Unbelievable game between South Africa and Sri Lanka today. Unbelievable stuff.

Scene: South Africa needs five runs in five overs with five wickets in hand. Lasith Malinga comes into bowl. First ball gets Shawn Pollock, second ball gets Andrew Hall. Over up. He comes back. First ball gets Jacques Kallis. Hattrick. Then, the second ball of the over gets Ntini.  4 wickets in 4 balls.

And then, with one more wicket to go, Robin Peterson almost gets bowled. Misses the stumps at a hair’s length to the stumps.  And again, 2 balls later. Sri Lanka almost got it. Almost, from being absolutely nowhere in the game. Great stuff. Incredible stuff- makes me love the game of cricket all over again.

Best captured by Greame Smith – “”Malinga was incredible, He made me age a bit.”

Makes me wonder why dont we get genuine fast bowlers only in India – Pakistan always got them, Sri Lanka has an absolute streaker ( literally as well as metaphorically in Malinga) and now,  Bangladesh has one in  Mashrafe Mostafa. Fast bowlers who are actually fast and accurate, are aggressive and can both seam and swing. When was the last time India even had the beginnings of aggression.

Agarkar anyone?