Cricket: More Than a Game

Wow. That was quite the tense finish.
One way to get a result is to score 5 sessions worth of runs in 75 overs.

Nice for an umpire not to bottle a plumb LBW with the match on the line too.

EDIT: It was the same fricken umpire!! Oh now you call it. No I'm not still pissed off about Headlingly 2009.

I will admit that for the last 3 or 4 overs, when they started to mention the fading light, I was getting acid flashbacks to the famous last stand of Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar.

How were the nerves davet010 when PAK were 5 down and only needing 65 runs?

It's great watching as a neutral when all results are possible as the game heads into the denouement.

The fall of WI is one of the great sporting tragedies of my lifetime, especially from a bowling point of view. Titans of the game from the 70s and 80s to some pretty thin offerings.

They were ok-ish, Bruce. There was enough playing and missing to indicate that the pitch still had some movement, and Pakistan have quite a long tail, so I was less nervous about them getting the total than I was about them in the first Test being able to see out day 5 until close of play.

That said, I was getting a little twitchy when Abrar was having his little cameo...

Had the BBL on in the background while I was working today, but kept turning round to see the Sydney Thunder chase a total of 139, and get all out for.....15.

The previous lowest score in the competition was 57, I think.

And they aren't a scratch side, the lineup included Alex Hales and Rilee Roussow.

In fact, looking at ESPN, 15 is the lowest score ever in Men's T20 cricket, beating Turkey's 21 against the Czech Republic in 2019. It also equals the lowest score in any format of First Class cricket in Australia.

I have played in a team that scored less, although in my defence it was the team's first match. And we were at primary school, so aged 9 or so.

I was watching that one too and it was just insane. Lots of regulation nicks rather than anything silly.

If you put 2 high quality pace bowling attacks on a bouncy greentop - you get a 2 day test.