Luck with the toss and day one conditions notwithstanding (England had the same advantage at Lords), India were comprehensively the better side at Trent Bridge.
Whats worrisome for England is that the weak links from Lords – Bell, Prior and the lower batting order – have stayed weak and a few others have been exposed. The bowling is not quite in the league that the conditions at Lords led them to believe. India’s openers ahead of the fab four (fallible four) got a 147 run start after England got 198. And then almost everyone else got a measure of the bowling.
India’s bowling’s got 40 wickets in two tests for a total of 1133 runs. Thats an average of 283 runs per innings. RP Singh and Zaheer Khan have, at various times, in the series so far, stood up and delivered when its mattered and thats made the difference.
A word about Rahul Dravid. Ahead of this series, without a coach, this was called his big test. He’s fumbled at press conferences apparently, – called Kumble “Harbhajan” – and struggled with the bat (now the only guy in the top 7 without a fifty) – but we’ve won in Ireland and now, we’re going into the last Test leading 1-0.
We’ve been in this situation before – in South Africa – and as I write this – I see that the celebrations are a lot more subdued than they were after the first Test win there. And just as well. Since there is yet a job to complete.
Well done !