Skip to main content

Editor’s take: India - Bangladesh

Another smashing semi-final comes to an end, setting the way for what could only be one of the biggest finals the Champions Trophy has ever seen yet. If the ICC were worried about not enough ticket takers for the previous match, they can now rest in peace. Tickets will be sold for this one faster than one can say ‘Champions Trophy’.
So, the match. India - Bangladesh. It was a comprehensive win for India. There is no doubt about that. The quintessential chase led to the men in blue winning by nine wickets with almost ten overs to spare. You’d think the margin would get smaller as the tournament progresses.
When India walked in to bat, they had a decent total of 265. The good thing was that the openers were not complacent. They shouldn’t be either. Bangladesh made it to the semis and not by luck. India should be wary, no matter who the opponent is. It has been established that rankings and the past have nothing to do with the victory. The team that plays better that day wins. In Bangladesh’s defense,  I would not say that this was a low scoring match.
The Indian openers clicked. Rohit Sharma’s fantastic century, his partnership with Dhawan and then with Kohli ensured a smooth ride to the finals. It was a clinical display with the opening partnership becoming the second best partnership ever in the CT. The shots that were fired were truly world-class. Bangladesh tried various bowling options, sending anyone who could bowl, to attack. The Indians outclassed them.
The men in green held their own as well. Being sent to bat first by India, they scored 264. The run rate was pretty good and had they batted just a little better, the scoreboard could have crossed 300.
Despite it being such a flat wicket, the Indian Bowlers did really well in restricting the runs to less than 270. Full credit to them.
Blue was the colour of the day. And a date is set with the Other Greens on Sunday. Despite India playing a clean collective performance, with batting, bowling, and fielding hitting the mark, they know that they should not take it easy. They have a good match coming up.
The team that India met and defeated by 124 runs on June 4th, 2017 is not the same team that they will greet on June 18th.
India takes on arch-rivals Pakistan at the Oval, in London in the final of an ICC tournament. The Oval. It will be a thrilling clash. It is an all-important finale. You have two days to recuperate and get ready. With your fantasy lineup. Both teams are not likely to change their winning combination. Would you?

Indu

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Why do you run??

As the running season for the year 2013 begins, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the subject. I am not a great runner.  Heck - I started running only a few years ago… well past my 35th birthday.  So this is not an attempt to guide or teach or inspire.  I don't have any specific objective in mind as I am writing this.  I am just sharing my thoughts on how I feel when I run long distance which others could possibly relate to. I have been running relatively long distances (5K, 10K and 21K) for a couple of years now. When I run a half marathon, I take longer than a seasoned runner.  A seasoned runner takes around 2 hours (And here I am excluding the seriously good runners who do it at a much more rapid pace) while I take 25 minutes longer.  But if you think about it… I am on my feet for that much longer.  So in that sense, taking longer to finish is better than finishing faster - right?  What do I think about when running…  Deep philosophy?  Something that has be

IPL 2014 - Mumbai Indians team analysis

The Mumbai Indians have always been the high-flying team of IPL.  They had the big buys in almost every year of IPL and kept a very high profile.  And over the last couple of years, they have started matching their performance with their profile – with wins in IPL 2013 and Champions League in 2011 and 2013.  Let us see how their team looks this year. Rohit Sharma, Mike Hussey, Ambati Rayudu and Apporv Wankhade are the pure play batsmen in the team. Corey Anderson, Keiron Pollard, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena are the all rounders. CM Gautam, Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare are the wicket keepers. Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie & Puwan Suyal are the bowlers.  The bowling looks pretty good with Malinga, Zaheer, Bajji and Ojha.   The batting is strong at the top – with Rohit Sharma and Mike Hussey, but looks weak beyond those two.   The power in the team comes from
Growing up, we have been told repeatedly – winning is not as important as competing.   Events like the Olympics, with the famed Olympic spirit mantra, reinforce this message.  But how pragmatic is this notion of ‘competing’ as opposed to ‘winning’. Let us leave philosophy aside for a bit and look at this question from a purely commercial angle. Both Roger Federer and David Nalbandian have been in the professional tennis circuit for around the same amount of time.  Early evidence suggests that both of them were equally talented (with David winning almost all matches he played against Roger).  But over the years Roger has figured out how to win – not just against David but also against the other players.  As of now - Roger has taken home 8 times more money than Nalbandian has.  (73M Vs. 11 M).  Both are top-notch tennis players and yet, the difference is so stark. http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=F324&oId=N301 And this is just one part of the sto