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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Advantage Proteas on Day2

Maiden double hundred not out by Hashim Amla has put SA in commanding position at Jamtha(Nagpur) on Second Day of First Test. Story of the day was quite similar to yesterday's as SA piled on Indian bowlers agony. I feel Amit Mishra bowled very well and he was unlucky not picking up the single wicket though he went past outside edge of the Proteas more than any other bowler in Indian side, sometimes luck play great part even if somebody gives his everything then also he don't get success and same happened with poor Mishra. Indian fielding looked completely out of sort as they mis-fielded and dropped the catches all day like school boys and this has become regular feature of Indian team nowadays. Some tactical errors also made by Dhoni in field placing as we saw mostly South African batters played spinners especially Harbhajan Singh behind the wicket on leg side and Dhoni did not covered that area and lot of singles leaked through square leg and fine leg. Had Dhoni placed fielders on Leg Gully, Leg Slip and Forward Short Leg together then it had helped spinners in putting pressure on the Proteas and it could have helped them in picking up wickets.

I feel SA declared bit late in the day, had they given 10-12 overs to the Indians today they must have picked up 1-2 wickets but they gave just 4 overs to Indian which were negated successfully by Indian openers. I think Day-3 will belong to SA as well. They have speed in their armoury and that will come handy on deteriorating wicket and bounce will become uneven, so tough times ahead for Indians. Only two results are possible now in this match and that is SA win or draw and I feel chances of SA winning is more looking to the conditions and the mammoth score they piled on.

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