World Cup 2007: Day 1 Notes

Pakistan lost. They had a couple of good warm-up games and they were expected to come trumps over the home team, who had a dreadful warm-up outing against India. But the 2 most unpredictable teams in the competition did not fail to disappoint - never ever trust the current form of these 2 teams coz there is no bigger lie than that.

I'm sure Inzi would like to draw a parallel between today's game and Pakistan's first game in the '92 world cup (Inzi's debut world cup game). Pakistan lost to the West Indies by 10 wkts on that occasion. They managed just 1 win in the next 4 games, but somehow rallied together after that to register one of the greatest comeback victories in the championship history. But the difference here is that Pakistan must now win the next 2 games to make it to the next round - one bad game against the minnows and they would all be going home to join Shoaib and share his "in the hell" feeling.

For the Windies and all their fans in the Carribbean this is a great start. All the batsmen, except for Gayle and the birthday boy Ramdin, got starts. Sarwan looked busy, Samuels looked in imperious touch and then Smith played a typical flamboyant Carribbean cameo to boost the total past 240. The bowlers followed it up with a very disciplined performance - conceding just 2 wides. All of them picked wickets - with Smith and Bravo picking up 3 wickets each.

For Pakistan, it wasn't really that bad a day at the office. There were definitely a couple positives in the bowling department - Gul and Rao Iftikhar made the fans forget that Shoaib and Asif were missing. Hopefully Gul would last the tournament without getting injured and Iftikhar would stick to the line and discipline that he showed today in the remaining games.

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Blogger Stone 11:10 AM

Hi Vishnu,

Quick question!

Do the teams’ carry-over the points earned in group matches to Super-Eights league?    

Blogger vishnupavan 11:46 AM

Stone, Each team would carry over only the points earned against the other qualifier from the group. So, the points that West Indies earned yesterday over Pakistan would be carried over only if Pakistan makes it to the next stage.    

Blogger Stone 12:28 PM

Cool, seems fair!!

Blogger kane 4:31 AM

The World Cup 2007 is not looking the same without India and Pakistan. It is a great

shock that the two neighbouring asian countries, known for their fierce rivalry and for the

passion of their cricket fans, is not taking part in the tournament.They have been moved out

from group stage matches. They have only themselves to blame as they played poor cricket and

deserved to be knocked out. I think the players let their teams down when the whole world was

watching carefully.

I am just hoping that the World Cup will get the rhythm again and become a lot more

interesting in the coming days but the 2007 edition will always be remembered for Bob

Woolmer’s murder rather than for the results during the event.

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