On a rainy Cardiff morning, mobs of people were seen moving towards the Sophia Gardens, where a warm-up match between India and Bangladesh was set in play. Clad in raincoats and seeking shelter under umbrellas, their tricolour-painted faces surely didn’t seem deterred by the untimely drizzle.
Backed by the incredulous support they were given, India ticked off all their boxes in their final warm-up match, leaving no room for the errors that occurred previously.
Two stalwarts scored impressive centuries, one consolidating his position as number four, and one showing his critics that class is permanent.
A lovely partnership between these two, Kl Rahul and MS Dhoni, brought India to a total above par, and after a desperate longing, it was good to see the middle order racking up runs when the top order failed.
The positives for the bowling put the spotlight on the spinners, and a good night’s sleep would lull both of them, as the spin – twins had a good run with the ball.
One aspect of the game that we can not overlook, though, is the failure of the top two, yet again. Both the openers returned to the pavilion with single figures, and with the World Cup matches looming over them, it is important to regard these issues.