The final over of the day.
Ball One – Needing to clean up the Aussie tail as quickly as possible, Sreesanth and Zaheer bowled too wide of the stumps too often. Once the radar was working – it was no surprise to see the stumps hit twice.
Ball Two – Is Virender Sehwag in danger of believing his own publicity? Already dropped at gully, he attempted to steer the ball through the vacant slips area with a quarter bat – less an ODI shot than a T20 shot. Sehwag has been a little frenetic in this series and might do well to build a defence against the short ball to go with his extraordinary attack against every other ball.
Ball Three – Cheteshwar Pujara appeared at Number Three, to the surprise of everyone, in the spot Dravid has occupied for a generation. He then played shots all round the ground at well over a run a ball. We may, indeed I suspect that we have, seen the future of Indian batting.
Ball Four – Without an effective spinner, Ponting needed his bowlers and fielders to stand up and deliver. Despite Watson’s wicket in the immediate post-lunch session, Australia were very flat using a debutant and a fifth bowler, ignoring MJ and Hilfenhaus. Moreover, five overthrows were conceded in two comic moments. Perhaps readers can explain it, because The Trumpet can’t.
Ball Five – Rahul Dravid, out of touch for much of the last ten days cricket, immediately hit Nathan Hauritz against the spin pretty much wherever he wanted. Now Rahul Dravid is an all time great batsman, but a man aspiring to hold down the specialist spinner slot in the Australian team, should not be toyed with on a fifth day pitch.
Ball Six – Sport is unscripted drama – and sometimes the script isn’t as exciting as it might be. Today promised much in terms of drama, but turned into a routine victory for India. Having been served a thriller in Mohali, it would have been greedy to expect another – though at the start of play, we did hope.
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