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Monday, January 25, 2010

Sachin and Dravid take the match further at Mirpur

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar took India to the brink of an innings victory in the 2nd test at Mirpur.

Rahul Dravid was admitted to the hospital after he was hit by a short ball - the last time I remember such an incident was in Adelaide. Other than this incident, the batting and the luck associated with the Indian team was all with the visitors.

The Indians scored at a fair clip with the 2 veterans scoring centuries that must have not rated very high on their career but nevertheless they are test runs & that is how they approached the game - scoring runs to ensure that the Indians do not get into the over-confidence thinking mode again.

The openers put on another century stand and it was sad to see Gautam Gambhir get out after his half-century - it is doubtful that he will get a chance to bat in the 2nd innings and hence would not be able to match Sir Donald Bradman. He however, got his opportunity to score a 50+ score for 11 consecutive matches like another Great, Sir Viv Richards. I will not get into the argument or discussion of who is better or whose runs are better. This is scope for another day.

The one surprise today was the absence of Yuvraj Singh - is he hiding any injury is the question on everyone's mind. Murali Vijay scored 30 but could not carry on further - a lost opportunity on a possible hundred.

What next? The Indians will score another 50-75 runs to get to a lead of 300 runs. Then, in the 2nd hour of the day, the Bangladesh team will start their 2nd innings in a state of pressure. They will not be able to survive the remaining overs of the day. So, overall, a 3-day test match in offing.

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