Daily Archives: 19 July 2007

England Vs India — Running Comments 1st Test: Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan blow it… but…

After Vaughan won the toss and elected to bat in the First Test between England and India, Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth proceeded to blow it for India by spraying the ball. We had Sreesanth bowling down legside to Cook and Strauss. We had two generous wide-down-the-leg byes for 4 runs each — one each by Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan. We also had a wide from Zaheer Khan. Whether the two Indian pace bowlers were nervous or whether they were just incompetent or whether they could not get a handle on the Lords’ slope, we won’t know. However, England quickly raced to 50 off 52 balls in 39 mins! Strauss, who was playing tentatively still got enough bad balls to stay at the crease and score runs merrily.

India will have to bowl with much better discipline and purpose to pull things back from here.

Edit-1:

After a shocking opening hour, Ganguly gets the breakthrough… Good move by Dravid and good response by Ganguly…

I am listening to audio commentary on BBC Five-Live. Boycott is one of the commentators and has just said, “I haven’t seen a tougher cookie from India than Ganguly. I’d love to have Dravid as a son, but I would like Ganguly the tough-cookie in my team any day“, or words to that effect. Boycott started off his stint at the drinks’ break with the words, “There is only one word to describe the Indian pace bowling this morning… Rooobbish!

Edit-2:

For those that want the URL for live audio commentary, it is http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/

The commentary team includes Chris Martin-Jenkins, Sunil Gavaskar, Henry Blofeld, Geoff Boycott, Angus Fraser, Graham Thorpe, et al. Good stuff…

Edit-3:

And just before lunch Dinesh Karthik has dropped an absolute sitter at straight point. Sreesanth, the bowler, would have been absolutely livid, while Strauss let a huge sigh of relief. That should have been taken… And so we have a ‘keeper who was supposed to be going through a rough patch, who has let through a few byes because the bowlers sprayed it around. And we have another ‘keeper in the team who is supposedly in great nick who has dropped a sitter that a novice player would have taken! Hmmm!

Mohan

Hoggard doubtful…

With Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff ruled out, England’s chances of a bright start to its series against India suffered a setback when Matthew Hoggard was a doubtful starter. Hoggard could be ruled out — with “back spasms” being his problem.

So Englands’ bowling attack could now feature Monty Panesar (17) James Anderson (16), Ryan Sidebottom (4 Tests), and one of Stuart Broad (0) or Chris Tremlett (0). Suddenly, Monty Panesar becomes the most experienced bowler in the England side! This mirrors Englands’ start the last time these two teams played in India! In a span of a day or so Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick and Simon Jones left the camp and left England in tatters. The fact that they climbed out of that hole and performed reasonably well was a credit to the remaining personnel.

The Indian bowling attack suddenly looks quite experienced in comparison!

— Mohan