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Baundule
April 18, 2007, 03:25 AM
Many people were surprised when Sri Lanka rested Vaas and Murali (may be, even Malinga is not that much injured) against the Australians. With a full-strength SL side, it was going to be a cracker of a match; but SL had adopted some visibly strange; but to-be very much effective strategy. Apart from resting and hiding the main weapons, this defeat against Australia actually helps them in choosing their opponent in the Semis.

SL has the best bowling attack in this world cup; but their batting is actually a weak spot. So, all they will try is to choose a weaker bowling side against them. Among Australia, SA and NZ, SL is most comfortable against NZ. Apart from Bond, they have no threatening bowler - all of them are very accurate in line and length; but most often they get the wickets because of the batsman's mistake. SA and Aus's bowling is much more attacking than the NewZelanders and in the Super8 stage, SL has very much exploited NZ's weaknesses.

With SA at the fourth position and Aus at #1 (with the most possibility, even if Aus loses against NZ), SL wanted to be in the 2nd or 3rd position. Even a loss against Ireland won't change the situation (considering their much superior run rate than SA's).

So, I think, every thing was a very much calculated decision. All praise for them. Cricket is more of a mental game!

Tintin
April 18, 2007, 10:13 AM
It was a decision, a ploy, to keep our key strike bowlers away from the Australian game. We wanted to bring the players out for the finals with Australia," de Mel, told AFP.

It will be interesting if it ends up like the India - Pakistan match of April 15th.

BangladeshCricket
April 18, 2007, 12:10 PM
thik koisen bhai...game of mental...i mean mental game...
ahare amader players jodi mental game bujto...they are turning it to game of mental nowadays.

Baundule
April 18, 2007, 12:15 PM
thik koisen bhai...game of mental...i mean mental game...
ahare amader players jodi mental game bujto...they are turning it to game of mental nowadays.

Ha ha ha. Funny comment. Actually they are enjoying their time in the Carib bitches (read it as a spelling mistake) and trying to make us mental cases once by playing greatly and at the next moment failing horribly.

kalpurush
April 18, 2007, 12:19 PM
It will be interesting if it ends up like the India - Pakistan match of April 15th.

will be waiting to watch...:-D

Baundule
April 18, 2007, 12:21 PM
Quote:
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It will be interesting if it ends up like the India - Pakistan match of April 15th.

Ha ha! They are taking it for-granted.

Actually Sri Lankan batting is horribly weak. Even England kept them down at 235, SA at 209 and against NZ, they took 45+ overs to chase down some 200+ runs. In the semi-final they can very easily be beaten by the inspired NZ team and Aus will not get an walk-over against the Smith and Co. So, an NZ-SA final is also very much possible.

But as a strategy, I think, SL did it right. NZ should be the easiest team for them.

kalpurush
April 18, 2007, 12:21 PM
Ha ha ha. Funny comment. Actually they are enjoying their time in the Carib bitches and trying to make us mental cases once by playing greatly and at the next moment failing horribly.
...ha!ha!!....:-D

Tehsin
April 18, 2007, 12:32 PM
ei shujog e ekta birat thank you for helping us move up a spot on the charts. BD is againt #7 out of 8. :)

Baundule
April 18, 2007, 12:34 PM
ei shujog e ekta birat thank you for helping us move up a spot on the charts. BD is againt #7 out of 8. :)

Yes, finishing at 8th would raise many unnecessary questions about our performance and now it opens up another opportunity to go even higher.....6th, or even 5th is not impossible yet.

Tigers_eye
April 18, 2007, 01:15 PM
Yes, finishing at 8th would raise many unnecessary questions about our performance and now it opens up another opportunity to go even higher.....6th, or even 5th is not impossible yet.
If there is anything close to impossible then that is what it is. mathematically possible but in reality impossible. we have to book WI within 150 and finish the match within 12 overs or something similar. Otherwise, when WI thrashes (as you wish) England they would over take us or England would still be ahead of us in NRR.
So better be satisfied with a 6th position by beating WI.

Baundule
April 19, 2007, 01:25 AM
TE, yes. I was working on such scenarios and it is something like: We score 350 against WI's 150 and then WI scores 350 against England's 150.

Not an expectation; but a possibility (though distant) for sure.