Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Game of Glorious Uncertainties

What an amazing Test Match it was! For some time, It looked like Aussie would reach the target, seeing the way, Warner and Rogers were going after the bowling, but the batting collapse, triggered by Swann and then Broad and Bresnan was incredible.  Aussies were left short of the target by 74 runs.  The match brought out all the unpredictability of the Cricket as a game we are used to.   Test Cricket is certainly a game of glorious uncertainties. 

From 109 for the loss of one wicket, Stuart Broad brought down the Aussies with a Six wicket haul in 45 deliveries, conceding just 20 Runs on the way.  This is classic bowling lessons for any budding Seam Bowler.  Pitch the Ball up, Keep it Straight and find some side-ways movement in between. It’s as simple as that!!!



But, before, the collapse was triggered by some fine piece of bowling from Greame Swann and Tim Bresnan.  Swann had accounted for Rogers and Khwaja and then came the magical moment of the test match.  Alastair Cook, asked Swann to take back his Sweaters from the Umpire as he handed the ball to Tim Bresnan.  Till now, Bresnan has been quite harmless with his seamers and the Cricket Pundits sitting on the Commentary Box wondered why Cook is doing this foolishness.  But at times, a good captain is kept apart by that instinctive decision, which can then, change the course of the match. 

At that point, if England had any chances of winning the match, then it would have been through the champion off-spinner who had just accounted for the first innings centurion and a sturdy looking Usman Khwaja. But it was not to be, as Cook and Bresnan came on top.  The English fielding unit which got expanded while Warner was going hammer and tongs got contracted again as they closed in on with every wicket.  

Glorious Uncertainties Indeed!!!  
 


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