Farokh Engineer: India Under Real Pressure
Today was once again very much England's day, just as it was on day one. They have built up a huge total and certainly have India under pressure.
It could have been worse for India had Jos Buttler, who very casually tried to stop a ball down the leg-side, taken a late on catch. It was a catch, yet he just let it go for four. That was definitely an opportunity.
He batted very well today, though and I hope he keeps well too because he's fighting for his place, and he must take this opportunity.
He certainly played a wonderful innings today but he was fortunate early on, a couple of catches fell short, one very short, and one on the half-volley and this will give a clear message to quick bowlers all over the world that Buttler has a weakness on the off-side and they will concentrate on this throughout his career.
Believe me, word spreads very fast among international cricketers. Any Test cricketer with any weakness - it's like wildfire!
Jos will have to improve on his technique there but he batted superbly and played some great shots.
It was then hard work for India to survive the last few overs as I could see Murali Vijay wasn't his usual comfortable self, he looked edgy, nervous even, and he was very pleased see the end of the day.
What I loved about that is that he went to James Anderson after the day's play, in front of everyone, shook his hand, and said, "Well bowled Jimmy."
That is a wonderful gesture and I wish we saw more of it in international cricket.
That's what Test cricket is all about. Appreciate good performances, even from the opposition.
Tomorrow morning, they'll battle like hell with each other, but today, Anderson bowled well and after the day's play Vijay shook his hand and I thought that was marvellous.
Tomorrow, we will see how India respond to this pressure. The wicket is still good to bat on, the ball is new at the moment and England were bowling in reasonably bad light towards the end.
The first hour will be absolutely crucial for India, and if they should lose a couple of wickets then they are definitely in trouble, although they do bat right up to number eight with Rohit Sharma coming into the side.
India do have a long batting line-up and the wicket is definitely still a good batting wicket.
The ball is turning a little bit but who is there to turn it for England? Moeen Ali? I don't think the Indian batsmen will lose any sleep over facing him.
All in all though, I'm expecting day three to be a great day's cricket.
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