Sunday, May 9, 2010

WC T20. Day.10. Match.19. West Indies vs India. Super.8. Group.F

West Indies169 for 6, kept their chances of reaching the semi finals alive, by beating India 155 for 9, by 14 runs. India will play their final match against Sri Lanka, and the outcome will decide the final four.

It is becoming difficult to fathom the team composition. Packed with batsmen,Two pacers one spinner and other's who bowl the up & down stuff,is puzzling. This was a match where a seamer like Vinay Kumar could have been tried. The pitch was a bit wet at the start of play, but rolled out in to a good batting track with in couple of overs. Other than Harbhajan & Nehra , bowlers bowled poorly. To add to their woes, the fielding was sub standard. Crucial catches were dropped. Chris Gayle with two lives, went on to make 98, and agonisingly fell short of a record second century in WC.T20. Chanderpaul 23 of 29, put on an opening partnership of 80 in 11. 5 overs with Gayle. Sammy 19 of 10 and Pollard 17 of 11 struck out in the end overs. Nehra and Harbhajan, bowled well. Raina & Jadeja went for 50 runs between them in four overs.

The pitch had rolled out in to a decent batting track and 169 was gettable. But the Indians virtually had no plans. They were 3 down for 38 in the eighth over and never recovered. Raina made a scratchy 32 in 25. Dhoni, Yusuf and Harbhajan used the long handle effectively, but the game was already lost by that stage. Sammy, Roach and Jerome Taylor , bowled with sustained pace exposing the Indians weakness for the short pitched deliveries.Bravo, Pollard, Gayle and Benn took a wicket each, to complete the tally.
Indians like the Pakistanis are out of the T20. World Cup. Too many games, in the IPL with an hectic game schedule & travel seem to have taken a toll of the players. Is IPL too hectic and the schedule too long and wrongly positioned ? This will remain a question mark and need to be debated by BCCI. But what ever said and done, the Indians played poorly and deserve to lose.

There is one more match, and it will be worthwhile to induct Vinay Kumar and Yadav, in place of Zaheer and Yuvraj. Let us see what they have in them.

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