July 30, 2007

Dhoni in Test Match #19: Day 3

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India vs England, India in England, Pataudi Trophy Test Series (2007) - 2nd Test
Date: 27-31 July 2007

Day 3 (29 July 2007): England fighting hard to save the match

The Indian batsmen posted a huge total of 481 runs, thanks to half-centuries from five of their top six batsmen. The strong batting line-up finally delivered as one would expect from them.

The England would have been facing much more deficit than the 283 runs, if not the umpire made two wrong decisions. Simon Taufel, normally very reliable, made the mistake of ruling Tendulkar out in the nineties. In the first over after lunch, Tendulkar padded up to a Paul Collingwood delivery that had pitched outside off and was clearly going through straight. Taufel ruled Tendulkar out lbw, much to the dismay of the batsman.

Another decision that went against India is the dismissal of Sourav Ganguly. He was ruled caught behind, while replays showed that there is no contact between the bat and the ball. These verdicts have slowed down the run rate. The quick dismissal of Dhoni did not help the situation either.

Laxman took time to complete his half-century with Kumble for company. Kumble scored an useful 30 runs. England commenced the second innings with a huge deficit. Their openers had done well in the 16 overs they had to face before the end of the day. But, with two more days of play left, they have lot more work to do to save the match.

1st innings:
England 198 (Cook 43, Zaheer 4 for 59, Kumble 3 for 32)
India 481 (Tendulkar 91, Ganguly 79, Karthik 77, Jaffer 62, Laxman 54, Panesar 4 for 101)

2nd innings:
England 43/0 (Strauss 21 not out)


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