Gambhir leads fightback with century

Posted on: March 30, 2009

It used to be said of India, a touch uncharitably no doubt, that its batsmen did better in the second innings, so they may as well play the second innings first.

India has moved on of course from those days of self-depreciating humour, but on the fourth day of the second Test here at McLean Park, the touring batsmen were forced into batting more resolutely than they had in the first innings.

Following on, after being dismissed for 305 in response to New Zealand’s 619 for nine declared, India batted the day losing just a wicket to finish on 252 for two from 107 overs.

Gautam Gambhir, who had taken India to stumps on Saturday 47 for one, ground out a determined, hard-fought, unbeaten century (102 batting), his fifth in Test cricket. The 27-year-old has had a remarkable year and a bit in international cricket, but Sunday’s effort was his most significant.gambir1

Rahul Dravid (62) stayed with him for four hours, keeping New Zealand at bay, before Sachin Tendulkar (58 batting) leavened matters with a brilliant, breezy innings that wasn’t devoid of gravity.

The weather on Sunday morning was set fair, not a cloud in the sky, as the holiday crowd brought with them foldable chairs and cushions for accommodation on the grassy knolls and thermos flasks for sustenance through the day.


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