Australia v India – MCG, Day 5: “All over Red Rover!”

ALL OVER RED ROVER

AUSTRALIA V INDIA DAY 5

 

As is my regime I came to the ground early today. A free day for the public free travel and gold coin donation for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. There was a crowd of around 282 waiting to get in through the general public sector – 275 were of Indian descent!

 

The equation 141 runs or 2 wickets. 10 minutes before start of play and it is still raining. As one wag said to me earlier “we will wait for play to start at 3.pm and two balls later the game is over”.

 

Time to read the paper and don’t like to question dress but the Crows Josh Jenkins got married the other day. Great picture in The Hun Josh but wearing no sox with your wedding clobber? Come on to coin a SA phrase!

 

All the talk overnight has been about the performance of Pat Cummins yesterday and the likely hood of changes for Sydney. As I suggested there is no reason why Finch and Mitch Marsh should be selected and as we are supposed to be a nation of gamblers why not promote Cummins and include a Zampa when he is selected or heaven forbid Ahmed Fahad. Fahad in fact has been the key player in Victoria’s Sheffield shield victory last year and continually takes wickets. Not likely though.

 

After a very, very long lunch and much discussion about the state of the nation play finally starts at 12.55am. A few balls later the bowlers call for sand. Wonder what happened to the long spikes of former years. Cummins, determined to win is farming the strike after one over. 140 to go.

 

Have I mentioned I love Jasprit Bumrah? Has been the bower of the series in my opinion. Love his whirling dervish approach in his run up and the surprised look on his face when he bowls a good ball. His “surprise looks” have been there 90% of every time he bowls. Boomer Bumrah is all class.

 

A good crowd is in for the execution and of course mainly Indians. I reckon about 4 to 5,000 at 1pm. Hope the Foundation has done well. The crowd is ecstatic as “Boomer” gets one to move just a little away from Cummins (63) and Pujara takes a catch low down at first slip. Australia 9/261. Shortly after my WAG’s prediction is nearly right Lyon (7) feathers Ishant to Pant. Bumrah and Jadeja 3 wickets each Ishant and Shami 2.

 

A very comfortable and well-deserved win to the visitors who outplayed Australia in every department throughout the match. The biggest question now is what will Australia do between now and the 4th Test in Sydney next week? Not even Nostradamus could tell you that.

 

Man of the Match Jasprit Bumrah (9/86) And so, cricket 2018 finishes in a very satisfactory fashion despite the shenanigans that went on earlier in the year. Let us hope 2019 is a new ball game.

 

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About Bob Utber

At 75 years of age, 'Citrus Bob' Utber is doing what he wanted to do as a 14-year old: writing, talking and watching sport. How good is that!?! He lives in Mildura with his wife and 'furry kids'; a labradoodle "Freddy Flintoff" and a groodle named "Chloe on Flinders".

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