Okay. Let me try a hand at this baby.
So, match ten minutes away from the start and India has already performed a miracle:
It has won the toss and elected to bat.
And, uh, unchanged team. Hm... fair enough, I guess. I'd still like to see Sudip Tyagi sometime in the future, but fair enough.
Johnson replacing Hilfenhaus for Australia. Um, okay?
Oh, and Guwahati. Last time we played there, Yuvraj and Dhoni totally pwned Pakistan, so, yay.
8:30 AM: Viru and Sachin opening, Johnson bowling, and Viru does not smack the first ball for four. Will miracles never cease.
Oh wait: he hits the second ball for six. Awesome.
Oh, and he gets bowled off the fourth ball of the over. Viru, you have been Disappointing. In fact, I believe you have regressed to the pre-2008 version of Viru Sehwag. Le sigh.
India: 7/1 after 4 balls of the first over, Gambhir, I think, next in to bat.
Holy shit, the second half of the Delhi duo now goes - Gambhir bowled off the last ball! Johnson, wow.
Dhoni, who ya gonna call?
The Ghostbusters, I mean, Yuvraj Singh.
India 7/2 after 1.
After 5 overs: India 23/2.
WAIT. Even as I type, Sachin is OUT off the first ball of the 6 over!
I need to see that again.
So, so, so, Bollinger is bowling, Sachin hits it back, and what the hell he CATCHES it!! Whaaat???
I dunno whether to be glad or to tear my hair out. For one we won't be defined by Sachin again.
For two, we are waist-deep in some serious shit.
Dhoni in, appeal for caught-behind off the very second ball he faces, not upheld, thank god.
DhoninYuvi, please. *cries*
Wow, in the words of Slater, the Aussies are "pumped"!
Oh, and Dhoni, I guess, is not the all-occasions Walker everybody thought he is. Worthy successor to Gilchrist, indeed. :)
After 8 overs: WHAT?
India 24/4, Yuvraj gone, lbw to Dougie Bollinger.
I reiterate: WHAT.
We are nose-deep in shit now. How long before we drown in it?
Raina in to bat.
After 9 overs: GAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!
I give up. Even the Aussies can't believe it.
After 11 overs: 33/5. Ravi Jadeja's first runs come off an outside edge that falls just short of slip and runs for four. You people want to kill me, right?
After 15 overs: 36/5. Things still looking very dire, but Dhoni and Jaddu hanging on.
Ditzy Ritzy's bowling well. So is McKay.
So would any bowler worth his salt in a similar situation.
After 20 0vers: 50/5.
Dhoni and Jaddu hanging there, and that's the most we can expect at this stage, I guess.
And Dhoni's finished 1000 ODI runs for the year, the first Indian to do so, and as far as I know, the only one to do it for three years in a row.
After 26 overs: 65/5.
It's tough for DhoninJaddu, but they have to get out of this rut. They're scoring at just above 2 runs an over and while this might be an acceptable recovery in Test cricket, in ODIs? Not so much.
Tough, 'cause the Aussies are over the Indians like chickenpox, but what's gotta be done... gotta be done.
After 30 overs: 75/5.
Well, I've lost all my will to keep watching this travesty. First ball of the 31st over, Dhoni lbw to Bollinger.
So make that 75/6.
Poor Mahi. All that work for nothing. Bhajji in to bat.
... And Bhajji out, second ball duck. This's gonna end reeeeaaal fast.
75/7 after 30.3, PK in.
... and PK starts with a four. And I smile. Although I suspect it would look like a rictus.
After 36 overs: 97/7.
Keep at it, Jaddu and PK!
After 40 overs: 117/7.
PK and Jaddu beginning to look good. For one, they're going at 4+ an over, which is more than the previous partnerships managed to do.
I vote this the ideal time to take the batting Powerplay and unleash the Pee-Kay.
... and yeah. Dhoni listens (for once) and takes the Powerplay: overs 41-45. Lessee.
After 41 overs: Jaddu has completed his 50! *claps* Great job (although, you know, you were just dropped by Bollinger, ha ha, two drops in two matches for Dougie). Now just keep going, keep scoring. Also, you happen to have a uber-important job with the ball later, so.
After 44 overs: 149/7.
Praveen Kumar just tore apart Super!Debutant (TM) McKay for 14 runs, which included a fantastic six off the very first ball.
PK, marry me.
... I mean, uh, you're finally living up to your all-rounder billing. Yeah, good on you. *laughs nervously and slinks away*
... Uh oh. Jaddu just got out. 149/8. Oh well.
Okay, I must leave, for I still happen to have a life. Will miss the end of the innings and most likely the start of the Aussie chase, but hopefully not much.
Oh, and a five-for for Doug Bollinger! Congrats, mate!
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