England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval, 1st day August 18, 2011

Rain prevents England building on solid start

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England 75 for 0 (Strauss 38*, Cook 34*) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Given the way England have dominated this series it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that the only thing that will stop them completing a whitewash is the weather. Rain wiped out play after lunch on the opening day at The Oval, but during the two hours possible Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook formed a solid platform against a very disappointing India attack as England reached 75 without loss.

This was as poorly as India had bowled all series as they wasted whatever help was on offer under overcast skies. There was barely a chance created during the session and the whole attitude portrayed by the visitors was of a team low on confidence and waiting for the series to finish. Defeat here will leave them third in the world rankings but it's difficult to see them limiting England's in-form batting line-up with a better forecast for Friday.

RP Singh, on his return to the Test team after a three-year absence for the injured Praveen Kumar, didn't set a good tone with his opening over. The first ball was sprayed down the leg side and the batsmen were offered some gentle leg-stump deliveries to open their accounts. He was also about the same pace as Praveen, but with less swing, which wasn't entirely surprising considering he hadn't played first-class cricket since January.

Although a couple of early boundaries came to third man they were played with soft hands by Strauss and Cook. There was an alarming lack of intensity from India, both with the ball and in the field, as they failed to make any use of the overcast conditions. Sreesanth's first spell was poor with too many deliveries on leg stump which ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over with Cook, for the time being at least, taking his average over 50.

India showed slightly more energy during the second hour - although everything is relative - and Strauss had his most uncomfortable moment when he was struck on the helmet by an Ishant Sharma bouncer that took a chunk out of the lid. From that moment Strauss was more reluctant to get forward, but was still able to play a beautiful off drive against Sreesanth.

Ishant remained the pick of the three quicks, probing away outside off and finding a touch of troubling bounce, but there were few alarms for the openers. Even with two left-handers at the crease it was a surprise when Suresh Raina's part-time offspin was used ahead of Amit Mishra who removed Strauss at Edgbaston.

Earlier, James Anderson had been passed fit to take his place in the England side as they remained unchanged. A thigh niggle had created doubts about his fitness, but he came through a net on Wednesday so Graham Onions or Steven Finn, who left to play for Middlesex against Kent, were not required. On the evidence of the first session, and with the impact of the weather, Anderson might not be needed until well into the weekend.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 19, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Mind you, there are always the odd exceptions; @Srikanth_Narasimhan;" Everyone knows England is weak against quality spin bowling.... Aswin and Rahul would have surely put this english team in a different plight..." Everyone except the Engalnd team apparently. Now where, prey tell did this MYTH come from? If you had checked your figures @Srikanth - you would have found that in the past 3 years bowling spin against England was the LEAST EFFECTIVE way of getting them out. Anyway, even if what you say were true, and it isn't true, india don't have any quality spin bowlers - nobody in the top 20 even, so what you are saying is nonsense. The quality spin bowler is in the England team and you'll be able to enjoy watching him take wickets in india's second Innings.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @Srikanth_Narasimhan: Excellent observation!! Anybody from BCCI listening??

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 19, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Well, currently on holiday in France (on the premise that if they can't find me, they can't arrest me :-0). I have tickets for Sunday. I have been following on 5live and Cricinfo - but I don't think I'll bother coming back - I think I'll take another week. There is nothing worth coming home for. India have been utterly pathetic. Utterly, utterly PATHETIC. Not worth watching. I was REALLY looking forward to this series, really looking forward to seeing the Indian batsmen against Anderson & Co. But it just hasn't happened. It's been a complete Fizzer. Even the ridiculous comments from some of the india fans have stopped, so there's no fun there either. It's been the most one-sided home series I can remember and I can remember a lot. The way this game is going to go is - England bat long, long, long, as before; score 600+ declare at Tea Day 3, then rumble india in the 7 sessions plus lost time from Day 1. It'll be so easy that - to be honest, it's almost not worth doing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    BCCI should summon an emergency meeting with ICC to bring a new rule, where a visiting team cant be beaten 4-0 or the whole series is nullified, this is the best future plan BCCI can do that ll help india

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | August 19, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur.. This is the fourth test and if you are still looking for some brilliance out of Indian team then perhaps you stand alone in your enthusiasm. Even the Indian team have pretty much given up. Yes Sehwag could go for 150 in 26 overs if this series was being played on flat Indian tracks against Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    What about the Weather at Oval London today.....game will on or not....

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    England hasn't won a series in India,still England fans are buzzing here.Let England win in India then i will agree they are competitors to India.Already India won series in England what if they lose one or may matches or series in England nothing interesting to you English fans.Bad Luck.

  • POSTED BY Spuddinho on | August 19, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Just reading the comments from Indian fans about England having to prove themselves overseas before they can be considered the world's best team. Sour grapes aside, surely that rationale should have applied to India too? Apart from beating two of the weaker Test teams (NZ & WI), India haven't been too special on their travels either and haven't had a recent series win in AUS or SA. Yes, they had a very fortunate 1-0 win on their last tour to ENG, but even that was down to rain washing out the last session at Lords with England needing one wicket for victory. And you can discount India's away wins on the sub-continent too as they were all achieved in conditions too similar to those found at home. All of which kind of proves my point - India have held the no.1 spot for the last two years only by default.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | August 19, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    England are nowhere near a good Indian ODI team...

  • POSTED BY Chapelau on | August 19, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @maruthudelft - you cannot grumble at the scoring rate as England have scored consistently quickly (faster than India) during this series and have 8 attacking batsmen to follow Cook and Strauss - wait and see what the run rate is at the end of day 2!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 19, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Mind you, there are always the odd exceptions; @Srikanth_Narasimhan;" Everyone knows England is weak against quality spin bowling.... Aswin and Rahul would have surely put this english team in a different plight..." Everyone except the Engalnd team apparently. Now where, prey tell did this MYTH come from? If you had checked your figures @Srikanth - you would have found that in the past 3 years bowling spin against England was the LEAST EFFECTIVE way of getting them out. Anyway, even if what you say were true, and it isn't true, india don't have any quality spin bowlers - nobody in the top 20 even, so what you are saying is nonsense. The quality spin bowler is in the England team and you'll be able to enjoy watching him take wickets in india's second Innings.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @Srikanth_Narasimhan: Excellent observation!! Anybody from BCCI listening??

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 19, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Well, currently on holiday in France (on the premise that if they can't find me, they can't arrest me :-0). I have tickets for Sunday. I have been following on 5live and Cricinfo - but I don't think I'll bother coming back - I think I'll take another week. There is nothing worth coming home for. India have been utterly pathetic. Utterly, utterly PATHETIC. Not worth watching. I was REALLY looking forward to this series, really looking forward to seeing the Indian batsmen against Anderson & Co. But it just hasn't happened. It's been a complete Fizzer. Even the ridiculous comments from some of the india fans have stopped, so there's no fun there either. It's been the most one-sided home series I can remember and I can remember a lot. The way this game is going to go is - England bat long, long, long, as before; score 600+ declare at Tea Day 3, then rumble india in the 7 sessions plus lost time from Day 1. It'll be so easy that - to be honest, it's almost not worth doing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    BCCI should summon an emergency meeting with ICC to bring a new rule, where a visiting team cant be beaten 4-0 or the whole series is nullified, this is the best future plan BCCI can do that ll help india

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | August 19, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur.. This is the fourth test and if you are still looking for some brilliance out of Indian team then perhaps you stand alone in your enthusiasm. Even the Indian team have pretty much given up. Yes Sehwag could go for 150 in 26 overs if this series was being played on flat Indian tracks against Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    What about the Weather at Oval London today.....game will on or not....

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    England hasn't won a series in India,still England fans are buzzing here.Let England win in India then i will agree they are competitors to India.Already India won series in England what if they lose one or may matches or series in England nothing interesting to you English fans.Bad Luck.

  • POSTED BY Spuddinho on | August 19, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Just reading the comments from Indian fans about England having to prove themselves overseas before they can be considered the world's best team. Sour grapes aside, surely that rationale should have applied to India too? Apart from beating two of the weaker Test teams (NZ & WI), India haven't been too special on their travels either and haven't had a recent series win in AUS or SA. Yes, they had a very fortunate 1-0 win on their last tour to ENG, but even that was down to rain washing out the last session at Lords with England needing one wicket for victory. And you can discount India's away wins on the sub-continent too as they were all achieved in conditions too similar to those found at home. All of which kind of proves my point - India have held the no.1 spot for the last two years only by default.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | August 19, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    England are nowhere near a good Indian ODI team...

  • POSTED BY Chapelau on | August 19, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @maruthudelft - you cannot grumble at the scoring rate as England have scored consistently quickly (faster than India) during this series and have 8 attacking batsmen to follow Cook and Strauss - wait and see what the run rate is at the end of day 2!

  • POSTED BY Yabba on | August 19, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Srikanth_Narasimhan - England may be weak against quality spin bowling - pity there is not much of it around these days and England have the best spinner in the world at the moment. I cannot believe that Sreesanth and RP Singh now only bowl at around 77mph when 4 years ago they bowled over 85mph. How is it that Pakistan can produce genuinely fast bowlers but India seems happy with ambling medium pacers.

    The answer is probably too much T20 and ODI cricket - especially on Indian wickets where pace off the ball makes it harder to score.

    As Sunil Gavaskar said yesterday - one of the problems is that in India only batsmen are revered. Tendulkar & Dravid are treated like Gods yet Anil Kumble, who took over 600 test wickets (at least an equal achievement) is not!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    I would only say one thing india must produce best 4 fast bowlers ( So sorry to see wit this billion on earth can not produce a 4 top fast bowlers. Next these fast bowlers my lear to bowl bodyline cricket has england did on 2nd and 3rd test. Finaly India must immediately start a bowling acadmey ( Like MRF)

  • POSTED BY Dozzieus on | August 19, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    why are people saying , that test cricket needs saving....... judging on this current England team, its the other nations that need saving... i looks great from where i am sitting.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | August 19, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Please dont crucify Indian team based on 1 session of play...........and mind you if Sehwag gets going..........you will have 150-0 in 26 overs!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I want the ECB to ensure that there won't be any fault in weather and the England team to play continuously till the last over of today. England can easily post 500+ if all the top-order batsmen contribute well from their side. England has the potential to sweep the series 4-0, it needs to ensure that bad weather and bad light both do not prevail. All the best to u England and do well.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | August 19, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Being 3-0 up England scores at 3 an over. Everyone is killing test cricket. Test cricket immediately require an entry of a new Tendulkar, Kapildev, Viv Richards, Wasim Akram, Ian Botham, Lara.............else nobody can save test cricket. First days play looked like lazy club cricket; Indian bowling.....gosh. From now on any afast bowler playing for India must bowl at at least 140 kmph and be at least athletically built 5'11".

  • POSTED BY gbqdgj on | August 19, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    As and England supporter, it's always disappointing to see some of the less than gracious comments about how England are not worth anything but the Indian team are just so poor. However, that's the minority and it's pleasing to see true cricket fans acknowledging the great cricket played by England. TBH I'm not sure how long England will stay at no 1 as I think it will be a period of Eng and SA pulling clear of everyone else. But to all true cricket fans in India...don't dispair...remember it's take only a couple of years from England being skittled for 58 in the WI to now...keep the faith guys and I think I speak for all true cricket fans when I say I'd really like to see a strong India team in the next few years (and Aus, PAK, SL etc too). What does puzzle me is why the India selectors didn't blood the rest of the touring party in this test since they've lost the series anyway. It's one of the reasons England now have strength in depth in the bowling department.

  • POSTED BY Jagerabari on | August 19, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    The only way to stop the English was Pray for rain..............

  • POSTED BY Cr1cket_Lover on | August 19, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    If the weather holds for 3+ days, England can still win. The way India is playing, they'll need to raise their game to a whole new level just to secure a draw.

    Who's with me - India will be swept in the ODIs, including the county teams they play against?

  • POSTED BY Gallant on | August 19, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    I have the solution. Keep RP waddling in at one end and at the other end alternate between Dhoni, Laxman and Dravid (bowling). Have Tendulkar keep wickets. The England team will die laughing and India can then win the Test by default and take on the England Second XI in the ODIs and maybe win a couple.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | August 19, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    ON THE 2ND DAY ENGLAND SHOULD DECLARE THE SCORE AT 75/0 AND ALLOW INDIA TO PLAY THEIR FIRST INNINGS SO THAT ENGLAND CAN GET A LEAD OF 40 RUNS. THE PROBLEM IS ENGLAND CANNOT ENFORCE FOLLOW ON

  • POSTED BY Srikanth_Narasimhan on | August 19, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni missed a Big trick - after the disaster from Lords & Trent Bridge, i would have asked the selectors to send the leg break googly bowler Rahul Sharma and the tricky off-spinner Ashwin. Both of them should have been in the Oval test. Everyone knows England is weak against quality spin bowling. Both Amit Mishra and Harbhajan are out of form and we needed new blood. Blame the coach - he should know too well on english weakness... Aswin and Rahul would have surely put this english team in a different plight...

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | August 19, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Even if this rain washes the game out, I still would consider it a sweep

  • POSTED BY Miley2315 on | August 19, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    This would have been the perfect time for James Taylor to come into the England side and have a taster of Test cricket. The India team is weak, and his recent form would mean that he could really show the selectors what they're missing. Understand that dropping Bopara would show little consistency, but his 7 in the last game didn't make a difference. If they had picked Taylor in the first place, they would have revealed a brilliant talent that will no doubt shine in the future. Why not now?

  • POSTED BY WaldermaltCricketer on | August 19, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    At last Rain has decided to secure IND. @ To all IND fans... U may be happy about what Rain did. Because U know, if rain doesn't involve IND is going to be thrashed 4-0. But remember, this ENG team is not an ordinary team. They need only 2days full time play to finish Test series as 4-0. It's only the RAIN who can prevent ENG's Brilliant Victory. All the Very Very Best to ENG...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 19, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    I am bracing for a tripple hundred from Cook this time. Lot of time left.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    For those who think India have been spared from becoming the no.3 team in the world, think again. There is still plenty of time to bowl Indian out twice and still win by an innings. Let's face it, India can't bowl England out so England still dictate this match even if they HAVE lost a day. Good-bye India.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | August 19, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    @Nampally. My prediction is based on so many factors that I don't know where to begin: Batsmen throwing their wickets away in all 3 tests whereas bowlers have had to work for every English wicket, inability of batsmen to combat swinging ball (could stand outside the crease), fitness issues, poor preparation, bowlers not working together in pairs, consistently not bowling line and length, no thought to the bowling eg Sharma unsettles Strauss with 1 bouncer and then there's no follow up - Compare to the England's bowling at Raina and tailenders. Bowlers are swinging the ball but start with the wrong line. In 1st 2 tests, Sharma got a few wickets by bowling excellent wicket taking deliveries moving ball off the seam - why doesn't he do this more often? He should look at the playback and and do it again and again. Dhoni's captaincy and field settings have been inexplicable eg Cook's fav shot is off his hips so why not put 3 or 4 fielders there and keep bowling it there or as a surprise.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | August 19, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    IND can still save the match with the bowlers' help. RP alogwith SRT and MS Dhoni should lead the bowling attack, let RSD keep the wicket. And thus ENG could play for another3 days as their first innings to pile up some 900+ runs. Cook's triple century is overdue anyway, and ENG will fall into this trap as to play for another 3 days. Plus, ENG team, in a pragmatic way is becoming lazy, they don't like to bat in second innings. Then IND batsmen will have only one day to play 2 innings. Don't worry about follow-on. How bad they can do, atleast ENG can not bowled them out twice in one day, I guess. I trust RSD, MSD, VVSL they will make sure that 20 wickets are not lost in one day. I trust rain is going to help too That will be a win-win situation for both host and visitors as the match will be drawn. ENG is #1, and IND can claim that they bounced back. However, IND not being bowled out twice in one day is not a certainty as SRT and Sehwag are the leading batsmen there, it could happen.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | August 19, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Flower nd strauss have found serious weaknesses in our bowling nd our fabled batting lineup. So clinical has been their application that indian players have been stunned to know their weaknesses especially the batting trio. They knew all along if they dont give cheap wickets to our bowlers,none is skilful or consistent enough to bounce back after getting flat. Excellnt planning. Kudos to them

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | August 19, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    After seeing the first session nd the team selection it seems no lessons are being learnt. Why raina nd sreesant again?Mukund at six nd munaf to bowl were best possible eleven. The bowling was pathetic.Fielders not encouraging bowlers, dhonis bad keeping didnt help bowlers confidence. Bowlers doing well inspires batsmen to perform nd vice versa. If both fail fielding inspires the whole.Neither bowling or batting seems inspiring each other. But indias fielding has been pathetic nd least inspiring. All players seems to b in a mood to go back home even tho there are the odis to b played

  • POSTED BY thebarmyarmy on | August 19, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    At the start of the series (4 test match series) I stated that England would win 5-0. Even know it was a silly comment in which the outcome could never hapen, Ill still be alot more accurate than all the Indian fans predictions! :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    The most insipid first day's test cricket ever seen in recent years. We are going to see (that is, if we have the patience to watch/follow), "net bowling & practice batting" for three days in the name of "battle for the top spot". If India had batted first, we would have seen some action -- if not some interesting batting, at leasy some wickets! What test cricket needs least at this critical juncture in its hallowed history!

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    hahahaha.....................................lets remember dis series...........as the series that was never meant to be won.............

  • POSTED BY WTEH on | August 18, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Hmmm, the indians who think they are safe may have to think again. If there were 3 days of sunshine, it will be enough to destroy this Indian team.

  • POSTED BY lefty84 on | August 18, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    A disheartening performance by the Indian team. Winning or losing is part of the game but the intensity and fight should always be there. ind's play today is an insult to the fans of both teams and to the opposition.

    Eng fans should abort from going to this test match to show their dissent on Ind team's performance and attitude. Their performance is so pathetic that Eng might feel insulted more than anything if they win this match.

    This is not just a disheartening performance but a disinterested performance and should be condemned.

  • POSTED BY aracer on | August 18, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    @cgovind - to be fair India did get 20 wickets in Nottingham - unfortunately England piled up 765 runs for them. Clearly India's day today, as they've managed to stay in the match by the end of it - unless something drastic changes, it seems India are just playing for the draw here (which would still require their batting line-up to last 50% longer than they've managed on tour so far). LOL at sabir_007!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 18, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    All this test series has proven is that India were the worst #1 ranked test side ever and the rankings themselves are a farce. Grind them into dirt England.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 18, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    India didn't go from being a very good side (#1) to being a very bad side overnight. England haven't lost a series in 2 1/2 years (won 8, drawn 1) and have been getting steadily better- just ask Australia. India are perhaps at the end of their glory days and need to start rebuilding, but that happens to everyone. I said before this series, and before the Ashes series, that this is now a VERY good England team, the best I can remember, and my memory goes back to the 1950s. India are still a good side; I thought Ishant bowled well today, Kumar has bowled well in the other tests and the batsmen are still more than useful. Now India needs to bring more players through to replace the greats (and they are all-time greats) who are at the end of their careers. England fans know all about losing, we've done it enough over the last 20 years. Now the wheel has turned, but everyone knows it will turn again- just hopefully not for a few years!

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | August 18, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    This is what India deserve for laughing at SL. SL fared much better than Indians scoring 400 twice..

  • POSTED BY Trioboy on | August 18, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Since God can't do nothing, the rain god is pitching in for India. At least 3 days need to be washed out, or else India will still lose the game.

  • POSTED BY Trioboy on | August 18, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Since God can't do nothing, the rain god is pitching in for India. At least 3 days need to be washed out, or else India will still lose the game.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | August 18, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    ENGLAND'S DREAM OF GIVING WHITEWASH IS STILL POSSIBLE EVEN AFTER WASHED UP ALMOST THE FIRST DAY. BUT INDIA'S DREAM OF STAYING AT THE 2ND SPOT IN ICC TABLE BECOME IMPOSSIBLE NOW. SHAMELESS INDIAN CRICKETERS. IF YOU ARE NOT READY FOR NEW CRICKET SERIES, DON'T WASTE PUBLIC'S PRECIOUS MONEY IN THIS RECESSION. THESE BUNCH OF INDIAN CRICKETERS ARE ONLY GOOD FOR SELLING BOGUS PRODUCTS IN INDIA. BECAUSE GOOD PRODUCTS WON'T NEED GRAND AMBASSADOR LIKE THEM. THEY ALL ARE ALWAYS READY TO SELL ANYTHING. THEY NEVER THINK OR JUDGE ABOUT THE ADVERTISEMENTS THEY ARE OFFERED, SUITABLE WITH THEIR OWN PERSONALITIES OR NOT.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | August 18, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    To be honest Rain doesnt have any impact on this test match as England only need 3 days to win the match. All they have to do is score 300 and declare and India will be bundled out for < 250. Then Eng bat and score 250 for 1 and declare and win the game by the end of day 4. Such is the situation of this Indian team touring England. It feels like they are in UK on a vacation and somone asked them to play cricket since they were there any way. Flintoff's criticism was right on the money. See BBC article http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/14579867.stm

    I hope the World Champions will show up for the ODI series atleast.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | August 18, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    India are a team of IPL show ponies these days, having to graft out an innings or bowl 20 accurate overs, is simply beyond them. How the mighty have fallen, and boy will they regret it some day, because nobody ever remembers anything to do with the IPL, but Test Match cricket goes down in history.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | August 18, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    India have officially become worse than Bangladesh. First session of a test match and they have no intention of even attempting to win the game.

  • POSTED BY mannan_ma on | August 18, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Andrew seems surprised that raina was given the ball ahead of mishra when left handers were at the crease.well rightly so.there is a streak of stubbornness in dhoni which is beyond commonsense.dhoni does not seem to have the confidence in mishra.for any bowler to flourish it is imperative for him to enjoy the confidence of his captain. dhoni is asking for replacements for bowlers from india while he has munaf patel with him.is munaf such a bad bowler that he does not deserve a chance in tests.not long ago he was the fastest bowler in india.now he is a much improved bowler.he does not spray the ball as he used to do when he was rookie.munaf and mishra need to enjoy the same amount of confidence from dhoni that praveen kumar enjoys.also why persist with raina?why not kohli? hope dhoni will learn his lesson soon before it is too late.

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | August 18, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    That is the problem with India! RP is back because of his performance 4 years ago.. come on even schools kids playing in the streets won't apply that logic! Why not we extend that a little further and bring back Gavaskar, Srikanth (our chief selector), Kapil Dev (he looks fitter than most of our pacers!)... Zak, SRT, Dravid, Laxman are all well past their expiry dates... please hang your boots and let newer players debelop. They are destroying the future of a whole generation of players....

  • POSTED BY allblue on | August 18, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    The one definite conclusion we can draw from India's selection policies on this tour, and this match, is that Duncan Fletcher doesn't make the decisions. In fact I wonder what exactly his role is, surely the BCCI are not Machiavellian enough to have appointed him as the ready prepared scapegoat? Someone will have to pay for this disaster, who better than the foreign coach?

  • POSTED BY kancnaic on | August 18, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    The Indian bowlers are not able to take the wickets.SO PLAY WITH 11 BATSMEN.Use Raina,Kohl and Dhoni to bowl.It will not make any big difference.Atleast they can pass 300 and save the game.

  • POSTED BY Spikelet on | August 18, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    It strikes me that the Indians have all had too many Nans and Kulfi! RP Singh is not a shadow of himself form 2007. However, he looks like he has doubled in size!! India must look to become athletes and not cricketers from the 50's.

  • POSTED BY kancnaic on | August 18, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    The bowling of Ishant and Sreesanth is very disappointing.Kapil,Sreenath and Kumble took the wickets in the same English condition.Then why cann't Ishant and Sreesanth?How many overs they have bowled in this series so for?Yet they have not learnt anything from the mistake they have done.Being the international players they should get atleast half of the success of England bowlers.l

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 18, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    india are a very lucky team, if tendulkar gets his 100 they will be able to go home and everything that has happened on the tour will be forgotten. the india board will say or do nothing. the ipl the so called saviour will continue and india will go further down the world cricket league table. they will do well in 1 day format if its played in asian countries. its in their own hands things can change but will take a fews years. the hard steps will be to remove the 3 guys who have been their rock. new guys have to be brought in and bowlers found that can bowl 80 + mph then stick with them. dpk

  • POSTED BY FreddyForPrimeMinister on | August 18, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    I was looking through the series' batting averages of today's teams and out of interest decided to add up each player's average score to make up a team "average total". In the case of both teams, only ten players qualify as Jimmy Anderson has yet to be out and RP Singh hasn't batted yet. The results are a stark representation of the gulf between the two teams: England's average total is 523.14 and India's is a mere 214.85. I'm tempted to say "enough said" but for those people who state that India's woes are caused in part by their much-vaunted top order being "out of form", this doesn't do justice to England's bowlers. I'd suggest it's not that they are out of form, it's simply that they can't handle the relentless pressure and quality of the English seamers. Form is only as good as the opposition allows...

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    India finally have rain on their side. This rain will help Team India to secure a draw. And that will be the end of this miserable test series. England have played very well and they might get a bit of a fight from the big 4 indian batsmen playing for the last time together in England.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | August 18, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    I expected so much from the Indian team, but the IPL has brainwashed the players by encouraging them to be greedy and not play quality cricket. Big Bollywood stars buy clubs and cricket is money crazy in India. Youngsters want to play IPL. Test cricket does not exist in India anymore, as the Indian team lost the appetite to play longer form of game. Selectors need to shape the attitude; otherwise Indian will be a laughing stock and could be stripped test status, as it almost below club cricket. It is too easy for England, as Indian team is not putting the effort in, as they are just spoilt and arrogant.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I am loving it.....Mcdonalds

  • POSTED BY yezdi70 on | August 18, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    And Dhoni reckons that the batting is the problem. Yes, batting has been a problem, but the bigger problem has been the bowling. They have looked like a bunch of school boys. Dhoni's time is finished. He's had more than his fair share of luck. Mark my words, India wont come back on top for another decade.

  • POSTED BY prashantp on | August 18, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    with current Indian team, I think it is better that BCCI postpones December tour to Australia and instead schedule some series with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY M--Y on | August 18, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @sabir_007 more like 1 - Gambhir, 2- Gambhir, 3 - Dravid, 4- Dravid, 5- Dravid, 6- Dhoni, 7- Dhoni, 8- Zaheer, 9- Zaheer, 10- Zaheer, 11- Zaheer :)

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | August 18, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    The match report said "Ishant remained the pick of the three quicks, probing away outside off and finding a touch of troubling bounce..." Well guess who was the bowler who toured the Windies before this series? As I have always said (long before the first ball was bowled on this tour) this debacle had its genesis in the Indian "stars" refusing to go to the Caribbean before taking on England. Oh how the mighty must rue that stupid decision now!

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    The absence of Zaheer cannot be a excuse at all, for you cannot expect one bowler to win you every match by taking 15-20 wickets. Great teams dont give excuse, they just make the best of what they have. I think the absence of Zaheer is being used as a good excuse. Looking at it that way, what will happen when Sachin, VVS and RD retire, for there is nobody round the corner who can fill such a big gap. So lets accept we have been hopeless. Our No.1 spot was basically never a ruthless, hard earned spot. It was mainly due to decline of Aussies and a result of various calculations, ie if Team X loses to Team Y, Team Z defeated Team Y but lost to Team X, so we need to win a match in Team X or Team Y to earn points on the ranking system to take No. 1 spot. There was never a ruthless domination from our team. The No.1 spot earned was due to mathematical calculation. In the Aussies/Windies era, there was no ranking system, but we all knew who was No.1.

  • POSTED BY ArunKB on | August 18, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    BEST DAY OF THE TEST SERIES FOR INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Really dont understand why Dhoni prefers Raina ahead of Mishra when comes to bowling. This attitude really suggests the fact that Indians are waiting for England to make a mistake rather than earn it by playing smartly..

  • POSTED BY shefil on | August 18, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Can any Indian attain 140+ speed

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Having these bowling standards(shown by indian bowlers until now) i wonder how this indian team is going to challenge the top test sides in future.I advice BCCI that it's the time to revive the entire bowling system n pitches in indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Deepak on | August 18, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    All the bashers of Indian performance - just relax, guys. First - we have to accept that England have played far better than Indian in this series. We had chance at a couple of stages in the second test, but England snatched them away. All credit to them. But, today's performance - I don't think anyone can be blamed. RP Singh had to play (no, not because he is Dhoni's buddy) but because of his performances back in 2007, but he was too rusty. We lost our best bowlers in PK and Zak. What can you expect of the remaining bowlers ? Get a reality check, guys. We did stay on top for 20 months. Let's see how long can England stay there. It's not all that bad. I am sure we will save this game courtesy rain and some solid batting (finally, from our superstars) - I am guessing a couple of centuries. Go India!!!!

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | August 18, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    India team showing no fighting spirit at all, as their bowling is plain awful. I am glad it rained, as team is too painful to watch. It will be England scoring over 500 runs and India wobbling at 35 for 3. It is another one-sided match on the horizon. Indian selectors are stubborn, as they have too much faith in players like Raina and Mishra. India will definitely lose this match by an innings, if India continue to bowl poorly under helpful conditions. India is heading for darker days at present, if the attitude and commitment does not improve. They are simply unwatchable.

  • POSTED BY chishtyirfan on | August 18, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman please call the day. hang on your boot leave the space for youngsters. You already achieved which no one could. I never expected the kind of performance by Indians after a glorious performance in last two three years.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | August 18, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Playing like this is not just disrespectful of the fans but disrespectful of the opposition too. After the battering and pasting in the last 3 tests, I expected India to come into this game with all their guns firing. However, what we see is the appalling lack of intensity shown by the players. C'mon India, you are better than this. The bowlers, sans Ishant, were pedestrian. You can't bowl club sides out with that bowling.

    The weather might play a big hand in this test but if India are going to play the rest of the test the way they played that first session, then they deserve to lose.

  • POSTED BY Sabir_007 on | August 18, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    The only Indian Team that could win this test would be as foll.... 1 - Gambhir, 2- Sehwag, 3 - Sachin, 4- Dravid, 5- Laxman, 6- Kohli, 7- Dhoni, 8- Zaheer, 9- Zaheer, 10- Zaheer, 11- Zaheer. Even if one player is missing then no chance.. Are we missing any player????

  • POSTED BY CricketFirstLove on | August 18, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Sorry I saw it now. Regrets. The rain has ruined the play. But if the past performance is any thing to go by even 10 sessions should be enough for a decision.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    I am highly delighted by the way England played well till lunch today. I mean to say that England went off to a flyer really after it scored 75-0 by lunch. Both Strauss and Cook remained not out on 38 and 34 respectively which is really a good news and England needs to continue with the same performance even tomorrow as it's morale has gone to high altitude. Let's hope the match to be not affected by rain tomorrow like it happened today. All the best to u England and play well to cross 300 tomorrow and 500 the next day.

  • POSTED BY Malret on | August 18, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    The way India has played this series (the effort more than anything else) I am going to root for England rather than India. They are playing with a sense of purpose. We cannot say that about India. I almost want England to win the series 4-0 and I think I'll be happy about it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Thanx to the rain...atleast the match will go to the 5th day...which was otherwise not possible..considering india's performance...:D

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    I would say it is just a bad dream for our team india .. In my openion i felt india did not go well prepared .. I think our players are now more familiar with the famous t20 cricket . so it might be hard for them to play a test match series that too in tough conditions . Except dravid the failiure of other players is a bit dissappointing . Lot of young test players needs to be given a chance. yes it is a big defeat but now in oval they just have to play for pride .. But guys let us honestly accept that england are surely the better side this series despite we having the best lineups .. I think team india will surely hit back with powerful attitude in the upcoming oneday series . lets have no regrets ....

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Maybe Strauss will score a century this match. He is the only Eng batsman without one this series yet. India's fast bowling makes me wonder how these guys ever got to into playing at that level. 128-135 mph -- as Mr Boycott would say -- "Even my grandmom could bowl faster".

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Oh Rain God..!...atleast save us in this match..

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    indian batting is more disappointing than bowling in this series. sehwag hasnt fired yet. raina is a waste. sachin has been creating a hope 4 century. and india down into a HUGE PIT

  • POSTED BY vickyrIND on | August 18, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    This series is gone but nothing will change. BCCI will instill few home test matches or may be with Sri Lanka in next year schedule to hold India's ranking. They know the other way around instead of improving the team they will demote the challanges facing indian team. Tendulkar is done by his overconfidence and Sehwag by match practise, Laxman and Dravid really surprised as they are the ones who saved test matches for India in the past but got failed this time and for rest of team you cant really expect much.

  • POSTED BY citizenkc on | August 18, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    I am sorry, but I think India have totally lost the plot. Our only reliable bowler this series, dropped! Mishra back in the team despite a pathetic performance in the last test. Dhoni shows his confidence in him by not even having him bowl. And Raina: what is going on? Are we trying to lose 4-0?

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | August 18, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    The thing these arrogant Indian players and BCCI don't understand that nobody in India is watching these guys play, and that is where the money comes from and the sponsors are raining money on them because they get to sell their products to those crazy fans. But when the fans are disappointed with shameless speeches and arrogance by the captain and the BCCI, it won't last for long. Same will happen to cricket, just like what happens to Hockey and Football in India. Nothing last for long BCCI, you will see the consequences in this coming CL t20. Nobody will come to watch this pathetic school level cricket league, which made for CSK to win anyhow.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | August 18, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    RP Singh Playing because his Dhoni's buddy. Wow! A bowler who last played his domestic game in January this year, gets a chance instead of a mature bowler like munaf patel who is with the team from last 1-2 month constantly. That shows where Indian cricket is going. No planning, No Hunger to win, cause they know, no matter how bad they play, their bank accounts will always be loaded with money from IPL. So why bother? Its so painful to watch those Champions league advertisements during the match, and players promoting it like hell. CSK and Mumbai indian, this and that...GAWD Dammit! And also, those injured player who are not playing in England, you will definitely see them playing in CL T20.

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | August 18, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    why include munaf in the test 16 for windies, eng n never play him? it wouldnt be unreasonable for msd, coach to doubt if he can bowl more than 10 overs; but in that case why not consider him only for odi and not tests? and give his place to someone who might be selected at least in case of injuries; and it may have been wise to rest ishant since series is lost and he looks tired and there may be nothing in the pitch for him (he needs either some juice in the pitch or uneven bounce to get wickets); i hope that sreesanth is now exposed as someone who will give away alot of runs for the odd jaffa /even rarer good spell he bowls; but then similar agarkar was persisted with for years; pity ojha wasnt played on the most spin friendly pitch in the series; he too wouldve been exposed (given quality of eng batting n given his lack of an arm ball; instead he will probably be given spinning wkts later vs windies at home then taken to oz to be exposed; kohli too could be given a shot at failur

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 18, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay: You are predicting India's loss perhaps based on England bowlers form. But the Indian batsmen are yet to gain their form especially Sehwag, Gambhir & Tendulkar who are all coming in after a 3 month layoff & rest due to injuries. If these 3 come into form in this test, then England bowlers may get back to ground level. It is so bone headedness on the part of BCCI to have agreed to a schedule which puts 3 practice county matches after the 4 tests are over. I still predict if Sehwag & Gambhir can lead off with a good partnership, India will not lose the Oval test.Actually if India had won the toss they had a better chance of beating England on a pitch that might be spin friendly as the match goes on.

  • POSTED BY ssm2407 on | August 18, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Boredom might get the England batsmen out, the Indian bowling won't!!

  • POSTED BY Indiawise on | August 18, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Munaf in squad of 14 but is not considered good enough to replace Praveen although he has bowled well in the recent past. Raina cannot bat and his presence is a place wasted in English conditions. Laxman has once again thrown it all after getting good starts. Sachin may be more concerned about his century. It was too early for veeru to come back after surgery without adequate preparation. It is evident that the batting failure is the bigger worry rather than the bowling (the first two tests, the bowlers did perform). If it was necessary to make drastic changes in team, the fourth test was a good opportunity. The team could have gone in with 5 bowlers to at least give Ishant and Sreesanth an opportunity to go full steam knowing there was adequate back-up to take the load.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    For India I have only one thing to say in Hindi "Chaar din ki chandni phir wohi andheri raat" (four days of moon light then again same dark nights)

  • POSTED BY J.J.Halder on | August 18, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    4th Test, 2nd Day : England 580/5 dec, India 32/3 :- ) Its going to be another one sided match. Easy win for England. India will lose the match by Innings.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | August 18, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Indian supporters should stop deluding themselves that this 4th test will result in anything other than a loss. With overcast conditions England could have bowled first and India could most likely have been 4 / 5 wickets down at lunch and last 5 going down before / just after tea. Then England would batted on in conditions where there would have been nothing on offer for them in the pitch. The only question surrounds the margin of defeat in this test for India. The biggest disappointment in the series has to be the form of Tendulkar. Only looked good in the 2nd innings of the last test after using the 1st 2 tests as a warm-up. In the absence of tour matches in England, should he have rested during the IPL and played in the WIndies instead of the other way around? Kumar refused an arm guard and then insisted on playing the short ball when he doesn't have the technique and now misses this test? There's been no thought to Indian batting generally and the bowling.

  • POSTED BY anexpat on | August 18, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Raina is a waste of space. Indian bowling in the morning is inferior than a club side. On the same pitch English bowling will be unplayable. Be prepared for anot5her pasting. How far the humiliation will go!

  • POSTED BY WTEH on | August 18, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Will the rain gods help India. At the moment that is the only hope for having a draw in the series.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Can anyone explain what Raina is doing in the team. The rebuilding should have begun at the oval with Khoili and Mukund replacing Laxman and Raina.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Are they serious ?? Not playing Praveen Kumar... only bowler India has.. who know how to bowl..

  • POSTED BY Sun25 on | August 18, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    A series whitewash - where this series is headed - must be followed by a change of captain who will instil pride and commitment in the team. Do not see anyone in the current team who can take that up, and continuing with Dhoni in his current mental frame will not work. Kumble must be brought out of retirement to lead India in the upcoming home series, with Gambhir as his deputy. This will also solve spin bowling problems, with Bhajji clearly needing to be dropped. Dhoni can be retained as captain for the shorter versions.

  • POSTED BY shilsen on | August 18, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    On the evidence of the first session, India's going to lose this series 4-0 or crawl to a 3-0, but only if they manage to make full use of a surface that's really good for batting. Frankly, considering the way India have played thus far in the series and the way England have bowled, I'd put a little more money on the 4-0.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | August 18, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    India will NEVER improve their ranking with this current crop of bowlers. Only way is down from here on. Only way for India to not continue to drop is to play only home test matches for the next 5 years. I bet BCCI have considered this........

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    England! England!!England!!! :P :P

  • POSTED BY Idea-Man on | August 18, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I think it is high time that Indian Cricket also had a revolution - something like Anna Hazare like. What logic does it serve to bring in R.P. Singh ahead of Munaf Patel, who has been on tour the whole while and is just carrying drinks around. And of what we saw of R.P.in the first session, the least said of him, would be better. The poor fellow looks more like a useless bystander rather than a need of the hour bowler for India. Things to be answered - what is the team selection based on, whats Sree doing after no success, why is Raina being persisted when Mukund could have been given a try at 1 down or lower. By the looks of it Dhoni has lost is midas touch, and no wonder if he continues like this, soon he will be losing the captaincy as well as his place in the team. Can somebody open the closed eyes of the BCCI, the selection panel etc. of where Indian Cricket is going ! Please !

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 18, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Kohli and Ohja should have come in for Laxman and Mishra. Laxman hasn't done much and Mishra was a total embarrassment in the 3rd test. Eng will again feast on toothless Ind bowling and gain upper hand on the 1st day itself. I guess Ind wrote itself of the test even before it started.

  • POSTED BY CricketFirstLove on | August 18, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Why is Munaf not played. Is he not better than RPRSingh and Srisanth? Amazing. Such pedestrian bowling.There is no explanation either. They are bowling so placid and so slow. They should be 144 kph and above.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    it will be a one sided match, England will win by 4-0

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    What is wrong with India. Hands in pockets from the fielders, Raina bowling in the first session and no intensity from the pace bowlers. Don't they even want to win?

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | August 18, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Good to see RP back - he had a great time last series in England. It is even better to see that the Indian fans have not lost hope. After the first session though it does seem that the England juggernaught keeps on going.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    INDIA WILL LOSE BIG TIME. WHETHER THEY KEEP ON SHUFFLING PLAYERS

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | August 18, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Here we go again! More of the same I reckon.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    pathetic bowling plus batting like school kids... india gonna lose this match.. in the end sachin may score his 100th 100 so that every indian go blah blah by praising sachin.. am sure this is what gonna happen in next days,,, only dravid and praveen kumar desrve some respect.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Great toss to win, should be a good match. Want to see England smash India instead of settling for any result seeing as they are now number 1. Keep up the good work England!

  • POSTED BY siddhant328 on | August 18, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Munaf Patel needed to get opportunity over Sreesanth. Sree was completely out of color in the last game. And I don't think he is going to improve in this game. And it seems very painful when Sreesanth looses his control because there exists minimum probability of his come back.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 18, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    There's really not much India can do at this stage, though Munaf was unlucky not to be given a chance. If England get past the new ball, Singh's fitness is going to be an issue as the innings goes on. It's good to hear that Anderson's fit, even though Finn or Onions would have been good replacements. England will be looking to run up a big score, make the match safe, then try to bowl out India twice. A very good toss to win.

  • POSTED BY sachin_mumbai on | August 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Yeah and now India will bowl out England under 200.....

  • POSTED BY only4win on | August 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    hi guys,sorry to say but i really want that india go on lose this match by big margin again,so that indian selectors sud wake up and take some big decisions wat is required badly,and first of them sud be remove dhoni as the test captain he is a very good odi captain but not a test captain,in this series everytime he has selected a wrong eleven,n in this last match he also made the same mistakes,he sud have given the chance to pragyan ojha in place of mishra n munaf patel in the place of sreeshanth,i really cnt understand y sresanth is getting his chance again n again, he is a nothing bowler neither he can take wickets nor can take wickets a captain can never set a field on the bowling of a undisciplined bowler like sresanth,english batsman never played left arm spinners easily,for that u can go in the history n u will find it,so i firmly belive that ojha sud get the chance than mishra,n wat raina is dng there in the eleven again, i think dhoni personally loves raina n sresanth..

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | August 18, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Shrikanth's ability to bulldoze Dhoni is visible here. None of the middle order have done anything in 3 tests to merit a place in my school team, leave alone represent a countrly. Dhoni has no options to replace that rubbish on his playing 11 - Dravid, Sachin, Laxman & Raina. Before anyone starts comment on my line - the odd 50 / 100 scored at a snail's pace compensated by dropped catches does not count as any contribution to the side, it only partly undoes the damage of the catch you dropped.

  • POSTED BY cgovind on | August 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Looking at the Indian bowling line up it seems like, only if England would declare India might even get a chance to bat their first innings. India is yet to claim all the English wickets in this series.

  • POSTED BY I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on | August 18, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    It's a good move from India to include left arm swing bowler RP singh... Unfortunate to miss praveen kumar ...India should play well in all departments to win in this final test..India must prove their batting strength to England....Come on India hope u will win in this test....Chakde India....

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  • POSTED BY I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on | August 18, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    It's a good move from India to include left arm swing bowler RP singh... Unfortunate to miss praveen kumar ...India should play well in all departments to win in this final test..India must prove their batting strength to England....Come on India hope u will win in this test....Chakde India....

  • POSTED BY cgovind on | August 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Looking at the Indian bowling line up it seems like, only if England would declare India might even get a chance to bat their first innings. India is yet to claim all the English wickets in this series.

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | August 18, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Shrikanth's ability to bulldoze Dhoni is visible here. None of the middle order have done anything in 3 tests to merit a place in my school team, leave alone represent a countrly. Dhoni has no options to replace that rubbish on his playing 11 - Dravid, Sachin, Laxman & Raina. Before anyone starts comment on my line - the odd 50 / 100 scored at a snail's pace compensated by dropped catches does not count as any contribution to the side, it only partly undoes the damage of the catch you dropped.

  • POSTED BY only4win on | August 18, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    hi guys,sorry to say but i really want that india go on lose this match by big margin again,so that indian selectors sud wake up and take some big decisions wat is required badly,and first of them sud be remove dhoni as the test captain he is a very good odi captain but not a test captain,in this series everytime he has selected a wrong eleven,n in this last match he also made the same mistakes,he sud have given the chance to pragyan ojha in place of mishra n munaf patel in the place of sreeshanth,i really cnt understand y sresanth is getting his chance again n again, he is a nothing bowler neither he can take wickets nor can take wickets a captain can never set a field on the bowling of a undisciplined bowler like sresanth,english batsman never played left arm spinners easily,for that u can go in the history n u will find it,so i firmly belive that ojha sud get the chance than mishra,n wat raina is dng there in the eleven again, i think dhoni personally loves raina n sresanth..

  • POSTED BY sachin_mumbai on | August 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Yeah and now India will bowl out England under 200.....

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 18, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    There's really not much India can do at this stage, though Munaf was unlucky not to be given a chance. If England get past the new ball, Singh's fitness is going to be an issue as the innings goes on. It's good to hear that Anderson's fit, even though Finn or Onions would have been good replacements. England will be looking to run up a big score, make the match safe, then try to bowl out India twice. A very good toss to win.

  • POSTED BY siddhant328 on | August 18, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Munaf Patel needed to get opportunity over Sreesanth. Sree was completely out of color in the last game. And I don't think he is going to improve in this game. And it seems very painful when Sreesanth looses his control because there exists minimum probability of his come back.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Great toss to win, should be a good match. Want to see England smash India instead of settling for any result seeing as they are now number 1. Keep up the good work England!

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    pathetic bowling plus batting like school kids... india gonna lose this match.. in the end sachin may score his 100th 100 so that every indian go blah blah by praising sachin.. am sure this is what gonna happen in next days,,, only dravid and praveen kumar desrve some respect.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | August 18, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Here we go again! More of the same I reckon.