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    8 minutes to Bangers vs Windies. Hope the weather holds out this could be epic.

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    Nice conservative duck Gayle. Go for it bro.

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    322 in 41 overs chasing, impressive.

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    Amazing effort from Shakib, he is the front runner now for player of the tournament with an impressive showing in all 4 of his matches.

    That Bangla win was very good for NZ - as the WI are less of a smokey team to make the semis. One could say Bangla then becomes a threat to qualify, but I don't really see that happening (perhaps that is arrogant to dismiss Bangladesh so easily).

    Eng and Ind still look ominous, Australia look strong. SA and Pak have self destructed by completing changing their line ups and team balance every 2 seconds. The amazing thing, is for the first time in 3 years, Amir is taking wickets at will. Only Pakistan can Pakistan like Pakistan. I really thought they'd be a threat, but they have just lost the plot - especially in selection.

    NZ will have its work cut out to make the semis, but WI, SA and Pak are making it easier for NZ. That said, NZ is yet to play or beat any of the top teams.

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    Paddles wrote:
    Amazing effort from Shakib, he is the front runner now for player of the tournament with an impressive showing in all 4 of his matches.

    That Bangla win was very good for NZ - as the WI are less of a smokey team to make the semis. One could say Bangla then becomes a threat to qualify, but I don't really see that happening (perhaps that is arrogant to dismiss Bangladesh so easily).

    Eng and Ind still look ominous, Australia look strong. SA and Pak have self destructed by completing changing their line ups and team balance every 2 seconds. The amazing thing, is for the first time in 3 years, Amir is taking wickets at will. Only Pakistan can Pakistan like Pakistan. I really thought they'd be a threat, but they have just lost the plot - especially in selection.

    NZ will have its work cut out to make the semis, but WI, SA and Pak are making it easier for NZ. That said, NZ is yet to play or beat any of the top teams.
    I think WI are done. Unlike most of the other teams at this tournament, they really lack a strong team dynamic due to the presence of all their T20 mercenaries. I've got nothing against that btw, but I can't imagine it helps team cohesion and morale, when 3 or 4 of the team have barely played in the past 4 years and will go back to giving WI cricket the cold shoulder the second the tournament ends. I think we'll thump them on Saturday and they'll limp out ignominiously.

    Really, if tomorrow's game is rained off (and the met office forecast currently isn't looking great) it's game over for SA. That leaves only Bangladesh and Pakistan as having any chance of catching us. Bangladesh have a hard run into the semi's with games against Aus and India, and as good a side as the Bangers have become I just can't see them beating either, which would mean the best they can do is 9 points. If they hadn't dropped a point to the rain against SRL, they'd be in with a real shot, but as it is that won't be enough. That just leaves Pakistan. Their run into the semi's is a lot more manageable - AFG, BAN, NZL and SAF. I could see them winning all 4 games, but equally I could totally see them not winning another game in the tournament.

    All in all, I'd be pretty stunned if we don't make the top 4 from here.

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    I went to the Dhaka Daily and expected there to be reports of wild street parties. Instead there was a moderate article calmly describing the game. Get into it Banger boys.

    Tonight sounds like a straight forward victory for England over Afghans.

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    wrighty wrote:

    Tonight sounds like a straight forward victory for England over Afghans.
    Thank goodness it is a ten team tournament or these mismatches would be more common.

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    wrighty wrote:
    Thank goodness it is a ten team tournament or these mismatches would be more common.
    I know you're right, but I really hope Afghan make a game of it. I'm thinking England will want to bat first and post 400+

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    England fan here. Don't know why we didn't give Curran a game here with Wood also carrying an injury. Big chance for Vince this. It's time he made a big score rather than the usual few classy cover drives then edge to slip. Should have been out just then.

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    And gone. Hopefully Roy is ok and that's the last of Vince at this level.

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    Rashid Khan 0/110 off 9. Hmm, T20 specialist.

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    wrighty wrote:
    Thank goodness it is a ten team tournament or these mismatches would be more common.
    Nope, less mismatches and meaningless games in a 12/14 team tournament with groups. At the back end of the round robin there is the potential for a lot of dead rubbers in this format if the results keep going the way they are.

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    BREAKING: Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup; Rishabh Pant is named as his replacement in India's squad

    Big loss...

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    26. June 20 9:30 PM Australia vs Bangladesh Trent Bridge, Nottingham Group

    Bangers are on track to finish 5th in this tournament which will be a great achievement for them. If they want to make the semis then this is the game they need to win as I don't see India or England falling out of the top 4. Australia though like ripe for the picking to me.
    Tonight could be a historic match and one for the ages. Absolute sparks will fly if the Bangladesh openers walk out to face the pace and fury of Mitchell Starc and whoever else is at the other end.
    In some ways I would fear New Zealand playing Bangers more in a world cup semi than Australia.

    Another big night for cricket ahead.

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    9.50am News from the ground is that Nathan Coulter-Nile has marked out his run up. He is set to come in for Jason Behrendorff. Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Lyon may also play but we'll wait for the toss to be sure.

    Lyon would be a good match-up for Bangladesh's left-handers. Shakib and Tamim both strike at less than 71 against right arm off-spin in ODI's over the last 18 months.

    I'll hand over to Hemant Brar for the toss. Welcome Hemant!

    9.40am PRP: "The most important question of the morning - How's the weather looking? " It's dry. The sun is poking through at different stages. No issues at the moment.

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    10.00am Aaron Finch have won the toss and opted to bat first. "It's a very good surface," he says. "We have got three changes. Marcus Stoinis is back from the injury, Zampa is back and so is Nathan Coulter-Nile. Marsh, Behrendorff and Richardson are out."

    I have $20 to win on Bangers....this could be the biggest boilover in world cup history.

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    wrighty wrote:
    10.00am Aaron Finch have won the toss and opted to bat first. "It's a very good surface," he says. "We have got three changes. Marcus Stoinis is back from the injury, Zampa is back and so is Nathan Coulter-Nile. Marsh, Behrendorff and Richardson are out."

    I have $20 to win on Bangers....this could be the biggest boilover in world cup history.
    Ireland beating England is a far bigger boilover. I hardly see Bangladesh winning as a boilover here. Don't think they will personally.

    Kenya beating Sri Lanka in 2003 too...

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    <N> wrote:
    Ireland beating England is a far bigger boilover. I hardly see Bangladesh winning as a boilover here. Don't think they will personally.

    Kenya beating Sri Lanka in 2003 too...
    England weren't a top tier tournament favourite that year. England that year were as good as Pakistan this year.

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    If bangers beat Aussie, australia has a very hard road to the play offs.

    Lets go Bangladesh

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    UniformTurtle wrote:
    If bangers beat Aussie, australia has a very hard road to the play offs.

    Lets go Bangladesh
    I really wish that this would happen, but I don't see it.

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    For Bangers to win they need to keep Khawaja in for another ten overs so he chews up some balls.

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    Aussie looking dangerous. Both openers in form. Key to beating them is getting to Maxwell at 5 asap. If Maxwell comes in with a platform and only has to bat 5-10 overs then he can be super destructive. They definitely look a batsman light, relying heavily on Maxwell and Stoinis if the top order fails.

    They've definitely had some better batting surfaces than us though.

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    <N> wrote:
    Aussie looking dangerous. Both openers in form. Key to beating them is getting to Maxwell at 5 asap. If Maxwell comes in with a platform and only has to bat 5-10 overs then he can be super destructive. They definitely look a batsman light, relying heavily on Maxwell and Stoinis if the top order fails.

    They've definitely had some better batting surfaces than us though.
    I think they are batting heavy. And the reason I say that is because they have Cummins Coulter Nile and Starc.
    While their bowling attack is weak.
    Essentially their bowling attack is one person - Mitchell Starc with help from Cummins.
    Zampa, CN, Stoinis, etc are all containing bowlers or 2nd tier bowlers if you prefer. I would have put in Hazlewood or another genuine quick ahead of Coulter Nile. I don't see the point of having him even though he won them a game.

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    <N> wrote:
    Rashid Khan 0/110 off 9. Hmm, T20 specialist.
    3rd in ODI bowler rankings apparantly...

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    Indigo1 wrote:
    3rd in ODI bowler rankings apparantly...
    Maybe England put out a memo telling the groundskeepers to not prepare spin friendly pitches