Rain spoiled what would have been a great victory for India!!

@ram_cv (16516)
India
July 3, 2011 1:53am CST
The match between India and Windies was spoiled by Rain with India just needing three more wickets to win the match. What was even more gut wrenching was as soon as the match was called off, the sun comes out in full glory. I would have liked the umpires to push a bit more for the match completion, but sadly that is how ICC regulations work. Ishaant was again the pick of the bowlers, but Bhajji and the others really looked ineffective today. India would have pulled it off if Zaheer would have been there to back Ishaant's effort. What are your views on the match? Cheers! Ram
7 responses
• India
3 Jul 11
Rain surely played spoilt sport and ruined Indias chances of a victory. They were in command having had the Westindies on the back foot with seven wickets down. What this also means is that Westindies have a chance to leavel up in the series. So many overs were lost due to the rain intervals and had that not happened we would have seen India wrap up the series and go 2 nil up in the three match series. The Indians must have also felt frustrated as after the match was called off due to the rain interval, there was bright sunshine and at time India might have fancied their chances of bowling the hosts out. But as said rules are rules and as soon as the rain came down the match was called off and eneded at that time. This match may have eneded in a draw and let us see whats in store for us in the third test. Will the Westindies draw level or will India hold on to a series win in the Caribbean. Only time will tell..
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
3 Jul 11
Yes, it was really frustrating that the sun came up almost immediately. ICC definitely needs to take a long and hard look at such issues. They want to make the Tests popular, they can only do that if there are more results all around. Cheers! Ram
• India
3 Jul 11
Yes indeed considering that the popularity of test matches has gone down and people are no longer interested in a game that takes 5 days to complete, the ICC could come up with innovative ideas to improve test cricket and get the crowds back to watch cricket. This could also see more results for a game. But considering the way T20 is going at the moment I dont think test cricket is going to be the way it was in the past.
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@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
3 Jul 11
For me it is true that rain is a blessing so for that case it is good.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
3 Jul 11
:) Not for team India :( Cheers! Ram
• India
3 Jul 11
I disagree. The rain took a losing match to a draw. Maybe west indies could've won it the way that guy was smashing the ball. The west indies were ready to take that chance. And india has only 15 overs to take 5 wickets which has a very low probablity. I'm happy with the rain coming.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
3 Jul 11
No, I think you did not really follow up on the match. Windies lost two more wickets after the resumption after rain. India only needed 3 wickets in 10 odd overs and given the way Ishaant was bowling it was really possible. On the other hand the Windies team required 79 runs to win the match with three wickets in hand in 10 overs. Given their rate of scoring which was around 2.82 I would guess it is safe to say it was out of their reach. Cheers! Ram
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Jul 11
yes. we are feeling more for it because India was supposed to win. If the same had been that WI was to win then we would have liked this. I agree with your views in this regard.
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• India
5 Jul 11
Dear Ram, Rain washed out the match. But, I believe, India could still have pulled of a victory had the bowlers put in a better effort. Ishant was the only bowler who seemed to be threatening. Praveen Kumar, for some reason or the other was under used. Harbhajan looked flat. He was bowling it wide outside the off stump. He was not making the batsmen play enough and hence was not threatening at all. It seemed as if they were playing for a draw....!!! :P They actually did not need Zaheer if one more bowler other than Ishant could have bowled better. Share your views... Balu.
@venkit (2957)
• India
5 Jul 11
surely rain spoiled an interesting match. India could have won the match if rain had stayed away. Wi survived with the help of rain.
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• India
4 Jul 11
I agree