Farokh Engineer: England Can't Lose From Here
I've had a nice day at the Ageas Bowl and so have England, who are sitting pretty on 247 for two.
I'm glad Alastair Cook got runs. I said before the game that he would, and Gary Ballance has played superbly, he's scored a thoroughly deserved hundred.
One thing is for sure: England can't lose this game from here.
Stranger things have happened, but they are in a very solid position.
I didn't think India bowled well enough today. They could have done much better.
I was disappointed by the debutant, Pankaj Singh. I thought he was ordinary, up and down, bowling too short, although Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well and so did Mohammad Shami.
What India should have done was to have played Ravichandran Ashwin - I certainly would have done. I don't know why they are not playing him, for me it is mindboggling.
Although Pankaj was unlucky to have Cook dropped early on, and had Jadeja held on, the tables might have turned, this is a pretty flat wicket and you need to do something really daft to get out.
So, England are going to be looking to score at least 500 runs on it and then it will be up to India to see if they can bat as long as they possibly can in reply.
Although he didn't bat today, I wish England's Jos Buttler all the best, making his debut. I hope he goes well, but he has to grab this opportunity with both hands because opportunities like this don't come along too often.
It could well be the sort of opportunity that makes or breaks him as a cricketer.
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