Friday, November 07, 2008

Could get tight

India's collapse from 422-5 to 441 all out on the second day could come back to haunt them. Anything less than 500 was always going to be a score that would leave the door open for Australia. As of now, with the score at 189-2 (scored off 49 overs) India need to break through and quick, before Australia bat their way into a position that could be awkward. Forget about taking a lead; even if Australia catch up, it will make India's second innings a stressful business. That is, even if India take all eight remaining wickets tomorrow and bowl out Australia for 450 tomorrow, they will be sweating from that point onwards. While Krejza's eight wicket haul might be thought of as flattering, given that he also gave away 215 runs, its worth noting he bowled well: he flighted the ball, did not wilt in the face of some battering, and obtained decent turn at all times. And I doubt he will be treated with the same disdain in the second innings. Still, Australia chasing 250 on the last day of this match would make for great drama. If India doesn't want it to get that close, they'll have to trigger a collapse tomorrow and then bat with great initiative (and fight their tendency to gift away wickets to a mediocre Aussie attack and a defensive captain)


Blogger Soulberry said...

It is tight...the match I mean.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Homer said...

252 behind, 6 right handers to follow, big rough outside the right handers off stump, a chastened Indian bowling attack,3 day wicket..

The B-G Trophy is coming to India..

No worries!


1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If India manages to remove Hussey and Clark early, India will have a bright chance to win the game

1:40 PM  
Blogger Trideep said...

Indian batsmen tried too many shots against Krejza and they paid for it.

1:40 PM  
Blogger V said...

austlalia will be all out by 2morrw evening with a lead of 80-120 india will declare on forth evening setting a target of around 250..and australia will be all out around 200 ..yes its goin to be a tight match...but one which we will win =)

2:01 PM  
Blogger Pragmatic Analyst said...

"jackasses galore"

This is repetition of attitude that India displayed when they face Oz in the world cup final.

Agreed you guys are doing well, but its Australia. They don't have McG, Warne, etc. but they are a product of strong Cricketing structure and traditionally competitive.

So need of the hour is to play sensibly, to the merit and not get carried away by trying to kill the opposition. Instead compete and try get ahead of them.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SB: Yup! The next three days are going to be tension-packed.

Homer: I'm glad we've got the optimist-pessimist division of labor worked out! :)

Srinvas: You mean Clarke, but yes, absolutely!

Trideep: A pity that India handed him such a confidence booster for the crucial second innings.

V: Can you send me a copy of that crystal ball you are using?

PA: There was never any percentage in underestimating any Australian side.

3:32 PM  

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