Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by sureshs, Feb 15, 2011.
Today its India vs West Indies
great win for pakistan, they are so hot and cold, but a great win and first loss in WC for 12 years for australia
Once again India can't bat out 50 overs
It is very sad that the world;s best batting lineup cannot bat the full 50 overs.
If I remember correctly then India has batted the full 50 overs just once in the World Cup and that was against Bangladesh.
what happened to Sehwag ??? Is he resting for the knockout stage. or is there some injury.
So now India faces AUS and WI faces Pak. and i hear it's knockout from now on.
Has the final 8 been decided. Just post it when it is.
Pakistan v West Indies
India v Australia
South Africa v New Zealand
England v Sri Lanka
So my guess for the semi-finals would be Pakistan v India and South Africa v Sri Lanka, those would be brilliant.
I think he was rested for the knockout stages.
Here is the link for the updated fixtures
So it took a month, but we've arrived at the knock-out stages with no surprise exits. Finally, some matches where winning will actually matter...
Which country you, Dags ?
I'm English. Whilst I support my team, I would far rather watch a tournament where every match counted for something. With 6 games in the group stage, it gives the teams too many chances to recover from bad games - as we saw with England, it was possible to suffer two shock losses and still progress. It's clear to me that this format heavily favours the established sides over the minnows, which is wrong.
I also find a month of play far too long to reach the knock out stages. Certainly where I am, there is no excitement about watching this World Cup. It was discussed a little at the start, but people soon lost interest - it's not even prominent on the sports pages. I'm not sure it will pick up again. Perhaps if England were to beat Sri Lanka, but I wouldn't count on it.
My nephews were saying recently that cricket is hot only in India/Pak (south asia). Elsewhere -- England, Australia etc people are more crazy about football and other sports.
Is that true? One of them said cricket will die out since there arent enough countries interested, another disagreed.
Hmm, cricket has alot of fans here, although they're right to say it's nowhere near as popular as football.
It's always been that way though, if anything it's getting a bit more popular with the success we've had in the Ashes over the past 6 years.
Wow, WI seems to be in a hurry to get home !
Pakistan is our first Semifinalist.
Do i need to be nervous about the India vs Au match ? Or is India the stronger side ?
Australia is a shadow of the team that's amassed such a superb record at the Cup.
The side's pace attack is good but there's little in the way of spin, there are also major issues with the middle order and the Aust captain criticised the top order for scoring too slowly in the last match.
In my view it's an unbalanced team with too many weaknesses.
The Indian side is far more solid when it comes to batting and the spin attack is world class.
It's never wise to count out the Aussies but the deserved favourite is India at home.
All these could be attributed to the Indian team as well. So....I am not picking one over the other.
It's tough to say, I think India will have a field day against their bowling attack. Smith and Krejza should be easy pickings for the Indian players who are very good against spin. Their pace bowlers are all very fast, but they can also be wayward (Johnson especially).
As for their batting, it's Watson and Hussey that you should be worried about. On paper it seems like they don't have much to worry India, but they're quite gritty and fight as hard as anyone. Australia's best hope is to fight as hard as usual and hope that, along with the pressure of the home fans, will get to India.
I am an expert at being nervous - experience from tennis matches.
Australia wins the toss, elects to bat first. First ball to be bowled in less than 5 minutes.
Aussies 260-6. Seems to be good on this wicket, i hear.
Woohooo !! India wins after almost messing it up at one point.
So who is going to win the Cup?
India wins. Australia out of the World Cup before making the semi finals for the first time since 1992.
The most anticipated match is now official- INDIA vs PAKISTAN Semifinals on 30th March
So Sentinel, did you enjoy the match?
x 2. I hope it is not one-sided in either direction.
Yup -- because India won -- , but please tell me:
1) what exactly is a FREE HIT ? Seems to be more than just one extra ball as in a Wide.
2) Had there been a tie, there would have been a SUPER OVER or something like that. What does that involve ?
Spain will win the Davis Cup . Or did you mean the Hopman/ Rider/Federation ???
1.) The batsman cannot be given out when he has a free hit, with the exception of being run out.
2.) Each side nominate 3 batsmen and 1 bowler, and have one over per side. The side with the highest score wins. If 2 batsmen are out (i.e. you only have one left), the over is, erm, over. I've never found out what happens if they tie that over - presumably they repeat until one team wins.
^ Mucho Gracias.
yeah, good observations here Fena, I disagree on your "home tests are bigger than WC" stuff but your knowledge is bang on and I agree other.
That was truly awesome from ponting and india...although it seemed the pressure was getting them in middle overs (attrotious running). then yuvraj.
The bigger picture here is also the 50-over game gets crap recently but you just can't create the drama we saw last night with 20-20. Cricket should always be bat vs ball.
in 3 hours my team (NZ) take on the saffers...heart says yes..mind says no.
we just dont have the team we had in previous decades....but if Ross or Brendan fire things will get interesting...whats your take on england.
I dont think they will beat SL..SL is my pick to take out the whole tourny.
Yep, i've got Sri Lanka winning the whole thing too. India v Pakistan and South Africa v Sri Lanka are two fantastic semi-finals, should the last two make it through. Sri Lanka shouldn't have too many problems with England I wouldn't of thought, they have no Pietersen to fear and no Broad. Swann will bowl well as always, but he won't be enough on his own.
As for home tests been bigger than the World Cup, I think test cricket in general is the pinnacle of the sport If it's getting up at 4 in the morning to watch England in India, or staying up throughout the night watching them in New Zealand or Australia, that's what really matters to English fans. I suppose that's what we've played here for what? 150 years, that's the form of the game that means the most to us as a Nation.
Please keep that to yourself. Last thing we need is a test criket world cup when the 50-over version already takes several months!
well, if you're a long time cricket fan you'll know what Fena's on about here.
Actually i agree to large extent, nothing beats high quality test cricket for drama...Ashes 2005 are a classic wxample of this....more "nuanced" entertainemnt than the slap-dash of 20-20 which i can tolerate...
I just responding to Englands apparent "lack of inspiration" at a big tourny.
yes..they might be tired...in fact Id start blaming the ECB...what is 7 one-dayers in aussie all about? diff conditions too.
Anyway....This WC is showing the 50-over game can be exciting and dramatic...we will see more of that with pak vs india and other games for sure.
No they dont.
In case scores are level in the super over, the team hitting maximum sixes in the match will win. If its also same, the teams with maximum fours win the match.
Haha They're actually talking about having something like that, I believe it's the top 4 teams going head-to-head in a playoff tournament.
Absolutely, I can see why most of the cricket playing world loves the World Cup and the 50 over game. When you think how Indian cricket blossomed after winning it 1983, Ganguly was talking on commentary yesterday about how it inspired himself and the likes of Dravid and Tendulkar. You obviously have to have huge respect for that win, which ultimately set the foundations for India to become the best team in the world right now.
Yeah the 7 match series after the Ashes was a joke, nobody wanted to play it really, although I think Australia were grateful for the opportunity to get revenge for the Ashes loss. England have been away from home since October, and even before then they had a long summer of cricket against Pakistan which was tough, what with all the accusations, match fixing and bad blood between both teams. Graeme Swann has a column in one of the newspapers here and he said some interesting things about touring and the depression which affects the players. First we had Trescothick retire from International cricket because of it and now Yardy looks to of played his last game too.
Here's a bit of what he had to say:
"One thing I do know, however, is as international cricketers we are frequently away from home for months, often playing fairly meaningless matches scheduled purely to put silver in the coffers of some cricket board.
I'm not going to bleat about the lifestyle - we normally stay in great hotels and have most of our whims and wishes attended to.
But it is inevitable that the treadmill of playing, practising, flying and living out of a suitcase can take a toll"
Who do you guys think will win the India-Pak semi ?
I am totally new to cricket - i am watching for the first time thanks to this thread, so i dunno.
Just wondering, is that not like deciding a tennis match tie break by who served more aces
Pakistan has NEVER defeated India in a World Cup match. IMO it is anybody;s game. India;s strenght is in their batting whereas Pakistan;s strenght is in their bowling so I guess it will be another exciting match.
I want India to win because the reason is pretty obvious,
Whoever wins, two things are sure
1) There will be a new World Champion
2) There will be atleast one subcontinent team in the final.
Pat Symcox is a major SouthAfrica-****, yeesh :???:
Symcox! thats a blast from the bast...classic SA cricketer..no quarter given.
nz 221/8...actually I'm quite pleased we've given ourselves a fighting chance.
Ryder and Taylor showed a lot of dilgence and commitment..pity they couldn't just stay in a bit longer.
at the 35 over mark..NZ looking good...but I think Styris and Ryder panicked too much about the runrate. It was a sudden change of "right we'll go after it now"...while yes we were a little slow..thats no need for pre-meditated and
"slog" shotmaking. credit also to the SA bowlers..particularly steyn for bowling great "at the death" bowling following the batsman etc. having said that...singh last night showed great shotmaking doesn't means you forget about plying each ball on it's merits..
Anyway..Game ON! 220 is about 20 runs short but who cares..some quick wickets and anything could happen...eg the england SA game.
SL vs IN/Pak would make it a subcontinent final !
Acco to my newspapers the entire Pak team was rooting for India (against Australia).
Nz > Sa. .......
The World Cup jinx for SA continues. They have NEVER won a knockout game in the World Cup ever.
Deserved victory for NZ though. They bowled very well and now they will play SL/Eng in the semi finals.
Watched the highlights earlier... for SA to get all-out for 172 is astonishing. NZ pwnd SA yet again in a world cup. It's not 4 times in 6 matches.
England out for 229. Should be easy for SL to match ???
It's not an easy pitch to score on, but they should be more used to those conditions I hope they do win.
^ I came in during the last over of ENG, it did say below that the average scored in the first innings here was 195.
This is true, they also said the majority of the teams batting first win at this stadium. Having said that, I think Sri Lanka should be fine.
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