Team India was better team today
Team India showed the class which is missing in previous games of the CB Tri series in Australia. I will give credit to Sachin Tendulkar, Ventakesh Prasad (bowling coach) & to the young players who are living up to their expectations. The reserve players are playing competitive that is why players like V Shewag, Dinesh karthik & Suresh Raina has to sit in the pavilion as substitutes. The bench strength is very important for any team.
The Australian batting line up is very strong but if a team bowls according to the field then it is hard to score freely for any team. Indian bowlers showed the spirit & skill. Australia was going great guns at one stage but Harbhajan Singh (38/2) removed dangerous A Symonds (31) & M Hayden (82). Piyush Chawla another promising leg spinner bowled wonderfully & did not allow Australian batsman to score freely. Except Pathan all the other bowlers bowled excellent line & length. At one stage Australia was eying a target of 300 plus runs but the bowlers took important key wickets at regular intervals & restricted them 239/8 in allotted 50 overs. The Australian captain is out of form & same is case with M. Clarke. Hussey played an important knock to help Australia reach a respectable target to defend.
Indian team openers this time were R Uthappa (17) & Sachin Tendulkar (117 not out). Both the players gave India a good 50 runs partnership. Later Uthappa was caught in the deep brilliantly by Hussey, diving to his left. Then Gambhir was napping to a quick 2nd run and he was run out unfortunately. Yuvaraj Singh bad form is continuing and his weakness against spinner is exposed by B Hogg once again. At this stage India was in danger of losing the game but Rohit Sharma (66) played a sensible knock with Sachin & helped India to reach close to the winning target. After the departure of Rohit Sharma, captain MS Dhoni played a brisk knock & build an important partnership with Sachin to win the game for India. In the mean time Sachin finish his century & it is the first one on the Australian soil against the Australians. India reached the winning target in 44.5 overs & 242-4 was the final score.
I wish the others nations also play in this fashion to beat Australia regularly. Congrats to Team India & I wish India wins the CB Tri series & break the arrogance of Aussies team.
By Madhu Vamsi… 🙂