I was well impressed with Fidel Edwards when England played against the West Indies last year. He, together with what’s-his-name (damn, what is his name? Begins with a B? Hustling-type bowler) looked very promising, so I’m chuffed for him to have bowled out Pakistan. It’s incredible, isn’t it? West Indies – with the likes of Tony Cozier and Viv Richards – are at their lowest ebb, and Pakistan have been playing excellent Cricket for the past few weeks YET they can still get bowled out for under 150 by a poor Windian side. They really are the most mercurial side in world cricket: like the French rugby/football teams, you just never know which team will turn up.
The game is fascinatingly poised though. West Indies appear to be in control with a lead of 350+, but this is only the 2nd day. 3 more days to go, and Pakistan can chase just about anything – and in a hurry. Four big-guns – Gayle, Smith, Lara and Sarwan are all back in the shed – so the Caribs need to bat all day tomorrow and into Sunday to put a total well out of the reach of the Pakistanis.
The danger for the West Indies is their fear (expectation?) of failure. They’ll be feeling negative and whilst they’d be desperate for a win, will naturally play for a draw first. Worth keeping an eye on, this one.