This victory will certainly help India regain some confidence. On paper India is a better Test team while Pak is the better one-day side. After the draw of the Test series Pak had the upper hand and might have just lost it a little bit. Pak have what it takes to recover as a one-day side despite this defeat, but the the psycological battle does play a big part. One more defeat can put Pak on the defensive.
India’s last 9 overs produced just 41 runs. Our batting order was walking in and out as though they had come to bless the bride and bridegroom at a mallu wedding in the intense kochi heat.
In the quest for his century Rahul Dravid slowed things down quite a bit. Another example (which is quitely overlooked by most critics) of a star puting self ahead of the team. In any case, this inability to accelerate just re-inforces a point that everyone knows, India lacks a big hitter in the lower half of its batting order and its long over due to experiment with a few new comers to fill in this role.