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Old 18th January 2021, 09:00   #441
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I'd take a draw with both hands, but that isn't how Rohit Sharma or Shubman Gill bats. So, a lot will depend on when we lose the first wicket. From Pujara on, we'll be playing for a draw.
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Old 18th January 2021, 13:26   #442
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What happened to the forecast thunder storms? Will there be enough play tomorrow to allow a result? Looks like another day for Pujara to batten down the hatches.
Storms are storms - sporadic and localised so hard to predict, unlike your standard day/week of British mizzle.
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Old 18th January 2021, 17:57   #443
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Might be worth looking at the weather forecast...
I might do if the game were more than of passing interest, but as I suggested a "nice little 300-320" to score on the last day is what may be in prospect

As you say though may depend how much of a last day there is! Maybe I take aussie Tests to be five days of sunshine, no great losses of play to rain on Ashes tours spring to mind but in 30+ years of following cricket some just merge into one big vague recollection!


aussies may be glad come the end of it that their last two wickets add 47 runs, they might still have won bowling at around 50 less but bet they'd have been very twitchy indeed and maybe a bit defensive
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Old 18th January 2021, 20:46   #444
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Weather seems to be clearing a little, could possibly get in 70-80 overs. Would love to see both sides go for an out-right victory here though I think India will put the clamps down once they lose one or two. If Rohit can get off to a flier then things will become very, very interesting.
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Old 18th January 2021, 22:57   #445
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Think this rain has ruined any chances of an Indian win. Can't see them getting 340 in a day.

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Old 19th January 2021, 00:48   #446
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Think this rain has ruined any chances of an Indian win. Can't see them getting 340 in a day.
Still it looks to be a fine last day for a fine series. Rohit is out and Pujara is trying to dig in.
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Old 19th January 2021, 03:02   #447
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The odds of a draw shortening with Gill and Pujara still there, an Indian win still unlikely but not out of the question with Gill playing his shots, Pujara looks more interested in just batting time for a draw though.
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Old 19th January 2021, 03:37   #448
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As a neutral I am loving this. Oz trying to bully India. Starc going for 20 in an over. Pujara doing a good imitation of Brian Close. Gill hitting it to all parts. Oz bowlers with a predictable short ball theory. Takes a bit of flight and guile for them to take wicket. Test cricket at its best.
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Old 19th January 2021, 04:52   #449
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Great stuff. Series going down to the final session with all three results still possible. l favour the draw, but i'd like to see India have a real crack at it while Pant is there.
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Old 19th January 2021, 05:38   #450
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An Indian win still a chance with Pant at the crease and Starc bowling his pies.

This test and series could be set for a grandstand finish.
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Wowee. I don't think dismissing Pujara was the best thing for Australia there. If India's lower hits them like they did in the first inngs then they'll win with 10 overs to spare!
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Old 19th January 2021, 06:57   #452
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Test cricket at it's finest here, all 3 results still a chance well into the last session.

Pant the key, if he stays there until stumps India will probably win, if he goes soon it could be an Australian win or it could be a draw.
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Old 19th January 2021, 07:02   #453
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Cummins probably saving the Aussies from defeat by being just too good.
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Old 19th January 2021, 07:41   #455
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I watched the last hour and a half and what stuff. Yes, Pant might not be much of a wicket keeper but he can sure bat.Incredible and that is one of the most dramatic away victories in Australia. Would have never given India any price before the series and markedly less so after the first test but what a turnaround.
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Just think how much better this game would have been if played over 4 days!
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Wow. That'll go down in folklore. One of, if not the best series comeback of all time. Well done Pant. Well done India.
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Old 19th January 2021, 07:53   #458
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Incredible stuff from what is close to India reserves who beat Australia. Imagine what fun this board would be if England spinner failed to win headingley, the last test and now this. It would be carnage!

Well done India.
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What a test series and what a finish, one of the best test series I've seen since the 2005 Ashes, the swings in momentum with every day and every session was incredible.

Pant deservedly gets the MOTM, the definition of a matchwinning knock today, paced it beautifully, Pujara and Gill deserve some credit for their innings as well.

This will go down as an historic test series win for India, to win a series in Australia with so many of their best players missing is the stuff of legend.

Cummins once again proving he's the best of the Aussie bowlers, tried his best to get Australia over the line but it's hard for him to carry the likes of Starc and Lyon who were liabilities for the most part.

There will be some soul searching in the Aussie camp, they had India on the ropes going into the 5th day in Sydney and Brisbane and came away with a draw and a loss.
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What a test series and what a finish, one of the best test series I've seen since the 2005 Ashes, the swings in momentum with every day and every session was incredible.

Pant deservedly gets the MOTM, the definition of a matchwinning knock today, paced it beautifully, Pujara and Gill deserve some credit for their innings as well.

This will go down as an historic test series win for India, to win a series in Australia with so many of their best players missing is the stuff of legend.

Cummins once again proving he's the best of the Aussie bowlers, tried his best to get Australia over the line but it's hard for him to carry the likes of Starc and Lyon who were liabilities for the most part.

There will be some soul searching in the Aussie camp, they had India on the ropes going into the 5th day in Sydney and Brisbane and came away with a draw and a loss.
Yeah, the series was okay, but it's time to concentrate back on the BBL.

That's why 5 day test cricket will ALWAYS be the superior game, one of the best series in the last 40 years.
Hopefully Pujara's innings isn't forgotten, without it, they wouldn't have won.
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