Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sri Lanka beat England by 2 runs

What a match! A real nail biter at the end. It came pretty close to the Sri Lanka vs. South Africa match, which we came so close to pulling off with Malinga's brilliant bowling. This time if was Dilhara who did the trick for us. Here I am trying on my expert match commentator cap :)

When we were batting the runs came very slow for us. The commentators very getting sarcastic about our batting till about the 30th over with them showing people dosing off on their seats. But I think our team batted with a game plan. The idea would have been to not to give too many wickets away in the beginning and then to open up towards the end of the innings. But unfortunately, we really couldn't open up towards the end of the innings either. Our shots kept finding the fielders directly with an occasional boundary.

According to the commentators, given tech condition of the pitch, a competitive target was in tech region of 270. Maybe they underestimated our bowling attack. I thin our bowlers did a great job to bowl the Englishmen out.

As we were battling and at one stage when England seemed to be in control I was dead scared that we should lose. I was fighting myself to contain all tech negativity. Our victory now keeps us within the top four teams. I hope we end up being on the third spot. Then we will probably meet New Zealand in the semis's. Let's see how it goes.

Congratulations Sri Lanka. You did great and made us all proud! You are flying our Sri Lanka flag high in the air in the Caribbean. There are forces who are trying to deviate your attention to other matters other than Cricket, which you can do nothing about. Don't get distracted by those who are trying to pull the fast ones by playing dirty mind games. Keep your concentration on Cricket, and you will have the final laugh!

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