Wednesday 30 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: India Deserve To Lose

Moeen Ali appeals for a wicket
Moeen Ali has two wickets but India should be playing so much better on this wicket, says Farokh
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It's been another outstanding day for England and all credit to them for continuing to dominate this match.

The Indian batting resembled an IPL match, going for very quick and risky singles for which there is no need. They should be trying to stay in the match, save the Test and look to bat all day. I don't know what they were thinking about.

That's how it goes though, there were a few decisions today where the batsmen weren't too happy.

The umpiring has been diabolical in this game, as it has been in the earlier matches. The umpires are not helped because they are missing the DRS big time - thanks to India's insistence on not having it.

Regardless, India are now in a heap of trouble and I think the game could well finish by lunchtime tomorrow or even just before because none of the batsmen show any signs of holding on, or holding one end up.

Joe Root and Moeen Ali are taking wickets on what is now almost a typical Indian wicket, and if they can't last on this sort of wicket, then that is bad news.

By not following on, England let India back into the game to a certain extent because had they followed on, I think the game would have been over by now. The bowlers were fresh enough to dismiss India again.

It wasn't the pace bowlers, it was the spinners taking the wickets and they are completely fresh. The Indian batsmen are good enough to bat against this attack, but they weren't good enough today.

They don't deserve to win - they deserve to lose, and that is exactly what is going to happen tomorrow.

Nothing went right for India today, but they didn't give themselves a chance of staying in the game.

So, some time tomorrow, the series will be 1-1, which will be good for Old Trafford, where the next Test is played.

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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