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  1. Kiwis vs. Markhors Kiwis are in/safe as far as the knockouts go. Markhors need to keep on winning. The game is at Edgbaston, where NZ beat SA in a low scoring game. Weather is expected to be good. For Kiwis, Guptill and Munro are scheduled to fire. Taylor is shaping up well, while Williamson is in great form. Boult and Ferguson will look forward to bowling on a surface that could suit them. For Markhors, Amir has stood out as a consistent performer with the ball. Wahab has had a few good performances but mainly vs. weaker sides. Babar Azam has been relatively good with the bat but rest of the batting has functioned like a revolving chair, therefore, it is difficult to predict who will have a good game. Since it is a morning game, the toss-winning captain might opt to bowl first to leverage on the potentially overcast conditions. If NZ finishes 2nd-3rd, it will play SF at this ground, which suits its style. Therefore, it should look to own performances at this ground. While Pak will bank on its unpredictability. Cricinfo preview The Fans:
  2. Kangaroos: vs. Bulldogs: A matchup of epic proportions at Lord's. Kangaroos are on the ascendency, while the Bulldogs want to get back in the groove. The pitch at Lords appears to be full of runs, however, the weather could create an interruption with rain forecasted. Both teams are likely to treat this as a knockout encounter, therefore, will be a pressure game, more so for Eng. The interesting part would be how the key players for both teams stand up. Aus has focused on providing batting depth to its line up. One option is to bring in Behrendorff to try to pick up wickets. With Root bowling well, England may review form of someone like Mooen to see if a batsman or a bowler can be played. Cricinfo preview The Fans: BOL!
  3. There are scenarios where IF NZ wins its 3 games, it can top the table. In which case, Aus-Ind can be the playing a SF
  4. Currently, Needs to
  5. zen

    The England Thread (WC19)

    That has impacted their game plan. But would need to adjust quickly. If they reach SF, may bump into Aus again at Old Trafford, which can be good for batting
  6. Iirc, highest scores batting 2nd is in 330s by Eng and BD The pitches/conditions (ICC’s guidance) at many of the venues have led to sub 300 scores. Therefore, it would depend upon the surface they play at
  7. zen

    Points Table (WC19)

    World Cup TEAM M W L T N/R PT NRR FOR AGAINST 1Australia 5 4 1 0 0 8 0.812 1454/234.5 1345/250.0 2New Zealand 4 3 0 0 1 7 2.163 558/95.3 552/150.0 3India 4 3 0 0 1 7 1.029 883/137.3 755/140.0 4England 4 3 1 0 0 6 1.557 1244/183.1 1047/200.0 5Bangladesh 5 2 2 0 1 5 -0.27 1176/191.3 1264/197.1 6Sri Lanka 5 1 2 0 2 4 -1.778 569/141.0 623/107.1 7West Indies 5 1 3 0 1 3 0.272 914/163.4 928/174.4 8South Africa 5 1 3 0 1 3 -0.208 874/178.4 997/195.3 9Pakistan 5 1 3 0 1 3 -1.933 931/190.0 1050/153.4 10Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0 0 -1.638 657/189.0 699/136 With games getting abandoned due to rain and upsets being registered, teams with around 10 + higher NRR can squeeze into the top 4. If so, theoretically, even Afg can make it as it has 5 games in hand At this point, the maximum a team can get is 16-17 points. The current top 5 have a bunch of games vs. each other: Aus has to play NZ, Eng, and BD NZ has games vs. Eng and Aus Eng plays Aus, NZ, and Ind And then there is the Ind-BD game as well
  8. Ind has usually played 1 game vs Pak in WC, which we have won. We do not know what would happen if we meet for the 2nd time in the same WC
  9. zen

    The England Thread (WC19)

    Historically too, Eng has beaten Aus, Ind, and NZ in world cups. Over the last few WCs, they haven’t been a great ODI side, which is one of the reasons they changed a lot of aspects about their LOI game
  10. zen

    The England Thread (WC19)

    History should tie up with current/recent form. ‘83 Ind and ‘96 SL had no history to speak about but on form, they performed well. On recent form, Eng is the #1 ranked side
  11. zen

    The England Thread (WC19)

    Eng is used to playing there so maybe do not consider the conditions as challenging as some of the other teams . .... but, yeah, need to respect conditions In 2011, Ind went through a period where many were like Ind can score but cannot defend esp. after it tied its game with Eng (scored 338 batting 2nd), and lost to SA (chased 296) in the group stages. Ind was able to pick up its game. Here Eng is in a similar situation so let us see if it can bounce back
  12. The team will be called "the bears" Polar and grizzly are the largest carnivores on land Good looking, brave, and funny Unbeatable when on song @velu @maniac
  13. zen

    Introducing Indian Team Mascot

    cute but dangerous
  14. zen

    Points Table (WC19)

    Your post is more like a prediction
  15. zen

    Points Table (WC19)

    Even Ind can be in pressure if it loses to WI and Eng. BD is a tricky customer, so vs. SL could become a must-win game Ind should focus on closing the game vs WI
  16. zen

    The England Thread (WC19)

    Depends upon conditions. On 320+ batting tracks, Eng will still score a lot
  17. zen

    Points Table (WC19)

    If it wins the next two, it is in! If SL, Pak, and BD stay on 9, it is in with just 1 win
  18. zen

    The England Thread (WC19)

    Eng has too many good players to not be able to pick its game. Roy, Root, Morgon, Stokes, and Buttler have all played good innings, now just need to focus to put all together. Bowling has to improve. Fielding can be better
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    Points Table (WC19)

    Aus is in World Cup TEAM M W L T P NRR AUS 7 6 1 0 12 0.906 NZ 6 5 0 0 11 1.306 INDIA 5 4 0 0 9 0.809 ENG 7 4 3 0 8 1.051 BDESH 7 3 3 0 7 -0.133 SL 6 2 2 0 6 -1.119 PAK 6 2 3 0 5 -1.265 WI 6 1 4 0 3 0.19 SA 7 1 5 0 3 -0.324 AFG 7 0 7 0 0 -1.634
  20. There have been questions/comments on chances of various teams to get into the SFs. Below I will try to cover the most likely scenarios for each team: At 10 or more points NZ -> In/Safe Aus -> Need to win 1 vs. Eng, NZ, and SA. Or qualified if BD, Pak, and SL lose one match Ind -> Need to win 1 vs. WI, Eng, BD, and SL. Or qualified if BD, Pak, and SL lose one match, and even if WI and SA win their remaining games, as long as Ind maintains a better NRR. Also qualified if BD, Pak, and SL lose more than one match, and SA and WI lose a match Eng -> Need to win 2 vs. Aus, Ind, and NZ. Or 1 if BD, Pak, and SL lose one match. Also qualified if BD, Pak, and SL lose more than one match, and SA and WI lose a match BD, Pak, and SL -> Win remaining games and hope that Ind and Eng do not reach 11. If Eng and Ind reach 11, BD/SL/Pak would need to have a better NRR At 9 points Eng and Ind are on 8 and 9 points respectively. They play against each other too so one of them is guaranteed to get 9 or more points To sneak in with 9 points, teams have to not only hope that one of Eng or Ind remain at 9 or less, but also beat them on NRR To reach 9 points: SA and WI have to win all their remaining games. BD, Pak, and SL can afford to drop a game This is one of the weird scenarios therefore at 9 points or less, a team can be considered to be practically out
  21. Starc may have changed the tide here .... but what a team Eng is! Things may not go its way but tries to fights till the last ball
  22. zen

    Introducing Indian Team Mascot

    "Always up for a good game" "Time for a 6" "Capturing the moment" "after the game" "that is how we play" "will this fit"
  23. These guys have seen chants such as "Shahstri hai hai" at almost every stadium, effigies being burnt, houses being stones, etc., so criticizing booing is an automatic reaction
  24. Aus reviewed .... looked not out in real time
  25. Aus: it is in the process of getting it right esp. with the proactive introduction of Behrendorff and Lyon. Now just needs to consider playing additional spinner (or inform one) depending on conditions BD: Does not appear to have too many options Eng: Roy will be available for the game vs. India. Moeen form needs to be reviewed. Plunkett can be an option Ind: Shankar and Jadhav vs. Pant and DK/Bhuvi/Jadeja. But Ind is not known to make proactive changes like Aus NZ: Like Aus, it is more or less ok

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