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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another messed up oppurtunity

Even with all those players(Dhoni, Sreesanth and Agarkar) down with flu India could still have scored a victory against a strong South African team if only the batsmen had done a less messier job doing the last 10 overs of the Indian innings. The total dependence of the lower order on Dhoni's antics during the slog overs is too obvious and his absence in this match clearly showed. Like South Africans Mark Boucher, Andrew Hall and Shaun Pollock in the lower order the Indian team too is in dire need of some similar players who can murderously swing the bat during the death.

Fortunately, Tendulkar and Dravid struck a good partnership (one of those rare ones) to take the Indian score to 190/2 with 8 overs to spare. One of those 8 overs yielded 18 runs belted by the ever improving Dinesh Kaarthick. That means of the remaining seven overs the batsmen could only score a meager 34 runs! And having 8 wickets in hand that is just atrocious.

Anyway that said, it was nice to see Tendulkar gather some runs in the match. Though the innings was surely not of the quality that you would expect from the man, the fact that he got some runs itself, given his recent performances, is a big thing. Too bad that he had to miss out on the century by just a run.

But the man of the day was surely Kallis. He has tormented our bowlers for quite some time now and if not for his stubborn stay at the batting crease, I think I can safely presume, Piyush Chawla's efforts with the ball would have been rewarded with with a sweet victory.

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