Second ODI: India 356 for 9

India recovered quite a bit in the last few overs, after losing a flurry of wickets, thanks to some lusty blows by Balaji and Zaheer. Pak need a flying start from Afridi if they have to make this score. Veeru went completely berserk right from the start. After the early loss of Sachin, Dhoni joined Veeru and did a super job of keeping up the run rate. After Veeru’s dismissal, as always Dravid played a sensible knock and took the Indian score to a respectable 250+. Then a flood of wickets and finally a cameo from the tailenders helped India to a very good score. Hats of to the Indian team management for promoting Dhoni in the order. If this guy proves to be a good keeper, Dinesh Karthik better watch his place in the test side. His batting was very impressive. And finally we have found someone other than Veeru who can really whack the ball! He is definite asset in the one day side and should be used whenever needed to accelerate the run rate.

Pak need a flying start from Afridi if they have to make this score. A run rate of 7+ can obviously be daunting. Should be an exciting match ahead provided Pak can remain in the chase.

Note: India made a decent score even without Ganguly striking form.

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