Saturday, 26 November 2016

CRICKET: India v England LIVE!

Over 69 – England 215-6 (Bairstow 69, Woakes 2)England were starting to bat sensibly, a big partnership was building, but again a batsman brings his own downfall. Buttler had played very nicely on his Test return up until that point but that will be little comfort to him – he will know a big score was for the taking on this pitch.

Over 66 – England 210-5 (Bairstow 68, Buttler 41)Shami is not quite finding the same amount of reverse-swing as Umesh did in his earlier spell, but he does find a bit of shape in this over… there’s a hint of outswing to Buttler, which he watches onto the bat and prods to cover for a single. Bairstow then works one off his toes as Shami follows it up with a ball that moves into the right-hander this time.

Over 65 – England 208-5 (Bairstow 67, Buttler 40)Buttler scampers through for a single down to long-on off the last ball of Jadeja’s over, to keep the strike.

Over 64 – England 207-5 (Bairstow 67, Buttler 39)Shami starts the session at the other end and starts with a maiden to Bairstow.

Over 63 – England 207-5 (Bairstow 67, Buttler 39)Buttler and Bairstow pick up a single each in Jadeja’s first over back after lunch.

So after losing four wickets in the morning session, that one cost England just the solitary scalp of Stokes - and while India can still feel pleased with their day's work so far, the tourists have taken some of the gloss off.

Over 62 – England 205-5 (Bairstow 66, Buttler 38)

Time for Shami to sneak in another over before tea. Buttler swivel pulls for one to deep square before Kohli draws screams of delight from the crowd by sprinting across from slip to dive and cut off a dabbed Bairstow single.

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