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England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day
The new ball did the trick for India
July 20, 2007
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan gets Ravi Shastri's take on the second day at Lord's
 
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'The [Indian] medium-pacers had to be spoken to a lot [to get] more disciplined with their line and length. They were spot on this morning, the new ball did the trick and India didn't look back' © Getty Images

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan: Ravi, a considerably better day for India today and a good job with the ball to start off with?

Ravi Shastri: They couldn't have asked for anything better. I think it was a terrific start and it was important for them, the Indians, to come back into this game. They had to do it in the first session of play, they had to pull up their socks and have a team chat. The medium-pacers had to be spoken to a lot [to get] more disciplined with their line and length. They were spot on this morning, the new ball did the trick and India didn't look back after that it was a procession. The last eight wickets went for just 46 and that's amazing.

SV: Was it even more admirable because it was a little frustrating in the morning with the rain coming down, nobody knew when play would start? So to come out there and finish it off quickly must have been a good feat...

RS: Fantastic! Because on a day like this you tend to relax and lose concentration. But it just goes to show how good a ground this is, nowhere else in the world the play would have started as quickly as that. The drainage is outstanding here and the important thing was India started off well. They got the ball in the right areas, got the breakthrough early on, once that happened there was a big lift in the body language of the other players.

SV: India have often had problems with the tail, they have removed the first six wickets and the tail has always bothered them, no such problems here

RS: Luckily. I think England's game-plan would've been to come out there, play normal cricket, win the first session of play and if that had happened they would've run away with the game. But as it stands now, the game is nicely poised. 298 may not be a big score, but it is still close to 300. On the other hand, India needed to get off to a good start, but they lost a couple of early wickets. And now with the loss of Sachin Tendulkar with a little over 100 runs on the board this match is evenly poised.

SV: The two batsmen from Mumbai - Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer - got good starts, the former becoming the third highest run-getter, but both didn't go on.

RS: Yes, and both were dismissed at just the wrong time. First of all Tendulkar had a good partnership going and I think he will be extremely disappointed because he got off to a start, he was looking good, but there was no doubt about the fact that he was nervous. You could see it. But once he got the start you knew he could make it count, but unfortunately didn't go forward enough and was caught in front of the stumps. And Jaffer I thought was loose, he got into a shell, got into a defensive mindset and that brought about his dismissal because Chris Tremlett got one to bounce on him and Jaffer just managed to fend it back to Tremlett who took a great catch. And [with] that wicket of Jaffer, with the night watchman coming in, England has a good chance of picking up another wicket as well.

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