> > Any news on how either of the Pathans are doing for Baroda?
> Didn't do so well against Bombay. One report said that Yusuf Pathan
> fell early in the Baroda innings, and the following report says that
> Irfan was a disappointment, going for 35 off 3 overs.
After Baroda were bundled out cheaply for just 107 runs in 18.1
Mumbai openers Robin Morris and Ajinkya Rahane faced little
in playing Pathan's swing.
Out of the 18 balls bowled in his short spell, the Baroda seamer
nine full tosses and was also wayward bowling four wides. Earlier, in
Baroda's batting, Pathan started well hitting off-spinner Iqbal
a six to mid-wicket but was later trapped in front by Rohit Sharma
just nine runs.
Of course, Iqbal Abdullah is a left-arm-spinner, not an offspinner,
Very pleased with the Bombay showing so far - had figured on them
getting thrashed given the side they were playing (no SRT, Agarkar,
Zaheer of course, but also "resting" Jaffer and Powar, the best bat
and best bowler in the domestics respectively. Good to see some
kids getting to play - a 17-year-old spinner, a 19-year-old opener,
and a 20-year-old middle-order-guy).
First game, Amol put Baroda in. I dont know if the pacers did much,
but Rohit Sharma got 3/15, and IIRC Iqbal Abdullah got 2/15. Nilesh
also had a 2-fer (for a similar number of runs), as the spinners ran
thru Baroda and had them 107 allout. Bombay opened with Rahane
and Robin Morris (against Irfan et al). Rahane got 22 and Morris
got 19 (and it sounds like the 35 off Irfan came in the first 3 overs
from him, early).. and then Mane got 22* and Rohit Sharma got
40* (57-run unbeaten stand) as Bombay won by 8 wickets with
almost 4 overs to spare - a very big-margin win.
Second game was against Gujarat at the CCI (the first had been
at the ***hede). Gujarat batted first, and Avishkar Salvi took
2 wickets in his first over (and 3/28 overall). Jai Desai got 51
and Vishwajit Solanki 31, and Gujarat made it up to 141/5 in
their 20 overs. Bombay chased, and slid to 67/4 (Siddharth
Trivedi 2/22), before Rohit took over. He hit 13 fours and 5
sixes in scoring 101* off 49 balls (with the winning hit taking
him to a century), as Bombay got 145/5 in 17.3 overs. It
sounded like quite an innings from Rohit - one pulled six
apparently broke the window pane of the Wet Wicket (the
bar at CCI - which is a pretty damn long way for a ball to travel)!
This was the first 20-20 hundred scored in Indian cricket (the
20-20 history of Indian cricket is all of 2 days old so far :-)
Rohit seems pretty suited to 20-20 cricket, actually - 40* on
the first day, and 3/15 with his bowling too!
Elsewhere some of the stars are showing up in this tournament -
Dhoni and Sehwag and Yuvraj etc are all playing (yesterday Yuvraj
was given out off a "free-hit" ball by an umpire... and he joked that
"after the World Cup, nobody wants to see us out in the middle" :-);
the umpire reversed his decision and Yuvraj ended up getting 17
off 12 balls in the end.
After the zonal 20/20s are done, there is a national 20/20 for the
zonal winners (probably in KO form?) to be held at Bombay in a
week or two. Most of the stars will probably play in that (at least,
Vengsarkar is urging them to). Thus the selectors will probably
have at least *something* to go on, in terms of 20/20 performance
history, when they pick the squad for the 20/20 World Cup in a
couple months time.
Sadiq [ domestic season getting longer and longer ] Yusuf