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kris
09-08-2007, 13:31
India leading 1-0

"Our challenge is to play the kind of cricket that we played at Trent Bridge," said Rahul Dravid who, in the last six years, has watched series wins slip away in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and - most recently - South Africa. "When you go out there and put your things right and do the basics right, and then get beaten, sometimes you have to accept it," said Dravid. "The need for our team is to back up the good performance with another good performance. It takes a lot to win Test matches and it takes a lot more to win Test series. We have to maintain our performance throughout the course of the series and that is quite difficult."


"I've looked back at the last game and I do think there were a couple of areas where we got close to stepping over the line," said Vaughan."But I still want to see bowlers doing a little bit of gamesmanship, and chirping. It's swearing, and an attack on a player, that I think is wrong."


England's two overnight fitness worries - Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett - are both out and about. Pietersen has already got the all clear but Tremlett is still undergoing tests on his right shoulder. The feeling is that he will be fine.

Toss and teams to follow.

kris
09-08-2007, 13:33
England squad

captainMP Vaughan, JM Anderson, IR Bell, SCJ Broad, PD Collingwood, AN Cook, MS Panesar, KP Pietersen, wicketkeeperMJ Prior, RJ Sidebottom, AJ Strauss, CT Tremlett

India squad

captainR Dravid, SR Tendulkar, RR Bose, wicketkeeperMS Dhoni, G Gambhir, SC Ganguly, W Jaffer, KD Karthik, Z Khan, A Kumble, VVS Laxman, RR Powar, RP Singh, S Sreesanth, Yuvraj Singh

kris
09-08-2007, 13:54
India won the toss and elected to bat first.

kris
09-08-2007, 17:35
India 170/1 (42.0 ov)
Min overs remaining 47.0

KD Karthik (rhb) 72
R Dravid (rhb) 51

India's run-rate above four-an-over and a huge score on the cards by the end of today...unless England can strike.

granit
09-08-2007, 21:41
India 316-4 (90)

S Tendulkar 48
VVS Laxman 20

India looks set for a big score tomorrow.

kris
10-08-2007, 02:36
Even though India managed to post in excess of 300 on the opening day, they are still not safe. If you remember, in the Oval Test in September 2003, South Africa had amassed an imposing 362 for 4 on the opening day but still ended up losing the match by 9 wickets.

kris
10-08-2007, 16:53
Another solid session for India, adding 113 runs in 27 overs as their total grows towards series-winning proportions. England grabbed two wickets, and India still don't have a century-maker in the series as Sachin Tendulkar fell for 82.

India 438/6 (120.0 ov)

granit
11-08-2007, 14:11
India 664
England 29/1

England has a tough day's batting ahead of them, lets see if they can avoid the follow on.

kris
11-08-2007, 16:29
ndia 664
England 124/4 (33.3 ov)

Lunch

India will be extremely happy after picking up three wickets even though their fast bowlers bowled well below par. They dropped a couple of catches off Cook as well but Kumble won the session for India by dismissing Cook and Vaughan in the last few overs before lunch.

granit
12-08-2007, 01:14
India 664
England 326/9

It is unlikely that England will be able to avoid the follow-on. They will need a performance like David Gower's in 1990 to avoid a defeat.

kris
12-08-2007, 02:43
India 664
England 326/9

It is unlikely that England will be able to avoid the follow-on. They will need a performance like David Gower's in 1990 to avoid a defeat.

Another fine day for India, they have picked up eight wickets and England are facing the prospect of the follow-on as they are still 338 runs behind. Two days remain in this match (and the series) and with Kumble turning the ball India are well-placed for victory.

Though the series is lost, Collingwood insisted that the match is not yet all over for England. "I think everyone in the dressing room thinks it can be saved," he said. "Whether we can win it or not is a different matter, but there's plenty of fight in there, and we've got two days to show that fight.":D

kris
13-08-2007, 14:14
India are on the verge of a famous overseas win, all they need to do is stop England scoring 444 more runs of 90 overs and the prize is theirs.

From England's point of view the challenge is huge, no one has ever got close to chasing 500 in a Test. Even saving the game will be tough, with Anil Kumble having plenty of rough to aim at. But it would be a good lesson for the England batsmen if they battle it out today, not something they have shown a liking to do in recent times.