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Zaheer, Yuvi star as India reaches quarters

Can India raise their level on Saturday? Many Indian fans are already thinking about Saturday Derby as the final before the final! That's when India meets South Africa. But why are talking about that game, when its only Wednesday and India just won a game against Netherlands and already made it to the quarter finals?

Can India raise their level on Saturday? Many Indian fans are already thinking about Saturday Derby as the final before the final! That's when India meets South Africa. But why are talking about that game, when its only Wednesday and India just won a game against Netherlands and already made it to the quarter finals?

Its the manner in which the victory came. Far less convincing that though out which produces far more questions! The bowlers (except Harbhajan) did an excellent job in restricting the Dutch to a mere 189 especially after the great start that they got. Considering the wicket at Kotla was an absolute belter, something around 250 was always on the cards. But the Royal Challenger Zaheer Khan and the new found confidence of Yuvraj Singh scripted a bowling resurgence for India to which Netherlands had no answers. Zak's mastery with the old ball was well exploited by skipper Dhoni but he perhaps lost the plot with Harbhajan. His round the wicket strategy bowling a negative line and length meant Bhajji was less attacking in taking wickets and more willing to restrain the batsmen from scoring. The strategy meant pressure being applied from Bhajji's end forcing the batsmen to let loose on other bowlers and thereby more chance of getting wicket. The strategy worked for India, surely. But at the cost of Bhajji. Surely, that's bot doing wonders to the confidence of India's best spinner at the moment.

The good work of the bowlers would have paid rich dividends had the batsmen taken lesser trouble in reaching the target. The way Sachin-Sehwag started and then Yusuf Pathan carried on the momentum, it looked like the game would last 20 overs in the Indian innings. But then, wouldn't that be a boring thing! So what India does? Looses couple of quick wickets, increases the heart rates of a billion people, makes the Netherlands team ecstatic and gives everybody a sense of discontent. That was when Yuvraj Singh didn't come to the crease. His calming existence and new found confidence in himself is a big plus for India and more so when he guided Team India for the second consecutive time to the victory podium.

Royal Challenger Virat Kohli was done in by low bounce and a missed line. But the way Indian top order handled the attack leaves a lot of questions to be answered. Dhoni said after the match, the middle order shouldn't have been bothered in this chase, but the fact remains that India is known for the batting prowess and batting collapses against the lesser known teams creates a precedent in the team and a lack of confidence which may disturb the rhythm of the team when they face more fancied opponents. That's why Saturday Derby becomes so important for team India. India would need to fix up its strategy and start afresh from the game against South Africa.

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yuvi-zaheer, no confusion, great combination- u rock together
espri5 on 27 Mar 2011, 05:48 AM
zaheer gonna be leading wicket taker
krishnasa1 on 27 Mar 2011, 04:51 AM
good performance from uv
but if the margin is great it would be better
krishnasa1 on 25 Mar 2011, 06:28 AM
Yuvi is very talented player.... but we know everyday is not for Yuvi
rohit2120 on 24 Mar 2011, 08:46 AM
Yuvi is awesome
karthik-sarvanan on 22 Mar 2011, 06:49 PM
yuvi is back
kpkkara-kpkkara on 22 Mar 2011, 06:02 AM
The real task begins only now..!!
czech on 21 Mar 2011, 03:40 AM
INDIA IN QUATERS
utkarsh-shenvi on 20 Mar 2011, 10:51 AM
HAS India reached the quaterfinals??????
gundu-uk on 19 Mar 2011, 09:50 PM
both of them are crucial for WC-11
krishnasa1 on 19 Mar 2011, 06:28 PM
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