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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tamim delays the defeat at Mirpur

Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
Thanks to a well-played century by Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh team survived the 3rd day against my expectation and took the match into the next day. If not for the last few overs, their score would have looked much better.

Zaheer Khan's reverse swing helped India break the highest partnership ever for Bangladesh. The 2 quick wickets has put the pressure back on the hosts and I am not sure if they can fight back yet again in the match. If they manage to put a lead of 150-200 runs, Gautam Gambhir for one, will feel that he has a chance to score yet another century - maybe not, since his partner is a certain Virender Sehwag!!!

The first part of the day was dominated by MS Dhoni's batting - especially with Ishant Sharma, he showed a display very similar to Mahmudullah on the first day. He was dismissed very close to his century but the lead was quite good for the Indians.

Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid did not come out to bat and that must be one worry for the Indians ahead of their South Africa series.

What will happen tomorrow? Well, I do not feel there is any chance of Bangladesh escape defeat in this test match by any way. They will be confronted by the Indian attack that will want to finish the match and hence, the long tour early. Will it end by the lunch? Maybe not. By the first hour after lunch, the hosts will be dismissed and the openers will knock off the lead. Let us see how close is my prediction!!!

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