Some would say that India have the upper hand in the match with India well in sight of a first innings lead and with four wickets remaining. But in my opinion the match is quite evenly poised. Remember, India will have to bat last in this match and that will act against them.
A lot of things seem to be happening against the run of play. The first one was Misbah-ul-Haq’s dismissal. What a bizarre dismissal it was? He jumped up in the air to avoid the throw and although he was above the crease, he wasn’t grounded. Even Inzi, the uncrowned king of run outs (such as these ones: 1, 2) – or does that title belong to Steve Waugh? , would have been proud of this one 😉
And then there was Tendulkar’s run out. To start with, there was no second run. And as Tendulkar turned around, he slipped. In spite of that he kept going. By the time he decided to turn back, it was too late. Tendulkar is usually a good judge of runs but this must rank as one of his worst judgements.
But the key dismissal that went against the run of play was Rahul Dravid. He looked solid as ever, but got bowled by a gem from Tanvir. From being 71 for 1, India ended up at 93 for 5 in the space of about 6 overs! It was left to Laxman to once again mount another rear guard effort (this time in the company of Dhoni) to keep India in the game, but it remains to be seen how much of a lead India get to. IMHO, India need a lead of at least one hundred runs – which is unlikely, but not impossible at this stage. It all depends on captain Kumble and VVS Laxman.