Vadodara, October 11, 2007 - Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday asked his team to ‘forget’ the humiliating nine-wicket loss against Australia in the fifth one-dayer. Win and loss is the part of the game, so all of us should concentrate on the remaining matches of the seven-match cricket series.
Dhoni is right in advising his team that all of them will have to forget this match if the team is to win the next matches. We have two more matches to play with our full capacity and there is nothing to worry about.
Dhoni is confident of coming out with the flying colour at the end of the series by equalizing it. Even if India is able to equalize the series, it shall be a great achievement for India, probably more than a win.
Sachin Tendulkar played a lone ranger in his 400th ODI appearance but India put up a wretched batting display and were out for just 148, would you say it a luck or Australian’s supremacy. (IR Summary).
The hosts were skittled for a record low score at the Reliance Stadium of 148 in only 39.4 overs on a wicket which is always considered batsmen-friendly.
PTI reports : Left arm pacer Mitchell Johnson grabbed five wickets after rocking India with a three-wicket first spell in which he sent back Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, all in single digits.
Tendulkar scored 47 but apart from that there was nothing noteworthy in the Indian innings.
Tendulkar hit nine fours in 73 balls during which he saw a procession of batsmen making their way back to leave the home team tottering at 43 for five in under ten overs.
After electing to bat, India suffered two blows in the very first over of the innings with Sourav Ganguly being run after a mix-up and Brett Lee (2-42) dismissing Rahul Dravid lbw for a first ball-duck, reducing India to five for two.
Wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist pouched six catches, four of these off Johnson, the fifth occasion the veteran stumper had done this feat.
Johnson, came back for a second spell and got rid off Irfan Pathan (26) and Murali Kartik for a duck to finish with splendid figures of 5 for 26, his career-best and first-ever five wicket haul.