Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bangladesh prove they are not as bad as we think they are

After Day Three,India are still in a good position to win the test.However,the day will be remembered because of the superb 200-run partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique after India declared on 544/8 with a lead of 311.MS Dhoni hung around with tailenders for a long while and made 89.After Rahul Dravid,Yuvraj Singh was also declared unfit.Yuvi was out with a wrist injury and will not take part in the rest of this test.So,India had no other option but to declare after loosing 8 wickets. Opener Tamim iqbal smashed an amazing 151 that too at a excellent strike rate of over 80.The innings was full of good selective strokes and positive intent.Iqbal was very impressive and I surely believe that he and Mohammed Ashraful are the best batting talents in Bangladesh.He played some amazing shots and the indian bowling attack had no answers to it.Iqbal was very well supported by Siddique who made 55 in 144 balls.Siddique looked very impressive as well.The thing special about his innings was that he did not try to copy Iqbal's game,and instead played his own sensible knock.Bangladesh seems to have good talent and they were definitely at their best today.The partnership between the two lads took the hosts to 219 before Zaheer Khan got Siddique's wicket.India got another important breakthrough in Zaheer's next over.He got Iqbal's wicket and put India back on track.With two new batsmen at the crease and a trail of 83 runs,Bangladesh still aren't totally out of trouble.India can win this test by bowling well tomorrow.However,with 2 crucial indian batsmen not fit to bat in second innings,the 4th innings could be tricky for India if Bangladesh bat well on Day 4.This test match has opened up wide because of Bangladesh batting today.Lets see what they can do tomorrow.

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