Australia destroy India and win by 9 wickets

In the 4th match of the super eights India went down very poorly to Australia losing by 9 wickets. Batting first India suffered an early set back after Gautam Gambhir was dismissed by a cheeky run out. India never really recovered from that blow and the inform Virat Kohli was almost dismissed early. The return of Yuvraj Singh was expected to give India some confidence but that did not happen as he also departed with just 8 runs to his name. Dhoni’s decision to keep out Sehwag and play Irfan Pathan cost the Indian team very heavily because Pathan neither contributed well with the bat nor with the ball. Opening the batting with Gambhir he just scored 31 of 30 balls in what seemed to be a long and tiring innings. Suresh Raina did pull off some boundaries towards the end but that was not enough as India managed to scamper through to 140 in their 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Shane Watson was the pick of the bowlers for Australia picking up 3 valuable wickets. Pat Cummins was also very economical in his spell of overs giving away just 16 runs and picking up 2 wickets in the process.

Australia came into bat with a slight drizzle but that did not stop the 2 openers from firing. They went out and attacked each and every Indian bowler and soon they were scoring at 10 runs per over. David Warner and Shane Watson got sixes and fours of almost every over and the small total of 140 looked even smaller. Dhoni used 8 bowlers in order to get a wicket and Yuvraj was successful but it was too late by that time. All over it was a pretty one sided match and if the Indians continue to play like this then the road to the semi final could well be over for them.

Sep 29, 2012
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