Friday, April 20, 2007



April 20th, 2007 : Quiztion of the Day

On a day more significant events have taken place outside the Kensington Oval Pitch than on it where the Bridgetown crowd witnessed an insignificant World Cup encounter that took place between Bangladesh and West Indies. Duncan Fletcher predictably resigned as coach of England, but Lara’s decision to quit from International Cricket was a real shocker. Just a couple of weeks ago he mentioned that he would be quitting One Day Cricket at the end of the World Cup to concentrate more on the longer form of the game for a longer time. I believe his continuing poor form and a visible lack of motivation in the ongoing World Cup may have played a part in Lara’s sudden announcement about his retirement. His three dropped catches in this game convinced the onlookers that his decision was a right one as he does't seem to be enjoying his game any more.

Since the Coach of England and the Captain of West Indies will be bidding adieu to their respective teams’ emotions will be playing major part when West Indies and England take on against each other in the last game of the World Cup and that should make the game really interesting.

Coming back to the match between Bangladesh and West Indies which resulted in a big victory for Lara’s men , Ramnaresh Sarwan , who in all probability will be taking over the mantle of leading the West Indians on their England tour made an emphatic 91 not out to take his team’s total to a defendable 230. Sarwan’s composed yet a very critical innings deservedly won him the Man of the Match award. After they were put into bat by Habibul Bashar, West Indies started their innings disastrously losing both their openers by fourth over with just 8 runs on the board. Chanderpaul made an even fifty and added 47 runs for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels (31) to stabilize the innings. Lara made a rapid 33 of 27 balls with two massive sixes in his penultimate innings and added 60 runs for the fifth wicket to get some respectability to the final total.

But Bangladesh’s top order collapsed after a lucky break in the form of Tamim Iqbal’s run-out opened opportunities for Collymore and Powell. They seized them with both hands and by 17th over Bangladesh were reeling at 35 for 5. The match from then onwards was only of an academic interest. And when Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar was superbly caught by Bravo at third slip of Powell’s bowling whatever little fight they could offer to get closer to the target of 231 was quickly evaporated. Mashrafe Mortaza played a cameo innings of 37 and Mushfiqur Rahim made one run more to remain not out on 38 as the tigers folded out for 131 giving West Indies their first win of Super Eights.

Today’s ‘Quiztion of the Day’ relates to a curious record about the Man of the Match of the Bangladesh and West Indies encounter.

What curious ongoing bating record does Rmanaresh Sarwan hold in the history of World Cup among the batsmen who have played in at least ten or more innings?

Remember to email your answers for each quiz individually to with the subject line as 'Quiztion of the Day - X' (X being the question number) through out the tournament duration. Results will be first posted on website within a week of the World cup Final.


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