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India v England, 2nd Test, Mohali, 4th day
David Lloyd: A tame draw the only result
December 22, 2008
A sedate and cautious approach from India leaves a draw as the likely result
 
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'Everybody was waiting for Yuvraj Singh to come in and liven things up' © Getty Images
 

David Lloyd: Well on day four - you guessed it - once again it was fog that interrupted play. It was bitterly cold this morning and play got underway only at 11am (one-and-a-half hours after the scheduled start) here. India got to work and England were rolled over for 302. Zaheer Khan made the ball talk and Harbhajan Singh nipped in to finish for 4 for 68. Six wickets had gone down for 22 runs in 12 overs and it just shows in cricket how things can change very quickly. In truth, it was a very poor performance from England's last four wickets. There was just two overs for India to extend their lead before lunch to 160.

It was quite surprising to see such a quiet approach from India in the afternoon session with England coming back strongly and hanging on in the game. Virender Sehwag was brilliantly run out by Ian Bell; he demolished the stumps as he dived in. Rahul Dravid was bowled by a shooter from Stuart Broad, and James Anderson's excellent spell of swing bowling accounted for Sachin Tendulkar who was well caught in the gully by Graeme Swann. At tea India were a rather disappointing 56 for 3 and England would have been thinking that they were just about in the game.

India continued to be very careful in the last session and why not? They were just not going to let England back in the game. England at this stage adopted the ploy of bowling wide of the crease and the wickets and it was negative stuff from them - a stalemate as we had yesterday. VVS Laxman came and went courtesy of some dreadful running by him and some superb fielding from Andrew Flintoff. Yuvraj Singh was quickly into his stride and to be fair, I think everybody was waiting for him to come in and liven things up as he tucked into the spinner. Gautam Gambhir was still there and he carried on almost unnoticed at the other end.

It was a rather sedate day and India closed on 134 for 4 as, predictably, bad light came into play. Their lead is a very comfortable and healthy 285, and unbeaten at the crease are Yuvraj and Gambhir with a partnership of 54 of which Yuvraj has made 39. All I can say is that we are looking forward to tomorrow's fog. I think this game is going to end in a tame draw.

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