10 August 2010

Take that, villain of evil!

India v New Zealand (ODI)

Oh yippiehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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.



sunny said...

I'm feeling so 'Yippieee!!!' too Wes! :D
NZ has given India such a big walloping despite being without their key players, and that is absofreakinlutely wonderful.
3 cheers for Captain Roscoe!

Mudassar @ CricketVibe.com said...

For Kiwis it is important to think if that was a one time show or will they make it consistent specially when they labeled this series as World Cup focus and they have to play WC in subcontinent.

For Indian it will be interesting to see how they will come back in rest of the series, they are also looking to build for WC as there isn't much ODIs so far before WC

Rishabh said...

Luckily, these collapses usually work as good wake-up calls. Now that it's out of the way, we're probably going to win. :P

Purna said...

I was in shock when I saw the headlines this morning. I hope this is not a one time thing and they actually win the series!

Sidthegnomenator said...

Man, they're both looking well pudgy in that picture, aren't they?

Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Sunny I'm still grinning all around the head :)

Maddy, good points. I had the feeling the Indian batsmen maybe lacked a bit of application.

Rishabh, in your dreams :P

Pu, please! No jinxing!!!!!

Sid, they are sturdy little muscle hunks! :D