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    Match Package: Scorecard | Action In Images | Report

    Question for readers: Can India improve upon this performance on Day 2?

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    Groundsman remove water from the covers as rain played spoilsport at The Kia Oval.

    09:33 pm - Allright folks, the play has been abandoned for the day due to persistent rain.

    Recap: Only 24-over of play was possible on the first day of the fourth Test. Opening pair of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook scored 75 without loss after opting to bat first on a good Oval pitch. Indian bowlers were far from impressive - except from a bouncer which Andrew Strauss took on the helmet from Ishant Sharma. RP Singh and Sreesanth were largely unimpressive.

    09:11 pm - Apparently it has stopped raining Kennington Oval. Stay tuned for more...

    8:48 pm - It's still raining at The

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  • To The Moon And Back

    India crash-land after a glorious ride at the top. They may struggle to be No. 1 again.India crash-land after a glorious ride at the top. They may struggle to be No. 1 again.

    India crash-land after a glorious ride at the top. They may struggle to be No. 1 again.

    With their worst performance in 12 years, the crown finally slips out of India's loose grip. A thought goes out to Anil Kumble's vision document, written when he had become India’s Test captain in 2007.

    Kumble outlined eight ways to take Indian cricket forward. The document called for — among other things — transparency in selection, better inter-personal relationships in the team (particularly between seniors and juniors) and the need to play aggressive cricket while adhering to the game's spirit. You don’t associate long-term planning with Indian cricket. Kumble’s vision was a rarity.

    The objective of playing sport is winning — series, championships, medals, trophies and World Cups. Champions set themselves big targets. Rafael Nadal plays for Grand Slams. He no longer turns up at Chennai Open. Usain Bolt ran for Olympic gold. The CWG didn’t matter.

    When Australia won the 1999 World Cup, they made

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    Scorecard

    England - "We are the Champions"

    8:10 pm - Indian captain MS Dhoni has doled out a bunch of excuses in his post-match interviews - ball was turning, difficult to bat out 2 days etc etc, but what was most disturbing when he said that the margin of defeat doesn't matter - that losing is losing. Truth is the way you lose does matter. I think an Indian cricket fan wouldn't mind to see their team losing, provided they fought till the end - provided it wasn't as humiliating as this loss - provided they showed the will to win. Ever since India decided they didn't want to attempt chasing 180 against the West Indies just over a month ago, they haven't looked like that team.

    Something to read over the weekend - Aakash Chopra on why preparation requires foresight

    7:40 pm - And it's all

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