Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Oh, He's Back Alright - Challenger Trophy Update 2

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Thats right folks, you better believe it. Sachin Tendulkar is back with a bang, 139 off exactly 100 torturous balls - torturous for the opposition bowlers that is. The rest of the team didn't do that badly either. Rahul Dravid got a few on the board, to get some touch back after his failures in the recently concluded DLF Cup. Dhoni blasted his way to another half century at much better than a-run-a-ball. Yuvraj too, got some time in the middle with a well compiled half century.

For the Greens, Ganguly played a few trademark drives before falling, trying to force the pace. Parthiv Patel apparently showed a lot of composure but could not convert a good start. Nothing much else can be said for the others, except that 8 wickets fell for a grand total of 61 runs and none of the bowlers did anything that great either. Oh, by the way Blue won by some 200+ runs.

Ganguly gets another shot at forcing the selectors to re-think his exclusion from the national team. I personally don't think that he will be back in the team based on his performance in a single match. I also don't think he will be back at all. But then again, when did my comments ever matter.

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16 year old Tanmay Srivastava played in place of Sehwag who was out injured. Apparently, the ankle sprain will have healed by the time The Champions Trophy comes around, but not before the final of the Challenger Trophy. Srivastava should get another chance to redeem himself after falling cheaply to a Balaji bouncer.

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Update: The Green v Red match is currently underway. Green's piled up a huge 317 thanks to top efforts from Uthappa, Gambhir and Dinesh Kartik. In reply, Ganguly is already out cheaply - bowled after fending feebly to a Sreesanth snorter. Well, there go any hopes he may still have harboured of a recall.

This kid Uthappa on the other hand has serious talent and needs to be given more opportunities. Especially, since Sehwag is in the doldrums. Think about it Dilip.


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