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    March 21, 2006

    England play for a draw

    Yes, I know it is perhaps too early to say something like that. But England's batting display on day four at the Wankhede was baffling, to say the least. Having started the day 152 runs ahead, eight wickets were lost in 78 overs with the addition of 160 runs. That is 2.05 runs an over, from a side which has Andrew Flintoff (50 off 145 balls, innings strike rate 34.5 v career strike rate 63.6) and Paul Collingwood (33 off 118 balls, strike rate 27.9). Owais Shah's 38(118) was understandable given the need to eschew risks in the morning.

    The ends perhaps justify the means. We'll only find that out tomorrow after seeing what India do with the target of 313 runs to make in around 100 overs.

    Update: Irfan Pathan walked out with Wasim Jaffer as India's openers because Sehwag was off the field for most of the day. He was dismissed very early - 6/1. Guess who walks out? Anil Kumble. Nearly seventy years ago, on a dodgy MCG wicket, Sir Don Bradman reversed Australia's batting order in the second innings and made 270, resulting in England losing by a whopping 365 runs.
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    5 sledge(s):

    If you had the (mis)fortune of listening to Ashley Giles' analysis during the innings change; he said that Dravid not opening sent a message that he was afraid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous (21-Mar-2006, 6:26:00 PM)  

    Hey! go you, King of Spain!

    By Blogger Ganesh (21-Mar-2006, 8:49:00 PM)  

    anonymous: Yes. We admit we were afraid. As was England in their batting performance yesterday?

    ganesh: Heh

    By Blogger Jagadish (22-Mar-2006, 8:51:00 AM)  

    Obviously England are so inept that they even failed to get the draw here.

    By Anonymous Geoff (22-Mar-2006, 2:02:00 PM)  

    geoff: Easy to say it in hindsight isn't it? I did say "The ends perhaps justify the means."

    By Blogger Jagadish (22-Mar-2006, 9:51:00 PM)  

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