Monday, March 14, 2011

India Vs South Africa – Match Review

India Vs South Africa – 12 March 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup, Jamtha, Nagpur

Piyush Chawla was finally dropped but it was not R Ashwin who made way for him but Munaf Patel was the man who MS Dhoni turned to!! So India, this time, against a team that they perceived to be weak players of spin at the beginning of the cup (remember Kris Srikkanth and Dhoni telling the world that they picked three spinners in the squad for teams like England and South Africa), decided to go in with just a lone spinner and 3 pacemen.

Sehwag and Sachin provided a blistering start, just the start that they would have hoped for at the beginning of the match. 87 runs came off the first 10 overs and SA appeared to be deflated… Steyn and Morkel were not spared either and both went for plenty!! Sehwag fell when the score was 142 but Gambhir started where his Delhi team mate had left it… At 267 for 2 India were looking at least 350… But then this is India, they had to do something that was out of the ordinary… They lost the last nine wickets for just 29 runs, did not bat the whole 50 overs, could not even touch 300 and were bowled out for just 296!!! Steyn ended up with a 5 wicket haul…

South Africa started the chase cautiously and though they lost Smith early but Amla and Kallis never looked in any danger. But they both got out (both scored 50’s) and De Villiers also made a 50 but could not carry on till the end. 13 were required off the last over and Dhoni handed the ball to Nehra who generously handed 16 runs off the first balls itself to seal the contest… It was again cameos from tailenders like Botha and Peterson that sealed the game for them…

Sachins 99th overall (ODI+Tests) hundred was left like a side note, Alas!!

India have a lot to ponder upon and I do not think that they will win the World Cup with this bowling lineup even if they have 7 Sachin Tendulkars in the batting line up!!!!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salas should be beaten with old slippers if they appear in the public. Idiots lost 9 wkts for 29 run, and they boast of having the best middle order in the world??? I am so furious, these idiots are represnting our country. I can't even see the team spirit... Look at SA or Aus..One wkt falls and the whole team together celebrating it, but our iditos are not bothered!!

Harish said...

So far i have not seen indian players playing for their country, they are playing for themself. Players are with over confidence other than few... Dhoni must bring in Raina and Ashwin at this point.

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