Highlights of India vs Sri Lanka in the final match of ICC World Cup 2011
Sri Lanka and India team in 1st innings:
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first…
Sri Lankan batting:
In the beginning of first few over Sri Lankan openers unable to bat or score well to increase or limit the moderate average score as two of the Indian fielders Yuvraj and Suresh Raina and one of the pace bowlers (Zaheer Khan) from India kept them pressure whereas Sreesanth too bowled well except few mistakes which causes to give runs, on the other hand, Upul and Dilshan were doing slow but steady and moving the cards well understanding the pressure of the bowlers and fielders from Indian side, unfortunately Upul caught behind from ZAK spell, it was disappointment for Upul and Sri Lanka.
When Sangakara in and he played reasonably understanding the big score target to achieve something extra mile, unfortunately Dilshan bowled by Harbhajan Singh and match turned little bit even Sangakara on the crease, Mahila Jayawarden in and played sensibly and superbly partnering with Sangakara and rest players in till match first innings come to an end with his knock off 103 unbeaten accompanying last partner Thisara Perera 22 of 9 balls. Sri Lank scored 274/5 in 50 over and put India little pressure on giant score in the Final match for ICC World Cup 2011
Indian bowling / fielding:
Indian cricket fans have to appreciate Indian team for their team work, first appreciate for superb fielding from Yuvi and Raina that helps and encourages bowlers to do their best on the battle, these two and other fielders pressured Sri Lankan and avoided many boundaries including in power play session, first spell was so good compare to other spells and power play, most of the time Yuvi and Harbhajan bowled well and kept them average score or 1 run per ball etc. which helps to avoid more targetable scores, Yuvi and ZAK took 2 valuable wickets in this final match and ZAK 18 wickets in this tournament equaling to Shahid Afridi of Pakistan team. Munaf Patel too bowled well and keep them average score but he was unable to pick wickets, Indian bowlers and fielders can't restrict more runs but 274/5 even though they worked hard except few mistakes from Shreesanth spell who gaves around 52 runs in 8 overs, 12 extras from India side.
India team and Sri Lanka team in 2nd innings:
Sri Lanka bowling / fielding:
It was a fantastic beginning from the Sri Lankan point of view and bad for Indian players and Indian fans as well since Shewag was cheaply out for no score with lbw reason, and very soon Sachin caught behind for just 18 runs on his part, Sri Lanka was strong position at this time and Sri Lanka ensure that trouble and pressure for Indian team as they got them early, Sri Lanka did few mistakes such as missing field and missing runs helped India team to put light pressure on them, Sri Lanka changed spell and bowlers to ensure that they get more wickets e.g. Gambhir and Virat, since they were batting well they could do it and this is the time India got opportunity to stable themselves.
Sri Lankan did their best by catching (C&B Dilshan) of Virat Kohli and sent him out, now Sri Lanka tried as much as they can too to out these two batsmen who settled and settling well viz. Gambhir and MS Dhoni, these two did their best of 109 runs in 118 balls which turning the match result from Sri Lanka to India, this is a turning point of strong middle order from India that put pressured to Sri Lanka team, Sri Lankan tried to change spell and they did their best to break these partnership and finally got nothing than 1 more wicket of Gambhir which he himself carelessly played the shot when he was in 97 runs, Sri Lankan got no option of getting more wickets which helped opponent team.
Initially it was not good as Virendar Shewag lbw for no score and Sachin was out simply caught behind for 18 runs, Sachin was advising once to Gautam Gambhir not to tense in the early stage to score considering the mass score chasing, followed by that unfortunately Sachin out and Indian dreams broken of his 100th ton in the final, once these two openers out, much question mark for Indian team to reach the success and it is not sure at this stage that Can India win this final match? Which billions of heart and eyes are toward them!
To replace these openers Gambhir and Virat Kohli playing sensibly and moving their cards slow and steady with taking 1 and 2 runs, it was going well and had no pressure of run rate than 2 felt wickets, their partnerships encourages next coming batsmen to play more sensibly and confident, Gambhir came up successfully with aggressive blast to keep pace with good run rate. Gambhir and captain MS Dhoni's sensible and aggressive performance helped a lot and they were not caring any bowlers' icon and played very smartly that helps India to chase the giant score very successfully. Dhoni's helicopter shot for six in the final match to chase the score was simply superb, Congratulation Indian team and Indian cricket fans across globe.
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