Here's a few points I jotted down in the course of the match...
Short boundaries once again made the running of 2s almost impossible
and I'd guess there wasn't a 3 in the match. This really harms
cricket! Anjum Chopra suggested the Indian's needed to run more 2s and
3s. Fat Chance!
The 'music' played between overs held up the start of the next over
several times. In one instance Rodrigues walked away to square leg in
frustration. This needs sorting out.
I noticed Healy running down the middle of the pitch - not a lot of
point as the Indians had batted first!
And talking of not holding things up unnecessarily I was delighted to
see umpire Williams ushering the 12th and 13th off when they were
presumably trying to bring out a message from the coach under the
pretext of taking out water.
And just to clear the criticisms out of the way, the distance from the
boundary cushion to the advertising boards must be increased. We were
nearly deprived of the sight later in this tournament of one of the
most exciting players in the tournament, Smriti Mandhana. Luckily she
seems to be OK. Just to check I still have a match from the 2018 on
the black box under my TV so I watched a little of that to check.
Distances then were from 50% to 100% larger. Something for the ICC?
How to get a wicket when you've really fluffed it. The accidental
ricochet from Healy's pads to obtain a run out was comical if you
weren't the batsman. She did have the good grace to hang her head in
her hands when she should have taken the ball. It could have
bounced off anywhere.
One law change which has been raised by a number of TV and radio
commentators is the refusing of a run when a review has been
requested. If the player turns out to be 'not out' how is this
I was impressed with Deepti Sharma's batting. Starting cautiously she
gradually increased the rate and held the innings together. She was
not always 'match aware' however, jogging gently back to her ground
late in her innings and nearly getting run out.
I have to admire the Indian team as a whole. There was a time in the
past when if things were going badly the heads went down and the match
might as well have been called off at that point. While it's true
there were disconsolate looks while the later order were batting, they
seized the chance when it did arise. I know the Indians have beaten
Australia very recently in the Tri-series but this match looked as if
Australia had it in their pockets. It illustrates that in this sport
you need never give up.
Australia are not going to make this mistake again - or at least the
odds must be massively against it.
At one point I found myself wondering if this was the finest spell of
spin bowling I had seen since Holly Colvin retired. Pandey's
contribution to this victory was probably as vital as that of Yadav.