Monday 18 March 2013

Mini-session Analysis 3rd test, Ind Aus, Mohali 2013

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the third test between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, 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.

2-1aAustralia 48/0 off 17Australia
2-1bAustralia 61/0 off 19Australia
2-2aAustralia 36/2 off 19India
2-2bAustralia 35/1 off 17India
2-3aAustralia 57/1 off 18Australia
2-3bAustralia 36/3 off 14India
3-1aAustralia 75/1 off 20.1Australia
3-1bAustralia 60/2 off 17.4India
India 3/0 off 1
3-2aIndia 54/0 off 14India
3-2bIndia 99/0 off 14India
3-3aIndia 55/0 off 14India
3-3bIndia 72/0 off 15India
4-1aIndia 56/2 off 19Australia
4-1bIndia 45/1 off 17.1Australia
4-2aIndia 47/4 off 14.5Australia
4-2bIndia 48/0 off 16India
4-3aIndia 20/3 off 7.1Australia
4-3bAustralia 75/3 off 21India
5-1aAustralia 44/2 off 25India
5-1bAustralia 51/3 off 21India
5-2aAustralia 41/1 off 18Australia
5-2bAustralia 12/1 off 4.2India
India 30/0 off 7
5-3aIndia 58/2 off 14Australia
5-3bIndia 48/2 off 12.3India

Final update, click here
India won the match by 6 wickets and the mini-session count 14 - 10

First drinks, Day 2: Australia lead the mini-session count 1-0

There was a lot of talk before the match about the "homeworkgate" saga and the changes to Australia's middle order. However the one combination that wasn't impacted at all was the openers, and they've made a solid start here.

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

Michael Clarke became only the 6th batsman since 1969 to be stumped first ball. Hardly a group that he would have wanted to be part of.

Lunch, Day 3: The mini-session count is tied up, 4-4

First Smith got out for 92, then Starc joined the 99 club. It's hard not to feel very sorry for them.

Tea, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 6-4

Someone needs to tell Shikhar Dhawan that it's a test, not an ODI match. His hundred came up off 85 balls, and featured 84 runs in boundaries.

Stumps, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 8-4

What an amazing day for India. While the Australian tail wagged significantly, the Indian openers undid almost all the damage that Starc and Smith managed.

Middle drinks, Day 4: India lead the mini-session count 8-7

Australia delayed the new ball by 20 overs, but once they took it it had a dramatic impact. I doubt they'll make that mistake if they get another chance to bowl.

Stumps, Day 4: India lead the mini-session count 10-8

On a pitch that seems to be spinning, 11 of the 13 wickets that fell today were to pace bowlers. Interestingly only a couple of those were to balls that did something off the pitch. However the pitch does look like it might be starting to play tricks, and if Australia manage to get a lead of 180, and give themselves 50 overs, they could still very well win this match.

Lunch, Day 5: India lead the mini-session count 12-8

The Australian recovery was stymied by a couple of very dubious umpiring decisions, which again back up the BCCI's decision to not have the UDRS. Umpires inadvertently tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the team which has the momentum. It's never deliberate, but it tends to happen. Just like someone batting at number 10 seems to be much more likely to get a bad LBW decision, teams that have a reputation as struggling against spin tend to have more lbw or bat-pad decisions go against them when spinners are bowling, and likewise teams that have a reputation as having a weakness against the moving ball are more likely to have lbw or caught behind decisions go against them in conditions that suit pace.

Middle drinks, Day 5: India lead the mini-session count 12-9

Australia have almost managed to get to a defendable score. Fantastic work from the tail. Mitchell Starc looks better against spin than the majority of the Australia top order.

Stumps, Day 5: India lead the mini-session count 14-10

India have managed to win, but it was a close victory against a depleted Australian side. India will be waiting to hear how Shihkar Dhawan recovers from his hand injury, as they may have a very good partnership forming with Vijay and Dhawan. Australia will be seriously looking at the option of swapping Mitchells: Johnson for Starc. Starc seems to be in better form with the bat than the ball at the moment, which is not really what the team needs from one of their strike bowlers. The only Australian bowlers who have averaged under 60 in this series are Pattinson, Siddle and Maxwell. I think a bowling line up of Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon, Johnson and Smith looks more threatening than Siddle, Pattinson, Doherty, Lyon and Henriques personally, even with the traditionally spin friendly nature of the Kolta.

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