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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Interim thought

Dravid brought Bajji back for the 34th over. Which in itself would have accomplished little -- but with the offie coming in, he also brought back his slip, and had 7 others inside the ring, all cutting off singles. The obvious intent was to choke, to challenge the batsmen to try and take the offie on -- and bingo, there goes the wicket. Which raises a perplexing question -- this is very clearly the only option India has, even with its part-timers -- bring the field in, choke the singles, tell the batsmen it has to be four or nothing; question being, then why that inexplicable period of spread fields and defensive lines in the middle overs?
PS: Boucher falling was a bonus; now, if RD can slow the game right down, with tight fields and an all-spin diet, India can still crack this game wide open; for Justin Kemp, the last thing you would want to do is give him pace to work with; Kallis meanwhile is almost guaranteed to play the situation, not the ball
PPS: Watching SRT bowl to Kemp -- leg breaks, right now -- raises a thought. I wonder how much SRT has been bowling in the nets; even if he has been regular, the match situation here calls for a few steady overs, given that, I wonder if someone needs to tell SRT to cut out the leg breaks, which are harder even for genuine bowlers to control, and stay with offies which he can land on the ground -- and not on the sweet spot of Kemp's bat.

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  • obviously the part timers are not getting any great assistance. we have finished the 10 from the 5th bowler, i think it is time to try the quicks, if they can reverse it,else its al over

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