Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bangladesh show complacency again....get thrashed

Bangladesh just managed to avoid an innings defeat as they collapsed from 290/3 to 312 allout.Overnight,the hosts were 228/3 and trailing by just 83 runs.It seemed India would have to chase a target of close to 100,or maybe 150 at max.Bangladesh started the day well and the batsmen who were playing overnight added another 62.Then Harbhajan Singh managed to get Shahadat Hossain and wickets started falling like bicycles in a bicycle stand,one after the other.They soon lost Mohammed Ashraful who was looking good.Losing their last 7 wickets for just 22 runs,Bangladesh just managed to take a lead of 1 run.It was Zaheer Khan who took 7 wickets in the 2nd innings to restrict the hosts and won the game for India.He bowled an exceptional spell and Bangladeshi batsmen had no answers what so ever.Zaheer ended up with 10 wickets in the test and 17 in the series as he was given both 'Man of the Match' and 'Man of the Series'.India had to come out to do the formalities and make 2 runs,which they did in just two balls.
Team India did well against the Bangladesh team,however,their real test will be facing the mighty South Africans for No.1 spot in Tests.With some very important players injured,India will have to fight it out.Some youngsters are expected to get a look in as Rahul Dravid,VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh might not be fit enough to play.Suresh Raina and maybe even Rohit Sharma might be called in.
South Africa on the other hand,have their own issues.After coach Micky Arthur resigned,the board has sacked their selectors.Its still not clear on why Arthur resigned.He himself stated that he and the board had differences and hence he resigned.However,it is being said,that he had differences with skipper Graeme Smith.The competition is surely going to be intense and very interesting.South africa,according to me,have the upper hand.

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