Lankan Tigers maul Windies…14th Oct,’06

Sri Lankan team once again proved why they are virtually unbeatable in home conditions. Well, the match between them and the Windies restated this once again. Windies were mauled by the Lankans by 9 wickets chasing a total under 100 runs.

Played in Mumbai, the conditions were very similar to what one would find in Sri Lanka. A relatively slow wicket with low bounce and the lankans made the most of it. With Vaas, an experianced and deceptive fast medium bowler in the arsenal, who swings the ball either ways, the Lankans couldn’t have asked for anything better.

He struck some early blows from which the Windies never seemed to recover. Maharoof added to the injuries by climing his first five wicket haul and wrapped the side for a shameful total of under 100.

Even with an additional batsman in the side in the form of Marlon Samuels, the Windies capitulated within a score of 100 and served the match to the Lankans on a silver platter!

Despite a batting lineup comprising the likes of Chanderpaul, Gayle, Lara and Sarwan, the Windies looked a brittle side with most batsman failing to adapt to the conditions and playing the game they know best- palying shots from the crease with their feet firmly grounded! Lack of feet movement and wrong choice of shots brought about the nemesis of most Windies batsmen.

What looked like a promising start to the second round of the Champions trophy ended up in a damp squib!..

Hopefully, India and England make it worthwhile for the fans to watch the game tomorrow when they clash in Jaipur.