May 26, 2008

A Complete Test Match Which England Clinches

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , at 9:45 pm by techtwist

We have seen everything during this test match, early wickets, a cameo innings, a strong fightback and winning after coming from behind. What else can you ask for as a fan rather than watching a see-sawing test match. I’d be happy had I been one of the spectators at the stadium. It has been one cracker of a test match.

The first innings saw the New Zealand top-order collapse. The ship was then steadied by an amazing counter-attacking century from Ross Taylor. It was one of the best innings that I’ve ever come across. That helped New Zealand put up a decent 381 after the shaky start. Then came New Zealand’s turn again with the ball. Daniel Vettori proved his weight in gold and picked up a “five for” to dismiss England for a paltry 202. Everyone must have put their money on New Zealand by then. New Zealand lead by 179.

Thats when things started to change. New Zealand were bowled over by Monty Panesar and his romance with Manchester seemed to continue. He brought back England right into the game when everything seemed out of reach for them. He picked up six crucial wickets that saw New Zealand tumble from 50/2 to 114 all out. England had to chase down 294 in their last innings.

Andrew Strauss then delivered what was expected from him. He scored his ton that saw England completely overhaul New Zealand. This is the fifth best “coming from back” victory after conceding an innings lead in the first innings. He played so very fluently. By the time he was dismissed, the job was almost done. The others did the rest. I’d take any result other than a draw in this match. England finally won by 6 wickets to take a 1- 0 lead in the series. Lots of work for New Zealand to do.

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