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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Cricket: 2nd Test. End of 4th Day's Play.

Category: Misc. Cricket

Australia's Cricket tour of India 2004
2nd Test. Chennai. End of 4th Day's Play. Sunday. 17th October 2004.

India are 19 for no loss chasing 229 to win in their 2nd innings. The test match is interestingly poised, with India having a great chance to level the series 1-1.

Australia started at 150 for 4 and Jason Gillespie provided solid support to Damien Martyn. They went to lunch without any the loss of a wicket. Damien Martyn played solidly and Jason Gillespie defended stodgily. Australia lost their first wicket of the day after lunch, when Gillespie was caught at slip of the bowling of Harbhajan. Damien Martyn scored his first century versus India, coming at a time, when Australia needed it the most. Martyn was out after scoring 106 runs. Anil Kumble took the wicket of Darren Lehmann, after he had added 50 odd runs with Michael Clarke for the 7th wicket. Shane Warne went early, caught at silly-point off the bowling of Anil Kumble. Kasprowicz was out LBW and Glenn McGrath was bowled by Harbhajan. Australia were all out for 369 setting India a target of 229 runs to win with three overs and a day's play remaining.

Virender Sehwag smashed Glenn McGrath for three fours and Yuvraj has a streaky boundary and India had raced to 19 for no loss of only three overs, setting the pace to win the match.

Tomorrow's first session will be very interesting. If Virender Sehwag lasts till lunch, the match will be in India's favour. The way Sehwag plays, if he is at the crease for 30 odd overs, the score would be 120 plus. Yuvraj may or may not last, however, if he plays like Jason Gillespie did this morning, and provides support to Sehwag there are chances we may go to lunch at 120 for no loss and then go on to win the match from there.

It will be an interesting day's cricket tomorrow and I'm sure of an Indian victory with Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and /or VVS Laxman making major contributions. If Sehwag lasts for the first session and sets the pace, the match is ours. Come on India, fight!

It has been an engrossing test match.
Scores: At the close of play
1st Day: 14th Oct: Australia: 235 all out. India: 28 for 1
2nd Day: 15th Oct: India: 291 for 6
3rd Day: 16th Oct: India: 376 all out. Australia 150 for 4
4th Day: 17th Oct: Australia: 369 all out. India: 19 for no loss
5th Day: Tomorrow: 18th Oct: India needs 210 more runs to win of 90 overs with ten wickets in hand.