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    22 in 3 overs....hmmmm.....ideal start for the Aussies.
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    Zaheer Khan has totally lost the plot, I thought he was a little suspect against NZ aswell although they didn't help themselves by giving him wickets but Khan is a nervous starter & the Australians have punished him.

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    damn Ponting is good...nobody & I mean nobody hits the ball as clean & as well struck as he does when on form.

    There are sixes & THEN there are mind blowing sixes & everytime Ponting hits one I have to record it just so i can replay it to get my full value for money.

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    Ponting is just going insane now, but its not just slogging shots its just some out of this world batting..boy am I enjoying watching this.


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    India are under extreme pressure now, they are going back to their old fielding habits..Ganguly is letting them down badly in the field & that is not a good showing for the other players.

    If Australia get Tendulkar early tonight, then this game is gone for India.

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    Well for me, Ponting is in the stages of playing the best innings of the tournament & he's doing it in such an important match.

    He is just making what has been quite a successful bowling attack so far look very much like a business house grade attack.

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    Originally posted by Tim
    If Australia get Tendulkar early tonight, then this game is gone for India.
    I think it already is.
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    20...that's a rather big number :(:(:(

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    You can't take anything away from Damien Martyn either, he's been criticised alot but he's been good quality.

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    Originally posted by marc71178
    Looking at those, I think India to win is overpriced, and I might have a look at a modest Kaif/Ponting double.
    OK, so the first statement is looking a little shaky, but I'm halfway there on the other one!
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    Originally posted by Tim
    damn Ponting is good...nobody & I mean nobody hits the ball as clean & as well struck as he does when on form.

    There are sixes & THEN there are mind blowing sixes & everytime Ponting hits one I have to record it just so i can replay it to get my full value for money.
    Bloody hell some of the shots he has been playing are out of this world I mean nobody has right to hit them that far.

    I dare say his last 100 runs probably only took about 50 balls.

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    I remember saying Ponting would make 140 odd to.

    Butt 8 sixes by him is amazing and they were massive ones to.

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    My take on this so far:

    Ganguly's insertion has shades of Nasser putting Australia in on the first day of the Ashes. I think that it was based upon fear of Australia ripping the heart out of the top order (as in the Group match).

    The pressure then brought to bear upon Zaheer ended up being much, much too much for him to stand, and the first over was a disaster which gave the initiative straight to the Aussies. From then on it's been glorious strokeplay, with one of the best. I can't understand why Ganguly didn't bowl himself - self-preservation maybe? He tried everyone else bar Kaif...

    I hope that Zaheer's confidence isn't totally shot to pieces by this. I cannot see an India win from anywhere here - it would be the greatest ODI run-chase of all time. Full stop. Tendulkar needs a massive ton. Their only realistic hope is rain.

    2/359 is absolutely huge, an Australian record for most sixes in an innings (8 by Ponting), most sixes in a WC innings, biggest score in a WC final, Australian record for highest ODI total, fifth highest ODI total, most expensive WC final bowling figures (Srinath's 0/87), probably he best ODI innings of all time. Partnership (234*) beats Gilchrist and Ponting's 225 against us at Melbourne in the VB for the best Aussie partnership...

    There's more.

    Sehwag/Tendulkar/Ganguly etc will have to go for all of their shots very, very early - 7.20 an over required - I reckon the Aussies will put a lot of slips/gullies in and go for wickets. And get them.
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    Originally posted by Eclipse
    I dare say his last 100 runs probably only took about 50 balls.
    90 in 46 with 3 fours and 8 sixes

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    Supposedly Ganguly is in form, but all his 4 hundreds have come against the minnow teams, he has averages around 20..it might be even less against the better nations.

    I would not be surprised if Ganguly drops down the order & sends Rahul Dravid up to cop the heat of Brett Lee & Glenn McGrath.

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    well, that was pretty boring.
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