Saturday, February 07, 2009

Bravo Windies!

Geez, what a win for the West Indies. Who'd have thought they would win by an innings on the back of a 74 run lead? Anyone that saw today's game was a lucky person (like me) to have seen one of the best exhibitions of fast bowling ever (by Jerome Taylor). Congrats to the West Indies. One can only hope this win is not a false dawn for the Windies, and that the remaining members of the fast bowler's trio, Powell and Edwards, are inspired to put in similar performances. And lets not forget Suleiman Benn, who wheeled away for 14 overs, 31 runs, and took four wickets (eight for the match). Its been a long time since a West Indian spinner has been treated well by his captain. Gayle didn't have much to do in the second innings, except making sure that the wicket-taking celebrations didn't distract his lads excessively. But he'd already done his bit in the first, with his ton, and his captaincy in the England first innings. A good team effort all around.

As for England they need to make sure they don't fall apart internally. And they need to dump Bell for Shah soon.

Damn, Jimmy Adams looks mighty fine and trim on the awards stand!


Blogger Tifosi Guy said...

Yeah , it was an awesome win by the Windies. I though am very skeptical about the Windies - far too long a win like this would be followed by a crushing defeat. It would then be back to square one.

Watching the post match events now, and Nasser Hussain has just torn right into the English team. Reminiscent of Indian commentators taking it out on the team after a bad defeat.

Frankly I think England was deflated and defeated once Pietersen fell to that amazing ball.

Pieteresen and England now reminds me of Sachin and India through the 90's.

Frankly alongwith Bell, Harmison should also be sacked. What a big tosser he is. Post 2005, he's been a wimp. England should pack him for good back to Durham. What a waste.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

What?! The Test match is over? When did that happen. I watched till lunch and then figured I'd get back by tea-time and see what was going on.

CricInfo confirms the news. Thank goodness I can now go back and watch the whole innings again.

Yes, I hope this is not a false dawn. I think it is just ironic that when Chanderpaul finally fails in a Test, the Windies win!

4:47 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Tifosi: I found it interesting that both Gayle and Sarwan kept talking about the need to keep it going. They know the Windies history! And I agree that the Pietersen dismissal was deflating. Its hard to not let the hoopla at the ground get to you. As for Harmison, England are determined to not learn. Well, that's their loss.

JQ: Yup, it was all a bit quick, wasn't it? Do watch the whole innings; Taylor was simply superb.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Soulberry said...

It was a good win. More importantly, it renews interest in Caribbean cricket at a scale more than T20 binges could ever manage.

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Blogger shakester said...

yes you were, 'cause not all of get to see this! And Ian Bell should have gone some time ago. Dont think it can be heralded as the dawn of a new era, but certainly hope its that start of something happier for the Windies.

12:32 AM  
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