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

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 – 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

Five Insights from Day One, Fifth test, Ind v Eng

 Batting in Pairs Batting in pairs is just as important in test matches as bowling in pairs, it helps check the fall of wickets and also helps put pressure on the bowling team. Before this test match, England have only three instances of consecutive partnerships scoring 50+ in this series, on the other hand India have had five such instances. If more batsmen were able to get in and build partnerships, it could have been a different series for England. 50+ Partnership in fifth test, first innings The Sweepers Make Hay Since the beginning of the series against New Zealand, it was clear that sweeping would play an important part in the success of batsmen while batting in India. Take the below three sweepers, Ali has his second hundred of the series, Bairstow is the second highest run-getter for England in this series and has three half centuries, and Joe Root has consecutive 50+ scores in the last 11 test matches he has played against India. England batsmen in Fifth test India’s tryst with DRS a success India chose to review the umpires decision three times on the first day of the fifth test match. Even though India got two

Ind v Eng – Fifth Test Day 1 – Review

Day 1 England 1st Innings – 284/4(90 Overs) – Moeen Ali – 120* & Stokes – 5* Alastair Cook won the toss yet again in the series and he chose to bat on a surface that was hit by a cyclone just four days before the first ball was bowled. For England, James Anderson was replaced by a fit Stuart Broad and all-rounder Woakes was replaced by debutant all-rounder Liam Dawson. The injured Jayant Yadav, who got a fighting century in the last test, is replaced by Amit Mishra.  And the experienced Ishant Sharma finds a game with Kumar missing from the XI. Recently, Australia faced a bitter string of bad tests results after they had a streak of injuries and retirements. Cook too faces a similar situation going into the fifth test, having lost the series already to India 3-0, he would hoping that he gets his combination right with three spinners in Ali, Rashid and the debutant Dawson. Cook started the innings just two runs short of 11,000 runs, but he had to fight it out with Ishant Sharma who has a brilliant record against the English captain. Cook though did get to the mark, becoming just the

Five Insights from Ind vs Eng, Fourth Test, Day Two

Another five-wicket Haul for Ashwin in this series, but even that could not prevent England from reaching the 400 mark making it the third time in a row that England has reached the score after batting first at Mumbai. Vijay and Pujara confidently finished the day, but they would be fully aware that they have a long day’s hard work when they come to bat tomorrow. Wide of the Crease Working for Ashwin Of the 21 wickets that Ashwin has picked this series, 15 of them are left handers. Stokes was the last southpaw who fell to Ashwin, early in the morning of the second day, while attempting to defend one that was delivered from wide of the crease. The ploy, which involves the slip fielder, would only work if the spinner is able to turn the ball, with bounce, after drifting into the batsman from wide of the crease. Ashwin’s delivery had both the bounce and spin to take Stokes’ edge, which carried to the fielder at slip. Ashwin – Release points against Left Handers from around the wicket England missing a SLAO The last time when England toured India, it was Panesar who was able to run through

IND vs ENG – 4th Test – Day 1 Insights

Despite being five down by the end of the first day, England sit in a comfortable position after winning the toss and electing to bat first. It was a dramatic day of cricket in which the momentum shifted from side-to-side until it settles with England at the end of the first day. Here are the few Insights of Today’s Play Another Debutant Shines for England Keaton Jennings the debutant opener who replaced Hameed, became the third English batsman to score a century on debut against India. The South African born, English opener used his height well on a wicket which was quicker than the wickets that England was exposed to in the first three tests. There was turn too which he navigated with calculated sweeps. Singles were an important reason for Jennings racing to a century, India offered England a lot of singles, and Jennings readily took them, apart from getting the odd boundary. The wagon wheel shows that Jennings liked to tuck the ball down to fine leg, a result of sweeping the spinners. Jennings – Wagon Wheel against the spinners- First innings fourth test Opening the gate for India Moeen Ali scored a gritty half century and developed

India vs England – 3rd Test – Day Four – Insights of the Day

Here are the Insights from the 4th & dinal day’s play from the 3rd Test at Mohali. INSIGHT #1 – CONTROL FOR KOHLI WITH JADEJA FROM ONE END Kohli straight away started with Jadeja from one end ensuring that he kept England under control, in their pursuit of bagging wickets. He got rid of Batty in the very first over he bowled, and followed up with the crucial breakthrough of Root which opened the gates for India. Kohli’s Deployment of the Indian bowlers on Day 4 – Session 1 INSIGHT #2 – ROOT FALLING IN PURSUIT OF GETTING QUICK RUNS Root was the only player who was holding the innings for England in their 2nd innings. He didn’t get any help from the other end until the youngster Hameed walked out at #8, after experiencing a blow on his little finger in the 1st innings. Hameed started with a defensive approach and Root was forced to change the role to reduce the deficit. Root then tried pushing at one of Jadeja’s deliveries towards covers for a single, which rose and turned after pitching, taking his edge and ending up with Rahane taking a blinder at the slips. Partnership between Root and Hameed

India vs England – 3rd Test – Day Three – Insights of the Day

Here are the Insights from the 3rd Day’s from the 3rd Test at Mohali. INSIGHT #1 – ASHWIN’S STRENGTH TURNING OUT TO BE HIS WEAKNESS Ashwin once again saved India by helping them take a substantial lead of 134 runs, taking them from a near collapse situation to a commanding position. He has scored three 50+ scores so far in this series which has proven Ashwin’s credentials as a batsman. He has predominately preferred the third man region as he has the tendency to glide the ball through that region mainly against pacers. Ashwin tries to play it in the air on numerous occasions in that region, but has in turn resulted in his dismissal 3 times in this series so far. He has scored nearly 60% of his runs against the spinners but the English pacers have kept him quite around the outside off stump channel. As a result 3 out of 4 times the pacers have dismissed him bowling in that channel. Ashwin – Wagon Wheel and Dismissals Shot Zone against Pacers in this series INSIGHT #2 – ALL ROUNDERS’ ALL ROUND PERFORMANCE It was a day for the All Rounders, be it bowling or batting. Early in