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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Sri Lanka innings thread

Here you go, guys, for the second half of the game. Will monitor this thread, and when I have something to say, put it up as a separate post.

421 Comments:

  • check 1 2 3....check...testing

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:31  

  • What's GC doing in the middle of the field? Shouldn't he be psyching up SS, AA, HS, MK & IK

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:34  

  • Great batting by India.

    Defendable total....

    By Blogger Rajg, at 03:34  

  • Guys, who saw it live, any idea why Sachin's shirt had a no. '33' instead of the usual '10'??

    Sanjay Jhumaani at work?

    By Blogger Yeda_Yakub, at 03:36  

  • V: If he is as smart as I hope he is, checking out the pitch, before talking with the bowlers about lines and lengths from either end :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:37  

  • If so, it would be really great. After getting waht he wanted GC knows he need to deliver now and he will summon all his skills.

    By Blogger Krishna, at 03:40  

  • Prem,
    Bingo...

    BTW... hows bhabhiji? Is she also into cricket? If yes, this innings so far wud have helped her recover even faster ...:-)

    By Blogger Yeda_Yakub, at 03:40  

  • yeda: *L* she hates cricket. At least in part, I think, because it takes up so much of my time, all these years.
    She's better now, thanks -- tired and tending to feel blue a bit, but fine overall.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:41  

  • Prem, how do you keep track of runs in each over (previous post)? Do you score along with watching and blogging?

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:41  

  • Prem...sure everything has been perfect...and most importantly Dravid's knock....that was very crucial...for often we have squandered the early advantage as we had here...

    ..but my point is...this is the good, ODI specialist RD we saw today....and hence those big hits...and perfect running....some of the days he comes out and starts finding the fielders to perfection :-)....so not much chance of even good running on those days

    ..anyways...so whats for second innings?...any lesson for bowlers from what SL bowlers did? I noticed visible slowing down of most of them....lots of slow balls....keeper standing up to Vaas etc

    By Blogger worma, at 03:43  

  • toney: I was scribbling the last 10 overs down. That singles breakdown and stuff, obviously, from Cricinfo, which I monitor after every couple of overs -- the wheel, bowler versus batsman figures, etc. Tells you a lot about how the game is going, that stuff.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:43  

  • Is this change of approach (aggresive) in Sachin's batting a team decision or his personal? Anyway, Its wonderful to see him back and do well.
    350 is lot of runs, it is a prefect blow to the confidence of the often cocky Lankans.

    By Blogger raul kash, at 03:44  

  • worma: Oh, I donno, if GC is doing his work he'll prolly tell the seamers not to bowl full lengths, especially after the first ten overs. You want to keep it on the slow side, and short so the batsmen can't hit through on the up. Spinners, hell, if they need to be told what to do on this track they shouldn't be playing cricket, frankly

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:44  

  • raul (and also Prem, to an earlier point about SRT batting)...I dont think this approach from him is *new* in this innings...his bringing out long lost shots and aggression etc....I think he had the same approach in ODIs for past couple of series atleast....infact in the Pak ODI in Ahmdabad he even had the straight lofted six a couple of times

    By Blogger worma, at 03:45  

  • Dravid is arguably the best finisher in one-dayers today and his shot selection in the slog overs was simply impeccable. He brought up his fifty off 47 balls, mainly through some judicious strike rotation, but launched into a splendid blitz at the death and ended on 86 off just 63. If you can end an innings with a sequence that reads `four, two, four, two, dot, four, four' and rattle the Sri Lankans into elementary fielding errors, you have surely done a cracking job.

    By Blogger Varun Tomar, at 03:46  

  • I would like Santh to open. He is not familiar to the SLans, also the batsemn arent set, he might get some swing too

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:46  

  • Oh and talking of lessons, you might want to choke down the singles as much as you can. Do that, the Lankans can't hit enough fours to win this. Ergo, players a few paces inside the 30-yard mark, and moving in with the bowler as opposed to sitting back on their heels to stop the boundary hits

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:46  

  • prem, welcome to the club. My wife hates it as well, and exactly for the same reason. I guess a lot of us in the same boat :-)

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 03:47  

  • prem...hmm..interesting comment that...because both Pathan and Agarkar tend to pitch it up and look for swing..esp since they are back from an overseas tour (although Challenger might have changed that)....lets see how early they make that adjustment. Ofcourse first few overs IP should look for swing. Btw SS doesnt look like a pitching-up bowler to me anyways..from what little I saw...more of back-of-length seam bowler

    By Blogger worma, at 03:47  

  • Good to see that you can post again

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:47  

  • Prem
    I can relate with u guys.

    Situation is not very different for average indian males... The wifeys complain a lot abt cricket being their 'saut'...:-).. That was the prime reason I advised u to b with her first and then think abt us. We missed u a lot ... no doubts on that... but for her, U R the most significant pillar... and she wud need you during these days...
    So, even with the risk of getting bricks, I wud suggest u take a break.. spend some more time with her.. and then come back to these things in full swing... Take it easy for now...( AND show her this msg, she might start loving this place and cricket a little better)....:-)

    By Blogger Yeda_Yakub, at 03:48  

  • Wow. Please check out these stats.

    This 350 was India's 6th highest ODI score. Dravid's contribution in India's 10 highest ODI scores:

    376-2 (Dravid 153 off 153)
    373-6 (Dravid 145 off 129)
    356-9 (Dravid 52 off 59)
    351-3 (DNB)
    350-6 (Dravid 85 off 63)
    349-7 (Dravid 99 off 104)
    348-5 (Dravid 60 off 68)
    333-6 (Dravid 26 off 33)
    329-2 (Dravid 104 off 109)
    326-8 (Dravid 5 off 12)

    And going further:

    325-5 (Dravid 109* off 124)
    319-6 (Dravid 66 off 59)
    317 (Dravid 36 off 45)
    316-7 (did not play: not selected)
    315 (Dravid 80 off 84)
    311-2 (DNB)
    310 (Dravid 79 off 70)
    309-5 (did not play: not selected)
    307-6 (did not play: not selected)
    307-8 (Dravid 48 off 80)
    307-4 (did not play: not selected)
    306 (did not play: not selected)
    306-5 (Dravid 62 off 88)
    305-5 (-- before Dravid's time --)
    304 (Dravid 13 off 16)
    303-4 (Dravid 74 off 64)
    302-7 (Dravid 17 off 21)
    301-3 (did not play: not selected)
    301-6 (Dravid 6 off 16)
    300-7 (Dravid 1 off 1)


    That is 6 failures out of 21 times he has batted when India posted above 300 in an ODI. The rest of the times save one, he wasn't selected!

    Is he great? Or is he great?

    By Blogger TFFY, at 03:48  

  • Is IP bowling with only one slip in place?? Cricbuzz says so

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:48  

  • worma, in that century against Pak, he didnt look half as assured as this. There's a very visible difference in that respect

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:48  

  • Hey prem,

    Great start to the series, don't you think ??? I'd like to think 350 is good enough to win the game. We have 1 newbie bowler and if he puts in 10 overs for 40, I think we should be home without too much difficult..

    I'd like to see us mauling the Lankans this time around. Hoping for a sweet Revenge for the tri-series in June ;)

    BTW, good blog you've got...I was wondering where you disappeared from the cricketing colums at rediff !!

    Cheers,
    Girish

    By Blogger Girish, at 03:48  

  • yeda: *L* will do, actually haven't been posting as often as I used to, likely to be that way a week or two more.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:49  

  • saurabh...spot on mate ;-)...mine too...although she does have *like* a few players...mostly outside our team though ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 03:49  

  • Girish: This one runs on other people's energy, frankly.

    Oooof... that was a bummer, I thought Jaya was gone.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:50  

  • damn Hariharan

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:50  

  • All Hail Sree santh!!!

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:51  

  • toney...sure he was scratchy in the start of that innings...and I anyway missed his start here (caught last 20 runs or so)...but my point was about the intent. He definitely looks in a better touch here.

    By Blogger worma, at 03:52  

  • Previous, we have heard Sachin talking about staying there till the end, solidify middle-order and things like that. Dancing down the pitch to Vaas and driving on the up (numerous times)... Its something we have been missing.
    Sangakara and Attapatu will be the key wickets, I feel... any predictions on the bowling of the new lad.

    By Blogger raul kash, at 03:52  

  • Worma...There in lies the balance ..imagine couples glued to TV when a match is on...Can't imagine the kids?? Would prolly go hungry most of the time :D

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:52  

  • Okie, we've the kid SS with the new ball...Let's see what can he do with it...

    By Blogger Girish, at 03:52  

  • ravi1010....yeah mate...those kids wont visit you too often when they grow up ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 03:54  

  • Interesting, almost entirely chest on, this kid, and he's hurrying Jaya a bit, that speaks of some pace.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:54  

  • Worma...Bingo

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:54  

  • I think bowling to the Matara leftie will be a big ask. Anything short, he'll hammer square of the wicket...Hope the kid uses his medulla oblangota a bit when he's bowling...

    By Blogger Girish, at 03:54  

  • that was quick and bouncy

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:54  

  • wonder when Jayasurya will get the runner in

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:55  

  • Whoa!!!

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:56  

  • toney why?...any problems with him?...or is it the same shoulder thing?

    By Blogger worma, at 03:56  

  • Good knock, captain Atta

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:56  

  • There's 1st wicket...India are on their way....:)

    By Blogger Girish, at 03:56  

  • Geeez, what a ball!!! That is the authentic Irfan -- he's got that ball back, all the way back. Strange, these two lads are getting more movement and life than the Lankans, including Vaas, managed.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 03:56  

  • so the inswing is working for IK in India as well

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 03:56  

  • ttfy, impressive figures on RSD that you've put up there...

    I'd like to see all those faces who (even today) still think that RSD is no hoper in the ODI version...too many dot balls, can't score boundaries etc...You know, same ol' worthless talk !!

    By Blogger Girish, at 03:58  

  • Mr. V, this is with the new ball. IP has struggled bowling in the later stages

    By Blogger Toney, at 03:58  

  • Toney: Agreed it's the new ball but he is bowling on dead flat indian pitches, in the middle of the afternoon and no breeze.

    Brilliant fielding by Bhajji

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:00  

  • hoo boy... the guys are buzzing in the field as well, that's real good to see.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:00  

  • IP's in form when the ball swings back in...else, he gets frustrated too fast...
    I think his temparment on such situations is question mark...

    Prem, what do you say ??

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:00  

  • Girish, truth be told I was left with the impression that he was a wall too until the last 1 year. I decided to dig up the stats today after his blinder, and was completely surprised. Ever the bridesmaid, this guy is clearly our MVP.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 04:01  

  • SS getting a bit nervous bowling to the butcher

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:02  

  • Ravi Shastri in his elements..cliche wise.. after Santh's 3rd ball says that it is early days for this young man. Early days!!

    By Blogger losing now, at 04:03  

  • girish: I thought his problem was not temperament so much as physical; he lost his flexibility and with it that delivery and a yard of pace. Nothing really working for him then, but he seems to have shed some of that tight muscle now, and the arm is noticeably whippier than during the Pak home series. I donno, I like the look of him these last couple of seasons, been improving visibly

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:03  

  • Good fielding from Bhajji...I'd like to see him bowl well here..against the lefties especially...

    He's been talking too much oflate...and not performing (being the top spinner in the team!!!) well..

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:03  

  • Oh good -- enough fielders well inside the circle; I never could see the point in putting everyone on the 30 yard circle, is just an invite to run singles. Here they're drying them up, and that's going to turn the screws on tight

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:04  

  • Prem did you eyeball the RD stats I posted a little while back? Amazing correlation, no?

    By Blogger TFFY, at 04:05  

  • for some weird reason, i am reminded of the first two ODI's against pakistan and how the cookie crumbled after that - all right, i am the voice of pessimism here :)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:05  

  • good work tffy - those stats tell the story about dravid in ODI's. today's innings was truly a gem. I guess some of pietersen and freddie's aggression has rubbed off on him.

    By Blogger MM, at 04:05  

  • RSD was my MVP for long..I'm a die hard fan of his..

    Do agree that there was a phase where he struggled in the ODI's and I think he's turned the corner some 6-7 yrs back in that sense...WC 99 and WC 2003 are pretty good instances themselves..Some more than useful knocks in crunch games...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:05  

  • o.k guys.. it is going to be my turn to get slapped..Here it goes..

    In the innings india played, it really left a bad taste because we cheat.To my mind, SRT was clearly runout and was given not out.The second time Hariharan walked away the moment ball hit SRT's pads.I cannot see a more crooked approach than this.Generally indians have this feeling of "winning at all costs including cheating" attitude.I am sorry..If we are to be considered as a decent nation, officials running the administration need to be more honest.

    Over to you Prem!!

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:06  

  • ttfy, think that guys like SRT, SG would do well when you bring up similar stats for them, right?

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:06  

  • tffy: nope, missed that, sorry, what was that about?

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:06  

  • Prem, just scroll up and see the stats posted on RD. Its the longest comment on this thread :-)

    By Blogger TFFY, at 04:07  

  • mock..the difference between this game and Pak ODIs (btw I was also thinking about those and compared) is the look of the scorecard....have a look...this is not a typical Indian scorecard...which is usually about an individual brilliance...this is good performance allround

    By Blogger worma, at 04:07  

  • Prem, I don't completely agree with you on IP but then I don't have enough pointers in hand to counter you as well..So, I'll bring it up some other time..:)

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:07  

  • Gentlemen please welcome our official troll for the day : "laks1234"

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:08  

  • Prem: reading all your posts since the morning, it seems that we have a plan for everything today. I read somewhere that GC wants the batsmen to focus on the 'process' of an innings and not target the end result, thats something he felt results in losing one's way during the course of an innings. Did we not execute the 'process' perfectly today!

    Same with the fielding, setting fielders well inside the 30 yards, seems well thought of and to see bhajji make a diving stop!

    If this is indeed all strategy and planning, then I am so happy to see this come alive at the VCA stadium!

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 04:09  

  • dude laks fyi for you. same Hariharan gave Yuvi out when he wasnt. and didnt give jayasurya when he was clear LBW. So shut up plz.

    By Blogger Vick, at 04:09  

  • tffy: Oh, okay, saw it. Yeah, that's actually a joke for Dravid. Keeps saying, every time I play what I think is a blinder, either SRT or SG upstage me and we get a mountain of runs and no one notices me. Laughed when he said it, a couple times, but I suspect he must have felt a touch jinxed on taht count. *L*

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:10  

  • laks1234, give me a break. no umpire would have given the batsmen runout and sachin correctly got the benefit of doubt.

    Also, Hariharan moved away after he was convinced it was not out. In fact, Ravi Sastri commented on the same, but corrected himself after seeing the replays...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:10  

  • worma: "time will tell" :-)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:11  

  • ha .. come on..only one reaction!! Seriously no troll but a honest view point!!

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:11  

  • Santh being dismantled here

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:13  

  • SL run rate reqd run rate are slowly converging at 7
    Did anybody see the 6 off IP? How was it?

    By Blogger CoolGuy'OC, at 04:13  

  • mock..agreed...we can still fall away like the Pak series...but I just wanted to highlight the fact that atleast approach-vise we are different in *this* match...in fact even Yuv looked to be playing very composedly and would have scored well but for that shocker

    By Blogger worma, at 04:13  

  • laks, yuv wasn't out and may have scored a 100 - "in the grand scheme of things, it all evens out"

    sorry, i am in a cliche mood.

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:13  

  • Holy bejeeesus, is there a guy more ruthless on even the slightest width than Jayasuriya?

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:14  

  • worma : "one swallow does not a summer make"

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:14  

  • SL are now cruising at more than 7 per over thanks to the generosity of Santh...I hope his career is not over with this match

    By Blogger CoolGuy'OC, at 04:14  

  • laks: I'll pass, thanks. Coz strangely enough, I thought there was no frame on which that run out could be called; would have been stunned if it was the red light. On the LBW, noticed a lot of comment about the umpire walking around -- you might want to check the replay, with ref to where the ball landed, which the commentators forgot to do at the time. If a ball from a bowler who is consistently swinging in lands leg to leg and middle, and short on length, I'd be inclined to think it will miss leg on the slide, but then again, as you say, it could be that the administrators told the umpire to give it not out, as you suggest.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:14  

  • Excellent save by SS

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:15  

  • mock...dude you sure are in that cliche mood today ;-)...ok lets wait for the second swallow.

    By Blogger worma, at 04:15  

  • CoolGuy'OC, the six by SJ was like a spinner being carted over long-on. Same footwork, same result.

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:16  

  • Irfan and SS losing the plot...Can't understand why are they bowling on the leg stump

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:16  

  • cleverest: *This* game, thus far, they seem to have done most things right. From following these guys all these years, though, I'd rather play safe and see them duplicate this -- okay, not 350s each time out, but the overall theory they brought to their game -- four, five times before singing hosannas.

    Talking of doing things right, this line is just about as wrong as it gets. Too much drift for comfort -- I'd have thought the trick would be to go tight, and let the score do the work.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:17  

  • Sangakkara is a fighter...and he bats sensibly as well...doesn't lose his cool often..A dangerman..

    BTW, Sreesanth has given 24 in 3 - I think this could be the weak link. For all the pace, we may end up conceding too many runs from his 10...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:17  

  • i am torn between wanting india and dravid to succeed and the grumpy grandpa GC failing :(

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:17  

  • Our bowlers are losing it here. They need to regroup and bowl to the field.

    By Blogger CoolGuy'OC, at 04:17  

  • mock,
    For GC to fail India doesnt have to lose. Its a pity you even start to think in those terms

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:19  

  • Sri Lanka has to maintian this rate of slamming for nearly another 40 overs or so...tough to manage such consistent batting for so long.

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:19  

  • Excellent first ball by AA, now let's wait for the inevitable wide of the off stump and short ball

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:19  

  • toney, yeah, pity indeed. i will go slap myself as a punishment :-)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:20  

  • 2 good balls by AA. 4 ball coming up?

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:20  

  • Why would you want someone to fail ??

    If GC is good (as a coach) and his strategy works for the team, then I'm sure all will be praising him to no end..We need to give GC a fair chance..He's been here only for 6 months or so now..

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:20  

  • aaaah! Right on cue, but straight to the fielder

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:21  

  • coolguy, remember its a game of two halves (another cliche Worma).

    We hit; they hit - simple.

    But I agree. Bowling on the leg stumps makes the 'they hit' bit a little easy...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:21  

  • junty, you were wrong - its a SIX ball...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:21  

  • Allright, my bad...I should have said a 6 ball

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:21  

  • Btw, I can see the Sony logo on SS webcast? Is Sony TV USA showing the match? Anyone with DISH can confirm this?

    By Blogger Jai, at 04:21  

  • Ooops...I forgot that AA can give a 6-ball too.

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:22  

  • Damn, I thought that worked to perfection. Jayasurya was dismissed by Prasad in similar fashion at least once.

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:22  

  • Never could figure why any bowler in the world would think bowling leg to batsmen like these is good percentage.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:22  

  • girish, coz i don't like him and wish him bad? :-)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:22  

  • Wy don't the Indian's bowl round the wicket to the lefties - Flintoff-style?

    By Blogger Jaunty Quicksand, at 04:23  

  • Mock, let's hope GC along with this Indian team succeed for a period long enough that we become a consistently winning team - home and abroad.

    Now, that would be an achievement !! Wouldn't it ???

    Then, we can all celebrate...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:23  

  • saurabh..its like having multiple Ravi Shastris amidst us ;-)...but nice fun

    btw...I think Pathan can be forgiven for straying on legs of Sangakkara...he must be looking for swing in(from leg to middle) as his natural line...and on occasions he may not get the requisite movement....in a right hander that means still a decent ball outside off....for a left handed batsman thats a gift on pads

    By Blogger worma, at 04:23  

  • Rain...damn!!!

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:24  

  • it's raining...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:24  

  • Mmmm... my barometer is still working good. Singles -- Sanath 16 dot balls 2 singles; Sangakarra, 13 dots, 1 single 4 twos. Fours notwithstanding, the Lankans are going to have to do a lot better to pull this one off

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:24  

  • I am sure a stoppage here will work in Sri Lanka's favour....

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:24  

  • girish, naah, GC reminds me of a grumpy old (and nasty) man and can't seeing as part of an indian success. *shrug*

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:24  

  • What a shot...

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:26  

  • We are losing the plot big time here...Another 3-4 overs like this, both Matarasura and the Lawyerkkara will make us pay big time...

    Line and Length - where's it gone ?? Looks like the bowlers have got amnesia....:(

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:26  

  • DL will negate our large total to a great extent.

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:26  

  • saurabh, raining here in NY too. Stoppage will stop the momentum these guys have, think KS wont like the break in play

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:26  

  • mock
    keep your bad thoughts to yourself

    By Blogger jaiho, at 04:26  

  • Why wasn't KS a part of the world xi? keeps well, on song he bats like a dream...

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:27  

  • face it, if our batsmen could tonk the ball so easily, you think the SL batsmen against our bowlers won't do the same? :)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:27  

  • Well PREM.. There was a freeze frame where the bat was on the line and one bail was clearly up.If it had been any other player,he would have been given out. The commentators will play safe so are umpires.Whether it is SRT or others,people should make correct call.

    As for LBW,When Hariharan moved out,Sastri immediatly commented where he was when the ball hit the stumps.when the replay was shown,immediatly he corrected himself when there was no evidence that Hariharan was in place to see it correctly.

    Just my view.No further comments to add on.

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:27  

  • Prem: KS was part of the ODI team...but seriously can't believe how Boucher was chosen ahead of KS for the test team

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:28  

  • Mate mocky, why would someone like GC dig his own grave ???

    He's taken on probly the most wanted assignment in intl cricket - an indian cricket coach. It's an opportunity his ability as a coach (which he couldn't in SA), if not anything else...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:28  

  • toney, when chasing big totals, if the team has a good start, then DL favours the team batting second.

    If I were Dravid, I would hold back powerplay 2 & 3, get the runrate down a bit before the interruption).

    The D&L is flawed in this respect as it does not take into account remaining Powerplays...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:29  

  • Murali being part of the World test team was all the more reason for KS to play the game.

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:29  

  • laks: Sure, I saw that frame, and maintain that if it were any batsman at all, I would have been surprised to see the red light come on.

    About the other -- funny bit is, LBWs I thought were judged by where the ball landed, and where it was going, and not by where the umpire was going. But as you say, why flog a long dead horse

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:29  

  • prem...u mean in test matches?...well noone knows why he missed out to Boucher...who, from what I heard, was fooled even more than the batsman when keeping to Murali's doosra ;-)...that also shows what he would do as a batsman when facing spinners

    btw..Snagakkara is definitely the most dangerous SL batsman in ODIs...even more than the mature version of Jayasurya....I remember his first great knock was that chase in Taunton against us....just tore our bowling apart and threatened to chase it down..ofcourse couldnt keep it going long enough

    By Blogger worma, at 04:29  

  • girish, he can't help being himself and i can't help disliking him. let me sort out my dilemma and you root for your team ;-)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:30  

  • 2nd power play NOT ON

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:31  

  • Bring in JP Yadav... his slower ones wud b better i guess

    By Blogger Yeda_Yakub, at 04:31  

  • 2nd pp has been taken

    By Blogger Jai, at 04:32  

  • cool mock, we agree to disagree ;)

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:32  

  • JP might not be such a good guy against KS

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:32  

  • taken

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:32  

  • mr V, as i suggested. It will also break the flow of runs and get us a wicket...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:32  

  • bingo

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:33  

  • guys..given this start..what do say are the odds these guys chase the total. remember, Pak came close to chasing 340+ in Pakistan..and HS strikes

    By Blogger losing now, at 04:33  

  • Hope both lhanders are back before MKarthik comes in to bowl

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:33  

  • trick works.. dravid the magnificent.. when the ball is hard.. dont take the powerplay with this outfield..

    Good thought GC.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 04:34  

  • bhajji bowlng round the wicket.. seems to have bought into the GC mantra

    By Blogger SHRI, at 04:34  

  • i am surprised why more captains do not push back powerplays 2 & 3 when defending a total.

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:34  

  • i think wickets are important than containment.The pitch is placid and the boundry is short.If this pair put on a 100 partnership, SL should sail through.Next 6 overs are crucial.

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:34  

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    By Blogger Yeda_Yakub, at 04:34  

  • Laks1234 do u have any count of number of stupid decisions given against Indian batsmen in the past? Quite a staggering number against sachin tendulkar as well!!

    I guess its too judgemental to say we cheat and all .. simply because errors creep in in the middle ...

    By Blogger SuryaPrakash, at 04:35  

  • Mock, something interesting that L Siva pointed out. HS has started bowling around the wkt to lhanders a lot more since GC started his tenure.

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:35  

  • hes gone...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:36  

  • on the line, that sud be out...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:36  

  • Harbhajan strikes

    By Blogger Rightarmover, at 04:36  

  • Oooooooooooooof... that was a painfully slow gather! CAn't give the batsman out on that

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:36  

  • Allright this one is for laks

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:37  

  • on the line should be out..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 04:37  

  • guess it was the right decision in the end...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:37  

  • Mr. V, just my thought.

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:38  

  • Now that *is* interesting -- India looking to slow things right down, good thinking there.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:39  

  • gone

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:39  

  • toney, so? GC also wrote to select journalists about his opinions on players.

    I miss the humble, modest Wright and can't stand this "I run the show coz I am MBE" GC. *shrug*

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:39  

  • Wow, RD da maaaan!!!!

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:39  

  • Whoa!!!

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:39  

  • but why try sehwag when we have five specialist bowlers?...why not the second spinner?

    By Blogger worma, at 04:39  

  • now bring on powerplay 2 in the next over with two new batsmen...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:39  

  • Slow bowling worked! That was the softest dismissal in recent memory

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:39  

  • mock turtle, forced to ignore you from now on. The events on field speak for everyone

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:40  

  • see the difference in captains.. one leads from the front and can think innovative stuff.. other was a TOURIST :)

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 04:40  

  • worma, being a lhander, Sehwag was probably a better choice and definitely on hindsight :) (when compared to Karthik)

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:41  

  • worma: the off spinner for the left hander theory perhaps? :-) Packed off field, ball turning away -- even without that soft out, still a challenge for the leftie to try and hit as the ball turns away, into a field set for that. And knowing he has to maximise against the part timer.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:41  

  • toney, sure, you may. :-)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:41  

  • Poor Rao has had nothing to do so far and now he's subbed,

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:41  

  • Ganguly gone, Dravid captain, Tendulkar back.

    Suddenly, all our troubles seem so far away....

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:41  

  • Kaarthik just came in. Why not substitute duing the break? Is it against the rule?

    By Blogger Jai, at 04:42  

  • yoohoo - i have started an SG bashing session here. mission accomplished. have fun, ye all ;-)

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:42  

  • toney...yes surely better in hindsight...but otherwise I thought Sehwag was not exactly brimming with confidence in recent times...as a batsman and as a bowler...anyways...good move...he must be doing well in practise, nets etc...VS used to be our most 'intelligent' part timer earlier also

    By Blogger worma, at 04:42  

  • mock, did not intend to be spiteful, just that previous experiences make me weary and this is a fun match to watch for lots of reasons

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:43  

  • Agree with you Prem..This pitch calls for slow bowling.Infact both Mahroof and Fernando looked better when they started mixing slower del.May be wicket suited to Yuvraj?

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:43  

  • now the power play brings the excitement.. you are 3 down.. take your chances if you CAN!

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 04:43  

  • Have to accept it. I'm a hardcore SG fan.But,have to accept that RD is doing pretty well here. The backing of the selctors for 12 matches mean a lot to any captain.Good going RD. Make it count when the dice is rolling in yr favor. SG needs to get in purely as a batsman who can bowl a bit.

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 04:44  

  • wonder, with the cloud cover, Pathan or AA might get some swing from the opp end to HS

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:45  

  • btw whats with Chandana's promotion??...is he that big a hitter or are they short of players ;-)....I thought Mahroof would have been the natural choice?

    By Blogger worma, at 04:45  

  • toney, don't you worry, i ain't hurt that easily. :-)

    enjoy the match. I told ya, I am torn between the two options - revel in india's victory or swallow the fact that with each win, GC, MBE will be around forever...

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 04:45  

  • Having said that...it is still early days.We have the tendency to flatter to decieve.Take one game at a time

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 04:46  

  • better will be to bring back IP now. He may get chandana.

    By Blogger Vick, at 04:46  

  • Deceive...not decieve

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 04:46  

  • Yooohooo...Indians are on a roll...RSD doing the tricks !!! C'mon, let's give it back to Lankans...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:47  

  • toney: possible, but the ball will come on nice and quick too, is still hard.

    Hopefully they are working on the ball a bit, with a view to the seamers taking over after about 20, 25.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:47  

  • Hi Worma..Chandana is a big hitter and good player of spin.He will be an interesting player to watch.Big six hitter

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:47  

  • Saurabh, don't get too excited. Trouble may be as far away as the next match. Don't count the Sri Lankans out after just one match. Only a couple of months ago they beat us in all the games.

    By Blogger Jai, at 04:47  

  • Prem, I think Murali should be on now...2 right handers at the crease, with the ball turning away - it'll make it interesting...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:47  

  • Worma...Lokuhettige would have been the better choice...he would be subbed with Dilhara or Murali

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 04:47  

  • RD man going to bowl now...will be interesting to see how MK bowls.

    Great first ball

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:47  

  • ok...that confirms your theory...Prem and Toney...Sehwag was brought *just* for Sangakkara :-)...and this is a very nice move to remove him immediately..esp because we have enough specialists to not overdo the filler's roles

    By Blogger worma, at 04:48  

  • ok i take that bat. Murali is getting turn here with new ball. Spinners is the way to go.

    By Blogger Vick, at 04:48  

  • Tedha Ravi,
    You must be kidding when u say "The backing of the selctors for 12 matches mean a lot to any captain"

    Thats not at all a backing yaar

    By Blogger Yeda_Yakub, at 04:49  

  • worma: that said, I am still in favor of sneaking in two, three VS overs every now and again. gives you breathing space, happen one of the frontliners is having a bad hair day.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:49  

  • With RSD as captain, i get the feeling we may see more of Murali, right ???

    Dada felt that everyone cud play left arm spinners easily (like the way he did till he forgot how to bat!!)...

    By Blogger Girish, at 04:49  

  • ravi1010, yeah maybe Lokuhettige....but Mahroof seems to be in good touch also.

    laks...I know Chandana can hit...not sure if he can do that in a slog manner...anyways

    By Blogger worma, at 04:50  

  • worma, Kartik is in the attack because Powerplay is on, else it would make sense to continue with Shewag.


    India can afford a few runs here as long as they can get another wicket...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:50  

  • prem, am sure SRT will soon be pulling out mints. Agree abt the hard ball and MK seems to be getting some assistance from the pitch. RD would do well to give MK a good field

    By Blogger Toney, at 04:50  

  • and bingo again. Me having a nice day with my predictions :-)

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 04:51  

  • Being a slowish wicket,Murali needs to workout quickly what length to bowl.If he hits the spot, it will be lovely to watch

    By Blogger laks1234, at 04:51  

  • Anyone noticed the change in bhajji's line and loop in this match

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 04:51  

  • :-) No singles still, and it's working. The Lankans forced to try all sort of things for fours -- exit, left, Chandana as a result

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 04:51  

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