England win by 319 runs From a first innings where England were 124 for 8 and India 267 for 4, England have ended up winning by a distance. Staggering performance, really.
Stuart Broad has had. 64 to rescue England with the bat, 6 for 46 to rescue England with the ball and the last wicket as well. It might get forgotten after everything that followed but almost as good as Broad’s effort was Rahul Dravid, whose first-innings century in tough conditions against a strong attack was remarkable. England’s No. 3, Ian Bell, then matched Dravid’s performance with a sublime century to set up the match before the bowlers finished it emphatically today.
Post Match Presentation:
Nasser Hussain to lead the presentation ceremony. Rightly, he thanks the groundstaff for producing a pitch that has provided exceptional entertainment for four days. Then we go through the medallions for the umpires,Rauf has really earned his again.Those 100 really mattered and when we were batting we were four down but we couldn’t see that new ball through, says Dhoni. “I felt the bowlers were tired but their batsmen played some great shots. It is a bit of a concern that we haven’t made 300 and it’s a continuation of the series in West Indies, we haven’t really had a gap, where we were struggling.”Right now Zaheer is out there practicing but I don’t really know where he is. Injuries happen in the game but when you go down to three bowlers it’s hard work on the bowlers. My form is a concern because if you are the leader you need to perform. But you have to look at your preparation and if that is right and the processes are right the form will follow.”Inside I felt none of us felt right about it [the Bell run out]. That’s what really matters, not the rules, not the spirit of the game. You want to feel good about what you’ve done when you go back to the dressing room. We had something similar with Laxman in the West Indies and didn’t want to be in revenge for that or anything.”Well of course we can turn it around. You have to have belief in yourself and the team.
Andrew Strauss looks plenty happier: “There have been some outstanding performances in the two Test matches,” he smiles. “It was a fantastic turnaround and I’m very proud on what we’ve done this week. Bresnan was unlucky not to be playing in the first Test match and he keeps putting his credentials in place making it harder and harder.”I didn’t tell Swann and Broad to do anything other than play their natural games.Bell was outstanding. To score that freely in tough conditions was outstanding. He’s in the form of his life.”It was very commendable of Dhoni, he has set a great example to myself and other captains. I like to think I would have done the same in similar circumstances.”We don’t know at this stage about Trott’s fitness he’s gone for a scan. The primary goal is just to win the next Test match, we’ll let everything else look after itself.
“Stuart Broad is named man of the match “We’re delighted to go 2-0 up. It’s pleasing to pick up some wickets after they were harder to come by earlier in the season. My and Swanny never need encouragement to have a bit of a slog. Of course I’ve now found a fuller length and it’s paid off but I tend not to look back and worry. We have a lot of depth and a lot of confidence in our unit.”