where indiia went wrong in yesterdays match against srilanka
February 12, 2007 7:22am CST
it is very bad to see india lose yesterday against srilanka . i cound't figure out from where india had lost it . india did well to keep srilanka less than 260 and then sachin and sourav played well and even dhoni hit 48. where they went wrong ?
12 Feb 07
First and foremost, I want to stress that uthappa, dravid and karthik got really good deliveries that took them out. They can be pardoned. I feel ganguly should have gone after malinga bandara, hitting a couple of his trademark sixes coming in front. He bowled a perfect line and length for ganguly to utilise him. But that didn't happen, instead tendulkar tried to do it and perished. Then ganguly chased a near wide delivery and got out. We lost the psychological advantage over srilankan bowlers from that point. Those overs during that time really bogged out batsmen down. Then our virendar sehwag dropped the match in sangakkara's lap, trying a cheeky irresponsible stroke, when situation demanded him to play out a few more overs without loosing his wicket. The lower order, in my opinion performed creditably, what with the second largest partnership coming from dhoni and karthik. While karthik played in his usual style, I feel dhoni became overcautious, failing to punish srilankan bowlers when they erred. This infused confidence in them and they started to bowl better, drying the runs for india. As usual, Bhajji swung his bat atrociously instead of playing for singles and giving dhoni the strike. Finally, it is a worrying factor that that none of our pace bowlers are capable of savage hitting, you know, bludgeoning the bowler for a four or six by swinging wildly. Brett lee of australia does it time and again with his brute power and nothing else. May be we have a lesson to learn here.
13 Feb 07
i think they took the match quite lightly as most of the batsman have thrown their wickets...also the Indian team haven't fielded well in the match...and Sri Lanka never left the hope of winning the match...even when Indians were going at an average of 6-7 runs per over....they keep on coming back harder at them.