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    October 20, 2008

    Deja vu all over again

    It seems so surreal and there's so much deja vu around the last few days.

    Blatantly obvious decisions going against the touring team (Sehwag today, a couple at Bangalore, Ganguly in the first innings at Mohali). Batsmen almost definitely out, but the ball was a no-ball (Sehwag today). Home team piling on the runs regardless. Opposing captain invokes 'spirit of cricket' by saying that the batsman should have walked when he had obviously nicked it (Sehwag today).

    Touring team's players injured (Jaques, McGain & Clark) while the others who filled in (or those who would have otherwise potentially been replaced) aren't quite doing a good job (Hayden, White, Krejza). Touring captain is at his wits' end.

    Of course, this could all be extremely premature. Australia could still get away from Mohali 0-0 (or even better 1-0) and go on to win the series.

    But it does feel good when the boot is on the other foot!

    Talking of boots, I guess no situation better typifies the familiar adage 'when you've got Australia by the unmentionables, you hold on'.

    At stumps yesterday, Australia were 300 behind and India still having 10 wickets in hand. Now, Australia needs 516 to win over more than 4 sessions (135+ overs). The most runs ever made in the fourth innings of a test is 654, followed by New Zealand's 451 featuring Astle's blitz a few years ago.

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