Sunday, February 21, 2010
Overall it was a heart boiling kinda match, but Indian team got control over their nerves to win the match.
There were several mistakes by Indian team...first of lack of communication during running between the wicket and the second and big one I thought is captaincy of MS Dhoni, why Dhoni less used Praveen Kumar over expensive Sreesanth, while Sreesanth bowled 9 overs and Praveen Kumar didnt complete his quota.
But at last thanks to Nehra and Praveen Kumar India save the match otherwise after the big effort of Kallis and at last Parnell-Steyn pair would have snatched the match from indian team.
Well, a lot of people would have put their money on SA to chase this down but, the Indians did well to get wickets at regular intervals and put the pressure on the visitors. Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers taking two crucial wickets and conceeding only 29 runs in his ten overs. Kallis fought a lone battle and kept things at bay but his well made 89 was not sufficient to take them home. Sreesanth came back well after being hit for 31 runs in his 3 overs and got 2 important wickets including that of Kallis. Steyn and Parnell hit a few big ones towards the end to cause a few hiccups but it was all too late by then. SA are tagged 'chokers' but they did everythin to prove that wrong today. India won the match by 1 run at the end courtesy PK. Dhoni shuffled his bowlers pretty well, and with this win, India inch closer to retain the No 2 spot in the ICC rankings.
At one stage, this game looked dead and buried for SA, but they found 2 unlikely heroes with the bat, in Parnell and Steyn who got them within sniffing distance. In the end, even the normally composed Dhoni was looking extremely nervous out there. What a start to the series. This is just an indication of what is to come in the remaining 2 matches.