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    England vs India | 4th Test | Southampton | August 30-September 3, 2018 | Day 2 Thread

    ndia got the better of the first day of the fourth Test at the Hampshire Bowl to continue their resurgence in form, with Jasprit Bumrah leading their impressive pace battery.

    Another spirited knock from England’s No.8, Sam Curran, saved his side from embarrassment, as England recovered from 86/6 to reach 246, before England’s bowlers had 15 minutes to dent the confidence of a re-energised Indian Test outfit, but failed to make a breakthrough. The tourists finished the day 19 without loss.

    Earlier, Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat on a picturesque, sunny morning in Southampton, but the India attack imparted dangerous sideways movement from the outset, as England’s top-order failed to deliver once more.

    First, Bumrah boomeranged one into Keaton Jennings’ pads, with the England batsman all at sea, failing to offer a shot and succumbing to a plum lbw. Another strong lbw shout against Root ensued, but, on review, Bumrah was found to have overstepped.

    Sharma got the England batsman in similar fashion soon after with a tasty in-swinger to make it 15/2, this time prompting a failed review by Root, and, in the process, Sharma became only the third Indian Test bowler to reach 250 Test scalps.

    Cook dug in for the first hour, with India’s pace attack swinging it more than at any other period of the series. Soon, Jonny Bairstow, playing as a specialist batsman, also fell cheaply after an edge behind off Bumrah.

    When Cook played a loose cut to Virat Kohli at third slip off the bowling of Harkik Pandya, England were looking to their mainstays of the second innings at Trent Bridge, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, to lift them out of a predicament. A mini-recovery prevailed, but it wasn’t enough.

    Buttler (21) scored at a quicker rate but Stokes looked the more composed of the two. The former, who will don the gloves in this Test, gifted Kohli his second catch of the innings, before Stokes (23) opted to review a plum lbw, with Shami claiming both scalps to make it 86/6.

    Moeen Ali and Sam Curran, both earning a recall ahead of this Test and both with points to prove, struck a good balance between positively and sustainability.

    Both sent powerful cuts to the boundary, but while the ball was behaving a little kindlier, the India speedsters, Bumrah in particular, were still able to bowl the odd hooping jaffer away from the lefties. Ashwin, such a menace against left-handers, was introduced but didn’t pose the same threat as the pacemen.

    After tea, Moeen’s maximum over long-off off Ashwin – more convincing than his earlier top-edged six over fine-leg – illustrated the duo’s desire to back their natural game. They had a lot resting on their shoulders during this passage of play – not only for the match but the series.

    Curran survived an lbw shout off Ashwin on umpire’s call, before Moeen’s (40) mis-skewed slog sweep off Ashwin was brilliantly caught by Bumrah at midwicket, half-way back, to end an 80-run partnership. That brought Rashid to the crease at 167/7, which gave India a sniff of the tail.

    After Sharma trapped Rashid lbw, Curran, building on impressive starts of 24, 63 and 40 in the series so far, slog-swept to 50 with a six, clocking up England’s 200. It was shots-aplenty from thereon.

    Curran eventually swung his bat one too many times, bowled by Ashwin for 78, which ended another potentially match-saving knock for the hosts from the young pup. He deserved a maiden Test hundred, but the exposure of James Anderson at No.11 after Stuart Broad was dismissed lbw by Bumrah, meant the Surrey all-rounder had to selflessly revert to Twenty20 mode.

    India’s bowlers shared the wickets around. Two-fors for Shami (2/52), Sharma (2/26) and Ashwin were bettered by the brilliant Bumrah (3/46), who bamboozled England’s batsmen at times.

    India’s openers survived four overs from Anderson and Broad late in the day, with both struggling to produce their trademark accuracy.

    Score at the End of Day 1:

    England 246 (Sam Curran 78, Moeen Ali 40, Bumrah 3/46, Sharma 2/26)
    India 19/0

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    We've conceded 100 runs too many. Would have been a different ball game altogether had Eng got bundled out for 150 or lesser.

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    Thats why its imperative for all Indian batsmen to convert their starts into something substantial. Have to have at least a big ton in 1st innings. Don't know who'll score it but it has to come from someone.

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    Liked Warne's idea as well. Someone needs to disrupt Jimmy's rhythm by attacking him from the outset. He already looks to be in a bit of defensive mode if his attempt to bowl too far outside off stump is anything to go by.

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    So many reports have been calling this a batting pitch. It's a less bowler friendly pitch, definitely not a batting pitch. Our pacers were getting a lot of movement in the air and off the pitch even in 70th over. 300 will be a very good first inning score for us. That should be the target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    So many reports have been calling this a batting pitch. It's a less bowler friendly pitch, definitely not a batting pitch. Our pacers were getting a lot of movement in the air and off the pitch even in 70th over. 300 will be a very good first inning score for us. That should be the target.
    It's a belter. Minimal seam movement. A 400 pitch. Don't let the pitch be an excuse for our batting crapulence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    So many reports have been calling this a batting pitch. It's a less bowler friendly pitch, definitely not a batting pitch. Our pacers were getting a lot of movement in the air and off the pitch even in 70th over. 300 will be a very good first inning score for us. That should be the target.
    A lot has to do with confidence of both teams.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    It's a belter. Minimal seam movement. A 400 pitch. Don't let the pitch be an excuse for our batting crapulence.
    Really? Me and you have been watching different matches then

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    India will get 100 runs lead here .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    Really? Me and you have been watching different matches then
    Clearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    So many reports have been calling this a batting pitch. It's a less bowler friendly pitch, definitely not a batting pitch. Our pacers were getting a lot of movement in the air and off the pitch even in 70th over. 300 will be a very good first inning score for us. That should be the target.
    You're right. Which is why im hoping for a nice , warm, sunny day with minimal swing. The pitch is supposed to quicken on the 2nd day as well. That's a double edged sword imo. If there is minimal lateral movement, it would be ideal for batting but if there is some/swing with the pitch quickening up, k don't expect our batting to make a lot of runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Clearly.
    You're wrong.

    It's the best batting pitch of the series so far. But it's no where close to a belter.

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    Some of the Indian fans are just........ever so ready to whitewash India's crapulence! Already serving up excuses to stay sane after another likely collapse.

    My advice, stop being a nervous mess and chill out!

    This is a hard flat track with minimal seam movement. If Indian batsmen cannot score after spending months in this country and playing countless matches, they deserve all the ridicule here by our always fair Pakistani fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Some of the Indian fans are just........ever so ready to whitewash India's crapulence! Already serving up excuses to stay sane after another likely collapse.

    My advice, stop being a nervous mess and chill out!

    This is a hard flat track with minimal seam movement. If Indian batsmen cannot score after spending months in this country and playing countless matches, they deserve all the ridicule here by our always fair Pakistani fans.
    Keeps cracking me up. Are you Sanjay Manjrekar by any chance? He's been repeating this non sense since yesterday

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    Ggood start by India . If both of these players make 30 each , india in driving seat . If kohli does not come into bat within an hour, this games india

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    Golden opportunity for India. England look flat. Can see India getting 450 here.

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    If India score more runs than Eng and pick up ten more wickets they should win this quite comfortably.

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    Rahul fails again...

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    Broad takes out Rahoooool :

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    If Rahul fails to keep his India team slot beyond this series, he'll have only himself to blame.

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    Rahul has a glaring weakness for inswing deliveries.

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    Curran is gonna be a handful on this track

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    I must be a horrible Indian fan, but I look forward to the fall of first two wickets.

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    Broaderson will now have their tails up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackShadow View Post
    I must be a horrible Indian fan, but I look forward to the fall of first two wickets.
    Reminder of good old 90s

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    Golden chance for Dhawan to cement his place in Indian test team for Aus tour.

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    Someone called this pitch a "belter" LOL. Swing, seam, pace - everything available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastManstanding View Post
    Reminder of good old 90s
    Or 2000s or any other decade. There was nothing better than watching Sachin bat, Kohli included.

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    Eng lead is exactly 200 now.

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    Pujara as usual playing his 2(21) kind of innings. It is okay to start this but atleast you gotta make it count.

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    Dhawan gone as well? Eng has reviewed.

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    Eng lose their review.

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    Failure of Rahul has cost India additional 15-20 runs which they would have scored by now.

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    :

    Dhawan Nick one to Buttler off BROAD

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackShadow View Post
    I must be a horrible Indian fan, but I look forward to the fall of first two wickets.
    Got your wish now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Got your wish now?
    His day will be ruined if a certain wicket falls cheaply...

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    Beautiful bowling from Broad. He's stepped up once again. Batting isn't going to be easy at all.

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    King's trademark.

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    OUT! Good bowling broad

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataullah View Post
    OUT! Good bowling broad
    what?

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    Can Curran do an Amir and get Kohli to Nick one?

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    Kohli on 5999 test runs.

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    Gets his 6k test runs in style.

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    if eng dont take another wicket, indias session

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    Naah....

    Eng's session this....

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    Anderson has been disappointing after lords

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    Pujara looks better with Kohli on other end. Perhaps tries extra hard to impress the skipper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Naah....

    Eng's session this....
    I don't think so. Shared session.

    If India doesn't lose another wicket till the 40th over, they will be ahead in the game.

    The old ball has been a lot less threatening in this series so far.

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    India are ahead. They have 8 wickets and are only 160 runs behind. Plus no Stokes available to bowl.

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    Congrats to Kohli for reaching 6000 test runs.Can anybody say at which age Sachin reached this milestone?

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    if India is not 4 down before launch their session, 3 just about even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkyawar View Post
    Anderson has been disappointing after lords
    It's a great effort on Anderson's part TBH.

    I don't think too many 36 year old pacers would be able to play 4 tests in a month, let alone be the highest wicket taker in the series.

    At his age, he was bound to lose some intensity after playing so much cricket.

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    Excellent batting this. Can not imagine we were comparing kohli and root

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainul View Post
    Congrats to Kohli for reaching 6000 test runs.Can anybody say at which age Sachin reached this milestone?
    Sachin was 26. He completed 6000 test runs in 120 innings. Gavaskar did it in 117 innings.

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    Dear me, England are desperate to ask Jennings to roll his arm over with a ball less than 30 overs old.

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    Tendulkar's issue was India playing such less no. of tests during best phase of his career.

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    2018 is the year where Kohli officially entered the league of the all-time great batsmen. It is a privilege watching a top 5 of all time batsman at the peak of his powers.

    The odds of him scoring #24 today and shutting England out of this match are quite high.

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    Must say this is a good looking ground.

    Those tall white stands remind me of Chennai or Pune's stadia.

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    Imagine India wins this test match and the series which is possible considering Oval is not Eng favorite ground. Pakistan supporter will be made to at their words after posting a humiliating 5-0 white wash

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    There is a Shane Warne stand here but none in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Dear me, England are desperate to ask Jennings to roll his arm over with a ball less than 30 overs old.
    Last over before lunch. Makes complete sense you'll use a wildcard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    There is a Shane Warne stand here but none in Australia.
    I don't even think Australia have played a test here during Warne's time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Last over before lunch. Makes complete sense you'll use a wildcard.
    No it wasn't. There were at least 5 overs remaining before lunch when he was brought on. Root has lost the plot and is making things up as he goes along. India should be very disappointed if they don't score 400 here. England are close to disintegrating.

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    India's session this.

    If Ashwin doesn't bowl his middle stump line rubbish in the 2nd innings, he should be a handful when England bats the 2nd time around.

    A first innings lead of a 125 is going to be pretty big on this pitch. If India get to 370-380, they will be in the driver's seat.

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    England in trouble. India need to score 350 and they should seal this. England look mediocre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    There is a Shane Warne stand here but none in Australia.
    I think its because of Warne's life long association with Hampshire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MoJoJoJo View Post
    Sachin was 26. He completed 6000 test runs in 120 innings. Gavaskar did it in 117 innings.
    Thanks. I see no chance of Kohli breaking the record of Tendulkar in test. Already 3 years behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainul View Post
    Thanks. I see no chance of Kohli breaking the record of Tendulkar in test. Already 3 years behind.
    India plays way more Tests now than they did in the 90's. Add to that Sachin missed a lot of Tests between 2003 till his comeback from shoulder surgery in September, 2006.


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    Told you guys England will struggle with only 3 fast bowlers . This is butter on bread . England should aim a lead of 150 plus . Tire them out and take it to oval . Trust me England do not want to go to oval with being 2-2 , at a ground where they do not do well and where ashwin and jadeja might both come into play

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    Bowlers creating chances every now and then. Not the kind of batting surface most pundits predicted.

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    Torturing us.

    Almost got Kohli.

    Gotta concentrate against him.

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    King enters 40s.

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    India fighting it out rather than the flat track buliies and Home track bullies . A big shut up call to all those 5-0 bashers . I would have never thought I would say this but pakistan has a better top order compared to England on a green top

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    Ashwin has to step up in the 3rd innings.

    It's time for him to pick up a 5fer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    Moeenalaritharan

    Torturing us.

    Almost got Kohli.

    Gotta concentrate against him.
    He had an average of 64.9 against Indian batsmen on Indian tracks that are supposed to be helpful to spinners. Do you think he will do better in England, and if yes then why? Serious and not rhetorical question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    He had an average of 64.9 against Indian batsmen on Indian tracks that are supposed to be helpful to spinners. Do you think he will do better in England, and if yes then why? Serious and not rhetorical question.
    Indian batsman have been poor against offspinners in overseas tour i guess.

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    Curran is such an exciting talent. It was foolhardy to drop him for Nottingham test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    He had an average of 64.9 against Indian batsmen on Indian tracks that are supposed to be helpful to spinners. Do you think he will do better in England, and if yes then why? Serious and not rhetorical question.
    But he had a lot of success in 2014 in similar conditions that he is in now.

    If you look at it that way, it's 1-1 for and against Moeen.

    This time it can go either way. But most probably he will be in the middle somewhere this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    He had an average of 64.9 against Indian batsmen on Indian tracks that are supposed to be helpful to spinners. Do you think he will do better in England, and if yes then why? Serious and not rhetorical question.
    Moeen Ali got wickets in 2014 because England had runs on the board . This England batting can’t score 300 in a first innings if there life depended on it . You can’t expect Moeen Ali to torture India on a belter with no runs on the board .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    He had an average of 64.9 against Indian batsmen on Indian tracks that are supposed to be helpful to spinners. Do you think he will do better in England, and if yes then why? Serious and not rhetorical question.
    I didn't say he was a great spinner but said he was bowling well which he was.

    Passage of play matters.

    Every day and every game is different.

    A Kyle Mills can run through an ATG batting lineup if he is bowling well in good conditions.

    Pandya destroyed England outta nowhere last game.

    Same way last time, Moeen destroyed us.

    Chances are high we will see of Moeen (even score lots of runs) cos he aint a proper spinner so he may not be consistent enough.

    Regardless the point remains we hav to concentrate against a bowler in the middle of a good spell.


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