Batsmen’s tame surrender disappoint fans
Collapse of the Indian middle order and a paltry 133 runs for nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs after openers Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (42) gave a sold start to the team disappointed die-hard fans to no end. Put to bat after their MS Dhoni lost the toss, the 77-run opening partnership raised hopes of fans to watch an exciting contest between the arch-rivals. ‘It is pretty disappointing to see the way they got out one after another without applying their mind and putting up a fight. A lot was expected from Yuvraj Singh, who lofted a huge six of the first ball he faced from Shahid Afridi, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. But they all fell wayside. Credit goes to Pakistan’s discipline bowling and perseverance to let Indians falter,” lamented Sanjay Singh, a businessman, who bought two Rs 1,600 tickets to watch the match.