Wow! The Afro-Asia sure has kick started with a lot more than I imagined. With a lot of stars missing out of the action and the African side looking more like some county side, I for one did not expect the match to go down as deep as it actually did.
It did almost end up being a horribly lame no-contest when the Africans were at 7-87 off 20 overs nowhere near the 317 that the Asian team managed, but luckily Pollock had different ideas and decided to have some fun spanking the cricket ball all over the ground. What a delightful player he is! That 130 of 110 balls was an innings of high quality and very very surprisingly was the first century of all the Afro-Asia tournamnets! That's interesting!
Anyway the point is that one aging hero, Shaun Pollock, was enough to turn the game head over heels and almost earn a victory for the African team. And that inspite of the star studded bowling attack the Asian team featured. Believe me, it has to be very tough to slog against an attack consisting of Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Asif, Mashrafe Mortaza, Harbhajan Singh and Sanath Jayasuriya. Pollock is my hero...so many years in international cricket and yet going so strong. That is something very few can boast of.
From the Indian perspective it was good to see Sehwag and Ganguly striking it moderately rich out there. However considering that the African attack wasn't all that imposing enough those performances are maybe not worth getting excited about. But that reception that Ganguly recieved from the crowd was surely worth getting excited about! Infact that was totally unexpected to say the least.
Anyway it was also not very nice to see Harbhajan Singh nailing just one wicket while Sanath Jayasuriya claimed three. Harbhajan is having problems nowadays and these matches could be made good use of to try and improve himself.
I am looking forward to the next match. All thanks to Shaun Pollock that this series did not start off with lazy one-sided frustrating cricket.