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India lose opener by 196 runs

India lose opener by 196 runs

A loss by 196 runs may trigger an animated hue and cry amongst Indian cricket fans all over, but India is usually a slow starter in almost all overseas series. There was nothing exceptional in this one either, except that India had to weather an unfamiliar batting order in the second and most demanding second innings at Lords necessitated by Gautam Gambhir's elbow injury and Sachin Tendulkar's viral infection, not to mention the absence of Zaheer Khan from the bowling line-up.

A loss by 196 runs may trigger an animated hue and cry amongst Indian cricket fans all over, but India is usually a slow starter in almost all overseas series. There was nothing exceptional in this one either, except that India had to weather an unfamiliar batting order in the second and most demanding second innings at Lords necessitated by Gautam Gambhir's elbow injury and Sachin Tendulkar's viral infection, not to mention the absence of Zaheer Khan from the bowling line-up.

It could have been a lesser target and a chase for India had Zaheer been fit to bowl in England's second innings. In any case, rather wasting time on spoiled milk, India now look forward to learning from the batting mistakes in this Test without repeating them in the rest of the series. England skipper Andrew Strauss perhaps showed by example how to nullify the swing of Praveen Kumar. But Indian batsmen were stuck at the crease to fall as easy baits to the swings of James Anderson, who made the crucial blows by returning the biggies like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.

Skipper Dhoni should also be blamed to play the rash stroke off Tremlett outside off which made England force their way in to the Indian tail and finish off the matter rather hastily. Had Dhoni, who had already spent 77 minutes for his 16, stayed glued to his crease, we might have seen a different result. For, Suresh Raina, at the other side, was middling the ball and stroking it at ease looking supremely confident. The two looked settled to prolong the Indian innings, which in eventuality, finished 28.3 over early. But then, as I said, lets not debate over the "would have beens" and the "could have beens" in cricket.

India, down 0-1, with 3 Tests to go, now must find a way to wriggle out of the injury woes and put up the best team to counter the English threat. The bowling looked good in the second innings, while the batting wobbled.

How can India bounce back?

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india clean white wash
brijeshta on 23 Aug 2011, 09:52 AM
may be test is 3-1
shashi-kumar2 on 05 Aug 2011, 03:55 AM
Virat is back
shashi-kumar2 on 05 Aug 2011, 03:54 AM
forget the past and get the 2-2 in test series
krishnasa1 on 05 Aug 2011, 03:53 AM
with 96 too bad for the champions
krishnasa1 on 05 Aug 2011, 03:53 AM
not the opener but the 2nd match toooooooooooooooo
krishnasa1 on 03 Aug 2011, 03:45 AM
Mukund should play good
shashi-kumar2 on 01 Aug 2011, 07:46 PM
mukund lost the big change...
10087 on 31 Jul 2011, 02:28 AM
Team should do play well whatsoever
shashi-kumar2 on 30 Jul 2011, 07:41 PM
No excuses .Indian Team should play well..
lotuspetals on 30 Jul 2011, 09:35 AM
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