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Spinners win for India despite mid-order blues

Skipper Dhoni played it down, but didn't the Bangalore crowd loved it!

The win over Australia, even though it came in the warm-up match, on a wicket which was turning full and square, had all the thrills with wickets falling more regularly than the occasional hits to the galleries. It was a game for the bowlers as though the wicket looked lush green from the outside, but fooled many as it offered full assistance to the spinners later on. However, it couldn't fool Dhoni as he took the most important decision to bat first after winning the toss - a rarity in Dhoni's world.

Skipper Dhoni played it down, but didn't the Bangalore crowd loved it!

The win over Australia, even though it came in the warm-up match, on a wicket which was turning full and square, had all the thrills with wickets falling more regularly than the occasional hits to the galleries. It was a game for the bowlers as though the wicket looked lush green from the outside, but fooled many as it offered full assistance to the spinners later on. However, it couldn't fool Dhoni as he took the most important decision to bat first after winning the toss - a rarity in Dhoni's world. With no Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, India started watchfully as Australia bowled with certain discipline and purpose. Sehwag was tied down but still provided glimpses of his promises made a few days ago : to bat longer. His 54 off 56 balls was the highlight of India's innings though it was painstaking for him to see wickets tumbling at the other end. Except for Virat Kohli, who looked impressive in his 21, until he mistimed his square drive, and Yusuf Pathan, who became too greedy, the India middle order wobbled dismally, a sure worrying factor for the Indian thinktank ahead of the tournament proper.

But the bowlers, especially the spinners accounted for the batting mistakes. Surely, the wicket helped, but the wickets had to be taken after all. The credit goes specially to the Indian spinners as Australia were marching ahead with the game at one stage with 118/1. Taking the next 9 wickets for 58 runs and shunting them out for 176 calls for some credit to the bowlers. Piyush Chawla spun it viciously and with the wrong ones foxed the opponents too. Harbhajan came handy to maintain the pressure while Ashwin never let it loose.

It was a creditable win no doubt, especially against three time world champions. The Chinnaswamy Stadium crowd went boisterous with the win, as if India won an actual humdinger against the Australians in the World Cup proper. But a win is a win - even if its in a warm-up match. Think about the confidence it gave to the Indian team. With Sachin coming in the second game against the Kiwis at Chennai, it surely will add to their confidence. Surely, India's world cup campaign went off to a flying start.

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India will win the cup world cup with help of spinners
Royals1 on 23 Mar 2011, 05:17 PM
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