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05-06-2010, 06:35 AM #1
T-20 World Cup 2010 : India’s Super Eight Challenges
India made it to super 8 easily. It was pitched against first timer afghanisthan and strong southafrica. India won both the match but credit should also be given to afghanisthan. Playing for first time one of its batsman went on to make 50 runs and if taliban doesnot have its way , afghanisthan can become test playing side in another decade.
Coming back to dhoni and his men , now India would play australia on 7th , westIndies on 9th and srilanka on 11th.
The super 8 teams have been divided into two groups and top two teams of each group would enter semifinal.
Australia is totally changed team in t-20 format. They seemed to be more committed than previous two occasion. Their pace bowlers are their key.Dirk Nannes , Shaun Tait , Mitchell Johnson ,Shane Watson make a awesome attack. Nannes can be miser , while tait can beat with sheer pace , johnson is fast and can bat too. Watson is find for australia since couple of years now and has ability to win matches single handely with his batting as well as bowling.
Their batting too can be destructive with likes of watson,warner , david hussey , haddin and wright in the squad aided by experienced clark and mike hussey.
India would have too play their best to beat australia. Gambhir is not in his prime touch , vijay is in good nick but last dismisal showed he need to take care of swing in early overs . Raina is in prime form while dhoni too looks in good touch. We need big gun yuvraj to fire , if he does India would win easily.
Next on cards is westIndies team which plays against India on 9th. WestIndies is second most unpredictable team after pakistan . Gayles can fire big guns , bravo too is regaining his touch and pollard can be destructive as we have seen in IPL.
India then plays slightly out of touch srilanka. In t-20 format nothing is predictable. Mahela is in great touch , mathews too has been in good form. Their two big guns dilshan , sangarkara are not at their best and we just hope they dont get their form back against India.
India needs to win atleast two out of three matches to make into semis. Let us hope India plays as per its potential.