Certainly one of the performance which India like to forget as quickly as possible. It was written on the wall for India before the start of the match when they decide to experiment with few new players by resting experienced ones but India have to remember that they are not like Australian team which can win even with inexperienced players. So what went wrong? First of all Dhoni again proved unlucky with toss and secondly inexperienced bowling gave too many runs in Powerplay without picking up any wickets early on.
Proteas won the toss and elected to bat and as I mentioned in my earlier posts about Hashim Amla that became true as he fancied himself to near hundred but before getting out for 87 he gave the platform to Proteas to put up solid total on the board and with centuries from Kallis and A.B put them in the commanding position after their 50 overs. I was disappointed with the performance of Sreesanth whom I thought will use his experience and spear head the bowling attack It was evident from that total of 365 on the board that India will have to climb huge mountain to win this one but their dream of winning shattered when they lost 2 wickets within 1o overs and then onwards never coped up with run-rate which climbed with each over. Some resistance came from Kohli, Rohit and Raina but failure of Dhoni and Yusuf put them into defeating position. In my yesterday's post I mentioned if India have to win then Dhoni and Yusuf have to come good with bat in absence of key players but both failed with the bat and India lost the match. Important thing was India lost 3 wicket on full tosses which was even more disappointing that too of spinner.
India have to re-think on their pool of players who will be certainly playing in World Cup and have to keep irregular players like M.Vijay and Dinesh Kartik out from one-day squad who will not be playing in next World Cup because Sachin, Shewag & Gambhir will be filling top three spots and we already have settled middle order with Dhoni, Raina, Kohli, and Yuvraj will return soon after recovering from injury. So selectors have to be precise and pick players like Manish Pandey and Abhishek Nayar and give them experience to make them part of the side and will be certain to play in middle order if something happens to any batsman.