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Monday, December 7, 2015

India wins Freedom Series 3-0 ..... SA tried blocking making 143 off 143.1 ~~



This picture of Morne Morkel getting out says it all ~ pic credit : bcci.tv.  A Test victory is always good thing to cherish ~ today at Feroz Shah Kotla in Test no. 2191, India beat South Africa by a huge margin of 337 runs winning the 4th Test and the Freedom Trophy.     How often would we get to see this sort of bowling performance !!!


Bowler O M R W Econ
Ishant Sharma  20 12 23 0 1.15
Ravi Ashwin 49.1 26 61 5 1.24
Ravindra Jadeja 46 33 26 2 0.56
Umesh Yadav 21 16 9 3 0.42

Visiting Proteas were bowled out for  143, another low score in series where they only passed 200 once in seven attempts. Between them, India's four specialist bowlers sent down 136.1 overs, bowled 87 maidens as SA dourly defended everything.  They in fact played 143.1 overs and made 143 !!!  AB de Villiers played out 297 balls, Hashim Amla 244,  T Bhavma 153 and Faf du Plessis 120 making 43, 25, 34 & 10 ! 

The score card reads : India 334 (Rahane 127, Ashwin 56, Abbott 5-40, Piedt 4-117) and 267 for 5 dec (Rahane 100*, Kohli 88, Morkel 3-51) beat South Africa 121 (Jadeja 5-30) and 143 (de Villiers 43, Ashwin 5-61, Umesh 3-9)

Way back in Jan 1964, Test no. 551, a Pongal test was played at Corporation stadium [not many would know that besides Chepauk another stadium hosted Tests in Madras] – the match was drawn.   India playing first made 457 in 162 overs and declared when only 7 wickets had been lost.  England led by MJK Smith made 317.  Chandu Borde bowled 67.4 overs took 5 for 88.  Babu Nadkarni had magic figures of 32-27-5-0.  In the 2nd innings, India struggled and declared at 152/9. Chasing 293, England made 241/5 – this time Nadkarni had 6-4-6-2 ! Borde bowled 22; Durrani 21 and AG Kripal Singh 26 – then why RG Nadkarni only 6 – was he injured ?

That was not to be his only stingy performance !!  In the 1960-61 series against Pakistan -  whence  all five Tests were drawn, and fewer than 200 runs were scored on 11 of the 25 days' play - he returned figures of 32-24-23-0 in Kanpur, followed by 34-24-24-1 in Delhi.

Today’s margin of 337 is our biggest in terms of runs in Test history, beating 320-run win against Australia in Mohali in 2008-09.

Like Babu Nadkarni, Jadeja did not give runs at all – he bowled 17 maiden overs on the trot narrowly missing Nadkarni’s record of 21 in a row. 

Statistics and more …. India has won the freedom series 3-0

Happy Indian fan


7th Dec 2015.

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