India vs Australia: Test at its very best
After the short surround-sound groan had risen and died, they all stood to clap Tendulkarís walk to the dressing room. Itís was 10.20 am and the Tendulkar show had lasted just 50 minutes on Sunday. He added 10 to his overnight score and didnít reach the anticipated 100.
But he played his part in the riveting first hour of play. Cricket canít always be about celebrating hundreds, sometimes an intense bat and ball contest can be equally exhilarating. Those 50 minutes saw just 10 singles and one four. But it was the 53 dots balls that contained all the action. Runs were not part of the rich narrative that was co-written by the persistent James Pattinson and the patient Tendulkar.
Bowling extremely quick and getting reverse swing, Pattinson tested Tendulkar with his ever-changing lengths. Broadly they were of three kinds: very short, short of good length and full. A typical start to Pattinsonís over would pitch on off, take off and follow Tendulkarís
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