Sunday, 3 March 2013

Mini-session Analysis, 2nd test, Ind Aus, Hyderabad 2013

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the second test between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, India

A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.

1-1aAustralia 49/2 off 13India
1-1bAustralia 34/2 off 15India
1-2aAustralia 46/0 off 14Australia
1-2bAustralia 58/0 off 18Australia
1-3aAustralia 30/2 off 13.5India
1-3bAustralia 20/3 off 11.1India
India 5/0 off 3
2-1aIndia 26/1 off 13Australia
2-1bIndia 23/0 off 14draw
2-2aIndia 52/0 off 14India
2-2bIndia 54/0 off 19India
2-3aIndia 94/0 off 16India
2-3bIndia 57/0 off 14India
3-1aIndia 45/0 off 16India
3-1bIndia 44/2 off 14Australia
3-2aIndia 56/1 off 15India
3-2bIndia 47/6 off 16.1Australia
3-3aAustralia 53/0 off 16Australia
3-3bAustralia 21/2 off 16India
4-1aAustralia 37/3 off 15.2India
4-1bAustralia 20/5 off 19.4India

Final update, click here
India take the mini-session count 13 - 6

First drinks, Day 1: India lead the mini-session count 1-0

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the star, having gone wicket-less in his debut test. He uprooted Warner’s leg stump in his second over and then trapped Cowan lbw not long after, although replays showed the ball had pitched just outside leg.

Watson and Hughes survived till drinks – Watson playing with considerable assurance, Hughes less so. - PaulADennett

Lunch, Day 1: India lead the mini-session count 2-0

India are well on top now. Outstanding bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin to set the game up well for India. Australia will be glad that they picked an extra batsman in this test. The hope for Australia will be in the ease with which Michael Clarke came down the wicket to hit Ashwin back over his head for 6. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 1: India lead the mini-session count 2-1

Another Michael Clarke rescue job. Someone on cricinfo suggested that Australia should try to bat him at 3, 4 and 5. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 1: The mini-session count is tied up, 2-2

Fantastic innings from Wade here. He's been under some pressure, and is responding to it well. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 1: India lead the mini-session count 3-2

It was going to be interesting to see how Henriques backed up. Unfortunately for him, he got a good one early and as a result is heading back to the shed. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 1: India lead the mini-session count 4-2

Stephen Fleming was a fan of the declaration 9 down, although he had Chris Martin in his side regularly, so there wasn't a significant difference between being 9 down and all out. Clarke here has taken a small gamble, and while it hasn't paid off, it's still admirable captaincy. The opportunity to bowl 3 overs at the end of the day, and give his bowlers two bites of the cherry was worth the cost. Traditionally the final wicket has provided 4% of a team runs, so realistically Clarke cost his team about 8 runs for a better chance to dismiss an opener. That's a gamble worth taking. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 2: India lead the mini-session count 4-3

An early breakthrough and some very disciplined bowling from Australia gives them this first hour. They are fighting back into this test. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 2: India lead the mini-session count 4-3

While the Indian batsmen scored very little, they both survived. India are going at less than 2 an over, which is a product of both a conservative approach from the Indian batsmen, but also some tight bowling by Australia. Henriques in particular has been very demanding. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 2: India lead the mini-session count 5-3

The two Indian batsmen have started to open up now. They waited until the bowlers started to tire, and then punished any bad ball. It's good test batting, almost from a different age. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 2: India lead the mini-session count 6-3

Pujara and Vijay are doing exactly the right thing here. They are in a match position where they can afford to play each ball on it's merits. This batting has, to a degree, been made possible by the good work with the ball, meaning that they are not under any scoreboard pressure. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 2: India lead the mini-session count 7-3

These two are relentless at the moment. Australia are in significant trouble. I am still struggling to understand why they went for Maxwell over Lyon. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 2: India lead the mini-session count 8-3

This is an exhibition of batting. These two are closing in on some big milestones. They are 51 runs away from being the highest 2nd wicket partnership for India, and from there another 32 runs away from the largest partnership for any wicket for India vs Australia. 89 more runs and they are the highest partnership against Australia by anyone. That's still a long way away and they have to survive the first hour that is likely to be testing, but these two have batted India into a dominant position. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 9-3

The big moment in this hour was the lbw shout against Che Pujara from a ball that pitched on middle and beat the bat by Doherty. Other than that it has been plain sailing for the batsmen.

I wanted to look at the Hawkeye replay of that ball, but unsurprisingly BCCI TV haven't played it as yet. Generally that implies that the ball was going to hit the stumps. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 9-4

Finally Australia have something go their way. And it was a double breakthrough. People often say things like "When one falls, the other often falls soon after." While that's been statistically proven to be not true, occasions like this make it feel true. Australia are hardly "back in the game" but they did win that hour. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 10-4

It looks like Dhoni wants another double century, but also wants to declare tonight. He's raced through to 43. The key moment was the dismissal of Tendulkar. It is unclear what happened in between the umpires, but somehow Tendulkar was given, and probably correctly too. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 10-5

The final 9 wickets fell for 116 runs. The first one fell for 17. It was the 370 runs that happened between the first and second wicket that made this an awesome innings. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 10-6

A very good start for Australia. In order to have a famous come-from-behind victory you first need a terrible start. They certainly have the first part sorted out. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 11-6

It's very easy to criticize a batsman for getting out bowled round his legs to a finger spinner. It's much harder to defend them for it. There is nothing wrong with sweeping a ball outside leg stump, provided you cover your stumps. If a batsman can play the shot properly, it is a fantastic shot. But if a batsman gets bowled round his legs, it's clear that he can't play the shot properly and therefore he shouldn't be experimenting with it when his team is 200 runs behind. One big partnership could open this match up, but that won't happen if batsmen try stupid shots that they haven't practiced in the nets. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 4: India lead the mini-session count 12-6

India dominated this session, and it could have been even more dramatic. There was a catch down the leg side that was hardly even appealed for, and a lbw that looked pretty good, but wasn't given. Australia are looking square in the eyes of an innings defeat. - Mykuhl

End of match, Day 4: India win the match by an innings and 135 runs, and the mini-session count 13-6

A convincing win by India, but back to the drawing board for Australia. They've become only the 11th team to lose a match after declaring the first innings closed, and the first to ever lose by an innings after declaring. This match was completely dominated by one partnership, with Pujara and Vijay putting on more runs than either their team mates combined or both of Australia's innings combined. If it wasn't for those two, this might have been a close match. But that's a bit like saying that if it wasn't for their three great sprinters, Jamaica might not have won the mens 100m Olympic gold medal. India won this match because they played much better cricket. The conditions here were less suited to India than the conditions at Chennai were, and yet India were more dominant in this match than in the last one. - Mykuhl

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