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    February 23, 2006

    Mahela joins the greats

    Yesterday, Mahela Jayawardene joined a fairly elite bunch, comprising of the likes of Wasim Akram, Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting, when Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the second one-dayer of the three match one-day series being played as part of Sri Lanka's tour to Bangladesh.

    Sri Lanka only managed 212, and that was in spite of a well-paced 96 by Jayasuriya. None of the other Sri Lankan batsmen passed 25. Bangladesh's opening bowlers and the experienced Mohd. Rafique bowled splendidly. In contrast, Javed Omar, Mohd. Ashraful, Habibul Bashar and Aftab Ahmed contributed for Bangladesh even as none of the Sri Lankan bowlers looked like getting wickets, since the target runrate was only around 4.4. Victory was achieved with two overs to spare. Needless to say, there is a lot of rejoicing in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh press has rightly praised the cricketers. Reports from The Independent and The Daily Star. There was also a special chat with Man of the Match, Aftab Ahmed and a guest column by Wasim Akram, one of those glittering names mentioned above.

    In the context of this win, was Ricky Ponting right when he said in an interview with 'The Telegraph' that he wouldn't like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to play test cricket.
    Greatest change you would like to see in the running of cricket? I think the international schedule is about right, with 30 one-dayers and 15 Tests a year. What I would not have is the minnow nations in the World Cup and the Champions' Trophy, and I would not have Bangladesh and Zimbabwe playing Tests at present.
    Mind you, Bangladesh's win does nothing to convince me about their ability to play test cricket!
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 2:17 PM |
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    With all due respect to Ganguly and Ponting, they aren't greats yet. ;)

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