Saturday, June 12, 2010
Benn gets a five wicket haul!
Anyway, coming back to our man, Benn, it is crystal clear to anyone that he isn't the next Bedi or Underwood, but his ability to bowl long spells and not give away too many runs makes him a vital cog in their side. More importantly, he doesn't get flustered by batsmen going after him and doesn't lose heart when he sees fielders drop even simple catches. For instance, last year KP was smashing him all over the park at Kingston and at Chester le Street, Benn though, didn't lose his patience and finally got him out. Yesterday too, from whatever little cricket I could watch, I could see that he didn't lose his patience and rarely ever bowled a bad delivery and even when De Villiers or Boucher attacked him, he didn't lose confidence in his ability.
Last year, Benn showed that he has a great temperament on a flat pitch like Adelaide in Australia as even though their fielders dropped easy catches, he just continued to do what he does best and that is, to bowl decent line and length and deservedly got a five wicket haul in that match.
Among other bowlers, Shillingford looks like a decent prospect, but would be tested on pitches that aren't helping the spinners and I liked the look of Pascal, as he can bowl decent line and length and hurries the batsmen for a bit a of pace.
For the umpteenth time though, I didn't like Gayle's captaincy as he was too passive. For instance, Benn was getting bounce and Saffer batsmen were going hard at the ball yet, he didn't had a gully for him. Shillingford kept bowling over the wicket though, it can be said that Prince is vulnerable against off spinners who, can go around the wicket and finally, Gayle himself got Prince out by coming around the wicket.
For South Africa, Boucher, Prince and De Villiers all played useful knocks as they showed the advantage of using their feet against the spinners to smother the spin. Boucher was under a bit of pressure as he was dropped from the one-day team, but just like the test series against England, he showed that he is a gutsy player and his partnership with Steyn perhaps would turn out to be the turning point of the match. He may get beaten about thousand times, but that won't worry him as he would be up and ready to face the next delivery. Prince too was in bad form before this series, but scored a timely half century in the first innings. As Prince tends to push hard at the ball and plays from the crease, he still looks vulnerable against quicker bowlers who, can consistently make it to leave the lefthander and against off spinners who, can bowl around the wicket.
As far as the match situation is concerned, South Africa are on top as I expect most of the Westindian batsmen would try to hit through the line and gift their wickets away! Of course, if their batsmen can show a bit of patience, they can get a decent score on the board as at least on the second day, the pitch did turn, but it was slow turn and batsmen can get runs in the first innings.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Benn for getting his second five wicket haul. He won't bring spectators to the ground and neither would too many articles be written about him, but has a great temperament and would likely continue to succeed.