• (Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the fourth Test at The Oval. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically)

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    Sehwag

    James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Virender Sehwag.

    11:44 pm - Another top-order failure and India are now left with lots to do to avoid a series whitewash. The Englishmen have been able to apply unrelenting pressure on our batsmen and our 'sudden surprising' helplessness to bat means a larger challenge awaits India tomorrow. At stumps, India crawled to 103 for five in reply to England's first innings score of 591/6 declared.

    11:38 pm - Inside edge and a simple catch to Cook at short-leg - Ishant gone too. Swann is on song, India...well somebody stop this cruelty.

    11:29 pm - Suresh Raina's poor/staggeringly staggering run in the series continues. Excellent glove work by Matt Prior behind the stumps off Graeme Swann. India four down.

    Read More »from Live Blog: India vs England, Day 3, The Oval
  • (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    The first session on the second day of the ongoing Oval Test belonged to India as they dismissed England’s opening batsmen – Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook – and conceded only 51 runs. The visitors’ joy, however, was to be short lived as normalcy was restored with centurions Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen dominating the toothless Indian attack as England scored 351 runs in the next two sessions to end Day 2 at 457 for three in 123 overs.

    Pietersen and Bell

    Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell put on exactly 350 runs for the third wicket - England's seventh-highest Test partnership of all-time and their best against India.

    Paul Beaver writing in The Guardian’s blog says Bell plays the straight man while Pietersen offers audacious entertainment to leave India as hapless fall guys:

    Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen, England's best two batsmen, are like a music hall double act, the

    Read More »from The Enemy Camp – Bell and Pietersen show
  • The Indian cricket team has been dethroned from their No.1 position in the ongoing Test series in England by the hosts, the body language and attitude of most of the players has come under intense scrutiny as have the decisions taken by the team think-tank and the role of the support staff. So it wasn’t much of a ‘surprise’ when the recalled from oblivion Rudra Pratap Singh was preferred ahead of Munaf Patel to replace the injured Praveen Kumar in the Indian XI for the ongoing Oval Test, which is his first at this level in three years.

    While it many not have been a surprise keeping in theme with the nightmare series India are having, the decision certainly has raised plenty of questions and the as expected the below-par performance of RP Singh hasn’t helped his skipper MS Dhoni either nor has the left-arm bowler done himself any favours. England continued to dominate India and scored freely on the second day of the Oval Test as the hosts went into stumps at 457 for 3 in 123 overs; RP

    Read More »from Wrong message sent out by RP Singh’s selection

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