Third time was charm for India, and Sachin in the Chandigarh ODI which saw the hosts beat the Aussies by 8 runs. A good show indeed, but as MSD said, the opening partnership did set the stage; what he didn’t say is that it almost didn’t set the stage, with Sachin getting two lives (perhaps in exchange for each of the centuries that missed on the Ireland/England tour). It was rather sad to see Sachin, struggle for the first 10 overs of this ODI; what was heartening was to see, later in his innings, flashes of his good old brilliance.
There were many heartening things for India in this match; it was nice to see Ganguly back; Dhoni and Uthapppa showed the way to attacking the Aussies. Zaheer, although not impressive with the bowling for the day, did his bit with the fielding; RP Singh, gave away runs after spraying the ball, but came back with vengeance to get the match-winning wicket of Andrew Symonds. Murali Karthick on his comeback trail bowled beautifully at the death, and Dhoni showed his adeptness behind the stumps with two ‘quick-as-lightning’ stumpings. If there was one person who was missed, I think it would have been Sreesanth: the only guy who gets some respect from Hayden.
All in all it was a good performance by India. However, they musn’t bank on more of the same type of luck in the next few ones. Go MSD! We know you can!