Sunday, January 27, 2008

It's all over in Adelaide-- Unless India...

By John Cheeran
After Australia’s resolute reply to India’s first innings total of 526, the Test series should go in favour of Ricky Ponting’s men.
An Indian victory is unlikely with final day’s play remaining and with Anil Kumble’s side enjoying only an eight run lead with nine wickets in hand. Anything done in haste will rebound on the visitors.
Yes, it is quite possible that India can collapse tomorrow and set up an Australian victory. After all it will not alter the course of the Test series.
Of course India has had its gains from the series. A redeeming win at Perth and Virender Sehwag’s return to form. Pretty impressive efforts from seniors including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.
And it is quite alarming that the young Turks such as MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have come a cropper.
It remains to be seen how far India will progress in the triangular one-day series pitted against world champions and Sri Lankans.
Another kind of test awaits the Indians.

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