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ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Super Eight  
User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

The other one was getting a bit big for those of us still on snailband and seeing we have moved on to the Super Eight round it's a good excuse for a new thread.

First game of this round West Indies v Australia :

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=255347

Just turned the TV onto on Channel 9 (seeing it is finally on free to air) and Gilchrist is out. Think I'll turn it off and go to bed at that rate!



Edited typo.

P.S. Is England still in this or did they get beaten by the August Bank Holiday Island team?

[Edited 2007-03-27 16:32:09]


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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

Just as well I didn't. Hayden has played a magnificent innings of 158.


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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

Quoting TSV (Reply 1):
Hayden has played a magnificent innings of 158.

He's in some form at the moment, isn't he?

With the game having to go into the reserve day, the Windies will now be playing three days in a row. Why is their second game so soon after their first?  Confused



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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 2):
Why is their second game so soon after their first?

I kind of like the idea for some reason


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

Quoting TSV (Thread starter):
Is England still in this or did they get beaten by the August Bank Holiday Island team?

Australia you mean? No, last time they played I'm fairly sure England won 2-0.  tongue 



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 4):
Australia you mean? No, last time they played I'm fairly sure England won 2-0.

LOL you like to play this game of banter don't you. Like I say all the time we let you win  Wink


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 5):
LOL you like to play this game of banter don't you.

It's our common heritage, don't you think?  Wink

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 5):
Like I say all the time we let you win

Very gracious of you. Can you tell me in advance if that's your plan in 2009? I want to know whether it's worth getting tickets.



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
Very gracious of you. Can you tell me in advance if that's your plan in 2009? I want to know whether it's worth getting tickets.

hmm I'm predicting England will capitulate like they did in Adelaide 2006 :P So if I was you purchase tickets for the first 4 days and forget about the 5th  Wink

I hope to be there in 2009 win, loss or draw


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3292 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 7):
hmm I'm predicting England will capitulate like they did in Adelaide 2006

Ah, well that's the nub of the 2006 series. Not that they lost, that was the last blast of a truly great Australian team, but the way they lost that series was unforgivable.

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 7):
I hope to be there in 2009 win, loss or draw

Good stuff. We need a target to throw beer at.  Wink



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User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 4):
Quoting TSV (Thread starter):
Is England still in this or did they get beaten by the August Bank Holiday Island team?

Australia you mean? No, last time they played I'm fairly sure England won 2-0.

Ah ha! I knew the old Goodies joke bait wouldn't let me down! (Even if it didn't work first time!)





Windies in early trouble on the "second" day. 2 for not many off a fair few.

What is this with the "reserve" day. Accounting for the weather? Has this ever been the case at any other World Cup?



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Seem like Windies are in trouble against Oz with loss of 2 early wickets, Sri also lost 2 wickets early against SA.

User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Even worse. 3 for 20 odd now.


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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3264 times:

Easy win for the Aussies, by 103 runs.

Here's the latest instalment of the brilliant Graeme Smith Tour Diary:

http://sport.iafrica.com/columns/dan_world/725932.htm



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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7437 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3257 times:
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Very tight finish for SA v Sri Lanka - SA win by 1 wkt with 10 balls to spare after a dramatic collapse from 206-5 to 207-9 thanks to Lasith MaSlingerer's 4 wickets in 4 balls and a desperately close call for an edge off Peterson's bat that also inspected the off stump at very, very close quaters!. Vaas' last over could have seen the last wicket of Langeveldt but Peterson edged Malinga for 4 to win it.

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

Awesome spell by Malinga but I'm convinced his action isn't legal. It's certainly borderline


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User currently offlineImiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 14):
Awesome spell by Malinga but I'm convinced his action isn't legal. It's certainly borderline

I agree. it was a great last spell with 4 wickets in 4 balls. His bowling action is similar to Australia's Shaun Tait. both have a rapid arm movement but i guess as long as they don't "chuck it", the action is fine


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7437 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
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Quoting Imiakhtar (Reply 15):
His bowling action is similar to Australia's Shaun Tait.

There's one of the West Indian bowlers whose action is very reminiscent of Malinga's (think it's Fidel Edwards). What may be causing the confusion is that the delivery does not come from the normal position we expect it to and it just looks exactly like someone throwing the ball.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

There's nothing remotely wrong with slingy, roundarm actions. In fact, they pre-date the overarm style of bowling by many years. As long as the arm is straight (and it is) it's fine. Jeff Thomson was an exponent of it as well. The reason why it isn't commonplace is because it's very difficult to bowl a consistently accurate line because it's all about the timing of the release. But for a batsman, it's a nightmare to face, because players pick up length (and thus make their decision on forward or back) based on the point of release of the ball, you know if it's going to be short because the release is that much further through the action. With slingy bowlers, that's very much harder, and that's why you see so many people out lbw or bowled to them, because the batsman gets stuck on the crease.


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User currently offlineAussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1757 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3230 times:
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Quoting Banco (Reply 12):

Very interesting read....


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3220 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 17):
As long as the arm is straight (and it is) it's fine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasith_Malinga


His Accuracy is the key.Else He can be picked for lots of runs.

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3204 times:

NZ showed some good bowling skills with Windies all out at 177.
Windies seem to be out of form?


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 20):
Windies seem to be out of form?

They'll be out of the cup unless they buck their ideas up. Don't forget, they don't get to play Ireland in the Super Eights. It's all Test teams for them.



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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Well NZ easily home by 7 wickets and more than 10 overs to spare, Styris is in good form with the bat at the moment.

Next game for us is Bangladesh on Monday, (Tuesday NZ time)


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

Wow, maybe the Black Caps will progress further than the All Blacks this year???

Great result in a key game. Bloody good to get the crucial win out of the way. Let's hope the little Bangladeshis don't beat us again!


User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

Is it just me or does it strike someone else as odd that we are into the Super Eights and the grounds are still half full at best!!? Its an absolute disgrace that its the World Cup going and even with the home side playing no one comes to see it.I expected the WC 2007 to be lame but i had no idea it would be this bad!

God bless our coach Woolmer.


25 Banco : They've badly screwed up the pricing. They were charging $50 entry to get into matches in the group stage. No doubt it's more for the Super Eights. P
26 Alessandro : I think many things contribute to the low attendance at games, first visa thing for nations that usually travel visafree, hitting people 100US$ plus y
27 Aussie18 : 165/4,Flintoff and Collingwood starting to get on with it..... Looks like their is abouta crowd of 2000 at England/Ireland game. Reckon $25 is good pr
28 Banco : England finish on 266-7, mainly thanks to another gem of an innings by Paul Collingwood. You or me might think that, but in Guyana that's a week's wag
29 TSV : That's probably what everyone said about Pakistan vs Ireland.
30 HAWK21M : Out here the Interests have just Dissapeared Understandably with Companies loosing millions on Ads. regds MEL
31 Banco : Yes, but people didn't know in advance that that was what was going to happen! A test side versus a minnow just isn't of much interest to the casual,
32 TSV : Those who had money on Ireland did!
33 Banco : I thought somebody would say that! I don't think there was any issue with that game at all. Pakistan winning the World Cup would be worth infinitely
34 TSV : I actually didn't mean it THAT way. I meant those who blindly believed Ireland even though a "minnow" actually had a chance no matter how small to top
35 Andz : I heard today that when Malinga was ripping through our batting a guy in Johannesburg was so incensed that he pulled his gun and shot his TV set.... t
36 KiwiinOz : I'm not so sure. What about those players in the team that thought their chances of winning the world cup were pretty slim, no matter how committed t
37 KiwiinOz : Looks like the Windies are pretty much gone. jayasuriya is looking great. Go kiwis tonight!
38 Post contains images HAWK21M : Getting better with Age regds MEL
39 Alessandro : Jaysuriya was limping in one game, was it against SA? Otherwise he been playing great cricket...
40 Caliatenza : which teams are in the super 8? i still cannot freakin believe india got beat by BOTH Bangaladesh and Sri Lanka
41 KiwiinOz : AUS NZL SAF IRE?? BAN SRL ENG WIN Sri Lanka I understand. Bangladesh was an upset but not of the same league as Pakistan losing to Ireland
42 Banco : Yes, Sri Lanka look a good side. You would expect the final four to be Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa. Given the way the Windies
43 Post contains images HAWK21M : Neither can most out here It sure came as a Big Surprise after the Media Hype.Only consoltion was the Record score but against Bermuda regds MEL
44 Alessandro : So Ireland got SA in a 35 over limited game.
45 ZKSUJ : NZ managed to beat Bangladesh and SA beat Ireland. Stephen Fleming, take a bow, a good performance
46 Banco : I know the whole Duckworth-Lewis thing is ridiculously complex and that overall it works well, but was I alone in thinking it more than a tad unfair
47 HAWK21M : Looks like the Semi Finalists will be AUS,NZ,SL & SA. regds MEL
48 Banco : Bit early to say that! Some teams have only played one game!
49 KiwiinOz : Poms have started their game against Sri Lanka. Sanath making a good start as usual. Poms will want this game badly as they will probably have to knoc
50 KiwiinOz : I put the kiss of death on him!! Out for 25
51 Andz : Malinga is at it again, England 14/2 after 7 overs, Vaughan out for a duck.
52 HAWK21M : Not WC related.But Chappell Resigned as Coach of Team India.The BCCI meeting is scheduled for 6-7th. Back to the WC.Its amazing how Jayasuriya has Imp
53 KiwiinOz : Agreed, such a complete cricketer. He has such a good eye. What's the next natural step for him, commentary? Hard to imagine anyone but AUS, SAF, SRL
54 Banco : South Africa are the only potential weak link there. Fabulous game yesterday, and young Ravi Bopara did at least show why he's so highly thought of i
55 Aussie18 : Why is vaughan even in the ODI side,he isnt much of a flash player,hasnt scored a 100 in decent amoutn of games,his captaincy might be good but waste
56 Banco : I meant more in terms of potentially being caught than anything else. All the others are on 6 points. I'm not sure he will be after this tournament.
57 Baroque : The last I heard was they needed nearly 50 off 4 overs, did not seem likely, so I was surprised to hear they only lost by a couple. As it was England
58 HAWK21M : Whats the line up for the Semifinals.Does #2 play #3 & #1 play 4 in the Super Eights. regds MEL
59 Post contains images Zkpilot : Yes... #1 plays #4 and #2 plays #3. Then there is the runner up finals #3v#4 for 3rd and 4th places followed by the main final Australia Vs NZ with N
60 Baroque : Yeh yeh yeh, but by how many wickets? Cmon, what are you doing with that crystal ball, no on second thoughts, don't answer that!
61 VHVXB : LOL thats fine with us you can take the cricket we'll take the rugby
62 Andz : And while you are squabbling among yourselves we'll take them both!
63 KiwiinOz : Dreamer Even BIGGER dreamer. the Australian scrum could not push their way through a clump of dandelions Hmmm, really I think it's more of a "rebuild
64 Post contains images Banco : I dunno. That's where the Australian scrum are playing...
65 Post contains images Zkpilot : hmm cricket vs rugby.... the rugby is more important to us, but wiping the smiles off Australia's face by winning the cricket might just be worth it.
66 Post contains images HAWK21M : That means Likely SL face AUS regds MEL
67 Post contains images Banco : Every cloud.....
68 Post contains images Zkpilot : has a Silver Fern Lining!
69 Zkpilot : Wow! Bangladesh just made the upset of the tournament by thrashing South Africa by 67 runs! South Africa being the current world #1 and Bangladesh bei
70 ZKSUJ : Don't forget the Netball for the ladies. I think their world cup is this year too and we are defending Champs Tell me about it. Not a bad effort
71 Aussie18 : What an upset by Bangladesh to reach 251 against South Africa isnt an easy task yet bowling them out for 184 is a even greater feat. M Ashraful got 87
72 HAWK21M : Wow. Ask the Indians how it felt when BAN won the match against IND with few balls to spare.The effect is still hitting the country even today. After
73 Aussie18 : England 1-14,Vaughan gone for 5.....
74 Aussie18 : England now 2-24,Tait strikes again with Strauss chopping on a shot ball to his stumps,same as what Vaughan did. Big Kev now comes out early in Englan
75 KiwiinOz : Correct When I was in NZ in December the TAB was offering a multi on NZ to take cricket, rugby, netball, America's cup. I think the odds were about 1
76 Post contains links TSV : When I gave up watching this much earlier this morning I thought England was going to give this a real shake : http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/austral
77 ZKSUJ : Haha could not have put bit any better myself.
78 David_itl : What did for England is that Pietersen seemed to go into a shell after Hayden dropped him; he was on 63 off 64 balls. Someone on the radio said he too
79 Banco : Not really. That was just a result of England losing wickets at the other end. Pietersen has had some criticism for getting out just after wickets ha
80 Post contains images Baroque : Yes that was a bit tough, but obviously Collingwood was under the impression that the rule that Hayden is always not out to Lbw calls, also applied t
81 ZK-NBT : NZ hammered Ireland today by 129 runs though we were in trouble at 189/7 after 43 overs before McCullum and Franklin picked up the rate in the last 7
82 Banco : Tough on him, for a brilliant effort, but the right decision without question. At no point was KP in full control. Though had he managed to throw the
83 Aussie18 : But as the law states the catch isnt awarded till the fielder has full control of his body's movement and the momentum in Pietersen catch moving a fe
84 Banco : I think opening with him would be a bit of a waste; the ball moves around a lot in the first five overs or so, and England wouldn't want to risk losi
85 VHVXB : hmm pull of a victory like Sri Lanka in 1996 would be great to watch
86 Baroque : Yes, I know the rule NOW has two parts, of which the second is full control of his body's movements. It used to be complete the catch, and for once,
87 KiwiinOz : Still pretty long odds but they are definitely a shot at making the semis. That will give extra incentive to all of the other teams to play hard righ
88 Banco : I don't really think so. It just seems common sense to me. How can a catch be given if the fielder then falls over the boundary rope? The change that
89 Post contains images Baroque : It is a form of common sense, except that the old one I was used to was just control of the ball which KP clearly had. The extra bit is to stop the l
90 Andz : That's better South Africa! After losing Graeme Smith cheaply (again) AB de Villiers made his maiden ODI century and went on to score 146 off 130 ball
91 Aussie18 : West Indies are pretty much out now,losing by 67runs to South Africa,AB De villers 146 RSA 356/4 Wi 289/9.
92 Alessandro : Ireland can be the first team that can´t qualify to the semis of the remaining super-8, England-Bangladesh could be interesting to watch. Seem like t
93 KiwiinOz : You're right....sorry!! I have a very short attention span, often can only last for about 70% of a sentence. What about SRL, and surely South Africa
94 Aussie18 : Still 11matches left in super 8 so top 4 spots arent decided yet especially the top 3 spots, New Zealand V Australia,Sri Lanka V Australia,New Zealand
95 Banco : Nah, it doesn't because England still have South Africa to play. That game's a virtual play off between the two. Bangladesh are showing that they are
96 Andz : England 111/6 chasing 144 and some nervous looks about the park.....
97 Baroque : Bangladesh seem to be a bit more tricky than advertised ever at 126 for 6! Under twenty, but ...... Even if England do win, it is going to take them
98 Aussie18 : England win by 4wickets,i wouldnt say it was a satisfying win but if it comes down to NRR between South Africa and England than England has upper hand
99 HAWK21M : Looks like a NZ - Aus Final. regds MEL
100 Andz : That's like saying "if that had gone in it would have been a goal!" NRR is immaterial right now, points on the board are what count.
101 Banco : Nervous from the start actually! It goes back to what was said before; of the England batsmen, only Bell and Pietersen are going well, Collingwood is
102 Zkpilot : Couldn't agree more! I'm surprised batsmen aren't actually making more use of it at the moment! He's talking about World Cup standings I believe and
103 Banco : And you can do yourselves a big favour by beating South Africa too. That way, it increases the chances of being 1st, and England sneaking through int
104 Post contains images Aussie18 : Id rather see South Africa make the finals and atleast make it a contest in semi finals.
105 Andz : Spoken like a true sportsman with southern hemisphere rivalry in his veins!
106 HAWK21M : Whats the Record for Consecutve wins in ODIs Batting first & Chasing. regds MEL
107 Baroque : 164 for 7 NZ vs the Murali-Vass show, and Murali seems to be winning. 3 for 23, heck. Actually it is Styris vs the M-V show.
108 Post contains images Banco : Didn't your coach say something similar just prior to Australia getting stuffed six games in a row?
109 Alessandro : Well, 219 isn´t that grand for NZ, 235 is the lowest so far for a opening team to win with (Sri Lanka against England) in this tournatment, 221 was e
110 Post contains images Aussie18 : Losing 6 in a row was good for once as they forgot what losing felt like......im sure if they asked the English batsmen throughout the Ashes series t
111 ZKSUJ : Stephen Fleming says this loss to SL is a wake up call. I hope so
112 Post contains images Banco : Ah, the "wake-up call". A euphemism for "bloody hell, we've been stuffed". England have now had more wake-up calls than an airport hotel. Incidentall
113 Post contains images Baroque : Let us pray that you have that kind of influence up above Banco. There would be a symmetry with that Pakistan win. And a colleague of mine was convin
114 Post contains images Banco : Well, with the minor difference that Pakistan actually had quite a few very good players. It's been written; I'm telling you. To be so completely inc
115 Alessandro : 7 teams left with a chance on the world cup, if South Africa wins or play a draw today, only 5 left.[Edited 2007-04-14 12:31:00]
116 KiwiinOz : That phrase is on the top 5 list of sporting cliches you hear from captains, along with: It's a long season Game of 2 halves We're in the business en
117 Banco : If South Africa lose, then it's really game on for that last spot. Even if they then beat England, England can still go through by beating the West I
118 Baroque : Crushing Ireland was no help to the concept of sport. It was not a triumph of skill, of sportsmanship. Can anyone volunteer a redeeming feature? Mind
119 Andz : Experience for Ireland. Where else can emerging nations get such experience? Some might say that such a heavy defeat has no positive aspects but not
120 Post contains images Baroque : Well you are correct of course. But even the triumphalist ABC commentators had a hard time of it last night, of course half the ABC staff has Irish a
121 Banco : Exactly. Besides, Ireland earnt the right to play in the Super Eights, and if that means the occasional whipping, then so be it. They've actually don
122 Alessandro : The Bangladeshi, Englanders and Kiwis are probably pleased with SA opening batting, 4-2, one duck.
123 NAV20 : Can't see it, can only hear it on the radio. But it sounds as if SA have been 'invited to bat' on a minefield..... One thing's for certain - the bowle
124 Rineanna : Yes, I think the feat of reaching the Super eights has and will work wonders for the sport here. OK, so we got hammered. We were never expected to wi
125 VHVXB : Slow and steady for SAF 22/2 (13.4 ov)
126 Alessandro : 193 was a dissappointment for SA, Gibbs made his 4th half-ton in this tournament precisely 60, I´m sure Black Caps can beat that.
127 Andz : That's very charitable, we were using less complimentary language in the pub! That was a diabolical display.
128 Alessandro : 196-5 for Black Caps, so Oz, Nz and Sri Lanka are in the semis, SA, England, Bangladesh and Windies fight for the remaining last one. If SA beat Engla
129 VHVXB : And here I was thinking that South Africa would win the cup before it started.
130 ZKSUJ : Well done Craig McMillan for NZ. I'm still backing SA to make the semis however
131 Banco : In theory, perhaps, but the huge difference in nett run rate means that England would only have to avoid an absolute tonking by the West Indies to go
132 Post contains images VHVXB : oh yes England winning another sporting competition. Lets hope it not as boring as the million drop goals we saw during the RWC in 2003
133 Post contains images Banco : Don't tell me you're still bitter? The England cricket team are never boring, anyway. You've always got the prospect of another Michael Vaughan dropp
134 Post contains images VHVXB : ehhh at least we didn't choke on the big stage unlike some other team though I don't think it will be the case this time and there maybe only person
135 Post contains images Banco : Hmm. Depends on the sport, really, doesn't it? I mean, I can think of one country for rugby and another for cricket - and the cricket lot look like t
136 HAWK21M : Apart from Aus.All 7 teams look beatable. regds MEL
137 Alessandro : Hawk, Ireland can qualify, so it´s the other 6 in that case, anyway Bangladesh seem to have a uphill battle chasing 243, not a bad total for Ireland.
138 Alessandro : So now they´re six left of sixteen, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka has gained their places in the semifinals, England, South Africa and Windies
139 Rineanna : Nice finish to the WC, and not a bad tournament to have left Pakistan and Bangladesh in your wake!
140 KiwiinOz : Actually, in the 2003 world cup, England played quite exciting rugby. The loose forwards were supreme, mobile and always in an attacking frame of min
141 Post contains images Zkpilot : NZ beat Aus 3-nil right before the world cup (ok Australia had a few players missing but so did NZ).
142 VHVXB : Slinga Malinga, Vaas and Murali have been rested for the match against Australia
143 Rineanna : I heard on the sports news today that Ireland have become the 12th country to have earned permanent one day international status.
144 Baroque : Yep, but however did you guess? Quite strange really because we know ALL Australians love everybody called Johnny or anything like. Sri Lanka descend
145 VHVXB : Sri Lanka 29/3 (7.0 ov) up shit creek now
146 Post contains images Banco : Because (in England anyway) most people are neither fans of rugby, nor do they understand the game. They see JW kick the goals and so he gets the cre
147 Post contains images ZKSUJ : Doesn't mean we still didn't do it any way Good for Ireland. A successful world cup one would think. Bangladesh of late are not too bad and to put th
148 Post contains images Banco : Doesn't mean we didn't all laugh at you for bottling it yet again. We look forward to seeing how you're going to stuff it up this time around. So, to
149 HAWK21M : I wonder why. regds MEL
150 KiwiinOz : I wish I was your bookie
151 Post contains images Banco : Perhaps because Sri Lanka didn't want to face Australia in the semi-final by the two of them finishing 2nd and 3rd. Highly dubious if they to a reaso
152 Alessandro : If I understand things right this is not true, most wins (including group play) comes before net run rate, Windies got 3-0 in their group and England
153 Post contains images ZKSUJ : God I hope not
154 Banco : No, I think that only applies to Super Eight wins, not wins in the tournament as a whole, so unless there is more than one tie in the Super Eight rou
155 HAWK21M : So SL want AUS to Top.Makes sense.But still the Final is the Big game. regds MEL
156 Baroque : Whatever SLs motives, it was a grand contribution to the grand prix for boredom. Even the TEEV could not hide the serried ranks of empty seats. Just f
157 Baroque : Who rattled the cage for overs 10 and 12? So Aunty Nel has restored some sense of order, 37 for 2 it appears.
158 Andz : 53/3 now, Pietersen gone for 3, bowled Nel caught Smith. I am not moving from this chair!
159 VHVXB : England 53/3 (16.4 ov) Pietersen out.
160 Post contains images Banco : KP was bound to fail after I said he'd get a load. England have batted abysmally all tournament up front. No reason why today should be different.
161 Andz : Someone is confident... a banner just scrolled across the bottom of my TV: "Second semi-final, Australia vs South Africa, Wednesday 25 April live on S
162 Andz : Make that 121/8, Andrew Hall has taken 4 wickets in a blazing spell (and was on a hat-trick). England have lost 5 wickets for 10 runs.
163 Banco : Just yet more rank incompetence. No surprise.
164 Baroque : Then again, SA might make it more of a contest later. Another partnership like the one AB and Smith managed until the run out would make for an inter
165 Andz : So England all out for 154 and a great maiden fifer for Andrew Hall. South Africa just mustn't shoot themselves in the foot now!
166 Post contains images Banco : Known in cricketing parlance as a Michelle. Well, it would set a new standard in the honoured annals of the great South African choke, that's for sur
167 Andz : I think they heard you! That was a very professional and ruthless batting display from South Africa, beating a weary looking England by 9 wickets.
168 Alessandro : So it seem like the semis will be Oz-SA, Nz-Sri Lanka, to beat Oz for the first spot Nz needs to win big, will the do as Sri Lanka and spare some top
169 KiwiinOz : Wow! The poms were shocking....Bangladesh was the only test nation they beat in the tournament. Well, I think the top 4 teams are spot on in terms of
170 Banco : Certainly were. That's the first time in a decade I've heard them get booed off by the fans. Given that the England supporters (and look how many the
171 HAWK21M : Looks that way.Hoping a Surprise by SL though. regds MEL
172 Baroque : I think Ireland just got a surprise! And now another few surprises as Sl stagger to 25 for 2
173 Andz : yeah they staggered to a win within 10 overs.
174 HAWK21M : Aus v/s SA SL v/s NZ regds MEL
175 Post contains images Baroque : At 25 for 2 it was a definite stagger, but then I blinked and it was all over. Still not sure what happened!! Since Tharanga got ZERO off 7 deliverie
176 Post contains images Banco : Does that mean England actually got 144 off about 10 overs against South Africa then? Vaughan must have taken up the other 40.
177 Post contains images HAWK21M : I wonder if NZ v/s SA is a possibility for the Final . regds MEL[Edited 2007-04-19 12:39:00]
178 Baroque : Needs must when the devil drives. Perhaps you can get those two jokers who do the rain calculations to get a formula for Englands run rate that avoid
179 TSV : I'm going to go with "S"s for the Final : SA v SL. Why? AUS is due for a loss (and SA need to back up Smith's big mouth and it would be really ironic
180 David_itl : Odds-on that Peter Moores will be announced as the new England coach by Sunday, now that Duncan Fletcher has resigned with effect from Saturday's gam
181 Post contains images Banco : Yes, that's my expectation too. Moores does come with an excellent reputation (though not as a bowler - I smacked him for a few fours, but then he wa
182 Alessandro : So is it possible for NZ to pass Oz using the net-run rate? So it becomes NZ-SA and Oz-SL?
183 Zkpilot : Full strength SL.... well they were full strength last time they played NZ except for Malinga. NZ wasn't at full strength and they made the mistake o
184 TSV : What a game that would be.
185 Baroque : Nice thought and either SL or SA on their day are unbeatable, but they are also fairly unpredictable. Seems a bit of damning with faint praise, but o
186 Banco : Brian Lara's announced his retirement from all international cricket at the end of the World Cup. Damn, damn, damn. I was hoping to watch the great ma
187 Post contains images VHVXB : What and watch him slay the English bowling attack?
188 Post contains images Banco : Isn't usually an issue because he's the only one! Or have you forgotten the results of the last two series (WI 0-3 Eng, Eng 4-0 Windies)? Besides, yo
189 VHVXB : Kind of sad really Windies were once a great team from 80s to the mid 90s ah yes these type of games are always good to watch, great cricketers playi
190 Banco : Yes, it is sad. Though at the time, watching England batsmen get battered into submission series after series (the peerless Gower apart, who seemed t
191 Aussie18 : Sad seeing Lara going but he is bowing out with a career for of records,centuries and lots of runs,23000+ International runs is pretty good career,unf
192 HAWK21M : That was a Surprise. regds MEL
193 VHVXB : he came out to Australia late last year and he said he would retire from ODI after the world cup. He would have played his 300th game if they made it
194 Alessandro : Gilchrist out, 7-1 a good start for the Kiwis..
195 TSV : Motoring along at 6.33 rpo now. Nearly halfway and over 150 already.
196 TSV : Watson is displaying an amazing range of shots. Funny banner in the crowd of a Sheep in cross hairs with a gun at it's head with the caption "Lose or
197 TSV : Watson's 50 off 20 something balls. Wow. Hussey just out. At least he got a bit of a run this innings although still looks far from his best.
198 VHVXB : Australia 348/6 (50 ov) New Zealand 133 (25.5 ov) Now thats what I call a thrashing
199 KiwiinOz : Hmmmm, maybe they need one more game Holy crap!! That was deflating!!
200 Aussie18 : Bring on South Africa again!!!!!!!!!!
201 ZKSUJ : Brilliant display of Cricket by the Australians. As for the NZers, hopefully we can pick our selves up for the match against SL
202 TSV : Yes and that sort of loss would matter whereas if they lost this morning it wouldn't have mattered.
203 Zkpilot : Yeah it was a bit of a shocker... useless bowling by Mason etc Good bowling by Vettori, Styris, Patel. It wouldn't have changed the result I don't th
204 Andz : If NZ are to REACH the final they had better pull their socks up, play like that against Sri Lanka and it's bye bye.
205 HAWK21M : Unless there are surprises.Looks like AUS v/s SL. regds MEL
206 Baroque : Any offers on there being a good GAME during the finals? Possibly not more than one out of the three??
207 VHVXB : doesn't get better for England West Indies 105/0 (15.6 ov)
208 Andz : so the Windies made 300, England are making a good effort so far, 100/1 after 15 overs with Vaughan just having made 50
209 David_itl : Shock time: England win by 1 wicket with 1 ball to spare after Pietersen scored 100 off 91 balls an Nixon 38 off 39. Crucial over was Colleymore's las
210 BNE : Looks like we are down to the final 4. Team Mt Pts NRR Australia 7 14 2.4 Sri Lanka 7 10 1.48 New Zealand 7 10 0.25 South Africa 7 8 0.31 England 7 6
211 Alessandro : Battle of the 5th place, a fitting end to BLs career.
212 HAWK21M : Aus look very tough in this WC.Will an upset be n the cards though. regds MEL
213 TSV : Already started so this one can be locked if we are all done "Super Eighting".
214 Alessandro : 289-5, Mahela Jayawardene was the batsman of the Sri Lankan team, 115 not out from 109 deliveries. Malinga started with a maiden over and Fleming was
215 Andz : Please post in the semi final thread.
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