Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cricket Can Be Like That, Sometimes.

Amidst the turmoil of the fallout of the shocking death of Phillip Hughes, The New Zealand game with Pakistan being played in Sharja resumed overnight after a 24 hour postponement.

In a lengthened first session to accommodate "Friday Prayers" The "home" team lost seven wickets for 70 odd runs with off spinner Mark Craig taking career best 7 for 94, This from the bowler who has been hit for a rather humiliating number of sixes during the current test series.
That should have had the chemists reaching for their test kits but what came next was even more bizzare, skipper McCallum hit the fastest test hundred, eclipsing Ross Taylors mark, with the day ending NZ 100 behind with 9 wickets in hand Pakistan first innings.

The days first wicket came from Southee getting Misbah to snick a wide ball to Wattling and  that success completely without any show of emotion from the NZ team.
New Zealand did not bowl a single 'bouncer' in what turned out to be an unbelievable session

Surreal is the word I choose in response to one of the best days for the NZ team on this  tour.
In a silent acknowledgement of the sad passing of Phil Hughes, the NZ players placed their bats with their black caps on the handle along the fence by the players gate before play began.

1 comment:

pdm said...

I had to work and missed almost all of the action. Tried to keep up to speed on the car radio but after about 9pm no one seemed to care about score updates and they were not even included in some news bulletins.