Aug 3, 2008

India Levels Series at SSC 2008

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India did most of the things right in this test match, and it is a good comeback one down in this Test series. As skipper kumble has summed it up " we have done this in the past " . Some of the players slowly put up their hands, firstly the double hundred from sehwag saved India from another low score, his double hundred assured that there are some runs to be defended for the bowlers, Harbhajan then came up with a good performance considering the last match where none of Indian bowlers made any mark. Thus restricting the Sri Lankans in first innings and managed a slender lead.

That is always going to play up on the batsmens mind, it is more of a psychological edge than the numbers. In the second innings Gambhir played a good innings and again Sehwag put up with a consistent effort. The middle order still hasn't clicked in a way they are used to. They are still in need to show their fire power, India will hope they fire in the decider so that India clinch the series coming back from one down.

Sri Lanka fumbled at the run chase, 307 was always going to be formidable total to achieve playing on a fourth day pitch considering the way the pitch played all the days of this test. Ishant sharma with his 3 for 20 did the Job for India removing inform Sri Lankan batsmen and then Harbhajan and Kumble bowled out the Sri Lankan lower order.

Its a good comeback from India considering the middle order flop show continued and the big guns have still yet not fired except Laxman's fifty in the first test. If India wants to play in comfort zone then the middle order needs to fire, that's the key as the decider will be a pressure match, and Sri Lankans are big game makers and they don't give up so easily as they have in this Test, India needs to put up a more consistent all round performance to show that its the real winner in this series.

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