Jharna Kukreja Chauhan

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Live Blog: England vs India, Day 4, Edgbaston

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

Scorecard

England - "We are the Champions"

8:10 pm - Indian captain MS Dhoni has doled out a bunch of excuses in his post-match interviews - ball was turning, difficult to bat out 2 days etc etc, but what was most disturbing when he said that the margin of defeat doesn't matter - that losing is losing. Truth is the way you lose does matter. I think an Indian cricket fan wouldn't mind to see their team losing, provided they fought till the end - provided it wasn't as humiliating as this loss - provided they showed the will to win. Ever since India decided they didn't want to attempt chasing 180 against the West Indies just over a month ago, they haven't looked like that team.

Something to read over the weekend - Aakash Chopra on why preparation requires foresight

7:40 pm - And it's all over. Sreesanth the last man out it what is India's third worst Test defeat ever. This innings and 242 run defeat is their worst performance in 37 years. In addition to that it's also the first time since 1999 that India have lost 3 Tests in a series.

7:05 pm - 8 down, 2 more to go - Praveen Kumar enterained the crowd for a bit for a quickfire 40 before holing out to a short pitched delivery from Broad. It hasn't been a good day-week-month if your and Indian cricket fan, but here are some tweets to lighten up the mood, the only bright side being - at least we know how to poke fun at ourselves -

@sidvee: Oh and yes. We are batting like this in the second innings of the third Test because we didn't get enough warm-up games.

@rameshsrivats: I see that undue importance is being given on Twitter for these warm-up games for the CLT20.

@jamiesont: Outrageous fancy dress today at the test match. Some jokers have come dressed as the Indian cricket team...oh,  hang on a second.

@MSPhoney: (pretending to be Dhoni) Hoping that Strauss likes my gift of the number 1 test spot. The least I could do for England, they granted us independence and all that.

Of course Tendulkar heard something when Dravid asked if there was a nick. The sound of a hot bath in his hotel suite that is.

5:30 pm - Lunch, Day 4 - India 116/6

It's pretty evident now that this Test will not be going in to the 5th day. Looking forward, India will play England in the 4th and final Test of this series from the 18th of August onwards. Question to readers - What changes would you make in Indian XI for the Oval Test? Would you risk bringing back Mukund over Sehwag? Would you play Kohli over Raina? Would you bring in either Pragyan Ojha or Munaf Patel? Or would you stick to the same lineup?

5:25 pm - Still trailing by 385 runs, India are on course for their worst Test defeat. Ever.

Vs     Margin                 Ground      Year
WI     Innings & 336 runs     Kolkata     1958
Eng    Innings & 285 runs     Lord's      1974
SL     Innings & 239 runs     Colombo     2008
Aus    Innings & 226 runs     Brisbane    1947
Eng    Innings & 207 runs     Manchester  1952

England's hero for the day - Anderson

5:15 pm - Raina pokes and prods, lives on for a bit due to a dropped catch and then finally is trapped lbw by Swann for 10. Next, Tendulkar heads back for 40 after being run out by a deflection from a Dhoni straight drive that caught him outside his crease.

4:30 pm - With VVS Laxman back in the hut, this game is all but over. Anderson has been the hero for England today with all 4 Indian second innings wickets against his name - even though Rahul Dravid's wicket was actually not out, in the record books and on the field of play it will stand as Anderson's wicket. His performance at Edgbaston will help him move up to the No 1 spot in the ICC Test bowler rankings.

Reaction on Dravid's dismissal on Twitter:

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Simon Hughes: Why didn't Dravid review that decision? Can’t see an edge anywhere. India are all over the place.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Dravid had a slight doubt about the edge too...but, too nice i guess, to decide against drs after talking to his partner

Moral of the story for Dravid = Sachin isn't always right

4:05 pm - Controversy surrounds Rahul Dravid's dismissal. At first glance it seemed like a clear nick. A full length delivery from Anderson taking a faint edge off the bat on the way to the keeper, followed by the umpire lifting his finger. Replays however show a different story. Hotspot doesn't show an edge and the noise on the snickometer is after the ball passes the bat. Replays also show that the noise probably came from his bat hitting his shoelace. Dravid waited for a couple seconds and looked at Sachin Tendulkar to ask if he was out or not, and on Tendulkar's answer decided to accept the decision and walk.

One thing is for sure - had Dravid asked for a review, he would still be out there batting.

3:35 pm - Even if India just wanted to redeem pride on Day 4 - they've gotten off to a disastrous start. Gambhir out to the first ball he faced in the second over of the day -

India have their backs to 'The Wall'

India trail by 451 runs and need to bat out two days to save their No 1 ranking.
Here’s what the cricket community has to say about India’s situation on Twitter -

Adam Hollioake: Im quite astonished to hear people putting India down....I watched for 20yrs when Eng/we were shit...dont worry bout India...how good r Eng!

Jonathan Agnew : Cloudy start at Edgbaston. Is this the day England go to the top of the world?

Michael Vaughan: Room bill paid..Car packed.. England to be No1 in the world at around 5:23 pm today.

Pat Symcox: The India performance in this Test is a watershed time in their cricket and accountability is going to be at the forefront! Change is a given

Shane Warne: Hope India play with pride and take game deep or hold on for a draw.. Could be an entertaining 2 days.. Dravid key for India

Day 3 – Blog / Match Report / Pictures

Day 2 – Blog / Match Report / Pictures

Day 1 -  Blog / Match Report / Pictures

India trail by 451 runs and need to bat out two days to save their No 1 ranking.

Here’s what the cricket community has to say about India’s situation on Twitter -

Adam Hollioake: Im quite astonished to hear people putting India down....I watched for 20yrs when Eng/we were shit...dont worry bout India...how good r Eng!

Jonathan Agnew : Cloudy start at Edgbaston. Is this the day England go to the top of the world?

Michael Vaughan: Room bill paid..Car packed.. England to be No1 in the world at around 5:23 pm today.

Pat Symcox: The India performance in this Test is a watershed time in their cricket and accountability is going to be at the forefront! Change is a given

Shane Warne: Hope India play with pride and take game deep or hold on for a draw.. Could be an entertaining 2 days.. Dravid key for India

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