Saturday, December 29, 2007

Australia vs India 1st Test: Can India Save the Test?

Day by day India vs Austraia 1st Test is becoming more exciting and competitive. Fans of both teams are eagerly waiting to know the match result. Only one question is heard more and more that who will win in the 1st Test match, India or Australia. The fate of this match has been already decided 60 percent after the end of the second day. It is thought that Australia may win the match.

Chasing the score of 343, India team dismissed all the wickets managed 196 runs. No one Indian batsman could make any protest against Australian pace attacking. Stuart Clark and Brett Lee finished the day with 4 wickets each.

However, Australia set tourist India a monstrous target of 499 after Ricky Ponting declared their second innings to make score 351 for 7.

Fans of Indian teams are still hoping that India will save the match and make any miracle win chasing 499 runs in the second innings. But I have to admit that save this match is not easy for India team. It is thought that India has strong middle order batting line-up but against India it seemed useless and breakable. Being an experienced and old player, only a few batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly could protest Australian pace attacking.

Australia are seeking their 15th successive Test victory and chasing the world record of 16 wins that was made by Steve Waugh’s Australia team from 1999-2001. However, India stopped the record of Steve Waugh’s 16 successive win in their soil in 2001 at Kolkata.

Slow pitch and crack is helpful for pace bowlers. So, Australian pace trio Stuart Clark, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson will get more benefit in the fourth day.

Only three teams in Test cricket history have scored 400 or more in the fourth innings for victory. The West Indies hold the record of 418 for seven when they beat Australia at St. Johns in 2003. India amassed 406 for four to beat West Indies in Port-of-Spain in 1976 and Australia hit 404 to defeat England at Headingley in 1948.

England’s 332 for 7 is still the highest successful run chase in the fourth innings at MCG that was made 79 years ago.

Now, India team will have to bat two days that will be the third longest fourth innings in history. Even if India save the match and make it draw then they have to bat 180 overs that is totally hard and impossible for any team.

What is thinking India team getting win or saving the match? However, we can see it tomorrow when India team will face Australian pace attacking in the fourth day.

One questing is also raising in my mind that can India team make any miracle in Test history and can stop the Australia’s record again.

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