Saturday, January 06, 2007

Last overs to a shameful defeat

By John Cheeran
Can Anil Kumble bowl India to a historic and improbable victory at Cape Town today?
Eight more South African batsmen out in the middle and 156 more runs and plenty of overs to get those.
Anyone can see that odds are heavily stacked against India on pitch that offers only a bit of help to spinners but nothing more.
With a sloppy fielding side such as India attacking them South African skipper Graeme Smith should have the series in his hands well before the tea break.
India should grab early wickets to stay in the game. And even if they send back Jacques Kallis and Smith quickly, they will have to contend with the likes of Shaun Pollock and Mark Boucher who can clout Indian bowlers, faced with the dwindling winning target.
In this case, the advantage rests with the chasing side.
And mind you, Kumble will have to bowl at his best and break the sumps to convince that stupid Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf to get his dismissals acknowledged.Tough indeed. But blame should rest at the doorsteps of Indian batsmen for this pathetic situation.

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