the superness never ends at kandy

There is no super speed with a super over.  Add to that the bail that seemed to have jumped off on its own volition, and the whole process seemed to take longer than the game itself.

While the Windies left the ground mid warm up, I thought of the only super over I could remember. It was oddly a warm up match between Ireland and the Dutch before the 2009 World T20. Ireland scored 6 for one wicket, with three byes and one leg bye.  Then the Dutch scored two off the first ball, and had back to back run outs from the third and fourth balls to lose by four runs.  It was brilliantly farcical.  But it was like the out takes that show during the credits.

Those memories didn’t last long enough, as now the ICC end of match paraphernalia had to be taken from the field.  I wondered about the need for a super over.  This was only a round robin match; there was real reason why it couldn’t just be a tie.  Ties are cool too.  Neither team really deserved to win, the kiwis couldn’t field at all and Sri Lanka took their foot off the gas before they even got to the home straight.  Some times a tie is fates way of saying, “hey, neither of you deserve to win this”.  But this is T20; we must have a result at the end of our 3 (or 4) hours of cricket.  This must end cleanly after many minutes of fumbling.

At the moment the scoreboard is being restocked with the correct names, or Chris Gayle has been recruited for New Zealand.  I’m not really sure I like a super over, it seems like a lot of fun, but .  And like a film with too many endings, it had the perfect story line of the slow motion shoot out where you’re not sure who has died, only for the film to end a few minutes later with an ending of far less tension.   A tie is generally going to be more exciting than a super over because it took all match to fester, and isn’t massively contrived.

The three man batting and one man bowling attacks have been chosen.  The game could have finished in a cloud of smoke with a controversial run out.  We could have had experts musing and debating the end of this game like cricket’s Zapruder film. Everyone could have taken sides.  Maybe the bail was taken out by a grassy knee.  The whole event seems to deny the law of physics.   Sometimes a mysterious end full of questions is the right way to end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DID TIM SOUTHEE THINK THE LINES ON THE PITCH MEANT, WHY WAS MCCULLUM CLAPPING, HOW MANY BATSMEN CAN BAT IN A SUPER OVER, WHERE WERE THE BOUNDARIES, WHICH END DO THEY PICK, WHY IS PERERA OUT THERE, HOW THE HELL DID SRI LANKA END UP WITH 13 RUNS, DOES TAYLOR NOT THINK HE CAN HIT MALINGA, IS THERE ANOTHER SUPER OVER AFTER THIS SUPER OVER, WHY CAN’T ANYONE PICK UP THE BALL CLEANLY, WAS THAT A WIDE OR DID MCCULLUM EDGE IT, WILL KUMAR’S DROP LOSE IT FOR SRI LANKA, AND WHAT’S WRONG WITH A TIE.

Advertisements
Tagged , ,

5 thoughts on “the superness never ends at kandy

  1. Nick says:

    Ross fucked up by not coming to bat instead of Prince in super over. Tht was just dumb. We should have won easly at the end but like always they had to fuck it up. They won’t make to semi finals now for sure

    • R says:

      Nick, if we are going to blame someone for the loss it should be Baz, (for all non kiwis we blame Baz for most things – now that jesse is not playing). Anyway the man that ran out Murali for celebrating his partners century, showed concern for the 12 year old when be dropped a catch and missed a single … which cost us the game ;)

      • R says:

        Sorry should be “when HE dropped a catch” not be

      • Nick says:

        im already pissed off so dont even remind me off Ryder. That motherfucker should have been there playing T20 instead of sittin on his couch eating 500 burgers. And wtf is Williamson doin in this T20 team? Why dont they play Dougy instead of him? Williamson cant bowl, bat at #8 wtf? Coach needs to be fired asap. I dont think im gonna bother to watch this T20 cup from now on

  2. cricketnns says:

    I can see some of your Kiwi’s rage, but chillax. It was a close game, and the deserved winner won. NZ I feel did really well to restrict SL after making a rapid start, Southee deserves a pat on the back. Rosco needs to stop dropping sitters, seriously, or else he should remove himself from first slip! He needs to lead as captain, but he isn’t doing so, he dropped that catch off the last ball but luckily it hit the bail. And also, I believe Baz was in the “spirit of cricket” when he refused the single, that hit fractured that 18-year old kid’s cheek bone!

Comments are closed.