There’s no festival of colours in this part of country. Sunday, however, saw one of that sort as thousands thronged the stadium in different hues.
The show inside assumed an anti-climactic shade for a considerable period of time though, as the Men in Blue looked like paling under the floodlights. A batting malfunction, which has become familar by now, was followed by a phase when the West Indians dominated the home attack before order was restored.
As expected, spin did the trick. R Ashwin put in a courageous performance on World Cup debut and bowled all his overs in the power plays.
Harbhajan Singh came back well after a wayward opening burst and Yuvraj Singh followed up his brilliant hundred with a crucial spell. Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel did well too to complete what looked like a tidy bowling performance in the end.
An 80-run win after posting a not-so-big 268 looked comprehensive although the manner of the win didn’t match the margin.
After Yuvraj’s heroic century India looked good to get a lot more than they finally did when they reached 212 for three after 40 overs. Three wickets were lost for 28 runs in the next five overs before they opted for the power play and folded up in 4.1 overs after that.