India v New Zealand (ODI)
My hopes were existent, but faint... and now the Kiwis have just sat their butts down on India and defeated them by 200 (!) runs! Jesus! Ross Taylor -captain's knock!- and Scott Styris hammered almost-centuries, after NZ had won the toss, and in their attempt to reply India exposed their bellies to the irresistibly beautiful bowling of Daryl Tuffey. Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram were awesome, too. There is really not much else to say about this match, India of course are coming from a straining Test series against Sri Lanka and NZ are well-rested but their team is a mixed pile of old and new minus the essential veterans McCullum and Vettori, and the batting line-up didn't look too rosy either with Jesse Ryder busy bullshitting about. A victory of such epic dimensions comes as a real surprise, now I'm waiting for the highlights so that I can watch the key moments over and over again *sigh* Hopefully it wasn't a flash in the pan, seeing that the match was won by just a few players (and the unbelievable Indian collapse), but... the momentum is with the Blackcaps!
|Thirsty heroes: Scotty Styris and Ross "LRPL" Taylor (c) AFP|
One thing though: Tim Southee didn't play. I understand the... no I bloody don't ! Play Southee for farks sake!!! He wouldn't have done worse with bat or ball than Williamson/Oram/McKay. In fact I think he could have strengthened the lower order with his power hitting. Well today he wasn't needed but I hope to see him in the coming matches. Obviously Williamson needs practice, and I wish him all the best, but no Tim, no glory.
However, that was fantastic.