The Guardian – As anticipated the spinners prevailed.

Summary

  • Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali – or should that be Merlyn Ali, given that he took the vital wicket of Virat Kohli – stifled India’s middle order so that England won comfortably by 86 runs.
  • With the bat England delivered one of their more pragmatic performances mainly because Root scored most of the runs.
  • So there were no histrionics but there was a nasty little parallel: when Hussain hit 115 out of England’s 326 for eight 16 years ago, India managed to knock off the runs with three balls to spare.
  • Four overs later Roy’s slog sweep terminated in the hands of deep mid-wicket and England seemed to be succumbing, lemming-like, to the mystery spinner again.
  • This is not much of a concern in the case of Buttler, but the old Stokes magic is proving elusive on the evidence of his brief innings at Lord’s and his long vigil at Trent Bridge.


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