Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 19th 2013 Contents The metamorphosis of the
Jaipur pitch from a good
all-round one just a few
weeks ago to a fertile
721-run farmland on which the bats-
men committed cricketing debauch-
ery made it clear that an ODI series
in India has no place for bowlers.
Mohali is likely to be another bat-
ting paradise with the curator, Daljit
Singh, already saying that the good
bounce and carry---read: hit through
the line---that the pitch afforded dur-
ing the Champions League matches
was a "dress-rehearsal" for the ODI.
The grass on the outfield has been
given a neat crop too, meaning R Ash-
win and Glenn Maxwell will have
more or less an equal chance of chas-
ing down the ball.
The pitch in Jaipur was called a
"beauty" by a television commentator
inciting a quizzical response from the
Australia captain. "You reckon that
was a beauty?" George Bailey asked
with a wry smile, after he had seen
his bowlers plundered for a fortune
and just getting a wicket in return.
Two days after that onslaught in
Jaipur, Bailey s scars were still fresh.
"It s hard to know what motivates
bowlers on these wickets," he said. "I
think I would like to see a little bit
more help for the bowlers if they bend
their backs and a little bit for the
The fast bowlers did derive some
help in Pune, but maybe that was just
India wouldn t complain with
another flat pitch as it neatly neu-
tralises Australia s bowling advantage.
Their top order took full toll of the
favourable conditions in Jaipur and
crafted a win out of what had been
a shoddy bowling performance from
India s bowlers. Ishant Sharma and
Vinay Kumar s inability to stick to a
plan was there for everyone to see,
and so was R Ashwin s habit of doling
out a long hop every over.
"I guess the boys were trying
bouncers, trying to surprise the oppo-
nents with short balls and were trying
different things to upset them," said
Dhawan on Ishant Sharma and
Kumar s tactics in Jaipur.
Australia s bowlers were taken for
runs off good deliveries, but the Indian
bowlers, they were rightly punished
for their indiscipline. In the end, you
can only take six runs for a big hit,
and that upper limit saved the Indian
bowlers from not looking any worse
than their Australian counterparts.
From Australia s perspective, their
batting has made the most of a weak
bowling attack and put up 300-plus
totals twice already. Add to that the
200 they scored in the T20, and it
suggests they could be equally potent
in a bat-out. What they need is a
sprinkling of grass---there was some
on the Mohali pitch on the eve of the
match, but will it survive the next 24
"There might be a little bit more
life here than at the Jaipur wicket.
The boundaries are a little bit bigger
as well, so...I haven t looked at the
past scores or anything, so I don t
know what to expect," said Bailey,
looking for a silver lining. (ESPN-
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The Rajasthan High Court has
stayed the communication sent by the
BCCI to the Rajasthan Cricket Associ-
ation (RCA) restraining former IPL
chairman Lalit Modi from participat-
ing in activities of affiliated and con-
stituent units of the Indian board.
The petition seeking the stay was
filed by Nagaur District Cricket Asso-
ciation (NDCA), which claimed that
Modi was an office bearer of the body,
a constituent unit of the RCA that is
governed by Rajasthan Sports Act. The
NDCA said the BCCI s order was "in
violation of the legal provisions con-
tained in Local Sports Act".
The petition also said that Modi,
being an NDCA member, was entitled
to contest the RCA elections in No-
Modi had been expelled from the
BCCI during a special general meeting
(SGM) of the board in Chennai on Sep-
tember 25. "He shall forfeit all his
rights and privileges as administrator,"
the BCCI had said. "He shall not in fu-
ture be entitled to hold any position or
office, or be admitted in any commit-
tee or any member or associate mem-
ber of the board." The BCCI
communication on Modi was received
by the RCA on October 3.
BCCI order on Modi stayed by court
ABU DHABI--- South Africa s
top batsman Hashim Amla flew
back home yesterday from United
Arab Emirates, to be with his wife,
who is expecting a second child.
While Cricket South Africa says
it will not send a replacement for
Amla, it s unclear whether the top-
ranked Test batsman will make it
to Dubai before the second Test
against Pakistan, starting next
Amla scored a gritty 118 in the
first Test as the rest of the Proteas
batsmen struggled in a seven-wick-
et loss inside four days, the Proteas
first loss in the last 16 Test match-
"We know where we went wrong
and this team is without a doubt
a fantastic team," Amla said. "We
take a lot of pride from our per-
formance and this has hurt, we set
high standards for ourselves."
Despite the loss, Amla occupied
the No 1 position in ICC s Test
rankings while AB de Villiers, who
scored 90 in the second innings,
moved to a career-best No 2 yes-
South Africa s top order stuttered
in both innings and showed signs
of rustiness of not playing Test
cricket since routing Pakistan 3-0
at home in February.
But for Amla it looked like a half
century in the warmup match
against Pakistan A at Sharjah was
enough to get back into his groove.
Despite Amla s brilliant fightback,
Pakistan managed to restrict the
Proteas to 249 in the first innings
and from there on South Africa
looked only the second-best team
at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Pakistan s new opening pair
scored its first century stand in the
last 18 months when Khurram
Manzoor had 146 and 24-year-old
left-handed debutant Shan Masood
made an elegant 75 in Pakistan s
huge reply of 442 for a match-win-
ning 193-run lead.
South Africa seamers Vernon
Philander and Dale Steyn could not
adjust their lengths on a slow wick-
et as Pakistan s openers scored at
a healthy run-rate of over four an
"We will go back and address
where we have gone wrong, where
we can improve," Amla said. "Over
the next few days a lot of hard work
will be put into place in our training
sessions and discussions."
Amla also said the Proteas need-
ed to be mentally stronger for the
"We ll probably have a few net
sessions, but the biggest change
will be mental," he said.
Philander and Steyn gave South
Africa some hope of bowling with
the new ball in the second innings
when they reduced Pakistan to 7-
3 inside the first four overs while
chasing a small target of 40 runs.
Philander, who finished with five
wickets in the match, needs six
more to become South Africa s
fastest bowler to reach 100 Test
Philander has taken 94 wickets
from 17 Test matches at an average
of 17.33. (AP)
Amla leaves to be with his expecting wife
More testing times for bowlers in Mohali
...is back to where
it all began.
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