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A run out that changed everything!

Suresh Raina catching Ricky Ponting trifle short of the crease, and triggering off a psychological game that was won by India and could perhaps become the turning point of the first Test between India and Australia. The first day ended at 224/5 for Australia, but it could have been some other story if the MS Dhoni and his men were inspired enough to hold on to the opportunities in the first session. Too many missed catches marred the session which benefited opener Shane Watson who made the most of it by slamming a century.

Suresh Raina catching Ricky Ponting trifle short of the crease, and triggering off a psychological game that was won by India and could perhaps become the turning point of the first Test between India and Australia. The first day ended at 224/5 for Australia, but it could have been some other story if the MS Dhoni and his men were inspired enough to hold on to the opportunities in the first session. Too many missed catches marred the session which benefited opener Shane Watson who made the most of it by slamming a century.

Trapping Ponting short of the crease is no mean joke, especially when we are talking about one of the fastest runners between the wickets in cricket. It takes the agility of a Raina to do that. Perhaps this act spurred the Indians, who came across a completely different set after Ponting's fall and rattled the Australians. From a modest 154/2, following a 141-run partnership between Ponting and Watson, to 224/5 was the result of a single run out.

There was also another hero - Zaheer Khan. With Harbhajan, coming out of injury, Ishant Sharma getting into a fresh knee injury, and Pragyan Ojha keeping the pressure up, it was Zaheer who made the cherry listen to his dreams. The reverse swings were camouflaged, the cutters were incisive and the poor Australians were puzzled.

The wicket is already showing cracks and assisting the spinners, little bit uncharacteristic of a Mohali pitch. But who said that the home team should be preparing pitches favouring the touring side? India surely would be wielding the willow on the second day and one Mr Dravid is already getting excited I presume. And so is Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

Its a different stroke now folks. Its cricket at its best!

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still day one there's so much to play for..
mubeen-ahamed on 02 Oct 2010, 01:42 PM
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