Monday, 10 May 2010

England - unbeaten but for the vagaries of D/L

The only thing standing between England and a 100% record is the Duckworth/Lewis method, and they have been impressive throughout. I said that the lower middle order was a concern for me, and the main target of my ire, Tim Bresnan, delivered in spades today with a match winning 23 not out. I would still prefer him a place lower in the order, but today the Yorkshire boy did good. He also bowled four overs for only 20 runs, picking up the key wicket of Jesse Ryder along the way.

Morgan put in another vital contribution, his partnership with Wright went some way to winning the match for England and allowed Bresnan to finish it off in style. The semi-finals will be played on this ground as well, it looks to favour the teams with variety rather than extreme pace. England will face one of India, Sri Lanka or West Indies (most likely Sri Lanka if you ask me), and that could be a tough task.

Whatever happens, I think England have enough to overcome their semi-final opponents, and given that Pakistan will be playing Australia on this ground too, there is still a chance that it could be an England-Pakistan final - that's what I'm hoping for anyway because the final will be played at Bridgetown and Australia have already shown how destructive they can be on that harder pitch. Onwards and upwards!

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