It’s amazing how the mood of one innings can be so different from another. And how a pitch can behave so differently to two different teams within the space of 2 days. No, clearly, one team is more capable than the other. Summing up the dismissals of the West Indian batsmen in their first innings is of, virtually, no meaning. That’s because the same men showed way more application two hours later. I was delighted to watch the lengths that Umesh Yadav hit today. It gave him results straight away! Bravo and Samuels weren’t quite expecting the lengths that they got. Ashwin’s slider worked well against Chanderpaul and he’s proving a handful to all the left handers there. Amongst the heap of wickets this morning, it was very easy for people to forget Ojha’s contribution. The lad is doing his job in a very efficient manner.
Carlton Baugh should quickly realize that he can’t get away playing across the wicket to these spinners. He kept on doing that and that was ridiculous. For all the skill he’s got, he should play straight. I do not rate Marlon Samuels as a test batsman at all. And I can’t comprehend the absence of Lendl Simmons here, given his form this year and the fact that he’s never attempted to murder anyone from THE WICB. Of course, I can start about the other selection howlers but I’ll let that come sometime later.
India’s plan is very very clear. Ishant and Ashwin for left handers; Ojha and Umesh for right handers. I now wonder if, while picking a test squad, the wise men choose a careful combination to bowl well against both right and left handers. Ishant is putting in a lot of effort but he’s still inconsistent. He’s not bowling badly at all and more importantly, doesn’t seem troubled by that ankle.
Barath and Edwards played late and showed better application in the second essay. Edwards continues to play that loose cut short of balls wide outside off stump. He looks strong on the on side though. Bravo hit one six off Ashwin and Dhoni immediately pushed the man to long on. What confidence will that give the bowler? We all know how many runs India have and the skipper set pathetic fields today.
The only hope for the visitors in Mumbai would be a better pitch.