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Monday, November 28, 2005

A point to ponder

When India's batting struggled on a dew-drenched pitch at Hyderabad in the only day-nighter of the series, and on a too-well-grassed pitch in Kolkatta, the concensus was that the batsmen had been 'found out'.
I wonder if the same phrase applies to South Africa? After all, they play on faster wickets, back home; they practise against the likes of Ntini and Nel and Langeveldt, all of them appreciably quicker than the Indian seamers. And yet, batting first in Bangalore and now here, the batsmen have struggled against seam and swing, at a pace far gentler than what they are used to.
Have the Proteas been 'found out', too? Or could it just be that good pace, swing and seam, in helpful conditions, 'finds out' most modern batting lineups -- not just the Indian one?

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