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India are facing a crushing defeat against England in the second Test but last night Gautam Gambhir was hoping that a miracle would happen and turn around things for them on Monday.
He recalled the 2004 Test match against Australia at this very ground when India pulled the rug from under the feet of the visitors, who were shot out for 93 chasing 111.
“Miracles have happened. Things have changed quickly. Any thing is possible if we can put runs on the board. If you remember there was a Test match here when Australia were bowled out for 70 or 80. It was my Test debut,” said Gambhir after play on day three.
“Tomorrow (Monday) we will try. And be positive we have three wickets left. If we can get one partnership going and get 120-130 run target on the board the game is on. If we can be 113 for 7 then we can try and get them all out. They will also struggle to get these runs. We have to be positive. The important thing is we need runs on the board for the bowlers.”
However, India were bowled out for 142. Just 56 runs ahead and England didn’t have too much trouble knocking those runs off. The visitors made it without losing a wicket.
Stats from Day 3
# Pragyan Ojha has now taken five wickets or more in an innings for the fifth time in his Test career – twice each against England and the West Indies and once against New Zealand.
# Ojha has captured five wickets in an innings in three Tests in a row for the first time – 5/99 & 2/49 vs New Zealand at Bangalore; 5/45 & 4/120 vs England at Motera and 5 for 143 at Wankhede Stadium – all this year.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the second Indian wicketkeeper after Syed Kirmani (108 in 48) to complete a century of dismissals in India – his tally being 101 (83 catches + 18 stumpings) in 34 Tests.
# Sachin Tendulkar has not scored a half-century in his last 10 innings, His run tally is 153 runs at an average of 15.30.
# Tendulkar has not recorded a Test hundred in his last 28 innings – the most innings by him without a century.
# Tendulkar has been dismissed by Monty in each innings of a Test match for the first time.
# Tendulkar is averaging 22.83 in seven Tests this year – 274 runs in twelve innings, including a fifty.
# Monty Panesar’s performance of 5 for 61 is his best in a Test innings against India. It is his 12th five-wicket haulin an innings – his second against India.
# Monty, for the first time, has recorded five wickets in both innings of a Test match.
# Monty has taken 10 wickets in a Test match for the second time – his best figures are 10 for 187 (4/50 + 6/137) against the West Indies at Manchester in June 2007.