Hitmonlee-- Thanks! You might be right about the telegraph, but maybe she just figured I wanted to get rid of choice scarf. Doesn't the normal Donphan (no extra attack evs) need to 3hko with ice shard? I'm not sure.
As for the sucker punch:
<Insert a few rounds with Spiritomb smacking Snorlax around>
. . .
Fujihara switched in Pikachu (lvl 100 Pikachu ?).
Spiritomb used Sucker Punch.
But it failed!
Takeshi: Pikachu, it got back in.
Kasumi: It got in without being taunted, burned, or even taking a pain split . . .
Professor Okito: Satoshi’s reading has truly become impressive!
Takeshi: More importantly, that was the last sucker punch.
Takeshi: Sucker Punch has a max of 8 pp, and Shirona just used the last one. That's the weakness of not putting Pursuit on in favor of more annoyance-- it's easy to run out of attacks. It makes Spiritomb a powerful lead, but weak at late game sweeping.
Satoshi: Alright, this match is mine!!
In short, I stalled with lax until I saw her use a sucker punch. She'd already used 6 previously.
Actually, my opponent admitted to me after she completely forgot about sucker punch's limited PP (heat of the battle). My good luck I guess :P
I guess that's one of the bad sides of this format. If people choose to not follow the dialogue, they might miss some of the important play-by-plays. :/