swaying torso. Lesser batsmen would get stuck in the crease because of the welcome and not move their feet to the following just-short-of-length ball. But Tendulkar negotiated it well by drawing out his left foot and defending it. And when Pattinson bowled the away going full ball, inviting the batsman to play a big drive, the 39-year-old would avoid the temptation. Experts said that the one trick that the otherwise impressive Pattinson missed was the away-going reverse swing, something with which James Anderson enjoyed a lot of success against Tendulkar.
This high degree of restraint and batsmanship denied Pattinson a wicket in his dream first spell of 5-2-6-0. Those in the dressing room would have thanked Tendulkar for shielding them from the fresh and charging Pattinson. The first 50 minutes of slow progress had a big role to play in India’s charge at the start of the second session.
Sandeep is the National Sports Editor