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India off to a worst start

India vs New Zealand: Sri Lanka Tri Series

India got off to a worst start in the Tri Nation series in Sri Lanka, when they slumped to a 200-run defeat in the hands of New Zealand. It was Ross Taylor, the new skipper for the Kiwis led from the front but was unfortunate to miss out on the three-figure mark by five runs. His 190-run partnership with Scot Styris (89) spelled doom for India. Moreover, India could never recover from the double blow of losing openers Virendra Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik in two consecutive deliveries. Finally India succumbed to a paltry 88 facing a daunting challenge of 288.

India vs New Zealand: Sri Lanka Tri Series

India got off to a worst start in the Tri Nation series in Sri Lanka, when they slumped to a 200-run defeat in the hands of New Zealand. It was Ross Taylor, the new skipper for the Kiwis led from the front but was unfortunate to miss out on the three-figure mark by five runs. His 190-run partnership with Scot Styris (89) spelled doom for India. Moreover, India could never recover from the double blow of losing openers Virendra Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik in two consecutive deliveries. Finally India succumbed to a paltry 88 facing a daunting challenge of 288.

A 200-run defeat doesn’t occur everyday to any team in an ODI. Indian bowling should also take some blame. Ashish Nehra seemed to be the only bowler with some purpose in the Indian team. Pegging the Kiwis back to 28/3 and then allowing them to run away with a 288 total was the cardinal mistake that India could ill-afford on this day.

Having said that, India, boasting of a envious batting line-up, folded like a pack of cards against a disciplined bowling by the Kiwis. They continued with bowling in the zone, forcing the Indians to play every delivery. Most of the batsmen fell behind the wicket, giving ample proof of their discomfiture outside the off-stump. That the team couldn’t even bat for 30 overs provides enough fodder for the think tank to introspect on their batting woes.

For Team Royal Challengers though, it was a day to cherish as Ross Taylor sizzled with the bat, but Praveen Kumar was on the receiving end as was Abhimanyu Mithun. Having bowled only four overs in the match because of an injury sustained during the match, Mithun however came on to bat but couldn’t do much.

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Use Robbie as opener with sehwag.
neela-prasad1 on 14 Aug 2010, 11:47 PM
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