Archive for May 4th, 2010

England cry buckets as Duckworth laughs


2010
05.04

Scorecard:

England: 120 for 8 (20 overs)

(Morgan 45 off 37 balls, Wright 20 off 24 balls, Brien 2 for 22, Rankin 2 for 25)

Ireland: 14 for 1 (3.3 overs) [Target 27 off 5 overs]

(Brien 9 off 5 balls, Sidebottom 1 for 9)

England once again got down to the wire and tested the tenacity of it’s middle order batsmen. Again Morgan and Wright, 2 unknown Englishmen staged a rescue act in exactly the same fashion. They played the script again so perfectly that it looks like a well rehearsed play now. The main stars get killed in the first scene again by a certain villain Brien, and it was left to the support cast. Finishing on 120 was an achievement. It got projected as a good enough target. However, the villain was back in the closing scene with guns blazing. However, the electricity failed in the theatre and we guess that the villain must’ve died. Amen!

2 retired Englishmen, a certain Mr. Duckworth and Mr. Tony Lewis got to the top of the hate list of the englishmen even if for a moment.

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New Zealand crawl to victory


2010
05.04

Scorecard:

Zimbabwe: 84 all out (15.1 overs)

(Taibu 24 off 14 balls, Masakadza 20 off 20 balls, Styris 3 for 5, N McCullum 3 for 16, Vettori 2 for 10)

New Zealand: 36 for 1 (8.1 overs)

(B McCullum 22 off 26 balls, Tait 1 for 21)

Sure Zimbabwe never looked in the fray except for the first wicket partnership when they put up 36 in 4.3 overs. However, with Taibu gone it seemed no batsman was left. However, all credit goes to McCullum for ruining their day. He saw them off before handing the ball to the next bowler. After a brief gap Styris remembered he was back in business and got going after the tail which was too happy to oblige. They seemed to miss their colleagues and were soon happy and out with them in the field. Well that’s some togetherness!

New Zealand had the easiest target against an ineffective attack. However, they made the task look bigger than it was. Probably ended up deriving more satisfaction from the victory than they deserved. Scoring at 4.4 an over wouldn’t have made them proud even in a one dayer. N McCullum was the lone person in this match who seemed to have contributed anything. So the jury got together and awarded him the Man of the Match. Phew! Writing a report on such a match, I’m always short of words.

Oh yes, I remembered there is something to report after all – Brendon McCullum became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in T20 internationals!!! Wow that’s some record!

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