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After England’s surrender to New Zealand the other day, their fans had started doubting their ability to win even against the minnows.
There were talks that another upset by one of the neighbours (Scotland) might be on the cards.
Losing to the neighbours in limited over Cricket has not been an unfamiliar thing for England in the recent past.
In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland had handed them a hammering in Bangalore.
Well, that might not have been literally a hammering, but, still, to let the Irish chase down 300 plus was very, very embarrassing for England.
And, then, in the World T20 Championship last year, it was the Dutch who, on a slow pitch, had got better of the Poms.
A few feared it might be the turn of Scotland this time around, but, that did not happen.
The English players lifted their game just when they needed to do it badly and smacked Scotland today.
There was just no competition between the two teams at Hagley Oval. It was never going to be. England just had to play like England which they did.
The batsmen came to the party, the bowlers followed and it turned out to be a complete show.
This win would have put England in a better mental shape. All the criticism and verbal thrashing that they had had to take for the last few days, they desperately would be looking for a tonic like this. Read more »
Pakistan has always been on the losing side against India in the World Cups, but, the history might change this Sunday.
The current Pakistani lot is looking far better in terms of balance and skill as well.
The Green Shirts have never had as strong a lower order as they have at the moment.
The guys like Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi are batting at 7 and 8 which shows how deep that line up is.
It’s only because of such capable finishers, who are batting lower down the order; Pakistan has been able to chase down some stiff targets in the recent months.
The Pakistanis have always been seen as poor chasers. They are believed to have the tendency of getting panicky a little too early, but, now that is starting to change and the eyebrows should not be raised if Misbah-ul-Haq wins the toss against India and opts to field first. Read more »