Ponting lost the plot

Ponting handed over Dhoni his first ODI win as an Indian captain. Thanks punter.

I was reading this in CricInfo:
Ponting said that Australian had a lot to improve on from this game. They conceded 31 runs in wides, didn't take early wickets, allowed India to score 91 runs off the final ten overs and struggled to keep the momentum going against spinners on a wearing pitch.
Australia bowled 16 extra balls. Crazy.

Ponting so completely fucked up the maths that Lee, the blond speedster, ended up bowling only seven overs. Crazy.

So much so that Bracken went for a lot of runs, which cost the Aussies the game. Crazy.
Why didn't Michael Clarke bowl even a single over? Crazy.

Punter, don't please sing the Warnie song - Buchanan is useless. The man was a good coach, except for the reverse swing goof up during the Ashes you lost.

Back to the Blond Speedster. Isn't there a soul in Australia who can advice that idiot - that when he goes for runs, he should STOP and think. Have you guys noticed, when Lee gets hit for a four, he steams in and bowls full and fast. Lee becomes so predictable; easy prey.

Never would Holding, Garner, Roberts, Marshall, OR a Lillee or Thommo or Pascoe - keep bowling good length or full ball at someone who keeps walking down the track.

As for Uthappa, his first and only movement is to go forward. As a fast bowler, I would like to bowl slightly short of a length, and get the ball to bounce - aim his ribs - give him sweet chin music. Any good fast bowler would expose the technical flaw in Uthappa's batting.

With all those Video analysts and high paid coaches and all that, how come Uthappa is allowed to walk forward and play those outrageous strokes? Guys, I am a bowler first, it hurts me when average batsmen are made to look good by a champion team.

My good mate, Anand Vasu, is back to ball-by-ball duties in CricInfo. He is a very good commentator - and given the freedom to express himself - he can be very sharp.


45.6 Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run, fullish, on the middle stump line, driven to long-on for a single

India 245/4 RV Uthappa 1* (1b)
46.1 Hogg to Uthappa, FOUR, Floated in on the middle stump line and Uthappa biffed it to wide long-on. Clean hit.

46.2 Hogg to Uthappa, 1 run, googly on the middle stump line, Uthappa picks it, leans forward and places it with the turn to cover point


46.4 Hogg to Uthappa, 1 run, around the off stump, guided to short third man


46.6 Hogg to Uthappa, 1 leg bye, Now Uthappa goes for a reverse sweep, misses and it runs off the pad


India 254/4 RV Uthappa 7* (5b 1x4)
47.1 Bracken to Uthappa, no run, from round the stumps, yorker length on the off and middle, pushed to midwicket

47.2 Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run, walks down the track, the ball dips on him and the intended drive to long-off goes awry and it runs to the on side


47.4 Bracken to Uthappa, FOUR, again walks imperiously down the track, takes the ball on the full and smokes it over the bowler's head


47.5 Bracken to Uthappa, no run, Short of length, Uthappa backs away to the leg side and tries to flat-bat it through the off side. The ball bounces over the blade and Gilchrist gathers, removes the bails and then appeals for a catch. The umpire is unmoved.


47.6 Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run, yorker length, outside off stump, stabbed away to backward point


India 261/4 RV Uthappa 13* (10b 2x4)
48.1 Lee to Uthappa, FOUR, Another walk down the track - he doesn't charge out, prefers to walk like Hayden- and scooped a full delivery inside-out over extra cover

48.2 Lee to Uthappa, no run, full and on the off and middle, driven back to Lee who makes a fine stop on his followthrough


48.3 Lee to Uthappa, FOUR, It's becoming his signature stroke. Another walk down the track and he knifes it through the line over the bowler's head.


48.4 Lee to Uthappa, no run, He tries to repeat the stroke, was late in walking out this time and misses to connect with his drive. The good thing is he likes to drive straight down the ground


48.5 Lee to Uthappa, 1 leg bye, full-pitched, drifting on to the pads, Uthappa misses to connect with his intended swing shot and will pick a leg bye


India 270/4 RV Uthappa 21* (15b 4x4)
49.2 Bracken to Uthappa, FOUR, It's an Uthappa shot. He walks down the track, converts an intended yorker into a full toss and lofts it to wide long-on region

49.3 Bracken to Uthappa, FOUR, length delivery on the middle stump line and that disappears into the deep midwicket boundary. Another walk and a swing across the line, one bounce over the ropes.

49.4 Bracken to Uthappa, 1 run, walks across this time, going for a paddle sweep but ends up getting a leading edge to cover

India 281/4 RV Uthappa 30* (18b 6x4)


Bracken and Lee just can't see what the problem is. Neither can Punter Ponting. They bowled too full, off the 14 balls bowled to him, 13 were full in length. He scored 24 runs off it. Makes a difference?

The secret is here:

47.5 Bracken to Uthappa, no run, Short of length, Uthappa backs away to the leg side and tries to flat-bat it through the off side. The ball bounces over the blade and Gilchrist gathers, removes the bails and then appeals for a catch. The umpire is unmoved.




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