* Maharoof comes good with career
best 6 for 14
Unheralded Sri Lanka turned the ICC
Champions Trophy on its head as the defending champions
West Indies suffered a humiliating blow to lose by nine
wickets after making just 80 runs here in Mumbai yesterday.
It was a terrible anti-climax to a
match from which much was expected and in the end only
one man, Sri Lankan paceman Farveez Maharoof who grabbed
the attention to finish with magical figures of 6 for
14 as he destroyed the West Indies in a revealing nine
On a slow and low pitch even the best
batsman in the world, Brian Lara. had no answers to
counter the moving ball after Chaminda Vaas, the true
servant of Sri Lanka cricket for many years, set the
tone with the prize wicket of opener Chris Gayle in
the fourth ball of the match.
From then on the Sri Lankan bowlers
gave the West Indies batsmen no breathing space and
it was all over even before the 20th over could be bowled.
It was easy for Maharoof to wreak havoc with the rest
of the West Indies batsmen cornered. He was like a cat
among the pigeons and the undisputed match-winner in
He knew how to cash in on the slow
pitch bowling right upto the batsmen that brought him
a rich haul, his career-best and the best in the history
of the eight year old tournament.
|Yesterday, the Sri Lankans had all the reasons
It was the worst start made by the
West Indies in recent memory as Sri Lanka sent down
the first shock waves in the tournament. Statistically
the result may be the only one of its kind to be witnessed
in the tournament but Sri Lanka could not have asked
for a better entry into the final round games. The onus
is now on Sri Lanka more than any other team.
That Sri Lanka knocked off the target
with ease was of less importance.
Only three one-day matches were played
at the venue called the Brabourne Cricket Stadium prior
to yesterday's game since 1989 with the last match played
as far back as 1996. Interestingly the venue will also
host the final on November 5.
Sri Lanka will now travel up to Jaipur
to confront Pakistan in the first of the crunch games