Sunday, August 07, 2005

Cricket Updates

  1. England managed to squeak by Australia in the second Ashes test, thanks to a dubious caught-behind decision that ended the match with Australia two runs short of the target. While England strove hard to be credited with the biggest collapse in Ashes history, the tendency of the Australian batsmen to commit hara-kiri eventually proved to be too much. With Glenn McGrath in doubt for the third test, and the once-overpraised Matthew Hayden revealing his feet of clay, England ought to fancy their chances of giving Australia a run for their money.
  2. India squeezed by West Indies in an elimination match at yet another no-name triangular one-day tournament in Sri Lanka. I happened to follow the match live on Cricinfo towards the end and remain completely puzzled by Rahul Dravid's captaincy, which is usually impeccable. What was he thinking bowling the expensive Ashish Nehra in the death when he could have turned to his strike bowler, Irfan Pathan, who appeared to be bowling brilliantly (at least as far as I could make out from the text commentary)? Was he trying to boost Nehra's confidence by showing some trust in him, or was Pathan injured? Anyone have any ideas?


Blogger nice try said...

two possible reasons:
1. nehra seems to have gained some sort of confidence from the team management for bowling in the death after his last over "heroics" against pakistan in the first ODI in karachi (albeit against a totally out of sorts moin khan and a completely incompetent naved-ul-hassan rana)
2. hes been by far the most successful in this series (except in this game !)

8/07/2005 4:29 PM  
Blogger Rajagopal said...

This was a tough match for the umpires, especially with the caught-behind-the-wicke decisions. The lbw's were easier relatively, especially the one to Simon Jones was, as Nasser Hussain put it, " a remarkable decision".

England copped it too, with Pitersen and Bell given out to dubious decisions.

This along with the Laxman Test in Calcutta and the Lara Test (153*) rank as the best of the last 20 years or so for me. What a Test match!.

8/07/2005 9:30 PM  

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