Indian batsman show their class in Mumbai

November 24, 2011
Dravid

by Vikas

Mumbai Day 3,
West Indies (590 all out)
India (281/3)

For the third day in a row, the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai saw bat dominate ball in what was yet again a tough day for bowlers. After two days of dominance from the West Indies, it was the turn of the Indian batsman to enjoy conditions today.

The home side finished day 3 on 281/3 in reply to the West Indies 590 all out. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag got their team off to a solid start, with a 67 run partnership for the first wicket. This was broken when Darren Sammy had Sehwag bowled for 37.

Gambhir and Rahul Dravid took the score to 138/1, before Ravi Rampul removed Gambhir caught behind, for a well-made 55.

As Gambhir left the field, he was passed by Sachin Tendulkar, which sparked huge cheers within the stadium. The ground filled up within minutes to cheer on the ‘little master’ in what was hoped was going to be his 100th hundred in international cricket.

Tendulkar and Dravid began to put on a batting master class, as the West Indian bowling wilted in the hot Mumbai sun. The pair had added 86 for the third wicket, when Dravid looked to cut a ball off Marlon Samuels and was bowled for 82. Dravid passed 13,000 Test match runs today, as is only the second batsman in history to reach this milestone with Tendulkar being the other.

VVS Laxman joined Tendulkar at the crease, and together they made sure there were no further dismissals, as they took the score to 281/3 at stumps. Laxman finished 33 not out, with the man of the moment Tendulkar resuming tomorrow morning on 67.

A packed stadium will await Tendulkar in the morning praying their hero makes another 33 runs in his pursuit of a milestone that has never been achieved before. The eyes of the cricket world will be watching and even the great Tendulkar will have an uncomfortable sleep tonight.

Chris Murtagh 24/11/11

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