New Delhi:The second day of the Chennai Test produced some interesting moments. Here's looking at some of them.
Graceful innings, clumsy dismissal
Hashim Amla's innings was whistle-clean and typically graceful but his dismissal was the opposite. His run out was an inapt abruption - like someone switching on a Metallica track at a Bhimsen Joshi concert.
Amla called Mark Boucher for what would have been the hundredth run of their partnership. But there was no run there. Sreesanth at cover threw to the keeper's end - the wrong end - but Amla was so far out that MS Dhoni had a whole week to hurl the ball down to Anil Kumble to complete the run out.
Time for some rest, Mr. Umpire?
Asad Rauf, standing in for the first Test, has been touring non-stop since November. After umpiring in Australia and New Zealand, his summer has got harder in Chennai. On Wednesday, he failed to detect an edge off Graeme Smith's bat. On Thursday, he missed another edge, this time off Morne Morkel's glove. Perhaps, Rauf needs to take it a bit easy.
His colleague Tony Hill had already erred in not giving Mark Boucher LBW on 10. It looked plumb, and the decision cost India 60 runs - and perhaps the Test.
While on the subject of umpiring blunders, it's bizarre that cricket viewers are empowered with technology that allows them to pass judgements on umpires. But instead of empowering umpires with the same technology, the ICC would rather their men look like fools.
You know Virender Sehwag is in the mood when he brings out his upper cut. In the second over of India's innings, Sehwag thumped Makhaya Ntini through cover for four, and then finished the over with a six over thirdman. It jumpstarted a fluent Sehwag innings - one that we had gotten used to seeing some years back.
Wasim Jaffer too displayed his intent and slashed a six over slips - again off Ntini. You must feel for the bowlers. The pitch is as lifeless as Mars. There's no seam, no swing, no turn - and the humidity will sap you dry. If Jaffer and Sehwag and survive the first hour on Friday, there are huge runs to be had here.
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