Monday, May 22, 2006

memories: May 2006
India's tour of the Carribean
The second match was a tear-jerker in the real sense. India's unbeaten streak of winning 17 matches chasing a total was broken when India lost the match by a run. Chasing a modest total of 199, India were all out for 197. This was largely due to Sarwan's wonderful unbeaten innings of 98.
Meanwhile, Yuvraj played a largely restrained innings, which consumed 121 balls and included eight fours and a six. Dismissed cheaply in the first ODI, he showed exemplary character in carry the Indian innings on his shoulders in energy sapping conditions.
Yuvraj featured in two vital partnerships. He added 64 runs for the fifth wicket with Suresh Raina (27) in the middle overs to help side recover from the doldrums of 60 for four.
The left-hander then added another 47 runs for the eighth wicket with Ramesh Powar that saw India rebound from 134 for seven to needing 22 runs of as many balls.
Ian Bradshaw, the best bowler on view on Thursday, proved to be the nemesis again, claiming 3-33 with his nagging length.
The left arm seamer did the early damage, having Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid in his new ball spell, before returning to remove Ajit Agarkar in the latter part of the innings.
Also frustrating the Indian batsmen were part-time slow bowlers Marlon Samuels (2-30) and Chris Gayle (1-33). The West Indian fielding was also sharper that helped the bowlers maintain the pressure on the Indian batsmen while defending a meagre total.

The third match is on Tuesday.

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