Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Celkon Tri-Series ‘Rain’ Cup: India In Final, West Indies Out!
This is incredible cricket mixed lethally with persistent rains. After the first round in Kingston the West Indies Tri-Series ODI Cricket Celkon Mobile Cup tournament was in a most intriguing stage with all the three teams having a chance to play in the final. India yet to open their account had the hardest chance having to win both remaining matches ideally with bonus points to stay alive and sail into the finals as the venue shifted to Port of Spain where the rain became a sort of the ‘fourth umpire’. The hosts, West Indies were sitting pretty with 9 points from two wins in the first round having just to stave off big defeats if not win. Incredibly enough, India did win both matches with bonus points and ensured their place in the final yesterday crushing Sri Lanka by 81 runs in a match reduced by rains to 26 overs and the D/L method setting a target of 178 for Sri Lanka. Thanks to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s scintillating bowling (4 wickets for just 8 runs) Sri Lanka was shot out for only 96 yielding India the much wanted bonus point. West Indies lost both their matches in Round-2 with big margins and got edged out on better net run-rate of Sri Lanka. Therefore, it’s again India Vs Sri Lanka Final Tomorrow in Port of Spain and the buzz is that injured Indian captain MS Dhoni might as well play.
The rains interfered in every match in Port of Spain and yet the chasing team suffered every time losing the match with big margins. Yet, the toss winning team kept on choosing to field first, so powerful might have been the uncertainty or fear of batting first on a damp or moist wicket with some green patches. Finally, all factors including a spirited performance, the rains and the D/L method helped India to get geared up for one more tournament win.
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