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Monday, October 13, 2008

Pulling a fast one

NEW DELHI: In ODIs, it is common for fast bowlers to mix the occasional slower delivery with the faster one. But for some strange reason, the disguised ball is always underused in Test matches. No longer. The Bangalore Test showed how the slower ball could be delivered with telling effect.

Two bowlers, Ishant Sharma and Mitchell Johnson, made the best use of the delivery bowled at reduced speed.

In the first innings, Ishant Sharma outfoxed Brad Haddin and Cameron White and in the second innings he got Michael Clarke, all with slower deliveries.

For Australia, Johnson returned the compliment, getting Sachin Tendulkar caught in the first and bowling Gautam Gambhir through the gate with a well-disguised one in the second innings.

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