Sunday, May 23, 2010

Continuation in West Indies' misery...

Well if at all anyone wants to see the West Indies winning a match be it either the test or the one dayer or the T20, the only option would be to see them play non test playing nations for, even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are comparatively better than the West Indies. Of course, West Indies winning a test series match can be dreamt of I suppose. Even in today's cricket, if at all there is a team that fails to chase down a total of 250 or 300, that can be West Indies alone. Of course, England and New Zealand join the list occasionally.

Even today, there can be seen an innings in a one dayer wherein a team follows the same old slow and steady approach to the game, first by not losing wickets at regular intervals and then by settling and start whacking the bat hard in the last ten overs. That was what was evident from the South African innings when they put up a decent total of 280 on the board from the 48 overs that were allotted for reasons that is not so important here. With already two gone in the first 8 overs when the scoring rate was over 6.0 an over, the pressure was started to be felt by the incoming batsmen Hashim Amla and Devilliers.

As expected, the duo put up a partnership in excess of 100 and then a decent total was on the cards for the Proteas. And why shouldn't the Proteas do that when they are facing a team that has absolutely any bowlers in it? The West Indies team is found to miserably lack bowlers irrespective of disciplined ones and non disciplined. The West Indian captain Chris Gayle bought in 8 out of ten players to bowl at the South African batsmen. With the wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin not set to bowl usually, the number can be counted as 9 out of 11 or 8 out of 10.

A debutant in David Miller was found scoring at the strike rate of 143 which speaks of the caliber of the West Indies' bowling. Finally, like it has happened, once again, Hashim Amla was awarded the man of the match award for scoring a 109 ball 102. But, with a batsman in A B Devilliers who scored 102 from 101 balls was sidelined. Why? Some reasons that are though not satisfactory include that Hashim Amla was the opener who was facing the new ball and was in place when two quick wickets fell. And some things that should not be spoken about include Hashim Amla taking the due advantage of the power plays and support from Devilliers.

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