Flintoff Says A Result In Mohali Unlikely
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff thinks that there is little chance of the second Test against India in Mohali producing a result after the home side built up a lead of 285 with four second innings wickets remaining.
And with India 1-0 up in the series after a six-wicket win in Chennai, and thick fog likely to prevent a timely start to proceedings on the final day, anything other than a draw would indeed seem unlikely.
"I think it will be hard for us to force a result from here," Flintoff said. "Losing myself and Kevin (Pietersen) last night was a big loss for us and then we lost wickets this morning. All we could do was come out with the new ball try and take some early wickets, try and have a bit of a magic session.
"I think the bowlers did pretty well I think we have done throughout the game but we will have to see what happens tommorow if there is fog around in the morning and bad light at night then I dont think there is going to be to much for both sides."
Even if England go 1-0 down in the series, Flintoff believes that the tour will help them in the future.
"One thing when you come to India, you do learn new skills and you probably learn how to bowl a little bit more, which should stand us in good stead for the West Indies," he added. "I think the wickets out there will be pretty similar, Stuart (Broad) is a young lad - he is still learning but he is learning quickly. Over the last few years we have seen what a skillful bowler Jimmy (Anderson) is, not just with the new ball but with his reverse swing as well."
India's Zaheer Khan has been the player to have got the most out of any reverse swing available and he said he was pleased with his performance so far.
"I am very happy with the way that I have been bowling right throughout the series," the left-armer said. "The more overs I bowl the better I get. After coming back from injury in Sri Lanka I took my time to get started but once I got my rhythm going then things were easier.
"We have to get some runs on the board, the crucial thing is what time the game starts, if it starts on time then we will gauge the situation tommorow and put them in at some stage hopefully," he said.
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