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Short ball gets Raina again

Feb 08, 2012 at 06:04pm IST

When the ball is pitched up, all seems well with Suresh Raina. No pressure, little in the surface to assist swing, and all the time in the world to caress the ball on the up past cover. Today, Raina got off the mark with one such sumptuous drive past extra cover for four, and followed it up with an even better push past mid-off for the same result.

Then back into the attack came Lasith Malinga, who banged the ball in short to Raina. The first delivery was somehow tucked down to fine leg for four as Raina jumped inside the line, and to the next short one he awkwardly fended to the vacant backward square leg region.

Raina lasted just one more delivery, however. Angelo Mathews, a military medium-pacer, opted for the same tactics as the much faster Malinga and succeeded in extracting Raina. First ball, he banged in the ball short and Raina eagerly went for the pull. The result, though, was a straightforward catch to the fielder stationed at deep midwicket.

Short ball gets Raina again

Suresh Raina's weakness against short bowling once again came to the fore.

Raina had been out to a similar delivery in the last game against Australia. Clearly, most bowlers have figured him out.


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