Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lets Get it Over with

As I write this, SOuth Africa have just declared their 1st innings at 620/4 with a lead of 484 (now thats big). This are the kind of matches which actually don't hurt you as an Indian fan. They are plain embarrassing. Thats all. A massive innings defeat is probably lined up. The top 5 of the Indian batting lineup have enough reputation & experiance to save the match. A draw is possible but not probable. Rains and some resolute batting are the only hope. Otherwise we can simply move on to the next one.
Highlights - Kallis reaching his first ever double century, while debutant Unadkat also got (hit for) a hundred on debut. On first view Unadkat doesn't look like he has it in him as yet to be playing at the international level. Neither pace nor swing. Raina's bowling figures were just a joke. And if he doesnt do something special in the 2nd innings there is a good chance of him getting replaced by Pujara in the next test. And hopefully Zaheer will be fit and come back into the lineup for the next test.
I am not too worried about the innings defeat though. Earlier this year, they beat us by an innings in Nagpur and in the very next match we beat them by an innings in Kolkata.

And over in Perth the English are staring down the barrel. The Australians simply keep coming back. Don't they? Must be the Australianism.

As I type this post, there have been a couple of run-out chances missed already in the first 3 overs, while Sehwag & Gambhir have started blazing away. Lets get it over with. Lets also have some fun while we are on it though.

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