Well at last Team India seems to get back its lost charisma and fans can rely on our team as they embark on a massive task of avenging their miserable failure in England against the same formidable team.
On the whole it was Diwali celebrations at the Ferozeshah Kotla, Kolkatta, on Monday. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir made hay with the willow while Vinay Kumar was devastating at the bowlers end, too much for the guests. The England team has no excuses to be made as the weather was good, no injuries and no rules that damaged their chances. The diehard Indian fan had quenched his thirst but yet to fulfill his appetite with a series conquer. Virtually England had no answer to the excellence of Kohli and Gambhir and there looks to be a big gulf in class between the two sides in this format in these conditions.
Alastair Cook has won the toss and England batted first. The sides remained unchanged from their previous outing at Hyderabad. In the 48.1 overs England scored 237 all out with Pietersen scoring 46 runs 3 boundaries and 2 sixes along with Patel also getting 42 runs. The bowling devastation was done by Vinay Kumar who managed 4 wickets after giving just 30 runs his best.
In reply India lost both the openers for a meek score of 29 runs within the first 7 overs, this was supposed to be the only moment of rejoice for the guests, whose enjoyment was short-lived by the remarkable knock of Gambhir and Kohli. So at the end India were 238 at the 36.4 overs, packing the English team back to the dressing room in style. And the Man of the match honours went to Virat Kohli for his scintillating not out performance under such a stressed situation.
I think now the press can have a bit of solace in writing a few good words about Team India which disappeared from the print edition since world cup.