Thursday 17 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: A Satisfying Day For India

Lord's - England v India, day one
The greenest wicket Farokh Engineer has ever seen in England, let alone just Lord's - but India had a good day nevertheless
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What an interesting day's cricket at Lord's. One that India will be very satisfied with, batting on the greenest wicket I've ever seen in England.

Everything seemed to be in favour of England. They won the toss, but they didn't bowl as well as they should have; they should have taken five or six wickets before lunch because the pitch was so green and the ball was seaming all over the place.

I have never seen a wicket as green as this in all my years in England, and I've played at Lord's, The Oval, Old Trafford, you name it, I've played it, but I've never seen one as green as this. It's not something you see very often in Test cricket.

All things considered then, what a fantastic knock from Ajinkya Rahane, what a magnificent century that was. He'll be delighted to have his name on the famous Lord's honours board.

This was a very good recovery by India because they would have been very happy with 225 or 250 but now they have 290 and might well get to 300 which gives the bowlers a total to bowl at.

Tomorrow could be another very interesting day. If the conditions are cloudy, the wicket won't be as lively as today but it will be lively enough and India's bowlers should get the best out of it to put England under some pressure.

The odd ball is keeping low, such as the delivery which got Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bowled by Stuart Broad, and they'll all be thinking about that.

On the other hand, while Rahane played beautifully, I thought Stuart Binny was unlucky to be given out LBW as the ball would have gone way over the stumps - far too high to be given out, that was.

But, all in all, India would have settled for this, definitely.

One thing people were looking forward to was James Anderson bowling to Ravindra Jadeja but it didn't happen. That's the way it goes soemtimes, but perhaps we'll see Jadeja bowl to Anderson later in the game!

Putting all that to one side though, this was a very satisfying day for India.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs