England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Last-wicket heroes lift India

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

July 10, 2014

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England 43 for 1 trail India 457 (Vijay 146, Dhoni 82, Bhuvneshwar 58, Shami 51*) by 414 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights: India flourish courtesy tail

India were in danger of surrendering the advantage they had built so carefully over four sessions as they lost four wickets for four runs immediately after lunch on the second day. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami restored it with a 111-run last-wicket stand that punctured the fuel reserves of a frustrated England attack and extended India's total to 457.

Shami then dismissed Alastair Cook in the fourth over of England's reply, bowling the England captain round his legs as he walked too far across his stumps.

Over the remainder of the final session, India's seam bowlers searched for the right length to discomfit the notoriously front-foot-shy Sam Robson and Gary Ballance. They generally found themselves a touch shorter, but Ishant Sharma landed one in the perfect spot two overs from stumps only for the outside-edge from Ballance to drop a foot short of second slip. Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled two overs, showed he could be key later in the Test after he got one ball to explode out of rough at Ballance. England have three left-handers in their top six.

When India lost their ninth wicket, their survivors from the 2011 tour would have seen flashbacks of their collapse from 267 for 4 to 288 all out at the same venue. India had gone on to lose that Test match by 319 runs.

Picture perfect: Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays an inside-out cover drive, England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day, July 10, 2014
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 58 contained a number of pleasing strokes, such as this inside-out lofted drive off Moeen Ali © Getty Images

This England side, though, is different. Since the time Tino Best clobbered 95 against them two years ago, they have been hurt by numerous tail-end partnerships.

Bhuvneshwar farmed the strike in the first part of the partnership, but soon became confident of Shami's ability. England stuck gamely to a couple of self-consciously out-of-the-box plans: Liam Plunkett banging it in from around the wicket and James Anderson bowling full and straight with three close men from mid-on to midwicket. Neither plan perturbed the batsmen unduly.

The pair found the boundaries with a mixture of heaves and some surprisingly cultured shots, including an inside-out lofted drive by Bhuvneshwar off Moeen Ali and a clip off the pads from Shami off Anderson.

By the end of the session, England, forced into a mandatory half-hour extension, may have wished they had taken one wicket less than they had. Even when they did finally find the edge - as Hot Spot showed when Plunkett slanted one past Shami in the penultimate over of the session - only Alastair Cook appeared to hear the noise and the half-hearted appeals from the bowler and the keeper made no effect on the umpire.

Soon after tea, Bhuvneshwar reached his fifty, his first in Test cricket with an elegant drive to deep cover. Shami reached his maiden first-class fifty the next ball, clouting a full, wide ball back over Anderson's head for six. The partnership also breached the 100 mark with that shot.

With the third new ball around the corner, Cook brought on Moeen Ali for his 18th over. Bhuvneshwar nudged him to the brink of a bowling century with a drive back over his head for four, but fell trying to go even bigger the next ball, holing out to mid-on. The last-wicket pair had batted a minute over two-and-a-half hours.

Having patted their new-ball pair on their backs for their batting, India would have kicked themselves for surrendering so much initiative in so little time, right after lunch. They would have particularly rued the needlessly loose shots that led to the dismissals of Jadeja and Stuart Binny, their two allrounders. In between, MS Dhoni was run out by a direct hit from Anderson at mid-off.

At 346 for 9, England would not have believed how easy it had been, having toiled so hard with so little reward in the morning session. They could have earned a crack at the lower order much earlier though, had Matt Prior clung on to a chance that Dhoni offered 13 balls into the day. By the time Anderson broke through, sending back M Vijay, India's score had swelled from 263 at the time of the dropped catch to 304. By lunch, Dhoni had moved into the 80s, and had extended India's score by a further 38 runs in the company of Jadeja.

Dhoni began looking a lot more secure after early nervousness and adopeted an idiosyncratic shuffle across his crease to counter the low bounce and the lbw threat.

At the other end, Vijay moved to 146 with a number of good-looking drives through the off side before Anderson dismissed him with a ball that nipped back from outside off to strike him on the back thigh. Bruce Oxenford took his time before raising his finger, but it was one of those lbws that just look out. On this pitch, barely anything from that length was bouncing over the stumps anyway. Hawk-Eye suggested it was going over, but Hawk-Eye's square-on view also suggested, erroneously, that the ball had struck Vijay in front of the crease.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

I consider stuart binny as a shorter format bowler than test cricket.India shud have played pankaj singh in tis match

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Another 5 sessions of this, then skittle the Indians out on Day 5. This could be an epic test match

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Very boring play

Posted by crzcric on (July 11, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

This will be a boring test match.Wonder why thay call it "the big match".No life in the pitch at all.it will be They are killing test cricket.They better prepare green tops for next matches.Other wise no team will be able to get 20 wickets. or else this will be the most boring 5 test series ever.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

Can't see India taking 10 wickets on this pitch let alone 20 wickets! May have 4 drawn tests with only the oval offering any sort of assistance for the quicker bowlers.

Posted by Cricmot on (July 11, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

@Naveed Zafar, have to agree with you on DRS, being an Indian cricket fan I really want DRS to be implemented.

Posted by yogicoolboy on (July 11, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Surely India is in the Box Seat. If India has to win they have to bowl out England cheaply or may be even Enforce the follow On. Hoping for the best. All depends on how the First session goes.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Very well written article, Karthik. Your analysis of the English mindset is spot on. This clearly not the English side that trounced India three summers ago. Going into Day Three, the advantage clearly lies with India.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

The glitch of the pitch is causing a bad itch for England.. lol

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Just want to commend Karthik on your excellent writing and that of your colleagues. Sports writing at its most incisive. Lean but not bare. Congrats!

Posted by switchmitch on (July 11, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

This has to increase the 'feel good' factor of the Indian team, for sure. Bhuvi and Shami's partnership must have given the other batsmen and 'allrounders' of the team some confidence. If the tailenders can score half tons, they must feel they can do better. This last pair showed very good temperament to stick around for so long and stick it into the English players. Even if the pitch is benign, you need some discipline to stay there for a long time and these guys were really good.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

Super batting by the Indian last pair gave a good advantage to force the pace on England. Unfortunately Cook is in miserable form which adds pressure to the rest of the batsmen. It will good for him to move on and try to regain his batting form playing in county games before he can come back into the team. England obviously lacked a genuine spinner which added to their woes. It is amazing that Ashwin sits out for India and England cannot find a spinner. I would have thought that Root should have bowled more instead of 1 solitary over during this prolonged innings of 457 runs. Hopefully, we would see a solid batting performance by England and an equally good effort by India to curtail them to the lowest possible score.

Posted by switchmitch on (July 11, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Can't help but feel that India did to England, what they received on the last tour. It was incredibly frustrating to watch Swann, Broad, and that big guy Bresnan string 100-150 run partnerships with the tail, time and again after the top order failed. It was with delightful glee that I watched the frustration on English player faces yesterday, gloating and enjoying...The match is still not over but it is nice to be in the driver's seat, for a change...:)

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (July 11, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 I think that record is still better than SL's record of not winning a test series outside SL from 2000 to 2014. Wouldn't you say??

Posted by binu.emiliya on (July 11, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

There will be a chance for some wickets after lunch, india lost Pujara and Kohli after first day lunch and lost Jadeja,Dhoni,Binny,Ishanth after second day lunch, the first day it was good bowling and second day it was poor batting by India, ,I think today also there will be the same chance to reverse the ball after lunch and Shami can utilise this time

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 - mate you missed the forest for trees. i do not think you got the gist of my earlier narrations. let me try to make it more clear - i was mainly focusing on the way indian players have been dominating test matches nowadays overseas, if you analyze the recent 4 tests they played in SA + NZ and this 5th test here in England what you see is india almost always dominated the recent overseas matches. In SA & NZ india caused so much scare to them and they narrowly escaped and won the series. Even in this test currently india is sitting pretty comfortably and they cannot lose this test for sure and it is england which is on the back foot. I am telling that because of persistent non-wicket taking line & length teams like SA, NZ, England etc are letting India amass huge totals when they bat and then when the indian bowl they bowl wicket taking line & length lines making it very difficult to the opposition batsmen. This is what I meant so do not look at the final results

Posted by ishaan1997 on (July 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

Good news for India, it is cloudy!! Should assist bhuvi and shami

Posted by SrinivasPachari on (July 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

India rejecting the DRS is not an excuse for the umpire to get away with Vijay's poor decision. It is still a poor decision.

Posted by brusselslion on (July 11, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

@OneEyedAussie: You summed up the problems very nicely. Any solutions would be welcome as clearly, the ECB are struggling for ideas!

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (July 11, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Let's see how Binny will preform in this flat pitch where Anderson and Broad found it hard to get wickets. If he doesn't perform it might be the end of his international career. All the best to him.

BCCI should nurture Rishi Dhawan for the fast bowling all rounder spot. He is only 24yrs old and the best youngster in india.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

@Aamir Rajwani- Last week? It happened yesterday bro..The 111 run 10th wicket partnership happened yesterday..

Posted by Rajeshj on (July 11, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

It happens only in India, where we call a player like Jadeja, who has played 8 tests with no fifties yet and just 2 five-wicket hauls as a better all-rounder than Ashwin, who has 2 hundreds and 3 fifties in 19 tests and 9 five-wicket hauls.. Ashwin deserves to be rated as an all-rounder and be given more chances than Jadeja or Binny.. In 3-years of international cricket, he has hardly played 4 overseas tests.. If you look at away tests, both Jadeja and Ashwin have played 4 tests for 7 wickets so far.. not much different.. the real difference there is that Jadeja played in some good spinning wickets than Ashwin and still has no results to show. We are not nurturing a true talent and its time common sense prevails soon.. but again with Dhoni's preference politics is concerned, you can rest assured that Gambhir and Ashwin would be the best seat warmers this series.. Again don't discount the fact that Gambhir might play in a venomous green top and Ashwin on a flat track later in the series

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 11, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

@Lin Comp -Mate,the 'facts' you present are in fact a distorted picture of reality.They contradict to real fact.Fact is Ind are on run of 14 L in o/seas tests coming to this match.They may D this,its another matter.This pitch lends itself to 'no' result.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Continuing my earlier comments on bowlers adopting consistent shortish pitch and wide of the off stump bowling line to indian batsmen - yesterday was the classical example for that; inspite of doni finding some difficulties in dealing with deliveries close to the off stump by chris broad and even he edged one to the keeper (which was dropped of course) but broad still persisted wide of the off stump and shortish line deliveries. and same thing happened when the tailenders playing too - anderson and broad hardly bowled anything near to the off stump or relatively fuller length, and forget any york lenth deliveries. this near the stump line and relatively fuller length may give more runs but this might get more wickets too compared to the persistent short pitch/very widish line & length adopted by these bowlers..

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 sure we are not fools. Are we?

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Suppose of India need 30 runs to win... in the 4th innings.. (follow on happens).. and if I was the captain.. I would send Bhuvi and Shami as openers to get the score... Just to humiliate the team, that was challenging Indians.. saying "The real test will be here.. hehe "

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

David bumble lloyd has just tweeted that it is cloudy and overcast in nottingham.Everything going wrong for cook and co

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

The last week heroic partnership moves India out of trouble, make there weening chances better.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

The reason why indian batsmen nowadays get so many huge totals out side the subcontinent is because the line and length adopted by the bowlers from SA, NZ, England etc - these bowlers have been consistently adopting a short pitch and wide of the off stump line and this seems like a blunder. By adopting this line and length they reduce their chance of getting wickets because these line and length gets wickets only by catch, whereas the relatively fuller length and close to the off stump line helps in fetching more wickets because LBW, getting clean bowled etc too comes into picture. These bowlers think Indain batsmen cannot play short pitch at all and they continue to think that they go always after wide of the off stump deliveries, but that is a history the recent batsmen are very composed and skilled and also have great temperament. And when indian bowlers bowl they always bowl good line and length and do not waste balls by constantly throwing short pitch and wide deliveries.

Posted by cricketisagame on (July 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

@MelbourneMiracle: Someone predicted India will fold for 400 and England will declare at 540 for 3. Will you be back here in this discussions tomorrow to swallow your own words?

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Now that's a joke - 'England paces don't have potency'. Is that why India was 9 down for less than 350?. the fact of the matter is that this is not a pitch its a carpeted road. Scoring in these conditions should be considered sub continent runs.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 11, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

@ashok the mighty-What has it to do with SL or Sanga for that matter?By the way I'm an Indian writing this from Ind.To the game per se, looking for a batting show by hosts with big 100s from likes of Prior,Bell,Broad and big 200 by new boy Robson.

Posted by gundapps on (July 11, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

If Jadeja and Binny are to be considered all rounders, they need to be more consistent in batting at Test level - they can take a lesson from the technique shown by Bhuvi as to how to play and leave anything pitched on off. Not opting for DRS will definitely come to haunt the Indians during this series.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (July 11, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 You have great insight when it comes to flat tracks and mediocre bowlers, coz you watch them very closely in SL. as we all know how your great bowlers let Bangladesh batsmen score over 600/5 in SL. Your best "fast bowler" use to bowl at 115 kph(Vaas). LOL.

And I found a stat - Mitchell johnson 8 test matches in SA, average of 45 Sanga 8 test matches in SA, Average of 36.

I rest my case. Mitchell johnson is far better batsman than Sanga on fast pitches but when it comes to flat highways of SL then Sanga is hands down the best in the world. And Sanga's record of only 5 100s outside SC after playing 124 test matches confirm that. Take a bow Legend.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (July 11, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa If they were so dead, how come your great batting lineup folded against mediocre Indian bowlers for 240 in the first innings. I wonder.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (July 11, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 You have great insight when it comes to flat tracks and mediocre bowlers, coz you watch them very closely in SL. as we all know how your great bowlers let Bangladesh batsmen score over 600/5 in SL. Your best "fast bowler" use to bowl at 115 kph(Vaas). LOL.

And I found a stat - Mitchell johnson 8 test matches in SA, average of 45 Sanga 8 test matches in SA, Average of 36.

I rest my case. Mitchell johnson is far better batsman than Sanga on fast pitches. And Sanga's record of only 5 100s outside SC after playing 124 test matches confirm that. LOL.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

@Melbournemiracle- Your name suits your prediction but I am afraid it isn't melbourne, It's Nottingham.. Use some logic before comnenting trash..

Posted by Zycr9 on (July 11, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

DRS is a very hot topic. DRS has loopholes. 1) Only two chances (previously it was 3) but now only 2 chances provided to the team. So what happens when these two chances are used? What happens after that? So the team which uses both the chances have to play without DRS for the rest of the match correct? 2) Marginal calls. It shows parameters ( pitching in line, hitting stumps, height etc) I have seen many instances where Umpires gave out and not out depending on Original decision. For example everything is red. And one parameter is showing as "on-field call". Then Umpire if his original decision was NOT OUT then he will give NOT OUT even after using DRS. It happened in the past. Solution? :- Use DRS for WHOLE MATCH. Even if it means delays etc, if you want to avoid poor decisions like Vijay's or any other player. DON'T restrict DRS for just 2 chances. Take it away from players. Give that to Umpires ONLY.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

India's middle order can't show much responsibility but I hope they will perform in 2nd innings.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (July 11, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

Easy prediction: Robson, Bell, Root will score hundreds. England will score 600 by tea time on day 4 and declare. India trail-by 143 and will score about 160-170 all out and will give England to chase about 20 runs to win which they'll do in 4 overs.

Posted by SRT_Like_God on (July 11, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

what wuld have happen when eng folded around 200-250 ......interesting...Broad & Jimmy...(have time to think about new excuse quickly)...Best of luck Bhuvi, Shami and Sir Jadeja lets paint the town red.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

@lingiboy. You posted a few very good comments. But erred on the figures once again. No 10 or 11 needs 5 more runs to beat Tino Best; but only 2 more to beat Agar to cross the line... the line of a tail-ender scoring a ton against England.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

@Ashokdmightyindian- Bro, Sanga got out to Moeen ali, The bowler whom our tail-enders were playing with utter ease.. What abt that? Can you beat my point? haha..

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

whoever complaining that this is flat track that's why tail enders also score.... tell me... do so called skilled.bowlers of.English need so.called.green wickets.to.get taileneders out???? I am.sorry but if that's the case then it's pathetic bowling department of English.... they need green tops to get tail enders out.... yeah...lol

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

From England's point of view what ever happened has happened in this game and now now they have to have a very precise plan for the rest of this match. They can easily lose it from here because opposition team's big totals are one of the factors that decide the out come of the game, and even in flat pitches not always both the teams play equally well. If england wants to secure a draw then they have to play another 4 sessions in this innings. This means full day today + at least till tomorrow lunch, but can they do it? Scoring runs too is obviously important but if they focus on both staying long and scoring runs then they may lose the track. Do not try to score more than 2.5 to 3 runs/over on an average and essentially focus on saving wickets. Irrespective of first innings lead by india if england can waste some time then they can try to save this test. But they need to work very hard because their batting line if very fragile nowadays. Not scoring fast but saving wickets may help.

Posted by Ashokdmightyindian on (July 11, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 guess what!! SL were given one too!! Sanga went on to make century and matthews made 2!! Shows how flat track were and colombo flat track bullies boost their average!!

Posted by Balumekka on (July 11, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

A Sri Lankan fan here. Great fight back by our neighbors. I believe they can win this test, although it is too early to say anything. I must say that not using DRS is costing India too much. If DRS was there, Vijay could have scored a double ton.

Posted by lingiboy on (July 11, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

@Greatest_Game on (July 11, 2014, 4:47 GMT):

Thanks. I am delighted to stand corrected. And, hope someone can add at least 5 more than Ashton Agar, and cross that (still) elusive line! 'Still' is the operative word.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (July 11, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

Vijay was very unlucky. The ball hit him too high on the thigh. How could umpire give that out? It was a howler. DRS is working very well lately and hope BCCI and Srini watching.

Bhuvi showed what can be achieved if the tail enders bat like proper batsmen. Shami went for his shots and it paid off. Shami has the talent to connect the ball. Ishant will be the no11 in the future matches.

Cook's poor form continues. Today, heroes of yesterday with the bat to perform with the ball. Good luck.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 11, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Is this all still KP's fault ?

being off the team, is the best thing for KP ... If he was in the team,,,,

They would blame his "disruptive behavior" for this !

But he is not there so maybe the ECB might actually get it right ! ! !

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 11, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

Shows what a flat track it is when ordinary tailenders score 100 stand.Now with Eng in on this pitch mediocre Ind bowlers be prepared for v hard toil over next 3 days. :)

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (July 11, 2014, 5:01 GMT)


Bowlers can bat as well. This is no problem. Shami still got a wicket. He proved his worth by getting Cook out on a 'flat pitch'! When he gets reverse, things are gonna be fun... England can complain about their home conditions all they want. They will make excuses when things aren't going well for them and demand the gods to be in their favor, as per the usual.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 11, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

@lingiboy -Yes,Vijay was definitely unlucky with that lbw.Ball would've gone way over.Which ended pretty useful inngs. by the way.But Ind have no right to complain.Its their Karma.Hope they dont make an excuse after a lot more go against them this series.

Posted by GRVJPR on (July 11, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

I am from India and I am yelling again and again - USE DRS. Yesterday Vijays wicket (poor decision) caused collapse. In SA Virat Kohli (Poor Decision ) caused collapse again and India lost the match. This time luckily bhuvi and Shami scored runs. Lack of DRS has caused much damage to India already. Who knows hat Murali Vijay ended up with. Now if he fails couple of times people will forget that in last 5 innings of his career he has got some horrible decisions. USE DRS, I request with folded hands. It's not good for us, nor for other teams.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 11, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

@ lingiboy thinks "The 'Best' tail against England in recent times had been Tino Best, with a 95 !"

Nope. Wrong. Australian number 11, Ashton Agar, scored 98 against England at Trent bridge exactly a year ago, July 11 2013. Agar's score of 98 is the highest by a number 11.

Posted by katch47 on (July 11, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

this is a good example for Sri lankan lower order batsmen how to play sensibly as we saw how poorly they contributed to the scorecard during the test series. Its too early to predict this as a match winning effort but credit should be given where its due. Kudos to Bhuvi and Shami

Posted by MEHATELK on (July 11, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

PITCH conditions all over the world determined by indian batsman and indian bowlers . if indian batsman score well in any pitch in any country that is called as FLAT tract, and indian batsmen will be named flat tract bullies , interestingly if indian bowlers do well in the same pitch that pitch become bowler friendly damp pitch, it may happen in same test match some time even same day,

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

India must take some quick wickets

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

You can't complain abt flat track when no.10 and 11 hit your premier bowlers for 6s and 4s.. Anderson and Broad are capable enough to get no 10 and 11 out even on a flat track quickly.. It just shows that there's no potency in English bowling attack except Anderson..

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 11, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

@ MiddleStump. Fantastically funny comment. The wittiest thing I have read on cricinfo in a long time.

Posted by lingiboy on (July 11, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

The most unexpected can be expected in cricket. The latest example is the "trick of ONE". Kohli: ONE (1). Bhuvi-Shami combo: ONE-ONE-ONE (111)

Posted by JustIPL on (July 11, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

It is a flat pitch so the batsmen and tailenders are scoring tons of runs, no question about that. The point to ponder is whether india will be able to take 10 wickets as english bowlers did very well to take 10 indian wickets at last on this flat deck. It shows that poms faced very strong SL side and still got them out. Secondly, there is a competition b/w stokes and binny and till now stokes is winning due to his very impressive figures and on a supporting deck he will surely be more lethal. India scored slowly, which will take this game to a boring draw despite tailor made batting conditions were provided. It will also ensured that this series is not going to be a whitewash.

Posted by Chennai_Cricket on (July 11, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Vijay was unlucky. Very worst decision, the ball hitting in thighs then how the ball will hit the stump. Very bad decision.

Bhuvi batted like a proper batsman, shami batted like a slogger. Both contributed very well. I think india have chance to win this test

Posted by lingiboy on (July 11, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

@Jeewaka9999 on (July 11, 2014, 2:37 GMT):

England team management is handling Cook very well. With kid gloves. It is the likes of Shane, whom you may appeal to.

Posted by lingiboy on (July 11, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

The 'Best' tail against England in recent times had been Tino Best, with a 95 ! May be, that's why he was in the MCC team. I am waiting to see which other tailender can beat that record and score a ton against England batting at 10 or 11.

Posted by lingiboy on (July 11, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

Zak was very good in getting reverse swing going. Now, who are the specialists in that art, among the current 4 seamers?

Posted by lingiboy on (July 11, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Cook's purple patch, with hindsight I am tempted to say, looks like the English sun appearing occasionally in between cloud cover.

Posted by GRVJPR on (July 11, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

I think people are over crictical of Binny and Jadeja. Binny is on debut and anyone is bit nervous. Jadeja was plain unlucky. Short and wide ball that rose more due to uneven bounce on that wicket. But good thing is he is not yet finished. Allrounders can come back in other department. Mark My words - JADEJA would put India into winning position at the end of Day .

Posted by SagarHere on (July 11, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

It is interesting to see how Dhoni Uses fourrrrrr seamers......!! variation will be the key to take wickets and reverse swing too..... who will handle challenges better in bowler that is important for india rather than batsman i think through out the england tour in every match one batsman has to be play big innings like VIJAY that may be Pujara,Kohli,Dhawan,Dhoni,Rahane........and support from other players.....

About england they will seeing on joe root and ian bell to save this match and hoe we can forgot inning of Ali against shrilanka still match is in good position 3th day will tell everything.......

but in any test we are thinking that next day will tell everything but at the and of the day it more interesting.....

Let's see what happen............

Posted by Realistic_cri_fan on (July 11, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

This game lies in the hands of Jadeja.If he bowls well and takes some quick wickets then India have a chance.Otherwise draw is the only result.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

It is most unfortunate that Alastair Cook has fallen back once more into the habit of failing to get his head n line with the ball. This time, his head was about a foot outside the off stump and still manages to be bowled leg stump. These outs are much the same that he was suffering four or five years ago, before his purple patch in Australia. Until he gets his head in line with the ball, he'll continue to fail at the crease.

Posted by SagarHere on (July 11, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Reverse Swing is the key for India

Posted by kovinbuddi on (July 11, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

Sorry for Alistair Cook. Nice guy, should be there in the England Cricket team.I hope they will not remove him.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

hoping for an India win in this match.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (July 11, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

In this England team I see again all the problems of the Australian team under Arthur. Workmen like medium pace attack, lack of a world class spinner, a batting lineup that is a combination of inexperienced players and misfiring seniors, and an seasoned wicket-keeper batsman with serious questions over his form but no obvious replacement. All of this of course compounded by Cook's lacklustre captaincy.

Posted by Jeewaka9999 on (July 11, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

I think England team management should carefully handle Cook. He is ot of form. So he might feel pressure now with continously failure in bat. I think better to rest him for couple of test match . He is a potential player. Otherwise he will also hv stress induced illness as other his teammates. Then ECB lose him ever.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Watching in Pakistan. A very engrossing day's cricket. The last wicket stand was most admirable, not only because of the runs it produced, but the way the runs were scored. That came on top of a truly magnificent innings by Murali Vijay. It had everything: class, grace, grit, patience.It was a Test innings of the highest order. I was deriving pure pleasure watching it when the umpire gave Vijay out LBW. Replays showed that the ball was clearly missing the top of the stumps. I was furious. Vijay knew he wasn't out. If the DRS was operating, he would have definitely appealed and the decision overturned. Is the DRS a taboo in India? Not one of the Indian commentators bothered to even mention it. Later Dravid remarked that Vijay may not have been out but it was a very good delivery. What exactly is that supposed to mean? If you're battling it out for 8 hours you're bound to get some deliveries that will beat you. India needs to seriously revisit its policy about DRS.

Posted by Culex on (July 11, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

A record 10th wicket partnership against England if http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ is to be believed. Well played!

Shame that Cook's poor performance with the bat seems to be ongoing.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

Before the start of the series I posted somewhere on cricinfo that England desperately need a specialist spinner, Moeen Ali is not a spinner not even one ball disturbed any of our spin hungry batsmen, Even our tail-ender heroes were hitting him for boudaries and sixes with ease(How Sanga got out to him is still boggling me) as a result England faster bowlers end up bowling almost 140+ overs and it will cost them dearly as they all looked broken down by body and mind, They will struggle from now on in this series as they were bowled to the ground.. Moeen Ali is a decent batsmen but not a spinner and if England still stick to this strategy of a bit and piece bowler then Anderson and Broad might not be able to complete this series.. Please bring in a specialist spinner or otherwise we will score more than 400 in every match nomatter whichever pitch we bat on further in this series..Moeen Ali can be used as batsman but not as a spinner, It will backfire everytime against us..

Posted by SANATP22 on (July 11, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

Good start for this test match but blower need to blow well and take 20 wicket is key for india. Ishant, Jadeja and Binny need to give good support to other strike blower.

Posted by bjcm12 on (July 11, 2014, 1:06 GMT)

Time to go - Cook ! He blames KP but what about his form. KP is still better where performance is concern.

Posted by Rooboy on (July 11, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

Cook is shot. Prior to the recent Ashes series, I believe he had been bowled as a ridiculously low percentage of his total dismissals. Now even average bowlers are knocking him over for fun. This was always going to be an issue - guys like swann, Anderson etc strutted around like they were the best players in the history of the game when things were going their way, but there were huge question marks as to how they would handle things when the tide turned. We saw how swann stood up to the challenge by bailing out on his team, and while Cook is trying to fight, he no longer looks capable.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

jadeja is the key. dhoni should continue to bowl jadeja from one end today. weak english batting line up will crumble against spin. india in a very strong position. might even go on to win by an innings. anyway india will surely win this game by the last day. go jadeja, show em what u got. ashwin will be badly missed.

Posted by   on (July 11, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

When you have limited resources you need an innovative and proactive capt. Cook is a wait and see type depending heavily on Broad and Anderson. Look at the great job McCullum did in the West Indies. Innovative and proactive from ball one. Cos he has to be. He's really going to have to get smart fast if hes going to get anywhere near where they were in the last few years.

Posted by DaveMansell on (July 11, 2014, 0:10 GMT)

Eng would easily score 500+ in the first innings and it would be the most pointless of test draws this match... BUT, it has already given the otherwise wretched overseas Indian team valuable Match Practice for the rest of the series. What's the point then in giving the visitors county teams rank bottom in Division 2 for practice matches if eventually you'd prepare a dead-est of pitches and play your first 11 of course

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

Indian bowlers has no variation . I don't think so indian can bowled out England before 400

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

I really apriciate the way sami and bhuvaneshwar played good to see talenders play like good batsman

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 22:54 GMT)

Manu are suspecting virat talent,he is the best baysman india is having,he can score run across globe,

Posted by jackthelad on (July 10, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Cook is so far out of touch it's no longer funny; even Murali would have made fifty on this track.

Posted by PACERONE on (July 10, 2014, 22:42 GMT)

Some batsmen make a lot of runs with deficiencies not exploited.Cook made a lot of runs edging through slip and now it has caught up with him.He does not get all the balls pitched either short or on his pads.As for England bowling it is disgusting to hear the announcers saying that Broad and Anderson were bowling well.I wish they would account for the amount of balls left alone.Doni did not have to play at the one he edged.Anderson kept chirping to a batsman that was on a hundred and then get hit for six by a tailender.He grabbed his cap and walked to his fielding position.looks good on him.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

Keeping England bowling for 160 overs may not win this game, but could easily pay dividends (in the form of exhausted and ineffective England bowlers) later in the series.

Posted by isitok on (July 10, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

@JustIPL, let's get this straight, India couldn't declare EARIER as they didn't declare at all, they were bowled out. Perhaps Dhoni should have declared, but it just goes to show that Cook isn't the only captain possibly making tactical errors. As it happens, I agree with Dhoni's approach to the first innings of the first match of a full five day series.

Posted by Pratikjsh on (July 10, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Finally, there is one article that seems to give some sort of credit to indian batters unlike the other renowed and articulate writers and editors of cricinfo who just cannot seem to get over the pitch since past two days, needless to say india's quality batting efforts have gone completely unnoticed and unappreciated by these writers. So as a hardcore, diehard,ardent and cricket is my religion and sachin is the god sort of indian cricket fan, let me tell you mr Kartik you have done a superb job. Thank you very much and this great website needs more liberal and appreciative writers like you and not the other biased breed .Thanks once again

Posted by Shan_Oz on (July 10, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

B. Kumar is the most overrated bowler in the world right now, averages 38 in both test and odi's and always wastes the new ball..bowling gentle medium pace wont get anyone wickets...and how many chances with Ishant get lol..time for Aaron and Yadav

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 21:59 GMT)

Poms are still have not got over from the Ashes tour to Australia. Aussies have killed the killer instinct that the Poms showed the cricketing world when they became the number 1 test nation in the world.

Posted by ahassan on (July 10, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

This is India's main problem. Bowlers who should perform as bowlers are doing batsmen's job. In Test cricket you need to get 20 wickets to win a Test match and bowlers should pay the role that they are selected for.

Posted by landl47 on (July 10, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

Although Indian fans will have enjoyed the last-wicket stand, the fact is it might not have been the best thing for India's chance of winning the test. 350 was about a par score on this wicket and would have given England longer to try and survive. The 2 1/2 hours Bhuvy and Shami used up probably made India safe, but gives them that much less time to bowl England out. This doesn't look a difficult wicket to survive on, just a hard one on which to score quickly. If England are bowled out tomorrow, India are in a great position, but if England gets through the day it's going to be tough for India to force the win.

Advantage India at the moment, but a draw is looking the most likely result.

Posted by TRAM on (July 10, 2014, 21:50 GMT)

Dhoni should have started with Bhuvi and Binny both being swing bowlers. At least he should have given the ball to Binny after some 6 overs when the ball had good shine. What is ISharma doing in the team and what is he doing with new ball??? IS and Shami are established old ball bowlers. Either poor captaincy or deliberate denial of opportunity for Binny. I wouldn't have selected Binny in the 11, but having selected he should be given the chance properly, both as a fairness and for the team's winning chance.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

The inability to dismiss all the lower order is starting to get very irritating, although surely India would be kicking themselves at letting such a strong position slip away, before the recovery. Chasing under 350 on this wicket would've been a superb effort. Do the hard work tomorrow and lets see how the Test shapes up then.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 10, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

@sumit1982, Ishant Sharma has played 1 test match 50+ times. No?

Posted by lebigfella on (July 10, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

I can honestly say that I am appalled... 111 for the last wicket!!! Cook out... possibly an apt headline. Sorry but whatever the state of the pitch our performance is abject at best... was it against the West Indies in 1988 when we last sacked our skipper mid-series? So disappointed at the mire we're in... where the hell do we go from here?

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

Well batted India ... now show some good bowling n fielding too

Posted by Nampally on (July 10, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

Day 2 belonged to the Bowlers Kumar & Shami for making contributions which some of the top Indian batsmen & their 2 all rounders failed to make. Morning belonged to Vijay & Dhoni. Aided by bad Umpiring decision which dismissed Vijay, England hopes rose. The after Lunch play was first seized by England bowlers who were finally hoping to rest their feet. But Kumar & Shami said- "Not so Fast Fellows- we are here to show You we can bat too"! For next 2.5 hours they broke the hearts of all 5 England bowlers by keeping them at bay but more so on their tiring Toes! Not satisfied with his 51*, Shami immediately struck in the England innings to send Captain Cook back to Pavilion- to rediscover his batting. Fortunately for England Robson & Balance held firm to remain unbeaten. India will miss Ashwin but Jadeja should show his skills on this spin friendly pitch. Also Kumar & Shami can come back rested from their batting to grab a few England wkts, Test match is wide open right now!

Posted by JG2704 on (July 10, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

You'd have to say India's day today.

Well played the tail but on the verdict show it highlighted Eng's problems with the 10th wicket partnership. I suppose the one positive thing from Eng's POV was the discipline shown by Broad and him managing to dry up the runs when it looked hard to take wickets. The pitch seems placid but India still posted a decent total and England have to prove that it is placid themselves by posting similar. It's all well and good saying India got their runs on a placid pitch but they still had to score those runs

Posted by JG2704 on (July 10, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

@steve48 on (July 10, 2014, 12:38 GMT) It just says Ali is a part time spinner which is what we all know already. Then again he only gave Kerrigan (a specialist spinner) a few overs vs Australia. Cook is very reactive and re Kerrigan I felt that was a perfect opportunity to give him a decent number of overs and show a bit of faith in him in a game with nothing on it

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Ok very good performance from Indian team with bat, but sure India need one all rounder spinner more in Ishanth Sarma's place, specially like this pitches player like Parvez Razool or Akshar Patel because there is already three medium fast bowlers.

Posted by cricpanther on (July 10, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

@Cook, don't forget you are playing international cricket and the way you are getting out looks something different!!! If you are that ...and does not manage just 3 stumps!! then...why can't you make practice with 6 stumps. See here, the only thing require for England cricket is to get back to real aggressive mood like Great Gooch and Great Gatting/Botham/Nasser/Fairbrother/Smith/Hick/Strauss/Atherton....those days....where were gone?

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (July 10, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

Unless the pitch assists India I don't see India controlling any test match. At least for this 1st match, India better buy a nice dinner to Kumar & Shami, for they may have saved them this (and only this) game. Losing wickets in a bunch at various times shows how young and immature this team is.

Posted by parvinder7 on (July 10, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

vijay i wish u stayed and dhoni got out. I have watched the decision, a poor decision. Too high. Dhoni has not learnt from nagpur 2012. India again would of surrended again. B kumar u r a fighter. We need bowlers like u. What a fifty u made. Thank god zaheer got injured. U were unlucky in S.A and N.Z. My point has been proven right again. Jadeja and binny as all rounders wot a joke. Jadeja made 3 triple centuries. Your bowling and batting have been a flop.Dhoni if gambhir or pujara was captain we would have people who deserve to be in india team. B Kumar u should be very proud of what you achieved today.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

Virat has test hundreds in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. You might see a couple of hundreds in this tour too. @ dennis

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 10, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

That would have been a decent day for England had they not reverted back to their annoying habit of somehow allowing batting records to be broken by the tail enders. Anything under 350 after yesterday's solid platform would have been disappointing (though still intimidating) by India, and heavenly for England; but 457... on THAT pitch... on which England will have to bat last...

Gotta feel sorry for Cook! I reckon @2MikeGattings (post on July 10, 2014, 18:10 GMT) is spot on: it looked to me like Cook, having struggled just outside off for quite long now, has 'tinkered' with his technique and was trying to shuffle forward more often to cover that 4th stump line better. In doing so, he was clueless against the sudden ball heading around leg-stump! Such is life Alistair Cook.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (July 10, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Why is it when India came to South Africa for the two Test matches the pitches were dry and dead?

Posted by MiddleStump on (July 10, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

After just two days, this series is already raising intriguing questions. Will Cook score more runs than the number of wickets claimed by Ishant Sharma. Will Binny still be considered an all rounder when Jadeja bowls just as fast and Shami scores more runs. Who will last longer in this series, Broad or Andersen. Who will be the first to turn a ball in this series, Jadeja or Moin Ali. Looks to be a close contest all over.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

You couldn't resist a DRS dig at the end there could you.

Posted by GrindAR on (July 10, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Guys... stop targeting one person .. in this case Cook... He did make good tactical thinking today... He was very attentive to a feeble nick of Bhuvi @ 437 where others slept too long... Everyone knows he is not in form now... so stop just there... HE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THEIR BATSMEN COLLAPSE.... Every one in this cricketing world should have basic knowledge about cricketing functions... A captain is mostly do things while fielding... and during batting, his options are very limited to only one aspect... helding his end and rotating strikes as and when needed... as every specialist batsman should do...

Posted by JustIPL on (July 10, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Dust bowls are better than these roads as on dust bowls there is atleast a pleasing sight of loopy spinners while on flat pitches like this even the good deliveries don't get rewarded. India would have got more english wickets on a pacer supporting wicket. However, it is fact that both shami and bhuvi had tired legs due to longish batting session they had. Not only the pacers from both sides but also the fans are frustrated.

Posted by WeirdBeard420 on (July 10, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

With knocks like this from Bhuvi and Shami, Ravi Ashwin will soon lose his distinction as second-best batsman in India.

Posted by Nampally on (July 10, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

India had 2 most unlikely heroes in batting - Kumar & Shami. Just when it looked as though England pace bowlers were going to steam roll the Indian tail. it wagged most vigorously to add another 111 runs- the best last wkt, stand for India in England. Shami & Kumar stated in clear terms that they are No Rabbits! Kudos to their determination & gutsy batting. Yet on the same pitch, the fancied batsmen, Kohli & Dhawan lost their wkts. due to poking at the balls outside the off stump as did Binny & Jadeja thru' undisciplined batting. Now the big task begins for the Indian bowlers. Shami has already struck a crucial blow in dismissing Cook. The guys at the crease -Balance & Robson- are at the peak of their form. India needs to get them out + Bell who revels at Trent Bridge. Ashwin will be badly missed & I hope Binny at least does better in bowling than he did in batting. What a great day for India in batting. Can they do the same in bowling to put India in a winning position on Day 3?

Posted by sudhindranath on (July 10, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Interesting first session in store on Day 3. The task for England is to push the score forward by 80-100 runs losing no more wickets or at the most one more wicket. India should try to get another 2-3 wickets at least. How many runs they concede in that session - 70 or 100 or 120, doesn't matter, at least for now.

Posted by slazenger on (July 10, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

England failed to seize the opportunity to all out India under 400 runs. If they have done that It will be a great advantage for them. Now their again back to same situation as with Sri Lanka series.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

VK is not a tailender. He has got a decent first class average for a lower middle order batsmen. But only today he has justified his batting talent.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (July 10, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

Did anybody who thinks Cook was unlucky see his dismissal? If you expose your stumps you are prone to being bowled. Cook exposed his stumps and was bowled and that's unlucky? He's lucky to still be captain, not unlucky to be out.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Shamis reverse swing if available will be key..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

@Dennis- Dude, Watch cricket.. Try to avoid baseball as it looks similar to cricket but it isn't the same thing, In cricketing world, only a baseball fan would question Kohli's abilities.. chill out..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

any way india in best position now .......

Posted by ProdigyA on (July 10, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

I have no idea why Dhoni keeps selecting Jadeja in Tests.

His role is supposedly an all-rounder but unfortunately he is not good at either in Tests.

He is good in ODI because of his accurate bowling and slogging at the end. But in Tests, he is not a wicket taking bowler and as a batsman, he keeps slogging like a tail-ender.

Amit Mishra should always be selected as the first spinner as he is more likely to get wickets and wont bat worse than Jadeja.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (July 10, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

People say a lot about the pitches and describe Indians did score this much due to a sub-continental type pitches. I dint expect Jimmy to say that. Bowlers should try to pick up wickets in any conditions and there the greatness exists.

Vijay and Dhoni did very well. Special Salute to Bhuvi and Shami. Jadeja and Binny disappointed. Rather than slogging, the could have spent some time in the crease. Especially Binny must see how Bhuvi constructed his innings. The total is more or less expected when Dhoni and Vijay was batting. Thanks to the last wicket partnership.

If India manage to wrap up England tomorrow for less than 300 ( outside chance ). India surely has the chance to win. If not, the game will be a draw.

England has thin chance of victory. If to win, they have to score 500+ tomorrow and bowl out India cheaply. Their batsmen has to build strong partnership along with good aggression for victory.

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Hats off to Shami for such a great performance. India is taking away the game from England so far. But this is cricket, the unpredictable. Lets see how English team come back. I think spinners will put hurdles in course of England on 3rd day with rough ball.

Posted by LETSCOMPLICATEIT on (July 10, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Greetings fellow Cricket Fans! Call me crazy, but I am beginning to believe that this is going to be a turnaround series for A Cook. Against all odds, I am going to bet on an English Series win!

Posted by neil99 on (July 10, 2014, 18:50 GMT)


Agreed, he's been a batting liability for 18 months whether you support his captaincy or not. Any other player so out of form would not have started the series. Unfortunately having jettisoned KP and backed Cook from the year dot, the Selectors have nowhere to go. They certainly won't admit they got it wrong, so Cooks slow death will continue for everyone to see even though it's awful to watch.

Posted by indianzen on (July 10, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

England batted just because Indian Tail wanted to bowl, if not, Shami and Kumar would have their respective centuries. Barring Anderson, England are no better than a country Derbyshire team...

Posted by JustIPL on (July 10, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

India should have declared a bit earlier as tomorrow morning they will start with an old ball for the next 63 overs and the possibility of result has been squandered. On the other hand the feeling that it is a flat track and india don't have bowling to take 20 wickets delayed the innings declaration.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

@Dennis, are SA, NZ and Australia in sub continent? I guess VK scored tons at these places already.

Posted by crying_game on (July 10, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Silly comment, Dennis Ramlal. Kohli has centuries in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. And 90s too. Even for purpose of trolling it is ridiculous to suggest he is good on Indian pitches only. This series has just begun.

Posted by csowmi7 on (July 10, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

@ Dennis Theres no need to speculate whether kohli can play on fast pitches or not. He played excellently in SA scoring a century and a 90. He was good in New Zealand and scored a century in wellington. He scored a century in Australia in Adelaide. The kid is only 25 and is bound to get better. Hes already got 25 international centuries and the number is just going to increase as long he has the right temperament and attitude.

Posted by sumit1982 on (July 10, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

I think Ishant sharma should step up, since he is senior most blower he has played more than 50 test match for Indian team.If he can't able find wickets then it will be serious question should be raise of his ability.

Posted by 2MikeGattings on (July 10, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Cook has been bowled in every test match this summer. The dismissal today was no accident. He is shuffling across to guard against the 4th stump line that has got him nicking off.

And he's still poking at those full balls without getting forward.

Posted by LAKingsFan on (July 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Long way to go in this test match. India slightly ahead, yes, only slightly ahead. They should have had a couple of more wickets to be in a great position. Let's see what happens.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

SPeculation may be ripe to know if Virat Kholi can only be a successful batsman on Indian pitches....time will tell!

Posted by Hanumall on (July 10, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Flat track? Maybe. But, in the second day's play, as on the first there was no dearth of drama and fuctuating fortunes .At lunch India looked headed for an impregnable position. Just a few overs into the second session India suffered a terrible collapse and surrendering the huge advantage they had, in 15 minutes of play. Bhuvi and Shami unexpectedly batted so well that out of the three possible results of the match one (an English win) has been practically taken out of the equation.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 10, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Moments before India' innings ended, I logged on to check the score, at first disbelieving, & then chuckling at the ironic twists & turns of this test. How astonishing that the tip of the tail - each notching up a fifty - took a decent score of 9-346 to a robust 457, & how ironic that, after squeezing every last run from it, their stand ended with the final delivery of the old ball, compounding Eng's frustration by negating their bowler-shuffling new ball strategy.

Undoubtedly tired after 2 1/2 hours at the crease, Kumar & Shami promptly opened the bowling, with17 overs to strike at Eng's exhausted top order. And so Shami did. True to form, after 10 deliveries, Cook trudged off, sent back by a number 11 who had just struck 51* off 81 balls.

During the warm ups, I was critical of India's limp attack, but held the opinion that their series prospects were good if their bowlers picked up their game & mounted a serious attack on a shaky Eng.

I did not expect them to do it with the bat!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Mr dhoni I request you not to depend on I shant as he knows very well how to score run of his bowling

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

I dont understand that where is nick comptom and james taylor ??yes cook is in a pathetic form n sooner his place will under threat bt i dont see that happening at all ...

Posted by JustIPL on (July 10, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Cook was totally unlucky to get out in that fasion: ball hitting thigh pad and coming down to take the bails off. Shami afterwards tried to target Balance similarly but failed. I am sure the man with 25 test hundreds at the age of just 29 will come back to form and deserves to be in the team.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

England did not learn anything from Srilanka series.England missing variety in their bowling setup. Same bowling line up misfired against Srilanka. They need to find/groom quality spinner.

Posted by vick2025 on (July 10, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Shami and Kumar deserve all the praises...they both did really well with the Bat...hopefully they can do the same with the ball now...I don't have any positive for Ishant at the moment...If it was up to me, I would have not picked him for this series...I would pick Umesh Yadav over him anyday...but hopefully Ishant can be prove me wrong....even though I'm supporting India, I felt pretty bad for Cook....I mean no body wants to get out like that...but when the time is wrong, everything a person does will be bad....nevertheless, I hope India comes back tomorrow and takes wickets...we can do this :)

Posted by GrindAR on (July 10, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Kumar and Sami played like Specialist Batsmen. Forget about the runs they've made, just look at their stroke making... they were authoritative shots and very beautiful and elegant ones... they showed the right intent what the other so called all rounders showed. I was frustrating to see careless stroke making by the folks who got out between 344 & 346, basically 4 wickets for 2 runs... that's a big shame for them... including Binny's sleeping on pitch and his shameful stroke to give a lollipop to Root. If these guys dont fix their issues immediately... (there is nothing grooming can do... when the attitude is not there to be competitive and especially attentive when in action). BTW, it would not have been a runout if MR BINNY ran in response to Dhoni's call... it was a close one... but unnecessary risk on Dhoni's part... at that stage of the game where a wicket was just fallen...

Dhoni might learn from that... and wish MR BINNY too learn primarily how to stage high price 4 his wicket

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Can see nothing other than a drawn out boring draw! Yes Cook got himself out , but there is nothing in this wicket at all for any of the bowlers.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (July 10, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Long way to go in this match . I am disappointed with Jadeja (how many times uff) He threw away his wicket in SA when he had to just stay at the crease for one session and it happened today again. If it wasn't for our tail we would have been bundled out for 350. Jadeja at his best is a good spinner on dust bowls but below avg batsman. We don't need him in Eng or Aus (definitely not for WC). I will not be too harsh on Binny we should have selected proper bowlers or batsmen or good all rounder but not bits and pieces players like Jadeja/Binny

Posted by neil99 on (July 10, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Well done India and all those who lambasted the India attack wake up! They've even put England to the sword with the bat and claimed the mighty Cook for a paltry 5.

Do you think the Notts management want Cook out? They've certainly not helped the guy serving up a lifeless, flat and dull track like this.

Oh Cooky you're in trouble, well goodness, gracious me...

Posted by TheKeeper on (July 10, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

IMO England have prepared a flat/dead track to aid Cook get a score, but even with all that help he failed again miserably. I was so hoping that on such a flat track he would hang-in there a while and get some form back, but maybe I was hoping for too much.

Congrats to MV - he batted beautifully.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

I am totally shocked by this England bowling line up. But kudos to Kumar and Shami

Posted by slazenger on (July 10, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Why not Cook change his batting position ?. May be go down the order until you regain your form. I think the England thinking is too orthodox for modern cricket.

Posted by KM01 on (July 10, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

So much for the accuracy of "Hawk Eye". Blind eye, more like. What about it Haw Eye boosters? Shall we now declare Murali not out? "Hawk-Eye suggested it was going over, but Hawk-Eye's square-on view also suggested, erroneously, that the ball had struck Vijay in front of the crease. " So much for this error inducing "tech fix".

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (July 10, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Cook wasn't unlucky, he would have been LBW if it hadn't hit the stumps. Just poor technique from a guy so out of form even the Aussies have stopped laughing. He hasn't deserved his place as a batsman for an eternity so why is he in the side? Not for his captaincy, that's beyond doubt now it's time for a change. It's difficult to watch he needs putting out of his misery. No amount of spin from their mouths can change the fact he's not a captain and can't buy a run. The stubbornness may well cost England another humiliating home defeat.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

The flattest pitch that could have been prepared has been prepared and the no 11 batsman also scores high runs. So now all the gloating will begin about how the Indian batsman have scored in English conditions. These are flatter tracks than the Indian flat tracks.

Posted by banda2014 on (July 10, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Brilliant innings! Wow Kumar & Shami did a fantastic job. Vijay too. Good luck to the Indian Young Cricketers, But what's going with The stars Kohli, Binny & Dhawan. Well if they were in it will be a brilliant game. But the England wickets are also important. Ballance & Bell are dangerous.ALL THE BEST. From Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

England losing wickets this evening on a blameless pitch sums it all up for me. It's now time for Mr Cook to resign as captain. Not too sure if he's now worth a place as a batsman...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

I really feel sad for Cook, It's so frustratimg to get out like that after 161 overs of fielding and when you're trying to come back to form.. Warne will tear him apart now.. Cook is a good man, He don't deserve this humiliation..

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (July 10, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

England are a cricketing disgrace. Wholesale changes must be made i.e. remove Cook as captain, bring in a decent spinner and remove the aging, "my best is way behind me" Prior

Posted by thozar on (July 10, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

It was no surprise to see Bhuvi play so well. That guy has a first class century to his name but Shami? He has never scored a 50 in any game, FC, test, ODI, T20, List 'A'. But, today he showed he can bat too. And we all know how good a bowler he is as he just showed by cleaning up Cook's leg stump.

Although England have been poor, it has to be agreed that India have made them to play poorly.

India should dismiss this fragile England batting for under 150 and enforce the follow-on. This is something India have not done in the past. They have been a little soft on their opponents. To become the best, we have to be ruthless.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (July 10, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Well done India. I agree pitch is lifeless in fact worst than what you would find in India, yet this young team had to score. Gr8 work y Bhuvi and Shami. As an Indian i would have been very happy if Shami had walked when he edged. I feel bad for Cook, he is a fine player but running out of luck pretty quickly. If any one can come back to form it has to be against India as we have one of the worst bowling attacks in test matches.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (July 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Captain Cook's ship is sinking fast. Abandon ship!

Posted by bhushanB on (July 10, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

I beg DHONI to please stand close to the stumps...often he stands so far away that the ball rarely carries.... and the slip fielders need to be on the alert.. you wont get too many chances... you need to grab the one off that comes your way

Posted by bhushanB on (July 10, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Take a bow to Bhuvi....He came out with a plan and a lot of determination.. the commentators have no clue when i refused a single to shami initially.... they joked saying.. may be he is the batsman of the two... He showed how to bat in tests... something Jadeja and Binny should take a note of...

Posted by geoffboyc on (July 10, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

The English bowlers stuck to their task and the pitch is really slow. But, I'm sorry, when a number 11 with a highest score barely into double figures comes in, you instruct your bowlers to bowl at off stump and place three slips close enough to catch an edge. Instead we got pseudo-scientific field placings with three short mid ons and two cover points. It seemed the skipper was more interested in showing he could set novelty fields rather than stick to simple ways of getting tail enders out.

Posted by USA_Res on (July 10, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

I hope this pitch is not going to be typical for this Summers Tests. If it is, I would prepare for lots of high scoring draws.

Posted by USA_Res on (July 10, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Congratulations to Kumar and Shami. When was the last time #10 & #11 batsmen both got 50's in the same innings.

What it (and the whole Indian Innings) demonstrates however is that if you bat smart, there is nothing to fear in this pitch. Vijay was the victim of a bad call (and India's refusal to use DRS), however Kumar survived for the same reasons. Most of the batsmen who went cheap, did so because of bad shots and bad judgement. With Dhoni showing his poor judgement admirably, even though he made 82, ViJay had just fallen, and he was needed to guide the tail. At the start of the day, I expected India to bat through to ~500-7 by close of play.

England will now demonstrate their ability to throw away wickets, something they are much better at than India. With 19 overs remaining, I would expect England to finish the day at ~50-2 or 3.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

India will take 457 .Amazing effort from shami bhuvi . Both will surely bat higher next innings .Bhuvi and Shami have a higher test score then Jadeja .I just hope these two are not tired as there is a lot of bowling to be done .Hope Ishant comes good.If India gets Cook /Robson out then the day is India's .

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Utterly shambolic stuff from England...India end up on 457!!! Well done to the last pair though...batted England completely out of the game. With England likely to lose wickets tonight there will be only one winner in this game. Time for Cooky to depart the scene.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Irrespective of the result, the English bowlers deserve credit. They have bowled with a lot of heart and this will inspire the Indian bowlers to follow suit. Anderson spoke about the pitch a bit at close of play yesterday but he got on with it in the middle and thats what fans want to see. You also gotta cut Cook some slack. He has got his back against the wall and he is showing he can think differently.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

wow its Opening pair of IND or Closing pair of ENG

Posted by CodandChips on (July 10, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

England are really struggling. As I predicted another Agar/Best moment in regards to being unable to take the last wicket. Kumar could score a hundred.

The seamers all look exhausted. Rotation will be an absolute necessity. I'd give Broad 2 and Anderson the other 2. No more each.

Shows the need for a spinner. Ali is supposed to give control but he's been whacked. If you get whacked you might as well take wickets. Like Borthwick, who can bat and field as well. Useful cricketer.

Tbh India will attack any spinner of ours. Should we pick a white-ball spinner to contain the runs? Personally I wouldn't, but would England pick Briggs, Tredwell, Parry or White?

Or England could go with Kerrigan. The fact he's around the set-up is encouraging. But he doesn't add much with bat or field, and if he's getting whacked would be almost a waste of a position.

England need to bat carefully if given the opportunity. As I've said it'd be much harder did India pick Ashwin. But we're 400+ behind.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Jadeja and Binny should perhaps dig a hole in the dressing room and hide. Kumar and Shami giving them a lesson on how to play out strike bowlers in a Test match.

Posted by CodandChips on (July 10, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

People from both sets of fans moaning about umpiring decisions. It's pathetic. There's no DRS. Get over it.

Both sides have suffered an idea incorrect decision. Neither was a poor decision really. Both can be justified. It's not like in last summer's ashes where the third umpire clearly gave incorrect decisions while using available technology.

It's a shame that people will talk about umpiring decisions and DRS (well the lack of) throughout this tour. Stick to the cricket.

You can't predict what would have happened had the decisions gone the other way. Therefore stop moaning about it.

I hate seeing people saying that India deserve to suffer bad decisions because they don't want DRS but equally I hate seeing Indian fans claim conspiracy of umpires deliberately giving them bad decisions to persuade them to use DRS. Both are pathetic viewpoints.

Meanwhile there's a test match going on.

Posted by djkaria on (July 10, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Now after the tea break break England will take the wicket

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Great to see someone taking a stand and actually hanging in there jadega and binny should learn

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 10, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

I think DRS was initially introduced to review the close calls but looks like now DRS is required to review basic decisions also. I think after DRS has been introduced Umpires' decisions quality has gone to low level. I am not sure if BCCI is correct not on DRS but I don't think it is correct to depend on DRS for every basic decision.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 10, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

India team be like 1 keeper , 5 batsmen and 5 all-rounders

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (July 10, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Actually you've got two bowlers who now have a feel for the wicket they're going to bowl on. They shouldn't be worried when it's their turn, particularly as they have a very good spinner and a slow bowler on a slow surface. England should be worried that they can't get out two tail-enders! Hats off to Bhuvi and Shami. No need for an extra batsman!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

England need to completely change their bowling.Plunkett got a five for against SL but thats about it .He isnt that fast enough to cause batsmen probkems regularly .I wonder if Broad has dropped in pace. He used to nowl 145 kph not so long ago .Eng need kerrigan /riley to come .Moeen is being played by indian nos 10 and 11 it just shows that he is not a strike bowler .I would love to see a left armer or Finn in the side .Finn was an excellent young bowler .Was fast and I hope he comes back soon .Next match Plunkett to be replaced by Jordan and one of moeen root or ballance to make way for a proper spinner .I know such drastic changes would never happen but Eng are going nowhere with this bowling attack .

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

I think Bhuvi should be groomed as the allrounder India have been looking for .He is young and has nice numbers and technique .Love the way these two are playing . Certainly 400 is something to bowl at .I hope Ishant Bhuvi Shami can get a few wickets today .

Posted by binu.emiliya on (July 10, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

Kumar looks like a proper test batsman , he should come before Sirji

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 10, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

This pair can stick around if they believe their batting plays a part in the outcome of the match. Remember how Kumar gave a long partnership with Dhoni against Australia last year and how Shami had a long one with Rohit against WI? It is too bad the so called all rounders in our team need to learn from these two in shot selection and temperament.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (July 10, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Cook, time to quite mate, setting fields just like Clarke won't fool anyone, especially at 399/9 with 10 & 11 in a fifty partnership lol. @5-0wombats, @neilFFL99, are you sure?

Posted by gsingh7 on (July 10, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

@tim--- india was best test team in the world for 2 years before 2010. until straus led england to number 1 for 9 months .sa are champs since.

Posted by Jollifier on (July 10, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Only two Indian batsmen have registered a score over 50, will England capitalise on this fact, or are we going to see a tight test? 9 England batsmen have scored 100+ before, but if Cook collapses again, will we see a wobble?

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (July 10, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Well done Bhuvi and Shami. Keep going. Agar and Best will be keenly watching you.

By the way, What is Ashwin doing in the bench?

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (July 10, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

I dont know how sir jadaja hitting 3 triple tons in domestic. how much patiency need to get those tuns. But where is that patience He didn't managed at least 50 balls at inter national level and going to hitting like a bowler.buvi playing better than jadeja. If any batsmen get 3 triple tons whe he playin at no.7 he can get partnerships with tailenders. at least manged 50 runs with tailenders.

Posted by Criticalthinking on (July 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Murali Vijay temperament now stands out against all the other batsmen (Except Pujara and Dhoni). Thanks to Murali Vijay for his splendid hundred and patience bcos of his hundred we got a decent show. He really made English bowlers to work hard and sweat a lot.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Dhoni passed test with bat at least, but with the exception of strategically dismissing Pujara Cook's captaincy generally failed.

Now the test reverses for Dhoni & Cook & lets see who survives & who dies in this test.

Posted by CodandChips on (July 10, 2014, 14:02 GMT)


England still looking like we need a spinner.

India look like they'll attack the spinner whoever it is. Is there perhaps an argument to play a white-ball spinner to contain the runs? Not my choice, but does anyone think this? Like Briggs or Tredwell? I certainly wouldn't go this way.

Ali was picked to provide control with the ball. But he's been going at nearly 6 an over. If a spinner is leaking runs they might as well take wickets. Like Borthwick who can bat, take wickets and field.

Kerrigan fielding is encouraging. A promising spinner. But the argument will be is that India will attack him whatever and perhaps we'll get an Oval repeat. And he doesn't offer much with bat or in the field.

As I'm watching, Kumar and Shami don't look like getting out. Please, not another Tino Best or Ashton Agar. But I guess it might encourage England because they still have to bat twice.

Posted by CodandChips on (July 10, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Good fight shown by both teams. Dhoni and Vijay played well and stuck in. Prior dropped a catch. That's hardly headline news nowadays. Vijay got a bad decision. Obviously everyone points out the need for DRS as a result. But I don't buy that Karma rubbish. The whole idea that India deserve to suffer bad decisions as a result of not wanting DRS is pathetic.

Bad decisions happen. They always have and always will. DRS reduces (doesn't eliminate) these. DRS wasn't there. Oh well. It's a five match series. There'll be plenty of bad decisions. Move on. We don't want to spend the whole series moaning about DRS as occurred in the home Ashes.

England came out fighting after lunch but now Kumar and Shami are fighting. We need to get them out soon.

As I've said before I'm glad India didn't play Ashwin instead of Binny. A second spinner would certainly be useful, especially when we have 6 left handers. He is also a fine batsman. He was the best vs England during the recent tour of India

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

This has been an old story for Indian cricket, where only few players rise while the others perish on seaming tracks.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Shami and Bhuvi are playing better than Jadeja and Binny here .Its good to see that Jadeja can play his shots but his cameo would be useful only in limited overs .He really needed to hang around with Dhoni .Dhoni s dismissal was a crime .He batted so well for 4 hours .His wait for an overseas ton continues .

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

What is Jadeja doing in the Test team. Where is Ashwin?

Posted by AFanOfGoodCricket on (July 10, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

How come Jadeja gets picked on every tour despite being such a novice with the bat and only passing off as a a very very very average bowler. And today's shot again proves he's got no cricketing brains.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

IF its age u can't do nothing

Posted by wapuser on (July 10, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Cook must be cooking inside watching the 9 th Indian wicket falling. One more wicket, he time again to fight against his form. Hope he gets some runs this time to ease the pressure on his shoulders. Good luck buddy

Posted by y4yoga on (July 10, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

This is where Ravi Ashwin needed as an all rounder more than Jadeja or Binny.... Sorry .... more than a handy batsmen in these conditions.... especially against England... Which I remember he single handedly saved the Innings Defeat.

Posted by GrumpiusMaximus on (July 10, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

I can understand the BCCI's views on the unreliability of DRS. I can see why India are not playing with DRS. One has to remember though, that DRS is ostensibly there to prevent the howler, the really bad decision. Vijay's was a poor decision but that is what DRS is there to prevent. If the BCCI complain about the standard of decision-making based on Vijay's wicket, then I'm afraid they haven't got a leg to stand on.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

@Vilander. Your comment that India deserves wrong decisions is silly and irresponsible. The argument for DRS is to help decide close calls and not howlers. Its a different matter that it could have been used by Vijay here. The main argument against DRS is that it is NOT a reliable system. If BCCI really wanted to use its clout then it would have got DRS banned instead of allowing it to be used if both sides want it. That shows flexibility to me.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

@Vilander- What do you meant by they deserve that? It was clearly not out, You don't need DRS for that! It was way above the knee roll! Hell the impact was on upper part of tge thigh pad, Even a local umpire won't give that out.. Just bcz India didn't opted for DRS doesn't mean that they deserve such horrible decisions..

Posted by Saphalya on (July 10, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

i was watching the Sky Sports telecast of the match and there was a program that had Ricky Pointing talking about cricket and he mentioned about Tendulkar in the segment saying he remembers Tendulkar sydney's innings (2004) when he did not hit a cover drive as it was getting him out and still managed to score 241. Of all the innings played , all the shots hit, all the bowls bowled, all the catches held, all the fielding done Pointing remember Tendulkar's Sydney innings as it stood out coz it was a master class and was the most disciplined innings ever played

Posted by steve48 on (July 10, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

This is why I hate Cook's captaincy, should have bowled Mo through til lunch, stick long on back, watch Jadeja implode! What is the message here, to Mo and the Indians? Take him on, I take him off! Not as though the ball was doing anything, Prior stood up to JA! Terrible, really feel for Mo...

Posted by Vilander on (July 10, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

England got very lucky, Vijay decision was very poor. The ball was wel above the stump very high was hitting him hing on the thigh pad, could not quite comprehend how that was given LBW. But i guess without DRS India deserves that. Anyway pretty good pitch, when India comes on to bowl, i am expecting the pitch to quicken and create a lot of swing. So yeah India did not bat well, they got a flat pitch, India did not bowl well the pitch started swinging suddenly..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Very Very POOR decision on Vijay. It was Clearly over the stumps even on first view without any replay.

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