Monday, November 24, 2008

Time to Celebrate

Yeah. We have done it. It's the time to celebrate. We have won the series, we have beaten England in the fourth consecutive match. It was a superb performance by Team India. This match reminded me of T20 World Cup especially the last 5 overs of Indian innings.

The way Indians batted today, was awesome. They were cashing in sixes. Sehwag batted superbly during his innings of 69, he set the tempo of the game, he had a very crucial opening partnership with Gambhir. And then the rain stopped play. At that point of time, India were 81/1 after 14 overs. 

The match started after a long wait of 2 hours. Umpires decided to play a game of 44 overs. After 3 overs of play the rain interrupted yet again. India were 106/1 after 17 overs and this time the game started after long long wait of 3 hours. Officials decided to reduce the game further to 22 overs each side. 

So, India had to play only 5 more overs. At that point of time, it looked like that India will lose the game. But they came out with all guns blazing. The first ball after the break was sent for Sixer by Virender Sehwag. It was the time when Fours & Sixes were raining. Then Yuvraj, Dhoni and Pathan also joined in the party. Yuvraj was dealing only in sixes. India scored 60 runs from their last 5 overs. After 22 overs India managed to get 166/4. 

According to D/L method England required 198 runs from their 22 overs. They started slowly. But they had their moments when Owais Shah and Flintoff were batting. Flintoff made 41 runs while Shah made 72 runs off just 49 balls. Indian bowlers bowled well to restrict them to 178/8. 

So, India won the match by 19 runs and they clinched the series. Dhoni proved it again that he is the best. He is the Don of cricket. No doubt It was a great team effort. Everyone played their part. In fact, It was a great series for India. Now 3 games still left in the series. It is a good time to check out the boys who are warming benches. It is a very good opportunity for them to show their talent. Players like Virat Kohli and Badrinath are waiting for their chances. Now it's their turn. Hoping that India wins the series 7-0. Go India Go! "East or West India Is The Best."

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