Today’s (24 Jan 2007) one-day match between the Indian and West Indies cricket teams was a thriller, low-scoring, but an absolute thriller. Sometimes the match does not have to have 300 plus runs scored by each side to be a thriller, there is a different pleasure when the match is evenly poised with wickets gone, and the asking run rate not being very high.
India made 189 all out, not a very high score. They managed to make this score primarily due to the efforts of 2 not so highly spoken players. Dinesh Kaarthick top scored with 63 and Ajit Agarkar with 40 constituted more than half the total Indian score.
But today was the day of the bowlers. Given such a low score to defend, quite a few dedicated fans also would have given up in despair. It is at such times that people get a chance to make a name for themselves, and today was the day that Ramesh Powar made a name for himself. The bowler had a match winning bowling figure of 3 for 42, and was able supported by Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, and Harbhajan Singh.
In all, this was a satifying match for the Indian team in that they were able to defend a small total, and should increase their confidence levels.
Ashish blogs at Musings of a Modern ManÂ and can be contacted at ashishblogs(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)in
[Edited by Simon - Format]