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Despite all the debate regarding the validity of the concept and allegations of tampering with hallowed traditions, the ongoing series of cricket matches between an Asian XI and an African XI is providing some really interested moments.

In the second match of the series, which the Asian XI won, on the back of a hostile opening bowling spell by Shoaib Akhtar with Zaheer Khan winkling out 3 wickets at the other end, there were many such events.

To start off, an opening batting combination of Virender Sehwag and Shahid Afridi is stuff that bowlers' nightmares are made of. So people must have been bewildered to see Sehwag play out the first over of the match without scoring a single run. But before the pundits could conclude that the bowling is precise or there are demons in the pitch, what with all the grass on it, Afridi took strike and smote his very first ball for a six over extra cover. Back to normal service.

If that were not enough to prove that he doesnt adhere to any norms of batsmanship, he got out LBW of the very next ball. How Inzamam keeps his head while trying to manage this hot headed Pathan remains a mystery to me.

In other matters, Zaheer Khan bowled with a verve and passion that he hasn't displayed for India in some time and Ashish Nehra was his usual tidy self.

And I couldn't say it better than rediff does here,

Asian captain Inzamam-ul-Haq began his innings by running out countryman Abdul Razzaq for a duck, injured a hamstring in playing a hook shot and finished, with a runner, unbeaten on 32 from 31 deliveries.

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