Mitchell Starc has to sit out of the second Ashes test match

If Mitchell Starc has to sit out of the second Ashes test match which is to be played in Lord’s, the Australian bowling attack will get significantly weakened.

Starc is a big threat for the batsmen in English conditions, not only with his pace, but, with his swing as well.

He is one of those rare pacers going around who can make the ball move in the air at quite a bit of speed.

He had a bad ankle in Cardiff; still he cranked up good speeds and ended up as Australia’s most successful bowler there.

However, the kind of discomfort he looked in while bowling in the latter parts of the third day, one could make out that his injury was getting from bad to worse and thus, for him to pull up in only 4 days’ time, it’s unlikely.

And, knowing Australia’s philosophy, their selection committee would never pick someone who is 80 or 90% fit.

They would have probably thought of doing so if it was a One Day International, but, a test match is a different ball game.

Mumbai Indians finally got on to the board

Ricky Ponting’s Mumbai Indians finally got on to the board in the ongoing 8th edition of the Indian Premier League as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Batting first, Mumbai posted more than 200 and then defended that score successfully with the wily off spinner Harbhajan Singh leading the way for them.

Bangalore actually approached the chase with an unclear mind. They had more than 10 runs per over to score from the start and it was a no brainer that they had to go hard, but, for some reason, they were happy scoring just a run a ball in the power play and as a result of that, the pressure kept mounting.

However, in spite of that sort of start, Bangalore managed to reach 191 and that suggests how good the wicket was.

If the start had been a little better, the target was gettable.

The culprit for Bangalore again was Chris Gayle. He took too many deliveries upfront and then, got out leaving the other players with an impossible task.

AB De Villiers though, being the inhuman that he is, tried his best batting with a strike rate of more than 400, but, there was always the possibility of him going to mistime a stroke somewhere down the line and it happened.