Monday 28 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: India Under Real Pressure

Jos Buttler hits out
Farokh Engineer was impressed with Jos Buttler but has already identified some weaknesses
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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.

Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer was talking to John Pennington. To win a holiday to India with Lycamobile, click here.

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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