hose lengths were mainly aggressive – fuller, often straighter, and giving the ball to swing and swing late into or away from the batsman, giving him little chance to nullify the wobbling ball. The English batsmen tried everything, batting at least a yard or two outside the crease to negate the swing, trying to play the ball as close to the body or even late, with some amount of guesswork that demands playing quality swing, but I am afraid, their replies weren’t simply good enough. Importantly, as a unit, the Indian bowlers put up a rare display of collective intent from the very first ball, all three of them.

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