Cricket World T20 Update


West Indies and England have won their semi-final games against India and New Zealand respectively and will meet in the final on Sunday.

The West Indies v. India game today was a real nail-biter. India batted first and scored 192/2 in their 20 overs and this would normally have been a winning score but this tournament has seen teams successfully chasing extremely difficult targets and West Indies engineered a masterful chase, despite losing their star batter Chris Gayle in the second over. Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell engaged in some serious hitting late in the innings and they reached 196/3 with just two balls remaining.

In the final over, WI had to make seven runs off the last four balls and after Russell hit a four off the third ball, they had to get three runs off the last three balls. This would seem to be easy but recall that when Bangladesh had to get just two runs off the last three balls to beat India, which would have given them a historic win and threatened to keep India out of qualifying for the semi-finals, they lost three consecutive wickets instead. But West Indies proved to be of sterner stuff and Russell hit a mighty six off the fourth ball to end the game and continue their demonstration of skill at this the shortest form of the game.

The other semifinal game yesterday was not nearly as dramatic. Batting first New Zealand scored just 153/8, not a big score in this tournament but defensible. It would have been disappointing to them since they reached 89/1 off the first ten overs and given that, should have been able to post a score much closer to 200. England chased down that score without much difficulty, reaching 159/3 off just 17.1 overs

I must say that I am surprised by England’s success so far. They are not known for being particularly good at the limited overs format but here they have excelled. The high point was their group game against South Africa. South Africa batted first and scored an incredible 229/4, a winning score if I ever saw one. But astonishingly, England beat that score with two balls to spare.

So the final on Sunday will see two teams who are adept at chasing down high scores to win. It would suggest that the team that wins the toss will choose to field first.

I will be hoping for West Indies to win.

Comments

  1. bargearse says

    My fond childhood memories of the great WI teams of the late 70s, early 80s coupled with my firm belief that it should be illegal for the English cricket team to ever win anything means I’ll also be hoping the Windies win.

  2. Rob Grigjanis says

    Oh well, I’ll chime in for dear old England. If they can win this, and the football team can win the Euro 2016 football (outside chance for sure), that would be frabjous.

  3. StevoR says

    The West Indies actually won that game? Given where they were went to bed last night 3 overs in I gotta say I am surprised and impressed. Cool.

    The West Indian women have also got themselves into their final too btw :

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-01/double-west-indies-magic-in-world-t20-finals-despite-virat-kohli/7290764?section=sport

    (Scroll down.)

    That makes it a double finals appearance for the West Indies, whose women’s team also pulled off an upset to qualify. Having set the New Zealanders 143 thanks to Britney Cooper’s fine 61, the West Indies held them just short.

    New Zealand would regret an inability to accelerate at the end, not to mention what would have been a catch from Cooper that Amy Satterthwaite dropped over the rope for six – the eventual margin of defeat.

    Now if only the West Indies Test side could start approaching their former glory ..

  4. bargearse says

    StevoR @ 3

    Now if only the West Indies Test side could start approaching their former glory ..

    Never happen. Clive Lloyd’s team was a once in a lifetime occurrence.

  5. usagichan says

    StevoR@3
    Having stayed up for the England game, I had written the Windies off after a few overs (until Gale got out) and went to be convinced it would be an England India final. I am glad the West Indies pulled off the win (although I do feel sorry for Kohli). I expected the final to be a spin fest (especially given the India pitches) but it seems that the seamers are in the ascendancy at the moment.

    I would also like to see the West Indies returning to their test glory – put some pace and swagger back where everything has got so serious and tactical.

    Here’s hoping for a tight final that goes down to the last ball… (Walks off humming I don’t like cricket…)

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