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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Indo-Australian series ensures ODI revival

If the 2 formats of cricket (ODI and T20) were boxing rivals, the current series between India and Australia would definitely ensure that the ODI format wins the bout hands-down.

The lower-order fight-back in the first ODI was something that can be witnessed only in the ODIs. T20 doesn't allow such luxuries. The fluctuation of fortunes of the two teams was worth watching. Similarly, the way MSD and Gautam played the ideal one-day game in the second ODI was interesting.

MSD in the post-match ceremony (after the 2nd ODI) mentioned that it is a five-match series now. It is not so straight-forward as that. The Indian team is in a much better state than what it was at the beginning of the series whereas the Australian team have gone down with withdrawls.

Brett Lee is the latest casualty in the Aussie camp after Tim Paine went back from India.

Ricky Ponting seems to be upset with the practice pitches at the Kotla - is it a way of representing his frustration?

The pitch will be key - India holds the advantage as the slow and low pitch will help its spinners and part-timers. Can MSD anchor another Indian win?
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