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01-13-2013, 11:46 AM #1
MS Dhoni’s mistakes cost India the game again
The last 16 balls Ashok Dinda bowled in his final spell of the Rajkot ODI cost 11 runs and yielded two wickets. The wickets were those of potential match-winners Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen, both well-set for an onslaught in the last ten overs on a belter of a wicket and lightning fast outfield.
Dinda began his spell in the 42nd over, and got thumped for a six and a four in his first two balls. But, just as you thought ‘here we go again’, he started pitching it further up, and mixing in some reasonably well-disguised slower balls too. He gave only two more runs in that 42nd over and had Morgan caught and bowled. In his next over, the 44th, he gave only four runs as he first tied the destructive Pietersen down and then forced him to hole out in the deep. In the 46th, Dinda went only for five runs, and that included a boundary. In other words, he bowled four dot balls in an over at the death in a match where nearly 650 runs were scored.
Had India finally found a bowler who could hold his nerve and use his head in the slog overs? Well, we will never know, because Dinda was yanked out of the attack by Captain Dhoni. Dinda could have bowled the 48th and 50th overs because he had used up only eight out of his quota of 10 overs. Instead, he was left scratching his head in the outfield, wondering what he had done wrong, watching in bemusement as England collected 59 runs in the last four overs from Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar — and won the game by a margin of nine runs in the end.