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is it the premadasa effect or something else too...?

by straight point

much has been said about win the toss and win match at the premadasa stadium... not totally off target... here are the stats in support...

Venue First innings Second innings Difference
Premadasa Stadium 33.05 20.97 12.08

the difference is 12 runs per wicket which makes it a 120 runs deficit straight away for 10 wickets in second innings!

but can the pitch or the curator be blamed for all the problems...? what about humidity factor...?

as can be seen during the series, it really takes its toll on your body... with heavy sweating the fluid level goes down alarmingly and with it the energy... so if you field first by the time you bat second you are not even half of yourself...

you somehow cannot concentrate the way you usually do... the strength in the forearms goes the longer you stay at the crease... balls you would normally hoik over fence suddenly get to the boundary fielder as the timing you would have liked won't be there... your favorite cover drive will go straight to hand coz you are bit late playing stroke on the up... and so on...

the best can be seen thru the example of sachin and the (freak) dismissal of sanga in the finals... sanga was clearly struggling with fitness in the second innings having kept through the first... the strength in his forearms was diminishing... and one could see him stroke his forearms like sachin did in the later part of his innings...

when sachin batted in the second innings he could not get past 50s despite looking in great form... but when he batted in the first innings he could carry on batting till almost the end of the innings... though pitch played its part too but he could carry on coz he was relatively fresh at the crease... i wonder had he carried on the same way despite his form and the sameness of pitch had he batted in second innings...

though sachin won't complain... if he can score in first innings and keep sitting in the comforts of dressing room in second... who would...?

4 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

There's some merit to the theory. Still I'd like to know how day/night games pan out at other Lankan grounds with similar conditions.

Dambulla is a lot cooler, and known to assist bowlers in the morning, so will ignore that.

Bhaskar Khaund said...

Interesting SP , a lot in that ...Not a great fan myself of these Jul-Aug begining-of-season lanka series we seem to have every year , they're all very samey...anyway , final thought- if you think the strength was diminishing from sanga's forearms , imagine how weak those stumps must have felt after that hit wicket :-) God ,what a blow... couple of inches higher and it wud have been caught behind ! :-)

straight point said...

that will be interesting followup... would you like to do it nc...?

straight point said...

hahaha Bhaskar...

no wonder they were flying all over the ground...