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Straight Bat: Is the table already being set up?

  • Published at 03:54 pm June 10th, 2019
Nicholas Pooran Cricket World Cup - Australia v West Indies
West Indies' Nicholas Pooran in action at the ICC Cricket World Cup - Australia v West Indies - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain on June 6, 2019 Reuters

At the second tier, Sri Lanka and Pakistan both have three points having shared the spoils of the rain

One-third of the matches have been played and a pattern of sorts is emerging. Four teams occupy the top spots: New Zealand, England,  India and Australia. New Zealand has six points at the top but India with four has played one less. Both England and Australia have lost one match. Does it show the shape of things to come when the semis arrive? 

At the second tier, Sri Lanka and Pakistan both have three points having shared the spoils of the rain. Going by current form, Pakistan may feel they would have won but rain and cricket are close cousins so gripes will not matter. But Pakistan did humble mighty England so... 

Sitting with two points at the next to the bottom cluster is West Indies and Bangladesh. West Indies chewed up Afghanistan but Bangladesh beat South Africa which looks prettier. 

However, Bangladesh has had two consecutive defeats, the last one rather morose looking, and are looking unsure. Mashrafe’s form is under the scanner and Tamim has not delivered either. Mithun is a big question mark. 

Bangladesh probably overestimated its bowling attack in such a pressure venue. Shakib has done better with the bat and that century against England made him look better than the team frankly barring Mushie.

Monday's match and the table

Poor South Africa, once a superstar but now choking in more ways than one. Monday’s match with West Indies is a crunch one having lost all three. West Indies is very Caribbean and as always looking less flappable than any other team, no matter what the situation. 

Nobody is saying who will win because the West Indies have not been consistent, and South Africa have not been performing either. If South Africa lose, they are virtually out. 

If the Caribbean team wins, they will probably not going to climb much higher. If the West Indies win, an element of uncertainty comes in and sadly for South Africa, more fun and potential. Both Pakistan and the West Indies seem to have the ability to shock though never certain who, or when including themselves.  

Prof Dadu says on Facebook: "SA is in a no win no gain situation. A defeat will be horrific for them. Although the West Indies are not disciplined, they have the ability to score big runs. Anyone can win. On that note..."

TEAM

M

W

L

T

P

NRR

NZ

3

3

0

0

6

2.163

ENG

3

2

1

0

4

1.307

INDIA

2

2

0

0

4

0.539

AUS

3

2

1

0

4

0.483

SL

3

1

1

0

3

-1.517

PAK

3

1

1

0

3

-2.412

WI

2

1

1

0

2

2.054

BDESH

3

1

2

0

2

-0.714

SA

3

0

3

0

0

-0.952

AFG

3

0

3

0

0

-1.493