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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Overs 31-40

The run out of Dhoni could not have come at a more inopportune moment -- by turning the screws on Kallis in the previous over, Yuvraj had opened the game up a crack. Smith needed to either gamble and bowl his front line bowlers (between them, Ntini, Nel and Langeveldt had 10 at that point) or squeeze in a couple from Botha, which would have been an invite for Dhoni to try and get a few quick ones.
Noticeable during this phase has been the discipline Yuvraj has shown; the wicket of Irfan at the start of this phase, and of Dhoni towards the end of the period, has seemingly only steadied him further (and that initial kick of the front leg has vanished). South Africans continue to bowl with discipline (three bowlers going at over 140k is way more pace than the Indians have played in recent months, and it's showing) and field out of their skins -- but the field setting, from around the 25 over mark, seemed a touch more defensive than it needed to be given India were on the ropes.
The pitch is slowing noticeably, the odd ball is keeping low -- that 240 I talked of earlier would have been hell to get, but with wickets gone, a competitive total is looking increasingly outside of the realm of possibility. Now India's best hope is a steady last ten overs, yielding around 50 or so, and one bowler at the top bowling out of skin and setting it up for Bajji.

6 Comments:

  • Prem:
    From your latest post it appears as if you think batting will be easier in the second half for SA? Care to elaborate a little bit? Thanks.

    By Blogger Multy, at 01:51  

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    By Blogger Multy, at 01:51  

  • prem new thread needed

    By Blogger Rahul Kulkarni, at 02:04  

  • 249 for 9
    Much better score than anticipated
    What do you think Prem?

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 02:14  

  • Decent Total. Good work from Harbajan in the end. Covered for Dhoni's Run Out.

    By Blogger Global Indian, at 02:16  

  • if only g@nguly was around, we would have been 350! ha ha ha1

    - no caps

    By Blogger googler, at 02:17  

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