• Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in this game to provide the 24th occasion of Australia doing so in the world cup.

    RT Ponting's first scoring stroke in this game gave him a unique distinction in the world cup. He completed 1000 runs as captain in the world cup when he paddled TM Odoyo behind square for a boundary four. He is the first captain in the world cup to accomplish the feat. At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 1030.

    RT Ponting achieved yet another distinction in this game. He reached 1000 runs when he was on eight during his knock of 36 in this game as captain batting at number three in the world cup.  At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 1028.

    RT Ponting completed 1600 runs in the world cup when he was on 23 during his knock of 36 in this game. At the end of this game his aggregate stood at 1613. He became the second batsman after SR Tendulkar {2120} to accomplish the feat of 1600 plus runs in the world cup.

    BJ Haddin scored 65 in

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  • Predictably enough all hell has broken loose after India's loss to South Africa. The inquests have begun and will seemingly never end. To be candid it was a defeat difficult to digest. To let go one winning hand is perhaps understandable; to let go two is inexcusable. India did not deserve to win and this is what is so hard to swallow.

    We never thought it would come to this but there is now a worrisome aspect about the batting. Two batting collapses against England and South Africa coupled with two
    inconsistent showings against Netherlands and Ireland allied to the fact that 80 percent of the runs from the bat against Bangladesh were compiled by two batsmen does not augur well for the future. It was thought that whatever the limitations of the bowling and fielding the lustrous batting would carry the Indians through. Now there is no such guarantee. Half of the line-up cannot be listed as contributors in the real sense and there is every reason to believe that the batting slides will

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  • There are many unanswered questions after India's three-wicket defeat by South Africa in Nagpur on Saturday but one unmistakable fact: We are privileged to be watching this sport and making a living from it. This World Cup is coming alive and India vs South Africa fanned the delightful fires.

     

    With three overs to go India had the opportunity but the yorkers, as my son would have said, were 'out of syllabus'. And so India bowled length balls that had a 'give me my due' written on them. Sometimes you may know what to do but unless you do it, it isn't of much use!

     

    We thought 350 was on, run-a-ball with nine wickets in hand would have taken India to 330, Playing out the overs would have put 300 on but, as India captain MS Dhoni said in a delightfully frank assessment, you play for the country not the crowd. You don't always need million-dollar shots, You don't need a Lamborghini when you can walk a few steps.

     

    Losing nine wickets for 29 runs was unlike anything I have seen, even from

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