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Friday, October 08, 2004

Cricket: 1st Test. End of 3rd Day's Play.

Australia are a 127 for 4 in their 2nd innings. The Indian innings folded at 246 after a fightback by Irfan, Parthiv Patel and Anil Kumble. Australia didn't enforce the follow-on and decided to bat again. I haven't been able to follow the match online and I haven't seen it on TV. I'll watch the highlights and then post.

Laxman's dismissal by Warne on the 2nd day was fantastic. VVS Laxman and his magic-wand playing those majestic cover drives, stepping out to Warne and hitting the ball pitched on the rough, against the turn through covers—was alas, a thing of the past, as Warne turned one sharply from a good length on the leg-stump and Laxman prodded forward, missed the line, the ball turned sharply and clipped the off-stump.
Laxman bowled by Warne! Laxman, Warne's nemesis falls atlast!

The Australians are going strong at a 127 for 4 and they have a lead of 355 runs.
They would stretch the lead to past 500 or 550 and then make India bat after lunch tomorrow.

Now we need a second innings batting revival. Come on Laxman and Dravid. It's time for those magical knocks at the Eden Gardens on a hot, humid summer afternoon to be played once again.

Come on Laxman, please score a century.

I'm done for the day. Have a nice weekend.