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England 0-0 (0 overs): Here come the England openers for what will be a tricky little spell. BUT JUST AS THEY GET THERE, THE UMPIRES OFFER THE LIGHT! And that will be the close; nothing gained by England staying out there in the gloom.

Light permitting, Strauss and Cook will have about nine overs to face.

India 453ao (158.2 overs) FLINTOFF WRAPS IT UP! A superb return for Flintoff, who bowls Mishra with a fine yorker to bring an end to the India innings.  


India 446-9 (154 overs) FLINTOFF SENDS BACK LEG! Flintoff earns a deserved second wicket as he bowls Zaheer for seven off an inside edge. England are just one wicket from getting themselves into bat - albeit for a tricky ten overs or so before the close. 

India 436-8 (151 overs): Mishra and Zaheer are continuing the push towards the declaration, Mishra driving Panesar over the top for a fine six. Flintoff is brought back into the attack as KP looks to finish things off and complete a good day for the tourists. 

India 418-8 (148 overs) ANOTHER FOR MONTY! THE PROCESSION CONTINUES! Harbhajan slightly mis-times an attempted drive over the top from Panesar, only succeeding in chipping a simple catch to mid-off. India have clearly been toldto push on, but you can't help but think they have thrown away many of their wickets since lunch.

India 418-7 (147 overs) MORE SUCCESS FOR ENGLAND! Dhoni perishes, caught at midwicket by substitute fielder Owais Shah as he tried to hoik Anderson into the leg-side. There is a very real chance England will be batting this evening - should the light hold out for another hour or so. 

India 410-6 (146 overs) Dhoni and Harbhajan are continuing to attack the England spinners, and KP is happy that they are as it gives his side the best chance of a wicket. Harbhajan had earlier smashed a fine six over long on off Swann.

India 388-6 (143 overs) Harbhajan Singh is the new batsman; he gets himself off the mark with a swept four through square-leg before a neat paddle fine. He's an unorthodox and aggressive batsman; this could be a fun half-hour or so. The light is becoming a little gloomy, but nothing too concerning at the moment.

India 379-6 (141 overs) MONTY JOINS THE PARTY! After standing around in the corner, biting his nails and shuffling his shoes, Monty finally joins in the fun! He gets a delivery to spin and bounce out of the footholes; Yuvraj gets a big inside edge onto pad, and Prior takes the looping catch! 

India 372-5 (139 overs) Yuvraj smashes a huge six over midwicket as Swann sends down a full-toss. He and Dhoni aren't the sort of batsmen to stick around prodding and padding up for long. They are likely to start pushing on as the total approaches 400. 

India 361-5 (137 overs) The pitch, although it looks bad, is still playing fairly well; there is a bit of turn from the rough for the spinners, and the occasional ball is keeping low, but otherwise there are few demons in it. No doubt it will get worse, though - which isn't good for England when they eventually get in. 

India 356-5 (134 overs) The evening session gets underway with Swann, the pick of the England bowlers. Can the tourists conjure up another couple of wickets? Maybe even get themselves in bat this evening?

India 365-5 (133 overs) TEA: England's session, without a doubt. Four wickets and just one blemish, Cook's dropped catch. India are still in the driving seat, no doubt about that, but England have just created a crack. 

India 353-5 (130 overs) Flintoff's pacey spell has come to an end; Broad is back into the attack to support Swann, who is still wheeling away from the other end. Monty has been sent trotting off into the outfield. Dhoni is on a very untypical 3no from 28 balls at the moment as India make sure they don't throw away a very good chance to bat England out of the match. 

India 347-5 (127 overs) Flintoff sends down the fastest ball of the match, 151.4kph (about 94mph) as he continues his rapid spell. Yuvraj and Dhoni are on the back foot at the moment as they try to lead an India recovery. 

India 347-5 (124 overs) OH NO! WHAT A CHANCE! Cook spills the simplist of chances in the gully as Flintoff elicits an edge from Yuvraj; thankfully, the burly all-rounder sees the funny side of the gaffe.  

India 339-5 (121 overs) WHAT A SPELL! Flintoff gets a ball to jag back from off-stump to strike Laxman on the pad; the LBW appeal is upheld, with replays showing the ball would just have clipped the top of middle. Four wickets in 11 overs for England! Suddenly, things have gotten interesting after four very dull sessions.  

India 337-4 (120 overs) SWANN STRIKES AGAIN! A remarkable spell from the off-spinner continues as he has Tendulkar trapped LBW playing a sweep; Harper gives the decision, and England are dragging themselves back from the brink. Long, long way to go if they are thinking of winning this match, but three wickets in 10 overs is a good start. 

India 337-3 (119 overs) Anderson has been peppering Laxman with exclusively short deliveries since his arrival at the crease; the batsman is yet to get off the mark, but looks comfortable enough in dealing with the tactic.

India 330-3 (116 overs) India have retreated a little after England's double-breakthrough as Tendulkar and Laxman just make sure that it doesn't become a mini-collapse. The tourists are full of life and energy after the wickets. 

India 329-3 (113.3 overs) AND ANOTHER! Dravid follows Gambhir back to the shed after an ugly attempted flick through the leg-side gets a leading edge...Monty looks nervous under the catch, but takes it comfortably at mid-on.

India 320-2 (110 overs) WICKET! It's been coming, too, as India look to push on and really turn the screw on England. Gambhir again comes down the track a couple of steps to Swann, but this time the ball spins and bounces, takes the edge and Cook takes a simple catch at gully.

India 319-1 (109 overs) Definitely a renewed vigour from the Indian batsmen, who are starting to take more risks. Gambir is lucky to get away with an inside edge off Swann after coming down the track, before his rather wild slash flies narrowly out of reach of Collingwood in the gully of a not-very-impressed Anderson. 

India 302-1 (106 overs) AFTERNOON SESSION: The fifth session of the match begins with Graeme Swann bowling to Gambhir. England are so on the back foot, all they can do is wait and see what India plan to do with this Test; the home side could push on over the next three hours and then stick England in for an hour this evening.

lardlfc is an early riser; he has been on the messageboards to suggest that the whole of cricket will be laughing at England - which is a little harsh. India have just beaten Australia in a Test series, remember; their dominance here should really have been expected.

India 302-1 (105 overs) LUNCH: Dravid rather edgily drives the final ball of the morning  for four through gully. It has been a fine session for India, 33 overs at a run-rate of 3.71, pushed up by a more aggressive approach as the interval loomed. England are well out of this match now.

India 298-1 (103 overs) Gambir is actually opening up here just before lunch; he smacks a couple of aggressive boundaries off Swann after coming down the track a couple of steps. Perhaps a sign that now India have completely asserted their dominance, they are going to push on? 

India 290-1 (100 overs) Panesar is brought back into the attack; remarkably, he has bowled only 14 overs so far in this innings - perhaps a sign that his captain doesn't have a great amount of faith in him. Dravid greets Monty with two boundaries as the left-armer drops short. 

India 276-1 (97 overs) KP's decision to bring Collingwood into the attack prompts an attacking spell from Gambhir and Dravid; the left-hander passes his 150, pulling the medium-pacer through square-leg for four, before cutting to the offside for another boundary. 

India 270-1 (94 overs) This has been a long old session for England, and not a lot has gone right for them. Pietersen appears to be still struggling a little with his injured rib - either that, or he is grimacing in frustration. Not good either way.

India 260-1 (89 overs)  Gambhir passes 1,000 runs in the calendar year of 2008; great achievement for the opener. It has taken just eight Tests and has come at an average of 71.5.

India 242-1 (86 overs) Dravid reaches his 26th Test ton! Big moment for the former captain, who has been under pressure after a remarkable barren spell. It comes from 261 balls and has been a typically-defensive effort, but one which has gone a long way to batting England out of this match.

India 232-1 (84 overs) Gambhir is rattled a little at the moment; after shouldering arms and nearly being bowled by Anderson, a edge flies through the vacant second-slip area. Just a few balls later, Flintoff sends down a wicked bouncer that nearly strikes the left-hander on the helmet.

India 220-1 (82 overs) Despite having a relatively new ball, Anderson and Broad are having to bowl to just one slip as KP scatters the field. Dravid is approaching a well-deserved century.

India 208-1 (80 overs) Panesar is punished twice by Gambhir for dropping short, the left-hander cutting to the point boundary with ease. Pietersen immediately takes the new ball when it becomes available, bringing Anderson into the attack to see if he can find some swing...which he can't. 

India 195-1 (78 overs) Flintoff tries to inject some pace and aggression into the match as he sends down a couple of bouncers to Gambhir...but the batsman is as watchful as ever as he ducks underneath.  

India 186-1 (76 overs) The first signs that the wicket is going to get more and more difficult to play on as Broad gets one to shoot low after pitching on a length; Dravid tries to jab his bat down in time, and is relieved to see the ball shoot past his off-stump. 

India 179-1 (73 overs) Flintoff takes the first over of the day. England are trying to give the impression of remaining upbeat and positive, but they must realise that their chances of forcing the victory from here are very slim indeed. 

Play will start on time, half-an-hour earlier to make up for the losses of yesterday when time was lost to bad light. It's still gloomy at the moment, but it brightens up very quickly in this part of the world. 

03.30 Hi there; welcome to our coverage of the second day from Mohali!

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