India v Eng – Ahmedabad

Wanna watch? Click the picture.

Lunch day 5

Perhaps you don’t have access to which ever satellite provider has the rights in your area, my commentary seems to be alternating between Sky (Botham, Hussain) and the local Indian broadcaster, both more than adequate.

Anderson doesn’t look too happy, the wicket looks flatter than Brisbane, it’s going to be hard work for the bowlers!


27 thoughts on “India v Eng – Ahmedabad”

  1. G’morgen, Soutie! Very cruel of you! However my anti-virus software has banned it as lethal. 😦

  2. MΓ΄re Janus

    Works fine for me, sure there’s adds and the odd pop up but them again I don’t have the Fort Knox anti virus πŸ˜‰

    Watched the 1st session on line, the children hog the TV before they go to school!

  3. I’m afraid that without the belt and braces here I’d be dead in no time.
    Interestingly the crowd is very small. So much for india’s favourite sport.

  4. Bravo, my anti-virus message was the strongest they ever publish! Maybe it’s only safe in SA?

    340 for 3 at stumps was a creditable effort, imho.

    Janus, actually 323/4 at the close, it appears that you may have picked up a virus from my link, my apologies πŸ˜‰

  5. Morning all.

    I’ve got it on again, Pujara’s just got his ton.

    I certainly haven’t had to give any info, never mind a phone no!

  6. Soutie, good evening.

    Thanks for the link but I can watch it all live, thanks to signing up to the Evil Empire. Which, by the way, I do not regret, Sport is important to me.

    I can, of course, listen to it from 3.30 am when TMS starts up. Been there as well. I’ve been going to bed at about 8 pm since Thursday to wake to the joys of Aggers, Blowers, Sir Geoffrey and the rest. Severely depressed as a result but the chat from the boys has been fantastic. The sustained Boycs rant about how his Mum and Gran could have shared an opening partnership of at least 200 runs on this pitch has been particularly enjoyable. He is a bit obsessive about Monty’s exclusion, to be fair.

    Whatever, I’ll be glued to TMS yet again this Saturday morning in the hope that Cook and KP will pull ‘our’ irons out of this particular fire. If they make any sort of stand, it could cheer me up a wee bit before I have to go off to watch Scotland playing the mighty Bokke in the afternoon. Even without the Beast, I have this feeling that you might just beat us.

    I hope, of course, that I am wrong about that.

  7. Morning all

    As you can see from the changing picture at the top I have the stream on again, 30 minutes played and I must say that both Cook and KP have been very positive, was KP dropped by Dhoni off the first ball? The umpire signaled byes so probably not.

    We have our usual table booked for this afternoon’s rugby, despite Scotland having had a good summer tour I don’t have many concerns, in fact impossible to get a bet with the ‘Brit’ regulars at my local. (I made R50 on the game against Ireland last week :))

    I expect the Scots to start well (as they did against the ABs last week and as Ireland did against us) but hopefully over 80 minutes the Boks should be to strong for them, we’ll see!

  8. TMS aren’t broadcasting this series down here.

    I think that their licencing arrangements only allow home series’ to get the world wide coverage 😦

  9. MΓ΄re Janus

    Not to worry, I’m sure that those nice Indian chappies will give your blokes a second go πŸ˜‰

  10. I think Boys is right. The England 20-over batting specialists don’t have the patience and application to play test cricket. They are now playing for pride.

  11. That’s fair comment, I’d put money on Bell defending his first ball when he gets his second chance πŸ™‚

  12. One of the Sky commentators has just suggested that the first innings was a cunning plan by England to make India bat last so that Swann and Patel could spin them out when the pitch breaks down. I think that he was joking.

    111-0 is a pretty good start. Just a slight worry that Horatio might pay a call tomorrow morning.

  13. I was just about to say what a good first half hour England have had and Zaheer goes and nicks a wicket!

    Hats off to Cook, he looks on course for a rather surprising (and well deserved) ton, can any of his team mates hand around?

  14. In case you missed it


    Who said

    “He’ll easily pass my record soon.”

    and why?

    (no prizes :()

  15. Good morning Soutie

    Your #18

    I know because I heard him say it on TMS this morning. He was being uncharacteristically generous about it.

    Except, of course, that it’s not his record. It’s their record. He just happens to top the list alphabetically and still will for a wee while longer when Cook equals it and until he goes past it.

    Superb innings from Captain Cook. First Test captain in the world to score hundreds in his first three matches in charge.

    Shocker from KP. Apparently, he has been dismissed by left arm spinners in 25 of his 153 Test innings. And he still says that he does not have a problem?

    TMS has been riveting all morning but I switched to the Evil Empire after tea. in the hope of being able to watch ‘us’ make them have to bat again

    24 runs needed

  16. Just caught the last half hour, magnificent performance by Captain Cook and his Johannesburg born partner πŸ˜‰

    Day 5 beckons, who’d ‘ave thought it? Certainly not me!

  17. Soutie :

    …….Johannesburg born partner ;)

    Aye weel Soutie,

    These things happen. I just wish Patrick Lambie had not been quite as good as he is. Jock father Ian, son of Jack and Neeta and related to the famous (in Scotland) ‘Broons frae Troon’. He could have been playing for us if he had been even slightly less good at rugby.

    Well done yesterday. I was happy with our performance in the last 30 minutes and I truly believe that we are heading in the right direction.

    I also think that you might well cause the Southron Chariot to swing even lower next week at Fortress Twickenham, having watched them fail against Oz

  18. Soutie :

    Just caught the last half hour, magnificent performance by Captain Cook and his Johannesburg born partner ;)

    Day 5 beckons, who’d β€˜ave thought it? Certainly not me!

    That’s the other thing. We not only encourage emergent nations to do reasonably well at games; we even let them come over and play with the big boys.

  19. Day 5

    A solid enough first half hour, 150 partnership up, Stumper Prior (we’ll never forgive him for that horrible dismissal on our tour where he waited, waited and waited to stump our man) approaching a ton.

    My quote in #18 was of course from Sir Geoffrey

    I of course didn’t hear it but read on the TMS web page…

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    “He’ll easily pass my record soon.”

    Cook, Pietersen and Andrew Strauss all have 21 Test hundreds. The England record is 22 jointly held by Geoffrey, Wally Hammond and Colin Cowdrey.

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