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PK, Sehwag take India to the finals

PK, Sehwag take India to the finals

Riding on the bowlers and spearheaded by a Royal Challenger, India triumphed over New Zealand and marched into the finals of the Tri Series Tournament in Sri Lanka today. Though it was a bowlers’ night out, it wouldn’t have been had not Virendra Sehwag stood there like a rock and played out a resolute century when the sun was up. His 13th century enabled India to 223 – a low score – but a defendable total proved eventually.

Riding on the bowlers and spearheaded by a Royal Challenger, India triumphed over New Zealand and marched into the finals of the Tri Series Tournament in Sri Lanka today. Though it was a bowlers’ night out, it wouldn’t have been had not Virendra Sehwag stood there like a rock and played out a resolute century when the sun was up. His 13th century enabled India to 223 – a low score – but a defendable total proved eventually.

It was Praveen Kumar – the Royal Challenger – who started India’s spirited reply after the batsmen failed to give India a solid platform. Refusing to be bogged down, PK got rid of Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor (his Team RC teammate) and Scott Styris – the pillars of Kiwi batting to lay down the foundations of a victory. New Zealand couldn’t recover from the initial jolt and finally succumbed by 118, thanks largely to a 38-run 10th wicket partnership.

Earlier, it was Sehwag who singlehandedly took India to safer pastures when it looked like another batting collapse was on the anvil when India was tottering at 66/4. But a fighting 107 run partnership between Sehwag and Dhoni saved the day. It was Sehwag who smacked the white leather all around the park as wicket kept on tumbling at the other end. His 93-ball 110 was the saving grace in an otherwise pathetic batting display by the Indians. In the finals, against Sri Lanka on Saturday, Dhoni and his men have a lot of introspection to do, especially in the batting.

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Praveen is in awesome form. I wish the form continues in CLT20 2010. As Dhoni calls him, he is really a "Street Smart Cricketer".
Sannu68Calvin on 27 Aug 2010, 01:44 PM
Good going praveen.i watched the full game.i observed that pk was bowling too many outswingers that too pitching the ball outside off stumo.that becomes quiet easy to pick in a T20 game.So praveen be careful with that.good luck mate.we are with you.:)ALWAYS CHEER FOR RCB.
maddydravid on 27 Aug 2010, 05:53 AM
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