Chasing History – India/Australia, 3rd Test (Day 4 in play)

19 01 2008

Wow… Australia pursue history in two very important ways today. 1 – 17 test victories in a row… 2 – they literally ‘pursue’ the highest fourth innings run-chase on home soil, with 413 needed to obtain victory.

Aussie skipper, Ricky PontingSome pundits declare it unobtainable, especially given the failure, yet again, of openers Jaques & Rogers. Last night, on yesterday’s discussion here, I stated:

“Really, really dangerous time for Australia: now.
A mere 40 minutes of play left… really, this is better for India than another 20 runs or so.”

And indeed it was. India’s Pathan picking up two quick wickets.
Still, if any team can chase down such an extraordinary run total, surely it is Australia. Only three sides in the history of the game have chased down a higher total, and no side in the 131 years of test cricket on Australian soil has chased down anything higher than 370. Australian coach Tim Nielsen told The Age,

“It’s an achievable result for us… In the back of their minds will be that this will be a special thing if they (Australian batsmen) can chase down this total. It could fire them up a bit.”

The only times a feat of this magnitude has been achieved were 7-418 by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua five years ago, 4-406 by India against the West Indies in Trinidad in 1976 and 3-404 by Australia against England at Headingley in 1948.

On the aforementioned pairing of Jaques & Rogers, I do believe that they will one day be good batsmen for Australia. However, as it stands at the moment, neither appear able to be the ‘senior guy’ out on the field.

The Indian side has certainly set up the match to be won. The only thing that could be worrying them is that they have left Australia 2 days in which to complete their task. Still, if play follows the previous 3 days, the Indian bowlers have given Australian batsmen nothing to play with.

Australia’s innings at the end of yesterday’s play:

Australia 2nd innings (target: 413 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
CJL Rogers c Dhoni b Pathan 15 18 3 0 83.33
PA Jaques c Jaffer b Pathan 16 30 3 0 53.33
RT Ponting not out 24 27 2 0 88.88
MEK Hussey not out 5 16 1 0 31.25
Extras (lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 5
Total (2 wickets; 15 overs) 65 (4.33 runs per over)

Bowling O M R W Econ
RP Singh 5 1 24 0 4.80 (1w)
IK Pathan 6 1 22 2 3.66
I Sharma 3 0 10 0 3.33 (1nb)
A Kumble 1 0 6 0 6.00

Play begins at 11:30 local time, with Ponting on 24 & Hussey sitting on 5.
Game on.

Edit: ended up being a very good win to the Indian side. The batting was too good, the bowling too strong. Some issues for the Australian team, with the failure of the openers, and some poor bowling.

Here’s the card for the final innings:

Australia 2nd innings (target: 413 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
CJL Rogers c Dhoni b Pathan 15 22 18 3 0 83.33
PA Jaques c Jaffer b Pathan 16 46 30 3 0 53.33
RT Ponting c Dravid b Sharma 45 139 71 6 0 63.38
MEK Hussey lbw b Singh 46 165 113 5 0 40.70
MJ Clarke st Dhoni b Kumble 81 160 134 10 0 60.44
A Symonds lbw b Kumble 12 18 14 1 1 85.71
AC Gilchrist b Sehwag 15 51 22 2 0 68.18
B Lee c Laxman b Sehwag 0 8 6 0 0 0.00
MG Johnson not out 50 101 80 5 2 62.50
SR Clark c Dhoni b Pathan 32 55 35 3 1 91.42
SW Tait b Singh 4 15 8 1 0 50.00
Extras (lb 6, w 8, nb 10) 24
Total (all out; 86.5 overs; 396 mins) 340 (3.91 runs per over)

Bowling O M R W Econ
RP Singh 21.5 4 95 2 4.35 (3w)
IK Pathan 16 2 54 3 3.37
I Sharma 17 0 63 1 3.70 (7nb, 1w)
A Kumble 24 2 98 2 4.08 (3nb)
V Sehwag 8 1 24 2 3.00

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62 responses

19 01 2008
aniche

as an indian i hope our guys will hang onto whatever catches heading their way. god knows we have dug ourselves into a hole from winning situations many times. on the other hand, i hope ponting can be restrained and taken out early.we all know there is a ponting innings due and perhaps all the flack will drive him to play that innings today.anyway, may the better team win.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Hey Aniche, without a doubt, if the Aussies do win, it’s a game stolen by a single great innings.

Hope to see you hear later, when the game’s on!

19 01 2008
raydixon

I think we’ll need Ponting & Hussey to still be there at lunch today if we are to have any hope at all. 413 is a huge ask and the way this game has gone, with scores of 330, 212 & 294, it looks highly unlikely. I hope they at least get close and give us another thrilling finish.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Indeed Ray… make it close – then whatever the result, just getting to watch will be a reward of itself! 😉

19 01 2008
withmalice

And we’re away!

19 01 2008
withmalice

Australia now 103/2.
Ponting on 40, Hussey on 22.

19 01 2008
Stevie K

If Australia are going to get this done, then they have to continue as they are now- very cautios, and take the whole 2 days.
I agree with you WM, if any team gets this done, its Australia.

19 01 2008
raydixon

I’ve been listening to it on ABC radio (I like their commentary better), but they just went to a news break and when they came back Ponting had gone out and they missed it. Very, very hard to see Australia winning now.

19 01 2008
withmalice

PONTING FALLS!

Damnit! 45… Really going to take some doing now. Sharma’s really been the difference.

Australia 122/3
And Clarke takes the crease.

Slow and careful boys, slow and careful.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Lunch.

Play stops with Australia on 142/3.
Hussey on 39, Clarke 11.

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

That’s Hussey out!

Mike Hussey lbw b RP Singh 46(113) – 159/4 in 44.6 ov.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Crap… go clean the bathroom, and what happens???

On the ropes well & truly now… game will be lucky to see Day 5!

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

Well, it seems there is a reversal of roles here. For a change, it’s Australia fighting to save a match!

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

And Symonds is gone! He hit Kumble for a six the previous delivery and was trapped lbw the next ball!

19 01 2008
withmalice

Aaaaaw crap!

And it doesn’t look like we will be able to anand (save this match)!
Hell, at this rate, I’ll be impressed if we see out the day!

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

A real chance for the match to end today….. the Indiana have truly bowled very very well all match. This morning, Ishant really tormented Ponting multiple times before finally getting his scalp.

Australia’s plan to terrorize India with a pace attack on a bouncy, fast track at Perth seems to have well and truly backfired. But it has been a very absorbing match- for reasons of genuine cricket, thank God.

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

We still have to get 5 wickets- so if the Aussies decide to dig in and play a la Mudassar Nazar of Pakistan or Sunil Gavaskar, who knows….? Remember Laxman’s match-winning 270 or 280 at Kolkata against Waugh’s Australians? Interestingly, that loss halted the 16 match wining streak that Ponting and his team are trying to better here at Perth.

Looks like Symonds got a bad decision- it hit his bat and so he could not hv been lbw. Darn- another umpiring blight takes the sheen off the wicket.

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

oops!!! It seems Symonds had a big inside edge. He was not out!!! Now, Australia is at the receiving end of bad umpiring.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Sigh… such is life… and cricket!

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

Symonds was the beneficiary at Sydney and that bad decision probably cost India that match. Wonder if today’s decision that went against Symo will cost Australia the match? Two wrongs do not make a right, though.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Tsk tsk anand… you’re forgetting that Tendulkar was too, about the same score, and they both added about the same amount of runs.

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

Don- think the match will end today? I think not.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Still a LOT of time to go anand – about another 3.5 hours… I hope not. 😉

I think there’ll be another session tomorrow morning.

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

You mean Tendulkar being given out at 71 in the first innings at Perth? I had forgotten that… and he was in pretty good nick at the time.

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

Tendulkar has had a string of bad decisions in Australia- even during the last series. But he has taken them in his stride- personaly, I think he and Dravid are great ambassadors for the spirit of the game.

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

I have a feeling the Aussie tail will wag, and keep the game alive tomorrow till lunch. Who knows, Brett Lee may score a ton!

19 01 2008
anandkrishna

Gotta go now…. enjoy the cricket. And all of you have a nice day!

19 01 2008
withmalice

No… I mean his first innings in Sydney. He was out, yet stayed in. Balances out the Symonds decision.

C’ya anand… thanks for dropping by!

19 01 2008
withmalice

Clarke gets his 50! Only bit of ‘joy’ in the Australian innings thus far…

19 01 2008
kapsii

I am praying that the game ends today… Clarke is turning it on… and kumble is setting defensive fields… Can’t really blame kumble, I can’t remember the last time India were looking for a win by setting an attacking field… moreover, i think kumble is trusting that bowlers will sooner or later get the wicket… so let me contain the runs… btw Don… I think your bathroom needs more cleaning (just an Indian fans point of view… 😉 )

19 01 2008
kapsii

Sehwag bowls Gilchrist round the legs… WooooooooooooHoooooooooo…

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

Adam Gilchrist b Sehwag 15(22) – 227/6 in 60.3 ov.

19 01 2008
Patel

Lee’s out!!…. Sehwag on a roll!!!

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

Another wicket!

Brett Lee c Laxman b Sehwag 0(6) – 229/7 in 62.2 ov.

19 01 2008
kapsii

now that sehwag has taken another wicket that of Lee, Don… start prayingggggg… how long till tea???

19 01 2008
Patel

What say people can this end before tea?

19 01 2008
Patel

Clarke’s in the middle… i won’t put my money on it 🙂

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

Tea Time

19 01 2008
Krishna Aradhi

Australia: 243/7 (67.0 Ovs)

Michael Clarke* 73(121)
Mitchell Johnson 1(14)

19 01 2008
Patel

Clarke’s out for 81… jumbo strikes!!!

19 01 2008
withmalice

Back… been watching up at a mate’s apartment…

Phenomenal stuff from the Indian bowlers. Who’d have thought that he’d be the hero of the hour?

19 01 2008
withmalice

Thanks Kapsii, Patel & Aradhi for keeping the talk going… 😉

19 01 2008
Patel

Welcome back Don… Looks like it’s almost over huh?

19 01 2008
raydixon

17 off an over. These guys should have opened (they couldn’t have done much worse)

19 01 2008
withmalice

It is over, Patel… To place any expectations on the tail would be irresponsible.
I’ll be surprised if at this point we last until tomorrow.
Just hoping that the tail can hold out as long as possible.

19 01 2008
withmalice

Very good knock from Johnson tho’…

19 01 2008
withmalice

Hell Ray, they’ve done better than our openers.
As I stated in the original piece, neither opener seems ready to be the ‘senior’ guy in the partnership. Rogers will get dumped, but will one day return to the national team. Jaques/Hayden is pretty good… but Haydos won’t be around forever.

19 01 2008
raydixon

New ball due – that’ll be the end of us. But a great effort by these two tailenders. Congatulations to India, they deserved this one.

19 01 2008
Patel

I won’t just right the tail off… not after seeing them play better than the openers!! … It can get really really close… luck can be a bitch for anyone!!

19 01 2008
Patel

…write* them off…

19 01 2008
withmalice

Clark out…

Damnit.

19 01 2008
Patel

A much needed break in tail for Indians… Pathan strucks…. Clark’s gone

19 01 2008
kapsii

The fat lady is still to sing… but with Tait facing… I think its not too long before she sings… Johnson & Clark played well… and Indians looked lost there..
god let it end soon……………………

19 01 2008
kapsii

Timbers rattle and the fat lady sings….. wooooooo… sweet victory…
and I guess Johnson’s average has gone over 50… he has this knack of not getting out… 😀
Oh the jinx of the 17th win for the aussies… that has to hurt real badddddddd…

19 01 2008
kapsii

Johnson’s average is now 99!!!!!!!!! how many times has he got out? just once?

19 01 2008
withmalice

Bath, then a slight accident involving my bub peeing in the lounge-room whilst naked…

I return.

Well, congratulations guys. You should be proud of your team – in all, a phenomenal win against the best test team in the world.

Well done.

19 01 2008
withmalice

I will update to include the final day’s inning tables a lil’ later…

20 01 2008
MIT

hey withmalice – this is the first time i have read it and i really enjoyed it.specially the updates in form of comments by you,kapsil and others. i have bookmarked your site and i hope i will enjoy some good time talking about cricket here.

20 01 2008
kapsii

Honestly, I agree with MIT, I never knew of this place (I don’t browse that much), till Don commented on my blog… now I am hooked… If there is any thing in sports which catches my eye I would surely visit here… maybe even drop in with out a reason 😉 . Nice work Don… it was a wonderful experience being involved with cricket discussion in this way.
My heart does go out with Aussies, they worked so hard (and so long) for this record and once again missed it… it must be painful…

20 01 2008
withmalice

Don’t worry about the Aussies guys… they’ll be fine.

And thanks for your kind comments MIT/kapsii – I love my sport, and whilst we don’t have cricket year round (tho’ with the advent of the IPL this year, there’ll be more), we do ‘do’ a lot of sports!

Cheers

Don

20 01 2008
anandkrishna

As an Indian fan, I am delighted we won. But the little niggle about what the outcome might have been had Bowden not given Symonds out when he did is taking a little of the joy away. But where does one draw the line- Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid have all suffered in the last match or two. And a couple of calls against Ponting and Hussey earlier in the game were disallowed. Net net, I suppose as Symonds himself said after the game at Sydney, these things even out…

Thanks all for providing this forum and I look fwd to the Adelaide test in a few days. India won there last time they toured Australia- and so expectations wil be high(er). On the other hand, Ponting and his men must be keen to make amends for their below-par dislay at Perth.

The biggest difference between the teams has easily been the solidity of Hayden at the top of the order. With Matthew Hayden back in the squad, Ponting can surely breathe easier.

20 01 2008
withmalice

Looking forward to seeing you all again, in Adelaide! 😉

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