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Sunday, January 10, 2010

India and Sri Lanka to meet in the Tri-nation finals - any surprises?

Gautam Gambhir at Adelaide OvalImage via Wikipedia
India and Sri Lanka have met so frequently in the last few months that probably the captains thought that they would change the composition of the team and see how the competition would fare. Sangakkara also wanted to give his bowlers a chance to try their hand at a situation which is not suitable for them. Good thoughts in a tournament that had a 3rd team who did not come to the party.

India bowled and more importantly, fielded well in this match. Sri Lanka also were thinking at the back of their mind about the final match - this one was not so significant as they had qualified for the finals. Dilshan was dismissed thanks to some good planning by the Indians - hopefully, the Indians have the lid on him from now on. Amit Mishra proved that he has regained some of his lost form - good signs again. He must be included in the team more often like this.

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir played their customary innings and ensured that the small total was chased easily. Kohli seems to be getting consistent and this is good news for the team - he gives an impression similar to Yuvraj (on the field) - hopefully he will emulate the Singh in his exploits also. Sudeep Tyagi was also decent in his spell.

Hope the Indians experiment again tomorrow - maybe MS Dhoni should be given a rest against Bangladesh and Sehwag given the reins. I would also like to see Ravinder Jadeja be given a stint higher in the order - to test his mettle against the Bangladesh team.

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