20.2.08

Not the IPL

Two cracking ODIs in the last couple of days, all or some of which have found their way on to my television screen. As always, the utter mastery of Kumar Sangakkara (well on the way to establishing himself as the greatest batsman Sri Lanka has produced) and the more fragile genius of Yuvraj stood out yesterday, with India eventually coming out on top in Adelaide.

Today England and New Zealand fought each other to a standstill in their tie at McLean Park in Napier, with Jamie How's 139 and the brilliant fielding of James Anderson (the best of any England bowler I've ever seen) the icing on a particularly rich cake.

With the current incessant talk about the IPL, these games were a timely reminder that notable events still sometimes occur on the field of play, and in games where the sides get fifty overs to bat rather than a mere twenty.

2 comments:

Biplob Kishore Deb said...

Yes, the whole world is now suffering from IPL fever. Sometimes it seems that no cricket is being held now, except IPL’s million-dollar transaction.

I hope, India will be able to get into the final of Commonwealth Bank series despite their recent defeat to Australia. However, it is true that Sri Lanka has the ability to put on a big challenge for India. However, Sri Lanka has to win all the remaining matches ahead of them in order to get into the final of the tournament which would not be that much easy for them.

Brian Carpenter said...

Thanks for the comment. I, too, hope India get into the CB Series final as they could cause Australia some problems, as they've done so far. Good to see Yuvraj and Gambhir shaping up so well recently, not to mention Robin Uthappa.

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