Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dubai dhamaka

I've just woken up and checked out the Pakistan-Australia one-day international in Dubai. First impressions: beautiful stadium, great outfield, real noisy crowd, tons of atmosphere. This could be a good place for Pakistan to play their international games during their 'exile'. The stadium isn't full by any means (there are lots of empty stands), and its not clear the attendance will be sustained over all games, but the feel of the place is good. And as I've been watching IPL over the past couple of days, the comparison between the two is fairly easy to make: there is a crackle in this game that hasn't been available in any of the IPL games. (Marsh's runout has just sparked a huge roar - don't think I've heard a Pakistani stadium this noisy in a while!).

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6 Comments:

Blogger shakester said...

crap, am not getting it here. only the Glam League

7:53 AM  
Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

Work expands to fit the time available. Similarly, a target expands to fit the overs available.

Most teams make heavy weather of small targets because they feel they can progress at the rate required. I hope this slow pace of the Pakistanis does not come back to haunt them (90 for 3 in 26 overs), chasing 170 to win.

It is good to be able to watch cricket again after the Ind-NZ tour.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Subash said...

Samir -- why don't you remove links to cricket blogs (from your blog) that are no longer functional? I get disappointed when I click on one of them to only find they have not updated in a year.. (Perhaps, they are all protesting Ganguly's retirement!)

5:26 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Shakester: You back in India?

JQ: I most enjoyed watching Afridi mowing down the Aussie middle-order. Still, I don't think the Aussies will take this lying down.

Subash: Very good reminder - I've been meaning to do that for a while. Some of them have really gone off the radar.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Q said...

Did u hear the roar when Afridi walked out to bat?

I suggest u check the coverage on Well Pitched.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Sarim said...

Pakistan vs Australia 3rd ODI 2009 watch Live link

http://shekhani.blogspot.com/2009/04/watch-pakistan-vs-australia-odi-series.html

5:01 AM  

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