India v England Test Series 2021

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Did Washington Sundar break a mirror whilst walking under a ladder?
 

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555-8 at stumps - another excellent day for England and should ensure they cant lose here. Get up to 575 and put India under pressure - think they'll rack up 500 as well and the game will be drawn.
 

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Try and rack up another 20 quick runs tomorrow, then let Jimmy and Jofra do some damage with the new conker before our spinners take advantage of a deteriorating wicket. Set up nicely this.
 

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Try and rack up another 20 quick runs tomorrow, then let Jimmy and Jofra do some damage with the new conker before our spinners take advantage of a deteriorating wicket. Set up nicely this.
You bat forever in India, the longer you go on the more the pitch will turn.
 

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You bat forever in India, the longer you go on the more the pitch will turn.
Yep also its 4 test in a short time. Hot weather, keep them out there as long as possible and keep as fresh as you can.
 

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Root quite rightly will dominate the headlines and England are in a position one would think that they can't lose this test match.

Missed the last hour of today's play but I think India will be in some way happy taking 4 wickets post tea. The wicket of Butler was the key as he could have easily on that wicket scored a quick fire 100 in no time.

As for India - think we stuck at our task well on a flat wicket (to date). Something I mentioned before this test is that our fielding was poor in Australia. Sharma has to take that catch. This is one area we have improved so much in recent years but let us down. The injury just before the test for Axar Patel (whom is a useful batsman) has disjointed the bowling. Neither Sundar nor Nadeem are wicket taking bowlers IMO. Sundar in the side for his batting.

Tomorrow will be really interesting. I expect India to take the new bowl and Ishant and Burmah to polish off the innings within the first hour. I am really intrigued how Archer will bowl (not sure the short ball to soften batsmen will work on this pitch). Sharma if he overcomes Jimmy and Archer first up will look to attack the spinners and Gill is a free flowing batsman. Pujara will bat normally.

By close tomorrow we will have some idea how this test match will be heading. I expect first two sessions will still be good to bat and towards the end of the day more spin.
 

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I'd like to know how many times Root goes past 150 when he gets a 100, seems to get big hundreds a lot of the time.
Root now gets 50 and goes past 180.

Really fascinating to hear today when Gautam Gambhir suggested that Indian batsmen could learn from the way Root plays spin. Root is an exceptional player of spin and one of the best ever from outside the sub-continent.
 

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Root quite rightly will dominate the headlines and England are in a position one would think that they can't lose this test match.

Missed the last hour of today's play but I think India will be in some way happy taking 4 wickets post tea. The wicket of Butler was the key as he could have easily on that wicket scored a quick fire 100 in no time.

As for India - think we stuck at our task well on a flat wicket (to date). Something I mentioned before this test is that our fielding was poor in Australia. Sharma has to take that catch. This is one area we have improved so much in recent years but let us down. The injury just before the test for Axar Patel (whom is a useful batsman) has disjointed the bowling. Neither Sundar nor Nadeem are wicket taking bowlers IMO. Sundar in the side for his batting.

Tomorrow will be really interesting. I expect India to take the new bowl and Ishant and Burmah to polish off the innings within the first hour. I am really intrigued how Archer will bowl (not sure the short ball to soften batsmen will work on this pitch). Sharma if he overcomes Jimmy and Archer first up will look to attack the spinners and Gill is a free flowing batsman. Pujara will bat normally.

By close tomorrow we will have some idea how this test match will be heading. I expect first two sessions will still be good to bat and towards the end of the day more spin.
Ishant's 2 wickets were superb. Give's Jimmy something to go for tomorrow. A quick "Michelle" would be nice before unleashing the spinners. But then who's to say India won't rack up a quick 700 and bowl us out in the 2nd innings for under 100!
 

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Ishant's 2 wickets were superb. Give's Jimmy something to go for tomorrow. A quick "Michelle" would be nice before unleashing the spinners. But then who's to say India won't rack up a quick 700 and bowl us out in the 2nd innings for under 100!
I firmly believe that India's first objective when they go out to bat is to avoid the follow on. I honestly can't see how India can win from here. I have yet to see a quick 700. Scoring that many runs in the history of test cricket is a rarity. Equally, I can see India will look to go after the spinners.
 

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I firmly believe that India's first objective when they go out to bat is to avoid the follow on. I honestly can't see how India can win from here. I have yet to see a quick 700. Scoring that many runs in the history of test cricket is a rarity. Equally, I can see India will look to go after the spinners.
Promises to be a fantastic series. Got Monday off work for a NFL / cricket all nighter tomorrow night.
 

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Fascinating listening to Sir A talking about ball management and reverse swing. I'm amazed at how central this aspect seems to be to the whole game plan, but then I know absolutely DS about this modern side of the sport.
 

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One salient difference between these two sides at the moment, highlighted by Rohit Sharma yesterday... and Jimmy and Joe today..
 

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Fine spell this from the Yorkshireman. Fascinating to see the duel with his fellow countyman at the other end.
 

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Big session ahead for India. They need to somehow bat deep into day 4. Equally, if England get 2 or more wickets they will be firm favourites.

Will be an entertaining session ahead for sure with Pant batting.
 

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Bess strikes!! That’ll do....

Hits the close fielder and gets caught at mid wicket. 😂

Pujara gone. 😁
 

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Leach getting battered though.

At 10 an over......
 

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That Pujara wicket is a massive blow for India. He didn’t look in any trouble throughout his innings and was aiming for 150 plus.

India’s scoring rate is just short of 4 runs an over.

India need these two to stay by close tonight as after Ashwin note a lot left.
 

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Brilliant.

Pant gone!!

Bess again.
 

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2 reviews lost. Gambling on an LBW from batsman padding the ball away without offering a shot. Trying to winkle one more out before close....
 

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Damn it. A catch dropped. A tough one but was in Archer’s hands!
 

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Archer really has the perfect fast bowlers action. Everything is so smooth and perfectly balanced. I have done some kids coaching and everything you try to get them to do Archer does.
 

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257/6 at close.

A good day.
 

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Cricket is such a funny game, Bess gets 4 wickets (two with bad balls). Leach could have easily ended the day with two wickets. I do worry about our spinners though. They are still very inconsistent.
 

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When the score summary comes up at the bottom of the screen, in the Ch 4 coverage, it says "WIDES 0 NO-BALLS 0 LEG-BYES 1 BYES 4 PENALTIES 0". Penalties? I've never noticed this before. New addition? Is that for instance if the ball goes through the keeper and strikes the helmet that's sitting there? (literally helmet, before anyone says anything :LOL:.
 

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Really fascinating day. England will be delighted. Two of the wickets were just exceptional fielding/catching. Sharma and Kohli wickets were just good bowling. Pujara wicket was a fluke and I would never criticise Pant as one needs to let him play.

India’s tactics will firmly be to now take time out of the game and bat as long as possible. Whereas England will probably want to finish India off in the first session tomorrow especially with the new ball due in 10 overs.
 

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Really fascinating day. England will be delighted. Two of the wickets were just exceptional fielding/catching. Sharma and Kohli wickets were just good bowling. Pujara wicket was a fluke and I would never criticise Pant as one needs to let him play.

India’s tactics will firmly be to now take time out of the game and bat as long as possible. Whereas England will probably want to finish India off in the first session tomorrow especially with the new ball due in 10 overs.
I don't expect England to enforce the follow-on though. Which means bat quickly and give them 3.5 sessions to survive and chase 450
 

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I don't expect England to enforce the follow-on though. Which means bat quickly and give them 3.5 sessions to survive and chase 450
Would have to be very unusual circumstances not to enforce a follow-on. Yes, I know you wouldn't ideally want to bat last in India, but still better to try finish the job off without having to bat again at all imo. Plus, it avoids that very tricky declaration decision.
 

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Sundar batted superbly. Deserved a century.

As predicted day 4 is taking a lot more spin. Looks like an enjoyable afternoon session ahead with England pressing to score runs quickly but more help for the spinners.
 

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Interesting situation - at what point do England declare here? Thinking we want 100 overs minimum so probably another 30 overs or so and get close to 420 lead
 

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