IND v ENG – 3rd T20 – INSIGHTS

England Pacers cramping the batsmen On a pitch where batsmen would find it difficult to score runs, the English pacers started off well by bowling straight lines, not giving room for the Indian batsmen to free their arms. They kept it by near the bodies of the Indians and the also mixed up their pace well making scoring difficult for India. Raina and Dhoni taking the attack back to England The English bowlers started off well, but when Raina and Dhoni started to lead the counter-attack, the bowlers seemed lost. The pair targeted the fuller deliveries and made sure they got maximum runs out of these deliveries. In all, six boundaries were scored off deliveries that were too full. Fall of Wickets hurt England in Middle Phase The English batsmen were acing the middle overs in this T20 series, but in this game they lost the battle against the Indian bowlers. The visitors started out well, scoring 55 in the powerplay, but in the middle overs the they lost their way, losing 4 wickets in the middle phase after losing just one in the powerplay. Leggies do the job for India Who could have expected that two spinners would take

IND v ENG – 2nd T20 – INSIGHTS

England Pacers keeping it tight in PP Knowing well that the Indian batsmen are good off the front foot and through the offside, the English pacers came out with a plan. The plan was straightforward, the Indian pacers bowled just short of length, aimed at the body of the Indian batsmen. The idea of cramping the Indians worked, they were not able to get away in the PP overs. Eng Pacers v Indian Openers in PP KL Rahul v England Spinners Dawson and Rashid bowled fuller than Moeen Ali, whose flatter trajectory and shorter length was able to keep the Indian batsmen under check. KL Rahul was able to get to the pitch of the ball against Rashid and Dawson and so was able to score boundaries against them. On the other hand, Moeen Ali pulled his length back and did not concede a boundary in his whole spell. Slower ones working for England in the Death Once again it was Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan who bowled four overs in the death. They read the pitch well and used the slower deliveries well. England conceded only 36 runs in the last 5 overs and only two boundaries were scored

Buttler’s Death Batting Crucial for England in ODIs

Gear Shift | Jos Buttler before the 2015 World Cup had an average of 31.6, but after the world cup, he has managed to maintain his average at 55.1. Big Hitter | Buttler is more than capable of decimating the opposition in the death overs. Over 300 runs of his 437 runs he has scored in the death after World Cup 2015 have all come from boundaries. He has the best boundary percentage (72%) in ODIs in the last ten overs since the 2015 World Cup. Getting Better | In his first 15 innings batting at #6, Buttler managed an average of 21.0. In his last 17 innings batting at #6, he has an average of 43.9, double of what he managed earlier. Just like Dhoni, Jos Buttler has all the qualities of an ideal finisher, an average around 70 while batting in between overs 31 to 40 and also a strike rate of 174.2 in the last 10. Jos Buttler Batting – Phase wise in ODIs In 2016, Buttler has scored 378 runs in 10 innings batting at #6, most by any batting at that position. Quite easily he is in the form of his life, in the last

India’s newly appointed Captain is the man to watch

Successful Year | In 2016, Kohli scored 2595 runs in all three formats, most by any player. He has 20 50+ scores out of the 41 innings he batted in 2016, giving him a 50+ frequency of two. All or Nothing | In ODIs played in 2016, Kohli has eight 30+ scores in 10 innings. Two times he was dismissed for below 10. Master of the Chase | Virat Kohli has scored nearly one-fourth of India’s runs in wins in ODIs. His first innings batting average of 41.6 in ODIs pales in comparison to his second innings average of 63.5. India’s newly appointed limited overs captain, Virat Kohli is in such good form that he would be the most important cog in India’s batting line-up. Coming in to the three-match series against a batting-heavy England squad, Kohli would be hoping his recent form can lead to wins, unlike in the 2016 ODI series against Australia down under. Best 50+ frequencies in ODIs – (Min 100 inns) The Delhi-batsman notched up four 50+ scores, including two centuries, but India lost all four matches. Irrespective of the results though, Kohli continues to demolish records. It was not a surprise he ended 2016

Should Dhoni Bat at #4?

Reliability | India have lost only 3 in 19 games when Dhoni has scored 30+ while batting at #4. Moreover, they have lost only 1 in 11 when he scores 50+ batting at #4. Rare Failure| In 26 games that Dhoni has batted at #4, he has been dismissed for less than 10 runs only twice. Favorite Opponent | While captaining in India, Dhoni has a win% of 81% against England the most against any of the top eight teams. Early in his career, Dhoni promoted himself up the order and has been successful batting near the top, he even got his highest score of 183* batting at #3. But India lacked a finisher so he predominantly played lower down the order, magically brandishing a six or four at just the right time for his team. Now, India are using Dhoni’s experience in the middle order and are expecting youngsters to bat down the order and get them over the finishing line. Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav were slotted as finishers during the recent ODI series against New Zealand, prompting Dhoni to move to the #4 slot. Dhoni has the luxury in his current position to start slow, rotate the

Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 5 Review

Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs) Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10 (157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score India 1st Inns – 60/0 (20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs Day 3 – India 1st Inns 391/4 (108 Overs) – Added 331/4 in 88 Overs to the overnight score Day 4 – India 1st Inns 759/7d (190.4) – Added 368/3 in 82.4 Overs to the overnight score – India took a lead of 282 runs England 2nd Inns 12/0 (5 Overs) – Trail by 270 runs Day 5 – England 2nd Inns 207/10 (88 Overs) –Added 195/10 in 83 Overs to the overnight score – India won by an innings and 75 runs Day five started off with England trailing by 270 runs with all their wickets in hand. India was the only team with a realistic chance to win and going up 4-0 in the series, otherwise the game would’ve ended in a draw. Despite the pitch being batting friendly, England batsmen still had to go through the challenges posed by the Indian spin twins. The first session belonged to England, as they scored 85 runs with no damage being done after Kohli used

Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 4 Insights

Karun Nair’s Prolific Use of Sweep Shots Karun Nair became the second Indian batsman to score a triple century, and broke numerous records on his way to the feat today. The ease with which he played the spinners was the highlight of Nair’s innings. Karun Nair against Pace/Spin in this innings Nair’s regular use of the sweep shots to counter the spinners was the standout aspect of the innings. He was extremely efficient when he played the sweeps, scoring 15% of his runs against the spinners at a strike rate of 241.7 Karun Nair v Spinners – This innings English bowlers failing to capitalize on their good start England started the proceeding with Broad and Dawson bowling from the respective ends. England had the better of starts compared to India as they never allowed India to score freely with Dawson scalping Vijay in the 124th over of the innings. India had a run rate of 2.67, which England later failed on to capitalize. England bowling in 1st Session (Today) Building up of partnerships – Four 100+ stands powered India to 759 It is important for a team to have partnerships in middle. India excelled well in this department in this

Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 3 Insights

England Spinners missing a trick v Rahul English spinners missed the trick of bowling a bit fuller outside off to invite KL Rahul for a drive, the same manner in which he lost his wicket to Moeen Ali in the last test. This time around they pulled their length back making it easy for Rahul to score runs of his back foot. Parthiv Patel excelling in his chance at the Top of the Order After keeping for 157.2 overs Patel did well to survive for 20 overs yesterday. England pacers could have bowled a bit fuller to him but instead tested him with couple of short deliveries. Patel being a good player of pull and the square cuts started to attack English bowlers which gave India brightest of the starts earlier the day scoring 113 runs in the first session, with Patel being dismissed in the 22nd over of the 1st session. Broad’s brilliance against Kohli Virat Kohli yet again fell to a delivery outside off stump. This time it was Stuart Broad who consistently bowled most of his deliveries to Kohli outside off.  It was his leg cutter at 130 Kmph followed up after a 137 kph length delivery

Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 3 – Review

Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs) Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10 (157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score India 1st Inns – 60/0 (20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs Day 3 – India 1st Inns 391/4 (108 Overs) – Added 331/4 in 88 Overs to the overnight score India 1st Inns – Trail by 86 runs India Vs England Day 3 Review After having resumed day 3 on 60/0, Rahul and Patel lead India’s reply to England’s 477 by registering their respective half centuries. Both came out looking to attack the England spinners. Rahul used his feet with finesse against Dawson, hitting two sixers stepping out within the first 5 overs of the day. Once the openers got settled, both were able to play spinners with ease, nudged singles and two. As Rahul was looking to use his feel often against the spinners, Cook set a defensive field and pushed a few fielders behind. With the field open, the strike rotation in the first session was the highlight with the Indians managing 30 singles against the spinners. There was only little help available for seamers on Day 3, England could not

Ind v Eng – 5th Test – Day 2 Insights

Delay Costs India Shami recently showed how Moeen Ali is susceptible to the short delivery, a weakness that Ali carried into the series. India having bounced Ali multiple times before could have brought on their pacers yesterday to do just that, but they waited. On the morning of the second day, Yadav did exactly what Shami did, come around the wicket and try to get a few deliveries high on the body of the left-hander. It was not too long before Ali lobbed a catch to Jadeja who ran to leftfrom mid-wicket. The question really is why didn’t India try the same tactic during day one? It is also time Moeen Ali has a contingency plan when bowlers attempt to bounce him. Moeen Ali – Shot Zone against Pacers on Day 1 & Day 2 Ashwin Slows it Down As we mentioned in the insights from the first day, Ashwin, who is playing in his home ground pulled his pace down to leverage the slow turn in the wicket. The first wicket he got in the morning of day two is a good example. The Indian off-spinner, came around the wicket, looped one in the arc of Stokes outside the