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Old 15th January 2018, 15:18   #181
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Off for a rain delay now, which works to India’s advantage, I would suggest. AB and Elgar were steadying the ship after a disastrous start to the innings and 5he balance of the day could be decisive one way or another.
But given they're effectively 96-2, it's going to need a proper collapse for India to get back into this now.
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Old 15th January 2018, 15:45   #182
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But given they're effectively 96-2, it's going to need a proper collapse for India to get back into this now.
The pitch is a bit more up and down and offers a fair bit of turn. As I said earlier 250 would be a stiff target. AB looks different class here. Gee they've missed him.
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Old 16th January 2018, 10:56   #183
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Great knock from de Kock. 5 balls, 3 fours (all edges from wild wafts through the slips) and then edged to the keeper. Just what was needed in the situation.....
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Old 16th January 2018, 11:21   #184
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Great knock from de Kock. 5 balls, 3 fours (all edges from wild wafts through the slips) and then edged to the keeper. Just what was needed in the situation.....

Well the selectors have already dropped him once. Maybe he's due for a bit of a spell again. He's keeping has improved, but his batting has regressed.
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Old 16th January 2018, 15:01   #185
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India need 286 to win 2nd test..1 Day (96 overs) and a bit today to go..could be a thriller. Over 100 overs at less than 3 an over and pitch is not too bad for batting still.
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Old 16th January 2018, 15:06   #186
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Yes, 287 is very gettable. There is oodles of time left in the match.
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Old 16th January 2018, 15:14   #187
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Fascinating test match that could go either way from here, with SA being favourites. The ball was skidding through, reportedly, so the start of the innings with the new ball and how India plays Philander could be critical.
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Old 16th January 2018, 15:35   #188
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Baring intervention from the weather this awful pitch looks like producing a result one way or the other.
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Old 16th January 2018, 15:40   #189
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Wait. Why is this pitch suddenly awful?
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Old 16th January 2018, 16:12   #190
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If Kohli manages a major knock which guides India to victory from here, his claim to be the very best in the world will be boosted. India are off to a predictably difficult start with both openers gone already.
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Kohli has gone and the result is already looking like a foregone conclusion.
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Old 16th January 2018, 18:14   #192
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Missed the last session but good to see Ngidi in the wickets after he bowled so well first time out - really thought he was going to get Kohli that time. Credit to Kohli for sticking around then but evidently this time was a step too far!

Why did Patel come out at 5 instead of Rohit?
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Wait. Why is this pitch suddenly awful?
I mean awful as in dead. For the first 2 days this match looked a nailed on draw.
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Old 16th January 2018, 18:29   #194
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Missed the last session but good to see Ngidi in the wickets after he bowled so well first time out - really thought he was going to get Kohli that time. Credit to Kohli for sticking around then but evidently this time was a step too far!

Why did Patel come out at 5 instead of Rohit?
Six probably still 3 places too high for Rohit.
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I mean awful as in dead. For the first 2 days this match looked a nailed on draw.
With all due respect, I do think you read the pitch wrong then. I did think it wouldn't be great to bat on last the moment Ashwin got turn on the first day and did assert a couple of days back that it was a 'bat once, bat big' kinda track and batting second would be a chore.
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Old 17th January 2018, 00:09   #196
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With all due respect, I do think you read the pitch wrong then. I did think it wouldn't be great to bat on last the moment Ashwin got turn on the first day and did assert a couple of days back that it was a 'bat once, bat big' kinda track and batting second would be a chore.
Agree, it was taking spin during the first session of the match.

It has not be conducive to fluent strokeplay in the main but when somebody was in, not that easy to dismiss.

Evidently the extreme heat made preparation difficult.
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Old 17th January 2018, 08:51   #197
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With all due respect, I do think you read the pitch wrong then. I did think it wouldn't be great to bat on last the moment Ashwin got turn on the first day and did assert a couple of days back that it was a 'bat once, bat big' kinda track and batting second would be a chore.
But the spinners haven't really been the threat. The seamers are taking wickets by balls keeping low and jagging back in to the stumps. Lots of lbw's and a couple of played ons too.
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*shakes head*

Are you proposing every draw ever has been played on as you put it, 'awful' pitches?

Because that is certainly not the case. Sometimes batsmen do bat well enough to fight back against conditions, you know? And the bowlers may bowl badly.
For eg. Australia drawing at Ranchi is credit to Australia rather than the pitch being awful.

Just because the spinners didn't take as many wickets (Ashwin did take 5 in the match- despite having multiple drops off him) doesn't mean the pitch didn't assist the spinners. Maharaj didn't bowl well enough for me in the match, and the Saf batsmen did enough to survive Ashwin.
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6-39 for Ngidi on debut.
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Bavuma made way for Du Plessis returning, having played against Zimbabwe. It's hard to see how he fits in a full strength team with Dr Villiers back. I assume Phelukwayo has more chance of replacing Steyn unless they go to Ngidi (who I'd never even heard of until this thread).
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6-39 for Ngidi on debut.


Did those figures flatter him?
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