After the upset loss against Bangladesh a couple of days back, supporters of the Indian team must be happy with a victory by huge margin
Setting the world record score (World Cup) of 413, India almost walked away with the match at the end of first innings. Virendar Sehwag, under tremendous pressure, produced an innings of substance. He struggled early on but capitalized on opportunities provided to him. Robin Uthappa missed a wonderful opportunity and disappointed the selectors. War gun Ganguly provided an excellent support to Sehwag, who was firing all cylinders. More than run a ball century was much needed for Sehwag, atleast to justify Dravid’s decision to have him for the World Cup and to appease fans back home in India. Yuvraj, Tendulkar and Dhoni gave a good finishing touch and India reached a formidable total.
Though the Bermuda batsmen were able to score runs against the Indian pace attack, regular fall of wickets proved to be a speed breaker. Lack of technique and exposure to international cricket was clearly shown in the way the Bermuda batsmen played. Zaheer and Kumble bowled well and ensured that the effort of the Indian batsmen were not wasted. Another positive point is that the NRR for India (+2.5) is positive!! They are good 2 points above Bangladesh in the NRR and have a nice chance to move to the Super 8’s with a win against Sri Lanka.
Let us keep our fingers crossed for the decider on 23rd. It is disheartening to see that India is playing a decider to qualify from the prelims. Nevertheless, India has risen back strongly after the defeat and we hope that this win provide the required confidence for the Indian players against the formidable Sri Lankan team!!