In­dia does not shape too well in Cen­tu­rion’s plays of the day

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SHOT: The fi­nal ball of the 60th over sees Hashim Amla dis­play the most ex­quis­ite tim­ing to drive Unad­kat through the cov­ers for four. Though there were well over 10 000 in yes­ter­day, the sound of the ball could be heard all the way to Jo’burg BALL: There weren’t too many good de­liv­er­ies from In­dia but debu­tant Jaidev Unad­kat pro­duced a beauty that seamed back into Graeme Smith, and missed the in­side edge by a cen­time­tre and by half that amount at the end of the 17th over. CATCH: Gamb­hir to get rid of Petersen, it looped to­wards him at short leg, and com­ing for­ward he poached the chance. QUOTE: Rahul Dravid about the main talk­ing point in this match – “Hair­style changes, but the runs keep com­ing,” laughed Rahul Dravid. “It’s been fas­ci­nat­ing, I’ve played and shared a chang­ing room with Jac­ques (Kal­lis) over the last three years at the Royal Chal­lengers. I have seen a lot of him up close and you can see why he is such a suc­cess­ful crick­eter. He’s got a fan­tas­tic tem­per­a­ment for the game, such a re­laxed per­son­al­ity, both on and off the field. He just keeps scor­ing runs and keeps get­ting bet­ter. HE­ROES: Kal­lis and Amla. Gosh don’t they just love bat­ting to­gether? This was the 10th time they’ve notched a cen­tury stand and the sec­ond time this year they’ve gone past 200 against the In­di­ans. They work very well off each other and Kal­lis who needed just 130 balls for his hun­dred, has been al­lowed to play in a more at­tack­ing man­ner . VIL­LAINS: The In­dian bowlers. Yes Za­heer is missing, and a 19-year-old has re­placed him but Sreesanth and Ishant are two good bowlers who should be happy to bowl in con­di­tions so suited to fast bowl­ing. Yet they lack­ied con­sis­tency and thought and were rightly ham­mered. CON­DI­TIONS: Beau­ti­ful for bat­ting. There was bounce sure, but that’s no sur­prise, and the South African bats­men all looked to at­tack the short ball, some­times un­suc­cess­fully. To­day the fore­cast is for even warmer tem­per­a­tures, and the pitch should be at its best for bat­ting but rain is rain fore­cast Sun­day and Mon­day.

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