Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cricket World Cup (Week 5)

Three games to go.... and the last four standing are Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.  There's a nice symmetry about the Semi-Finals - the most successful team Australia (4 titles) playing the defending champions India, and the challengers South Africa and New Zealand fighting for their first appearance in a World Cup Final.

World Cup Best XI
I'm making three changes - Guptill to replace Amla, Maxwell to replace Faulkner and Boult for Southee. Imran Tahir is unlucky, but I'm keeping Dan for his catch today ;)

1. B. McCullum (C) (NZL) 2. M Guptil (NZL) 3. K. Sangakkara (SL) 4. A.B. deVilliers (S Af) 5. V. Kohli (Ind)
6. G Maxwell (Aus) 7. M. Dhoni  (wk) (Ind) 8. D. Vettori (NZL) 9.  M Starc (Aus) 10. D. Steyn (S Afr) 11. T Boult (NZL)

First thoughts on the Semis
Australia v India: the World Cup means so much to the players & fans than all of the other games on the tour to date.  You have the feeling Australia will handle the pressure better than India...
New Zealand v South Africa: South Africa have been good, but not great in the tournament so far, with losses against India and Pakistan (and both chasing). The signs from the game against Sri Lanka were good for their bowling. A line ball call with NZ probably a nose in front...

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