Best pitch of the seriesThe second-day pitch in Indore has shown very little signs of wear and tear. The small cracks that are running all the way through have neither widened nor have the edges loosened up. Even the fast bowlers footmarks are just that - footmarks. The top soil has not disintegrated much either and the signs are visible for the third day to be the best day for batting in this Test.Make the bowlers bowl to youThey say the best batsmen make bowlers bowl where they want them to. Its good to hear and profess, but is it even possible? Virat Kohli showed how its done, in the 92nd over bowled by Matt Henry. The third ball of the over was was outside off and Kohli did not offer a shot. The same sequence repeated on the next ball - outside off and left alone. Henry was forced to rethink his strategy for the fifth ball and he bowled a little closer to Kohli who then closed the face of the bat with a forward lean and collected an easy single through the midwicket region.Why is it tough to play the short ball in India?The two key ingredients while playing the short ball are bounce and pace. Life becomes a lot easier for the batsman if he could trust both of them, for that allows him to make a clear strategy. You could either decide to duck, sway or ride the bounce while defending. On the attacking front also, you could commit to the pull or hook early. In any case, the pull or hook is an instinctive shot and demands an early commitment. On Indian pitches, you can neither trust the bounce nor the pace and that is why its a little tough to formulate one strategy for all the bouncers bowled to you. One size doesnt fit allThere are a lot of theories about how to play spin. Some say one must always use his feet to go down the pitch, others would tell you sweeping is a must too. Both Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have dominated spin in this game but have followed different strategies. Rahane has stepped down the pitch regularly and has chosen to take the aerial route. On the other hand, Kohli has used a long forward stride and the depth of the crease. Rahane struck four sixes and Kohli none but their strike-rate against spin was almost identical.Maintaining shape while taking the aerial routeRahane has used his feet quite well to both the New Zealand spinners. In his pursuit to go aerial, he has followed a couple of fundamentals of hitting the long ball. He has always gone with the spin and stepped out accordingly to get in the right position. Against Mitchell Santner he stepped away from the line to go inside out, but stepped across against Jeevan Patel to target the leg side. In addition to his footwork, he formed a stable base while going in the air. 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His power was still there, but the strikeouts were down and the pitch recognition was improved.Now back in the majors, Zunino provided a promising glimpse on Saturday night of what the Mariners hope is an improved version of the former first-round pick.Zunino homered twice in his first game of the season, Nelson Cruz and Seth Smith both hit three-run home runs, and the Mariners slugged past the Baltimore Orioles 12-6 on Saturday night.Adam Lind had four hits including a solo homer as the Mariners won for the sixth time in eight games and took their third straight from the AL East leading Orioles.Its always exciting to get back. Obviously how last year ended isnt how you write it up. Theres been a lot of work put into it and just to get the opportunity to come back and do that, that was a lot of fun, Zunino said. To come in and have that type of game was even better.Cruz staked Seattle to a 3-0 lead with his 21st homer of the season in the first inning off Baltimore starter Tyler Wilson (4-6) and Zunino extended it to 5-0 in the second on a two-run shot in his first at-bat of the season after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier this week.Zunino, a former first-round pick by the Mariners, was rushed to the majors early in his career and his hitting suffered, bottoming out last year when he hit .174 in 112 games. Seattle spent the offseason retooling Zuninos approach at the plate, but the goal was to keep him at Triple-A for most of the season.When backup catcher Steve Clevenger suffered a broken bone in his hand earlier this week, a move needed to be made and Zunino was the obvious choice. He lined a 1-2 curveball from Wilson out in the second inning then drove the first pitch from reliever Mychal Givens in the sixth.Perhaps most impressive of his three times on base, Zunino walked in the eighth laying off borderline pitches he went after in the past.Its not easy to go back to the minor leagues and work on things and have a good attitude about it, Seattle managerr Scott Servais said.dddddddddddd Happy for him and a big night no doubt. Wasnt expecting two home runs but well take it.Cruzs homer was estimated at 459 feet and landed above the bullpens in deep left-center and the five home runs helped Seattle move into second in the majors with 122, trailing only Baltimore.Smith ended Wilsons night with a three-run shot in the fourth, getting the green light on a 3-0 pitch for his ninth homer of the season. It was Smiths third straight game with a home run and he finished with four RBI.I dont swing 3-0 very often but sometimes you want to take a chance and see what happens, Smith said.Wilson failed to record an out in the fourth before getting pulled. It was his shortest outing of the season as a starter.Hes not as quite as crisp as he was . Hes just not carrying the same crispness he had earlier in the season, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.The offensive outburst gave leeway for Seattle starter James Paxton when he struggled in the later innings. Paxton (2-3) was dominant for four innings, but couldnt make it out of the sixth after allowing five base runners in the inning. Tom Wilhelmsen got a pop out from Adam Jones with the bases loaded to escape the sixth.Chris Davis had three RBI, including a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Nathan Karns.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: Showalter sounded pessimistic that RHP Darren ODay (hamstring) would be able to throw a bullpen session when the Orioles are in Los Angeles early next week. ODays been on the disabled list since June 3.Mariners: LHP Charlie Furbush threw a simulated game as he continues his recovery from shoulder problems. Furbush will likely be sent out on a rehab assignment soon.UP NEXTOrioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7) goes for his third straight victory. Jimenez gave up one run in five innings in his last start against San Diego.Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma (7-6) starts the finale of the four-game series. Iwakuma threw 6 2/3 innings in his last start to get the win. 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