Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Too much cricket

Well, we do have a resumption in the headed for a draw match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka. The West Indies are 6/348, and Brian Lara has moved along to 143 not out. It will be interesting to see whether he tries to score something really big here. He has been known to in situations like this one in the past - most notably when he scored his world record 501 not out in county cricket in England in an almost identical situation match wise. One question is whether he runs out of partners here. Another question is whether he can score 100 before lunch today. He is on target for that.

Update: Actually I got the time for lunch wrong, and he wasn't quite on target for that. He is 177 not out at lunch, having scored a still very impressive 84 in the session. At lunch the score is 6/384. Lara and Banks have put on a partnership of 79, and Banks has scored only six of that. It is still possible that Lara could be challenging batting records by the end of the day if he really goes for it.

Futher Update: Lara scored a fine double century, but was out for 209, so he didn't go after any records. After that the match just petered out. Muralitharan ended up with 5/138, and the West Indies declared on 9/477. Sri Lanka were 0/126 with half centuries to Attapattu and captain Jayasuriya when the game was finally declared a draw. Hopefully we will get better weather for the second test next weekend.

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