Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dance to Calypso music.....well lets hope so !!!

For this T20 World Cup, the best two teams are in the finals......so we all can look forward to a epic battle. Its the consistent Sri Lanka on home soil against the mavericks West Indies.
The Lankans have been in four finals including this one in the last five years, still looking for the elusive title of a Champion since 1996. Under Mahela, the team is peaking at the right time. The temperamental  Captain along with Dilshan form a fearsome opening pair, with one killing the opponents softly, while the other attacking fiercely......with Sanga, the old warhorse to follow along with Angelo Mathews, Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis & Thisara Perera....its a formidable line up. Any three players fire & you are looking at a tall score first up or a serious chase on cards. In bowling, Lasith is gradually finding form with toe piercing yorkers & accurate slowers.....supporting him is Kulasekara up the order followed by Ajantha Mendis & Herath, both capable of deadly carrom ball & awkward spin. The fielding has been disciplined & aggressive.....in all a well oiled machine, capable of beating the best, especially before a roaring home crowd & familiar conditions. 

The Windies on the other hand are most unpredictable, whose Calypso cricket is has kept everyone mesmerized throughout the tournament. They have the batting order, which can decimate any attack under the sun today, especially in this format.....Gayle upfront with Johnson Charles has been in a different zone altogether.....unlike earlier times, he does not go hammer & tong from the word go....instead, he settles down into a fine rhythm & then goes for the tall hits....even if he manages 25-30 hits, we are looking at a near impossible target for the opponents....Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russell & Sammy, next to follow, each capable of putting up a wining total single handedly.....if Gayle fires upfront & stays even till 10-12th over, along with Samuels & Bravo lending able support.....& with Pollard & Sammy giving finishing touches......we are looking at a sure Calypso win.....this team enjoys batting first....free in mind & that brings out the best in them. In bowling, they have mystery spinner Narine, who has been weaving magic amongst the best of the batsmen, along with Badree as an able support, & then Rampaul, Russel, Sammy, Samuel, all contributing to tight bowling.....they could choke any opponent.
The team needs to play freely & enjoy their cricket....& they need to believe that even if Gayle misses a big score(the Lankans would obviously be targeting to get him out cheaply), they have the fire power & capability to put up a defending total....there is Samuels, Bravo, Pollard & even Sammy, who can put any bowling to sword......the world will witness entertainment of a different quality.....it will be money's worth for every spectator....

In the Super Eights, the Lankans had beaten the Windies quite easily, as Gayle failed to prosper, & this will propel & bolster the hosts. However, the Windies, call simply look at how they decimated the Aussies & they should be on a roll. The wicket will assist spin for sure, & both the team have excellent spinners in their ranks....both the team play spin very well.....the capacity crowd, assured of a high octane match. History is against the Windies, as they have lost all four matches in T20 to the Lankans till date, but then its a World Cup final & if Gayle & Co hold their nerves & put up a big total.....the records may change....finally..... 

For the sake of cricket & entertainment, I would like to see another Gayle storm......a Calypso music & dance... 

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