India have given themselves a good chance to be in the final of the tri-series after their huge win with a bonus point over hosts West Indies.
They had lost narrowly to the home team in their first game and that was mainly due to the fact that they didn’t have enough runs on the board.
This time they ensured that they got off to a good start, and then skipper Kohli came in and scored yet another hundred that took them well past 300 which is not easy to chase down.
This was a new look team from what had been seen in the first two games. Gone was the lazy lackadaisical attitude and in came in the determination to show that they are indeed the World Cup holders as well as the newly crowned Champions Trophy champions. Most importantly, Kohli decided to lead from the front and stuck to his usual batting slot and got a brilliant century.
For some strange reason, players, especially batsmen from the sub continent, when appointed as captains of their teams drop themselves down
the batting order and the result is usually chaotic, for the new positions are not familiar to the player who is promoted to the captain's batting
place and for the skipper who now has to bide his time waiting to bat instead of building the innings.
While there should really be no complaints if the openers have given the team yet another flying start, the disappointment is that both Dhawan and Sharma missed out yet again on getting a century. As their skipper showed them, the only way to get recognised is by reeling off hundreds and not great looking 40s, 50s and 80s.
The pitch did have bounce and both Bhuvneshwar and Ishant used it to good effect at the start of the West Indies chase and pinned them on to the backfoot. Then, in the middle of the innings, Umesh Yadav also bowled a quick spell that ensured that there was no tail wagging as the Indians won with a bonus point.
The advantage of having won the first two games mean that all the West Indies team have to do is to win one of the remaining games to get through to the final. If they beat the Lankans, then the last game between the two subcontinent rivals will be the one that decides who plays the home team in the final.
It is never a good idea to play on a Sunday in the West Indies for invariably there is a fair bit of partying that goes on on Saturdays. The Lankans will be hoping that the home team players will have partied the night before and not spoil the party on the field.
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