Friday, August 08, 2008

A slide to the back

I went to bed last night soon after Sehwag fell after his 7-run-an-over opening partnership. When I awoke it was 229-9 (after being 92-1 at one stage), and I was provided further proof of a few propositions that are rapidly becoming established this series: Ajantha Mendis is making a spectacular debut, and in so doing, contributing to the overthrow of the Indian middle-order; Gambhir is finding it hard to score a test ton; and Ishant Sharma is fast turning into a Jason Gillespie-style lower-order bat. 249 on the first day of a decisive test, played on a very good pitch, is a not-very-good score, and for now, India have handed over the advantage. Or, rather, Ajantha has strolled up and picked their pockets. Oh, and barring some second-innings heroics, this is also shaping up to be SRT's worst away series in a while.

3 Comments:

Blogger Straight Point said...

thanks for your comments...and including me to your great minds company...i was not sure till now...

sehwag is doing what he does best...gg is showing that his form in t20s and odis was no fuke...despite he struggling to get magical three figure...

bt find of the series will be ishant the bat...he is our gillespe and nothing can take away that from him...

how i wish our pedigreed pros took some leaf out of him to fight it out...bt they are so consumed into survival that they have forgotten everything...

it took a rookie in mendis to expose that when you bite into hype...all the experience you earn over years counts for nothing...

they have overcooked mendis in their heads...spectacularly...

7:59 AM  
Anonymous karthik said...

Sachin....and second innings heroics??

9:00 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SP: I agree, the desperate bid to survive is becoming spectacularly unproductive. One innings left to try and salvage something.

Karthik: :) But seriously, its the Last-Chance-Saloon.

6:36 AM  

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