Posting at 12.15, AEST
The last day of this enthralling Test match started with much anticipation. All three results were available, although Australia were setting the pace at this stage. Overnight, Matthew Hayden had given an indication of the thinking in the Australian camp. He said that India would not win this match. This meant two things (a) the Australians thought they could get the Indians out cheaply on the last day, as they had against England in Adelaide last year, (b) the Australians would remove an “Indian Win” out of the equation before even contemplating a declaration.
And the latter was what happened. Australia, one feels, batted India out of the match and declared its second innings close at 401 for 7, This meant India had to make 333 to win off a possible maximum of 71 overs at a run rate of about 4.65! It is highly unlikely that India will go for a win. However, if they bat for a draw like England did in Adelaide last year, India could well lose.
This has been a gripping Test match thus far and I feel that there is more left in this game. I fear that India may capitulate though!
Posting at 12.30, AEST
At lunch, Australia had already picked up one wicket. Brett Lee bowled a ball just wide of off stump and a bit fuller. All Wasim Jaffer, the India opener, could do was to poke it to the safe hands of Michael Clarke at 3rd slip.
One feels that this is, most certainly, goodbye time for Wasim Jaffer for the rest of this series. His feet are not there. His movement is edgy and he has landed India four bad starts in this series thus far. He must sit out the game at Perth.
Australia had this session by my count with some intelligent, smart cricket. My SBS score reads India, 6.5 :: Australia 6.5.
Posting at 18.50, AEST — End of the game
I did not post through the day because I was otherwise occupied.
India lost. They played a team of 14 wonderful players, fought gallantly. But in the end, the might of the Australian-14 was just too strong. The Indian team of 9 gallant players fell with just one over to go in the match.
A wonderful match has been robbed by the whitecoats.
It is a sad day, not only for Indian cricket, in my view. But for cricket in general.
We now await the results of the Harbhajan Singh hearing.