Friday, March 03, 2006

Monty got a good deal

Its been a long time since we've seen a days play in test cricket that produced less than 200 runs. That it would happen in India, with India batting, might have been unexpected, and even more unexpectedly, a young English spinner - Monty Panesar - making his debut did himself proud, both with containment and with some attacking deliveries. Two of those deliveries netted him the huge wickets of Tendulkar and Kaif. (Both of them came bowling round the wicket, a lesson for Panesar and for those who would captain him in the future). The one to dismiss Kaif was quite possibly the ball of the day, pitching on off and middle, breaking away to knock back of the off-stump. A classic left-armers dismissal, 40 overs for some 60 odd runs and 2 wickets, and some tight bowling that ensured India are still 71 runs behind at the end of the third day. Not quite the cannon fodder that he was made out to be. There'll be some humble pie on the menu tonight.

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