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Cricket XXII - A Cook's Tour


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Looks like they've steadied the ship a bit. It's worth noting that, although their current score looks poor, they're effectively 360/5. They probably only need another 50-80 runs to seal the deal, unless India really knuckle down. Best case scenario, now they're starting to accelerate (very) slightly, is probably to bat for another 30-odd overs, then insert India and have a crack at them for a few overs this evening to see if they can pick up an early wicket. Better than an overnight declaration, which is probably what they'd do otherwise. Unless they all get out, but even this total should be fairly defendable.


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If anyone can chase 400+ down, this Indian lineup has to be one of them. Strong batting lineup and Jadeja comes in at 8 too, so NZ are going to have to work to get these wickets.


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Talk about allowing your opposition back into the game. There'll be some questions to answer for NZ if India pull this one off.

New Zealand specialises in blowing large first innings leads. For some reason, our batsmen have trouble applying themselves when they find themselves with a cushion of 100+ runs.

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Bloody disaster of a day. I think the last time I moaned about NZ forcing the follow on with the Windies to allow for them to bat out a draw. I actually thought it was a good idea this time not to force the follow-on. But now I am really regretting thinking that was a good idea.



Biggest ever 4th inning run chase on Eden Park is 348. So India needs to blast through that record by almost 60 runs. They have heaps of time to do it, so NZ needs to step up with its bowling.



I CAN'T BELIEVE McCullum got run out in the last over before lunch. From a double century to a stupid brain explosion within 24hrs.


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This wouldn't be the largest first innings total to lose (Australia lost from 586 against England in 1894-95), but 301 runs might be the largest first innings lead to lose. The worst I've found so far is 274 (Australia lose to India after India follows on).



On the other hand, this might bring back the follow on as the normal tactic in much the same way as Australia/India scuttled it - if you screw up the second innings on this scale, it ain't the fault of the follow on.


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I don't think the modern tendency not to enforce the follow-on is necessarily due to caution about the match result (although fear of batting last on a pitch that looks like it's breaking up might come into it). I think much of the time it's more to do with preservation of bowlers: injuries among bowlers have been increasingly common in recent years and bowling back-to-back innings can really take it out of them, especially since in short first innings a lot of the burden is borne by one or two bowlers, and the second innings is often a lot longer as the team following on really digs in. I'm not sure it's Calcutta '01 that haunts captains (any more than Headingley '81) so much as Trent Bridge '05 and its ilk, where the decision to follow on effectively ended Simon Jones's career, and England still only just scraped a win.


This isn't an ODI, fellas.

I fear the art of knuckling down and batting time while your partner knocks off the winning runs is dead among tailenders in many parts of the world.


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Well, this is going to be a close-run thing.

I fear the art of knuckling down and batting time while your partner knocks off the winning runs is dead among tailenders in many parts of the world.

There are very few Jason Gillespies left in the world. These days it seems to be the job of the recognised batsman to drop anchor and not get out, while the tailender has a happy heave.

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Whew what a relief! I couldn't watch it. I just had to check in with Cricinfo every once in a while. I was really nervous when I saw them at 6 down with only 110-odd to get. 40 runs is way to narrow a margin for victory when they had such a huge 1st innings lead, but I'll take the win however it comes.



Southee, Wagner and Boult saved the game with both bat and ball, it turns out.



India also goes past the previous record for a winning run chase at Eden Park. So they batted a good 4th innings. Topsy-turvey game, and ultimately I suppose a good demonstration why test cricket>>>>>every other form of the game.


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We had a party at the house tonight, and I had the game on in the background. Many a confused American was treated to me yelling at the TV in frustration as NZ came perilously close to arse-cannon range.

While I wouldn't be averse to you lobbing a pooh bomb on Auckland during the Super Rugby season, I'm glad you didn't feel compelled to do so on our test team. But whatever happens please don't send one to Wellington.

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Well done NZ! Have to admit that with Dhoni still in and less than 50 runs to go, I thought he'd bring them home.

This has to be a great morale booster for NZ though. I was skeptical of how their attack would go against a powerful Indian lineup but they twice bowled them out for sub-400 scores, so that puts that issue to bed.

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