Thursday, February 18, 2010


It is not that easy for a cricket team to come back immediately after a great defeat, but it was not that hard for the Indian Team today. This time it is Harbhajan Singh, who broke the 76 minutes last-wicket partnership between Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel with his killer slider to the left hander, helped India to retain No.1 spot. Later he said, "we wanted to be at the top of the table; we know we have the players to keep being No.1". Yes, India have them, especially Kolkata Masters Laxman and Harbhajan.
Proteas were on song till the end of second session of Day 1. Once after tea, it was Indian bowlers taking over the control. Once again it was Eden Gardens turnaround. After dismissing the opponents to 296, Indian batsmen turned the key towards them. Four excellent centuries from Sehwag, Sachin, Laxman and Dhoni provided a first innings lead of 347 runs. Third innings was badly affected by rain and bad light. Weather condition and Zaheer's injury made India's victory doubtful. They had to take seven wickets in the final day. Wickets started falling in one end and the other was it was Hashim Amla extended the innings. Parnell and Morkel gave him company to get yet another century. At last (just 2 overs were remaining) it was Harbhajan once again to slide the ball on Morne's front pad for LBW... India drawn the series and retained its No.1 spot... with only 9 mandatory balls left...
Amla was awarded Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his excellent centuries.
Harbhajan became the top wicket taker at Eden and Laxman crossed 1000 runs mark here. Hats off to both Eden Kings....

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