The last thing we expected to see when we fired up the old internet today was that New Zealand had successfully defended the paltry 239 target it set for India at the ICC 2019 World Cup Cricket ODI tournament.
India fell short by 18 runs, chasing a figure that should have been eclipsed by any two of the Indian batsmen.
That, as they say, is cricket.
The second semifinal is some 12 and a half hours away as this is being written and smart money, by which we mean the bookies, is only England, although the gap in quotes is narrow, with England priced at $1.73 and Australia $2.10.
If Australia were to get past the Poms and into the final, would it be worth considering moving the venue to MCG?
It may seem odd that we opened with cricket, because our intent all along was to report that the NSW Blues have won Origin III to decide the series in favour of NSW for a second consecutive year.
James Tedesco delivered the winning try for the Blues in the final minute when he crossed with just 32 seconds remaining to supply a 26 – 20 win at ANZ Stadium.
Our distant perspective is that while any Origin series lacking a dead rubber is a good Origin series, we would have voted to have the decider, rather than the second game, in Perth, or some other neutral spot.
That would basically mean Victoria, South or Western Australia and we admit that it might not be a popular idea with the football fans of Queensland and NSW, but judging from the number of Twitter followers we can claim, we are not exactly members of the popular set.
NSW has struggled in the past when the series went to the third game with the series at stake.
Queensland has won 13 deciders to four for NSW.
It appeared as though NSW were coasting to an easy win, up 20 – 8 with 20 minutes remaining, but the Maroons charged hard, to the extent that even NSW coach Brad Fittler admitted, “If he [Pearce] doesn’t throw the ball out there and he doesn’t spot the space, we’re going into extra time. They were going better than us.”
At any rate, the NRL has delivered two compelling Origin series over the past two years in what we believe is the greatest All-Star game in the world.