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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014
Indian bowlers disappoint again
Anand Sachar , Hindustan Times
Fatullah, February 26, 2014
First Published: 19:42 IST(26/2/2014)
Last Updated: 19:45 IST(26/2/2014)

Having lost his Test place and struggling in the ODIs, R Ashwin has been one of the major disappointments of an ineffective bowling unit. In a desperate attempt to end the wicket-drought, the tweaker was aware of the need for change.

In the nets on Tuesday, every other ball that he delivered was with an action independent of his original action.

When he brought his latest version to Fatullah for the Asia Cup game against Bangladesh on Wednesday, an action eerily similar to the fellow exponent of the carom-ball from the Caribbean, Sunil Narine presented itself. The Indian even had a long sleeve jersey on.

The first delivery was flighted, inviting Mominul Haque out of the crease. An inside-edged ball rolled back only for Dinesh Karthik to complete the stumping. The change seemed set to alter fortunes.

Unfortunately, that was the only positive to come out of Ashwin's spell – as he leaked 50 in his ten overs. Another poor outing for Ashwin coincided with a another thoughtless bowling performance by the team. Varun Aaron's erratic bowling was one of the chief contributors to the dismal show, with Mohammad Shami (four wickets) being the sole exception, once again.

Ashwin was called in to bowl in the 13th over after Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had built the pressure with an economical start. Apart from the sole wicket, Ashwin could hardly purchase even an iota of turn.

With turn out of question, India's lead spinner resorted to darting the ball in. The lack of flight and variation made the life easier for the Bangladeshi batsmen. By the end of his spell, Ashwin had three wickets in his last ten international games.

Ravindra Jadeja managed to keep the scoring in check, but his failure to breakthrough is concerning as well.

In the slog overs, all efforts from the Indian pacers to hit the blockhole ended up being over-pitched or full-tosses, all of which were dispatched cleverly by Mushfiqur Rahim.

However, it was Aaron's inability to control his pace that hurt India the most. He was either short or full and wide. When he managed to get it right Rahim and Anamul Haque used his pace to clear fences.

Fortunately for India, Bangladesh's total, though stiff, did not spiral out of control. Against a stronger opponent, a repeat could spell doomsday.


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