Sunday, January 29, 2006

KARACHI TEST-DAY ONE

At the end of the first day, the home team is ahead with the big guns of the Indian batting line-up back in the dressing room. The strategy of having a lively wicket for the last test of the series after two batting friendly tracks has almost paid off for the Pakistanis.

The hattrick in the very first over of the match was sensational. The exploits of Pathan were followed by the good work of Zaheer and Rudra Pratap Singh. However, somewhere along the day, the Indian bowlers forgot their lines and Akmal and company took their team score to some respectability. The keeper of the home team is someone who is clearly relishing the Indian batting. In fact, most of the Pakistan wicketkeepers have had this habit in the past also. But none of them were as spectacular as the current gloveman.

The Indian batsmen were unable to capitalise on the good work of their bowlers and lost four wickets for less than hundred runs on the board. Saurav Ganguly has a lot on his plate. His performance with the bat will not only help his team but also give him a new lease of life. The same goes for Yuvraj who is rated highly by the team management. Dhoni has to do something special with the bat to compensate for his shoddy keeping.

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