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Friday 30 January 2015

Eng Thump Ind To Reach Triseries Final Jan 2015

After a small hiccup upfront, the Englishmen have shown India the door in the CarltonMid Triseries tournament.

Having bowled India out for just 200, the game was setup for an easy win.
But surprisingly, India was up for a fight today and reduced Eng to 66 for 5 in no time.
As always though (and that clearly indicates the bowling class of India -- utterly miserable) No 4 (#JamesTaylor) and No 7 (Jos Butler) collaborated beautifully for a century stand to clear away any thoughts of an upset loss for England.

By the time both were dismissed, England needed less than 10 runs to win the game with over 4 overs to spare. Broad and Woakes comfortably crossed the finish line.

Eng 201 for 7, through to the final against Australia at the #MCG on 1st Feb 2015.

What does this mean for #TeamIndia?

 - Elimination from the current Tri series

 - An extra couple of "rest days" before the World Cup (Remember MS Dhoni had complained of fatigue for their poor performance a few days ago?)

 - Time for introspection whether they have any realistic chance to qualify for the knockout stages at the world cup? Am sure Ireland, Zimbabwe and UAE are already plotting an upset win against them while the others Windies, South Africa and Pakistan are already smiling at their fortune of playing an out of form and disorganized #TeamIndia

 - Batting is in woeful form although they seem to have the talent. Bowling is at best club class and will not trouble world class batsmen the least (#AB can easily plan to break his fastest ODI century record when the two teams meet at the #MCG in their World Cup group encounter in Feb)

 - Need to plan/hope to bat second as that seems to be their best chance of winning some games at the moment.

 - If this performance continues at the World Cup, it could well be curtains for Dhoni from all forms of the game. His sour ties with Virat are already showing up and VK has a great chance to grab the captaincy position with both hands.

 - Can they think of calling #AnilKumble back from retirement to bowl at opposition tails or bowl containing overs?  

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