Farokh Engineer: A Satisfying Day For India
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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