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India v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Gwalior
Sachin Tendular
200
Wow
I have a date with the highlights this evening for sure.
Sachin is not going to beat that, should he now retire?

I finally got round to watching one of the Empire of Cricket documentaries on the BBC tonight, and I have to say, it wasn’t bad. It was the one about how the Aussie’s got good, and there was some interesting commentary and archive footage.

It included, for example, how Steve Waugh stood up to Curtly Ambrose and scored a double-ton to seal the Aussie’s first series win in the Caribbean in donkey’s years in 1995, although they neglected to mention that much of Ambrose’s fury was because Waugh had in the same match claimed a catch off Brian Lara that had obviously bounced.

The following is taken from the BBC press release announcing the show:

Empire Of Cricket

Ahead of this summer’s keenly anticipated Ashes encounter between England and Australia, BBC Two explores cricket’s rich sporting and social history in a documentary series about the four countries whose very different cricketing cultures created the modern game as we know it.

From its origins in the public school playing fields and shires of rural England to its adoption in the twilight of Empire as the national sport of emerging nations such as Australia, the West Indies and India, cricket has always been shaped by factors beyond the boundary fence.

The series contains rare and revealing archive, much of it unseen before on British television, and contributions from leading cricket writers and a glittering line-up of top players, past and present, including Kevin Pietersen, David Gower, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Sir Vivian Richards, Michael Holding, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev.

I enjoyed what I saw today and will certainly be watching the full series on iPlayer.

Wow. Do England have just upset the apple-cart by beating a lacklustre India and kocking them out of the tournament.

Collingwood’s boys do need to back it up and put another good performance in against the West Indies tomorrow. Its going to be an intriguing contest.

Back to the England v India game. What impressed me was the way England out-pysched their opponents. All the talk ahead of the game was that England would bomb the Indian batsmen, and they did.

Sidebottom got into the Indian’s with short stuff, and – seemingly scared of how their gun player would perform against a pumped up England attack with a fairly new ball – dropped Youvraj Singh down the order.

The inexperience top order stuttered, and what should have been a cakewalk for the uber-talented Indian line up became a stuggle.

When Youraj eventually got to the wicket he needed to score at 12+ an over, Foster’s smart glovework off Swann saw off the dangerman, and – despite some late hitting getting them closer than they looked likely to – England got the result they were after.

Urrr, umm, yes, hmm, oh dear, bother. Read about it somewhere else:

Cricinfo: Tendulkar century sets up famous win
The Independent: Tendulkar hails special performance
Telegraph:
Sachin Tendulkar steers India to famous win over England
Times Online:
India defeat will be psychologically damaging for England, says Mike Atherton

Monty looked short of he best and the use of technology would have seen off Gambhir and Youvraj. KP says no excuses, so bugger! We should have won this one.

What a day. Seemingly underachieved with the bat this morning, but England’s bowlers, inspired by the debutant Graeme Swann – who took two big wickets the last over before lunch, his first in test cricket, have fought back magnificently. This is shaping up to be a magnificent contest. There is a lot of cricket to be played, but England are ahead. If they can roll over the Indian’s early tomorrow England will have a crucial first innings lead, and the opportunity to set India a daunting run chase in the last day and a half. This is cricket at its best.

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Arrgggghhh, how very Australian. England grafted and ground, and Andrew Strauss was marvellous in compiling an excellent ton, but failures from pretty much England’s entire middle-order, means that the good foundations he and Alistair Cook built in the first session and beyond could yet be wasted. The pitch is good and will become increasingly spin friendly. England need to stop the rot and build another 150 – 200 runs tomorrow to put the pressue on India. This was the toss we hoped for, but Flintoff and Prior need to dig in and build a commanding first innings total.

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Now we are talking! After an autumn of mismatches it finally looks as though there will be some enthralling cricketing contests coming up.

England are on the way to India with a pretty much full strength side. Reasons to be cheerful following the ODI results? Yes, absolutely. Despite what happened against the Saffas this summer, England are far better at test cricket than ODIs. The batsmen are better able and better inclined to build the slow, steady centuries that are required in tests, rather than the flamboyant, rapid ones required for ODI cricket. In addition, England’s bowling attack has more variety than the one the Canary Yellows took to India. India are favourites to win, especially given that England will be woefully underprepared, however Monty Panesar is a proper spinner and the key to England coming away from India with a drawn series, or even a sneaky win should a crucial toss go in Kevin Pietersen’s favour.

Meanwhile, there is the mouth-watering prospect of a confident South Africa versus a ponderous Australia in the land of Oz. Ricky Ponting is saying that Australia are still the best wide in the world, and would remain so even it the South Africans sneak a series win. I think the Aussie batting line up edges the Saffa’s, however given that the best spinner on either side is Paul Harris, I think we can be confident in saying that this will be a series that will be won by the best pace attack. Graeme Smith is talking up Dale Steyn, but it could be Morne Morkel that really unsettles the Canary Yellow batters when they meet for the first test in Perth. This series is too close to call.

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