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Friday, February 25, 2011

Cricket World Cup So Far...

First week of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. And surprisingly nothing much to write home about. Only minnows in abundance so far. Almost all of the matches extremely one-sided with only England allowing Netherlands to come a little closer perhaps. India-Bangladesh opener had some suspense due to Bangladesh's upset win in 2007 packing India out of that World Cup.

Only two big matches played so far and both unfortunately were one-sided affairs. South Africa thrashed West Indies on 24th and Australia thumped little brother New Zealand in a listless encounter today. The most absorbing one of the week just got over, Bangladesh defeating Ireland by 27 runs in a low scoring match. But one minnow defeating another minnow--does the result make any difference?

On the positive side, South Africa made a good impact. Pakistan came strong with good showing in both batting and bowling. Australia growing stronger with two easy wins and somebody must stop them before they run away with the fifth title!

Pak faces Sri Lanka tomorrow in a crunch match.India take on England in another big match on Sunday. The weekend is packed for you!

But has this World Cup become only weekend excitement? Big matches are very few and sparsely placed. By the time the tournament hots up it's already knockout stage and the knockout stage has just seven matches including the final.

I feel disappointed with the 2011 format. Too many minnows, no super six or super eight or super league. To find out more Read Here! And give your views.

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