Getting out of Jail in Style.....
Sri Lankan team as pulled their usual trick over Indians in the Asia Cup yesterday. At first glance of the score sheet you would think that they bat first, compile a big score & squeezed the life out of the other team via their spinners. But it was anything but ordinary. Sanath Jayasuriya (39 years young, as commentators now describe his age) played a whirlwind inning of sheer brilliance, that if he had failed to pull it off would have labeled as a reckless inning.
In the end it was what set Sri Lanka on the way to that fighting score, but then came Sehwag. He came, he saw & was not very impressed with our Fast bowlers. He flayed. To all parts of the ground. In comes the mystery spinner. In the 10th over of an ODI no less. And voila! He spin his brand of deliveries with amazing accuracy & control. Which Indians who were supposed to be the best players of spin didn’t have a clue.
With Mendis taking 6 wickets & Murali as usual not giving anything away, Sri Lanka won by 100 runs. The pressure was simply too much for the much vaunted Indian batting line up. They were simply bamboozled by the “Mendis Magic”. Sri Lanka got out of jail, but did it in style. Firstly by the whirlwind batting of the master blaster & the Spin Magic of Ajantha Mendis.
To quote Indian captain Dhoni “It was like you were playing something else, and the ball was something else. I won't really blame the batsman, we couldn't pick the deliveries.”. Neither could many who were present at the grounds including the two umpires. With the Spin Wizard Murali operating from the other end the apprentice magician Ajantha Mendis has sent the clear message to the whole viewing public, that now Sri Lanka has another mystery spinner. And by the look of it many batsman will have sleepless nights over the fact of facing these twin spin terrors.