3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

Joined: 28 Dec 2003, 02:48

26 Nov 2016, 03:13 #1

3rd Test: India v England at Mohali, Nov 26-30, 2016

England from: AN Cook*, MM Ali, JM Anderson, ZS Ansari, JM Bairstow†, JT Ball, GS Ballance, GJ Batty, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler†, BM Duckett, ST Finn, H Hameed, AU Rashid, JE Root, BA Stokes, CR Woakes

India From: V Kohli*, AM Rahane, R Ashwin, RA Jadeja, B Kumar, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, KK Nair, HH Pandya, PA Patel†, CA Pujara, KL Rahul, WP Saha†, I Sharma, M Vijay, J Yadav, UT Yadav

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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 20:44

26 Nov 2016, 05:12 #2

Buttler in for Duckett, with a bit a of batting-order juggle, probably; Woakes for unfit Broad, but he deserves his place anyway; and not-good-enough Batty in for not-good-enough Ansari. Overall looks a slightly better side.

India have Patel in for Saha, and now opening the batting too.

Great toss to win, though Kohli tried to play it down.

Good start by England, Cook dropped twice, Ashwin at mid-wicket putting down a club 2nd XI chance. Hameed looking good again, but got flier off a length and caught off gloves; hope he's not going to be an unlucky batsman, because he got a grubber in his last innings, and run out in the one before that.

Root begins with two boundaries. 51 for 1 at drinks, first hour. Great cricket to watch.

Oops! Root out, just as I was finishing; poor shot. 51 for 2, even stevens, and who is going to bat at 4? It's Moeen Ali, so two lefties in.

Nasser Hussain: "The only place Ali hasn't batted for England is 3, which is where he bats for his county." Quite.

Cook out. Shite!

[Edit: could be worse, could be Yorkshire!]
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Joined: 13 Feb 2014, 21:14

26 Nov 2016, 06:35 #3

Our middle order is so frail.

I would be tempted to move Root back to 4.

Ali is not a top 4 batsman at Test level.

Gubbins was one of the stand out bats last year. Could he be a choice for England?

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Joined: 21 Jan 2004, 19:13

26 Nov 2016, 08:39 #4

At least Bairstow will fell at home. It's just like he's batting for Yorkshire!!!
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Joined: 13 Feb 2012, 16:23

26 Nov 2016, 08:43 #5

Glad to see the inept Buttler doing well also!
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Joined: 07 Sep 2015, 21:28

26 Nov 2016, 09:03 #6

Good session for England repairing some of the damage done this morning.
Excellent batting conditions, they really don't want to loose more than 1 wicket in the final session while keeping the runs coming.

Last session has been a bogey for England so far, lets hope they can get through this one.
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

26 Nov 2016, 09:15 #7

Not sure it's fair the describe England's middle order as frail! A middle order of Root at 3, Bairstow at 5 and Stokes at 6 means all we're looking to fill is the KP/Bell sized hole at 4. Very surprised anyone would think of these 3 as "frail".
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Joined: 07 Sep 2015, 21:28

26 Nov 2016, 10:53 #8

Looks a different pitch when the lights went on, or maybe it was the change of ball.

Shame for Bairstow, he'd had a bit of luck but overall he played very well.

Need some application from the late order, Woakes and Rashid have the talent, they need to use it, and if we can get to 350 we are in with a chance.

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Joined: 28 Apr 2014, 00:12

26 Nov 2016, 11:00 #9

Yet again most of the batsmen get a start but can't take it further.
You've got to think that India - Kohli especially - won't give their wickets away.
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Joined: 10 Feb 2014, 19:23

26 Nov 2016, 11:03 #10

Looks a different pitch when the lights went on, or maybe it was the change of ball.

Shame for Bairstow, he'd had a bit of luck but overall he played very well.

Need some application from the late order, Woakes and Rashid have the talent, they need to use it, and if we can get to 350 we are in with a chance.
Woakes gone to the new ball.Close at 268-8

Anything above 300 would be good from here.Hameed & Bairstow were got out. The other 6 got themselves out and it's an applling lack of application today.

Well done Jonny, he showed the value of getting your head down and fighting for your wicket.

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