Eoin Morgan – Best Batsman

Eoin Morgan could score just 1 in the first match of the 7-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

The game was being played in Colombo and the visitors were chasing down a big target of 318. The platform was laid by the top order and Morgan, who had walked in at 4, had to provide a bit of acceleration to the innings, but, before he could settle down, he was cleaned up by none other than Ajantha Mendis, the mystery spinner of the Sri Lankan team.

Morgan mistook that Mendis’ delivery as orthodox off spin and thus, played for the away going delivery leaving enough space between his bat and the front pad for the ball to take the thin inside edge and disturb the furniture behind him.

It was sort of Deja vu for Morgan. He has been dismissed like this a lot against the off spinners who don’t turn the ball that much. He doesn’t seem to be able to pick the slider which just skids on and goes with the arm. This time, he got bowled. On other occasions, he has been out leg before wicket. So, he will have to think about it.

The left hander is batting at the crucial no. 4 position for England in the One Day Internationals and his role there is to play freely and get the England innings taken off in the middle overs.

If he gets out early, England completely gets unsettled. It happened a couple of times in the India series back home and now, it has happened here in the first game in Sri Lanka as well.

Morgan surely needs to get better against spin if he has to help England achieve anything big in the World Cup.

Bell Manages To Return To Form

Ian Bell finally managed to return to form as he got a match winning hundred for England in the 3rd test match against India which was played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Bell scored 167 runs off 256 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes and took England’s score past 450 before getting out.

Bell was very lucky to be able to get to that hundred though. He could have been given out leg before wicket at the score of naught off the bowling of Pankaj Singh towards the end of the first day’s play, but, it wasn’t to be. The umpire Rod Tucker gave him the benefit of the doubt.

It was a magical delivery, which after pitching on the middle-leg line, swirled away and hit Bell’s pad right in front of the wicket. The height was not an issue there either. The ball was going to hit the pole of off stump and it looked out straightaway, but, Tucker, for some reason, denied the strong appeal of the bowler and the slip cordon. He perhaps would have thought that the ball was doing too much and would miss the off stump.

A batsman, out of form, needs such things going his way and Bell made most of that lifeline given to him by the umpire. He produced a master class on a wicket which was conducive for batting to some extent, but, was not completely flat as the bowlers were getting something out of it ever now and then.

The impressive part of that Bell innings was the way he handled the Indian spinners. He was not shy of getting down the track and lofting them straight over their head.

All in all, it was one of the best test hundreds scored by the Warwickshire veteran.