Friday, January 13, 2012

13th January' 2012 : Day 1, Perth ......Friday the 13th....

Mauled at Melbourne & smashed at Sydney, in the current series, it looks like India would now perish at Perth. The 3rd test match, started today, amidst a lot of media bantering, quite expected after the toothless performance by the Indian contingent thus far. Over the last few days, there have been jibes between the players on either sides, trying to gain a psychological advantage of sorts, but the Indian side looked quite deflated from the beginning.
Toss was won by Michael Clarke & he promptly put the visitors in to bat, on a green wicket, that promised pace & bounce.....obviously wanting to take advantage of the early seam movement. The famed (or shall we say, by now the defamed !!) Indian batting line up meted out abject surrender one more time. By lunch the score read a dismal 63 for 4, with Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid & Sachin all back in the pavilion.....a brief resistance by Virat Kohli & Laxman, stitching a partnership of 68  runs was all that India could muster, in an otherwise insipid display of batsmanship. The side was all out for 161 runs, the innings lasting a mere 60.2 overs. Hilfenhaus had taken 4 wickets, while Siddle took 3, & Starc wrapped the tail with 2.

If the Indian batting made you feel that the Perth pitch was too fast & unplayable, the Australian reply removed doubts of any demons on the 22yards. David Warner & Ed Cowan simply tore into the Indian attack & the ball just flew from the blade to the fence time & again......it seemed more like T20 batting. It was carnage to say the least, as Warner simply shifted gears beyond the control of Dhoni & his hapless men. At the end of the day, the Australians were at 149 for no loss, in a mere 23 overs. Warner having gone past a scorching hundred in a mere 69 deliveries, the fourth fastest ever in test matches, & the fastest by an opener. Immediately after being hit by Umesh Yadav on his helmet, Warner, just took guard & then smote the bowler for a boundary & a six to go past his hundred.....such was the bludgeoning !!! Ed Cowan on the other end kept piling runs quietly, having complied 40 & looking good for a big score.

With Ponting, Clarke, & Hussey to come tomorrow, all having blasted the Indian attack in the last test, it surely looks like a long long leather chase ahead for India. To add to that is the unruffled free flowing & childlike exuberance of Warner's batting......a nightmare for any bowling. A lead of 300-400, maybe more before India comes into bat again.....the script seems very very familiar......Friday the 13th....its all going Down Under for Dhoni & his men.....too fast & too furious

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