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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Will it be an all - Asian final at Wankhede ?? - choking again...

It is a knockout stage and only one team proceeds next – that is too obvious – but SA were the clear favourites and after restricting the Black caps to 221 and having a good start, the match was well within their hands.

One loves to call them chokers and they oblige mostly.  Chasing a modest total on an ordinary pitch against a regular attack, SA folded for 172 to hand over a 49 run win for Newzealand – they have been there at the Semi stage so many times, but have never progressed beyond.  Jacob Oram was the Man of the Match

Will it be an all Asian finals (most likely) and an India Srilanka match is probable.  Sachin whose walk even in increasing his popularity and Muralidharan will be playing their last match at Wankhede !!!

Not many fancied the Kiwis chances outright but history repeats itself with regularity and Kiwis have beaten South Africans in WC many a times before.  AB De Villiers the champion of batsman who was touted to be the highest scorer of this WC failed in crucial matches not being able to guide them to victory, when chasing an ordinary target.

Though many speak of the mindless dash made by Lance Klusner in 1999 WC, when ran and Donald did not.  There are more.  In 1996 they lost the WI who had just been beaten by Kenyans.  They chased 264 and were 140 for 2 but lost three wickets in a single over to Harper’s off spin and lost.   In 2003, they made a hash of Duckworth Lewis calculation – Boucher hit a six and played the last ball gently without scoring a run to crash out of the tournament. 

Something happening in the present day or a performance of Pak in a similar manner would immediately draw Press on match fixing……….
Now, Aussies are gone (after their Cup triumphs in 1999, 2003 & 2007) – the Pretorias are also gone; would England follow their way today remains to be seen……

Regards – S. Sampathkumar.


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