Completely on expected lines
No, I’m not referring only to Steve Bucknor's appointment for yesterday's game
, but also the actual way the much-hyped 'clash of the tournament'
A target of 250 was never going to be a problem
for Australia. While a lot was written and spoken about the bowlers having an off-day, the fact is that on a good batting surface, India needed to have at least two batsmen making big scores.
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid were both out without making the hundreds that they ought to have, once they’d settled in nicely. Sehwag’s dismissal for 65 was perhaps the turning point of the game, since it meant Dravid and Kaif would have to rebuild the innings, prevent a collapse and set the stage for Dhoni (the only one capable of making quick runs late in the innings in Yuvraj’s absence) to provide the impetus at the end of the innings.
You can write all you want about the bowlers screwing up, but in my opinion, it was the batsmen who messed up.