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2nd Test Match Between India and England ends in a draw

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It was perhaps one of the most boring draw that I have ever seen. To make it worse, was the heavy fog and early bad light. Almost 90 overs were lost due to fog and bad light. That means almost a day ! Most of us(especially English fans) will criticize BCCI for why at this time of the year did they held this match in Mohali. A location which is a bit southern to Mohali, like Delhi could have been a better choice. But the problem with Delhi was obviously just because of 26/11 attacks. And perhaps more criticism would be coming for the slow start by the Indian batsmen on Day 1. Both - Gambhir and Dravid had a slow approach towards their game. Though both of them hit brilliant tons,but by Day 2 of the game it looked like it is surely going to be a draw.

The only possibility of a result was when England ended Day 3 on 282-6. Further on Day 4 there was a delay for about 2 hours again. India quickly bowled the English tail as soon as the play started. Then the Indian batsmen started the innings on a slow note after the fall of Virender Sehwag's wicket. The fourth day ended with India making 134 runs with the loss of 4 wickets. The lead was by 285 runs by then. The play started late again due to bad light on Day 5. At least 2 hours of play that was equal to at least 25 overs were wasted. I expected India to extend their lead by 30-40 runs more and declare with setting the target around 330 runs. But Dhoni and his team had something else in their mind. Dhoni's decision to declare came when about 1 hour of play before tea break was left. Gambhir and Yuvraj, both missed their tons. By the time India declared they had set England a target of 403 runs.But it was all too late. England came to bat and lost Alastair Cook quickly. They were 27-1 at Tea. By the time the day finished England could manage only 64 runs.

Gautam Gambhir was declared the Man of the Match, and Zaheer Khan was the Man of the Series.

India won the 2 test match series 1-0.

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