Sunday, February 20, 2011

ICC WC 2011- Match.2 & 3. Group.A

Match-2 . NewZealand vs Kenya at M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

NewZealand 72 for no loss in eight overs, beat Kenya 69 all out in 23.5 overs by 10 wickets. Totally one sided match and poor spectators, they could get a total game of 144 minutes and 31.5 overs.

Soutee 6-0-13-3, Bennett 5-0-16-4 and Oram 2.5-1-2-3, made mockery of Kenyan batsmen. Guptil 39 of 32 balls and BB McCullum 26 of 17, just thrashed the Kenyans.

Match.3. Sri Lanka vs Canada. Gr.A. at M Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota, SriLanka.
Another ones sided affair. SriLanka 332 for 7 beat Canada 122 all out by 210 runs. Thank god, SriLankans batted first, otherwise the match would have faced similar situation like the one between NewZealand and Kenya.

Dilshan made a sedate 50 of 59 balls, Sangakara and Mahela stroked their way to a brilliant 92 of 87 balls and 100 of 81 balls. Baidwan and Davison picked up two wickets each.

Canada was never in the game and folded at 122 all out in the 37th over. Bagai 22 of 47 and Cheema 37 of 35 batted reasonably. Kulasekhara and Perera picked up three wickets each. Murali picked two and Mendis and Samaraweera picked a wicket each.

Do ICC really have to play the minnows in World Cup. May be only the winner and runner of ICC Trophy for the minnows, be considered for inclusion. Cricket is a big show, and the sponsors and paying public deserve the best.

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