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Mismatches are still happening and it is frustrating to watch games when I can safely predict the result before the game commences. Too many teams have suffered humiliating defeats. Richard Hadlee writes.india Updated: Mar 10, 2011 13:13 IST
Mismatches are still happening and it is frustrating to watch games when I can safely predict the result before the game commences. Too many teams have suffered humiliating defeats.
So far, there have been only three close games in the 22 matches I have watched - the tied match between India and England; Ireland beating England in the last over and Pakistan beating Sri Lanka by 11 runs. Most of the heavy defeats have been by 7-10 wickets or by 87-231 runs with four teams winning by over 200 runs. This is not good. Let's hope the knockout rounds produce closer games.
The Black Caps will be relieved that they overwhelmed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to gain two valuable points. It could have been a difficult game for the Kiwis but it was a weak performance from the Africans, especially as more was expected from them.
It was a disciplined bowling performance that will be please bowling coach, Allan Donald. They fielded well and there was another solid batting performance by the openers that will encourage the team to keep fighting.
The only problem is that after three matches, some of the batsmen have not scored a run while others have spent little time at the crease and when the crunch games come, they may feel out of form or underdone. There are only two batsmen in the top-50 run-scorers -Guptill with 135 runs and McCullum at 118.
Teams are now starting to sort themselves out. In Group A, Pakistan and Australia are going along nicely and look formidable; Sri Lanka need to beat either Zimbabwe or New Zealand to qualify and New Zealand need to beat Canada to be safe. I expect Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to be in the top four.