Vikram Kamath

March 17, 2007

World cup cricket: Another best of the worst from Indians

Filed under: Cricket — Vikram @ 23:34

Today’s world cup battle against the Bangladeshis turned out to be one of the best of the worst for Indians. They have had a humiliating defeat against the so called “relatively inexperienced” Bangladesh team. I must say, I am not a hardcore cricket enthusiast, but I try and keep myself updated with the latest. I happened to see the match today. I started watching when Indians were playing at 90 for the loss of 4 wickets and Saurav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh were at the crease. Looking at the Indian scorecard, they seemed to be on the loosing front right from the beginning. Sehwag, Tendulakar, Dravid, all back in the pavilion.

Although, Ganguly and Yuvraj, seemed to stabilize the situation for India at one point of time, all that was washed away when Yuvraj got out at 47, followed by Ganguly, Dhoni, Harbhajan and Agarkar in a span of just 2 runs. Ultimately, the Indians were bowled out at a total of 191 runs, thanks to some good and some lucky strokes by Zahir Khan and Munaf Patel at the end with both adding 15 runs each.

Then came the so called “relatively inexperienced” Bangladeshis with the bats. They, had nothing much to do I reckon, except for playing calmly and not loosing early wickets. The Indian bowling attack was not that great. Very mediocre for their experience in the game. Even, Bhajji didn’t seem do any magic with the “doosra” nor did Tendulkar, compared to the spinning attack by the Bangladeshis. This allowed the Bangladeshis to reach their target calmly with the loss of 5 wickets in the 49th over.

In all the Bangladeshis had a historic win against the Indians today. What happened to the Indians in the field today? They seemed to be showing no contention even whilst fielding. The Indians have been totally outplayed by the Bangladeshis in all respect in the field today.

India still has hopes of making up to this loss.

But the first major upset in this tournment is that Pakistan is out of contention for the world cup 2007. They lost against Ireland today. It was another major upset, worse than India’s loss against Bangladesh. The Pakistanis were surprisingly bowled out for just 132 on board. Ireland, being supposedly made up of amateur cricketers, crawled to victory to reach a revised target of 128 in 47 overs. This match ended with a six by Trent Johnston of Azhar Mahmood. Again, a historic win for the Irish in world cup cricket. They are probably through to the Super-Eights, while the Pakistanis are on their way home.

Sadly, there won’t be the India -Pakistan clash in this world cup. Hope India fairs well. Come on India!!!!!!

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