Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WC 2011 - Group B is hotting up - Who will make the cut (the upar cut !)

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The WC is in an interesting stage – of the 42 preliminary matches, 33 are over and still 9 to go.  The remaining matches are :
Mar 15 - Tue  South Africa v Ireland, 34th Match, Group B
Mar 16 –Wed Australia v Canada, 35th Match, Group A
Mar 17 - Thu  England v West Indies, 36th Match, Group B
Mar 18 - Fri    Ireland v Netherlands, 37th Match, Group B
Mar 18 - Fri    Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 38th Match, Group A
Mar 19 - Sat   Bangladesh v South Africa, 39th Match, Group B
Mar 19 - Sat   Australia v Pakistan, 40th Match, Group A
Mar 20 - Sun  Zimbabwe v Kenya, 41st Match, Group A
Mar 20 - Sun  India v West Indies, 42nd Match, Group B.

Group A looks more settled with Newzealand, Pakistan, Srilanka and Australia certain to make the grade leaving out Canada, Kenya and  Zimbabwe.  Group B is somewhat open.  Here is what it looks statistically :

Teams
Mat
Won
Lost
Tied
N/R
Pts
RR
For
Against
India
5
3
1
1
0
7
0.77
1405/232.3
1317/249.4
West Indies
4
3
1
0
0
6
2.21
886/162.2
627/192.5
South Africa
4
3
1
0
0
6
1.35
1039/192.3
809/200.0
Bangladesh
5
3
2
0
0
6
-0.8
939/240.2
992/212.2
England
5
2
2
1
0
5
0.01
1357/248.4
1351/248.1
Ireland
4
1
3
0
0
2
-0.4
945/199.1
1017/196.0
Netherlands
5
0
5
0
0
0
-2.4
876/250.0
1334/226.3


Don’t get carried away by seeing India on top of the table after the fiasco in two matches against England & SA.  Now there are as many as five teams in contention for the next stage.

India has one match at hand – at WI and a win should naturally take us through.  We will still be home if England loses to WI and Bangla loses to SA. But if we lose, England wins against WI by a huge margin and Bangla defeats SA, we could be in soup.                    

The once mighty West Indies have to  beat England or India  for a clear berth.  If they lose both, then only their net run rate would up them against Bangla.  SA are far better placed with matches against Ireland and Bangla and one win will take them through.  They have bowled out all their opponents speaks volume of their bowling strength.  Bangladesh  will count their chances if England loses to WI otherwise they will have to beat SA for spot.  England are in quandary – they need to beat WI and hope Bangla loses to SA and India beats WI.
According to the playing conditions of this WC 2011, in the  event of teams finishing on equal points in its Group, the right to play in the quarter-finals will be decided in the following order of priority:
  • The team with the most wins in the Group matches will be placed in the higher position.
  • If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Group matches then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Group 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 Group matches in which results were achieved will be placed in the higher posit ion.
  • If still equal, the team which was the winner of the head to head match played between them will be placed in the higher posit ion.
  • In the highly unlikely event that teams cannot be separated by the above this will be done by drawing lots.

In case you want some additional details, for your success in SYMA contest.  Here they are.

The following batsmen are on top having scored more than 200 runs:

Player
Mat
Runs
HS
Ave
SR
100
50
4s
6s
V Sehwag (India)
5
327
175
65.4
125.28
1
1
38
7
SR Tendulkar (India)
5
324
120
64.8
100.3
2
0
32
8
AB de Villiers (SA)
4
318
134
106
111.18
2
1
27
7
AJ Strauss (Eng)
5
298
158
59.6
99.66
1
1
31
2
IJL Trott (Eng)
5
289
92
57.8
78.31
0
4
19
0
TM Dilshan (SL)
5
283
144
56.6
101.43
1
1
38
1
WU Tharanga (SL)
5
258
133
64.5
88.35
1
1
36
0
KC Sangakkara (SL)
5
252
92
126
89.67
0
2
20
2
CO Obuya (Kenya)
5
242
98*
60.5
70.96
0
2
21
7
HM Amla (SA)
4
230
113
57.5
85.82
1
1
17
0
BB McCullum (NZ)
5
225
101
75
95.33
1
1
25
5
LRPL Taylor (NZ)
5
212
131*
106
111.57
1
1
15
12
AS Hansra (Can)
5
212
70*
53
57.45
0
2
16
5
MJ Guptill (NZ)
5
209
86*
69.66
74.64
0
2
23
4
DS Smith (WI)
4
202
107
50.5
79.84
1
1
24
1
RN ten Doeschate (Neth)
5
201
119
50.25
85.16
1
1
13
4


And these bowlers have taken 10 or more wickets thus far :

Player
Mat
O
M
Runs
W
Ave
Eco
SR
Shahid Afridi (Pak)
5
46
3
161
16
10
3.5
17
SJ Benn (WI)
4
33.5
3
150
12
13
4.4
17
Z Khan (India)
5
45.4
1
197
12
16
4.3
23
HS Baidwan (Can)
5
45
2
266
12
22
5.9
23
Imran Tahir (SA)
3
25.3
2
98
11
8.9
3.8
14
KAJ Roach (WI)
4
30.3
0
122
11
11
4
17
TG Southee (NZ)
5
43.2
7
148
11
13
3.4
24
DW Steyn (SA)
4
32.1
2
137
10
14
4.3
19
Umar Gul (Pak)
5
37.5
3
160
10
16
4.2
23



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