Is this the fall of champions? Australia v India

What a victory! India won the second test match in Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2008/09. It seems like the end of Australian world domination in Cricket. Indians have troubled Australians in recent past. Where Australia ruled the roost against all other cricket playing nation, they failed to prove their mettle against India. Australians found it hard to confront India in all format of the game, be it Tests, One day international, T20. Over a period of time playing against Pakistan has lost its charm but against Australia, it couldn’t get any better. It gives an immense pleasure to beat the world champions. Even Australians love the tussle against formidable Indian blend of young guns with experienced force. Media takes this battle to the next level by frame to frame coverage of sledging between players and well made advertisements.

 

The battle between Australia and India has picked up its pace since Indian T20 world cup victory last year in 2007. Ponting added fuel to fire with his comments “India was lucky to win the T20 world cup”. India proved Australian wrong by beating them once again in T20 match up held last year in Mumbai at Brabourne stadium. Ponting had to eat his words and said India is better than us in T20 format. However, India lost the Test series prior to T20 victory. The message was loud and clear with T20 victory that Australian champion’s throne is at risk.

 

Let’s see the result formation between these two cricketing giants’ encounters in recent time.

 

Tests

Australia v India test series 1996/97 – India won 1-0

Australia v India test series 1997/98 – India won 2-1

Australia v India test series 1999/00 – Australia won 3-0

Australia v India test series 2000/01 – India won 2-1

Australia v India test series 2003/04 – Drawn 1-1

Australia v India test series 2004/05 – Australia won 2-1

Australia v India test series 2007/08 – Australia won 2-1

Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India 2008/09 – India won the second test match (2 more to go)

 

T20

2nd semi final: Australia v India at Durban – India won

Only T20 international Australia v India at Mumbai – India won

Only T20 international Australia v India at Melbourne – Australia won

 

ODI

India’s performance in ODIs against Australia hasn’t been exciting but it is surely building up to threaten the Aussies.

 

Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney 2007/2008 – India won

Australia v India ODI series, India 2007/08 – Australia won 4-2

ICC Champions Trophy, India – 2006/07 – Australia won

 

All in all Border-Gavaskar Trophy is still on and two more matches yet to be played. It might swing anyway as Australians would fight back strongly and Indians would counter attack. Let’s see how the third and fourth match would shape up, however, a best win ever in history against Australian.

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India Vs Australia – Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Day 1

Australia wins the toss and elect to bat on first match of 4 matches test series. Apparently, this is the last test series for our Dada (Sourav Ganguly). I hope, he will say goodbye to his cricketing career with a golden knock like the way he started it in 1996 Vs England. Back to back centuries in his debut.

Let’s look at the Australian against Indian line up.

 

       Australian Line up                  Indian Line up       

Matthew Hayden

Simon Katich

Ricky Ponting

Michael Hussey

Michael Clarke

Shane Watson

Brad Haddin

Cameron White

Brett Lee

Mitchell Johnson

Stuart Clark

Gautam Gambhir

Virendra Sehwag

Rahul Dravid

Sachin Tendulkar

Sourav Ganguly

VVS Laxman

MS Dhoni

Anil Kumble

Harbhajan Singh

Zahir Khan

Ishant Sharma


At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, on-field-official Asad Rauf and Rudi Koerzten declare Play Ball!!

Under immense pressure on test playing seniors, India strikes in very first over. Zaheer Khan striking early gives India a boost in this over hyped up series. What a start, test cricket at its best. It looks to me an intriguing start for the Australian team, Zaheer and Ishant probing both the batsmen with perfect line and length. Both the opening bowlers look determined and bowling with a lot of fire and venom. As the day progresses, both the batsmen look pretty comfortable with spinners bowling. Steady recovery from one wicket down at early stage.

Lunch: As team break for lunch, Australia is 75 for the loss 1 wicket from 27 overs.

The first session goes Australian’s way because Ponting and Katich have built up a good partnership after the loss of Mathew Hayden. Ponting scored 41 with Simon Katich on the other side, supported with 28 runs. Zaheer Khan provided a break in the first over but spinners couldn’t capitalise on the early break through. However, a good match in the proceeding.

Second session

What a wonderful game of cricket, it swings both ways from Indian break-though to Australian resilience. If you are a fan of cricket then this is the match to watch. I woke up early this morning to catch every bit of it after a brief sleep last night. It is like getting up early morning and visiting a temple to get a glimpse of God.

Begins

This partnership looks formidable, Ponting looks determined to break his jinx for not scoring in India. This is his 2 best score in India after scoring 60 a decade ago. After scoring a stunning 50, Ponting hits a lofted shot for a Four on Harbhajan’s spin delivery. Australians are milking the balls around to put a mammoth total on the board. It will not be easy for Indian team to dominate the world champions even on the home turf. Break for tea

Third and final session

Ponting scores his maiden century on Indian turf. It has been a nightmare for Ponting scoring in India, whereas he scored tons against all other cricket playing nations. As he celebrates, he shows the bat to his critics who tormented him for his poor performance on the Indian soil. Well deserved century under immense pressure after losing Hayden in very first over.  **Applause**

With Zaheer Khan finishing a splendid spell Australia is building up another partnership between Ponting and Hussey. Oh dear!! Rudy turned down a caught and bowled of Ricky Ponting playing over pitched delivery from Kumble. This is looking interesting, something’s got to give here. Finally, after a caught n bowled and LBW appeals, Ricky Ponting goes out LBW on 123. Harbhajan strikes him out LBW. That’s the ninth time Ponting has fallen to Harbhajan in tests. This partnership was looking ominous as Ponting and Hussey added 60 to the total. One or two more wickets would be great before calling it a day. Dismissal of Ponting brings Michael Clark to the pitch. Australia now 223 runs from 3 wickets down. 

 
What a way to end the proceedings of the first day, Zaheer Khan strikes again. He took first wicket in the very first over of the match and takes another one in the last over of the match. Test match at its best…brilliant. Michael Clarke moves the bat slowly and finds himself trapped in the front, Zaheer appeals again and Rudy Koerzten gives him a slow death…OUT. Australia at stumps: 254 for the loss of 4 wickets.

It will continue tomorrow…enjoy