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    October 17, 2006

    We're waiting ...

    We're still waiting for the first real competitive game of the ICC Champions Trophy. With only four venues being used for the tournament, the pitches were bound to deteriorate fairly rapidly. The first few games of the tournament held out the promise of some run-fests in the offing, but a combination of factors, such as pitch over-use, good bowling, a few teams coming in after a longish break etc., has meant that teams have been unable to get big totals.

    This is a wonderful thing. Like we've maintained all along, low-scoring one-day games are good for cricket, since they really address the constant imbalance of the game in favour of batsmen. Top-ranked teams have had hiccups chasing 126, messed up chasing 196, like South Africa did against New Zealand yesterday.

    New Zealand would feel fairly aggrieved. Yesterday, I tried to catch some highlights from the game in the news, but the only cricket news on all channels was about Shoaib and Asif's "Be positive" campaign.

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    heh - there's your thriller! what an exciting match. i posted a summary on my site if you want to take a look.

    it was a great game. tight to the end and had everyone at the edge of their seat till razzak finally ended it.

    though i can't wait for ind-aus - that's going to sweet too

    By Anonymous Anonymous (18-Oct-2006, 5:44:00 AM)  

    Yeah lovely game indeed. Sri Lanka really messed up the batting. I knew Pakistan were going to get home when they needed something like 60 from 10 overs with 5 wickets in hand. I'm not so sure about Ind v Aus :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (18-Oct-2006, 10:46:00 AM)  

    New Zealand cannot really complain about the state of the pitch at the Brabourne after they won. Further, the pitch was infinitely better than the drop-down pitches that created havoc for the Indian batsmen in the test series played before the 2003 world cup. It is the pot calling the kettle black. These allegations make their way when games are played in India.

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (18-Oct-2006, 11:53:00 PM)  

    sm - Let's leave aside the pitches in NZ (2002/03). While I'm not prepared to accept that it was because of some crazy weather, the problem I saw with those games was that the test matches were effectively over by the 2nd day and the one-dayers effectively decided by the 15th over of the first innings.

    By Blogger Jagadish (19-Oct-2006, 12:35:00 PM)  

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