Ratings - 6th July 2011
|2nd Test||West Indies||v||India|
|Expected Margin||India by 91 runs|
|Actual Margin||Match Drawn|
Another game ruined by rain, bad light, and cricket's increasingly anachronistic approach to delays. Some 200+ overs were lost from this match, farcically the presentation was done in bright sunlight after the match ended for bad light, but there is a more general problem with the time it takes to dry outfields, prepare wickets and get back on for short delays. Rain radars can tell umpires how long a delay will last. There is a case for coming off, laying a light cover (or none at all), then coming straight back when it is playable (as in drizzling).
That said, another excellent match marked by the unusual situation where both teams were pushing for victory in the fourth innings. Dhoni's generous declaration would have cut things fine if play had continued, but he trusts his bowlers (or West Indies incompetence), and it was good to see. The match was marked by standout performances in an otherwise low-scoring game: Sharma taking 10/108 and Edwards 8/132 with the ball, Laxman a pair of 80s, and Samuels 78 not out, to keep the West Indies from an ignomious first innings total. In the end they needed Bravo, Baugh and bad light to save them from defeat, but there have been positives for the West Indies so far in this series, if their young players can (or are willing to) tighten their play for the long format. This last test might prove interesting.
|Rankings at 6th July 2011|
Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.
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6th July, 2011 22:48:09