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Sunday 15 March 2015

CWC LIVE - Windies Chase Target In Desired Overs - Wait for Pak v Irl Result

#WestIndies vs #UAE, #Napier

West Indies have done their part of the job.
Needing to score the required target in under 36.2 overs, they have completed their run chase in 30.3 overs and 6 wickets in hand.

The win ensures they qualify for the next stage of knockouts.
Whats still not sure is what position they will finish in Pool B?
That will be decided by result in the Pak vs #Irl match.

#JohnsonCharles and #JonathanCarter fifities ensured Windies cantered to their third win in the league in desired manner. In absense of Gayle, they needed to fire and they have done that!

UAE - 175 all out
WI - 179 for 4 (30.3 overs) 

Man of the Match: #JasonHolder

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CWC15 LIVE - Poor Intensity In Field By Windies In A Must Win Game Vs UAE

#WestIndies vs #UAE
15th Mar 2015

After a stunning start in their must win game, the West Indies have suddenly gone off the boil.
As if to suggest, they are not interested in winning this game with a handsome margin ... their body language is hopeless. On field spats between #DarrenSammy and #JasonHolder hasnt helped cause. Someone needs to wake them up!!

Earlier in the day, #JasonHolder and #JeromeTaylor tore through the UAE top order to envision a quick finish to he game and strengthen their Pool B position. Holder was superb with his line, speed and bounce. Holder bowled himself in one spell. 10-127-4. Fabulous figures.

At 46 for 6, it was a matter of time but #AmjadJaved and #NasirAziz dug deep.
Coupled with that some really insid bowling and attitude by the Windies in the field allowed them to build a 100 run partnership to bring some respectability to their score.

#AndreRussell coming to bowl at the back end of the innings has broken that long stand by castling Javed. He also knocked off the new batsman #Naved in his next over. #MarlonSamuels has just removed Aziz followed by Taylor castling #Tauqir to wrap up the UAE innings.

UAE: 175 all out
#JasonHolder - 4 wickets
#JeromeTaylor - 3 wickets
#AndreRussell - 2 wickets

Playing without #ChrisGayle, Windies need to win this game by a big margin to entertain chances of progressing in the tournament.

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Sunday 8 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - NZ Complete Easy Win vs Afghanistan

#Afg v #NZ, #Napier

New Zealand have completed a clinical 6 wicket win against Afghanistan at Napier.

Chasing 187, they comfortably crossed the line losing just 4 wickets along the way.

Runs were shared by the top order McCullum 42, Guptill 57, Williamson 33 and Ross Taylor 24* ensured match practice for their batting line up before the knockout games.

Man of the Match:
#DanielVettori for his superb spell 10 - 4 - 18 -4

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Afghanistan Set 187 For NZ To Win

#Afghanistan v #NewZealand, #Napier
8th Mar 2015

Afghanistan have given a good account of themselves against mighty New Zealand to score 186 in their stipulated overs.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, they were off to a disastrous start losing 6 wickets for 59. #TrentBoult and #DanielVettori the wreckers in chief.  It took a good partnership from #ShamiullahShenwari and #NajibullahZadran to pull them out of the rut. Both scored cautious fifities to give the Afghan total some respectability.

Dan Vettori was the champion was New Zealand claiming 4 wickets for 18 runs in his 10 overs. Boult supported him with 3 wickets.

NZ have started their innings in usual belligerence led by #BrendonMcCullum
He's smashed 42 in 19 balls before being bowled by #Nabi

#LIVE #Score
New Zealand: 89 for 1, 15 overs
#MartinGuptill - 26*
#KaneWilliamson - 19*

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Wednesday 4 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Pak Complete Facile Win v UAE

#Pak v #UAE, #Napier

Pakistan complete a facile win against UAE by 129 runs.
This will be an immense boost for their chances to move to the next round of #CWC15

Their biggest test lies ahead in the next game, when they meet the super hot #SouthAfrica in couple of days time. That will be followed by game against #Ireland, another tough side. Overall, both games very crucial for them. The two wins (against Zim and today against UAE) will have been a good tonic for their confidence to play their last two games.

Having said that, there are lot of chinks in that batting and bowling lineups, highlighted today.
- Shehzad and Haris were unable to step up the gas in the #Powerplay overs leading to a mini setback
- Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi still havent faced enough balls in the middle to gain some much needed form against formidable opponents.
- Opening slot is a huge problem (Jamshid is failing to pull shot too often and Younis Khan isn't a natural opener anyway)
- Lack of quality batsmen in that middle order (although they are good strokemakers) will hurt them as the games get tougher.

 - The bowlers couldn't bundle out UAE (only 8 wickets were taken) cheaply and allowed game to drift. They need to stamp themselves on opposition team lineups.
 - The spinners are not in their own as yet. The SA game could just be that ignition needed to strike it rich. SA's weakness could just be Pak's opportunity with spinners.
 - Too may left arm seamers? Does that make it a predictable attack with less variety? Needs some thought.

Overall, a good win but the tough test lies ahead for them.
For now, they can enjoy the moment.

#LIVE #Score
Pak - 339 for 6
UAE - 210 for 8

Man of the Match: #ShehzadAhmed

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Misbah Special Pushes Pak To Massive Score v UAE

#Pak v #UAE, #Napier

#MisbahUlHaq produced a special knock to infuse life in the Pak innings.
Pegged back during the #Batting #Powerplay, the Pak skipper unleashed his fury on the UAE bowlers.

He, along with #SohaibMaqsood, launched into the UAE dibbly seamers and spinners all over the park. Umar Akmal smote the ball around for a while too.

#WahabRiaz and #ShahidAfridi provided some lusty blows at the end to ensure Pak ended on a commanding note.

#Guruge was the best bowler for #UAE scalping 40 wickets for 56 in 8 overs.

#LIVE #Score
Pak: 339 for 6 in 50 overs

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CWC 2015 LIVE - UAE Pulls It Back In Powerplay v Pak

#Pak v #UAE, #Napier
4th Mar 2015

UAE have pulled things back in the #Batting #Powerplay by picking up the two set batsmen #Sohail and #Shehzad. To top it up, they conceded only 29 runs in those 5 overs. Double whammy...

Pakistan's plans to smash runs the powerplay have backfired big time.
They had hoped to score atleast 50 in this powerplay so they could thrust the score in the final 15 overs. As it stands, they need to rebuild again...

The idea to take the powerplay in the 31st over was a good one, but not able to convert it into something substantial.

#MisbahUlHaq and #SohaibMaqsood at the crease

#LIVE #Score
Pak: 185 for 3, 36 overs

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Century Partnership Drives Pakistan v UAE

#Pak v #UAE, #Napier
4th Mar 2015

Good fifties from #AhmedShehzad and #HarisSohail is driving Pakistan towards a strong total against UAE in their Pool B clash. They need to. They have to post a big win today to improve their #NRR as they jostle to move up the Pool positioning.

#Shehzad and #Haris started slowly but have gotten into the groove now.
Need to push on and up the run rate big time. They have stroke makers in the waiting ... #UmarAkmal, #SohaibMaqsood and #ShahidAfridi can go ballistic in the last 10 overs.

#LIVE #Score
Pak: 148 For 1
30 overs
Shehzad -
Haris -

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Excellent Start For Pak v UAE

#Pakistan v#UAE, #Napier
4th Mar 2015

Paki batting first v UAE.

Pakistan's best start of the tournament thus far!
Very refreshing to see Pak's top order taking responsibility to lay foundation for a big score. More refreshing to see youngsters #HarisSohail and #AhmedShehzad take responsibility.

#LIVE #Score
Pak 109 for 1 in 24.3 overs
Sohail - 48*
Shehzad - 52*

#NasirJamshid's woeful form continues. He was dismissed for a third time trying to pull a non existent shot. Pak need a rethink for that opening slot.

UAE have bowled well though. They are being disciplined enough.

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Tuesday 3 March 2015

CWC 2015 - Pak Need To Make A Statement v UAE

#Pak v #UAE, #Napier
4th Mar 2015

After scraping through against #Zimbabwe two days ago and opening their #CWC15 account in Pool B, Pakistan need more than an emphatic win to harbour chances of progressing to the next round of the cup.

The victory against Zim was far from convincing but it should have given them some self-belief. The weight of expectations they're carrying back from Pakistan will now be somewhat lighter. However, unless they really dominate and crush UAE, they will not feel or will not be able to challenge the top teams in this fiercely contested competition.

For beginners, their batting has been absolutely lacklustre especially at the top.
Invariably, they have lost a wicket in the first 2-3 overs of every game played so far. That is putting immense pressure on the middle order and hence not able to push on to big scores.

#AhmedShehzad, #NasirJamshid, #HarisSohail, #YounisKhan must produce good batting starts for players like Misbah, Umar Gul, Maqsood and Shahid Afridi to capitalize later.

Bowling looks ok especially seam. #WahabRiaz, #SohailKhan, #MohamadIrfan have shown they can hurry batsmen with their pace and bounce. #ShahidAfridi remains a disappointment so far. He needs a solid outing to get back to spinning form. #YasirShah should support him well by taking wickets and not just containing runs.

For UAE, their performance against #India at #Perth should be forgotten quickly and enter the new contest with new energy and enthusiasm. They have some way to go to become a top cricketing nation but they have given a good account of them thus far.

All in all, Pakistan's game to win but they dont need a win, they need a winnnnnnn.... it has to be massive to improve thier #NRR and chances to progress!

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