Day 2: India still in control!

India ended the second day at 278-4 with Tendulkar and Yuvraj at the crease. A Steady response i would say. India were a bit down on the run rate. But this can be duly appreciated to Vettori’s tactics and a pretty disciplined performance from the bowlers.

The morning started on a horrific note with sehwag (24) run out on a direct hit about 50 yards away. It was a risky run, had it not been a direct hit he would have made it. Some would call it foolish, some aggressive I would chose the term impatient. But thats that. The Indian batting too lacked the flair it usually has with all batsmen – Gambhir (72), Dravid (66), Laxman (30) and Tendulkar (70*) playing steady and dodgy innings. Some chances were gone begging including a dropped catch of Tendulkar. Gambhir had some luck as a 50-50 LBW decision went in his favour when he was on 6. Laxman was a victim of the second new ball. Martin took 2 wickets while O Brien castled Dravid with a brilliant delivery – hit nothing but the top of off-stump. Text book perfect!

But overall, Indian ship seems on course albeit a bit slow. The strategy should be to play out tomorrow entire day and make about 280+ and give NZ the bat on day 4 morning.



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