Twenty20 World Cup

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by An Tarbh, May 31, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    So it's less than a week before the second Twenty20 World Cup.

    India are the defending champions but are complaining about being tired having played too much cricket in the IPL, oh please better excuse needed lads, you're not exactly toiling like you would have been in a 5 series test match.

    Australia and South Africa both look like the realistic contenders alongside the Indians with both having looked impressive in their recent clashes over the Winter.

    As for the hosts their players domestic form doesn't seem to transfer to the international arena and having gone for specialists again this time round could find themselves struggling to make the semi finals.

    Dark horses would be West Indies/NZ/Sri Lanka and Pakistan, plenty of talent in all sides and given the shorter form of the game teams like the West Indies won't have any issue with concentration and NZ have shown that with their bowlers consistent in their good economy rates that they always give their batsmen a chance.

    It will be interesting to see how Pakistan go following what's been a traumatic year for them, the talent is always there but then there's always the risk that they'll implode like they did in the 99 final or just not perform as they did in 2007. Different game I know, but same mentality.

    As for Sri Lanka, possibly doing them a disservice by saying they're an outsider, given the power of their batting lineup, qualty wicket keeper and a bowling attack that will trouble anyone at this level they could be worth a serious bet to win this thing.

    Obviously though this is all about how Ireland do and seeing as we've only got to beat India and Bangladesh you should be seeing us in the knock out stages!
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  3. The only possible tight group in my opinion is the Irish one. Ireland on their day do have the potential to beat Bangladesh.

    Other than that, Id be surprised if any of England, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand fail to make the Super 8
  4. An Tarbh

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    India must be rubbing their hands with glee considering the strength of their group especially compared to the one with Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies all of whom could find themselves going home before the Super 8.
  5. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SportingNonsense @ May 31 2009, 12:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    given how both teams have played in the warm up games I don't think we'll be getting an upset this time round.
  6. An Tarbh

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    This should be it now for Symonds international career after yet again another disciplinary issue sees him sent home.

    Seriously you'd think he'd have learnt by now but given this is his umpteenth chance CA had no choice but to send him home.
  7. bates

    bates Guest

    Saw some test games of NZ, AUs, SA, India, Pakistan, England and of Course the West Indies.

    Really looking forward to see the West Indies hitting it hard with Gayle as their skipper.
    NZ might do some nice things but India is still my favorite. The things they showed in '07 were awesome. The way they won their games, brilliant.

    Fingers crossed and hopefully we can see some nice games
  8. An Tarbh

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    West Indies approach was a strange one, can understand Gayle not batting against England as he made runs against Ireland so he wanted to give someone else a chance but to not captain the side was wierd as it sends out the wrong message.

    The whole Gayle issue is a bit of a farce, he doesn't want to captain the side and keeps shooting himself in the foot as well.
  9. QLD

    QLD Guest

    Symonds is an idiot, people will remember him for that.
  10. Cymro

    Cymro Guest



    Nuff Said!
  11. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    First match is underway with England taking on the Dutch, England looked well set for a big total following a century opening partnership between Bopara and Wright but they lost their momentum once Bopara was out, credit to the Dutch but England couldn't find the gaps. Pietersen may have made a difference had he come in after but he's missed out with his achilles problem flaring up again.

    Still though 162-5 should be enough to defend.
  12. An Tarbh

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    should have been enough for England but wasn't to be, great effort from the Ãsiltír to get the win, what a shock and what a start to the tournament. Great stuff!
  13. Embarassing.

    And Stuart Broad should never play for England again after his last over. It was absolutely shocking what he did. Dropping an easy catch and then THE stupidest thing I have ever seen in a cricket match.
  14. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    Played Stuart Broad both yourself and your father are proud honourable men of England!
  15. An Tarbh

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (St Helens RLFC @ Jun 5 2009, 11:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Slight overreaction on Broad there, bear in mind he went for only 7 off his final over, the run out was a mjor mistake but it's a lot harder to catch a wet ball, what about the other dropped catches, the other missed run out chances, screw up in selections, can't for the life of me understand why you pick someone like Napier in the squad only to leave him out all the time. The Dutch were able to hit sixes, yet again in a Twenty20 international England fail to get any.
  16. An Tarbh

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    thought we could have been on for another upset given the Scots set NZ 90 off 7 overs at the Oval but given they're 28-0 in the second over they should make this target comfortably despite losing Vettori to a shoulder injury.
  17. An Tarbh

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    so no banana skin for NZ despite the shortened game making it easier for the Scots. Was looking a bit dodgy after 4 overs but Taylor saw them home after running out McCullum.
  18. An Tarbh

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    not the finest start for Australia, currently 35-3 after 6 overs against the West Indies. Still though with Warner and Haddin still at the crease they should be able to forge a decent partnership and build a big total.
  19. An Tarbh

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    Australia have set the West Indies 170 to win the match but commentators have said it should have been a lot less had the fielding and bowling been up to scratch.

    Hard to see them chasing it down against the Aussies who will field well and with Bracken have the best Twenty20 bowler to boot.
  20. An Tarbh

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    jesus you don't expect to see the Aussies missing run out chances.
  21. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    well we should be on for the second upset as the West Indies only need 37 more with 9 wickets remaining, Gayle hitting some absolutely mamoth sixes.
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