Ind v Eng – 5th Test – Day 2 Insights

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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 off stump, and the left-hander looked to be in position early, waiting for the ball turn. He stretched forward put out his bat to defend the delivery, the ball though turned past his blade, took the edge and landed safely in the hands of Keeper.

Ashwin bowling to Stokes in India vs England, test series 2016

Dawson Excels

Playing his first test match, Dawson came on to bowl one over towards the end of the day, which the Indian batsmen safely saw through. But it was Dawson’s batting that was the difference between the two teams on day two of the fifth test.

The Indian pacers bowled at Dawson initially as they would against a lower order spinners, short pitch deliveries. Ishant Sharma even managed to hit the debutant on the helmet, but he was unfazed through it all, exhibiting confident footwork throughout.

To the spinners, he did not leave the crease even once, but he was clear about his footwork, either he got to the pitch of the ball, or he would step right back to the stumps.

Liam Dawson against spinners, fifth test

First Session Woes

In the second test of the series, England needed to bat out a whole day to draw the test match, and they had seven wickets in hand. What they didn’t want was lose early wickets, which is exactly what happened, England lost five in the first sessionand from then on everything went downhill.

In the Wankhede, Ashwin and Co needed just eight overs to bundle out the last four English wicketsat the start of Day five to clinch the series, 3-0.

There has not been one instance when England have not lost a wicket in the first session of play. This trend followed even into this test with both first sessions together costing England five wickets.

England Let Indian Openers Slip Away

Parthiv Patel had to open instead of Vijay, who got a shoulder knock while fielding on the second day. England could have exerted pressure on Parthiv Patel, considering he might have been mighty tired after keeping for over 140 overs.

Without making use of the new cherry that they had in their hands, the English pacers attempted to bounce Patel out, which the left-hander handled with ease. The short delivery seemed a smart ploy against Rahul, who is strong on the front foot, but to Patel it was an oft used but ineffective tactic.


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