Rain ruins a classic
I honestly can't remember the last time rain saved India's blushes. Most of the time, like against West Indies a few days ago
, Indian cricket supporters blame the rain for India's plight.
Against Australia yesterday
, rain ruined what could potentially have been a classic. A couple of years ago, rain ruined another potential classic, the India v Australia test at Chepauk
, where chasing 229 to level the series, India was 19/0 at stumps on the fourth day and Sehwag playing that breathtaking straight drive off the last ball of the day to signal his intent.
If Australia had set India a target in excess of 280, I'd have had no hope for an Indian win. But this target was around 250. On the face of it, 245 looks eminently gettable, especially when a depleted Australian attack, with the notable exclusion of Glenn McGrath
though, was belted around for 438 runs
just six months ago. But this attack had McGrath in it, and chasing under lights is never easy.
I'd have backed India to win, probably with 2-3 wickets and a couple of overs to spare. i.e. only just! But it'd have been a great game to watch at a time when 300+ totals are considered under par!