Monday, October 11, 2010

Australia vs India

Contrasting emotions from the two captains. Dhoni smiles along side Tendulkar while Ponting grimaces. He and his team allow the two batsmen to go ahead and then Ponting claps for his bowlers. It has been a hard day for them, but make no mistake, they made it hard for themselves with some poor bowling and fielding. Tendulkar has played through the entire day and reached 191, with India trailing by just 43. Not to forget Vijay who scored a brilliant ton and shared that mammoth triple-century stand with the master. Australia are on the back foot and it will take a huge effort from not only their bowlers but also their batsmen in the second innings against the Indian spinners on this wearing pitch. Johnson picked up 2 wickets today, but Hilfenhaus and George were the stand-outs while Hauritz seemed to get his line back by the evening session. But the off spinner has no wickets for himself. Tomorrow's first session is crucial for Australia. If they manage to dismiss India before Lunch, the match will become evenly poised like the one at Mohali. However, should India bat out for a good portion of the day tomorrow, the home side could well be in a commanding position.