CricViz Analysis: Good bowling or bad batting?

Freddie Wilde analyses how India were bowled out for 107.


Murali Vijay b Anderson 0 (5)

The fifth ball of the day – pitching just 2.42 metres from the stumps – was the fullest ball of the day so far. The ball hardly swung – just 0.10° into Vijay, and it pitched almost exactly on middle stump. The straight line and the direction of the slope into Vijay lured him into playing across the line and trying to flick the ball through mid-wicket. Before this match Vijay had played 197 flick shots against pace in Test cricket and scored 221 runs for two dismissals – his average of 110.50 with the shot was higher than with any other against pace. The problem here was this was the fifth ball of the day on a green Lord’s pitch against a great bowler. Anderson’s length suggested he was attacking yet Vijay was attacking as well – a huge risk against the new ball. It was a risk he was punished for. After pitching the ball deviated off the pitch by 1.43° – searing past the outside edge and pegging back off stump. 1.43° is enormous seam movement – significantly more than double the average in England of 0.59°. Even if Vijay had played with a straight bat it is likely he would have missed or at least edged the ball.

Good, attacking bowling; bad, irresponsible batting

KL Rahul c Bairstow b Anderson 8 (14)

This was a classic Anderson dismissal at Lord’s. Bowling from the Pavilion End, with the slope running into the batsman, makes it harder for them to leave the ball and allows Anderson’s lavish away movement to challenge the outside edge. This ball pitched on an immaculate length: 6.86 metres from the stumps it landed in the two metre sweet spot between six and eight metres against which Rahul has been dismissed 14 times in his Test career at an average of just 12.00. The line was in fact slightly wide – 19cm outside off stump, but perhaps worried by the slope Rahul played at the delivery. The combination of 2.35° of swing (average in England 1.17°) and 1.55° of seam (average in England 0.59°) both away from Rahul and up the slope – drew the false shot. By the time Rahul realised his error in playing at the ball it was too late.

Good bowling; understandable error in judgement

Cheteshwar Pujara run out (Pope) 1 (25)

This dismissal had nothing to do with the delivery. With the ball moving significantly in the air and off the pitch England had just one fielder in front of square on the off side. When Pujara knocked a ball into the vacant cover point region he set off for a single. Kohli, the non-striker was a third of the way down the pitch before turning back as Pope swooped in from gully. Pujara had already committed to the run and was caught well short as Pope whipped off the bails. With India 15 for 2, ball on top of bat and rain looming it was an ill-advised single with both Pujara and Kohli culpable. It is interesting to note that since Pujara was asked by Kohli in September 2016 to increase his run rate he has been involved in six of India’s last nine run outs.

Reckless running, poor communication

Virat Kohli c Buttler b Woakes 23 (57)

This wicket was a brilliant set-up from Woakes. All of his nine deliveries to Kohli were away swingers and the first eight of them pitched outside off stump and shaped further away. Kohli edged two and missed two. For the ninth ball Woakes went wide of the crease and changed the angle – bowling a far tighter line and a fuller length that targeted the stumps and forced Kohli to play.

From the hand the ball looked to be going down the leg side, enticing a cross batted flick from Kohli but it swung a huge 3.15° away (average in England 1.17°) before pitching and deviating an additional 1.48° away (average in England 0.59°). A total of 4.63° of lateral movement opened Kohli up and took the outside edge of the bat. The shot didn’t look great and with the ball moving around it was high-risk but Woakes deserves credit for the clever plan and skilful execution.

Sensational bowling

Hardik Pandya c Buttler b Woakes 11 (10)

Hardik’s was a frenetic innings in which he inside edged Curran for four before a slashing drive off Woakes was dropped by Buttler at second slip. The very next ball Woakes struck with a superb delivery which pitched back of of a length – 8.97 metres from the stumps, and forced Hardik onto the back foot. 1.58° of away swing (average in England 1.17°) and 1.52° of away deviation (average in England 0.59°) then drew the edge. A total of 3.10° of lateral movement is enormous and would certainly have beaten Hardik however he played it. However, had he played with a straighter bat, rather than a slightly closed bat face, he might have survived.

Brilliant bowling exploits tiny error

Dinesh Karthik b Curran 1 (6)

This was a beauty of a delivery: a left-armers dream dismissal. From over the wicket bowling across the right-handed Karthik, this was a full delivery which pitched 5.32 meters from the stumps and 13cm outside off stump. The angle encouraged Karthik to play at a ball that had it not moved would have finished well outside off stump. Crucially though he hadn’t got his front pad far enough across and a gap had been created between bat and pad. That gap was found by an enormous 3.82° of swing (average in England 1.17°) and then the killer: 1.80° of seam movement (average in England 0.59°) that brought the ball back through the gate and uprooted off stump. It was loose of Karthik to leave the gap but it took massive movement to exploit it.

Stunning bowling, loose batting

Ajinkya Rahane c Cook b Anderson 18 (44)

Of India’s top seven batsmen Rahane comfortably had the lowest false shot percentage despite playing the second longest innings. It was going to take something special to dislodge him and something special it was. A perfect in-between length – 6.03 metres from the stumps; a probing line – 10cm outside off stump; massive swing movement – 3.17° (average in England 1.17°) and big seam movement – 1.44° (average in England 0.59°). By now Anderson was bowling from the Nursery End, with the slope running away from Rahane, and if you are being ultra-critical this meant he could have perhaps left the ball which did pitch outside off stump. However, that ignores that the preceding delivery had pitched on middle stump forcing him to play. Leaving a ball 10cm outside off stump would have taken superb judgement. To his credit Rahane covered the original line but the seam movement took it further still.

Too good from Anderson


Freddie Wilde is an analyst at CricViz @fwildecricket

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