Wednesday, December 3, 2008

English team gears up to tackle Tendulkar's challenge

Its a battle for saving honour for Kevin Pietersen and his men when they face the 'men in blue' in their fifth encounter slated to be held at Cuttack on 26 November ,2008. English cricket team has been made to bite the bullet by the Dhoni's boys. A win in tomorrow's game will certainly help English cricket team to salvage their pride to certain extent who right from the onset have looked out of any sorts. On the other hand, Indian cricket team is on a high after registering an emphatic victory over the Englishmen in their last outing in Bangalore. Since then every news channel is airing cricket news bulletin every hour. English team which can count itself 'unlucky' as the rough weather and some inconsistent umpiring did subdue their chances of making a comeback to a large extent. For English team, things can get more complicated with Sachin Tendulkar coming into the picture.

The Master Blaster Tendulkar challenge can prove to be a costly affair for the English bowlers who have already suffered a lot from Yuvraj and company. 2008 has seen some of the brilliant most knocks from the pocket-sized dynamo, including the two back-to-back sizzling innings that cost Australia VB series in their own homeland early this year. Making a comeback to one day affair after a sabbatical, he was unlucky to miss out in Bangalore, but Indian people know, the team knows and most of all England cricket team knows that 'he is due for a big one'.

England cricket team on the other hand would be needing to do something out of the world. Their problems are non-ending as Kevin Pietersen, their captain and ace batsman, is struggling to lift up the sagging shoulders of his team. Andrew Flintoff, though has been quite effective with both bat and ball, but he has been dealt with perfection by Indian team until now. Even the bowling department has been quite erratic. Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been patchy, while as far as spin department is concerned, Kevin's decision not to field any spinner on the decent turning tracks has been something that has puzzled lot of people. All in all, after a series win in this bilateral one day cricket affair, Indian team confidence is certainly on a high. However, they will be intending to extend this lead of 4-0 to 7-0, signifying the complete authority over the English cricket team. On the other hand, it is an important chance for English team to redeem their status in World cricket domain.

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