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Live Blog: India vs England, Day 3, 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

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.

11:25 pm - Rahul Dravid gets to his 61st Test half-century. He has been positive throughout the series for India, rock-solid in his approach. No wonder England team cherishes his wicket the most.

He uses his feet exceptionally well and is the guy who has challenged our bowlers the most. Once we've got him, it must send shock waves through the Indian batting. I know he doesn't like being called 'The Wall', but you sense once he's gone you are a little bit closer to getting them out - Graeme Swann said earlier.

11:04 pm - Suresh Raina, who has had a forgettable series, has as many as 13 men round the bat - with Graeme Swann bowling. Lovely evening at The Oval though...

Sachin Tendulkar10:47 - Tendulkar gone too. He goes for a sweep shot against Graeme Swann - hit the gloves, shoulder and an easy catch to Anderson behind the stumps. India in trouble...I must add. Everything going England's way.

10:20 pm - England pacers have produced magical/testing/ruthless deliveries in 13 overs than India managed in 150. Tells you the whole story...

@cricketaakash: Broad is getting the ball to shape away off the surface. You can cover the swing somewhat but this is rather tough to handle.

10:02 - Hit on the helmet. I can't remember the last time Sachin Tendulkar being hit on a helmet without opening his account. Anyway, a 140.6 kph delivery from Stuart Broad smacked Tendulkar as he looked to duck under a bouncer. Ya, it had good morning written all over it...

9:42 pm - Same old story for India...Laxman goes too. Broad pitches it just outside off-stump and VVS happily edges it to Matt Prior for an easy catch. Tendulkar walks in early. India's misery continues...

9:26 pm - Sehwag gone again in the first over. Jimmy Anderson gets him for the second time in the series. WTF!

@cricketwallah: Alas, Viru's panache had a premature climax...this is beginning to spell trouble4 for India again...

9:12 pm - The news from the center is that England have declared at 591/6. Gautam Gambhir, who banged his head yesterday attempting to catch a ball, is having a scan. So it will be Rahul Dravid once again, opening for India alongwith Virender Sehwag.

@cricketaakash: Obviously Dravid was the Third Opener right from the beginning...ended up opening in 3 Test matches. Who comes at 3 now? Bigger question.

@cricketwallah: Gambhir has a mild concussion now: the Indian dressing room resembling a hospital ward...

8:41 pm - Allright...the rain has stopped, sky is clear and we should be ready to go anytime soon. Meanwhile Australia have clinched the ODI series against Sri Lanka 3-1, with one to play.

Rain stops play

Former coach Gary Kirsten has expressed his sadness after watching India's dismal surrender in England but says there is no reason to press the panic button, yet.

It's not easy to continue a run of success. It's difficult to reach the top and stay there. They won the World Cup, which was massive for them, but then they've had a tour of West Indies and a few injuries and maybe the hunger to win games goes down a little, Gary explained.

@SANJAYMANJREKAR: Very Imp to remember, this is still very much gary kirsten's indian team than duncan flethcher's.

7:31 pm - Bad news folks. Its raining in buckets at The Oval.

6:59 pm - Yes, its still raining at The Oval. Official update at 7:30. Meanwhile Liverpool have gone one up against Arsenal.

6:26 pm - It's still pouring down at Kennington Oval. Stay tuned...

5:44 pm: Meanwhile it's raining at Kennington Oval. Covers are on...

@gauravCNNIBN: Who says india's attack has been ineffective in this series?Not one of the three double centurions have been allowed to make a triple ton :)

Question to readers: Should England declare after lunch?

Some of our readers are really frustrated -

Jitendra: someone tell the Indian bowlers to attack the off stump and swing the ball both ways near off stump pitching ball a bit full that's what is English bowlers trick perhaps.

John Sunny: Indians ve been playing frm many years.....and they still find difficulties in bouncy pitches ....its mainly because of their mind set...they need to change their mind set.....hat to make efforts up to their strength....and RP inclusion is has raised many qs ...captain has to ans for his mistake.

Raja: The one man who is been very happy because of Anna Movement is MS Dhoni. All media attention is diverted towards Anna.. So he is very happy :)

5:32 pm - Good morning session for India here. 134 runs, 30 overs and 3 wickets. Ravi Bopara (44) and Matt Prior (18) take England to 591/6 at lunch on the third day of the fourth Test.

5:24 - Suresh Raina and Amith Mishra are breezing through the overs here. Good for India, Dhoni. How does it matter anyway?

5:19 pm - A superb innings comes to a close. Ian Bell lbw b Suresh Raina. Ian went a long way across his stumps for a sweep and missed it completely, the ball hit him low on the pads and it was dead plumb. Big applause from the crowd. He has been a joy to watch.

Ian Bell

Keeping it simple - that's Ian Bell for you.

4:14 pm - He was out for 199 against South Africa three years ago, not today. Ian 'Magnificent' Bell gets his first Test double hundred batting at No.3. Wonder what Jonathan Trott must be thinking?

"Like courtesy, or blankets, the cut has almost disappeared from modern life. But Bell's quest for technical perfection has preserved it so that, maybe, he can pass the baton on to someone of the new generation who does not want to bludgeon everything over long-off or midwicket," writes Scyld Berry for The Daily Telegraph.

The 29-year-old right-hander struggled early in his Test career and there were doubts (I repeat doubts) as to whether he had the mental resolve to thrive at the highest level. What do you know....he got'em in plenty.

4:07 - Eoin Morgan departs too chasing a wide delivery from Sreesanth for a simple catch to MS Dhoni. England have lost their fifth wicket.

3: 53 pm - James Anderson departs for 13. Sreesanth, who dismissed him, was at full stop as soon as Laxman had completed the catch at second slip and stared at Jimmy all the way to China. Should see the highlights in case you missed it...

Some reactions from Twitter.

@SANJAYMANJREKAR: Waiting patiently for england to finish batting and seeing our boys get 400 when they come out to bat :)

@warne888: I also think India will make 400+ in their 1st innings - Sachin will get his 100th 100...

3:39 pm - Beautiful day at The Oval and England batsmen continue to do what they have done the entire series. Two boundaries already in the first two overs.

3:03 pm - Hello everybody. England will resume on 457 for three. Ian Bell is on 181 and will be itching to get to his first Test double hundred. Can he?

Ton-up Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen kept England's run-fest going on the second day of the fourth Test. England were 457 for three at stumps after Pietersen fell for 175 just before end of day's play at Kennington Oval. Bell and Pietersen put on exactly 350 for the third wicket - England's seventh largest stand for any wicket in all Tests. Bell, who had batted for nearly seven hours, striking two sixes and 17 fours would be eager to get to his maiden double hundred today.

From the enemy camp: The English media was all praise for centurions Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen.

Here's what Kevin Pietersen had to say about magnificent Bell.

Belly's been magnificent over the last 12-18 months, he's grown as a person, he's matured so much. I love the fact he's scoring runs so fluently. He's so pleasing on the eye when he's batting.

My colleague Akshay Iyer questions RP Singh's inclusion in the Indian playing XI (and rightly so).

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. Read More

Trailing 0-3 in the series and having been dislodged from the No.1 spot, Indian pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth still believes England series not one of the toughest.

I don't think it's one of the toughest series (I've been involved in). The one against South Africa at home in 2008 was tougher. We used to do it to other teams - now we are going through that phase, stated Sreesanth.

Not much to say to that...

England's highest partnerships in Tests...

This is what Yahoo! Cricket readers had to say about yesterday's play -

Pratik: They are playing from years in India they are never going to prove outside cause they don't know to play against Good length pitches. Big thing is that Senior are really hopeless as they can make record in Indian pitches only. Don't have sense to play nor short selection. Main thing world cup also came with money factors all BCC money maker and real Poker Gamer peoples.

David: In my 30 years of experience in watching the cricket matches, i never seen the England team played to this level of high scoring matches. It clearly shows not the dominance of England team but it indicates the weakness of the Indian team. It is better not to arrange any international matches for the Indian team till the individuals play well in the Ranji matches even seniors like Sachin, Dravid, VVS they almost stopped playing local matches and get their selection for international matches. The selection should be purely on merit. Then see the performance. It is the high time for a drastic change required for the Indian team.

Harikrishnan Balakrishna: Let us face the facts. The old magic is gone. This bunch of bowlers cannot bowl a club team out twice. Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will beat this team. Time to retire Sachin,Rahul,Laxman.The whole team needs to be changed. Bring in young batsmen and strike bowlers!

Praveen: Dhoni is only an ordinary captain with some extra-ordinary feathers given to his captaincy by the media. He was just reaping the results of the spirit and hardwork instilled to Team India by the former captain, Sourav Ganguly.

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