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    April 06, 2006

    One critical difference

    So far, in the three one-dayers between England and India, India have bowled 6 wides and 8 no balls in the 136.5 overs that England have faced, i.e. an extra 2-odd overs. England, in contrast, have bowled a whopping 45 wides and 6 no balls to India's batsmen in 145.4 overs, nearly seven overs extra.

    It may be a small but significant factor towards the scoreline which read 3-0 at the start of today's game at Kochi, England's shambolic batting displays at Faridabad & New Delhi and some crappy bowling at Goa notwithstanding.

    This could obviously turn into a premature whoof against the Indian team. The last time I wrote about how they conceded only 3 extras, they went on to give away 29 in the next game!
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 12:22 PM |
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    I think there's more than one critical difference, Jagadish. India have been easily the better side in all aspects.

    By Anonymous Geoff (06-Apr-2006, 5:57:00 PM)  

    geoff: Yes, but bowling all those extra balls isn't helping England's cause. It is tough enough bowling 50 overs in 35-40 deg. C heat. What's the point in spending 45 minutes extra on the field since all those wides & no-balls contribute to a slow over rate? England have been _very_ lucky to get away without being fined for the pathetic over rate. In four games, India have batted first twice and bowled first twice. Given that all the games have been played in more or less similar weather conditions, if India can bowl its overs on time, there's no reason for England not to. Even in today's game, India were barely 8 minutes behind the mark (202 minutes for 48.4 overs) while England took more than 25 minutes extra (216 minutes rather than the 190 it should have taken them to bowl 47.2 overs)

    By Blogger Jagadish (06-Apr-2006, 11:16:00 PM)  

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