Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The group of death - Every team is in Danger.

One upset and the whole group is feeling the heat. Bangladesh has achieved something that is going to go down in history. They well be the responsible party if India or Sri Lanka crash out of the world cup. There is every chance that top three teams in this group (most probably be Ind,Ban,SL) stand with 4 points but with calculators in their hands. Can you imagine, even a .0001 in the net run-rate(NRR) can decide of the fate of a team. India upped their NRR to Positive 2.5 after Bermuda match and SL is already sitting pretty at 4.86. Its now Bangladesh who has to maintain their NRR if they want to qualify. This match against SL may ruin their run rate because of the class bowlers like Vaas and Murali. But again they have to play the last match of the group and that too with Bermuda. They will have exact numbers to put their NRR ahead of either SL or Ind. Being an Indian supporter, I want the match between SL and Ban to be a closest of ties, so their NRR will not change much.
Indians will have to win the match against SL to qualify and win it by quite a margin or if they are chasing, they need to get the runs quickly. Since the points against the other qualifier from the group get carried over to the Super Eight stage, ideally for India, Sri Lanka should be the second qualifier from group B, so that India have two points in their kitty. If Bangladesh qualify along with India, Bangladesh will have that luxury.
Jayasuriya powers through Bangladesh attack
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Group B, Trinidad
24 overs Sri Lanka 136 for 1 (Jayasuriya 83*, Jayawardene 11*) v Bangladesh
Sri Lanka, after being put in to bat by Habibul Bashar, set about to work in clinical fashion, picking off the runs against Bangladesh to reach a superb platform of 136 for 1 an over before the halfway mark of the innings, when rain stopped play. Sanath Jayasuriya and MahelaJayawardene made the most of the opportunity, reeling off big scores.

The Bangladesh bowlers were left to rue the missed run out chances as Sanath Jayasuriya repeatedly found the boundary

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