India v England | 2nd Test - Day 4 | Mohali | 22/12/08

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before any one started the thread, England lost 3 wickets.

293-9

Harbhajan picking up 2 today and Zak a well deserved 1.

Anderson and Maonty at the wicket.
 
75.1 Harbhajan Singh to Prior, OUT, gone! early strike for India, Prior is caught down the leg side off one than spins...he tries to glance it around the corner, but gets a thin edge to Dhoni. Batsmen often think that it's a strangle, but the bowler will happily take it
MJ Prior c Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00
England 285/7 JM Anderson 2* (11b) Harbhajan Singh 16.1-2-58-2

77.4 Harbhajan Singh to Broad, OUT, gone! round the wicket, and Broad leaves it alone only to see his off stump get knocked back, poor judgement and he pays the price. That was well bowled, it was almost a straight ball that Broad decided not to play
SCJ Broad b Harbhajan Singh 1 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11
England 290/8 JM Anderson 5* (18b) Harbhajan Singh 17.4-2-62-3

80.3 Khan to Swann, OUT, and another goes, well bowled, shapes back in late to Swann and crashes into middle stump. That was too good for the No.10, superb show of swing bowling and England collapsing in style
GP Swann b Khan 3 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
England 293/9 JM Anderson 5* (26b) Z Khan 19.3-3-71-3
 
to some extent, India compensated for the loss of time and overs due to fog.
it is up to the indian team to set up a competitive target for the england team to chase in the 2nd innings. 150 runs lead would be an advantage by lunch on 4th day.
 
Not enough time left. This is a draw.
 
May very well end up as a draw. especially considering the fact that India is already 1 up and would not try to risk as KP, Flintoff,Cook showed they can score quickly.
 
83.5 Harbhajan Singh to Panesar, OUT
MS Panesar c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh 5 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25
 
who would have thought Harbhajan would pick up 3 of the remaining 4 wickets today, watching the way he had bowled yesterday.
 
Nice collapse by England...six wickets for 22 in 12 overs :D
 
151 runs lead- looked very much out of the realms of possibility at 280-4, with KP and Flintoff going great guns. 22 runs - 6 wickets. not for nothing they call cricket as a game of glorious uncertainities! Sehwag bats like a millionaire in chennai 2nd innings, gets out for a 3rd ball duck in mohali! Strauss cant put a foot wrong in chennai, gets out for a duck in mohali. KP bats from memory in chennai and fails in both innings, but makes probably the most impressive century of the last 3 months in india, at mohali. Test cricket is different!
 
Gotta love Indian news channels....showing this as 'Breaking News' :)))
 
Ha Ha haaa...........it's a moral victory for us!!!
 
9-0,
gambhir 8* with 2 fours, Sehwag on 1.
Lunch.
160 lead.
 
Rigth said 60 more overs for today if they score 220 more thay stand a very good chance
 
Last bat V Sehwag run out 17 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Fow: 30/1 (5.5 ov); Partnership: 30 runs, 5.5 overs, RR: 5.14 (Gambhir 13, Sehwag 17)

5.5 Broad to Sehwag, OUT,
hit hard back to Broad who half stops, Sehwag sets off for a really sharp single, taking on Bell who races in from short extra cover, picks up and in the same move dives with the ball in his hand and demolishes the stumps, sending all three sprawling, and Sehwag just continues running, he's not waiting for the third umpire

suicidal=sehwag
 
Wonder if the recent trend of big scores being chased will be on Dhoni's mind.

It is England though.
 
Dravid's first innings century will prove one of the most damaging centuries in India cricket history. He's 36 years old, drops catches, runs poorly between the wickets, scores at a slow rate disrupting whatever momentum Sehwag gives and most importantly he's denying the chance of a youngster to bat with the likes of Tendulkar and Laxman while they're still around and in good form. What's the benefit of keeping this guy? Indian selectors have to be among the most gutless in world cricket.
 
Lot of people were arguing pages and pages about why Sehwag was given man of the match. Do you now see why?
 
India might become the third team in such a short period to lose from a unlosable situation. First England Then Australia Now India.
 
First 3 overs Anderson 23 runs Sehwag was batting. He was gone run out. Next 4 overs Anderson maiden. What a difference he makes. This Test reminds me of Bangalore Test where Gambhir and Sehwag were going well. Gambhir ran Sehwag out. From that point everything changed. India went on to lose the match.
 
As long as Gambhir is still there, I wouldn't be worried that much Laxman, Yuvraj and Dhoni could all keep the innings going and going and going. India already 200 runs ahead, the only problem is how much time do they have to get as many runs and also give them time to bowl England out.
 
Matic said:
As long as Gambhir is still there, I wouldn't be worried that much Laxman, Yuvraj and Dhoni could all keep the innings going and going and going. India already 200 runs ahead, the only problem is how much time do they have to get as many runs and also give them time to bowl England out.
This is the last session and then it is day 5 already..A target of 400 looks a distance but a collapse may or may not happen..Let us see what happens..the middle order has dissappointed us in this test match
 
Manish26 said:
This is the last session and then it is day 5 already..A target of 400 looks a distance but a collapse may or may not happen..Let us see what happens..the middle order has dissappointed us in this test match

It's going to be interesting to see how Laxman plays this final session on Day 4. I believe he is the weakest link in this situation for India.
 
England fielders trying to shine one side of the ball like no tomorrow.
 
Matic said:
England fielders trying to shine one side of the ball like no tomorrow.

Trying to waste time so that they can save the test. The umpires really ought to step in and stop this blatant gamesmanship, only one team out there trying to win this test!
 
Lol, first ball Monty bowls defending back at him and a small but classic misfield.
 
Laxman RUN OUT! Only a matter of time before he was out.

England getting their wickets.. Ind 80-4.
 
Yuvraj and Gambhir the new partnership. Yuvraj can get on a roll let's not forget that.
 
Need to get Panesar off and Swann on right away.

The perfect combo will then be in place to deal with Yuvraj.
 
22 overs remain on Day 4 and India are only 241 runs ahead. Yuvraj looks like he'll play his shots and England keep on getting breakthroughs, this is going to be fun to watch.
 
Random Aussie said:
43 overs today for 90 runs.

Again the crowd will be glad they didn't turn up

Quick runs doesn't mean high class entertaining test cricket, to the true purest this is test cricket at its best. Every run well fought for and vital.
 
diondublin said:
Quick runs doesn't mean high class entertaining test cricket, to the true purest this is test cricket at its best. Every run well fought for and vital.

However, India's approach to this second innings barring Sehwag hasn't been of a number one team in the world.
 
India now lead by 276 runs with 16 overs to play. Yuvraj has changed this session.
 
diondublin said:
However, India's approach to this second innings barring Sehwag hasn't been of a number one team in the world.

I think probably after seeing the 2 defeats at Chennai and Perth they didn't want to happen again. At both places teams that took the lead went on to lose. Agreed 151 is a pretty good lead. Still Dhoni didn't want to take a chance one would think. I dont find any other explanation for this inexplicable attrition.
 
Yuvraj helping himself against some buffet bowling served up by the ineffective Panesar.
 
India showing that they have no plans of going hard.

India up by 285, had 11 overs remaining before they walked off. With the batsmen at the crease, they could have added a good number of runs for the remaining overs.
 
why is Owais shah being marginalised by petersingh? surely he is better than both cuptaan nudge and the sherminator?
 
Gambhir or Zaheer for man of the series?

Gambhir was disappointed and made it clear to media in an interview after Australian series that he expected to be named as man of the series but missed out due to the ban for the final test and he was disappointed that his double hundred at delhi and another useful hundred at mohali were not considered.

he has done well again in these 2 matches, lent solidity in the second innings and set up the base with a big hundred in the first innings. Even in chennai he ensured india dis not collapse after sehwag and Dravid got out. made an useful 60 which many people did not notice in the euphoria of super star innings of sehwag/sachin/yuvi. he is an asset to the team.

Zaheer ofcourse is the leader of the attack. has been picking 3 wickets in each England innings, at a reasonable economy rate on unhelpful wickets.
he is a vital cog in the attack and has been mentoring Ishant very well. when ever Dhoni is in a spot of bother with the ball,he turns to Zak. he delivers almost always or at least fulfills Dhoni's expectations in slowing down the flow of runs or bowling with discipline,accuracy and control.

ofcourse i may be jumping the gun in assuming that this test will end up as a draw and india will be the winners by 1-0 margin.dont see England repeating what india did, picking last 6 wickets for 22 runs. chasing down 300+ in about 70 overs on final day, in foggy Mohali is a tough ask.
 
Gambhir should and will get it imo..its been a long time coming.Was the highest scorer in the Australia series as well.Consitency is amazing.
 
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