Australia v WI, 2nd semi-final, World T20 2012, Colombo

Bailey's fatal blunder

The Australia captain was probably the only one who thought giving Xavier Doherty the last over against Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard wasn't a mistake

Jarrod Kimber

October 5, 2012

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Xavier Doherty pegged South Africa back with early wickets, Australia v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo, September 30, 2012
Xavier Doherty in happier times; the expression was to change in the last over against Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard © AFP
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George Bailey and Xavier Doherty have known each other since they were kids. Tonight Bailey tested that friendship by throwing Doherty into a vat of acid to see if he could swim. Doherty was demolished.

There was no one other than Bailey who thought bowling Doherty in that last over was anything other than a colossal mistake. West Indies had the two people in world cricket most likely to eat Doherty alive with the bat in their hands. They were well set, relaxed, already had a big total, and had cartoon drool coming out of their mouths as Doherty held the ball at the top of his mark.

Doherty's first two overs had gone for 23, it was probably his worst bowling performance of the tournament already, and now he had six balls at Pollard and Gayle when they only had one thing on their minds, how far they could hit him.

To his credit, Doherty looked reasonably calm as he walked up. There was no reason to be calm. The score was already 180, and Australia had only taken three wickets. He and Bailey placed the field carefully, although it seemed like a waste of time even then.

The first ball was a disaster. It couldn't have been worse. A finger-spinner bowling a knee-high full toss to Chris Gayle is like throwing a cabbage at Swamp Thing. Gayle just hit it. He's been hitting full tosses for six since he grew fingernails in the womb. Sometimes you hear the commentators say that low full tosses can be really hard to get away. They don't mean this kind; this kind is hit for six by players who don't hit sixes. Gayle smashed it.

Brad Hogg had been the pick of the spinners in this match, he had an over left. David Hussey was quite often used at the death, he had two overs left. It's doubtful whether any other captain would have thrown the ball to Doherty, or found a situation where he thought it was the right thing to do. Doherty is good at the start, against South Africa he set up the match with the new ball. He slides the new ball well, and gets just enough purchase to make the batsmen worry. At the end he seems like a less-viable candidate as he has little mystery and seems to come onto the bat really well.

The next ball had to be something special, it had to land to begin with. It had to be out of Gayle's arc and it had to stay on the playing surface. Doherty showed that he was calm and good enough to bowl the finger-spinner's trusty retort, the fired-in one at the pads. Gayle couldn't smash it, he couldn't do much with it at all, he just let it hit his pad and limp a single.

In normal life, and for large parts of the rest of the innings, Gayle being off strike had been Australia's dream. It seemed much of their tactic was simply to keep him from being on strike. Considering Gayle had batted the entire 19.2 overs, and the score wasn't 300, it had worked. But now Kieron Pollard was in. Pollard is someone who can look rubbish at the start of any tournament or series, but then he warms up. Considering he often struggles against real pace, and he'd just driven a 150km yorker for four and scooped another one straight over his head, it was quite clear he was the Killer Kieron, not the Pillock Pollard.

Doherty went straight at him on a length, probably thinking he could slip one through him. As he saw Pollard get down on one knee, he must have even thought he'd got under the bat on a pitch where the spinners had kept the odd ball low. Instead Pollard slogged it hard to midwicket, flat and dangerous. Hogg came around, and flung his hand at it, but was probably lucky it didn't take his hand for six as well.

This was now horrible for Doherty. Much like in Adelaide.

Doherty's often been thought of as a good limited-overs bowler, but many were shocked when he was brought into the Australian Test squad. The man had a stutter ball, was often calm under pressure and had good control, but nothing about him screamed Test bowler. He was clearly brought in as the left-arm equivalent of Nathan Haurtiz, a stocker bowler who could keep the run-rate down.

In Adelaide, Kevin Pietersen ruined that theory. Pietersen looked like he wanted to take out all his previous bad-form frustration and problems with losing the captaincy out on Doherty. It was brutal punishment, and the one thing Doherty was supposed to do, he couldn't. Pietersen was simply too good, too aggressive, and Doherty was yanked from attack between the 65th to the 103rd over. Bowling between overs 65 to 80 was one of the main reasons he was in the side in the first place.

Yet again he had a KP tormenting him. And his fourth ball was a low full toss, the one that is supposed to be hard to hit. Pollard hit it hard. He cleared long-off with it. West Indies had now scored 19 runs off the over, and were 199.

Doherty's over was now beyond horrible, and there were still two balls left. Doherty bowled seam when he was a kid, and he resorted to what seamers do when the batsmen is hitting them everywhere. Full and straight. Perhaps Pollard moved back in the crease, maybe Doherty missed the blockhole by an inch or two, but Pollard just blew it away for another six.

The West Indies had now jumped the magical 200-mark. Even the superhuman Shane Watson would struggle to get Australia there. The last ball from Doherty was much like when he took the wicket of KP in Adelaide, it meant nothing; all the damage was done, and would be replayed for years to come. Pollard slicing the ball to long-off was not a victory for Australia, Doherty or Bailey; it was just a chance to leave the field.

By the time Bailey was next involved in the game, Australia could not win the match. Bailey played perhaps his best innings for Australia. It showed guts, determination, took a swipe at his many detractors and was the only reason Australia made it to triple-figures. There was proper anger in his batting, he really wanted to make a mark. It was also like screaming at a hurricane.

For Doherty there was no fightback, saving grace or moral victory; he was simply the victim. The only screams for Doherty were screams of laughter from the people who've never had to bowl the last over of an innings at two of nature's perfect killers while the cricket world watches.

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Posted by hyclass on (October 8, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

@Milhouse79...the disregard that so many feel for T20 existed long before this tournament did and were Australia world champions,it would make no difference to that opinion. T20 matches are 240 balls long in total in a match between 22 men, or under 11 balls each. It fails to address virtually any of the core tenets that underscore long form crickets 135 year history. Cricket itself is a promoter of virtues of character that represent and transfer the ideals of the national ethos. They can be found in endurance, patience, work ethic, concentration,reward for effort and striving for worthy goals. Bowling 4 overs or batting even the full 120 balls has no long format relevance.It has also undermined the bodies governing international cricket by creating free agency for players outside traditional paths. It has seen the flooding of meaningless international contests,made for tv,with sub standard players who lack the skill sets for national duties. It has diminished the quality of cricket.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (October 8, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

An embarrassing mismatch here...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

Bailey is clearly the WORST captain in International cricket in any format. Who in their right mind puts Doherty on for the final over against those two (or any two for that matter). PLEASE can any ozzies here (especially Randy Oz who's very quiet on this forum) answer the reason why??

Posted by Number_5 on (October 7, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

How about some credit to the Windies? They batted well and deserved to win a place in the final (which they have since won). The game was well and truly over before X came on to bowl, to devote the best part of an article to what a blunder it was to bowl him at that time of the match cheapens what a great performance it was from the Windies. Has the bloke run over your cat or stolen your girlfriend?

Posted by Jaffa79 on (October 7, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

It makes me laugh when I read so many Aussies dismiss the importance and significance of T20 when you guys lose. You lost and like every other sporting loss; there is always an excuse. There are massive issues with Australian cricket and the fact that cricketers like Bailey, Doherty, Cowan, Smith, Forrest, White, Johnson and D Hussey play international cricket shows how weak the Aussies are. You guys need to do what you did in the 80s and invest time in the youngsters (like some of the impressive under 19 squad) and hope that comes to fruition. A better idea than have jokers like Doherty and Bailey embarrass themselves and their country over and over again.

Posted by balakumar246 on (October 7, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Poor captaincy from Bailey...period.No one in the right frame of mind would give Doherty the last over with Gayle on strike and when the experienced Brad Hogg had an over left.Doherty was lucky that Gayle managed only a single off the second ball of the over...I didn't realize that an out of form Keiron Pollard was going to slaughter him in the next few...Spirited batting from Bailey that must have done enough to silence the critics who were questioning his place in the side.Sadly,it came when the game was done and dusted.Jarrod,pls publish.I don't understand why you didn't publish my previous post.Maybe because I was critical of Bailey.Unfortunately,I say it as I see it.I though most Aussies appreciate such comments like the straight talking Ian Chappel.Btw,I love your show with Sam Collins on Two Chucks.

Posted by Sanawana on (October 6, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

I didn't watch the match because of two reasons; I didnt want to see Windies being 'crushed' by the aussies coz one tend to support the underdog ; 2ndly, Pak was thrashed by Lanka and I was too not in the mood to see another favorite team getting thrashed! Bailey was right in giving Doherty the last over; it was him giving full toss balls that ruined it for him; he was good of the lot and he had a better tournament; it's not Bailey's fault; Bailey's out of resources.... It's just all about Gayle getting sensible and taking responsibility; no one had saw it coming from Gayle; then clearly it was watson who was so much under pressure and threw his wicket; Warner was unlucky to be honest! Rampaul was lucky a bit lucky in his first over!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

There were too many passengers in the Australian side. how could bailey captain when his place in the side was questionable.

Posted by Marcio on (October 6, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Congratulations, AUS on a fine tournament, finishing equal third. Forget all the bashing and hatred that is littered across the site. The WI have struggled all tournament and never should have made the semis, but they have not received a fraction of the criticism that AUS have received, despite AUS dominating their first four games, including one against the WI and beeing in the tough side of the draw. It takes more than one terrible game to write a team off as hopeless (AUS), and it takes more than a single great game by the WI (5 ordinary/bad) to declare a team a success. So why do we see the absurd double standards on offer here?

Posted by PACERONE on (October 6, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

I would not blame Xavier on his bowling .The blame has to be with the captain.I do not understand how one of the worlds best batsman cannot play in a T20 match,but can play and captain the test team.Clark is the best batsman in Australia in any form of the game.Hussey and Clarke can score 10 runs per over easily.They run well beteween wickets and put the bad balls away.If Sammy can captain W.I in all formats of the game then Clark is also qualified to do same.get rid of the Broads and Baileys.

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 6, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

No one can bowl maiden ball not one over, when two well settle batsmen like Gayle and Pollard on fire.

Posted by kp_jersey on (October 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Have to agree with Bala Balachandran - this is just meaningless illogical player bashing. The match was won long before poor Doherty was asked to bowl the 20th over. Atleast he managed a dot ball and a wicket. In the mood Gayle and Pollard were in, any of the Australian bowlers would have been walloped off those final six balls - possbly for even more runs. So Mr. Kimbe,r save your writing for something more worthwhile....

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Compared to those past and present arrogant Australian captains, George Bailey stands different. He is gracious and a decent blockie... Good luck to his future endeavors..

Posted by sohaibahmad on (October 6, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

'He's been hitting full tosses for six since he grew fingernails in the womb' hahahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Don't blame Bailey or Doherty. The Windies played what may be the perfect T20 game. They recognized their reliance on their batting and from the get-go showed pre-planned intent to post a massive total in order to put scoreboard pressure on the Aussies. Could Watson-Warner-Hussey produce AGAIN with 10 per over required from ball-1? Not against an all spin first salvo! Sammy opened with 2 spinners which is generally accepted as the Aussies Achilles heel. And so on it went. So give the Windies the credit that is due. Well Planned, Thrillingly executed and deserving of recognition. Well done Windies.

Posted by vinay24 on (October 6, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Read the article, superb one.. Saw all the comments, aussies over dependence on watson, warner, bailey's captaincy, doherty's bowling, david hussey not playing till semis, senior hussey's failure and looked at all the comments. I was mesmrised by the comment made by mr.allieeb who says "Samuels was plumb in Doherty first over, Poor umpiring not shown. 50/50 decisions always go agaist aust". Hello mr.allieeb, for your kind information watson and warner were plumb in front when zaheer's lbw was turned down against india, and the two made merry against india.. mr.allieeb u said u were watching cricket for 60 years didn't that lbw appeals look plumb for u, hehe............. Go on aussie supporters ur team are sore loosers.......................................

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (October 6, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

So where are all the Aussies? Gone fishing??

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

More than Doherty it was the fatal blunder of bringing in David Hussey for two overs which allowed Gayle to unleash Knowing that the spin isnt working when Doherty was caned he should have avoided that It was bad strategy to persist with spin and that was evident the way the blowers were rotated WI went for an ordinary 70 odd for two in nearly 10 overs to 205

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

waste of an article. If the match was lost by 25 runs this is a fair article. 180 before the last over was a big number, so this is person who likes to bash or blame someone was given a chance to write a MEAN article should hang his head in shame. Go look at the batting scorecard, no one other than Bailey scored. Fatal mistake was batting and bowling failure - bowling because the team gave away 180+ when this was considered a high score post the final 8. Batting because David hussey scored a duck - for all his fans this is where he should have displayed his difference.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Trying hard not to say this, but it seems Fitch n Alliieeb r not getting the crux of the article. Anyways, Bailey dint play David all thru the tourney & smack in the Final he made him play....Instead, he should have made way for David & also released Pat Cummins who was easier to play than Maxwell at least....Pat replaced by Maxwell or Christian would have been much better...Huss not bowled out was again a mistake....All in all, it was the 'Careful' Gayle who ensured he played through the innings.....Cheers

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Australian's are proved that don't have the batsmen playing after top 3. And their bowlers looks like a clown yesterday. Congrats, Marlon Samuels you did what Aussie tried to do to you and also what they did all along to win matches, sledging, which they call it as Aussie's brilliance. Warner and Watson looked like pieces after that. Common on man it's Aussie get's back what they deserve.

Posted by SRTMEANSPUB on (October 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Superb article.......that one odd over should have been bowled when they got a wicket of bravo.....10-15 runs could have been saved.....

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Well yeah they were over-dependent on Watson. Warner performs occasionally in sub-continent and Mike Hussey won't save you every time. And I wonder why David Hussey was made to sit on bench except the last match. Is Maxwell better than D. Hussey ? Really ? Aus were really lucky to be in semi-finals.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

I don't think Australia made any blunders other than leaving out David Hussey until the semifinals but they still managed to win matches so it doesn't matter. While they were indeed very reliant on Watson and Mike Hussey. The thing about the West Indies team is that they have several players who on their day can almost singlehandedly wreck ANY team in a T20 match regardless of how well that team has been playing recently. Just look at how popular and well sought after guys like Gayle, Pollard, Bravo and Narine are in IPL, SLPL and other T20 competitions around the world. We saw other teams struggling to score past 140 on the same ground but these guys scored 200+ so easily, even the last time they faced Australia in the league stages they scored 190ish so I don't think Australia could have done much, they were just outclassed in every possible way.

Posted by ArunM70 on (October 6, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Very well written, as always. When this Aussie team was announced before the tournament, I thought - this is so much like the Indian T20 team in 2007, and maybe they will go all the way! See the similarities - just a few established stars (Yuvraj, Sehwag,& Bhaji in 2007, Watson, M Hussey & Hogg in 2012) with a person finding his feet as captain and player (Dhoni in 2007, Bailey in 2012). Unfortunately for Aus, the support cast did not, well, support and it was always Watson to the rescue. I like this Bailey guy and I believe he should be given a long stint in the team, maybe not as captain though.

Posted by goodhoot on (October 6, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Batting is the problem? Not just the top 3,try the top 5,Mike Hussey's been propping up Australia's top order since he started,be it tests,ODIs or T20,yes batting has been a problem since around 2005

Posted by allieeb on (October 6, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Good article. Samuels was plumb in Doherty first over. Gone. If teams had to change shirts that would have been out by a mile. Poor umpiring not shown. 50/50 decisions always go agaist aust. Granted aust only have three real batters in team.....but do SL have any more than Dil Sanga & Jaya ? Im not a sore loser watching cricket for 60 years looking forward to final

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

I just wrote admiring the reportage. At the end, I said "Thanks, John!"instead of saying "Thanks, Jarrod!" So now let me say: congrats Jarrod, for a great piece of writing.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Brilliant satirical writing.Wouldn't expect anything less from the guy who runs Cricket with Balls.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

I join Raman Muthuswamy in applauding Jarod Kimber for this extraordinary report, which brings before your mind's eye the dramatic, and perhaps, historic cricket match which I was privileged to see on TV. Thanks, John!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

The west indies innings doesn't say anything about Aussie bowling attack. I think the Aussies got the talent all right. It was not some shrewd captaincy by bailey to bowl out their ace pace bowlers in the earlier stage in the innings. It should have been obvious to bailey to bowl spinners early and get the quicks to fire yorkers in the death stage, Srilanka and Pakistan gathered more success by those tactics at the same ground. Couldn't have expected this kind of ineptness from an Aussie captain.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

You've been bashing Bailey all tournament, Kimber. He was the only player to stand up to the west indies, yet he is somehow to blame for Doherty bowling a full toss that you yourself admitted would be slogged for six by almost any batsmen in the world? Honestly, at most, all that experiment did was cost an extra 10 runs, and it could have payed off. Instead of bowling that full toss, what if Doherty bowled a beauty that got past the batsmen and took out his off stump? Would you still be bashing Bailey? I suppose it was Bailey's fault that all the other batsmen got out cheaply too. Poor article.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

As a matter of fact, the real weakness of Australia has been exposed by this thrashing by West Indies and that is SPIN. Neither the present crop of batsmen play spin as well as Waugh's , Taylor, Damien Martyn etc...and neither they have world-beating spinners like Warne.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

iam unable to understand one thing why david hussy got the chance yesterday match only ? y selectors havent given the chance so far to david?

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

what a article man,,,, after reading this , those sixes are more delicious to watch again !!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Austrailai Relied On Top Three In The Tournament When Top Three Failed The Team Lost The Match.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Very well written article, I would like many to read it, at least for the sake of appreciating the style. ......... Bailey underestimated the killer strength of west indians that is for sure, but it was a lucky day for them. They have mauled aussies for many years of recalling the beating. Well played West Indies.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

I think Bailey should have dropped the catch of Bravo(Remember Lloyd and Boycott incident?) ... Pollard coming to the crease and joining Gayle for overs 16-20 is sure to spell the dooms day ...

Posted by SamRoy on (October 6, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

I think one of the places where Australia got it wrong was not selecting Clarke for the World T20 as it was held in SL. Michael Clarke is the only world class batsman against spin in Australia (Mike Hussey is good but he is getting old and he is not a Clarke, Jayawardene, Gambhir or Younis Khan against spinners). Also Clarke would have been a far better captain...........

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

I Think in the choice available it was right decision by bailey, Knowing Doherty that he bowls last ours in Australia-- But His decision of Getting David hussey in place of Daniel is something which can debated- Dav is form player and not playing him so long in tournment and suddenly getting him in tournment can discussed. Still i think Australia had good tournment they were outplayed rather than they lost it...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

Jarrod: You made my day - I am chuckling even one hour after reading your article. But I feel for Doherty. Srini

Posted by ardentcricketer on (October 6, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Cannot be more hilarious ! Will have to wait for the highlights to enjoy it again. "Xavier Doherty in happier times; the expression was to change in the last over against Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard" - this caption and Doherty's photo makes it even more hilarious. Great job Jarrod !

Posted by MenFromMarts on (October 6, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

X dropped his bundle when Samuels was given not out LBW. This was the exact moment that Bailey should have realised the game was over for Doherty. As it turned out Samuels was out and who knows if that may have made a difference to the game but it certainly would have made a difference to Doherty. Starc should have been saved for the last over. But hindsight is a wonderful thing. Good toss for WI to win as Bailey said he would have batted first going against his chase policy all tournament.

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (October 6, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Nice Analysis. Brad Hogg is a great spinner & very few batsmen in the world pick his variations. If I were the captain, then it would have been an easy choice for me & I would have thrown the ball to Hogg. Cheers, kumar

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

I AM VERY MUCH INDIAN .. A SR. CITIZEN AT THAT !! IT WAS NOT AN USUAL CRICKET MATCH BUT SCORCHING BLITZ .. WITH THE BATS ! GAYLE, POLLARD & BAILEY -- ALL APPEARED TO BE CHARACTERS IN THE ROWLING'S HARRY POTTER !! SO MUCH THRILL & STILL ENTERTAINING ! MAY THE T20 LIVE LONG AND ALSO THE AUTHOR OF THIS POKER-JOKER-DILBERT PIECE !! MORE THAN WATCHING THE GAME, THE READERS ALSO ARE DELIGHTED WITH SUCH WONDER-FULL PIECES !! CRICINFO .. KEEP IT UP !

Posted by raghuks on (October 6, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

I feel the last over was immaterial .. With anyone bowling some amount of (inconsequential) runs would have been scored. IMO, Bailey's mistake was not giving the first over to Doherty.

Posted by Burbon on (October 6, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

Great Article Jarrod Kimber, It really got me cracking up here ....

Posted by NeutralGear on (October 6, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

This is one of the very few articles on Cricinfo that I read from the first word to the last. Keep it coming Jarrod Kimber.

BTW, I felt that any bowler in the World would have easily gone for more than 15 runs in that situation... Doherty was not far off. The damage was very much done before the last over.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

this was a brilliant well written piece, i really enjoyed it!

Posted by Simoc on (October 6, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

Well hopefully that will be the last game some of the team play for Australia, namely D Hussey, C White, B Hogg and the failed experiment in G Bailey. Guys to come in may be S Smith, M Marsh, M Clarke and N Lyon.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (October 6, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

This was / is a weak Aussie team with only a couple of world class players and that was finally revealed. Wonderful to see WI in full flow and they will be hard to stop in the final too - if they bat first.

Interesting side note - NZ lost in Super overs to the two finalists! So much for the weaker side of the draw!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 6, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

Let's say by applying some other bowler they had conceded 10 runs lesser, then what?? This is just a lame excuse. It was simply a WI day nothing else. Watson didn't succeed in his last two matches here and that made it worse both the times they lost.

Posted by mohdriaz on (October 5, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Good ONE!! First article in cricinfo that I can't stop laughing..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

Don't think any one would have bothered Gayle or Pollard the mood they were in today. They cracked the ball like thunder!!!

Posted by Yousafzai_Akmal on (October 5, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

Watch out people.... Kaali Aandhi of 70's and 80's is back.

Posted by KarachiKid on (October 5, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Poor Doherty. I really feel sorry for him. Perhaps the last over should have been bowled by any one of the quicks who should have bowled pacy yorkers at this monsters.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Gruelling as Doherty's final over was, it was just a T20 match, so hopefully he won't be too disheartened.

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (October 5, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Brilliant article. I'm English and obviously loved every moment of KP's self-exorcism in Adelaide and like any cricket-loving fan, feast on the sight of Gayle and Pollard when in full flow - but this was almost painful to watch. As the author suggests, no-one deserves such public humiliation - not even an Aussie... ;)

Posted by anton1234 on (October 5, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Rather a silly article in my opinion. They already had 180 before the last over and they were going to get close to, or over 200, whoever bowled. It just happened to to be the unlucky Doherty. Having said that, he isn't a good bowler. An average of 44 after playing almost 50 games in FC cricket is testament to that.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

the six balls looked like a movie here...hats off to the writer to keep the readrs involved till the last word.......

Posted by testcricket_lover on (October 5, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

@Nampally----Indians GOT lucky for winning by a run against SAF........Take it easy..........This outburst could be becoz that India didn't make it semis 3rd time in a row........

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

You Can't have a team on top for ever. For the West Indies the absurdity is its ups and downs and that it not settling down despite once amongst the tops. With over 200, you cannot expect a batting side to perform miracle but to buckle under the pressure. But WI can live to taste the blood while Austalia knows its problem.......

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

I cannot fathom why Doherty is being faulted for the demolition job done on him by the two most fearsome hard hitters in t20 cricket. Any other Aussie bowler would have been similarly anhilated under the circumstances.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 5, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

Who is Bailey? And why is one of the world's worst cricketers captain of Australia? Of course, the cupboard being so bare, they are now plucking people from pure obscurity in the hope they might stop the slide. Looks like another wrong turn for the Aussies.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

This article is a literary gem!! Great metaphors. Kudos to the writer

Posted by avinash_7 on (October 5, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Very intriguing article, interesting read.

Posted by sharidas on (October 5, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

It was already long gone at 180. It really did not make any difference then.It can hardly be called a blunder in the circumstances.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

This is one of the best article I have read in long time. I like this "He's been hitting full tosses for six since he grew fingernails in the womb". Awesome Jarrod ...keep it coming!

Posted by wilo909 on (October 5, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

well said writer i hope the windies can put up the same game against sri lanka

Posted by perl57 on (October 5, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Oz was gang probed by Windies in every edition almost. And in this edition, not only in game but also in this article.

Posted by kre8ive on (October 5, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

B.Hogg with the experience he should have bowled or even C.White could of bowled in the middle overs to see there would be no blunder in the end. But to bowlers defense not much he could do when Pollard and Gayle are on a song.....

Posted by cyberstudent on (October 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

thats real sad comedy. laugh hard at it, especially "Considering Gayle had batted the entire 19.2 overs, and the score wasn't 300, it had worked. " LOL

Posted by ravikini on (October 5, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Nice write up Mr.Jarrod Kimber. Really relished your write up and relived the match moments. Really enjoyed your phrases and had a great many laughs. Especially Killer Kieron, not the Pillock Pollard. Fantastic narration. Hats off!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

The best funny article I've ever read on Cricinfo. The author reminded me of myself when I used sarcasm as my style to write. The best of the best comical narration of some serious brute action. Hats off to you Jarrod :)

Posted by Nampally on (October 5, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

In the current form, Gayle & Pollard were capable of destroying any bowler. It is just unfortunate that it was Doherty who bowled the last over. Cummins might have suffered the same fate. Remember, in the first T 20 WC, Yuvraj Singh of India brutalized Broad of England for 6 Sixers in one over. Gayle is the best hitter of the ball & any bowling spin or fast. His IPL record proves this beyond a shadow of doubt. If Gayle plays at one one end for full 20 overs, WI is unbeatable. This was clearly demonstrated today.You call Watson "Superhuman"! A superhuman batsman cannot fail twice in a row to the 2 unknown spinners - Raza from Pakistan & Badree from WI. After watching Gayle's onslaught, you may wish to revise your opinion. The reality is the Australians relied too much on Watson & Warner. When they failed against spin, they lost 2 matches in a row. How lucky were the Aussies to make it to the Final because the wet ball deprived India flexing their muscles with 4 spinners against them!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Awesome. Hilarious. Serves them right. Thank you.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Beautiful.. Awesome.. Hilarius.. Enjoyed it as much as the match.. :-)

Posted by InnocentGuy on (October 5, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Poor Doherty. But it was more Bailey's fault than his. He shouldn't have made Doherty bowl the final over. It should have been Hogg or someone else. When the opposition has 180 on board with only 3 wickets down, sending in an inexperienced finger spinner to 2 IPL veteran boundary hitters is as maddeningly stupid as you can get.

Posted by sixer786 on (October 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

what a article man,,,, after reading this , those sixes are more delicious to watch again !!!

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