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But I'll be honest, I just don't see England being competitive against this Indian side in home conditions. And nor do I like faking it either, I can't be diplomatic and force myself to believe that England will put up a competitive effort. It's just hard for me to fathom.
Imo England lacks big hitters, and I'm expecting the spinners to bog down England's batsmen in the middle overs.
I do see that as a crucial outcome for the game - the way we play the slow bowlers, hope we're proactive and positive and don't just sit in and try and tick it over because we don't do it effectively enough. Let's take it to them and try and upset their rhythm and their plans. Not easy though for sure.
Also with the ball, we bowled a number of short balls and back of a length deliveries against Holland, when perhaps we should have bowled more balls at the stumps. Tomorrow I reckon the likes of Sehwag will get peppered with shortish stuff, especially from Broad.
I voted for India but you can't negate the possibility of an English victory as well. Overall for me 70-30 in India's favour.
I am new here as you can tell :P
seems like a great forum so wanted to join you, I was actually born and raised in England to an Indian father and a West Indian mother, but have always been a loyal Indian fan and will remain loyal tomorrow.
I am expecting a very tough match though, tougher than a lot of people are predicting, England have proven themselves to be big match players, look at the Ashes and the T20 world cup.
IMHO playing Yardy would be a big mistake I am far more concerned about Bopara down the order.
I am hoping that we drop Sreesanth and play Ashwin who was superb for CSK in the IPL.
Gambhir to score big tomorrow, I feel.
How do you see the match going, am actually pretty confident, just do not want us to be too complacent, but I do think it is all about us. as long as we play to our best we will win.
Tommorrow I am playing cricket in the nets with a few English friends and supporters then going to watch the game atmosphere should be great, hopefully I can spoil their party
Its gonna be a gem of a game.
Go India Go
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I agree with you on the Yardy front, I am hoping Bopara is selected, his batting could be far more important and don't envisage the Indian batsmen having too many issues with Yardy's darts.
Ashwin in for Sreesanth would be a good move for India also, but they may opt for Chawla as a bowler that turns it the opposite way to Harbhajan.
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