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Pressure map: Australia vs Netherlands
Srinivas Bhogle | March 19, 2007 18:30 IST
After another commanding batting display, Australia set the Netherlands a target of 359 in 50 overs.
Rediff.com's expert reckoned that Netherlands wouldn't score a run above 150 against a lethal Australian bowling attack.
So as the Netherlands openers commenced their chase they were staring at a pressure index (PI) of 189. This sort of "pressure" can't be fought off; in fact some readers have jocularly asked: "when defeat is certain, where's the pressure?".
The openers denied Australia their first wicket for 5 overs. At 30/0, the PI had come down to 182.
But five wickets fell in a heap between overs 6-11. At 46/5, Netherlands were tottering as everyone expected them to. The PI rose again to about 190.
A 41-run partnership between D L S van Bunge and T B M de Leede merely postponed the inevitable. But Netherlands collapsed rapidly once this duo fell and were all out for 129 in 26.5 overs.
Sunil T of Cranes Software helped create this pressure map based on the details retrieved from the Rediff scorer.
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