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working for Carlton 4th XI
FB thinks it highly probable that Ms Pandey's kit will have to come off at some point. India are favourites. Ms Pandey's announcement does not make clear exactly when she will fulfill her commitment. Will it be part of the presentation of the trophy? Or will the long lost tradition of streakers at cricket matches be resurrected so that as Tendulkar strokes his 100, she will dash across the field, hurdle the stumps and disappear to the far side of the ground? No wonder the tickets for the match are sold out.
Streakers are an occasional hazard of lower league cricket particularly on Edinburgh's celebrated Meadows. FB recalls last season play being held up while a convoy of nude bicyclists passed behind the bowler's arm. So Ms Panday will have to look to her laurels when she is with Carlton.
|Some are born great|
Mumbai is usually a turning wicket and Murali took 4 for 25 in Sri Lanka's group game against New Zealand 2 weeks ago. Sangakkara got 111 in that match so the visitors have no reason to fear the pitch. Indeed not only do the know Mumbai pretty well, they know their opponents inside out too since this is their 30th ODI meeting since July 2008. The records strongly favour the home side.
Destiny is with Tendulkar. Destiny batted with him during the semi-final with Pakistan, bending the ball on Hawkeye so that he escaped a certain LBW and causing the field to drop him 4 times. That is more times in one innings than FB has been dropped in his whole career. This is serious magic. But then it ensured that he was out short of 100, so that he could score his 100th international hundred in the Final. Somethings are just meant to be.
It is India's batting depth that will get them through. Sri Lanka's middle order seems to be a weak point - although it has barely ben tested so dazzling has their top order been. Injuries are also an issue for them - Murali will barely be able to move in the field and they will miss Mathews more than India will miss Nehra. Could destiny be loading the dice a bit more here?
It's tough for Sri Lanka - not only have the Indian batting to deal with but the hand of destiny too. And only thoughts of Ms Pandey to console them.