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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

TEST MATCH – THE REAL THRILLER

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Who said test match is so boring? It sometimes proves to be much thriller than any other format of the game. The first test match against Australia at Mohali (Oct 01-05 ’10) seems to be one of the most exciting match in the history of cricket. Chasing a target of 216 for India in their home ground is not a tough task for them. But they lost 8 wickets for just 124 runs and no one should have expected that the result would come in favor of India at that time. The crucial partnership of 81 runs between V.V.S.Laxman and Ishant Sharma made this to happen and they both looked so cool but played with much responsibility. Credit goes to both as Laxman played his innings with injury and Ishant, being a bowler he challenged all the Aussie bowlers like a professional batsman. Laxman's innings was very, very special, which is why we call him ‘Very Very Special' Laxman.  He took the team out of danger so many times in the middle order and he has been considering as a long term thorn for Australian cricket team. Zaheer khan who received the Man of the match said “its remarkable how he has got us out of danger so many times. I'll happily give him my award. He deserves it for the way he played.” Ponting admitted that out of five bowlers used, no one could get that one wicket. He added that ‘this is probably more disappointing than Kolkata (in 2001). There's no hiding the fact that it hurts. But this was one of the best and most exciting Test matches that I've been part of, and I'm proud of my team for how they competed’. Ponting is still not able to taste a victory in India as a captain. The game thus ended in favour of India and India leads the series 1-0. The second test will start on 9th Oct and I hope to see another exciting match in Bengaluru, India.

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