Friday, June 07, 2013

Jove in the Second proves to be good for India !

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 Jove in the 2nd from Ascendant  redeems India  
Who says Jupiter in the House of Weath is not good ?  He is proving to be  good, as He gave a glorious win  mighty South Africa.       
  
The Champions Trophy started with a bang with India beating SA  comprehensively. India, despite criticism that Indians are vulnerable to swing bowling and cannot bowl well in English condtions, played magnificently even in the warm up matches. Umesh Yadav bowled well at 145 mph and was instrumental in getting Aussies all  out for 65 in a warm up match.
 
In the first match, India beat SA and Shikhar Dhawan got a glorious hundred. Off 94 balls, he smashed the hapless SA bowlers to all parts of the field and was involved in a 127 first wicket partnership with Rohit Sharma.

"I am happy to help the team win", said the swashbuckling opener. "I am happy with the knock I played but happier because we won a game that was actually getting quite close".
 
"It was nice to play with Rohit.  He is such a pleasure to watch and really runs the singles very well. We adjusted to the conditions very well and once we settled down, the runs started coming. It was quite a job."
 
"Guys like Morne Morkel and Ryan McLaren are well known names in the world of fast bowling. So we knew they would attack us from the start. But we took our time to settle down and then scored off their pace" said the young dasher.

"I quite enjoy taking pressure but today it was more about waiting for the loose balls. The wicket was good to bat but it was important not to rush into strokes. This strategy worked very well after the first powerplay."
Dhawan said that he practised well at the nets to get habituated to English conditions. He stepped out to the pacy bowlers .: "It's my nature. Courage comes normally to me. I am used to it."


Meanwhie, the South African skipper AB de Villiers attributed his team's defeat to losing Morne Morkel in the 34th over.

"But I still feel our boys fought back well to restrict India (to 331)...it could well have been 370,"

"The run outs proved to be costly but you can't do much about them. When the players are trying to do their best and your heart is pumping, the heat of the battle makes you make errors.,"

"We have to win our next two matches because in a short tournament, there are no margin for errors. We come here to win all games and we will take a lot of positives from the defeat against India."

"We will assessthe situation every day and then hope for the best, but missing both Steyn and Morkel will be a massive blow," said the formidable hooker and puller. 
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