Monday, 25 January 2010

India take no chances this time

With the thrashing what they received in the first test at Chittagong, India were in no mood to relax keeping in mind that they had to prove a lot of things in the second test at Dhaka. And, the Indian players did just that. Added to everything that happened earlier in the tournament, India were convinced after the return of the regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had to miss the first test owing to a back injury, which India had to put in a delayed and extra effort to see them through that match. But now, everything looks to be intact for India.

The Bangladeshi batsmen that includes Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and other lesser known names as far as international cricket is considered had absolutely no answers for the Indian bowlers that had the likes of Zaheer Khan, Ishanth Sharma in the lead. Unlike in the first test where it was all left on the experienced lads like Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan to fight it out, this time it was Ishanth Sharma who did everything he could with the ball. What a match it was with both the openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes getting out for a duck! One need not forget the caliber of the Bangladesh team when citing the above deeds.

However, Bangladesh didn't stop reminding the world regarding the improvement they have shown in recent years and also showed that they are very much interested in playing test cricket as good as any other test playing nation. In fact, Bangladesh are the only team who are found putting up more hard work than any other team in today's test cricket. If a close look at the 9 test playing nations in today's cricket is given a close look at, no country is found playing the game the way it is supposed to be played. Finally, there has to be one winner and one loser for every game.

However, there was a late swing in the Bangladeshi tale when the number 8 batsman in Mahmudullah scored 96 runs and there were also four batsmen who scored in excess of 30 runs. This was hardly expected from a Bangladeshi team that was at one stage found reeling at 51 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. The last two wickets of the Bangladeshi innings lasted for 78 runs which is too costly as far as Bangladesh is considered. India should not have allowed Bangladesh go past 200 runs with all these in hand. But, once again, a little bit of underestimation made this turn into reality.

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