Sunday, November 14, 2010

2010 Formula 1 world champion decider at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi

What a cracking finale it will turn out to be in just a little less than 5 hours from the time I am writing this post, after the yesterday’s qualifying session at Yas Marina circuit.Theoretically all the top 4 driver’s  has a chance to become the champion but I will put this as any one of them can lose it easily.

The table bellow will show you how tight the championship race can be as the current standings.

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 246
2 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 238
3 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 231
4 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 222

Sebastian Vettel scripted it perfectly at yesterday’s qualifying session by securing the pole position while his team mate Mark Webber had a worst qualifying which he managed only the 5th place in the grid.Lewis Hamilton and current championship leader Fernando Alonso secured the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Unless something dramatic happen the stage has been set perfectly for the Fernando Alonso to take his 3rd championship title.
There will be lot of pressure on him and he can be a hero or a zero in a matter of milliseconds.And there are so many permutations on who going to be the champion by judging the current standings.Believe me, I don’t even thinking about those combinations right now.
I can’t wait to see the start of the race and first turn of the circuit where drivers at front rows will be itching to go pass each other and take the advantage.
Since I am a Ferrari fan, my money is on two times championed Fernando Alonso but you never know, I will keep my fingers crossed.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

First ever series win in Australia

What a performance by the the Sri Lankan cricket team down under making history to win the first ever series beating Aussies(Current number 1 ranked team in the world by ICC and see the full rankings) in their own backyard.It was a real professional effort by the team and they fully deserve that win with the brand of cricket they are playing at the moment.This performance will augurs well for them in 2011 cricket world cup which is going to be held in sub continent.
This performance reminds me that,we were doing well in down under in 1995/96 tour to Australia and went onto win the world cup in 1996 which also held in sub continent.I don’t know this is a coincident or not but believe me, history repeats itself.
All kick started with the Twenty 20 win at Perth where rest of the world thought will be an impossible task for Lankans to cope with purely because of the bouncier conditions.Against the all critics they won that game convincingly.In my opinion that really did make them believing, they have a real good opportunity to beat Australians in their own backyard.
Then came back to Melbourne for the 1st ODI and pull off a miracle to comeback from 8 wickets down for just 107 runs and chased down 240 to win the game by one wicket which is one of the greatest come back of ODI’s history by Lankans.In doing so Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga beat the 27 years old world record for the 9th wicket partnership held by Kapil Dev and Syed Kirmani.
And then in the 2nd ODI at Sydney they script another convincing win, hence the first ever series win in down under.This was too an all round performance by the Sri Lankans and Aussies were really down and out.
Now I am looking forward to the tomorrows game at Brisbane which is a dead rubber as far as the series is concern but Lankans have a real good chance to make it a clean sweep which is not an easy task by any means against the Aussies in Australia.I am wondering how many teams have done that before.
Wishing you all the best to you Sri Lankans to achieve that feat too.
GO Lankans GO.