Thursday, March 29, 2007
Show Goes On
Before the world cup started, like any cricket fan, we were very much sure that India would at least reach semifinals in W. Indies. It was as if India had the birth right to reach semis. But, luck falters. And Indian team falters more often. So, here we are. Super - 8 has started now with full force and anticipation, sans India. Australians have not shown any mercy to West Indies, in spite of being guests there. Hayden is never in a habit of thinking twice, before hitting ball beyond boundaries. Australia showed in that match, what champions are made of. No critic has any doubt that Aussies will reach finals and unless something unexpected happens, will also lift the cup.
However, the day was won not by Ponting's men; The day belonged to the South Africa - Sri Lanka match. Actually, S. Lanka's 209 meant that S. Africa was a sure winner. But full credit of the entertainment goes to Malinga. His 4 balls - 4 wickets haul actually showed why One Day Internationals are so entertaining, and why even after Yuvraj and Dravid are out, Indians still hoped a win from Zaheer and Munaf, against Lanka. Malinga's magic almost ousted Africans, before S. African tail showed the grit to still win.
Isn't it matches like this, that we love cricket?
Posted by Ganesh Kulkarni