Thursday, 24 March 2011

Was this a T20 or an ODI?

Well I just cannot say anything about the first quarter-finals between West Indies and Pakistan. I was totally confused whether the game was a T20 or an ODI. Scorecard suggests that West Indies played a 50 over cricket with Pakistan playing a T20 game if the overs played are considered. To be exact, West Indies played 43.3 overs and Pakistan played 20.5 overs meaning, the West Indies' innings lasted just short of 50 overs while Pakistan's batting innings lasted just above 20 overs. This would no doubt go down as the worst contest of the tournament no matter who says what.

Needless to be said, Pakistan effortlessly surpassed the total with no bowlers able to stop them from winning. The West Indies' bowlers could not even get a single Pakistani batsman out. Had Shahid Afridi been to the crease, the West Indian bowlers might have just walked out with a consolation of having gone with a wicket in hand. One can go and check out the scorecards of all the games played in his tournament so far to see where the West Indies stand after this encounter with Pakistan. As a matter of fact, Canada were able to bowl out the Pakistanis out for 184.

Bangladesh, defending 58 runs were able to scalp the wicket of Devon Smith and Holland were bowled out for a score that was 8 runs more than what West Indies could score against Pakistan yesterday. The list goes on and on. The only performances worse than this was Kenya's loss to the Kiwis and Bangladesh losing to South Africa to mention a few. Was this the game that most of the cricket fans over the world were looking forward to? A hint regarding the performance of the West Indies team was observed in the earlier games the West Indies played.

They did well to get both England and India all out but failed miserable in the chase which was not so tough given the likes of Chris Gayle, Devon Smith and Ramnaresh Sarwan. A total of 245 against England and 269 against was not an unachievable one for any decent outfit. Had West Indies beaten India the other day, they would not have been playing Australia today which happens to be a different issue. But, quarter-finals of a world cup should be a different game compared to what happened in the league stages isn't it? One has to just wait and watch what happens after this.

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