Saturday, July 21, 2007

Returning the intiative

Not for the first time (and certainly not for the last) an Indian bowling line-up will be seething at the inability of India's much-vaunted batting line-up to back them up with a decent performance. Credit where its due, of course: the English bowling was very good, and everyone on display moved the ball around. Tremlett looks like a good find, and I suspect he will be real handful as his career moves on (his action looks quit einjury proof as well). And Anderson's figures were positively McGrath-like. But India now are staring down the barrel; they are 97 runs behind, and collapses like England's in the first-innings are not easily repeated. There is plenty of time left for England to rack up a decent score and put India under the gun. Anything over 300 as a fourth-inning target looks insurmountable. If the weather doesn't significantly worsen, India could be knee-deep in the smelly stuff (and the bowling so far looks distinctly like the early effort in the first-innings).

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