Ofwlogo1 We Pinoys grew up with basketball as primary sports. On the side will be billiards, boxing and bowling. Other than that, we never really experienced the excitement, beyond the Intramurals games, sports like Football (soccer). Always, from school to barangay festivities, the highlight sports would be the basketball championships.

I am not heavy into sports, owing to my vertical length handicap (not my wennie), i resign myself to being a spectator in basketball (Brgy Ginebra, siempre). I played table-tennis in HS but never improved my skills, since the school sports program was only for basketball varsity.

Enough said. I am refering to the present ICC Twenty20 world cricket tournament in South Africa.

One of my housemate is an Indian, the other Sri Lankan. And at one time, we had a Pakistani. And all of them are crazy about the game of cricket. Last year, i watched and learned the game of cricket during the World Cup in West Indies. Won, i think, by Sri Lanka.

Twenty-20 cricket is faster version of the regular cricket game, just 20 overs and finished.
Last night, i watched with my Indian housemate the most anticipated game between India and Pakistan. My friend told me that games like this, both country grounds to halt. Winner gets to celebrate. Either way, he said, there will be a brief ‘firing’ in their disputed Kashmir.  😀

Previously, I have watched West Indies lost to South Africa because of bad catches. Of Zimbabwe upsetting England, and in turn, losing to a hard-luck Bangladesh.

But on this India-Pakistan, i’d say it was one of the most exciting Cricket matches i have ever seen. India batted first and ended the 20 overs with 141-9. That is, 141 points and 9 wickets (outs). It was a small score and my Indian friend accepted the fact that they will lose the match. Nevertheless, he remained to watch Pakistan takes its turn at the bat.

As it turned out, Indian bowlers and fielders did superbly in negating Pakistan’s batting.

My friend was shouting and dancing with joy as India came from behind to limit Pakistan to a draw. 141-7. Pakistan only scored 141 with 7 wickets (outs) after 20 overs. It’s a tie game.

Just like football, there is going to be a penalty shootout. Five bowlers on each side to hit the wicket stump. It was my first time to see a tie-break. India won : 3-0.

My friend went crazy for awhile.

Now, if only cricket will also be introduced in our Philippine sports program. And not just basketball and boxing.

About Cricket:

The news:

2iccworldtwenty20southa24878 DURBAN, South Africa – More than 21 years after Javed Miandad’s last-ball heroics in Sharjah, India and Pakistan played out a thrilling tie at the ICC World Twenty20, with Misbah-ul-Haq run out off the last ball of the match.

But the tournament rules do not allow for the spoils to be shared, and it was India who prevailed 3-0 in a five-ball bowl-out at three stumps.

Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa were “Dirty Harry”-accurate, while Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi all missed by a fair distance as a sell-out crowd celebrated an enthralling finale.

The 33-year-old Misbah, who made a magnificent 53 from just 35 balls, was an unlikely hero for Pakistan after Shahid Afridi’s dismissal, with 39 needed from 15 balls, left them in a seemingly hopeless situation.

He needed just one run from the last two balls of the innings, but Sreesanth came round the wicket to deliver a dot ball and then a short one that Misbah could only parry to silly mid-off. He had no chance of completing the single.

Earlier, Uthappa’s superb half-century had resurrected Indian hopes after a sensational new-ball spell from Mohammad Asif had skittled India’s top order.

Asif bowled four magnificent overs on the trot, with mastery of the seam and impeccable control in overcast conditions. But from the depths of 36-4, India recovered to 141-9, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan buttressing Uthappa’s brilliant effort.

India then fielded with great energy and bowled superbly to defend the total but Pakistan stormed back in the final three overs.

They might, however, reflect on the batting order, with the destructive Afridi having come to the crease when the situation was almost beyond salvage.

Such a keen contest looked extremely unlikely early on, with Asif’s bowling reminiscent of the peerless Glenn McGrath. Gautam Gambhir was brilliantly caught on the follow through at the second attempt, while Sehwag was sorted out as he so often has been of late, inside-edging one back on to his stumps.

Uthappa got going with a great flick off his pads for four, and a splendid lofted on-drive off Gul showed that he meant business. But there was little support at the other end, with Yuvraj Singh miscuing one off the leading edge to mid-off. Dinesh Karthik briefly alleviated the gloom with two glorious strokes off Asif, making room and lofting through the off side, but when the extra bounce induced another inside edge, Pakistan were right on top. But it would not end that way. (BBC)