England Plays into India’s hand..
England bowlers continued bowling short pitched deliveries to Yuvraj singh who continued in sublime form to take India to a 2-0 lead in the 7 match one day series. Very few people would have backed Yuvraj to improve on the 78 ball 138 in the first match. But Yuvraj was one better. he scored a what should be called a ‘sensible knock’ to lead India to a good position from when he joined Gautam Gambhir with India tottering at 29/3. Yuvraj became the man of the match for his all round performance with the bat and the ball. Yuvraj picked 4 for 28 runs adding to the 118 runs he scored. His price scalps included England captain Kevin Pietersen and Vice Captain Andrew Flintoff. For more match analysis, Read on..
India won the toss on what was a cracked surface at Indore. India decided to bat first following their batting performance in the first match when they scored a huge 384 runs batting first. Dhoni expected the ball to turn and spin in the later part of the match while the commentator inspecting the pitch disagreed, They expected the ball to stay low and offer more help to seamers than the spinners. Kevin Pietersen also suggested that he would have batted first if he had won the toss. England led by the opening spell from Stuart Broad picked up wickets immediately. Sehwag(1) was dismissed out bowled, played on when he tried to cut a ball that was low and shaping into him. Raina showed class as he dispatched the second delivery he faced through the extra cover region for a boundary. Raina’s showing ended in a short stint as he lofted a hip high delivery to Samit Patel standing at square leg. India now at 15-2 in 3.4 overs. Rohit sharma was sent in to consolidate the innings. Gambhir looked promising as he played some sensible cricket shots to keep the partnership growing. Sharma was removed by broad in his 4th over for a meager 3 off 16 balls faced.
Yuvraj joined Gambhir with India at 29/3 and this point on there was no looking back. Gambhir scored a few good shots to reach to his 50. Yuvraj followed him soon. To what looked like a good start by the England opening bowlers, The partnership took everything away from them. The partnership was broken by the golden arm of Kevin Pietersen. After Gambhir hit Pietersen for a huge six over deep extra cover, He was out bowled the very next delivery trying to pinch a single towards the leg side. Gambhir walked off the field to a deserving applause. He had scored a good 70 off 138 balls to leave India in a decent position at 163-4 to what looked like a nightmare start. The stage was set for Dhoni to fire, The duo decided to enforce the third and final power play. By this time Yuvraj was set and with India in a good position he was ready to change gears. While Yuvraj was scoring big boundaries, Dhoni was turning the back to Yuvraj. Soon Dhoni was out bowled to a slower ball which came back into the batsman. Yuvraj was out to a loose shot caught behind to Broad. India finished the innings at 292 for 9 with Yusuf Pathan carrying his bat after scoring a brisk 28 ball 50. Stuart Broad finished with the best figures of 4-55 for England.
England started off the innings in a cautious mood. India gained advantage in the first over when Ian bell was run out for 1 off the last ball of the over. Raina showed his class in fielding, why this new Indian outfit is considered to be a good replacement to the aging seniors. Matt Prior and Owais shah took England past the 100 run mark, the later played some classic shots to reach his 50. Shah was soon undone by a low bounce delivery by Yuvraj Singh, out LBW for 58. Prior soon followed. With his individual score on 38(105) he was out bowled, undone by a straight delivery from Yuvraj singh. Pietersen and Flintoff steadied the innings a bit. Flintoff went about showing his power hitting talent hitting almost all Indian bowlers to the boundary during the third powerplay. The man of the moment, Yuvraj again picked the priced wicket of Flintoff. Low bounce again did the trick for him, Flintoff was caught plumb in front. With just one more run added to the total, Yuvraj bowled a similar delivery t get rid of Pietersen, only this time he cleaned the batsmen up. Game, set and match for India at this point. Stuart broad and Samit Patel tried their hand at hitting the ball but the required run rate seemed unachievable. England were finally all out for 228 in the 47th over.
Yuvraj Singh was declared the man of the match as India managed a 50 run victory in the second match to take a 2-0 lead in the 7 match series. Yuraj singh finished with figures of 4-28in his 10 overs.
News channels were going ga-ga over Yuvraj singh’s performance for which most of the credit went to Dhoni and his style of captaincy. Most of these news channels forgot the man who brought these guys into the team. Sourav Ganguly. A man who brought faith back into the team when no body was ready to accept responsibility. He formed a new Indian side with the mix of youth and experience to emerge into the finals of the 2003 world cup. “He thought taught us to win Overseas” said the Ex Indian Captain Anil Kumble. Not one news channel mentioned the name and that was SAD 😦
I was shocked when i learned that Kris Srikanth, chairman of selectors for the BCCI announced that Yuvraj Singh is the best replacement he can find to Sourav Ganguly. Now this is too much. The guy has talent, he can chip a shot for six. But when it comes to playing long hard cricket, he fails and he fails miserably. Spin is his biggest weakness and this is quite evident with the visiting England side now. They are missing a quality spinner in the team and therefore the performance from Yuvraj. I remember somebody commenting somewhere with the following line: “Bowl short pitched deliveries to bring Yuvraj back into form and that is what England is doing now, Bowling to his strength”. What better way to put it up. Playing him in the test team would b a blunder as many others like S Badrinath would only be found warming the benches or playing for a rival Twenty20 tournament for their share of Cricket.
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