2nd final of CB Series at Brisbane starts in –
Tendulkar shoulders batting responsibility in 1st final of CB series.
Critics call him “match looser” & Indian captain makes a post match comment that he is a “records man”. In spite of all these the little man shouldered the 1st finals win responsibility when Indian top order is at its worse form. For Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, this is a mission nicely accomplished in his 20 long year cricket career.This win gives mental edge over Aussies in 2nd final. Aussies in my opinion resorted to all tactics to take Tendlya out of the ground even throwing full length balls on his face but he contained his innings. The world champions, Australia is struggling both on bowling and batting fronts that too on their home ground as witnessed in CB series so far.
Both India and Sri Lanka were not able to bank that “out of form” Australia team opportunity so far except that India was able to do it in 1st final. First talk about Aussies bowling, Brett Lee & Johnson are only notable ones with occasional help from Symmonds. As I noted in my previous post after the departure of McGrath and Warne, Aussies are in the process of look out for bowling successors. Batting wise Top order is totally inconsistent with Gilchrist coming off to a ground with heavy crowd cheering and leaving at a blink of eye to pavilion before crowd notices. Hayden & Symmonds throwing their wickets with reckless shots. Ponting searching for his batting form and is meticulously studied by teams for his wicket.
India on the other hand mainly depended on batting of Gautum Gambhir & Dhoni’s patience in all of CB series. Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma was performing averagely in all the matches. Uthappa is the one man who needs some domestic cricket before he sets foot on international team again. We have too much of expectations from Yuvi and he did won one crucial match for India. All credit goes to India’s bowling new finds Ishant and Praveen Kumar. Pathan except for the 1st final contributed consistently both with his bat and the ball. Haribhajan keeps pressure on Aussies team just by his sheer presence in the team.
Match Start Times :
US central time – March 3, 2008 at 9:15 PM
UK – March 4, 2008 at 3:15 AM
India – March 4 2008 at 8:30 AM
Watching Online or Live Streaming Sites :
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