pokes again at one of a perfect length. This is stunning stuff from Anderson.

Some culinary thoughts from John Starbuck:Tanya, Blackberry and Apple crumble is indeed a traditional autumn dish for Britain, but there are pretty good alternatives too, like a Bakewell Pudding made with pears. Tasty.”

Mmmm, that does sound good. The only problem is Bakewell pudding is when it is over-eggy.

60th over: India 186-6 (Vihari 29, Jadeja 15) India patiently play this out, just a single off Broad’s over, one that wasn’t quite as potent this time. India are scoring at the rate of 1.33 this session – but they get a 10 for discipline.

I’ve had a couple of people asking me for the overseas TMS link, which I’m struggling to find myself. Have any readers please got it?

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59th over: India 185-6 (Vihari 29, Jadeja 14) Vihari gets a thick outside edge from Anderson, which falls short of Ben Stokes at third slip – perhaps he could nudge forward a littler there? And that’s another maiden. A complete test of Vihari’s fortitude here, which he is riding so far with a mix of lady luck and concentration. And a good luck message comes through to him on twitter, from Chris Drew.

58th over: India 185-6 (Vihari 29, Jadeja 14) Broad starts the over with a big booming inswinger which is carefully defended by Vihari and ball continues to have complete mastery over bat.

Brian Withington is feeling fruitfully wistful. “Can it really be the end of another summer? An early autumnal feel to proceedings at the Oval, interspersed with a soupçon of wistful, milky sunshine. Not sure I have sufficient emotional fortitude to cope with Jimmy surpassing Glenn McGrath and a farewell to arms swansong hundred from Alastair on the same day. Maybe there’s still time for an Indian summer revival, or Martinmas as Thomas Hardy would say?”

Brian, may I prescribe some blackberry and apple crumble? A brisk afternoon walk and perhaps a bonfire?

57th over: India 184-6 (Vihari 28, Jadeja 14) Ooooh, Jadeja leaves one from Anderson that jags back into him and just skims the top of middle stump. Anderson is finding swing, both ways, bounce and carry. India poke and poke and poke and hope. Surely they can’t survive much more of this?

56th over: India 183-6 (Vihari 27, Jadeja 14) Broad beats the bat again and again, with an edge falling short of Stokes at third slip. Then, ah, relief at last for Jadeja, a charming flick off the legs for four off the last ball of the over as Broad drifts a little south of leg stump.

55th over: India 178-6 (Vihari 26, Jadeja 10) Another maiden from Anderson – though not as accurate as the last, the left-handed Jadeja content to leave five of the six to their own devises.

And some thoughts from Jamie Gordon in Woking.

“Morning Tanya”! Morning Jamie and morning Woking, home of the Bedser statues, split between two sides of the main road, statues one side, bronze ball plonked the other side of the road on the Council building. It’s worth a look honestly. Anyway…

“We are odds on to beat the number one test side in the world 4-1. And yet England will leave me with a sense of unease at the end of this series. Am I being a miserabist, or is it the fact that we have problems at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, we have no world class spinner, and our a seam attack is based on two old war-horses who cannot be relied on for much longer? Or is it the effect of seeing Swanny in sequins last night?”

54th over: India 177-6 (Vihari 26, Jadeja 10) Phew, this is truly a Test for the Indian batsmen. Overcast conditions, a dancing ball from Broad too. A leg-bye nudged down to fine leg gives Jadeja temporary relief.

And some news from to tweed pocket of chief selector Ed Smith, who’d like to utilise the brain of Cook post-retirement. “ He’s a calm, balanced and fair person,” says Smith, who fancies Cook bending his ear next year.

53rd over: India 177-6 (Vihari 26, Jadeja 10) James Anderson on the money straight away, in pursuit of the three wickets he needs to pass Glenn McGrath. The ball swings away in various degrees, Vihari gropes till the last ball, an inswinger, which further befuddles him. A maiden.A beauty.

52nd over: India 177-6 (Vihari 26, Jadeja 10) A gusty wind is ruffling the shirts of the three slips, as Stuart Broad starts the first over. Young debutant Vihari nudges him off his hip for a quick single, then they scamper through for a couple more past Jennings at backward point. A handy snifter from Broad gives Jadeja a morning wake-up.


The players walk out and we begin…

On Sky they’re peering at the pitch, which looks pretty dry. Nasser has spoken. “The rough is a little bit wider compared to the Ageas Bowl.” The breeze is wrong too for Moeen. And there’s praise for Joe Root’s captaincy, for holding back James Anderson till the end of the innings, when the Duke ball began to swing.

Another stat, this time from Andrew Sampson on TMS, to tickle your fancy on a Sunday morning . “If Cook makes 20 in his final innings, he’ll finish with 12345 runs.”


Cracking little stat from Ali (but don’t show Jimmy Anderson.)

Jimmy Anderson was fined 15 percent of his match fee yesterday over his petulance over the Kohli lbw. Plus a naughty boy demerit point. It was an anomaly in what has otherwise been a remarkably good-natured series. The cross-cultural mixing in the IPL is a wonderful thing.

This is lovely, from Ali Martin on Cook:


Hello and welcome back to day three of the last Test of the summer. Sniff the air – there’s change afoot. Alastair Cook montages dominate the television, leaves drop, and sequins sparkle from Graeme Swann’s jumpsuit. (Did you watch it last night? Can’t believe the lucky thing got the best female dancer of the lot, the awesome Oti Mabuse.)

Swanning around: Graeme Swann and his Strictly dance partner Oti Mabuse Photograph: BBC/Guy Levy/PA

But over to The Oval, where England are on top, with only India’s brittle late-order between them and a sizeable first-innings lead – it is 158 at the moment. And today we will see Cook embark on his final Test innings – a hundred would be so nice….

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Rajesh Ahuja

I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).