At the end of day’s play England posted a powerful 400 runs on the board and it was clear that the pitch was very doing very good for the spinners, and India ended up the day at 146/1 with Vijay and Pujara taking up the charge.
As per the CRICKET NEWS It was a bowling pitch here at Wankhede as both the top class spinners Ashwin and Jadega took 6 and 4 wickets respectively for the with no seamers getting even a single wicket for the side.
"It's a bat-big first innings sort of a wicket. Very deceptive and it is very difficult to stick on to one length. You will go for a lot of runs if you don't get it right on this wicket," is how R Ashwin, who picked up a five-wicket haul, described bowling on the pitch. "Because of the pace of the wicket, it was difficult to pick the right length. Lot of things you need to get right to keep the batsmen in check. There is time for batsmen to adjust to the bounce here," he further reckoned.
BUT Vijay and Pujara went on to play the spinners very well and were understanding the line and length of the so the duo was not in any problem while playing against or with the turn.
"More than the surface, I think the quality of our bowling is far better. Our bowlers get definitely more revolutions on the ball than what their spinners are doing. And obviously, we vary our pace very well. We have deceived a lot of players in the air than just waiting for the help of the wicket. I think there's definitely a lot of difference in the quality," said a rather unforgiving Parthiv Patel at the end of the day.
"We have definitely tried to spin the ball more than what they have tried to do for sure. That's what I felt in the last game, too. Last game, the way our bowlers bowled in Mohali where there was no turn and how (England) bowled when we were batting second where they actually got exposed because there was no help in it. We definitely have traditional bowlers who can vary their pace brilliantly. That's what Ashwin, Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) and Jayant (Yadav) have been doing," he declared. He didn't stop there.
"We don't have to go over the top, or try and play a sweep or reverse sweep because we know there might be a bad ball coming soon," he said.
From England's point of view, Jos Buttler who scored an important 76 gave a lot more considered view about the pitch and batting on it.
"For the majority (of the time), the turn is quite consistent and then one will be extreme. But when you're batting, if you can try to put that one out of your mind and not get alarmed, then it's still a good batting wicket," he said.
Parthiv though didn't give any evidence of being impressed by Buttler's innings. "Honestly, I think he was very lucky yesterday. There were a lot of balls that took the inside edge or missed the stumps by very little distance. But he batted well today. When you have no pressure, you tend to play well. Once wickets fell, he had to play with tail-enders, and he played his game. I would have loved to see him defending a few, maybe in the second innings when it turns and bounces," said the India wicket-keeper.
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