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    England vs India | 3rd Test | Nottingham | August 18-22, 2018 | Day 3 Thread

    Under leaden skies and with the series on the line, an extraordinary intervention from Hardik Pandya has changed the complexion of this series and left India in total control after two days of typically freewheeling and gripping Test cricket.

    Pandya is a mercurial talent for whom Virat Kohli has an enormous amount of faith. Today the world got to see why.

    At Trent Bridge on the second afternoon he grabbed the ball and, furiously rubbing the side of it against his thigh, swung it at pace and jagged it off the seam to rip Englandís middle order apart as, for the third time in two years, England lost all 10 wickets in a single session.

    Itís a concerning statistic. But whereas Mirpur in 2016 was a raging turner, and Auckland earlier this year the first session of a day-nighter following a scarring Ashes tour, this latest collapse afflicted a team which had won its last three Tests, and one seemingly at ease in their own conditions.

    The turnaround was all the more astounding considering what had gone before.

    Indeed, as day two dawned, and four wickets fell in a heap to the ageless wiles of James Anderson and Stuart Broad Ė taking Indiaís overnight 307/6 to 329 all out in less than an hourís cricket Ė the mood among those who favour the visitors may have been a little downcast.

    In particular, hopes would have been high that Rishabh Pantís chutzpah would underscore a second-morning counterpunch. But Pant, having opened his Test account on day one with a lofted six down the ground, would last just four overs before a loose drive diverted a Broad inswinger onto his stumps.

    With Pantís wicket opening the door, Englandís champions swung it off its hinges, a brace of unplayable late-swinging deliveries on a devilish length seeing off first Ravichandran Ashwin and then Jasprit Bumrah.

    Emphatically Englandís morning. And yet, upon Bumrahís wicket, Virat Kohli could be seen allowing himself a smirk from the dressing room window. One suspects it was not just amusement at seeing his No.11 outskilled by Englandís greatest-ever; Kohli is learning fast about the uniqueness of English conditions, and he may well have seen in the prodigious movement enjoyed by Anderson something his own seamers could exploit.

    It was barely in evidence initially, however. England went to lunch in fine fettle, 46/0 from nine erratic overs from Bumrah and Mohammad Shami as the movement in evidence from Englandís quartet vanished in a clump of long hops and long half-volleys.

    After the interval, the flood. It began when Ishant Sharma was belatedly handed the ball, immediately locating the fuller length that such conditions demand, and finished in a last-wicket stand of 33 as Jos Buttler tried in vain to drag England back into it.

    The facts of the collapse are staggering. England lost nine wickets for 74 in 21 overs. All out for 161, from 54/0. The follow-on only just avoided.

    Alastair Cook, having already survived one chance to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip, was the first to go, unable to cover the swing to give Pant the first of five catches on debut.

    Bumrah then disposed of Keaton Jennings, prodding away from his body, before Sharma induced Ollie Pope to feather a legside catch off the glove.

    Three-down and with the game suddenly on a knife-edge, Pandya seized the cherry, and thereafter both ball and game swung dramatically.

    Joe Root went first, edging to second slip where KL Rahul took a smart catch at his bootlaces. Next was Jonny Bairstow, pushing hard at an outswinger, Rahul grabbing his second. Chris Woakes was then bounced out (Pant taking an excellent one-handed catch above his head), before Adil Rashid nicked off, and Stuart Broad went back to a full one. It had taken just 29 balls. Pandya had his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket, and India the ascendancy.

    This was Pandyaís seventh straight Test and his tenth overall. His average with bat and ball bookends the thirties, but at the wrong end for someone with genuine claims to call himself an authentic Test match all-rounder. Trent Bridge has seen why Kohli has such belief in his man.

    Much of the rest of the day played out in easy sunshine, reminding Englandís batsmen of what they were missing out on. Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan shared a boisterous 60-run partnership before Rahul was bowled by Ben Stokes, whose return to the side has been muted so far. Dhawan played nicely to post his highest score of the series, before, six runs shy of his half-century, he ran at Rashid and missed the googly.

    Kohli and Pujara eased India to the close, 292 ahead. With eight wickets in the hutch and more cloudy conditions expected through the rest of the match Ė and it should stay dry Ė Kohli will feel his team are in the perfect position to reassert themselves in this series.

    Only once has a side come back from 2-0 down to win a five-match Test series and that team was captained by Don Bradman. Only the very best even dare to believe they can replicate the gameís true immortals. Kohli will believe tonight.

    ENG 161

    IND 329, 124/2 (31.0 Ovs)


    India Squad

    Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

    England Squad

    Playing XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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    Interesting:

    Mukul: "Did anyone notice that England went from 54-0 to 161 all out. That's a difference of 107 runs, the same score India got bundled out for at Lord's. What goes around comes around, that day we were batting under gloomy skies and today was England's turn."

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    Three days left in the game and the weather is looking good for all 3 days. I say we bat all day today and set them a target of 600-650.

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    India are effectively 292-2 with 3 whole days remaining.

    If you are a Kohli fan , here is a interesting stat for Kohli to target. He has already scored 345 runs in this series and needs another 258 runs to eclipse Dravid's Indian record of 602 runs Vs England in a single series. He has a maximum of 5 innings to get there.

    This is already Kohli's 4th highest total in a single series.. His top 3 are all in India
    * 692 Vs Aus (4 tests)
    * 655 Vs England (5 tests)
    * 610 Vs Lanka (3 tests)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    India are effectively 292-2 with 3 whole days remaining.

    If you are a Kohli fan , here is a interesting stat for Kohli to target. He has already scored 345 runs in this series and needs another 258 runs to eclipse Dravid's Indian record of 602 runs Vs England in a single series. He has a maximum of 5 innings to get there.

    This is already Kohli's 4th highest total in a single series.. His top 3 are all in India
    * 692 Vs Aus (4 tests)
    * 655 Vs England (5 tests)
    * 610 Vs Lanka (3 tests)
    The top one was in Aus in 2014.

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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fantastic cricket, both in front and behind the wickets. Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/hardikpandya7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hardikpandya7</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/RishabPant777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RishabPant777</a> on your respective 5 wicket hauls! Let’s nip this in the bud now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvIND?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvIND </a> <a href="https://t.co/lNDVRbQFPc">pic.twitter.com/lNDVRbQFPc</a></p>&mdash; Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) <a href="https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/1031202284036870147?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 19, 2018</a></blockquote>
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    [QUOTE=Oligochaetes;9865679]India are effectively 292-2 with 3 whole days remaining.

    What is the highest total in a series by any batsman in a single series?

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    India should look to wrap this up today.

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    [QUOTE=Vildoc;9865785]
    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    India are effectively 292-2 with 3 whole days remaining.

    What is the highest total in a series by any batsman in a single series?
    974.

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    Lead of 302, Kohli on 15. Ball isnt swinging , but there seems to be some variable bounce.

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    Lead is 300 now

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    : Pujara... No swing yet for Clouderson

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    Quote Originally Posted by giri26 View Post
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fantastic cricket, both in front and behind the wickets. Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/hardikpandya7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hardikpandya7</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/RishabPant777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RishabPant777</a> on your respective 5 wicket hauls! Let’s nip this in the bud now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvIND?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvIND </a> <a href="https://t.co/lNDVRbQFPc">pic.twitter.com/lNDVRbQFPc</a></p>&mdash; Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) <a href="https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/1031202284036870147?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 19, 2018</a></blockquote>
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    I thought he was more of a hockey fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFM View Post
    I thought he was more of a hockey fan
    Does he want to nip their careers in the bud?

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    Should bat until the last drop - it's only the start of day 3.

    Our batsmen never score runs normally, now is their chance to pile away the runs.

    We can lead by 600 lol.

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    Pujara dropped by Buttler now at second slip.

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    England do not want to bat which is why they dropped Pujara.

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    Now it seems Bairstow has hurt his finger. Bad to worse.

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    Lol at these England slip fielders.

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    Pujara is trying his best to get out, but luck not favoring him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Lol at these England slip fielders.
    our fielders are at same level, if not for drop catches we should have one in SA and first test in Eng.

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    Only 24 runs from India this morning.Time to get on with it a bit I feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battler View Post
    Only 24 runs from India this morning.Time to get on with it a bit I feel.
    Give the first hour to the bowlers, pile away after lunch IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Give the first hour to the bowlers, pile away after lunch IMO.
    I don't think we are going to lose this test any which way. Might as well throw the kitchen sink at England right away.

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    Pujara has crawled from 25(26) to 42(126)

    17 runs in last 100 balls

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    Quote Originally Posted by battler View Post
    I don't think we are going to lose this test any which way. Might as well throw the kitchen sink at England right away.
    Why, it's only the start of Day 3. Let's have our batsmen score some runs - Pujara et al - and run Anderson and co. into the ground.

    it will serve us well in the next 2 tests.

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    From 22 of 18 balls to 42 of 132 balls. That's Steve pujara for you!

    Last 114 balls only 20 runs.

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    Bairstow might be out for the next Tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    From 22 of 18 balls to 42 of 132 balls. That's Steve pujara for you!

    Last 114 balls only 20 runs.
    He never did this (this series) when the team needed him to do it. Lol... Now that India has a comfortable lead he is blocking like his life depends on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    From 22 of 18 balls to 42 of 132 balls. That's Steve pujara for you!

    Last 114 balls only 20 runs.
    And then been dropped twice.

    I hope this leads to something though.

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    Goodness, I had my heart in my mouth. That was plumb if not for the feather edge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GLORY OF '92 View Post
    Bairstow might be out for the next Tests.
    I think he might play but will not wicketkeep. England has decided not to use brains so thatís why they are taught a harsh lesson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    He never did this (this series) when the team needed him to do it. Lol... Now that India has a comfortable lead he is blocking like his life depends on it.
    By the way, this isnt a complaint... Most probably he is playing as per plan.. There is still a lot of time left in the game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    By the way, this isnt a complaint... Most probably he is playing as per plan.. There is still a lot of time left in the game
    Yes, it is good time to mentally tire English bowlers. Frutrate them and lower their confidence and also get adjusted to the conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Yes, it is good time to mentally tire English bowlers. Frutrate them and lower their confidence and also get adjusted to the conditions.
    His duties might also be to be aggressive against Rashid so that he doesnt get Kohli again

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkyawar View Post
    I think he might play but will not wicketkeep. England has decided not to use brains so thatís why they are taught a harsh lesson
    Yup, buttler should keep and bairstow is their best bat, should only play as a batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Yes, it is good time to mentally tire English bowlers. Frutrate them and lower their confidence and also get adjusted to the conditions.
    and the pitch will deteriorate as well as the time passes by

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Yes, it is good time to mentally tire English bowlers. Frutrate them and lower their confidence and also get adjusted to the conditions.
    They were probably quite angry last evening after being asked to bowl again - after bundling us out in the morning.

    Their batting let them down.

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    Last time there was an issue with the ball, Indian batting suffered a collapse...

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    This is where I feel the England bowlers don't get enough criticism - when conditions aren't making the ball hoop around, they look pretty ordinary.

    Yes, even when conditions are in your favour, it still takes a fair amount of skill to take wickets - otherwise all visiting bowlers would have equally profited from conditions. This hasn't been the case - so Anderson et all deserve credit for the wickets that they take.

    But when they don't...it doesn't seem to get mentioned that the attack is very one dimensional. Take Ravi Ashwin for example. For years, he was criticised on this board for only taking wickets in Asia on turning pitches. Since then, I guess he has worked on his game, and worked out a method to be effective elsewhere, even if he is not as lethal as he is at home.

    This is where you have to look at bowlers like Wasim and Waqar, who could make the ball talk on lifeless pitches at home, and say that they are infinitely more skilled than the likes of Anderson. Also have to hand it to players like McGrath, Murali and Warne who could take wickets pretty much anywhere.

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    Poojara 50

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahid87 View Post
    This is where you have to look at bowlers like Wasim and Waqar, who could make the ball talk on lifeless pitches at home, and say that they are infinitely more skilled than the likes of Anderson. Also have to hand it to players like McGrath, Murali and Warne who could take wickets pretty much anywhere.
    Don't forget Steyn.

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    Another fifty for Kohli and he has already made 387 runs with average of 77 in this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Don't forget Steyn.
    Best of them all. Best fast bowler to have ever played the game. :-)

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    Kohli, the man, the icon.


    If there is a better batsman than Sachin then he hasnít arrived yet: Viv Richards

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    Why this thread is so quiet? There was so much action here in Lords test

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canford Cliffs View Post
    Why this thread is so quiet? There was so much action here in Lords test
    To be fair it's a fairly boring period of play.

    Single - single - single. Too easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    To be fair it's a fairly boring period of play.

    Single - single - single. Too easy.
    Ball is still doing a lot but India batsmen don't have pressure. Both are playing comfortably atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canford Cliffs View Post
    Why this thread is so quiet? There was so much action here in Lords test
    This is one of the worst phase of this match, because we've already taken 300 lead. It'll becoming interesting once we start taking wickets and near the win.

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    India lead by 362...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    To be fair it's a fairly boring period of play.

    Single - single - single. Too easy.
    Okay I will make it spicy and perhaps something to cheer for few anti-India fans

    India has never won a test match whenever Kohli scored a century in SENA countries. So its a win win situation for those fans -

    A) If Kohli scores a century...India will lose this game.

    B) If Kohli dont score a century, its a happy situation anyway.

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    India will mostly likely wait till the lead 500+ then declare what do you guys reckon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmirilion View Post
    India will mostly likely wait till the lead 500+ then declare what do you guys reckon?
    We won't declare. We'll bat till the last drop.

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    Kohli and Pujara are playing the next game.

    Mentally trying to dominate the English attack.

    This game is won. Now they're putting English bowlers in their place

    (I'd do the same)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    We won't declare. We'll bat till the last drop.
    Plenty of time left. Let everyone get time in the middle and absolutely destroy England's confidence. Like bhaijaan says "humiliate" them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canford Cliffs View Post
    Why this thread is so quiet? There was so much action here in Lords test
    Because this game is going only one way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    Kohli, the man, the icon.
    Half man, half amazing!

    💪

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmirilion View Post
    India will mostly likely wait till the lead 500+ then declare what do you guys reckon?
    I think leaving 5 sessions for the bowlers to get England out should be more than enough, so India should declare by lunch tomorrow (if they are still not dismissed by then).

    More batting practice and the psychological effect of a large victory on the next 2 Tests are good things for India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    I think leaving 5 sessions for the bowlers to get England out should be more than enough, so India should declare by lunch tomorrow (if they are still not dismissed by then).

    More batting practice and the psychological effect of a large victory on the next 2 Tests are good things for India.
    It's boring for us fans but it's good thing to do for team India. Batsmen get chance to boost their stats and mentally dominate English bowlers for the next two games.

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    What are the chances of rain in the next 2 days

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    I think Indian batsmen are taking their time because they want to tire out English bowlers for the 4th and 5th matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidilicious View Post
    What are the chances of rain in the next 2 days
    Cloudy, with a chance of only a bit of rain, not heavy enough to delay the game significantly.

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    It is funny, but it seems that India's rank-turners are perhaps the final frontier for Kohli to conquer as a Test batsman.

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    Pujara was 22 of 18 balls and now he 62 of 180 balls ..... hilarious but important innings
    Last edited by mp812rediff; 20th August 2018 at 13:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidilicious View Post
    What are the chances of rain in the next 2 days
    Met Office is your best bet - https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/mobile/...ate=2018-08-20

    Further cloudy weather expected.

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    Pandya should come in next

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    Chances of decent showers on the final day. It's time for both of these to up the ante and start scoring a bit faster.
    We will need at least 4 sessions to bowl England out comfortably.


    Tazimi Sirdar

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    400 runs for Kohli in this series!

    203 more to overtake Dravid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    400 runs for Kohli in this series!

    203 more to overtake Dravid
    The second highest is Bairstow with 205.

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    King Kohli enters South Africa, leaves ABD, Amla far behind while facing Steyn, Philander and Rabada.

    King Kohli enters UK, Root and Cook combined have scored less than half his runs!

    Kohliii !

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    Should declare it after the lead reaches 400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Should declare it after the lead reaches 400.
    No bat the whole day and tire out the English bowlers for the next match.

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    Pujara out, should send pant in and tell him to have a biff

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    This performance is even more impressive if you take into account the hiding India got in the last match. Well done. Hope rain doesn't play spoil sport. They already have enough runs on the board to win comfortably, should look to declare now.


    #Hum apko container deingaye dharnay ke liyay

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    We should bat as long as possible.

    And auto declare after the fall of the 10th wicket.

    Knowing our line-up this will happen by the end of the day anyway, so let's drop any talk of getting to Score N and then calling it a day - we NEED to tire out Anderson and co. before the next test. Bet he wasn't happy to bowl last evening after supposedly finishing us off in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    We should bat as long as possible.

    And auto declare after the fall of the 10th wicket.

    Knowing our line-up this will happen by the end of the day anyway, so let's drop any talk of getting to Score N and then calling it a day - we NEED to tire out Anderson and co. before the next test. Bet he wasn't happy to bowl last evening after supposedly finishing us off in the morning.
    Tire out? 4th test is on 30th Aug, plenty of time to recover.

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    Why not sent Pant and ask him to go T2O mode here? What is the point of Rahane with almost 400 lead??

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    Bat out whole day if possible. Bowlers will get tired mentall knowing that a huge score against them is possible by this batting unit. Batters like Pandya and Pant should get a chance to bat without pressure and see if they can score good. Kohli should get to 100 if he can.
    Last edited by mp812rediff; 20th August 2018 at 14:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    Tire out? 4th test is on 30th Aug, plenty of time to recover.
    Bat long anyway. Mentally drain them before the 4th test.

    We mean business now. 2-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canford Cliffs View Post
    Why not sent Pant and ask him to go T2O mode here? What is the point of Rahane with almost 400 lead??
    Let Rahane get more used to playing in cloudy English weather. We still need him to bat well in the next 2 Tests.

    This is a rare situation where you feel that you have the luxury of getting some batting practice as there is still a lot of time left.


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