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A day for upsets ?

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Notwithstanding my previously stated aloofness, the combination of a rare free weekend, availability of streaming feed and exchanging comments with friends (online and on phone) has ensured that I am following the latest World Cup actions.

As of writing this, India has been bowled out for 191 runs. Against Bangladesh. Meanwhile Pakistan is 112/8 (33.3 ov) against Ireland !!! Bangladesh has actually been playing well recently having beaten New Zealand in a warm-up game. Also, they fielded brilliantly and bowled pretty accurately today. Reminded me of the Zimbabwe team of 80s – not trying anything fancy but sticking to the basics.

As for Ireland, what can I say – it must be the spirit of St Patrick ! As Rohit mentioned on chat, they are probably drunk already !

Lets see what happens. Neither upset might happen. At least I am hoping for Munaf to take 5 wickets.

UPDATE: Pak a.o for 132. Can the Irish work magic a second time around ? Meanwhile Bangladesh off to a good start 18/0 in 3 overs. Indian bowlers slightly wayward. Not the start we wanted.

UPDATE2: Seventeen year old Tamim Iqbal (with the exerience of 4 ODIs) is spanking Zaheer around – looks almost like Ganguly of old, with more foot movement.


Khan to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, This boy is a fiesty batsman. He charges down the track, Zaheer drags back the length but Iqbal knifes through the line. Up and over mid-off for a fab four.


Khan to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Wah Wah! Super punch shot through point. Short of length and on the off stump, Iqbal hops back, his head still and punches it past point

UPDTAE3 (below the fold)

Further exploits of Tamim the Fearless:

10.5 Khan to Tamim Iqbal, SIX, Murder! Simply imperious! Charges down the track like a invading marauder and pulls a short-of-length delivery over long-on. What a fiesty player! 10.4 Khan to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on a length, around off, punched to cover

10.3 Khan to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Wallop! Zaheer comes from round the wickets and bangs one in short. Iqbal flays it over point.

10.2 Khan to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, OMG! what a shot! fifty up in style. Fullish and just outside off and what does Iqbal do? He just leans forward and smokes it through the line through extra cover. Fab shot.

9.6 Patel to Tamim Iqbal, SIX, Whoa! Six over wide third man! He waltzes down the track, Munaf pushes it outside off and Iqbal throws his bat at it. It soars over third man and beyond the ropes. Iqbal on raging fire here!

It hurts that this is happening against India. But as a cricket-lover, you cannot help but be admire the guts of this young lad. If Bangladesh fielding reminded me of Zimbabwe of 80s, this batting is totally Sri Lanka of ’96, which is not surprising given that Dave Whatmore is coaching this team.

Final UPDATE: So both the upsets did happens. Was too sloshed last night to care – hurts a bit now like the insides of my head !


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

March 17, 2007 at 1:17 pm

Posted in Cricket

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  1. Tamim also fielded for his life. A dive on the square-leg boundary to stop a Dravid flick stood out.

    Thanks for the cocktail ideas. Shall try ’em out when I come back to life.


    J. Alfred Prufrock

    March 18, 2007 at 1:44 am

  2. @JAP: Given India’s pathetic showing, Tamim’s youthful exuberance at least made viewing the game a joyful experience.

    Thanks for the cocktail ideas. Shall try ‘em out when I come back to life.

    You are welcome, hope it will be soon 🙂


    March 18, 2007 at 8:51 am

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