The left arm spinner of the England cricket team, Monty Panesar, has said that his team has done reasonably well on the first day of the second test match against India at Wankhede Stadium.
On the first day, India put up 266 runs on the board in 90 overs after losing 6 wickets. Panesar was the one who took four out of those 6 wickets.
Actually, India had lost the six wickets only at the score of 169, but, the England bowlers couldn’t carry on the momentum after that and a 97-run unbeaten stand between R Ashwin and C Pujara brought India back into the game.
Talking to the reporters after the end of the day’s play, Monty said, “I think we have done pretty well today. This Indian batting line up is very strong and to restrict them to only 266 on the first day is not an easy task. Yes, we had the opportunity of bowling them out, but, you also have to give credit to Pujara and Ashwin. They batted really well.”
When asked about the nature of the wicket, Monty said, “There is turn and bounce in the wicket. That’s for sure. The ball is turning big, but, I think if a batsman applies himself on this wicket, he can get runs as Pujara has clearly shown.”
When asked about his own performance in the match so far, Monty said, “I was happy to get a playing opportunity today. I obviously hadn’t expected this much assistance from the wicket on the first day, but, it started turning right from the first ball. It was nice to get some wickets under my belt.”
“Tomorrow, we need to get some early wickets and restrict them below 350; otherwise, the match might drift away from us.”