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Monday, June 06, 2005

Twist in the tale

It's amazing how a cricket match can turn -- for reasons you didn't see coming -- in the blink of an eye. When the umpires offered light in the 15th over, the Windies seemed to be sitting pretty. They had lost Chris Gayle, yes -- but Smith looked in good touch, there was Brian Lara to come, and plenty more batting left in the hut.
Play resumed; Danish Kaneria -- who thus far on this tour has shown no sign of running through the opposition -- came into the attack, and in the 17th over, things happened. First, Sarwan got what to my mind was a distinct edge, but David Shepherd in his final game decided otherwise. Two deliveries later, Sarwan was walking back, having disturbed the stumps going too far back to try and sweep one on leg. In came Lara -- and in the 19th over, out went Lara, getting the edge to one just outside off, turning in.
One more over bowled, and the players have trooped off again, for bad light. Just five overs of play between two hold ups for bad light, and the whole game has turned on its axis -- Pakistan now commands the field, with Windies needing 224 runs and Pakistan needing 7 more wickets to wrap the game up and square the series. And the smart money at this point would be on Pak, I'd think.

1 Comments:

  • Its all about pressure Prem and pakistanis sure know how to take it to the opposition when they are on the better side of the game!!

    History tells us this and perhaps except against Australia, they pull up their socks sensing any opportunity to apply pressure on the opposition

    By Blogger Vivhyd, at 11:56  

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