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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SA overs 11-20

35 runs and two wickets in that phase, and India has clawed its way back during this period, thanks largely to RP Singh's accuracy and Bajji's attacking off spin.
This spell, though, merely underlines the aberration of the first tranche of ten overs -- and more particularly, the damage caused by Smith's buccaneering ways (that he should have been out for 0 off 4 is one of those things that will never show up on scoreboards). Smith comes as a surprise -- you would expect a touch more science from an opener; the innings he played here was on the lines of Dhoni without the sense, and the sensibility. And that, in turn, is an indictment of the bowling -- of 36 balls faced by the Proteas captain, 21 were dot balls; his 48 came off just 15 scoring shots, including 9 fours and that sort of bowling was way too lose for a team defending 250 to afford.
At this point, India have pulled the momentum back in their favor -- but are in danger of running out of overs for Bajji. Given he has used spin to cause doubt, the best course option for Dravid seems to be to pull him off and sneak in a couple of overs from Viru Sehwag; the lack of the fifth regular bowler (more importantly, another spinner) is at this stage beginning to show.

5 Comments:

  • Are we forgetting that a Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar can bowl and has done well against the SAcans before?

    Yuveraj, Sehwag and Sachin should bowl 20 overs between them for us to win this game.

    By Blogger vshan, at 04:29  

  • with Pathan going for a few in the second spell too, we might soon see either of them on..

    By Blogger Rightarmover, at 04:45  

  • Eighteen boundaries so far in a score of 125. that is 72 runs.

    By Blogger Rightarmover, at 04:47  

  • lack of 5th bowler, the extras, absence of wicket taking bowlers except may be agarkar and pathan on his day and the batting collapse, explains why we are struggling

    By Blogger Avinash, at 05:04  

  • we need wickets and we need them quick if i was captain i would have brought back agarkar as it would reverse now

    By Blogger Avinash, at 05:08  

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