Shoddy fielding and unimaginative bowling did India in. Agarkar and Harbhajan had the good measure of the batsmen and bowed with imagination. Others were just ordinary. Direct hit is not the only way to run a batsman out. Munaf Patel was just watching the ball hiss past him when he had enough time to gather and run the batsman out. Same thing happened once with Yuvaraj, who was closer to the stumps that the batsman. He too preferred to do an underam throw, missing the stumps. Imagine, Ramnaresh Sharavan got three lives! Anyway it is a good shock treatment to the overconfident Indian cricketers.
The indians have proved it again. They have the uncanny art of gifting the game away at the last minute. IF ONLY the bowlers who bowled so well this time did not give away those extras by way of wides and no balls! IF ONLY those catches were taken! IF ONLY our batsmen understood that in ODI it is NOT the last minute effort of going in for big hits but to take steady runs in one's and two's from the start. IF only India did NOT have to depend on a single player making a major contribution to the score.IF ONLY!....IF ONLY!.....IF ONLY..... If only wishes were horses then beggars would ride. And so it will go on and on, from match to match and form series to series. And we can alol sit back and think we dhave a GREAT TEAM. G.K. DAS
I think Indians bowled well but didn't bat well at all. The major reason I think for the loss was the destruction of the top order, except Yuvraj. But Yuvraj needed a steady partner on that list and there was noone like that. Even though it is a one run win for WI, the Indians will realise how important it is to keep wickets at the top order because bowlers can't bat under pressure.