Indians rout England..ICC Champions trophy, Oct 16,’06

Champions Trophy 2006The English team was defeated comprehensively by the Indian cricket team on Sunday evening at Jaipur under a cracker lit sky!

All credit must go to the Indians bowlers who restricted the English total with some diciplined bowling, something that was missing in the last DLF cup. The bowlers virtually spitted fire, mixed aggression with good line and length and reaped the desired results. As a result of the above, The Englsih team was scuttled for a paltry total of 125.

The star of the bowling was Munaf Patel, the dark horse, who took three wickets along with off spinner Powar. Patel bowled a tight leash and was well complimented by Pathan who looked his own today with a fine display of swing bowling, something that had become nostalgic for the fans!

The spinners too contributed well, with Harbhajan weaving his spin along ith Powar. One needs to admit that though Powar looks meaty, looks could belie!!! This cricketer has a terrific cricketing acumen, is a good fielder and a nice spinner.

The English batsmen on the other hand looked ill at ease. They could not adjust to the conditions and fell like a pack of cards. Without the likes of Trescothick, Gough and Giles, the team lacked exeperiance and too much was expected of its players such as Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen who failed to deliver the goods. Although Pietersen and Collingwood tried to put up some resistance they could not keep handle the pressure and gave in sooner than later.

Indian batsmen began the proceedings in a grand style though Sehwag went early to an impetuous shot, a la Sehwag! But Tendulkar and Pathan steadied the ship and put them on course to the victory. Despite the start, the middle order made a heavyweather of the paltry total and introduced some inconsistency the later stages of the match. Dhoni, Raina and Dravid fell cheaply to some poor shot selection and left the job to be completed by Harbhajan and Yuvraj. What was heartening was to see Yuvraj back in form and striking the ball cleanly, something that he does best coupled with sweet timing.

The Indian team needs to work on its batting and make sure that such hiccups are avoided in the later matches of the tournaments. It has another 11 days to go before it faces the West Indies who would be looking to make ammends at Ahmedabad. The English team too needs to put this defeat behind their back and face the next match as a fresh game, a new beginning.

The next match would be another scillintilating contest between two giants, Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Tuesday. Pakistan would be playing its first match of the tournament and Sri lanka would be looking to consolidate its position on the other hand.

What ever said and done, the tournament is already showing signs of high quality entertainment..

Keep watching and enjoy the cricket…!

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