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    England vs India | 5th Test | The Oval | September 7-11, 2018 | Day 4 Thread

    A superb unbeaten 86 from Ravindra Jadeja saw India extend their first innings to within 40 runs of England’s but another solid innings from Alastair Cook ensured England ended the day on top.

    India began the day with their innings wobbling, on 174/6 in reply to England’s 332 all out. With two of their less-heralded batsmen in the middle – Jadeja playing his first game on tour, and Hanuma Vihari on debut, though boasting the highest average by any active player in first-class cricket – some predicted England would gain a match-defining lead.

    Instead, India battled and scrapped back into the contest. The most eye-catching passage came after Vihari was dismissed, but the importance of his 56 should not be undervalued. He has a reputation as someone with a cool head who values protecting their wicket over taking the attack to the opposition, and these qualities were in evidence as he repelled England’s bowlers almost throughout the morning session.

    Jadeja meanwhile, known mostly as a hit-and-hope counter-attacker, was putting on a decent impression of a proper batsman – perhaps not surprising for a man with a first-class average nearing 45 and three triple-centuries to his name – but took Vihari’s dismissal, who was caught behind off some combination of bat and pad off the bowling of Moeen Ali, as an invitation to tee off.

    Most impressive was his dismantling of his old foe James Anderson, and by the end he was almost toying with him. Short balls where flat-batted back over his head for four, full balls pumped him in the same direction for six, and length balls smeared across the line. His fifty was brought up with a typical swashbuckling swords-dance, and he dragged India back into the contest.

    There was method in the madness too, as he shepherded the tail expertly. From Vihari’s dismissal to the end of the innings he faced well over half the deliveries, and the contribution of Nos. 9-11 to the 55 runs added by the last three wickets was just five runs. Jasprit Bumrah faced just 14 balls for nought in a partnership that neared 10 overs and was worth 32.

    England were run a little ragged, captain Joe Root taking longer and longer to set his field placings, and still failing to prevent Jadeja from taking a single off the last ball. He wasn’t helped by his bowlers, with Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid in particular dropping too short too often. The latter did claim the wicket of Mohammed Shami, but that was more down to an error of judgement, the tail-ender hoicking into the deep rather than blocking out the over.

    Blameless in the bowling department was Ali, who gained lovely drift as well as variable turn. Ishant Sharma was fooled in similar fashion to Vihari, nicking off as the ball drifted away from him, and he could take some credit for the final wicket to fall, his tight bowling meaning Jadeja went for a run that wasn’t on, and Bumrah was caught short.

    Still, India went into the innings break with their tails up, and bowled exceptionally well with the new ball, as they have done throughout the series. There were no freebies on offer for Alastair Cook, who received a rousing standing ovation as he begun his final Test innings, but he didn’t need them, looking secure, elegant even, as he made his way to 46 unbeaten at stumps.

    The same can’t be said for Keaton Jennings, hard though he tried. Having been caught in the cordon many a time in the first three Tests in the series, he has since opted to leave the ball more, and has been dismissed twice offering no shot.

    He was here the victim of a fine piece of bowling, the ball from Shami coming in in the air and nipping in further off the pitch, but it smashed the stumps rather than pickpocketing the bail. It was a significant misjudgement.

    Ali was the next to go for 20. He looked more fluent than he had in his gritty first-innings half-century, taking on the spinner to good effect, but fell in trying to do so. It was again a fine piece of bowling, dipping at the last to spin through the gate as Ali tried to drive.

    Root then entered, and batted almost as well as he has this summer in Test cricket. Before his head has been falling over and he's been out LBW. Today, moving across to off stump, leaving outside his eyeline and clipping anything else through leg, he looked refreshed. By stumps he was 29*, and England were 114/2, leading by 154, and however well Jadeja and India played, England ended the day as they started it, on top.

    Scores:

    England: 332 & 114/2 (43.0 Ovs)
    IND: 292

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    If IND is to win this Test, they must get ENG at least 6 down by lunch keeping the RR tight. May be 175/6 at lunch. For ENG, RR is the key - they won’t like to get stagnated on scoring and then losing 2-3 wickets in no time. That was exactly the case in 1st innings, but tail again bailed them out.

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    The problem is very much clear. Both the teams have batted very poorly (the top order). When you apply yourself, you can score on these pitches which Kohli & English late order have shown (and occasionally their top order). Bowling I would say both teams have bowled well, Indian bowlers should be appreciated for the way they applied away from their home! It is just because of the poor batting, but you cannot blame Indian lower order batting for not playing like England's counterpart. If some team is depending on its lower order batting to win matches, then you can imagine the fragility of that team which can be easily exploited by top teams if they think wisely!

    The whole Indian batting was in a mess for some time now (Pujara's problems overseas, Rahane's issues at home, Vijay's aging, Rahul's clash/quest with LOIs, Experimentation with Dhawan & Rohit in tests) This was covered up with home matches & Kohli's dominance! At least now we should wake up & sort out all these... But I don't think it will happen with Shastri/Kohli, because they still they are the best touring Indian side of all time & competed very well! I don't think they will understand that this was the chance to get proper results if their head was straight & feet was grounded properly! Why should such efforts go in vain like this? I know they are still fighting hard even in this dead rubber (any other team would have given up), but nobody will appreciate such things & will question your ability!

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    Cook has played well in this match.He should reconsider his retirement.

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    Looks like a drawn test

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invincible Gujjar View Post
    Cook has played well in this match.He should reconsider his retirement.
    I think Cook's performance is more due to that motivation of doing something in that final test. If we look at his previous performances from last few years, he was done as a batsmen way back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canford Cliffs View Post
    Looks like a drawn test
    England has already a lead of 223 and that might even be 350 by tea.
    If England declare after Tea, they will have around 110-120 overs to bowl India out on mostly a 5th day pitch. You dont think thats enough overs for England?

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    Root is in a hurry. Taking revenge for not selecting in IPL.😢 Throw some ££ of IPL and, ask to bat slow.
    Last edited by Kohli, The King of Chase; 10th September 2018 at 12:21.

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    Another defeat awaits Hindustan

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    by Cook through cover

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    Four for Root now, England on a roll

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    The only way England don’t win this is leaving the declaration too late.

    Bat until tea then stick India in.

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    I think it will be a draw

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    Next to come in are all stroke players.😢

    Bairstow
    Stokes
    Buttler
    Curran

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    Cook into the 90's

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    Good to see that England have pushed a bit of scoring in the last 35 mins or so. Looking at maybe a declaration before close tonight and giving India a 10-15 Over period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagestani_Eagle View Post
    I think it will be a draw
    India ain't surviving 4 sessions or scoring 400 to win, it will be a miracle if anyone of both happens

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    Classy shot down the ground for 4 by Cook.

    95*

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    Cook on 95...

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    Whatever England sets India here, knowing Kohli he will go for the target and that will actually be better for India. They will enter the innings with an unclouded mindset knowing their target. I think they would play well in that scenario. India generally struggles with middling targets where they are caught in two states of minds whether to attack or defend.

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    Get your well deserving hundred.

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    More misery for India, further humiliation, hopes of their bowling pulling it back are dead and gone, with this lead already too much.

    If it wasn't bad enough to lose 3-1, they may well lose 4-1 in the most lopsided game of the series. Terrible way to end a terrible tour...having lost the favoured ODI series as well.

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    Ton up for Cook.

    He gets a standing ovation.

    Hundred in his first test match, hundred in his last.

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    Well done Chef

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    What an ovation by this Oval crowd.

    100 in his first and now last test innings by Cook!

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    what a way to end your career.Well done man.

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    Now that's out of the way, time to go for six sixes in an over.

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    It'll be a shame that he couldn't finish up with an average of 50.

    Just above 45 is still good but 50 would have been brilliant.

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    So pleased for the guy.

    Wonder if he’ll start swinging now.

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    Can see them going for it harder after lunch with the run rate.

    I reckon England could be looking at 400 lead to declare.

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    Wao dream final test for cook, Fairy tale Stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeshan547 View Post
    India ain't surviving 4 sessions or scoring 400 to win, it will be a miracle if anyone of both happens
    Cook will look for a double and will bat till lunch tomorrow. India will hv only 2 sessions to survive. Easy draw and 3-1 series win for Eng

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    Fairytale stuff from Cook! Brilliant!

    Deserves every bit of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    It'll be a shame that he couldn't finish up with an average of 50.

    Just above 45 is still good but 50 would have been brilliant.
    He needs another 2074 runs to finish with a career average (provided he's not out). There are another 61 overs left today, so if he scores 34 runs an over he can do it by the end of play today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    He needs another 2074 runs to finish with a career average (provided he's not out). There are another 61 overs left today, so if he scores 34 runs an over he can do it by the end of play today.
    Although he won't be able to score more than 33 runs an over without no balls so he might fall just short unless England bat for a bit tomorrow morning

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    Have to be careful bowling Bumrah too much, don't want him injured a la Ishant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adijazz1706 View Post
    Have to be careful bowling Bumrah too much, don't want him injured a la Ishant
    ishant is injured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adijazz1706 View Post
    Have to be careful bowling Bumrah too much, don't want him injured a la Ishant
    I think Bumrah should be reserved for Home Test matches where he will be needed for very less (but effective overs). Overseas, he should play only if there are 5 bowlers in the lineup. I think it is better to visualize B.Kumar as alrounder instead of Pandya!

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    Well done Cookie!

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    If anyone deserved a fairytale ending, it's Alastair Cook.

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    Well done to Cook!

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    Not impressed by Pant at all

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    Its Either 4-1 or 3-1 thats all there is left in this series now.

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    Lead nearing 300 and, partnership, 200.

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    Now the skipper has broken his fifty problem too. So relieved!

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    well done joe. he already has 41 fifties and only 14 hundreds.

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    Time to swing the bat now.This game is already done and dusted for India.

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    Cook bows out with a ton
    Root breaks his fifty hoodoo
    Anderson passes McGrath tomorrow?

    Golden days for England.

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    Even Cook is improvising now.

    India will be hoping that this torture ends now.

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    This is like flogging a dead horse. Utter domination by Cook and Roooooot.

    Indians' body language is shameful. It's only 80something overs and players ain't even trying

    Hopefully they'll declare ASAP. Wanna see India go for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    Its Either 4-1 or 3-1 thats all there is left in this series now.
    That's what most people predicted in the prediction thread.

    TBH, India have been lucky with drop catches and the fact that English top order flopped also helped them. They should've won the series. It was an ideal situation.

    Ishant and bowlers gave everything in field and top order failed them. Irony

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    No new ball yet

    If something ain't working, you keep on persisting without changing. The Kohli way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Next to come in are all stroke players.��

    Bairstow
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    You're assuming any of them will even need to come in. Root and Cook have done all the work themselves. What's another 50 runs at this point, really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Cook bows out with a ton
    Root breaks his fifty hoodoo
    Anderson passes McGrath tomorrow?

    Golden days for England.
    Time to send Buttler next..Now that would be fun. I wouldn't declare just yet. Id wait till an hour or so after tea and then declare and make the Indians bat in the uncomfortable hour or two before close..England should go over 400..

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    That's what most people predicted in the prediction thread.

    TBH, India have been lucky with drop catches and the fact that English top order flopped also helped them. They should've won the series. It was an ideal situation.

    Ishant and bowlers gave everything in field and top order failed them. Irony
    We do not have a Curran or Butler in the lineup coming in at No.8 and No.9 and bailing the team out consistently.

    The only Test we won was when Curran was dropped in the 3rd Test.

    Both teams batsmen were not able to cope up with the conditions. Its not just Indian top order batsmen that failed. Cook, Root, Jennings, Bairstow, Ali have done nothing with the bat until the 5th Test wich is a dead rubber.

    Got to say, it also shows how overrated Rahane is. The so called Test specialist failed miserably the entire series.

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    43 overs left today - taking 2 over out for change of innings, I think ENG will bat for another 20 overs, leaving IND to chase close to 450 in 110 overs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    Time to send Buttler next..Now that would be fun. I wouldn't declare just yet. Id wait till an hour or so after tea and then declare and make the Indians bat in the uncomfortable hour or two before close..England should go over 400..
    If India score 350+ in the 4th; I'll go all Mamoon and start cheering India for 30 days.

    Will change my username to WhenKapilBowled

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    If India score 350+ in the 4th; I'll go all Mamoon and start cheering India for 30 days.

    Will change my username to WhenKapilBowled
    lol..better be careful Allah swt has a sense of humour lol

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    Yeah, moral victory for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    We do not have a Curran or Butler in the lineup coming in at No.8 and No.9 and bailing the team out consistently.

    The only Test we won was when Curran was dropped in the 3rd Test.

    Both teams batsmen were not able to cope up with the conditions. Its not just Indian top order batsmen that failed. Cook, Root, Jennings, Bairstow, Ali have done nothing with the bat until the 5th Test wich is a dead rubber.

    Got to say, it also shows how overrated Rahane is. The so called Test specialist failed miserably the entire series.
    Ali only played four innings so unfair to mention him. He hit a 40,50,20 and 9. And batted at no.3 in two of those innings for the first time..

    Jennings is bakwaas, Cook has been all over the place, Root cant get beyond 50 and bairstow looks shor of confidence...Curran and Buttler and other lower order players like Ali have helped puff up the England score..

    India just havent come to the party. Their prep has been terrible..

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    Also Root likes 4..Ali will now have to learn not only to be England no.1 spinner but be Englands no.3 too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    Time to send Buttler next..Now that would be fun. I wouldn't declare just yet. Id wait till an hour or so after tea and then declare and make the Indians bat in the uncomfortable hour or two before close..England should go over 400..
    Exactly my thinking @the Great Khan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    Ali only played four innings so unfair to mention him. He hit a 40,50,20 and 9. And batted at no.3 in two of those innings for the first time..

    Jennings is bakwaas, Cook has been all over the place, Root cant get beyond 50 and bairstow looks shor of confidence...Curran and Buttler and other lower order players like Ali have helped puff up the England score..

    India just havent come to the party. Their prep has been terrible..
    England bat until No.10. Their batsmen just keep on coming at you. No respite for the bowlers.

    Batting depth has been the difference in this series. We simply do not have bowlers who can bat like champions like England have.

    England is a far better Test team than India in their own den. Thanks to their tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Exactly my thinking @the Great Khan.
    they just sent in bairstow and stokes..but we know these two can leather it so probably wont matter..

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    England bat until No.10. Their batsmen just keep on coming at you. No respite for the bowlers.

    Batting depth has been the difference in this series. We simply do not have bowlers who can bat like champions like England have.

    England is a far better Test team than India in their own den. Thanks to their tail.
    True but your bowlers have found it hard to dislodge the tail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    True but your bowlers have found it hard to dislodge the tail...
    Sam Curran is not a tail ender. Not sure how he plays in spin friendly conditions. But he is a proper batsman who happens to bowl gentle swingers at you. But very effective.

    I wish Curran did not debut against India.

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    Shami still bowling his heart out and has been the fastest pacer in the series by far. Still bowling 140ks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Sam Curran is not a tail ender. Not sure how he plays in spin friendly conditions. But he is a proper batsman who happens to bowl gentle swingers at you. But very effective.

    I wish Curran did not debut against India.
    He did not. His debut was against Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    That's what most people predicted in the prediction thread.

    TBH, India have been lucky with drop catches and the fact that English top order flopped also helped them. They should've won the series. It was an ideal situation.

    Ishant and bowlers gave everything in field and top order failed them. Irony
    When the one player who is suited only to playing in england gets injured in a jamodi it is bound to hurt you. Not tha the others didnt bowl well they did but he would jave added depth to the batting and is the only one who prodigiously swings the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invincible Gujjar View Post
    Shami still bowling his heart out and has been the fastest pacer in the series by far. Still bowling 140ks.
    Going to the boundary even faster.... economy of nearly 4.5 in 3rd innings of match Mashallah


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    Quote Originally Posted by Invincible Gujjar View Post
    He did not. His debut was against Pakistan.
    How did he perform against Pakistan? He was playing all Indian bowlers with ease while the English top order was struggling to score runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Going to the boundary even faster.... economy of nearly 4.5 in 3rd innings of match Mashallah
    well I m talking about his stamina and fitness and his ability to bowl fast it has nothing to do with him going for runs.

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    and he got a wicket very happy for him.well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Sam Curran is not a tail ender. Not sure how he plays in spin friendly conditions. But he is a proper batsman who happens to bowl gentle swingers at you. But very effective.

    I wish Curran did not debut against India.
    He debuted against us lol..

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    How did he perform against Pakistan? He was playing all Indian bowlers with ease while the English top order was struggling to score runs.
    He picked up two wickets across two innings and scored 20 in the only innings he batted in. Not bad for a debut.


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    6 down now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    How did he perform against Pakistan? He was playing all Indian bowlers with ease while the English top order was struggling to score runs.
    Played well..good player..got a 20 and two wickets in two innings..but wobbled the ball around..we got floored by anderson and broad so he didnt have much to do..

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    400 ish target...with 4 sessions. Can we do it? Tough but not impossible

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    Bhajji - Nice Seam Pogishion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    Played well..good player..got a 20 and two wickets in two innings..but wobbled the ball around..we got floored by anderson and broad so he didnt have much to do..
    England keeps churning out quality All rounders.

    Ali, Woakes, Stokes, Curran. So many to chose from.


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