Friday, November 6, 2009

GLOOM AFTER THE THRILLER - அந்த சில நிமிடங்கள் பல மடங்காய் தெரிந்ததேன் ?

Dear (s)


It was time to go to bed – mothers were screaming at this children – but a few times when the head of the family has his say – they stayed put, holding their nerves with bated breath, praying in their lips for an improbable Indian win chasing 351 in floodlights at Deccan Hyderabad. Sachin crossed 17000 landmark (even Ashoka Desilva could not stop him this time) but Indians failed at the last hurdle. It was a remarkable solo but he got out at a crucial juncture, the rest choked and India fell short by 3 runs with 2 balls to go. The little master’s crackling innings of 175 off 141 was studded with 19 hits to the fence and four over it.


The Home Team bowled poorly with Munaf conceding 73 off 9; strike bowler Bhaji conceded 44 off 10 – but taking a solitary wicket. A score of 350 is never easy to chase especially under flood lights. Sachin innings was a remarkable exhibition of strokeplay and was the fastest century by an Indian against Aussies. Many in the jam-packed Rajiv Gandhi International stadium were close to suffering heart breaks seeing 697 runs being scored in a single day. The chase began in right earnest with openers racing to 66 –Viru scoring 38 off 30; then rained a vital 137 partnership with Raina. From a difficult 162/4 in 24 – India needed 52 from 45 when Raina departed. Bhaji did not trouble the scorers; Sachin’s leg cramps added to the misery. India needed 31 runs from the last 24 balls and then 19 from 18.


The chase was on, India was inching closer - batting power play was on – the first ball of 48th over by debutant Mckay saw a tiring Sachin scoop a shot over fine leg to Hauritz. Jadeja displayed immaturity and was run out; now the equation was brought down to 16 from 12 - Nehra also went. Eight off the last over – 4 was gotten, Praveen drove to long off but failed to beat a flat hard throw by Hauritz. It was gloom all over.

This 175 is the 3rd highest in defeat after Charles Coventry’s 194 & Haydens 181. India's total of 347 is the third-highest score in the second innings of an ODI, after South Africa's 438 for 9 in Johannesburg, and New Zealand's 350 for 9 in Hamilton. It is also the highest second-innings total in a defeat. Perennially cricket pundits would start saying without truth that India would lose, when sachin score; here is how it is far away from truth.



But one cannot hide the disappointment that way back in 1998-99 at our own city, Sachin left after an incredible innings needing 17, Indians crumbled and lost, tonight he left them stranded with 19 needed off 17. If only he could have guided them to victory and remained unbeaten, how different it would have been........................................


An avid fan
S Sampathkumar.

6 comments:

  1. Sachin is the greatest player - still i expected him to stay put till the winning shot - kumar

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  2. Boss, he literally scored more than half of the team's total. Facing a daunting 350, he was there till, we were at shot's length. The rest of the team showed immaturity and no keenness to win - Gopal

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  3. When Sachin was limping and running twos after hours at the crease, Raina played as if he is Viv trying to be cool and scoring at run a ball and not trying to step up the gas. Poor imitation he is. Blame should also go the bowlers - Munaf is treated as if he is a great pacey but bowls at 120 kmph. Harbhajan plays as a second rate bowler. When will he run through the opposition taking atleast 3 in the mid overs ? - Balaji

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