Monday, October 16, 2006

good sporting weekend

The title says it all. United won on Saturday and then India thrashed the mother-country in their very own sport on Sunday. I said it before, I'll say it again - Good sporting weekend

In United's match on Sat, the first half gave the impression of yet another below-par performance against a low team away from Trafford. Then came half-time and with it came the difference. Off the field, the difference could have been Sir Alex giving the team a piece of his mind (perhaps, accompanied by some flying objects a la shoe-thrown-at-Becks) or anything else that we fans don't get to see. But on field, the difference was one single incidence: the introduction of the Welsh Wizard, Ryan Joseph Giggs. In the second half, United was a team transformed and seemingly possessed. Majority of the second half was played in Wigan's half. Rooney was in a class of his own and that he didn't end up with his name on the scoresheet was perhaps the only blot on an amazing show put up by United. He did hit the crossbar once in the first half, and created Saha's goal with a sublime cross with the outside of his right foot in the second half. But it's that single goal that still eludes him (which I see coming his way soon what with Liverpool at Old Trafford this weekend). United could have finished the match 5-1 considering a few, fairly simple missed chances but nothing to take away the credit for this 3-1 victory which was built in an amazingly powerful second half.

The Indian cricket team rounded off the weekend for me with a good win over England. Was good to see Pathan and Munaf with a lethal opening spell. Pathan's deadly swing was long overdue and Munaf's Man-of-the-match was thoroughly deserved. A pity that our only in-form pacer Agarkar could not cash in on the fantastic start provided by the opening pacers (yes, with Pathan finally managing an average 130kph in this match, I am reslotting him as a pacer). The spinners pulled off a good finishing job although I was surprised to see Powar getting more wickets than Bhajji but then it was the former who dared to fox those Angrezi ballebaaz with inviting curves (I'm talking of the bowler tossing the ball and not of the bowler himself). The Indian openers, faced with chasing a below-modest 126, set about their tasks with some good assistance from Steve Harmison who mistook the fielder at fine leg for the batsman and sent one ball straight to the boundary-line. Of course, Sehwag had to repay that favor by handing over his wicket in the most despicable manner: throwing his bat out at a ball aimed at first-slip. Pathan came to the rescue again, first ball, now bat. He ably supported Tendulkar, who showed the Angrez their aukaat by driving a few sublimely to the boundary. Of course, India is India, so they had to make the target of 126 seem as large as 326 and they duly lost some wickets towards the end. But, Yuvraj, who thankfully didn't lose his head and his wicket in consequence, led us to a fairly deserved victory.

One last time - Good sporting weekend

p.s. In other good news, Rossi took the lead in the 500cc championship this weekend and that sets the stage for a good ending at the final race of the season.

p.s.++ I 'm praying Schumi extends this goodness into next week and pulls off a miracle.


Anonymous said...

i hope this turns out to be a much better weekend than the previous one...may schumi win..n may the better team in red win ;)

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