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Saturday, June 13, 2009

India lose first match at Super8

West Indies took revenge on India at Lords after 26 years with a convincing performance. The Carribeans were hungry on the field and the pitch helped the bowlers to take early wickets. Bad shot-selection also contributed to the Indian demise. Maybe, India should have bowled first in the match, after winning the toss.

India recovered thanks to the heroics of Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan. The captain, MS Dhoni, took extra time to ensure that further wickets do not fall. The dot-balls hurt India badly at the end. They were clearly 20 runs short.

While bowling, the Indians could restrict Chris Gayle for a low score. But, a lesser-known batsman like Lendl Simmons hurt them, which was exploited to the hilt by Dwayne Bravo. Harbhajan Singh was able to restrict the scoring but not get any wickets. Similarly, Ishant is turning out to be a liability.

India's chances at the World Cup now rest on winning both the matches against England and South Africa. Will they be able to do it? Million Dollar Question.
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