Tuesday 26 March 2013

Mini-session analysis 4th test India v Australia, Delhi, 2013

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the fourth test between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

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 47/1 off 14Australia
1-1bAustralia 47/1 off 14Australia
1-2aAustralia 35/4 off 18.2India
1-2bAustralia 24/1 off 20.4India
1-3aAustralia 44/1 off 18draw
1-3bAustralia 34/0 off 13Australia
2-1aAustralia 31/2 off 7Australia
2-1bIndia 59/0 off 14India
2-2aIndia 49/1 off 11.1India
2-2bIndia 24/1 off 12.5Australia
2-3aIndia 73/3 off 13Australia
2-3bIndia 61/3 off 17.1Australia
3-1aIndia 6/2 off 2.1India
Australia 51/3 off 16
3-1bAustralia 38/2 off 15India
3-2aAustralia 68/4 off 13.4India
3-2bAustralia 7/1 off 1.5India
India 72/1 off 12
3-3aIndia 56/3 off 14.4draw
3-3bIndia 30/0 off 4.4India

Final update, click here
India win the match by 6 wickets and the mini-session count 9 - 7

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

A positive start for Australia. They slightly edged both hours. The attacking version of Philip Hughes that was unleashed in the second innings of the last test, and again here, doesn't last any longer than the defensive version, but it's certainly much more fun to watch.

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

And like that the game changes. India pick up 4 quick wickets and Australia are placed in a lot of trouble. While they are leading the mini-sesison count, they are well behind in the match now.

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

One has to wonder if Australia and New Zealand have swapped teams. New Zealand have batted out a day with only losing one run against England, while Australia are relying on their bowlers for the runs. An almost complete role reversal.

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

India will be frustrated that they haven't been able to take more than the one wicket this hour.

Stumps, Day 1: Australia lead the mini-session count 3-2

It's India's day, despite them really only being dominant for one hour. But what an hour. Australia will be hoping that Siddle can complete his 50, and they can frustrate the Indian bowlers longer tomorrow. Starc top scored in the last match, and now Siddle in this one. It's almost like watching Northern Districts.

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

Pujara and Vijay are looking relentless. They are scoring at over 4 an over, at the start of the innings against some good bowlers. This match might descend into a real drubbing if this continues.

Middle drinks, Day 2: The mini-session count is tied up, 4-4

A fantastic partnership comes to an end. It was good batting, and it may have set a platform for India to take the match away from Australia here.

Tea, Day 2: Australia lead the mini-session count 5-4

During that hour, the Australian pace bowlers created huge pressure. They conceded 6 runs from 8 overs (4 each from Pattinson and Johnson). That allowed Lyon the pressure to look like a world class spinner. All spin bowlers require pressure to really threaten. This is posibly the first time that Lyon has had that luxury this series.

Final drinks, Day 2: Australia lead the mini-session count 6-4

Now the match gets interesting 73 runs, but 33 wickets. The pressure of the last hour was released, but it came at a significant cost. Australia are back in this match.

Stumps, Day 2: Australia lead the mini-session count 7-4

Another good hour for Australia. Nathan Lyon completed his 5-for and India are now in some difficulty. They lead by 4 with 2 wickets in hand. They are still probably in the better position, but not by much.

First drinks, Day 3: Australia lead the mini-session count 7-5

A good start for Australia, followed by an even better start for India.

Lunch, Day 3: Australia lead the mini-session count 7-6

It looks like the Australians are expecting their bowlers to score the runs again. That worked quite well in the first innings, but I'm not sure it's a good tactic.

Middle drinks, Day 3: The mini-session count is tied up, 7-7

Ravindra Jadeja doesn't look particularly venomous, but he certainly is effective. Australia are in a world of trouble now. They need another big effort from Siddle here to avoid being beaten in 3 days.

Tea, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 8-7

One has to wonder if Cheteshwar Pujara has a plane to catch. He has approached this run chase as if it was a t20 match. It's very heady batting, as he has denied the bowlers a chance to settle. If they had that opportunity on this pitch then they would have had a chance to bowl Australia into a winning position. It was risky, but it was a risk worth taking.

Final drinks, Day 3: India lead the mini-session count 8-7

Australia are threatening, but India look to be too far ahead. Australia's bowlers have put up a good fight, but their batting was just too inept, and undid all the good work their bowlers did with the bat and ball.

End of match, Day 3: India Win the match by 6 wickets and the mini-session count 9-7

Lyon fell short of his 10 wicket haul, but Siddle managed to join an exclusive group to have been batting on every day of a test. He's also the first number 9 to hit fifties in each innings and to top score in each innings. The last statistic is one that every Australian batsman should hang their heads over. This was a tricky pitch, and the new ball was difficult to navigate, but it wasn't as bad as they made it look. - Mykuhl

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