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Saturday, November 19, 2005

And that is that

Sealing the win inside 36 overs is a pretty emphatic statement -- and that pretty much comes from VS, after a bit of a lean run, playing his role of game-breaker, this time in the middle order.
When he walked in, India was 110/3 (against 88/5 RSA at that point); by the time he sealed the win, he had upped the team's run rate from 3.9 to 4.5 -- and this, despite a degree of initial circumspection.
77 not out off 62 -- and the break up is interesting: 20 singles, 5 twos and 1 three against 25 dot balls, so it's not just been slam-bang stuff.
India still has work on the drawing board to do -- primarily, it has to figure out a way to deal with the opening overs, given that in two games out of two, Ntini and Pollock have teamed up superbly to put the batting side under terrific pressure. SA for its part has to figure out what to do with spin; neither Chennai nor Kolkatta are likely to offer much respite on that front.
On the whole, though, India will take much out of this -- mainly, that it has checked the RSA momentum just when it was trying for a record of sorts; ensured that the series is level and, most importantly, shook off the hangover of Hyderabad.
Over, from me, and out -- for the weekend. See you guys Monday; have a great weekend guys.

15 Comments:

  • Didnt VS come after the fall of 2nd wicket at 52?

    Anyway good win.. :-) have a good weekend..

    By Blogger Raju, at 11:08  

  • Prem, who walked in at 110 for 3? VS walked in 2 doen, a 52 for 2

    By Blogger bouncer, at 11:08  

  • It was RD bouncer

    By Blogger galli_cricket, at 11:24  

  • sorry.. that would be Yuvraj..

    By Blogger galli_cricket, at 11:28  

  • Prem:
    Just a thought, can the ICC think allow the team to decide the team composition even after the toss. This would make the supersub rule to really become effective for both the teams.

    By Blogger Hemal, at 12:31  

  • Much as I had predicted - these games are being decided by the toss (still, much credit to India for coming out from 1 down to win and the spinners stranglehold was too good to watch - looked like the SL team on their homeground). Arun Lal had an interesting suggestion - start the day-nighters around 12 pm - that way much of the second innings is also over before dew can start playing a role. Off course my 2 cents - dont have day nighters at all - it is really difficlt to watch these matches in the US. But for now guess RD and graeme smith would both be practising the toss very hard.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 13:08  

  • When we lost the toss at Hybad, we could not use the fifth bowler, Murali due to the necessity of using the supersub GG, and we missed the bus. By winning the toss at B'lore, our team's calculations worked and Murali proved his worth by chocking the SAfricans in the middle overs and helping Bajji also in the process. That shows how vital a role the toss plays not only in the Day-night games but also in view of the supersub rule. That adds two if and but factors to these ODIs.

    By Blogger Krish, at 13:44  

  • For Day-Night games, it is all Toss-based
    More or less, as simple as that...there are and will be few exceptions, but mostly, its WIN-TOSS, WIN-GAME.
    Esp. with super-sub rule, supersub gives you big Advtg with Toss, and usually for India, big Disadvtg if u lose the Toss.
    (since no allrounder for Ind supersub). SO TOSS TAKES ALL PRIORITY!!!!
    So unfortunate

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 14:06  

  • One more thing about VS batting today. In spite of the turning track, VS's strokes (as seen from the wagon wheels of cricinfo)are in the AdV (adjacentV)areas which shows that he is finding his usual timing and rhythm. Also the fact that he had 37 scoring shots out of 62 balls faced shows that he has restrained himself from the urge to go after every ball.

    By Blogger Krish, at 14:09  

  • GU, u r right. Lack of genuine all-rounders is a handicap for us in using the supersub effectively.

    By Blogger Krish, at 14:12  

  • New tradition started before 2nd ODI: Doing pooja before heading to stadium;lighting incense sticks infront of "SightScreen". This is becoming more religious ceremony...next break coconut on the pitch....3rd umpire may call it intentional damage.*L*

    DC report:

    Prayers, teamwork pay off for Team India


    Bangalore, Nov. 19: India’s inspired series-levelling victory against South Africa at the one-day international here on Saturday night was not without some divine help. Team spirit shone through as the Indians got together for breakfast at the coffee shop, a rarity as they are known to eat in groups. Later, just before they left the Grand Ashok for the ground, players participated in a puja specially organised by the hotel. This, too, is a first as far as Team India is concerned.

    Dravid’s men stood in rapt attention as a local priest chanted mantras for the well-being and prosperity of the team. “They may not have understood the lines which were being sung in Sanskrit by the pandit but they stood still in all sincerity,” an onlooker said. The priest then blew the conch, perhaps signalling the victory that was in store before applying tilak on their foreheads.

    The request for divine help continued on the ground too. A member of the team’s support staff was spotted planting a couple of incense sticks at the sightscreen before the start of the match. The South Africans lost it in the mind, losing their temper at crucial junctures. Speedsters Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel particularly got involved in eyeball battles with batsmen who dispatched them for boundaries.

    The Blues did not need all that, as everything they did worked and to good effect. Pathan’s opening burst that broke the South African back, Sehwag sending back the battle-hardened Boucher with the first ball he bowled and Harbhajan Singh coming up with a dream spell to hand captain Dravid a memorable win on his home ground.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 15:23  

  • gu:

    Doesn't it make a lot of sense to have IP as a super-sub?

    By Blogger Harry, at 20:14  

  • I think most people think of a SS as sort of a "trump" card.
    I'd argue the super-sub is really part of the playing XI, who you can, and should almost always play in the course of the match.

    Think of this, India bowls first, starts with RPS & AA. RPS bowls on the trot for 10 overs, at the end of which IP comes on for him and plays the rest of the match.

    In the reverse case, India bats first, we don't invoke the SS unless there is a complete batting collapse, in which case we bring in IP instead of RPS...

    Just a thought...

    By Blogger Harry, at 20:19  

  • Harry , so you say if India bowls first then let RPS bowl first 10 overs on the trot and then Irfan Pathan comes in place of him as a supersub....:)
    A small problem though - super sub can not do whatever the player it is replacing has already done.. meaning if RPS has already bowled 10 overs, IP can only field and bat:)

    By Blogger Vips, at 21:16  

  • A good match for India and kudos for dravid for his
    Impressive Captaincy

    By Blogger Rakesh, at 11:28  

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