Bangalore Test: Day 2
Another good day of test cricket in front of a pretty packed Chinaswammy.
The day ended with India 128-2 in reply to Australia’s 478 ao
On a docile pitch, the Indian bowlers bowled erm well OK is about the only way I can describe it. Marcus North (yes mr walking wicket himself) has, to the delight of most Englishmen, pretty much secured his Ashes place with a determined innings of 128.
The Indian team are clearly not morning people. I can’t blame them – mornings are evil. A particularly rubbish display of fielding this morning not helped by the fielders being put in the wrong places in the first place.
Extras played a blinder today. Class Act that man.
On a pitch this docile, it’s hard to see where or how Straya are going to take the 18 wickets they need to win and draw the series but there is a weather factor, it has been precipitating large in Bangalore this evening.
Today was our first opportunity to see debutant Peter George in action. He bowled 5 overs of what, if I were being kind, would be described as nervy (for nervy read filth). With ears that big, the lad needs to make sure the wind is behind him when he bowls.
Tendulkar and Vijay moved themselves pretty easily into a 90 partnership with Tendulkar reaching 14,000 Test runs in the process and some truly wonderful Blue Peter style banners in the crowd.
Two biggest mysteries of the day: 1) Dhoni’s field placings 2) Rahul Dravid’s shot to get out.
Tomorrow could be another thrilling day of test cricket or it could be yawnfest if the pitch does nothing and Vijay and The Great One continue not to be really troubled by the Australian attack. Get either one of them out early and it’s a whole different ball game, the Indian middle order is a bit brittle and there’s no VVS to do what he does.
If I were them I’d try and bowl some short stuff to them early doors, ****cliche alert**** they don’t like it up ’em.
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