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70-80 runs too many? Advantage SL.

by 80mph (U9328463) 02 December 2009
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Picking up 8 wickets is a decent effort but I have a feeling India might have given away 70-80 runs too many in the process. It would have been India's day had they restricted SL to 290-300. But this game will most likely be a low scoring affair and 60-70 runs could be the difference.

It remains to be seen whether the failure of the pacers in the morning session where there were no breakthroughs with the new ball will cost India as the game progresses.

The wicket is dry and already has some turn and bounce. The fact that Harbhajan picked up 4 should be an ominous sign. I would not be surprised one bit if Murali/Herath run through India.

The game is still evenly poised with some adavantage to SL. India cannot afford to concede a lead in the 1st innings as doing so would mean certain defeat on this pitch. A lot will depend on Sehwag when India come out to bat. Hopefully he will play responsibly instead of throwing away his wicket.

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comment by Ad (U7468089)

posted Dec 2, 2009

Probably, NM.

...But you'd have to do mightily well to score that on a fair pitch.

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posted Dec 2, 2009

I think NM has a valid point here. When India score 400 and odd for 2 wickets in the rpevious test, the pitch was called flat and what not.

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posted Dec 2, 2009

Pressure is on Sri Lanka as its a must win match for them! They must edge pass the 400 mark to create any sort of pressure on the indian batsment who are full of confidence!

Also Sangakkara is under a lot of pressure, his failure to score runs in the last few innings is likely to have an impact on his captaincy!

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posted Dec 2, 2009

I love Brabourne stadium Isn't this where Jerome Taylor took a hat-trick against Australia in a memorable ODI? It always offers something for the bowlers.

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posted Dec 2, 2009

in response to 80mph, i agree that india may have conceded 50 or so runs in the process of gaining 8 wickets on the 1st day of a test match. however, i think india will be very pleased with this. they have the best batting line up in world cricket (period) and can nullify this deficit within a matter of a few overs (with the likes of sehwag, yuvraj and dhoni).

Also, i don't like the words 'sehwag' and 'responsibly' in the same sentence. he is a much better player for india when he plays his natural game. to take his natural ability away from will only be detrimental to india

ps congrats to sachin for reaching 20 years in top flight cricket, carrying the hopes of a nation with such humility. all th best to team india, i hope they are top of the icc rankings in 4 days time. what an achievement this would be for dhoni and his team!

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comment by 80mph (U9328463)

posted Dec 2, 2009

rajanpatel,
I am not saying Sehwag should curb his natural game. But he can give bowlers the respect they deserve early on and then accelerate once he feels set. In the last couple of seasons he has done that a few times with great success. The innings from the last test is a perfect example. He started very slowly but exploded later on when he got used to the conditions.

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posted Dec 2, 2009

I won't be surprise if India scores 400 for 2 in the end of 2nd day, because Indian cricket pitch always behave as favourable as possible to Indian team. It may be a dry and rolled over good pitch to bat on tomorrow, its all depends on the hands of Indians. Because in first test when they bated in the second inning the pitch is dead (remember even it's a fifth day pitch) so Indian cricket supporters can feel that so far they did a "good Job".

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posted Dec 2, 2009

this test will be a boring draw..sorry boys!!!

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posted Dec 3, 2009

Wtf .... another flat pitch. These pitches are killing Test cricket whistle

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posted Dec 3, 2009

@ 80 mph

Probably you need to review the title. SriLanka are in disastrous position and are now looking to draw the game.

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