Mills & Bond, Shoaib & Asif
New Zealand screwed up in semi-final against Australia
. They had Australia at 4/2 in the 3rd over. The support cast (Franklin, Oram & to some extent Vettori) didn't continue the job. Once Australia got past 200, I saw no chance of New Zealand winning. The top order then got ripped out by McGrath. Oram and Vettori did a superb job, but Oram getting out to Symonds, of all bowlers, when New Zealand would have reckoned that getting 100-odd in 15 overs was possible, meant the game was up.
What's it about New Zealand and having players whose names go in sync? Like I pointed out nearly an era ago while doing live ball-by-ball commentary for the India v New Zealand test at Mohali in 1999
(yes, the 83 all out one!), they had Horne and Bell - the acoustic openers. Now we have Mills & Bond, not too far away from a publisher of romantic novels
Two other players whose names will now be in sync forever are Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif
. The two have now been banned for two years and one year respectively by the PCB's Anti-Doping Commission
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