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    Quote Originally Posted by shehanwije View Post
    Just like in 2001, the first time it happened, even Ganguly did not plan to keep Waugh waiting....but when he saw the effect it had on Waugh, he kept on doing it. Waugh saw it as a sign of deep disrespect (and there is probably some merit in that argument), but he did keep on getting side-tracked. See example below:

    Ganguly reveals how Waugh's sledging backfired
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    Describing the final day of that Test, Ganguly wrote: "Just before tea on the final day when they were only three wickets down, I dropped a sharp chance off Steve Waugh at backward short leg. Maybe if he had said nothing, the game would have drifted to a draw, the result that appeared to be its natural conclusion. But Waugh could not resist the chirp, 'You just dropped the Test, mate.'

    "Sometimes sledging can work against you and, on this occasion, it had the effect of geeing up the Indians. Immediately after tea, Harbhajan Singh got Waugh out and Rahul Dravid gave him a sendoff from slip asking who had given away the Test match now."

    Australia were 1-0 up before that Test; they ended up losing 1-2. So much for mental disintegration.


    Will we now see Mahela keeping Ponting waiting at the toss?
    Don't think he will - Ganguly's just a kn*b, don't think Jayawardene is. Waugh probably thought he had a good record with the "You just dropped the..." sledge after 99. My question was posed to you on the persumption that Mahela deliberately kept Ponting waiting - I dont really think he would do that. If he did, good luck to him - if he wants to provide the best batsman in the world at the moment with extra motivation, that's his prerogative.
    New question: How do you reckon SL's batters will handle the supposed extra bounce in the final (if there is any)?
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    if it starts swinging all over the place then we are gonna get screwed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey View Post
    well

    if it starts swinging all over the place then we are gonna get screwed
    Don't think the Aussies handle that all that well either, especially Gilly upfront. I reckon Malinga will get him early with one that comes back into off stump (cue reverse psychology here as Gilly scores an unbeaten 164).....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    ....Because Sri Lanka are playing even better than them

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    because Sri Lanka are capable of , for that one day, playing even better than Australia at their best.

    Aus are favourites....the pitch is expected to favour them with bounce (but in reality, it will be low/slow in the second innings)...they are in the form of their lives....could keep going on.

    But, Aus have not been tested yet - bcos they have been too good. SL on the other hand have come thru several situations from behind, and hence are well prepared.

    I am quietly confident that the full Lankan team have the capability and plans to beat the Aus (at their best) on the day.

    For a small pointer on the thinking in the SL team - you may want to relive the relative muted celebrations of the Lankan team after the semi win over the Kiwis. This is a good sign that the boys feel that the job is not done yet. The have a touch of steel about them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey View Post
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    if it starts swinging all over the place then we are gonna get screwed
    I think if you get a good start (opening partnership) and Sangakarra comes good (he is more than due), you have a fighting chance.

    The fact is that after Silva the batting lacks class. Arnold, Dilshan and Company can do only so much and I dare say not much without the presence of one of the threee stalwarts at the other end. Tharanga is the fourth batsman with Jayasuriya, Sangakarra and Jayawardane but these last three are the key.

    Sri Lanka needs three out of the top four to do well.

    If two of them fail the chances are going to be remote unless one playe a massive innings.

    If three fail, say good bye to the Carribean.

    The bowlers will do well bowling second only if their is a decent score to defend.

    The bowling looks fine excpt two things. One, Fernando is bowling as badly as I have always maintained he does and Murali has not had his best games against Australia recently. But its the batting that may decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Don't think the Aussies handle that all that well either, especially Gilly upfront. I reckon Malinga will get him early with one that comes back into off stump (cue reverse psychology here as Gilly scores an unbeaten 164).....
    Hope he makes it 165.....

    164 is an unlucky number for Aussies

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    And yes Malinga could be a star or a disaster. How Malinga is handled by the Australian top order is what I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    I think if you get a good start (opening partnership) and Sangakarra comes good (he is more than due), you have a fighting chance.

    The fact is that after Silva the batting lacks class. Arnold, Dilshan and Company can do only so much and I dare say not much without the presence of one of the threee stalwarts at the other end. Tharanga is the fourth batsman with Jayasuriya, Sangakarra and Jayawardane but these last three are the key.

    Sri Lanka needs three out of the top four to do well.

    If two of them fail the chances are going to be remote unless one playe a massive innings.

    If three fail, say good bye to the Carribean.

    The bowlers will do well bowling second only if their is a decent score to defend.

    The bowling looks fine excpt two things. One, Fernando is bowling as badly as I have always maintained he does and Murali has not had his best games against Australia recently. But its the batting that may decide.
    Agree with your point of view here.

    One small point - Dilhara is dropped, Maharoof is def. playing. See BBC video clip at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wibXYfyERY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Don't think he will - Ganguly's just a kn*b, don't think Jayawardene is. Waugh probably thought he had a good record with the "You just dropped the..." sledge after 99. My question was posed to you on the persumption that Mahela deliberately kept Ponting waiting - I dont really think he would do that. If he did, good luck to him - if he wants to provide the best batsman in the world at the moment with extra motivation, that's his prerogative.
    New question: How do you reckon SL's batters will handle the supposed extra bounce in the final (if there is any)?
    Its unlikely that Mahela kept him waiting deliberately....but he would have observed Ponting's obvious discomfort and Mahela is astute enough to use it to his advantage.

    Re bounce, as per my prior post, Barbados is not the WACA or Brisbane...as much as Ponting and Macgrath would like to build it up to be (Fleming and Bond did the same thing re Sabina Park...for proof that these purile efforts are wasted, Mahela played the conditons by electing to bat).

    These Lankans are pretty good at the hook, pull and cut...they also deliberately spent the past year playing largely away from home, for a good reason - to get better acquitanted with bounce and swing.

    Observing the prior matches at Kensington, it def. has some seam and bounce early...but it then settles down to a low/slow wicket in the second half...so more like the old SCG wkt....and I need not have to remind anyone what the Lankans have acheived at the SCG over the years, esp. in '03 and '06.

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    Hahaha. I LAUGH at those thinking SL will win. Aus will crush them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shehanwije View Post
    Its unlikely that Mahela kept him waiting deliberately....but he would have observed Ponting's obvious discomfort and Mahela is astute enough to use it to his advantage.

    Re bounce, as per my prior post, Barbados is not the WACA or Brisbane...as much as Ponting and Macgrath would like to build it up to be (Fleming and Bond did the same thing re Sabina Park...for proof that these purile efforts are wasted, Mahela played the conditons by electing to bat).

    These Lankans are pretty good at the hook, pull and cut...they also deliberately spent the past year playing largely away from home, for a good reason - to get better acquitanted with bounce and swing.

    Observing the prior matches at Kensington, it def. has some seam and bounce early...but it then settles down to a low/slow wicket in the second half...so more like the old SCG wkt....and I need not have to remind anyone what the Lankans have acheived at the SCG over the years, esp. in '03 and '06.
    Well he may look at his discomforture and look to use it, but how I don't really know. It' would be discourteous frankly if he did - the sort of thing which, if Ponting does it, he gets ragged out for.
    As for the bounce issue, if it gets low & slow later, Aus still have the attack to deal with it -McGrath a master bowler on all surfaces; Hogg is a revelation and if it turns, no one picks his wrong 'un; Tait will slide it on at pace and reverse it like Malinga does; and Bracken bowls good cutters. So, both teams have very well balanced attacks, imo. Can't wait to do the report on this match up - should be a beauty.

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    Finals Buildup - Round up of News Clips (27 April)

    Finals Prep - Viv Richards picks Lankans for surprise : Aus Ch10 News clip with Murali, Vaas interviews etc...Malinga bowling in nets, and the buildup to the world cup final.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHgd_cf8OAE

    Finals Prep- Ch9 News Clip : Lankans and Aus teams prepare for the World Cup final...Sanga and Malinga play beach volleyball...footage from '96 Final.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTK7_RQ1iXc

    Finals Prep - Lankans in Nets, Dilhara Dropped (BBC Report) - 27 April 2007
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wibXYfyERY

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    Good independent view on the finals....SW
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    Australia have looked imperious throughout the World Cup, not only winning every game but doing so without ever really breaking sweat. It didn't bode well for the rest of the opposition lying in wait when Ricky Ponting proclaimed that their defeat of England in the Super Eights as being their 'biggest test so far'. This was a game remember that Australia won by seven wickets and at something of a canter. Chilling stuff.

    Indeed, they overcame Sri Lanka, their opponents in Sunday's final, with similar ease, although a big caveat to that result was of course the absence of Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga.

    So can Sri Lanka, unquestionably the other standout side in the tournament, beat the Aussies? We think they can, and here's why
    1 - The return of Lasith
    2 - Ego
    3 - Batting depth
    4 - Pressure
    5 - No contest?

    For full details, see: http://www.cricket365.com/story/0,18...088763,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBH001 View Post
    Fair play, though I wonder if your sudden optimism (in contrast to your usual pessimism and doom and gloom) might not bring down the evil eye upon us?

    Might be better for us all, SL fans and the team, if you pull your head in Jason.

    More to the point - I too think that SL can do it, but it will take something special from them to do it.

    Speaking of which, anyone know what time (nz) it will be on? The game against NZ started at 2.30 (not 1.30) as I thought it would (not that it mattered, I was in bed till 4 having weird cricket dreams). Is it the same for the final? I need to organise my day for tomorrow so that I'm ready for the first ball.
    Sorry Mate, I better revert to my original and common stance which is the realistic guy in me speaking.... SL are definite underdogs .... look at the past and you can see the number of times we let the Aussies get ahead when we should've beaten them... the Australian tour to SL when we had a chance to equal the Test series at Kandy and go onto the 3rd Test all square ...we let them beat us and ended up losing it 3-0 .

    The ODI series we lost again where we should've won... Even the VB series last year we took them to the 3rd game of the finals but really did not achieve what we could've and won that series ....

    Realistically, Aussies have it in them to beat us ...but we have several guys who are due for a big showing....Sanath has missed out in several games leading up to this ...Sanga the same ... Due for a big innings. .

    Among the bowlers Maharoof has failed to deliver so far...and Vaas has been there and thereabouts but the Aussies can come hard on him ... Same with Murali...Aussies have a desire to smash 6's off him and make him look ordinary....

    So the reality is we are going to have a tough day at the office....But they must believe in themselves and make the best of it.... and lady luck may shine.... I am hoping..

    At best its 60/40 ....

    And I agree we may be a bit too optimistic and not realistic.... but its much better than be pessimistic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASON View Post
    Sorry Mate, I better revert to my original and common stance which is the realistic guy in me speaking.... SL are definite underdogs .... look at the past and you can see the number of times we let the Aussies get ahead when we should've beaten them... the Australian tour to SL when we had a chance to equal the Test series at Kandy and go onto the 3rd Test all square ...we let them beat us and ended up losing it 3-0 .

    The ODI series we lost again where we should've won... Even the VB series last year we took them to the 3rd game of the finals but really did not achieve what we could've and won that series ....

    Realistically, Aussies have it in them to beat us ...but we have several guys who are due for a big showing....Sanath has missed out in several games leading up to this ...Sanga the same ... Due for a big innings. .

    Among the bowlers Maharoof has failed to deliver so far...and Vaas has been there and thereabouts but the Aussies can come hard on him ... Same with Murali...Aussies have a desire to smash 6's off him and make him look ordinary....

    So the reality is we are going to have a tough day at the office....But they must believe in themselves and make the best of it.... and lady luck may shine.... I am hoping..

    At best its 60/40 ....

    And I agree we may be a bit too optimistic and not realistic.... but its much better than be pessimistic...
    Thats the Jason we know. Well done.

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