One-Day Mataram

Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Hi all,

I am writing this post after the Kenyan innings, I must say that they have done well in not getting bowled out and showing ample resolve and steel to post 174 against this Aussie line-up. McGrath had commented prior to the World Cup that the Aussies would want to win it unbeaten, well, this being the last game before the knock-out stage, they would have done exactly that if they win the Cup, assuming of course they beat Kenya today. Brett Lee's form should please Ponting as he seems back amongst the wickets, with a fine second spell against the Kiwis and a hat-trick today.

India have been very impressive in the Super Six stage, showing plenty of guts to fight it out (with the bat) during difficult situations against Kenya and New Zealand. All the top 6 batsmen now have runs behind them and going into the knock-out stages. They take on Kenya in the semis, and going by the Kenyans performance in this Cup it is not going to be as easy as people think it might be. The fear of failure against the underdogs is pressure enough I suppose. Although Sachin has had a few hiccups recently against New Zealand and Kenya, it would take a brave man to bet that the Master wouldn't get his 35th ton in this Cup !!!

Much to the disappointment of the Kiwis, the Lankans have defeated Zimbabwe and now take on the Aussies in the other semi-final. The Aussies are already worried about the pitch at Port Elizabeth as it is on the slower side, and has seen sides struggling a bit with the bat. Sri Lanka could use this as an advantage as they have a host of slow bowlers to exploit such conditions, and could repeat the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final victory over the Aussies.

But if I have to put my money it has to be on an Australia-India final at the batting beauty of the Wanderers !!!

Cheers !!!

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