Friday, July 01, 2005


The last match of the one day series between Australia and Bangladesh was in no way going to determine the two finalists. As expected, the Aussies won, not without experiencing some hiccups on the way. Bangladesh made 250 after being reduced to 75 for 5 at one stage. Then Bangladesh made the Aussies bat all the way down to achieve the target.

It was good to see Gilchrist get runs but the bowlers that he is going to face for much of the rest of the summer are of a different quality altogether. Ponting scratched around but runs are runs. Clarke would have surely enjoyed the batting practice after sitting on the bench with an injury. Symonds has taken apart better attacks and his form continues to be good.

It is the Aussie bowlers who are not impressive. Even Lee went for in excess of 50 runs from his 10 overs. Kasprowicz does not get the skid and carry in his balls but Gillespie gave an imprived performance. The finals are going to be decided by the contest between the Aussie batsmen and the English bowlers.


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