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Can Sachin lead the way?

A disciplined Marcus North and consistent use of the willow by Tim Paine lifted Australia to a commanding position against India at the end of the second day in the second Test in Bangalore. The onus is now on the Indian batsmen, especially Sachin Tendulkar, who just got past 14000 runs in Test cricket. Australia won the first battle by posting a commanding total and then picking up two important wickets of Virendra Sehwag and Rahul Dravid cheap.

A disciplined Marcus North and consistent use of the willow by Tim Paine lifted Australia to a commanding position against India at the end of the second day in the second Test in Bangalore. The onus is now on the Indian batsmen, especially Sachin Tendulkar, who just got past 14000 runs in Test cricket. Australia won the first battle by posting a commanding total and then picking up two important wickets of Virendra Sehwag and Rahul Dravid cheap.

No Laxman means Dravid and Sachin had to take extra responsibility in this match. But Dravid, for the third time in the series, failed to a left armer. But today's loss could be a huge setback for India as India's batting line up features two new faces in Murali Vijay and Cheteswar Pujara. Without belittling them, to expect match-saving innings from both in a pressure-cooker situation like this would definitely be a huge ask. However, both the batsmen have shown resilience and maturity in the past and lets hope they continue with that in this match. Vijay already showed he is ready to graduate to bigger tasks by holding on to his fort at one end and striking a crucial partnership with Sachin.

Sachin, on the other hand, is playing his natural game and we all hope he continues with his game. India needs to bat well into the 4th day to have a stronger grip on the Aussies. The men from Down Under are hurt and would be waiting to jump into every opportunity that comes in their way.

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