Monday, 14 March 2016

Super 10 line up for #WT20

#WT20 This World Cup is not about Men only ! Let us cheer our women in blue too and hail Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur , Smriti Mandhana and the other girls . Best wishes to our Indian team to win the Cup . Get going girls . Dikha do Zamaane ko . 

Meanwhile for the men, the Super 10 lineup for the tournament is now ready . Bangladesh joins Pakistan , NewZealand, Australia and the host India in Group 1 which is being widely described as the group of death. All the matches are expected to be tough and should give the spectators their moneys worth. Though Australia and India are frontrunners to reach the semifinals from this group , it will be necessary to win each match and try to top the table in order to be ahead .

The Group 2 , however has a curious mix of qualifier Afghanistan sharing the high table with West Indies, Sri Lanka, England and South Africa . South Africa looks the likely topper from this group with England coming up as the other semi finalist. But WI , SL and even Afghanistan has the ability to upset the English apple cart. The darkest horse of this tournament can be Afghanistan . Though they have miles to go in terms of technique , exposure and experience , they are displaying spirited performance on the field and also has a decent bowling attack with variety. The match being of 20 overs , any team and any player can just steal the limelight to turn the game on its head within the space of three or four overs .

I have a sneaky feeling that Afghanistan may do that . They may not reach the semis by themselves but will be the reason to stop one of the Biggies if they are not taken seriously. Because they are a surprise package and their carefree style of game may disturb the rhythm of their opponents . This will not happen in the case of Bangladesh because they are themselves under pressure to perform while all the opponents are aware of their game and will come down heavily on them with regular preparation to show them their place .

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