Somerset v Indians, Taunton, 2nd day July 16, 2011

Willoughby leaves Indians in tatters

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Indians 138 for 8 (Willoughby 5-50) trail Somerset 425 for 3 dec (Suppiah 156, Compton 88, Strauss 78, Jones 50*) by 287 runs
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India's difficult preparations ahead of the first Test continued as their big-name batting order stumbled against Charl Willoughby after watching Somerset pile up 425 for 3 at Taunton. Willoughby claimed 5 for 50, including four scalps in his opening spell, and was backed up by his team-mates as the visitors closed on 138 for 8 with the follow-on looming, although the hosts are unlikely to enforce it.

Heavy rain then frequent showers delayed play until mid-afternoon and Somerset batted on until shortly before the 100-over allocation of their first innings. It then took the home side less than 18 overs to take more wickets than the visitors managed in 96 as Willoughby, the former South Africa seamer, cut through a star-studded line-up. The home side bowled far better than the Indians, finding a hint of swing, but were aided by some poor shots and not just from players who have been on the sidelines.

The Indians began briskly as Gautam Gambhir, returning from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the West Indies tour, collected five confident boundaries. But he seemed in too much of a rush and fell chasing a delivery he could barely reach, edging it to the keeper. Abhinav Mukund, who is set to open the batting in the absence of Virender Sehwag, was more circumspect and didn't seem happy with his lbw decision which left India 51 for 2 and brought Sachin Tendulkar to the crease.

Tendulkar, as with Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, hasn't played a first-class game since the final Test against South Africa in early January - a gap of more than six months. It showed even from Tendulkar as he had more nervous moments reaching double figures than he would have in getting to a hundred. He survived a close shout for lbw against Alfonso Thomas, then slashed flat-footedly at a wide delivery, but also played a couple of elegant drives.

He was beginning to settle and had moved to 26 when he drove at 19-year-old Craig Meschede's fourth ball and edged through to Jos Buttler. It was Meschede's maiden first-class wicket and one he'll be able to regale stories about for years to come. He might be seeking out Tendulkar to sign the match ball.

By then, the Indians had already lost other senior batsmen. Rahul Dravid edged an uncharacteristically airy drive to second slip and Willoughby had his fourth wicket when Yuvraj Singh was trapped lbw for a duck. Willoughby's performance showed the value of a left-arm seamer which is a variation England are missing in their attack after the retirement of Ryan Sidebottom.

After Tendulkar's departure the slide continued as Wriddhiman Saha fell to Peter Trego without scoring. Following a brief recovery Zaheer Khan lost his middle stump when he played back to Thomas and Amit Mishra spooned to point to give Willoughby his five-wicket haul. Suresh Raina at least remained firm until the close but it wasn't a distinguished performance.

Earlier, the Indian bowlers had only managed to add one further scalp as Arul Suppiah was removed for a career-best 156. Zaheer and Sreesanth were both given another bowl, the former to try to find rhythm ahead of the Test and the latter to try and force his way into contention. It was Sreesanth who broke through when Suppiah, having passed his previous best of 151, edged to first slip where Dravid held a low catch.

However, the visitor's intensity was well down and they were happy to wait for Somerset's declaration. Mishra, back on the field after taking a blow on the finger yesterday, continued to have trouble with no-balls, taking his tally to 12 for the innings. There was was also some friendly part-time spin served up by Raina and Yuvraj.

Chris Jones, a 20-year-old batsman starting to force his way into the first eleven, took advantage to register a confident half-century from 69 balls and James Hildreth, the England Lions captain, eased his way to 30 off 28 balls include a huge six over long-on off Mishra. The presumption was that the Indians would also cash in on good batting conditions, but Andrew Strauss will have liked what he saw while standing at first slip.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • muski on July 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    All those English fans licking ur lips. Look at the way we responded in our second innings. Our guys are coming to terms with the wickets there. All the best guys. Give the POMS a sound trashing that they will not forget easily

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @all english,sl,indian,aussie,Sa,Pak fans : calm down.so vats the big fuss.even the best of the best top class Aussie team of 90s was beaten by Mumbai Ranji team in 1998 n tht by 10 wickets.if tht Aussie team can fail miserably against Indian domestic side in a tour practice match,y cant India fail too in a practice match ven most of u dont find Indian team comparable to tht Aussie team.n ven most of fans lyk astrologers have foreseen the test series trophy given to their respective sides then y the hell Ind and Eng playing this series n wasting time.the trophy should be given straight forward to foreseen winner.so calm down guys n enjoy cricket.

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    My memory fails me whenever I try to think when was the last time English team won against Indian team in a test series; home or away!

    Hope and false pride are making hardcore English fans read too much in an inconsequential match. It is not BCCI that Indian team is undefeated in a test series for almost 3 years, it is the team. India baiters are talking about fallacy of ratings but they should think rationally, if a team is undefeated in any test series for 3 years then it has to be the number one.

    Just because English team has managed to defeat the depleted Austrailian side (which was earlier thrashed 2-0 by India which started their downfall) doesn't mean there ain't better teams.

  • prandy_friendy on July 17, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Raina has shown what is in store for us in the series, the only way to defend is to attack. He's our substitute for Sehwag. Whenever we'll need some quick runs, he can be promoted. Also just defending and not scoring runs won't win us matches, we need someone like him who has got all the gears with him. I am expecting some good positive cricket from India in the series. Go India go.

  • anexpat on July 17, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    The batting display is not as much a worry as Sachin,Laxman, Dravid , Gambhi retc are going to get in the grove soon It is the ineffectiveness of the bowling attack which is going to prove team india's nemesis. The opening pair is another worry. Without a decent start there is always going to a huge pressure for the follow up batsmen. In Westi Indies this was the main reason that rest of the team never got going.

  • CricEshwar on July 17, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Well this has been a trend for quite some time now. India always fumbles during a start of series or in a dead rubber where we have already won.

  • on July 17, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    i cant think of any other result other than india winning this series by whatever margin.england....much ado about nothing!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    WHAT YOU ALL BOOST ABOUT ENGLAND TEAM IS NOTHING. AS LAXMAN SAID AND THE REPLIES FROM RAINA IS OBVIOUS AND PROOF OF THAT. LETS SEE.

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    @Ian316: English were dismissed for 51 against WI in Jamaica and 187 & 123 against Aus in Perth. Does that make them a bad side?

  • Hindh on July 17, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    What a century by raina he should be in the team for 1st test ...

  • muski on July 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    All those English fans licking ur lips. Look at the way we responded in our second innings. Our guys are coming to terms with the wickets there. All the best guys. Give the POMS a sound trashing that they will not forget easily

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @all english,sl,indian,aussie,Sa,Pak fans : calm down.so vats the big fuss.even the best of the best top class Aussie team of 90s was beaten by Mumbai Ranji team in 1998 n tht by 10 wickets.if tht Aussie team can fail miserably against Indian domestic side in a tour practice match,y cant India fail too in a practice match ven most of u dont find Indian team comparable to tht Aussie team.n ven most of fans lyk astrologers have foreseen the test series trophy given to their respective sides then y the hell Ind and Eng playing this series n wasting time.the trophy should be given straight forward to foreseen winner.so calm down guys n enjoy cricket.

  • on July 17, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    My memory fails me whenever I try to think when was the last time English team won against Indian team in a test series; home or away!

    Hope and false pride are making hardcore English fans read too much in an inconsequential match. It is not BCCI that Indian team is undefeated in a test series for almost 3 years, it is the team. India baiters are talking about fallacy of ratings but they should think rationally, if a team is undefeated in any test series for 3 years then it has to be the number one.

    Just because English team has managed to defeat the depleted Austrailian side (which was earlier thrashed 2-0 by India which started their downfall) doesn't mean there ain't better teams.

  • prandy_friendy on July 17, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Raina has shown what is in store for us in the series, the only way to defend is to attack. He's our substitute for Sehwag. Whenever we'll need some quick runs, he can be promoted. Also just defending and not scoring runs won't win us matches, we need someone like him who has got all the gears with him. I am expecting some good positive cricket from India in the series. Go India go.

  • anexpat on July 17, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    The batting display is not as much a worry as Sachin,Laxman, Dravid , Gambhi retc are going to get in the grove soon It is the ineffectiveness of the bowling attack which is going to prove team india's nemesis. The opening pair is another worry. Without a decent start there is always going to a huge pressure for the follow up batsmen. In Westi Indies this was the main reason that rest of the team never got going.

  • CricEshwar on July 17, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Well this has been a trend for quite some time now. India always fumbles during a start of series or in a dead rubber where we have already won.

  • on July 17, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    i cant think of any other result other than india winning this series by whatever margin.england....much ado about nothing!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    WHAT YOU ALL BOOST ABOUT ENGLAND TEAM IS NOTHING. AS LAXMAN SAID AND THE REPLIES FROM RAINA IS OBVIOUS AND PROOF OF THAT. LETS SEE.

  • on July 17, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    @Ian316: English were dismissed for 51 against WI in Jamaica and 187 & 123 against Aus in Perth. Does that make them a bad side?

  • Hindh on July 17, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    What a century by raina he should be in the team for 1st test ...

  • jigish.patel on July 17, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @Ian316 - We'll see how the test series pans out. Don't forget we have our very own masters of seaming conditions - Zaheer & Praveen Kumar. Zaheer, Ishant, PK & Bhajji will be more than handful for the Eng batsmen. - A confident Indian fan.

  • rustyryan on July 17, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Sorry yuvi, guess Raina sealed the Dada's spot today. And way to go Raina..

  • Ian316 on July 17, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    loving the excuses India!!!!! slow starters.. he he he... not played for ages!!!! even better!! how about this.. they were just better than you! reality check people!

  • bismoy on July 17, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @ Muhammad Saleem LOL which planet you are from??

    Pakistan is as much component as Kenya..forget to add wc semis pak was beaten by great indian side,,,,have u seen that match??

  • Surinder_Singh_Bamrah on July 17, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    In current shape, both teams are equally strong and shall produce a thrilling contest throughout this series.

  • reality_check on July 17, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Who is Charl Willoughby and why has he desimated the much hyped Indian batting lineup? Seem and swing is the answer in English weather. Indians may be champions on Indian pitches but Anderson and co. will be testing them on English pitches and weather. I don't expect Tendulkar and Dravid to go down without a fight. Others will have no clue against the bounce. It will be a tough series but I predict England to come out as winners.

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    India always take some time to warm up... Look at some of the comeback tests.. Perth, Durban, Kolkata, Kolkata, SSC, Galle.. Relax.. Lord's awaits...

  • on July 17, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I want a fighting series but indians bowling is too weak. What will they do after 2/3 years when no sachin, dravid and laxman in squad?

  • Munkeymomo on July 17, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Hey guys be fair to India! Ever think maybe Somerset are just an awesome side!! XD

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    england to win by an innings in the first test

  • Surinder_Singh_Bamrah on July 17, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Indeed Somerset put up a good show and sometimes it happens on a good day even a county team can humble national team. This time, it will be very interesting to see outcome of England tour from an Indian prospective.

  • gerardpereira20 on July 17, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    It should be noted that most of the Indian team haven't played a game in months. Gambhir, Yuvraj, Zak and Sreeshant are just coming back from injury. Only Dravid, Mukund and Misra have played in the West Indies. Sachin has been playing with his kids in the Park. That is not an excuse. The BCCI should put more planning and preparation before the tests. To sustain a number one position several warm up games should be written into the playing schedule. For all those Pakistani and SL fans rubbing their hands in glee I think even a second Indian eleven will beat your teams. as for the English team You only beat a poor SL side one nil in home conditions, So lets just wait and see.

  • cricexpt on July 17, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    A 3-0 Series win for England or 4-0 whitewash is also possible under the present circumstances. Zaheer is returning from an injury short of match practice, Ishant's confident dented by Chanderpaul & co in the second innings of the final test, Sreesanth bowling wayardly. So there seems to be a problem for India in pace department which is very important for any team to win a series in England.

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    India are slow starters! I think this is in the gameplan of Msd to just know the conditions and then in the first test to adjust with the situation as u all know dhini has always a plan in is mind you never know this might well be a plan wait guyzz this could be very well a part of mind games!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    India are the new test champions, i saw in my dreams.India are the new test champions, i saw in my dreams.

  • on July 17, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Somerset will enforce follow on , to try and win the game, so India will get more batting time, lets see how the fair. Probably 155 all out and 200-5

  • on July 17, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    This is what the Indian team is made out of, a bunch of mediocre batsmen and bowlers who floundered against a British club. They have seldom flourished against a good, world-class side. All the manipulations and games to keep competent sides like Pakistan and others out of the fray are now backfiring. Mere money and corporate stranglehold cannot bring laurels. Just like the Indian cricket team cannot digest defeat, the fans too are devoid of courage to sustain criticism.Get ready to face genuine music against the Brits for a change.

  • nilakshan.anand on July 17, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    this poor batting and bowling line up for the indian team shows that they r not worthy opponents to england..iam damn sure that india will loose the series 3-0...england will crush team india and their no.1 test ranking...

  • sirvivfan on July 17, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    This is just warm up game so not much can be made of it. However if there is rain around India will struggle. If India had to face conditions like at Rose Bowl test they will loose! Bowling looks to me bit weak to take 20 Wickets in game and batting may be under cooked. If weather remains ok than England will at Lords! India are not dominant team!

  • spiritwithin on July 17, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @Raja_naveed_khan..indian team has played equal no. of test series home & away since 2007 and their last two series r away from home(one against SA),this england series will be their 3rd consecutive away series,ur assertion comes back to haunt u now...check the DATA & stats before posting,cricinfo is there to help u

  • spiritwithin on July 17, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @Hammond,yes indian never won a series in aus but at present how good a team is depends on howz ur performance around the world currently and not about how good was ur team 2decades ago,england last won a series in india in 1985,they last won a series against india(home or away) in 1996,so its england who's to prove and mind u they r playing at home,they did'nt even won at present in subcontinent,just winning a series in aus does'nt make eng a better side,this english team is yet to win against SA/india/lost in WI in 2009/has to win in india/SL,so better dont jump to ur gun quickly and waut for the series to start..

  • anurag4u10 on July 17, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    hi, indian team is playing game and not cricket in this match. by a shoddy bowlin nd poor battin they sucessfully sent a signal to the english camp that they wudnt be hard nuts for the english team. however the signal is nt credible since there is nothin to in the mtch 4 indian team. the only 2 indian players 4 whom d mtch matters d most are raina nd uv. is upto d english team team whether dey ignore d signal or they tend to relax and stop worrying. jul 21 wil disclose all this.

  • CRIACE on July 17, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    why dhoni not played this game might be he is overconfident of being a no one team captain or busy for some ad"s for some brand . i pridict the series win for england as 2-0

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 17, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Indian Batting Strength disclosed. thaz what happens when you play most of your cricket on flat and dead tracks and become world champion,but can,t even face a local club outside the country

  • i_witnessed_2011 on July 17, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Indian batting crumble in first innings of all tours.:) Hopefully this was it, and I am sure Ind will bounce back when real match starts...

  • on July 17, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Forget about India and Suppiah. Willoughby! Remind me again why he isn't a Protea?

  • Hammond on July 17, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    People forget that India have never beaten Australia at home. Never. England did it in January this year. India will always be overrated in my opinion until they manage the different conditions in Australia. As far India's 2007 tour of England, the bowling attack was Sidebottom, Anderson, Tremlett and Collingwood. Panesar was the spinner. Anderson and Tremlett have improved incredibly, and England have to choose between Broad, Bresnan and Onions? maybe for the fourth seamer. Plus they have the world's best spinner. This is a much better attack. Probably Cook is the world's best batsman at the moment, with Trott not very far behind. India are in for a real shock..

  • shabbir on July 17, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    it is just warm up match, any overconfidence or illussions will vanish with this match and come back to tough gets going when things get though...come on india you can do it

  • maddy20 on July 17, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    It looks like a ploy to bat again(follow on) and get as much batting practice as possible. Hope somerset enforce it.

  • licec on July 17, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    More than the on-field contest, I am amazed at the number of comments being displayed for what is officially only a practice-match. I didn't expect it to cross 20, let alone 100+. (Nor did I see myself giving one either :-))

  • ashrogue on July 17, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    India mocking everybody, both English and Indian fans by falling all over against Somerset. Yet, they seem content, somewhat a "Mission accomplished" grin on their faces. Either they are acting clever or trying desperately to cover the unexpected embarassment. whatever be the case, Somerset deserves the credit in traumatizing Indian fans if not the Indian team. :)

  • zxaar on July 17, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy it is almost two years now that india are ranked #1. May be they are not dominant but they are certainly better than winning more than other as far as current teams are concerned. As far as England is concerned, i am not worried. The reason is unlike SA, most of our batsmen have very good average in England. Out of top 5 from both sides, only Trott has higher average in England than Indian counterparts. If SA could not win series where indians really struggle, i really doubt England would win, where indian batsmen do not struggle much.

  • manjulap on July 17, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    I hope Bishmoy has not gone into hiding! he spoke very big of the Indian team. JUST a reminder to not count your chickens before they are hatched. You will have to eat your own words mate! it's going to be a bitter pill to swallow but it's the fact 4-0

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    @ptal3 : i hope youre right. Raina's done decently in this game and in all probability will make the XI ahead of Yuvi.

  • SpartaArmy on July 17, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    I pity those who are predicting the series result basing on India performance in warm match. I do agree that England bowling is better than that of us, but Indian batsmen are far better than England batsmen.

  • spiritwithin on July 17, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    @CRICSL,will u plz tell us if test cricket is not for india then is test cricket for SL who r yet to win a test in SA,India,aus,who has won an astronomical figure of 5test matches outside subcontinent till date..yeah india is very poor in tests,SL sud have been the epitome of test success

  • spiritwithin on July 17, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy..when on earth sporting performance becomes directly propotional to its population? if that has been the case then england with double the population of australia wud have the positive head to head record against the aussie..England with the 3rd largest population in europe with best football infrastructure sud have been the best in the europe,they sud have atleast had one grand slam winner in the last 50years or so,NZ with the least population among test playing nation still has better record in ICC events compared to eng,these r just few examples.In the field its 11 vs 11 not 1billion vs 50million,performance on the field depends on those 11players and also on various other things like infrastructure,socia-economic culture etc,if i becomes good at something then it has nothing to do with the population of my country instead i will owe my success to the coaching stuffs,support from family,infrastructure in my playing ground and other factors,use ur brains while posting

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    I think England deserve No. 1 spot in tests, Not sluggish indians, England did it by beating great sri lanka :))

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    it is just bleesing in desgise its better it happens here rather than at lords remember sa in december first test we were humbled in first innings both with bat and bowl and that lost us the match after that we had batted better than sa in all innings so come lords and the no 1 team will be at its best with likes of dhoni laxman , bhajji , i sharma back

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    nothing to worry.. this happens to India on the first match of every tour... thank God its just a practice match...

  • on July 17, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    First of all I just want to say that as an Englishman I am really looking forward to this series. It is one of the most highly anticipated series for a long time both because England are a highly improved and dangerous team and because India are powerful as well. It will be a fantastic clash of the cricketing titans.

    Secondly I just want to say that can all the arrogant Indian fans stop making excuses for their team's poor performance against the English County teams? While India are a good team, like many people, I do not think they deserve to be number 1 because they cannot handle swing bowling. At the same time I do not think England deserve it because they cannot bowl well on flat pitches.

    We should just enjoy the series because both teams are excellent.

  • on July 17, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @dilanz51 - India is the number one test team & ODI world champions , so if they wont be over rated, who will be.. atleast think before making such comments

  • ptal3 on July 17, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    India's performance in this practice game shld be gr8 news for India cricket fans. Remember the South African tour last Xmas, when India did not play a single practice game. They were in a very similar situation. Everyone knows what happened after that in the series. This practice game will ensure that India will get their act together for the 1st test. They will end up winning the series 1-0 or 2-0. Cheers.

  • RednWhiteArmy on July 17, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    @sreesam .. So when did you reach number 1? 1 year ago or less? For a country of over a billion with only one sporting interest it should have happened sooner.

    As for this game i dont think they'll inforce a follow on but the game will be drawn in the end. As for the Countdown to the Showdown, i just want to sleep for 4 days straight as i cant wait. As for the result, in my unpaid opinion it'll be England 2 - 1 India. As for the aussies, your rubbish and this series is bigger than the ashes!

  • on July 17, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    no problem, it is just a warm up match, india will win the series

  • CRICSL on July 17, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I have seen few comments from Indian fans mentioning "Wait till Indians batting and Somerset bowlers will have nightmares" LOL now who is having nightmares??? When it's raining and cloudy no Indian batsman can bat as the ball keep swinging. Just wait and watch what will happen when ENG bowlers come (Anderson, Finn. Tramlet and Sawan) come hard at IND batters. I'm sure IND batters will have no answers. My suggestion GO PLAY IPL test matches not for you……

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 17, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I don't know why but Kapil Dev also gave statement saying Indians might struggle in first test but will dominate in next 2 tests. That says that players need to adjust to English conditions (weather and pitch). If that is the case then why the hell these warm-up matches on flat tracks?

  • dilanz51 on July 17, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    India is the most overrated tean in world cricket.

  • Hindh on July 17, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @roshan SL proved exactly what u said "They can only win Practice matches" LOL.....

  • on July 17, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    What a warm-up match!!! Excellent preparation before the Lords test..

  • Vatto on July 17, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    @ Roshan Perera: SL won all their practice matches and lost the Test and One Day series. So practice matches are only to get warmed up for the big occasions. We have enough people warmed up to do the job. Stop spamming and watch the series with ur mouth wide open. See u in aussieland for the tri series

  • on July 17, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Even if England Win 4-0, i dnt think they are world champions. coz they cant beat SL and indian on their home. and they never will. so indian cant win in eng and eng cant win in ind. so there are no champions. all are good teams. not best

  • on July 17, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @Roshan Perera It is better to struggle in practice matches than struggle in test matches like Srilanaka did.LOL

  • raj129 on July 17, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    The BCCI with its scheduling is doing its best to derail Team India from No.1 ranking!

  • on July 17, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    well i think yuvraj will be sure shot be dropped as raina is playin far better than him in test matches nd btw english men lemme tell u that u hav always lost to india in india tell me a single series in past 20 years where u hav won in our country infact we defeated u in 2007 at ur own english conditions.......

  • nlambda on July 17, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Man who is getting more delighted by this match - Englishmen or Sri Lankans!? The jealousy is pretty bad here.

  • Blazedragon on July 17, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Indians making excuse like little kids as usual. Right now "its just practice matches" After they lose the series it will be "we still won the world cup"

  • RSBali on July 17, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    @Geaffrey; you got the list so right. I will add few more, new coach, umpire, media pressure, etc

  • nlambda on July 17, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    @Roshan Perera: we know what happened to SL after winning "all" (two actually) practice matches. 82 all out in 24.4 overs! Sit tight and wait for series to unfold.

  • on July 17, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Well, actually I am shocked to see the scorecard saying India 138-8 against a county team. Although being an Indian fan, its so disappointing but still I couldn't understand why the team is playing so irresponsibly despite realizing the hopes of million people across the world. They were supposed to reply brilliantly in response to their 425-3 by batting superbly. Also the bowling figures are so disappointing specially Zaheer Khan's. Anyhow, Somerset has outplayed Indians in all the departments and I hope India will take it as a lesson learned for the series and should never forget peoples expectations. All the best INDIA...

  • on July 17, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony plumridge keep DREAMING KEEp dreaming

  • sweetspot on July 17, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge and others who're talking about excuses - It has always been Englands's forte. From times immemorial, whenever they toured India, they complained about hotels, about the food (even though English food is provided!), about the pitches, about pollution, and every other thing, and no wonder they lost, lost, lost. India have NEVER complained about these things, anywhere in the world. If you follow Indian cricket over the last few years, India, particularly in Tests is barely recognizable as a unit from the first test to the last. We know this too well to be bothered. Even if India lose the first Test by an innings, we who know this well, won't be bothered.

  • on July 17, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Lack of match practice shows.they should have spent more time on the crease.

  • sreesam on July 17, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    Going by the english fans reactions, looks like England already won the series!! LOL!

    Just like the last time when India toured England!! Right? I am sure English fans can come up with pretty good excuses as to why India won the series last time. Just like as to why they never have reached #1 in test or ODI rankings!! LOL.

  • getsetgopk on July 17, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    the problem with excuses is that they never end. first they said oh its a flat one just wait and see how many runs india score and now they say oh its just a practice match no one is taking it seriously bla bla and after the series they'll have another set of freshly cooked excuses coming out of their minds. i just hope Aleem Dar is not officiating any of these games because apparently the indians seem to be fighting everybody including umpires.

  • stambake on July 17, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    indians didn't bowl well and didn't even batting also as it is our strength than bowling... english batsmen really batted well ........ but we failed to do.. and who is this Willoughby....??? sends half of the team to pavilion.... i hope he is not in the squad...

  • Stealth.BlckHwks. on July 17, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Hope for a good chilling game at lords, enjoy the match with popcorns. The rest can fight over and achieve 'cyber victory' on some dead rubber. Yawn!

  • venkat888 on July 17, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Its going to be a tough and interesting series ahead..both England and India are having the formidable side and they are the two teams who are tough to beat at present..But beating England in England is very hard so they are having slight edge towards India....But plz don't underestimate India by these warm up matches coz India always suffer to perform in their so called warm up games and also even in their first test matches but they ll excel in rest of their series..this is what happening for the past 3 years...its a toughest challenge for India..if India beats england then its going to be tough to dethrown India from no.1 status...

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    shame on indians, Sri Lanka won all of their practice matches.......

  • moko58 on July 17, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    I think the ICC should stop ranking teams and players which only creates added pressure to the team on top. People just want to watch good cricket, and are fully capable of judging performances without need of statistics.

  • ahraz on July 17, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    When INDIA toured in 2007 they were narrowly able to sneak a draw at lord's test by some excellent batting of M.S dhoni and one wrong decision of umpire steve bucknor at the bowling of MONTY PANESAR.THE WEATHER ALSO HELPED AS THE WHOLE SESSION AFTER TEA WAS LOST AT THE FINAL DAY.INDIA ARE SLOW STARTERS AND WILL SURELY WIN THE SERIES EVEN THEY MAY LOOSE THE FIRST MATCH

  • VivGilchrist on July 17, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    This is horrible- I hate both teams. I can only wish that the whole series is a wash out.

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    A suggestion to the England think-tank: Better get a debutant bowler(left armer if possible) in your team...SRT would surely get out to him....otherwise...beware you are up for a serious beating...not many times this batting lineup falls in heap...it has happened in the 1st match of the SA tour...and again now... But what happened in the 2nd innings of the same SA match? The same will happen here..they just take time to adjust to the conditions(a 1 innings time)...after that they are back at their best..!!

  • VivGilchrist on July 17, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Why don't India do what they did in Domenica and call it a draw? Isn't that what sport is about? Avoiding a challenge?

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    I think when visiting other countries we need to send our gully teams, they can score more !!!

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    people of england are different and indians are different.by practice match we mean that our players like gambhir,sachin,yuvi,zaheer,saha and sree hasn't played cricket from more than a month and they wanted to warm up before test series

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 17, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge, thanks for your options. You are very quick in listing excuses...looks like you are very much used to to those kind excuses. Anyway though its warm-up game it's your time to comment since India lost their wickets on a batting track. But my question is why is this warm-up being played on batting track?

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    yeah.. you indians talk big when SL didnt do well.. now whose having the first string of last laughs?? and i really don't care if this is your Z team. international team is always an international team!..

    Anyways.. kinda stupid for India not to get their best players out there for practice. The conditions are completely different to the WI. Sri Lanka suffered to; one reason being our senior players got a lil cocky and stayed back in India for the IPL.

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Same old story from India. Wonder when BCCI will realize that the English conditions need more practice. Anyway, i won't read too much into this performance. i know India has little or no chance in Lord's. However, tests #2 and #3 will be interesting. Indians are known to be slow starters, especially overseas. Here's still hoping for a cracking test series. May the better team wins!

  • vparisa on July 17, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Craig Meschede must be over the moon but he should know that Tendulkar as a first wicket is a very bad omen . Very few bowlers who have had Tendulkar as the first wicket prospered at the International arena.

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    I'm sure that India will raise their game for the first test but this warm up has gone about as badly as its possible to go. India's Batting, bowling and Fielding has all been awful. I'm not sure that there are any possible positives to take from this for India other than the hope that they must play better in the future. Yuvraj may have lost his place to Raina based on this performance.

  • on July 17, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    oh..my god .This is ridiculous.this is the practice match. international blower and batsmen are intended to try new things by this kind of matches and some of the player will not take it seriously.By looking this scorecard u all can realize. there strike rate for is high like t20 or odis . even dravid strike rate is very good. there practicing .so dont decide there potential with this kind of matches. most off anti india comments are coming from sl and pakistan because they are victim of india in wc in both semi and final

  • vparisa on July 17, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge , Dont count the chickens before they hatch. I have to remind you that England lost the series to India last time India visited and Last time England won a series against India was way back in 1996. In the meanwhile English have defeated the Aussie twice at home!! Its going to be a good series, England could pull it off too but its not going to be that easy!!

  • krazzyking on July 17, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Indians have never been the kind of "rogue visitors"... nor do they come to say "Am gonna rip you apart" (except for sehwag, who probably wont say anything but rip you anyway)... Lets see how the series starts...

  • NRI- on July 17, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Guys, the Reliance rating awards the same bonus points when a series is won, whether it is won 5-0 or 1-0. Also, a team advances, it seems, by the same amount when it wins a test match, whether narrowly (like VVS and Ishant taking India JUST over the line) or by an innings. When a team loses, it falls backward, seemingly by the same amount, whether it loses bigtime (like India did to SA first test in both series, away & at home) or narrowly. Many times India has won one test match norrowly and used flat wickets and good batting to draw the remaining matches - the bonus point made it like they won another test match. There is not much difference between England, SA, India and Australia - no one is no1 or no 4. Stop series bonus points and take margin of victory into account and India will no longer be no 1 - as simple as that.

  • on July 17, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    No no. Both Laxman and Sehwag is missing from this team. This is India C team. The A team went to WI remember?

  • NRI- on July 17, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    Dear Davidpk, neither Yuvraj nor Raina are among India's top ten batsmen in first class cricket. The top three are Sehwag, VVS and SRT. Then comes Gambhir. Then you have Rohit Sharma, Rahane and Dravid. Pujara, Mukund and Pandey round up the 10.

  • Karthikmanojr on July 17, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Dont write off our indian team or the young talented Abhinav Mukund.. its just a warm up game and they will rise to the occasion when the series kicks off at Lord's.. Abhinav Mukund is a young guy and he deserves a couple of chances since he is one of the best first-class batsman in india.. people who write him off i kindly request them to check his domestic records.. Cheers for Team India!

  • Lahori_Munde on July 17, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Who won the last series in England between these two countries? I believe India wasn't even in top three at that time..

  • NRI- on July 17, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    India could lose 3-0 here quite easily. Whose fault is it that Tendulkar is underdone? His own. IPL was more important for him than playing against WI. Sehwag too delayed his operation for the sake of playing half the IPL. This should also be the last tour on which Yuvraj is given yet another chance - India cant afford to carry Yuvi yet again in Oz.

  • Tom-T on July 17, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    I love the line I keep reading "this is a practise match". What is it they want to practise? Fielding? Sitting in a pavillion?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 17, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    I thought this is a series between India and England. I can understand if the English are happy and if Tremlett and Anderson are licking their lips at the prospect of bowling to this 'over-rated' Indian batting line-up. But Banglas and Lankans? Banglas can't improve anymore than what they have now. So, feel good if somebody fails, that too in a practice game. Lankans, remember what Sanga said? Concentrate on your own cricket first, seriously, before feeling happy about India's failure in a practice game. BCCI rules off the field and Indian Team rules on the field, No.1 in Tests and World Champs in ODIs. We are at the forefront in every department that concerns Cricket. Sour grapes both of you!

  • on July 17, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    I think Indian fans need to get their excuses ready before the test series. Why don't you try the classic Aussie ones used since 2005.. I'll do you a favour by giving some to you. 1. The Dukes ball. 2. The pitches are doctored. 3. The weather. 4. The crowd. 5. Umpiring decisions. 6. The South African born English citizens in the side.. That should be enough for you, don't even contemplate that England actually might be a better cricket team, that would be just too hard to contemplate.

  • Salesh on July 17, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Hopefully some lessons are learned from this practice match.

  • on July 17, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Playing in somerset is not a happy experience for any touring team, especially an asian one. I know because I've been to Taunton many times and the average person there is generally hostile to outsiders. Not a good place to play and wouldnt surprise me if the Indian team got a lot of abuse from the so called Somerset cricket fans.

  • saccs76 on July 17, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    Somerset by virtue of batting, fielding and bowling is anyday better than the England team itself. This is true for atleast the past 5 years. Hence there is nothing wrong losing to Somerset in a warm up match (if at all that happens). India will certainly not demolish England but will coming out winning the series. Umm , maybe 1-0 or 2-1 India...i wouldn't be surprised with a 1-1 result too.

  • cricket_for_all on July 16, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    This is Indian B team since one of the main player is not playing (Laxman) haahha!!!.

  • CollisKing on July 16, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Messrs Anderson, Tremlett, Broad etc. must be licking their lips at the prospect of getting stuck into this "stellar" Indian batting line up. Expect a good tinge of green when the Lords wicket is unveiled on Thursday. Overcast conditions - Captain Strauss wins the toss and inserts the opposition to bat first.

  • Nampally on July 16, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Even experienced Indian openers with established records have trouble performing on English pitches. BCCI & the Indian Selectors were too casual & myopic in arranging the schedule withwith just one practice match before the tests. The strength of Indian batting and bowling was evident - below the English county level. Yhis team needs a lot of practice before they can play on equal levels with England. Mukund as an opener is out of place. Get some tough guy like Uthappa or Kartik.Yuvraj was terrible in bowling and batting with 7.6 runs/over in bowling and single digit in batting.Let Raina replace Yuvraj. Get Ashwin to reinforce the bowling. Let Dravid, SRT & VVS practice hard on these pitches against local fast bowlers. They need to turn around soon. At least the ODI's should have preceded the tests to get some batting and bowling practice. This is not IPL T-20.The performance against Somerset was attrocious by all in all departments.So wake up and put some show to restore some sanity..

  • on July 16, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    This match as far might have created a lot of Criticism...But Don't Write us off too early..there's still a one half left..What that happened doesn't prove us a weak team if u think according to cricketing mind.

  • on July 16, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Looks like lot of ppl have short memory. When did India ever play well initially or in the first test of an away tour. NEVER. Also everytime ENG beat Aus they claim they are the best team in the world. That happened in 2005 also. Please come back here after the test series is over and tell me where u have to hide ur faces.

  • landl47 on July 16, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    It's a great mistake to read too much into a warm-up game. India have world-class batsmen and any or all of them might come good in the tests. Their bowling is another matter. They're going to find England is a very different caliber batting side than the West Indies. With Zaheer coming off an injury and Bhaji not bowling very well, only Ishant looks though he might cause England some problems. England thrashed the Australian and Sri Lankan bowlers in the last two series. I see India scrambling for draws in this test series; if the wickets are flat, they might get some. Given wickets with any life in them, England look better equipped to win.

  • demon_bowler on July 16, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    This was the pitch Indian fans were telling us yesterday was <i>so</> flat. A complete road. Then they go and lose eight wickets in 26 overs against two ageing Kolpak players (Willoughby, 37 Thomas, 35), an honest county pro (Trego), and a 19-year-old debutant. These guys cleaned up on a pitch where India couldn't take a wicket a session! Ho, ho, ho.

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Oh! This is great! I love this website! I read these comments and I haven't laughed so much in ages - well, not since Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, oh, and Cardiff.... A few days ago I said that a reality check was in the post - looks like it's arrived, cleared and is already collecting interest. It's as you say @SettingSun; Splendid Fun!

  • on July 16, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    What happened in the last two days of this game, is only going to help Team India to adjust to the conditions and play more secure shots and bowl at the right areas. Thanks to BCCI, unlike WI or SA tour they at least made room for Team India to play in a practice game before the actual series, it would have been worse if there is no games prior to Lord's. We would need to play two games at least before the actual test series begins for each tour. I am sure the players will learn and do well in the first test.

  • insightfulcricketer on July 16, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Before everyone starts jumping to conclusions please remember Indians are notoriously slow starters.There is nothing new in today's performance. India did not get to be no.1 by demolishing sides.Even the current Aussie team they had to take to the fifth day to beat them in both test matches. They beat teams by just being that much better. As somebody said in a race you do not have to beat the second guy by a mile only a hair breadth's will do as long as you do it consistently.That is Dhon's team mantra. In away tour of SA earlier this year they even managed to lose the first test match badly that too on a track more like India's and then beat SA on a green and bouncy Durban and nearly won again in Capetown until Kallis got stuck in second innings . So todays performance tells us absolutely nothing. Actually somewhere deep down Strauss might not be totally happy with today's performance because after this little ambush the enemy will be alert.

  • Herath-UK on July 16, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    India has played Tests much more than Sri Lanka who had not played a single Test over a year before coming to Eng.And they had one of the worst weathers during the Tests. India recently played Tests in WI.They can't compare their results to what happened to SL series. So India should win the series with all the hard preparations and good weather to come.Ranil Herath -Kent

  • dilipm on July 16, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    India's lack of preparedness for the England series can be put at the door of BCCI's scheduling. India embarked upon WI tour straight from IPL and had to fire straightaway.Because WI had a weak team India managed to win the series.Now some players flew in straight from WI and others who did not participate in WI landed in England a few days back without much practice. Instead of having 2 or 3 practice matches to acclaimatise, which most teams do, India was allowed only one match!What farsightedness from BCCI! So concerned are they to slot in ODIs that they are willing to sacrifice the main form of cricket! If India loses its top Test ranking BCCI should take a huge chunk of the responsibility!

  • on July 16, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    It was only natural that the fence sitters were going to pounce on India :-) but come lords test we will see who laughs last and laughs best :-) We always play the first game of every tour badly and thankfully this time we had a practice test. Come Lords our secret weapons Laxman, Ishant, Praveen and harbhajan...will star...there is a reason why they didn't play. Make merry my english friends come Lords we shall see who Lords over the pitch.....per this result with Somerset we have nothing to loose....we are the visitors....you think you are number one...prove it...we dont have to WE ARE NO.1 :-)

  • kasyapm on July 16, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    India have a record of starting poorly. Better to get over such performance in a practice match. And for some of the others, it is actually 'practice'. All those who expect a repeat in the first test will be disappointed.

  • on July 16, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Loving the sorecard. Strange that SRT always gets out to debutants. Is the little 'saint' perhaps not so saintly? what do the sachin police have to say?

  • on July 16, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    As australians will testify tour matches should be used to send the wind up the tourists. As an england fan this is the best possible start to achieving that.

    If England can summon up the sort of consisitency , momentum and determination they brought to the recent Ashes series then this will be a very evenly contested and interesting series.

  • sachin1bradman2 on July 16, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    This should be a cracker of a series! This is a wake up call for the Indian team, so they get their orientation right before the big game at Lords. Also a lesson in humility and how not to take any flimsy rankings etc too seriously.

  • Amarjitmadan on July 16, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    India tottering 133 for 8 in contrast to Lankan victory in both the warm games.I would prefer India win the test even if they lose the warm match which is hardly of any significance.Count down to Ist test has begun and team showing better discipline and mental strength will take the honours.

  • on July 16, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Zaheer Khan a world class bowler? Give me a break. Overrated is more like it. A bowler with an average of 32 in tests and 29 in ODI's is not among the top five by any stretch of the imagination. A good bowler at best. Similarly Bhaji has an average of 32 in tests and 33 in ODI's. Hardly among the top 5. Both are overrated. Batting on the other hand IS world class Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Sehwag all great batsmen.

  • wolf777 on July 16, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Open with Dravid and play both Yuvraj and Raina.

  • the_blue_android on July 16, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    All the SL, Bangla fans out in full force...your team got your chance and you did miserably as expected. India may do miserably too, but you guys gotta hold on till it actually happens..

  • Rapchiik on July 16, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    wow.. I am surprised to see so many harsh comments from non indian fans. Especially SL. Looks like the world cup wound is still fresh. Everyone knows Indians are slow starters.. Plus warmup games are not their cup of tea. They dont play it seriously.. they play it just for practise ..maybe try few things. Come match time and its a different ball game. I am glad this happened. History shows Indians are the best to comeback and get the ball rolling after such matches. I am not saying it is going to be easy but I think India wins 2-1.

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    its always good to start slow. the team always does better as it progresses. lets not unduly criticize the team. if at all, lets offer some constructive advice.

  • AyrtonS on July 16, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Wonderful results boys, keep on playing that nonsense T20 cricket in India and play like little girls when the real game comes along. Congratulations !!!

  • karthikmano on July 16, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Thats what MSD's absence can do to the team.

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    To win England might have make Willoughby an English Citizen .....

  • maninthewoods on July 16, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    This is expected from India. They will not do well in this warm up but will certainly up their ante for the first test.

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Just got home from Taunton: I hope India can raise their game for the test, they were poor today. Conditions were hard at the start (14:30) but Suppiah and Jones were not troubled by any of the bowlers. When Suppiah finally fell (India need 18 just to overtake him) Hildreth made batting look easy: he is not quite the finished article yet, but he looks a class above most county batsmen. Gambhir took 13 off the first over, but once the first wicket fell none of the batsmen looked comfortable - and the conditions had eased by then. Still, at least I can say I have seen Dravid and Tendulkar batting together.

  • SettingSun on July 16, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    @i_am_proud_tobe_an_indian - I think England fans are too busy laughing to be able to type any comments. I'd like to point out, too, this is Somerset's second string bowling attack. India are being mauled by the Somerset 2nd XI. If this happened to England anywhere, you would never hear the end of it. Splendid fun.

  • allblue on July 16, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Typical crafty English, preparing a pitch that was good for batting on Day 1 and terrible for batting on Day 2! I bet they're busy preparing swinging wickets for the Test series as we speak!

  • Moneypenny on July 16, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Great! so it was a ploy by England to use batting wicket for warmup match. How did it turn into bowling wicket after declaration?Indians complaining about batting tracks? What is next excuse? sure this is the first match?Next time only play the second one.Laxman is not playing. Sure he has been shouldering this rubbish team for a long time. Dhoni should have played inthis match so that he could intimidate umpires to change decisions in India's favour,with ICC backing. Rahul is a wall but he left cement in WI. Off course Sir sachin is a God who is not responsible for crisis situations,its for Laxman to deal with.Well done #1 team.English fan wishing forEngland 4-0 win.

  • Jose_Cyriac on July 16, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Craig Meschede 's maiden First Class wicket - Sachin :P, SRT has this uncanny ability of becoming the the first wicket of unknown players/debutants etc, isn't it ?? Meschede is just playing 2nd FC game for Somerset...

  • GenuineCricFan on July 16, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Mostly India used to play catch up game in foreign. In the VERY worst case, may loss the first test. But eventually will catch up. My expectation is India to win this series 1-0 or 2-1. Both the sides wont be able to win 4-0 or 3-0 or 2-0

  • Paki4Life on July 16, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Love the scorecard, keep it up guys! Domination is great, I dont think England should even waste their time they should just let Somerset play this whole series.

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    envy and frustration - at its best when India is playing :) if India does well the opposite team is pedestrian and if India don't, their top position is a fluke.

  • rrd171 on July 16, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    @Tahir1234 - How many days we need to see senior players batting? let the young faces need to be given opportunity. At least one senior player is not able to score above 50 in this warm up match. Any problem u find in Mukund?. Had u find any TN player in advertisement? "Virat Kohli" new to int test cricket has already in fasttrack ad. We should ban indian cricketers acting in ads.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 16, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Sad to see in yesterday's bulletin there were over 200 comments (most from Indians) and today there are less than 30 (at the moment).... Seems that all the Indians are not commenting (or asleep at the moment), but that aside, first wanna assure everybody that this is a PRACTICE MATCH. Indians, for one thing, do not take them seriously. Still have to admit this is pretty sad from the so called "No. 1 team". After the follow on, we will be able to see India's true side as they will be a lot more determined not to lose. Honestly, the only people I can even see succeeding in this series is Dravid, Laxman, SRT (and by the looks of it Raina)

  • Midonoff on July 16, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Regardless if it's a warm up match or not, the No1 team should be doing better than this. I dreaded England.

  • faysal654321 on July 16, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    India is best team in their home ground, but outside they are not good. This will be prove in this tour.

  • on July 16, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    I forgot to mention, Charles Willoughby is 37 years old. Maybe we indians can use his age as a good excuse. Lets try this: He is too old and he knows all the tricks up tendulkars sleeve, if our Mr Baddly times one man show could have gotten young bowlers we could have won this easily just because we are the number one test nation in the world! Or how about this one: We dont play enough test cricket outside India thats why we cant bat properly or bowl solidly anywhere else, this is a diabolical scheme by the ICC to dissaray the BCCI's stranglehold. Oh wait.... thats not an excuse thats the truth is it not.... wow have I made a mockery of my excusing self!

  • Alexk400 on July 16, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    All indian players reap rewards when sehwag give great start. Even his presence made others life easy because opposition worry more about ehwag they forgot others and it helped them to score big. Now opposition can attack straight and break the back bone of the team. This team if you remove dravid they will fall like 9pin. Sachin is god when nothing matters. Sachin is zero when india need him. Most over hyped player in the universe is sachin. Same trend will continue in first test also. There is nowhere to hide for indians and indian fans. My comments are everywhere in this site. read it and see the future you will see in my comments. :)

  • BattingOpener on July 16, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Not to discount people's comments on this article - it is seriously disappointing that India didn't seem to come to grips with the conditions. With that said, I don't think it should be taken too seriously, after all, as Indians always tend to take the warm-ups as practice games and play their shots a little too freely. It would be a little premature to draw comparisons between SL and India, or to forecast the series result. The real character will show in the real games. The point is to watch and enjoy excellent cricket without getting into endless arguments and backlashes about who is better than the other, and I hope it stays that way!

  • ChuckyDoll on July 16, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Relax! Everything will be fine for iIndia at the Lords. The tour match is just a teaser for England.

  • swingnseam on July 16, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Whilst I do not want to read too much into a warm up match I'd be slightly alarmed if I was an Indian fan that few batsmen set out to bat for a long time and get some good match practice on a good pitch. From what I have seen of the dismissals it seems a lot of loose shots, lack of application and poor concentration. not ideal preperation for facing a decent England attack in England. Here's hoping the groundstaff produce traditional English seamer friendly wickets and not the lifeless shirt fronts like Lords that would much more suit the Indian batsmen. In Cook and Trott England have batsmen who are willing to dig in and build an innings, the question is, for all their flamboyance and strokeplay, do India?

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Good that they had a practice game in this series.. else this would have happened in the 1st test for sure... always takes a couple of innings for Indian batsmen to fire... remember the mauling they received at the hands of SA in 1st test... 130 all out and SA made 650 for 4... that they came so close to winning that series after the 1st test should give us hope :-)

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 16, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    @anexpat Its still not a Main String team. 5 players defniteily missing here laxman, dhoni, bajji,Pk,ishant will come back for the first. @Asghar_Shahzad , @ Umar-Amir-Junaid @Sagara Bogoda Im sorry if my fellow indians have degraded your team. But its not over lets come back at the end of series and putup ur comments here agian :)

  • MrTom10 on July 16, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Disappointing performance from India, its important to start tours on a positive note and they havn't just missed that note they've done the reverse.

    They'd want at least to draw in a strong position because lets be honest this isn't even Somerset's full first team; Fletcher will not be smiling at this performance

    (Ok I know its hard to get him to smile I only saw him do it twice, both during the 2005 Ashes but hey you get my point.)

  • Charindra on July 16, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Wait a minute! 138/8??? This can't be happening to the best team in the world! Sri Lanka did SO much better than this in the practice games. Oh ya, that's right. India is all hype. Can't wait for England's 4-0 whitewash.

  • Faiz44 on July 16, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    England are the new test champion, i saw in my dreams.England are the new test champion, i saw in my dreams.

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    yesterday i heard people were saying that Taunton is flattest track in UK and India batsman will thrash somerset, now what you people have to say? im still confused that is it a flat track or not..or was it just poor batting

  • Yevghenny on July 16, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    So much for the flat pitch scoring all the runs! No point declaring, nip the next two out, then shove them in the field for the rest of the day!

  • rakibul-narail-bd on July 16, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Bangladesh played their lord's test-2010 till 5th day, only for lack of experience they were unable to draw or win. Now can this experienced India play their 1st test till 5th day? Its a challenge to them. come on india....... we are waiting for your answer.

  • big_al_81 on July 16, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Surprising to see one of the two best batting line-ups in the world crumble so miserably but I would certainly be surprised if India can't raise their game for the Tests on the batting front. What is no surprise at all though is the failure of their bowlers - they only have one world class bowler - Zaheer (Harbajhan) frightens no-one) and he seems to be having an off match. I'd put him in the top 5 in the world but the bowling is why it's so peculiar to see India ranked at 1 in Tests - we really should stop paying attention to the ICC in rankings (and most other matters too!). Although I'm an England fan and have some hope of England taking the series I don't really think either India or England are the best side in the world - it's got to be SA: their batting is now slightly better than India and bowling slightly better than England.

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    This is real life not a bollywood movie all the blindfolded fans will learn the lesson about difference between reality and fantacy by the hands of elite english team

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Hope all the Indians who were bashing on SL are watching right now. SL manged to win both warm up matches early in the season AND with a depleted team. India are now being OWNED by a club side. Next time please dont insult otheres achievements.

    Not so big now are you?

  • anexpat on July 16, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Is it what they call "coming events cast their shadows before"? A very embarrasing display by India Main string team.

  • rakibul-narail-bd on July 16, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    138/8 against somerset. In lord's against England it may 38/8. India is showing their real performance in abroad in test. With that their test crown is going to down. I hope England will beat them at least 3 test:2 by an innings. So go ahead India to have this result. But all my respect to sachine, he will get his 1ooth century during this tour.

  • subbass on July 16, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Oh dear, India supposed best team in the world ? 4-0 England.

  • Sam_Patel_US on July 16, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I am waiting for comments from england fans....

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    need more match practice, it will be interesting to see how they do in the first test. A draw would seem like a good result based on this average performance

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Maybe India shouldn't have allowed it's top players to dis the West Indies by skipping the Caribbean series. Now England will make them suffer! Serves them right.

  • Asghar_Shahzad on July 16, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    I can not imagine this kind of performance from co-called No. 1 ranked team. I think ICC needs to revise the ranking system, which should consider some additional factors too.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 16, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    So india will have thier second chance to bat tomo,lets hope the match ends in a draw

  • hypocrite on July 16, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    hahahaha so called world champions...i bet england will win 4-0 minimum...until yesterday i thought 3-0...

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 16, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Its time for the english to talk, we ll have our say wen the real test begins. Wish i see every single Pom who comments on this article rubbishing INDIA.... Think raina should play ahead of yuvi cause the 1st test is gonna be crucial and raina is confident than yuvi.

  • xjunda on July 16, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    What a shocker from Indians, I wasn't expecting this!

  • Stark62 on July 16, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    I can't believe Indian fans were actually criticising SL's bowling attack! LOL

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    This is real life not a bollywood movie all the blindfolded fans will learn the lesson about difference between reality and fantacy by the hands of elite english team

  • BustIPL on July 16, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    It is just the warmup game and should not be taken as the result of the series. Lot of cricket is still to come and SRK, VVS, RD all will like to quit on a high. Keeping in view potential of Indian bating which is the best as long as these veterans are there we are up for some exciting cricket. It was expected that Indiia will also take advantage of the batting conditions but it was exactly opposite of that. Left armer very successful in contrast to ZAK and batting blown away like it was the most difficult wicket of their career. Anyway it was just the pressure of getting hit for so many runs that put batting under pressure. Also Ishant with PK will be for sure effective alongwith ZAK. I will say get rid of Mukund and use Raina or someone else for opening. It will be great to see SRK doing the opening with Gambhir. India team will get lot of support if they fight hard from their critics even.

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Well, they look worth paying money to watch lmao... Go home lads, we can always get Holland or another side better than you in.

  • ListenToMe on July 16, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    India's understrength bowling attack demolished WI. But India's full strength bowling attack could not even touch Eng couny club!! It is better to go with Ishant instead of Zaheer it seems. Also India does not need any spinners because none of them are capable of taking wickets. If needed, they can always use Raina or Yuvi who are far better than our specialist spinnners. India should include more batsmen in place of these useless bowlers. So my list of bowlers are : Ishant, Sreesanth, Munaf.

  • Ankit_BleedingBlue on July 16, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    There is nothing new in it. In the past , India have often fared poorly against the domestic teams in the practice matches only to come back strongly in the main matches. So I don't think there is any point worrying. I have total trust in this Indian outfit.

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    so now what's the excuse indians? great batting wicket and strong batting lineup and youre 138/8? Yep can't blame the conditions for once can you? Preperation might be a factor but heck any batsman on any given day on that wicket could go on and get at least a century. England must be laughing at this! 2-0 England!!!

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Phew! what a fantastic performance from the worlds number one team! 423/3d and then reducing the opposition to 138/8. Amazing! Now - which one is india?

  • Deepfreezed on July 16, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    so India is the number 1 test team in the world? where does that leave Somerset?

  • Redbacks_Bite on July 16, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Results from such warm-up games means nothing. SL started out with solid win in warm up but fell apart miserably in tests and one-dayers. With all the controveries, Pakistan B team even defeated England.

  • knan on July 16, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    A really shoddy performance from the Indian team. Need to pull up their socks if they want to avoid a repeat in the test match

  • bumsonseats on July 16, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Oh my god, other than laxman thats was indias top seven batters, so called best in the world. maybe to indian writers may not be so chipper now. maybe its harder than they thought to bat in english conditions. also i think the series will be very compeditive and 1 bad session by either team may decide a test or the series. the australian supporters were saying similar, and look what happened. dpk

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 16, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    I have a feeling that India is going to lose this series. I'll be glad if I'm wrong.

  • on July 16, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    India in trouble against South Africa B...

  • bee-eer on July 16, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    another dominant performance by India just ahead of the first test

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  • bee-eer on July 16, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    another dominant performance by India just ahead of the first test

  • on July 16, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    India in trouble against South Africa B...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 16, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    I have a feeling that India is going to lose this series. I'll be glad if I'm wrong.

  • bumsonseats on July 16, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Oh my god, other than laxman thats was indias top seven batters, so called best in the world. maybe to indian writers may not be so chipper now. maybe its harder than they thought to bat in english conditions. also i think the series will be very compeditive and 1 bad session by either team may decide a test or the series. the australian supporters were saying similar, and look what happened. dpk

  • knan on July 16, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    A really shoddy performance from the Indian team. Need to pull up their socks if they want to avoid a repeat in the test match

  • Redbacks_Bite on July 16, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Results from such warm-up games means nothing. SL started out with solid win in warm up but fell apart miserably in tests and one-dayers. With all the controveries, Pakistan B team even defeated England.

  • Deepfreezed on July 16, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    so India is the number 1 test team in the world? where does that leave Somerset?

  • 5wombats on July 16, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Phew! what a fantastic performance from the worlds number one team! 423/3d and then reducing the opposition to 138/8. Amazing! Now - which one is india?

  • on July 16, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    so now what's the excuse indians? great batting wicket and strong batting lineup and youre 138/8? Yep can't blame the conditions for once can you? Preperation might be a factor but heck any batsman on any given day on that wicket could go on and get at least a century. England must be laughing at this! 2-0 England!!!

  • Ankit_BleedingBlue on July 16, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    There is nothing new in it. In the past , India have often fared poorly against the domestic teams in the practice matches only to come back strongly in the main matches. So I don't think there is any point worrying. I have total trust in this Indian outfit.