Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Zealand 1 - West Indies 1

England are chasing 294 against the Kiwis.

Australia are defending 286 against the Windies.

The 2009 Ashes are going to be very competitive!

With the way the English have batted during this series, they can probably play out the 180 overs over the next 2 days and draw the match.

They have been quite abysmal thus far and will do well to chase down that score against Vettori, who already has 6 wickets in the match, on a turning wicket.

Ross Taylor top scored in the match for the Kiwis earning me a point in Sportsfreak's tipping competition for bloggers for the 2nd test.

If England win and Vettori doesn't take anymore wickets I'll get a few more points for predicting the right winner and Panesar picking up the most wickets in the match.

But I don't see that happening. I see another Vettori 5-for and the Kiwis going 1 up with 1 to play.

The Aussies got to 431 in their 1st innings, which was more than what I thought they would get considering there was no Hayden, no Clarke, no Gilchrist.

In the 2nd innings the Aussies were bowled out for 167 a few moments back. That was lower than what I thought they would get.

The Windies must fancy their chances of chasing down 287 in a day and a half. If they can play out McGill, I think they should be able to get there.

Chanderpaul is in outstanding form, while Sarwan is, more often than not, at his best when chasing a total.

An exciting day and a half of test cricket awaits us. And the results of the 2 matches could surprise us all.

And then they said no one will watch the tests because of the 20-20 popularity.

Make your pitch on this post...

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  1. Jrod said...

    Both pitches are dodgy, so if either side get up it's a great effort.

  2. Anonymous said...

    I wish I shared your optimism Q. Surely, surely, surely, England won’t repeat the mistakes of the first innings…

    The other thing counting against us is that Vettori has a really bad record bowling in the 4th innings of test matches.

    But how I hope I’m wrong.

  3. Q said...

    The pitch will take turn LB. England will be under too much pressure to score.. I don't see them doing it.

    Thats true Uncle J.. It'll be interestig to watch the Windies against Lee, Clark, McGill, and Johnson.

  4. straight point said...


    just for being test cricket doesn't make jump anybody (read so called self proclaimed purists) if cricket is dull on dead wicket...

    fans across globe want to see competitive cricket be it tests, odis or simple as that...

  5. Anonymous said...

    For England the chances of winning are still there. It's been a very interesting test match to blog on.

  6. Q said...

    Spot on SP!

  7. Q said...

    Welcome here Isaac.

    It sure has. Both of them have been in fact.

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