Thursday, October 1, 2009

Australia reaches semi….India not

Australia defeated Pakistan on the very last ball of the match and managed to book a place in semi finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. With Australia’s victory, India will be booking a ticket after the India-West Indies match. However, India won the game against West Indies (see below for details), but it was too late for the World’s Number 3 team in the world.

Just like the New Zealand-England game, it was a do-or-die game. However, it was Australia who was not at a great danger. Well, Pakistan, put on to bat first by Australia, as Ricky Ponting won the toss for Australia. It was a good wicket to bowl on, and with perfect conditions for seamers, Pakistani batsmen found it difficult to cope with the conditions. It was evident from Pakistani skipper Younis Khan’s innings, as he scored just 18 from 49 balls. Can’t say, was that a deliberate attempt from the Pakistanis to play slowly (in order to minimize Indian chances) or were the conditions really helpful for the seamers? Well, they finished off on just 205 and put Australia a really easy target.

Australians started off well and it looked like an easy Australian victory, before struggling at the doors of victory. Pakistani spinners turn the tables and suddenly Australian middle and lower order looked fragile. It was Brett Lee, who kept his nerves and ensured that Australia doesn’t have for the India-West Indies match.

Meanwhile, India wins the game against a weak West Indies side by 7 wickets, but it was too late for them. The Indian pacers started off brilliantly, plucking West Indian wickets like flowers, as Pravin Kumar and Ashish Nehra did a fantastic job and shared 7 wickets between them. However, they have done it very late and had it would been India-Pakistan tie, there performance should have been heavily praised by crores of Indian fans.

Virat Kohli was declared the Man of the Match, for his unbeaten 70 runs in the chase.


nisha said...

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