Ah! My First post about Cricket….
So, after a month-and-a-half of matches, murders, upsets, run-chases, collapses, failed chases, four-wickets-in-four-balls, sixes, fours, tears, retributions, swansongs, wins and losses later – here we are at the Final of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup! And it promises to be a mouth-watering one as 1996 champions Sri Lanka take on the 1999 and 2003 winners Australia.
Australia will be aiming to acheive what no other team has ever one before – win three World Cups in a row and Sri Lanka will be just wanting to stop that happen! I personally think that the Aussies wll gonna win this one…simply because they have the all-round game for it and strategy-wise, they’re no dodos! So all’s set for a hat-trick of wins for the Aussies. But having said that, it won’t be fair to undermine the Lankans. They have a slight psychological advantage – having rested their spearhead Muttiah Muralitharan in their earlier encounter against Australia – and thus his bowling today will effectively be a surprise for the Aussies. A teesra maybe! Let the best team win!
On hindsght, has anyone noticed that the last five World Cups have featured Sub-Continent teams? Pakistan won it in 1992, Sri Lanka in 1996; Pakistan were the beaten finalists in 1999, India in 2003 and in 2003, it is Sri Lanka in the finals! So what does it take for a sub-continent team to get to the final AND win it? We’ll hafta ask Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga that
News Just In: The start of the Final has been delayed due to rain. And Australia have won the toss and have elected to bat!