Skip to main content

Editor’s take: England Vs Australia.

England Beat Australia. Thanks to the rain. Which has now become a common factor that decides the outcome of the matches of the ICC Championships Tournament 2017.
To be fair, England did really well. They were well on their way to victory. But nothing like hitting the winning shot and throwing your arms up to the sky. And this is cricket we are talking about. Anything could have happened. Very unlikely for Australia to have come back, but not impossible. Watching the match, I realized that the Aussies could have tipped the scales to their benefit. The run out of Morgan (87) saw a lot of passion and determination. The boys looked a little hopeful. But England had more than enough deliveries left to reach their target.
England needed 278 runs to win. After losing early wickets (35/3) they picked up thanks to Morgan’s 87 and Ben Stokes’ 102. Morgan’s run out could have been avoided, yes. Zampa’s throw was bang on target. It is hard when the hit is direct. But England knew they could still make it. Sloppy fielding by the Aussies and a couple of dropped catches also helped. It was a moment of celebration when Stokes hit his century.
Rain stopped play. By the now-very-popular, and equally-hated, Duckworth-Lewis method, England were way ahead. They were declared winners once it became obvious that play could not resume.
Earlier in the day, Australia was sent into bat by England. With the grounds good for runs and a small boundary on one side, Australia intended to make the most of it to reserve a berth for themselves in the next round. After losing David Warner (21) in the eight over, the batting picked up with Finch hitting 68 off just 64 balls and the captain giving him the company. Smith - 56 off 77 deliveries - also supported Travis head (71 Not Out from 64). The total of 277 was not very high considering the stakes, but defendable.
This is an impressive team for England, who also had the advantage being the Home Team.
So here’s where Group A Stands. NZ is on their way home. Probably home too. Thanks to the rain and some good work from the home team, of course, England is through to the next round. Since Australia lost, Bangladesh, second on the table, joins England. This is their first ever Semis in a global tournament. Good for them.
Group B is still wide open. India meet South Africa and Sri Lanka meet Pakistan. Anything could happen. With rains, it is just all the more unpredictable. Time to call in the weatherman too to help analyze future of the teams in this tournament.

Indu

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Chennai beats Mumbai and clinch thriller

It is not just about coming back. It is about the impact you make in the process. And Chennai team knows how to with a bang.  The Chennai team beat the home team by one wicket in what was an absolute sit-at-the-end-of-the-chair thriller. It was one of the best chases the tournament has seen and it most definitely won't be the last. The player who made the difference in the end - Jadhav - literally came back from the dead after retiring hurt to take his team to the finish line by hitting the ball in style with a six and a four.  Batting on one leg and playing an absolutely unbelievable shot, this player leveled the scores first with a six and finished the match with a four.  Key Points  MI has never won their opener since 2013. This was Chennai's first win against MI in an opener of this T20 League  DRS used in the league for the first time  Bravo : It was a great team effort. I want to dedicate this win to the CSK fan, they have waited long for

Blog Time: How I won my Fantain Fantasy Cricket

I played the Sri Lanka – Zimbabwe match and I won more than six times what I put in. That is a really good investment, isn’t it? I have been asked by Fantain to share what I did and how I planned my lineup. This is how. Kusal Perera  – I made him captain. I won a massive 120 points. My vice-captain was Dinesh Chandimal .  So I got 43.5. In hindsight, I could have picked Perera. He did fabulously well and earned a whopping 89 on the app. The other player in my lineup who helped me win was Sikandar Raza . He got 88.5 on the app. These four players are a must be in the next match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.  Dinesh Chandimal is one good consistent player that I always have. So it’s like this. I have four categories when I play fantasy cricket. One is the must-have players who will be on my team no matter what. For this match that I played, they were Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, and Upul Tharanga. For me, old is gold. Experience speaks volumes. The second category is ba

Need for co-ed sports

Now, this is hardly a feminist piece. I am not here to tell you that women can do anything that men can and better too. One, you know it too. Two, this is hardly about women. I am not here to praise women and demand better rights. I am talking about the possibility that the entire field of sports can take a whole new meaning if gender is not made the criterion. So this is how the idea for the blog started. The Women’s Indian Cricket Team performed really well at the world cup this year. Mithali Raj praised her team for their hard work, persistence, and passion for the game. She also added that there should be an IPL tournament in the country for the women’s team now. Raj believes that the team’s fantastic game has increased the fan following for the women’s team as well and that they have earned their place here. While I am honestly not sure about an IPL tournament for women, it did get me thinking. Why not mixed sports? Now that girls play almost all the games that the guys do, w