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Supporting England: The thrills

March 18, 2011

Today s match yet again was a cliffhanger! It so happens that after I cheered Netherlands to trump them in another good starting games, I have fallen in love with England, for no matter what people say of whether England deserve or not to get inside, they have entertained us all and how beautifully so πŸ™‚

After batting pretty well in the first overs to the stupid middle order collapse to coming staggeringly close to handing the victory to WI by surrendering to yet another tail ender, England has been entertaining from the start to finish, so much so that I could actually not tolerate the ads that came after every wicket since the 6th! In the end, Strauss ‘s smile at the presentation was stick on and well deserved. He can take all the credit for the bowling changes at the crucial moments, to the test field like set up for the tail enders. His gutsy start helped too. Nice one captain!

Here is what it is like to watch England from the sofa with clenched fingers in another ‘arse-nipper’ like homeboy Swann mentioned!

Soon as Sindhu starts speaking on the pre match review, I change the channel. I can’t tolerate his made up enthusiasm and the terrible undercurrents that only he can see. Today, however, rooting for England, I was half relieved when he went-I see a 50-50 chance for both the teams, but I definitely think WI can hold forth-! This meant, going by his previous reviews, England have a nice chance of winning.

Just about all the news in the world took a dig at Trott for getting to know the pitch, the ground, the spectators and the state before a boundary comes through, so he went and proved everyone wrong. Good knock, but pretty carelessly got out in what could have been a nice and savoury innings for England. And then, in the final moments, the question for all of us was if that goddamn shirt of his caressed the boundary line or not. That shirt did, but he had his revenge when the same shoulders hoisted the ball up to pack the last wicket off seeing England win another heart stopping match.

Luke Wright justified his coming back with a nice knock, but what about him coming in a little more earlier next time? (I am crossing my fingers here). And good with the ball too.

In the field for bowling after England’s failure to bat the full 50 overs, it was Gayle giving us all that cameo, and then to look at some crazy batting line up from the Windies, which, Sammy justified at the presentation as something that resulted from a loo break of one of the players! Really??!!

Anyway, quick glamorous knocks from Sammy and that annoying tailender Russel meant more heart stopping moments. At one point, 6 wicket down, England was slowly being led to death by Russel, whose highest score till then was 3!

Great bowling from Bopara, Tredwell and Swann. Swann, incidentally, left his temper and his annoying pink towel in the dressing room, was supremely entertaining. Bopara is forgiven for his dropped catch of Pollard and a great man of the match performance from the soft spoken Tredwell made this match another beauty to watch.

Anyway, now the game is through, and all England can do is wait for the strange permutations from group A sink in, but, whether they go out or not, we must all love them for their inconsistencies and their consistent upsets of front running teams!

Thank you, and love you England!

And, before I sleep, because I am a girl and we don’t do such reviews and because tomorrow is Friday, and BECAUSE he is cute and I love his biceps sooo much, here is another photo of him, his biceps and his winning smile!

Love,

An English fan for now πŸ™‚
Leya

PS: All images from Google images and espn cricinfo.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandeep permalink
    March 18, 2011 12:28 am

    yeah it was a stunning match and tremendous victory for the english men.. All the credit goes to Strauss, he used his bowlers very well.. But the choice of Tremlet over Anderson didnt click. Luke did his part decently. But personally i wanted WI to win this game. I felt sad as Russel’s brave innings couldn’t did anything . Such a heart stopping innings from a no:8 th batsman who is playing only his second ODI and yeah even Swann couldn’t believe that, when Russel sent Tremlet’s ball to the gallery , awesome shot. Atlast I wanted to see all the good teams to be there in knockout round.

    • March 18, 2011 10:35 pm

      Hmm yes! So you wouldn’t really like Bangladesh to get into the quarters because of England’s losses right! πŸ™‚ Anyway some nice matches coming up! Yay!

      • Sandeep permalink
        March 19, 2011 12:01 am

        I want to see all good teams playing in quarter finals.. πŸ™‚ yeah, waiting for tomorrow’s match between Australia and Pakistan..

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