tossed up, too full to sweep, and it hits him on the front pad. Raina has a loud appeal for lbw, not given
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"We'll have to wait and watch, depending on conditions," MS Dhoni says, about the combination of bowlers they used and whether that points the way to how India will go at the World Cup. "I wanted Jadeja and Ashwin to bowl their 10 overs, but I just wanted to use five bowlers in this game, and I needed Raina. I'm not a big fan of practice games, but a bit more time in the middle does help. Overall it has been quite good."
Venkat Nott: "Umesh, Mohit, Ashwin, Jadeja, Shami or Bhuvaneshwar is possibly Indias best bowling attack. Binny is good utility sometimes with bat and sometimes with ball... but does throw things off balance. Axars failure with bat means both Jadeja and Ashwin are better options. Ashwin should play all the games and bat up the order so that he adds value to the batting lineup instead of slog overs. Shami is inconsistent but bowls the finishing overs better. Its a tight call between him and Bhuvi. India did hv a bad triangular but dont write them off yet. "
R Ashwin says the legbreaks are "a part of what I'm doing. You can't be one-dimensional. Five fielders in the circle, people have to accept it. It's heartening to see Jadeja bowling 10 overs, and he's also batting well. He's been bowling and batting a lot at the nets."
9.25pm And that is India's first win on this long and arduous tour. It's not an official game, and it's not against one of world cricket's bigger sides, but they'll still feel reasonably good about themselves. Their batsmen shook off a poor start and made a 350-plus total, a few of them got encouraging runs, and while their bowling was fairly patchy, especially at the start, they got a good amount of yorker practice in at the death, and the spinners bowled pretty well too. India defended 240, like they set out to, even if they couldn't bowl Afghanistan out. A decent display by Afghanistan's top order, but the batsmen who came after didn't do too much.
length ball outside off, goes for the cut and misses once more
back of a length, too close to cut, he makes room and goes for it and can't connect
down the track now, clips it to long-on
back of a length outside off, punched to point
down the track, driven firmly back to the bowler
short ball and he took his eye off it as he looked to pull from outside off. Top-edges it down to fine leg
in the blockhole again, clipped to mid-on
bouncer, and Jamal ducks under it
yorker again, off the back foot to deep backward square leg after he misses the flick
full-toss on off stump, punched to mid-off, where Rohit has a bit of a fumble
Shami from around the wicket again
and that's another loopy delivery, very full, and Ashraf swings across the line and misses. Off the back pad and into the stumps
tossed up again, clipped to long-on
down the track now, driven to long-off
tossed up outside off and he goes for the back foot punch once more. This time he beats his outside edge
back of a length outside off, goes for the punch, chops it down into the pitch
on the pads, tucked away towards square leg
on the pads, worked away to deep backward square leg
sees him coming down the track and pulls back his length a touch. He checks his drive and pops it back in the air, but it falls short of the diving bowler
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Players per side||India 15 (11 batting, 11 fielding); Afghanistan 15 (11 batting, 11 fielding)|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45|
|Match days||10 February 2015 - daynight (50-over match)|