Yesterday on the fifth ball of the 49th over Brett Lee drove the ball bowled by Umar Gul to mid on, and took a single to level the score with opponent Pakistan, and qualify for the Semi Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. On The last ball of the match another single was taken and the Aussies won their ODI against Pakistan.
India on the other hand were knocked out of the CT and had to depart sadly. But they were not allowed to depart just like that. They had to play their last game against the Windies and they did. And what a game they played. But what was the point in performing so well after being knocked out. So sad.
As I said in my previous article India had to depend on the Pakistan Australia match for qualifying for the Semis, and so they did. But unfortunately Australia won and the Indians were knocked out. But the Aussie-Paki ODI was a very interesting one. Let us read a short analysis of it.
The Pakis made a steady start but the Aussie bowlers were too good for them and their tight spells restricted Pakistan to 205/6 in 50 overs.
The Aussies on the other hand were going really well when their skipper departed and after that their wickets tumbled like ninepins. After 45.5 overs they were 187/8 and nobody expected them to reach their target. But some heroics from Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz helped them to reach their target and they knocked India out of the tournament.
The disappointed Indians played their last match against the weak Windies and showed that they can perform well at times. But what was the use.
India won the toss and chose to field. The bowlers bowled tight spells and also grabbed wickets. The Windies were all out after 36 overs for 129.
India in reply reached their target in 32.1 overs after a good innings from Virat Kohli. He made 79* of 104 balls.
The bowlers also performed well. Harbhajan Singh bowled a really tight spell and his economy rate was 1.75. Both Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra bowled tight spells and grabbed 3 wickets each.
But this good performance went in vain as India were knocked out and unfortunately packed their bags and set off for the airport.