Match Review – Ind vs Aus!

Well, I had planned to write a match review – of the India v NewZealand 5th ODI of course… But as that match turned out to be a dud and India staring into the face of defeat, I decided to go for the other Indian match!

Closing comments on the NZ match first – Stupid Gambhir, Raina, and Sharma – what were you thinking keeping Sehwag off strike for so long – He got bored and threw his wicket away. And if a side that strong cant bat out 43 overs, its just a shame. Perhaps this will bring back the hi-flying Indians back to ground and they would like to rethink the basics of the game. Raina, Sharma are shocking options for 3 and 4. You need your best batsman at that slot… And poor bowlers – small ground, even smaller target, nothing  much they could have done with the ball swinging – NZ could just play the new ball out…

Well the India – Aus match that I am reviewing is of the Womens World Cup, 2009 in Australia. It is the first of the Super Six stage. With no semifinals, a loss for either team would leave them with a near impossible chance of making it to the finals.

Aus won the toss put India to bat first. India had looked a bit fragile in the batting department through out the series. However, the day was of redemption and fantastic knocks from the experienced Anjum Chopra (76) (sadly, many would only recall her from several post match shows on national television), new keeper Anagha Deshpande (45) saw India get to a solid start. After the very young Tharush Kamini got out early, Mithali Raj (who averages a staggering 47.72 in ODI’s and 52.00 in tests) showed why she was the most prized batting jewel in the team by scoring a brisk 44 off 50. Cameos from Amita Sharma 31(22) – promoted up the order, and new comer Harmanpreet Kaur (a superb 19 off 8 balls – 2x4s 1×6) saw India make a whopping 47 off the last 5 overs to end on 234-5. A very applaudable effort considering the average scores in Womens cricket!

Aussie domination persists in Womens cricket as in Mens cricket. It was always going to be tough to keep them down. After a steady start 40-0 in 10 ov, Indians struck to reduce the Aussies to 53-3. The clean bowled wicket by India’s most trusted speedster and captain Jhulan Goswami (106 wkts at an avg of 22.5) was a peach of a delivery that would have made many legends proud! Her first spell was 7-4-18-1. Some repair work by the Aussies gave some headache to the Indians but wickets at regular intervals (2 to spinners Gouher Sultana and Reema Malhotra each) and excellent support by the inspired Rumeli Dhar and Priyanka Roy and great fielding in particularly by Raj and Deshpande meant that the asking rate was always climbing and was above 12 in the last few overs. In the end, Australian women fell short by 16 runs.

The margin may be small but the victory was far more convincing. Indian Girls hardly looked out of control in the entire match! Bravo! A good job done indeed.And any time India beats Australia all are happy!

India now move to second place in the points table. We have 4 points in 3 matches and second place thanks to a healthy NRR over NZ. Aussies have very little chance of defending their title. They seem to be going downwards just like their male counterparts!

Ind vs NZ is on Tuesday and would be a virtual semifinal… lets c! All the best of luck to the team – Chak de!

Full scorecard and Bulletin on my fav cricket news site – CricInfo

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  1. Avnish said

    Indian women did lost to NZ making their chances ofmaking it into the final very difficult 😦

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