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Monday, November 15, 2010

Harbhajan Singh back-to-back Test centuries

Harbhajan Singh became the first man to score back-to-back Test centuries from No. 8, in the process making sure - barring miracles - India cannot lose this match. He also added 105 with Sreesanth, the third-highest 10th-wicket partnership for India. Thirty-six of those came today. Daniel Vettori finally separated them, more than 45 minutes into the day, with one that went straight with the angle, catching Sreesanth in front of off, thus completing a five-for.

Resuming on 85, Harbhajan showed no anxiety whatsoever in trying to get to the hundred. He faced two consecutive overs from Tim Southee, picking three couples into the heavily populated leg side. Then Sreesanth found a single against spin, and Harbhajan welcomed that with a six straight into the sight screen. Even on 98, Harbhajan turned down singles, batting like a proper batsman, exploiting the tired New Zealand minds, getting there with two easy singles.

He celebrated it with another six, and Sreesanth with an edged four. Sreesanth, too, lasted 71 balls, his longest innings in Tests.

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