October 5, 2012 by Tejmgas
I thought i’d take a break for football and spend this article talking about my favourite sport, cricket (please, no jokes about this)
For any of you that have been following the world T20 this year or just follow cricket in general, you will probably agree that it is the one of the most unpredictable sports out there. Especially in the shorter format, it can take just one over to turn the match on its head.
And that is why we watch it.
So far, this tournament alone we have seen two super overs, the early exit of the champions England and Australia, somehow put on the second side of the draw, reach the semi-finals. Even with the slow start to the tournament this is one that will live in my memory for a long time.
After all that drama, we now know that Sri Lanka will be facing either Australia or the West Indies in the finals.
I think that this match promises to be the match of the season. Each time is filled with big hitters, crafty spinners and a pace attack that could easily dominate.
These are the individual battles that I think will be key to the outcome of this match:
Gayle vs Watson
Both are game-changers and both have been the star performers for their respective teams. Watson has always been a very good batsmen but it is with the ball that he has really impressed this year, taking wickets every game. Gayle has done what he does best: hit the ball, and hit it a long way. The typical swashbuckling opener has dominated bowling attacks of late and will be key to his team’s hopes. If any of these two are on form, it could be game over for the other side.
Narine vs The Australian Middle Order
In their last game, the loss of early wickets meant that Australia’s middle order were up against the (admittedly very good) spin of Pakistan. They did not handle it well. The spinners demolished the middle order and gave them no chance of chasing the target, which is something we could see happen today. Narine is one of the craftiest spinners out their, with a knack for taking quick wickets and if the Australian middle-order don’t improve, we will only see history repeat itself.
Rampaul vs Warner
Ravi Rampaul has enjoyed a fine tournament, taking a hatful of wickets whenever he plays. However, this time he will face the unenviable task of keeping a certain David Warner at bay. As we have seen, Australia rely very heavily on their top order and Warner in particular is key to their success with the bat. You have to feel this could only go one of two way: Warner gets out early or Warner blasts his way to a huge score.
This match will be very close and while my heart says West Indies, I’m going to have to go with Australia on this one.
Let me know what you think