February 8, 2010


I may have missed most of the test due to weekend and other customary activities but, I have no reasons now. Steyn blew the Indian batting order apart super-man style!! Sad he tried to fly as well(see pic) but could not. Biff consoled him tho' all's well.. Steyn took 7 wickets and wrecked India in the 1st test at Nagpur. India all out for 233 still 325 runs behind Saffers' 558 1st inn score.

Viru though seemed to be playing on a different track and he got his 18th test ton in the process. Viru played particularly well despite wickets tumbling around him. Innings wasn't bang bang boom booom à la Seh-whack but, he looked to score with ease and a big score was for the taking. I was genuinely surprised to see Smith dint use more of Wayne Parnell against Viru. Viru seemed settled after a while against Morkel Sr. and Steyn. And knowing his history against left-arm pacers I wud have bowled Parnell a lot more than what Biff did. Be it Bracken, Mitch Johnson, Tanvir, Perera, Mirando, Aamer... all have seemed to disturb Viru time and again. And surprisingly not Parnell only got Viru out herem actually Viru threw it away and Doominy caught it. So, I hope this dismissal sends Biff a clear cut message.

Apart from him debutant Badri made a half-century in India's cause. He can be better described by the pics below.

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