This was a fascinating Contest!! On a hot&humid Madras evening
with thousands of knowledgable fans (and miliions watching the
TV telecast) looking on keenly, Warne started his spell taking
over from Kasporiwicz; None really expected what was on the cards.
At the other end Mongia got out (somewhat unlucky to be given Lbw)
and dravid was annoited the spectator to the drama that followed.
Warne got Sidhu into all sorts of troubles for two consecutive
overs. Sidhu was uncharacterstically defensive. (which had
IanChappel in the commentary passing unkind/justified comments
about Sidhu's play). He had a few close shaves. One ball
lobbed over his pad and almost grazed the offstump; Another one
had him lob a "catch" to sillypoint of a noball (whether
it came of bat or pad is debatable); Another one brushed his
pad and landed in Taylor's hands at slips, which had Warne &Co
jumping around and appealing vociferously. It seemed that
Warne had Sidhu well and truly in control. The next over
continued in the same manner for the first four balls;
things took a dramatic turn ;
the last two were dispatched by Sidhu for boundaries, one a pull
to midwicket and the other towards covers. The battle seemed
to be more in mind with each one trying to read what the other
was going to do. More was the follow in the next over. (in the
meanwhile Sidhu helped himself with another boundary of Blewett).
Warne started his next over after having a short tete with Taylor.
First ball was played defensively; Second ball- Smashed
to midwicket for a boundary; The next ball, Warne sensed that
sidhu was charging up to him and so he delivered a flipper wide
outside offstump but the sardar was upto it and flashed it over
midwicket region again, in a Amazing shot. The next ball was
duly dispatched with a tradmark Sidhu Six and the crowd was
up in raptures. The last two overs of warne cost him 25 runs!!
Taylor promptly called of the "war" by taking off Warne from
the bowling attack. Play ended shortly afterwards(with dravid
too scoring a couple of pleasing boundaries).
But, I won't write off that Cunning and shrewd BakedBean Spinner!!
He is surely gonna strike back. It is fascinating to watch
Warne bowl, there is always something going on his mind, keeps
reading the batsman, plots his deliveries, keeps bowling one
ball different from the other, is never afraid of being hit,
always game for a battle. So, all u delirious Indian fans , don't
write off the legspinner yet.
Can't ask for more!!