Daily Archives: 1 September 2007

Boom Boom…

Granted, Uganda is not a great cricket team and even some domestic teams can take them out. Still, Afridi’s 57 of 15 balls in the Twenty20 tournament against them would have been great to watch. Here is the filtered commentary from CricInfo:

Filtered commentary – Pakistan innings – Shahid Afridi
15.6 Arinaitwe to Shahid Afridi, no run

Pakistan 145/3   Shahid Afridi 0* (1b)

16.2 Kamyuka to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
16.5 Kamyuka to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

Pakistan 155/3   Shahid Afridi 2* (3b)

17.1 Isaneez to Shahid Afridi, SIX, mayhem Afridi style struck over the bowler straight to the sight screen
17.2 Isaneez to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi moves across and hit it to fine leg good glance
17.3 Isaneez to Shahid Afridi, SIX, struck hard over the sight screen
17.4 Isaneez to Shahid Afridi, SIX, hit again over the bowler straight over the sight screen
17.5 Isaneez to Shahid Afridi, SIX, My word thats mighty bitg hit over long on
17.6 Isaneez to Shahid Afridi, SIX, firmly struck over long on Afridi is enjoying the bowling on offer

Pakistan 189/3   Shahid Afridi 36* (9b 1×4 5×6)

18.2 Kamyuka to Shahid Afridi, SIX, there goes Afridi again what entertainment we are having here, hit over deep mid wicket
18.3 Kamyuka to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, short of length pulled to deep square leg
18.4 Kamyuka to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
18.6 Kamyuka to Shahid Afridi, SIX, Urged by the fans to hit another and he duly obliges and sends this one over the long on to the car park

Pakistan 208/3   Shahid Afridi 53* (13b 2×4 7×6)

19.5 Patel to Shahid Afridi, no run
19.6 Patel to Shahid Afridi, 5 wides, drifted to the leg side
19.6 Patel to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, firmly struck through extra covers

Pakistan 226/3   Shahid Afridi 57* (15b 3×4 7×6)

Ever wonder why he has the nick name “Boom Boom”? 🙂

-Mahesh-

I told you so…

I had earlier written that India was going to lose the one-day series. India took another step to confirm what I already knew by losing the fourth one day from a very good position.

England have looked the stronger team in the competition so far and have exposed all of India’s weaknesses. The die hard Indian fan will say that India can still take the next three games to win the series. But we have to be practical here: the most likely result for this series is England 5, India 2.

To try and make a series out of this, India will have to try a few different things:

  • Promote Dhoni to No.3 or maybe even open the batting with him
  • Bring Powar in to bowl his overs early: Maybe even in the first “powar”play
  • With Zaheer being doubtful, bring in Uthappa and maybe even Rohit Sharma for Karthik. We would then have to go with just 4 bowlers. Rohit, Yuvraj, Ganguly and Sachin will have to fill in the fifth bowler slot.

It is time India stopped being conservative and tried something new. It is better to go down fighting than to surrender meek…

-Mahesh-