"Bhajji" Spins It For India

jeevan hettigodaContributor ISeptember 15, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Harbhajan Singh of India celebrates a wicket during the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights match between England and India at Lord's on June 14, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

The much awaited compaq cup final between the asian giants got under way at the R.premadasa stadium,colombo.The atmosphere was electric as fans from both teams gathered in numbers to support their respective teams.

The toss was won by indian captain MS dhoni who made no hesitation in making his call to bat first.The indians went into the game with one change welcoming youngster virat kohli instead of dinesh karthick who was unable to make an impression in the previous two games.However the lankans opted to go in with the same combination although middle order batsmen thilan samaraweera was fully fit to take on the field.

The indian openers dravid and tendulkar gave their team a solid start while the little master went on to score a biggy hammering the lankan bowlers all around the park.The skipper MS dhoni and Yuvraj singh also chiiped in with half centuries which helped india to reach a mammoth target of 318.All the lankan bowlers were sloppy in their bowlin effort as they could not contain the indian batsmen.

The lankan openers TM dilshan and sanath jayasuria were on top gear in their approach to the run chase as they were goin at a rate of 8 runs/over.As the runs started to galore indian skipper intoduced harbhajan singh the off spinner who deliverd immediate results as he clean bowled TM dilshan and caught jayawardena off his own bowling.This started to build pressure in the lankan camp as they were 5 wickets down for 131 with sangakkara and the inform kandamby at the crease.The pair went on scoring run a ball and managed to maintain the required run rate at a steady pace.As the lankans slowly but surely started to get back into the game kumar sangakkara was out hit wicket in an awkward way.The lankans were 182/6 at this stage with the last recognized batting pair at the crease.kapu and kandamby also managed to maintain the run rate converting one's into two's capitalizing on indias sloppy feilding dispaly.As to everyones surprise captain MS introduced part time spinner suresh raina in the 42nd over who produced a gem of a delivery to get rid of kapugedara.This wicket was the turnning point of game as harbhajan managed to cruise through the rest of the batting line up.

The lankans really gave a heartened effort but kept loosing wickets at crucial times which really lead india to victory in a breathtaking final.