Sunday, June 14, 2009

India in Pakistan's Shoes, Sri Lanka to Increase Run Rate

With one potential knock-out game and another to get closer to the semi finals, the Super 8s of the World Twenty20 continue on yet another crucial day.

Group E: India vs England

The defending champions find themselves in exactly the same position as they were in the inaugral World T20 in 2007.

Back then, India had to beat England and South Africa (by a certain margin) to qualify for the semi finals.

This time round, they face the exact same opposition and the exact same scenario.

If India lose, their campaign will end; that would send South Africa into the semi finals and leave England to battle West Indies for the other semi final spot.

If England lose, however, they will still have a chance to qualify by beating the West Indies and hoping that South Africa beat India, which would result in net run rates coming into play.

Given that Pakistan rose to the occasion last night in a similar do-or-die situation, and considering how the neighbors have strangely followed similar patterns in ICC branded tournaments, my dollar is on India tonight.

I also owe my backing of India to good friend and fellow blogger, Ankit of All Padded Up, who sent his good vibes Pakistan's way last night, and to regular reader Raj, who has been backing Pakistan despite the Pakistanis not being behind them.

Hence, here's to India staying alive!

Not that England stood a chance anyway.

Group F: Sri Lanka vs Ireland

Going by Irelands's performances against India and New Zealand, I highly doubt that they have any surprise in store for the powerful Sri Lankans.

Sri Lanka though, should not be taking this match easily.

There is a high chance that net run rates can come into play if they lose to New Zealand, hence they should be looking to beat Ireland by a healthy margin to keep their NRR above New Zealand's and Pakistan's.

For Pakistan's sake though, I hope the margin is as low as possible.

Make your pitch on this post...

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13 Pitched:

  1. raj said...

    He I have been giving good vibes to Paki cricket when even you lot had given up on Pak! I deserve a mention, too, Q, in the write-up :-)

  2. Q said...

    How did u miss yourself Raj? Read again ;-)

  3. Rayden said...

    I predict SA vs Pak final!!!!

  4. achettup said...

    I wish I could share that optimism Q, but I'm a nervous wreck at the moment.

  5. Q said...


    That's what I predicted in a tipping competition I'm a part of. Lets hope the Irish don't lift their game even further tomorrow.

  6. Q said...


    Don't be buddy.. England don't stand a chance..

  7. Ankit Poddar said...

    here's to india for this match! ;)

  8. Q said...

    Cheers Ankit!

  9. Q said...

    And Sri Lanka, instead of increasing their net run rate have managed to decrease it cos of their close match!

    They go below Pakistan's as well, which is only a good thing for us!

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    Lets hope so and lets hope Pak goes through!

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