Posted by: nestaquin | March 27, 2008

India v South Africa, Chennai Day 2, Tea Update

Hot Hashim AmlaIt was an enjoyable afternoon session eating battered bream and chips while witnessing a near perfect old-fashioned knock from the seemingly unflabbable Hashim Amla. His six and a half hour stay at the crease ended when he was horribly run out by his more experienced partner Mark Boucher when on 159.

It was a terrible error of judgement by the world record holding keeper and it conceivably cost the bearded Amla a maiden Test double century.

Amla’s knock was consistent and chanceless and it is obvious that he has the perfect temperment to succeed at the highest level in the toughest format the sport offers.

The supple use of his wrists was a highlight as was his ability to accumulate singles while waiting for the bad ball to dispatch to the fence.

India wilted in the oppressive heat and devoid of ideas they resorted to Kumble bowling around the wicket pitching a foot or two outside leg-stump while Harbhajhan bowled very straight with a packed leg-side field.

The seamers RP Singh and Sreesanth failed to move the ball in the air and with the pitch offering very little in terms of sideways movement all that was required for South Africa was to play straight and wait for the loose delivery. And to their credit they had the discipline to do just that.

The tale of the Test to date has been the Proteas ability to work as a team rebuilding partnerships at the fall of every wicket. In cricket, regardless of your talent, you must master the basics of the game if you are to succeed. Smith’s team appear well-drilled, focused and remarkably well prepared considering all the drama about quotas and selection in the lead up to this tour.

Mornie Morkel smashed a four through midwicket off the last ball before tea to pass the 500 and the Proteas will, I expect, declare in the hour before stumps to have a crack at the tired and disinterested Indian top-order.

The pitch will only deteriorate from this point and if the South African bowlers show the same sort of application as their batting bethren, then India may well be in for a battle to save this match.

Tea Day 2, time for a well earned cuppa.


  1. As I write, SA are all out 540 which simplifies the Indians task: bat and bat and bat. Once the hardness goes out of the ball, blunting Steyn’s threat , I can’t see much troubling Tendulkar and co. Here’s hoping Laxman gets a few because it’ll be good to watch if he does.


  2. Sehwag is going to dream about Lara’s record overnight.

  3. 197-0. No crowds for Test cricket?

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