Monday, June 8, 2009
The Magic “3M” Show!
From dodging bullets to knocking former world champs.Their Nation has put an end to a 4 decade long ethic strife. The Tamil terror outfits in their home lands were silenced with the slaying of the Tiger Chief. The cricketers survived one of the worst attacks on cricketers when they dogged bullets and grenade shrapnel’s.
That’s recent Lankan history. Looking Ahead! At their T20 opener the Lankan Tigers held their own against a determined Aussie aiming to stay alive in the format of the game they haven’t yet made their mark.
The magic of the “3M” was on show at Lords. Murali. Malinga and Mendis puzzled the men from down under even as they managed to connect a few lusty blows over the ropes towards the end to put up a decent score of 160 to chase.
The Lankan start was daring. The Delhi Dare Devil took the team to a flyer even with their wings clipped of an early loss of the veteran wicket of Jayasuriya. From then on the composed south paw and new skipper at the helm, a Kings Eleven Punjab integral ensured that the nails in the Aussie coffin were firmly hammered to affect a humiliating exit before the Super 8’s.
It was a tale of triumph for the men from the Isles who went through so much to come back and put up such a sterling effort. Off course the soothing balm of the IPL at South African shores would have come in handy to ease them out of their countries struggle and their personal experiences.
What was impressive was what Indians discovered a few summers ago. The Mystery of Mendis. The carom ball, the one which hastens and holds its line puzzle many world class willow men in the sub-continent. The Aussies simply could not read the Mendis craft as they succumbed in the middle overs after a blistering start.
What else does Sangakara need, with the other two mystery magic men, Murali and Malinga to strangle the stunned? Both did their bit even though Mitchell connects a few lusty blows.
From here on the Lankans have earned their place being “First among Equals” in the Super 8’s along with India, SA and New Zealand.
I am going to sit back and enjoy and cheer the “3 M” show. The larger picture! Its cricket and the Cricketers Triumphing against all odds! Let’s play on!
PS : When did we last hear a Aussie Skipper, blame the loss for missing out on an errand erratic mercurial talent! Are we to believe that the Border, Waugh’s legacy has evaporated with the Symonds booze?