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James Anderson tried kidding everyone before the England vs India series by saying “I don’t care if I get him out as long as someone else does” when asked about Virat Kohli.
Well, it certainly meant a lot to him as he wheeled away, arms outstretched, chased by jubilant team-mates when he felled Kohli first ball with a delivery that has been his trademark for 20 years.
For half an hour Anderson had a full house at Trent Bridge in the palm of his right hand as he took two for five in a 4.4 over spell which would have been three wickets had Dom Sibley not dropped a slip catch off KL Rahul.
The clouds had rolled in, the floodlights flickered into life and Ollie Robinson was doing a fine job as the new Stuart Broad at the other end, diligently supporting the old master as England admirably fought back in the first Test.
Anderson had removed Cheteshwar Pujara for the eighth time in Test cricket, caught behind off the outside edge, the decision upheld after a quick check to see if it had carried to Jos Buttler.
In came King Kohli, striding to the crease bristling with purpose and intent - his team one disciplined batting performance away from dominating the game.
Anderson had tormented Kohli on his first tour to England in 2014, taking his wicket four times for 19 runs off 50 balls, the young star going home broken by a tour average of 13.40.
But in 2018 roles were reversed. Anderson beat Kohli’s outside edge 58 times but it was all in vain. The close shaves brought nothing. He failed to dismiss him once and Kohli averaged 59.30, hitting Anderson for 114 runs off 270 balls.
As he stood at the top of his mark at Radcliffe Road End at 1.55pm yesterday, Anderson had bowled 72 overs to Kohli across the last two series without getting him out.
He said last year that in 2018 Kohli had left the outswinger “really well” whereas four years earlier he “might chase it early on, so that brought the edge and the slips into play.”
This was a rewind of the clock by seven years. Kohli went hard, like Ricky Ponting, at his first delivery keen for the confidence lift of bat on ball but it shaped in before holding its line and took the edge with Buttler throwing the ball high in the air in celebration.
As Anderson ran off to extra cover in delight, Kohli looked down at where the ball had pitched. He had been suckered into the one thing he had spent weeks telling himself not to do.
From cruising just before lunch at 97 for no wicket, India were 104 for three, and soon 125 for four when bad weather forced the players off for the first time. Comically they came back twice, Anderson bowling three balls in total before rain terminated play with the innings on a knife edge. India resume 58 behind with Rahul on 57 and Rishabh Pant itching to counterpunch.
Anderson’s 2 for 15 off 13.2 overs was another masterful exhibition of line and length, the kind of which we have seen countless times before and now take for granted.
In the first session the ball did not swing as much as day one but England found movement off the pitch and India could only show Anderson respect as he reeled off five maidens in his six over opening spell.
Rahul and Rohit Sharma are two free flowing openers but credit to them they reigned in their attacking instincts, left well and did not try chasing their way out of trouble.
They compiled the highest opening stand against England at home for five years and India’s best outside Asia since 2007. Rohit had done the hard work when Robinson bowled the first bouncer of the day with lunch beckoning. Rohit hooked but up, and not down, and Sam Curran took the catch at fine leg.
Pujara was given out padding up to Robinson on two but Hawkeye overturned the decision with the ball going over the top. It did not matter. Anderson changed ends and found more movement. He soon had Pujara feeling for the ball and India were 104 for two.
After a stunned Kohli dragged himself up the steps of the old pavilion, Ajinkya Rahane let Anderson’s hat-trick ball go harmlessly down the leg side. At the other end Rahul reached a good fifty but it had taken 128 balls of hard graft.
Rahane was a bag of nerves, his recent run of form poor. A direct throw from Dan Lawrence almost ran him out on nought but he did not heed the warning. He set off for a non-existent single when Rahul pushed into the off side. He sent Rahane back but Jonny Bairstow’s throw from extra cover hit the stumps.
For so long Pujara, Kohli and Rahane have been the heartbeat of India’s batting. But since the start of January 2020 they have struggled - Pujara is averaging 25, Kohli 23 and Rahane 27. It’s not as if they can use the Hundred as an excuse either.
Pant is capable of playing himself in but clearly did not trust his defence, throwing the bat at almost every ball. He failed to connect with two big drives at Anderson, connected with a third that flew high in the air but landed safely to get him off the mark. Anderson probed away at Rahul, and on 52 found his edge but Sibley, diving to his left, went down stiffly and dropped the chance. Sibley has dropped seven chances in Test cricket. Anderson barely gave him a glance.
Day 2, as it happened:
That's it, with the rain still falling by the bucket load and the forecast showing no let up, play has been abandoned for day two. Thanks for joining myself and Rob today, stay tuned for Nick Holut's report of the day's play we did get in.
Marcus Parekh back on deck...
...after all that yo-yoing, Rob Bagchi has stepped away from the day. Marcus here to take you through any play we do it, even if it's just a ball!
A one ball resumption followed by a two-ball resumption
On come the covers again and Sky wills witch back to the Hundred.
Anyone else think it odd that so many adverts for erectile dysfunction litter Sky's coverage of a format designed to appeal to children?
OVER 46.4: IND 125/4 (Rahul 57 Pant 7)
Anderson resumes with two inswingers, both dot balls and then it starts raining again ...
Floodlights are on, the clouds are thick and oppressive ...
And it's Trent Bridge. Anderson could not have conjured up better conditions.
Turns out ...
Forty-two overs in Mount Maunganui and then 40 in Hamilton because England wouldn't pick a spinner is a sure-fire way to ruin a once in a generation fast bowling talent. Well done everyone.
Play will restart at 5pm
They should play 'the one' after Anderson's solitary ball to Rahul. India scored zero. Now England's turn in this revolutionary new format ...
It's stopped raining again and the covers are coming off
But this is the long-term prognosis, presumably scuppering the contingency of extending play until 7.30pm.
It's tipping it down in Nottingham now
Siling. Bucketing. Pouring etc
Rain stops play
On come the covers again.
OVER 46.2: IND 125/4 (Rahul 57 Pant 7)
Anderson places a pile of sawdust at the end of his run, rubs his palms in it and then together and sets off, bowling to Rahul, tails one into him as Rahul pulls his bat inside the line and that's it.
Because it has started raining again. One ball session.
I doubt they'll be on for very long
Because the forecast is bleak ... but Jimmy Anderson has five balls left of his 14th over and is sporting the wonderful figures of two for 15.
Play will resume at 4.15pm
If it stays dry.
The covers are coming off
And the inspection will proceed in a couple of minutes.
The forecast is gloomy for the rest of the day, a maximum of 40 per cent chance of rain for most of tomorrow and as much as 50 per cent on Saturday afternoon.
Rob Bagchi is back in the hot seat...
...that's it from myself for now, handing you back over to Rob, praying the rain will stop. I'll be back later on 5 o'clock
Still no let up from the rain gods...
An inspection will take pace at 4pm
Marcus Trescothick: England hampered by lack of first-class cricket
We will take an early tea...
...the umpires have decided now is as good a time as any with the rain still falling
Elsewhere in the world of cricket...
... Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the Ashes as the England bowler will miss the rest of the year with a new elbow fracture.
It's more bad news for England's pace merchant, Nick Hoult reports. Archer will miss the India Test series, the World Twenty20 and Ashes after scans last week revealed a new stress fracture in his right elbow.
A statement from the England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Archer will miss the India Test series, the World Twenty20 and the Ashes after scans last week revealed a new stress fracture in his right elbow.
“In response to these findings, he has been ruled out for the rest of the year and will miss the current LV= Insurance Test series against India, the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes series in Australia,” said the statement.
“The 26-year-old, who had an operation in May to remove a bone fragment from his elbow, returned to play last month. As part of his return-to-bowling programme, he became aware of increasing discomfort in his elbow during matches for Sussex in the Vitality Blast and a 50-over friendly against Oxfordshire. The operation is not related to the stress fracture that sidelined the player previously. He will now spend time on an extended break from cricket before returning for a medical review in early autumn.”
You can read Nick's report in full here.
Here comes the rain...
...oh dear, the brollies are going up in the crowd and the covers are coming on. At the moment, it's relatively light but nonetheless a worrying sign.
The forecast isn't great either, the chances of precipitation are hovering around 70 per cent for the rest of the scheduled days play.
Thanks Rob, Marcus Parekh here to take you through the next hour or so. With bad light stopping play midway through the afternoon session, it remains to be seen when the players will return, but the skies look gloomy up in Nottingham.
Time for Marcus Parekh
Who will be your guide for the next hour or so.
India trail by 58 runs with six wickets left
When the umpires took the players off. England have fought back magnificently but so slender is the chink of hope that Sibley dropping Rahul might prove fatal to their chances.
Bad light stops play: IND 125/4 (Rahul 57 Pant 7)
Very gloomy out there even with the lights on.
OVER 46: IND 125/4 (Rahul 57 Pant 7)
Now Sibley has to run down from second slip to the vacant third man to retrieve the ball when Rahul opens the face on the back foot to glide Broad for four. Earlier in the over Pant laced a drive through cover and the bowler as Broad began his new spell from round the wicket. Two singles and a leg-bye complete the costly over.
Pant's scores since his recall in the second Test against Australia: 29, 36, 97, 23, 89*, 91, 11, 58*, 8, 1, 101, 4 and 41.
OVER 45: IND 115/4 (Rahul 51 Pant 3)
Pant sticks to his guns with the attacking approach that has made his name, advances on Anderson and pans it over cover for three but it flirted with the fielder.
Aaaagh. Sibley drops Rahul at second slip when Anderson conjures up another snorter that slants in then seams away. It was low to his left but had to be caught to be a credible slipper at this level.
OVER 44: IND 112/4 (Rahul 51 Pant 0)
He was in for only five balls but Rahane twice made himself vulnerable to run outs, falling the second time.
Enter Rishabh Pant who sees out the over at the non-striker's end as Rahul lets the final three balls of Robinson's 15th over through to the keeper.
Rahane run out 5 Kamikaze. This time he succeeds in running himself out. Rahul defended it straight to Bairstow at point, shouted 'No' but Rahane kept coming and YJB threw down the non-striker's. Crazy. FOW 112/4
OVER 43: IND 111/3 (Rahul 51 Rahane 4)
The wicket of Kohli was Anderson's 619th in Tests putting him level with Anil Kumble on the all-time list. Only Messrs Warne (708) and Muralitharan (800) ahead of him now.
Maiden from the great bowler to Rahul, largely full and swinging in, looking for leg-befores and bowleds as well as using the outswinger to try to get him to nick off.
OVER 42: IND 111/3 (Rahul 51 Rahane 4)
'King Legend' Rahul, who owes his place to Agarwal's illness, has cashed in and brings up his fifty with a open-faced push down to third man for two.
Robinson pushes him on to the back foot for a couple of balls and then invites him forward and he whips a single through midwicket.
Rahane is off the mark with an adrenaline fuelled tip and run that brings him three extra buzzers. A direct hit from Lawrence would have left him short by a yard.
OVER 41: IND 104/3 (Rahul 48 Rahane 0)
The hat-trick ball slides down the legside to Rahane. The crowd goes up for a strangle but he was nowhere near it.
The clouds have come in. Anderson is bowling at the right end for the breeze to help his outswinger and he's pitching it up. England are back in this but now is the time to squeeze hard.
Kohli c Buttler b Anderson Golden duck. Superb delivery again angling in and nibbling away. Buttler takes it at hip height. He's on a hat-trick. FOW 104/3
Pujara c Buttler b Anderson 4 Took a low catch very well tumbling forward after Anderson got one to angle in and nip away. Pujara questioned whether it had carried but the soft signal was out and it went straight into the mitts. FOW 104/2
OVER 40: IND 100/1 (Rahul 48 Pujara 4)
The lack of shot may have persuaded Michael Gough to unholster his right index finger but Robinson's length and height mean that he had only one ball before this session that would have hit the stumps and that one was no exception.
Robinson blemishes an otherwise excellent over with his third no ball and England's eighth of the innings and Pujrara milks the extra delivery for two, flicked off his toes behind square.
Yes - Robinson's height, delivering from 9ft would have sent the ball bouncing over the stumps.
Pujara lbw b Robinson Padded up but looked high.
OVER 39: IND 100/1 (Rahul 48 Pujara 2)
India bring up the hundred with Pujara's single pushed down to third man off the outside third of his bat. Anderson went five outswingers then went for the inswinger to Rahul who managed to jab his bat down in time.
OVER 38: IND 99/1 (Rahul 48 Pujara 1)
Robinson has three balls left of the over after lunch and will target Cheteshwar Pujara's ribs. He drives a single through cover to get off the mark and Rahul ducks a bouncer to end the over.
Rohit's wicket fell to the only bouncer England delivered all morning session and they obviously start with one in the afternoon session.
Anderson will come on at the Radcliffe Road End for the first time.
Oh great, they've broken Jofra
Why can't we have nice things? Archer ruled out of India series, World T20 and the Ashes.
Lunch IND 97/1
The wicket brings lunch forward by three balls. A long overdue wicket but perhaps he was fazed by almost being run out two balls earlier when Rahul pops a single off his hip short of square leg and Crawley pounced upon it and hurled it at the striker's end stumps. A direct hit and he would have been out.
England have bowled well, drawing 30+ plays and misses but India's batsmen have been diligent, skilful and, above all, resilient. They have dug deep foundations for Messrs Kohli and Pant to build a commanding lead upon.
Rohit c Curran b Robinson 36 Top edges a pull down fine leg's throat. FOW 97/1
OVER 37: IND 96/0 (Rahul 47 Rohit 36)
That's lovely from Rahul, no finer stroke than the straight drive and he harpoons a full delivery with a flourish in the followthroygh between Sam Curran and mid-off for four.
OVER 36: IND 89/0 (Rahul 42 Rohit 35)
Robinson returns and immediately stems the tide of boundaries, yielding a solitary leg bye. Rahul and Rohit have been masterly at withdrawing their bats safely inside the line so far and do so again here. Robinson and Rahul have another end of over chat, this time with smiles.
OVER 35: IND 88/0 (Rahul 42 Rohit 35)
Curran comes round the wicket and ends Plan A which seemed to have some promise. Not so Plan B as Sharma square drives the first ball for four, pinging it past point, then racks up four byes as Curran hoops one down the legside and ends a three-ball salvo by overstepping.
England's balloon has truly deflated now.
Curran comes back round and straightaway beats KL Rahul with a peach that swings in and nibbles away, searing past the edge as the batsman went searching for it.
OVER 34: IND 78/0 (Rahul 42 Rohit 30)
Broad makes Rahul play and miss and then draws a false stroke as he pushes his hands tentatively towards a ball on a fifth-stump line that flashes through vacant gully for four. Burns is further back at backward point and Broad is exasperated that he wasn't still in gully. He would be better taking it up with Root than the fielder.
OVER 33: IND 73/0 (Rahul 38 Rohit 29)
Two singles off Sam Curran's over, both patted on the front foot into the offside. Curran is definitely trying to nick them off and is sticking to an admirably full length. No joy so far but he has a plausible plan and is probing away diligently.
OVER 32: IND 71/0 (Rahul 37 Rohit 28)
Broad sends back deep backward square and fine leg, signalling a chin symphony but waits to bang one in, pitching up and drawing the edge when Rahul is caught between playing on thr front foot and just flashing his bat at a drive. It takes the edge and flies past second slip for four.
OVER 31: IND 66/0 (Rahul 32 Rohit 28)
Oh, and in terms of tempo, too. Having weathered the first hour they have begun to accelerate, not recklessly but by punishing the bad balls. None in this over but Sharma pulls for two and then exchanges singles into the offside.
OVER 30: IND 62/0 (Rahul 31 Rohit 25)
Five dot balls, all perfectly respectable from Broad, then one in the slot and overpitched and Rahul threads it through the covers for four. Technically these batsmen are light years ahead of England in terms of textbook soundness, head position, feet position and bat swing.
OVER 29: IND 58/0 (Rahul 27 Rohit 25)
Curran is pitching it up and straining for swing, inviting the drive and Rahul RSVPs with the most elegant of cover drives, spanking the ball to the boundary. Root drops Bairstow back on to the rope as a cover point sweeper and he immediately saves three runs.
Stuart Broad wants the ball changed after Rohit scuffs it when mis-hitting a full toss that he should have panned for four but it goes through the gauges and is tossed back to him.
OVER 28: IND 53/0 (Rahul 22 Rohit 25)
England have bowled well in the first hour. India have batted better.
Rahul brings up the fifty for India with a square drive off Broad for four who is also penalised for overstepping a ball later. The lack of variety in pace in England's attack is telling. Mark Wood on this pitch would have been a handful.
A second no ball prolongs the over and even though the ball beat Rohit's defensive it counted for nothing.
OVER 27: IND 46/0 (Rahul 17 Rohit 25)
Double change: Sam Curran replaces Robinson and immediately looks the most threatening of England's bowlers, making Rahul grope around his pad to reach the inswinger. He's good enough to lay bat on it but had he missed it he would have been plumb.
Umpire Richard Kettleborough has a word with Curran about his followthrough after the left-armer beats Rahul outside off and, as he ensures he gets off the pitch quicker he pulls his delivery towards leg stump and Rahul clips it off his toes for a single.
Time for drinks.
OVER 26: IND 45/0 (Rahul 16 Rohit 25)
Enter Broad from the Pavilion End. Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Holding seem to be suggesting that he hasn't bowled so far this morning because he wants the same end as Anderson. Far fuller length than Anderson brings risk and reward ... well, risk this over as Rohit drives for two through point, a little squirtily, and then opens the face further to steer a drive down through third man for four.
OVER 25: IND 39/0 (Rahul 16 Rohit 19)
Robinson pins Rahul on the knee roll with one delivered from wide on the crease and slanting down the legside. England ponder a review but again wisely decide to save one for later.
Social media pundits are criticising Robinson for not targeting the stumps but as Michael Holding points out, he's 6ft 6in and his job as an opening bowler is to target the edge. It's Anderson who could be bowling fuller.
And now Robinson does pitch it up and Rahul creams it through cover for four. Pulling back his length to end the over, Robinson draws the edge but Rahul's soft hands drop the ball well short of third slip. Robinson says something to him and Rahul, without a smile, says something back. Don't think you can call Rahul streaky for edging the ball with soft hands.
OVER 24: IND 33/0 (Rahul 12 Rohit 18)
Huge appeal from Anderson, spreading his arms like the statue of Christ the Redeemer, when he strikes Rahul just above the knee. Root and Buttler decode not to review, shrewdly this time as there was a thick inside edge. Anderson follows with another beauty that pitches on off and middle, bounces and swings away. Rahul plays it superbly, watching, watching and then withdrawing his bat as he correctly picked what it would do.
OVER 23: IND 33/0 (Rahul 12 Rohit 18)
Robinson is bowling well but his height and the trueness of the bounce means he will struggle to get leg-befores and bowleds on this pitch. Rahul flicks to midwicket but cannot beat the infield but finds a single when using the slant to clip it finer, down to long leg.
Both batsmen are accumulating at Sibley pace but have the range of strokes he does not possess to cash in once they've built a platform.
OVER 22: IND 32/0 (Rahul 11 Rohit 18)
Anderson consistently finds a fuller length this over and troubles Rohit into playing at all of them. Five he defends stoutly but the second ball is a beauty and whistles past the edge as it snakes away from his forward defensive push. Four maidens from five Anderson overs this morning.
OVER 21: IND 32/0 (Rahul 11 Rohit 18)
Rohit leaves, defends then climbs into the fullest ball of Robinson's spell, smearing an off drive between bowler and mid-off for four.
He is still the pick of England's bowlers despite that boundary, beating Sharma with an outswinger then, after Rohit pinches a single off an inside edge from a forward defensive, surprising Rahul with extra bounce and kissing the shoulder of his bat. Rahul's velvety grip again saves him and the ball dies before it could reach third slip.
OVER 20: IND 27/0 (Rahul 11 Rohit 13)
Stuart Broad is off the field and chatting with the head coach, Chris Silverwood. Dom Bess is on for him at mid-on.
Anderson racks up another maiden to Rahul who plays at those he needs to defend, two of them, leaves three and plays and misses at the widest one, shaping to cut but the ball vaults his bat as he scythes at it.
The view that England's batsmen need to play more county cricket, here's some persepective:
OVER 19: IND 27/0 (Rahul 11 Rohit 13)
Bumble is singing the Robin Hood theme to commemorate Dinesh Karthik's trip to the oldest inn in England. Give it some Dennis Moore.
Robinson is bowling very well indeed but Sharma's judgment of where his stumps are has been impeccable so far. The ball keeps jagging back from outside off and zooming over off stump. Rohit simply raises his bat out of the road.
Before England wasted their second review Rahul had taken a streaky single off the inside edge, surprised by the bounce as he jabbed his bat down.
It was missing off stump by three inches. England have now burned two of their three reviews. Poor judgment from Buttler.
Rahul lbw b Robinson Padding up. No shot.
OVER 18: IND 26/0 (Rahul 10 Rohit 13)
After groping around for line and length, Anderson finds perfection with both for one ball that draws Rahul forward and catches the shoulder of his bat. KL's soft hands save him and the ball falls short of third slip. A punchy drive, not sweetly timed, earns him his first single of the morning and Anderson will have one ball at Rohit. It's down the corridor, hugging the far wall and the batsman leaves it alone.
OVER 17: IND 25/0 (Rahul 9 Rohit 13)
After a jaffa from Robinson that angles on to off-stump then seams away as Rohit presses forward, Robinson goes for a shorter one and Sharma leans over towards off-stumpp, pivots and shovels it off his hip for four.
OVER 16: IND 21/0 (Rahul 9 Rohit 9)
Anderson is trying to tempt Rahul into a drive - hence stationing Bairstow at short cover - but he is refusing to take the bait so far. Buttler is taking a few in front of his face. Good carry but one can't help but think Anderson is bowling too wide and possibly too short.
Anderson straightens his line and Rahul pulls his bat inside the line as the ball fizzes down the fourth-stump corridor. A third maiden of the morning.
OVER 15: IND 21/0 (Rahul 9 Rohit 9)
Short leg in for Rohit, Crawley under the lid in the absence of Ollie Pope. After a leave and a defensive Robinson and the cordon go up as one when one that slants in to the right hander strikes him on the top flap of his front leg but it was way too high and angling down. Pitch seems quicker than yesterday, hurrying the batsmen up a bit.
Another maiden. Good, tight start by England.
OVER 14: IND 21/0 (Rahul 9 Rohit 9)
Anderson begins with two outswingers that KL lets by. Three slips and Bairstow at short cover, just squarer of point. The third ball is closer, forcing Rahul on to the back foot and definitely following the ball but not touching it. He withdraws the bat late from the next one, still on the back foot as Anderson finds that familiar length, shorter than Bumrah's.
Maiden to start with. Ollie Robinson is preferred to Stuart Broad from the Radcliffe Road End.
England are applauded on to the field
As Jerusalem rings out. India are 162 behind, with KL Rahul and Rohit on nine each.
Hello darkness my old friend ...
One day into a five match series against a well-rested, relentless and superior India side and England are staring at an early finish, going one Test down and making life much harder for themselves. It's fair to say that we should never judge a match before seeing both sides bat but England's all-seam attack is going to have to show significantly more than they did last night to stem the bleeding at less than a 150-run lead. India were bowled out for 36 at the Adelaide Oval last winter before mounting an astonishing fightback without their captain and best bowlers to win the series but Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were remorseless that day, a quality not much in evidence last night.
The autopsy has begun long before the patient has shuffled off this mortal coil in terms of the Test and there will be plenty of time to pin the blame on the board, the system, the new approach to selection, the head coach, batting coaches from 2013 onwards, the erosion of front-foot technique, groundsmen in county cricket, the Hundred, the long-standing financial problems that have provoked the England team being run into the ground, the long-standing financial problems that provoked the board into coming up with the golden bullet of the Hundred to solve deep-rooted and structural problems, the appalling lack of cricket in the state school sector, the absence of boys from black and Asian backgrounds pushing on through the colts system into development squads, the ruddy cheek of India and Australia developing better Test cricketers than England et alia omnia.
If England could manage to dig themselves out of this hole, we should not forget any of these issues. But please, no more official inquiries and reports unless they can address the schedule. If the whole game is too reliant on England playing so many matches in all three formats and the board too reliant on TV and gate revenue from the Hundred and the Blast to prop the system up, an inquiry that couldn't change it would be pointless. We've had reports after away humiliations that have cost people their jobs. Perhaps it would take a hammering at home to force real systematic change through.