Friday, February 1, 2008

India's first T-20 Defeat against the aussies

The Indian team is totally bombarded by the Aussies in their T-20 encounter at MCG. Indian recorded the 2nd lowest score of 74 in the history of this shortest format of the game just ahead of Kenya who holds the lowest score of 73 against Newzealand. The Indian team players displayed their worst ever performance in the T-20 game by not playing as a champion side. The Aussies had the fire within themselves right from the start with Micheal Clarke leading from the front in the absence of Ricky Pointing.

The Aussies have finally fulfilled their revenge against the Indian team for their previous 2 losses against the India. The Indian captain was in all complaint on his players for their lack of responsibility during the match. But it is to note that Dhoni never took the responsibility of the captain in todays game by getting only 9 runs of 29 balls which is bad even in an ODI game. The biggest blow came right in the 5th ball of the innings when Sehwag, the inform batsmen was runout by Clarke and then followed by 4 wickets in another 4 overs.

This particular match confirms the effect of the presence of the senior players in the team. The absence of Yuvi was a big problem in the middle order. For India the only batsmen to go to double figures was Irfan Pathan who scored a good 25. Apart from him all were out for Single digit and were finally bundled out for 74 in 17.4 overs.

Aussies Reply:

The Aussies started attacking the Indian bowling attack right from the first over. Gilly scored a blistering 25 before getting out to debutant Praveen Kumar caught at long on by Gambhir. Clarke remained unbeaten on 37 and Brad Hodge on 10 as Aussies completed the formalities in the 13th over. The Indian fielding was very poor dropping catches and being slow on the field and missing many half chances like the runouts into full chances. The Aussie fielding on the contrary was directly opposite to that of Indian. They converted all the half chances into wicket.

As far as Indian bowling is concerned, they were good but due to lack of support from the fielders and batsmen, they could not do anything spectacular. They too troubled the Aussie batsmen in various occasions especially Clarke at the beginning of his innings. Overall this most hyped match became a completely one sided match. Will Indian team correct their errors and will they compete well in the ODI series is the one to watch out for. India is meeting Aussies in the ODI series on Sunday.

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