I think India should win this match to justify their No 1 Status. Even A draw will not justify their No 1 status. This is the chance to show the world why India are No 1. I feel India will go for a win.
Re: India should win.
by Vaidhy Narayanan on Jan 06, 2011 09:16 AM
Theoretically (for points system) a draw is sufficient i guess to retain the #1. But yes it would be good to go for a win. The thing is SAF will not give easy runs and Indians can't play rash shots and edge it again. Its a tough call, cuz the series is level i think both sides will play safe. But its clearly advantage South Africa, 65% chance for their win
Re: India should win.
by kaushik on Jan 06, 2011 09:12 AM
I can bet you a million dollars that India will not win this match. No way in hell. The best result for India in this match is a draw. But I dont think even that will happen. India lost the advantage when Dhoni played the defensive game and kept giving singles to Kallis and Boucher when they were under pressure.
I think India has lost the game already, at 130-6 we should have contained them less than 200-250 and tried to chase down the total. Best result for team india is a draw, i hope it happens to make #1 and #2 sides happy including supporters and bookies.
Only Shewag can throw his bat around and do some miracle to make India win tomorrow. 340 is a huge score by test match standards, if SAF feels India can score they can get defensive too but at the moment they will look for an outright win.
Re: I think India lost the game already
by Against Pseudos on Jan 06, 2011 09:48 AM
My opinion is that this is do-or-die situation.
We'll either win it or lose it. I can hardly visualise 10 Indian batsmen hanging out on this type of a deteriorated pitch for a full day.. Even the South Africans survived by hitting out once the batsman with Boucher's calibre to block was gone.
On a positive note however, Sehwag or no Sehwag, we did achieve 364 in 117 overs... 340 in 90 is not an impossible task from that perspective...
Yesterday it was exposed to the whole world what a loser captain Dhoni was. He has always been a defensive and negative captain who just got lucky with a brilliant team. Can you imagine Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Sehwag, Zaheer, Bhajji in your team and not winning most of the time ? Same thing happened with Australia with greats and when they retired, Ponting was nothing. He was humiliated and got sacked. Yesterday when Kallis, Boucher and Prince were new at the crease and the partnership was building, he kept giving them easy singles because he was too scared to attack(a typical Indian mindset). After the batsmen got set, they went for the kill and the lead went past 300 by which time the match was already out of hand. I'm afraid to say this team doesnt deserve to be No.1 if it has such a defensive, cowardly captain taking charge of things.
Re: Dhoni is responsible
by Vaidhy Narayanan on Jan 06, 2011 09:20 AM
Dhoni shud have used the same strategy he employed against Aussie 2 years back in Nagpur. A 8-1 field (off-on) with bowlers bowling away from right hander with 1 bowler alone attacking. I didnt watch the game, 130-6 to 340 is bad for a #1 team, although i can agree Kallis and Boucher are best players in SAF camp. Did the pitch get easier (dry and even bounce with no movement?)
Re: Re: Re: Dhoni is responsible
by Vaidhy Narayanan on Jan 06, 2011 10:02 AM
Its possible, let me catch the highlights. Harbhajan took 7 out of 10 wickets, possibility of spin. If sideways movement is not there, we still have a chance.
Re: Real test
by Vaidhy Narayanan on Jan 06, 2011 09:57 AM
Your feelings are well understood. Its to do with luck too, even in 1st Innings Sachin could have got out easily, lot of edges went past. If luck favours team india, couple of decisions come against Sachin, Laxman and if Shewag gives a quick start u never know. But SAF will not give away easy runs, Indians can't play rash shots as well, so in all probablility the match is heading for a draw
Re: Real test
by Against Pseudos on Jan 06, 2011 09:49 AM
:) Since you are already here, if I may ask why does Laxman crack under the first innings pressure? :)
And why did Sachin NOT crack under second innings pressure at Centurion?
BTW, you sure would have been most disappointed with his "easy" 146 (which Sreesanth can score every 3rd match against Steyn, I know) on the garden pitch against rank newbies like Steyn; where India amassed the mammoth 886 runs total to win this test by an innings? ;)
Re: Re: Re: Propability of Indian Win
by Against Pseudos on Jan 06, 2011 09:52 AM
Very Very Special did his quote at Durban... :)
Jokes aside, I seriously want to ask the Very Very Special club - What if he reserves his special for the first innings instead of the second? We'll have a lot more pressure and tension free matches then... :)