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Old 16th December 2020, 11:40   #141
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Can't see Gill as an opener but he is miles better than Shaw. Agree with you about Saha.
I know, and probably even Rahul might do a lot better than Shaw. Now, I only wish that only Shaw, and not Burns, prove me wrong.
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Old 16th December 2020, 16:54   #142
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I would rate Pujara as an opener. He has the solid defence to be successful, as evidenced at the MCG in 2018.
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Old 16th December 2020, 21:00   #143
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I'm tempted to wake up early to see the first two sessions before I go to work but with my luck it'll be raining.
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Old 17th December 2020, 00:34   #144
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I'm tempted to wake up early to see the first two sessions before I go to work but with my luck it'll be raining.
Very rarely does it rain in Adelaide this time of year. Weather forecast is clear for all 5 days. Veeery tempted to make the drive down, but with Covid everything needs to be planned in advanced so too much of a headache to do spontaneously.

A little surprised India went with a specialist spinner over the extra quick (or even Jadeja makes more sense?) and Gill over Shaw. Smith trained well yesterday. Should be a great game. Probably best for the series if India win here.

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Old 17th December 2020, 04:49   #145
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Good tight opening spell from the bowlers, but not a whole lot of movement in the air or pitch. That was just a nothing shot from Shaw.
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Old 17th December 2020, 05:33   #146
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Joe Root areas that ball from Cummins to Agarwal. Not much he can do about that.
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Old 17th December 2020, 06:02   #147
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Shaw was always going to be a walking wicket, and he proved everyone, except the blind guys who selected him, right. He just doesn't have the game to succeed outside of the subcontinent. It has been very good bowling by the Aussies thus far. We need a big one from these two guys.
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Old 17th December 2020, 06:58   #148
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Superlative stuff from Cummins, all over Kohli here. Great contest. India need one of these two to bat through the night session, otherwise it'll be hard work for the lower order.
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Old 17th December 2020, 08:26   #149
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Don't quite know how Pujara & Kohli have survived this session, but importantly for India, they have. Pressure from the Australians with the ball unrelenting. Will be a quality century if either batsman gets there.
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Old 17th December 2020, 09:12   #150
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It is wonderful bit of bowling from the Aussies, and we are only 3 down, but we just don't seem to be able to score freely at all. Absolutely no let up in the pressure, and I wonder how long Kohli and Rahane can weather it. Beyond them, I doubt if Vihari, Saha and the others can stick around for too long.
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Old 17th December 2020, 10:22   #151
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The umpires are obviously miffed that the calling and non-calling of no-balls has been taken away from them:

"umpire Bruce Oxenford has pinged them one short run for Kohliís turn. Watching the replay back, his bat was easily over the line!"

Is Kohli allowed to call for a review on such a decision?
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Old 17th December 2020, 10:35   #152
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The second new ball is almost here, and I hope these two manage to stay out there until then. It would be interesting to see whether the Aussie bowlers will have enough in them for a final tilt at the end of the day or whether the Indians would cash in.
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Old 17th December 2020, 10:39   #154
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That's a Jinx (pun intended).

Kohli did have a tough time out there, but he did very well to hang in there and weather the storm. Having said that, a wicket just before the new ball would help the morale of the Aussie bowlers, and they definitely have an upper hand now in the match.
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Old 17th December 2020, 10:57   #155
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So, from honors being even at the end of the day, in the space of 2-3 overs, this is going to be definitely Australia's day (and night). With Rahane too gone, I expect the Indian innings to wrap up before we reach 250.
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Australia's day, but even with some luck India did incredibly well to fight and claw their way to 200+ with wickets in hand at stumps. Most touring sides would have been bundled out for sub 150 within two sessions against that bowling onslaught, scarcely a poor delivery afforded, so they've at least kept themselves in the game. I think that Bumrah and co will need to find more through the air than we have done because the pitch isn't doing that much. India's bowling depth will be tested when Aus bat. Really a superb days Cricket and couldn't of asked for more.
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That shocking run out of Kohli in the last session has swung the match in Australia's favour.

Kohli looked on track for a ton and India were potentially looking at a 400 plus total, now they will be lucky to get to 300.

Rahane won't be too popular in the Indian dressing room, he burnt Kohli with that run out which then sparked that late collapse.
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Australia's day, but even with some luck India did incredibly well to fight and claw their way to 200+ with wickets in hand at stumps. Most touring sides would have been bundled out for sub 150 within two sessions against that bowling onslaught, scarcely a poor delivery afforded, so they've at least kept themselves in the game. I think that Bumrah and co will need to find more through the air than we have done because the pitch isn't doing that much. India's bowling depth will be tested when Aus bat. Really a superb days Cricket and couldn't of asked for more.
I agree that we did bat quite well overall, but we could have done without the late collapse. We don't have much of a batting after these two guys, so I still am not very hopeful of us scoring more than 275. I did hear that Ashwin was looking quite comfortable, which could be worrying for the fact that the pitch might be easing up.
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I agree that we did bat quite well overall, but we could have done without the late collapse. We don't have much of a batting after these two guys, so I still am not very hopeful of us scoring more than 275. I did hear that Ashwin was looking quite comfortable, which could be worrying for the fact that the pitch might be easing up.
India have hung in during a testing final session. Shame about Kohli, but the relentless pressure by Australia seems to have been the factor, along with the impending new ball.

Australia will be counting on wrapping up the innings presto on day 2, so if the tail can wag a bit, India can frustrate the hosts.
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Never heard of Cameron Green (21) before and was surprised at his f/c figures. First Green to play for the Baggy Green.

Batting 55.04 - Bowling 21.72

If he can live up to those figures he is going to be a better idea than M Marsh 25.20/38.64.

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