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An Extraordinary Day at MCG

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peter-Siddle 15 wickets have gone down on a day that promised to be a ripper with both teams starting the proceedings on an even keel. No prizes for guessing what’s going on. The 3rd day in the first test match at Melbourne cricket ground, MCG, between India and Australia has witnessed a dramatic collapse of India from a position of strength and Australia seizing initiative from a seemingly lost position. Extraordinary things have happened in cricket before and Wednesday, 28th the December, 2011 has been yet another day, that saw fortunes fluctuating wildly.

India, resumed the day with overnight batsmen, Rahul Dravid and Ishant   Sharma  Dravid departed soon, bowled by a beauty from Hilfenhaus. Dravid was neither back nor forward and was duly beaten by the crafty Australian. Hilfy swung the ball beautifully and Dravid stood exposed, on a track that offered swing and seam off the deck and demanded the best of technique. It was a shame for all his experience and his reputation of stonewalling the best of attacks. (He is touted as “The Wall” for his water-tight defensive technique). It is indeed surprising to see him go that way as he has been in excellent form coming into the series and has scored 3 hundreds in 4 matches in England, earlier this year. He did reasonably well against West Indies in the home series as well.

Hilfenhaus, kept up the pressure and got a five-for as he went on to remove VVS, Dhoni and Sharma, in addition to Dravid & Gambhir. The Indian batting came apart under relentless pressure from the Australian trio of Pattinson, Siddle and Hilfenhaus. They kept running in, bowled a nagging line and maintained great lengths. They were unrelenting and Indians obliged with poor application and lack of intent to fight

As it panned out, Ishant Sharma showed greater application and temperament and hung on for 102 deliveries,virtually bottling one end up. If a tail-ender could show some courage and fight it out, why not the frontline batsmen?

Certainly the likes of Laxman, Dhoni and Kohli came a cropper and surrendered meekly to the lion-hearted Aussies. RavichaUmesh-Yadav-celebratesndran Ashwin offered some resistance by scoring 31 runs, but other than that Indian batting buckled under pressure and to be candid, was defeated by an organized pace attack.

Australia too began in a rather bizarre fashion and lost 4 early wickets for just 27 runs on board. Umesh Yadav, an impressive young lad from India accounted for the first 3 batsmen, while Sharma removed Michael Clarke. MS Dhoni, then employed strange tactics and did not attack Ricky Ponting & Michael Hussey enough. They consolidated their position, ran the singles hard and went on to build a century partnership between them. Zaheer later removed Ponting before which, punter helped himself to a century. Australia finished the day at 179 for 8 and are ahead by 229 runs with Hussey still at the crease.

India, still have a chance, if they restrict the Aussies to below 250. India bat last and it is not easy to chase a total in excess of 250 in the fourth innings. But you never know, particularly with Sehwag factor weighed in. Anything can happen in cricket.

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