2015 World Cup – Game 28 – India v West Indies

It starts at 6 am our time, and yet I won’t see much as I am off to work. I value my sleep and I need to have my wits about me tomorrow.

India seek to continue their dominant ways, while Virat Kohli may try to find someone else to scream at. The West Indies, meanwhile, better not win given the poverty they inflicted on the BCCI after the aborted tour at the end of 2014.

Comment away.

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20 thoughts on “2015 World Cup – Game 28 – India v West Indies

  1. d'Arthez Mar 6, 2015 / 9:03 am

    West Indies showing off their decline. Atrocious batting against India, 117/7 after 33 overs. They won the toss.

    How is this significantly worse than the UAE’s efforts? The UAE had never played a team like India, so at least they have their inexperience as a valid excuse. What kind of excuse are left for West Indies?

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  2. SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Looks like we’re on for the eleventh completed score below 200 of the tournament so far. If so, they will be split six by FMs and five by AMs.

    It isn’t all 400s!

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  3. SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 9:51 am

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    • d'Arthez Mar 6, 2015 / 10:34 am

      Actually, Holder top scored for West Indies, in the games against South Africa and India.

      And if you look at the stats for West Indies batsmen in the games against South Africa, India and Pakistan:

      Holder has scored 2 out of 4 fifties. Has scored comfortably the most runs (113, next best has 73).

      He averaged 56.50 in those games. He has the two highest scores. (50 by Simmons, 51 by Ramdin are the other 50s).

      Gayle averages 9.33, Samuels, 13.33. Best on offer is Ramdin, with 24.33. Smith averages 20 as well. Taylor averages 26, but that is boosted by one not out, in today’s game.

      Darren Bravo had to retire hurt against Pakistan on 49*, and obviously has not been dismissed since he could not play in the other games.

      The second best SR, behind Russell (50 runs from 24 balls, for 2 wickets), with his 113 runs coming of 112 balls.

      Oh, and he did not even get a bat against Pakistan.

      Damning stats

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  4. d'Arthez Mar 6, 2015 / 9:55 am

    I am hoping that someone with a background in statistics, can do a full statistical analysis on the winning margins:

    FM – FM
    Associate – Associate
    FM – Associate

    The only games (2) that are competitive are Associates batting it out with each other. The other ones are probably statistically expected to be trashings, especially the games between Full Members. And with the FM likely to win in the games with the Associates.

    How exciting. How “competitive”, Mr. Dave Richardson.

    India chasing 183 to win, and confirm their QF spot. They won’t know who they’ll be playing, or where, just yet.

    Chances are it will be the first quarter final on the 18th of March.

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  5. SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 10:57 am

    11-1, Dhawan gone caught at slip.

    Ball doing plenty – obviously there’s bounce at Perth but swing and seam as well. If West Indies bowl anything like here this isn’t going to be the Indian cakewalk everyone was assuming.

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  6. SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Matthew Hayden acing the competition for worst commentator of the tournament.

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  7. SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 11:49 am

    63-3, Kohli gone mis-hooking to deep square leg. This could be a squeaker…..

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  8. Vian Mar 6, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    All the stuff about what to do with ODI cricket, bat sizes, fielding positions and so on….and here we see once again that if you provide a track that offers the bowlers something, then you get the balance between bat and ball. If you want it.

    Cracking match. Another wicket or two needed now though to keep it bubbling.

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  9. d'Arthez Mar 6, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    And 78/4 after DRS fails to overturn an umpire’s decision. Bit similar to what happened in the Zim-Pak game, and Umar Akmal’s dismissal vs. India.

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    • Vian Mar 6, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      I think that’s fair enough too – the umpire heard something, it wasn’t clear that he didn’t hit it, so you stick with the on field decision. The trouble comes with the lack of consistency in applying it.

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    • SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      107/5, Raina gone slashing at a wide one from Dwanye Smith.

      D’Arthez, no problem with DRS on the Rahane dismissal I thought. He was given out by the on-field umpire and there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn it. Akmal’s decision overturned the on-field decision which makes it a different issue.

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      • SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 1:14 pm

        134/6, Jadeja caught hooking by a juggling Marlon Samuels.

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      • SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 1:27 pm

        30 needed, 4 wickets left, none of your bowlers bowled out.

        Who do you bring on? Marlon Samuels.

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      • SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 1:38 pm

        Holder keeping Taylor, Russell and himself back for the death?

        15 runs needed – there isn’t going to be any death!

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      • SimonH Mar 6, 2015 / 1:48 pm

        India might well have won anyway but the ending was frankly embarrassing.

        There should be some consequences for that – but there won’t be.

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      • Vian Mar 6, 2015 / 1:50 pm

        Abject surrender at the end. What on earth were they doing?

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    • d'Arthez Mar 6, 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Sorry for expressing myself so poorly. I meant “similar to what happened” as in the player playing (or not) to the ball, rather than the umpire’s decision + review procedure.

      I have no complaints about this decision. Noise was there, Hot Spot seemed to have a tiny nick, and even though Snicko did not show anything conclusive, it was fair enough that they stuck to the original call. There was no evidence of a howler.

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      • Vian Mar 6, 2015 / 2:01 pm

        Just smiling to myself though – I used to play against Nigel Llong. He’s a far better umpire than he was a player, but he’s also a really lovely, genuine guy. So I probably get defensive about him a bit!

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  10. SimonH Mar 7, 2015 / 10:48 am

    George Dobell on why England can’t swing it:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015/content/story/844269.html

    I’ve been waiting for someone finally to address this. Are there maybe any former swing bowlers in the press corps who you’d think might consider it? Not if it means criticising your mate, the bowling coach, though….

    Extensive analysis in the article from Dermot Reeve. There’s a name we haven’t heard for a while!

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