#365DaysOfWriting — Day 195
A day of mixed emotions
It started off with office work, which I completed fairly quickly. Fortunately I didn’t have to go to the office — I worked from home. Given the madness of the last few weeks, this was a welcome change of pace.
The afternoon (most of the day, really) was consumed by renovation work in the house.
This has been happening for a few days. I experienced it for the first time because it was the first time I was at home for an extended period in a while! It’s hard, it turns all your plans upside down but it’s for a good cause I suppose. My father’s enjoying himself in Kerala, and all the work should be done by the time he gets back.
The football didn’t go according to plan.
Manchester United were leading Arsenal 1–0 till the 88th minute, when a pearly cross from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain found Olivier Giroud’s finely coiffeured head with pinpoint accuracy. And with Giroud’s finishing rate this season, it was bound to go in. So even ARSENAL get to leave Old Trafford with a point this season — something that was unheard of back in the day… ah, I’m looking at history again.
But the cricket did!
India dismissed England for 255, taking a lead of 200. James Anderson and Stuart Broad gave a masterclass in fast bowling, reducing India to 40/3. But when you’re in the form Virat Kohli is in, no pitch or no situation seems too dire. Along with an edgy Ajinkya Rahane, he took India to relative safety at 98/3, with an overall lead of 298 and two days to go.