16 June 2010

Amazing Afridi century in vain

Sri Lanka managed to survive the an Afridi onslaught with relative ease, given that Pakistan were 205-6 in the 41st over chasing 242. With Afridi set, at that point they should have been favourites, despite Afridi struggling with cramp.

Good to see Afridi at his best - on top form he's one of the best Twenty20 and ODI players in the world and the fact he wasn't snapped up by the IPL franchises can only be down to politics.

Afridi's heroics won him the man-of-the-match award but Malinga can't have been far off with 5-34. He was one of the two "freaks" that Sri Lanka have unearthed, who have no formal coaching but are still international class, the other being Ajantha Mendis. But Mendis was dropped for the Asia Cup which I find amazing, as - it seems - did Island Cricket judging from this post.

I trust Mendis will be back in the squad for Sri Lanka's next Test - when they play India in July - and hopefully that's more important to him than ODIs.

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