Cricket: More Than a Game

5 innings. 24 balls. 2 runs. 5 dismissals. The innings before that was a Ton so it isn't completely horrendous.

Who would have thought that after the first weekend that Zimbabwe would have the least worst net run rate. They did enough to suggest they might be able to sneak into 4th in their pool.

England's death bowling was the worst I have ever seen. Pakistan's was the best and gave them a bit of momentum they carried into their innings. But they dug a hole for themselves in the middle overs and crashed hard after that.

There is still a month to go on this tournament. The gloss of the opening weekend will fade I am sure.

Zimbabwe had me a bit worried there for a while. We just couldn't get wickets. I'm a bit pleased that Amla and De Villiers didn't do well and a couple of middle order guys stepped in and did the business. The middle order has been a concern, now some of the guys have runs I think we're in a stronger position.

Just when you thought England were rubbish...heeerrrrrrreeee's the West Indies !

Odd cricket fact of the day (courtesy of the BBC).

There have only been 5 successful chases of 300 in the WC. Ireland have 3 of them.

davet010 wrote:

Just when you thought England were rubbish...heeerrrrrrreeee's the West Indies !

Odd cricket fact of the day (courtesy of the BBC).

There have only been 5 successful chases of 300 in the WC. Ireland have 3 of them.

Wow, that's an incredible stat.

From what I heard, the WI were utterly terrible in the field, no spirit and fight.

Has been a good start to the tournament so far

We might see more of those sort of chases this time round.

6 of the 10 innings prior to today's game were over 300. The game has moved to a point where those scores can be chased down without a lot of fuss.

A part of me wouldn't mind the final being played on a seaming deck where the bowlers have the advantage and batting is hard.

Make the final an actual competition between bat and ball, rather than a slog fest.

Wow!! I can't wait to see the English papers tomorrow.

That was a slaughter.

Bruce wrote:

Wow!! I can't wait to see the English papers tomorrow.

That was a slaughter.

Yeah, that was incredible. Are NZ that good or are England that bad.

Here's part of the problem.

Morgan not embarrassed by NZ rout

Any decent Captain, or team, would be deeply embarrassed by that performance.

Cronox wrote:
Bruce wrote:

Wow!! I can't wait to see the English papers tomorrow.

That was a slaughter.

Yeah, that was incredible. Are NZ that good or are England that bad.

Combo.

NZ are playing really good cricket and have the second best batsman of the tournament in McCullum. They are playing their home conditions perfectly.

England are putrid.

Pakistan giving England a run for their money though - at one stage they were 1-4!

Ugh. What a limp performance.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

Ugh. What a limp performance.

Yeah, what the heck was that?

The injury to Philander exposed Parnell - and he was taken apart pretty badly.

Then a tentative start grew into a really jittery performance with the bat. Run outs and mistimed slogs getting caught from panic at being well behind the rate.

No one has chased strongly so far. Only Ireland running down the West Indies. The Shrees nearly stumbled against Afghanistan.

England have bounced back against the might of Scotland to post 300.

Some days everything falls your way.

Gayle survives an LBW review on his first ball with an 'Umpire's Call' decision and then goes on to make the biggest score in WC history.

Amazing luck.

UAE were really unlucky.

Another Schrodinger's decision review where it is either out or not out depending on the question asked. This one even closer than the Gayle decision.

It would likely have been different if 9, 10 and 11 had to make 20 runs from 14 balls.

Afghanistan have started very well against Scotland. Scots are 7/142 in the 35th.

Would be great if Afghanistan got a win

It's been really fantastic to see teams like the UAE, Ireland and Afghanistan play competitively so far. They have looked much more impressive that the typical associate teams at World Cup.

So another one of the games of the tournament comes compliments of the associates again. No wonder the big 3 are kicking them out, they make them look bad.

Good Lord!!

AB deV is astonishing.

He plays the real game of cricket like it is Brian Lara, those figures, wow

Well that was a game of cricket! (Aus v NZ).

Shambolic batting by Aus, and then more shambolic batting by NZ.

Great game!

Pakistan adds to the rollercoaster.

There have been great matches, some hidings and lots of amazing indvidual feats.

But the tournament is still too slow. It just meanders along when the players seem to be trying to keep it alive with their efforts.

So, are we about to say goodbye to England thanks to Bangladesh?

Already have. Their remaining game is a formality.

There's an element of schadenfreude considering they were one of the forces behind the move to a 10-team cup next time in the interests of "quality play."

How delicious

"No one really cares about 50 overs cricket." - every expat Englishman in Australia.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

So, are we about to say goodbye to England thanks to Bangladesh?

Nope, we are saying bye to England because they refuse to accept the 50 over game isn't still player the same way as it was 20 years ago and they sacked the only person who does understand that.

And so we see the end of the careers of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, both greats of the modern era.

Sangakkara may be the best #3 of my lifetime, and that is ahead of Ponting.

Well I must say I am a bundle of nerves! I didn't really care who wan in the final back when I bought my tickets to the game and thought New Zealand had no chance, but slowly over the last 8 months my hope has been building and now with one game to go I think i9 may get an ulcer before the end of the day!