Originally Posted by Stapel
England scored big on a big scoring deck, after winning the toss. Mostly because the outfield was really, as in really, quick. Patel (44 of 20) was the big gun late in the innings as England got 38 of the last two innings.
India weren't too far behind. But Tredwell kept the rate down and took 4 wickets.
The unsung hero prize goes to Joe Root. Didn't get a swing at it, but bowled 9 tidy overs.
And I thought it was a pretty good win. The top 6 did their jobs, even if I thought we were going to be about 50 runs short of a par score until Patel got us somewhere close. And most of the bowling was respectable against an experienced batting side who would have fancied chasing 350 in those conditions, especially against that attack.
Tredwell did far better than we had any right to expect, and I don't see him claiming 4 for 44 every time. Which means the batsmen will need to do even better if we are going to stay competitive, as our bowling still looks like a weakness out there. But we've already done better than in the previous two series in India, which in itself exceeded most folks' expectations.
I'd still like to see Buttler in the side, as I think he could develop into a serious threat. Root's economical bowling makes that unlikely just yet. I can't see any other reason why he has leap-frogged JB into the team.