Monday, September 03, 2007

The Series Stays Alive..

It was a make or break match for India, and with some good knocks by the top order and the rain gods showering their generosity India defeated England by 38 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method.

England won the toss and put India to bat, as the moisture in the air was beneficial to the pace-attack. The usual slow start continued as Sachin and Saurav decided to go into test-match batting mode. It was the calm before the storm, and Sachin slammed four boundaries in one over bowled by the hapless Lewis. Sachin, Saurav, Yuvraj, and Gambhir, all went on to score fifties. The final score was 324/6.

England started solidly and the Indian misfielding horror continued as catches were dropped, balls were allowed to reach the boundary rope, and run-out chances were muddled. Collingwood played an excellent knock, and I feel if the rain had not started India would have lost the match.

The next match is extremely important as India needs to square the series.

Lets hope for the best.

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