India v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 23, 2014

Mishra, Kumar head bowlers improvement

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As always, it was the most criticised component coming into the tournament. And not as always, India's bowling has clicked so well in their first two World T20 matches, they have even been able to let a misfiring batsman get some practice in the middle.

As surprises go, it could not have come more pleasantly for the Indians. Three of the frontline bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra and R Ashwin, have gone at less than a run a ball against two dangerous opponents in Pakistan and West Indies.

The conditions have been a huge help to the spinners, of course. But they have also stuck to their strengths - Ashwin using his carrom balls and bowling largely fuller lengths and tight lines, barring overdoing it into the pads at times.

Mishra has been a revelation. When you use so much flight in a T20, you often get carted for six, but Mishra has used it the old-fashioned way - to get wickets. There has been turn available, but Mishra has made the most of it by fooling batsmen in the air.

About an hour earlier, even Saeed Ajmal was finding it hard against Australia and Glenn Maxwell and before that, Pakistan had roughed up Brad Hogg. What were the Indian slow bowlers doing differently? Darren Sammy said they had been able to, and also been allowed to, settle down enough to bowl what they wanted to.

"They bowl wicket to wicket," Sammy said. "Normally if you let a spinner settle he will get his line and length and pace and variation at which he wants to bowl. In both games they have settled into a nice rhythm. They controlled the pace of the innings from there."

That they did so against a side that boasted explosive batsmen of the calibre of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels was what pleased MS Dhoni.

"I am really happy to see how the spinners are bowling," Dhoni said. "Yes, there is a bit of help for them but at the same time you have to execute your plans well, especially in this format. You have got some of the big hitters in the opposition that you will have to carefully plan for and innovate at times. So I was really happy that our spinners so far, along with the part-timers and the fast bowlers, have done really well."

With the limelight on the spinners, Bhuvneshwar has quietly gone about his job at the start of the innings. For a while now, the swing had more or less gone missing for him, and Bhuvneshwar without much movement in the air is not even half the bowler with it. But he has been making it dart around in Dhaka and the way he toyed with Dwayne Smith is not a sight one usually sees in T20s, where batsmen usually fall on their own because they play too many shots. In this case, to put bat to ball against Bhuvneshwar was proving difficult for Smith, as he took several away before bringing the odd one back in. A spell of 3-0-3-0 in a T20 is pure gold for a captain.

Sammy praised Bhuvneshwar when asked about West Indies' crawl of a start. "I think credit must go to the opening bowlers," Sammy said. "Kumar swung the ball both in and out and he bowled good areas. We know they were bowling to the two most dangerous openers in this format of the game. They kept them quiet."

Bhuvneshwar was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket, because he seemed to be on the verge of breaking through almost every ball. His role is to make good use of the new ball, Dhoni said, and that is exactly what he did, bowling some big away swingers.

"Make sure he does not give too many loose deliveries," Dhoni said. "The batsmen have to go after him to play the big shot. That will be like a winner for him and today there was a bit of help and he made sure he was bowling in the right areas. That is how he will contribute throughout. Especially in this game I thought he bowled brilliantly. His length was very crucial and he was able to swing the ball."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BigINDFan on March 24, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Bhuvi bowling to his strengths is really good for Ind since that was missing past few months. Shami needs to improve his length and come up with variations of pace. Mishra is a classic spinner and if given chances and used well he will be a great asset in T20s and ODIs. Test matches are different and Ind does not have good spinners at that level, they have to find new ones like Rasool. Mishra can do well in tests but he needs to be given chances.

    Bhuvi should bowl out all of his 4 overs at the top and go for wickets rather than containing. Shami should bowl at the death and for that he needs to change his pace and bowl yorkers. Ashwin and Shami can be good at the death overs provided both of them learn to bowl yorkers. Jadeja should never bowl at the death, he is too predictable.

    Yuvraj did not get practice he was exposed and annoying to watch. Get him to bowl a few overs if he is in the team or else get him out and bring Rahane or Binny in.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    great bowling by bhuvi I hope this is continue

  • Nampally on March 25, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    It is funny to see a comparison between Ajmal & Mishra by some commenters here. These 2 are as different as Chalk & Cheese! They are experts in their own art of Bowling- one an off spinner& the other a leg spinner. Only similarity between them is they are both right hand spinners. It is far more difficult for a RH leg spinner to succeed in T20 format than for a RH off spinner. This is where Mishra scores lot of points & deserves credit. Even in leg spinners there are 2 types - slow flighted ones Vs. quicker leg spinners. Afridi did very well as a quicker leg spinner. Mishra is at least 10KPH slower than Afridi. I would say Mishra is more like the Great Subash Gupte (Slow) than Kumble (Quick). So even amongst leg spinners there are various types- let alone comparing Leg spinner to Off spinners on the same basis. I would say Ajmal is a great Off spinner & best of his kind presently. Mishra is a fine leg spinner- currently a match winner! Mishra has given Indian bowling a new direction!

  • israrak on March 25, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @ Temuzin ... ur absolutely right ... and if we get batsman like kohli and dhoni we will also be unbeatable then ...

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    No doubt, India are the most assured side in the tournament. They are assured of spinning services via Mishra, Jadeja, Ashwin & Raina. In batting department they are assured of services from Kohli, Raina and Dhoni the finisher. Additional staff is also contributing. Only death bowling and Yuvi are the last pieces of dead wood to be cut. To me india spin attack seems better than pakistan. Both Mishra and INdia were on the sidelines and many eyebrows were lifted to see india not being able to chase a regulation total in the first warmup but things are different now.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    a grate boy for india is coming soon

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    i think raj will come back

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Seems Yuvraj days are over. He is really struggling even with fielding, dropping sitters consistently. Binny should come in place of Yuvi, but Dhoni's formula is simple, do not change the winning combination. So Yuvraj is safe at least till the knockout round

  • TRAM on March 25, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    My worst fear is this: Yuvraj will be given one more chance against the weak Bangladesh and is going to score 35-40 runs against them giving a false impression that he has gotten his form back. And he will play the rest of the matches and fail again. Rahane should be in the team right away. Though I dont expect Rahane to score fast at least his fielding will be invaluable to the team. Rahane,Raina,Jadeja,Rohit,Kholi would form a good fielding set.

  • jaguar7777 on March 25, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    india should not gamble on yuvraj singh apart from batting poorly he has become a liability in the easier of the 3 departments,fielding.he is a spent force and should be dropped.cannot give him chances at india's expense.rahane would be an ideal replacement.wake up skipper and answer the reality check.

  • BigINDFan on March 24, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Bhuvi bowling to his strengths is really good for Ind since that was missing past few months. Shami needs to improve his length and come up with variations of pace. Mishra is a classic spinner and if given chances and used well he will be a great asset in T20s and ODIs. Test matches are different and Ind does not have good spinners at that level, they have to find new ones like Rasool. Mishra can do well in tests but he needs to be given chances.

    Bhuvi should bowl out all of his 4 overs at the top and go for wickets rather than containing. Shami should bowl at the death and for that he needs to change his pace and bowl yorkers. Ashwin and Shami can be good at the death overs provided both of them learn to bowl yorkers. Jadeja should never bowl at the death, he is too predictable.

    Yuvraj did not get practice he was exposed and annoying to watch. Get him to bowl a few overs if he is in the team or else get him out and bring Rahane or Binny in.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    great bowling by bhuvi I hope this is continue

  • Nampally on March 25, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    It is funny to see a comparison between Ajmal & Mishra by some commenters here. These 2 are as different as Chalk & Cheese! They are experts in their own art of Bowling- one an off spinner& the other a leg spinner. Only similarity between them is they are both right hand spinners. It is far more difficult for a RH leg spinner to succeed in T20 format than for a RH off spinner. This is where Mishra scores lot of points & deserves credit. Even in leg spinners there are 2 types - slow flighted ones Vs. quicker leg spinners. Afridi did very well as a quicker leg spinner. Mishra is at least 10KPH slower than Afridi. I would say Mishra is more like the Great Subash Gupte (Slow) than Kumble (Quick). So even amongst leg spinners there are various types- let alone comparing Leg spinner to Off spinners on the same basis. I would say Ajmal is a great Off spinner & best of his kind presently. Mishra is a fine leg spinner- currently a match winner! Mishra has given Indian bowling a new direction!

  • israrak on March 25, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @ Temuzin ... ur absolutely right ... and if we get batsman like kohli and dhoni we will also be unbeatable then ...

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    No doubt, India are the most assured side in the tournament. They are assured of spinning services via Mishra, Jadeja, Ashwin & Raina. In batting department they are assured of services from Kohli, Raina and Dhoni the finisher. Additional staff is also contributing. Only death bowling and Yuvi are the last pieces of dead wood to be cut. To me india spin attack seems better than pakistan. Both Mishra and INdia were on the sidelines and many eyebrows were lifted to see india not being able to chase a regulation total in the first warmup but things are different now.

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    a grate boy for india is coming soon

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    i think raj will come back

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Seems Yuvraj days are over. He is really struggling even with fielding, dropping sitters consistently. Binny should come in place of Yuvi, but Dhoni's formula is simple, do not change the winning combination. So Yuvraj is safe at least till the knockout round

  • TRAM on March 25, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    My worst fear is this: Yuvraj will be given one more chance against the weak Bangladesh and is going to score 35-40 runs against them giving a false impression that he has gotten his form back. And he will play the rest of the matches and fail again. Rahane should be in the team right away. Though I dont expect Rahane to score fast at least his fielding will be invaluable to the team. Rahane,Raina,Jadeja,Rohit,Kholi would form a good fielding set.

  • jaguar7777 on March 25, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    india should not gamble on yuvraj singh apart from batting poorly he has become a liability in the easier of the 3 departments,fielding.he is a spent force and should be dropped.cannot give him chances at india's expense.rahane would be an ideal replacement.wake up skipper and answer the reality check.

  • indianzen on March 24, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    You can't get a better strategist other than MS Dhoni in the sub continent. I will be cursing him if the Asia cup form continued. I was amazed to see the signals that he give to the bowlers when they were bowling - A left arm movement means something and a wave means something...

  • Temuzin on March 24, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    israrak: Even though I am Indian cricket fan but I totally agree with you. Mishra is no match to Ajmal. Heck India currently have no spinner who can be compared to Ajmal. He is a great bowler for Pakistan. Its only Pakistani batting which is not good. If India can get one ajmal and one steyn. No one can beat India any where on the planet.

  • on March 24, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    post your comments when india bat first ...india can win only if india bat secnd on a flat track ...so in both matches india chased ...

  • on March 24, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Salman Fazal Remember Mishra is a classical spinner he does not need the 15% rule to bowl...

  • PeeVee.68 on March 24, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    People who talk about India not doing well overseas conveniently forget that overseas team don't do well in India. Each team has its strength and weakness. Why has Australia won just one series against India in India. Why did England loose like lambs in India after beating India comprehensively in England. Does the same argument not apply to these teams that they play well only in their country and not in the sub continent.

  • on March 24, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    dhoni is no doubt a master strategist inside the subcontinent... I hope he becomes one outside too.... bhuvneshwar is a good bowler to have up front in any format and I guess its time we settled into this bowling combo... bhuvi shami jadeja ashwin mishra/Aaron... i m being really rude to keep mishy as a reserve but his batting is surely not as good as jadeja and ashwin so can't help :)

  • sray23 on March 24, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia, yes I definitely would have been criticizing if India could not win even in familiar conditions - and it is a fact that home wins for India don't really matter anymore. The real challenge is winning in more testing conditions overseas, which after almost 80 years of playing cricket India still completely hopeless in...and for this reason we need to start preparing for 2015 NOW...not just sit and pat ourselves on the back....

  • on March 24, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    resting dhoni before T20 world cup is master stroke from bcci i can see india winning the tournament easily becoz pitches friendlier and windies batsman always fail against quality spin forget about mishra they lost odi's against bangladesh due to spin!

  • on March 24, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @sray23 please enjoy and let us enjoy d present. wc will be dealt later. india has done really well against top 2 teams in t20. even likes of pakistan and lanka are struggling. . lanka has been here for 2 months.

    for me 1 sf India vs Srilanka 2 sf Aus/pak vs Newzealand

    finals ind vs nz nz wins

  • israrak on March 24, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @ vishwas reddy .... i think this is the biggest joke of the century that amit mishra is better than saeed ajmal ... look at the achievements of saeed ajmal .. 1 or 2 matches cannot make any player gr8... btw ajmal was expensive only in the first 2 over but how well he came back at the end of his spell and won it for pak ...

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on March 24, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    I'm sure people like sray23 are the same people who would criticize India had they not been able to win their games in the World T20. Now that they're doing well, any good performance is meaningless.

  • NP_NY on March 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    @sray23: Whatever dude. Same old boring argument. If you want to comment on the WC 2015, why don't you wait for another year instead of commenting here? This is the T20 world cup and it is happening on spinning pitches in the sub-continent. Deal with it!

  • on March 24, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @sray23, why is World T20 not a real test?

  • on March 24, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Public memory is short, but my memory is not short bcoz people who call India get hammered overseas and become heroes again in sub-continent should remember that the same team won the T20 World Cup in South Africa and rinfact last year won the Champions Trophy in England and were unbeaten in the whole tournament so India's record is much better in big ICC tournaments at overseas vevues than SA, Eng & Pak and on par with Aus bcoz Aus also won multipe ICC events overseas just like Ind

  • on March 24, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    actually speaking india's weakness in overseas has been their fielding especially catching if they improve that they are a better side... they have the firepower... everyone said spinners nt picking wickets overseas but u should give MS credit because of the poor opening spell he used spinners to contain rather to attack.. and in this game it was vice versa since buvi opening spell was superb MS attacked with Ashwin,Mishi,raina and jaddu.. india needs to do this often and i am sure buvi will be better wen india travel to SA and NZ next tym cause nw he knows wt length to bowl in those tracks so as the spinners.. all teams hve the same problem they do well in their cntry but dont do well overseas

  • on March 24, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    A heartening sign is the way in which India have recorded both their victories, calm and assured almost making a statement of intent to go about their business with little or no fuss. Great to see Bhuvi get his swing back and recording a 3030 figure best in T20 format. However can say much the same for his namesake Yuvi who looks clearly out of sorts and under pressure to prove his worth to the Captain and the side. Ajinkya Rahane would be a better bet with his impeccable fielding and catching which would be an added bonus. With Mishra getting two back to back man of the math awards his confidence surely must be sky high and he looks to be te trump card who can get India into the semis. Come next friday, India would be facing an awesome Aussie team who look slightly impaired by Mitchell Johnsons absence and need a win to get into the semi final line up. Go India Go!

  • on March 24, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Very rarely we see these type of performances from Indian bowlers.

    Good opening bowling by bhuvi and followed by Mishra, he is having dream tournament with this varieties. We need to play him in every match as he is having wicket taking deliveries.

    India need to find a bowler who has to bowl death overs. we cannot continue with spinner in death overs.

    Hope india will take catches in the next matches. All the best India.

  • on March 24, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    @sray23 if u think india's weakness is overseas, how many overseas teams has got success in asia. India dominate subcontinent and they only dominate in their own backyard.. WC 2015 is too far to think about. Lets enjoy this t-20 show..cheers for good cricket!!!

  • BackStreetBowler on March 24, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @ sray23 : It is indeed the same story, but not just for India!! Australia having been unbeatable on hard surfaces loses to Pakistan. SA considered one of best teams in the world loses to SL. England don't seem to win much outside their country either.

    Everyone is today only a tiger at home. No clear number 1 sides in any form of the game exist.

  • on March 24, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @ Salman Fazal : Even Ajmal couldn't prevent India from winning that match against them, atleast Mishra did pretty good in helping India restricting the Pak for a mediocre total of 130. in the 20th over or after the 20th over, India have won both of their games dude, what the hell are you trying to prove ?? Oye, atleast try to give due credit to the team.

  • heartyCricketer on March 24, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    India are cruising towards semi's... two more hurdles... Bangladesh and Australia... I think if we win any one match among these two we would have booked our birth in the Semi's ... Great Going Guys... Good show by our guys...

    the way things are progressing , it seems that it would ind,pak,nz,srl in the semi's with Ind might have to face srl and pak with nz.... But its too early to guess..

  • sray23 on March 24, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    And we have the same story yet again. India gets hammered overseas, comes back to subcontinent to play on dustbowls, do well and are heroes again. Public memory is short. India might do well in familiar conditions in this tournament...but everyone knows the real test is WC 2015. Nothing here to really show Indian bowlers are prepared for those conditions....

  • on March 24, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    This is vindication at last for me!! Been saying since I saw his debut in 2008 that Mishra should be a certainty in ODIs and Tests.. That fifer he took against Australia in Mohali on his debut was a classic.. He went around the wicket and got Clarke out off a googly!! This guy would be the first pick in any bowling unit in the world.. He has variety and absolute control over his craft.. His Ranji form has deteriorated over the last two three years, but he will still get you wickets against England, SA, Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan.. Only team to play him well are SL.. That is because of Sanga and Jaya who are magnificent players of spin.. He still has a few good seasons left in him.. Do not make him the Amol Mazumdar or Badrinath of Indian bowling..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 24, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    All the best for the coming matches. Hopefully India will improve in catching too before the semis.

  • on March 24, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    @Salman Fazal : mishra is always greater than ajmal any day... look how ajmal got hammered against clueless aus batsmen like mediocre Maxwell on the same pitch.... oh yeah BCCI changed the pitch and replaced it with a flat track for Indian match.... lol

  • on March 24, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @Humdingers : so Gayle and Smith were not in form that's why they dint play well.... wow you must be sime great cricket analyst.... Gayle and Smith gave a very good quick start in both warm up matches, suddenly their.form is gone??? lol.... cricket needs.more analysts like you

  • Vasunigam on March 24, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Now that is a huge surprise.B4 d strt of this WT20 every one was criticizing Indian bowling & specially death bowling & now they have restricted defending world champs & one the most explosive batting line up to 130 so where is that coming from. There are two or three possible theories - 1. Bowlers have understood there role perfectly & bowling according to plan - which should be obvious case in all the matches whether its world cup or any other match. 2. In both matches India won d toss so opposition team is overconfident batting first dt they can make up to early slow start in 3rd phase of the game (last 3-4 overs) bt unable to do so as every time they try for it..they end up loosing wicket. 3.Pitch is xtrmly suiting to spinners & spin bowlers are taking full advantage.

    What ever it is -so far it is working fr India - now they have to da the same with OZs bcoz Maxwell is looking really threatening & they must come up with some definite game plan against him all d Best Men In BLUE.

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 24, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Well done india. Mishra u r g8, but i would love to c u bowl against maxi, warner, finch, hodge, baily etc. India hav shown g8 bowling in thease two matches but which is not their strength. Wat happnes when ur bowlers hav to defend 30 of last 3 ovs. Shami and jadu are good cant bowl mishra aswin is total waste. Get rishi dhawan, parvaiz rasool and karan sharma in squad. I think india and pak will go through.

  • on March 24, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    few games and Mishra is being compared to Ajmal... the so called analyst makes comparison after few games... lets not forget even india couldn't finish the game before the 20th over... the pitch acted differently for second half.

  • Humdingers on March 24, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Different story if Gayle and Smith were in form. Bowling like this against Warner, Finch, Maxwell is going to be interesting.

  • on March 24, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I remember India winning the WC83 and the WCC85 with good performances by the most mediocre of bowlers like Roger Bunny and Madam Lal (although in WCC85 Shastri and Siva also contributed). Being such a strong batting side, India becomes a very dangerous team when their bowlers start performing well. On the evidence of the first 2 matches, the conditions seem to be suiting the Indians' swing and spin bowling. This clearly makes India a force to reckon with in this tournament.

  • on March 24, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    great show by India. ,

  • on March 24, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    It was heartful to see the way Bhuvi bowled. Keeping Jadeja along until Gayle got dismissed was the masterstroke. All we have to pray for is they keep the streak intact for the next 4 games. The spinners suddenly seem so gigantic. Mishra has been wonderful in every ball he's bowled. Yuvraj getting into some nick before the semi's should do a world of good for the team.

  • SANATP22 on March 24, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Congrats, India for wining the game,but there is area to concern, Yuvraj is totally out of touch, Cant bat and cant filed. India needed to close this win within 18th over.

  • on March 23, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Could this be the continuation of just one loss and exit for India? AUS and BNG to go and already the teams in the group are winning and losing keeping everyone with a chance!

  • Nampally on March 23, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    It was great to see controlled & accurate swing bowling from Kumar. He reduced Smith & Gayle to look almost novices. Actually had Ashwin hung on to the hot slip catch, Gayle would have been out for a "Golden Duck" for the Nth time by Kumar! That was super spell of 3 incredible Overs. What followed this was ever more remarkable spell of Leg spin bowling by Mishra. He spun the ball significantly from good spots combining well with his faster balls. Unfortunately for Mishra, Gayle was given another life on high catch for which Yuvraj waited after getting underneath it but floored it! If only the Indian catching was better, it would have made the day even brighter for Kumar & Mishra. Jadeja was strangely erratic of the 3 spinners & even bowled a No-Ball Out! Unfortunately for WI, Sammy had to let go his "gauntlet of hitting" in favour of India too. So it was a total surrender by WI due to a combo of excellent Swing & RH leg spin bowling. Mishra also "tamed" Pakistan in the first Match.

  • Vishal_07 on March 23, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Good effort by Indian bowlers. Will be interesting to see if India bat first the next time and what score they set for the bowlers to defend.

    India dominated both the matches and they should have finished them much earlier than they did. Hope it doesn't come back to bit them at the end in form of NRR!

  • Naresh28 on March 23, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Indian bowlers have been taking a lot of kop from all of late. Surprise - its the bowlers that have set up both games. I as a fan, have also voiced concern on lots of occasions about Indian bowling. KUMAR must have been given good advice by someone to have improved so much. Or is it that he likes these types of SC pitches?

  • jango_moh on March 23, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    bowling has been excellent so far.... UV could have done with a little more practice, we all know what he can do, but he looks woefully out of touch, hope he gets his mojo back soon.... mishra, like the author said has been a revelation, its so good to see an attacking INDIAN spinner beat the batsmen!!!!

  • Rohit... on March 23, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    WI fell to their old tactics - Survive the New Ball & Smash from the middle over till the End of the Innings.... Strangely they didn't account for Amit Mishra who scared them with the turn & Ashwin became economical as usual... The tight overs in the middle meant the Suicide of the Big Hitters & exactly that have happened... WI will have to come with a new strategy against Spinner dependent teams like India & Pakistan.

  • Rohit... on March 23, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    WI fell to their old tactics - Survive the New Ball & Smash from the middle over till the End of the Innings.... Strangely they didn't account for Amit Mishra who scared them with the turn & Ashwin became economical as usual... The tight overs in the middle meant the Suicide of the Big Hitters & exactly that have happened... WI will have to come with a new strategy against Spinner dependent teams like India & Pakistan.

  • jango_moh on March 23, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    bowling has been excellent so far.... UV could have done with a little more practice, we all know what he can do, but he looks woefully out of touch, hope he gets his mojo back soon.... mishra, like the author said has been a revelation, its so good to see an attacking INDIAN spinner beat the batsmen!!!!

  • Naresh28 on March 23, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Indian bowlers have been taking a lot of kop from all of late. Surprise - its the bowlers that have set up both games. I as a fan, have also voiced concern on lots of occasions about Indian bowling. KUMAR must have been given good advice by someone to have improved so much. Or is it that he likes these types of SC pitches?

  • Vishal_07 on March 23, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Good effort by Indian bowlers. Will be interesting to see if India bat first the next time and what score they set for the bowlers to defend.

    India dominated both the matches and they should have finished them much earlier than they did. Hope it doesn't come back to bit them at the end in form of NRR!

  • Nampally on March 23, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    It was great to see controlled & accurate swing bowling from Kumar. He reduced Smith & Gayle to look almost novices. Actually had Ashwin hung on to the hot slip catch, Gayle would have been out for a "Golden Duck" for the Nth time by Kumar! That was super spell of 3 incredible Overs. What followed this was ever more remarkable spell of Leg spin bowling by Mishra. He spun the ball significantly from good spots combining well with his faster balls. Unfortunately for Mishra, Gayle was given another life on high catch for which Yuvraj waited after getting underneath it but floored it! If only the Indian catching was better, it would have made the day even brighter for Kumar & Mishra. Jadeja was strangely erratic of the 3 spinners & even bowled a No-Ball Out! Unfortunately for WI, Sammy had to let go his "gauntlet of hitting" in favour of India too. So it was a total surrender by WI due to a combo of excellent Swing & RH leg spin bowling. Mishra also "tamed" Pakistan in the first Match.

  • on March 23, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Could this be the continuation of just one loss and exit for India? AUS and BNG to go and already the teams in the group are winning and losing keeping everyone with a chance!

  • SANATP22 on March 24, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Congrats, India for wining the game,but there is area to concern, Yuvraj is totally out of touch, Cant bat and cant filed. India needed to close this win within 18th over.

  • on March 24, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    It was heartful to see the way Bhuvi bowled. Keeping Jadeja along until Gayle got dismissed was the masterstroke. All we have to pray for is they keep the streak intact for the next 4 games. The spinners suddenly seem so gigantic. Mishra has been wonderful in every ball he's bowled. Yuvraj getting into some nick before the semi's should do a world of good for the team.

  • on March 24, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    great show by India. ,

  • on March 24, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I remember India winning the WC83 and the WCC85 with good performances by the most mediocre of bowlers like Roger Bunny and Madam Lal (although in WCC85 Shastri and Siva also contributed). Being such a strong batting side, India becomes a very dangerous team when their bowlers start performing well. On the evidence of the first 2 matches, the conditions seem to be suiting the Indians' swing and spin bowling. This clearly makes India a force to reckon with in this tournament.