19 October, 2020

Speed Guns On Rapid Fire

Barring those glorious uncertainties, a duel between Lightning Lee and a rampant Sachin will provide the grand finale to this Cup.

Speed Guns On Rapid Fire
Kenya's win against Zimbabwe assures them a place in the semi-finals against an in-form India. Everybody has been talking about the India-Australia final, and while cricket has often thrown up surprises, I think it would be safe to assume that the defending champions will take on India at the Wanderers next Sunday.

Plenty has been said about the resurgent Indians and their batting mainstay Tendulkar. I think Brett Lee holds the key to Australia's chances of defeating India. He has been bowling superbly, and seems to be getting better with every game. What has impressed me about him is that he has finally found a way to maintain his pace without losing accuracy. Indians have never looked forward to facing genuine pace bowlers, and most of them would struggle against Lee. Sehwag has been a little iffy against raw pace, while Ganguly has always been all at sea against pacemen, right through his career. This is why the fate of the game hinges on how Tendulkar will play Lee. That face-off might decide who lifts the Cup. Another player who might be crucial to the fate of the game...


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