Saturday, March 19, 2011

ICC-CWC-2011. Matches 39 & 40.

Match.No.39. Gr.B. South Africa vs Bangladesh.

South Africa 284 for 8 demolished Bangladesh 78 all out by 206 runs. South Africa rested, Steyn, Morkel & AB de Villiers and brought in the bench strength Tsotsobe and Parnel. This South African team has prepared themselves well and will not settle for anything other than the CWC 2011 . Amla 51 of 99, Smith 45 of 68, & Kallis 69 of 76 gave South Africa a strong base. F du Plessis 52 of 52 and Petersen 22 of 9 finished the game well for a team score of 284 for 8. Shakib 2 for 46 and Rubel 3 for 56 bowled well.
Bangladesh were blown out of the CWC 2011, by Tsotsobe 5-2-14-3 and Petersen 7-3-12-4. and finished at a poor 78 all out, Shakib making 30 of 49.
Match 40. Gr.A. Australia vs Pakistan.
Australia's unbeaten record since 1999 World Cup was broken by Pakistan, who were Australia's nemesis in 1999 too. Australia batting first, were bowled out for 176 in 46.4 overs, by some sustained seam bowling by Umar Gul 7.4-1-30-3 and Abul Razzaq 4-0-8-2. Afridi, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz & Md.Hafeez picked a wicket each. Haddin 42 of 80, Clarke 34 of 48 and SPD Smith 25 of 32 contributed with the bat for the Aussies.

The Premadasa wicket was getting slower, and Pakistan had to be at its best to get to the winning post. Kamran Akmal 28 of 27 and Asad Shafiq 46 of 81 steadily built a partnership. Younis Khan 31 of 42 and Umar Akmal 44 of 59 took them nearer to the goal and Abdul Razzaq finished the match with 20 of 24. Bret Lee was the only bowler, at his impressive best with 8-1-28-4

A good match, played very well by the Pakistanis, exposed the limitations of the Australian batting. What is ailing Ponting? He should be showing his batting prowess in the field instead of the dressing room.

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