Well its been two days since Sri Lanka, humiliated, destroyed, anhilated, smashed, fucked over, rammed one up the rear, to Pakistan.
Couldn’t find anything on it on Well Pitched – our resident Pakistani blog, so I strolled over to Jrods, for surely he wouldn’t miss a chance to the piss out of a Pakistani demolition. Nothing there either
Arch Nemesis of Sri Lanka – Arm Ball suggests the game was fixed. Not sure whats more funny, that suggestion or the way he misspells Kulesekara (Kulesekhra). What he doesnt know maybe is that Kulesekara’s been in some fine bowling form for the last two years, thats why he averages 20 in 08 and uses the new ball.
Arm ball came here and predicted a whitewash, using his favorite line of the ‘minnow bashing’ team going to get a taste of their own medicine. He hasn’t been seen around these parts since the 2nd match.
So how did SL win ? Match fixing aside, SL were caught playing with their weeners in the 1st match. Coming off Zim and Bangladesh does that to you. Even in that game SL had a good foundation but their lower order collapsed, they should have got 300, they ended up with 220.
Computer wiz kids were brought in, SWOT analysis were carried out – they dropped Mubarak, brought in Kandamby – a brute of a man, who has been throwing his weight around in the A team and he did the same to Pakistan, the key was his SR, he dint get a bit score but he scored runs at a rate and helped the man at the other end do the same.
In the decisive game, Pakistan would have expected SL to come out guns blazing like they did in the 1st two, they dint, instead they crawled to 50 in 13 overs but without the loss of any wickets. And then Dilshan just took over, from being dropped for the Bangladesh tour in the ODIs, to winning MOTS, Dilshan has come full circle.
Its as good as he has ever looked and the Kirsten and his staff have a new threat to look at.
The Sanath – Dilshan combination just worked. Sanath might be old, and we may not want him in the team, but he still puts fear in bowlers, if he gets it right, SL are 75% on their way to a win. Dilshan was picked on form – what great reasoning by our selectors, and all the planets just aligned.
The last 2 years and 2008 in particular has been a year for SL’s bowlers, and in the last two games SL showed what they are capable of if they are backed up by their batsmen. Big centuries help, but in ODIs, partnerships are more valuable. And in the last 2 games SL had them all over the place.
Right now Mahela is the only liability in the batting. But he is good against India and makes love to SL pitches in the dead of night.
Maybe a lot of people were surprised that Pakistan were routed but bettering 310 against Splendid Mendis, Murali, Nuwan and Thushara is not an easy task these days. With Malinga to come and Maharoof finding his feet again SL has put together a very decent outfit.
Pakistan have a good team but they are led by a feeble captain, who doesnt inspire much. Afridi just annoys the fuck out of me. He is useless as a batsmen and is as reliable as Mahela right now. Aktars days are numbered, Tanvir has to be the guy to lead the attack with Gul, who could be the Mitchelle Johnson of Pakistan. And for godsake find a spinner !