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Super Sachin takes India past Lanka

Catch me if you can. That’s what Sri Lanka and India played out to each other in the second Test.

On a wicket where even Abhimanyu Mithun easily stroked to 41 on the fourth day (with due respect to his batting prowess, but his expertise lies in bowling), India surpassed the mammoth Lankan challenge of 642 to score 669 with still a wicket remaining. Sachin Tendulkar’s another superlative double century and Suresh Raina’s century on debut saved the test match for India, but the competition ended as India saved the follow-on.

Catch me if you can. That’s what Sri Lanka and India played out to each other in the second Test.

On a wicket where even Abhimanyu Mithun easily stroked to 41 on the fourth day (with due respect to his batting prowess, but his expertise lies in bowling), India surpassed the mammoth Lankan challenge of 642 to score 669 with still a wicket remaining. Sachin Tendulkar’s another superlative double century and Suresh Raina’s century on debut saved the test match for India, but the competition ended as India saved the follow-on.

The interest then moved on to whether Raina and Sachin would reach their respective milestones – Raina his ton and Sachin his fifth double ton. The eventually did and the run fest continued for India. With a draw becoming inevitable, India chose not to declare and inflict maximum agony towards the Lankans in the field.

Sachin’s double was a master craft – if the century on the third day was a bit careless and nervous, the next hundred was a perfect example of master-class. The vintage class returned with aplomb as Sachin stroked freely on both the sides of the wicket. Raina also proved he has the temperament to play Test cricket and not only meant for the shorter versions of the game.

The Test now goes in the slumber mode with the fifth day becoming dead. The interesting point now is how far the tenth wicket partnership can frustrate the Lankans!

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in India, Sachin stands 4 cricket.. I started watchin cricket coz of Sachin.. hez alwys stud 4 India wenever itz in need.. long liv sachin., long play sachin.. Glad to hav u born 4 our country..
u r priceless...[:)]
vaz1 on 31 Jul 2010, 02:18 PM
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