India play cautiously till lunch

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Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011, 16:17 [IST]
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India play cautiously till lunch

Having to chase 340 on a deteriorating 5th day wicket and facing arguably the best pace battery in the world, India were evidently determined to just see out a draw in the Cape Town test. Though Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were generally cautious as they kicked off India's second innings, the latter smacked Morne Morkel for a four in the 2nd over.

Sehwag was uncharacteristically circumspect, perhaps towards the desired end of preserving his wicket in a hitherto ordinary tour for him. He did strike Dale Steyn for a boundary in the 7th over, though.Then in the 10th over, he unleashed a slice shot which just slipped through the hands of a leaping J P Duminy at deep point and ran away to the boundary.

But the batsman ran out of luck in the next over when Morkel had him caught by captain Graeme Smith in the slips. Sehwag's miserable tour came to an equally pitiful end as he departed for 11. Then, Rahul Dravid who has averaged a shade over 17 in this series, came to the crease. He and Gambhir just bided their time as off-spinner Paul Harris came into bowl with a forward short leg in tow.

Gambhir broke the boundary drought with a four of Harris in the 26th over to take India past 50. Then a couple of overs later, India went into lunch with the score at 53/1 in 28 overs. Gambhir was batting on 28 and Dravid was not out on 8. India appears likely to keep up their caution after the break as well, while South Africa will be hungry for wickets.


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