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Freedom Series, Mohali test : In defence of spinners’ wickets

“An army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness.” – Sun Tzu

One does not have to have read the ‘Art of War’ to know that historically South Africans haven’t been the best players of spin. So, before the start of the test series, the Indian team made no bones about asking test match curators for pitches that turn.

Mohali was a wicket designed to strike at a weakness against spin.

There’s been a lot of chat on social media about this pitch not being “test match quality”. I simply cannot understand this. Not one ball spat at the batsman or really disturbed the surface of the wicket. The ball didn’t bounce alarmingly high or low. The turn was slow. The pitch was not turning square. The batsmen who applied themselves scored runs. 

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South Africa’s tour of India: Fifth ODI, Mumbai (Politics, Sport and Batting first)

An MSD special at Indore. A Kohli masterclass in Chennai. Raina striking form. AB de Villiers cracking hundreds at will. Ashwin, Duminy and Morkel out with injury. Shikhar and Miller continuing to struggle.

With the scoreline at 2-2, two evenly matched teams have all to play for in Mumbai.

Speaking of Mumbai, Pakistan-born umpire Aleem Dar was forced to withdraw from officiating the final game of the series hosted by India’s most “cosmopolitan” city. 

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South Africa’s Tour of India: Third ODI, Rajkot

The SA tour so far has had it all.

Rohit Sharma tons. Check.

[Click to watch H/Ls of 106 (66) and 150 (134)]

India’s Rohit Sharma celebrates after completing his century during their first Twenty-20 cricket match against South Africa in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala, India, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Last over loss. Check.

[1st T20, 1st ODI]

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Virat Kohli being an angry young man after being run out. Check (twice).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgJ6ieFjdjs

Pathetic behaviour by an Indian crowd. Check.

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