Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:16 am

Shockingly low turnout at Chepauk today :cry:
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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:18 am

Surprise decision to replace Bhuvi with the ever-favoured (but usually useless) Ishant.
Jayant has an injury and has been replaced by Haryana team mate Mishra, who began with a misfield off the first ball! (The wet muddy soil underfoot may have contributed, but it looked comical).

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:30 am

Ishant gets a wicket with a wide ball swinging away. But he has otherwise bowled well this morning.
Update: credit where it's due: Ishant has really bowled well today. 4-3-1-1.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Prashant » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:07 am

PKBasu wrote:Jayant has an injury


Does he? Cricinfo suggests he was dropped?

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sin Hombre » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:52 am

Mishraji has been dismal, as usual, this morning. No control and leaks runs, and doesn't take wickets either and is the worst fielder in the squad. S\

Another drop already this morning, with Rahul dropping Moeen at 0.

England's best chance to win a test this, with half the first choice xi missing.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sin Hombre » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:53 am

And Parthiv misses a stumping off Bairstow. Sigh.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Atithee » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:13 pm

As soon as Ishan't and Mishra were announced in the team, it was going to be an uphill task for India. Perhaps we are playing the generous hosts once again, exemplified by all the missed chances again.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby prasen9 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:16 pm

Rahul keeps dropping catches every other test or so. Patel misses chances every test or so ... :-(

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sin Hombre » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:36 am

That Rahul drop is proving to be super expensive as Moeen is up to an unbeaten 135 now while the other 6 wickets have fallen for 160 odd.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:54 am

The pressure of emulating or beating Chandra's record of 35 wickets in a test series (achieved against England in 1972-73, the first time I watched test cricket at the Eden Gardens and became bewitched by the game) seems to have got to Ashwin. He needed 7 wickets in his home ground but had figures of 1/151 in the first innings.

Chandra, by the way, had broken Vinoo Mankad's 22 year old record of 34 wickets, in the series against England in which India won its first ever test match (with Vinoo as match-winner). Similarly, Vinoo's record for the highest test score by an Indian stood for 28 years until Sunny Gavaskar broke it in 1983-84. Another reason why Vinoo is always in my all-time India XI.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sin Hombre » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:10 pm

Having Mishra and Umesh who both leak runs hurts Ashwin. Jadeja and Jayant help him by keeping it tight on the other end.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby S_K_S » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:53 pm

Haven't been able to watch the final test but from the score card and the articles I would say it was a mistake to play Mishra rather than Yadav. I don't believe the claim that Yadav is injured.

Good start by India after letting England score 200 more than they should have. Can India bat the 3rd and 4th days and score 650? If they do the match should be theirs on the final day.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby prasen9 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:21 am

Patel boy has done good with the bat. Now, he should score his first century to muddy the waters more. Nothing like some good old competition. Rahul should score one big one to keep his place. Yes, bat all of Day 3 and Day 4.

Ashwin is very ineffective when the pitch does not spin. Maybe in such cases, Jadeja is slightly better because he can generate his own pace. Ishant actually bowled fine. Yadav still keeps giving some hit-me balls. Maybe he tries to bowl yorkers or whatever but a few balls every other over are at the legs without fielders on the legside.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby ssp » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:52 am

1st good day of this test. Scores should be equal around lunch time on day 4 (unless we mess up badly), but I don't think the pitch will allow a result. To force a win we will need a lead of 150- that's still a lot of runs to get.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby prasen9 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:44 pm

India should get 280 more runs and leave half an hour and a day for England to bat out. Easy :-)


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