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England vs India, 5th Test, 7th-11th Sept - The Oval

5th test winner - ICF Poll  

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  1. 1. Who will win the Oval test?



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3 minutes ago, Pollack said:

Because pressure would be on Pant now and he may go into the shell and one would eventually get him. Match lost. If we had lose coming close to winning, we should also be able to win after coming close to losing.

That's sports! .... Ind still needs 130+ runs. It is not even close to winning yet (less than 50 to get) .... Pant does not need to go in to his shell. It should play normally 

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Draw would be sill an encouraging result ..it will teach a lesson in terms of 4th innings batting ..Win was a possibility only if Rahul & Pant were still at crease with 10 overs to go ..right now, Jadeja being new at crease and new ball taken , it will take him time ot get into the groove ..forget about him scoring at 5 an over.

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3 minutes ago, zen said:

That's sports! .... Ind still needs 130+ runs. It is not even close to winning yet (less than 50 to get) .... Pant does not need to go in to his shell. It should play normally 

Pant out. That's match now. Even draw not possible now. :sad:

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Just now, Switchblade said:

Out threw his wicket 

I reckon he has graduated from Sehwag school of batting ..don't think he could have survived if he  tried to defend only . 0 (29) is not his game. At 20 year old , pressure to carry the whole team's chances is unfair .It's Rahane and Dhawan like fuddus who deserve the flake.

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3 minutes ago, Nikola said:

Actually its better to loose coming this close than drawing a dead rubber. Atleast they tried to win and stay positve.

Agree. Countries that have great sports culture would go for a win or at least play normal cricket ....  and not play for margin of loss in a dead rubber :lol:  .... this is what is lacking in India. Sports is not accounting 

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To be fair, this was on the cards since his first scoring shot. But by chancing his arms and doing a Tino Best (+19 runs, and at No. 7), he might have shut the door on superior keepers. I hope for keeping's sake that his "heroics" with the bat do not overshadow the comical keeping, like when the helmet placed directly behind him had to play longstop (and gave away 5 penalty runs).

 

Oh well, at least we still have Matthew Cross ...

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Just now, Switchblade said:

Under Kohli for some reason it’s always so near yet so far wish he had bit of luck.

Yes ..Adelaide 2014 - 48 runs while chasing 450+ target in fourth inning  , Srilanka (Dambulla or Kandy) 2015 ..lost by 20-30 runs chasing 171 target  , Birmingham -31 runs and Southampton -60 runs . 

 

I somehow can see the Sachin syndrome developing in this team while chasing 4th innings score or high targets in ODI's a-la Champions trophy final . Openers and lower order always go missing in tests and so does middle-order in ODI's .Need more batting leaders .

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3 minutes ago, Switchblade said:

Under Kohli for some reason it’s always so near yet so far wish he had bit of luck.

So true .he'll be like that ,even in world cup we might look unbeatable then all of a sudden lose a major match closely. 

Msd always had that luck factor going for him in lois 

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I fear cheerleader coming out and doing chest thumping for Rahul and Pant’s innings that how his staff gave them instructions to play their natural game and play fearless cricket which is the brand they want to play and how they are in the right direction for the overseas tour.

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8 minutes ago, Clarke said:

Isnt rashid bowling no balls super wide off the crease ? His front foot is landing way outside.

Front foot can land anywhere. The back foot should not be grounded outside the white line while releasing the ball.

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6 minutes ago, Pollack said:

Yes lsoing 4-1 is a much better result to throw at Shastri "we are best touring team" face

If we win match its great for fans if we loose shastri might get kicked so win win situation for us.. :giggle:

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