January 17, 2006

First Test.

As expected, the match ended in a draw. The only interest on the final day was the possibility that Sehwag and Dravid would break the world record for the opening partnership. Unfortunately they fell short by three runs. Shewag ended on 254 (247 balls). This is the highest test score at better than a run-a-ball. India will justifiably feel that they won the psychological dual in this match (not that it will make much of a difference). For one thing, our batting was much more authoritative and dominating (Pakistan scored 679/7 at a run rate of 4.7 and India scored 410/1 at a run rate of 5.3). Also, India was batting after Pakistan and hence were much more liable to be psychologically subdued. Anyhow, the focus now shifts to Faisalabad (where it appears that rain may again play the spoilsport).


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