Australia v. India, 1st test, day 5 preview (it all comes down to today)

A familiar pattern has played itself out over the last four days.

  1. Dropping Ravi Ashwin against our express advice
  2. Dropping catches and spending two days in the field chasing leather (I can’t remember the last time we actually bowled a team out in an overseas test match. May have been the Lords test this summer – can’t help but think that was a total fluke.)
  3. The top order flattering to deceive yet again, getting starts but not scoring big runs (save for Virat, who should really be kicking himself for handing the momentum back to Australia at the end of Day 3. He should be getting hundreds, big hundreds, double hundreds).
  4. Rohit Sharma getting out to a soft shot (surprise surprise!) and all thoughts of a lead quickly evaporating.
  5. A spinner taking a five-for against some of the best players of spin (incidentally, he couldn’t buy a wicket in the last series against Pakistan).
  6. The opposition batsman piling on the runs quickly, helped by wickets off no-balls.
  7. Back to square one, waiting for a declaration.

Something tells me Clarke is going to declare overnight and set India 364 to win.

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Five Minutes Before Lunch on Day 3

India had just lost Murali Vijay. Mitchell Johnson was fired up. Five minutes before lunch – one of the worst times to come in to bat.

The slips opened their eyes a little wider.  The other fielders crept slightly closer to the bat. Virat Kohli, captain of India, swaggered in, took guard and looked around. Twirled his bat his bat a couple of times before settling into his stance. Read More …

Memories of Adelaide : Rahul Dravid

Australia v India, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 16 December, 2003© Getty Images (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64060.html

Arms aloft, Rahul Dravid celebrates victory.

Instinctively, he kisses the India crest on his cap.

An image which sears itself into the collective consciousness of a billion Indians.

Sometimes the good guys finish first.

Brick by brick, a legend is made.

[UPDATED: YouTube link for both innings here]

India v Australia : Fights, Sledges, Tantrums and Bad Behaviour !

Tempers have always run pretty high in this top of the table clash.

So as a part of the build-up to this much-awaited test series, a selection of the best “fights” across India v Australia games:

HARBHAJAN v PONTING:  17 year old Bhajji scurries for cover after giving Ponting a send-off in Sharjah, 1998.

SACHIN v MCGRATH : The Big Man drops an F Bomb, Nairobi, 2000

MICHAEL SLATER v DRAVID: Michael Slater loses his shit, Mumbai, 2001.

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#Putoutyourbats #63notout

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Not many consider cricket dangerous. I mean how dangerous could a non-contact sport be?

But it’s played with a hard ball.

Propelled at speeds faster than a speeding car.

Which hurts when you get hit (I can vouch for that).

A talented player’s life was cut tragically short on the 27th.

There was talk of him making a comeback to the Australian team for the first test at the Gabba.

Shows you how unpredictable life is.

This has just been a sad, sad week.

Spare a thought for Sean Abbot.

Hope the poor kid pulls through and plays again.

Phil Hugh bats on. 63 not out.

Watch out for that cut shot!

Play hard, play safe.