Another Wash Out In The CB Series

gg.jpgGambhir and Dhoni shone, as the Sun disappeared behind the clouds. Despite their shining performance, the Rain Gods wished otherwise, and the match was called off. After escaping narrowly against Australia on Sunday, all eyes were on the Indo-Sri Lanka match. Two Asian giants were meeting after a long time. However, rain played a spoil sport, once again. The Indian Captain won the toss again and chose to bat first. Unlike the last ODI, this time, the Indian openers started cautiously and built up the platform with a total of 68 runs for the first wicket. When Sachin Tendulkar (35), ran the 28th run of his innings, he became the first batsman in the world to complete 16000 runs in a One Day International. It took 409 matches for the master blaster to just add another feather to his cap. After the departure of Sachin, Sehwag (33), was also declared out to debutant bowler, Amerasinghe. The celebrated off-spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, was introduced and he struck twice, dismissing Yuvraj (2), caught at first slip and two balls later, Rohit Sharma, for a duck caught behind. Rohit looked unhappy with the decision and was later fined 10% of his match fees by the match referee for showing dissent.India was in deep trouble with the scoreboard reading 83/4. Indian Captain Mahendra Dhoni walked in to join Gautam Gambhir. The duo built the innings and breathed life back into the game by putting up an unbeatable partnership, reading184 for the fifth wicket, which took the Indian total to 267 in the alloted 50 overs. The innings of Gautam Gambhir showed a lot of maturity. Gambhir has been in peak form for some time now and that was evident today in Brisbane. He applied himself and ran quickly inbetween the wickets with Dhoni at the other end. He ran fast and rotated strike regularly. Despite overcast and extremely humid conditions, he went on to make the third most impressive century of his career. He reached his 100 in the final over, knocking two fours. Gambhir was dropped by Sangakkara on 11, and he made full use of it. The way he handled Murali was superb, using his feet and hitting against the spin. Dhoni also braved the cramps and played a captain’s knock, scoring 88 off 95 balls. Dhoni must be relieved with this innings after a series of dismal performances in Down Under, so far. Both of them played some aggressive strokes and exploded in the last 10 overs of the innings, scoring over 100 runs and hitting all over the Gabba pitch. As the Indian innings came to an end, the drizzle started and very soon, turned into a heavy downpour. Both teams were locked in the dressing room, waiting for the rain to recede. However, unfortunately, that did not happen and the match was abandoned. At the conclusion of the game, Kumar Sangakkara felt a chase of 268 was achievable, while Gautam Gambhir was convinced that the score was enough to secure a much-needed victory for India.Rishabh Srivastava

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