Friday, April 4, 2014

T20 world cup 2014 'tukitaki'

This world cup is different from previous versions. Sub-continental low-bouncy pitch gave it a whippy look. Some matches impressed me.

Women's team achieved 2 victories:
Bangladesh women team won twice, against Srilanka in group match and against Ireland. They placed 9th defeating Ireland. Salma, Romana performed consistently.

Dutch flavor:
Nederland played outstanding throughout the tournament. In qualifying round, they chased an impossible target against Ireland, made 190 in just 13 overs! Guess what they could do if had played full 20 overs, 300 was possible. In super-10, they played awesome, beat England massively and cornered South Africa to an extreme close match (SA won by only 5 runs).
3 Dutch players did superb performance. 2 of them scored over 200 runs, tops total scores of the tournament till semi-final, named Tom Cooper and Stefan Myberg. And Ahsan Malik took 12 wickets, tournament highest till now.

Glenn Maxwell aggression:
I didn't hear his name till this world cup. After falling quick wickets against Pakistan, he began to stand, and beat Paki bowlers like Veem, made big sixes in a row. He alone trembled the opponents, during his batting you can't shift your eyes. He scored in 3 matches, played bowlers at ease.

Hales stretched a broken innings to victory:
Alex Hales made outstanding show while England was about to loose against Srilanka. Nobody ever hoped that they could win, but Hales made it possible. He made his 1st T20 century, England lost 2 wickets at 0 run, Hales brought them up since then.

Herath took Srilanka to semi-final:
Rangana Herath pulled a sinking ship to bay. His amazing bowling figure 4-0-3-5, 5 wickets for only 3 runs made him the man of the match. Srilanka scored only 118, but still beat Newzealand using this 1 man.

Yuvraj is back:
Yuvraj, the man of the tournament of 2011 world cup is back. He suffered from cancer & returned after hard work, but didn't get runs in this tournament. He got himself back against Australia, beat them alone by scoring 59.

Dhoni magic continues:
What's the magic of MS dhoni? I don't know, but he has something special that made him outstanding & most successful captain. In just previous Asia cup India sank, but currently playing impressive, till now they didn't loose a single match. No doubt, Dhoni is behind this, they tied all 4 opponent teams below 140 runs.

Sangakkara & Jayabardhana trouble persists:
Sangakkara & Jayabardhana both are Srilanka's all-time  leading players. They usually play awesome in group matches & all sorts of series. But their main trouble is that they flop in big matches like semi-final or final. When the team need them most, they loose their path. They both lost in 3 worldcup finals (2 one-day [2007, 2011] + 1 T20 [2012]).
I like Sangakkara for his outstanding consistency & Jayabardhana for his grammatical batting.
And I hope that they'll recover their frustrations & clinch the trophy this time.

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