Friday, March 25, 2011

ICC-CWC-2011- QF.2. Australia vs India

Not withstanding an excellent century by skipper Ricky Ponting, Australia 260 for 6. lost to India 261 for 5 by five wickets, to set up a Indo Pak semifinal at Mohali.

Batting first on a dry, spinning Motera wicket, Australia were propelled by brilliant & chance less 104 of 118 balls by of form Ponting and a steady 53 of 62 by in form Haddin. Watson made a 25 of 38 balls up the order and David Hussey 38 of 26 to set up 260 runs to win.

Zaheer's second spells in the CWC 2011, is becoming a talking point. He castled MichaelHussey with a reverse swinging delivery for 3 and caught & bowled White for 12. Ashwin supported him well, castling Watson up the order and having Ponting caught by Zaheer at the close.

Yuvraj, who is proving to be a bowler to reckon, finished with 2 for 44. Bajji & Munaf did nothing of note. Dhoni had to cover up three overs of Munaf, with part time bowling of Tendulkar and Kholi.

India started in a steady note. Sehwag fell at 15 of 22 balls for a team total of 44 in 8.1 overs. Tendulkar and Gambhir, added 50 runs for the second wicket, when Tendulkar was consumed by a brute of a delivery from Tait to be caught behind for a brilliant 53 of 68 balls, which set up the tone of the match. Kohli joined Gambhir and the pair played sensibly to add 49 in ten overs, when Kohli was caught at mid on by Clarke, of a full toss of David Hussey. Yuvraj joined Gambhir, and with the team total of 168 in the 33rd over, Gambhir made three unsuccessful attempts to run himself out, succeeding finally in the fourth try, and was stupidly run out for 50 of 64 deliveries. Dhoni came and went consumed by Lee for seven runs.

With the team total of 187 for 5 in the 38th over, Raina walked in to join Yuvraj, with the Australian's tail up. But Yuvi and Raina, had different agenda, and took India to the winning post, with an undefeated sixth wicket partner ship of 72 in eleven overs. Yuvi remained not out on 57 of 65 and Raina unbeaten on 34 of 28.

Ponting did everything right on the day, without any support from his team mates. Salute him, you could not have seen better innings in a World Cup match. The fielding of the Indian team, improved tremendously, with three brilliant performers in Raina, Virat and Yuvi. India can now analyse the situation in real perspective and plan out their action plans and team choice.

Over the seven games played till now, Munaf has been a baggage in all fronts of bowling, batting, fielding and attitude. Harbhajan has done nothing of note. Nehra is just a passenger.Yusuf has shined in patches. Sreesanth has been given no real chance to comment. Chawla has been good and bad.

On the positives, the fielding has improved, thanks to Virat, Raina and Yuvi. The batting has clicked & needs only a bit of caution. Zaheer, Ashwin and Yuvi can now be confidently used to complete thirty overs, with results to boot.

It may be worthwhile looking at a team combination of Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Zaheer & Ashwin. The remaining two slots can be filled considering situation. Against Pakistan, would be worthwhile playing Sreesanth and Yusuf, and we have a strong combination. Rest Bajji for some time. Poor guy, he really needs one.

Two more matches to go. Come on Men in Blue, Just do It.


  1. Agree totally on Munaf & Bajji.

  2. Yes, it is never too late to put on your thinking cap. Bajji & Munaf a big no. Rest Bajji for some time, and Munaf permanently.