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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:44 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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So the QF line-up is now confirmed:

Pakistan v West Indies
Sri Lanka v England
Australia v India
New Zealand v South Africa

A tricky one for England, even though their WC record against the Sri Lankans is excellent - played eight, won six.

One of their two losses, though, came at the last World Cup in 2007, and was by just two runs.

Could we be in for a similar margin here - given that all of England's matches so far in this tournament have been close?

In the other matches, expect the Indians to end the Aussies' long reign as WC champions, and the Proteas to be too good for the Kiwis. I also fancy Pakistan to beat the Windies, who could well be rattled by those two dramatic batting collapses...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:57 am    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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So Pakistan take the first semi-final place.

But that was a dreadful performance by the Windies - not only were they bowled out for little more than 100, with only Chanderpaul, Sarwan and number 10 Roach reaching double figures, but their run-rate was a shocking 2.57.

Indeed, Chanderpaul's 44 not out came off 106 balls, and included a solitary six and no fours, while Sarwan's 24 came off 68 balls.

When you think about it, that collapse against England was a turning point in their World Cup...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:51 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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India have ended Australia's 12-year reign as world champions!!

Great match!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:13 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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I don't disagree.

Yuvraj Singh - definitely one of the best players in this tournament - and Raina kept their heads very well after Kohli, Gambhir and Dhoni had given their wickets away rather cheaply.

It's about time the World Cup was won by a team other than the Aussies, anyway.

But has Ponting played his last ODI, despite his first century in one for 13 months?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:30 am    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Nah only yesterday he said he reckons he's still got at least another year in him...and it's the same with footballers and rugby players; the two things you need when ageing are the physical capability, and the love of the game still! And Ponting definitely has both of those still :)

Here's hoping England can progress further at the weekend and give me a great birthday present! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:05 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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New Zealand see off South Africa...meaning whoever England would be drawn against (should they beat the Windies tomorrow), it's going to be a very challenging semi-final!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:19 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Er, Davey... England are playing Sri Lanka tomorrow, and whoever wins will play New Zealand... :eyes: :lol: ;)

Anyway, YET AGAIN South Africa choke at the World Cup!!!! :shock: :shock:

The Kiwis' 221-8 didn't seem like a big enough total, despite Jesse Ryder's 83 and some handy knocks by Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson - and, indeed, the Proteas looked to be cruising at 108-2, with Kallis, Smith and de Villiers all hitting well.

But then they went and lost their last eight wickets for 64 runs in 19 overs...

Jacob Oram was brilliant, taking 4-39 as well as catching Kallis and Steyn, while Nathan McCullum also impressed with 3-24.

But this result is only going to strengthen the general perception of South Africa at World Cups... :(

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:46 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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I wasn't keeping track of the semi-final line-up :oops:

But yeah...here's hoping tomorrow!!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:14 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Absolutely DEMOLISHED! :(

Ever since we lost those two pathetically easy wickets right at the start, it was over. Completely one-way traffic, and Dilshan and Tharanga thorough deserved their tons!

Very disappointing performance for England...at very worst even if we tried harder we'd have been completely outplayed :( Muttiah Muralitharan as good as ever with his bowling, getting a couple of wickets himself...I'm just simply lost for words...we were poor and we didn't even claim a single wicket in reply! :( Well done to Tharanga for claiming his ton with the winning runs from a boundary!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:44 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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And here's another statistic that doesn't make for happy reading: Tharanga hit 12 fours and one six, while England's entire innings had 12 fours and no sixes... :( :(

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:10 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Would love to see an India v Sri Lanka final but hey ho, here's the semi-final line-up then:

India v Pakistan
New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Vettori and co. have been decent but if Sri Lanka's performance today is anything to go by, I can't see the Kiwis winning...as for India, yes they've had their eyebrow-rising moments but they are on home soil after all and I think they'll see of Pakistan

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:18 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Well I'm pleased to say I got my first prediction right; Sri Lanka hung on to beat New Zealand by five wickets!

Was beginning to look like the Kiwis were going to push them all the way towards the end, claiming a few late wickets, but it wasn't enough!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:57 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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And I got both predictions right! India beat Pakistan pretty convincingly!

The scenes in Southall (on the news) are just nothing short of beautiful - MANY Indians really having a reason to celebrate!

So the final is India v Sri Lanka...and with such a huge momentum, plus the home advantage, I'd love to completely commit to the Indians for this one...they've staged a great World Cup and would be thoroughly deserved World Champions...but do not EVER write Sri Lanka off, especially when Murali wants to retire from cricket having just become a World Cup winning spinner!

For Murali's sake, I'm hoping Sri Lanka pull it off!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:30 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Well, many predicted an India v Sri Lanka final when the QF draw came out...

They have easily been the two best sides in this World Cup, and it's a shame only one of them can win it.

But I too would kind of like the Sri Lankans to come out on top - it would be rather heartbreaking if Murali's international career ended with a WC final defeat.

Meanwhile, as expected, Michael Clarke has been named as Ricky Ponting's successor as Aussie Test and ODI captain - which isn't going to please many Down Under...

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/cla ... 1cgal.html

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:46 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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India are the new World Champions!

Upsetting night for Murali but he shouldn't be too distraught; he and the rest of the Sri Lankan team have had a brilliant tournament nevertheless!

But congrats to India...thoroughly deserving winners! Even with them being fined for their slow over rate :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:25 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket- World Cup 2011
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Bit upsetting for Jayawardene too - being the first player to score a century in the WC final and end up on the losing side.

But that was an absolutely cracking match!

It looked like the Sri Lankans weren't going to set all that big a total until Jayawardene, Kulasekara and Perera upped the tempo in the last ten overs.

And they were really in the driving seat when Sehwag and Tendulkar both fell before they could really get going.

But Gambhir, Kohli and then Dhoni - who hadn't had a good tournament with the bat beforehand - swung it back India's way.

It was still in the melting pot, though, when Gambhir was bowled three short of a ton of his own.

But who better to help Dhoni lead the Indians over the line than Yuvraj Singh, who has been brilliant throughout this competition with bat and ball - and how better to seal victory than the captain hitting a six? :D

Not surprisingly, Dhoni was Man of the Match, while Yuvraj was Player of the Tournament.

And let's not forget about Tendulkar - finally tasting World Cup glory at the sixth, and possibly final, time of asking. When you think about it, it would have been probably even more heartbreaking if his team had lost...

So many, many congratulations to the Little Master, and to Dhoni, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Sehwag and everyone else on the Indian cricket team! :D :D

And commiserations to Sri Lanka - but also very well done, you played your parts brilliantly! :D

And so, that is that until we do it all again in Australia and New Zealand in 2015...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:03 am    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket
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Two incredible matches taking place in the second week after the World Cup - one an ODI, the other a County Championship affair.

In the ODI on Monday, Shane Watson beat Bangladesh almost single-handedly - hitting a record 15 sixes on his way to 185 not out, the highest individual one-day score by an Aussie, as the Tigers lost by nine wickets.

Watson's knock accounted for 80% of the team total of 232-1, and came off just 96 balls (nearly two each ball!). Four of the sixes came off one Suhrawadi Shuvo over, and there were also 15 fours.

Not surprisingly, Australia wrapped up the win with almost half of their 50 overs to spare.

Meanwhile, in the County Championship, Somerset got their Division 1 campaign off to a dreadful start as, at home to Warwickshire, they achieved their lowest innings total in 43 years and suffered their second-largest defeat ever.

The Bears piled up 642 in their first innings, with Varun Chopra hitting 210 and Chris Woakes 129, and handy contributions from Darren Maddy (67), Ant Botha (64), Will Porterfield (45) and Tim Ambrose (40).

Somerset reached 118-1 in reply, only to slide to 210 all out as Woakes (6-85) tore through the middle order and tail.

And then, following on, the Cidermen were shot out for just 50, Rikki Clarke taking 5-10 and Woakes capping an amazing all-round performance with another three wickets.

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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 9:57 pm    Author: rico7    Post subject: Re: Cricket
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England needed only half a day to bowl out Sri Lanka and win by more than an innings to win the first test match. They hadn't even declared overnight to allow Ian Bell to complete his century and an extra ten minutes less to bowl!

England now have three captains for the three respective formats with Andrew Strauss continuing as Test match captain, Alastair Cook who missed out on being selected for The World Cup skippering the one day side, and Stuart Broad who didn't play in the IPL the captain for T20.


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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 10:52 pm    Author: RMF1254    Post subject: Re: Cricket
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England needed only half a day to bowl out Sri Lanka and win by more than an innings to win the first test match. They hadn't even declared overnight to allow Ian Bell to complete his century and an extra ten minutes less to bowl!


And almost everyone was convinced that this Test would finish in a draw - especially with all the rain.

In fact, the Cardiff stands were almost empty when play got underway - at 3pm, no less - and then filled up rapidly as Sri Lanka collapsed...

Meanwhile, Strauss allowing Bell to complete his century couldn't have been any more different to what Mike Atherton did in the third Ashes Test of 1994/5, in Sydney - declaring in the second innings with Graeme Hick on 98...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:12 pm    Author: Big-Davey    Post subject: Re: Cricket - Summer 2011
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Well it's the big one on now...England v India...

In short, if England win this four Test series by two clear Tests, they'll usurp India as the world's best!

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