India must-win to qualify for the finals

Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 15:09 [IST]
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India to clash against Kiwis for finals

Dambulla: After a humiliating defeat against the Sri Lankan side, India will clash against New Zealand in a must-win encounter in the sixth match of the Micromax Tri-series on Wednesday in Dambulla.

India were beaten comprehensively by the New Zealand in their previous encounter and the Indians would be hoping to turn the tides tomorrow when they clash against them for a place in the finals.

In their last outing against the Sri Lankans, the Indian batting failed miserably and struggled against the Sri Lankan pacers. Dhoni and his men will be under pressure and would be hoping to come out with a big show on Wednesday. The youngsters will have to step up tomorrow or else they will have to leave the island nation very soon. Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni himself have to come up with a good batting show if they are give themselves a chance to qualify for the finals.

Yuvraj Singh returning after injury showed some form with the bat, but he lacked support from the other end in India's last outing against the home team. He will be hoping to continue on with his good show and try and post a big innings for himself ahead of the finals.

The bowlers have had a fairly decent performance in the tournament so far and would be hoping that the batting line up will deliver the goods as well.

On the other side, the Black Caps have shown their mettle in the tournament and will be hoping to knock the Indians out who will be under pressure. Their last outing against the Sri Lankans was washed out on two occasions due to rain and the Black caps had to share points with them.

Ross Taylor and his men will be determined to finish on high note and make a strong statement ahead of the World Cup next year. They are pretty much likely to field with the same outfit they last played against Sri Lanka.

If by any chance the match is washed out, New Zealand will qualify for the finals with two extra points and a better run-rate.


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