It’s like last week, but prettier.
Almost proved time travel possible at times. Could never quite get their heads in front though. Their best chance of winning was always going to be getting bowled out and hoping that Sehwag gets lost on his way to the ground.
Their batting was a visual representation of how good ideas go bad. They seemed genuinely surprised that Australia didn’t just collapse in the second innings. Their field settings seemed like they had consulted a magic 8 ball.
Who’s in front
India, mostly. Not completely, I think. But last week they chased more on a better wicket against a better attack. The draw is still a possibility. I really have no idea.
Play of the day
MS Dhoni’s keeping in this series has been much like Michael Bay’s directing career. Yesterday he did pull off one remarkable piece of keeping. The stumping itself was fairly straight forward, Clarke drags his foot, Dhoni takes off the bails, Clarke doesn’t realize he is out of the crease. But Dhoni gave it more, he gave Clarke’s foot the point and laugh. This should be familiar to anyone who went to school and had the fly undone, toilet paper on their shoe, food on their shirt, or any other unforgiveable schoolyard sin. I applaud Dhoni’s point and laugh.
Testicular moment of the day
While anything short of 248 seemed like a failure for Sachin Tendulkar, his double century was pretty handy. For fans of Sachin (of which there are dozens) the best thing that can happen is for India to lose. A double century in a losing game is legendary. It says, I’m really fucken magnificent even when my team play like anal leaches.
Working class moment of the day
Ricky Ponting made another 70 odd. Even in his worst form of the last ten years he is still the class in this line up. It is just that he is less class now, more angry terrier gripping at your pant leg.
Weird factoid of the day
Peter George has invented the slower slower bouncer. Unlike other slower bounces that just look like filthy half trackers, George’s ball actually stops in mid air, pauses, has a look around, and then continues on past a batsman who is busy playing his third shot at it.