The Indian team registered an emphatic victory over the hosts Windies in a warm-up game. The contest was supposed to be a even-steven affair but the West Indies team lived up to its expectations and came up with a mercurial display once again!
Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Windies kept losing wickets right from the start. The openers were back in the pavillion even before the score crossed 20. Only Lara offered some resistance while the other batsmen failed to show any application and resilience.
The Indian bowlers on the other hand came up with a disciplined effort and were led by Munaf Patel who scalped four wickets for just 10 runs. Munaf is back from injury and looks fit for the World Cup. His fitness was a cause for concern but his performance in the warm up match would serve as an assurance to all Indian cricket fans! He bowled with great control and discipline not to mention the pace which was consistent all throughtout.
Patel was able supported by Irfan Pathan who gave glimpses of the same swing in his bowling that had gone missing a few months ago! He seems to have learnt his lessons well after sitting out for more than a month and playing domestic cricket!
Kumble, Agarkar and Zaheer Khan too gave a clinical display as the entire West Indies team was bundle for a paltry total of 86.
The Indian team’s cause for concern Virender Sehwag failed to fire yet again. He got out in the trademark fashion fishing for a swining delivery outside the off stump and perished without troubling the score!! Dinesh Karthick and Robin Uthappa steadied the innings and finished off the match without any more hiccups.
Sehwag’s failure might increase the headache for the Indian team and the captain who has been backing him all throughout. He might need to be left alonf and it is upto Sehwag now to sort out his problems. It could be that he comes up with answers once the World Cup get underway.