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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Race against time for India. Game on.

The Gods and one Mashrafe Mortaza are not going to let the Indian team have their way easily. What was supposed to be a boring match with guaranteed victory within 4 days of play for the Indian team is turning out to be an exciting dash to the finish line; if we make it, that is.

Mashrafe Mortaza has always stuck it up to the Indian players. Damn him for that! Apart from tormenting us in the World Cup encounter with some classic quick bowling he again plagued us in the first innings of this test with 4 wickets to his name. But he is not satisfied and wants to flog the Indian bowlers with his bat too. At one point when we had the Bangladesh batsmen reeling at 149/8 and needing 39 runs to avoid a follow on the magical Mortaza walks in and scores a quickfire 79 of 91 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixers! This man is clearly a very impressive all-rounder. He is right up there with the likes of Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis.

The Kumble factor

We sorely missed Anil Kumble. He would have been easily able to mop up the Bangladesh tail at 149/8 with his quick and coming-out-of-thin-hair yorkers that only he can bowl. That surprise is usually too much for the tail-enders. 89 runs for the last two wickets would never have happened. 

Put your hands up, seniors

Anyway, now there is a tough yet a very achievable task ahead for the Indians. This is the time for the seniors in the side to put their hands up and do some quick scoring before lunch tomorrow. The first innings was entirely different with no pressure whatsoever and all the time in the world to do the scoring. Those centuries by Ganguly and Tendulkar were fine and classy but if they fail this time round, then those centuries will not have proven anything. Having said that Tendulkar is going on magnificently with some intelligent cricket scoring lots of 1s ans 2s. Hope he continues. And hope Ganguly clicks too. He can be very effective against left-arm spin and conincidentally Bangladesh feature a pack of left-arm spinners among them.

Interesting day ahead. The tasks are cut out for both teams. Indians need to smash some quick runs in the first hour and declare and follow up with neat bowling while the Bangladeshis need to just dig in there with the bat.

If Tendulkar and Kaarthick last long enough Dhoni might get a push up the order and some violent hitting could be on the cards. Now, that is some excitement to look out for. No rain please. 

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