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Ind Vs Aus – I Test – Day 5

As expected Ponting declared with a quick fire scoring at the start and set 299 runs for India to win. He must have got jitters thinking about Sehwag and his dangers of staying in the crease for a session, but this was one of the sporting declarations of Aussie Captain for some time. India, bearing the tagline of poor chasers in the fourth innings, set out for the task. With quick dismissals of Sehwag and Dravid, India was looking down the barrel, and Australia sensed the scent of victory for a moment. Then, Sachin had different plans combining well with Gambhir and Laxman and earned a draw out of it.

The feet was moving well for Sachin playing the pacers comfortably and a little tentative against spin. He was a little unlucky when he had a lapse in concentration because of low light and gifted maiden wicket to the debutant, Cameron White. By that time, India was comfortably placed with Laxman and Ganguly taking responsibilities to take India safely till the end.

The match was close, but both teams would be highly disappointed to have not taken lead in the series. Now, with second test at Mohali, a pace assisting pitch, Australia would feel a tad comfortable going into it. India, with Kumble likely to drop out in the II test, could either play Amit Mishra or Munaf Patel. Considering the nature of the pitch, Munaf Patel would likely get an entry adding to the pace weaponry of India.

Will see you in the second test on Friday!

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October 13, 2008 - Posted by | Aus Tour Ind '08-'09, Cricket, Sports

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