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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Australia vs India Third Test: Can India Reach 400 in the First Innings?

After a spate of controversies following the infamous second test of Australia vs India test series, the third test began yesterday at WACA ground of Perth. After the end of first day, neither India nor Australia is in the driving seat. With two half centuries from Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, India reached 297 for six at stumps of the first day.

Well, if the match were held anywhere else, instead of Perth’s pacer friendly condition, then it could easily be written that India had a bad day. However, considering the wicket of WACA and the past record of the stadium, India is still in the match. India started off well in the morning, putting on a half century in the opening stand, highest in the series for India so far. However, India was under pressure following the dismissal of two back-to-back wickets.

However, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar eased of pressure with a 139 run partnership in the third wicket. Both the batsmen were batting confidently hitting boundaries around the wickets. However, Brett Lee bought an important breakthrough for Australia, picking up the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar at his 71. Later on, Australian bowlers claimed some wickets quickly, leading Australian to come back in the match.

According to cricket analysts, a 400 could be a competitive total for India. India has wicketkeeper batsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni and bowling all rounder Irfan Pathan in the wicket, both batting on 8. If India’s tail Enders put some runs on the board then 400 is not that much difficult for India. However, the morning session would be difficult for India. A good partnership between Dhoni and Pathan would give a huge boost to India.

Do you think, India can reach 400 in the first innings?

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