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Friday, June 21, 2013

Champions Trophy 2013 - India through to the final

There is news going around in the social networking sites that India won the 1985 World Championship, two years after their 1983 World Cup win by a dominating performance led by the individual skills of a left-arm bowler by name Ravi. From India's 2011 World Cup win, it has been two years - will history repeat once again?

We need to wait one more match to know whether it will come true. But, India has been repeating the same dominance that was shown by Sunil Gavaskar's 1985 outfit. The semifinal match was no different - the scorecard reflects the superiority of the Indians on a day when luck favoured them as well. But, as they say, luck favours those who try hard.

The bowlers came to the party in the morning led by the accuracy of the tireless Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Ishant Sharma put in a performance that was good to watch (after a long time) - in this tournament, India has been lucky that two of their enigmatic performers (Rohit and Ishant) have shown their potential in matches more than one. Umesh Yadav dealt the body blow that made Dilshan hobble around and reduced the Lankan line-up to a limp! MS Dhoni thought that he would bowl a few overs so that he can have his faster bowlers for the slog but the spinners were not to be denied. Jadeja and Ashwin picked up wickets that meant there was no productive partnership for the Lankans.

Sri Lanka could have put more pressure on the Indian batsmen had Dhawan's catches taken. Four dropped ones in the semifinal does not help anyone's cause. Shikhar Dhawan was not complaining though on his way to a fourth 50+ score in this tournament, he took India to the brink of victory. The lad has been amazing - ensuring that India doesnt miss the swagger of Sehwag at the top. Kohli came up with a fifty showing that his form against Lanka cannot be taken for granted.

Overall, a great performance all-round for the Indians who will try to exact revenge on the English team (for all their losses during their last sojourn) during the final. Will the finals see Dhoni repeat his trick with the toss as well as the form that his team has showed throughout? You bet there will be no dip in the intensity though.
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