23 August 2011

England completes Indian whitewash at The Oval

England went to secure an all happy whitewash, just recently after being crowned by WorldNo.1 at Edgbaston. There could be nothing of less joy for the English team as 
they went Indian innings after a daunting Tendulkar-Mishra partnership which was 
getting threatening.Swann's 6-106 being the architect of Indian demolition, went 
on to avoid a probable draw as they succumbed to an innings and 8 runs defeat.   

Ian Bell went on to earn the man of the match award for this outstanding double 
century in the first innings, whereas Rahul Dravid and Stuard Broad went on to
 win joint Man of the Series Award.

Tendulkar and Mishra who commenced the last day's match, went to score India's
highest partnership in the serieswith 144 runs. One side Tendulkar was bidding to
score his 100th international century, who before his dismissal was dropped at 85
by Prior off Swann, and also Cook dropped a relatively easy catch at short leg 
when he was at 70.  Though it could have been an infamous way to reach the 
milestone,but Bresnan who was newly replaced after Mishra's dismissal, who was
bowled off Swann's delivery went on to be trapped leg beforeat 91. It was an 
off pitched delivery which came in sharply, but umpire Tucker after brief thinking
got his finger straight up. Initially it seemed to be bit high, but hawk eye suggested
that it was going to clip off leg stump bails by just.After that it was matter of overs
  from 262-4 it was soon 283-10 , and things fell apart like pack of cards.

Sreesanth was the last to fall, heaving an inside edge on to the stumps to send England into another round of celebrations. England have set a benchmark for this generation of Test cricket by this epic whitewash and their daunting and so dominating number 1 spot which could not be so comprehensive. All others need to follow along the trend of the day, and make their way upto to the hill.


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