Day 3 of the first test between Bangladesh and India saw the most overs being bowled so far in a day in this test – and yet they fell shot of the required quota for the day by about 20 – that gives an indication of how much cricket has been played in these three days.
Bangladesh, like India didn’t capitalize on the good start they got to lose their way early to be 98 for 6, well before lunch. But as it happened in the only test that India failed to win against Bangladesh, India let them off the hook. In that other match, their No. 8 scored 79 – in this match, he scored 69. The names of the players may be different, but those runs have been significant contributions. The first one from Mortaza saved the test for Bangladesh, and it remains to be seen if the performance from Mahmudullah, is enough to save this test.
As I had predicted, India managed to take the lead – but by just one run 🙂 India then finished the day on 122/1 with an overall lead of 123. Sehwag again failed to capitalise on the good start, getting out for 45. Mishra came out as night watchmen and remained not out on 24 with Gambhir on 46 at close.
The plan for India would be to add another 200 odd runs and declaring early to give their bowlers sufficient time to bowl out Bangladesh in the remaining overs…which could get sufficiently decreased owing to the weather and bad light.
With India struggling at 218/3 at the end of day 1, Bangladesh was hoping for a solid performance to consolidate its position on day 2. For a while, it seemed like they were getting there, but 3 wickets in the space of eleven balls did more damage to their chances than what the score card shows.
I know it is still too early to say, but having knocked Bangladesh back to 59/3, India certainly seem to have the edge in this test now. Unless Ashraful and/or Shakib Al Hasan do something extra “ordinary” tomorrow, I think India may even end up taking a first innings lead.
Earlier in the day, Tendulkar made 29 of the 30 runs India added, to notch up his 44th Test hundred (and his 89th international hundred). .. Boy, what a record that is. He may not get to a hundred hundreds in international cricket before he retires, but I don’t think he is done yet 🙂
With only half the number of overs bowled in two days of play and so many truncated sessions, it is hard to do a session by session score card – but one thing is for certain, if we made a SBS scorecard, the clear winner would be none other than the weather 😦
Flashback to May, 2007. India had just come out of the World Cup debacle and were in a state of shock. After the effigy burnings, backlash and public scrutiny, the team that eventually landed in Bangladesh was probably not in the right state of mind. Before the team was selected, there were even calls for seniors (including Tendulkar to be dropped), and when the team was named, the likes of Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh had been left out. Even though India were playing against the lowest ranked team in the world, some people believed that India were vulnerable and could even be defeated.
Coming back to January 2010 – things couldn’t be more different for India. With its new No. 1 ranking, India is a strong and confident side. And, although Sehwag sounded arrogant when he claimed that Bangladesh were an ordinary side, a lot of people knew he was probably right – there was no way India was going to lose.
But what happened at the end of day 1? India were struggling at 213/8, and quite relieved to take the bad light when it was offered to them. Not what you would have expected when India had raced away to 60-odd runs by lunch in just 13 overs.
Although India are currently ranked No. 1 in the world, they still aren’t the best team in the world – which I think they can become. For that, they need to start playing good cricket consistently, and a way to get out of tight situations…like the one they are facing today.
The match is far from over, and India can still recover – it promises to be an interesting Test…and I thought I’d never say that when India plays Bangladesh.