Monday, October 04, 2010

India move ahead, need third power of 6

An Indian fast bowler cleans up the tail. Does anyone have any idea how satisfying that sounds? Any idea whatsoever? To see an opposition side go from 170-8 to 192 all out might not seem like much to many folks but trust me, its very comforting for moi.

Anyway, Australia 192 all out, India need 216 to run. Game set up nicely, given the vagaries of fourth innings, the slight lowness of this pitch, Aussie determination to not go down easily.

And as I write this, we have a contender for the Worst LBW Decision of 2010, as Bowden decides to get clever and hand out a sexy "pad first, then the bat" decision, not realizing that those are best left alone for the likes of Simon Taufel and Ian Gould. What makes that decision truly comical was that it was missing off as well. Poor Gambhir.

Did I say a lot depends on Viru?

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6 Comments:

Blogger AgniHothra said...

Viru's gone..
can we drag it to last day?

7:08 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Agni: Taking it to the last day is easy - winning it won't be!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Shridhar Jaju said...

Samir, I am still saying it's India... but I don't know why! There is a bit of thought involved, but it may also be because I am an optimistic Indian supporter.

Ponting has been known to get defensive a bit too early these days. A few quick runs tomorrow morning will send the field back. And considering that there are only 160-odd runs in the bag, Ponting would be loathe to concede easily.

This can be used well by SRT and VVS... they have loads of experience. And yes, SRT has looked solid and untroubled against all bowlers at Mohali (except North ;)). So will Ponting use his golden armer tomorrow?

8:27 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SJ: No doubt. I also agree that if SRT is going to have trouble tomorrow it will be against North and Hauritz - somehow SRT doesn't get on top of mediocre spinners easily. Like you, I hope VVS can come out to bat. He's really needed, even if only 50% fit. Sunny Gavaskar was making the point earlier that India needed to be better about their running between the wickets. A straightforward point to make, but still a good one.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Shridhar Jaju said...

SRT does not get on top of spinners lately (I wouldn't go to the extent of calling Hauritz mediocre), but he milks them quite well.

He managed Swann and Panesar well at Chennai 2008. Hauritz and North(?) shouldn't be very difficult after that in Mohali 2010.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Shridhar Jaju said...

SRT does not get on top of spinners lately (I wouldn't go to the extent of calling Hauritz mediocre), but he milks them quite well.

He managed Swann and Panesar well at Chennai 2008. Hauritz and North(?) shouldn't be very difficult after that in Mohali 2010.

9:04 AM  

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