Oct.16th ICC Champions trophy Match 2 :
The Kiwis claim victory over SA in another low scoring match.
Signs of a dry tournament to be?
Cricket News : An inspired captain's knock by Stephen Fleming and a sterling performance by the Kiwi bowlers saw New Zealand through in a low scoring encounter against South Africa at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai today.
I have always liked Stephen Fleming for his gentlemanly ways and thinking captaincy. And today his innings was a treat to watch. Any one can easily make out that the conditions were not very congenial to batting - what with scores like 195 & 108 (The SA score - out of which 42 were scored by Smith). With batsmen tumbling all round him (like "bicycles in a cycle stand" as Mr.Navjot Sidhu would put it) Fleming shone like a lone star in the darkness. His 89 really lifted the kiwis from deeeeeep depths thus rewarding him with a well deserved Player of the Match Award.
People expected the South Africans to cruise home in style. Instead they bruised themselves with some pathetic batting. The New Zealand bowlers bowled with zeal, Kyle Mills especially. Mills removed 3 top order batsmen and then there was no looking back for the Kiwis. For some brief moments when a free scoring Smith was at the crease, the South Africans did look like being in with a chance. But oin comes Oram to get Fleming to spoon
one to a thankful Vettori at mid-off. Oram, Patel and Mills got 3 wickets each while Vettori could manage only one. The other bowler Franklin had to go wicketless. The South Africans were bundled out for a meek 108 giving NZ the first blood for them.
Get a detailed report of the match here : Cricinfo
Akhtar, Asif to be sent back home to pak after failing doping test
Cricket News : The Pakistan board has decided to send Akhtar and Asif back home after they failed to pass an internal dope test. Akhtar has of course denied this vehemently.
Well...........I always wondered where Shoaib Akhtar got all his stamina from. :-)
It is sad though that the tournament will miss players of such calibre who can spruce up a dead match with their performances.
Sri Lanka who'll play Pak on the 17th should consider themselves lucky. Right?