Australia v India, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Making best use of the pitch

Wisden Stats

December 13, 2003

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When Australia's bowlers came out, you could tell that the plan was to bowl a good length, just outside off stump, and allow the ball to do the rest. In comparison India stuck to a line just outside off but banged the ball in short a lot more. Nothing wrong with that, except that India didn't have the pace for it, and were guilty of overdoing things. What's more, they did not mix up their deliveries.

The Australians slipped in short balls every now and then, keeping the batsmen on the back foot. This pattern was usually followed by a delivery that invited the batsmen to drive on the front foot. It worked like a charm - Andy Bichel dismissed the openers, and Sachin Tendulkar, as a result of unsure footwork.

Aus bowlers

Ind bowlers

Good length

159

461

Short of a good length

84

169

Short

33

60

Half-volley

28

166

Yorker

2

7

That shifty man

Andy Bichel, holding on to his place in the side by a thread, was knocked around early in India's innings. Then, he discovered the seam. Getting the ball to shift off the wicket, outside the off stump, he made the batsmen play, miss, prod, and then get out. Akash Chopra mishit a seaming delivery straight back to Bichel, while legcutters took care of Sehwag and Tendulkar.

Overs

12

Runs

55

Wickets

3

Pitched just outside off stump

67

On a good length

41

Short balls

8

Offcutter

7

Legcutter

6

Seven years for a five-for

Anil Kumble had cause to celebrate. This was his first overseas fivewicket haul after as many as seven years. The last one came long, long ago, in 1996-97, when Tendulkar was captain. After toiling away on the first day, Kumble mixed up his deliveries frequently on the second morning, making it difficult for the batsmen to score off him.

2nd day

1st day

Overs

15

28

Runs

39

115

Wickets

4

1

Legbreak

72

146

Topspinner

2

6

Googly

9

12

Flipper

8

4

The rusty run machine

Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal for 1 brought to light a prolonged loss of Test form. In his last 10 innings, he has reached double figures only three times, of which two were half-centuries. The substandard pitches in New Zealand notwithstanding, it is still a poor showing for a man who averages a century every six innings.

Opponent

Venue

Tendulkar

Team total

New Zealand - 1st Test

Wellington

8 & 51

161 & 121

New Zealand - 2nd Test

Hamilton

9 & 32

99 & 154

New Zealand - 1st Test

Ahmedabad

8 & 7

500-5 & 209-6

New Zealand - 2nd Test

Chandigarh

55 & 1

424 & 136-4

Australia - 1st Test

Brisbane

0

409

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