• We have finally reached the half way point in the group stages and this World Cup is shaping up to be a tournament of contrasts, the most obvious of which is that between the two groups.

     

    Currently group B resembles a seven man all-in wrestling bout that the Dutch, as conscientious objectors, are boycotting. This scrap could go all the way. After all, the Irish have beaten the English who edged past the South Africans who walloped the West Indies who trounced Bangladesh who overcame the Irish. Only India are unbeaten but they still contrived to tie with England.

     

    England, briefly top of the group, can be sent packing if they lose to Bangladesh and West Indies. Ireland can still qualify if they beat the Netherlands and West Indies. Bangladesh have turned in some dreadful performances themselves both on and off the pitch (if the supporters can't even identify the right bus to stone it's a bit rich to have a go at the players), but can still go through if they beat England and England

    Read More »from Miracles And Mediocrities, Shocks And Shockers In A Tale Of Two Groups
  • On the eve of the World Cup the bookies installed India
    as the favourites followed by Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, England and
    Pakistan. With just over half the matches having been played in the group stage
    one can say with some certainty that based on what we have seen there must be
    changes in that order.

     

    Though India are perched on top of pool B their showing
    has not been in keeping with the favourites tag. The two weak links - the
    bowling and the fielding - continue to be a cause for worry. There is a lot of
    speculation about the composition of the team before every match - should it be
    three seamers and one spinner or two seamers and two spinners, should the second
    spinner be Piyush Chawla or Ravichandran Ashwin, should India go in with five
    bowlers. The manner in which the Indian think tank has been planning it is
    unlikely that they will shift from the seven batsman policy. After all a team
    should always play to its strength and the batting has generally never let the

    Read More »from Taking stock at the halfway mark
  • PR Sterling scored a duck in this game to provide the 95th occasion of an opening batsman scoring zero in the world cup. His duck in this game provide the seventh occasion of an Ireland batsman scoring a duck in the world cup.

    PR Stirling collected his first ball duck in this game providing the 19th occasion of an opening batsman suffering such an ignominy in the world cup. He became the third Ireland opening batsman to collect the first ball duck in the world cup. Others are – JF Bray vs England at Providence on 30.03.07 and WTS Porterfield vs England at Bangalore on 02.03.01.

    NJ O'Brien completed 1000 runs when he was on 9 during the course of knock of 46   in this game. At the end of this game, his run aggregate stood at 1037. He became the third Ireland batsman to total 1000 plus one day runs. Others are – KJ O'Brien and WTS Porterfield.

    EC Joyce became Zaheer Khan's 30th victim in the world cup. He became the 15th bowler and the third Indian bowler to capture 30 plus wickets in

    Read More »from Match No 22: India vs Ireland

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