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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The T20 WC is interestingly poised; India has qualified for the Semis and would meet Aussie at Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia.

In Yesterday’s match – England sustained their winning momentum beating Kiwis. Chasing 150 for victory, England made it pretty easily edging Kiwis out in the process. Earlier Pak had ousted SA and England had assured place even before the match began. Pakis leapfrogged to next stage with a solitary win.

Pak made 148 /7 with Akmal brothers in a good partnership. Langeveldt was impressive with 4/19. SA made 137 for 7 – Ajmal took 4/19

Whether it was Pak’s ability to defend small totals or it was SA’s reputation of falling short in crunch matches, is very hard to fathom out. For a regular viewer, the way SA went about their task was too difficult to swallow. Kallis with all the big name in IPL plays abominably slower when the situation warrants and was one the main culprits. The on slaught was planned too late and hitter like Albie came in too late. AB devilliers shone with a four and two successive sixers in Rehman’s over raising hopes – a score of 47 in four was made inexplicably out of reach. He tried a scoop squatting on the ground and trying to hit the ball over his head, ended up hitting it slightly above Kamran. Johan Botha displayed great heroics but Boucher and Albie could not. Saeed Ajmal bowled the last over when 17 was required and Albit scampered for one off the first. It was a tale of failure by Smith, Gibbs & Kallis in consuming balls.

Strangely, Pak with only this win could still make it to the Semis. The position as of date is :

The tourney rules are as under :
In the event of teams finishing on equal points at the end of the Super Eight Series, the right to play in the semi-final will be decided in the following order of priority:
• The most wins in the Super Eight Series matches.
• If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Super Eight Series matches then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Super Eight Series matches will be placed in the higher position.
• If following the net run rate calculation above there are teams which are still equal, then the team with the higher number of wickets taken per balls bowled in the Super Eight Series matches in which results are achieved, will be placed in the higher position.
• If still equal, the team which was the winner of the head to head match played between them will be placed in the higher position.
• In the highly unlikely event that teams cannot be separated by the above this will be done by drawing lots.

Net Run Rate
A team‟s net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team throughout the relevant portion of the competition, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the relevant portion of the competition.
In the event of a team being all out in less than its full quota of overs, the calculation of the net run rate of both teams shall be based on the full quota of overs to which the batting team would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed.
Only those matches where results are achieved will count for the purpose of net run rate calculations.
Thus if India can beat Lankans by least 20 runs if they bat first or with 3 overs to spare on batting second will enhance their NRR as also their chance of qualifying. Again, it depending on Aussie handing out a defeat to Windies even by a run.
Now coming back to the first para, It is factual. Indian Ewes have qualified and the 1st Semi is at St Lucia on 13/05 (0130) against Aussie. The second match is between WI & Kiwis. Finals is to be played at Barbados on May 16.

India beat SL by 71 runs (India 144/3 ; SL 73/9) at St Kitts; Offie Diana Pilli David hailing from Chirala, Andhra with 4/12 was the player of the match.

Regards – Sampathkumar S

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