DAY 1 2nd Test – Mohali – INDIA ENGLAND 2008

Shewag goes early – India crawls to lunch 
Continuing a sub-continental tradition that the team that wins the toss bats first, India won the toss and unhesitatingly chose to bat first. However, the match got to a delayed start due to bad light.

The start was ominous for India, they lost Sehwag early to Broad who replaced a rather a flat Harmison in the English squad. You can say that Sehwag’s dismissal put everything in perspective. India has made a painstaking 51 in 21 over’s to lunch.

Despite hints to the contrary, Dravid who was expected to come lower down the order walked in at his usual place in the batting order and his labored batting had much to do with the slow run rate.

A look at the English bowling analysis (Up to Lunch) reveals how tough the going has been made out to be. From here on even a 200 at the end of the day looks well neigh impossible.

James Anderson    7 0 16 0 (1nb)

Stuart Broad          7 3 17 1

Andrew Flintoff      5 1 7 0 (1nb)

Monty Panesar      1 0 8 0

Graeme Swann      1 1 0 0

What would you call this – consolidation or an abject crawl?
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The Indians are overwhelming favorites
The conditions for the second Test is a lot different from Chennai. The surface will definitely help the seamers early in the Test. However, India with Zaheer and Ishanth in prime form appear more equipped to take advantage of the conditions than the demoralized Harmison and Anderson.

The come from behind victory surely makes India the favourites to win this one. If they win the Mohali Test, India then becomes second in the ICC Test ranking. This should be motivation enough for them to strive for a 2-0 whitewash.

Despite so many positives, the Dravid problem is a recurring headache. With the selectors reposing faith in him, Dhoni has to select him in the eleven. According to a news report, the Indian team think tank is contemplating bringing up VVS Laxman and pushing Dravid down the order. However one ceases to understand the need for such a move, why upset a set batting order to accommodate him.

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Anonymous scorpicity said...

A green top Otts! what a pleasant surprise. I liked the way Sehwag advertised for Khaitan fans :)

19/12/2008, 11:29  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

scorpi, missed the Khaitan ad, was it on neo?

19/12/2008, 16:10  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

Nah... there is the saying in chennai locally while playing cricket, which translates basically that when a batsmen keeps swinging and missing, the fielders around get a lot of wind. "Kaathu veesaran paar"


19/12/2008, 16:19  

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