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Monday, April 2, 2007

Awesome Jayasuriya! Awesome Sri Lankans!

The Sri Lankans are thankfully doing a face saving job for Asian cricket. India and Pakistan made a quick and shameful exit and Bangladesh are back to doing what they know best: being 'minnows'. And Sri Lanka is now the only Asian team in the World Cup and they are not just managing to stay in but also kicking some good ass. 

They have beaten the West Indians so easily with such meticulous cricket that they have now surely instilled respect and fear in the other teams. And the win also leaves the West Indians hanging to their semi-final hopes by the thinnest of threads.

And what can be said about the ever smiling Jayasuriya except that those powerful forearms are getting some great workout in recent times. Just look at this series of nine balls from cricinfo commmentary:
16.4 Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and Jayasuriya on it like a flash, pivoting and helping the ball down to long leg

16.5 Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, FOUR, two steps and hammered over mid-off for a one-bounce four. A clear change of strategy here, and about time

16.6 Bradshaw to Jayasuriya, 1 run, steered to backward point, and a quick single made less risky by a misfield

17.1 Smith to Jayasuriya, FOUR, a little width and too full, Jayasuriya launches that high over the covers

17.2 Smith to Jayasuriya, no run, more middle-stump line in response, Jayasuriya content to block

17.3 Smith to Jayasuriya, SIX, Jayasuriya steps down the track - risk free as Ramdin is back - and driven high and hard back over the bowler's head. Straight as a die

17.4 Smith to Jayasuriya, no run, on the spot and blocked

17.5 Smith to Jayasuriya, FOUR, slower ball, Jayasuriya sweeps behind square
Lara, who was looking relaxed two overs ago, is now frowning.

17.6 Smith to Jayasuriya, FOUR, bad ball, pure and simple, short and wide and smacked off the back foot through the covers
Those were 27 runs in 9 balls when the Lankans were struggling with two wickets lost early and were going at a run rate of 3.3 per over. Jayasuriya single-handedly, with able support from a hitherto out-of-form Jayawardene, turned the match around in that period of play. What a belter of a performer.

Go Lanka!

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