Thursday, September 6, 2007
6th ODI: Tendulkar n Utthappa's show
Sachine has again shown to the world why he is so special. But it was Uthappa (47no), who was brought in at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, hit Stuart Broad for four with three balls remaining to clinch a memorable two-wicket win that keeps the series alive.
The hosts slipped to 137-5 at one stage,but recovered well to post a challenging total of 316-6 after winning the toss - Owais Shah leading the way with his maiden ODI ton. Kevin Pietersen made 53, Luke Wright smashed 50 on debut. Dimitri Mascarenhas five sixes in succession off the last five balls of the innings of the bowling of Yuvraj gave him a instant fame.
Indian openers walk on the field with the purpose. As Sachin started blazing all guns, Saurav played next fiddle to him. They are proving themselves as one of the best opening pairs in the world. Gambhir has played his part, now he ensure his place in the team for a while. It was off day for Yuvraj and Dravid. But, my biggest surprise was Dhoni. Though he scored 35 runs, he was not at his own. He was struggling to put ball away. With 20twenty world cup on the horizon, he has to do something with his batting. Off late he has no big score behind his name.
Bowling was again.....OK. I think India should have played one fast bowler instead of spinner.
Now, momentum is with India. England will feel pressure in the last match, which is virtual final. But, India has a bad history in final.
I hope, India could turn things around this time.From me ALL THE BEST INDIA.