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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Champions Trophy 2013 - India continue the good work

The Indian team seems to be doing all the right moves while the others are suffering a spate of bad form (Sri Lanka and Pakistan) and injuries (South Africa, England, Australia).

The match between India and West Indies (30 years after the epic 1983 World Cup final) was one-sided except for the first 20 overs. 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja was the one who made maximum damage to the Windies innings. Neither Bravo nor Pollard could make a big difference to the target set by West Indies and the Indian fielders raised to the occasion (easily one could say that this was the best ever Indian fielding side). Umesh Yadav was off mark during the match while Ishant and Ashwin provided good support to Jadeja. Sammy made sure that the Windies management took notice of his all-round skills.

MS Dhoni was, as usual, cool when the Windies were scoring heavily at the top. Making all the right moves and triggering off a collapse in the middle order, Dhoni could not later put the brakes on Sammy's blitzkrieg. But, this match must have given him a good sense of his team and the 'hot' form they are in.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma seem to have gelled together at the top and a consecutive century partnership in this match means that Viru Sehwag and Gauti Gambhir have to wait even further (in case the selectors decide to take a back step). Kohli was dismissed quickly but Dinesh Karthik cashed in on his good form to take the team past the target.

The Indian team is now through to the semifinals which means that they need to continue the winning run further. So far on the England sojourn, this win meant that India have won 4 matches in a row. It will be good if they have their off-day in the tournament against Pakistan (they have lost twice in Champions Trophy against their arch-rivals) and return back to form for the last two matches.
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