Previously at Galle - Day 1

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Australia

M HusseyEveryone scratched around but only Hussey got ugly enough to get past 50. Khawaja didn’t really look like he wanted to be there for most of his innings. Ponting looked solid but had a brain freeze.

Kept losing wickets eitherside of intervals. Which is a big no no these days. Hussey is turning batting ugly into an art form. Today he pulled out one which was hard on the eyes but important for Australia. He never really looked like he was in any form. But almost got a 100 which he easily deserved.

273 might not sound a lot but if they bowl well , on this pitch, it can keep them in the game.

Sri Lanka

Things looked a bit bleak when Watson took 20 off an over but quickly turned it around with wickets everytime Australia looked set. Bowled as a unit like we suggested. Herath troubled the Australians with his straighter one. Lakmal , Radiv , Dilshan were steady. Welegedara produced an absolute jaffa to send Khawaja on his way.

Dilshan captained well throughout the day, except when he put the entire field on the rope at the end of the day. Unnecessary and looked ugly when it really didn’t need to. At this point Sri Lanka are where they want to be. Bowled out the opposition on day 1 after loosing the toss. Rest is up to the batters.

The Pitch

There was a lot of chat leading up to the game and as soon as Aus lost a wicket. If this wicket was a woman, it would be the one that kept putting off sex even after the 5th date, you’ve wined and dined her but still getting no ROI. Doubt anyone will ever be set on this pitch as long as the bowlers keep the pressure up. It will be tough, but that’s why it’s called test cricket.

Play of the Day
Tom Moody inadvertently being a passive racist when he compared Russel Arnold to a ‘small black’ turtle.

Welegedara claiming a catch after he touched the rope. You knew, we knew that you knew dude. I guess that’s one way to test the UDRS.

Comments

Marcian's picture
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I think its going to be a low scoring Test. If we can get a lead - 100 or more - then that would be ideal, If not then batting last is going to be one helluva fight to survive.

Our guys might find not only the new ball but even the old ball hard to play - reverse swing will come sooner than expected looking at the bone dry surface, not only the pitch but even the ground. It looks sandy in some areas with patchy grass covering, which are ideal conditions to scruff up the ball quickly for reverse swing.

Having said that, I expect our top batsmen - Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Samarweera - to score here albeit with difficulty. Today might decide the direction of the match: not more than four wickets today and we should be in control, one would think.

The first Test is going to be a roller-coaster ride with nerves jangling, so fasten your seat belts for a bumpy ride. Ah, nothing like good old-fashioned Test match cricket.

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Low scoring tests are the most exiting because there is always something happening throughout the day.

Even if we dont get a lead we have to ensure that we get as close to Aus as possible because any type of lead offered on this pitch can prove to be the end!

My only hope is that rain doesn't spoil all the fun. Today should be an exiting day. I would love to see guys like Mathews, PJ fighting at the close to keep Aus at bay.

Tip - I think much like Dilshan , Clarke will use himself as the 2nd spin option. He has troubled good players of spin before and is very underrated and underused. Watch out !

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Important point "no one will really get set on this pitch". Hitting you way out of trouble may be the answer. So Dilshan at the top ( who will do his thing anyway) is a good option.

Battling it out will not work unless you have PLENTY of luck. A jaffer is only one ball away at any stage of you innings. Hence make the most of the limited time you will have in the middle.

Do not pass up any loose bowling and don't bank on the Aussies to drop many chances.

Are the boundaries small ?

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Ravana, not sure about the exact dimensions but it's probably around 55-65m straight. Probably a bit bigger on the sides.

I think even Dilshan should be relatively cautious early on because the last thing we want is to lose early wickets.

It will be a tough and interesting days play.

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Yeah I thought Welagedara really saw his foot touching the rope and the rope was crooked too!!

Pitches like these will make Test cricket a lot more popular and there will be an even contest between bat and ball. Sri Lanka should be proud of this track!

Will be interesting to see how our boys bat on this. Will surely test their character, talent and patience. I'd say more industrial batsmen will fair better on this pitch.

(Last edited by Sanki8OH8 on September 1, 2011 - 00:30)
Anonymous's picture

last 5 worldcups 2 odi n 3 t20 we play 3 finals n 1 semifinal but why we are unable to won a single worldcup at least?

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