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World Cup : Australia vs Srilanka Final Review

Written by F Mirza on April 30th, 2007   (407 views)

The 2007 cricket world cup will be remembered as the most bland, sorry and pathetic tournament ever. It will also be remembered for the chasm that has been created between Australia and the rest of the world. At one side of the chasm, there is Ricky Ponting side, which is bombastic, sure-fire, invincible, paragon and majestic, on the other side the world’s selected and polished talent looks awfully lame.

Departing mentor of Australia John Buchanan, has created a giant of every player. When everybody in your eleven is a match winner and your bench strength is more than promising, then hatrick of winning a summit tournament is certainly not the end. It was this shimmering self-belief that strangled the Srilankans from start to end.

Though rain killed the initial eletricity from the game, Australian fireworks lit-up the whole Barbados and beyond. Billions of viewers saw in sheer awe how Adam Gilchrist changed the course of batting for ever. Cricket Buffs across the globe were told that how the batting of future will be done. Gone are the days, when you thaught that sky was the limit, now its just yet another milestone. It also caused a fatal shudder to the hearts of international cricketers that if they wanted to even come anywhere near the Aussies, they had to change their core.

The ever-smiling and positively smug Ponting, after winning the toss, put forth his power horses. Though Vaas was counting on his vast experience and Lasith Malinga was leaning on his strange action, with a Muralitharan’s magic looming in the background, Australians werent to get bogged down by these superficial things.

Adam Gilchrist came on the wicket to clear things once and for all. He wrestled single-handedly and blasted everybody wearing blue uniform. With a cruel grin and iron fist, he crucified everyone. Lankans were pleading with their wides and no-balls. They were begging with their nervous bowling, they were literally screaming with their yellow fielding. The 149-runs slaughter by Gilly evaporated all the energy from Lankans. His 8 royal sixes sucked all the exuberance from  them. His 13 boundaries choked Lankans to a spectacular death. Gilchrist’s 143 strike rate will remain flashing in the minds of Lankans for a long time to come.

You cant really blame Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Murali and other bowlers as during the blizzard of Gilchrist even Mathew Hayden forgot to play his natural game. Hayden, too seemed to be in awe of the his partner. Hayden’s calculated and rather careful innings lasted for 100 minutes, in which he made 38 runs from 55 balls with 1 six and 3 fours.

Srilanka took its first breath, when on the monumental score of 172, Malinga got Hayden. But by demolishing this wall, Srilankan faced the monster of Ricky Ponting, who started his business from the very start. Ponting’s agile 37 runs carried on the momentum, while the storm was blowing over the head and on the other side of the pitch. Andrew Symonds also chipped in with his 2 fours. Due to bad weather, the match was restricted to 38 overs, but there was no possible rule or regulation to restrict Australia, who cruised to a whooping target of 281.

Srilanka got just 10 minutes, before their turn to bat, to forget the insult-injury shower they receied in galore. They wantonly tried to shed away dizziness and self-pity. Uppal Tharanga, couldnt take it more, so he hid his face and ran towards the dressing room, as Bracken provided him the chance. Sanath Jayasuriya, the old timer was the only man who could possibly snatch back the morsel from the lion’s mouth. His brilliant 64 runs fight was a silver lining for Srilanka. For some time, he was well supported by the Sangakkara, but the ghost of Gilchrist standing just behind them, bad weather, spot-on bowling, mercurial fielding, grey clouds, climbing run-rate, D/L rule, were cutting them at thousands places and atlast they succumbed to it.

This is a match review, otherwise I am dying to review about what happened, when the match ended. Suffice is to say,” The pathetic tournament’s final moments failed to add any colors too, and it was total chaos and embarrassment afterwards.”

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