England vs. India-2nd Test: Match Report

Posted: August 3, 2011 in Sports
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Match Result: England Beat India by 319 Runs.


Match Report
                             -By Pushpendra Nandi

           After a forgettable 1sttest, it all began merrily for Dhoni’s men. Winning the toss and putting England into bat, the Indian bowlers had their tails up and folded England’s top and middle order for merely anything. But it was again the tail that wagged; Stuart Broad (64) continued his good form with the bat well accompanied by Graeme Swann (28) to post a respectable total of 221.

With around 20 over’s left to play before the end of play on day 1, England and Anderson began perfectly by bagging Mukund on the very first ball. But then the ever so reliable pair of Dravid-Laxman saw the day off. They continued their good work on day 2 before Laxman edged one to Prior of the bowling of Bresnan.

In came the little master only to be greeted by a rapturous applause which has become a norm from his expectant fans expecting his 100thpearl. But he couldn’t accompany Dravid for long as he was picked up by Broad. Dravid found an able companion in the form of Yuvraj who was looking to cement his dodgy place in the 1st 11 as they went past England’s total and began to build up a lead before Yuvraj fell for 62.

Contrary to the England tail, Indian’s fell like a pack of cards all thanks to Broads little hat-trick though Harbhajan being a bit unfortunate.

Amidst all this Dravid “The Wall” joined an illustrious list of two, Sunil M. Gavaskar and Brian Charles Lara for completing his 34th century. India, ending their innings on 288, with a lead of 67.

England began their 2nd innings trailing and effectively with 9 wickets in hand unsure if Jonathan Trott will bat or not as he suffered a shoulder injury while in the field. Cook falling early has been a common site in this series and the same followed as he went early for just 5 followed by Strauss.

On day 3, after Strauss’s demise it was “the middle order” show led by an impressive Ian Bell. Ian Bell (159) together with Pietersen (63), Morgan (70), Prior (73), Bresnan (90) , Broad (44)  built up a massive score of 544, and asking India to chase down a record total of 478.

The moment of the series came on day three. It was the last ball to tea, a square-cut that seemed a boundary to Bell which was actually stopped well by Pravin Kumar. Unknowing Bell didn’t complete the third run and started walking off to the dressing room whereas the Umpire had not called tea. Mukund smartly took the bails off and appealed. Bell was given out by the third umpire. Dhoni in the name of ”fair play” reversed his decision and withdrew his appeal and Bell was allowed to bat.

With a result expected from the game, Indian second innings began on day 4. The pitch seemed to get tougher to bat, and it became tougher for India as they lost Dravid for merely 6. With the ball moving, Bresnan came to the party bowling his heart and the Indian batsman out. Only resistance was offered by the little master without any other able support.

Indians lost wickets on regular intervals and the innings was folded on 158. An embarrassing defeat by 319 runs with over a day to spare. England took a 2-0 lead in the 4 match series.

This was the first ever 2-match win for England against India at home since 1974.


Share your views about the Matches. Leave a Comment here….

  1. Hellboy says:

    Its surely a very bad Form that the Indian team is facing….!!! They are almost unable to read the Englishmens play…!!!…I think the next match should probably be a fighting match…..luking on forward now…!!! I am sure Dhoni’s men will pull off the last game….!!!

  2. Sami says:

    Dhoni dint do wel….disapointin from him……

  3. Sami says:

    the next match has all best line up of Indian team……lets c if v may level the series
    & gud report generated……i may stay connected to u if u post such reports…..gud work !! 🙂

    • DD says:

      Ya sure……v got a new AUTHOR for our Match Reports…..Mr. Pushpendra Nandi
      He dint write for any big platforms….bt sonfident to go forward…..wish him luck to carry on d same way…..

  4. Dhoni-Bad... says:

    Dhoni shudnt play in Indian Team…..I Play much better den him

  5. Navin Sanan says:

    ..Mr. Pushpendra Nandi seems to b a gud Author , i din c a single ball of d match due to busy schedule bt all thnx to him 🙂 he gave a complete glimpse of it
    ..great goin Pushpendra :bd

  6. sunny says:

    d hell wid England leading 2-0.!!
    but very well written report…w8tin 4 new reports from u Mr.Pushpendra Nandi esp when India will win !!!….

  7. Life's Hell.... says:

    Hello Pushpendra sir…..dis is one of d finest reports i’v read……& i cant watch Test matches as it takes away 5 whole days……bt u hv explained a lot in short & quick…….Regards Sir…..

  8. Pushpendra Nandi says:

    thank you guys 🙂 i well will come up with such reports for the upcoming test’s n keep you guys updated 🙂

    • DD says:

      Thank You Mr. Pushpendra.
      You have done a good job & you deserve this apprectiations. 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Hope you put up the posts on time from next match.

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