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Monday, March 13, 2006

The Greatest Chase

Only a drunk moronic madman would believe that it is possible for a team to win chasing 435. The hardcore Aussie fan that i am, i was just a bit disappointed that they had scored so much against a team like South Africa. It would have been justified had they murdered, say, Bangladesh with such an obscenely big total.
I missed the Aussie innings and half of the S.A run-chase. When i watched the match, Gibbs was beginning to hit some brilliant strokes all around the park. In the S.A team i've always liked Gibbs and Dippenaar for their strokeplay and Kallis for his technique. Inexplicably, Ponting was not having a sweeper cover in the middle of the innings when Gibbs was well into his blitzkrieg. Many fours were hit in the point region which would have just been singles had there been a sweeper saving the boundary. After all, the Aussies were not defending a modest 225, and they could very much afford to go on the defensive. I just messaged my brother [an S.A supporter] if he was at the Wanderers and it he replied "we cancelled it late yesterday because of a stupid barbeque party!" . He wanted to go for the test instead. I'm sure that will be some contest too...
Even till the last stage of the match i and my friends were betting on S.A reaching 400, nothing more, nothing less. Only after the Van Der Wath assault that everyone realized that S.A could actually win the game.
What does such a match do for the bowlers from either team? Does it dent their psyche or is it just even steven because any bowler would have suffered a similar fate? Also, is it just a stark reminder for the Aussies that they are no longer a threat as a bowling attack? We shall soon see.
The bar i was watching the match in was rooting for S.A and i guess the whole of India must have done the same. What a match! Idhu semma hot machi.....


  • ODIs have become a complete farce :( Srikkanth was once talking about India's comprehensive win over England(Feb 26 1985) in the World Championship in Aus. He referred to India's 235 in that game as a competitive total. Now 435 has been successfully chased.
    Hope 2007 WC on lifeless pitches doesnt become a farce like 1996 WC.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Tue Mar 14, 09:06:00 AM  

  • I too wanted to say the same thing about 200s and 250s being good scores eons back!!

    By Blogger Me too, at Tue Mar 14, 09:26:00 AM  

  • Ponting is a very poor captain,in the league of his predecessor Steve Waugh. Attack mercilessly when on top and be too defensive when not.

    By Blogger I, at Wed Mar 15, 02:45:00 AM  

  • */Aparna,
    Very true and that's why i would never call this the greatest MATCH. Nirmal Shekar has written a very apt article in today's Hindu....

    mara thamizhan,
    I wouldn't say Ponting is a very poor captain....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Mar 15, 10:02:00 PM  

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