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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sri Lanka win the Idea Cup

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Sri Lanka won the Idea Cup by 5 wickets thanks to the Indian's all-round average performance in the final match, both in batting and bowling. 5 batsmen got out in the first 10 overs itself - meaning that there was no ammunition left in the tank for the final overs. The target was going to be difficult to defend, as has been the case in this tournament.

The Indians have a major problem in ODIs - not only do they know how to bowl in the death overs but they have not planned on the PowerPlay overs. The bowling looks so ordinary that even an asking run-rate of 10 seems reachable. Multiple bowlers have been tried - Zaheer, Nehra, Sreesanth - but of no avail. The spinners did their job but that was not enough - Harbhajan has to pick up wickets rather than focus on restricting the runs allowed. Ravinder Jadeja has shown potential just like Virat Kohli - how they proceed from here will be interesting to watch.

What the Indians need is more matches with the youngsters tried out in critical situations so that they gain the expertise. There is no point in trying out the same team, especially against similar competition. Sri Lanka showed the way by playing their junior players and winning the Idea Cup - the approach was destined for glory which was what the final result.

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