71st over: India 218-7 (Jadeja 12, Shami 8) Shami is the brand new batter, England know all too effectively that he can wield the bat successfully after he flogged them within the Lord’s Check final 12 months. Certain sufficient, he steps again and carves Leach away for 4.
seventieth over: India 212-7 (Jadeja 11, Shami 3) DROP! Anderson shells Jadeja pedalling backwards, he parries the ball up and may’t cling onto the re-bound! That might be pricey. Anderson is furious with himself, he would have anticipated to catch that.
Simply as my mate Tom flings me a textual content with some fruity language to bemoan England’s brief pitched ways… Potts pockets Thakur with a bouncer that he pulls straight down Crawley’s throat at deep wonderful leg.
69th over: India 207-6 (Jadeja 9, Thakur 4) Leach is preserving the strain on, Jadeja can’t get him away. There’s a way of frustration constructing right here…
68th over: India 205-6 (Jadeja 8, Thakur 3) Thakur is okay and he will get into line to Potts and punches him away for a pair.
OUCH! Potts skids a brief one onto Thakur that crashes into his lid. That gave off an actual clunk. Thakur fortunately appears okay.
67th over: India 203-6 (Jadeja 8, Thakur 1) Thakur will get off the mark with a push to mid-on. It’s all gone oh so quiet.
66th over: India 201-6 (Jadeja 7, Thakur 0) Only a single off Potts’ newest. England have tightened issues up.
sixty fifth over: India 200-6 (Jadeja 6, Thakur 0) Leach retains issues tight, only a single to Jadeja. ‘The Nut’ bowled effectively right here thus far.
sixty fourth over: India 199-6 (Jadeja 5, Thakur 0) Only a single off Potts’ newest. England nonetheless licking their lips on the prospect of this chase?
Leach will get his man! Pant tries to reverse-sweep him out of the tough stuff however solely serves to pat it to Root at slip. India lead by 330. The harmful Shardul Thakur is the brand new batter. Leach sends down a wicket-maiden.
63rd over: India 198-6 (Jadeja 4, Thakur 0)
62nd over: India 198-5 (Pant 57, Jadeja 4) Potts sends down a lesser noticed maiden.
Gary Naylor has been getting his Moses on as setting out the commandments/traits of BazBall:
“‘Bazball’ which is one thing new, though it has borrowed parts from Clive Lloyd’s and Steve Waugh’s method (although not, alas, their gamers). India, particularly in these extraordinary wins with a second string in Aus, is perhaps the closest template.
1. Gamers are backed when it comes to continuity of choice and in public. Many people assume this has gone too far with Crawley and a few are having doubts about Lees and may resurrect such about Leach if he’s manhandled once more.
2. At any level within the match, the popular vacation spot is the win. Which means posting three or 4 slips when there can be one below Root and batting to construct successful positions or chase difficult targets.
3. Momentum is actual, so search to grab it at any time when it appears to be sliding away. So too is confidence, so by no means knock it, and even present its diminution.
4. Deal with your opponent with respect. Some method to go on this, however the sledging does appear to have been changed, to an extent, by smiles and/or rueful grins.
It’s nonetheless early days, however these adjustments (extra evident on the grounds than on TV) are substantive. Whether or not they’re efficient is not going to activate successful or dropping towards an impressive aspect that solely Root, Anderson and presumably Stokes (and Bairstow on 2022 type) would get in, even with out each first selection openers. It does face a provisional judgment after the SA sequence although.”
61st over: India 198-5 (Pant 57, Jadeja 4) Jack Leach, him of the ten wickets within the earlier recreation is into the assault. His first ball is met by an audacious stroke from Pant, stretching far exterior off stump and sweeping for 4 to the leg boundary. Leach responds effectively with 5 dots, and there’s fairly pronounced flip.
sixtieth over: India 194-5 (Pant 53, Jadeja 4) Jadeja is the brand new batter and an out of doors edge that trickles down to 3rd for 4 sees him off the mark immediately.
One other gentle dismissal, Potts will get Iyer to plop one into the palms of Jimmy Anderson at short-mid wicket.
59th over: India 186-4 (Pant 53, Iyer 19) Pant brings up FIFTY with a look off Broad to the wonderful leg boundary. Broad is ‘ticking’ within the phrases of Nasser. Broad has a type of faces that when displeased can be known as ‘mardy’ from the place I hail from…
58th over: India 178-4 (Pant 46, Iyer 18) Shreyas Iyer bangs Matthew Potts for a few fours, one via level and one other via the covers. Nasser Hussain on comms says that these two batters can take the sport away from England within the subsequent half an hour. I feel it is perhaps gone already, I simply can’t see England obliterating this India bowling line-up in the best way they did New Zealand’s. The lead is already 300 and a few.
57th over: India 170-4 (Pant 46, Iyer 10) DROP! Crawley can’t maintain onto a flying probability at gully, the ball hitting his wrist after which hitting the turf. Pant then *improves Broad’s temper massively* by making an attempt to ramp him off the final ball. He misses and Stuart offers him a volley, Umpire Dar having to step in. Perhaps that can give England the bit between their tooth. Have I discussed they’ve been flat this morning?
56th over: India 168-4 (Pant 45, Iyer 9) The spectacular Potts is spectacular once more – wanting barely extra threatening along with his Peaky Blinders barnet he instantly seems to be England’s most, effectively, threatening bowler.
David Barnet is not any fan of the time period B**B** both:
“Not solely does the phrase sound horrible, however the very time period is vacuous and reductive. As Theresa Might should say: ‘BazBall means BazBall’. And I preferred the best way you known as it an ‘idealogy’… the present England efficiency might contract your neologism.”
fifty fifth over: India 167-4 (Pant 44, Iyer 9) Eight runs come from Broad’s over – Iyer lays right into a wayward ball from Broad and splices it over gully. England have been poor within the first 45 minutes this morning, Pujara’s gifted wicket a undeserved bonus. Right here comes Matthew Potts to enhance my grump.
54th over: India 159-4 (Pant 43, Iyer 2) Certain sufficient Pant rocks again to a short-ish ball from Anderson and laces it via mid-wicket for 4.
Martin Wright is on the road:
“Morning James, tempting to conclude that India are displaying England how you can play Bazball with that magic further ingredient of, er, intelligence. In different phrases, have a seasoned prime order to see off the brand new ball, and lay a platform for a center order to blow up and batter a tiring assault across the park.Versus popping out all weapons blazing from the beginning, goal wild drives at first rate swinging deliveries and go away an excessive amount of for even Johnny to rescue.And sure, can we retire ‘Bazball’ about, er now, please?”
Brian Withington feels the identical: “B**B*** – I can’t even convey myself to spell it out!”
53rd over: India 154-4 (Pant 38, Iyer 1) The bowling change does the trick for Ben Stokes, Shreyas Iyer the brand new man. Pant has been reasonably becalmed thus far this morning, I ponder if he’ll begin to up the anti now Pujara has departed?
Simply as I used to be about to say that England have been a bit flat and uninspired this morning… they’re gifted a wicket they don’t actually deserve. Inexplicably Pujara steers a brief and large ball by Broad straight to Lees at backward level. Tame finish to an vital knock.
52nd over: India 152-3 (Pujara 66, Pant 38) Pujara performs with ‘Fairy gentle’ palms to glide Anderson away for 4 large of the slips. Right here comes Broad.
51st over: India 148-3 (Pujara 62, Pant 38) A pair off Root, Stuart Broad is warming up so this might be his final.
Robert Velocity has the primary e mail of the day, he’s clearly making an attempt to jinx Rishabh…
“I’ve not often if ever seen Pant troubled within the slightest when enjoying a defensive shot, or no shot. Solely will get out enjoying an attacking shot. An indication of how good he’s with bat in hand.”
Admirable effort Robert, let’s see if it does the biz. England want wickets, fast wickets.
fiftieth over: India 146-3 (Pujara 61, Pant 37) A threatening over from Anderson as he finds some bounce on consecutive again of a size deliveries, the ball spitting onto Pujara’s gloves and bat deal with. Only a single from the over.
forty ninth over: India 145-3 (Pujara 61, Pant 36) Pant rocks again and crunches Root away for 4. 20 runs have come already this morning, the lead is 277.
forty eighth over: India 140-3 (Pujara 61, Pant 31) Pujara is ticking alongside in a Pant-esque trend this morning. He performs a pleasant sq. drive off Anderson for 4 and follows it up with a wristy flick off his toes that skims away to the fence.
How will we see this recreation going? Are India already out of sight on 272 forward with their gun bowling assault? Let me know your ideas and theories!
forty seventh over: India 131-3 (Pujara 53, Pant 31) Root is bowling effectively, and he’ll should – Pujara is a wonderful participant of spin and Pant is a damaging participant of the twirly stuff. 4 byes undergo Billings’ legs. Pujara’s foot motion is crisp as ever.
forty sixth over: India 126-3 (Pujara 51, Pant 29) Anderson creaks into motion, his first supply appeared notably laboured and a bit stiff. Nonetheless, he’s on the button from the get go and it’s only a Pujara single off the over. Joe Root goes to twirl away from the opposite finish.
The gamers take the sphere, Jimmy Anderson has the brand new ball – PLAY!
Good day everybody and welcome to the day 4 OBO of England v India at Edgbaston.
Don’t like Mondays? Inform me why! Is it as a result of England are a good distance behind on this Check match and the ramifications of the ‘BazBall’ idealogy are coming house to roost? How lengthy, by the best way, earlier than the time period ‘BazBall’ turns into tooth gnawingly annoying? Are we there already? Let me know!
The contrasting strategies of Pujara and Pant served to thwart England yesterday afternoon and into the night, stretching India’s result in 257 runs with seven extra wickets through which to bat this recreation out of sight.
Now, England will certainly go for no matter goal they’re set by Bumrah and co and who is aware of, perhaps we’ll see one thing mind-boggling once more in Birmingham? BUT, at what level does this rating turn out to be definitively out of attain for even essentially the most delusionally optimistic exponents and believers of ‘The New Means’? 400? 500? Is a fourth innings goal ever really out of sight anymore?
I assume we would have some solutions quickly sufficient, play is about to get underway at 10:30AM BRITISH SUMMERTIME.
Be a part of us, and do get in contact, it is not going to be uninteresting. Promise.