It is nice to be proved wrong a few times, especially when your prediction
leaves you mug-faced, yet lights up a world Cup.
giant killing run thanks some much disciplined cricket at the outset. The
key to the minnows’ (can we continue with that term?) success was continuing to
be positive with the bat in spite of wickets falling around them.
Mohd. Ashraful played an innings that was innovative and also laced with
risks but that is the advantage one carries when you are not expected to come
first. His shot selection was exemplary. It looks great when it comes,
and draws some serious flak when it fails, but it was his day, and it turned
out well. The square drive he played was reminiscent of a GRV in his pomp
The slow nature of the wicket helped the cause for
was anyway on the slower side and Graeme Smith should have batted first to
make the best of the conditions. Bowling in the slog has been the Proteas’
problem area and the sameness in the attack is not helping them either.
Batsmen get used to it, and if a team can preserve wickets, the last 10 can be a
The Bangla bowlers must be given credit for bowling stump to stump and
holding a tight leash that set the trap. The fielding standards helped a
disciplined attack look better and the two run-outs were special. It was a
win for self-belief and covering the percentages well. The bottom half has
opened up well and the final spot could be anybody's and it is good for the
event that looked going one-way till yesterday.
slowing down and spinners would have had a large part to play. In the
team to upset the Aussie applecart.
The match today has more stakes to it after the upset yesterday. If the
Aussies are to encounter a run chase on slow wicket, Monty Panesar and Paul
Collingwood could be a handful. The English batting is also showing signs of
improvement -- and I am not going to make predictions here! If
it off it would give the tournament the much needed fillip.
A total in excess of 250, if
viewing. I wouldn't mind getting up weary-eyed on Monday morning. Take my word, it’ll be worth it.