Ganguly, Dhoni take India past 400

Published: Saturday, October 18, 2008, 12:09 [IST]
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Mohali: Sourav Ganguly (91) and MS Dhoni (45) guided India safely to 401/6 at lunch on Day 2 of the second Test against Australia.

Beginning the day at 311 for 5, India lost night watch man Ishant Sharma within the first thirty minutes, but Sourav Ganguly and captain MS Dhoni, pushed India past the 400-run mark.

India went into lunch on Day two, with the score reading 401 for 6, with 90 runs coming from the 26 overs bowled in the session.

Ganguly, patience personified, kept ticking the scoreboard with singles, and looked absolutely in control against the short stuff dished out to him. He remained unbeaten on 91, which came off 200 balls, while Dhoni, who began his innings with a pull-four, crusied to 45 from 60 balls.

Aussies tried everything in their book on their to trouble India in a pitch which seems to be a flat pitch. Dhoni and Ganguly were up to the task and they were scoring at a very high run rate.

The Australians, who appeared to be pretty flat out there, tried every book in the trick, including dishing out bouncers, changing their angles and trying their spinners, but Dhoni and Ganguly were up to the task.

Australians hardly created any chances in the first session today; off the 25 overs they bowled today, they only managed to beat the bat of the Indian batsmen on 9 occassions, four of which were deliveries bowled down the legside.


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