Monday, February 8, 2010

Tame Tigers Terrified

Fondly know as the Tigers, the Bangladesh cricket team are proving to be anything but (Unless you think about tiger trying to play cricket which would be a farce but lets not go down that...). In a tour with, lets be honest, very low expectations, the predictions have been spot on. 3 resounding victories, and they would have been even more-so had the NZ team been more clinical. There was promise shown in today's 2nd ODI, Mushfiqur Rahim their shining light the bat, and Shafiul Islam with the ball. But when you are 6/46, you will always be on the back foot. They will need more like that, and to perform well as a team. The voice in my head says "no chance".

It's a shame, but I am just waiting for Australia to arrive (and in all likely hood they will probably trash us instead). This is a disappointment for all involved surely. The parity among international teams is still not there one must feel, but only time will tell if Bangladesh deliver on the promise they have shown. A little more confidence on their part would go a long way, perhaps even go the way of the Aussies and be arrogant. The NZ player appear to be adopting that approach, and while some of them look like real asses at times, they are playing better, and who can argue with results like that.

Ross Taylor was named Man of The Match for his 78 runs off 52 balls.

Our Muppet Of The Day is Mohammad Ashraful, for his 1 run off 18 balls, then getting out caught and bowled.

Now I try to find a way to follow the Alinghi v Oracle race in aroun 90 minutes. As controversial as it is, and as much as I despise them both, it's some amazing engineering, and I'm sure one of them will break in half.

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