England Vs India: Test 2 Day 2 — India consolidate

India probably had two objectives at the start of Day-2: (a) to bowl out England for less than 200 runs, (b) to get a good start. Both objectives were met. The first, thanks to Zaheer Khan and Kumble. The second, thanks mainly to the wonderful start that Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffer provided India.

It was interesting that Dravid started the day with the use of a heavy roller. Clearly he expects the pitch to break up as the game progresses. Kumble should then come into the game much more compellingly.

India batted with positive intent when Jaffer and Karthik commenced. It was most refreshing to see the way Karthik batted. He played a gutsy innings. He also seemed to have got over the perhaps impetuous reaction to sledging that he showed in the 1st Test. He played with purpose and energy. Jaffer was solid at the other end. But once again, once Jaffar got to his half-century, he appeared to go into his shell. Having said that, the ball that got him out was a brute of a delivery from Tremlett.

The rest of the batsmen probably paid too much respect to Monty Panesar. Panesar is no doubt a good bowler. However, if they had played him with a bit more positive intent, my feeling is that they’d have ended the day on a slightly better note. The wicket of Dravid, towards the end of the days’ play, may offer England a sligtly open door.

India must ensure that the door stays shut and that the foot remains on the pedal — to mix two metaphors! And that must be what the doctor orders for the 1st session of Day-4.

India’s intention must be to bat only once in this game. And that would mean a lead of at least 250 runs, if not more. India, at 254 for 3, is 54 runs ahead. So, a further 200 runs — at least — are required. Given the solid platform that Karthik and Jaffar have provided, this should be possible. But as they say, funnier things have happened in cricket!

At this stage of the match, after the teams have played out 5 sessions, I’d say that India leads the session-by-session score at 4-0, with one session — the last session of Day-2 — being an even one (in my view), given the late wicket of Dravid.


5 responses to “England Vs India: Test 2 Day 2 — India consolidate

  1. A great day for India and they can not lose the match the now.

    Two questions –

    Why is Tendulkar so defensive; esp. when India is in a commanding position. 30 run in a session – 57 to 87, . Bradman and Brian Lara (recently at Pakisthan) scored a century before lunch.
    I can understand Laxman is so defensive, so that he can keep his place in the team for the next match.

    What is the rule for LBW, esp. when the batsman is fully forward ? Looks like it is not uniformly enforced by all umpires. There is a nice article by Sambit Bal on this.

  2. sampath kumar

    There is nospecial rule for LBW– forward or backward
    Playing Forward puts some doubt in the umpire’s mind as to wheter the ball will hit the stumps or not– crease is 4 feet from the stumps and if the stretch is another foot or foot and a half, the rising ball will go over the stumps that are only 28 inches high
    some batsman use this as a ploy–but clever umpires can read the batsman’s mind–as they have played cricket before becoming umpires

    LBW is the easiest of the rules to understand and implement–as it is subjective, some umpires get it wrong–like Howell, twice in the first two overs of Monty –that allowed Jaffer and D Karthik to have 100 plus partnership and look good!!

  3. OK,understand and it makes sense.

    Then, is there a discrimination for a ball pitching outside the off stump, cutting towards leg stump and a ball pitching outside the leg stump and turning towards the off stump.

  4. It is great to see Dinesh Karthik slowly cemeting his place in the team. I have been often upset about the lack of Tamilnadu players making big in the Indian team. Even Srikanth and Venkat are not such big names like Gavaskar,Visvanath,Bedi,Dravid,Kumble etc. There has not been a single TN player who can be really called a great and can find a place in the all time India team. hile selection politics may have also been responsible, I think it was more due to the inability of TN players to grab the chance that came their way. The Bombay,Karnataka players seem more adept at grabbing chances that come their way.So it was nice to Dinesh Karthik trying to cement his place in a typical Mumbai style. He seem to have a good technique ( even Boycott in TMS seemed happy with his technique) and also has the strokes.He can graft and also get quick runs. More important he seems to be a streetsmart guy , with good cricketing knowledge. If he can continue in the same way , may be he can become the vice captain or even the captain down the road.

  5. sampath kumar

    You are absolutely right–there is discrimination against leg spin bowlers bowling to right hand batsman and off spin bowlers bowling against left hand batsman!!

    Unfortunately retired players and often 1 retired umpire form the Rules committee

    It would be much simpler if a batsman is given out–if in the opinion the ball is going to hit the stumps irrespective where it pitches or hit the batsman–then all these prima donnas will have to USE their $ 500 bats for survival and not the pads!!! But then we would have missed the former Windies Captain Jimmy PAD’EMS!!!!!

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