England v India at Nottingham, 2nd Test (Day 4)

I woke up this morning and thought:  you know, if India can bowl out England before lunch, that gives them a day and a half to score 450-500 on a flat deck with Dravid and Tendulkar and Laxman.  And I thought: this is doable.  This is more than doable, in fact.

And then I woke up at seven am to see that India had bowled out England before lunch, but unfortunately Dravid had fallen early, and for me not only was that the match, but the series, as well.

As I type this, India are 53/4 and still need another 429.  Laxman, Mukund, and Raina are gone.  However, Tendulkar, the best batsman in the history of cricket is at the crease.  England will need a Herculean effort to take his wicket, but considering India’s massively long tail they might not need to.  Here’s hoping that we get a day five, because India’s only hope might be the 50% chance of showers tomorrow.

I am not going to write a great deal about the “run out that never was.”   At first, I thought it was simply brilliant on the part of India.  It was something one would never see in any other sporting contest on the planet.

But then, on the same note, I was disappointed, because it might have cost India the match, and thereby the series.  India should have been a tad more cold hearted, should have taken the moment by the throat and strangled England into an even series.

But, finally, I was just bored.  So much wonderful cricket happening right now, but this is all we are going to talk about for days on end.

On a housekeeping note: I had to move desks at work, and therefore I have lost a little of the privacy I formerly enjoyed. This might very well affect my blogging, we shall see.  If it starts to go pear shaped, I will have to start blogging in the evenings.

Until tomorrow.

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