Thursday, March 02, 2006

Triple strike

Well, well, well. Three wickets gone in the first 30 minutes to an awesome spell from Hoggard this morning. All that talk about batting till India were 200 runs ahead, exploiting the turn in the pitch and so on, gee, a bit premature, wasn't it, Sivaramakrishnan? Did folks think an attack of Hoggard, Flintoff and Harmison was just going to roll over and play dead? Indian pitches might be slow, but the reverse swing was noticeable on the first day itself. Now its Tendulkar and Kaif at the crease, and forget about winning the match, they're going to need and buckle down and save this first. (Like I said yesterday, once that score of 393 was on the board, it wasn't going to be the walk in the park that some folks might have liked it to be).

PS: The Dravid LBW might have been a bit rough on the skipper - sliding down legside, I reckon.
PPS: Crucial, crucial moment for Kaif's test career here.

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