Cricket: BCs vs SL …. delicately poised

 Guest Post:



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:


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:


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


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  • Aucky

    May I rephrase your last sentence please Cam?

    ‘Sangakkara can be a gamechanger – please slipfielders & wicketkeeper, don’t give him the chance today.’

  • Betty Swallocks

    Yesterday was fascinating cricket – it’s what Test cricket is all about – although it probably wasn’t to the taste of generations raised on watching cricket played under floodlights in coloured kit with a white ball for 50 (or less) overs a side. It was great listening online while looking at WO throughout the day, interspersed with brief sessions vacuuming Maison Swallocks (3 bedrooms, lounge, dining room & kitchen took about as long as a Geoffrey Boycott 50 used to.)
    The wicket at the Basin will stay ‘interesting’ in terms of bounce for at least another two days but whether both sides have got the depth of batting skills to make the game last for five days is debatable.

  • Blackcap

    Sngakkara is batting like a demon and this game is really starting to look interesting. I dare say SL will need a lead of 50-100 because they will have to bat last which is never an easy prospect. Craig getting some early spin too. Good to see.

  • Aucky

    Sangakkara is slowly but surely singlehandedly batting NZ out of this game. 190 not out and two wickets in hand. If he keeps this up NZ may well have a 200 deficit to wipe out. Too tough a prospect I think.

    • Carl

      Aucky do you know how many of his tests was he the wicketkeeper in the team also, I cant find it anywhere.