Weblog of Nazly Ahmed
When England were here for the ODI series in October I was really keen to go and see a match but due to fasting and few other issues I didn't get an opportunity. When England came down again for the Test Matches I really wanted to get out there. 1st Test was played in Kandy so couldn't make it and finally I got an opportunity yesterday to watch the 1st day's play of the 2nd Test Match which was played at SSC grounds. There was a good crowd and most of them being England's Barmy Army. There were few local crowd as well.
England were batting first so I got the opportunity to watch some stunning cover drives and pull shots played by Micheal Vaughan who was brilliant in the morning session. I love watching the batting of Michale Vaughan, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen specially when they are in full flow. Ian Bell was building his innings slowly but got out to a stunning catch by Jehan Mubarak who previously took a catch between his legs to dismiss Michael Vaughan. Finally when Kevin Pietersen walked into the pitch I was more keen on the match. He looked pretty solid driving the ball but on the fifth ball he faced, he went for the drive and edged one on to the second slip. The ball died on Chamara Silva but he got his fingers down and flicked the ball back to the first slip where Kumar Sangakkara took it very low but cleanly. It was a stunning effort and the Lankans were celebrating but KP stood his grounds. The umpires got across and had a chat for a while and umpire Daryl Harper ruled KP out with the aid of the square leg umpire Aleem Dar. KP walked but saw the replay in the big screen where the ball seemed to be touching the ground when Chamara Silva flicked the ball. Walking KP stopped and asked the question from the umpire whether he is out. But Daryl Harper raised the finger again and pointed to KP that he has been given out and the decision cannot be reversed. Here is the video of the controversial KP dismissal.
IMO the umpires should have referred to the third umpire where a better result could have been made with the aid of the technology which is permitted. But the umpires have the right to call for it and end of the day nothing could be said against them. There should be some common sense as well in these situations. My bad luck I couldn't watch KP bat in the end. That is what hurting me. Will I get another chance? Hopefully if I can make it to the grounds when England bat in the second innings but its highly unlikely coz of work. Next Test is in Galle. Thats more unlikely.
Quick update of the match : Matt Prior on 60 seems to be leading the fightback as England are 327 for 7 at Lunch on the second day. Ryan Sidebottom offering great support to Matt prior is on 13.