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Thursday, December 03, 2009

India steam ahead - Mumbai second day

What a match? What a man?


This is probably the best innings one has seen in the last few decades in response to a score of nearly 400.

The Indians took the remaining two wickets of the Lankans in the morning and the scorecard read 393. Enter the Indian openers. The Lankans thought that they had a good chance to take control of the match. Sehwag and Vijay had other ideas. What happened next cannot be explained in words.Partnerships of more than 220 for the first and second (so far) wickets ensured that India sped away with the match in the manner of a Formula-One team.

Vijay and Rahul Dravid played good supporting roles to ensure that Sehwag does what he is good at. And Sehwag was not just good, he stole the thunder from the Lankans to such an extent that the Dream of Final Frontier was promptly laid to rest. It was carnage, to say the least. He features in three of the top four, and five of the top ten fastest double-centuries in Tests.The gentleman has moved quite a long way from the shadow of Sachin Tendulkar but such innings show that he can get into the leagues of the Greats also.

What does the man say about his day -
I missed the big knock in the last Test. I didn't want to miss out this time. I just wanted to hit the bad balls. I was watching the ball really well. I just wanted to see the ball and hit the ball. It's a good track to bat on. The first day the pitch was damp and so it was spinning and seaming but it has gone now. Day 4 and 5 it will turn again. Muralitharan is a big challenge to face; rather than wait for him to dominate I wanted to dominate him.

The Session dashboard shows the current status - India has taken a strong grip on the test match and I cant see how SriLanka will come back from this thrashing today. The series is going 2-0 and India deserve to be the No.1 on the ICC Rankings.


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