England and India face each other in the second Test of the five-match series at Lord's, London, beginning on Thursday.
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The play is set to commence at 11am BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Live text updates of the game will be available on ESPN Cricinfo. Click here for the live streaming link.
There is a sense of increased hostility between the two sides as James Anderson has been charged by the ICC for allegedly pushing and abusing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge.
The match however ended in a stalemate as the visitors managed to hold their ground on the final day. MS Dhoni elected to bat first after winning the toss.
Murali Vijay started strongly and smashed 146 runs while his partners at the other end kept tracing their steps back to the pavilion. Dhoni added 82 runs of his own but was run out by Anderson.
The surprise package of the innings arrived as India were down to the last wicket. Tail-enders Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami combined to form a record partnership of over 100 runs to frustrate the England bowlers. The latter remained unbeaten at 51 but his partner fell to Moeen Ali's delivery, with 58 runs to his name.
Duncan Fletcher's side had 457 runs on the scoreboard as Anderson landed three wickets, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes landed two each while Liam Plunkett and Ali shared two wickets evenly between them.
Beginning the chase at the final session of the second day, England had already lost skipper Alastair Cook with just five runs to his account. Sam Robson and Gary Ballance's half-century helped Peter Moores' side cross the 150-run mark.
The wickets kept flowing as and the hosts were seven wickets down with just 202 runs on the board. But Joe Root remained rooted to the pitch as Broad added 47 runs in 42 deliveries.
With 298 runs on the board, Cook's boys were down to the final wicket of their innings. But Anderson and Root took their team's total beyond that of India's scoring 496 runs and taking a 39-run lead.
Kumar starred in the bowling department for Dhoni's team grabbing five wickets, as Ishant Sharma and Shami added three and two wickets respectively.
In the second innings, Vijay started strongly once again and made 52 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara too smashed a half-century scoring 55 runs. But both of them, along with opener Shikhar Dhawan (29) were dismissed by the end of the fourth day.
Wickets continued to leak on the final day, but Test debutant Stuart Binny made up for his lacklustre performance in the opening innings by scoring 78 runs. Kumar scored his second half-century of the match as India held on to salvage a draw, scoring 391 runs and losing nine wickets.
England, motivated by Anderson's saga, will be looking to add pressure on the visitors from the beginning in the hope of wresting the upper hand in the second test.
Betting Odds (888sport.com)
- England - 7/4
- Draw - 13/10
- India - 3
Specials: Number 11 Batsman to score 50 or more - 14/1; Cook to take another wicket - 25/1
Probable Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Simon Kerrigan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson
Probable Lineup: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar