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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibbes Aye View Post
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    Some good games lost to the weather so far.

    Friday brings England against the Windies at Southampton.

    The weather is certainly now the main factor. Lots of rain early morning but it looks to dry up from late morning onwards so Iím hopeful we get some play, even if reduced overs.

    I think Windies will be champing at the bit for this game. Gayle, Hope and Hetmyer are all due big and expansive innings. The fast bowlers have looked up for it as well.

    Itís hard to see England not being too strong though, they have the explosive batting that runs for miles and decent bowling, though there must be question marks about their capabilities in the spin department.

    If it goes ahead, England to edge it, though I would love to see the Windies take a scalp here and they have the players to do so.
    The Windies need to be more disciplined to beat a well oiled machine like England. Hopefully the weather plays the game as it has the makings of a cracker with two teams that are capable of posting huge totals.

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    Australia are looking pretty ominous.

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    Now itís time for the big one tomorrow! Come on India!!

    Itís simple, we play to our very best then we should be too good for Pakistan. Of course on their day, they are a very dangerous outfit but they lack consistency. Iím confident we will win although they will make it tough.

    Reckon if India win, then the present top 4 should make it through to semi finals baring a major slip up. Easily the best 4 strongest sides in the competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weecounty hibby View Post
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    Australia are looking pretty ominous.
    They are pretty consistent so far. I think they have benefitted from Finch having a very good tourney, with the strength of Smith and Warner still to be fully demonstrated. Throw in a great batting cameo like Coulter-Nile and some decent batting from Carey and you can see why they are setting decent totals. And thatís without big contributions from the likes of Cummins who can throw the bat around, though maybe more so in Test cricket. Khawaja has struggled though and it is hard to see how he justifies his place.

    Bowling-wise, Starc showed just how effective he can be today and he is backed up by decent pace men, most especially Cummins. Itís been interesting that Australia havenít gone for spin as heavily as other teams.

    I forgot to post a prediction for todayís game yesterday but would have gone with Australia if I had. Sri Lanka shone for a couple of periods but the difference in strength was transparent
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc rd View Post
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    Now itís time for the big one tomorrow! Come on India!!

    Itís simple, we play to our very best then we should be too good for Pakistan. Of course on their day, they are a very dangerous outfit but they lack consistency. Iím confident we will win although they will make it tough.

    Reckon if India win, then the present top 4 should make it through to semi finals baring a major slip up. Easily the best 4 strongest sides in the competition.

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    This is the game we all want to see!

    Looks like a chance of light showers, especially later in the day but not enough to risk cancellation.

    I am with you, emotion will strengthen Pakistan but India are much stronger in every department and should see the win out.

    South Africaís crash has meant that I also agree that NZ will replace them in the likely top four, along with England, India and Australia. NZ were always the strongest of the outsiders and that has been reflected in results but their run-in is more challenging. But points on the board are points on the board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibbes Aye View Post
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    This is the game we all want to see!

    Looks like a chance of light showers, especially later in the day but not enough to risk cancellation.

    I am with you, emotion will strengthen Pakistan but India are much stronger in every department and should see the win out.

    South Africaís crash has meant that I also agree that NZ will replace them in the likely top four, along with England, India and Australia. NZ were always the strongest of the outsiders and that has been reflected in results but their run-in is more challenging. But points on the board are points on the board.
    Remember the ICC final. India were huge favourites. I think Pakistan are stronger now. It could be a closer game than we think.
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    Remember the ICC final. India were huge favourites. I think Pakistan are stronger now. It could be a closer game than we think.
    Yes, absolutely. When Pakistan click they have the beating of anybody in the world.
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    Cheerio Pakistan! 👋🇵🇰😊

    Pakistan comfortably brushed aside with ease. When they are good, they are a very tough side to beat. However when they are bad they really are an extremely poor side. At the same time, I personally donít think we were even at our best today tbh. Kohli seemed to be pulling his hair out at times with some of our play. Against a better side, we could have easily been punished. However canít complain when you beat your rivals yet again!

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    A stately progression for India today, sharper in all departments, despite the nagging sense that they can bat more explosively if required and despite losing Kumar in the bowling attack.

    Very impressed with their running, I suspect that adds more than a few runs to their total.

    Definite differences in the bowling, India were bowling a fuller length and benefitted accordingly, Rohit and Kohli took advantage of Pakistan bowling shorter and worked the ball square to good effect.

    Hopefully Kumar isnít drastically affected, he really is a very good player and I want to see more of him in this tournament.

    Pakistan need to think seriously about strategy and tactics. Having failed to make a breakthrough in the first ten overs, the heads went down. There has been a fair bit variation in team selection as well - itís a curse and an understandable one, that plagues cricket teams who are struggling for consistency.
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    Monday brings Bangladesh against Windies at Taunton. Good possibility of light showers early on but hopefully not enough to restrict play.

    The fact that there is going to be a bit of dampness in the air, with increasing temperatures and a moderate breeze may well serve the offspin of Bangladesh.

    Its a must-win for Windies I feel, if they are to grasp a top four spot and IIRC Taunton is quite a tight ground, which Gayle, Hetmyer et al will relish.

    But they have struggled against Bangladeshi spin in the past.

    Iíve really wanted Windies to flourish in this tournament and they havenít quite kicked on yet, though arguably they have had some bad luck with weather and had a tough enough draw so far.

    Lots of doubt about just how fit Andre Russell is as well, so Iím going for Bangladesh to win this match
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