Dravid won the toss and put England in to bat. My immediate reaction was that of surprise. The ground reports shown on TV said that the outfield was very soggy and the bowlers would struggle with the run up and delivery, plus the ball would become soft very quickly. On the other hand, the humid conditions with a hint of breeze meant it would favor the swing bowlers well.
Whether Dravid had more faith in his bowlers or less faith in his batsmen, he decided to bowl first and the bowlers did deliver.
The job is only half done. It will be the turn of the batsmen to deliver tomorrow. The conditions that were so favorable to the Indians will continue tomorrow for the English bowlers to exploit and it will be up to the Indian batsmen to ensure a lead of at least 100-150 runs.
But first there is the small matter of removing the last three English wickets. The worst thing that could happen (apart from the Indian batsmen failing, of course), is for the Indians to let the English tail take the score beyond 200.
(There has been a lot of criticism on Dravid’s captaincy in the previous game. But a captain is only as good as his team. If the captain plans something, and the rest of the team do not play according to it, the captain usually gets blamed. If the Indian bowlers had bowled poorly today, everyone would have criticized Dravid for the decision to bowl. But now that the bowlers have delivered, it seems to be a brilliant one!)