India/Australia – 3rd Test (End of Day 1, Day 2 in play)

17 01 2008

West Australian Cricket Association Ground (WACA), Jan 17th.
India versus Australia, 3rd test.

At the culmination of the 1st day’s play, India had seen themselves to a very respectable 297/6. Playing well, Tendulkar scored 71, and Dravid missed out on a century by a mere 7 runs. The wicket has proved to be no where near as fearsome as was expected, with only Brett Lee performing any where near expectations. The much-touted Tait, has not shaken off erratic performances of the past, and really has to step up if he has any dreams of remaining an Australian test cricketer. Clark’s done well, and is unlucky not to have wickets. 37 Extras to this point in time is way too many, and the Australian side will have to tighten that up considerably.
Whilst India will be happy with their score, they will be unhappy with the performance of their highly-regarded batsmen. Jaffer failed yet again (16), and Ganguly couldn’t reach a double figure score (9). The performances by Sehwag (26) and Laxman (27) were only marginally better.

Today, the Indian tail kept wagging, with Dhoni making 19, and Pathan 28, before they both fell.

Update… final scores for India’s first innings:

India 1st innings

R B 4s 6s SR  
W Jaffer c Gilchrist b Lee 16 53 2 0 30.18
V Sehwag c Gilchrist b Johnson 29 58 6 0 50.00
R Dravid c Ponting b Symonds 93 183 14 0 50.81
SR Tendulkar lbw b Lee 71 128 9 0 55.46
SC Ganguly c Hussey b Johnson 9 12 2 0 75.00
VVS Laxman c Tait b Lee 27 56 3 0 48.21
MS Dhoni lbw b Clark 19 52 2 0 36.53
IK Pathan lbw b Johnson 28 44 4 0 63.63
A Kumble c Rogers b Clark 1 6 0 0 16.66
RP Singh c Hussey b Johnson 0 2 0 0 0.00
I Sharma not out 0 5 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 19, w 9, nb 9) 37
Total (all out; 98.2 overs) 330 (3.35 runs per over)  

Bowling O M R W Econ
B Lee 24 5 71 3 2.95 (6nb, 1w)
MG Johnson 28.2 7 86 4 3.03 (2w)
SR Clark 17 4 45 2 2.64 (1w)
SW Tait 13 1 59 0 4.53 (3nb, 1w)
A Symonds 10 1 36 1 3.60
MJ Clarke 6 1 14 0 2.33
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30 responses

17 01 2008
withmalice

And Kumble’s OUT! Falls for 1 run…

17 01 2008
withmalice

Rudrap Prutah Singh OUT! For a duck, and that’s the Indian first innings over…
330… a decent total.

17 01 2008
withmalice

Australia’s innings opens, with Rogers making his debut with Jaques.

17 01 2008
Dravid-fan

YEEEEEEE!
Australia fall to 13/2!

Rogers out for 4, then soon after Jaques out for 8!!! Australia’s openers totally COLLAPSE!
GO INDIA!

17 01 2008
Dravid-fan

GET PONTING!

17 01 2008
Alex

Hell… c’mon Punter, steady the ship!

Good first innings by India. Even with this early disaster, Australia should be able to settle in, and score big.

17 01 2008
withmalice

Bloody hell… go make a sandwich, and all hell breaks out!
AAAAAGHHH!

17 01 2008
withmalice

Oh crap… Hussey gone for a duck.

17 01 2008
Mighty Australian

Your analysis is praiseworthy. But you missed one point. India’s Sachin Tendulkar was wrongly given out. TV replays clearly showed that he was not out. Everyone admitted it. And, remember the poor guy was batting on 71. India would piled much more had he stayed there for long. That was a bad decision. I hope, Indians do not make another issue here.

17 01 2008
withmalice

Ouch.. Punter falls for 20, falling prey to Sharma who looks dangerous.
Australia in trouble at 43/4…

17 01 2008
Patel

Australia are going down this match.
Sharma will get 5 or more wickets this test!

17 01 2008
Stevie K

Every time something like this happens with the Australian team, someone steps up. We’ve been in this position before, and yet the last 16 tests have resulted in victories to Australia.
Write them off now at your own peril.

17 01 2008
Patel

Well Stevie, you’d better hurry up and find someone to step up. Running out of batsmen!
Clarke out – 61/5

17 01 2008
anandkrishna

Clarke’s just gone…. but Stevie makes a very important point. The Aussies will come back with everything they have (and often, it’s all about sustaining the momentum even when the chips are down). But as a cricket lover, one thing is certain- definitely match on!

As an India supporter, I hope India can- and will- pull off what will be a very special victory, given that Perth was predicted to be India’s Waterloo. But then hey, we still have 3.5 days of cricket- so I better not put my feet into my mouth in a hurry.

Please do check out my blog and leave your comments….

17 01 2008
anandkrishna

Mighty Australian- thanks for mentioning Sachin’s continued misfortune with bad umpiring decisions. He may well have scored his second ton at Perth in his second appearance there (he played there in 1992 I believe, when he scored 127 or 134 or some such).

In 2007 alone, he would have scored 3 centuries more but for some lousy umpiring (of course, he was also genuinely out the remaining 4 times).

At this point, half the Australian team is back in the pavilion for less than quarter India’s first innings total. But with Symonds and Gilly batting, anything can happen. Hopefully, there are no more umpiring botch-ups in the match.

17 01 2008
brumbygg9

if anyone is due a big score it’s Gilchrist and this would probably be a good time to get one!
Haven’t seen a delivery so hard to tell if it’s inept batting or good bowling – anyone been watching who can shed some light?

17 01 2008
withmalice

There’ve already been a few choice decisions that have gone against the Australians too Anand!
Excellent start by the Indians, and it would be a very special victory indeed if India could do it… stopping this team from clearly establishing themselves as perhaps the best ever test sidein history… but I’m hopeful that Symonds/Gilchrist can at least make the first innings competitive.

17 01 2008
withmalice

Some semblance of ‘phew’ occurring.
Symonds striking a damn mean 55 (46 balls, 6 4s & 1 6), Gilly on 29 (28 balls, 5 4s). Australia 142/5.

17 01 2008
Alex

GO SYMO!!!

Forget the scoring big, as long as Australia can make a total that threatens India’s first innings, we’re still in with a good shot!

17 01 2008
withmalice

Symonds out, 66 runs off 70 balls (7 4s, 1 6). Whilst it was a valiant knock, we needed something a little less cavalier.
Up to Gilly now, and the tail. Gotta be within 100 of India by the end of the 1st methinks…

17 01 2008
withmalice

Gilchrist gone! Egads, Australia fall to 192/7! Unless the tail REALLY wags, getting within 100 of the first innings total is unlikely…

17 01 2008
withmalice

Damnit… all out for 212. Not even a decent ODI score!

17 01 2008
anandkrishna

It does seem at this point in time that India is ahead. But we still have 3 full days of cricket left, and as commentators around the world never tire of saying, “cricket is a funny game”.

I did not get to see the match, but from what I read on the web, except Symonds and Gilchrist to a lesser extent, nobody else really got going.

So was it a case of good bowling & fielding, poor batting or sloppy umpiring- or is that as is usually the case, all 3 contributed to the state of the match?

Let me also draw attention to Kumble’s feat of becoming the 3rd bowler after Warne and Murali, to pocket 600 scalps. A pretty amazing achievement considering that “Jumbo” (that is what Kumble is called by his team-mates) is 37 years old, and more importantly, is not a big spinner of the ball in the conventional sense. But he is a very intelligent bowler (his degree in Engineering may have helped him figure out the mechanics of bowling better) and has a huge big heart. My congratulations to Kumble on his achievement.

I am told Ganguly was taken to the hospital- he has been down with viral fever for almost a week- and Kumble was not keen to have him play this match. Hope he recovers soon.

Look forward to an exciting contest.

17 01 2008
Patel

Awesome bowling display by the Indians… Kumble gets his 600th victim (Symonds)!!… Sehwag on fire!! … day 3 would be fun to watch if Sehwag sticks around 🙂 … nice test!!

17 01 2008
withmalice

Indeed… India has got Australia well on the ropes. But anything can happen, and if any team can make it happen, it’d be Australia.

17 01 2008
Patel

Let’s wait and watch Don… it can go anywhere from hereon

17 01 2008
withmalice

Indeed Patel, hope to see you here tomorrow! 😉

17 01 2008
kapsii

I can’t believe I missed being a part of this discussion!!! Damnations be on my office… Never mind, hope to catch you guys tomorrow…
As for today, umpiring decisions going wrong, not a problem if Rouf learns from his mistakes. One should not forget, there have been outstanding decisions too. Apart from the two LBWs I found the standard of Umpiring very high… (Could not watch the Aussie innings, will catch it now in the highlights)…
I can only imagine the hysteria here had Tendulkar held on to Symonds catch when he was almost on nothing….
But this day was India’s, hope for a good show again tomorrow… but no predictions from me… too risky… 😉
by the way, thanks Don for letting me know…

17 01 2008
withmalice

Hey Kapsii – no problem!

New thread/article/post tomorrow, going up at 7am, Japan Time.

18 01 2008
kapsii

Hey Don, Just watched the highlights of the day… my stomach still hurts from the fielding display from Indians, poor Ishant, full marks for enthusiasm, -100 for display of skills on the field.
Symonds… luck has a new definition… how did the ball spin away??? *Agony*
Nice counter attack by Symonds and Gilchrist…
Kumble getting 600 wickets that too a crucial one…
Tait… nice pads… wonder which was more bouncy? Perth’s pitch or Tait’s shiny new molded pads?
lol…
Catch you tomorrow…

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