Friday, February 15, 2008

Gilchrist out in style

In a dream farewell match for his country, Adam Gilchrist blitzed a rear-guard century to beat Sri Lanka by 63.

Indeed, once his wicket fell at 206-5, Australia slept to a feeble 236 all out, with Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara polishing off the Aussler middle order and tail.

Sadly, the Lankans couldn’t continue this dominant form, and managed only 173. Their uninspiring innings signed off with the familiar story of Kumar Sangakkara being the last man out. The Lions are looking so flimsy at the moment.

Beyond their handful of world-class players, they have no reserve to call upon.

In any case, this was Gilly’s day. Without his pacey knock, the Australians would have lost this match. This is not the first time I have said this but, thank god, it’s going to be the last.

UPDATE: Check out Miss Field's blog for in-person reporting of the game.

7 comments:

The Sporting Spirit said...

He will be missed for his Gentleman attitude...what a player and what a last inning at WACA...

Straight Point said...

if not for his innings aussies would have struggled in the match...

SL let go golden opportunity to dent oz confidence with suicidal shots...they have almost killed the possibility of oz less final...

Miss Field said...

Thanks for the link.

Jrod said...

Kumar is so damn cool.

Naked Cricket said...

Lanka pulled off a Bangladesh styled all-out attack in the first 10, and then tailed off like them too. Far too much expected from Sanath n Sangakara. To play attacker and the finisher, that's where Lanka's got it wrong. They are a batsman short in the middle -ideally that's Dilshan's role, but he's opening.

Anonymous said...

Kumar disappointed his fans bitterly in his last game as he has done throughout his overdue and fruitless career. What a farce that last inning was, when he dropped the helmet and placed his bat as an extension of his crotch.

Fool...

The Atheist said...

Anonymous,

I don't know what you had for breakfast this morning, but I'm sure it wasn't Readybrex.

I'm not sure what Kumar's "fans" expect from him. If his usual one-man super-human efforts aren't enough, I don't know what will be.

Kumar is a legend. Let nothing more be said about him.