Saturday, February 28, 2009

India vs New Zealand, 2nd 20-20

The Kiwis beat India again and took the 20-20 series 2-0.
Disappointment for Indian fans. As I mentioned in my previous post the Blues were favourites going in to the series. But now that tag has got to be with the Kiwis.
The one day series starts soon. Yuvraj Singh seems to be in some sort of form and I hope that he will give the much needed impetus to the Indian batting. On the bowling front it was good to see Irfan Pathan come in to his own. I thought he bowled fantastic in the second match. The pitches in New Zealand suit his bowling style. So it's nice to see him build some sort of rhythm and form going in to One days and Test matches. I think he'll be of great value to the team in this series.
It was apparent though that India was lacking the attitude that they had acquired in the last year. The "go for the kill" attitude that saw them through many a tight situation and saw them dominate most opposition teams over the last year. I hope it's just the Blues are taking time getting acclimatized to New Zealand and nothing else.
On the other hand I thought the Kiwis played very disciplined cricket. Their bowling was tight. Their batting has tended to depend too heavily on the top four but Brendon McCullum's awesome form has seen them through. They rightly desreved to win the series as they played the better cricket of the two sides.
So come on Men in Blue- show us your mettle and fast. All the best for the One Dayers and Test Matches.

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