Saturday 16 August 2014 

Farokh Engineer: So Disappointed In India's Performance

Alastair Cook celebrates his half-century
Alastair Cook was one of three England players to score half-centuries on another poor day for India
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I am very disappointed with how India have performed because I was expecting them to put up a far better fight and show England what Indian cricket is all about but unfortunately it just hasn't materialised.

England lead by 237 runs after day two and that is a very very useful lead. Every run England score is like a dart through the chests of the Indians because this lead is far too much, and still England have wickets in hand.

They could easily finish up with a 350-run lead and from there I don't think the future is very bright for India - as we know, India are not very good at saving games.

I feel sorry for the Indians in a way. It's a young team, but they've played without any heart or skill, and I'm so disappointed in the way they have fared.

I blame the coach, Duncan Fletcher. Surely he should be showing them how to play in England? They are great players back home but unfortunately they have not done well here.

This lead is increasing all the time yet this is a Test match in which India had everything to play for to try and salvage some pride.

They bowled very well today and fielded ordinarily. There were some catches dropped and MS Dhoni wasn't his usual self behind the stumps.

They are out of the game already. I don't see a bright future for them tomorrow.

If England bat until lunch, they'll be at least 300 runs ahead and India have got to get those runs just to make England bat again that that will be a difficult task for them.

So, India will either lose by an innings or if they bat very well they'll still lose miserably unless it rains for the next three days.

I would like to finish on a positive note but there were not a lot of positives for India today. There was a fightback after lunch and Ishant Sharma bowled very well, showing just how much India have missed him in the last two matches but I don't know why Ravichandran Ashwin wasn't bowled until just before lunch.

He is the main spin bowler and he should be bowling a lot more but now the second new ball has been taken, it's over to the quick bowlers.

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