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First of all, Brendan my son, apology accepted. Although we learnt today that Taylor =/= Taylor, as the Zimbian one could not carry the team home with his knock, it felt wonderful to see him occupy the crease and deal his blows to the bowlers, especially Malinga, Kulasekara, Perera. Regis Chakabva played his supporting role well, but when he departed Zimbabwe committed collective suicide. The innings ended with Graeme Cremer on 13 not out, just another of his heartwarming batting efforts of the recent past. In between there gaped a big vaccuum.
Sri Lanka nearly broke the record for the highest opening partnership in ODIs, and the Zimbabwean wickets you see in the scorecard all fell in the last overs, when it was too late to restrict the hosts to a gettable total. Dilshan defeated Zimbabwe on his own, with a ton and 4 wickets for 4 runs, which makes him only the second player in the ODI history to achieve such a double.
Well I am disappointed by the bowling. Very fresh is the memory of New Zealand mowing through the Pakistan batting order on the very same ground only a few days ago. Sorry for just another comparison to the NZ match. I know you can't compare the Pak batting to the Sri Lankan concrete walls, and the Kiwi attack has a few more teeth than the Zim one, but still. Ah well. Zim are facing stiff challenges now, ok they expected a defeat against SL but need to regroup and respirit themselves for the encounters with Kenya and Pakistan. Concerning the batting woes I am not sure if there is ever gonna be an end to it, so they need to try and bail themselves out with good bowling.
Go the Zimbs!!!
PS. Speaking of the NZ-Pak match, the good Zeeshan has written a very quirky odd post about it, and of course the Kamran antics, check it out on his blog *[ I Am Zeeshan ]*: Wake Up Call, yours sincerely, New Zealand.