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Old 3rd January 2008, 20:18   #2416
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India could take charge tomorrow or give it away.
Ok - 50 bucks say India is giving it away tomorrow morning. Anyone ?
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Define "Giving it away "
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Define "Giving it away "
Lose the opportunity, concede the initiative.
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Define "Giving it away "
LOL, "Giving it away" means in a simple layman language, India will loose wickets in heap and will be all out without much to add to today's total.

@NC: Hope i'am correct.
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Wait till tomorrow , you will get a masterclass from our team !!

Hope im proved wrong
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Sure tommorow our team will get out for something like 330. Nothing more than that.
Hopefully stevie will have double pair of glasses or falls ill to not umpire in the 2nd innings of the ozzies
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Arrre.. I know what the phrase means since I have been following Indian cricket for so long. I just want n_c to put a figure to it so that we can bet 50 bucks
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From cricinfo..............
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"Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching," reads a banner at the SCG.
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Ok - 50 bucks say India is giving it away tomorrow morning. Anyone ?
So N_C, where are those 50 bucks ;-)

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BBC SPORT | Cricket | Laxman century gives India hope

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Ganguly was dropped on six as he edged Hogg's flipper towards slip, where Matthew Hayden did not stay down long enough to give himself an opportunity of accepting the chance.
He was also uncomfortable against Brett Lee, hooking one bouncer off the top edge in the air towards fine leg and ducking awkwardly to another.
Another report from Cricinfo - Cricinfo - Tendulkar fights as Australia chip away

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Ganguly continued his recent good run with some gorgeous strokes through the off side. The timing was impeccable and he started the day with a couple of caressed boundaries off Brett Lee. He used his feet well to the spinners and made his own length by going either back or forward. He heaved Brad Hogg over mid-on, lofted Michael Clarke over the straight boundary and cut when the spinners corrected the length. It was a soft dismissal at the end, as he fell trying to clear mid-off with Hogg getting a crucial wicket once more. The disappointment on missing out on a century was evident as he smashed his bat in the ground before walking off.
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Meanwhile, Tendulkar was circumspect. He chose to defend against the seamers, taking care not push outside the off stump and concentrated on staying out there in the middle. It was not a completely monk-like effort like 2004 as he played a few forcing strokes against the spinners. He swept and lofted Hogg and cut Clarke but it was clear that it was a day where he was going to embrace caution over bravado. Clarke troubled him on couple of occasions with his floaters - Tendulkar survived a confident shout for lbw - but he battled on.

The momentum changed completely with Ganguly's fall. Yuvraj Singh never looked in. Never a confident starter against spin, he struggled against Hogg. He failed to pick the turn, lunged forward uncertainly and was hurried on by the occasional flipper. And the struggles continued when Lee returned with the second new ball. Lee tucked him up with well-directed short ones at his ribs before trapping him with a full one that held its line.
Give the guy some credit man; if not for his batting then at least for his tenacity and never-say-die spirit.

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I am PMing you my account number. Please transfer the amount
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I was up early this morning and watched Laxman's innings in the first inning replay before watching the God Of The Off Side weave his magic for a while.

Pity he didnt continue his good work, but Tendulkar is playing one for the team this time around - however painstaking it looks. The 4 senior Indian batsmen have looked like they came out to prove a point in this test.
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The 4 senior Indian batsmen have looked like they came out to prove a point in this test.
The younger players Jaffer, Yuvraj and Dhoni disappointed again. Yuvraj and Dhoni look like they need at least 5 more games on Australian pitches before they would get used to playing here. When they got out, the commentators' instant reaction was "That is not the way to play on Australian pitches". I hope they at least learnt a lesson from Harbhajan Singh, if not from the Big 4. The next Test is in Perth, the fastest and bounciest pitch in Australia. I would seriously consider bringing in Karthik and Pathan in place of Jaffer and Yuvraj, if they flop again in the second innings.

India have done well to go to 502-9. Now it is up to our spinners to put some pressure on the Aussies, with the pitch offering some assistance.
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The next Test is in Perth, the fastest and bounciest pitch in Australia. I would seriously consider bringing in Karthik and Pathan in place of Jaffer and Yuvraj, if they flop again in the second innings.
It used to be fast and bouncy, but not anymore.

IMHO, Yuvi must be replaced by Sehwag, but Dhoni must be persisted with. If BCCI is looking at him as a future test captain, this experience will be immensely valuable for him.

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What the hell's happening with that last wicket "partnership" where Ishant Sharma has so far outscored Tendulkar? Shouldnt the senior man be taking charge and going all out against the opposition?
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