Archive for the ‘World Cup 2019’ Category

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The Spirit of Cricket

July 18, 2019

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Semi-Final Coincidences …. Mama Mia!

July 13, 2019
Some freaky facts from the semifinal of the World 🏆
*India* lost 3 early wickets
*Australia* also lost 3 early wickets
*India* were all out in the 49th over
*Australia* were also all out in 49 overs
*Dhoni* got run-out at a crucial stage
*Smith* also got run-out at a crucial stage
Dhoni got run-out when India were 216/8
Smith got run-out when Australia were 217/8
7 batsmen scored single digit score, 4 scored double digit score for *India*
7 batsmen scored single digit score, 4 scored double digit score for *Australia*
……..   and finally, the teams that lost are Austral *ia* and Ind *ia*, and the teams that landed in the finals are Eng *land* and New Zea *land* 😊🤔😉
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Rashid Khan takes over as Afghanistan’s Captain in All Formats

July 12, 2019

Rashid Khan will lead Afghanistan across all formats, while former captain Asghar Afghan has been appointed his deputy. The change comes after Afghanistan lost all their matches at the World Cup under Gulbadin Naib, with his decisions on the field during a thriller against Pakistan, in particular, coming under the scanner.

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Dismemberment at Edgbaston: Way Out Thoughts from a Fella Way Out

July 11, 2019

Anonymous Aficianado

I cannot believe that I have just witnessed such a clinical dismemberment of the invincible  Australian one-day team. They were made to look like junior school novices. Cousin Ralston predicted this with the utmost confidence.  Through gritted teeth I will concede that if Finch had inserted he would have won the match. On this occasion it was obviously an advantage to bowl first.

New Zealand will be licking their lips because they will not encounter either Roy or Bairstow. Bairstow is obviously injured and Roy will most certainly be suspended for high level dissent.No reprimands,no raps on knuckles but kicked out big time for several matches. No question.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 17: Jason Roy of England hits out for six runs during the 4th ODI Royal London One-Day match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge on June 17, 2015 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

He got a shocking decision from Kumar Dharmasena but so have we all. I will never forget how Tuffy dealt with me when I merely raised my eyebrows when I was given an appalling LBW decision. Roy did far more than raise his eyebrows and I would love to have seen Tuffy deal with him if he had been in the English dressing room this evening.  His body would have been beyond identification!

That was one of the worst cases of dissent I have seen and Roy will be out till Christmas. Certainly no Final and no Ashes. Cannot imagine Kane Williamson or Kumar Sangakkara behaving like that.

 

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Smith’s Testicles skimmed in Buttler’s Penetrating Strike

July 11, 2019

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler threw the ball from a little to his left and the ball went speeding through Steve Smith’s legs at thigh height and hit the wickets at the bowler’s end

One thing is certain: Steve Smith would have preferred to be smashed in the balls or his buttocks …. He values his wicket …. more than his balls.

https://www.cricketworldcup.com/video/1277263/cwc19-sf-aus-v-eng-sensational-throw-from-buttler-runs-out-smith

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Hilal Suhaib’s Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Selections and World Cup Performance

July 11, 2019

Hilal Suhaib, in IslandCricket.lk, …., https://www.islandcricket.lk/news/featured/sri-lanka-2023-world-cup/?fbclid=IwAR2tOft4Zg5HmX4SSCo3HuD-Sv3V6h-ptSW6g16PdG9EZ9ymFMduSzdcoWg

Sri Lanka exceeded my expectations at the 2019 World Cup — a winless exit was a strong possibility. Dimuth Karunaratne’s men overcame the challenges set by their own camp to end the tournament with three wins. There is no criticism of this team for not making the semis. Not losing to Afghanistan is a praiseworthy accomplishment today for a nation that once won the ODI world title and were for many years considered strong contenders to enter the final stages of any ICC tourney.

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The Kiwi-India World Cup Thriller

July 11, 2019

Karthik Krishnaswamy in ESPNcricinfo,com, !0 July 2019, where the title is New Zealand in final despite thrilling Jadeja-Dhoni counter-attack”

It was a semi-final spread over 28 hours and 24 minutes, and it contained some of the defining features of this World Cup. Rain, enough of it to force the match into a reserve day. Terrific new-ball bowling. Incredible fielding. A tricky, two-paced surface that kept scoring rates down, but also ensured neither team was ever entirely out of the contest.

The New Zealand side celebrate as MS Dhoni of India is run out by Martin Guptill. Photograph: Gareth Copley/IDI via Getty Images

At the end of it, it was New Zealand who remained standing, reaching their second successive World Cup final with an 18-run win. India went out at the semi-final stage for the second successive tournament, but not without scripting a dramatic comeback that showed just why they are one of the world’s top ODI teams.

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