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Old January 17, 2005, 10:40 AM
rafiq rafiq is offline
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Although we can always snatch "defeat from the jaws of victory",I think the match will go all the way. The pitch is holding up and only rain may threaten a result.

276 is entirely gettable in a full day's play. The openers need to see out the early morning conditions and get to the second new ball. If the top order can keep us within striking distance - say behind by 100-125 at tea, I believe the tail has enough to win it or hold out for a draw in the last session.

I expect to see more grafting in the first session to ensure we can draw the match. Later, if we have wickets in hand, they will accelerate.

Edited on, January 17, 2005, 3:41 PM GMT, by rafiq.
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