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Saturday, March 19, 2011

World Cup 2011 - Last group match for India

On Sunday, India play the last group match against West Indies at Chennai, a track that will favor them. They have already played one of the warm-up matches (against New Zealand) here and won it convincingly. Castrol Index rates both the teams closely (159-154) but that might not be the case tomorrow. India has the arsenal in their team to put a strong display but whether they actually do it, remains to be seen.

Thanks to Bangladesh's capitulation against South Africa today, the Indian team is assured of a Quarter-final berth irrespective of the result of the match. The scenarios of who will be their opponent is also clear. At the time of writing this post, Pakistan are coasting against Australia in their final match. This only means that the Indians will face either Australia (if they beat Windies) or Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad on the 24th.

MS Dhoni has hinted during his press conference today that both Raina and Ashwin were playing the match tomorrow. Sehwag also might be rested to ensure that he is fit for the latter games. It will also give the Indians a chance to play both Raina and Kohli in the match. Viv Richards put pressure on the Indians by giving his opinion that India may not be capable to win the World Cup - is he playing mind games?

The Indians have their last chance to get their team right and their strategy sorted out for the knock-out matches. Hope they can utilize it to the maximum and get their campaign back on track.

PS - This article illustrates another facet of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar - playing blindfold in his nets practice. Interesting!
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