December 21, 2008

South Africa Nail Australia

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , at 1:08 pm by techtwist

Yet another stunning run chase in Tests making it two within a week. First it was India chasing a near impossible 387 versus England at Chennai where the wicket was doing quite a bit for the spinners. Now, it is the turn of the South Africans against the mighty Australians at Perth chasing 413, the second highest target. They have managed to nail the Aussies by six-wickets.

In both the cases, the openers have done their job. It was Virender Sehwag for India who set up the chase with a blitzkreig and it was the South African skipper, Greame Smith, who set up the chase with a stunning century. He played with such an authority that the Aussies didn’t have any of their plans working.

There were also timely contributions and good partnerships from Jacques Kallis, Hasim Amla and Jean Paul Duminy with all the three scoring fifties. Duminy was playing in his debut game and it must be a really proud moment for him. AB deVillers started of from where Smith had left and even he scored an amazing century keeping the Aussie attack at bay just like Tendulkar did for India by carrying the innings till the end. Except Mitchell Johnson who picked up 11 wickets in the game, none of the Aussie bowlers troubled the South African batsmen. Johnson was exceptional and no wonder he picked 11 of the total 14 South African wickets in the game.

The celebrations will be very wild and this paves way for an interesting fight for the second spot on the Test Rankings and both the teams fighting for this spot are doing very well. It would be interesting to see India and South Africa lock horns with this form.

P.S. : Since 2000, a total in excess of 300 has been chased down on nine occasions, the most in any decade. Clearly the targets are easily being chased down in the fourth innings with proper application and good game knowledge.

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1 Comment »

  1. triplicani said,

    “P.S. : Since 2000, a total in excess of 300 has been chased down on nine occasions, the most in any decade. Clearly the targets are easily being chased down in the fourth innings with proper application and good game knowledge.”

    Is it because more one day cricket is played these days than in the earlier decades? Has advent of T20 make any impact on test scores and run chases? It would be interesting to analyze the average scores for ODIs in the past decade and compare the same with the earlier decades.

    🙂


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