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Mithun plays a big role on Sehwag’s day

Mithun plays a big role on Sehwag’s day

It was supposed to be a Virendra Sehwag’s day. His 21st century, his impulsive stroke which eventually led to his downfall, and then his return with the off-spin as he scalped two crucial Lankan wickets at the end of the day, presumably took India to a strong position, but it was a 64-run partnership for the 8th wicket between Abhimanyu Mithun and Amit Mishra, which was instrumental in taking India the all important lead. That partnership will be defined as a match-winning one if India eventually manages to win this one.

It was supposed to be a Virendra Sehwag’s day. His 21st century, his impulsive stroke which eventually led to his downfall, and then his return with the off-spin as he scalped two crucial Lankan wickets at the end of the day, presumably took India to a strong position, but it was a 64-run partnership for the 8th wicket between Abhimanyu Mithun and Amit Mishra, which was instrumental in taking India the all important lead. That partnership will be defined as a match-winning one if India eventually manages to win this one.

Mithun scored 46, his second 40 in the series, with five hits to the fence while Mishra contributed a meaty 40. Mithun, unlucky with the cherry, came to India’s rescue when it mostly needed. India was reeling at 350/7, still needing 75 runs to take the first innings lead. Mithun -Mishra’s partnership ensured India reach closer to the target, and eventually ends at 436.

The lead was crucial to this game strategically as India gained the mental advantage. And then when Sehwag inflicted a double blow by returning the Lankan openers – Paranavitana and the dangerous Dilshan – it was advantage India. With the wicket becoming a heavenly track for the spinners, it can be assumed that Mishra and Ojha and Sehwag will have crucial roles to play on the morrow. We are missing Harbhajan Singh badly!!

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another pacer-allrounder is getting ready for RCB......do you agree wid me????
GR88 on 08 Aug 2010, 07:06 AM
Mithun batting like a champ. Lovely to see...

Interesting fifth day's play, most definitely!
nakul-kamath on 07 Aug 2010, 07:20 AM
india really need a ballet to bat at the end like australia have.mithun will prove good in that position
Sahal-Haris on 07 Aug 2010, 12:33 AM
Waiting for Mithun's maiden half century, he has shown classic batting skills..... too good for a bowler to show this degree of batting skill and attitude in the game
Docsom on 06 Aug 2010, 10:07 PM
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