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Friday, November 19, 2010


After two drawn test matches Team India will take on Kiwis at Nagpur on Saturday 20th November. It is do or die situation for Dhoni and his men and have to win this contest at any cost if they want to remain supreme in longer format of the game. On the other side draw in this test match for Kiwis will be great and if Kiwis win then this will be their first series win in India and that will give them great boost for the One-Day series which is starting right after the Test Series.

India is already hampered in bowling department as their most consistent and threatning bowler Zaheer Khan got injured during last match and will not take part in this test match. Zaheer was the only bowler in Indian side who looked like picking up wickets regulary and this loss put Team India under pressure as rest of their bowlers including star spinner Harbhajan Singh are not in great form.Weather will also become factor in the result as it is raining in Nagpur so one can expect curtailed match and again that also is not very great news for Team India. Another problem for Team India is form of their batsmen and mainly Sachin Tendulkar has not performed to his best in this series but Sachin is class player and he can come in form anytime but question mark on Dhoni and Raina as both are consistently failing and that certainly put India on back-foot. On the other side all the Kiwi batsmen are in great form and had scored 100+ plus score individually atleast once in both the test matches and that give upper-hand to Kiwis atleast in batting department. Kiwi bowling is also doing well especially captain Vettori is great form with ball and he is properly supported by his fast bowlers. Moreover, Kiwi fielding is big plus for them as we saw in Hyderabad test where Kiwi fielder saved 50-60 runs and which created frustration among Indian batsmen and that resulted into the wickets of Sachin, Raina and Dhoni. So Team India have to be careful and have to win this test and for that they have to give much improved performance otherwise rankings will say something else after this Test Match.

Lastly, my instincts telling me that if weather will be good in Nagpur then Team India will going to lose this Test and I am sure about it.

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