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Live Blog: India vs England, Day 1, The Oval

(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)

Match Package: Scorecard | Action In Images | Report

Question for readers: Can India improve upon this performance on Day 2?

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Groundsman remove water from the covers as rain played spoilsport at The Kia Oval.

09:33 pm - Allright folks, the play has been abandoned for the day due to persistent rain.

Recap: Only 24-over of play was possible on the first day of the fourth Test. Opening pair of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook scored 75 without loss after opting to bat first on a good Oval pitch. Indian bowlers were far from impressive - except from a bouncer which Andrew Strauss took on the helmet from Ishant Sharma. RP Singh and Sreesanth were largely unimpressive.

09:11 pm - Apparently it has stopped raining Kennington Oval. Stay tuned for more...

8:48 pm - It's still raining at The Oval. We will have to wait for atleast two hours more before any decision in taken.

Rain07:50 pm - Supersoppers are out there but conditions still not good for cricket. Stay tuned.

Cook has done some amazing things as a player in his 27 years on this earth. With already 19 Test centuries, he can be proud of a very successful career. He is quite hungry for success and has a strong character. He is a good person, modest but strong in his way and good for the dressing room and when he comes out to perform on the field too, coach Andy Flower said.

Some feedback coming in from Yahoo! readers:

Jyoti: The cricketers are playing for their own pocket - nothing more. Their overall achievement had been disgusting since they started their overseas tour after the IPL series of matches. The media should be kicked heavily for starting to treat our sportsmen as God as soon as the smallest of something is achieved.

Subir: It is just the beginning of a precipitous fall. We all hope that the parachute opens up- latest by the end of this test match. Otherwise it will be much more disastrous in Down Under.

Bikramjit: Our team gets complacent when they are winning. This complacency took them to underestimate England who are now running over them like bulldozers.

07:02 pm - While we wait for an update from The Oval - which is due at 7:40 pm. Take a look at 'Tracing England's Rise' from our Enemy Camp.

06:29 pm: Meanwhile it is raining at Kennington Oval.

@VaughanCricket: Looks like Rain could be on it's way.. It's arrived..

@cricketwallah: Barren first session makes it ominous for india. Seeing the bowling, how and when wickets will come are questions with no answers...

England batting05:32 pm - Story till lunch: No swing, no pace, no bounce. Apart from Ishant - who has been the best bowler so far - Indian pacers have looked clueless against the Englishmen. Almost all the deliveries were pitched on middle and leg stump which got the necessary treatment from England openers. In-form Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss safely guided the home team to 75/0 at lunch on the opening day of the fourth Test. No problem whatsoever!

@VaughanCricket: No swing.. Might swing more in 15 overs time.. But I think England will get 450+...

As we take a 45 minutes break for lunch, take a look at England's history of whitewashes...

@Martin_Crowe: Why is India opening with a chubby slow left arm bowler?

4:49 pm: 15 overs gone. Nothing happening for India here. Ishant Sharma did bowl the bouncer of a day which struck Strauss on his helmet. Oouch!


Some feedback coming in from Yahoo! readers:

Rajeev: Nothing wrong with our team, They are a disinterested lot because of lot of cricket, There is no hunger for runs or wicket. The are going through the motion without self motivation. Give a break they will attain their glory, if you continue loosing this way you will further be demotivated. Secondly let us accept a fact that Test cricket is no longer a passion for most players (barring Sachin, Dravid, Laxman). You will see the difference the moment 50/20 overs form will take over. This will be different Indian Team.

Venkateswaran Pv: There is revolution of sorts happening in India right now; the ANNA WAVE; a similar sort of urgency needed to lift our Game to past glory and salvage the lost pride.

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Andrew Strauss tosses the coin watched by MS Dhoni at The Kia Oval.

04:19 pm - The first 10 overs have been pretty ordinary from India's point of view. Ishant has managed to put some deliveries in the right channels but RP Singh seems to be struggling with the movement. He got one big LBW shout against Alastair Cook turned down (height factor) in the third over - when he landed one on the middle stump which moved away to hit Cook on the back foot...It's still early but India is missing Praveen Kumar.

Shane Warne tweets: Seriously how bad have India started their bowling!!! Very pedestrian and all looks way to easy for England... Long time in the field.

Boss Prem Panicker tweeted: So just to develop that RP theme -- why did we pick Munaf in this side, carry him around London for a month, and then fly in someone else?

RP SinghQuick Poll: Do you think India should have picked Munaf Patel instead of RP Singh, and why?

03:45 pm - Writing for The Guardian, Dileep Premachandran urges the Indian board to ensure that IPL schedule does not hurt Test fortunes. How many of you feel IPL was responsible for India's poor show in England?

03:15 pm - Andrew Strauss have won the toss and opted to bat first. England retained the same side while India brought in RP Singh for injured Praveen Kumar. Dhoni says India is up for the fight today. Let's see...

RP Singh played his last Test in April 2008 and was flown in as a replacement for Zaheer Khan - whose absence has cost India dearly in the ongoing Test series.

If you see the caliber of Zaheer Khan, then, you can say we have missed Zaheer Khan, because he has got plenty of experience and he can move the ball. He can plan a batsman out, and that is what important in these circumstances, Dhoni said on Wednesday.

After being thumped by England in the first three Tests - a battered and bruised India will hope to end the series on a happy note at The Oval. The visitors can also take heart from the fact that they have not lost a Test here in their last six visits.

India arrived atop the ICC's Test table but progressively larger defeats, by 196 runs at Lord's, 319 runs at Trent Bridge and an innings and 242 runs at Edgbaston, have not only stripped them off the No.1 ranking but also left them 3-0 down in the four-match series.

My colleague AR Hemant points out why India may struggle to be No.1 again.

Venkat Ananth is his piece 'A Time To Introspect' discusses how India got its priorities wrong.

Aakash Chopra blasts the Indian team for their underpreparedness and taking England for granted.

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