World T20 Day 4
I've had several discussions about the sense or nonsense of D/L in 20-over cricket, but will spare you the rants today.
Zimbabwe looked a little meekish and SL would probably have won anyway. Not that it makes me erupt in joyful... eruptions :/ SL out early would have made a lot of teams breathe a sigh of relief.
Mentionable: Jayawardene's admirable century (the second of the tournament and only the 4th in T20 cricket ever) and Zimbabwe's suboptimal batting in their few overs. [scorecard]
But England! Oh man. [scorecard]
Smartypants Gayle had the right nose and decided correctly. Bowl first, let the Poms bat their arses off and then just slap a few happy ones to seal the match. This man knows his weather forecast!
Colly says (quote Cricinfo): "We're very, very frustrated, 95% of the time 191 runs is enough but with D/L it wasn't. They need a different calculation." And that, my friends, is not a brain fart for a change!
Let's talk about the English innings:
The Poms have found some veritable opening firepower in Lumb and Kieswetter, great start from the newbs, just what England would have wished for. Pietersen followed and continued the aggressive approach, but as he is stupid he killed himself with a stupid shot. Colly didn't really get started and the middle overs were a bit chokish as Sammy had put his hands around the English throats and got his men.
But the wonderful and newly-dark-haired Ohhhhin Morgan and, my hand will rot off, the fearless Luke Wright smacked, slapped and clubbed England to a fantastic total of 191 runs. Even Blobnan dashed between the wickets like a champ during his 0 ball cameo. An extra special thanks goes to these persistent English gentlemen for sparing us a batting Broad.
I repeat, the Poms are fat, and should Ireland fabricate enough win, under which circumstances ever, to kick England out, the tournament will have lost one of its best and most entertaining teams.
Noooo not the bricks again! I know that England need to get stuffed in a sack and drubbed until tender. But first of all they are in the same position as Oz: laughed at for their short format failures, building up from scratch and eventually looking really mighty, and second: no Strauss, no Trott, no Bell. KP, Swann, Wright and Barbie can be coped with, no?
Speaking of Broad: That freddup in the last over wouldn't have happened with Southee. Just so you know.