Sri Lanka’s batting in yesterday’s (16th Aug 2010) match reminded me of the old Arabian Nights story of Alibaba.
When this brother of Alibaba gets entered to the cave of the gold, he goes and collects all the gold and forgets the password ‘ open sesame’. Likewise, when Sri Lanka won all important toss, they walked as if the match was in the bag already. They forgot all the basics, to start with, Upul Tharanga got a peach of a delivery first up, and his minimal foot movement was the cause.
Kumara Sangakkara, once again showed that how good he is in throwing starts and good form. Although Jayawardane was touch unlucky to get a decision, it was not a rank bad decision, even if UDRS was in place Mahela would have been gone.
Dilshan and Samaraweera also joined the Sangakkara club, by throwing their wickets when the need was there to consolidate. All the three shots had complacency in-built. It was no easy way once half of your top order goes that way, it will be hard for the other players concentrate when your captain and senior players these kind of shots and get out.
Suraj Randiv played a decent innings as he could have done, He was instrumental in Sri Lanka getting past 150. When India started they had a mission, they were clear about what they had to do, they had been outclassed by the Kiwis the other night. They were grumpy about practice wickets too. However, the Sri Lankan batsmen were sympathetic towards them, they played good hosts in gifting wickets and toss advantage.
The major talking point of the match was the final ball no-ball bowled by Randiv when Sehwag was on 99 which deprived the batsman, a well deserved hundred. Neither Sehwag nor Sangakkara seemed know the rule, and one would have to assume even Randiv was unaware of it, he is much more inexperienced than Sehwag or Sangakkara.
Furthermore, Randiv bowled two balls prior to bowling the no ball, both of were dot balls. Sehwag was angered by this move prompted him to say Randiv no ball was delibrate, but an apology was given by the bowler according to Sehwag on his micro-blogging page. "Hi guys Randiv came to my room n apologised" he told.