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Monday, October 31, 2005

Close of Lankan innings

To go from 101/2 at the end of 25 -- and, worse, just 117/2 at the end of 30 -- to 298/4 after 50 (an amazing 104 runs in the overs 41-50) constitutes brilliant recovery by Lanka; Kumar Sangakarra playing the innings of the series, thus far. Patient when he neeeded to be; prepared to play second fiddle when he saw Mahela motoring; taking on the onus once things came down to the wire. Class act right through, this.
This is the first time in this series that things haven't gone to plan for the Indians, and a bit of shoddiness evident; that problem is yet to be ironed out. Another noticeable aspect is that RD has been content to bowl his main bowlers -- thus far they have done the job for him, but today, when they haven't, he's shown a certain reluctance to use the part-timers judiciously, to get through a few overs. Not sure yet -- since this is the first game this series where things haven't gone to plan -- whether this is a defect, or an aberration, but it's certainly a point worth considering; using the part-timers is going to be crucial in any ODI (for instance, a few overs squeezed in by Yuvraj, SRT and VS in the middle would have meant that had Pathan been taken big time at the death, as he was, there would have been cover in the form of other bowlers with overs to spare).
299 to win is not un-doable on this track -- I think the game is still on, and a great start will probably make this an easier ask than it looks; I didn't really see signs that this was going to turn inordinately or otherwise offer help to the bowlers; plus, India has depth thanks to its batting supersub. Thing though is, when chasing in excess of 260 on any sort of pitch, it is nerves more than the conditions you have to battle -- it's going to be interesting to see if this new-found confidence is strong enough to weather this.


  • prem said repeatedly in his posts on the previous matches, that he will evaluate RD's captaincy after he faces a challenging position. Well folks, i couldn't help feeling that he was clueless in the 2nd half of the innings. Is the bubble going to burst 2day?

    By Blogger blueboy, at 02:12  

  • I have a feeling that SL read the pitch right, waited till the moisture disappeared and then launched into the bowlers!!!!

    By Blogger Shams, at 02:12  

  • wow...a runrate less than 4 an over at 30 overs..
    Normally teams are supposed to double it at that point.

    so 120 shd have been 240 which would have been awesome..

    but they ahve alomost 300....

    So the indian bowlers are still the same when it comes to such sitns....
    No brains...and no thinking..

    Sorry to appear sterotyped here...But then..this has been the case of late...all thro our bad times since world cup..

    Letz see what they do next time...

    and until then, see if our batters can inflict more damage than their srilankan counterparts..

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 02:13  

  • Seeking an answer to a supersub question?

    During the 1st innings, could India have subsituted in Raina in place of HS after he finished 10 or in place of Kartik after he had bowled 6 and could Raina have been still allowed to bowl?

    If yes only to 2nd part of replacing Kartik, would he have been restricted to bowling at most 4 overs?

    Just a technical question without implying any suggestions.

    By Blogger AR, at 02:18  

  • As ravi shastri would say "The Indians need to play out of their skins to pull this one off" ;-)

    My batting order today is

    J P Yadav

    By Blogger blueboy, at 02:19  

  • Folks, flat belter of a wicket. Should get it comfortably...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:21  

  • The First 10 overs is the key...How will our opening duo go...My guess is they'll go all the way in the first 10 and that's the way it should be...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:22  

  • If we happen to chase comfortably and win today...Folks...Mark it down as a beginning of a new era...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:24  

  • Saw no snakes in the pitch today..despite some comments on the ball 'stopping' on the batsmen.

    Agree with Prem when he said that chasing 300 is more of a mental task then physical. Lets see how the openers do here today, if VS gets going its over before we'd know!

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:25  

  • I think we have the batting till No#11 even if SL play out of their skins. This should be either a comprehensive win if VS & SRT fire. If not, it will go to the wire...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:27  

  • batting till No#11 (assuming Raina is substituted for bahjji)

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:27  

  • Are you really thinking there is "chance" of Indian win today? If SRT does not score big today, then the "famed lineup" may not hold good...So very very tough.
    Slow Pitch - Yuvi is going to struggle, Raina is playing first match...Rao has not batted so far much...REAL STRUGGLE? on the cards?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:28  

  • What do you think?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:29  

  • ar, I think the rule is Raina could have bowled any number of overs. Good point considering Raina is a great fielder. could have stopped some runs...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:30  

  • Uncertain pal..its never gonna be easy..chasing 300 is a tough ask anywhere, anytime!

    But then its a good opportunity to test the new found resolve and spirit of the Indian team, if they can chase this one down with a solid team effort, then we really on up for some massive things in the future!

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 02:31  

  • gu, I vote for comprehensive indian win. Only time will tell..

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:31  

  • Are you really thinking there is "chance" of Indian win today? If SRT does not score big today, then the "famed lineup" may not hold good...So very very tough.
    Slow Pitch - Yuvi is going to struggle, Raina is playing first match...Rao has not batted so far much...REAL STRUGGLE? on the cards?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:31  

  • will be tough but we certanly can. This is the BIG BIG chance for Venu, JP and Raina. Also a chance for Kartik (if he is not s-sub'd) and Agarkar to show their bating talent. Kaif is going to back soon, SG and Laxman are knocking and there is a healthy pipeline of talent.
    Pressure will be even more if SRT goes early (hmmmm...)

    By Blogger MM, at 02:33  

  • good contest for sure. ie. if SRT does not fire..You may quote law of averages, etc., but, somehow I hope he will beat even the laws of averages...adios guys...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:34  

  • Who will Raina supersub? Will it be HarBhajan who is replaced?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:35  

  • AR, rule is simple - he can only do the remaining part of the player he is replacing. So if he replaces a bolwer who has bowled 10 overs, then he cannot bowl. And if he replaces a bolwer who has bowled 6, then he can only bowl the remaining for.

    siimilarly, while batting, if he replaces a batsman who has already batted, then he cannot bat.

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 02:35  

  • this is a familiar pattern. start well, lose it in the middle overs, get demoralized in the last ten overs and feel like losers by lunch. in such a case usually gets very difficult for us. and sri lankans have choked us with their slow turners especially jayasurya, chandana and arnold so many times in the past. so if we lose the first wicket we get into a defensive mode, run rate climbs by the 25th over and then a mini collapse, some late fight-back to reach 230-240 and a sorry interview "we need to improve blah-blah" at the end of the match. but then again having said that, if we win, this will really be a new mentality team.

    By Blogger achu, at 02:36  

  • Saurabh Wahi: Last part is not correct. Why would they then replace a batsman and then NOT bat?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:37  

  • This is not a slow pitch.. Its a flat batting track.. with extra fast outfield.. so dont count you chickens yet.. This is going to a good match.. if we win, it will be comfortable.. if we lose, it will be tight.. this is what I predict..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 02:40  

    Somehow the feeling in the Indian camp will be down. They need to pick themselves up to fight (esp. after how SL mauled us in last 10-15 overs).

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:43  

  • Have your drinks handy guys.. you might need it in all probablities.. win or lose..

    Good luck!

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 02:44  

  • Tendulkar gone... India lose this game.

    By Blogger Vijay, at 02:50  

  • wow...there seems to be a lot of faith in Team India

    By Blogger Jiet, at 02:51  

  • Odd struch SRT..

    But Sehwag's odd should be in favor..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 02:52  

  • I guess NO ONE...NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW of Averages...Sachin failed today...What abt Rest of Indian line up?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:54  

  • TENDULKAR should have stayed through ....played a "Disciplined" knock like Sangakara...Not chase wide deliveries

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:55  

  • I feel there was a touch of over confidence and arrogance in that chase from Tendu

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 02:59  

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