Revenge served cold; India needs 77 Runs to win ..

November 19, 2012 18:03
Revenge served cold; India needs 77 Runs to win ..

The moment that M.S Dhoni & Co cherished so long it seems it will be there within a short while. The wound of humiliation will get soothed a little, and the revenge will be served cold as English resistance is all over. The touring team got all out for 406, effectively 76, and India need 77 to win this first Test, with two sessions remaining. India’s much awaited breakthrough came about 37 minutes after play had started with Matt Prior patting a tame return catch to Pragyan Ojha to a rank short ball which stopped onto the bat. Prior (91 from 225 balls with 11 fours) was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved century. His partnership with Skipper Cook was worth 157 runs and most importantly lasted a little more than 60 overs! Four overs after Prior’s exit, Ojha got the big wicket of Alastair Cook, who seemed tired after his marathon knock and was unsure whether to play a flighted delivery angled across outside off in the rough on the frontfoot or the backfoot. In the process, Cook was bowled with the ball turning in just enough and staying low to strike his off stump. Cook missed out on a double century and left the park with 176 to his name having played out 374 balls and hitting 21 fours in that epic knock. England at the time of his dismissal were just 35 runs ahead. England lost their 8th wicket in the form of Stuart Broad (3) who was early in closing the face of the blade to a short ball from Umesh Yadav to end up getting caught and bowled off a leading edge. India had to work hard for its next wicket with Graeme Swann scoring 17 from 31 balls with 2 fours and a six before he was cleaned up in an attempted switch hit off R Ashwin. Four balls after Swann’s exit, Tim Bresnan (20 from 48 balls) was caught by the diving Ajinkya Rahane at covers in a cracking cover drive off Zaheer Khan. India started their innings post lunch. Pujara (first innings double centurion) and Sehwag (first innings centurion) opened chasing 77 to win. The latest update is India is now 53/0 with Pujara batting on 30 and Sehwag on 27. Unless a miracle happen in favor of England the match will get over before tea making India win 1st of the 4 match series. The blue billion is wishing Team-India good luck . (Aw-Jyotishman)

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