Friday 18 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: Result At Lord's Inevitable

India celebrate the wicket of Alastair Cook
India fought back well today
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A hot day at Lord's today, and another interesting day's cricket. All the advantage was with England yesterday, winning the toss and putting India in on a real green flyer. I've never seen such a green wicket before.

All credit to India, though, they have fought back magnificently but they could have bowled a bit better. Mohammad Shami could have done a little more to support Bhuvneshwar Kumar but they can be very happy with six England wickets down and they are virtually down to the tail now with Matt Prior and Liam Plunkett batting.

To move the game forward, India need to dismiss England before lunch on day three, or thereabouts or it's going to be expensive. Obviously, every run matters, but at this stage, from tomorrow morning, every run will be worth its weight in gold.

I am now sure there will be a result in this match because both sides are playing some attractive cricket so now it's down to 'may the best side win'.

It did't all go swimmingly for India, however. A couple of easy catches went down, particularly the one that Ballance offered. Who knows what the story would have been had that been taken?

After that though, he played some great shots, showed tremendous concentration and that was fantastic for England.

On the other hand, it was another disappointing day for Alastair Cook, whose luck continues to be bad. Everyone wants him to score runs, even the hardcore Indian fans, as long as he doesn't get too many, but he failed again which will just add more and more pressure to him.

India will now come out tomorrow, all guns firing, aiming to take a first innings lead - and not many people predicted that at 145 for seven yesterday!

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

© Cricket World 2014

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