Tuesday, June 9, 2009

When the country is in winning habit, it continues in all aspects

Despites the fact that I am supposed to complete a final year project, write a theses, study for the two hardest subjects ever learned in the university life, I thought to put an article in my blog regarding the knocking out Australia from the T20 world cup yesterday at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham in England. Australia was coming to the match after being hammered by West Indies and they should won the match against Sri Lanka yesterday in order to enter the second round of the tournament and it should be a huge win because the net run rate of Ausies was far behind the 0. Actually it was less than -2. But they started to struggle starting with the first over. Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bowl first with the uncommon opening bowling pair, Anjalo Mathews and Sanath Jayasuriya. Mathews struck in the first over and then the Ausies showed some resistance. But then Ajantha Mendis was called to the action and Ausies was no sign of reading the balls of Ajantha. Certainly, the first ball of Ajantha was a wicket but it was not given but he sent the great Ponting to the dug out in the last ball of his first over. Then the Austalians collapse began and Ajantha and Malinga with his amazing youker shared 6 wickets. However the Ausies were able to score 159 because the Mitchel Jonson scored quick 28 and the finally the score card was 159 for 9 wickets.

When the Sri Lankans started batting, Sanath went early for 2 because he was caught amazingly by Warner at the boundary line. Then the Dilshan and Sangakkara thrashed the Ausies bowlers and Dilshan went for 53 after cleaned bowled by Clerk.Mahela jayawardana and Chamara silva were not able to stay in the wicket for long time because both were 11 and 9 when they were out. Then the Mubarak joined with the Sangakkara and the required run rate was more than 9 but both players were calm and cool. But Mubarak plays the role what he supposed to do and he hit an impressive flat six over midwicket for Bret lee. In that moment all are scolding to Mubarak because he wated first 3 balls he faced without single run and the 4th ball for 2. The six came in the 5th ball. The heat was up in the 18 th over but Sanga struck a boundary and it was 15 for 12 balls at the end of the 18th over. Then the things began to change because Mubarak went again over midwicket for a massive six for Bret lee and it was a violent six which went into the crowd. And again another hard hit went for a boundary from Mubarak's bat and at the end of the 19th over, 1 required from six balls. The first ball of the last over was a wide and the Australia went for the dug out to pack their bags to go back to Australia.

It was the first time after 17 years that the Australia is knocked out from a tournament from the first round and that was the first match which led by Kumar Sangakkara as the captain. Sanga became the man of the match and the favourites of this death match group went to their country while the non-favourites heading to the second round.

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