Test Cricket: India pull off thrilling draw in Australia

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Genius Kane Williamson made 238 runs at 65. It was amazing. Henry Nichols made 157 and then Daryl MItchell dashed a blood thirsty hundred at 91 before Williamson declared - and Jamieson's dream continued as he took the wicket in the seventy balls before stumps.

Miserable Pakistan are 8-1.
 

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And it's an absolutely beautiful day in SA as Sri Lanka return to the wicket. They are 5 runs in front, essentially 5-4, seeking to set a target not less than 150. Exciting, unexpected stuff.

Dimuth 91
Dickwella 18
 

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Dimuth has rattled along to his 100. We've seen some great centuries this year already, but that one is as good as any of them. Too aggressive though. Skies one and is gone for 103.

SL just came out too aggressive this morning. They've put some runs on the board in just 20 minutes, but where are they now? 176-5, but really 31-5.

Dickwella 32
Shanka 0
 

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Nice catch and all, and worth posting, but I don't consider it too amazing. He is expected to take that catch, IMO. He watched that one all the way off the bat. I am more impressed by catches off (for example) a leading edge or when the ball did something unexpected, rather than good catches where the fielder already knew the ball was coming in his direction when the ball was halfway down the pitch, as soon as the batsman moved his feet to play the square drive. :thumbsup

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Another great day for Kyle Jamieson who took 6 for 48 below 3 in destroying the Pakistan top order. Brutally handled, Pakistan probably won a session only across the whole two tests, although they could make the claim that had the injured Babar Azam been available they would have rescued a draw in the first test.

As predicted, and as was predictable, NZ have caned PAK and SA have caned SL.

Interested to see what PAK do against SA though and interested to see if SL could stage a recovery at home against England. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka showed ticker in their losses.

Australia-India third test is next, later today, then Sri Lanka-England I on the 14th.
 

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Rohit Sharma is set to return tonight and it will be fascinating to see where India play him in Sydney.

Similarly, the mighty (at home) David Warner has returned for Australia. Goodbye forever, Joe Burns - more interestingly, he may be partnered by Will Pucovski who has recovered from his lastest injury worries. That would be really exciting and i'll probably wait up (UK time 1130) to see if Australia bat first, and if they do, take in the first session.

Wade, or more likely Head, will be dropped.

Injury has pared down the deveastating Indian attack; there's a chance for Australia to get in the box seat here, though who knows what new pace monster will emerge from the dedicated Indian bowling centre?


Worth keeping in mind that a loser this week wouldn't be able to win the four test series; loser can only play for a draw.

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Indians literally crying as they sing their national anthem. Australian's singing along a bit. I got that Smith's Men book, must get it read. There's a bounceback book too I think.

Fucking hurry up you cunts. I'm always shocked by Warner's tache when I see it. He's not Boon or Merv, is he?
 
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Colossal moment for Pucovski. Come on and face the first ball kid. Got Warner at the other end, must be the dream.
 

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First ball in test cricket is a zipping beauty from Bumrah which he expertly leaves. Second ball, right up on pads, third a high gate, an easy leave. Pucovski has gone for the number 10 on his back, like a pure cunt, but we'll not hold that against him. Moves across the crease during Bumrah's run up, two little steps and shows the bat, I really like it for a look, to me he seems assured but who knows what's going on with him really. Gives himself a nod for that leave though, he likes it. Awful to the fifth ball, a short one, that he sort of glances at with arms, bat, the lot, hopefully this is a blip and he follows it up with a beautiful defensive stroke as Bumrah probes the pads.

First over in proper cricket under his belt, Pucovski survives, sees of Bumrah and apart from the aberration in the fifth ball - which Australian commentary isn't anything like as hard on him as i'm being, "had his eye on it all the way through" - he did very well.
 

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David Warner flashes aggressively at two identical balls edging away from him outside and is taken at slip for 5 runs. He showed Siraj - India have their own new men coming through - absolutely no respect from the off and has been punished accordingly.

Here comes Lasagne to the crease. So long have we been waiting for Pucovski that Lasagne was completely unknown to me when I first started jonesing on Pucovski's debut. Nice to see them at the crease together.

Pucovski 1
Lasagne 0
 
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Indian's literally crying as they sing their national anthem. Australian's singing along a bit. I got that Smith's Men book, must get it read. There's a bounceback book too I think.

Fucking hurry up you cunts. I'm always shocked by Warner's tache when I see it. He's not Boon or Merv, is he?
It's trimmed in a particularly off-putting fashion, aye? Really follows you around the room. Big innings coming up for Smith.
 

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Day 2!

166-2 overnight, that looks great, but remembering there were delays yesterday this is all up for grabs in this first session. The winner of this session is in pole. So it's set.

Delighted that Pucovski got into the sixties before losing his wicket, wonderful performance did not rattle with Warner throwing his wicket away at the other end, lot of debutants might have panicked a bit. As it is, the might mid-order partnership of Smith and Lasagne is blooming. Smith is an aggressive mood, playing a lot, looks a little wild in the first over here. Should be a good, good session.

167-2

Smith 32
Lasagne 67

Hopefully one of them gets a hundred. Pitch misbehaving in that first over though, this is interesting!
 

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In other news, New Zealand have become the world's number one test side. Trying to ignore them now will be difficult. It might be very temporary though; Australia could reclaim the number one spot in this series. Still, positive moves.