Ishant must learn from Broad

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 24, 2011 06:25 hrs

Sachin Tendulkar will have to wait for the second innings to see if he will get on the Honours Board at Lord's for those who have notched centuries or taken five wickets at this venue. He was looking good and there was that trademark punch off the backfoot through the covers which is usually a sign that he is set for a big score.

It's not so much the straight drive but the backfoot punch that often tells you of his confidence. Stuart Broad bowled quite splendidly to draw the batsman forward and hopefully Ishant Sharma who also bowls around the same speed was watching. Ishant bowls more a hard pitch length where there is bounce but on slower pitches like this one a fuller length will probably cost the odd boundary but will more likely get wickets too.

India found themselves in this situation because their bowlers did not bowl the line and length and exploit the conditions which were absolutely bowler friendly. That allowed the England batsmen to get through a tough period and then build a good score.

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Kevin Pietersen doesn't have too many pals in the British media with some questioning his place in the team but he answered their doubts with a double century of great character. He built his first century brick by brick eschewing all the flamboyant shots that we usually see from him and it was only when England were looking to declare and give India a torrid half hour that he upped the scoring and raced to his double ton in double quick time.

India's openers Gambhir and Mukund batted most sensibly and Mukund was most impressive with the way he was moving into his shots. Gambhir seemed to have decided that since he was the senior player he would help build the platform but in the process went into his shell and did not bat in his natural style.

Still it was just the kind of solid partnership that settles the nerves in the dressing room and that's what the duo did. It looked with Dravid's solidity and Tendulkar's artistry the crowd would have an afternoon to remember but Stuart Broad spoilt it all by bowling one of his best spells ever and with that he has given England a tremendous chance of going one up in the series.

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