Murali works his magic again
Mar 10, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
It took yet another moment of genius from Muttiah Muralitharan, the master of spin, to settle fears that outsiders Zimbabwe could mount a serious challenge to Sri Lanka’s innings of 327 in a World Cup game on Thursday.
After a record-setting 282-run first wicket partnership from Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) and Upul Tharanga (133), Sri Lanka looked set to cruise to victory in front of a packed stadium in the central Sri Lankan city of Kandy.
But just like India the day before, Sri Lanka faltered in the face of a 116-run opening Zimbabwe partnership, inspired by an aggressive knock of 80 from Brent Taylor.
Then Muralitharan, in his third over, produced his "doosra" from his bowling armory, bowling a legspinner that looks like an offspinner and confusing batsman Regis Chakabva into playing inside the ball and missing.