Tuesday, September 19, 2006

William Hill make India favourites in tomorrows must-win game against the West Indies in Kuala Lumpur. However in what promises to be an even contest, against Lara's resurgent men from the Carribean, only a small flutter on top scorer is recommended.
Rahul Dravid's men have been unable to decide on their batting order for quite some time now, in fact it seems to change every game, keeping everyone guessing. Hard-hitting wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni has batted in all positions from 2 to 8, whilst all-rounder Irfan Pathan has now batted in all 11 positions during his one-day career.
Both players are capable of big knocks, Dhoni moreso than Pathan. Pathan has occupied the number 3 position so far in the DLF cup, scoring 64 in the previous wash-out against the Windies and a golden duck against the Aussies. Dhoni has batted at number 5 and number 7 so far in the tournament, making 2 in the first game and not batting in the second.
There is a chance Pathan will stay in his pinch hitting role at number 3 in tomorrows game, however Dravid may want to make changes. Two games have so far been washed out, and fast scoring at the top of the order may be needed if India bat second. For this reason Dhoni may be promoted up the order. The explosive Yuvraj Singh batted 5 last time whilst Dravid opened with Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid will have to decide whether to continue opening the batting, to re-instate Verinder Sehwag, or to promote Dhoni or Pathan.
Hills are offering 5/1 on Singh, 13/2 on Dhoni and 9/1 on Pathan to top score for India. All the above seem good value but personally I would have a small bet on Dhoni, who having not batted last time around against the Aussies might be given a warm-up for the ICC Champions Trophy in this match. Dhoni has proved he is a big hundreds man, India need him to fire, and he is due runs. Perhaps Dravid will give him a chance to bat himself into form tomorrow. The experienced and accurate Corey Collimore also returns for the West Indies, meaning the chance of early wickets going down increases.


Blogger Philipa said...

I was chatted up by some of the England cricket team once and when I'd settled on a choice he asked me to come to the ground the next day on a date. He seemed delighted that I wanted to bring a friend but for some reason his face fell when I introduced him to my 6ft cricket-mad cousin Richard. The date didn't go well. Tuh, Men!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Steven_L said...

He invited you on a date to a cricket club? Did you find this interesting?

Myself I would never invite a date to my cricket club, because I know that while I was out batting or fielding everyone else would bet trying to get her phone number.

Next time an international sports star chats you up, suggest he takes you out for a meal.

6:51 AM  

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