Monday, March 21, 2011

a prelude to Semi finals line up - WC 2011


Cricket now a days is far different than what it used to be.  Day night matches were invented to provide entertainment for those who return from job – a novel way of getting the crowd, back from their official routine.  In India, the concept is different. Chepauk bustled with milling crowds – officially for the match  at 0230 pm, the gates were opened at 12 noon and crowds had been there waiting much earlier.  Where is the concept of day-night for them – their day started much earlier…
The crowds had come in anticipation of a Sachin Century (100th 100) and an Indian win, irrespective of the fact that both the teams had sort of qualified for QF already.  Ravi Rampaul a different breed of WI pacers, who does not threat with pace with bowls a line length and is known to Indians through his performance in Champions League ran in; he was playing his first WC match.  Sachin got the strike the third ball and with his favourite whip off the pad, got a two and crowd went delirious.  The sixth ball pitched short, moved beat Sachin and West Indians went on appealing.  Umpire Steve Davis nodded his head in disapproval and it is likely that his decision would have stood, even if WI had chosen to refer.

BUT – the little master is different – his initial forward movement had taken him a step or two, he turned back only to walk without stopping.  He knew that he had nicked, nobody else perhaps could check but that is the genial little man and his way of playing.  Even recently, Ricky Ponting was in a similar situation.  Pak were appealing for a catch behind the wicket, he certainly knew that he had nicked – was given not out; Pak referred and got the decision in their favour – Punter left fuming showing his dissatisfaction.

Now with the Indian win the QF line up is as under :
1  :  Pak   Vs WI   at Mirpur – 23/3/11
2  :  India Vs Australia at Ahmedabad on 24th
3  :  NZ Vs SA  - Mirpur on 25th
4  :  Srilanka Vs England, Colombo 26th
On Mar 29th winner of NZ/SA will play SL/Eng at Colombo; on 30th winner of Ind/Aus play winner of Pak/WI – both India and Lanka can think of a possible Semi match at their home grounds.

As we dream of putting it across the Aussies, here is how our main batsmen and bowlers have performed in the qualifying stage :
Player
Mat
NO
Runs
HS
Ave
SR
100
50
6
2
284
113
94.66
86.06
1
3
5
0
327
175
65.4
125.3
1
1
6
0
326
120
54.33
99.69
2
0
6
1
214
100*
42.8
89.16
1
1
6
2
118
34
39.33
71.08
0
0
6
0
219
69
36.5
89.75
0
2
6
1
74
30*
14.8
115.6
0
0
1
0
4
4
4
50
0
0
6
0
9
5
3
81.81
0
0
6
0
6
3
2
37.5
0
0

Player
Mat
Overs
Mdns
Runs
Wkts
Ave
Econ
SR
1
10
0
41
2
20.5
4.1
30
6
51.4
1
223
15
14.86
4.31
20.6
6
57
2
247
6
41.16
4.33
57
6
35
2
167
1
167
4.77
210
6
45
1
227
9
25.22
5.04
30
5
39.5
0
228
9
25.33
5.72
26.5
1
2
0
12
1
12
6
12
3
28
0
174
4
43.5
6.21
42
2
13.4
1
87
1
87
6.36
82
1
5
0
53
0
-
10.6
-

Regards – S. Sampathkumar. 

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