India Eye Remaining Eight Wickets against England to Win 2nd Test

November 21 13:40 2016

indiaNew Delhi, Monday, November 21 – England cricket team are on tour of India to stay here robust and this got proved the way game was presented on Day 4 of the second Test. The contest has taken an interesting twist, making the outcome come on the final day. In view of the fact that the two nations contesting in the longest format of the cricket to gain lead in 5-match Test series, none of the squads wants to miss the chance to utilize whatever strengths they have. The game began by putting India on a strong side. 455 runs were challenging for the opponents. England first innings came to an end at a score of 255 runs.

As of today, a lot of entertainment is to be witnessed since both teams are capable to do well against each other. India scored 204 in their first innings, batting for 63.1 overs. Murali Vijay was dismissed by Broad at a score of 3 facing 25 deliveries. Lokesh Rahul lost his wicket to same man but on 10 runs (4 x 2). Cheteshwar Pujara, the centurion of the previous innings, lost his wicket to Anderson at a score of 1. His early dismissal made India come under stress, which was to a certain extent lifted by Virat Kohli, who once again did his bit, scoring 81 runs in 109 balls, together with eight boundaries.

Ajinkya Rahane also succumbed to Broad at 26 runs, which included a couple of fours. Broad was on fire and got wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin at a score of 7 (4 x 1). Wriddhiman Saha got his legs before wicket at a score of 2. It was Adil Rashid’s delivery that gave another jolt to Indian cricket team. Partnership was eyed by Kohli but that did not come in remarkable manner. Adil Rashid earned wicket of Indian captain when he was 19 runs away from getting a ton. Ravindra Jadeja struck a six, trying to score in speed. However, Adil Rashid ended his stint when the all-rounder was batting at 14 runs off 24 balls. Rashid’s magic worked for India as Umesh Yadav was out for a duck. Mohammed Shami and Jayant Yadav weaved a partnership of 42 runs.

Two sixes from Shami proved that India will try their best to stay ahead as much as possible. A clever stumping by Bairstow in Ali’s over brought his innings of 19 off 22 balls. His knock consisted of a boundary as well. Jayant Yadav was not out at a score of 27 runs off 59 balls, together with four 4s. 14 extras were bowled by England bowling lineup, which included Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. Broad and Rashid took four wickets, while Anderson and Ali wickets got one wicket each. Stokes did not get any wicket. England bowlers performed outstandingly well against India, taking away all possibility from the opposition to shine as they did earlier.

After Mohammed Shami did one of the fantastic dismissals of the year, taking wicket of Alaistair Cook in the first innings, it seemed as if the England captain is in no mood to lose his wicket without any substantial contribution from his end this time when England were given the target of 405 runs. Fast bowling restricted England openers from feeling any ease in getting runs. Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed, on the other hand, did not crumble under pressure and rotated strike when it was necessary.

For first wicket, India had to wait for 50 overs. Haseeb Hameed was lbw by Ashwin at a score of 25 which were scored in 144 balls. His innings consisted of three boundaries. Alastair Cook was lbw by Jadeja at a score of 54 that were attained in 189 balls, together with four 4s. His wicket on the end of the day certainly gave India hope to bounce back. Their knocks showed that second Test may end in a draw something what India wouldn’t have wished for. Joe Root will resume his batting today at a score 5. Rather than making any mistake that could take match away from India’s reach, it would be far better for players to opt for strategies which will help them shine better. After 59.2 overs, England scored 87 runs for the loss of two wickets.

Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali, Stokes, Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Zafar Ansari, Broad and Anderson are yet to bat. Till the end of today’s match, fans will carry on expecting which team is going to make best use of the remaining overs. England require 318 more runs to win the Test and put challenge in front of India. With some outstanding shows by a few batsmen and bowlers from both sides, both Cook and Kohli’s men would not want that result should be a draw. Nonetheless, a certain upshot can’t be predicted in the game of cricket. The one thing that was good to observe was more than 22,500 audience in strength in Test format. School going kids seemed to be contributing the most to the number of viewers. India on the last day of Test at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam would like to get early breakthroughs.

Giving room to Root and other middle-order and tail-ender batsmen would be costly. To avoid this, bowling deliveries in a perfect line and length would be important. Kohli so far employed Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav on the job to get wickets. Fielding from the Indian side made visitors work hard to attain runs in pocket. Objective of the home squad on Monday will be carry on the same momentum and pressurize England to get runs. If wickets are earned then only the dream of getting the lead would come into reality. Indian squad will definitely try to play with their strengths and rise in the longest format of the game, taking unpredictability of the sport into consideration. Quick wickets soon after the match starts will enable India gain foothold. Problem for England is not when they do not earn runs as match will move towards a draw but it will come into picture as soon as track starts to give Indian bowlers a chance to bounce back.