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  • verylonglegsverylonglegs Posts: 3,680
    I'm suprised India continued to bat until the required run rate for England's 2nd innings was over 4.5. Too conservative imo but I shouldn't complain too much as it's meant another 10 overs England haven't had to face.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    And it's all over.

    A truly awful and pathetic 5th day when they were just about edging the rest of the test.

    Changes need to be made for the 3rd test.
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    So we need to find 2 openers, a middle order and a captain who capable of telling his bowlers to stop being ruddy stupid and pitch the ball up 😠

    Oh and to do that by the 25th.....
  • verylonglegsverylonglegs Posts: 3,680
    JimD666 said:

    So we need to find 2 openers, a middle order and a captain who capable of telling his bowlers to stop being ruddy stupid and pitch the ball up 😠

    Oh and to do that by the 25th.....

    You forgot to mention another fast bowler if Wood is still injured.
  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    I take it telling Stokes to "man up" is out the question?

    Joking.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 20,066
    edited August 2021
    India's bowling was spot on. Bumrah and Siraj just kept putting it in the right place. Well deserved win.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    Back on the topic of the hundred, as I can't cope with talking about Tests at the moment, i still don't get why it was necessary.

    I can see it has been a success in terms of the numbers, but how much of that is down to the huge amount of time and money they have spent on marketing the competition? They could have spent that money on marketing the T20 Blast.

    It seems to have done wonders for the women's game in terms of attendances also by holding these as double headers with the men's games, which they only did by accident/as a result of COVID, it wasn't planned. Again, they could have done that with the T20 format.

    Anecdotally, going by the spectators interviewed on 5LiveX yesterday and the feedback from the pundits, even though the idea was for the games to be short, rather than all day affairs, to make it more attractive to punters, the fact that they have these double headers has meant that more families have come to make a day of it and stay for both games, rather than for a single match.

    So in summary they could have tweaked the T20 competition and had the same/similar result in terms of increasing attendance, not that the T20 comp had trouble selling tickets. To improve attendances for the women's comp, they just needed to make the double headers with the men's matches and throw some money at marketing it.
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    As it seems to be almost the only way to watch live cricket (no sky) I've enjoyed what I've seen of the Hundred. It's a bit gimmicky (wish they'd cut the screen borders down a little) but it's cricket.

    Agree with the "Whats the point? Speed up/fix T20 instead" point though.
  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    The 3rd test begins....

    Lets hope we're a little better than last time :neutral:
  • laurentianlaurentian Posts: 2,008
    wohoo!! 1 for 1!
    Wilier Izoard XP
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    Good start.

    Amused by Kohli saying it was the England side that fired them up. As I remember it, it was Bumrah that started it with the bouncers at Anderson and England responded likewise.

    Clearly mind games again to trigger England, so they need to remain calm.
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    I had to double check who was batting :)
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    Another gone, Pujara off Anderson's bowling. 4/2
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    4-2

    Very good start
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    21/3.

    Kohli gone, another wicket for Anderson
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    Deity help when he retires.....
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    edited August 2021
    JimD666 said:

    Deity help when he retires.....

    Indeed.

    Also good for Butler to get 3 catches (caveat, I've not seen them, so they could all have been easy)



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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    edited August 2021
    Make that 4 to Butler. Robinson doing the bowling bit

    First three very straightforward
  • ProssPross Posts: 31,652
    England doing well in typical English conditions. So much for that adage quoted last week about batting if you win the toss.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 20,066
    As a 90s indie boy at heart, I appreciate Anderson and Buttler working well together.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 20,066
    3 for 6 off 8 overs. Unplayable.
  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    Another!
    58-5 Pant gone.

    Trying to be optimistic about us when we come out to bat. It's not an easy thing to be!
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    67-2 now.

    Overton with 2 quick wickets, on for a hattrick.


    Oooooooooohhh
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    edited August 2021
    Now I'm getting very nervous about our batting.......
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 5,015
    Watch India put 200 on for the last 2 wickets.....
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    68-8

    Curran in on the act now.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 31,652
    elbowloh said:

    67-2 now.

    Overton with 2 quick wickets, on for a hattrick.


    Oooooooooohhh

    I was trying to work out how they had got 3 wickets back!
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    edited August 2021
    Curran gets another with his next ball.

    Being reviewed...

    It's given.

    Curran on a hattrick.

    India lose 4 wickets, for no runs in 6 balls.
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    Pross said:

    elbowloh said:

    67-2 now.

    Overton with 2 quick wickets, on for a hattrick.


    Oooooooooohhh

    I was trying to work out how they had got 3 wickets back!
    Apologies, Its the excitement of seeing playing well.
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  • JimD666JimD666 Posts: 803
    England reviewing for the hattrick.

    Optimistic
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