28/12/2008

Can South Africa salvage a draw?

Australia v South Africa. 2nd Test, 2nd Day

Replying to Australia's first innings score of 394, South Africa are 198/ 7 on day two. With 3 days play still remaining and 196 runs lead to be overcome, South Africa is certainly heading for defeat.

If the 3rd play follows the same pattern as the 2nd day’s, then undoubtedly Australia will skittle out South Africa before lunch. It will leave the South African’s vulnerable on two fronts. One they will obviously give Australia a handsome lead and two leave the Australians with enough time to run up a huge second innings score. This will provide the Australians sufficient opportunity to put the match out of their grasp.

However, considering the frailties of the present Australian team, one cannot rule out the S.Africans. Coming as they are into the 2nd Test match on the back of a record run chase, they are certainly high on self-belief. They also know that they can easily turn around this match by demolishing the Australian 2nd innings.

All the same, the question is can the South Africans salvage a draw.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Ravindran said...

Another run chase in the offing.

28/12/2008, 07:24  
Blogger Ottayan said...

R,

South Africa have clawed their way back into the game.

28/12/2008, 09:33  
Blogger Soulberry said...

darw? You kidding Ottayan? South africa will be looking to win this one and go for a Saffash (Saffer Whitewash) of the Ozzies.

28/12/2008, 12:04  
Blogger Ravindran said...

Aus attack looks thin. They coudnt even dismiss Steyn cheaply.. THey did not dare sledge him to get his wicket.

28/12/2008, 13:39  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Soulberry,

Yep unless the Aussie bowlers pull one back, a Saffash looks likely.

28/12/2008, 17:55  
Blogger Ottayan said...

R,
Pathetic.:)

28/12/2008, 17:57  

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