I have seen many a cricket matches, some lethargic, some edge of the seat, some which were washed in rain. I haven’t seen many that have been an example of such a mirror finish. The term mirror is in the sense of juxtaposition. Just check out the number coincidences there were. India winning the match is no coincidence, but a tie would be interesting
Out for naught.
The top of their respective teams, Jayasuriya and Tendulkar getting out on duck, Jayasuriya was a bit unlucky, well Tendulkar was beaten and bowled nick and crop. Its amazing. I want to see the average of the centuries he has scored to the times he has bowled. It would be staggering even though he has scored many. I don’t remember any international bowler who has bowled to him in more than 5 matches and not bowled him at least twice.
I feared that Jayasuriya would shred the Indian bowling to pieces but a Sangakarra straight drive touched the bowler’s fingers and Jayasuriya wasn’t even in the “frame”. I sighed a breath of relief knowing he was gone. Jaysuriya is to Lanka what Tendulkar is to India.
Captain, well done.
The captains played a subdued innings only to bail out their teams when there were in a tight spot and made most of the opportunities while facing a tough situation. They would both be pleased with the hand they played but would expect more out of their top order batsmen. Jaywardene played a gem of 70 plus and DHoni played out of his skin 50. Both are right handed batsmen and held one end up while their deputies were scoring runs with some flair.
Vice-captain, Keeper, Left-hander.
Captains, (Right handers, Jayawardene, Dhoni) Vice-captains (left hander Sangakkara, Yuvraj) steadied the ship, the left handers took the attack to their respective opposition while the Captains played a subdued hand. They top scored for their respective teams and gave a thumping fight back when things actually weren’t rosy. The only thing to note otherwise is that Sangakkara is in form while his team is struggling and looks in awe, while the India team is doing “alrite” Yuvraj was struggling for runs. He is still not out of forms until he plays a swash buckling innings against the Aussies as early as possible. The southpaws top scored for their respective teams
Middle overs; leash held tight by the mavericks.
Murali is the top bowler along with Vaas. Vaas keeps it real hard with a good line and Murali reaps wickets. Irfan on the one hand is a boy wonder. He always makes one wonder what is he playing he may be struggling in ways that’s a wonder too. His Akarm like swing is missing but then that’s a wonder too. Murali is all about a big turning off spin and an efficient doosra, while Pathan is about sharp in swingers thudding very late into batsman’ pads. They both return with bowling stats 44 for 1 in 10 overs.
There were in all 14 wickets that fell. 3 batsmen on each side held out a catch.
I guess the match turned out to be so because it went down to the wire and almost 100 overs were used to decide the fate of match.