England play for a draw
Yes, I know it is perhaps too early to say something like that. But England's batting display on day four
at the Wankhede
was baffling, to say the least. Having started the day 152 runs ahead, eight wickets were lost in 78 overs with the addition of 160 runs. That is 2.05 runs an over, from a side which has Andrew Flintoff (50 off 145 balls, innings strike rate 34.5 v career strike rate 63.6) and Paul Collingwood
(33 off 118 balls, strike rate 27.9). Owais Shah's 38(118) was understandable given the need to eschew risks in the morning.
The ends perhaps justify the means. We'll only find that out tomorrow after seeing what India do with the target of 313 runs to make in around 100 overs.Update
: Irfan Pathan walked out with Wasim Jaffer as India's openers because Sehwag was off the field for most of the day. He was dismissed very early - 6/1. Guess who walks out? Anil Kumble. Nearly seventy years ago, on a dodgy MCG wicket, Sir Don Bradman reversed Australia's batting order in the second innings
and made 270, resulting in England losing by a whopping 365 runs.