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India recorded a morale boosting win in the second practice match of their long English campaign scheduled till the first week of September. Dhoni’s men chased down 142 runs in the second innings to beat Derbyshire by 5 wickets in the 3-day tour game and are all set for the 5-match Test Series against Alastair Cook’s side.
Despite a sound strategy, RCB’s IPL7 will be remembered for failure to translate strategy into the effective on-the-field execution necessary to take our team into the play-offs. There were high levels of confidence and great expectations of the newly constituted RCB team following IPL auction 2014. Media, cricket commentators and fans alike were generally very positive about the strategy of retaining a small core of potentially match-winning players – Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers – and improving the balance within the team by bolstering bowling (Starc, Aaron and Dinda) and acquiring a good finisher (Morkel). The appointments of a new head coach (Dan Vettori) as well as new batting and fielding coach (Trent Woodhill) and bowling coach (Allan Donald) were also well received.