Island Cricket

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Questionable tactics or Turkey dinner?

A lot has been said about Sri lanka's slow run rate prior to declaration and Mahela's late declaration. Was it questionable tactics by the Lankans in order to ensure the series can't be lost or was it a combination of other contributing factors?

Botham was immensely baffled by the slow run rate and the late declaration that he had to question EVERY Sri Lankan commentator about it ON AIR.

"Yes, Ian but I Dilhara is definitely injured. That is confirmed and Mahela will be missing a bowler thats why he needed those extra runs." quipped Sanath. Two minutes later Dilhara begins to warm up to bowl and claims the wicket of England skipper Vaughan.

So much for that theory!

Mahela speaking to Saadi Thawfeeq had no reservations about how he felt.

"We were definitely pushing for a victory to seal the series. We were disappointed [with] the way England batted in the first innings on this pitch, scoring 351 runs in five sessions," Jayawardene said.

"It's quite difficult to win a Test match when you bat like that. If England want to win a Test, they probably need to bat quicker than that and put pressure on the opposition.

"Two or three quick wickets and Murali could have come into play, but the openers batted really well. Once the ball got soft it was very difficult. We tried a few options but I knew the pitch was too slow to get anything out of it. We needed to be patient and play a waiting game but the rain came and there was no chance at all."

Vaughan on the other hand was thrilled to bits by how easy it was to play for a draw. In no way remorseful of not being able to win this series from here on in.

The self centered cricket lover in me wanted to see a result but truth be told it was a cold calculated move by a ruthless captain.

Mahela baked the Poms in Colombo's heat and humidity for almost 2 whole days. Physically the English are weak and weary, mentally they may feel they played out a comfortable draw but the principles of cricket ensures the team playing out time for a draw is generally on the back foot.

Baked at 40 degrees for 5 sessions, the turkey is now ready for carving in Galle.


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