Cricket: BCs vs SL …. delicately poised

 Guest Post:

202225

 

If I wasn’t such a loyal Black Caps follower, it would have been easy to turn off the TV yesterday after McCullum fell for a duck, and the Black Caps suffered that inevitable batting collapse.   You never can tell how much of a “collapse” it really is until the other team bats, and with five Sri Lankan wickets falling, our 221 runs suddenly looks like a brilliant score.

Day Two kicks off in an hour, and all indications are that the pitch will remain bowler friendly for at least the first session.  With a late wicket last night, the Black Caps hold the advantage, but they need to capitalise with early wickets as history suggests batting is only going to get easier from this point.

I can’t see this test match lasting the whole 5 days.  Today could well be the decider for this game – if the BCs bowl well we could be batting by lunch or just after, creating a sizable lead.  However, I’m always wary of Sangakkara – he is a very classy batsman and the key for Sri Lanka – he is just as capable as our own McCullum (perhaps even more so),of batting the BCs out of the game.  He’s only the fifth batsman to score 12,000 runs in test cricket, a tribute to his batting ability – look at the company he keeps on that list:

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Those figures look even more impressive when you look at the top NZ batsman – our own McCullum doesn’t have even half as many runs to his name:

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Sangakkara can be a game changer – please Boult and Bracewell, don’t give him the chance today.


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