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Friday, October 29, 2004

Cricket: 3rd Test - The Final Frontier is Conquered!

Category: Misc. Cricket

3rd Test. 4th Day's play.
Australia defeat India by 342 runs.

The Final Frontier is conquered.

The Australians would have thought of Steve Waugh after taking the last wicket in India's second innings. Steve Waugh's dream of defeating India in India has been realised. Adam Gilchrist has done that. The Australians have conquered the Final Frontier. They defeated India by 342 runs to comprehensively win the 3rd test match, and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the 4 test match series.

India's batting flopped miserably in both the innings, not able to put up even a score of 200 plus in both the innings, and that too on home pitches.

Sachin, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Akash Chopra - all went cheaply. Virender Sehwag played an uncharacteristically slow innings of 58, that being the highest contribution. Parthiv Patel contributed a bit with the bat and Ajit Agarkar remained unbeaten on 40 odd runs.

Our batting didn't click, with Jason Gillespie taking four wickets, and for a change Michael Kasprowicz taking the wicket of VVS Laxman.

The Australians deserve their win. India was outplayed in batting.
This test series was going to be a test between India's batting and Australia's bowling and the Aussies have come out on top.

Now, it is time for our batting to atleast fire in the last test match for a face-saving performance.

I think Sachin should not have played this text match. He should have taken rest.

Let's hope our players perform in the final test.

Scores... 3rd Test... Nagpur
Australia - 1st Innings....... 398 all out
India - 2nd Innnings.......... 185 all out
Australia - 2nd Innings...... 329 for 5 decl.
India - 2nd Innings............ 200 all out

Australia won by 342 runs on the 4th day of the test.