Asia Cup: Sri Lanka is the Cricket Favorites
-DR. ABDUL RUFF
It is rather a thankless job to predict the wining tam in cricket chiefly because of the joint cricketism trends when economically stronger teams try to get upper hand by using all possible tools of control from foreign and sports ministries.
In Asia, an innocent looking but “resourceful” India has been assisted by England and others in South Asia to have a bigger say in ranking and records by fixed matches, at least thus far. Bangladesh, Pakistan and even Sri Lanka unwittingly bat and bowl for promoting Indian interests. Indi wants to be sole owner of cricketism in South and rest of Asia.
Right at the outset, however, it should be openly mentioned that Sri Lankan team is the best in Asia as of today judging the trends from the just concluded Commonwealth bank Tri-series. Of course, then, one can easily bet on Sri Lankan capabilities to win the Asia Cup 2012.
SL team is the best one of today. The result of CTSeries would testify SL preparedness against nay team in South Asia. Pakistani players would present themselves as "unpredictables" and help India as they did for the last World cup in New Delhi, if the Zardari regime asks them to do that. .
In the third final, which is absolutely ridiculous, Sri Lanka bowled and fielded well to restrict Australia to a gettable total but lost too many wickets at the start, in their attempt to score quickly. Once Australia had made 231, it looked as though Sri Lanka would chase it down quite easily. The visitors got off to a good start but they lost wickets in quick succession and were pushed on the backfoot. Once they lost Mahela, Dilshan and Sangakkara it always looked like an uphill climb. But the Kangaroos kept the pressure going and despite courageous efforts by the middle order batboys.
It has been a remarkable summer for Australia. First they dominated India in the Test series and then they went on to clinch the title in the ODI tri-series. They have finished up as the winners of this long drawn out series.
Australia has done it! McKay was the pick of the bowlers for Australia and both of his ODI five-fers are now against Sri Lanka.
With firm resolution, Sri Lanka looked down and out at the beginning of the series and fought against all odds to earn themselves a place in the finals. Sri Lanka's team work was brilliant throughout the tournament but they were just not up to the quality of Australia. There are a lot of positives for Sri Lanka to take home from this series.
Yes, a fine game, fine victory for Australia in CTSeries.
The hosts were the better team throughout the tournament. The one thing they lacked was brilliance in the bowling department and they showed exactly how good their bowling is by defending 231 in the final encounter. After a long summer, they have had almost every result going their way. A whitewash against India in the Tests and now the tri-series win over Sri Lanka in the finals. Meanwhile, this is the first time in the history of tri-series finals in Australia that the team losing the second final has won the third.
In fact, SL was slightly better than Australia in all respects, except in luck that went Ausies way.
SL skipper Mahela Jayawardena put it h in his own way: "Initially if we would have been given 231, we would have taken it. We didn't keep wickets in hand towards the end and Australia bowled well. It was a day when we didn't execute our plans well.
Australia now departs for the Tour of the Caribbean against the West Indies while Sri Lanka will meet India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bangladesh for the Asia Cup.
Cricketism shows, directed by mafias and corporate sponsors, would go on and on fooling the spectators, regimes and others. .
The batting is the real problem for all teams when the bowlers strike sensibly, especially for India and Sri Lanka.
The tri-series has proven that batboys enjoy only when the bowlers and fielders selectively promote their self-interests and when bowlers take their profession seriously, batboys fall one after another like flying waste papers on the streets.
Australia bated first in the finals, like before, and except the last time, they made good runs, in the first final they were offered 320 runs. In the third final, SL batboys seem to have taken the decision to restrict the hosts to bare minimum runs and they executed their plan quite satisfactorily by giving just 5 runs in the first 2 overs.
In fact SL won the toss and elected to field, initiating reckless bowling and more professional fielding. It appeared SlL would restrict the Australian to below 200 hundred but somehow they leaked many runs towards the end to make their total 231. Probably, SL bowlers faulted deliberately because as per the current bowler tactics, they offered extra runs in consideration for the good runs in 50 plus/100 plus for their own batboys, although they denied many extra in terms of noballs or wides, etc. . Even this total could have been easily chased s down, but Australians also resorted to reckless bowling, though their fielders are still infant and playful missing stumps and misfielding. . .
From the attitude of Australians, it is now clear that if the opposite bowlers offer 100 plus to at least 2 of their batboys, then, that team also would be offered good runs without targeting the stumps or LBW. Otherwise, the bowlers would "step in" to play serious game.
Australian batboys get 100 plus extra by mutual understandings but the regime shields such cricket crimes by honoring them with “Orders” of the nation. Do the politicians have any sense of shame at all?
Since SL refused to oblige the Australian frauds with 100 plus as they did before, Australians came back more firmly.
Is it cricket or cricketism?