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Monday, March 26, 2007

Bangla joy dashes bunglers' hopes: World Cup day 13

At Port of Spain the Bangladesh - Bermuda match, the last one of the Group Stage, was interrupted by rain several times . This triggered (and re-triggered) the Duckworth - Lewis method, whose calculations progressively reduced the game to a maximum 21 overs a side, which, as Cricinfo's Jamie Alter reports, Bangladesh eventually won by 7 wickets ( Jim Maxwell on ABC RN Breakfast this morning incorrectly stated that they lost 4 wickets), and will proceed to the Super Eight Series.

Scorecard.

As a consequence of this result (not to mention their own shortcomings) India have been eliminated from the tournament. The excuses and other explanations, eg this, have begun and will no doubt continue for some time.

On to the Super Eights

Despite some uncertainty reported by the ABC (Jim Maxwell seems to have got it right this time), the Super Eight schedule has now been confirmed. In the first match tomorrow Caribbean time ( late Tuesday/ early Wednesday here) Australia will be playing the West Indies, not Ireland. No doubt Australia wil start favourites, but the West Indies have lifted their limited overs game over the last few months and they do have a great player in the autumn of his career who will be keen to leave yet another reminder of his greatness...


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