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Post by Pal Joey on Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:44 pm

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by JDizzle on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:17 am

Root vs Kohli as captains will be glorious. I give it two games before their is a fist fight.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by guildfordbat on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:19 am

Duty281 wrote:Twenty-five from the over.

Beautiful innovation.

Absolutely.

Doubt if Jos would have added many more there ... but lets see what he can do now as Taylor goes! Very Happy Good team effort from Taylor.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:20 am

Have to disagree with Atherton for once, definitely think Taylor is better coming in at 3, needs time to get himself in before teeing off
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Post by guildfordbat on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:28 am

Excellent innings from Root. Can we keep the momentum going for the last 3 and a half overs?

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Post by JDizzle on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:32 am

How many other teams could Herath bowl the 47th over against and do that? Not the wicket, more the economy!

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:35 am

JDizzle wrote:How many other teams could Herath bowl the 47th over against and do that? Not the wicket, more the economy!

Like I said earlier, teams should genuinely bowl 50 overs of spin to England
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Post by JDizzle on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:38 am

That looked seriously painful. Only 4 off his 5 balls though...

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Post by JDizzle on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:45 am

Would Perera be allowed to finish this over I wonder? Seen as he finished the last one. Presumably not, why they've gone to Dilshan.

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Post by JDizzle on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:47 am

Fairly competent effort by England in the end. No perfect by any means, but a good performance. Now to finish the job, early wickets needed.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:48 am

Seems a genuine shame Buttler only got 19 balls of that innings, surely have to get him in earlier
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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by Duty281 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:48 am

Excellent stuff from England.

Exquisite by Joe Root and fantastic from Buttler at the death.

England have enough to win.

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Post by guildfordbat on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:58 am

Very good batting in the closing overs from Root, Taylor and Buttler to post over 300.

Definitely a challenging total for Sri Lanka but not an impossible target given some of the batting giants they have in their line up. If we don't get 10 wickets, we'll be in trouble ....

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Post by guildfordbat on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:01 am

Olly wrote:Seems a genuine shame Buttler only got 19 balls of that innings, surely have to get him in earlier

He's number 6 in my team, remember! Very Happy

Off to bed now. I'll catch up with you guys t'row after I've watched the recording. Thanks for the chat.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:27 am

New ball swinging a tad, still not given woakes the new ball over the erratic broad.
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Post by Duty281 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:55 am

Blistering fifty stand for the opening pair in nine overs - Anderson looks bereft of confidence.

Need a wicket, do England.

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Post by Duty281 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:39 am

Dilshan has made a horrific mistake, absolute gift - 100/1.

Sweet, blessed relief for England.

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Post by Duty281 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:08 am

146/1 after 28 overs. England firmly in retreat.

Mind you, Pakistan are having a struggle as well against Zimbabwe.


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Post by Duty281 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:28 am

Um...Pakistan 17/2 after twelve overs.

England look lifeless, dull and uninspiring. Limping to a rather pathetic defeat as it stands.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:19 am

Damn you LD... moving this to sticky and such. Even though you said you did... the fact that the thread which said World cup 2015 was locker confused me. One shouldn't have to do so much thinking this early Very Happy

Anyway, England and eclipsing West Indies for the worst rendition of defending a 300 total. Sangakarra announcing himself on the World cup stage (second greatest of all time for my coinage) and Raf's predictor will be back on track. Woo hoo
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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:40 am

My apologies, raf. The thread was overflowing.

Australia play SL next Sunday and they must be treated with respect if we are to get the much needed win.

Another great partnership from Sangakkara and Thirimanne this time. England's bowling lacked that lethal penetration today.
The much hoped for swing never really eventuated and SL's top order was well in control on a fairly placid wicket.

A 9 wicket win. I was probably one of the few who had tipped them... but not by that much.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:48 am

yeah I personally thought it was a 50/50 match, with England maybe slight favourites. India and Lanka showing there is something to be said for touring a host country and being there for an extended time before a world cup, even if you're being mercilessly mauled by the hosts. Good thing England decided that the pre Ashes world Cup was a bad idea the world cup where Australia was hosting it.
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Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:51 am

The Gabba doesn't seem a particularly cricket loving region. Looks rather empty every time I watch a match played there. Even the Big Bash. AFL strong hold?
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Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:06 am

The thing I worry about as an Oz fan: there's always a chance matches can be disrupted or washed out this time of year.

It was sunny and 37 degs here this morning (uncomfortably hot & humid!); then at 4pm a violent hail storm (TV pictures lost because the feed goes through here) and a much needed cooler change has arrived with lashings of occasional rain. Next Sunday is expected to be the same.
I hope the Bureau of Meteorology is wrong with their long range forecast.

We also have that game in Hobart against Scotland on the 14th.... and snow is expected on Mt Wellington (about 20km away from Bellerive) during the coming week. Maybe there is no need to panic just yet but one must always bear in mind that these sudden weather interruptions are inevitable at this time of year along the east coast of Australia especially.

It should be relatively stable in Adelaide for England's next match v Bangladesh on the 9th though.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:13 am

Zimbabwe have taken the weapons of mass containment route this match, and it's working. Pakistan 135-5 off 35. Power play up, let's see how they play this. Misbah Ul Haq can when motivated, smack a very long ball. Might need to show it here
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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:17 am

Zimbabwe will be looking to concede 250-270.
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Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:19 am

kingraf wrote:The Gabba doesn't seem a particularly cricket loving region. Looks rather empty every time I watch a match played there. Even the Big Bash. AFL strong hold?

Not sure how many locals would be interested in watching Zim v Pak. Most of the ex-pats would be located further south.
Also don't forget - they had a Cat 4/5 cyclone recently... so maybe there are other things on their mind.
True; more of a RL stronghold. Brisbane won 3 AFL flags (trophies) in a row in the early 00s... and the rugby season is also getting underway.

Did some research for you, raf. There's around 100,000 people of SA origin (75% immigrants, 25% claim SA ancestry) in Oz.
Sydney has the largest SA population... around 35,000 have moved here and another 15,000 claim SA ancestry. (2011 figures)

They are far outnumbered by those born in the UK (170,000 although there are well over 840,000 of UK ancestry), India (90,000) and NZ (80,000)

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Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:32 am

That is true. I admit I forgot about the cyclone a bit. Was the damage particularly bad, or was the city sufficiently prepared for it? Always try watching a bit of AFL, beginning to more and more get into what the hell I'm watching. Looks like a rather convoluted form of quidditch in the beginning.

Cheers mate, always thought there was a larger ex pat community in Perth. Should plan a road trip holiday in Aus in the next 18 months.
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Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:42 am

Damage was worse in central Qld. Lots of homes destroyed, power cut off, etc.
Perth has around 20,000 SA born residents... slightly more than Melbourne.

Pakistan seem so lacklustre and under-prepared for this WC. Zimbabwe are containing them really well.

At 171/6 after 41 overs (and Afridi gone for a duck) they'll be lucky to get around 230 runs on the board after 50.


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Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:58 am

AB could get you to 300 from here
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Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:03 am

kingraf wrote:AB could get you to 300 from here

Against this sort of bowling... easy. Maybe even 315? Wink

I'm hopeful some of the more hostile fast bowlers will reign him in.
He hasn't been under any sort of pressure whatsoever from the Windies.

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by KP_fan on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:04 am

Well Eng lost with such ease.......and are well poised to finish 4th.
and that's why this format sukkks.......you lose all relevant games and yet are rewarded with a QF berth.

Pakistan are nudging towards a defndable total of 230ish
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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:07 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-RSj4RXy2Y

Is there anything AB can't do?

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:23 am

Maintain a full head of hair?
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Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:25 am

kingraf wrote:Maintain a full head of hair?

Laugh

So what's your gut feeling, raf? Can Zim chase this total down?

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Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:30 am

Difficult to say, really. They're down a batsman with Chigumbura out, and Mire is back, so they have their finisher. Williams is a handy batter though, and Brendon Taylor is probably more at ease chasing 230 type totals than 280-300. It's a little more to his pace. Gut feeling is that they should really chase this down.
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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:48 am

After bowling well for 75 % of the Pakistan innings, Zimbabwe yet again let things slip in the last few overs. This time there was no double ton/twin tons, but all those runs scored by Wahab Riyaz, think that will be the undoing of Zimbabwe this time.

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Post by VTR on Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:58 am

What a limp effort from England. I backed us to make the semis on the strength of our bowling in these conditions.

Now I feel the wicketless wonders need to be sent home and replaced by the England women!

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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:08 am

Zimbabwe trying to take this slow and steady in the initial overs. Sensible approach.......

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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:24 am

Zimbabwe losing the plot early on, 22-2.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:25 am

Just awful England, absolutely awful
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Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:43 am

Root's knock was very interesting to watch as a coach. Over the last few weeks I have wondered aloud whether AB was a freak one-off genius, or simply foreshadowing what's to come. Beginning to lean more towards him being the first of a new breed.
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Post by KP_fan on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:00 am

Well Pak's 3 lefzt arm seamers exterting pressure.
I feel they just have scored 15 runs too many for Zim to knock down
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Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:22 am

Zim in a decent position after 20. Masakadza and Taylor still in, run rate manageable. They'll be pleased with what they've done so far.
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Post by mystiroakey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:47 am

more embarrassment. root the only player to do ok, and maybe butters- but he didn't get enough overs to really hit a total. bell doesn't get how to construct an innings at odi level- we needed 350- plus.

ballance- = why??

hales must come in. Why didn't he?

we beat Scotland- no disrespect. but they are are just low level English county players at best, we cant sit on out laurels and think beating them is an achievement.

I can see the making of a half decent test side here. but thats it..



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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:52 am

Zimbabwe are half way there, but they have lost 3 wickets including that of Masakadza. Taylor and Williams at the crease, they would need to do most of the work if Zimbabwe are to get through.

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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:59 am

Crucial 50 from Taylor, but he has to see this through.......

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Re: 2015 World Cup

Post by kingraf on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:05 am

Well, Pak look a little flat. Taylor playing well, but like I said, this type of
target is in his wheel house.
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admit that this is close to my dream day.
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Post by Pal Joey on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:14 am

Another costly drop by Umar Akmal.

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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:33 am

With the set Taylor and Williams gone, think Pakistan has to be the favorites now. Zimbabwe anyways can't get anything right in the last 15 overs of either innings........

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Post by msp83 on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:37 am

The unraveling now on full flow as Zimbabwe are applying the finishing touches of a good day not quite good enough at the end situation yet again.......

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