The West Indies came close to causing an upset by beating Australia today. Australia batted first and West Indies had them on the ropes before allowing them to recover. Set a target of 289 to win, West Indies fell just short, disappointing many in the cricket world who tend to cheer against Australia partly for being part of the cartel with India and England and partly because Australia practices a vicious form of gamesmanship that extends to even cheating, taking the view that it’s ok as long as you are not caught.
But while Australia were batting, there was a superb catch taken by Sheldon Cottrell to dismiss Steven Smith. Cottrell was fielding on the boundary and in taking the catch, his momentum would have taken him over the line, so immediately after catching it one-handed he threw the ball up while he was still inside, stepped outside and then in again while the ball was in the air, and caught the ball again. It was a beautiful example of quick thinking and timing, appreciated best when seen in slow motion from the back. (Many thanks to ridana in the comments who provided the link below to the one I posted earlier that had been removed.)
Meanwhile, yesterday, Bangladesh also came close to but failed to beat New Zealand while India cruised to a win over South Africa. South Africa has lost all its first three games and will now need to win its remaining six if it wants to make it to the semi-final round. That is a very tall order.