Farokh Engineer: A Good Toss To Lose & England's Day
This was very much England's day, driven by James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who took nine wickets which was an excellent performance but this really was a good toss to lose.
Had India fielded first, a few English wickets would certainly have fallen. The wicket eased up a bit later but this was another case of India throwing away an advantage.
When I heard India were batting, I said 'God help our batsmen' because this is a green-top pitch.
It was obvious to me that you had to bowl first, Alastair Cook must have thought he was hearing things when he heard MS Dhoni say India would bat!
I can't believe the decision and this could be a three or four-day Test match - it's shocking.
India's bowlers are not as effective as England's bowlers but they would still have proved difficult to play on this.
I know I have been calling for Ravichandran Ashwin to be included throughout this series, but now he's been brought in for the wrong Test - he should have played in the previous matches when the wickets were turning.
He would have been a real handful at The Ageas Bowl.
Credit to England though, they bowled in the right areas, made the batsmen probe but India could have batted better. They are just not used to wickets that are seaming about all over the place and their technique isn't good enough.
You need perfect technique to survive on this wicket and they just didn't show it. Three ducks from the top four batsmen is just not on.
However, they rallied a little bit, but if England get a lead of around 150 or so, the game will be very much in their favour.
Credit to Dhoni for his batting, because he knew he had made a mistake by electing to bat so the responsibility lay on his shoulders but he's a fighter, scoring 71, and that was the saving grace for India to a certain extent.
Mind you, I don't think it will make much difference because England still have seven wickets in hand, trail by just 39 and the wicket will ease further tomorrow - depending on what the weather brings tomorrow - but England are on top.
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