Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Are they at it again?
We have no doubt that the ICC's Anti-Corruption team will be hot-footing it to Sydney as we type this. In the final session yesterday, Pakistan had Australia on the ropes at 257 for eight, with the Ockers leading by a mere 51 runs, and only two wickets standing.
At this very minute, the lead is now 172, with the same two wickets still standing. Pakistan has twice unsuccessfully challenged umpiring decisions, and has run out of challenges. Michael "Mr Cricket" Hussey is living up to his nickname, unbeaten and defiant on 131, whilst pace bowler Peter Siddle has reached his highest score in test cricket, and is currently on 38 after 44 overs of resistance. The Pakistani heads went down some time ago, and Australia has brought the match back to even-stevens, in our ever-humble opinion. You can follow the live scoring action here.
No team in world sport, not even the Black Caps has the innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as the Pakistani cricket team. And unfortunately, because of their "form", every time it happens the finger will be pointed. With good cause, we reckon!
UPDATE: As we were uploading the piccie of Michael Hussey, Peter Siddle's long vigil ended. Has the worm turned again, or will Pakistan still conspire to lose the unloseable match?
UPDATE #2: Australia all out for 381 - Pakistan to chase 176 for victory.
UPDATE #3: Pakistan 51-3 and in a little bit of strife - this is turning into a cracking test match, reminiscent of Dunedin in November.
UPDATE #4: Pakistan 82-5, with the Akmal brothers their last realistic hope - it's tense!