Ball One – Associate members have done well when playing positive cricket, fearless in the Kevin O’Brien mode. The Netherlands were keen not to lose wickets, but blocked too many half-volleys and then lost wickets as they tried to accelerate. Juat as a positive mindset is hard for opponents to disrupt, so too is a negative mindset if adopted early.
Ball Two – Peter Borren effected something of a gear shift, but, unlike Ross Taylot yesterday (and understandably so) he was unable to sustain his assault and The Netherlands innings fizzled out 50 runs short of an interesting score.
Ball Three – With Sehwag trying to hit more or less every ball to the boundary and Harbhajan and others having a laugh and a joke in the dressing room, I’m not sure India were showing sufficient respect to the Dutch players. Three quick wickets later and the word “hubris” was on the Trumpet’s mind.
Ball Four – Yousuf Pathan was promoted to Number Three, one presumes in order to drive up the net run rate, but the game wasn’t won – far from it. The cricketing gods frown on those who believe they are the better side (on the day) without doing the hard yards to prove it. At 169-1 chasing 189, that makes sense, but at 69-1, it’s tempting fate.
Ball Five – Yuvraj Singh has a reputation for playing millionaire’s cricket, but he showed admirable sang froid to compile exactly the sort of innings India needed. Okay, it’s what he is there for, but his more illustrious colleagues lacked the application he showed. Reputations can be gained quickly and prove difficult to shake, so it may be time to consider Yuvraj the insurance the upper order hitters need. Who would have thought that a few years ago?
Ball Six – One of the characteristics of good batsmen is the ability to go through the gears. In tournament play, especially tournaments as long as this one, the collective ability to go through the gears from match to match rather than individually from over to over, is invaluable. India will need to go through the gears come the knockout stages as the batting, and attitude, today won’t be good enough at the sharp end.
The Tooting Trumpet, whom you can often find at Testmatchsofa.com and on Twitter at @garynaylor999