Ganguly-Dhoni century stand takes India to 404/5November 7th, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Nagpur, Nov 7 (IANS) Sourav Ganguly and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni piled the agony on Australian bowlers with their unbroken century-run and took India to 404 for five in the first innings at lunch on the second day of the fourth and last Test match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium here Friday.Ganguly, playing his last Test match, was batting on 80 and Dhoni 43 at the break and took India past the 400-run mark with their 101-run unbeaten sixth-wicket stand.
Resuming at the overnight score of 311/5, the task was cut out for Ganguly and Dhoni. They denied Australia any success in the first session and put India in a commanding position.
Ganguly and Dhonia adopted a cautious approach in in the first hour. But steadily they unfurled their aggression and played some fine shots as the session progressed.
The boundaries were hard to come on the big ground but the brilliant running between the wickets atoned for the big shots. There were six triples and 11 doubles in the century-run stand, mostly urged by Dhoni and well reciprocated by Ganguly.
Former India captain Ganguly played well with excellent footwork against the spinners and got to his 35th Test half-century when he stepped down the track and lifted off-spinner Jason Krejza for a four over the mid-off.
The fluent drives and flicks off the pads came after he crossed his 35th fifty. The flashes of vintage Ganguly emerged when he again came down the track in his trademark style to launch Krejza for a six, which was also his 57th in Tests.
Dhoni started brightly in what can be called a controlled innings from the aggressive India captain. But the highlight of his innings was how he pushed Ganguly for the quick singles to put pressure on the tired Australians.