Thursday, 20 June 2019

Match Twenty Four

Isaac and I spent Tuesday morning fishing in the sunshine from a punt, we caught loads of silver fish while TMS kept us up to date with the cricket.  By the time we tuned in Vince had already fallen but Bairstow and Root were building a formidable lead.  It was a shock when the latter was out for 90 but this brought Morgan to the innings and he simply dismantled the Afghan bowling.  He hammered them all over for 148 off 71 balls which included a world record seventeen sixes.  England racked up 397-6. The morning was idyllic.

We were home in time for the Afghanistan innings and after a blistering start from archer it all got a bit boring, there was never any kind of contest.  I thought England were sloppy in the field which is understandable in a way but still unacceptable.  Afghanistan finished on 247-8 with wickets for Archer, Rashid and Wood.

Everything else is going to form; Australia comfortably beat Sri Lanka, India flattened Pakistan in a rain affected match, South Africa finally picked up a win against the Afghans and the woeful West Indians were well beaten by Bangladesh.  I hoped the Tigers would give Australia a run for their money but despite playing well the Aussies won and the Kiwis maintained their unbeaten record with a win over South Africa in a rare good match.

It had been hoped that the round robin format would mean less meaningless matches but with just about everything going to form that's not the way it's been.  The top four in the table has stayed the same almost from the very start of the tournament and doesn't look like changing now.  England look sure to make the semi finals but can we win the two important games that will see us crowned world champions?  It feels too good to be true...

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