It was the second day of the second test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy at Mohali. India had won the toss and decided to bat first. The first day had India dominating two out of three sessions.
The highlights of the first day was Sachin’s innings. He took 88 from 111. But more important than that, he overtook Brian Lara and become the highest run scorer in Test matches. Also he became the only one to cross 12,000 run. India had been waiting for that for long. The fireworks after that was a proof for that. Gambhir and Ganguly too scored a half century. Ganguly and Sachin together had a 140 runs partnership tearing the Aussie bowling attck. At the end of the day Ganguly and Ishant Sharma remained not out at the crease, the former with a half century under his belt. It was Ganguly’s 35th half century and the 7th against the Australians. In that Innings, Dada, who will be retiring after this series, became the 4th Indian to score 7000 or more test runs.
If the first day belonged to Sachin and Ganguly, the second day was that of Ganguly and Dhoni. Ganguly continued his firm stand on the crease in the second innings too. He took singles, ran fast between the wickets and gave strike to Dhoni. Dhoni was delivering a all together different kind of innings, like that of an ODI. He attacked all the balls he could reach too. Only the bowls too wide for his reach were spared. He scored a half century at a strike rate around 100. Meanwhile Ganguly made his century, the first against Australia in India. Soon after his century he got out trying to hit a wide bowl out of the ground. Indian batting didn’t last long after that. Dhoni got out after making a 91 at a good rate. India made 469.
The Indian bowlers utilized the most of the momentum given to them by the batsmen. Zaheer Khan took Hayden’s wicket in the first over. And Ishant Sharma took Ricky Ponding’s wicket when the total Australian score was 17. Though they bowled superbly, the pick of the bowlers turned out to be Mishra the debutant spinner. He took two wickets leaving the australians stuttering at 102/4 at the end of Day 2.
The test match is beautifully poised for an exciting finish, but as of now, India has the upper hand in the test match and looks all set for a victory against the world champions.