Hi Guys, I am back after a week lay off. My week was great had some quality time with my family in home town, had great EID holidays.
During my absence Champions Trophy kicked off with somewhat un-expected result in first match. Sri Lanka trashed South Africa in rain effected match though rain doesn’t affect the result much. It was once again Dilstruction happened to SA and then when they were looking to give it a chase Mendis once again horrifies the opponents in his first outing against them. And most interestingly my first prediction went wrong yahoooooooo.
Pakistan won against Windies second tier team with some effort on a good lively pitch. Bowling was very good early on reducing WI to 47/7 but then they got relax and allowed them yes they actually allowed them to add 80 odd runs to 47/7. Those 80 could have cost big time if couple of more wickets had fallen but thanks to Umar Akmal and some rare Afridi’s sensibility they were home comfortably at the end. Best thing about the match was the role of youngsters specially Aamer and Umar Akmal plus some good discipline and willing to compete at this level by West Indies.
In third match South Africa keep their hopes alive by beating New Zealand which once again suffered not so good batting performance. NZ seriously need some performances/performers in their batting line up. They bowled well (not great) but the total was too less for a team like SA and pitch like Centurion.
Today is the fourth match and till now Sri Lanka is in trouble on a very green bouncy swinging surface. Strauss won the toss and elected to field which met with some criticism right away but they took four wickets in first 5 overs. Very interesting, England is getting some life after ODI nightmare back home and making Group B very interesting (too early? full match is still on, ok).
What happened to me? Well I did some traveling, visiting country side, visiting our farms and agricultural land meeting relatives, oh well I was able to watch 50% of first match. 90% of Pak vs WI. 0% of SA vs NZ on tv. Got access to internet for 30 mins only in whole week and so and so on.
Pakistan vs India game tomorrow is the biggest attraction of this week and probably whole ICCCT 2009 and my next post will be match preview and prediction too *fingers crossed*. Don’t forget to check my predictions here for ICCCT 2009
See you soon. Cheers