Sydney: India conceded 366 runs for just one wicket on Day Two of the second Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday. It was captain MS Dhoni's perplexing, and ever-changing field placements that allowed Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke to dictate terms.
Last week, Dhoni drew positives from his bowling-attack that ably bowled Australia out twice at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). But, those positives did not rise above to belief when Australia began the day still trailing by 75 runs, and with a middle-order that has earned a notorious reputation of one that disintegrates in the blink of an eye -- as demonstrated at Cape Town and Hobart.
Dhoni was justifiably restless as the dream of a maiden Test-series win in Australia faded swiftly. But, his eccentric approach, at times his greatest strength, was his deterrent. He never allowed a bowler to settle into a rhythm or a line of attack. The pointless experimentation was painful to follow.