Match #11: Australia v Pakistan - Pakistan won by 32 runs Pakistan: 149/6 (20 overs) [N Jamshed 55(46), M Starc 4-0-20-3]
Australia: 117/7 (20 overs) [M Hussey 54(47), S Ajmal 4-0-17-3]
MOM: R Hasan [for his 4-0-14-2]
Match #12: India v South Africa - India won by 1 run India: 152/6 (20 overs) [S Raina 45(34), R Peterson 4-0-25-2]
South Africa: 151 (19.5 overs) [F du Plessis 65(38), Z Khan 4-0-22-3]
MOM: Yuvraj Singh [for his 21(15) & 4-0-23-2]
Finally, Super 8 standing in CPFL* - Sandeep, Abhinav & Sameer were the players of the day:
If you remember one of my earlier posts, I did mention that the WI team was powerful for T20 this time.
They have 5 hard-hitting allrounds in their squad, a perfect combination for T20.
To add to that, they have one world class spinner and one world class fast bowler.
Strangely, they left their fastest bowler home.
The Super-8 teams should have played each other twice. Look at India, lost 1 game, and out of the semis. The run rate should not be the default picker for the semis teams. It should be wins. But that's not possible with so few games.
Have two groups and pick top 3 from each.... 6 teams - play with each other (leading to 5 games each) (see if carry over points from leagues should be good idea or not), post five matches, pick the top 4 for semis and then knockouts to final. Play 3 games for final.
Yes. But saying we won 4/5 cannot be a reason to justify not going through the semi's. Even before the tournament we knew about RR can play.
Forget rest, in last game against Pak, when it was certain we are winning comfortably, why did we not tried to score quickly? We were not stroking for higher RR. Every dot ball at the end of Ind-Pak match was just reminding me of RR and I shared that while watching that India is being complacent and not taking RR seriously.
So would I.
But with the current team (Balaji!?) it seems wrong.
There are better teams in the world.
Just think this way, the top 5 spinners of the world (Narine, Swann, Mendis, Ajmal, Shakib) are not in the Indian team.
Something that would never happen before - the best spinner or at least one of top 3 would be in the Indian squad.