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Showing posts with label Test Series 2016. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Test Series 2016. Show all posts

Monday 19 December 2016

Karun Nair Triple Century Sinks England, Well Almost

#IndvEng #TestSeries 2016
5th Test Match - #Chennai

Starting the day at 71*, little did #KarunNair could have imagined what a day this was going to be for him! By the time India's innings ended, 759 for 7 declared, he was walking back 303* (a massive achievement - only 2nd Indian behind Sehwag to do it) to setup a daunting task for the Englishmen to survive Day 5 of this test match.   

With able support from #Vijay, #Ashwin and #Jadeja, he piled up misery for England bowlers throughout the day. Session 1 was always going to be crucial with India still trailing by 86 runs, so caution was the keyword. The second session was in push mode to step up the scoring to build lead while the third one was turbocharge mode to set up a winning lead. He did all three with gumption and flair.

Well played Karun and there will be no surprises when the Man Of The Match will be selected tomorrow.

Brief Scores At the end of Day 4
England: 1st Innings - 477, 2nd Innings - 12/0
India: 1st Innings - 759 for 7 decl

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Monday 28 November 2016

Ind v Eng Test Series 2016 - Fifties From Nos 7-8-9 Ensure India Lead by 117

#IndvEng #TestSeries 2016
3rd Test Match - #Mohali

Day 3
Dogged fifties from India's No. 7 R Ashwin, No. 8 Ravindra Jadeja and No. 9 Jayant Yadav ensured India drove in the advantage in the first innings of this crucial test match (3rd of  5 match series, India leading 1-0). India lead by 117 runs at the changeover and England have their work cut out on a pitch where bounce is going to be the biggest area of concern for either side. India will bat last, so they will look forward to keep England to as low a score as possible. 

Day 2
After Kohli and Pujara ensured safety by batting out a good second session and reaching 148 for 2, the last session on Day 2 started quite dramatically. Pujara mistimed one in the deep in the very first over, Rahane's poor form in the series continued as he perished for a blob soon after. This was followed by a horrible mixup between Kohli and debutant Karun Nair leading to the latter's runout. From 148 for 2, India slipped to 155 for 5. England came back strongly in the game.

First Ashwin and Kohli ensured no further casualty until the score reached 204. Then Kohli lost his concentration and nibbled at a delivery outside off to get caught behind for a wonderful 62. India were still in a perilous condition.

Ravindra Jadeja strode in and got into his groove quickly. His style of batting ensures one thing. He will get quick runs and put pressure on the opposition with his unorthodox batting. Thats exactly what happened since Captain Cook had to place in out fields to avoid runs. As a result, the pressure eased off and both batsmen made merry of the English bowling.

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Ravindra Jadeja R Ashwin India Ben Stokes England

Monday 21 November 2016

India Beats England In 2nd Test By 246 Runs To Take 1-0 Lead In Series

#IndvEng #TestSeries 2016
2nd Test Match, #Vizag

India crushed England by 246 runs to win the 2nd test and take a 1-0 lead in the 5 Test series.
Starting at 87-2 overnight, they soon crumbled to 115 for 6 and eventually capitulated after lunch to 158 all out. R Ashwin, debutant Jayant Yadav, Mohd Shami and Ravindra Jadeja shared the bowling honours.

Man of the match undoubtedly went to Virat Kohli for his stunning century in the first innings and stoic 81 in the second innings, clearly the difference between the two sides. 

England will be heartbroken because they had fought valiantly until the fag end of the day yesterday only to lose the openers late in the day to hand India the advantage going into Day 5. 

Rookie off-spinner Jayant Yadav enjoyed a memorable Test debut with figures of 3-30 while star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also bagged three wickets. Ashwin was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with a total of eight wickets in the match.

The third Test begins at Mohali on November 26.

Brief Scores:
India Ist Innings: 455
England Ist Innings: 255
India IInd Innings: 204
England IInd Innings: 158

India won by 246 runs

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli

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Indian cricket team players celebrating victory over England in 2nd Test at Vizag.