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Saturday, May 08, 2010

T20 World Cup - Australia give India a good hiding

India was shown where their technique stands in international cricket. More than their competence of handling the short ball, it was more a mental issue. Batsmen had seen the bounce the pitch was helping, while India bowled and had made up their mind that the Oz pacers will get good purchase. The quiet period put pressure on the batsmen in such a way that the shot-selection was getting confusing. This is not to belittle the performance of the Aussies either on the field or with the ball.

More than 50 dot-balls tell the story - if at least half the dot-balls were scored off, the deficit would have been much shorter. Add to this, the 14 balls that were not utilized by the batsmen at the end of the innings. The competition got hotter when Rohit Sharma started playing his shots - the Oz bowlers started worrying once the partnerships started going.

This was just half the story. The eleven that was selected for the match was packed with batsmen to compensate for the bowlers. MS Dhoni and the team management probably thought that the part-timers could manage the quota required. Ravindra Jadeja would be the fall guy of this match but that may not be his fault. Six sixes of 6 balls (even though of different overs) made a huge difference in the match. Not only him, the other bowlers were also guilty of bowling short. Maybe MSD had to bowl Rohit or Raina in Jadeja's place.

The tournament is still not over for the Indians - the Windies slumped to a similar defeat against the Lankans. If the Indians can put their act together and defeat the other 2 teams, they can still make it to the next round. Australia dont look like losing any match. Hence, it would be a tie-up between the other 3 teams for the other slot - Sri Lanka has taken a lead over the others in the race. Will India catch up? If they can get their heads sorted out in the next 2 days, they can.

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