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brentford
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Test series starts on Boxing day...

India without Rohit...SA without Nortje... both quite big misses respectively..

Kohli and Rahane both in need of runs...Markram and Van Der Dussen looking increasingly decent red ball batsmen in an era where they can be hard to come by..

Pre series prices thin on the ground but India favoured after win in Australia and a lead/win in the incomplete England series...

1st Test @ Centurion ...early prices approx.  SA 3.1 Ind 2.3 Draw 4.0

Expect the usual SA mix of bowlers on top on some lively surfaces, batsman on top when the sun comes out and live grass fades...and weather potential throughout...

could be a good 'un covid permitting...
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Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:09 PM GMT
Also, after my rabbit-in-headlights, dismal first-ball-of-the-day efforts this morning...

I got super lucky a while back.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:12 PM GMT
Laid India at 1.29 after a Pant single put Kohli on strike (who wasn't really scoring) against an Ngidi (who wasn't really conceding)...

Largely to scalp a comfortable 1.3 when a gap had appeared.

Next delivery, Kohli exited left. Love
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:19 PM GMT
Gambling like cricket...The Gods!

Another wicket!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:20 PM GMT
You can top up!

I shall wait for a Panty onslaught before I lay! Ashley no I won't, ride Sally ride!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:21 PM GMT
But I am staying off the Gin today! Good man. I knew I did not have a problem! Tea second, best drink of the day midweek afte Java Sumatra!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:23 PM GMT
The other thing is SA have held some magnificent catches and most edges have gone to fielders!
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:26 PM GMT
Not convinced at all by turning down runs, here.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:28 PM GMT
He's a lot, but he's not Stokes.

(and the situation is vastly different!)

He doesn't need to revert to slogging
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:29 PM GMT
That should be Shami's (who should be in now) job
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:29 PM GMT
Laugh

Anh you are absolutely right

LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

What a shot!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:30 PM GMT
LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

one bounce! following the  666666666666666666
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:31 PM GMT
Umesh is a bit of a todger too but yes I agree with you. I might have put in Bumrah just to hang around but ashley a few scoring shots changes the complexion of the match and thinking of all the players!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:33 PM GMT
I know Stokes won that Ashes Test at Headingly and the World Cup and those two innings alone particularly Headingly I will never forget

But I think Pant has already won more Test Matches than Stokes
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:33 PM GMT
You back in yet apt?
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:34 PM GMT
Just got 1.74 Crazy
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:36 PM GMT
I agree re. matches won but Stokes has the game to block 4/5 every over and manipulate the end of every over...reliably.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:36 PM GMT
And demolish the bad ball in those 4/5.
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:38 PM GMT
Can Stokes throw the bat in one direction and hit the ball for four in the other?

LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:38 PM GMT
I love Pant, I thought he'd win India the match if he came off and I still do...

Can Stokes throw the bat in one direction and hit the ball for four in the other? LaughLaugh
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:39 PM GMT
I mean, I'm sure he actually can but Laugh
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:40 PM GMT
For clarity, sold the 1.74 back at 1.69 (no riding, here. Heart still faint)
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:41 PM GMT
I have backed them for a tickle on the Sportsbook (to hex them like I managed in Jo'burg Whoops)
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:44 PM GMT
I really hope he gets his hundred. He has four 90's!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:47 PM GMT
I would send out a drink for him with orders to make his hundred without going batsheite crazy.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:50 PM GMT
Definitely deserves it, been an excellent dig given the circumstances.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 12:51 PM GMT
What would've been guesses at the India price with a 200 lead?

Personally, would've been way out.
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:51 PM GMT
Nudging and nurdling is extremely effective in a low scoring game. It also annoys the sheite out of the opposition.
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 12:53 PM GMT
I really am not sure. I think 200 is a good lead on this but a cracking start against attacking fields and 50 for no wicket gives confidence to the batters and doubt to the fielding team.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:02 PM GMT
Also unsure why SA are allowing a single on the fifth ball of every over.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:02 PM GMT
Ok, *that* is why Shami wasn't in earlier CryCry
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:03 PM GMT
Thats why!

So stupid from Shami.

Bumrah is a little smarter.
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:03 PM GMT
Laugh
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:03 PM GMT
One fceking job!

Leave it to Pant. How hard is that to comprehend!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:05 PM GMT
Wow!

Panty gets some luck for a change!
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:07 PM GMT
That was a ridiculous shot Laugh
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:08 PM GMT
Two foot above his head, straight bat for a single to square leg
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:09 PM GMT
Please get your hundred, please!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:11 PM GMT
Well done kid!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:12 PM GMT
Now don't lose your head Pant. Accumulate some runs!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:14 PM GMT
This is also what I'm talkin'bout

Stokes not only has amazing talent and works incredibly hard but this kid is just something else. How many times has he done this in his test career and people still think he is reckless!
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:16 PM GMT
Yup, 100* out of 195/9 is bonkers good.
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:19 PM GMT
Seriously, why run two?!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:20 PM GMT
Sunny Gavaskar!

Curse of the commentator!

20 catches by SA!
Report brentford January 13, 2022 1:21 PM GMT
very odd to take two having turned down so many..
Report brentford January 13, 2022 1:22 PM GMT
evens the pair gets hit..
Report brentford January 13, 2022 1:25 PM GMT
don't recall seeing that for a 4th inns chase...certainly very rare
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:25 PM GMT
Pitch still looks a handful!
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:25 PM GMT
If you don't run one with Pant on strike, you certainly don't run two when Bumrah is facing the Wunderkid.

Ah well, could've been a few left out there at the end but game on after tea.
Report brentford January 13, 2022 1:28 PM GMT
gonna need a long lie down in a darkened room after this series...been f'in mental..
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 1:28 PM GMT
Taken a pinch more of my green and added a little more on India.

Pant innings a total outlier and if we accept that, then SA need one of their own to have a chance.

Good luck facing Bumrah on that strip.

And Shami might also be fired up by his brain-fade just now.
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 1:28 PM GMT
Vernon the Surgeon?

I never heard that one!
Report brentford January 13, 2022 1:31 PM GMT
it's certainly not what I used to call him...
Report johnnythebull January 13, 2022 1:32 PM GMT
great contest..really good to see wickets that reward good bowling and where batsmen have to really apply themselves to score

could yet go either way but based on proceedings to date one would have to favour India's bowlers over the Saffer batsmen

a couple of the latter need to score 50= for them to go close
we got ourselves a baw game!
Report Cardinal Scott January 13, 2022 1:33 PM GMT
Not a single LBW the whole game, 20 Indian wickets from 20 Saffer catches.
Report johnnythebull January 13, 2022 1:35 PM GMT
a first in the annals of test cricket per the comms
Report brentford January 13, 2022 2:11 PM GMT
gets lucky once so goes for it again...Plain
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 2:13 PM GMT
It's Michael Caine time

Hold them, hold them!
Report brentford January 13, 2022 2:15 PM GMT
I was on the verge of laying some saffers...very annoying Plain
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 2:29 PM GMT
Can they make it to 200+ purely scoring off their edges?Confused
Report brentford January 13, 2022 2:31 PM GMT
they are certainly good value (the edges) here though I'd give Elgar the soft hands credit at least..
Report brentford January 13, 2022 2:32 PM GMT
Kane Williamson another that gets full value for his thick edges...
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 3:12 PM GMT
Is the roller wearing off?

Is this the time to jump on India?
Report brentford January 13, 2022 3:20 PM GMT
Saffer tech team on it Cool
Report brentford January 13, 2022 3:20 PM GMT
big stride and plenty of bounce to be fair...rather as with India yesterday..
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 3:21 PM GMT
Unbelievable!

Looked as plum as the Fairy!
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 3:29 PM GMT
If Thakur got some bounce you'd think Bumrah will too
Report brentford January 13, 2022 3:30 PM GMT
Kohli not happy ! Laugh
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 3:31 PM GMT
Neither am I
Report brentford January 13, 2022 3:33 PM GMT
how good does ya boy Petersen look WD ?
Report brentford January 13, 2022 3:42 PM GMT
the side on Hawkeye looks quite fair to be honest...bowls with some overspin (topspin) at times as well..
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 3:51 PM GMT
Yeah he is growing up quick!

SA have really turned this series round and maybe Pujara and Rahane are a series too far with Iyer and Vihari looking better options right now.

I am really starting to like the shape of this SA team. Oh how they could do with a spinner though!
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 3:56 PM GMT
Sterling batting effort, with healthy amount of good fortune.

Two wickets in first half hour tomorrow now essential.

Verreynne six, Jansen seven, Rabada eight...this isn't over just yet.
Report brentford January 13, 2022 3:58 PM GMT
Elgar confidently suggesting it was off his leg...there is nothing a batsman won't try to influence a decision...
Report Whisperingdeath January 13, 2022 3:58 PM GMT
They have to give that!

Can you imagine if the third umpire said not out!
Report Aptdemon January 13, 2022 4:10 PM GMT
Wicket sets us up beautifully.

Now just have to decide whether to get up at 3:45am Confused
Report crete January 14, 2022 8:43 AM GMT
India seem dead in the water.
Report crete January 14, 2022 8:45 AM GMT
... game fizzling out
Report brentford January 14, 2022 8:47 AM GMT
you angling for a wicket Crete ? Mischief
Report crete January 14, 2022 8:48 AM GMT
I am :)
Report brentford January 14, 2022 8:49 AM GMT
Grin
Report brentford January 14, 2022 9:01 AM GMT
very sharp line post the initial scrape..not really overturnable
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:13 AM GMT
They're not running rampant like in Hobart but certainly need a wicket imminently
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:14 AM GMT
very sharp line post the initial scrape..not really overturnable

I'm with you, either way the onfield stands with that one - shame, for the match, that it went for VDD
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:16 AM GMT
Noooooooooooo, dolly
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:17 AM GMT
Didn't even touch his hand Shocked
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:18 AM GMT
Had just been typing that India have tried to control the scoring by not bowling too straight...

...but in doing so, batters have been able to leave a barrel-load of deliveries this morning.
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:19 AM GMT
Understandable but I think they needed to roll the dice a touch more.

They've had the field set right but they've bowled at a third set of stumps
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:21 AM GMT
Shows how close they are though...hold that catch and we're still only one batter away from Verreynne Surprised
Report brentford January 14, 2022 9:26 AM GMT
Petersen had a bit of luck but seems to have a great temperament as well as looking classy in his stroke play..looks like he's been in the international game ten years...
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:27 AM GMT
Noooooooooooo, dolly

Followed by a glut of runs in next ten minutes.

Petersen playing a blinder.
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 9:28 AM GMT
Yup, seems to put it straight out of his mind, repeats and middles it the next time. Happened often.
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 11:26 AM GMT
Brilliant series.

All credit to SA for escaping from not one, but two, very tough fourth innings chases.
Report brentford January 14, 2022 11:36 AM GMT
certainly going to give us a game this summer... Scared
Report brentford January 14, 2022 11:40 AM GMT
by the way apt' - 10 wickets fell yesterday and SA pi$$ed it...you should have enough for a 2nd house ! Shocked
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 11:53 AM GMT

Jan 14, 2022 -- 11:40AM, brentford wrote:


by the way apt' - 10 wickets fell yesterday and SA pi$$ed it...you should have enough for a 2nd house !


Haha, indeed!

Except that unfortunately SA were prohibitively low-priced overnight, so I didn't risk a bean and still have only one house Plain

Report brentford January 14, 2022 11:55 AM GMT
that's true maybe would have been an extension rather than a house... Mischief
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 12:00 PM GMT
Two runs difference between combined first innings across the matches (433 v 431).

And IDENTICAL wickets per day...

2nd Test: 11, 11, 10, 1
3rd Test: 11, 11, 10, 1
Report brentford January 14, 2022 12:02 PM GMT
remarkable stuff for sure.
Report Aptdemon January 14, 2022 12:03 PM GMT
Must be the season for weird anomalies...

In November, in simultaneous Tests between India & NZ and Bangladesh & Pakistan, the same batter top-scored in both innings, for all four sides.

Shreyas Iyer, Tom Latham, Liton Das and Azhar Ali.
Report Aptdemon January 21, 2022 10:48 AM GMT
Pant doing Pant again in the second ODI.

Makes it look so easy at times.
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