Bangalore Test at critical stage: Tendulkar

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said the second Test against Australia is still heading for a nerve-wrecking finale.

Updated: October 12, 2010 15:47 IST
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Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said although India have made a decent comeback after suffering a dramatic batting collapse, the second Test against Australia is still heading for a nerve-wrecking finale.

Australia have taken a 185-run lead with three wickets in hand and a full day's play is remaining.

"We are disappointed at losing five wickets in short period this morning. But, such is the game. I think, we came back pretty well and the bowlers have done a fantastic job so far. It is going to be a big day for us tomorrow," Tendulkar said after the fourth day's play.

"The match is at a critical stage. It is all about how we deal with pressure and apply ourselves," Tendulkar, whose 214-run knock played a major role in India's first innings total of 495 which gave the hosts a slender 17-run lead, added.

The 37-year-old right-hander said whatever be the result, it would be an exciting day of Test cricket on Wednesday.

"It is exciting. When you know that they have scored 470-plus runs and then you are chasing and try to stay first and then get on to top of the game. It is exciting and we all look forward to these challenges," he said.

"We do not want to take anything for granted and it is going to get more exciting. Tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day," he said on the rival teams gaining upper-hand in turns in the ongoing match.

Tendulkar said would not be easy on the final day as cracks have begun to appear on the track.

"It has become slower. Cracks have widened and it is not an easy track to bat on. We need to give us some time to get adjusted to the bounce and the pace. We do not want to chase a big target. Hopefully our bowlers would make the target as low as possible tomorrow when they bat again," he said.

Asked whether he has finally taken his son's suggestion to hit sixes when on 90s, the experienced Mumbaikar said, "That was a job. I hope everyone is old enough to understand humour. Sometimes, you play those shots and sometimes you do not."

"If you look at the number of hundreds that I have scored so far and the number of the hundreds that I had completed with a six, I do not want to do that," he added.

Tendulkar credited his remarkable physical fitness to the support staff in the team.

"The support staff have been instrumental in keeping me fit and going. These guys have really worked hard. As for the rest, I was honestly determined to play because it was not only about runs but about time," he said.

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