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Monday, March 28, 2005

Cricket: 3rd Test, 5th Day. India 136/5, Pak sniff victory


Sachin and Laxman were playing cautiously when Laxman was trapped plumb in front by Shahid Afridi and India slumped to 128/4 with 44 overs still to go on the final day.
Saurav Ganguly is the next man in. This is the time for Ganguly to play a match-saving captain's innings.

Rahul Dravid was out for only 16 runs, Virender Sehwag was run out for 38, Gautam Gambhir was LBW after completing a well-made half-century, and with VVS Laxman falling LBW to Afridi and Ganguly next man in, Pakistan are sniffing at a possible victory if they get two wickets before tea.

Saurav Ganguly fails again!
Saurav Ganguly bowled by Shahid Afridi for only two runs.
Now, it's time for the selectors to take a look at Saurav Ganguly's place in the Test team. When was the last time Ganguly had made a substantial contribution and played when India needed it the most? This was a good chance for him to lead from the front by example, but he failed once again, getting out bowled by Afridi.

Sachin is holding one end with Karthik for company. If India tries to defend for 40 overs, it is going to be a tough ask. Now it is upto Dinesh Karthik to support Sachin, and Pakistan needs the wicket of Sachin to get a step closer to victory.

Why can't our team play under pressure and there was no pressure whatsoever. They built it on themselves by playing slowly.

Brief Score. 3rd Test. 5th Day. 40 overs remaining.
India...2nd Innings...136/5

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