A few West Indies fans in a sea of sad
Well, I was there. The West Indies came from way behind and pulled off a stunning win over Sri Lanka. You could feel the mood in the crowd go from surprise to elation at the run of excellent early bowling from Sri Lanka, getting two maiden overs and getting the powerhouse Chris Gayle out for three. Then, somehow effortlessly, Samuels destroyed Malinga for six after six. However, when their innings ended I thought Sri Lanka was winning. But then we couldn’t hit fours or sixes at all. Then we all got out. Then it was over.
The stadium alight, when Sri Lanka first took the field.
There’s nothing sadder than a quiet stadium, and in the last five overs it was deadly still. Sri Lanka was so down at that point, depending on bowlers to become extraordinary batsmen where even our top-order had failed. It was like watching someone getting punched in the kidney over and over again until they died.
The West Indies after winning, Gangam Style.
On the plus side, there’s no one better to lose to than the West Indies. Their charming team still brought smiles to the faces of dejected fans by dancing Gangam Style around the grounds. They played incredibly, showing will and resolution beyond their reputation for brute force batting. No one deserves it more. Much respect, amidst the dejection.