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Wednesday April 13 2011

Spring is in the air in England, and in India it’s IPL time.  And I’m watching what could prove to be the best game so far, between the Chennai Somethings and the Punjab Somethingelses.  Punjab opening bowler Praveen Kumar made a sensational start, taking two wickets with the first two balls of the match.  But his third over, much later in the innings, just went for 4 6 6 2 . 4, courtesy of MS Dhoni.  Chennai, having been 0-2 are now a very strong 181-3, with another over still to go and two powerful hitters, well set, at the crease.  Dohni out to the last ball of the innings.  43 off 20 balls.  Chennai 188.

If you are a neutral, as I am, what you want in these games is for fortunes to fluctuate, and that innings was very fluctuational.  Lets hope the game fluctuationalises some more before it finishes.  I’m following it here.

So far, my impression of the tournament is that the bowlers are getting cannier at this type of game, and captaincy and fielding are getting better, which means that totals are getting smaller.  188, by far the biggest innings total this time around, is a very good score.

The player of the tournament so far has been a bowler, the amazing Lasith Malinga, who apparently practises his yorkers by bowling at a pair of boots rather than at an entire batsman, a boot destroyer being what a “yorker” is.  Malinga’s arm is not nearly vertical, like a regular bowler, when he bowls.  It is nearly horizontal.  I can’t explain how Malinga manages to be so accurate with such a low action, but then again, neither can anyone else.  His first match analysis was a match crunching 5 for extremely little.  In his second game he took only 2 for thirty something, and the armchair occupiers on the telly back here in London were rather sniffy.  But Malinga took a wicket with the first ball of that match, a vicious outswinger that sent the off stump cartwheeling but left the leg bail in place (which I love to see), and I believe that set back the batters for their entire innings.  First they were cautious because they needed to recover from that early setback, and I believe they later avoided risks to avoid exposing their tail enders to Malinga at the end.  Two for thirty didn’t tell the true story of Malinga’s impact on that game, which his side won at a canter.

The Punjab Whatevers have made a great start, so those fluctuations are continuing to be suitably fluctuationalistic.

Well, they chased it down, and an Indian kid we’ve never heard of, until now, got 120 not out.  Best game yet this year, definitely.

Indian Babe commentating on the telly: “Punjab’s going to jubilate today!”

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 13 April 2011

And what’s more, there were some more great fluctuations.  Punjab lost two wickets at the same score when still needing another sixty runs.  But then, a great stand took them home.

Paul Valthaty is the guy who got 120 not out.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 13 April 2011

I do love the whole “Slightly bemused over the hill English cricketers discuss the match in the studio with Indian babe who speaks a form of English they barely understand” thing.

On Malinga, I am still hearing snide comments from people who seem to think there is something wrong with his action. The rules are that you can do anything you want with your shoulder, wrist, or fingers, but he elbow must be straight. This means that Muralitharan is dubious, but Malinga is magnificent, essentially. His action is throwback to earlier eras of cricket. There have been great bowlers like him in the past, just not so much recently. You can’t criticise how he bowled in the World Cup, as he bowled really well, but just the same, an over like that first one against Delhi at the right time in the World Cup final, and Sri Lanka would have won the Cup.

Shane Warne has bowled a couple of pretty sensational overs in this IPL, too. Rajasthan are off to a good start this year, and they will only get better when Shane Watson arrives, as he will soon.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 13 April 2011

Actually, I’m thinking now that the real lesson is not that a smaller score will now do, but that the chances are whatever you think will do, will actually not do.

Eight out of the ten games so far have been won by the side batting second.  The margins in the other two games being 2 runs and 9 runs.

The typical win in this tournament comes after what looks like a close run chase, until a little spurt at the end by the batters finishes it with an over to spare.

In game number ten, the final spurt was against Murali, who got hit for 4, 6 and 6 by Mishra in over number 19, to bring Murali’s run tally for 4 overs beyond 40.  Which ended the match, with Murali flat on the floor, metaphorically speaking.  No need for over number 20.

So Michael will be pleased about that.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 13 April 2011

It was conventional wisdom in 50 over cricket until the mid 1980s that batting second gave you a big advantage. Batting second meant that you knew exactly what you had to do and structuring your innings to chase a known target was easier than using your resources in such a way as to maximise the score, which required more thought and planning.

This changed as 50 over cricket became better understood by the teams playing it and particularly after the 1987 World Cup (in which Australia batted first in every game they won, up to and including the final). Typical scores went up, as you would expect they would once sides learned to bat first better.

It could be this might happen in 20 over cricket, too.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 13 April 2011

Brian,
re your enjoyment of the leg bail remaining in place, I remember being similarly delighted by Brian Statham, in his 60s comeback, hitting a batsmans leg stump, which went over flat and snaked straight back through the grass a few feet. No ostentatious West Indian style cartwheeling of any kind, but a perfectly discreet English removal from the scene.
Super stuff.

Posted by Stephen Fox on 28 April 2011
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