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Friday, November 27, 2009

Victory for India - Kanpur fourth and final day

The only surprise on Day Four was the fact that Sri Lanka added more than 200 runs within the first 2 sessions. With nothing to lose, the batsmen threw their bat around and took their score to a respectable one. Samaraweera boosted his run-tally with another unbeaten knock.

Zaheer Khan seems to have developed a no-ball problem that needs some fine-tuning. Sreesanth was given one spell in the morning without any success. The two spinners did their bit by tying up the batsmen. Harbhajan picked up 3 wickets - not convincing but something that will give him confidence. Ojha has been the find of the match for me. He proved that he was a vital cog in India's team and along with Mishra, has the potential to take Indian spin through the next few years. He may still be dropped next match in favor of Ishant (the Mumbai pitch is likely to help pace) but that should not deter him.

Overall, the Indians were lucky first to have won the toss - that itself should be a factor of 25% of the win. The batsmen made merry (especially the first three batsmen) and the bowlers used the runs on the board to pressurize the Lankan batsmen to make mistakes. A good team effort and lots of positives to take to the next test.

Sri Lanka should still think positively. If they win the next test match, the series will be drawn. They should think that it was a loss of good fortune that Sangakkara called the toss incorrectly. If not, they would have had a good chance of winning this test. That is the only way to compete against the Indians in the last match.

The Session Dashboard has Sri Lanka score another half-point on the last day because of their runs. Otherwise, the dashboard reveals the one-sided nature of the test match.

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