India fighting hard with their back to the wall to save complete humiliation.

@msdivkar (1903)
India
January 5, 2012 2:52am CST
After conceding a huge first innings lead of 468 runs, India fighting hard with their back to the wall to avoid complete humiliation by Australia in the second cricket test being played at Sydney, Australia. Earlier Australia declared their first innings closed on a mammoth score of 659 for 4 with skipper Clark on 329 and Hussey on 150 both not out. Skipper Clark could have gone on and on to set up a personal milestone to challenge Brian Lara's 400 N.O., the best score in test cricket, but he decided against it in best interest of Australian cricket to give his bowlers sufficient time to get India out and win with a huge margin. It was an batting display by Australia with Michael Hussey, whose test place was in doubt before this test match, became the third Australian after Clark and Ponting to score a century. It was a complete humiliation for Indian bowling attack when Clark and Hussey put on a huge unbroken partnership of 334 runs surpassing the record fourth wicket partnership of 288 runs between Clark and Ponting without conceding a single chance in the process. India started their reply with Gambhir and Sehwag and Gambhir showed his positive attacking intent immediately scoring 2 consecutive fours of Pattinson's first over. Sehwag however did not last long giving a hard catch to Warner at point. Rahul Dravid and Gambhir steadied the innings and took the score to hundred when Dravid was bowled once again through his gates a very unlikely even for Dravid in his prime which only indicates that it is time Dravid hangs up his boot to avoid further humiliation. Gambhir and Tendulkar survived the day somehow with some anxious moments for the Indian fans to heave a sigh of relief. It is a tall order for India to save this match but not impossible considering the nature of pitch but the pressure of huge deficit is working on the minds of batsmen and compelling them to make mistakes. Let us see how far India succeeds in the effort.
4 responses
@venkit (2957)
• India
5 Jan 12
In the second innings india is fighting hard. this is the first time in this series that India is showing some resistance. gambir is playing well, but Dravid returned to pavilion,so its still a up hill task. lets hope that something good will happen for India.
5 Jan 12
very optimistic I feel, Indian team forgot about 300 figure from past 5 or 6 test matches, this thing makes me wonder really how can a team with such great players can't make 300+, team India has proved that its lion in home but nothing in overseas. Its a bit harsh to say that but they are not even putting some fight in any match.finally sadly I feel that they can't escape a innings defeat..
• India
5 Jan 12
Dravid was the only hope to save this test match . But as he is out , now the hope will be on how Ghambir and Sachin is going to hang over there. No hope with Laxman . If we lose this test , then selectors should think the team line up and bring back Rohit sharma.
@msdivkar (1903)
• India
5 Jan 12
Yes Dravid was considered as main stay in this innings if India were to save this match because he is most qualified among Indian players to stay at the wicket for hours together which is the need of the moment.
@mohkanari (1957)
• India
5 Jan 12
As Dravid is out and two days are left it seems impossible for India to avoid the innings defeat. But this is the apt time Sachin can bat without botheration about his records and score more than 100. His stand at crease with Laxman, Kohli and Dhoni can bring some rays of hopes to avoid a defeat in this test.
@msdivkar (1903)
• India
5 Jan 12
Yes it indeed is a very difficult for India to save this match when two of its stalvarts, Sehwag and Dravid already back to pavilion and a huge mountain to climb with two more days to go. It is difficult but not impossible. It has to be Kohli this time who has to chip in to save india more than Laxman or Dhoni as he is a future prospect for India.
• India
5 Jan 12
before i address the main issue here,why should dravid hangs his boots? just a couple of month back,he scored 3 hundreds against tough english condition and all is forgotten. send a bye-bye card to Dhoni because he is performing worse than ashwin with his batting. back to the game. good news is sehwag is out.good news because,the chance of india winning the match is very slim and al one has to do is play out the entire 180 overs which is not suitable for sehwag. another good news,we got gambhir back.it was horrifying to see him getting out early for the past few matches but this innings he looks better. would have been more happy if dravid stayed. anyway if there is anytime better for sachin to hit his hundredth ton,this would be the best place and time (would have been even better if it came in the WC finals) besides its time to show the indian tail can wag too. just hope they throw the wickets away. good luck for tomorrow. btw the SCG ground people must have been busy praying that sachin wont get out today itself,otherwise their ticket sale for the 4th day would be hit big time
@msdivkar (1903)
• India
5 Jan 12
Thank you stardust for your valuable comments. I agree with you Dravid had a wonderful English season when all other Indian batsmen including Sachin failed bitterly. But we have to note that Dravid is out bowled throgh his gates fourth time in Australia which is not so common with Dravid we know. It may amuse you to note that Dravid is my most favorite player even ahead of Sachin. I have always admired to be a complete batsman and a gentleman to the core. But as every good thing has to end someday, DRavid's innings has also got to end and it should not be selectors who make that decision for him. I think Sachin's hundred is more important to salvage some pride for India than his individual glory. Let us all pray for him to play innings of his life just for that.