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Monday, March 13, 2006

The greatest game

Australia 434.
South Africa 433 for 9, with three balls left to go.

I don't normally rate ODIs so highly, but, whichever way it turns out, this one is beyond belief.


Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

You're right, it was bloody good! On the downside, though, should've been doing some work instead of watching the match! :-)

3/13/2006 11:07 AM  
Blogger Salil said...

It was good, but not *great*. I'm probably being a little too pedantic or purist-ish here, but there's something quite mind numbing about seeing a mammoth run glut.

Towards the last third of the Australian innings, there was almost a sense of apathy at points as the outcome (massive total, hammering for SAF) seemed obvious. Even in the South African innings, interest only picked up around the halfway mark, when it started appearing as if they actually had a chance to chase the target down. Until then, it seemed like a 'boy on the burning bridge' performance.

And of course, it was the one sidedness of it all that turned me off completely. Big runs. Lots of fours; lots of sixes. Almost nothing else. Hence why, while this match was a very good one, I'd still take a game like the 99 CWC semi final over it any day - a game that saw some outstanding spin and pace bowling to go with some exceptional batting.

3/13/2006 11:19 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

I totally agree with you -- even to the point that *I* should have been doing some work instead of watching the match. In fact, that how I construed your meaning on first reading... more pedantics? :-)

Yes, it wasn't the best cricket ever. But then, it's an ODI. I too was hardly watching during the Australian innings -- I had the TV on but all my attention was on my laptop. It was exactly like a game of stick-cricket. But later, when the run chase really got underway, I found I couldn't tear myself away. There was something about the hugeness of it that was completely overwhelming.

3/13/2006 5:11 PM  

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