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On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a good mixture of young and old made their way to the fortress that is the Chinnaswamy Stadium- perhaps as a warm up for their own cheering skills- to watch the promising encounter between Australia and hosts India, facing off in a warm up game 6 days before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Australia came out all guns blazing, but the same cannot be said about India’s batting- or their overall performance, for that matter. The Indian cricket team looked all but keen out in the middle and it reflected in their batting. Other than a typically aggressive innings from Sehwag at the top, no one else got going. Only Yusuf Pathan and Ashwin seemed to show some intent in the there, as the rest of India’s highly-rated batting order crumbled. Even the out-of-form players didn’t look like they were out to prove a point. The intensity was equivalent to any other warm-up session, if not lesser.
Australia will be happy with their bowlers as they held India back to 215.
They will, however, be wondering- as they always have while playing in India- why their batting against Indian spin was made to look like an Under-13 team that was forced into international cricket!
After a brilliant start at the top by Watson and Paine(who seems to keep getting better with every international game he plays) against a dead and uninterested fielding and bowling unit, bar Sreesanth, Australia will have some serious thinking to do as to why they weren’t heading in for an early night’s dinner. The silver lining, though, would be that skipper Ponting looks good to lead from the front. Besides that, it was a nothing performance and it was shocking to see the overwhelming vulnerability against spin.
Take nothing away from young Piyush Chawla though. There were a lot of questions raised about his $950,000 price tag in the IPL auction. He certainly made believers of doubters today.
Overall, neither side will be too happy after this game. Australia for their sudden loss of the grip they had and India for leaving too much for their spinners to do.
Dhoni will have to figure something out quick – batting wise and captaincy wise- if India are to maintain their tags as favorites. India will want to win the ICC World Cup 2011- but as a completely dominant team firing all its cylinders.