Challenger Series Oct '05 - Match 2 - India Seniors' Notes

Sachin Tendulkar failed again. (Sid Vaidyanathan has a nice piece on his comebacks). I still maintain that sooner or later some bowling attack is surely going to pay for all these failures of his.

Zaheer was rested for the game and as a result Parab got an opportunity to come in and bat at the top of the order. He played a few good drives but was unfortunate enough to slip and get runout. I dont think Parab has much of a chance as an opener for India, but it was nice to see him get one more chance and it was sad that his innings had to end that way.

Kaif failed again. He is supposed to be the man in form and hopefully this slump wouldn't last too long. On a postive note, he seemed very relaxed as a captain in the first session of play.

Unlike Kaif, there is no slump in form for Yuvraj. He is getting very consistent with his scores these days and that really is a very good sign. Chappell was all praise for him after the day's play and seems to believe that Yuvraj has reached another level. Whatever that is, I just hope Yuvraj stays there. He is a treat to watch when in full flow and off late, he has been flowing very well.

Rao was clean bowled first ball off a no-ball by a Sree Santh delivery. But after having had very little luck in the Zimbabwe series, Rao knew the worth of such strokes of good fortune and he was in no mood to waste it. He made a delightful century and the best part of this innings and the one in the previous game is the way he paced his runs. He started off slowly and once he got his eye in, he let his aggressive instincts take over. At the start of the series, his place in the squad for the Sri Lankan series might have been a tad iffy, but with scores like these to his name, his place is now a certainty.

The bowlers did well to restrict the B side to 240. Pathan picked up 3 wickets while Agarkar picked up 2. Yadav bowled his customary tight line and Kaif had enough confidence in him to bowl in the slog overs. Harbhajan and Karthik bowled better than they did in the previous game, but they still aren't in the best of form and I just have a feeling that they would go for lots of runs against Sri Lanka.

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