355 to get in more than 300 overs

There are still 3 days left in the game, but it is highly unlikely that the game would last more than 4 sessions. In fourth innings run chases on tricky wickets like these, you need to have a good start, you need someone to play a blinder at the top of the innings like the one that Sehwag played in the first innings. Unfortunately he has a very poor second innings record and he got out again without improving on it. Smith was dismissed after being set up by a great exhibition of fast bowling from McGrath - 4 different kinds of deliveries that deceived the bastman, followed by a deadly "you-need-to-be-really-lucky-to-play-the-correct-line" yorker.

Australia are clearly the favourites but my heart says that the (rather it craves to see) the greatest middle order of the decade (if not the century) will finally come to the party. Much has been said and written about them being not playing like a "team", but their hard-earned reputation and pride are at stake here and that is enough to ensure that there wouldn't be any lack of motivation or commitment. Dravid, Lara, Kallis, Inzamam and Flintoff - if these 5 cant get those runs, then who can? Dravid has looked really good for his 17 and he would be the key to a good start on the fourth morning. Lara knows that this his final chance for making up for all those cheap dismissals on this tour - the law of averages is on his side now and he has to make this attack pay. Flintoff has shown in this test why he is the "player of the year" and it is upto Kallis now to prove that he is in the running for the next edition's award too. Inzamam did not want to travel all the way to Sydney just for one game, but now that he is there he should make the Aussies pay for it. He got out stumped by an awesome delivery from MacGill in the first innings, but there are very few batsmen (Dravid is one) out there who can play leg-spin better than the Pakistan captain. Flintoff has batted well on this tour, but for the World XI to really win this game, atleast one of the batsmen batting above him should make a big hundred. Murali and Harmsion have done their bit with the ball, and it wouldn't be fair to make them bat again in this test match.

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Blogger CambournePat 1:46 PM

I agree that many of the ICC World XI players are due a big innings, especially Lara who averaged 1.67 in the three one day matches and made only 5 in the first innings of this match. However, in 2004 Lara averaged only 16.67 in the first three matches against England before hitting a world record breaking 400 not out at St Johns. I'd settle for half that tomorrow!

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Blogger vishnupavan 4:51 PM

Cambournepat, visited your blog.. good stuff..

yeah a double from Lara should finish the game today.. I would be staying awake all night if he doesn't get out..    



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