Man, that was so bad! It’s taken me some time to recover, which is the reason for the 2 day delay.
I mean, was Mahela Jayawardene playing on one strip and the other Lankan batsmen on another?
Mahela, the purist, plays an aggressive knock of 81 off 51 (SR 158), while Dilshan, the flamboyant and inventive batsman, makes 3 off 19 (SR 15).
I had to admit, after the raining fours and sixes in the IPL, the slowness of the pitch was hard to absorb as runs were hard to come by.
After crying hoarse (to myself, not on the blog 😛 ) that bowlers are being unfairly dealt with in the IPL, it took some getting used to when the bowlers finally did get something going their way.
Mathews gave an absolutely fab start like how he did last year in the semi-final against West Indies. A wicket-maiden was the best possible way to start the innings. Though Chanaka did give it away a bit with 10 runs off the next over, it was still game.
However, New Zealand were getting into a similar position like SL when Jesse Ryder was seeing the ball clearly while the others seemed more like they needed a cataract operation.
His dismissal triggered a period where only 16 runs were scored in the next 6 overs.
Mendis bowls his last over, the 17th over. This, IMO, was the turning point of the match.
At 16.4 overs, the situation was 38 runs from 20 balls.
At this point, I was feeling preeeety smug. Jacob Oram, who is a member of the club, “Most Overhyped Cricket Players”, was on strike. After him, there were only Hopkins, McNullum, Southee and Bond.
However, the 2 sixes that he struck in the last two balls (the second of which was one-handed), made the situation much more easier for the Kiwis. 26 from 18 is much more gettable.
The rest, as they say, is history, as Dan the Man sacrificed his wicket to ensure that McNullum (member of the club, “Most Underhyped Cricket Players”) took them home.
Now, TBH, I’m pretty worried.
We play the Zimbos tomorrow.
They have 3 spinners (4, if you include Greg Lamb) in their line-up. All of them are preeety good….