Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Batting collapses in the series

This CB series has had a fair share of batting collapses. Pretty much every match has had one and here is the list:

  • Match 1: India are on 91 for 2 in the 20th over and by the 27th over, lose the entire middle order (4 wickets) for the addition of just another 11 runs. In the same match, Australia were on 33 for no loss. They then went on to lose Hopes, Gilchrist and Ponting in the space of just 9 balls and if rain hadn’t interrupted play, we could have had another collapse (the ball was swinging around like crazy and the batsmen didn’t look comfortable at all)
  • Match 2: Another rain interrupted match. India were cruising at 68 for no loss in the 15th over. India then went to lose 4 wickets for the addition of just 15 runs. Thankfully, an unbeaten partnership between Dhoni and Gambhir pulled India out of trouble.
  • Match 3: Sri Lanka bowled out for 125! They were at 57 for 2 at one stage, but the middle order collapsed from that to 93 for 7. They could never recover after that.
  • Match 4: This game didn’t have any dramatic batting collapses, but ended up being a low scoring affair with Australia bundled out for 159 and India getting there for the loss of 5 wickets (with a minor hiccup losing three of those wickets between the score of 89 and 102)
  • Match 6: Sri Lanka were on 129 for 4, chasing a total of 236. and although there wasn’t any major collapse, they ended up losing wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 173.
  • Match 7: Another low scoring affair. India managed to keep Australia to 203 runs, and at 134 for 5, were still in with a chance. A Dhoni was then run out and the rest of the wickets folded for the addition of just 19 runs
  • Match 10: The first high scoring game of the tournament. Although there were no dramatic batting collapses, India did lose 3 important wickets at the top of the order – Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh for the addition of just 6 runs. That probably cost them the match.
  • Match 11: SL were cruising at 72 for 1 in 14 overs and looked like getting a good score. A loose shot from Sangakarra then started the parade to the pavilion. SL were then reduced to 93 for 7, losing 6 wickets for the addition of just 21 runs! They had a mini recovery of sorts to finish at 179, but the total on  a good wicket was just not enough.
  • Match 12: Sri Lanka scored  just 221 at the MCG, which didn’t seem enough. Hopes and Gilchrist started making a mockery of the Sri Lankan score, when they were at 107 for no loss in just the 15th over. In less than 10 overs, Australia went on to lose 6 wickets for the addition of just 16 runs! 

Just goes on to highlight the importance of not throwing your wicket if you are well set. Take Gilchrist’s wicket in the last innings for instance- he had reached 83 of just 49 balls and if he hadn’t tried to take the aerial route of the next ball, Australia could well have won the game (with a bonus point to boot).

It would be interesting to see what the finals holds and if the teams have learnt anything from these batting collapses.


Series for the ‘keepers

We are past the half way mark of the CB Tri-series and one thing that has stood out is that fact that the 3 wicket keepers from the 3 teams have dominated the batting. For Sri Lanka, KC Sangakara has scored 260 runs at an average of 65 with one hundred and one fifty. He has been their best batsman on display so far and has scored close to twice the number of runs of their next best batsmen – his captain Mahela Jayawardene (134 runs).

For Australia, Adam Gilchrist has scored 212 runs at an average of 70.66, and although he hasn’t been his usual belligerent self, we have seen some clean hitting in the 118 and 61 he scored against Sri Lanka. Michael Clarke pips him by 4 runs for the top scorer spot in his team though.

India’s own captain, MS Dhoni has also top scored in the series with 260 runs at an average of 86.66. He has two fifties to his credit so far and has held the Indian innings together in almost every match.

I thought I’d just mention these facts in light of my earlier post titled – Should Dhoni give up his gloves? Gone are the days when the wicket keeper merely acted as a buffer between the batsmen and the tail…