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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Will it be another 2-0 for India?

Sreesanth bowling at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
India start the second test against Bangladesh in the right form to go for a 2-0 win in the series. There will be however 2 replacements in the team - Sreesanth and VVS Laxman ruled out of the match today.

The Indians will be looking to improve their performance in the first innings, as compared to the same in the first test. Gautam Gambhir will be looking to join Bradman at the top with 6 consecutive hundreds in as many test matches. Sehwag will be keen to improve his average against Bangladesh from his current 32 to somewhere close to his career average of 52 (to do this, he needs to score 140 in the next innings). New Zealand and England are the 2 other countries against whom he has got an average less than 50.

Whoever comes in place of VVS will have a chance to impress the selectors and retain his place in the squad for the next series. Yuvraj also gets another chance to prove his worth at the test level. The bowlers did a decent job in the first test for most of the time (except for the phase where tailenders enjoyed themselves). There will be 2 changes to the team with Sreesanth going out and Harbhajan coming back to the squad. I would suggest that Amit Mishra given another chance alongside Bhajji,

Bangladesh will expect someone to support their captain Sakib in the batting while they will try to prove Sehwag wrong in showing their ability to take 20 wickets in a test match.

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