A learning experience for both teams
Sep 22, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The game happened in Port Elizabeth. It could have well have taken place in Sri Lanka. Everything was strangely Sri Lankan about this afternoon. Port Elizabeth was cold and windy for the last couple of days. The sun was harsh today; it could well have been Colombo. The wicket strangely changed in character from the previous games. It got progressively slower. The balls occasionally stopped on the bat; they turned big and if you aren’t used to these kinds of pitches, you are dead meat to the likes of Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.
It was almost cruel. Even Jehan Mubarak laughed when asked whether he felt it was cruel on the New Zealanders. "Even we didn’t expect the pitch to be so slow and spin-friendly. Someone had to win a game. This tournament has been an eye-opener for us."