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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gambhir puts India on course for another win

Gautam Gambhir at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
5 centuries in 5 consecutive test matches - Who are the players who have achieved it in test cricket? Kallis, Mohammed Yousuf and now Gautam Gambhir. Has anyone done better? who else, Don Bradman.

Centuries against NewZealand (away), SriLanka and now Bangladesh has made Gautam Gambhir reach the elite list of players. He has been in prime form since the T20 World Cup two years ago.

His confidence is at sky-high and the Indian team is reaping the benefits of this form. Today was no different. First with Amit Mishra and then with Rahul Dravid, Gambhir went on piling runs at a rapid rate that put pressure on the Bangla team.

Sehwag had mentioned about Bangladesh being an ordinary team. This infuriated the hosts which resulted in a low score in the first innings. But, this team will not make the same mistake twice, in the same match.  Everyone made contributions around Gambhir to keep the run-rate ticking along.

The Indian team scored enough runs in time that ensured that they had time to bowl out the Bangladesh (which will be justified only tomorrow).  2 wickets fell today, thanks to good bowling from the Indians. Ishant seems to be coming back to his old form - only time will tell if it is for good. Zaheer is doing his bit by guiding the bowlers on the right line and length to bowl on this pitch.

I do not feel that the Bangladesh team will be able to withstand the pressure of the large target ahead of them. If the weather does not interrupt tomorrow, the match will be over in the next 50-60 overs.

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