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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shikhar Dhawan misses ton.... will India successfully chase 360 at SMS

He looks different and plays differently too…………….with mush up, he presents a raw picture ~ but plays refined shots and at times arrogant shots, hitting the ball all over the park.  He made his T20I debut against West Indies in June 2011 tour at Queen's Park Oval, under captaincy of Suresh Raina and opened along with wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel in which he scored 5 of 11 deliveries faced before being caught behind to keeper Andre Fletcher off captain Darren Sammy. 

Can you imagine who this prodigious talent is ???? 

Easy one…. before that have you heard of AD Brown who is only one standing above him in First class limited overs cricket…. Nicknamed Lordy in an allusion to Ted Dexter, Brown never reached the real heights…. In South Afirca he  plundered  248 off 150 balls - the second-highest List A score ever and the record for an A-team - out of India A's giddying 433 for 3, in the virtual semi-final against South Africa A in Pretoria.

It is Shikhar Dhawan – the scorecard of the match played at LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria made a great reading- Murali Vijay 40 off 37; Cheteshwar Pujara 109 off 97 balls and in between Shikhar Dhawan 248 [yes Two hundred Forty Eight] in just 150 balls with 30 boundaries and 7 over it.  India A made 433 in 50 overs….  Shikhar Dhawan, indeed great….

AD Brown played 16 One day internationals for England ~ made one century and retired in 2011 ending his 22 year country cricket career.

Months before against the visiting Australians at Mohali in Mar 2013, he had a long opening partnership with Murali Vijay and made a grand century in his Test debut.  By this time, he got out close – just 13 short of a double, he had made a great imprint.

Today at Sawai Mansingh Stadium – Aussies have set a daunting target of 360 and it appears it would be insurmountable….

Shikhar Dhawan demonstrated his class and form with an attacking 95 off 86 balls studded with 14 boundaries  – and unfortunately got out when just 5 short ……

At 07.45 pm now….. Indians are still with a change 196-1 – Rohit on 69 and Kohli on 15 – 164 more to get @ 8 per over and this over just ended with a six by Kohli off Doherty. India ahead by 30+ runs at this stage… a long way to go still..

Will India pull off an improbable win at SMS ?

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

16th Oct 2013.. @ 19.45 hours

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