Afridi on song! ~ Cricket Blog - THE COMMENTARY BOX

Monday, May 21, 2007

Afridi on song!

Such a pleasure watching an Afridi in full flow! And what an absolutely fantastic innings he has played against Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Just take a look at this one over by Bandara. 2 fours and 4 booming sixes. Afridi is busy setting the fireworks going. Now that is what one-day cricket is all about. Show us what you got, Shahid (from cricinfo game commentary):
38.1 Bandara to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, This is too easy now, Bandara flights it outside off and Afridi jumps down the track yet again, tries to go over cover but the thickish outside edge flies away over point for a four. Boom boom.

38.2 Bandara to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, change of angle matters a little now. It's tossed up and Afridi arrives, even before the ball is delivered, and creams it down the ground for a blistering four. Straight and hard - the best way we guess. Boom boom.

38.3 Bandara to Shahid Afridi, SIX, Shot of the day must be, a flat-batted six to beat all flat-batted hits. Flatter this time and he charges again, tonks it sensationally through extra-cover for a six. Boom boom boom.

38.4 Bandara to Shahid Afridi, SIX, And this is bigger, much bigger. Thrash, bang, wallop. Similar formula, down the ground and blasts it way over extra cover for a huge six. That's massive. Thunder bolts flying around now.

38.5 Bandara to Shahid Afridi, SIX, Miscued and that's six more, he tries to whack it over long-on but the thick edge howitzers over long-off for another six. The fielder can't get to it.

38.6 Bandara to Shahid Afridi, SIX, What an over. Ends with a flourish, down the ground and plasters it back over the bowler's head for a huge hit. 446666 - the second most expensive over in one-dayers. Only behind Herschelle Gibbs. Blitz, boom, bash, bosh. Bring them on.
Thanks to the Afridi blitzkrieg, Pakistan, the team that lost to Ireland in the first round of the World Cup, has beaten Sri Lanka, the World Cup finalists. An indication of how sorely Pakistan missed Afridi in their first two matches of the World Cup which he was banned from playing.

And have no doubts that this Afridi innings will serve as balm on his hassled teammates, the new captain Shoaib Malik and the distraught fans. Talk about timing.

Anyway, I am looking forward to more such entertainment from Shahid Afridi's blade except when he is playing against India.

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