I don’t know anything about cricket, but in the right hands it makes for a really good metaphor:
How will Iraq end? Probably not with a clear-cut victor. It will probably end a draw. The U.S.-led coalition of the willing posted a huge first-innings score of 568 and followed it up by arrogantly fielding exclusively fast-bowlers and allowing the enemy to post a 367 in their first innings. (We must have thought we were the Windies c. 1982.) We then collapsed for a 97 in the second innings and are now desperately trying to hang on for the win in the enemy’s second innings. He might win. So might we. But at least we’ve got some spin bowlers on the field now.
Thanks for everything, Abu Muqawama.