Just about the start of day 3 of the first Test.
A nervous start to the game – not that its acceptable by virtue of the fact that its been the norm – with the bowlers being guilty of a poor first day. Then a great comeback. So 268/4 at the end of day 1 becomes 298 all out. Equally importantly, in that was 218/1 at one stage and from there England’s strong suit – its batting had its bluff called. Largely by India’s supposedly weak hand – its inexperienced seam attack.
As things stand this morning, we’re 145/4 in 57 overs. 153 behind. And the strong suit – the Indian batting lineup – needs to stand up and deliver. So far – at 2.5ish per over its been iffy. There was an opportunity to put the English under pressure and it has been dealt with timidly. We’re 27 overs away from the next new ball with a nightwatchman at the crease.
Things like Jaffer playing as slowly as he did after his 50 and slipping back into first gear with time to go for stumps is not the way to go. Its being picky – but they’re things first Tests are made of. So far, the strong hand has been shaky on the big stage.
Today’s sessions provide the batsmen the chance to undo yesterday’s nerves. Like the bowlers did on Day 2. Will they?