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Sunday, December 19, 2010

SA Series - Sachin's 50th delays the South African march

Sachin Tendulkar50 Centuries - No mean featSachin Tendulkar selected the right occasion to score his 50th century in test matches - 50 centuries, very difficult to believe that one has scored so many but that is not great, if the person involved is a certain Sachin Tendulkar. At 277 for six, Sachin felt that this was another test going the same way as most of other test matches (13 losses in the last 20 years) where India had faltered in the first innings (less than 200 runs) and thus lost the match.

But MS Dhoni gave him company for more than 40 overs to take India close to the first-innings deficit. Dhoni fell but not Sachin. He is still there, keeping the hopes of the entire nation, to take India's march on the final day also.

VVS Laxman had an off-day at office which meant that the pressure was more on Sachin. He obviously was not thinking about the century because there was still a lot of runs to be scored. Before him, Rahul Dravid had also fallen to the bowling of Morkel. The South African bowling was very focused and the pitch was helping the spinners a bit. The bounce sometimes was unpredictable but not overly impossible.

Bad light stopped play and there was reports that rain came down quickly. Will rain stop the Proteas march tomorrow just like it helped Cullinan in 1997. Someone else remarked that if the same match had taken place in the Asian sub-continent, tonight's rains will definitely help the Indians save the match - in fact, it would have not started on Day 1 itself.
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