India Vs England,1st Test,Lord’s
The 5 days of the Lord’s Test is over and the battle had been won by the deserved England , what do you expect from a match where India struggled and failed to Bowl out the English side . There wasn’t clearly a session dominated by India in this match and top guns failed to make a mark by which at-least a draw could been managed that would have uplifted the spirit of India for the remainder of the series.
Enter the day every Indian were resting all there hopes upon two of their finest batsmen who have turned up on most of the occasions when India needed them and the sense of hope that if the two managed to hold onto their creases for at-least up-to Lunch , the hope of securing a draw would have been realized but the English bowler’s were very much aware that nothing of that sorts would happen and their grip on the match would not be let loose on the final day. The pitch curator has to be appreciated that it did not die for all the five days of intense cricket with rain affecting the 1st day. The new ball was seaming to batsmen’s dislike and dravid who held on for quite some time unnecessarily poked on a ball that swung away from his body which was totally Un-dravid like and Laxman also did not hold much ground for much time Gambhir went out LBW for swann , sachin who was too defensive was sent back by Anderson’s magic,Raina and Dhoni came together in the middle to raise some hopes but dhoni was sent back nicking one to the keeper of Tremlett , Then it all came to raina to bat through with the lower order ,bhajji could not restrict his game skying one ,Praveen done by Broad, Then Raina after a courageous and meritorious knock of 78 in 212 mins himself fell for the magical Anderson exposing the last pair of ishant and the semi-Zaheer to pull out a bunny from nothing and ishant became the bunny for broad and all hell broke out as England team started celebrating their creditable victory. The amazing crowd in Lord’s showed the whole world that Test’s are not as boring as they think it is atleast when two really strong sides battling it out in the 5 th day of a test. Zaheer’s Injury cannot be taken as the reason for the lose at-least at this level of cricket.
The stage is well set for Trent bridge test
MSD has some tough calls to make
England is too comfortable with the series moving to the second match .
Let’s hope we get a mighty big battle in Trent Bridge more similar to the one we witnessed here(rather better)
According to me, “The fittest of the Sides Won”.