Bangladesh beat India, Ireland beat Pakistan

I am a day or so late in posting this one, but here you go… 😀

India and Pakistan  currently boast of some of the finest players ever to step on the cricket pitch. Yet, after their respective losses, both the teams were left scratching their heads wondering what exactly had happened after suffering embarassing defeats to their unfancied rivals.

The inconsistency of both the teams, especially Pakistan, is what endears them to minnows so much. They can make a bad team look extremely good on a day, and at the same time, they can make an excellent team feel like a bunch of school boys.

Pakistan are now out of the World Cup after that loss to Ireland. The total they scored was the same as the score made against Australia in that hopelessly one sided encounter at Lords in June 1999. It was the second lowest total made by Pakistan, and defending it would always be tough. The omission of Kaneria really didn’t help. His tweakers might have bamboozled the Irish. The Zimbabwean spinners showed that, and Kaneria would have been itching to get his hands on the red cherry as he cooled his heels in the Pakistani dressing room. Iftikhar and Sami tried their best, but the Irish managed to hold on and stage a famous win.

India were outplayed in all departments of the game by the Bangladeshis. The Bangla boys seemed to have a desire to win, something that was desperately lacking in the Indians. And the Indian media and public have blasted the very players whom they treat as demigods when they win. I suspect things might return to normal if India thrash Bermuda in their game today, which ironically is a mini do or die.

The common factor in the Indian and Pakistani defeats- the opposition wicket keepers. Niall O’ Brien scored over half of his team’s total and held the innings together from one end with a well grafted 72. Mushfiqur Rahim did the same for Bangladesh, scoring an unbeaten half century. Rahim owes Dhoni one though- if ” Mahi” hadn’t dropped Rahim early in his innings, the Bangladeshi no.3 wouldn’t have been there to steer his side home.

As I write this, Bob Woolmer has expired, and Inzamam Ul Haq has announced his retirement. Pakistani cricket is in turmoil, and they need to beat Zimbabwe in their last group game to take home something from the Carribean


1 Comment »

  1. Bangladesh said

    hey there. Thanks for the info :). It was rather nice reading this at this late hour. i wud bump here later. t/c

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