What a game…wow…what a chase..Slammed from all quarters Indian batting line up finally played to its true potential and won the last league match by seven wickets. More importantly India chased down the target of whopping 321 in mere 36.4 overs.
As match started Ravi Shashtri commented that India needed to restrict srilankans to 240-250 and chase the target down in 40 overs and then pray that aussies beat srilanka , so that India might get into final.
But as I saw score of 75/1 , I wondered how are we going to restrict them in 240 ..For me at that point of time it looked like sri lankans are going to put score of 280-290. I was wrong . Dilshan found this match to be the match where he would get into big score. He scored big hundred and remained not out at 160. Sangakara too made a century and srilanka went on to make 320…
Now chasing 320 down with kind of form which Indian batsman have shown in australia , it looked like impossible task and that too doing it under 40 overs. Sehwag , tendulkar began well and later on gautam gambhir continued the momentum. But day belonged to virat kohli who scored at brisk pace , making sure that we achieve target under 40 overs.
Batting at no 4 , virat hit two sixes and 16 fours and stayed not out at 133. Suresh raina too contributed with 40 not out in 24 balls. Virat made merry of dangerous malinga and hit 4 fours , 1 six and 1 two runs in single over!!!!!!!!!!!!!…Virat made winning runs against malinga showing his dominance today.
so what does point table say? :
So India are last in the list and would need australia to defeat srilankan handsomely to make it to best of three finals. Now even if India fails to make it to the final , they would end the disastrous tour of australia.
As for virat he has showed the he is man of future. With 9 oneday centuries and 20 half centuries in 82 matches he had played , virat also became fastest player to get 3000 runs for India in current tour of australia…
As for Indians , one day match between australia and srilanka would be one of most viewed match in recent months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!