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Friday, May 27, 2005

Up the down escalator

What the hell, it's almost as if the two sides competing at Bridgetown are trying to see who can mess up better from a good position.
Pakistan, I thought, had done brilliantly to pull back after the Lara assault yesterday, and dismiss the Windies for 345 on a good batting track -- till, that is, disciplined Windies bowling coupled with bad batting by a greenhorn Pak batting lineup squandered the initiative.
So out come the Windies, having bundled Pak out for 144; Chris Gayle in particular plays a near perfect opening innings -- and what do you know, suddenly the wickets are tumbling, three of them in the space of six runs.
65/3, Gayle gone; Lara and Chanderpaul back together, a day after their 169-run stand in the first innings, again engaged in rebuilding.
So, to borrow from Ravi Shastri for a moment, it's all happening out there now -- Lara goes after Kaneria, then hammers two successive fours off Afridi, and now Afridi (whose bowling was the subject of an eminently readable piece by Kamran Abbasi on Cricinfo the other day) bounces Lara.
Windies 84/3, 287 ahead overall -- and this game finally reduced to its essence; a bowling side against a master-batsman on top of his game.
A must-watch, this... see you guys later...

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