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    November 02, 2006

    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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