Brilliant Zimbabwe! Brilliant Blignaut!

Brilliant Zimbabwe! Brilliant Blignaut!

Post by Ram Jaa » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 03:24:24


Suprised no one has mentioned anything about the Wi-Zim
Ist test. Zims gave a great fight to WI and were unfortunate
to miss a historic victory.

Things became interesting as WI were needing 373 to win on the
final day and had lost 5 wickets. Jacobs was batting pretty
confidently at one end with Drakes on the other but they
had to save the match with 20 overs left to go. This
was when Heath Streak decided to get Blignaut into the attack.
Until then, Blignaut had been pretty ordinary in his bowling
in the match. What i saw in the next 7 over spell from Blignaut
was amazing. He suddenly started bowling some 10 kphs higher
than his normal speed. Most of his balls were in the range
of 145-150 kph and some crossing even 150 Kph. He hit Jacobs
a number of times on the gloves, shoulders and what not and
had him mincing in pain. Due to his sudden onslaught, Chandepaul
came in pressure at the other end from where Price had been
bowling quiet tightly and lobbed a simple catch at mid-on.
Blignaut continued his zooming and zipping deliveries and when
Jacobs took a single off him and exposed Drakes at the striking end,
Blignaut bounced one at 149.6 kph and all Drakes could do with
his bat held high in defence, was watch the ball take its edge
and land into Taibu's gloves. Strike 7. Jermey Taylor came and
defended a bit with Blignaut still not letting the speed in the high
140s drop down a bit even when he was panting big time because of the
extra effort he had put in for his team. And then out of frustration
at
defending to Blignaut's bouncy balls, Taylor drove at a one-off
overpitched one from him and the ball went between 2nd and 3rd slip
with Mastyakaneri taking the catch at 2nd try inches above the ground
after it had lobbed off his hand. Taylor waited for the 3rd ump's
decision
and was given out after half a dozen replays. Strike 8 all courtsey
Blignaut's sudden burst of energy and effort. Meanwhile Streak had
set a unique field for the WI tailenders with men all around the
wicket
ie. at short cover, short mid-off, short mid-on, short mid-wicket etc
apart from the slips and short fine leg. I had seen such a fielld
placing for the first time. Jacobs hit a few easy boundaries because
of
this but Zims didn't mind as they had enough runs in their boot with
WI
having no chance of reaching the target. It was already nearing the 10
over
margin but the lights were dimming with the shadows all around the
ground. Blignaut couldn't bowl his bouncy balls in such a situation
and Streak decided to get a spinner from the other end too in
part-timer Trevor Gripper. Price then struck when he had Collymore
give a sharp catch to Vermeulen at silly point. Strike 9 and the Zims
were over one another in celebration  of the
wicket like they do in a soccer match after scoring a goal. It was
almost a given for them that they were going to create history. They
didn't realise though that Jacobs was his resolute stuff as usual and
Fidel Edwards who had had a good match will defend dourly for 33 balls
to save the match for the West Indians. It was a sad and tame ending
to great drama in the last one and a half hours. I'm sure if Blignaut
had bowled a couple of overs more, Zims could have wrapped it all up.
It was one of the best late-match bowling efforts i have
ever seen and Blignaut really let his everything into it risking
an injury just for the sake of his team. Price too had a great match
and returned with a 10-fer. Thanks to ESPN, i could enjoy all of this
late evening sitting on a couch with the remote in hand :).

RJ

 
 
 

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Post by Loony Tune » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 03:58:43


Quote:
> And then out of frustration at
> defending to Blignaut's bouncy balls

ROTFL...

 
 
 

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Post by Take it eas » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 04:49:21



<snip>

Quote:
> Zims could have wrapped it all up. It was one of the best
> late-match bowling efforts i have ever seen and Blignaut really
> let his everything into it risking an injury just for the sake of
> his team.

Instead he could have been saved for future matches where the pitch
provides some assistance.

Takeiteasy

 Price too had a great match and returned with a 10-fer.

Quote:
> Thanks to ESPN, i could enjoy all of this late evening sitting on
> a couch with the remote in hand :).

> RJ


 
 
 

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Post by Andrew Dunfor » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:03:01


Quote:
> Suprised no one has mentioned anything about the Wi-Zim
> Ist test.

Have you considered purchasing a read-write licence for this newsgroup,
rather than the current write-only one?

<snip>

Andrew

 
 
 

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Post by Nyarlathote » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:39:53

Quote:

> Suprised no one has mentioned anything about the Wi-Zim
> Ist test. Zims gave a great fight to WI and were unfortunate
> to miss a historic victory.

Do you connect to a Sri Lankan news server?.

  -Nyarlathotep

 
 
 

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Post by Mike Holman » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 06:21:41


tapped the keyboard and brought forth:

Quote:
>Suprised no one has mentioned anything about the Wi-Zim
>Ist test. Zims gave a great fight to WI and were unfortunate
>to miss a historic victory.
> Strike 9 and the Zims
>were over one another in celebration  of the
>wicket like they do in a soccer match after scoring a goal. It was
>almost a given for them that they were going to create history. They
>didn't realise though that Jacobs was his resolute stuff as usual and
>Fidel Edwards who had had a good match will defend dourly for 33 balls
>to save the match for the West Indians. It was a sad and tame ending
>to great drama in the last one and a half hours.

A tense last hour in which the last two bastmen stave off defeat does
not sound like a sad and tame ending to me. I realise the prospect of
Parthiv Patel and Ashish Nehra gritting it out to save India's hide in
a game may be a fairly unlikely one, but they'd be heroes of India if
they did it, just as Croft and Fraser were the toast of England when
they stuck it out against RSA in 1998. No way are such finishes tame,
and they're only sad if your team doesn't win.

Cheers,

Mike

 
 
 

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Post by Samarth Sh » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 12:16:44

Quote:


> tapped the keyboard and brought forth:

> >Suprised no one has mentioned anything about the Wi-Zim
> >Ist test. Zims gave a great fight to WI and were unfortunate
> >to miss a historic victory.
> > Strike 9 and the Zims
> >were over one another in celebration  of the
> >wicket like they do in a soccer match after scoring a goal. It was
> >almost a given for them that they were going to create history. They
> >didn't realise though that Jacobs was his resolute stuff as usual and
> >Fidel Edwards who had had a good match will defend dourly for 33 balls
> >to save the match for the West Indians. It was a sad and tame ending
> >to great drama in the last one and a half hours.

> A tense last hour in which the last two bastmen stave off defeat does
> not sound like a sad and tame ending to me. I realise the prospect of
> Parthiv Patel and Ashish Nehra gritting it out to save India's hide in
> a game may be a fairly unlikely one, but they'd be heroes of India if
> they did it, just as Croft and Fraser were the toast of England when
> they stuck it out against RSA in 1998. No way are such finishes tame,
> and they're only sad if your team doesn't win.

Trent Bridge 2002. Not nearly as precarious a situation as Old
Trafford '98 or Harare '03-4, but defeat was certainly a possibility,
albeit remote. Patel on debut, accompanied by tail-enders, did help
stave off a possible defeat. Was quite an absorbing day of cricket,
actually, and the hard but successful fight on the last day gave India
tremendous confidence going into the next test, IMO. The result, at
least for India, is history.

-Samarth.

- Show quoted text -

Quote:

> Cheers,

> Mike

 
 
 

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Post by Ram Jaa » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 13:25:08

Quote:

> A tense last hour in which the last two bastmen stave off defeat does
> not sound like a sad and tame ending to me.

It was sad because i was rooting for Zim to pull it off. Poor guys, have
been losing for so long and they get one rare chance to win but still
are not able achieve it.

It was tame because after Blignaut's fiery spell which was worth watching,
the last 8 overs saw the last two batsmen defending dourly to the spinners
(one of whom was part-time) both of whom could not force the issue.

Shouldn't the ICC permit the use of lights in such a situation so that
the pace bowlers can continue?

RJ

 
 
 

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Post by Andrew Dunfor » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 13:27:12



Quote:

> > A tense last hour in which the last two bastmen stave off defeat does
> > not sound like a sad and tame ending to me.

> It was sad because i was rooting for Zim to pull it off. Poor guys, have
> been losing for so long and they get one rare chance to win but still
> are not able achieve it.

> It was tame because after Blignaut's fiery spell which was worth watching,
> the last 8 overs saw the last two batsmen defending dourly to the spinners
> (one of whom was part-time) both of whom could not force the issue.

> Shouldn't the ICC permit the use of lights in such a situation so that
> the pace bowlers can continue?

The ICC does permit the use of lights in such a situation.  Perhaps there
isn't enough electricity in Zimbabwe.

Andrew

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Duber » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 15:24:48

Quote:
> A tense last hour in which the last two bastmen stave off
> defeat does not sound like a sad and tame ending to me.

It wasn't. In fact the end of the match was very
entertaining and interesting.

Streak had to take Blignaut off as the light was fading. The
umpires hadn't said anything to him but they'd taken the
players off in similar conditions and at the same time the
day before - when the West Indies were bowling their quicks.
So he had to resort to spin for the last 15 minutes or so -
not necessarily a bad thing as the ball was doing a lot off
the pitch and Price in particular had troubled the West
Indian batsman with turn and bounce.

Also note that Streak's captaincy was very astute in this
match. Not only had he kept an eye on the conditions and the
time of day and what the umpires had done under the same
circumstances earlier in the match, he also had the team
running to their positions between overs so as to give as
small a breathing space as possible. When Jacobs got hit and
the medic came on with the magic spray, Streak had the
bowler back at the start of his run up and all the fielders
sitting down but in position so that he could resume the
onslaught the moment the medic was off the square. He did
everything he could to maximise his team's chances of
victory.

With 9 down and 15 minutes to go the spinners were on with
the ball turning a lot and bowling to aggressive fields. The
umpires were quick to address anything that looked like time
wasting. At one point when Edwards genuinely needed his boot
lace tying Streak sent a fielder to do it as that would
waste less time than having Edwards remove gloves and pads,
tying the lace, putting the equipment back on and adjusting
it.

Jacobs and Edwards kept their heads (where many of their
colleagues had not) and the match went down to the last
over.

All the time the spectators were streaming into the ground,
hoping to see their team pull off a great victory, and there
was lots of encouragement and repeated singing of the
national anthem.

The fielders were worked up too.

In the last over Streak had all 9 fielders within 2 meters
of the bat - 5 on the off and 4 on leg. Edwards stepped back
from his mark at least twice to ask the umpires to tell the
fielders to shut up.

Price made the ball pop and turn, but Edwards kept his cool
as the fielders made their presence felt by pouncing on the
ball at every opportunity, and he never gave the edge.

So it was a pity for Zimbabwe that they couldn't get the
last wicket, but it was hardly a tame ending.

Proof again that a drawn match needn't be a boring match. I
was a little frustrated by the final result, but I could
hardly say I was bored.

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Duber » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 15:29:31

Quote:
> The ICC does permit the use of lights in such a situation.
>  Perhaps there isn't enough electricity in Zimbabwe.

Is it more accurate to say that the ICC allow this provision
to be made in the playing conditions for the tournament?

They don't have a lot of day/night cricket in Zimbabwe and I
doubt the lights at the Harare ground are up to much.

 
 
 

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Post by Andrew Dunfor » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 18:18:29


Quote:
> > The ICC does permit the use of lights in such a situation.
> >  Perhaps there isn't enough electricity in Zimbabwe.

> Is it more accurate to say that the ICC allow this provision
> to be made in the playing conditions for the tournament?

Not now.  In a previous incarnation of the ICC's standard playing conditions
for Test matches, there was provision only for lights to be switched on if
both sides had agreed to it before the series started ie. in the playing
conditions for the series.  IIRC there were instances when teams vetoed the
use of floodlights.

The current ICC Test match playing conditions stipulate that "If in the
opinion of the umpires, natural light is deteriorating to an unfit level,
they shall authorize the ground authorities to use the available artificial
lighting so that the match can continue in acceptable conditions".  In other
words, if the ground has lighting it will be used.  What happens if

Quote:
> They don't have a lot of day/night cricket in Zimbabwe and I
> doubt the lights at the Harare ground are up to much.

To the best of my knowledge no day/night odis have ever been played in
Zimbabwe.

Andrew

 
 
 

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Post by Aravin » Thu, 13 Nov 2003 10:51:18


Quote:
> > A tense last hour in which the last two bastmen stave off
> > defeat does not sound like a sad and tame ending to me.

> It wasn't. In fact the end of the match was very
> entertaining and interesting.

> Streak had to take Blignaut off as the light was fading. The
> umpires hadn't said anything to him but they'd taken the
> players off in similar conditions and at the same time the
> day before - when the West Indies were bowling their quicks.
> So he had to resort to spin for the last 15 minutes or so -
> not necessarily a bad thing as the ball was doing a lot off
> the pitch and Price in particular had troubled the West
> Indian batsman with turn and bounce.

> Also note that Streak's captaincy was very astute in this
> match. Not only had he kept an eye on the conditions and the
> time of day and what the umpires had done under the same
> circumstances earlier in the match, he also had the team
> running to their positions between overs so as to give as
> small a breathing space as possible. When Jacobs got hit and
> the medic came on with the magic spray, Streak had the
> bowler back at the start of his run up and all the fielders
> sitting down but in position so that he could resume the
> onslaught the moment the medic was off the square. He did
> everything he could to maximise his team's chances of
> victory.

> With 9 down and 15 minutes to go the spinners were on with
> the ball turning a lot and bowling to aggressive fields. The
> umpires were quick to address anything that looked like time
> wasting. At one point when Edwards genuinely needed his boot
> lace tying Streak sent a fielder to do it as that would
> waste less time than having Edwards remove gloves and pads,
> tying the lace, putting the equipment back on and adjusting
> it.

> Jacobs and Edwards kept their heads (where many of their
> colleagues had not) and the match went down to the last
> over.

> All the time the spectators were streaming into the ground,
> hoping to see their team pull off a great victory, and there
> was lots of encouragement and repeated singing of the
> national anthem.

> The fielders were worked up too.

> In the last over Streak had all 9 fielders within 2 meters
> of the bat - 5 on the off and 4 on leg. Edwards stepped back
> from his mark at least twice to ask the umpires to tell the
> fielders to shut up.

> Price made the ball pop and turn, but Edwards kept his cool
> as the fielders made their presence felt by pouncing on the
> ball at every opportunity, and he never gave the edge.

> So it was a pity for Zimbabwe that they couldn't get the
> last wicket, but it was hardly a tame ending.

> Proof again that a drawn match needn't be a boring match. I
> was a little frustrated by the final result, but I could
> hardly say I was bored.

I don't know how well Price had bowled earleir in the day but in the last
few overs he was either too short or too full.He just couldn't get his
length right.
Aravind
 
 
 

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Post by Mad Hamis » Thu, 13 Nov 2003 20:46:28



Quote:



>> Streak had to take Blignaut off as the light was fading. The
>> umpires hadn't said anything to him but they'd taken the
>> players off in similar conditions and at the same time the
>> day before - when the West Indies were bowling their quicks.
>> So he had to resort to spin for the last 15 minutes or so -
>> not necessarily a bad thing as the ball was doing a lot off
>> the pitch and Price in particular had troubled the West
>> Indian batsman with turn and bounce.

>> Also note that Streak's captaincy was very astute in this
>> match. Not only had he kept an eye on the conditions and the
>> time of day and what the umpires had done under the same
>> circumstances earlier in the match, he also had the team
>> running to their positions between overs so as to give as
>> small a breathing space as possible. When Jacobs got hit and
>> the medic came on with the magic spray, Streak had the
>> bowler back at the start of his run up and all the fielders
>> sitting down but in position so that he could resume the
>> onslaught the moment the medic was off the square. He did
>> everything he could to maximise his team's chances of
>> victory.

>I don't know how well Price had bowled earleir in the day but in the last
>few overs he was either too short or too full.He just couldn't get his
>length right.

Which makes me wonder _in_hindsight_ if Price shouldn't have been
given a break and have Streak bowl with Blighnaut. Pace at both ends,
give Price a break and improve your chances overall.
--
"Hope is replaced by fear and dreams by survival, most of us get by."
Stuart Adamson 1958-2001

Mad Hamish
Hamish Laws

 
 
 

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Post by Cricketislife » Thu, 13 Nov 2003 20:53:52



Quote:
>I don't know how well Price had bowled earleir in the day but in the last
>few overs he was either too short or too full.He just couldn't get his
>length right.
>Aravind

Hey Aravind!

U bought the Set top box then? CASed?!

Whts the rate of the set top box? and have u just gone for the sports
channels, how much is it?