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    Indian Media on Tendulkars dismissal

    Tendulkars bizzare dismissal overshadows Aussies
    victory march

    ADELAIDE: Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar's contentious dismissal for the second
    time in two days left them facing certain defeat against Australia on the fourth
    day of the first cricket Test in Adelaide on Monday.
    Tendulkar, India's main batsman, was declared leg-before by Australian umpire
    Daryl Harper when he was hit below the left shoulder by a short ball from fast
    bowler Glenn McGrath which did not rise as anticipated.
    Set 396 for victory, India slumped to 76 for five by the close of play, still
    319 behind with only five second innings wickets in hand and a full day to go.
    Leg-spinner Shane Warne and paceman Glenn McGrath captured two wickets each
    while Damien Fleming grabbed a fifth to put Australia in total control of the
    first of the three Test.
    Three Indian batsmen, including their brilliant captain Sachin Tendulkar, made
    ducks while Rahul Dravid and Sadagoppan Ramesh also went cheaply as they made
    dismal attempts to win the match.
    India were sent into bat after Australian captain Steve Waugh declared his
    team's second innings closed at 239-8 after tea, setting the tourists an
    imposing total of 396 for victory.
    Their run-chase could not have got off to a worse start as they lost two wickets
    within the first nine balls. Opener Devang Gandhi went for a duck when he was
    caught behind by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist from the last ball of McGrath's
    first over.
    Venkatasai Laxman departed three balls later, also without scoring, when Fleming
    found a gap between bat and pad and sent the ball crashing onto his stumps.
    Warne collected the first of his two wickets when Rahul Dravid gloved a catch to
    Gilchrist for six before McGrath got the vital wicket of Tendulkar in bizarre
    fashion.
    Attempting to duck under a short-pitched delivery, the Indian captain was given
    out leg before wicket when the ball skidded through and hit him on the shoulder
    as he was crouching down.
    Tendulkar, who was also given out to a dubious decision in the first innings,
    appeared displeased by the ruling although television replays of the ball's
    trajectory suggested it would have probably clipped the top of the bails.
    India's last real hopes of salvaging a draw effectively disappeared with
    Tendulkar as he trudged back to the dressing room with the visitors in dire
    straits at 27-4. Ramesh had played a steady innings to reach 28 but gave his
    wicket away when he padded up to Warne and was given out lbw without offering a
    shot.
    Warne now just needs one more wicket to become the first bowler in history to
    claim 350 Test victims. In the final overs, Saurav Ganguly was given the benefit
    of the doubt to a confident appeal for caught behind as he clawed his way to 31
    not out by stumps with Mannava Prasad unbeaten on six.
    India's late collapse undid all their good work from earlier in the day when
    they forced Australia to declare their second innings at 239. Resuming at 71-2,
    Australia's batsmen were unable to score quickly as India's bowlers successfully
    tied them down.
    Mark and Steve Waugh both fell cheaply before lunch while Ricky Ponting, Warne
    and Greg Blewett all departed before tea, with Blewett top scoring with 88.
    Gilchrist belted a quick 43 before he fell in the final session, prompting Waugh
    to call an end to the innings and send the tourists in.
    You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

    #2
    well.. not just indian media.. wasim akram and other pakistani players/commentrators too.

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      #3
      Umpiring was bad in Australia in both the second test against Pakistan and the first test against India, but at the end of the day both India and Pakistan did not play well enough to win. Let's not take the gloss of Australian victory by bringing in the umpiring issue, appaling though it was.

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