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'Batsmen let India down'

March 24, 2007

Sri Lanka virtually ended India's hopes of qualifying for the next stage at the World Cup after powering to a 69-run victory in their Group B match in Trinidad on Friday.

Chasing a target of 255, India were all out for 185 in 43.3 overs to go down tamely in this crunch match.

Only a loss for Bangladesh against minnows Bermuda in the last match in the group can see India sneak through to the Super Eights on a better run-rate.

Kiran More, former India wicketkeeper and chief selector, analyses the India-Sri Lanka match.

'The big disappointment for India was their batting. We failed to score 200 against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and our batting was a total failure,' he told Special Correspondent Harish Kotian.

'Sourav Ganguly should have taken the initiative [at the start]. Robin Uthappa is a junior player and Ganguly being the senior player should have taken the strike,' he added.

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