A pitch that could have been prepared by the devil has lead to some fascinating highlights, if you like to see fear in the batsman’s eyes. Some dangerous conditions lead to 9 wickets falling for 50 odd runs and Smith in hospital, before things calmed down and SA managed to get to 138/7
David Warner, a man living the fairy tale has proved his Twenty20 innings was no fluke, despite scoring 7 and 5 in his last two games, he managed 69 off 60 balls in the 3rd ODI in fron of his home crowd. I have to assume he plays his village cricket in Sydney somewhere – anyone know more about David Warner?
Monty Panesar has brought England back into the game by picking up 6-37 in the second innings. England require a further 218 runs with 9 wickets in hand. The weather is horrible around the UK and may prolong the result. There are still two days left for England to make a remarkable comebnack and win the test chasing 294 for victory – it would be the most successful chase at Old Trafford.
New Zealand have Ross Taylor’s 154 not out helped set up a massive total of 381 in the first innings. England could only manage 202 in reply. As mentioned it was Monty Panesar that has helped England have a sniff in this game. Strangely 4 out of the 6 were LBW decisions – most of them looked like good decisions as seen above.
Prediction? ? New Zealand have plenty on the board and with Vettori getting a five wickets in the first and Panesar 6 wickets in the second innings the pitch looks like it will do too much for England to pull off an incredible win.