Sandemaniac wrote: »
2.58 a ball... but Dhoni the finishing brain in there... anything could happen in the next four overs!
sionisais wrote: »
After a horrible start (14-3 and a batsman hit in the face, albeit wearing a helmet) I think Australia would have bitten your hand off to make 223. It's usually competitive between England and Australia and this is going to be really tough.
sionisais wrote: »
I doubt that umpire will get too many big games in the future.
Simon Toad wrote: »
I was very unhappy to hear Dead Ringers open with an anti-Australian jibe this week. You'd think this was the Ashes and not the warm up games.
sionisais wrote: »
Can’t England and New Zealand share the World Cup?
Baptist Trainfan wrote: »
Yes indeed. I felt sorry for the England wicketkeeper who let through those 4 byes! I felt that NZ should have won on the basis that they only lost 8 wickets.
Chorister wrote: »
Just as well the cricket, tennis and Grand Prix were all on the same day, don't think the human psyche could stand the excitement of all three in a row.
Galilit wrote: »
Now we know that God is indeed an Englisman. Though He waited till the last ball of the last over and then the last ball of the Super Over to "intervene"
Hedgehog wrote: »
All out for 85. That's one of those lines that makes me double-check for a typo...
I wasn't impressed with Dhoni. Although 42 off 31 looks good he took too long to get going. It was almost like they had half an eye on net run rate. In any event, they have started well against Bangladesh, with 180-1 at six an over! That should end at 350+. Then again, that isn't the end of it. Bangladesh may not bat as deep as other sides but their top five hit hard and often.
In other new, Nicholas Pooran and Fabian Allen so nearly took the West Indies to a surprise win over Sri Lanka, with some beautiful batting - Allen looks a real gem, and with Hope and Hetmyer the West Indies might have the batting to back their dangerous quick bowlers. They do need to add better fielding, and I'm sure Jason Holder will have them working on that this afternoon!
!!! Woakes takes a wicket in the first over !!! That's a good start!
50/2 in the 13th.
I was expecting England to get at least 330. We will see...
Well played England!
New name on the trophy, at last!
Just the World Cup Final apparently...
Our commentators have to be impartial, I don’t think the rest of the BBC is under the same obligation.
That was used to decide ties for many years, but the PTB agreed that sides batting second conceded more wickets in a chase, so that wasn’t fair either.
There are dozens of ways to decide ties, such as previous head-to-head, disciplinary record, run rate and none is perfect but the team’s slogging ability ought not to be the one.
Over the last 4 years, England have been the best team in the world but in this game NZ were sooo unlucky:
The 6 where Boult caught it and stepped on the boundary. The 4 over-throws....
Hard lines, Kiwis, hardliners...
As Warne said NZ were the better team today.
He lit up and was about to tell me All About It, at which point my co-worker asked me to take the next customer because he needed a rest room break. So I had to wait until I got off to read any details.
(I turned to the next customer, who said something about body fat percentage. I thought "what? that has nothing to do with cricket!" before I realized he was continuing a mobile conversation. Still a weird transition!)
In all seriousness, it was a fantastic crescendo yesterday with the two best teams playing out a bit of the most dramatic piece of theatre. I absolutely agree that New Zealand were unlucky. Any number of incidents could be pointed to which would have made the difference of a single run. Had the result gone the other way, England would have been equally unlucky. Both teams played in the spirit of the game; it was great to see the mutual respect of the captains who conducted themselves impeccably throughout.
Nah.... Her hand was at work before that - the Boult catch for 6, the 4 over-throws... all were critical!
Not for the first time the English can't understand the Irish.
As per usual, after playing in the one-day format for too long, we've forgotten how to play Test Match cricket.
It happens more than one might imagine. When the conditions are right and a team is motivated and on top form it can and does happen. Today was just right: the ball moved through the air (sticky humid day plus red ball) and off the pitch. Ireland didn't try too hard with the ball but their catching was first-rate.
Let's see how their batting goes.
An excellent performance so far by Ireland.