CB Tri Series won by India in style
India won the Common Bank Tri Series against the Australia in Gabba ground, Brisbane today. The best of 3 finals is won by India 2-0, the third & final match will not be played because India won 2 & according to the rules whoever wins the 2 consecutive games will take the cup. Australia was beaten by England last year & this year India took the CB Triseries Cup. This win will be remembered for long time by Indian public.
Earlier in the day, India won the toss and elected to bat first. It was important toss to win and India was given good start by Robin Uthappa (30) & Sachin Tendulkar (91). India lost the first wicket when the score was 91 & 20.5 overs finished. Gambhir (15) joined Sachin but could not make a big score and played a lose shot & got out to M Clarke. Then Yuvaraj came and build a good partnership with Sachin & he was looking in good touch. He scored brisk 38 runs in 38 balls and got out unnecessarily playing a lofted shot which is needless at that time. MS Dhoni & Sachin were building up good partnership but Sachin got out when score was 205, 39.2 overs finished. Ponting took a brilliant catch to send Sachin back to pavilion when he was in process to score second hundred. India collapsed sudden & another 5 wickets feel for just 53 runs. India set a target of 259 runs to win in 50 overs. M Clarke & Bracken took 3 wickets each. Bracken & Hopes bowled very tightly for the Aussies. Brett Lee, Johnson, Symonds & M Clarke were expensive but M Clarke took important wickets at right time.
Australia had a bad start, Gilchrist was first to go in the first over of the match. Ponting & Clarke did not score much and suddenly Aussies were 32-3 in 9 overs. Then Hayden (55) & Symonds (42) repaired the innings with good partnership of 89 runs. Hayden suddenly misunderstood the call for run with Symonds and Yuvaraj threw the ball at right end. Harbhajan gathered the ball & lifted the bails and Hayden was run-out. This was turning point of the match and suddenly Australia lost Symonds in the same over. Hussey & Hopes again build a good partnership 73 runs. Hussey was dismissed when the score was 199 and he was the 6th wicket to fall. At this juncture Aussies were still in hunt for a win and Hopes (63) played a superb knock. The Aussies team lost wickets regularly and Brett Lee (7), M Johnson (8) & Bracken (1) were out in quick succession. Australia needed 13 runs in the last over and MS Dhoni threw the ball to Pathan to bowl the last over. Hopes mistimed Pathan’s ball and Chawla took the catch easily. India won the game by 9 runs to lift the Common Bank Tri Series Cup.
Praveen Kumar & Harbhajan Singh turned the game for Indians with tight line & length. Praveen Kumar took 4 wickets that of Gilchrist, Ponting, M Clarke & Brett lee. Harbhajan removed the dangerous Symonds. Pathan took 2 wickets & Hopes was his first victim and Bracken was the other. Sreeshant took the key wickets of Hussey & M Johnson. Chawla & Yuvaraj did not take any wickets.
This victory is sweet for India after a bad experience in Test series with Australians. The match was very trilling up to the last over. Some credit goes to the bowling coach Ventakesh Prasad & fielding coach Robin Singh and the captain MS Dhoni. Sachin should also be appreciated for standing like a wall. I salute Sachin Tendulkar for his great knock which helped India a lot to win the series. The bowlers were the plus point for India & team India showing consistency which is very much required in ODI’s. I congratulate India team for the win of the tournament.