Sunday, 9 June 2019

Match Twelve

I missed the England match.  The weather out here in the east was horrendous, a strong wind and sheets of rain, surely no cricket would be played today?  Also the curse of work got in the way and it was a busy day, so busy I actually forgot the match was on.  I remembered on the drive home when the weather was much improved and got home to find England had avoided a potential banana skin and thrashed Bangladesh.  Jason Roy top scored with 153 while there were also half centuries for Bairstow and Buttler.  In fact pretty much all the batsmen contributed to a big score of  386/6.  It would have taken something really special for Bangladesh to overhaul this, Shakib hit 122 but this was in vain as Stokes and Archer took three wickets each and bowled out the Tigers for 280.  Jofra Archer looks better every time I see him, he generates serious pace but seems to put hardly any effort into doing so.  He'll be playing test cricket before the end of the year, as should Jason Roy.

Previously the results had gone pretty much as you'd expect.  Sri Lanka won comfortably against Afghanistan, India beat the woeful Saffers, New Zealand beat Bangladesh, Australia won a tight game against West Indies in a match that included some controversial decisions and New Zealand kept up their 100% record with a win against Afghanistan.  The game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain (more about this later) and today India piled on the runs and won comfortably against the Aussies who crumbled amusingly.  So after fourteen matches in eleven days New Zealand top the table with England, India and Australia making up the top four.  At the bottom South Africa and Afghanistan have played three matches each but have failed to score a point.

Eleven days into the 1992 World cup New Zealand were unbeaten, England were going well and Australia were struggling.  The top four consisted of New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka and West Indies.  Interestingly Pakistan who went on to win the tournament had won one match, lost one match and had one abandoned, exactly the same record as they have now in 2019.

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