Team India somehow managed to make a mountain out of a molehill last week during compaq cup finals in Colombo as they almost gifted away the match to the mighty Lankans.

After the dynamic strokeplay of the little master which propelled India to a total of 319 with the loss of 5 wickets. Sri Lanka had a blistering start in the opening 8 overs largely due to aggressive batting from Jayasuriya and Dilshan. But the spinners put the brakes on to the scoring rate by taking 3 wickets inside 3 overs.

It was an interesting match as it see-sawed for the entire duration. Frankly Indians should have finished off the contest as soon as they got Sangakara’s wicket but missed catches, stumpings and run outs almost cost India the trophy. Thilina Kandamby almost pulled off the chase for Sri Lanka with some dazzling and powerfull hitting but the turbanator returned back for his third spell to finish of the lankans.

The celebrations after each wicket told the whole story. As India sniffed victory, they put a stranglehold on Sri Lanka’s tail and sure enough victory came.

But M.S Dhoni knew that his side were lucky to escape with the trophy today as the bowling and particularly the fielding weren’t up to scratch. Had the fielders taken all their chances then it wouldn’t have been such a close call. Dhoni knows this and he has tried to address this to the rest of the team.

The much needed 2 months break might have added to the rustiness but the sooner they iron it out the better it will be as in high profile tournaments such as Champions Trophy one mistake could cost Indians the match, India are ranked number 2 in the world and if they want to win in South Africa and grab the number 1 spot they have to field and bowl like their life depended on it.

If Team India can iron out those flaws it is certain that they would be able to win the tournament as they have enough talent in the squad and with that they would be able to justify people as to why they have been billed as one of the tournament favorites along with South Africa and Australia.

Posted by Abhi

 
 

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