India picked up a +2 NRR. Pakistan win by 21 runs.

I actually missed watching the games, except for a few snatches, as I was with some friends drowning the bad performance blues at the Landmark Quiz.

I did catch the end of the Indian chase with Vijay missing his half century and Dhoni hitting a couple of sixes to finish it off. The Afghan team were outclassed no doubt but there is no shame in this defeat. I thought they were extremely graceful and gave their all in the game. Hamid Hussain’s attempt at a skier is indicative of the passion and hard aggression that they have.

More importantly, in cricketing terms, the Indian team left out Rohit Sharma and went with Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja. I had predicted this in a chat show earlier in the week. This is India’s best XI. It gives Dhoni five highly capable spinners and three seam-swing bowlers. It also gives the batting depth right down to no 9. However, Rohit Sharma may be advised to keep a watch out for Raina.

Did not watch the game against Pakistan and so cannot make any comments. However, looking at the scoresheet it would seem that batting is not so much of a problem here in St Lucia as it was at Providence. Of course, the quality of bowling needs to be considered as well.

Finally, a small trivia piece about the Razzaqs. This is Abdur and this is Abdul.

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