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Sachin shoulders India to get his 48th ton

Sehwag falls for 99.
Sachin gets his 48th ton.

Barring Rahul Dravid, Murali Vijay, VVS Laxman got start but couldn’t build on the platform. Suresh Raina, however, bucked the trend and gave Sachin the much needed company in the middle to carve a rescue act for India. The quick wickets after the unfortunate fall of Sehwag gave India the scare, but then Sachin and Suresh combined well to graft an unbeaten 141-run partnership. It has taken India close to saving the follow-on, but with two days still remaining in the Test, India still has lots to ponder.

Sehwag falls for 99.
Sachin gets his 48th ton.

Barring Rahul Dravid, Murali Vijay, VVS Laxman got start but couldn’t build on the platform. Suresh Raina, however, bucked the trend and gave Sachin the much needed company in the middle to carve a rescue act for India. The quick wickets after the unfortunate fall of Sehwag gave India the scare, but then Sachin and Suresh combined well to graft an unbeaten 141-run partnership. It has taken India close to saving the follow-on, but with two days still remaining in the Test, India still has lots to ponder.

For, firstly, the Lankans are bowling with imagination and varying their lengths and pace. The variation shook and stirred the Indian batting order. More importantly, it slowed down the Indian scoring rate, handling the advantage to the Lankans. With the follow-on cut-off point at 442 still threatening, the joy of Sachin reaching his 48th Test ton and 94th International century somewhat might taste sour as India is still not out of danger of losing this Test. Sehwag’s wild swing at 99 and subsequently losing out could be regarded as the turning point in the match, had not Sachin stood there solid as ever. But the Lankans will also rue their chances, as Sachin was dropped behind and an appeal against Raina was turned down.

Needless to say, the contest is tilted towards the Lankans at this point. Some quick wickets on the morrow may push India deep into the well. The need of the hour for Sachin and Raina to continue with the good work till lunch tomorrow and then take things forward.

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sachin!!!cum on u can score hundred centuries u r my hero
ROHANKINI on 31 Jul 2010, 06:56 AM
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