It’s all happening at the T20 World Cup. It may be meaningless froth without a soul but it is good fun. Last night Chris Gayle single-handedly dismantled India. In the penultimate over of the match, Kemar Roach tried to single-handedly throw the match. He bowled an 11 ball over!
Word is that Kemar had a tidy sum on the Indians and when Bravo ran out their final hope – MS Dhoni (the Face of Indian cricket) – from the first ball, Roach tried to salvage the situation. Thus followed a string of no balls and wides that would have defied Glenn Trimble. The over finally cost just 13 runs, included four wides and a no ball, and netted two wickets. No matter. The West Indies closed out the match in the final over.
The Super Eights is proving to be indeed super. It is competitive with only Australia and England winning two from two. Has anyone noticed that due to the oddities of the seeding system, we have all of the round one winners in one Super 8 group and all of the runners up in the other?
Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait continue winning matches for Australia. The Aussie batting may be shaky but Nannes and Tait continue to steamroll the opposition. Nannes has 12 wickets from just 15 overs. Tait has eight wickets and is conceding just 4.82 rpo. And with Johnson performing well, the Aussies are not missing Bollinger, who was inexplicably left at home.
Roach’s marathon is reproduced below, courtesy of Cricinfo
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, OUT, Direct hit, game over! Bravo has not bowled or batted really well, but he makes it up with the fielding. Bhajji has hit this to long-on, straight enough of Bravo, to his left, but he comes around, picks it up with one hand and hits the stumps on the yorker length
MS Dhoni run out 29 (18b 2×4 2×6) SR: 161.11
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, hit powerfully over his head, but Pollard is very straight at long-off and keeps them down to one
Roach to Jadeja, no run, yorker outside off, he has backed away too early
Roach to Jadeja, (no ball) 1 run, driven to long-off for one, but he has over-stepped
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, wide outside off, sees Bhaji backing away but he is too wide outside off
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, slower full toss, and it’s wide again
Still on the free hit
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, length ball, outside edge, over keeper, and four more
22 off 8 now. Will lack of discipline cost West Indies?
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, harsh harsh call! Wide yorker outside off, and I thought it went inside the wide line, but Taufel stretches his arms
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, what is happening here? Another wide yorker, over the wide line
Roach to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, Roach will be a relived man! He offers him a low full toss after four consecutive wides, and this deserves to go for six, but Bhajji has mis-hit straight to long-on
Harbhajan Singh c Bravo b Roach 14 (10b 1×4 1×6) SR: 140.00
Roach to Jadeja, 1 run, short, into the body, Jadeja mis-hits the pull shot, gets a single