Will India lose the 2nd Test as well?

Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12:32 [IST]
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Will India lose the 2nd Test as well?

Trent Bridge, July 31: The Nottingham Test is evenly poised after two days of intense battle and fluctuating fortunes. But with England just 43 runs behind India and still possessing 9 wickets, the hosts appear to hold a slight edge. Thus, once again the onus falls on the shoulders of the Indian bowlers to press home the slim advantage and deal England a more decisive blow on Day 3. With the wicket still exhibiting a liveliness, the Indian pace attack in particular will have to harness it for the maximum amount of seam and bounce.

Ishant Sharma would do well to take a leaf out of man of the moment Stuart Broad's book by bowling full length, pitched-up deliveries. He will however, have to utilise his whole gamut of tricks with a predominance of off-cutters and the like to faze the English line-up.

Sreesanth will have to shun his propensity of bowling short and wide. As he did consistently in the first innings, his deliveries should target the corridor at a full-length where the batsmen are tempted into driving. And if he can get that late swing that he was able to dish out in abundance on Day1, he could be back in business.

Meanwhile, Praveen Kumar could try giving the ball more rip and pace. At his usual medium pace, he gets the ball to swing prodigiously, but the batsman has ample time to check his shot and smother the trajectory of the delivery.

Regular breaches of the English run-flow courtesy tight bowling and the period scalping of wickets, could swing the momentum India's way. As a big question mark hangs over proceedings on Day 3, India should put to rest any more doubt over its ability to win a Test.

Oneindia Cricket

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