Monday, 17 November 2008

Yuv(raj) Got To Do Better England

India are just too good. Another win under their belts and another example of England's batting and bowling being shown to be average, when what is required is exceptional.

Only three Indian batsmen were needed to take the game away from England. Yuvraj, once again showed his new all-rounder status, amassing 118 runs and 4-28, Gambhir (70) and Pathan (50) proving that all that's needed is some big hitting and confidence.

England once again failed to bowl India out and it was only Broad who showed some liking for the Indore pitch, with figures of 4-55.

England's batting showed slightly more resolve. Prior (38), Shah (58), Pietersen (33) and Flintoff (43) made decent scores, but the game needed every batsman to dig in and prosper.

A loss by 54 runs is definitely an improvement from the last game. That's a positive. Nightwatchgirl wants to be an optimist....but it's really, really hard.

The next game on Thursday needs to see an England bowling attack demolish the Indian batsmen and an England batting side scoring runs like they're going out of fashion.

There's the bigger picture to think of now. 2009 is a big cricket year and England must be up to the challenge, or Nightwatchgirl is going to cry.


Anonymous said...

why the f*** is dmitri mascarenhas not in the squad? he and luke wright are ideal for last 15 overs or so.... and what is ravi bopara doing in the team?

Damith S. said...

its a real shame cuz ithink this eng team is a lot better than the ones that they passed off as an odi team in the late 90s.

i think the top order needs a look at.
bell and prior are not cut out to be openers. why not pick a real opener like cook.

cook and prior would be a good combo. as cook can look to play out the 50.

freddie could possibly come up the order too.

eng need to win on thursday to have any chance of making a come back.

Damith S. said...

ps- do you mind updating the flyslip link on teh blogroll to

cheers !