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Gulu Ezekiel's Blog: DLF Review!
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Sep 24, 2006
Not even at full strength, Australia easily beat West Indies in the final of the DLF Cup ODI tri-series at Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, winning by 127 runs.

Even without Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, Australia lost only one match with one washed out.

The Aussies used this tournament as an opportunity to tinker and experiment before next month's Champions Trophy in India.

A real talent emerged in left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson who destroyed India but then went home as part of the rotation policy.

Glenn McGrath looked rusty after 9 months out of international cricket. But Brett Lee was a revelation and was player of the tournament. Michael Hussey and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin were also outstanding. West Indies were the surprise finalists while for India it was a big disappointment with only one win and coach Greg Chappell now facing a lot of flak for his experiments that did not come off.

The fate of Irfan Pathan is causing the most worry. While his batting has improved under Chappell, his bowling has lost its sting and this has cost him his place in the side.

The idea of using Rahul Dravid as an opener also backfired and the experiment was reversed in the crunch game against Australia on Friday with Virender Sehwag once again going in with Sachin Tendulkar whose return to form was one of the few pieces of good news for the Indian team.
 
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