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:wacko: Wow...

West Indies are nothing like they used to be...all out for 151 in the 34th over.

Mind you, who could overhaul such an imposing total of 408/5 posted by Sth Africa. Clearly making up for it's less than impressive display against India earlier in the week.

:unsure::unsure: And now onto the next match...

Australia v New Zealand at Eden Park this afternoon.... :ph34r:

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:):rolleyes: Australia wins the toss and decided to bat first...

Two and a half hours later...They are all out for 151 in the 33rd over.

At the dinner break 1730hrs NZDST New Zealand is 79/3 in the 9th over in its chase down. :wacko: ...Be cool guys, you got all night.

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:unsure: NZ 92/4 in 10th over as the match resumes after the break. Proving Australia never gives up until the game is over...NZ just needs to stay cool and chip away. They have 240 balls to get another 60 runs...

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:mellow: NZ needs 34 runs off 33 overs to beat Australia...Who have really tightened up the bowling, although they probably left it way too late. Kane Williamson the lynchpin to the NZ batting order and is slowly chewing up the boundries to get NZ home.

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:huh: Australia really fighting back with NZ now 139/6 needing only 12 to win BUT never write Australia off...Very professional cricket by the green and golds...Tight bowling.

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:unsure: Now NZ 143/7! and we are in the tail end of the batting order and it's getting nervous out there...

Australia can win it from here and they know it.


:wacko: And now Australia senses an unlikely victory NEW ZEALAND HAVE CHOKED IT!!!! 146/9!!!

WOW!

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:wacko::D:D:D :D :wacko::blink: VICTORY NEW ZEALAND!!!!!!!!!!

Kane Williamson HERO OF THE NIGHT!!!

WELL DONE BOTH TEAMS!!!

WHAT A CLIFFHANGER!!!!

NZ home at 152/9!!!

A rare victory against Australia and claiming the Chappell Hadlee back for the first time in nearly ten years.


Result puts NZ on top of Pool A, if just...and sets NZ on an easier path through the QFs as they have qualified.

Not taking anything away from Australia with such proffesionalisim after being savaged by NZ in their batting innings to come back and reveal a new bowling star in Mitchal Starc.

Ominous signs in three weeks time.

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Wow, just seen the highlights of the NZ match! That looked like harder work than it should've been! :lol:

But congrats Alex, NZ looking good so far this World Cup.

Tell you what Rob, NZ would still fudge it if they could...

Tonight was once again racing the run rate % to Qualify...They didn't really need to be that careless. They could've got there comfortably in 30 overs instead of a near suicide mission which nearly came trumps at Edenm Park.

Still reckon Australia are the team to beat...NEVER gonna write them off.

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Geees, good match . I was getting a little sick of batting dominated huge blowup easy victories of teams in this tournament so far, so it was fantastic to have a tight battle.

Both teams fudged their batting, but a great result.

Geees, still can't help dislike the Aussie cricket team though hey, except Shane Watson - I'll have him. :wub:

And yet again, the big crowd does it again, well done Auckland for a great day.

Australia is still dangerous and in (in an All Blacks at the world cup kind of way), still the team to beat , but so enthused about our bowling.

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England v Sri Lanka in Wellington.

England posted what would've been a safe 309 in their innings....

But Sri Lanka are chased it down with a few balls remaining.

England will have to hope for Bangladesh to drop it's average runrate in the last matchs towards the QFs.

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Went to bed pleased that England had posted, at the very least, a competitive total. I should have known better really. Whatever the outcome of our final two games, it is abundantly clear that we need to start all over again after this tournament.

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Another four tonner tonight...

SA v Ireland

SA posting an impossible to chase 411 runs for Ireland...falling well short at 210.

This is the reason why the ICC want to cut back to ten teams...

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You cannot pull up the drawbridge and expect cricket to grow and thrive. All of the Associate nations, particularly Ireland, have proven in this tournament that they deserve the chance to mix it with the Test playing nations. Instead of debating whether the ladder should be kicked away in four years' time, we should be doing everything possible to give these nations as many opportunities as possible to play the established nations more regularly. Thankfully, we have been doing something along the road in the last few years but much more needs to be done. Does the ICC want cricket at the elite level to be a truly global game or not?

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Unfortunately 50/50 Cricket is not a 90min game.

There is already criticism over the drawn out pool match series of four weeks. I guess it's really set up for Sub Continent viewers because no real effort has been make to use our multiple time zones. We could've had a triple match day(s) Auckland /Sydney /Perth as an example. That's when your minnow v minnow matches could be played, and those lopsided ones as well.

Another would be to throw the newbies into their own circuit and then have them paired up with a top tier team in their season...That's was the whole idea for Tri Series cricket...But now we got IPL and Big Bash taking on the peak evening sports viewing. 20/20 may be the only way teams like Ireland, UAE and Canada can advance.

Although 20/20 has its own WC, maybe this is where the future for the premium Cricket tournament lies.

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:angry: YAAAAAAWN.

Yet another pointless four tonner...

Australia v Afghanistan

Australia batting first 417.

There was no chance Afghanistan could chase that down...142 all out.

Also in Napier, Pakistan v UAE...i.e. the other Pakistan

Pakistan batting first puting up 329 but at least UAE made it to 210 untill running out of balls staying in for the full 50 overs.

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In Nelson today,

Scotland v Bangladesh

Scotland posted an impressive 318 against the newest Test nation...But an excellent batting display by Bangladesh saw the Scotland total overhauled with 9 balls to spare. 322/4

Scotland is all but heading home after their first WC experience...Could they be taking England with them?

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Just the one match today....All the way over in Perth.

India v West Indies.

Results:

India wins after chasing a low West Indies score of 182 all out...185/6

India Qualifies for the Quarter Finals.

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:) Today's matches:

South Africa v Pakistan at Eden Park, Auckland.

SA looking to qualify for the QFs today.

Zimbabwe v Ireland at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

If Ireland wins with a high RR%, they could increase their chances to qualify in fourth place.

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:( Well it looks like Messers Duckworth and Lewis will have to sort out the Eden Park match...Rain.

At the stop of play Pakistan were at 197/5 in the 40th over.

South Africa yet to bat.

:) Ireland into bat first at Bellerive Oval...so far 80/2 against Zimbabwe.

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SA v Pakistan match reduced to 47overs.

Pakistan at 222 all out.

SA in for an easy run chase.

Meanwhile in Hobart, Ireland is powering on the runs and sitting on 218/3 in the 40th over. Projecting 285 - 300 runs on current rate.

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:wacko: Well!

Never saw that comming...

Pakistan trounced South Africa who were left chasing 231 on the D/L rain adjusted total but could've easly succeeded if they didn't run out of wickets 202 all out.

:) In Hobart, Ireland has cemented a spot in the QFs after rolling Zimbabwe for 326...unable to overhaul 331 in a cliffhanger at Bellerive Oval.

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Cricket today.

:) NZ v Afghanistan in Napier

NZ chasing down Afghanistan's 186 with ease winning 188/4.

:) In Sydney, Australia v Sri Lanka underway with Australia batting first projecting a 300s total...202/4 in 36th over. QF positionings up for grabs here.

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