Well, the second semi-final last night was unfathomable. Australia certainly bowled very well, but the lack of desire and determination shown by India was just weird.
Maybe we'll win on Sunday, maybe we'll go down. But I cannot imagine the Black Caps going down like that.
India were partly strangled out of the match by a very decent bowling performance by Aus, and a relatively large total. Gotta admire the way Aus managed the game from Smith and Finch's batting onwards.
I'm pretty sure we'll lose on Friday. It'll be a combination of the moving away from home advantage, the draining epic of a match last Tuesday and the sheer step up in challenge of facing an in form Aussie side. The victory over them in Auckland will have done them more good than us as well.
But as you say, this Kiwi side knows only one way to play and if we chuck the kitchen sink at them and burn out big time, there'll be no complaints form me. It's been a hell of a ride!
Big ups to PAS's Richard Irvine as well, running social media and comms for the Black Caps. The "Back the Black Caps" campaign has been excellent as we've moved through the tournament.
More on the graceful Aussie front;
But I love a reader comment on the original story in Sydney Morning Herald
"that was stereotyping, not racist. I checked with a couple indian guys at work, to see if they were offended. They all laughed. And one added that "good luck getting a taxi in melb" as 80% of melb Indian taxi drivers are Punjabi, and as I just learnt, the Punjabi men, are the most fanatical of all indian crick supporters."
So, just don't do what I did last night.
I walked into my local 7/11 to grab some milk, and I said the the owner (who I see all the time) "are you going to watch the cricket tomorrow"
He says "nope, why would I?"
I said "why not, what kind of patriotic supporter are you"
He said "Well, im the sri lankan kind of supporter" Im sri lankin. Not indian. That will be $4.30 please"
I learnt a small lesson.
He's a nice guy. He put me in my place. I apologised, and am a little bit better as a person for it.
Aussies eh!? Gotta love 'em.
And ex-Aussie batsman Mathew Hayden, as classy as usual;
Sadly, I said the same thing about the size of the MCG boundary after our semi final win and I hate to be agreeing on anything with that guy.
Weirdly the British Premier League continues to be great old fun, even if the talent on display is fairly over-rated, while the English national team continues to fade into the worst kind of mediocre rubbish. Kinda the opposite to NZ rugby.
As a Hurricanes supporter I couldn't be happier (although, as a Hurricanes supporter, I'm expecting the bubble to burst any day now), however I haven't seen any of it either.
Watched one Crusaders game on Prime. They were shit.
It was a lot better when we could get up to dance and Neneh herself was on fire, but I wasn't completely won over by the material, which got a bit synth-rock for me at times. Peter McLennan begs to differ in his review for the 13th Floor.
C'mon Russ, Neneh Cherry, Rocketnumbernine and Four Tet? That's a fine collision right there. Great review by Peter Mac as well!
Thought I'd throw this in the mix, The mystery of Mingering Mike: the soul legend who never existed.
Yep, that was an excellent yarn.
Courtesy of Gilles Peterson, tracing the history of London's Pirate Radio stations. These (and Peel) made me fall in love with radio. The chaos and freedom of the north and east London dub pirate stations was a joy.
Jealous of your weekend Auckland, very very jel....
Plastic People, the small, famous basement club in Shoreditch, London, closed down last week, after more than 20 years. Floating Points and Four Tet played the final night and have posted the recording of the whole evening (just shy of six hours of it) to Soundcloud:
Brilliant set list, that. We all know DJ'ing isn't brain surgery but apparently neither would trouble Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) too much as, when not beat bashing, he's currently completing his PHD in neuroscience.
Top that Diplo!