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View Poll Results: Who will win the World Cup 2015 ?
Australia 64 34.04%
England 1 0.53%
India 44 23.40%
New Zealand 31 16.49%
Pakistan 2 1.06%
South Africa 43 22.87%
Sri Lanka 0 0%
West Indies 3 1.60%
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Old 28th February 2015, 11:45   #136
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New zealand have always been a formidable opposition in home conditions and this is the best New Zealand team in some time now. They have most of the matches in New Zealand and hence I believe they are strong contenders unless they meet Australia during knockouts.

Oh and Rohit lost chance to score another 200. India are batting second today.
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Errrm what just happened to the NZ vs AU match?!

NZ is 146/9 and have to take 6 runs with just 1 wicket remaining. This has become nail biting now.

EDIT: NZ won it by a whisker. Had Williamson not been batting, Australia would have won the match. He turned out to be their savior. Not sure what happened after the dinner break. Someone initiate an inquiry with the chef who prepared the meals for the NZ guys.

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Mumbai lasted 15 overs in 1st innings. While the lead is 444, some 17 overs left in the day. Will Mumbai repeat again?
Meanwhile Karnataka completed the formalities to enter the Ranji finals for second year in a row.
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Problem with the Kiwis is they are terrible in the knockouts. They are the Masters of Art in choking, been doing that since 1979 much before we knew about SA. The points table in Pool A is deja vu of how it was in 1992 World Cup. They were table toppers by a mile, only to get shot out in the first knockout match.
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NZ deserved a win and it went down to the wire but what guts when 9 down and 6 to win with like 20 overs left Kane Williamson decides to go for a 6...now that is some risk he took and it clicked.
I guess he had no choice with a tailender at the other end. All's well that ends well!

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Errrm what just happened to the NZ vs AU match?!

NZ is 146/9 and have to take 6 runs with just 1 wicket remaining. This has become nail biting now.

EDIT: NZ won it by a whisker. Had Williamson not been batting, Australia would have won the match. He turned out to be their savior. Not sure what happened after the dinner break. Someone initiate an inquiry with the chef who prepared the meals for the NZ guys.
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NZ deserved a win and it went down to the wire but what guts when 9 down and 6 to win with like 20 overs left Kane Williamson decides to go for a 6...now that is some risk he took and it clicked.
I guess he had no choice with a tailender at the other end. All's well that ends well!
I think we all missing one point here that Kane Williamson showed the immaturity by exposing the tailenders by taking single off the second ball of the Starc over. He again denied a comfortable single off the fifth ball too. He had no option left other than hitting a six off the very first ball he faced.
Shoaib Akhtar summed it up correctly that NZ has actually lost despite winning and Australia has won despite losing.
If someone remembers, India also lost one match to SA in WC2011 and it immensely helped in keeping their feet back to the ground otherwise that false sense of invincibility had overwhelmed the entire country.
So SA's loss to India and yesterday's match for NZ should help them reassess their strategy and will also take the lot of pressure off their shoulders as favourites and reach the finals as I predicted.

Of all the teams only India and Aus look like big match players and able to handle pressures as both have players who have played in WC finals before. SL also are progressing steadily and I would be least surprised if they reach the consecutive third WC Finals in a row and win it as they have few players who have played those finals.

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Problem with the Kiwis is they are terrible in the knockouts. They are the Masters of Art in choking, been doing that since 1979 much before we knew about SA. The points table in Pool A is deja vu of how it was in 1992 World Cup. They were table toppers by a mile, only to get shot out in the first knockout match.
In 1992 WC SF Inzamam's innings were out of this world and they don't happen frequently (nowadays they happen more because of four fielder restrictions) so its not entirely blame NZ for that loss, it undermines the Pakistan and Inzamam's hard work.

I was the biggest critic of this WC format and four fielders outside the circle rule, but if one looks at it, both the factors give the fair chance to Associates to atleast reach the knock-out stage and if Associate has to win they have to win three knock-out games continuously, like everyone else. So in a way this format helps in choosing the best team in the world.
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Shoaib Akhtar summed it up correctly that NZ has actually lost despite winning and Australia has won despite losing.
I have no clue what Shoaib Akhtar is trying to say. And since when did we start taking his comments seriously. A win is a win, they have got points & are table toppers.
Australia lost the match thanks to their dismal batting. I couldn't see the match so have no idea about the pitch conditions but felt they were trying to score 300-350 runs from the word go & thus ended up with a dismal score. It was their bowlers who got them back into the match & Kiwi's got a bit complacent but we ended up seeing a good contest at the end of the day.
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Anybody giving Zimbawe a chance to cause one of the major upsets of this WC? They have played well in this tournament and if they beat Pakistan today then Pak has a good chance of going home from this stage itself.
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Anybody giving Zimbawe a chance to cause one of the major upsets of this WC? They have played well in this tournament and if they beat Pakistan today then Pak has a good chance of going home from this stage itself.
In the end it is their inexperience and experience of a seasoned side like Pakistan that matters and it was proved. Zimbabwe have been showing those flashes of brilliance but haven't been able to sustain and finish on the winning side, hope this experience helps them get to that stage.
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I for one had wished that Australia had won the match against New Zealand the other day purely for the reason that Australia doesn't end up in 4th place in Group A. This puts them against India in QF if India continues to top the table in group B. If Australia had won the match, they would have been in the top 2 or 3 leaving the 4th spot of an minnow team. This would have made India's job much more easier for SF spot.

Yesterday Pakistan registered their first win against Zimbabwe while Sri Lanka thrashed England with 9 wickets to spare. England are half way home. Inspite of scoring 30+ runs, SL cruised to an easy win with two centurions taking them home comfortably.

Misbah was again the lone ranger for Pakistan with support from a front line bowler who scored a half century. Shahid Afridi again fails with bat, probably his last world cup in making.
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I for one had wished that Australia had won the match against New Zealand the other day purely for the reason that Australia doesn't end up in 4th place in Group A.
There is no way Australia would finish 4th I see very comfortable win against the lower ranked teams and even if they lose to Sri Lanka they will finish 3rd. Actually *hoping* SL beats them - then you could see a NZ Australia semi.
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Misbah was again the lone ranger for Pakistan with support from a front line bowler who scored a half century. Shahid Afridi again fails with bat, probably his last world cup in making.
Why? Afridi is only 20- he has years ahead of him!

An interesting take on Misbah was provided by the Shoaib Akhtar rant that went viral on the interwebz recently. Akhtar claims Misbah refuses to take responsibility by stepping up to the 1-down slot and protect those out of form. I think that all the noise aside there is some merit in this. Scoring 50s and 60s with the tail for company may protect your slot in the team but is hardly the recipe for winning matches!
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Why? Afridi is only 20- he has years ahead of him!

An interesting take on Misbah was provided by the Shoaib Akhtar rant that went viral on the interwebz recently. Akhtar claims Misbah refuses to take responsibility by stepping up to the 1-down slot and protect those out of form. I think that all the noise aside there is some merit in this. Scoring 50s and 60s with the tail for company may protect your slot in the team but is hardly the recipe for winning matches!
Afridi - isn't he still a teenager ? They stopped counting his age after 14 when he made his debut!

On Misbah, I think it's called "taking charge" in captaincy terms
The moment he comes in at 5 0r 6 down, that itself is a defensive move which shows their low morale/confidence in the batting order. Instead, if he comes at 1 down and gets a cracking 100, that should do wonders for the team. More than protecting his slot, it is actually saving the top order batsmen from taking responsibility and also saves the team from disgraceful totals, but in the end, are these tactics helping them win, hell no!

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On Misbah, I think it's called "taking charge" in captaincy terms
The moment he comes in at 5 0r 6 down, that itself is a defensive move which shows their low morale/confidence in the batting order. Instead, if he comes at 1 down and gets a cracking 100, that should do wonders for the team
Misbah was never known for pinch hitting, hence coming 1 down would not help since he would not accelerate the run rate in any case. He was more of a defensive (As rightly said) and innings builder in the middle order. Specific to this world cup, the top order has never fired making Misbah play even more cautiously and as a result slowing down the run rate to such an extent that Pakistan never aim to win the match.

Thankfully all this is in favour of India and I would support Misbah in his attempts.
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Hope Ireland Vs South Africa will be a thriller today.
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