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  1. Don't bowl a wide, don't bowl a no-ball.
  2. Lol ... The current pair batting for KKR know more Bengali than the whole KKR squad combined
  3. Charles Bannerman, Dave Houghton, Aminul Islam and now Kevin O'Brien. Take a bow!
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    Why do Dhoni fans hate Pant?

    Wrong Indian captain, mate! There *was* a successful left-handed Indian batsman sometimes called "God of the off-side" , but not Dhoni XD
  5. True. The ideal audience gives loud boisterous support to their team while politely applauding good performances of the opposing side. Sadly usually seen at amateur (max semi-pro) matches only.
  6. Or maybe they are a loud enthusiastic Version of the famously educated Lord's audience ;)
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    Saha scores 102 off just 20 balls

    The opposition team was BNR.
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    3 wicketkeepers for 3 formats

    Lol "below average" ... that's a very diplomatic way of putting it
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    3 wicketkeepers for 3 formats

    Dhoni rarely ever dived anywhere. That does not mean keepers are excused from going for catches you would expect world-class keepers to take. Saha's take was arguably more difficult, because it was faster (having come off the edge of a full-blooded cut off Umesh Yadav's bowling) and he had at least the same, if not more distance to cover. Diving to his right-hand side made it a little easier, but not enough to offset the other difficulties (see above) associated with the catch.
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    3 wicketkeepers for 3 formats

    I was coached that the one with the gloves and the reinforced webbings goes for it. E.g. Saha's catch to dismiss O'Keefe (bowler: Umesh Yadav, 1st slip Kohli) ... I guess that sets actual wicketkeepers apart from batsmen who happens to have keeping gloves lying around in his kit bag.
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    WC Qualifiers

    This will be interesting ... SCO need a repeat of that no-nonsense chase against AFG in their opening match. The target is lower, but the pitch probably tougher ...
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    WC Qualifiers

    In Ireland, there used to be a massive stigma against English sports, which is understandable given the long history of genocide and suppression suffered by the native Irish people at the hands of the English. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was a result of a search for a strong national identity and is today a cornerstone of the same. The fierce -- yet proudly amateur -- competition there is, in my opinion, something to behold and unparalleled in the world. Virtually everyone in Ireland with a sporting heritage grows up with some form of GAA-related activity; many, if there is no strong tradition otherwise (such as the cricket-heavy Joyce and O'Brien family; how someone like John Mooney came to be a cricketer is a small miracle in itself), do not leave the GAA setup. Given that, anything Ireland does in a non-Gaelic sport is a bonus. What it does not mean is that you should try to keep teams like them out of World Cups just because they knocked out a money-machine team like Pakistan 12 years ago!
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    WC Qualifiers

    That is a horrifying prospect that reeks of corruption! Woe betide a sport that has to resort to such dirty ways ... once sporting fairness goes out the window, what is left that makes it sport?
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    WC Qualifiers

    Was afk, so it took a while to respond, but you took the words out of my mouth! There's a time for ensuring good profitable business, and there is a time for ensuring a good, fair sporting contest. At a quadrennial showcase event like the World Cup, the latter surely takes precedence!
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    in DK I still dont trust !

    Look up "Ashish Nehra Dhoni" or something like that ... you will see a bloke wearing keeping gloves standing like a hippo while the ball goes between him and first slip.

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