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Tournament started today, it's in India, it's T20 so almost anything can happen - even England won this tournament a few years ago. Lets try having its own thread.

 

Zimbabwe cruised to victory against Hong Kong in game 1, Scotland are going close but probably failing right now against Afghanistan in the second match. 

 

I wonder why they don't start the event with the hosts to make it a big exciting beginning? It's all a bit low-key, hardly any crowd in today.

 

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Scotland have messed this up a bit after that start. Think Afghanistan have a great chance of qualifying, didn't think much of Zimbabwe earlier, if Hong Kong had gone for it at the start they could have chased them down.

 

EDIT: and it's the qualifiers at the mo, no hosts until the initial groups out of the way. Shame as some of these teams can beat full members at T20.

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They can also beat them at 50-over cricket.  Bangladesh beat England in the last one, and Ireland have plenty of scalps over the years.  That said, England have been playing much better since the world cup, even if they did lost the series to South Africa.

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Well Bangladesh are full members, I am talking more of Ireland and the Dutch. They were involved in the best game of the last World Cup when there was that ludicrous chase. No idea why Bangladesh have to qualify, they were in the final of the Asia Cup the other day, although there were some rather home biased refereeing performances helping them along (one LBW given against Pakistan sticks in the mind). Don't see why they don't just drop Oman and Hong Kong and let the others in. Would be nice to see Afghanistan pick up a couple of wins, and I think they will qualify out of that group, Bangladesh should qualify from the other much as I would like Ireland to.

 

Don't think England will do that much really. The current SA vs Aus series I think just shows they are still a little off. I would make those two and India the favourites, and I fancy SA to win it. ABV not in great nick, but Miller has looked so good in the warm ups.

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I thought they'd blown it but some late hitting has made it fun for the final over. 17 off six, hmm.

 

Didn't realise they were doing that qualifying bollocks this tournament. Oh well, slow build up it is then. 

 

edit - and...nope. Bangladesh win.

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Some of the Scottish batsmen, particularly the top order, batted like I would when playing Don Bradman cricket.  Machan for example hit two fours in a row and instead of trying to play a bit more conservatively for the rest of the over slaps one straight to midwicket the very next ball.  Very naive really.

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That Bangladesh catch was great, one ray of sunshine for them in that hiding.

 

 

So, England v West Indies in a few minutes. Possibly the two most hot 'n cold teams outside of Pakistan? I've failed to find a way to be working somewhere I can watch, damnit.

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It truly wasn't. I listened to the demise on TMS in the car, sounded like Gayle is in one of those moods.

 

Probably out to SA then tomorrow night! Unless we suss this bowling malarkey out again, at least.

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Well NZ looking much better than I thought they would, as they now beat the Aussies pretty handily. However, you have to feel that the toss played a large part in it, which is has in all the games so far apart from the Sri Lanka one. Not great that batting first in the north, then second in the south, seems to be the most important factor in victory.

 

England next. Win the toss and chase should be the plan probably. SA should win this one handily you would have thought, but you never know with England. I am going to have a small bet on them to win, because I don't think SA are that much better.

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