Yesterday was one of the day, when almost everything went right for Team India at Jaipur. India won the toss, bowled well, batted well only they lacked in fielding where they dropped 3 catches. Guptill played very well for Kiwis and gave them the solidity at start but wickets falling at other end couldn't help the team's cause. Styris batted very well and help Kiwis to post the competitive total. Indians bowled very well, especially Sreesanth who was pick of the bowler. Nehra remained unlucky in terms of wicket because 2 catches dropped on his bowling but he was very economical. Every bowler contributed to the team's cause.
I must appreciate the captaincy of Gambhir. The way he rotated his bowlers and the way he made field placements, it never looked like he was captaining the side first time.He also flourished in batting and help India to chase down the Kiwi total in just 43 overs. Gambhir ended with brilliant hundred and carried his bat through the innings. Gambhir never allowed his captaincy pressure to fall on his batting as he batted freely but still I feel at the start of his innings he was not 100% in confidence as initially his cover drives were not coming perfectly and ball took inner edges but as the innings progressed Gambhir also grew in confidence and played his trademark shots. He was well supported by Virat Kohli. Kohli made 64 and missed out on 3rd consecutive hundred but Kohli batted brilliantly and carried his good form in this match as well. For Team India, M.Vijay is becoming liability in ODIs as he is not scoring runs and I don't understand why selectors are picking him. Vijay's record speaks for him that he is not good in ODIs there are many players who are waiting in wings and selectors are ignoring those young guys and keep giving chances to useless M.Vijay. I think K.Srikkanth, the Chairman of Selectors have to come out of his zonal bias and love for Vijay and pick the deserving players who are performing well and knocking the door to get into the team.
Form here-on its tough going for Kiwis as they lost both their games and now they have to win 3rd ODI to remain in hunt and have to win all 3 ODIs to win the series which is tough task. Although Bendon McCullum will be back in squad in next ODI at Baroda and that will boost the Kiwi team to do well. For Team India, at the moment everything looks easy but I must say they have to be careful because Kiwis are capable side and can come-back anytime.