Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The old warrior comes good for the Black Caps
Good to see the old warrior Styris doing well. I haven't been a huge fan of his attitude, but today the Black Caps have to thank him for the victory as they looked dead and buried when they lost 8 wickets.
Ingram and McCullum gave them a good start and Taylor looked in great touch though the captain won't be happy about getting out at a crucial time, but Guptill played a very strange knock as he took 30 deliveries for his 9 runs! Franklin coming ahead of Styris or even Broom didn't make much sense either as he isn't good at rotating the strike, but thanks to Styris, who took the game to the opposition ranks by playing some fine lofted shots NZ won the match.
It is interesting to note that he wouldn't have played today, but for Vettori failing a fitness test just before the match! One shouldn't forget the contribution of Bond either as he gave Styris support and even scored a few boundaries. I don't think one can expect more from someone, who is essentially a number 11 batsman.
Australia's fielding was patchy and their bowlers did bowl a bit short still they looked certain of winning the match before Styris turned the match around on its head.
As I have said before NZ did bowl well too as Tuffey celebrated his 100th wicket and even their fielding was good. So, it was the team effort that helped NZ win this match. The Black Caps have just shown to Pakistan and Westindies how to win a match against Australia.