Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide February 12, 2012

Sehwag gets another Adelaide edge

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The sacrifice
Rohit Sharma continued his good work in the field when he dived at cover-point and ran David Warner out. The batsmen reacted strangely: Warner and Michael Clarke both thought there was a single available there, but Warner was more cautious and went back in his crease when he saw Rohit had stopped the ball. Clarke, though, kept strolling towards the striker's end. At this point, Warner left the crease to sacrifice his wicket. Perhaps it had to do with how well Clarke had been striking the ball until then. Warner was 18 off 24, and Clarke 26 off 20.

The tackle
In the 48th over of the Australia innings, Matthew Wade drove Vinay Kumar towards long-on. It wasn't well hit, and Vinay thought he could dive and save the single. Except he would have to dive around Dan Christian, the non-striker. He delayed the dive for a split second, but it wasn't enough and he dived into Christian's legs, tripping him. Christian, though, recovered fast enough to make the single.

The run-out
Christian was run out next ball, attempting a second. It was observed immediately that he ran the second a bit casually, and that he didn't dive for the second. Christian, though, didn't know that the throw was coming to his end. That was thanks to the street-smart MS Dhoni. Dhoni never lets on that the throw is coming in at his end. This was a good example. While running towards the stumps, even before Christian had finished his first run, Dhoni signalled to Ravindra Jadeja to throw at his end, and then came and stood casually by the stumps, looking blank. Only when the ball approached did Dhoni get into action, and by then it was too late for Christian to dive or make up ground.

The edge
In the Test at the Adelaide Oval, Virender Sehwag fell to two full tosses, both leading edges. There must be something about this track then. Today he got a terrible loosener from Clint McKay, short of a length, down the leg side, a wide if he hadn't touched it, not a slower ball, but he somehow managed to get a leading edge on it to be caught at point. We could call it the Adelaide edge.

The Clarke touch
That Clarke is going through a captaincy honeymoon has been obvious this season with how his bowling changes have brought immediate wickets. He added to that tally today with an even more startling immediacy. McKay got Sehwag with the first ball he bowled, and when Clarke brought him back in the 35th over, he struck first ball again, getting Gautam Gambhir lbw for 92.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rish5107 on February 15, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    i hope sehwag gets a score more than 20 at least once in this series .... its not enough to say that's the way i play ... once need to apply himself to stay right till the end to make your country win ..... i have never seen or heard an innings of sehwag or for that matter of ganguli where they have contributed to successful chases, if a batsman have the balls to chase thats when you really are an asset to your side,

    examples - michael bevan, dhoni, ab de vileries, tendulkar, michael hussey, ricky pointing, aravinda de silva, ranatunga, jaisurya,

  • joshvino on February 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    " Ya Sehwag is not in good form . but i think his form dipped when Indian team management called him urgently to England despite he is half cured . He looks vulnerable at times. but his average in ODI 's since 2008(his comeback ) is 45 . I think his hands are not quick as his old times . i think now seriously he should move to middle order .But this is is the time Dhoni looked good in ODI carrer . BEcause during IND/SL/NZ triseries sehwag scored 242 and second next highest in that series was dhoni of just 72 runs. DOnt tell me that as subcontinent tracks . i remember that series which had lot of swing and seam movement throught the series ,during SA series Dhoni scored the mere 80 odd runs throught the series . In world Cup he was the lowest run rungetter of all indian batsman .in World cup sehwag the third highest after sachin and yuvi .During world cup dhoni himself revealed he used sehwag's field placement during tough times .If want proof Refer SAkal times an Indian Newspaper .

  • dummy4fb on February 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    This is not good team selection, if Sachin is made to sit out due the factor considering he needs rest from continuous cricket then its ok. But only for the sake of rotation policy if you are not making sachin to play is not the right decision. I think viru doesnt have the technique and patience to play his sot in these seaming condtions so rest sehewag not sachin......

  • maddymen on February 13, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    if sehwag hadnt caught hussy,that would have been end of the story,no gambhir or dhoni would have saved the match...give credit to sehwag and dont say rubbish comments like he is a lottery hitter..he is a genius and where were these commenters when he scored 319,309,293,219 and other 15 scores of above 150.

    yesterdays match was won only bcoz of sehwags catch..now one thing is there,sehwag should be bought to the middle order,so that he can hit spinneres freely.

  • tvumpire.com on February 13, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Now, it is clear that the Aged middle order was India's problem in the tests. Now with a young brigade and few inexperienced one, Dhoni did wonders and hope he will bring the cup as it was in the last CB series.

  • yorkerguru on February 13, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What the hell was Matthew Wade doing at the no:7 spot???? and Why the hell Ponting opened the innings????

  • dummy4fb on February 13, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I want india to play like champions, u got nothing to lose. U will only go up from here.

  • sweetspot on February 13, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Stop being harsh on Raina people! He is the only Indian batsman with centuries in all three formats of the game, and he is the only one in this game with a strike rate of over 100. That is what gave India the impetus. For a guy who comes so low down the order, an average of 35 with that 80+ strike rate is very good. Plus he creates the perfect headache with being left handed, and what a fielder he is - I'd keep him in just for that. It won't be long before he scores big runs. Be patient with him and Rohit Sharma.

  • Gizza on February 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Rinto Jose , oh really? Well personally I think it was not a coincidence that India won their first ODI over Australia in this series when Sachin was resting. Tendulkar is the real overrated cricketer. At least Dhoni stepped it up in the 50th over. Tendulkar would never step it up and will just get out when he starts thinking about his hundred. @Other comments, I agree. This was truly a team effort by India. Everyone chipped in even a run a ball 20 by Sehwag helped India with the run rate a little bit. Only Kohli struggled today but he's been excellent so far so he's allowed to have the odd failure. India's next game against Australia, will have Tendulkar back so it has already become a tougher task to beat the Aussies again.

  • maddy20 on February 12, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I was surprised to see the extremely sloppy fielding so unlikely of an Australian side but I am not surprised to see suicidal strokes by Indian batsmen. Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit all fell to strokes that were not needed at that point of time. Hopefully they will put up a better show tomorrow. @Cric_Sree One swallow does not make the summer. The fact remains that Sehwag has been throwing his wicket away consistently with extremely sill shots. One would expect an international cricketer to learn from his mistakes. This is not India where you can score freely. You have to respect the conditions as the bounce is a lot more than back in the subcontinent. Playing in the same way is harakiri!

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