Thursday, June 17, 2010


India completed an easy victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2010 at Dambulla. The 6-wicket win would have, to a certain extent, restored the fans' faith in the side... which had plummeted to an unprecedented low after the Zimbabwe tri - series.

The regular India XI (minus Sachin Tendulkar) looked good... sure and composed. The break should have done them... though their thorough test will come in the next match... against arch - rivals Pakistan.

Pakistan were impressive in their 16-run loss to Sri Lanka in the opener. Afridi's century (though I did not see it) sounded a captain's knock... albeit in a losing cause. India will need the big men to fire in the big match against Pakistan. Sehwag is currently India's best batsman in this format (I don't care what ICC Rankings say about MS Dhoni!) and he will need to fire along with Zaheer Khan, who is India's bowling spearhead. Dhoni will not be able to depend on Sehwag again for his golden arm figures of 4 - 6 in 2.5 overs.

Though I am not overly interested in the ongoing Asia Cup, I will be interested in watching India take on Pakistan... simply because I don't know when will I next see this rivalry unfold again! There will be spice in the contest... there always is, especially when the relationship between the two nations is not at its best.

Here's hoping that the match lives up to my high expectations!

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