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Update : 07 Mar 2015, 06:02 PM

Pakistan turns the event on its head

It seems that the 1992 script is being re-written for Pakistan. It lost to India and then came from behind to win the World Cup under the leadership of Imran Khan. This time, it lost the first two matches comprehensively, one of which was to India, and then somehow scraped through against Zimbabwe. Now they have got the better of South Africa in a rain-affected match that not only shocked the Proteas but also have placed themselves in a situation that can very well lead them into the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Pak management takes some brain masala

Finally, Sarfraz Ahmed is given his due recognition and is selected to play. He had plenty of energy and quality in him to justify his inclusion by stroking a crucial innings of 49 against one of the best pace attacks in the world and then picking up six victims behind the stumps. Fans are distributing sweets in the streets of Pakistan for his accomplishment and for not having to bear the painful experience of seeing Umar Akmal drop catches behind the stumps.

AB de Villiers and the Proteas have weak links that must be strengthened

South Africa seems to be excellent when they bat first as its explosive batting line piles up runs with ease. Twice they batted first and scored more than 400 runs. The two matches they had to chase, the daunted batting unit crumbled. If South Africa has to win and progress in this tournament, batters other than Hashim Amla and De Villiers must strike, especially when the chips are down.

What is Ireland made of?

Nerves of steel strengthened with the ebullient hunger to win. Ireland is the only Associate side to beat a Test-playing nation five times in World Cup history. It does not require the leprechaun to bring the Irish luck into play as they have proved time and again their ability to take on the best.

Eoin Morgan may be having second thoughts about his decision to opt for England. They play Pakistan next, a crucial game for both teams. With Pakistan suddenly finding renewed energy, particularly with the three left arm seamers producing high quality spells, Ireland will find it tough to put too many runs on the board. However, never count the Irish out.

What is a par score in this World Cup?

Experts have been saying all along that the par score is about 280. It looks like they are all being proven wrong. How many matches have seen 300+ totals being gunned down by the team batting second?

The number has been reset at 320 it seems. The West Indian attack got blown to smithereens by Ireland when their target of 305 was easily overcome, Sri Lanka blew away England, and Bangladesh had the better of Scotland. Zimbabwe almost beat Ireland’s total of 331 at Hobart only to fall short by five runs.

Time for the think tanks to reset the rules for ODI cricket and make it a decent duel between bat and ball. 

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