India consolidating after Sachin's exit

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 20:57 [IST]
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India were going about things in a moderately healthy manner in chasing Australia's 260/6 with Gautam Gambhir (31*)and Virat Kohli (13*) building a comfortable partnership, reaching 123/2 in 25 overs. The two were consolidating well after the exit of Virender Sehwag (15) and Sachin Tendulkar (53).

India consolidating after Sachin's exit

India's innings got off to a quick start. Virender Sehwag got Brett Lee away for a four in the third ball and then in the second, Tendulkar tucked into a wayward Shaun Tait, getting him away for two fours. In the 4th over, Sehwag whip-lashed Tait for a boundary in front of square, as India moved onto 26/0 in 4 overs. Sehwag was taking a bit of back seat to Sachin's aggressiveness.

The Little Master got Watson and Johnson away for a four each in the 7th and 8t overs as India climbed to 44/0 in 8 overs. But then Watson surprised Sehwag with a shorter delivery which he pulled shabbily into the hands of the on-side fielder.

Sehwag was on his way for 15 off 22 balls and India were 44/1 in 8.1 overs. But Tendulkar shirked off the pressure with a four later in the same over. The batsman then took a single off Johnson to bring up the Indian 50. In the 12th over, Tendulkar went after the same bowler, flicking him away for one four and cutting him for another.

In the 17th over, Sachin ran a double off Tait to bring up his half-century. In the next over, Gambhir slapped Jason Krejza for a boundary to bring up the 50-run partnership. But in the following over, Tait had Tendulkar caught behind for 53 off 68 and India were 94/2 in 18.1 overs.

Gambhir then ran a single off Krejza to take India to 100/2 in 19.3 overs. The new batsman Virat Kohli began consolidating with Gambhir, pushing for ones and twos. The two had taken India to 123/2 after 25 overs.

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