Tendulkar Bats On and On – Australia vs India ~ 4th Test (Day 2 In Play)

25 01 2008

If anyone tells you that that was not one of the best days of cricket they’ve seen, you have my permission to slap them call them an idiot.

The surprises began before a ball had been bowled with India winning the toss and naming Irfan Pathan at opener alongside Virender Sehwag. It turns out though that Pathan has opened on two previous occasions. The first was in 2005 where he scored 93 against Sri Lanka and the second in 2006 against England for a yield of just 6.

Although he ended up making just 9 he did a good job of allowing Sehwag to get settled and actually having some runs on the board when Dravid came out to bat.

Dravid plodded along to 18 off 55 balls before exiting and making way for the “Little Master”, Sachin Tendulkar. At lunch India were in some bother at 2/89 but Tendulkar was at the crease ………………. on naught mind you but at least he was out there, with Sehwag on 56.

India put on 98 runs in the middle session for the loss of just one wicket, Sehwag for 63, who looked as if he was going to bat all day until Brett Lee finally got him to edge a wider delivery to Matthew Hayden at first slip. Ganguly was next in and hung around to score 7 off 29 painful deliveries with Tendulkar not out on 40.

And then ……………………… magic, sheer beauty.

Tendulkar and Laxman put together one of the best partnerships ever seen at the Adelaide Oval. Sure, it wasn’t the biggest but by gee it was great to watch. They struggled and fought and grafted for 31 runs from the 14 overs up until tea time with Tendulkar not out on 55 and Laxman 16.

Tendulkar goes after Hogg.  Adelaide 2008Then all hell broke loose. In 17 overs after tea the pair added another 95 runs at almost 5.6 runs an over. Tendulkar scored freely through every area of the field with Laxman punishing the bowlers square either side of the wicket. Tendulkar took a particular liking to Hogg, belting him for 54 runs from the 53 balls he faced from the left arm wrist spinner. This included a massive six back over Hogg’s head to clear the longest boundary on the field.
When the partnership was finally broken on 126, they had taken India from a respectable, but not great, 4/156 to a commanding 5/282.

The visitors finished day one at 5/309 with more runs on offer on day 2.

How many more runs can Sachin make? That’s anyone guess but if he bats again tomorrow as he did today, with the help of India’s capable tail enders he could get 200 or there abouts and help deliver India a first innings of 450 – 500.

 

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24 01 2008
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[…] Tendulkar Bats On and On – Australia vs India 4th Test Day 2 In Play […]

25 01 2008
withmalice

Ok… what needs to happen from Australia’s perspective Brad?

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Wickets and lots of them before lunch. Batting should be easier here than it was in Perth and with Hayden back in the side we should be able to lay a better platform for the middle order.

Gotta keep India to less than 450.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Dhoni went nice and early. Out cutting to a ball a proper batsman would have left.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

350 up for India.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Tendulkar moves to 153 with a beautiful straight drive off a Brett Lee slower ball.

He really is magnificent to watch at the height of his game and today is another one of those days.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

LEE’S GOT HIM!!!!

Tendulkar out for 153 pulling a short pitched ball. gets a top edge and goes down Brad Hogg’s throat.

25 01 2008
withmalice

Fantastic stuff… damn work getting in the way!

Exactly what the doctor (Brad) ordered!

25 01 2008
bigredman

They should be knocked over within the hour now.

BTW, Jaques dropped Kumble the very next ball. That would have been great. Lee dismisses Tendulkar then two balls later is bowling for a hat trick.

You reckon he would have been fired up?

25 01 2008
withmalice

Hell yes.

404/7…
Kumble & Singh batting well at the moment tho’… gotta get ’em.

25 01 2008
Neil

what do you think a good total is for the first innings? are they there yet or is 500 the goal to go for?

25 01 2008
Bigredman

500 would be a decent target. Mind you we lost our last test against India at the same ground after we batted first and scored 556.

Last year England batted first and scored 551 and we beat them.

The year before that, the Windies scored 405 in the first innings and we beat them too.

I’d suggest 400 is not nearly enough, 500 is winnable but you’d need 600 to get any sort of guarantee.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Above comment should also include: 500 is winnable but you’d need 600 to get any sort of guarantee given the potential in the batting line ups.

25 01 2008
Neil

You’d think that once one of thse two goes it will end pretty quickly.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

I thought that when tendulkar went.

25 01 2008
withmalice

They’ve slowed down a bit… but gotta break this partnership.

25 01 2008
withmalice

Harbhajan Singh is playing damn well… we need his wicket more than Kumble’s now!

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Well he’s gone Don. Out for 63 off Symonds (caught by Gilchrist). RP Singh has been and gone.

9/468

25 01 2008
withmalice

Yay! Away from the computer for an hour, come back & two wickets have fallen?
Get ’em out before 500!

25 01 2008
kapsii

Hiiii… I have a question, where are the Indian fans?? Oh… and I see that Indians have reached 503/9 now… Now that I am here, fear not my dear Aussie cricket fans… the innings is going to be over soon… (I know I am cursed)
I watched the match for about 1/2 and hour when Kumble and Harbhajan were playing… and all I could see was Clark running in and pitching it in his part of the pitch… Johnson running in and again bowling short… I had to rush to office then…
So… were they pitching it short always or was it only during the time I was watching them?
Pitching every delivery short doesn’t seem an Einstienian way of getting a tailender out… it takes out the surprise element and lets them settle in what say you guys?

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Most tail enders can play short stuff because it doesn’t swing. Full length up on their toes gets em every time.

25 01 2008
withmalice

G’damnit… GOTTA get a wicket!!!

25 01 2008
withmalice

India fans? Don’t know Kapsii… they were here last test. At least some.
Maybe you could post a link and a nice comment on your blog ‘n’ round some up for us? 😉

25 01 2008
Bigredman

I think Kumble is already playing for the draw. He’s playing for a personal milestone now. As soon as the 500 was passed he should have declared.

25 01 2008
Liju Philip

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog. At work, but managing to see some live scores on cricinfo.

Believe Kumble wants to grind a bit more before giving the Aussies the bat. I don’t see any declaration with such a massive Aussie batting line up to come. In fact, he might even bat beyond tea if they are not out.

25 01 2008
withmalice

Hi Liju… thanks for dropping by. [points at Liju – look Kapsii, another fan of your mob!]

Oh for god’s sake… A WICKET ALREADY!!!

25 01 2008
kapsii

The longer Indian’s bat, the more chances are that Aussies will have to bat on the 4th and the 5th day when pitch will support spinners. Hogg is getting a bit of bite… but not enough… I do not trust Indian batting in the second innings… it has been very unreliable… hence I agree with Kumble to go on as long as he can in the first innings…
Don, I have already put a link to this site on my blog and circulated a mail to my beloved friends… have been kinda busy… but surely will advertise more when I can… this is a great place… and would be grand if more ppl can join in…

25 01 2008
Liju Philip

From 156-4 to 525, i cant believe iam seeing an Indian team bat and that too on an Aussie wicket.

25 01 2008
kapsii

I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for aussies… hot as hell on the field, Indian tail wagging and the openers itching to go out… I do hope for Indian team’s sake that the Aussie openers get out as soon as they come out… 😀

25 01 2008
withmalice

Excellent stuff indeed Liju… not that I particularly want to see it!

Kapsii – thanks for your kind words… tho’ this one’s Brad’s show.

25 01 2008
withmalice

YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!

Oh egads… about time!
Kumble out for 87.

India all out – for 526.

25 01 2008
Bigredman

FINALLY!!!

See, now he just looks stupid. Should have declared at tea but he chased personal glory of team gain.

All out for 526.

C’MON HAYDOS!!!!!

25 01 2008
Bigredman

Hayden looks solid. 15 from 23 so far, Jaques 11.

0/28

25 01 2008
kapsii

Arrggghhh…. I am hungry and going for lunch… hope atleast 3 Aussie batsmen are out before I come back…
correction… *hope = pray… 😀

25 01 2008
withmalice

Well… my sister-in-law had a bub earlier this week, so I’m off to their town to see if the lil’ guy’s got 5 fingers/toes et al.

Back later tomorrow sometime, I leave you all in Brad’s capable – tho’ somewhat grubby – hands.
Ciao!

25 01 2008
brumbygg9

Jacques seems like a different batsman when he has the big guy at the other end doesn’t he? A bit like having your big brother in the school yard when the big kids are looking for someone to pick on

25 01 2008
Bigredman

You ever seen Haydos in person? You’d feel safe being on his side with him in close proximity too.

26 01 2008
anandkrishna

Hello everyone!

Work kept me from watching the match and contributing to this forum… God- that’s a flimsy excuse! Anyway, here’s an interesting tidbit: January 26th is Australia Day, as also India’s Republic Day (India became a Republic in 1950). Happy Australia Day to the Australians reading this, and Happy Republic Day to Indians reading this.

Sachin’s knock was sublime. Some astrologer/numerologist in India has reportedly said that Sachin would struggle to score a century in 2007. And sure enough, he got out some 7 times in the 90s in 2007. The same person was also quoted as saying that 2008 will be much better for Sachin. Going by the 2 centuries he has already scored in the first 4 weeks of the year, the astrologer sure seems to have been right. But I digress….

I watched the highlights of Sachin’s innings and some of his strokes were simply glorious. I think most Indian fans would have been happy with a score of 400, and must surely be over the moon with the 500+ runs on the board. I am not sure if I agree with the observation that Kumble played for personal glory today. Every run counts against a team like Australia, and as Captain, Kumble was only trying to get his side to a position of relative safety. But frankly, even if did play to score a ton, I would not grudge him his attempt. How many bowlers- and that too, someone that has taken 600+ test match wickets- can claim a test match century to his credit?

But all this makes for a very interesting game now, irrespective of the outcome. At this stage, I’d say the game is poised quite evenly, with India having a slight advantage. Much depends on how the pitch behaves over the next 2 days, and how well India’s bowlers can exploit the conditions. R P Singh may be out of the match due to injury, which is a cruel blow to Indian ambitions. But if, as past form would suggest, it is spin that will do the damage at Adelaide, I suppose R P Singh won’t be missed too much. I hope I am right!

Enjoy tomorrow’s game.

26 01 2008
Bijith Kumar

Hi friends, Nice to see some positive comments here (from both sides). I hope this test is not leaning towards a draw. All depends on how 3rd day goes. Oh.. I can’t wait..!!!

26 01 2008
kapsii

Did you guys see the delivery that got Haydos???
Nice 100 by him though…
will comeback again to update on the third day of the test…. I could not find the proper post…
aaarrggghh… my neck hurts… I sprained it badly when sleeping… m walking like a zombie now… 😦

26 01 2008
Liju Philip

This one’s a draw…yawn. A result would be a miracle.

26 01 2008
Bigredman

Apologies for not updating to day three. I am still using an old old old lap top from home and my internet time at the weekends is limited to say the least.

Don, any chance you could do days four and five?

26 01 2008
withmalice

Hey Brad… no probs.
Will get something up for Days 4/5… I was away until just now – wife’s sister just had a bub!

Nice to see folks here chatting tho’… c’ya all tomorrow!

27 01 2008
anandkrishna

Hayden has proved why he was sorely missed at Perth. He scored his 30th test ton today (6th against India- he has taken a fancy for our bowlers, I’m afraid). One more batsman eclipses Sir Don’s record of 29 test hundreds, once thought to be unbreakable. And it hapened at Adelaide, his home ground. But that’s what makes any sport exciting. Just when you think there can be nobody better, along comes somoene to disprove you.

Ponting has had a fairly poor series (by his high standards) and today’s batting display by him and the Aussies was, I thought quite uncharacteristic of the Australian brand of cricket. “Aggression” was largely mising, except when Hayden was at the crease. On good days, Australia has scored 400 runs in a day, while today they managed just about 260. It almost looked like they are playing for a draw. They have won the series already, but I would have thought they would take a shot at a 3-1 margin, so that they go into the ODIs with that much more psychological advantage- important after the shocking loss at Perth.

But all this does not yet make this test a sure draw. Day 4 of matches at Adelaide have, for the last several years, been a turning point. And at other venues in this series, 10 wickets have been taken in one day. Tomorrow’s first session holds the key.

Look forward to a great Day 4. Cheers!

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