Monday, January 23, 2006

Six good ones

On the third day's opening session, Shoaib's second over - to VVS Laxman - was an awesome sight. The average speed in the over was 150Kmph (the first four were all above 150K, the fifth was 147, the last one again over 150K); he had pushed VVS right back. The batsman stared hard back down the pitch, pulling himself together; the bowler strained and strained, urging more from the pitch, his body, the ball itself. One over of frightening speed. The batsman held. The bowler, sweaty and exhausted, was dissipated by the next. Shoaib goes quickly, but in full swing, he still manages to put on a good show.

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