Nagpur: During the first half of the second day of the fourth Test between India and England at the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium ground in Nagpur, one young man made a huge statement, playing as key role as England went well past the perceived par score to reach 330. Then, in the second half of the day, with India battling to avoid humiliation, two legends lost their middle stumps to the same paceman – James Anderson – as they stuttered to 87 for four.
After having reduced England to 139 for five at one stage on Thursday, India would have hoped to keep the total to 250 or thereabouts, even if Joe Root and Matt Prior had taken the score to 199 at stumps. Not to be. The total in front of India when they went out to bat midway through the second day was 330, a fairly big score considering the nature of the pitch. The order of the day, clearly, was for the Indian batsmen to dig in and play their part in what really is a battle of attrition.