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Power-plays: The deciding factor

india Updated: Mar 01, 2011 01:49 IST

The figures of England's power-play overs are baffling to say the least. Not only did India's wrecker in chief Zaheer Khan take the crucial three wickets, England, who were cruising all along, suddenly looked dilapidated, notching up a meagre 25 runs.

Aren't power-play overs then deciding or at least influencing the outcome of most matches?

And it's not just the batting power-play but also the mandatory power-play at the beginning and bowling power-play which demand attention.

Going by the way things have shaped up in the first 10 days of the World Cup, it seems we're back in the 90s. Teams are treading with caution and are seldom willing to throw caution to the wind.

The batting power-play is the trickiest of them all, both with regards to its timing and approach. None of the teams have managed to figure out this one, for either they take it too early or leave it too late.

They either go for broke and lose a few wickets in the bargain, which in turn jeopardises their chances of posting a big total, or they score about six an over, which they could score without the power-play too.