Dec. 5, 2012
-- However this day belongs to the mighty England side. Their bowling department did an excellent job by picking wickets at regular interval. India who started well for first few overs, both the openers Gambhir and Shewag faced the English bowlers with a confidant bat, but unfortunately the dangerous batsman Viru was gone out through run out.
Failure of the top order batsman now made the tail enders to step in the ground with the bat. Dhoni is only recognized batsman standing there in the crease with Zaheer at the other end. Master batsman Sachin tendulkar, who is owing to bring his lost form, well played today and score 76 steady runs, and helped India atleast to get past 250 on day1.
Gambhir who is the cause for the disaster run out, took over the responsibility, and held there in the crease and score his 2nd half century in last 2 innings. Kholi continued his poor form, gone out for 6 runs.
Bowling unit of England displayed their game in a nice passion. James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers for England, he is the one who dismissed Sachin and put India in a critical situation. He also added Ashwin’s wicket to his career. Yuvaraj who seems to be in good touch when he clears the rope, of Penesar’s bowling, lost his wicket for a lazy shot against the arm ball of Swann.
Tendulkar reached his 66th test fifty at the very first ball he faced aftere the tea break. Tendulkar and Yuvi both played well and rescued india freom the major collapse and helped to put on a decent average score. The inform batsman Pujara gone out to Penesar’s spin.
India replaced Harbhajan Singh with Ishant Sharma. England brought in Ian Bell and Steven Finn in place of Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad. Dhoni have to build a matured innings with his experience of playing with the tail enders, he had done it in past for India. Having lost the first Test in Ahmedabad, England hit back hard in Mumbai to square the series 1-1.
Winning this match is as important for both the teams to possess the series on their side.
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