David Hopps at the Guardian sums up Pakistan's victory but also brings up a very interesting incident.
Pakistan's victory came despite what seemed to be an unacceptable
intervention by the Australian umpire Steve Davis in the wake of the
ball-tampering allegations made by New Zealand against Gul. Davis seemed to tell
Pakistan's fielders not to throw the ball into the stumps on the bounce, in an
attempt to roughen up the ball more quickly. It was a perfectly legitimate
tactic and Davis's admonishment, if so it was, smacked of an attempt to impose
arbitrary and unfair restrictions.
I didnt notice the umpire trying to enforce any such policy but I did see him trim a piece of seam from the ball toward the If this is true then it will only fuel the flame of bias and presuming the Pakistan team being guilty of "something". How is throwing the ball back to the keeper on one bounce an offense? Will the umpires next ask the batsmen to not hit the ball too hard or into the stands?
The second piece of info is pretty sad if true. The Times of India reports that India's Twenty20 cricket team manager has been suspended on charges of sexual harrassment.
On a lighter note, lets hope that the umpires dont report Afridi for sexual harrassement (for blowing a kiss at Kallis)