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Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Cricket, Sports | 0 comments

Australia into the CB series final,India might still have a miraculous chance

In a do-or-die situation,India lost the match by 87 runs.For the 7th consecutive times in this series India lose the toss and chase down the target under lights.Chasing 253 runs,India once again lose both the openers within 10 overs.Even after losing Sehwag(5 off 11 balls) and Sachin(14 off 15 balls) within 10 overs,India maintain a run-rate of over 5.5 until the start of the bowling powerplay.

Gambhir struggling against the bouncer

In the bowling powerplay,India scores only 12 runs with the fall of 3 wickets including both the set batsmen Kohli(21 off 27 balls) and Gambhir(23 off 48 balls).Indian batsmen totally failed in this match.Even the most consistent batsman in this series for India,the skipper Dhoni gets off the mark in his 10th ball.His struggle finally ends when he was given lbw.He scored 14 off 49 balls.

No one can score more than 30 in this Indian innings.Highscore for India is Ashwin who score 26 runs.Irfan scored some runs(22 off 22 balls) with 2 sixes.India all out with the score of 165 runs in 39.3 overs.

In the first half of the match Australia scored 252 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.India did well in first 20
overs.Picking wickets at regular intervals.At one stage Australia were 107-4 in 21 overs thanks to Warner who scored 68 off 66 balls.After that David Hussey and Wade put up a great partnership.Both of them did not try to hit boundaries.They regularly picked singles and doubles.

Australia were looking good to score 300+ runs,at one stage they were 200-4 in 39 overs.But India did exceptionally well in the last 10 overs.After 20-0 in his first 2 overs,Umesh Yadav cameback very well and
picked two well set batsmen Wade(56 off 66 balls) and D Hussey(54 off 64 balls).In the last 2 matches India gave 101 and 85 runs in last 10 overs.But in this match,only 47 runs conceded and picked 4 wickets.Because of over-rate and Irfan’s injury,Dhoni gave the ball to the part-timer Sehwag ahead of Raina.Sehwag bowled well in last 10 overs and picked 3 wickets.

Dhoni appealing for obstructing the field with umpire

In the 24th over,Dhoni was appealing for D Hussey wicket for obstructing the field..While taking single,D Hussey was stop the ball with his hand which was thrown to the striker’s end.Dhoni was argued with the umpires but they given not out.Also in Indian innings,Lee was blocking way of Sachin,though not intentionally, while taking a single and Sachin was run out and his wait for 100th ton still continues.

Sachin was run out controversially

India still have a light chances at the final.If India wins the next match against Sri Lanka with Bonus point and If Australia beat Sri Lanka in the last league,irrespective of the NRR,India can still make it into final.But if you look at the form of Sri Lanka,it would be a tough match indeed.

MOM Warner running between wickets during his 66 runs

Man Of the Match : David Warner

Image courtesy : ESPN cricinfo

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Aravindhan is a student pursuing his masters in CS at the day time, loves watching cricket and he is an adherent fan of actor vijay. He is the resident cricket consultant for News@Indiandragon. You can catch up with him @aravindh0709