No help for bowlers in post-lunch session was problem: Pandya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Aug 2018 12:41:02




THE lack of assistance for bowlers during the post-lunch session on the third day was a major reason for England’s complete control over India in the second Test, feels all-rounder Hardik Pandya.England are now 250 runs ahead after finishing the third day at 357 for 6 after being reduced to 131 for 5 at one stage. It was a 189-run sixth wicket stand between Chris Woakes (120 batting) and Jonny Bairstow (93) that has virtually killed the contest. India will now need a miracle to make a comeback.

“Nothing happened (after lunch). That was the problem. As a bowling unit, we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging and they – Woakes and (Jonny) Bairstow – took the game away,” Pandya reasoned after the end of third day’s play. “It happens – I’ve seen in Tests. You get four or five wickets quickly and then you get one partnership. Even with our batting line-up, it has happened many times. It’s just a part of the game,” Pandya said.

India started playing a catch-up game only having scored a paltry 107 in their first innings in bowling friendly conditions.
But Pandya believes that even England would have struggled in those conditions.“Any team would have got the same score which we got because playing in those conditions (was tough), a little drizzle was there, and wicket got a little wet as well.

“Today the conditions were different. When we bowled today, there was proper sunlight. The wicket was the ideal one, which we would have expected on the first day. But because of the conditions, the pitch started doing a lot.”

India have gone into the Test with an additional spinner in Kuldeep Yadav when conditions indicated that three specialist pacers might have been of help.

Pandya, who is doing the job of third seamer, predictably defended the decision.“Obviously they (team management) had some thought behind it (picking the second spinner). I don’t get into that too much. I think three pacers (including him) were enough to be honest.”