India v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 11, 2013

Jadeja, Dhawan take India into semi-final


India 236 for 2 (Dhawan 102*, Karthik 51*, Rohit 52) beat West Indies 233 for 9 (Charles 60, Sammy 56*, Jadeja 5-36) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Four years ago, almost to the day, in the same city of London, Ravindra Jadeja was a hare caught in the headlights. He could neither get out nor hit out, and his 25 off 35 in that Twenty20 match against England - India were knocked out of that World T20 - earned him what seemed like a lifetime of ridicule. He wasn't supposed to succeed at international cricket. He did. He wasn't supposed to succeed outside Asia at least. He has, for now.

When Jadeja was introduced in this Champions Trophy match, West Indies had marched to 92 for 1 in 17 overs, and Johnson Charles, an awkward batsman to deal with, was timing everything he hit. He had carted Bhuvneshwar Kumar, deflected Umesh Yadav and lofted Virat Kohli and even R Ashwin. India were staring at a big total, but Jadeja twirled that ball like he does his new 'tache. Some turned and some didn't; most of them were headed for the stumps, but at different speeds; five of them got wickets, two lbws and one bowled; West Indies went from 102 for 1 to 182 for 9, and India into the semi-final of the Champions Trophy. West Indies now need to beat South Africa to progress; Pakistan were knocked out.

The target of 234 - thanks to Jadeja and despite Darren Sammy's 56 off 35 towards the end, proved no inconvenience for India - whose openers were almost in a contest to outdo each other's attractive shots. Their 101-run stand was the first time since 2007 that India had put up back-to-back hundred openings outside Asia. Rohit Sharma might have fallen for 52 off 56, but Shikhar Dhawan went on to score his third century in his last three international innings, all reached at a strike rate of 100 or more

India won with 10.5 overs to spare. It didn't start off that easy after they put West Indies in. Johnson Charles, who scored 60 off 55, was an irritant for India, who had managed to get past Chris Gayle before he could do any real damage. Charles is not a pretty batsman. Nor is he a rhythm player. Form and run of play don't matter much to him. Once he starts hitting them sweetly, though, he can find unusual spaces on a field of play. He is a man you want out early, and as his stats suggest it hasn't been difficult to get him out early. However, until today whenever he had reached 50, he had crossed 100.

Charles was already 50 when Jadeja came on to bowl. That included a burst from 6 off 17 to 30 off 26 in six boundaries in the ninth, 10th and 11th over. After that, he didn't let Ashwin and Kohli - the latter bowled before Jadeja - settle at all. On came Jadeja, and bowled a maiden to Darren Bravo. On the face of it, there was nothing special about that over: just accurate and quick spin bowling.

In Jadeja's next, Charles tried to sweep him hard. He connected, but Jadeja had square leg positioned at the right spot. The next ball was quick, went with the arm, and Charles played all across it. Gone. Trademark Jadeja dismissal. Charles should have known better. Now Jadeja began to employ the vice grip, bowling quick, at the stumps, not knowing himself which will turn and which won't.

Ishant Sharma - match figures of 10-1-43-1 was an able ally at the other end. He bowled short of a length on a dry pitch, and slipped in a maiden with the unsure Marlon Samuels. In the next over, Jadeja got another dart on target, but the umpire saw an inside edge. Jadeja insisted on a review, convinced MS Dhoni, and found out that the ball had hit the pad first, and plumb in front.

Dhoni returned the favour in Jadeja's next over when he went down the leg side to superbly catch a deflection from Ramnaresh Sarwan. It wasn't the best delivery Jadeja had bowled, but West Indies had nonetheless gone from 102 for 1 to 109 for 4. Darren Bravo now got stuck even as Dwayne Bravo batted industriously leading up to the Powerplay. Darren Bravo finally threw it away just before the Powerplay as he danced down to Ashwin and was stumped for 35 off 83.

After India got lucky with Dwayne Barvo's wicket, others lost their heads and their wickets. Not Sammy. He lifted that bat high, and began to swing. He had to do a fair bit of farming of the strike because Kemar Roach had joined him with 4.3 overs still to go. He rearranged some analyses, hit four sixes and five fours, and without any tangible contribution from Roach, added 51 for the last wicket.

This total was supposed to give West Indies hope. Dhawan and Rohit were to dash that hope soon. From the moment Rohit cut Roach for four in the first over and Dhawan drove Ravi Rampaul through cover for another in the fourth, the match was going only one way. West Indies were either too short or too full, the openers matched each other stroke for stroke, and the only matter of uncertainty towards the end was whether Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik would get to their personal milestones.

Dhawan was 96, Karthik was 47, and India needed eight when Bravo bowled short. Dhawan upper-cut it over third man, took off the helmet, stood with his arms aloft, and then played out five dots to let Karthik get to fifty in the next over. Karthik did so with a drive over extra cover.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 12, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Very good Indian Selection, Gratz on the semis from a Pakistani because India deserved it for trying great batsmen and very under rated bowlers.

    Bhuvneshwar and Jadeja/Mishra/Aaron are under rated bowlers who can be good when given the chance they just miss out in the later overs against strong hitters because of the lack of pace but in early overs/test their swing and accuraccy makes them just as good as any bowling attack.

    I wish Pakistan would take a look and realize that Experience is only good when it performs and having weak but experienced players like Malik/farhat/Akmal is useless same way that Sehwag/Gambhir/Yuvraj used to be good but are no longer and India realized that and are reaping the rewards.

  • Naresh28 on June 12, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma has allayed some people who had had enough of him. I always believed that one good innings would launch him and lift his confidence The nice part of him and Dhawan is that are both fearless facing fast bowlers. They have been doing well even in the IPL. I wait for Sharma to enter the test team. Vijay will have to make way for him. Karthik is another find in the last few games. Jadeja has this amazing accurate spin which gets him wickets.

  • alipk52 on June 12, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Also i saw a tweet from an Englishman also taged here in cricinfo, he said "was there an agreement between India and Pakistan during partition that India will take batsmans and Pakistan will take bowlers?" lol it certainly looks like that :) funny guy :)

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Well played lads, This is what we expect from you. Now please don't drop the guard and let complacency creep in..we expect you to go all the way and bring the cup back after 11 years. My only concern is death bowling - hope we have some answers soon cos it could cost a match when defending a total.

  • alipk52 on June 12, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    i really loved the way Indian fans shown condolence on Pakistan's early exit from CT13, this is thing, the spirit which led them to build a formidible Indian side, I hope the fans from both side keep showing this spirit for each other's success and lost, recently we see how Pakistan and Indian players played in India under friendly atmosphere, with having fun with each other, so far it is looking quite clear that India are looking favourites to win this, but just had a spare of thought that what an atmosphere, tensions there would have been, if Indo-Pak both reached final, dying to see such games from a long long time, I hope there'll be competitive batsman in Pak team from here on, there superior bowling has been successfuly and continously overshadowed by our worst batting displays, it has to stop now, need somebody like saeed to open, inzi/yousuf to stabilize, Razzaq Azhar Mehmood to finish in style, aahhh that good old days!!!

  • on June 12, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Very good Indian Selection, Gratz on the semis from a Pakistani because India deserved it for trying great batsmen and very under rated bowlers.

    Bhuvneshwar and Jadeja/Mishra/Aaron are under rated bowlers who can be good when given the chance they just miss out in the later overs against strong hitters because of the lack of pace but in early overs/test their swing and accuraccy makes them just as good as any bowling attack.

    I wish Pakistan would take a look and realize that Experience is only good when it performs and having weak but experienced players like Malik/farhat/Akmal is useless same way that Sehwag/Gambhir/Yuvraj used to be good but are no longer and India realized that and are reaping the rewards.

  • Naresh28 on June 12, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma has allayed some people who had had enough of him. I always believed that one good innings would launch him and lift his confidence The nice part of him and Dhawan is that are both fearless facing fast bowlers. They have been doing well even in the IPL. I wait for Sharma to enter the test team. Vijay will have to make way for him. Karthik is another find in the last few games. Jadeja has this amazing accurate spin which gets him wickets.

  • alipk52 on June 12, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Also i saw a tweet from an Englishman also taged here in cricinfo, he said "was there an agreement between India and Pakistan during partition that India will take batsmans and Pakistan will take bowlers?" lol it certainly looks like that :) funny guy :)

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Well played lads, This is what we expect from you. Now please don't drop the guard and let complacency creep in..we expect you to go all the way and bring the cup back after 11 years. My only concern is death bowling - hope we have some answers soon cos it could cost a match when defending a total.

  • alipk52 on June 12, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    i really loved the way Indian fans shown condolence on Pakistan's early exit from CT13, this is thing, the spirit which led them to build a formidible Indian side, I hope the fans from both side keep showing this spirit for each other's success and lost, recently we see how Pakistan and Indian players played in India under friendly atmosphere, with having fun with each other, so far it is looking quite clear that India are looking favourites to win this, but just had a spare of thought that what an atmosphere, tensions there would have been, if Indo-Pak both reached final, dying to see such games from a long long time, I hope there'll be competitive batsman in Pak team from here on, there superior bowling has been successfuly and continously overshadowed by our worst batting displays, it has to stop now, need somebody like saeed to open, inzi/yousuf to stabilize, Razzaq Azhar Mehmood to finish in style, aahhh that good old days!!!

  • HealthyCric on June 12, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    It looks like Jadeja is making Dhoni's life easier and tougher for Dhoni's critics. People are going to miss Sewag but almost forgot him due to the heroics of Dhawan.

  • sensible-indian-fan on June 12, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @ Haleos - Ashwin relieves pressure??? Did you EVEN watch the last game? Of his 36 runs in 9 overs, 22 runs came from slogs or heaves (4,6 by Charles and 6,6 by Pollard). Sure he could have avoided bowling in the arc to Pollard but he couldn't get that right. If he had flighted the same ball and landed it in the good length area, Pollard would have been troubled (as had Dwayne Bravo). Truth is he bowled a brute of a second spell though he just got a wicket.

    Your negative comments about Ashwin in the previous threads plus your claim that a defender of Ashwin must be a CSK supporter is laughable. Ashwin needs more wickets in ODIs. Agreed. But fact remains that he is a phenomenal bowler.

    By the way, just because a spinner goes for 6 doesn't mean he is crap. The art of spin bowling is guile. Spinners are intended to make batsmen go after them and take wickets. Guys like Jadeja won't be successful in all pitches (just like Monty who in Mumbai track is 1000 times more dangerous than Swan

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 12, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Agree with @AvidCricFan - Well played India. It just proves that if the young talented players are given chance to settle a little, they can deliver better results than old players (like 10dulkar and Sehwag) forcefully occupying spots. Indian Selectors did a great job in fixing the batting. They need to do the same in bowling. May be try Parvez Rasool instead of Ashwin. Ashwin's bowling has become predictable and his fielding is atrocious. Ishant Sharma has to go. We have better bowlers in Shami, Mohit, Sandeep, etc.

  • maddy20 on June 12, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @landl47 I never knew that half of 10 is 7(reg Morkel). I also noticed that Morkel picked up a truckload of wickets in those 7 overs and another 3 overs for Morkel would have bowled out India for under 250 and SA would have won the match with 9 wickets to spare! India have scored 300+ in three of games and looked good to do it for a fourth time. Me and my ilk would really appreciate it if you would clarify as to which side of the 4 we have faced so far has a "decent bowling attack"!

  • on June 12, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    What WestIndies need is a strike bowler. What they have is bowlers who run up to the wicket and hope they bowl a good ball. Thats not good enough.You cannot hope in cricket, thats your job, you have been paid to perform.As a bowler you have to know a batsman strength wicknesses.All the other teams have a strike bowler who they can depend on but not the west indies.WestIndies bowlers think shotpitich is the norm.You cannot get good batsman out with that type of bowling.The coach was a medium pacer and England fast bowling coach. I am wondering if they have a plan how to attack other teams It surely dont seems so.

  • simonviller on June 12, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Sorry to see Sarwan's failure again . Who will he blame this time for shaking his confidence ? It goes to show where WI might have gone wrong by discarding Kirk Edwards and Fudadin so soon . To the selectors - now are we going to see Kirk Edwards at least for the next outing ?

  • Kiru27 on June 12, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @siri12345...I agree, we(indians) are not sure we will win the title or not. but definitely we are favourites. But with the batting performance SL showed against NZ, clearly they will end up in the bottom of the table. You can still say the old stories liks SL went to final twice, but what is the current form of the team is matters. seems like you may say Sanath,de silva,vaas and murali are not playing thats why you guys are nit

  • on June 12, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Seeing many posts here against Sri Lanka by Indians when we have congratulated India for a resounding victory. Both countries may have a few supporters who are good at insulting but one thing should be kept in mind i'm sure most Indians and Sri Lankans supported each other when they played neutral (western) teams. Same support goes for Pakistan too. lets enjoy each others success without degradefull comments!! Cheers

  • TheUltimateTruth on June 12, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    @haloes, how does a preference for Ashwin over Jadeja reveal a bias towards CSK? Both players are in the CSK team, aren't they? In any case, both have been very good for India -- I personally feel Ashwin is a better bowler in more conditions than is Jadeja. Ashwin is also often called on to bowl in power plays. I am not sure "looking young" is important in cricket (are you confusing cricket match to, but I agree Jadeja is a better batsman in ODIs and T20s, and a far superior fielder as well.

  • whereis.mykake on June 12, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Now India-Pak match result is irrelevant, both captains should agree to give the best entertainment to the fans of both countries. How about Pak selecting 5 fast and 2 spin bowlers, 1 WK and and 3 batsmen. India selecting 7 Batsmen, 1 WK and 3 bowlers? It will be a true contest of Pak bowling and India batting! Forget win or loose. It is better entertainment. Best value for the fans. Paisa Wasool match! Neh?

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, if the talk is about "score 430" which means the pitch would be worse than flat track. Then there is no point in talking about so called decent attack. Your only point is if India had faced decent pace attack India wouldn't be able to chase "430" but the main point you are missing is fast/swing wouldn't work on such pitch.

  • Haleos on June 12, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    @ baboossat - Your technical analysis for spin bowling may be correct but Ashwin is less economical than Jadeja most of the times. In Limited overs we need people who can take wickets and contain runs too. Ashwin most of the times relives pressure than create some. Even is tests he does that. He is just too overrrated in Limited overs. Period. Give chances to other youngsters. Ashwin does not even look like he is young. You must have forgotten his fielding and running between the wickets. I guess you are a die hard CSK fan.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 12, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    @siri12345 can u explain why India won WC 2011 taking the same law of averages?

  • TheUltimateTruth on June 12, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @spiritwithin, I wasn't implying anything by asking that question about pitches. It was actually a real question -- is England in charge of pitch preparation or is it the ICC (since it is an ICC event)? Overall, I agree the Indians have played better than anyone else in identical conditions.

  • on June 12, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    India could rest Ashwin for the Pakistan game and try Vinaykumar. This way they can find out which bowler is good at death.

  • g.narsimha on June 12, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    PAKCRICFAN2013-Thanks -i believe this tournment will be an eye opener for u r selectors .now they are bound to take some bold steps as done by our SANDIP PATIL&CO in droping seniors .SHAHIDAFRIDI is must for odis , his very presence on ground always have huge deference . since IND are in semis the match against PAK will be a real test to our youngesters specially openers , if they perfom & survive opening bowlers of u r team than they will be in better mind set while facing ENG-NZ-AUS as in my opnion PAK-bowling is the best in this tournment. first time in my life i wont mind IND loosing on saturday as PAK always perfoms better vrs IND.

  • alarky on June 12, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    West Indies has not left India's semi finals chances to the Pakistanis! They have handed it to them on a platter, being sure that they would take care of South Africa! I too hope so!

  • ShanNachimuthu on June 12, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    This is consistent and dominating performance by India. Throughout this tournament India is scoring rate is very brisk ( above 6 ) both while posting and chasing the target, while the other teams struggling to do so. Fielding is exceptional. Umesh yadav is inconsistent and he needs to work on his line and length. Looks like he is overconfident after that 5 for in the warm up match against the Aussies. He can try to become Steyn. But now he is not. Now I am eagerly waiting for the mouthwatering contest between India and PAK, which is going to be PAK's bowling might Vs IND's fluent batting. This is going to be acid test for India. Hope we will have a evenly contested game.

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 12, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Way to go, Team India! Hungry youngsters are showing that we have no shortage of talent. Retirement of 10dulkar was the best thing that happened to India. Non performing seniors like 10dulkar and Sehwag were the main reason India got white washed in England and Australia. Laxman and Dravid had the decency to retire on their own. It's time to get rid of those 10dulkar, Sehwag and Ishant Sharma from the Test team as well. We need some hungry young bowlers like Shami, Mohit, Sandeep, Parvez, etc.

  • baboossat on June 12, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @haleos: here we go again. don't even say Jadeja is a spinner at all. sorry nothing against him he is doing really well at the moment and I appreciate him for his effort to overcome continuous flank from the fans. regarding spinner he is just a slow left arm bowler. main thing for a spinner is flight and second thing is ball dipping before the batsman. Jadeja doesn't have both.he is a wicket to wicket slow bowler and he even doesn't know which way the ball will turn.basically he is bowling DARTS at 95kmph. Bhajji lost his flight and dip 6 yrs ago. yes one doesn't need classical spinners to take wickets in ODIs and in the last few games Ashwin has been short of wickets but he was economical. bowling is all about partnerships. both bowlers can't take wickets. one has to keep it tight while others getting wickets. and finally wickets are not a indicator of how well a bowler bowled. ex. Junaid khan 1 wkt. Umesh 3 wkts in CT. do you say u Umesh is better than Junaid. please think.

  • on June 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    So far as up to now at this tournament Indian team played flawless cricket and it seems like that the new generation of Indian cricket bring immense power in the game so lets see what much success rate can they bring to Indian cricket and it looks like that they are ready to achieve something which never been reached by yesterday's Indian team

  • on June 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    A near clinical performance from india. d bowlers doing their job & then d batsmen finishing d good work with plenty to spare. WI had a great start & late flourish by sammy gave them a total to fight with, but d indian openers dint let that happen. On a broader note, a word of praise for groundsmen for keeping d ground ready & match fit despite early showers & not 2 forget d curators in this tourney where d pitches have provided a good tussle between bat& ball. A good score is very hard 2 predict, esp with d all conquering indians.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 12, 2013, 11:32 GMT


    If you are referring to Charles' place in the ODI side, I agree that he deserves a run. However, if it is the test XI, I would strongly disagree - he is nowhere near technically competent to cope out in the middle during a "REAL" cricket match.

    India played well, props to them and good luck going forward. Can't help but feel that the Windies should have gone in with the giant young pacer Holder though. He causes most trouble due to the extra bounce, and if the Windies are going to go forward they need to move away from this medium pacer strategy - we need Roach, Johnson, Cummins, Holder and Gabriel etc moving forward, not military medium.

  • Solid_Snake on June 12, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    For the first time in my life i see no negative comments here.. Indian & Pak fans united..It's good but how did it happen ? I appreciate how team India is performing & winning every match like a Boss.But on the other hand it makes me sad when i think about the batting of Pak team.I wonder when we'll be able to get rid of Farhat,Malik,Akmal & Hafeez

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    India's batting line-up looks highly intimidating at this point. The depth in quality makes them a very tough team to beat, but what i'm curious about is whose decision was it to use Kookaburra balls in this tournament?...they've hardly swung and not alot of seam-movement either, which is surprising considering we're in the UK. The first week had some nice weather and most pitches in the UK tend to get flat once the sun comes out, but the second week has had more overcast and muggy conditions and the ball still hasn't responded a great deal. The bounce has been more true because of the wickets and England produced some reverse against the Aussies, but having said that we've had some low-scoring matches, but was more down to poor batting, than good bowling. India look the clear favourites, but it's still early days in the tournament and who knows where the form and momentum will swing, once we get to the semi-final stage. Loving the Champions Trophy, i hope they don't get rid of it.

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    @Otuwa... let England qualify first, cricket is a funny game and England getting knocked out of a world tournaments is not uncommon..

  • DINESHCC on June 12, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    SIRI12345: During practice matches, your comment was "let the real match start" Now the real matches started and we could see some smoke from your ears and stomach. Now you talk about SF. After SF, you may talk about Final. After final what ??????

  • QingdaoXI on June 12, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @siri12345, Its good to be dreamer, but what you are dreaming willl never happen, India will face that Challenge to as India are Real Tigers not like your lame lions. When you will se this happening and India winning the trophy you will have to jump in glass of water.

  • on June 12, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Good going India, keep it up. yes as you know we are up cimming nation for cricket. so please help us to boost our cricket. congratulation to Mr. Dhawan and Jedaga.

  • siri12345 on June 12, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    absolutely correct otuwa.completely agree with u but nopoint making them understand them wat is in store for them in semis.they will completely find it themselves once the semi starts and will be in a bitter and that will be fun to watch.again great mind games england.ur plan is successfully working.

  • Haleos on June 12, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Sri J trumps the best spinner once again. When will we start treating Sri J as the best spinner in India. Irfan needs to come on the team at the expense of a great spinner who has got rope longer than the circumference of earth so far(In Limited overs. In tests he is a must atleast in India),

  • Pathiyal on June 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    while i am not taking any credits away from india's opening duo, i felt that the pitch was not assisting windies bowlers to give the batsmen a real test. although out of the contest, the next match is considered by many as the real final (as always). sure, misbah's men will be looking forward to win to retain some lost pride. that's the match we all fans consider the most significant in this tournament.

  • srinideva on June 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @penagamuri, Stop your biased comments here..he just played two inns well. Suddenly he becomes a hero for you. You are over reacting here brother..Let see what he can do when the ball is moving around..i`m sure he won`t stand there too long...this time the balls are different compare to the earlier version of the same there is no swing offer for anyone in earlier part of the game...but there was a reversing swing offer once the ball gets old...I`m not a specialist in this regard, I heard it from the commentators..You mention his last 4 inns score, why you didn`t mention his last 13 inns..that wsa pathetic...So cool now before asking others to show up..

  • phunny_game on June 12, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Amazing to see that only Pak fans really appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of the Indain team, while all others are crying and whining... I agree that India might or might not make it to the finals but,

    First of all, these are no flat tracks. On the same pitch, WI/PAK hardly scored runs. Even in this match, Sammy played a blinder or WI would not have got to 200. So appreciate the Indian batting...

    Secondly, not necessarily good bowling+good batting+good fielding means the team will be the winner. A team can win even without the best bowling attack in the world, as India did in WC 2011.

    And plz, neither New Zealand nor England have yet made it to the Semis, so saying Ind Vs NZ in Semis and India Vs Eng in finals is rubbish. :D

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (June 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT) You're spot on. It's awful when folk from other countries come on to your countrie's threads just to have petty little digs. Something your good self could never be accused of

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @ Otuwa : What are you saying bro, Other teams also played in Oval and Birmingham but those matches are low scoring thrillers and all the batsmen struggled to score against pacers. Even WI bowlers were effective against Pak in their match at Oval but couldn't repeat against India at the same pitch. So i think your view is pointless and also it indicate that Indian batters are up against the challanges posed to them. Unlike other batsmen Indian openers are applying themselves early in the game and get rhthym before going after the bowling. I think they will be up against Eng pacers too... :)

  • GrtIndia_Ann on June 12, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Otuwa: trick from England sir? well why is that all teams including non asiatic teams are miserably failing to put up any decent score (including England) on these so called flat tracks ????most of the matches are low scoring matches...except India no other team has showed a complete dominance with bat.....that surely shows that these pitches are not flat tracks as you have told...rather its the brilliant batting line up of India thats cracking the bowling ranks of opposition teams....

  • vishu.k on June 12, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I hope SA prevail against WI and face ENG in the semis, and IND against AUS.

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    India looking very prediction for CT is with India... Pakistan is out from Champions Trophy...they dont deserve to be in the semis with such poor batting line up.... As a Pakistani Fan I hope selectors will get rid of players like Malik, Farhat and Kamran Akmal... we have seen enough from them... Plzzz

  • on June 12, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    My Dream Asia Xi team-[1]Dilshan[2]Dhawan[3]Kohli[4]Sanga[5]Raina[6]Dhoni[7]Jadeja[8]Ajmal[9]Junaid[10]Irfan[11]Malinga

  • Aaranya on June 12, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Happy for India's performance. But, still feel, in typical English conditions, barring DK and to an extend Dhawan these batsmen will struggle against good fast, seam bowling unit.

  • MEHATELK on June 12, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    NEW DEFINITION FOR FLAT TRACK. If Indian batters scores runs heavily in anywhere in the world irrespective of the opposition balling attack like morkel and co starc , mitch jhonson , kemor rhoch , rampaual ,that pitches should be considered as so called flat track. if indian ballers bowled out opposition side for around 60 odd runs even though after scoring 300 odd runs that pitch should be considered as largely ballers friendly tracks.

  • hotcric01 on June 12, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @otuwa,These pitches are not flat tracks buddy,these are bouncy pitches with quick outfield but has not much swing or seam movement.Also get slower as game goes on.Especially Rohit sharma and Dhawan have handled these conditions well and that is why india's batting has been so much improved.Bowlers have done their job better than past.So,this is an improvement of India.It looks like you are not comfortable with India's victories.

  • dork29 on June 12, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    After this convincing performance by the boys, I stand corrected. I was one of the more vocal proponents of cutting down on the amount of cricket and felt IPL was really creating a lot of ennui and lack of appetite for Indian nplayers. Even injuries, many times. I felt this was the reason for the mediocre performance of India oversees. Now it is clear that this is not teh case. It is the LACK OF FITNESS AMONG THE SENIOR PLAYERS which was really the cause. Once the team has been "cleansed" of these slow moving war horses, everything improved - the fielding, the batting and the appetite for fighting....and winning.As usual MSD was right all along and so was Greg Chappell. The team needed to be purged of the senior players at least in the abridged formats - no Kumble, Sehwag, Gambhir, Youvraj, Zaheer and the fielding really scales up. Due to lack of fitness the senior guys were jaded soon, injured often and were 'tired' pretty fast. Hence we kept losing. Hats off Sandeep Patil and his men

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    India has long been seen as a team that had the potential if not talent to be rated among the best in the world. Today however the team seems energetic, focused on their game and playing without any inhibitions. Ready to punch above their weight and the oppositions strength does not shock them any more, if anything they are prepared to look them in their face and girt their loins for a tough fight. This recent phenomenon has a lot to do with the captains faith in the potential talent of newcomers like Jadeja and Rohit Sharma. The fact that he has backed Dinesh Karthik seen as a potential competitor shows the mental strength that he has in his own talent. The Phoenix will rise again and it augurs well for the next world cup where many who played in the previous edition have retired or fallen by the wayside.It has also helped that they are now tigers in the fielding department too. A team where all departments function effectively!

  • TypeRiter on June 12, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Sadly - Saturday's match is worthless. You can talk about "pride" to play for (for Pakistan), but the truth is the "pride" was already lost in those pathetic batting displays. You can talk about the arch-rivalry, but there's nothing to play for. It'll be a media hyped circus, that'll see Pakistan go from losing pride to becoming a complete laughing stock/embarrassment. I won't be watching the game.

  • latecut_04 on June 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    India's strength is obviously batting strength and depth and how do you upse their plans-Obviously with bowling strenth and depth(read:variation.)The best bowling units in CT are Eng and Pak(Based on matches till date,Aus have been a let down while SL and NZ are also good).Pak is already out and India's real test will be against England with their disciplined,varied,balanced attack.Come to think of it.Indian openers have given great starts in 2 matches.What if the partnership is broken early.Finn/Anderson quite capable of doing that.And their first change bowler Bresnan is a master of reverse swing and tying up and end.Then comes Swann.BUT Eng bats slowly at the top(but steadily)so will these bowlers have enough to defend...a mouth watering clash on offer with Eng as slight favourites due to home advantage.

  • warneneverchuck on June 12, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I feel India will be only country from subcontinent who wil reach semis. Other two teams r not of international standard

  • Otuwa on June 12, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    It's a trick from England because they want to play with India and Pakistan at semis.So they make flat tracks for India at group stage matches because we all know how good India at these flat pitches.So far so good England's trick.It's going to be hard time to India because they have to play Green seaming swinging track at semis.Can they play non flat wickets?

  • spiritwithin on June 12, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth..was the pitch during Eng-NZ also prepared by ICC? LOLZZ...except for india all team struggled to score runs gainst spinners and pitch is still helping the bowlers..

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja &Rohit Sharma, the two names has faced highest critics than anybody. Full marks to MSD, as he only stood behind them and today we are watching some highclass quality cricket from both of them. Few years ago when Jadega was hit for 6 back to back sixes in T20World Cup, nobody was in favour of him except MSD. At the same time before Champions Trophy Rohit too was on wire. But today everybody is praising them for there performances. Today I am very pleased as just one year before India failed to one a single match on English soil. Lost Tests 4/0 as well as ODI series. Can anybody has imagined before CT, Indian openers scoring two back to back 100 runs partnerships on English tracks ? Definitely not and rightly so as we never comfortable at all playing pace bowling specially outside subcontinent. But after watching Dhavan and Rohit we can say now we are overcoming this traditional habit of problem of bouncy tracks. The way Rohit played specially against SA was a treat !!!

  • CricketMaan on June 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Junaid and Irfan will be licking thier lips to bowl at Dhawan, Rohit, Kholi, Rania...if edgbaston is overcast and Pak bowl that chennai debacle could repeat and all the praise on Indian batting will be floored. Thankfully they are in semis. I cant wait to see another Indo-Pak game. Bring em' on! Good luck for strong hearts and warning faint hearted fellas.

  • latecut_04 on June 12, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Contd...My dear SL cricket fans let me tell you the Indian team or the fans have absoultely NO SAY in these affairs.I understand it is difficult to look beyond this and support ONLY the game of cricket but if you try you will be able to get past this needless bias.I could do that.PAkistan hasn't toured India after terror attack in 2008 BUT I support Pak team whenever they do well(ofcourse except versus India)I admire Misbah and downplay Farhat(just like millions of Pak fans).I wish we had half their bowling resources.SL friends remember the days when Ind and Pak played a joint team versus SL during 96 WC to make up for the loss of Aus forfeiting their gaime in SL.During late 90s SL fans liked Ind after their team.When Sachin failed as a captain I still remember the anguish of many SL fans(just like us)JLet us bring back thise days of friendly neighbours. appreciate good cricket regardless of the country of origin and trust me it will make you a real cricket 'enthusiast'

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    India clear favorite now........

  • latecut_04 on June 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    There have already been a lot of posts analysing the match,complementing Indians and the like.There have been a few but very noticeable number of SL fans downplaying Indian performance.This is a recent trend where these fans bad mouth Indian team anywhere and everywhere irrespective of whether or not they deserve it.This post being a classic example where many neutral posters mock them for their comments(needless to say a lot of Indian fans aswell.)They jsut don't realize that they are mocking themselves or letting themsleves down for no reason.Reason is quite simple.In sport the rivalry exist only on the field(except in some cases like Ind-Pak,Eng-Aus which we term arch rivalry).BUT if we mix international issues which are never ending then it is an altogether different cup of tea.The reason for SL fans' anguish extend much beyond the boundary like like banning SL players from playing in Chennai during IPL and the like.To add to their woes CSK captain is the Indian captain too contd.

  • deep6321 on June 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Umesh and isahnt's underperformances were covered in india's win. But both of them seriously need to improve.In fact Ishant does not seem to learn anything and umesh is like jade dernbach (very expensive). Bring in Irfan and drop Ishant.

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Before the start of the tournament Indian's were not termed favourites...Due to several issues back home and the playing the end of practice matches...they are there for a battle..keeping aside the development back almost at the end of first stage they are clear favourite.....beat the Aussie and SL in the practice matches and SA and WI in group stage...Indians are the only unit, which had scored more than 6 an over...that too in all their outings so far...Dhoni & co has to be carefully not to be complacent and stick on to the basics till end of the tourment and don't ever try to take any team lightly..Wish you all the best...

  • TypeRiter on June 12, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    The disappointment in India's bowling (judging by some of the comments posted), whilst understandable, is over the top.

    When you have batting strength like they do - it's like no total can phase them. They literally just need to get through bowling 50 overs, because they can back themselves to chase almost anything that their bowlers can conceivably concede.

    It is easier to chase/post with a good batting line-up, than it is to defend a paltry total with a good bowling attack. Yes, it will be harder (as Pakistan have shown in defending/restricting), but ultimately teams are expected to be able to make a fist of scores in the 200's (Pakistan aside) these days.

    Also, not only do India have the batting talent, they also have the confidence and reputation, which goes along way toward mentally tackling any totals faced with.

    As a passionate Pakistani supporter but a realist, it pains me to say it: India are the team to beat in CT13 - and deservedly so too; Good luck to them.

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    SL fans before warmup : India will lose all matches because they are pathetic. SL fans after warmup: Opposition played it like warm up, India played to win. SL fans after SA match: No steyn, half morkel,flat pitch lol SL fans after WI match: Now here tone change.. Posted by siri12345 on (June 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT) : what else a team has to do to be labelled as prime contender ? Oh wait , may be getting thrashed in warmups and batting pathetically in main matches might give you this label , right ?

    SL fans after india wins CT13 : Oh, pitches were tailor made for India, so they got lucky.

    Cricinfo,please publish nothing personal here..

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @BADforever, your comments are so hilarious that I love them even when you criticize us. Keep it coming, we will have a very nice time. By the way, I respect your commitment to your team. Of course, they match your comments with their own hilarious performance.

  • TheUltimateTruth on June 12, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    These pitches don't appear to be greentops, instead, they seem to be reasonable to both spinners and fast bowlers without being overly helpful to either. Is it because it is prepared by ICC and not by England?

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    these pitches have been tailor made for flat track bullies and Indian spinners to please their huge supporter base. Cricket is getting as false as rugby where the 2011 world cup was crafted into NZ hands, just as the 95 cup was to SA.

  • NP_NY on June 12, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @siri12345: Thanks for the lesson on law of averages. There is plenty of evidence to prove your theory wrong. Aus won a couple of world cups without losing any matches. And since you are comparing SL and India.....SL are proven chokers when it comes to semifinals / finals, hence the bridesmaids tag. India on the other hand have won some major finals recently. Unlike Sanga and Mahela, the likes of Dhoni and Kohli don't choke. Anyway who cares about the past or the future. One thing you are right about is anything can happen in sports. At the moment, India is on top in ODIs in every way possible - number 1, reigning world cup champs and have beaten 4 teams comfortably (incl. practice) in the tournament so far.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on June 12, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: "..The conditions seem to have played into India's hands too, being further from traditional English conditions...", has to the most lame explanation in cricketing history... in case you still haven't recovered from NZ series loss, please wake up :))

  • SherjilIslam on June 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @To all Pak fans: Thanks for your support, it means alot to us. I would just suggest your batsmen to take leaf out of India's chase against WI.See how Rohit Sharma attacked the short ball he got in the first over itself.That shows the intent to score runs of every loose ball. I think, Pak batsmen seriously lack intent, they were too much into their shell defending even loose balls.Nevertheless, the tournament will will miss u guys, best of luck 4 your future, Thanks....(From an Indian Fan)

  • koushik2412 on June 12, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    well done! India. the fringe players showed that they belonged to the top level of cricket. Congrats dhawan! he's having a dream run . he could have finished the game in the next bal. he played out the next five deliveries and allowed karthik to reach his 50. TRUE SPIRIT OF THE GAME.

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Law of averages alone cannot stop India from winning the cup . Some team will have to play exceptional cricket to outperform India , in its current form . Australia are struggling and SA is not the team it is without Steyn . May be England can hope to meet India in the final but no other team look good enough even on paper , let alone on performance . Keep up the good work India . We are with you .

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on June 12, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Congratulations to india. Deserved to be in the top 4 after showing fearless attitude throughout the tournament !

  • PeterJerome on June 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Well played Team India! But I still say that guys like Rohit, Murali, Jadeja and Ishant need to be firmly kept under pressure to sustain their performances, by maintaining a strong bench strenght for these spots. Opening is now a novelty for the talented Mr. Rohit Sharma. No sooner the novelty dies out, he will be back to his lazy ways. Big thanks to MSD & Fletcher for laying their faith in him.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 12, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @siri12345: Do you want India to lose or believe strongly in law of averages? Nobody is saying India has already lifted the cup. The way they are playing currently, India definitelty has a great chance to lift the cup which means there is still a small chance that they will not. In general, law of averages works over a longer tournament. Here a team has to just win 4 matches to lift the cup and all the matches are played against different teams, so your law of averages on an average will not work. Moreover, for India, so far it has only been Rohit and Dhawan. We have not even had Raina, Kohli, Dhoni, Karthik and Jadeja bat much. So according to law of averages, some of these guys will fire big time and your law of averages will be shot dead.

  • kevepere on June 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    jadeja's bowling action is so simple. not a big spinner.. but Indian's call his a great.. What about Ashwin then ? he has been by far better

  • AltafPatel on June 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    underperformance by Umesh Yadav, and Ishant are hidden.

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Well done TEAM INDIA.,sticking to our strengths which is batting.,every player on a role and with responsibility.Credits for dhawan.rohit,DK,SRJ.,Young and enthusiastic team led fom front by MSD.,The caption who can put right talent in right place and at right time.,good to be instinctive., Waiting to see INDIA bring the trophy back home.,GOOD LUCK

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    V shd give a lot of credit to the selectors. I am a pakistani but i have seen some great work by indian selectors. Dropping uv bhaji sehwag etc and going with young player wasnt a v easy decision.

    Unlike pakistani selectors who are selecting the right team is no good for pakistan.

    Hafeez and misbah dont like afridi and razzak - giving millions of chances to malik farhat and kamran is bizzare.

    Where is umer akmal? Ahmed shahzad, m yousaf? Ali anwar?

    You got weakest batting in the world and the worst thg is your keeper doesnt score anything. Then you dropped all your hard hitting all rounders and made your batting so weak tht even kenya can bowl yoy out within 40 overs.

    I still say pakistan zindabad

  • BalaSrin on June 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Rantunga (Srilanka) Former So called Player will say that India Should be Banned so that Srilanka will get some chance to will the CT cup

  • Sir.Ivor on June 12, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    India's performance has been very good so far.What I find after having watched cricket for a long long time is that in the past,Indian teams had exceptional players but were still laggards on the list of teams.They were not as confident and fearless as I see the present lot of young boys all of whom are between 23 to 28 with the odd exceptions.They are all fit and shrug off pain unlike in the past when some of the worthies would retreat into the comforts of the dressing room even after just falling down or taking a hard catch.They seem not afraid of losing and look very happy in each other's company.Dhoni who is elder to most of them even if he himself is only 30,seems very assured without the presence of the super greats.Great as Sachin,Rahul,Viru and VVS were,we must admit that they lacked the visible combined power that we are seeing these days.These boys are all well off thanks to the BCCI and the IPL.They are good hosts.That could be the reason for this new ethos in Indian cricket

  • Srini_Indian on June 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    India even on their bad day are miles ahead of SL. I'm feeling sorry for SL fans like you who always has to endure mediocrity. I'm waiting for SL's humiliation tomorrow at the hands of England. Would love to watch the SL batsmen dancing to the chin music from English bowlers :-)

  • SagarAkula on June 12, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Batting, for most of the recent past, has been India's forte. It's good to see India's bowlers are controlling the match. But Indian bowlers seems to be too modest and let the opponent batsmen gain on them in the final overs. Plug this snitch and India will always have one hand on the podium.

  • NP_NY on June 12, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @spintl: I doubt if you will go "gaga" even if India wins this champions trophy. Folks like you will find other lame excuses, like the toss, the pitch, luck, etc.. India has beaten Aus, SL, SA and WI, all quite comfortably, so the Indian fans don't mind celebrating already. So you can feel jealous all you want.

  • matchfixerpkn on June 12, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    lets appreciate the good cricket... dnt take these srilankan fans seriously...they are over all upset over India for last 3 years for their humiliating defeats in hand of India in every place in world ... this match knocked out Pakistan but still Pakistan fans are appreciating good cricket by India..that's the spirit... srilnakan fans have to go long long way before their below par team becomes competive in international level...

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Congrats for the win. but Dhoni & co should not take the foot of the pedal till the end, when u face stronger opposition. U cant give away 50 odd runs before taking the last wicket. And Dhoni cant just look like a spectator on the field , when his bowlers are going for runs. Mali u should see how the EPL managers coaches react when their players fumble on the field. but that doesnt mean they dont like a Mourinho, Wenger or Ferguson off the field. Come on Mali u should also show some aggression with your players on the field.

  • on June 12, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Why can't India knock down the last wicket?

  • siri12345 on June 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    lol wat 2 wins and suddenly india has become favourites to win the cup for everybody.guys i have watched enough matches in my life to understand the pattern of fate of each and every team and how the law of average works.yup some people maynot understand wat i am saying but they will understand with time.mark my word guys i can safely say that india is not winning this tournament as law of average will catch up with them when they play semi or final and i will be even more happy and more sure of my logic if they beat pakkistan which they r likely to do.srilanka also went to two finals unbeatable in the tournament only to loose to pakistan and west indies in final.anyways lets the end of the day cricket is a uncertain game.cricinfo......publish.

  • deep6321 on June 12, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @samincolumbia you just insulted dhawan by comparing him to thisara perera. Perera stand no place in front of dhawan .dhawan is a proper batsman with all cricketing shots. while perera is a mediocre slogger , who has no proper cricket shots.

  • NP_NY on June 12, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @BDforever: Thanks for celebrating with us. But "biggest day for India in ages"? I think not. We have had plenty more bigger things to celebrate about. In the recent past, India has won a T20 championship, been number one in Tests, currently number one in ODIs, reigning world cup champions and Dhoni's win-loss ratio as captain is 78-47.

  • soumyas on June 12, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Everyone expected the ball to swing in England conditions, it didn't. Everyone expected young Indian Batsmen would fail in England, they didn't, in fact they batted better than English batsmen. Everyone expected Indian bowlers are easy to face, but they are difficult to face. Everyone expected Indian fielding is sloppy, they proved wrong. Everyone expected Jadeja may not succeed in England, he proved wrong. Kemar roach was Hero against pakistan and became Zero against India, Everyone expected pakistan to win the trophy, they are out of the tournament. This last champions trophy is proving lot of people wrong. Agreed that Cricket is highly 'game of surprises'.

  • Eclipse0990 on June 12, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @narasimhan: Well we won the warmup game against SL as far as I remember. India had a 330+ target. 4/5 wickets were lost in first few overs. Yet the match was won by India. And don't give lame excuses like Malinga didn't play and SL openers retired to give other chances. Because as its seen everywhere, a target of 300+ runs is enough to put bastmen under pressure from the first ball. But your SL bowlers couldn't defend it. Does it mean that SL bowlers aren't "decent" enough? Please reply. I'm eagerly waiting for it. And If possible, baseball-sucks should also join the debate and so should harmony111(not harmony1111). ;)

  • dariuscorny on June 12, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    i hv always seen majority of Pak fans cheer IND when IND performs well unlike SL fans who always try to demean IND's achievements while their own team is mediocre at best,talent wise SL stands no where amongst IND and PAK.Pak has good bowling just need to throw Mallick,K Akmal,Farhat out of the team.....

  • Thyagu5432 on June 12, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    What is working well for India so far is the opening partnership. Rohit has come really good and with Dhawan firing, they have two back-to-back century stands. That makes life for others easy, others can bat out a few balls without worrying too much about scoring rate, settle down and then score. You could see that Karthik was very nervous yesterday but then the situation was such that he could afford to take 20 balls to score the first 8 runs and settle down well. Exit of Sehwag and Ghambir and entry of new openers has made the difference with Jadeja and the firelding being the icing on cake.

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    anti indian fans logic when india wins 1 ) the bowling attack of the opposition is poor 2) pitch is flat be it in india or england or wherever then here is the question if all the pitches used in this tournament are dead flat why didnt any other team show up as impressively! as india did! may be it hasnt swung that much yet! dont underestimate our ability! to play swing we have been good over the last decade barring the eng series in 2011 ! lets c what eng or any other strong bowling line up can! do!

  • mayoo123 on June 12, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Batting unit shows their all power while Dhoni look after bowling units. Its hard to beat Ind

  • CricketingStargazer on June 12, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Brutally efficient by India. This team looks serious. The West Indies were totally outclassed.

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Jadeja i now the no1 allrounder in odi,just waiting for the next ranking update,he's at no5 now , what about dhawan

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Dhawan and Jadeja sweep the match and tey did nothing wrong in the match

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    India's recent overseas performances have improved after the two overseas whitewash losses. Its time to concentrate and give their best as they have key matches in their hands. i feel its the team spirit has improved with this Coach & Captain, before India was relying on individuals performance. Good to see the transformation as this is good for cricket. DRS worked in favour of India, so we the fans of good cricket expect BCCI & ICC to extend DRS to India's matches(Test & ODI)

  • sweetspot on June 12, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Good to see India win, but sad to see Pakistan getting knocked out from the outcome of a game they are not playing in. The Indo-Pak game would have been HUGE if it had relevance. As it stands, I wonder if India will send its lower order batting a bit higher up, so they get some time out in the middle, in that game.

    What is going on with Pakistan and WI batting? Darren Bravo had no problems with any bowler, and he still didn't push ahead with the intent to score. Pakistan imploded the other night. Tough to expect bowlers to take the team home while batting, but the intent to bat 50 overs must be there in any team, or this format will take a beating if teams give up so easily.

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Very well played India, Congrats. Still a small adjustment need to be made in the death bowling. I wonder why they are not trying Bhuvi @ death. And Indian fielding is simply awesome, i never thought i'll say this 2-3 years back. Still one genuine seam bowling all rounder can make India Unbeatable.... Bleed Blue....

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1, Saw your comments against 10dulkar and Sehwag - " Those 2 were continuously denied chances because of non-performing seniors like Sehwag and 10dulkar. Hopefully this performance will close all doors for those 2 non-performing seniors."

    Didnt you know that Tendulkar has retired from OD cricket???

  • deoshatwar on June 12, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    It was easy to overlook the battle within the battle between Narine and Kohli. Kohli hit him for a few delectable late cuts and Narine was confused for a while but soon he got his ideas right with the you miss I hit formula.

  • sachin.sss on June 12, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @AlBundy1 and others

    Sachin played a Grand total of 10 matches Since world cup 2011 . I don't understand how that is counted as blocking anyone ? I am glad to see that rohit stepped up to the plate. But I am also dead sure that if Rohit and dhawan fail in the next couple of matches, the same people singing peans of praise today will be in line for their necks. So please, exercise restraint in here

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @Devang.Sharma, now World T20 tournament has started. Hence ICC is scrapping the CT to reduce too many ICC tournaments.

  • QingdaoXI on June 12, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Congratulations Team India for giving such a splendid performance, I wish you continue this and at the end of the tournamnet come out winners. Special thanks to those peoples who have wished Indian Team, especially Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, West Indies# Salute.

  • on June 12, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    india will win this time...

  • Hate.ME on June 12, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    @ Pakistani Fans

    Thank You, Guys. Thanks for your wishes. Both India and Pakistan Cricket teams rock. :)

  • aanand71 on June 12, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Congrats team India. Sad to see team Pakistan is out of the contention. Seriously, the team Pakistan needs a drastic change (minus the political influence). Barring the efforts of the captain Misbah, who lead from the front and Ajmal, Junaid, Hafeez barring the rest it was a difficult walk though. The top batting order needs to bat with gusto and confidence, if this team is to put a huge score, which isn't possible with the current bunch. Wishing a huge success for team Pakistan with fresh talents and with recharged energy for their next games. Its rather difficult to predict who is going to win the CT'13, but for me whichever team applies the mix of flair, patience and confidence is surely to put their claim for the cup. Lets be true to ourselves that its good CRICKET that prevails at the end, so it can be India, England, South Africa, Westindies, Sri Lanka or even NewZealand. Perform and apply yourself and let CRICKET be VICTORIOUS. Wishing all these 6 teams good luck!!!! :)

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Though all the Pak fans here seems happy for India and dejected for Pak, this has been the way Pak plays for the last decade....They need to understand the word "batting", its just pure form of practice with two things 1. Shot selection 2. Placement The first one comes from so called "class" of player to tackle different types of bowling, and the 2nd comes from rigorous practice(experience)..They dont need to go too far to learn the first one,Misbah has been one of the best shot selector i have seen in ages from Pak and all need to learn under him, for the second Pak Board needs to allow Pak players to play IPL or alteast play more international cricket, a lot more like India.... I have seen about 10 matches of Pak losing in past decade and in all of them the last man rescuing is Misbah, respect for the man and how he handles himself As for India, i can bet on its batting with like 1/20 chances of failure, just rock rock solid...

  • Vivekaks on June 12, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    It was so heart-warming to see that the youngsters took India to victory. and all the players who played a pivotal part are sort of making a comeback. Rohit, Dhawan, Karthik and to an extent Jadeja, since he has so many doubters even now. I think they should let him be, and am sure the day he starts underperforming, he will be booted out as is the case with any player in the team. Back to the win, even though windies bowled short and full, it still needed to be dispatched and at no point did any of the indian batsmen look uncomfortable. Rohit looked good for a century too..but his dismissal was most unfortunate..faintest of possible edges. Dhawan again underscored his confidence..if he continues this way...i would believe watever hopes gambhir is nursing of making a comeback will be washed away..and he would have to ply his trade in T20s only. Karthik took time but he hit some crisp shots...and i think he enjoys english conditions as he played well in the test matches in 2007.

  • Smack-DAT on June 12, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Congrats India, a very well deserved victory, the batting seems to be in nice shape though the death bowling still remain a concern, looking forward to PAK match, who cares even its a dead rubber, PAK indeed got a very intimidating bowling line up but batting let them down, they failed to play as a unit. Anyway all the best MEN IN BLUE..

  • shaik nasir on June 12, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    congrat..india ...pak lack of al rounders and batsmen and classic bowlers, captain doing work hard..but selection of team is wrong..pak selectors half brain not to select and give proper respect to senior players ...senior experience will learn young players...mohsin khan coach was excellent but selector remove him...tournamnet waste without pak team...this is truth have to except that pak team out of the tournament..........................bye forever forever forever

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    I am following Indian team since 1995 and thank all the the Indian players for giving innumerable great performances and memorable moments during late 1990s and 2000s. With the exception of the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, others have always problems with short pitched bowling. But now we have batsmen (except Raina) who have very little problems with short pitched balls. It has been a treat to watch the new opening pair facing the new ball in the last two matches. I hope they will continue to do the good work. But it is the fielding has been exceptional for the first time in the history of Indian Cricket. Fans could only dream about such fielding performance from the Indian team. Last two matches should be right among the top performances of Indian team as the complete batting, bowling and fielding unit.

  • yuvi_gladiator on June 12, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game there is only one team that chokes in every cricket world event and thats not india either. that is because they might be having a limited mindset similar to people like you resulting in always underestimating their opponents and NZ beat them earlier this year in odi's in their own backyard even though there so called best bowlers were playing, same bowlers who were hiding for cover when SRT scored 200 against them couple of years ago. So dream on buddy

  • srikanths on June 12, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    I don't thin WI is pathetic. They have the nucleus of a team that can do well with slight tweaking. The talent is there but lack the finishing capability.They have a good fast bowling attack ( which needs some guidance and direction), have potentially an explosive batting line up and a very good fielding side ( only problem is they miss out on critical cathces like Roach did and which again requires a good coach)

    They lack self belief

  • Bharatvarsh.. on June 12, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    so finally group A heading towards the end..india through into semis not sure on 1st spot or second...

    SAF will have to avoid gayle storm to go into semis...if they avoid they go through..other wise gayle storm will rip them apart and tear them badly like it happened in 2006 champions trophy and the chokers tag will get ACTIVATED again...

    Pak,well due to immature batting display really got hard lessons for them..wonder if their batting will be consistent in near future...seems nobody is doing or thinking in right directions except for 1 or 2 may be.

    India on other hand must try to experiment agnst strong pak bowling,if they would like to..but since it is short tournament their mainstream players would like to get challenge agnst gud pak bowling...

    It will be a gud practice before semis to have faced pak bowling before that... Eng looks gud in other group..if anderson is nailed down india can sneak through all the way,otherwise its all open in group B.

    JAI HIND..

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Respect for Duncan Fletcher for staying back for the match even at the huge loss of his Mother. Nobody seems to notice that except one or two and those who criticized him for the earlier losses should give him enough credit as well if not equal the credit given to the selectors and the captain. I have never heard any England cricket expert praising India's fielding but I can't believe that each and every one of them is praising India's fielding. WOW. What a transformation within two years. Even Nasser is impressed. And the fearless attitude of the batsman facing pace bowling is another huge factor. Promoting Rohit Sharma to open the innings in English conditions is another huge decision if not gamble. Whole World would have fallen on the team management for that decision. Players as well as coaching staff are fearless and they are here in England to prove something. congratz on the victory against Windies and being the first team to reach semis. Cricinfo please publish.

  • vish2020 on June 12, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    When they criticize Team India by calling them flat track bullies then nothing in the makes me laugh more. If the wickets are flat and it's so easy to bat then howcome your team is struggling?? Why is it that other teams are having such a tough time scoring? You are telling me your team doesn't know how to play on flat and easy track so you are better than us?? hahaha

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @ gsingh7. Only one team has chased over 430, and it definitely was not India, nor could India if they are facing a decent attack. Dream on!

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Contenders for CT, people mentioned England, West Indies, Pakistan, I think South Africa, can't believe no one mentioned Sri Lanka. I mean look at their ODI performances in Australia and England. Simply amazing. Plus they are one of the rare sides along with Pakistan that consistently does well in death bowling. This is coming from an Indian fan and a Sri Lankan hater - but quality has to be admired.

  • SubhoGangulian on June 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    I think the final will be between India vs West Indies.....and India will gonna lift the cup this time....

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Well a great win for Team India! Its good to see the high standards of the team in a tournament where it was not considered to be favourite. Good game to watch on both ends!!

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 12, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    @Kapilesh123: Sorry to say but Indians are still vulnerable to good fast bowling. Yesterday Roach was erratic with his line and SA did not try much of short pitch stuff in Cardiff. Give a moving wicket and any Indian player except Dravid, Sachin will struggle. Just because we have won two matches in a row does not mean we have outclassed SA/WI bowlers. India's tactics however was good. They play out first 10 overs and later they attack.

    Any decent bowling attack on given day will expose any Indian team.

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    One of the worst performances by west Indies in recent time, and shows how foolish it was to have Bravo ac captain as opposed to Sammy. Bravo is all talk and showmanship but no work.Sammy has always shown that he is a better leader who in recent times has dug out west indies from the pit. There was no strategy displayed in batting or bowling, and the likes of Pollard and Bravo were pedestrian. Now they will have to try their luck with Pakistan.

  • manisacumen on June 12, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Despite India's wins, I still a lot of luck playing a part in the wins in all the matches. Dhoni's Midas touch is also ubiquitously seen. I feel India is a batsman short in the XI. 9,10 and 11 are tailenders by ODI standards, even if they can last for long in tests. Yuvraj for one of the fast bowlers will be a better option in future. India unfortunately doesn't have a fast bowling all rounder like Kapil or Kallis. Irfan for all his batting abilities is not a consistently good ODI bowler. So we have to go with 7 batsmen theory only for the WC in 2015. In 2008 WB series, there was a certain Sachin who provided solidity from the start. So we could go with 5 bowlers. But without him anymore, we have to sacrifice a bowler and have an allrounder. Yuvraj is the best. He will be back to form sooner than later. Dhoni needs to come up the order; but he always come down. He is our best SOLID ODI player after Sachin. Unfortunately, we all think him to be a six blaster only.

  • Devang.Sharma on June 12, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Well played India.

    I have a question plz anybody answer it, why this Champions Trophy series is the last series, no more Champions Trophy. If CT also called or seems as "Mini World Cup", the biggest tournament of ICC after World Cup, so Why ICC stops these such nice tournaments.

  • Bharatvarsh.. on June 12, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    gud to see sporting comments from pakistani fans..they and their team must be disappointed after batting display by indians today..undoubtedly pak has best bowling line up in the tournament,and they have always been gud in english conditions with varied pitches on different grounds...but it seems they have lifeless batting line up,seems talent is there,but planning and maturity seems to be missing... still think team like pakistan can rise from nowwhere in any tournament. The main thing what their team management or their think tank is they might be pushing their batting line up more or expectation set is cannot expect pak batting to get quality with likes of SAF,India,Aus or Eng,becoz its not their strength.. rather their think tank should focus on getting simple things done which might avoid undue pressure on their batting...

  • foooooooooooooooooo on June 12, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Next on the line to be crushed after pakistan is Sri lanka.

    Teach them a lesson or two.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 12, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @Nuwas, I am still trying to understand your comments. Only thing I understood is you are not able to digest India's victory. Do you mean pitch has become flat only for India's batting? Please tell me that you are not serious in saying "SL team has all potentials to win any game on their day". Looking at Pak's strong bowling it is better than SL team. How can you say NZ is better than SA? Weakest team (or one of the) in both the groups is AUS. Then on what basis do you think Group A is toughest than Group B?

  • alipk52 on June 12, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    It's first time after so many years that Pakistan won't go ahead of group matches, I am not going harsh on Pakistan, it can happen, we only need to include 2 Geniune Al-Rounders and Razzaq is of course one of them, how handy he would have been with his medium pace swing bowling, and with batting he can be a destructive player with no doubt, really need those quick scorers back, train umar akmal, if he fails and get excluded will not help Him improve, they've hired batting coach who can't show them there mistake are for me of no use to be working as batting coach, best of luck India, i wish your team brings this trophy to Asia as well, Pakistani team have gave us lot of joy with there memorable performances, if they failed, they'll bounce back, a team with world's most destructive bowling-up line-up doesn't deserves such sick batting, i wonder why the hell they changed hafeez-jamshed opening, despite they provided best starts constantly in recent time.

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Oh come on .... Both the groups are tough except that few of the teams are unfortunately out of form for the main event . Especially with sale steyn and Morkel wud hav made life miserable for batsmen. And pak batsmen finding it hard to score even 200 on these pitches with ordinary attacks . When on song , South Africa and pak wud have been favourites to win the title . However initially group A was unarguably the toughest one , although on form it doesn't look so now .

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    The article is not entirely complementary to Jadeja who is the lone representative from the species that is close to extinction in India. Those who judged him on the 20-20 match in England four years back-25 off 35 balls for an all-rounder when experienced specialist batsmen have done that before-must be biting their tongue now. As a bowler, he flights a few balls and turns then away sharply from the right-handers and then brings a faster one with the arm to surprise them. Jadeja may not know how to express himself verbally, but it is not that he does not know what he is doing. As his batting and fielding demonstrate, he is an instinctive player and we should let him remain so, without thrusting any erudition on him.

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I have to say that this match proves that the team to beat is India and they are performing well in both batting and bowling, earlier on I thought their bowling would let them down, however this is not the case. Until India is beaten, I think this will be more like a walk in the park for them.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 12, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Congrats to team India! It is so sweet not only entering SF but also knocked Pakistan out of the tourney. Pakistan and Srilanka were the worst teams in this CT. They played in the standard of BD.

  • kapilesh23 on June 12, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    There was a time in Indian Team there were four players Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Raina who had serious problem with pace and short pitch stuff. Now we have four players in Indian team Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli and DK who almost have no problem with pace and short pitch stuff. Watching this four bat has raised my hope with Indias test team. Dwyane Bravo doesn't seem to be very bright though he was trying the same tricks of T20 where he is so successful bowler in OdI's which had no effects on Indian batsman.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 12, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    @Zohaib Butt: Thanks for the lovely wishes. Indian fans deeply admire Pakistan team especially such a world class bowling unit. Good luck for future.

  • TATTUs on June 12, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Good match. India were allround today and well over the West Indies. Losing Gayle really hurt the WI I guess. Heres hoping Dhawan keeps his form even in South Africa. Dinesh Karthick too has looked in pretty good form. So all this is hiding the poor bowling lineup that we have. Rohit Sharma too seems to have found some sort of form as an opener. I would like to see this guys tried in tests too. As for the West Indies, their trump players Gayle and Roach failed. Short stuff didnt work and was rarely tried. Bravo can be forgiven for this innings. It happens and he has to evolve as we have seen Jadeja sort of improving. Last but not the least lets appreciate Duncan Fletcher who chose to stay back even at the huge loos of his mother.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 12, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    I think a lot of people need a perspective. NONE of these wickets are flat as say like in India or elsewhere in the subcontinent. These are SPORTING wickets with a little bit for everyone. India have been SUPERB and there is nothing more to say about it. It's just that other teams and their supporters are reluctant to accept or digest this simple fact. India have outplayed EVERY one of them. India is an over all excellent ODI team in the world and that is reflected in the ICC ODI rankings. India have always done well in ODI games played in England, just check their record. Had it not been the rain, India would have won the Natwest series against England (in England) in 2011. Apart from some cynics, haters and experts, pretty much all sensible cricket fans would have viewed India as one of the contenders for this Champions Trophy. India looking good here.

  • everfaithful77 on June 12, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    As a team West Indies were PATHETIC. However individually Charles, Sammy and Narine were brilliant. Also I was very disappointed with Bravo's overall captaincy in this match. He got a good start with the bat and then threw it all away perhaps forgetting that this was not a 20 over but 50 over game and there were several overs left to bat. However Windies had 234 to defend but the impression I got was the game was over from the time India surpassed 100. (Pakistan almost defended 170 vs Windies and 138 nearly proved enough for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand ). There was a need for the captain to lift or motivate his team by example or otherwise to work harder in the field, field settings and bowling better length and line. That never happened as Windies put up very little resistance. Windies lost in less than 40 overs but the outcome was very clear long before the last ball. Bravo will have to do more to MOTIVATE his team if Windies are to come even close to beating South Africa on Friday.

  • SLSup on June 12, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    pakcricketfan2013 - RELAX. Dhoni's India is not that great just cos it is the No 1 team currently in an ODI list where the first 6 teams have only 17 points between them; they are only the 3rd best in Tests 16 behind No 1 South Africa (though India has played 6 tests more than SA); they are also the 3rd best in T20's. The only point on which India will easily lead every other team (forever perhaps) is in its population of over 1 Billion people! Ya, all Dhoni's children.

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Whatever, let's see this Indian team do it outside the subco...oh wait.

  • ProdigyA on June 12, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Lot of positive comments coming from pak fans for India after getting knocked out...surprising but good n thanks. But pls don't forget to put India with a capital "I", just like u do for pak, and just like I'm doing rite now. Shows no respect inspite of the good wishes.

  • truecomment_chinmaya on June 12, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    We indians are depending alot on jadeja in spin department but aswin is not getting any turn bcoz he is not a natural spinner like amit mishra or pragyan ojha.So one thing is to change in playing XI that amit mishra instead of aswin.

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Dhawan seems to be a real " hungry for runs " guy. Smashed another ton, seriously, whats happening to Aus and pak? I thought they would give a fight atleast.

  • Nuwas on June 12, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    SA missing decency in both batting & bowling line ups, WI without a decent bowling attack& with batsmen fell for even normal off spin, PAK with the best bowling attack while having the worst batting lineup: Whatelse can IND wish for in this group!!! NZ at their peak in overall performances, ENG best outfit in-arguably in the tournament as anyone can see(performing well as expected), SL with all potentials to win any game on their day and AUS having the worst form ever as a team in the recent era though can rise to the occasion at any time. YET they talk nonsense saying " Group A is the easiest" !!!! Who just had the cakewalk ???? BTW i'm not at all surprised about ENG's curatorial tactics here, so far flat wickets for all matches, I bet they need two subcontinent teams (except PAK) for semi's & if possible for finals where they can surprise them with seaming pitches :D Oh almost forgot, gratz on the win IND.

  • Siva_Bala75 on June 12, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    @ cricketdebator. Why are you asking your question to the Sarwan fans? You can address your question to the WI board as there are no more Sarwan fans

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    @PakCricketFan2013 - I think you are too harsh on this Pakistani team by calling them cartoons.Yes the batting is fragile but that doesnt mean that they can never bounce back.I'm an ardent Indian team supporter (check my other comments), but this Pakistani team deserve better players. Probably you'd know if there are any good batsmen in domestic circuits that deserve a place instead of Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat etc. I'd personally like Pakistani team to bounce back and win against other teams but definitely not against India

  • on June 12, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    ENGLAND wickets are for SEAMERS they said

    but it is SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA here they never said

    No seamer in CT13 has got a 5-wicket haul but JADDU being a spinner does it


    _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

  • Siva_Bala75 on June 12, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly and Yuvraj- these 7 batsmen replaced by the new 7: Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Vijay, Pujara, Raina and DK. Gambhir and Yuvraj still will make a comeback, I guess. Dhoni is the only constant from both groups- he is both lucky a bit plus super smart. I have never seen such a clean, smooth, seamless change and transformation anywhere- forget cricket even outside.

  • screamingeagle on June 12, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @Henchart, nice thought but I would think Aussies would be out by today.

  • on June 12, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    @Naveed Zafar, @ZafarPasha, @Naveed Ahmed - you are just some of hundreds/thousands of Pakistani cricket fans, who post sensible comments and are wishing India for the Semis.I'm really glad to see all your posts and wish Pakistan team good luck for coming series.May the rebuilding of your team(irrespective of the result of Ind Vs Pak match) begin and find some amazing batsmen. Disregard my comment about "momentum" as that was just a pun/answer to some other comment

  • sachin.sss on June 12, 2013, 2:49 GMT


    I can see similarities between you folks and us indians. We both have selected memory loss syndrome. Pakistan beat india 2-1 in odi series few months ago and this has been conveniently forgotten. Don't worry, we do the same with our team players as well.

    Cricinfo , Please publish :)

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 12, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    When we look carefully at both these matches and the warm up, India's top order played brilliant. Same is the case with SA, Eng also during their victory. This is evident that your top 3 should play till the end of innings to ensure a fitting total to defend or help during chasing. To be honest both Cardiff and Oval was a batting paradise aiding spinners (However great display from Rohit and Dhawan). India should now sail through Finals. Edgbaston should be a real challenge for India and however no only SA and Eng if their bowling is pretty strong on that day could stop India (since Pak is already out of tournament).

  • aswin05 on June 12, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    "Dhawan was 96, Karthik was 47, and India needed six when Bravo bowled short."

    No. India needed 8 at that moment. then Dhawan hit a 6 of bravo.

  • on June 12, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Everybody says that Pakistan's Bowling unit is "THE BEST" in the world. I don't know about that but on two occasions in the last 7 days they floundered. Everyone talks about bearish Pak Batting but the buliish bowling unit could not lift the bearish batting. Against Windies their Bowling could not defend 170 against Windies and against S.A they could not bowl them out for a score their bearish batsman could bullwork. Two contrasting situations and in both the scenarios the Pakistan bowling could not rescue their batting line up. I still remember the yester years bowling attacks of Windies, Australia and to an extent even S. Africa, the bowlers used to always come to the rescue of batsman and made them look tall. Classic example is Steve Waugh as Batsman and Glen McGrath and Shane Warne as bowlers always used to come to the resuce of Aussie team. So, is Pak bowling attack the best in the world. Well as per the stats and recent results an emphatic NO from my side.

  • Sudhir65 on June 12, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    India has not won the cup yet. So hold on to your praises and salutations.

  • sachin.sss on June 12, 2013, 2:24 GMT


    tendy retired from ODI's. He played only 2-3 odi series post WC win anyways.

  • landl47 on June 12, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Very good performance by India, but surprisingly poor by WI. If not for Sammy, they'd have struggled to reach 200 and in the field they were sloppy. Dhawan batted beautifully, but Roach dropped a sitter off him. I don't think it would have altered the result, but WI's heads went down when that ball hit the ground.

    India haven't yet played a decent bowling attack. SA's reserves tried hard, but no Steyn or Kallis and only half a Morkel left them short. WI are spotty: Roach had a poor day, Rampaul is ordinary, Narine bowled fairly well but the others are just making up the numbers. Aus, England and NZ are all better bowling attacks and India will possibly have to face two of them.

    Incidentally, it's surprising to see how avidly India grasped the DRS considering they don't believe in it. Someone should tell Jadeja that according to the BCCI the umpire's decision is more likely to be correct than the technology. Yeah, right, and the horse is better than the automobile, too.

  • pakcricketfan2013 on June 12, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Congratulations to india. India has the the BEST BATTING, any country ever produced on the face of the earth. They will definitely win this tournament. Dhoni has turned this team into CHAMPIONS, no matter whoever plays they perform. People are talking about the Pakistan vs India match, the fact of the matter is, there is NO COMPARISON. Pakistan team has a good bowling side, weak fielding but a college level batting with bunch of cartoons, who never perform and WILL NEVER PERFORM. I assure you guys will win every single match against Pakistan in this tournament of years coming up until PCB and selectors in PK change.

  • bijuphilip on June 12, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    I am from India, I have been watching cricket since 1986 almost all the game,pakisthan team is always my favorite team except when they play aganist india.I always like pakisthani players great natural talented players, I believe since muhamad hafeez is in the team he started all the politicis,he may be a good player and good politician. at this point afridi should be the captain and open the innings along with hafeez,nazir J,shoibmalik should be one down,misba,umarakmal,kamran,abdul rasak,gul,junid,irfan

    come back pakisthan,srilanka along with india. cricket game belongs to asia,not for europe and australia

  • Nampally on June 12, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    It looks like England & NZ will qualify for the semi's from Group A. India & most likely SA will qualify from Group B. If India continue their current form they will meet England in the Final. India on paper is better line up than England. But home team advantage is the difference between the 2 teams.

  • SLSup on June 12, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Taking into consideration what a NRR stands for - runs scored off an x number of overs ACTUALLY played - the Points Table looks as follows.

    GROUP A England: 2 Points@ NRR of + 0.96 New Zealand: 2 Points @ NRR of - 0.06 Sri Lanka: 0 Points @ NRR of + 0.06 Australia: 0 Points @ NRR of - 0.96

    GROUP B India: 4 Points @ NRR of + 1.99 South Africa: 2 Points @ NRR of + 0.46 West Indies: 2 Points @ NRR of - 0.76 Pakistan: 0 Points @ NRR of - 1.69

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 12, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    On the basis of what we have seen India's batting has looked very good, unsure about the bowling - I like Yudav and the other new one looks promising if a wee bit frail but Ishant is awful and has been for ages. The fielding is so much better than a year ago- where have all those fans who were ridiculing Jadega gone.

  • kriketeer on June 12, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Magnificent display by Inda. Shikar is having a good run. I would like to see how he handles England and Pakistan quicks in these conditions. at the moment, for me, India are favourites, New Zealand, England and West Indies will make it to semis. champions league starts from there......... :)

  • on June 12, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    I think Sammy has proven that he belongs in this WI team. Chanderpaul also belongs to this team. I agree T20 is not his game at the WI level, however we need someone to stabilize the batting in this team whilst the hard hitters like Charles Gayle Pollard Samuels and Sammy bat around him. This is a 50 over game and with the "Bang Bang" shots that are being played in T20 wouldn't help Windies. .

  • on June 12, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    What is particularly impressive is that how rapidly India has been able to reconstruct their side after losing some genuine champion players. A lot of people were picking Pakistan to win because of our bowling attack, but our batting has been pathetic for a very long time. In this tournament it has simply collapsed. Apart from Misbah and Nasir Jamshed to a certain extent, the rest seem to have no clue whatsoever. The knives are coming out now and there will be hell to pay but as far as the batting is concerned, the cupboard is pretty bare. In prevailing circumstances, to be honest, it is quite a feat that Pakistan is able to turn out an international side that occasionally competes well. Mainly because we somehow manage to find talented bowlers. Anyway, I for one will be rooting for India now. They are playing excellent cricket

  • henchart on June 12, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    SF line up- India V/s Australia ,SA V/s England. Finals: Aus v/s SA

    India would beat Pakistan at Edgbaston and face Aus as well as law of average to be knocked out.

  • avmd on June 12, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    India is playing great cricket, the way Pakistan used to play in 90s, unhibited, dominating and daring batting. England is the only team which can beat India, others no match.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 12, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Hope you have watched the match and would have accepted yourself that Indian batting is the most strongest batting lineup and not a medicore batting lineup like SL. I think you even do not dare to write any comments. Last time you said because of luck India won on SA, but this was a truly a professional cricket by India. What a convincing win. Sir Ravindra Jedeja Joke: " If Jedeja bowls, batsmen gets out even umpire gives it not out". (Samuels got out on a review system)

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 12, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Excellent performance by our youngsters, especially Dhawan and Karthick. Those 2 were continuously denied chances because of non-performing seniors like Sehwag and 10dulkar. Hopefully this performance will close all doors for those 2 non-performing seniors. Perform or Perish. Seniority should never be the criterion for selection. Indian Selectors need to fix bowling department by getting rid of seniors like Ishant, Vinay Kumar, and Pathan. Please give a chance to hungry youngsters like Shami Ahmed, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Parvez Rasool, etc.

  • ZafarPasha on June 12, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    I think that the Pakistani selectors should learn lesson from Indian Cricket team. The team have gelled with the new comers and seasoned players. Now there is no room for the players like Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin etc who should paved way for other deserving players who should be groomed for 2015 Word Cup. You can not have he luxury of having these players any more. sanity should prevail over the selectors now.

  • IndCricFan2013 on June 12, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Here is the scenario. India beat SL and AUS in the warm ups. They beat SA and WI to qualify semi's. They could potentially win PAK in the next match. They are going to possibly face one of ENG or NZ semi's and the other one in finals. It would awesome, by the time they win the finals, they would have between all 7 teams!!! That would be something. So, routing for ENG and NZ for semi's and one of them to make the final along with Ind.

  • yuvi_gladiator on June 12, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    expecting a good game against pak as they tend to play well against subcontinent sides, i think the problem for pakistan batting has been * there biggest strength was there aggression while batting, so they were inconsistent because they were too aggressive but that made them dangerous. to correct that they got rid of all the big hitters from the squad and went with a defensive batting mindset which worked against ireland, Scotland and in the warmups as well. So they lost their biggest strength in the purpose. pak like WI need to find a middle game * pak faced WI and SA first up. I bet they would have done better if they faced SL and india instead but thats not an excuse

  • mar2000 on June 12, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    India have the best batting line up in the competition . The opposition must post a large total in order to stand a chance . Anything under 300 will be a "piece of cake for " for India to chase down . I see a WI/India final ........ no joke.

  • on June 12, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Respect for team India they are playing like a true world champion. butt still missing one of my favorite virender sehwag. Good wishes for semi from pakistani

  • on June 12, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Well played!!!! deserved to be in semi`s.......and shekhar dhawan is awesome. what a player.

  • on June 12, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Great win for the Indians.As i mention earlier watch the Indians.WI needs to play better.They can come back.Sarwan is the waste in the team.Get rid of him and you get a balance team.

  • on June 12, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    @BDForever - Yep for a team who won one edition of Champions trophy, 2 ODI world cups, and being No.1 in the world - Its a reasonably good day and calls for celebration.Thanks for participating in the celebrations and as a return favour, we'd mourn for the BD team who couldnt even qualify for the tournament and got thrashed by Zimbabwe recently - Dont worry we are with you

  • on June 12, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    @Maruthudelft - I think some Indian fans have misunderstood your comments. Yes there will be momentum but in opponents batting when Pakistan are fielding and its absolutely correct that the opponents thrash Pakistani bowling in 20th over as if they are playing the 48th, You cant blame your bowlers for being so way ward that every over is treated as a power play over and they go for plenty ... If this is what you mean by blissfully ignorant - then I'm afraid, people are already aware that Pakistan are out of the tournament and India thrashed Windies. Better luck for your Pakistan's momentum in upcoming series

  • Sudhir65 on June 12, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Under Dhoni's captaincy India failed to even make to knock-out stages of last 3 T20 World Cups and even failed in Asia Cup last year. It is about time India bring home this trophy otherwise all these talks and Group Stage wins are useless.

    As Tiger Woods (who plays 150 players each week) says that if you do not win the Trophy then you might as well go home, then by same token it would be a huge disappointment if India does not finish No. 1 in only an 8 Team tournament.

  • on June 11, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Team India is written all over the tournament. #Respect Pakistan Cricket Team must take batting classes from them.

  • Balb on June 11, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    To all Sarwan Anti Fans, DM Bravo and Samuels failed too in both matches. Bravo erred in this match by not utilizing his bowlers properly. Bravo made Sammy look good as a captain. With a score of 233, India was hard to beat but Sammy would have made them fight for it. With Ramdin out, I say play the same team on Friday. If WI win, and Sarwan and/or Darren Bravo fails again, it is time the team manager, Gibson and the captain consider Chanderpaul for the remaining matches. He is in form. Chanderpaul just made a century and 85 not out. He did not score slow either. You need a man to hold an end. Remember Clive Lloyd brought back Rohan Kanhai. I am not a 100% fan of Sammy but well played Sammy. Darren Bravo and Sarwan need to prove they belong there by scoring runs at crucial times.

    I cannot believe these guys played in the IPL and bat so carelessly. Hard luck Samuels, but runs needed. WI fielding did not defend the runs. WI need Bishoo in England now. (like a Jadeja)

  • I_Love_My_India on June 11, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    @Deewakar, Relax man. I am also an Indian supporter and wish and pray if we could win the title. But please do not be arrogant. One thing in MSD and Sachin in common is they do not get carried away with these wins and you probably can learn from that. Do not be Gautam Gambhir!!!

    Having said that what a match! Shikhar! You beauty! Where were you so far? But please be humble, honest and polite as you are now. You will win people's hearts. Credits to "Sir", Ishant, Dinesh and Rohit. You all deserve Kudos. But Indian team really lacks atleast one quality bowler who can do the damage at the depth overs...

    To be honest with everyone, I am a big fan of Pak bowlers, whether it is Imran Khan or Akram or Akhtar or Imran. Sad to see Pak go. I wish if it would be an India Vs Pak final and India win. Pak needs to have some terrific replacements from its board level to the players.

  • on June 11, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    @ msdhoni123 book ir man.... its 100% India is top on the group...

  • alesana85 on June 11, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Not enough pressure placed on India while the West Indies were batting. West Indies hit a lot of 4s & 6s, but there were too many dot balls & not enough quick 1s or 2s to help the score board ticking over. Bowling tactics were bizzare. It was either too short, too wide or half volleys in other words a lesson in how not to bowl. India looks classier than ever, vast improvement in their fielding, wow.

  • jb633 on June 11, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Credit where credit is due India are smashing it. I never quite bought into the hype surronding Gayle and Pollard as I believe they are destroyers of average bowling but not much more than that (Pollard in particular). I am delighted that Sammy came good as he has got to be one of the best role models in the sport and an inspirational figure. India look by far and away the best side going and I think they only way they will be beaten is if there is a rank green top produced somewhere. The two openers look truly class and they dismantle average attacks. Worrying signs for the rest of the world that India are on the rise again. I have been critical in the past but I must confess I am very impressed with what I see. Well done India

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    today Dhawan & jadeja are best on this game

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    I dont get it. I honestly don't get why west indies batsmen keep letting bowlers tie them down at the top of an innings. it seems like they are always on the defensive instead of putting pressure on the bowlers. for example, in the Lara era he would have come in and instantly attacked Jadeha. Another problem that west indies batsmen have now is finding the gaps. they hit the ball powerfully and times it well, but it almost always goes straight to a fielder.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    If I was'nt convinced I am now this present crop of West Indies players are a bunch of 'show-boat' players. Money means everything to them. It is amazing to see Gayle and Company play like they have been playing when compared to the IPL. I guess its all about the money... Sarwan is out of his league at International level and we need to give the younger ones a chance. Should'nt have been there in the first place. Gayle, Bravo and Pollard should remain in the IPL...

  • rock.rockyin on June 11, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @ msdhoni123 Cool buddy there are no tickets available for semis or final

    If India wins against pak .. We will play second semi final

    Even if WI or SA wins also .... by present run rate Ind shud still top the table ..

    Find tickets for Cardiff if any ... Wonderfull stadium .. I was there the first match Book river side pavilion c3 stand u will sit just in front of Indian team

    My gut feeling says we will play semi in Cardiff

  • hakoonj on June 11, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Totally agreed Salman Shakeel,

    if it means the permanent end of Farhat, Malik, Akmal careers AND Misbah's ODI captaincy then I hope India not only wins, but takes us to the cleaners. I've had it with these useless people in the team.

    I still think Misbah has a place in the ODI team but not as captain, and only if he bats higher. His slow batting during the slog overs and defensive captaincy is totally useless in my opinion. Other than a 3-odi series against india this year and a 5-odi series against Sri Lanka in 2011 he hasn't led us to any major ODI series against any other major team. Another exception was the Asia cup where we beat bang twice and SL once and lost to india.

    Misbah is however the best test captain we've had since Imran Khran, and so he should retain that position.

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on June 11, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to india and its fans for making it to semis, india deserved to go through. As far as Pakistan is concerned politics has destroyed it.

  • samincolumbia on June 11, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft - You should watch the India-SL match in the Tri-series cup in Australia last year when Kohli chased down 340+ in 36 overs for definition of the world 'Momentum'. The SL team and fans did not know what hit them...You must be referring to Misbah's momentum of 50 in 150 balls.

  • gsingh7 on June 11, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    apart from last 2 overs in wi innings , it was a landslide win by india. hope they remain unbeaten in all matches and win ct2013 to go with world cup 2011 and icc number 1 rankings.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    As Pak cricket team supporter, Good Luck Indian Team, You deserve to be in top 4.

    I want India to beat Pakistan in last game of Pakistan so that operation clean up starts for Pakistan cricket. There is no place for Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat,Umar Ameen and Kamran Akmal.Let us try our new kids like hammad Azam.

    If Pak beats India in next match, everyone will be happy and forget a disastrous performance of Pakistan. So go India go and beat Pakistan for their good!

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Congrats to team India. India was one of my favorite teams like I mentioned before Pakistan was never in the list, England is still there. I believe England will win the Champions Trophy as I am a cricket lover so I must have a team to support but I respect great team and great players so India lead by MSD is one of the strong contender of Champions Trophy. Regarding Misbah I still believe Misbah is responsible for setting defensive mind set and he also dropped Afridi so no aggressive players were left to counter attack the opposition like MSD did in India v/s Australia warm-up match when India were 55-5. Dhoni is greatest Captain after Rickey Pointing at-least thats what I believe.

  • msdhoni123 on June 11, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    can someone please tell me how much how much runs it would take the opposition to knock India out of 1st spot. I was thinking of booking the semi final tickets in Cardiff which is 1st frm group b vs 2nd from group a. But i dont really want to be watching if its not india

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 11, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Congratulations to India on making it to semi-finals. Well played. Keep it up.

  • ravikiran.bits on June 11, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    India win is the only way i can see how this tournament is shaping. Ppl might argue india's bowling is weak, --nonsense-- jadeja,ashwin,bkumar are always consistent, ishanth sharma is bowling well, umesh yadav is very expensive but at cost of crucial wickets. this support is more than enough for indian batsmen to seal the tournament.

  • on June 11, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Now its pakistan's turn...Indians already beaten 4 out of 7 teams..if there wr a single group of 8 teams..India will be in top of that group also...after all we are the world champions..go India go!!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Sir Jaddu Rocks !!! Awesome display of bowling in the right areas.

  • on June 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @ Minhaj Ahmad Khan, it is really touching what you said. I, an Indian love the team Pakistan and always love watching their matches against any opponent. I feel bad that they have not been able to host matches due to some circumstances. I with my friends have always wished what if a team with Indian Batsmen and Paki bowlers were to play together...!! love & Respect, from India...

  • delboy on June 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    I suspect we've seen the last of Sarwan. He is now very unsure of himself, why chase a wide only to glove it t the keeper? Had Sammy not added some respectability to the total with his innings them we might have had to see a T20 tagged on at the end to fill some time.Poor Ishant 9-1-22-1 suddenly became 10-1-43-1 , A pity The WI did not reverse the batting order.

  • yorkslanka on June 11, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Congrats to India on another commanding performance. Dhawan looks like a special find and you certainly look like the team to beat in order o win this tournament.

  • delboy on June 11, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    WI were not at the races. I think they were still in the wrong part of SW London. I could not believe some of what I witnessed there today. It was not worth my £50.

  • Shan156 on June 11, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    What a thrashing! India just blew West Indies away. India have truly got some amazing batsmen in their ranks. And, Jadeja was brilliant with the ball. Have India peaked too early? As an England fan, I certainly hope so.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on June 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Congratulations India- Well done. You guys deserved the win and it was very nice to see the century made by another new Indian talent. You guys keep on producing world class batsmen- and Myself being a Pakistan fan is still waiting for one to show up- and actually I am waiting for a long time. We can produce good bowlers- somehow but batting is always a challenge for us. Unless we find a balanced team- we won't be able to play at the world stage. We need a major revolution in PCB!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Good win by team India. One cant win a match dropping catches, which is exactly what KR did . Do fielders get confused by Dharwan's half hook/ half swivel stroke? I think I saw a similar fielding error in the SA game. Why Bravo would allow KR a fourth over in the initial spell is beyond me. Bravo has to be more proactive as a captain.WI should look to bring in TBest for the last match against SA. I think Sarwan should sit out the last group game.

  • bbnn on June 11, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @Khurram , sorry for some immeture comments from my countrymen , it is sad that PAK batting is very week in this series and we are not playing for PAK exit but some other country is doing that I know most of PAK fans are congratulating Team India for their victories but some other country fans here commenting garbage and becoming fools by themself by their comments

  • NeverGvUp on June 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Im from srilanka and not a big indian this shikar dhawan guy earn lots of respect today because he has a good charachter and a good ability....and indian youngsters look promising in future with the players like kumar,dhawan,kholi,rohith,jadeja etc... I thìnk they will win the cup..gdluk

  • screamingeagle on June 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft, the only thing blissfully ignorant that I can see is you. :D

  • on June 11, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Great India Cricket Team!!! I'm not concerned about India-Pak league match result. More concern is that with whom India will be playing with in Semi... The semi result is that matters a lot... Do or Die!!! Lets us prove that we are the champions... Ultimate conqueror!!!

  • TestsareBest on June 11, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Shaping up to be an England v India final. The best bowling attack v the best batting line-up. It could be a classic. England might have the edge with home advantage, while India won't really have beaten a decent team (under-strength SA, over-rated WI and out of the tournament Pakistan) until they meet NZ in the semi. Great tournament. Keep it. And keep it quick and simple. Please.

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Darren can bat but it is his inability to get the ball that is pitched between wicket and wicket off the square that bogs him down. I cant believe the coaching staff have'nt noticed this. He just pushes the ball pitched on middle stump back down the wicket and is unable to scored off those deliveries or work them to mid off and is wicket.

  • NP_NY on June 11, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    @Nampally: How can you put the words Ind-Pak match and irrelevant in the same sentence?! No Ind-Pak match is irrelevant, no matter what the situation. I am hoping to see an exciting contest between Pak bowlers and Indian batsman.

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    m really happy to c indian team performance....Being a Pakistani , m supporting indian team now, coz whateva and whoever say anything , Team india is fav for me, for CT 13...and they deserve to be champions... Go Team India..!!! and m really disappointed wid my team Pakistan efforts.......They deserve to be knocked out..!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    First time in history will the match between ind n pak be inconsequential in an international event....pak will play for pride whereas ind might test their bench strength....hard to say...but fans do believe india beat pakistan or vice versa is equivalent to winning a World Cup....

  • PrathameshYamgar on June 11, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    My suggestion to ICC is that they should not make this tournament the last one. It is a crisp tournament, short and still exciting. They can host this tournament every four years. They can add one more stage like two teams from both groups making it to the next stage, with teams carrying points from the team they have beaten and not playing that team in the next stage. And the top two teams from this stage contesting the finals. But I guess the ICC doesnt want this tournament to overshadow the world cup (which is just an extended version to allow associate countries to be bashed up by the permanent members, and we have to see those contests, barring an odd upset or two. But I still believe both tournaments can co-exist with each other. The ICC can change the name to The ICC Super Cup or something like that.

  • Retour on June 11, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Gr8 performance by Ind .... Ind's top 4, Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli and DK, have all got runs, whether in the warm-ups or the two league games. Hope they continue with the momentum in the remaining games .... In the game against Pak, may be Raina can be promoted to #3 so that he gets the opportunity to spend some quality time in the middle. In this way, the Ind batting machine will be well oiled for the knock out games

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Congrats to Team India for Superb performance. Any India Pakistan match cannot be a dead rubber. Eagerly waiting for it. Thanks to Cricinfo. Dinesh karthik and Dhawan rocks. Rohit is enjoying his opener role well and will continue to dominate in that position. By the end of this series, India would have played with all team, SL & AUS in warmups, and NZ and ENG in semi-final and finals and other three teams in league stage, upon winning the cup, they end up proving they are better team now than all current teams even outside indian sub-continent.

  • kc69 on June 11, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    The expectation from English pitches are-bouncy, swing and seam friendly tracks but this tournament has been different probably for the reason in 2011 when India visited England, since it was a bilateral series the pitches were especially prepared for Indian batsmen. Moreover the performance this series can also reflect the reality that India faced in 2011 which somewhat helped then to improve a little. Very happy for Rohit Sharma who played a matured innings both the matches till now. Hope this continues as a opening pair for quite a long time.

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Some days, you'll win - no matter what you do. And other days, you'll lose - no matter what you do. That's the kind of day it was for this India/West Indies match!

  • sams235 on June 11, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    @ penagamuri, I was 'anti Rohit' as you put it. He was given far too many chances to prove he is worth it. Compare that with Dhawan who was dropped after just 3 games. Now everyone has come to realize what he might be capable of.

    Stop praising Rohit yet and stop bashing people who doubted/doubt him. Its only 2 games.

  • Nampally on June 11, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    It is sad to note that Pakistan got knocked out. But a Team cannot lose 2 out of 3 matches & hope to qualify. Pakistan needs to focus on improving their batting significantly. There will be an irrelevant India Pakistan match at Birmingham on Friday. India has developed a well balanced team which has shown the potential to be strong Title contender if they keep up their form. The formula for success is good opening bats followed by strong sheet anchors & finally Finishers. In bowling a team needs 5 economical bowlers - seamers + spinners. Fielding & Catching has to be good. I think 3 of the 4 Group B Teams have focussed on this. It is unfortunate that either WI or SA have to exit. Of Group A Teams only England has a strong ODI side. NZ are the dark horses & may squeak thru' to the Semi's. But the game between SA & WI is going to be the best fought match. Even though these 2 teams lost to India, they can beat most teams on their day. I feel sorry for the exiting losers of that match.

  • cricketdebator on June 11, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I have one question for the fans of Sarwan.... What is he doing on the WI team? What is he contributing. He can't bowl, he's nothing much as a fielder and he can't score runs. West Indies so-called champion batsmen must understand that effective batting is more that hitting boundaries. Darren Bravo in particular, need to develop the skills of working the ball into the gaps in the field and score. His scoring of 35 runs in 83 balls (including more than 50 dot balls) is simply unacceptable in limit over cricket. It was good to see Sammy showing the world, that in this format, he is as better batsman than joker Sarwan and some others. I hope that message is not lost on the powers that be of West Indies cricket. Finally, WI bowling was atrocious in this match, and coupled with their poor overall batting display, my conclusion is that on the evidence of today's performance the team is simply not good enough to progress and win the trophy.

  • 2nd_Slip on June 11, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Good performance from India. Must say they look the real deal in this particular tournament, but trust me, from a SA perspective, Proteas fans and the team have been in such a position countless times in ICC tournaments and it all end up in flames before they knew it. India must be careful not to fall into the same trap of being over confident and being pressurised to maintain their good run. Not to mention they have not experienced any sort of intense pressure thus far and if the first time they do is during the semis or final, they might this space...Dahwan=Gilchrist.(looks better than the usual flat track bullies that India produce e.g.Kohli,Nohit Sharma,Raina,Sehwag)

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Somehow sensed that umesh yadav was trying too hard.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 11, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    India have played brilliantly so far in this tournament and have looked a different class than the other teams. They've been making these pitches seem like the flat, subcontinental wickets that they're used to playing on back home yet all other teams have struggled to play on them. Seeing all the hate comments coming from Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans, I now know what it felt like to be an Australian cricket fan during their glory days. India may or may not win the Champions Trophy from here but I'm happy that they've at least reached the semis. Anything more is a bonus.

  • penagamuri on June 11, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    So where are the all the Anti Rohit sharma group...???? i am sure his performance must have been a hard pill to swallow... what ya all have got to say ... Rohit is here to stay and is on track to become a super start .. The only reason why he wasnt succeffull is because of his place has been under constant questions and he never played on the top of the order.. look at him now .. 86, 8, 62,52 these are his last 4 odi outings as an opener .....and when sachin retires from Tests he is going to occupy his place and will be successfull ... well played dhawan . . . .

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I am predicting a England India Final. Congrats to India. Commiserations to Pakistan. There bowling is the best. Unfortunately the batting let them down. India will meet newzealand and England will meet SA in semis

  • on June 11, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Congrat Team INDIA for a clinical performance. Very proud of our team. I want the next match to be played in a seam bowler friendly wicket against PAK so that we can see how good these youngsters are. I hope our batsmen would come out on top. But I think they most probably will win the match even if its a bowlers wicket as Pakistan batting is looking below average now. Now I think India is one of the top contenders in next world cup in Australia. The wickets there has only bounce, which I think Indian batsmen are more than capable of handling. They need to improve there bowling especially death bowling, and they are capable of beating any team. Go TEAM INDIA !!!

  • keerti_gvck on June 11, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    india just cruised into semi finals....well...quickly too....never thought that they would be the 1st team to enter semis,i hope...they can only lift the trophy..from here on...nd fill the bag of dhoni..with every international trophies....!

  • RajanB on June 11, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    I hope India's semi will be in Cardiff.. cuz thats where I got the ticket for.. :D

  • dammgood on June 11, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    TO all indian cricket fanz.... let other say what they want...we know our team is good and if we play well we can win ....respect others team and fight hard....we dont care what they say....india <3

  • Fine_Legs on June 11, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    India has begun well in the tournament. The contrast between the sheer potential on view and the terrible state of cricket administration in India is stark. We have to reclaim this beautiful game for ourselves, from the hands of people who are at best incompetent and at worst dishonest. These victories are so sweet, but the aftertaste from the match-fixing mayhem remains bitter. Indian media and public must not forget, as we celebrate these victories, to keep pressing for cleaner and more efficient administration. These players deserve it.

  • yuvi_gladiator on June 11, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Al_Bundy1 wake up.. Tendulkar retired from ODI's buddy

  • crindo77 on June 11, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Looking ahead to the test series against SA, and NZ and Eng next year, the pace bowling has still lots of room for improvement. Ishant Sharma continues to be a confidence bowler, and as Sammy showed today and others before him, once somebody gets after him ( KP, Amla and de Villiers come to mind as potential scourges) he will be disappointing. The lack of ability to produce a stinging yorker is a major disadvantage. Yadav after the warm ups looked ordinary on a reasonable Oval pitch. And Kumar cant be expected to do all the work, as, if it doesnt swing, at 135 ks, he will be vulnerable. The spinners NWS, India still need to find a 4th resilient pacer from somewhere. And not Vinay Kumar, as we saw what happened to him in Perth. IP comes to mind, as the left arm swing is certainly worth a second look.

  • bijuphilip on June 11, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I feel sorry for pakisthan, they are far better players,deserve a semi final place. they are selecting wrong team. Afridi should be the captain,this is my team for pakisthan

    Afridi should open the innings(c)---spin mumamadhaffez-------------spin Nasir shoibmalik------spin misba ul umar akmal kamran akmal abdul rasak Junidkhan muhamdirfan umargul 12th man/sayed ajmal

    I am from India,but i am sad that pakisthan team is being destroyed. they can be as good as 1990's team,some dedication and need to find good captain like afridi

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 11, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Dropping Sehwag, Gambhir and 10dulkar from Indian team was the best thing that ever happened to Indian cricket. Those 3 non-performers were holding India back. There's no shortage of talent in India. We just need to find a couple of good medium pacers, and we will be all set. Indian Selectors missed a trick by not sending Shami Ahmed and Mohit Sharma. Pathan and Vinay Kumar have had their chances. Those 2 trundlers are not the future of Indian bowling. Same thing goes for Ishant Sharma - it's time to retire this "unlucky" bowler forever.

  • KunalJT on June 11, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    India needed nine* when Bravo bowled short. :) And well played by Dhawan and Jaddu especially, ably supported by the bowlers, Rohit and DK.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    today india showed why we r n 1 in icc odi ranking we have outplayed the west indies and now the semifinal

  • aby__prasad on June 11, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I support India but I seldom speak dirty against other teams or speak too high of the team I support. But I got to say this time that Indian batting has way silenced even the critics, impressed their fans and all the experts and even jealous critics have no place to hide (except with blunderful statements or childish accusations).I think their batting, fielding, captaincy is now second to none and even the bowling is more than 'good'.I have not seen any other team(from 1-6) hit the ball so hard or hit the ball with such good timing. In fact, if they lose in the semi or final it doesnt matter as they have already won our hearts. In fact I heard Vaughn say England would be hoping india get knocked out in the semi so that they woudlnt face them (high compliment & truly humbling us fans). If there is anything to improve, its the death bowling or bowling to tailenders.But i wont be sad even if they lose from now and I totally mean it,impressed me totally already!

  • soumyas on June 11, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    just watching all the batsmen batting in this Champions trophy, Shikhar dhavan and Rohit sharma are playing much better than any other batsmen in the world. Ball seems to be flying out of their bat easily, they make it look batting too easy, but u will realize it's not easy when other batsmen bat on the same pitch.. At the moment it is looking like, Indian batting is too strong for the opponents. But they shouldn't become over confident. I think India and England will reach finals. and India will win the trophy comfortably.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Before we start blaming WI batting / bowling as a lesser performance than India's for their loss today - let's not forget that WI dropped Dhawan twice before he touched 50 ! If the first one had been taken, who knows where the match would have gone.

    Effectively - whether catches win OR not, they definitely can lose matches.

  • Divinetouch on June 11, 2013, 18:49 GMT


    Your time will be better spent focusing on the team you support.

    India is through to the Semis irrespective of your feelings. I sense a grudge about this fact.

    I hope West Indies join them from Group B and would it would be nice if India and West Indies meet in the finals.

  • jackiethepen on June 11, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I was surprised to hear Ganguly say that the best bowling he had witnessed in the tournament so far had come from Australia in the England v Australia game. Everyone seems to have overlooked Australia's bowlers while berating their batsmen. Perhaps there will be an interesting match between NZ v Australia tomorrow.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Good to see India win this game..... @ Shariq Bazar After you told that India's batting is better tan Pakistan, why do you compare it by bringing Steyn in this matter???????

    India are really fit to win this Champions Trophy and they can succeed with England's and KIWIS bowling too....

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    It is incredible to see some Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans commenting here and that too ridiculously. India have won HANDSOMELY and CONVINCINGLY. They knocked out a poor Pakistani team and have now made SA and WI sweat it out in a knock out contest. I don't think anything can get as better or good than this performance by India. No matter what India does, somebody on these columns will always abuse and downgrade India's magnificent performances. Who cares about such people ? Jealousy is one thing but total ignorance is another.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    From batting point of view India is one of the best batting side in one day cricket and that is shown in Champions Trophy 2013 , concern is bowling specially death overs , in both matches same story is repeated in last 8 overs too many runs are given .Dhoni has to do something to stop that .

  • bijuphilip on June 11, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Thanks to Sandeep patel for his bold decision to drop old guns,and selected players based on their perfomance. Insted of murali vijay ambadi rayidu would have been bettter choice. Ambadi rayidu,purjara, praveenkumar,rahul sharma and parvez(JK spinner) should be considered when any one in our team is out of foam.

    I would say K.srikanth did a bad job as a selector,he continues to ignore Badarinath and destroyed his carrier.

    since India has so much influvence we should push for two International Indain team,probably south and east india and north and west.

  • tommyhawk on June 11, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Congrats to India. It was a very comprehensive win.

    I somehow knew that West Indies would lose this match the moment I heard bravado talk from Sarwan, Gayle and Samuels about what WI will do. You hardly hear that from other players. They prefer to let their bat do the talking and that's exactly what WI players should be doing.

    They have style but I prefer substance consistently, any time of the day or night. I get tired of hearing these WI players talk a good talk and then see scores like 0, 1, 20, etc on the scoreboard. That's why I love Chanderpaul. He's not flashy and he does not talk a lot, but he delivers 9 times out of 10.

  • sensible-indian-fan on June 11, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia - Yes, that's true but its NOT the point of discussion. The discussion that we were all having was whether Indian batsmen can perform in English conditions (which everyone assumed would swing and seam like crazy) or not.

    Since the seam and swing never occurred (in any significant way), we don't know the answer for that.

    Till now, we have batted the best in this tournament - True fact.

    We can play well in swing and seaming conditions - Unproven till now.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Well played India, congrats from Sri Lanka Seems the combination is clicking well and Dawan is in imperious form.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Thumping and Thunderous Indian Performance . Ready to tear apart the pacers from Pakistan. wait and watch. India is Cruising. superfast

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    A thoroughly professional win today. Keep it up Team India

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    the pakisatanis were too happy when india knocked out of the t20 worldcup in srilanka despite winning the 4 mathches out of 5 now india knocked out them by wining today thats big goft for me from my TEAM INDIA

  • ProdigyA on June 11, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I just dont get it. Every other team in the trourny are struggling to get 200 to 230+, where as the mighty Indian batting is getting 300+ at easy. No problem at all. Dhavan is as deadly as Sehwag.

  • NP_NY on June 11, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: "India win but still fail to produce good cricket.". LOL, if you are an anti-Indan fan, any time Indai wins will seem to you like bad cricket for you mate. I am feeling sorry for you, because this is their fourth win on the trot (including practice matches), so that is 32 hours of bad cricket for you already. :)

  • CricIndia208 on June 11, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    India win yet again. India are world champions are world no.1.

  • cricket-is-passion on June 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I am actually not comfortable India winning comfortably as in the past whenever TeamIndia performs extroardinarly well or lived upto the expectation failed carry in quarters/semis. Hope with this new look of Team India, that wont be an hurdle. Good luck Team India, bring the Trophy home.

  • yuvi_gladiator on June 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    the way our batsman are smashing the every bowling unit they have faced is quite amazing. @ spintl take it easy dude have fun while you, can you might not get a chance later, its a game after all. judging by your comments you seems like the type who keep waiting for that glory day and when you don't get it people like you then start bashing your own team. Treat it as a game enjoy!

  • sitaram58 on June 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher to be appointed coach for life!!!!!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @BDforever I assume that probably you do not know anything about cricket. FYI India is the world no 1 ODI side and the current word cup champions. So it won't be the world's biggest upset. It would be an upset if India gets beaten. And you pray that they Bangladesh to participate the text time in a world event.

    @Baseball sucks... I am glad that you enjoyed Indian bowlers giving away runs in the initial overs, but lol ur happiness is shortlived :P Best of luck for the next match, watch Sri Lanka get knockled out :P

  • phbe3211 on June 11, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Nice to see back to back century stands from the opening batsmens Rohit nd Dahwan

  • jhabib on June 11, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Congratulations India on a comprehensive victory. It's not difficult to see that they have a pretty much straight path to Gold from here on.

    It saddes me to say this as a Pakistani, but the next game will probably be the easiest that India will play in this torunament. Given the two teams' batting form, India should win the next game without much hiccup. India bowl a lot better than Pakistan bats. So instead of Pak bowling vs. Ind batting, it will be the other way around next game.

  • maria_01 on June 11, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    no doubt in it that india is the most deserving team to lift CT 2013 trophy, most consistent batting line up and play as a unit.. i will watch Pak vs ind match only for seeing that in actual Pak bowling is good or is overrated, because playing against india will actually tell us about our bowling, as they are the giants of batting, if pak bowlers perform well against india, then they will be real lions of bowling, and i wish india bat first against Pakistan because if Pakistan will bat first, then they will not progress beyond 150, and aim of seeing match will go in vain :( finally i have absolutely no hope from Pak batting line up, totally crap

  • pradave17 on June 11, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    WI lost the confident because of DM Bravo's innings. He put the run rate unnecessarily down. That made a big pressure hard hitters like Pollard and DJ Bravo. Good overall performance by Indian team. They have a very big potential to be the Champions this time.

  • philipsmgp on June 11, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    LOTS oF PEOPLE Talking here about sammy as a captain.Yes even i liked him as a captain.Because he never behaved as one.He would take a wicket or a catch or a wicket goes down he would be running around a as a little kid.Not a show off as other team captains who just pretend as if captain is a out of world person.Love you sammy for the humbltiy.

  • siddharth1982 on June 11, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft : Don't understand what you are trying to say - The Indian teams fielding is way superior to Pakistan infact many critics have said that India have the best fielding unit in the tournament saving almost 20 runs every match. I agree our pace bowling is weak but the spinners and the super strong batting more than makes up for it.....well i have nothing to say about batting is soo poor that your bowlers will never even get a situation to compete....I have enjoyed watching pakistan play for decades but sadly the batting this time is sooooo bad that I don't feel like watching them not only are the batsman poor but the moment the take stance the seem to be under tremendous preassure.....and to top it all the one guy (Misbah) who is saving you from disgrace again and again was booed....shame shame !!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft Your argument defies logic! If Pakistan had the momentum why would they be the first to be knocked out of Champions trophy! They haven't won the title single time in this tournament. Hope you watched the match today! Indian fielding was no less than any other better fielding International side! There was energy, commitment and hunger! Plenty of Young players to keep the tempo up and going, pulling match changing moments out of nowhere! My request is, whatever team you support, please be open to acknowledge the facts as they are.

  • Srini_Indian on June 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @all moaning this is not a typical English track, gimme a break!! When was the last time we saw a green top in ODI in England? More often than not, the pitch has good pace and bounce with a little bit of movement. This pitch is NOT a SUB-CONTINENTAL one. The pitch had good bounce, great carry. Credit to the Indians who coped well. WI vs PAK was played in the same pitch. We saw both teams struggled, just admit that batting line up of Indians is too good.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft What are you talking ? India got the best fielders and shows great character. First win a game then talk about gameplay.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Well done India. But be careful not to become too overconfident. After all the hard work had been done you still allowed 50 odd runs off the last 4 overs with one wicket left. That should have been no more than 15 or 20 runs or the WI all out with a few overs to spare. Be careful about this sort of thing in future matches.

  • batman_gothamcity on June 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    What a clinical performance from Team India, well played guys . For WI Sammy and Narine were good . We have seen in these CT that teams are struggling to put decent scores even on good batting piches the Indians are doing with ease . They have been very quite off the feild that is helping them concentrate and play well . Team that so called experts were predicting an early exit , have been the first qualifiers . Dhawan and Sir Ravindra Jadega pls take a bow . All the best for the next match .

  • Visesh_Tippani on June 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    It was a feast for eyes to watch our boys batting. I respect Dhawan even more as he refrained scoring after his 100 only to let DK to complete his 50.

  • shaalim on June 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    It's good for India that new blood is performing well. Now transition is almost over. Sehwag ruined himself only due to participation in the race of captaincy, Kohli should stay away from this race. Bcz one of the best captain is leading India right now. The real test of Indian batting line would be against Pakistan, as they have best bowling attack and India have best batting line up. It would be a good contest despite the fact Pakistan is out of contest. I think major overhaul is about to happen in Pakistan Cricket team, as most back channel supported player like Farhat, Malik, Akmal gonna out from the team.

  • philipsmgp on June 11, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    I think windies got their team wrong.When you play a one dayer you need to have atleat 4 specialist bowlers, 1 or 2 all rounders and 1 or 2 partimers.But here Windies were playing with 3 main bowlers,3 all rounders and 2 partimers. Most of them think Naraine didnt have company to bowl... may be true..But the important thing was Dinesh karthink avoided giving him any wicket and dhawan was trying to score of him more often.I just could not believe windies could think naraine would win them this match single handedly.this is not T20 cricket.This ia a 50 over game which needs more patience than t20 ant to some extent less tempermant than test cricket.Windies lost it in their planning to be modest.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Congrats India !!! you played like Champions, Best Wishes from across the border !!!!

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 11, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @sensible-indian-fan True, but then why are all other teams struggling to score 200 on these pitches? India is the only team that is making these pitches seem like flat, subcontinent pitches on which any team enjoys batting.

  • Indian_Rule on June 11, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft ....well well ...well....u r just frustreted ...u cant accept dat india winning matches so easlily...accept dat india is world champion and they r playing like a champion....

  • warneneverchuck on June 11, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Teams are struggling to chase 180 and this Indian team Chased it with ease

  • kskalyan on June 11, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Surprisingly the pitches offered for india matches are not seaming. But for others it is seaming. Good to see the rise of youngsters but still they are not under real test. waiting to see how they perform on seaming conditions..

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Love the way these youngsters have asserted themselves on the field in all three departments of the game! Being an Indian, how I wish Pakistan would have won one of the games it played. Sad that the 'contest' now will have no consequence. Would have loved a well contested India-Pak match for the semis spot!

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Indian batting is much better then Pakistan but as we all know india scored mire runs without the absense of steyn. Only pakistan batsmen and fail against the high school WI bowling attack. Their real test will begin now once they face ajmal junaid irfan. In semi it wont be easy to face England or New zealand bowlers.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    After seeing last match in this ground, I was bit worried about India chasing 233. But Openers made it look very simple by their performance. Well Done India. Hope we will continue this winning streak till the end of the tournament.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    SarWAN 2 from 2 and DhaWAN 200 from 2 There ends the comparison. Well played 'staches' And who is the third "Muskateer" Kashinath

  • Travian.Cricket on June 11, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    This performance is once again a proof that India is atleast the 2nd best ODI unit currently after SA .

  • Temuzin on June 11, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Well done India and Sir Jaddu. This was a thoroughly professional performance. Sir Jaddu got his MOM in this match which Dhawan has stolen in first match. Dhawan, Jaddu, Karthick Sharma are showing why Dhoni has immense faith in them. Keep it up guys.

  • wifan16 on June 11, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    WI needs CHANDERPUAL in Eng, AUS AND NZ CONDITIONS..he is the only batsman that the WI have that can make runs anywhere!!

  • spintl on June 11, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Let's not go too much ga-ga over India's batting.. they have not faced any good bowling outfit so far.. their real test will come on Saturday when they face Pak, who even though they are out of CT, still play hard when it comes to India. Besides, the other test for India will be when they face England, whose bowling attack is the best in the world. So once India beat these two teams, then we can go ga-ga.. India fans are fickle, putting their team on TOP of the Pedestal when they win & throw chappals when they loose.....

  • sensible-indian-fan on June 11, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Awesome performance by India. I know we Indians are excited but a little bit of perspective would help. This is NOT a typical English track with seam and swing. This is MORE like a subcontinental track and EVERYONE knows that we are the batting kings in those kind of tracks. Dunno why the bowl didn't swing today even though the conditions were overcast but for now, let's savour this victory.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    As an ardent Indian Cricket Fan I have been waiting for this time. Finally the transformation and we have the 'Young Indian Brigade' ready to take on any challenge. They may have an off day with bat/ball but they will never be down on field, which is such an important aspect of modern day cricket. This is MSD-XI now...Way to go Team India!!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Beast of cricket is OUR TEAM INDIA

  • Rally_Windies on June 11, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Well, Well, Well,

    Narine is the only quality bowler .... Roach has good days and bad days.....

    Now how badly are the WI missing the 28 year old Jerome Taylor ......

    I don't know why once Roach was found, the WI selectors and Jamaica selectors though ... "oh Jerome, you are 27 - time to retire"

  • MaruthuDelft on June 11, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    India win but still fail to produce good cricket. When India field there is no momentum on display. When Pakistan field even if it is the 20th over it would appear like it is the 48th over. They bring momentum. They are great to watch which is the first purpose of cricket. India don't understand it and are happy if they win somehow; blissfully ignorant.

  • Rahul_is_king on June 11, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    India all the way - Dhawan you absolute monster! Where have you been all these days, backed you for ages. All left to do is bt Pakistan!!

  • girish2000 on June 11, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    batting going from strength to strength......seems like the big names will have hard time to get back in the team......enter knockouts at ease........problem only in fast bowling.hoping to see one more trophy in the hand of captain cool that too in England .wel done and move on INDIA

  • Nampally on June 11, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    What a victory with 8 wkts. & with 11 Overs to spare! T20 world Champions bowed down gracefully to ODI world Champions. India has scored over 300 in all the 3 matches they played prior to this one - 2 Friendlies + 1 ICC world trophy matches. They were well on their way to 350 today had WI batted to post that score. Another magnificient century by Dhawan- second in a row. Add to this 50's by both Rohit & Kartick- shows the terrific form the Indian batting is in. Most heartening fact is outstanding bowling by Jadeja who literally brought WI to their knees. This young man is the best fielder & an excellent batsman too. Fortunately, the English wkts. have favoured Indian batsmen & bowlers. Only negative part has been inconsistent & poor "Death bowling". If that is rectified, India will beat any National ODI side. WI was outclassed in every department of the game by miles!. India should maintain its winning form & work on improving their death bowling. Great win guys- A proud day for India.

  • sujayag on June 11, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    just when we thought that indian batting line up will never be the same after sachin and sehwag, here is a group of youngsters making the line-up the best Batting line up in the ODIs. hope they do not lose their concentration with excessive media coverage and attention.

  • Edassery on June 11, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    The current team exudes full of confidence and great to see that Rohit Sharma & Dhawan combo is clicking well. Kohli and Dinesh Karthik provides the much needed middle order support with their matured approaches. With Dhoni and Raina (probably still weak) filling in and Ashwin and Bhuvi ready to play any required support role in batting, the batting looks pretty good. Bowling is still a concern with the pacemen especially.

    I would think that Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan will never get to play 'ODI' cricket for India again...

  • SMAS23 on June 11, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Well played Indians, the most deserving team to win CT13. In all the matches including warm-ups, one of the batsman from the top order has scored a century. Where all the teams are struggling to score 250, there they are scoring 300s with ease. Coming from a Pakistani :)

  • BDforever on June 11, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    What a huge day for Indian cricket..!!! After 3 consecutive knockouts surprisingly they have made it into semis. (This could be the biggest upset in the history of Champions trophy though). Anyhow no one can stop SA v England final. Till then I'm happy to join with my Indian mates to celebrate their biggest day in cricket after ages.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    I am a Pak fan but i am glad we did not make it now. I don't think i can handle anymore heart attacks from that fragile batting line up. Pak will be back after the transition period with better batsmen. Players should be encourged to go abroad to play in county leagues in the UK and Aus to gain experience.

  • rajesh_singhSTM on June 11, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    And with this clinical batting effort, PIA has been asked to arrange a special flight to take the so called FAVORITES back home after an expected royal thrashing at hands of current World champions and no 1 ranked team in ODIs on this coming Saturday. For those of you who cannot read between the lines - Pakistan has been shown the door out of tournament by WI by loosing their game with Indian ( if you want to hear it politely) and hungry team awaits to kick some ............on June 15.

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on June 11, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Congrats to Shikhar Dhawan for scoring his third century in his last three international innings (including an 87 ball 100 against Australia.....the fastest ever by a debutant in test cricket).

    India played like champs, showing everyone exactly why they are the World Champs and the #1 ranked team in the world.

    Now, can't wait to see Team India demolish the Pakis who were knocked out of the tournament today.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Very nice performance by India.

  • Karthik78 on June 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Still I don't have confident on Indian team. While teams find difficult to save their wickets against other teams, but against India, they are scoring heavily at ease. Our fast bowling is one of the worst in this event. Today surprisingly, jadeja pulled back. We can not expect same always in the coming matches.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Well played by india. Specially Dhawan. He is very good. Proper cricketing shots. Look good to win this CT.

    I fail to undetstand coments o different posts, from indian fans that india win here and they made pak exit. I don't think so. Pak was pathetic and their own poor performance did that. Plus indis needed this win to get to semis comfortably. I think playing to get pak out would be last thing in dhonis mind. If they have lost today they would also be in danger.

    Also failed to understand coments from some pak fans here and there, that pak had a chance if WI have won today. I think pak were out of it the moment they lost to Sa. Their RR is so bad that it would have been near to impossible to change that.

    Pak have been to semis of all 6 icc events since 2007 but made to final only twice. Their semi final streak is over this time early.

    Never a dead game between india vs pak so hoping for a good game.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    People said that India were not tested against quality opposition in the warm-ups so they weren't a true indication (like Sri Lanka and Australia were weak teams) and said we will only truly be tested against the likes of South Africa and West Indies. We played them and we beat them with relative ease. What now? India are scoring 300 while the rest of the teams are struggling to score 200. India are the best side in the Champions Trophy whether the haters like it or not.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    want to see all those haters who'r saying WI will steamroll india,and were giving excuses that India's win against SA was fluke..also india is the only team who batted well right from the Practice match posting 300+ everytime,our bowling is also not as bad as everybody were presuming..i am not saying india will win the CT but please atleast give some credit and appreciate indian performance which nobody's doing...

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Practice sessions with Akram and Miandad in Abbotabad. A 10 day practice camp . A tour to UK ( although just about managed to beat Ireland in a series).David Whatmore brilliant coaching skills . Boasting of best bowling attack (self opinionated though) . Trolling that Indian are tired in IPL and how easily Pakistan will moon walk to CT13 trophy.Looks like an emergency flight from PIA to return to Karachi needs to be asked for now as favorites fail to win even an single match. Missed out on IPL and assumed it would mean CT13 trophy is won was a prime example of overestimating oneself, underestimating others and being overconfident.But then it has always been like that. A lesson to learn: Respect the game and your opponents or many of similar experiences will follow. Green storm and cornered tigers are myths .

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 11, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Congratulations my beloved TEAM INDIA !!! Good on you for making the semi finals. 233 odd was always going to be too little for this AWESOME and MIGHTY batting line up. It was more like batting practice for the bigger games to come. WI looked poor and it goes to show how equally poor Pakistan's batting has been throughout this tournament. Pakistan should have won their first game against this WI team. Sadly, they are taking an early flight home. I hope some experts eat their words now. So much for India NOT being one of the 'favourites'. Next time I hope some common sense prevails while analysing cricket teams. Well played Dhawan, you beauty ! and Rohit and Karthik as well. COME ON INDIA !!!

  • macadamnut on June 11, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    2 runs in 2 matches, can we put a fork in Sarwan now?

  • samincolumbia on June 11, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Another century by Dhawan!! Cool batting at run a ball. Simply awesome. He is as good as Thishar Pereira, who as per SL fans is the next big thing from Sri Lanka.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    as expected, a cakewalk for indian batsmen... The best ODI batting unit of current time...silenced many critics who said they'll struggle in england conditions. hoping for a good performance against pakistan, only their bowling line up can challenge the indian batting might.. but unfortunately that game will be dead rubber, and dhawan you should've been in the team a long time ago mate, you r exceptional... GOOD LUCK INDIA for rest of the tournament !!

  • dstriker2987 on June 11, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    to those who feel that darren sammy is not good enough. what about ramnaresh sarwan and test player darren bravo? the way darren bravo batted was real sickening. the pitch that sammy, charles and to a lesser extent gayle was totally different to the one all the other west indians were playing on

  • Dark.Matter on June 11, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Best of luck to India. go and win the champons trophy. Most deserving team to win is NZ. 2nd is Ind (from PK)

  • EmeraldEye on June 11, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I always admire our batting, its our strength and we have showed it in this tournament, though bowling needs some improvement but its mainly the fast bowling that is a worry, the spinners have contributed most of the time. One thing i don't understand is how other teams find it difficult to score in these tracks, I am not sure how different this pitch is when compared to the previous matches, the Indian team has been scoring above 5 RR with ease, whereas other teams struggle to do so.

  • Kiru27 on June 11, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @baseballsucks..hope you are watching the match. This is called clinical batting.No slogging everything is proper cricket shots.Even our bowling is week, always somebody is there to control it. Today its SIR. and yes we are not the one who defends 130+ score, because we score 300+

  • santhoo24 on June 11, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    too bad Pak will not join India into the semis, not that I am happy about it, I am not upset either. Here's to hope SL will make it to the semis.

  • on June 11, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    @Baseballsucks: hope this matches is more interesting than match on sunday. This cricket guru alwaysl find something to criticize indian team.

  • on June 11, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Its too early to say but i don't see either gambhir or sehwag in indian team,since these two are performing well and well bowling conditions

  • 30-30-150 on June 11, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    India showing why they are World No.1 ODI team and the defending 50-over champions. This performance should silence the critics.

  • on June 11, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    "I am from India but supporting and following staunchly the Windies ckt since I have taken the first breath.The basic prob which I always see in them is lack of strike rotation that has costing them a lot...I still advocate the old lad Shiv Chanderpaul though lots will laugh at me.But I still believe that they need someone like Chanderpaul who have that peoper technique to roatate the strike and let th otjers to teach and play around him as great players always do...You can't win a tmone dayer by playing in that manner as they mostly do..That is why they are inconsistent even with such a fresh young blood...Let Shiv Chanderpaul to come and play at no. 3 and surely you will find a change....Trust me!"....

  • on June 11, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    It has been a perfect match for me..As an Indian we are going to win and as a cricket fan..I am happy that Sammy shut down the critics..They dropped him saying that under his captaincy the ODI results aren't good..They don't even realize that Sammy took over a West Indies B team when most of the big names( who are preferred over Sammy as CAPTAIN now) boycotted WICB..At the time of crisis, he stepped up..Such a humble man..As great a personality as Sachin and not to forget his 106 against England in England..It shows that he is a good batsman..You can enter international cricket with a fluke..but to sustain you have to perform..Proud of Darren Sammy..Just because of people like is called a Gentleman's game..!

  • mar2000 on June 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    In every game India made 300 plus in the warm up games . This 233 by WI just wont do it .

  • on June 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (June 11,2013) It was a fine batting display by Charles in the beginning and in the death overs by Sammy to score competitive total of 233 runs.This is despite R.Jadeja,taking five valuable wickets which tilted the match in India's favour.Let us hope for the best to happen.

  • Cyril_Knight on June 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Indian batters showing what a good pitch this is. So many comments so far on bowling pitches, English conditions - all a load of rubbish. The pitches so far have all been flat, this one exceptionally so. Have you seen a ball swing late or after it has passed the bat? Answer is no.

    The reason India are batting well is not just the poor bowling but because they have a plan. On a pitch as good as this with batters as talented any side can score big if they have a proper plan.

    Dreadful batting by many players so far in this tournament, but the best batters are getting good scores with proper cricket shots.

  • on June 11, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    India is playing sensibly, choosing the bad balls and keeping the scoreboard ticking. They are in chance of winning this year's ICC Trophy. Good going guys

  • on June 11, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss. The WI squad can't get much better. Everyone wants to be a selector. I remember before ton were calling for Sarwan. Where they at now? They can hide but the selectors can't. Chris Gayle hasn't made a good one day score in years, Dwayne Bravo still mediocre all this but nothing is better. People calling for Smith who average less than 18 like he is the savior. Chanders may be the only one I can see coming into this team.

  • latecut_04 on June 11, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Indian innings seems to follow the WI pattern...a rather quick start and a spinner comes on and puts the brakes..will it happen..although admittedly for India it has been a flier and not a quick start.also they haven't lost a wicket...i just get a feeling Narine will put on the brakes by picking wickets and it will all boil down to who else but Sammy bowling at the death to the last Indian batsmen to take this match all the way to the last ball..(quite opposite to current scenario)Ind are 48/0 in 7overs

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 11, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    182/9 to 233/9 and 257/9 to 305 (SA) this has been the the problem with our bowlers who lack the killer instinct to finish off the tail. Had our bowlers not been too lax against SA for that last wicket we would have higher NRR .

  • on June 11, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    I hope Sammy's performance will put the critics to shame. After all, it was said that his returns in the ODIs were poor hence the reason for him being replaced as captain by Dwayne Bravo. Surely, Bravo did not deliver; not against India and not against Pakistan. Come forth the critics. Have your say.

  • on June 11, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I do not know on what basis does Sarwan still in the team.I understand Shiv Chanderpaul is old.What happen to Dwane Smith,he can bat,bold and a very good fielder.The score is challenging and Sammy has done well for his team.Thats the man who always give more than 100%.

  • manazir.SL on June 11, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    WI team always unpredictable as PAK, they can change any of match, both of side.. Today they stabilize with good foundation, then usual Wicket collapsing then thunder hitting at the end... This is most common style of this team mostly followed by years.

    On other side the death bowling of ind as usual failed in another occasion, Which ever team or player at crease, runs will flow...........

    Expect some special fighting attack by WI, otherwise IND will get this total without any problems........ (Believing that Bravo has some captaincy tricks from MSD......)

  • on June 11, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    233 is a competitive total over the cloudy, humid conditions in South London. India's depth in the batting line-up should still shase this down, but you never know if the Windies can make some early breakthroughs. There's a little bit there for the bowlers and will pay dividends for them if they hit the right areas. If they can pull off a simular bowling performance, like they did against Pakistan, they have a outside chance, but India's batting is significantly stronger. But up until the last 5 overs, this was one-way traffic, at least Sammy's late-late show has given them something to bowl at and make India work for their runs.

  • on June 11, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    How do you define a patriotism and class? After getting dropped and removed from captaincy, what does Sammy do? Does he go out and critisize anyone, or public cuss out? No, he puts his head down, takes his chances and proves that he deserves to be in this team! Thats Class! Win or lose today, Sammy you have made me proud today, to be a west indian. Rally round the windies!

  • DILEEPMJOHN on June 11, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    First of all Congratz Sammy, u proved 2 things 1) u again showed u r a vital member in limited over format and it was wrong dropping you the previous match 2) again exposed India's vulnerability in bowling at the death overs

    May be India still goes on to win this match, but death over bowling has always been a worry.This match last wicket partnership was 51* in no time and there was 47 run last wicket partnership in last match vs SA. What is worrying is not just the run flow in the end but the way Indian Pacers are bowling at the death.Ishtant Sharma had great figures after his 9th over but last over went for 21 because he bowls the same pace same length throughout the match irrespective of the situation.You have a hard hitting batsman looking for length and you are consistantly giving him length.Where are the yorkers.. where are you Zaheer..!

  • tommyhawk on June 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I think WI selectors did Sammy an injustice by picking him in the squad only to have him sitting on the sidelines in the first match. It just does not look good. One minute you are directing Bravo and Ramdin, the next you are taking orders from them. You should not treat a current captain like that.

    If anything, they should retire Sammy from ODIs altogether.

  • WICricFan1 on June 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Great blitz from Sammy in the final overs...... the middle order needs to step up, but this score looks like a good one. The spinners should have a field day. Go West Indies you definately have my full support.

  • gsingh7 on June 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    well done india. wi restricted to under 250. on this flat track india can chase anything between 330 to 430. need only around 230 this time. come on india win here and reach semis today only. indians all around globe are supporting u. play like world champions that we all know u r.

  • jmcilhinney on June 11, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    India have just as much right to use DRS as every other team here but it just seems hypocritical to me. I don't know what each of the players thinks but, as a team, India say that DRS is bad and yet it's good enough for them to trust here. If they trust it enough to use it here then why should they deny everyone else the right to use in bilateral series? Either it works or it doesn't and if you claim it doesn't then don't use it at all.

  • Non_Bias on June 11, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    To Michael Holding; I think this is more like the "perfect side" as u quoted with of course the exclusion of R. Sarwan. Ramdin has failed with the bat too often, now we have a wicket keeper that can give us some runs. Sammy can still be rotated but he has certainly justified his position on the side today. Total Domination by him in the end. Still dont see the real reason why he was removed as captain. Not saying that bravo is bad but Sammy isn't worse!

  • Secunderabadi on June 11, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    All the International teams have their tail enders making record stands because of India. Thanks to our inability to bowl teams out.

  • ProdigyA on June 11, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    I am as pissed off at India's death bowling as Pak fans are about their batting. They always undo the hardwork done all thru the day with sloppy final overs. Why is it always so difficut for Dhoni and his men to get the last wicket ALWAYS. Inability to take the last wicket has cost India so many matches both in ODI's and Tests. Today they made Sammy look like as if he is Dhoni.

  • B.C.G on June 11, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Sarwan this,Sarwan that yet for all the support;he makes a 0 or1.Meanwhile Sammy gets bashed & yet he delivers more often than not.I bet everyone will call this a fluke or one-off.Poor Sammy.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on June 11, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    India getting windies out for under 200 and then bat deep down even Kumar and Ashwin can do a good bit of job with the bat. Ashwin has shown that when top order floundered in the past. Then Raina and Dhoni can do it alone with very capable top order batsmen. Windies also have Narine, Gayle and Samuels. who can keep it tight. Windies fast bowling looks a weaklink like india. Therefore this low total can be tricky. Windies won as Pak had awful batting performance but it can be totally opposite to india's.

  • wifan16 on June 11, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Yes i am referring to S. Chanderpaul!!WI need him!!

  • wifan16 on June 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    they say he is too slow for ODIS, but he is playing for derbyshire making 80+ for 70 balls and his west indies team can't even bat their 50 overs!!!! WI selectors are a bunch of comics!!..Darren Bravo made 30+ from 80+ after that start, he single handedly kill WI!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 11, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo has shown in his first 2 games why he isn't a captain, first that ridiculous sweep across line to get out lbw and nearly cpst game v Pakistan when RRR was only 2 and today when W.I in trouble and batting with Pollard who just hit 2 6's he goes and plays a dumb shot in the air straight to the only fielder on the legside.This guy does not have the mental or seriousness to lead a side, he like his brother also wouldn't even make my W.I ODI 11.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on June 11, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Here is the value of DRS as Jadeja got samuels by the tightest of margins. Anyway, India gonna win it easily from now on. Today India bowling like pakistan not giving anything away. Just they have to bat which is their strong area.

  • spot_on on June 11, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Now guys.. give it a break.. People who commented that Windies mowing India to the ground yesterday, are talking and giving excuses once the top order failed.. Just accept the fact that India have neat bowlers too. you can't just ridicule a team without knowing the true potential of it.. India can try slogging just like the way Charles did.. But that doesn't change the fact that India have temperamentally better batsmen than the Windies...

  • QingdaoXI on June 11, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    What a come back by India courtsey of Sir jadeja. Well cone and try to keep the target less as possible and on this pitch we can chase it.

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Like I told you W.I top order selection will cost them. As I said Darren Bravo should not be in 11 let alone playing at 3 vital position, he is not serious all he does is plant front foot across stumps and block or try play around it (painful to watch) makes Trott look like Sehwag, Sarwan long past it and never should have even been selected in the squad, Charles only international opener that can get a half century and still look like a tail- ender at the crease(at least he makes minimal talent kinda work like Sammy through determination), Gayle's laziness walks straight into the India trap no mental preparation W.I have lost before 30th over in the first innings. How much stronger an 11 would look with Dwayne Smith and Chanderpaul two guys with lots of English experience far more reliable and still in form.

  • NDIK on June 11, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Bad bowling from Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav yet again. Can't afford to have such bad performance at International level. There is simply no discipline in their bowling. The pressure is on the spinners to oblige everytime. Unfortunately India do not have quality fast bowlers needed to defend the score batsmen build.

  • mar2000 on June 11, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    The right choice to bring SAMMY back . Sarwan just won't fire . He must be replaced with SMITH.

  • bravetigersmustwin on June 11, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    If india wins this match then the only asian team to qualify for semis ... Srilanka has very less chance to win the next 2 games. India will win the tournament and make history - Last Champions trophy win by India... wow....

  • on June 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    India is ought to win the match because wi batsmen were finding trouble to chase a small target even though the bowlers performed extremely well.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 11, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @ latecut_04 ; Don't worry buddy. Dhoni probably felt your frustration n handed the ball to Jadav n got hit for 13 runs. LOL He leaked 26 runs in his 3over spell. LOL Kumar is also getting smacked all over the park. G'luck !!! :)

  • bretandme on June 11, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    WI cant defeat mighty Indians... Gayle and Pollard can only play t20 and IPL .. recent form of Gayle in LOI's has been miserable and would continue in CT as well.. he is gone for the day now and cant c him doing any better against Steyn in the coming match.... Easy IND and SA are qualifying further

  • mikkkk on June 11, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Soon as I saw we had created subcontinent batting tracks I put money on India to win the tournament. No other country in the world produces pitches for the opposition.

  • Cyril_Knight on June 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Kartikeya It is not a bowler's pitch. By Indian standards perhaps, but The Oval is flat, dead flat. Perfect bounce, enough pace to hit through the ball, super fast outfield. 300 is a must.

  • latecut_04 on June 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    I am writing this after the 3rd over.Just see the new ball being handed over to Ishant after just one over from Umesh.Patheticcaptaincy by Dhoni who just thinks on T20 lines.Yadav ran in aggressively with leg slip and agreed couldn't trouble Gayle and even went for runs but shouldnt have been removed after just 1 over.what must be in the minds of Gayle and Yadav now???Hes one of the best prospects for India win anywhere.Whats Ishant -struggler-forever-Sharma gonna in and land it on the leg,too full,too short..what else????

  • on June 11, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    i just came to know that little changes have been made that is against INDIA's strong batting order, Can anyone please tell me Whats that..?

  • Sugath on June 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Well can this be the mistake of Dhoni? Putting Windies to bat, probably a precaution being afraid of West Indian bowling? If Gayle clicks, then match over for India

  • on June 11, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    It was wise of India to bowl first. After all, the conditions might affect the ones bowling second. This kind of pitch is good for fast bowlers and spinners alike but might slow down later in the game. It's surely a bowler's pitch.

  • Cyril_Knight on June 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I've seen so much cricket at The Oval this season, scores should exceed 300. If they don't then expect more changes to ODI regulations.

    The problem isn't the regulations it is that team have lacked batting plans. England and India do have clear plans on how they are going to construct and innings and that is why they are getting good scores.

  • Cyril_Knight on June 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I've seen so much cricket at The Oval this season, scores should exceed 300. If they don't then expect more changes to ODI regulations.

    The problem isn't the regulations it is that team have lacked batting plans. England and India do have clear plans on how they are going to construct and innings and that is why they are getting good scores.

  • on June 11, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    It was wise of India to bowl first. After all, the conditions might affect the ones bowling second. This kind of pitch is good for fast bowlers and spinners alike but might slow down later in the game. It's surely a bowler's pitch.

  • Sugath on June 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Well can this be the mistake of Dhoni? Putting Windies to bat, probably a precaution being afraid of West Indian bowling? If Gayle clicks, then match over for India

  • on June 11, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    i just came to know that little changes have been made that is against INDIA's strong batting order, Can anyone please tell me Whats that..?

  • latecut_04 on June 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    I am writing this after the 3rd over.Just see the new ball being handed over to Ishant after just one over from Umesh.Patheticcaptaincy by Dhoni who just thinks on T20 lines.Yadav ran in aggressively with leg slip and agreed couldn't trouble Gayle and even went for runs but shouldnt have been removed after just 1 over.what must be in the minds of Gayle and Yadav now???Hes one of the best prospects for India win anywhere.Whats Ishant -struggler-forever-Sharma gonna in and land it on the leg,too full,too short..what else????

  • Cyril_Knight on June 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Kartikeya It is not a bowler's pitch. By Indian standards perhaps, but The Oval is flat, dead flat. Perfect bounce, enough pace to hit through the ball, super fast outfield. 300 is a must.

  • mikkkk on June 11, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Soon as I saw we had created subcontinent batting tracks I put money on India to win the tournament. No other country in the world produces pitches for the opposition.

  • bretandme on June 11, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    WI cant defeat mighty Indians... Gayle and Pollard can only play t20 and IPL .. recent form of Gayle in LOI's has been miserable and would continue in CT as well.. he is gone for the day now and cant c him doing any better against Steyn in the coming match.... Easy IND and SA are qualifying further

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 11, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @ latecut_04 ; Don't worry buddy. Dhoni probably felt your frustration n handed the ball to Jadav n got hit for 13 runs. LOL He leaked 26 runs in his 3over spell. LOL Kumar is also getting smacked all over the park. G'luck !!! :)

  • on June 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    India is ought to win the match because wi batsmen were finding trouble to chase a small target even though the bowlers performed extremely well.