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Monday, March 24, 2014

T20 World Cup - India notch up another convincing win

The R-B chart below shows the easy manner in which the target was chased down.


After the fourth over, the Indian innings never looked back. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma stuck smart blows against the varied attack (thanks to IPL for providing more insight into the Windies bowlers) to take India home. Yuvraj Singh got time in the middle but did not do anything noticeable to justify his inclusion in the next match. Add to it, was a dropped catch on the field. Dhoni did hint that there will be a change (during his post-match conference) in the next match. MSD also mentioned that his batting was not tested - absolutely right. Only five batsmen have played in two matches (with two of them averaging an obscene 85+ runs per innings and one without an average) - check this page for more details. Hopefully, the team will not require additional strength in the forthcoming games.

While they bowled, the Indian bowlers were miserly as Uncle Scrooge. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's analysis was out of ordinary - his bowling made the Windies openers look clueless. Smith and Gayle were expected to give a blazing start but even though they stayed for a long time at the crease, they couldnt get moving. The ball started swinging again for Bhuvi and the sight was refreshing if you are an Indian fan. Bhuvi's economy rate is the least of all Indian bowlers - check this page again. If Bhuvi was economical, Amit Mishra scores high on the wicket-taking category. By focusing on his strengths, Mishra has proved that he has a place in the T20 format - in fact, not many remember that he has taken three hat-tricks in the IPL (each one for a different team). Though Mishra figures high, Ravindra Jadeja also has taken the same number of wickets - the difference being the economy rate. For one who is usually economical, Jadeja has been costly this tournament - in this match too, the Windies total was boosted by the last over bowled by Jadeja. If only Dhoni had given Bhuvi the last over instead of Jadeja?

Next match is relatively easier against Bangladesh, considering the lack of form of the hosts. Dhoni will ensure that the intensity does not drop while trying out one or more of the other members of the squad.
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