Sunday, February 27, 2011

ICC-CWC.2011. Gr.B. Match11. India vs England

As a limited over international,the Group.B. match between India and England, was unforgettable. Over 670 runs in 100 overs, dramas and counter dramas, and the match ended in a tie, each side making 338 runs in 50 overs.

Dhoni won a good toss, and it was the master blaster Sachin, who blew away the opposition with a cultured 125 of 110 deliveries. No blemish whatsoever, and the innings was well placed. Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Dhoni contributed in different proportions and India finished with a healthy 338 runs. There were certain minor blemishes in the batting order. Perhaps an exchange of positions between Kohli and Yuvraj would have yielded 20 to 30 runs more, as Yuvraj is a better finisher and Kohli a better constructor. Bresnen bowled a brilliant spell of 10-1-48-5. Others just bowled and fielding by England was poor.

England were given a rousing start, with 68 runs in under 10 overs when Pietersen fell, caught & bowled Munaf for 31 of 22. Trott did not add much and was consumed by Chawla in the 17th over, with team score on 111. Bell joined Strauss and carved out a 170 runs partnership in 26 overs, and at 2 for 280 in the 42nd over, it was England all the way.

Strauss perhaps did a strategic mistake of calling for batting power play at this stage. This woke up Dhoni from his slumber, and for the first time in the match, a field setting suiting a high scored total, was set more by default than imagination. Zaheer bowled a brilliant spell getting, Bell, Strauss and Collingwood for 69 of 71, 158 of 145 and 1 of five in the 43rd and 45th overs. The match took a dramatic turn, with 6 down for 289 in 45.2 overs.

With 49 runs to score in 28 balls, India were favoured to win at this stage. Yardy fell at 307 in 47.3 overs. 15 balls and 31 runs, and the Indian supporters already started celebrating. In came the 49th over, and Dhoni brought in Chawla, perhaps banking on the fact that he was in the team as a specialist spinner. Chawla was clouted for 17 runs in the over, before castling Bresnen. Munaf started the 50th over , and England to make 14 runs for a win.

When you are bowling at such a situation, the bowling team takes all the time in the world with a strategy for every ball. Both Dhoni and Munaf faulterd, as Munaf bowled in a hurry to finish the match. Field positions were poor, with no long on, deep third man or deep fine leg. Mind you in such a situation, particularly the tail, slogs and the ball flies to such positions. This is exactly what happened, with Shazad clouting Munaf over long on for a narrow six. Two runs to get of the last ball, and Swan managed a single, and the match was tied.

In the post match interview, every one praised cricket as the winner and what a great match it was. However the fact remains that, be it England or India, have lost this match due to poor fielding, field positioning and bowling, excepting Bresnen and Zaheer.

Indian bowling & fielding has been the major suspect in this tournament. India struggled against Bangladesh and now against England. Are we sure we are looking at a CWC 2011 winner in India ??


  1. Definitly not India, though I luv India, and the men in blue.

  2. i was sooooo irritated with dhoni when he gave piyush chawla that over..stupid stupid..mite as well have had sehwag or sachin do a few snap overs in the middle..

  3. Dhoni did not consult any Seniors at the end crucial overs. Was it nerves, arrogance or stupidity