Friday, July 20, 2007

Miracle after the deluge

What a day of test cricket. After yesterday's rather disappointing show (there is never much fun in watching such a poor bowling performance), India's bowlers got the side back into the game, before England's inexperienced lot did some serious damage of their own. By the far the most valuable wicket to have been lost was Dravid's. If India were to have a chance of really making England pay for their 6-26 collapse, it was going to be through a 1.5 day marathon by the Indian skipper. That was taken care of by a pearler from Anderson, and now the game is dead even. Ganguly and Laxman have a lot of work to do, and Dhoni and the tail are really going to have to buckle down. But none of this would have been possible had it not been for some expensive technology i.e., the million-sterling drainage system in place at Lord's. And the ridiculously efficient groundstaff that worked while it rained. I missed watching the Indian bowlers live as I had taken off, having already written off the day's play. Perhaps the ICC should consider plowing some funds into purchasing drainage systems for grounds like the Bourda Oval, and most venues in South India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand?

3 Comments:

Blogger Homer said...

Samir,

Compare this score card with this one

Compare too, the fall of wickets in the first innings, the scores at which these wickets fell and the order..

eerie eh?

8:50 PM  
Blogger Cricket Guru said...

Homer, I was thinking on similar lines.

I have mentioned the Bisbane test in my latest blog too! :)

3:51 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Sorry about the late response guys but yes, I noticed the similarity too (in many dimensions!). Looks like the best result for India now would be that one more similarity between that test and this one is established :)

6:37 AM  

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