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    May 07, 2006

    A cracking game, but a sub-standard pitch?

    Ok, so the New Zealand v South Africa series is almost certainly set to end today. South Africa lead 1-0 after a Ntini-Steyn rout in the first test and a high scoring draw in the second test.

    The game is just two days old. Twenty six wickets fell on the first two days for a total of 519 runs scored. South Africa have been set 217 to win. They have nearly three days to do the job. So far, they've raced to 48/0 in the 9th over. But the test could still turn.

    The wicket is pretty much a typical Wanderers wicket, lots of bounce and pace. But will it qualify to be a sub-standard pitch, given that the typical reaction to low scoring pitches is to term them dangerous?

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    attended the felicitation of dravid and kumble yesterday. they played rahul's innings of 200+ in adelaide before honoring him..in my opinion, the 19 he scored in kingsmead, durban in '97 was a great example of how to play quality fast bowling on a hard wicket...this wanderers wicket brought back memories...we crashed to 66 and 100 in 2 innings

    By Blogger Srini at the Movies (08-May-2006, 6:07:00 PM)  

    jagadish,
    substandard pitch is when it spins viciously not when it swings or bounces viciously....you should know that by now :-)

    rajk

    By Anonymous Anonymous (09-May-2006, 2:35:00 AM)  

    srini: Good for you! Are you a KSCA member? It was 27 actually! I distinctly remember the knock in fact and wrote about it when Dravid reached 8000 test runs last year. I was holidaying at Yercaud with my family and feelin so sick at the batting, but there was this one bright light!

    raj: Hehe, precisely why I raised the point :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-May-2006, 3:17:00 PM)  


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