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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

India flexes their muscles at Chittagong

Sreesanth bowling at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
India dismissed Bangladesh for a solitary run short by flexing their bowling muscles at Chittagong. The bowlers, thus ensured that the Indians were not embarrassed by a first-innings lead for the Bangla team.

It was a team effort with all bowlers coming to the party and picking up wickets. The pace bowlers pitched the ball up and made batting difficult for the batsmen. Zaheer and Ishant, in particular, made the ball talk with their lengths. Sreesanth alternated with good balls, no-balls and 4-balls to complete an inconsistent performance. Amit Mishra came to the party also with tail-end wickets.

The batsmen came out with the intent of scoring a good total in the 2nd innings and the scoring rate reflected the approach. Sehwag was his usual self and Gambhir gave him adequate support. The lead became 123 runs in no time. With 2 days to go, the match seems to be in a good state of play - the Indians of course, are in a position to define a target of 350-400 runs in the next 2 sessions and have 4 sessions to dismiss the Bangladesh team. The Bangla team had made a strong statement about their capabilities in the first innings (thanks to Sehwag's pre-match statement) but the energies seem to have dried up in the second stint. Hopefully, they will be able to regroup tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the IPL-3 auction happened and the franchisees were able to spend their purses in picking up players in the auction.The Pakistan players were very hopeful of being selected for any team but it was not to be. The West Indies players like Pollard and Roach were the ones who were given high fees to be selected.

India have showed glimpses of their capability as a No.1 team in the world. They now have to expand on today's situation and do the necessary formalities to win the match. Weather might be the only factor that might delay or deprive the Indians.

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