Hyderabad:Australia was at 90 for 4 in the first one dayer and 160 for 4 in the second game against India, but both times they managed a score over 300. That obviously does not speak volumes about the quality of bowling being dished out, despite the fact that India has been playing five specialist bowlers.
Clearly, economy rates for the bowlers are a problem area. At 4.2 runs an over, Harbhajan Singh leads the table of Indian bowlers having the best economy rate since January 2005.
But the quicks aren't that impressive, giving away close to 5 runs an over. And while Sreesanth's strike rate shows that he's a wicket taking bowler, he's going for close to 6 runs an over.
That is way over the international mark set by the likes of Shaun Pollock and Glenn McGrath, who have gone for less than 4 runs over.
The top 5 bowlers in terms of economy rate since January 2005 are all giving away just about 4 runs an over that includes the spinners for whom the power plays are not too kind.
The Indian bowlers certainly managed to get it right in the 20-20 world cup, but perhaps 4 over spells are far more conducive to getting in the right length deliveries rather than the 10 overs in a 50 over match.
In the last couple of games, as Ricky Ponting proudly claimed, the Australian bowlers have delivered some really good balls. With the pitch in Hyderabad stadium likely to favour the batsmen more, the Indian bowlers will have to make sure that they are not at the receiving end once again.