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Monday, June 17, 2013

the fickle English weather... and who will make to the Semis

Sure you know this English nursery rhyme… and perhaps have sung it too… though you many not know no. 19096 of Roud Folk Song Index. It is all happening in Champions Trophy….. India founds its way, finished on top, SA have also qualified…  both teams wait patiently as numerous possibilities unfold in this simple format where you have 2 teams out of 4 qualifying for the Semis. 

The match against Pak was of statistical interest and there was this unpalatable opening whence Gavaskar and Wasim Akram clashed in a war of words.. it was ugly….  It is raining all the time in England and Indians are not complaining…. Edgbaston was tailor-made for Asian drama…. In a match where Ashwin bowled slow and flighted the ball and turned it square; Ravindra Jadeja bowled fast and still turned the odd ball square, Pakis danced and capitulated in what began as a full game but was reduced to 40 overs a side after two rain intervals.  There is always the Duckworth Lewis which nobody can decipher…. Their  total of 165 all out was adjusted to 167 because of the rain break during Pakistan's innings. India got off to a solid start in response, and it mattered little that the rain eventually brought the target down to 122 in 22 overs. India won in 19.1 overs.

Did you notice that this game is being hosted by England and Wales…. Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west.  Yesterday’s match was at Cardiff in Wales and it rained here too.  The ground was Sophia Gardens, currently known as SWALEC Stadium.   It was named after Lady Sophia Rawdon-Hastings. daughter of the 1st Marquess of Hastings and wife to the 2nd Marquess of Bute, Lady Sophia was concerned to provide open space for recreation in the rapidly expanding city in the late 19th century, in which her husband was heavily involved.

It was another low scoring thriller.. England made 169 with Cook topscoring 64 ~ and in the 24 over match Kiwis lost by ten runs.   Even at home, it was not easy life for England though they have secured a passage to Semis. Rain, which had caused a five-hour delay after the toss, was creeping over the Bristol Channel and although the chase was behind the rate, if the match had been abandoned before 20 overs New Zealand would have gone through and England would have needed a favour from Australia today.

Now the table in Group A is interesting :  England have 4 points; NZ have 3; Sri Lanka have 2 and Aussies have 1; today if Lanka wins they will get 4 shutting out both NZ & Aussie.. If Aussie wins, run rate will decide whether it will be Aussie or NZ and if the match is washed out Lankans will be on par with Kiwis again relying on net run rate.  Although, Sri Lanka and New Zealand have better chances than Australia, it is Sri Lanka who have the situation in their control. Their batting showed form during the chase against England and their bowling was exceptional in the narrow loss to New Zealand. Australia find themselves in a strange position. The team has cruised to the knockout stages in the past, but this time, they are in danger of being eliminated without a win.

The 1st Semis would at Oval on June 19 involving SA and the 2nd at Cardiff on June 20 involving India.  The Finals would be on June 23. 

"Rain Rain Go Away" is the popular English language nursery rhyme that has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19096. The Roud Folk Song Index is a database of nearly 200,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs that have been collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world. It is compiled by Steve Roud, a former librarian in the London Borough of Croydon. Roud's Index is a combination of the Broadside Index (printed sources before 1900) and a "field-recording index" compiled by Roud. It subsumes all the previous well-known printed sources known to Francis James Child (the Child Ballads) and includes recordings from 1900 to 1975. Until early 2006 the index was available only by a CD subscription; it can now be found online on a website maintained by the English Folk Dance and Song Society

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

Photo courtesy : Cricinfo.com

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