Team India sailing high at the moment, but Sachin just misses another TonDecember 27, 2011 19:32
India was 214/3 at the draw of stumps today. India still has formidable arrows left in the reserve and Australia will have to battle really hard to shield away from them.
Everything went as per plan for the Indian side, but for the unfortunate dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar in the last over. The match at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, in Australia had nothing to talk about the Australina team for the day. They were rattled and tired after extensive fielding to the wonderful partnerships between Sehwag and Dravid who contributed between them 75 runs. Later the partnership between Sachin and Dravid was vibrant, in which they put up a formidable score of 117 runs. This was the situation on the second day of the first test match between India and Australia.
The most important point worth mentioning was the tremendous form displayed by the master blaster on the field. He scored a marvelous 73 runs in 98 balls. This includes the little master punishing the ball nine times to the fence, to claim his eight boundaries and one six. In spite of an astonishing display he succumbed to the delivery by Siddle in the last over of the day. Tendulkar came forward to drive and the ball nipped in a shade to escape between bat and pad. A brilliant batting got over by a brilliant ball by the Australian.
Well in the end Ishant Sharma joined Dravid as the night watchman. Dravid made a decent 68 in his style with 185 balls and was still holding the willow. The two wickets that fell on the Indian side were Gautam Gambhir for just 3 runs and another of Sehwag, after a splendid knock of scoring 67 runs from 83 balls. Nothing much to talk about the bowlers but for the wonderful ball bowled by the Australian to claim Sachin’s wicket. Clarke was totally out of his wits and tried several changes in the bowling arena but invain. (AarKay)