Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Curran's half century sets India a target of 194 runs

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Rita Gibson | 06 August, 2018, 08:18

In the match local team England won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

"It is a fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it?" So when asked what the biggest takeaway for India was in in the post-match presentation, India's captain said, "Application".

The second Test starts at Lord's from Thursday and India will hit the nets only on Tuesday. We could definitely have applied ourselves better with the bat but I'm proud of the fight we showed.

Bayliss said the only problem he and England captain Joe Root faced in handling Curran, whose brother Tom has also played global cricket, was preventing him getting frustrated when not directly involved in the action.

"It sets up the series nicely and gives us what we need to do going forward".

Like Ravichandran Ashwin in the opposite camp, the English skipper too defended his batsmen, saying that the conditions were suited to pacers in the game and that both bowling attacks exploited them well. "It shows it's about inner belief and steeliness not just about wickets and runs", Joe Root said.

"(But) if we can put pressure on the other batters in the team that's going to add to the pressure on him. Curran's three-wicket burst in eight balls reduced India to 59/3 in no time even as Rahane joined his captain to sneak in a few singles before heading for the break. So the bowlers are always in the game so yuou do expect batsmen to get a ball that has their name on it. We could have been in a much different position now.

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Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers. "So I'll have to sit down with the selection group and think clearly about what's the right squad for that surface at Lord's and then pick accordingly".

Test matches have been providing cricket fans with thrills and spills for 141 years and this match was a prime example.

He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations.

The youngster attributed his leading role in England's victory in the opening Test to the experience of losing his father as a teenager and playing cricket with his brothers. Only captain Virat Kohli scored 149 runs in the match but rest of the players could not cross 26 runs so far.

India began day four needing 84 runs for victory.

Ultimately though, England fans and players alike were spared the levels of anxiety suffered at Edgbaston in 2005 or Trent Bridge in 2013 as Stokes tempted Pandya (31) outside off, the ball sliding off the edge and into the grateful hands of Alastair Cook at first slip with India still 31 runs shy of parity. Kohli's 200 runs in the two Indian innings spoke of motivation beyond the tokenism of wanting to make records.

"I think I've learned that as I've grown up, with two very competitive brothers in the back-garden cricket, 'don't give them anything!', and I try to take that on to the pitch". "When he joined Wellington, he was quiet and reserved but quickly made some very good friends who he is still close with now I believe", Pratt says.

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