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Cricket World Cup 2019

Monkeygrinder's Organ

Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager
So this has just got going then. England v SA should be a good first game. England going reasonably well after losing a wicket second ball. Anyone else following?
 

alsoknownas

some bloke
I've always been bored stupid by cricket but recently went to an IPL match in Delhi, which as you can probably imagine was a bit lively! I now follow IPL a bit, and Tahir is definitely my favourite player, so nice to see him get the first skittles (they are called skittles, right? :hmm:) at the WC.
 

SpookyFrank

Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.
I've always been bored stupid by cricket but recently went to an IPL match in Delhi, which as you can probably imagine was a bit lively! I now follow IPL a bit, and Tahir is definitely my favourite player, so nice to see him get the first skittles (they are called skittles, right? :hmm:) at the WC.
'Skittling' is bowling a team out cheaply. One player getting out is called a wicket. The wooden thing the batsman stands in front of is also called a wicket. The strip of pitch in between the wickets is also called a wicket.
 

alsoknownas

some bloke
'Skittling' is bowling a team out cheaply. One player getting out is called a wicket. The wooden thing the batsman stands in front of is also called a wicket. The strip of pitch in between the wickets is also called a wicket.
Actually I was just bullshitting ;). I didn't even know 'skittling' was a cricket term. My dads a cricket nut so I know most of the rest of the terminology. Not likely to become a convert, though I do like a bit of Bangra-inspired Indian crowd lunacy!
 

Cerberus

Uptown top wankin
Interesting first game. England haven’t dominated in the way they have in other games recently. Still got runs on the board but I think SA will chase 312 down
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
A couple of very starnge dismissals. De Kock knocking a weird catch down to fine leg and Duminy punting one straight down Stokes' throat. Village quality shots from two of the world's best bats.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
That looks like a long tail the saffers have and they're not the only good team in this tournament that have a long tail. Its another area where England are very strong. Archer & Rashid at 10 & 11 today.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
On today's performance alone (and so far) I don't think anyone could complain about Archer's inclusion. He's knocked over 2 of the top and retired another one with a rapid bouncer. Genuine pace is such a rare thing to see these days, its needs to be cherished.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
Amla back in and out again.

I think SA and the wider cricket governance is going to take some flak about this. If he was injured enough to stay off that pitch that long why did he come back at all? This is even more of a question when the game was clearly moving away from SA at a lick.

So much talk about the management of concussion in sport and this happens in game 1 of the World Cup. What would have happened if he ended up wearing another one on the helmet?
 

planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
Supreme effort from Stokes and Archer, anyone who hasn’t seen the catch and hasn’t got Sky should go to cricinfo now because it’s available on video on their front page.

I’ll reiterate what I said in the international cricket thread. Anyone would have Dre Russell in their team right now. He has some big hitting ahead of him. And Dhoni will shine, because he always does. It’s a shame neither have much chance of ending upon the winning team.
 

littlebabyjesus

one of Maxwell's demons
Reading far too much into the opening game, the England machine is purring along nicely. May even be able to rest one or two later on. /hubris

South Africa don't look like contenders for me. Great bowling line-up, which will become even better with Steyn back in, but no depth to the batting, and Amla looks past it to me. Not avoiding bouncers honing in on your head is the kind of thing that happens as your reactions age.

Both sides showed the importance of fielding when the ball isn't doing much. Got to hold on to all the catches cos you may not get many. So on that basis, I'm also ruling out Pakistan from the running, and possibly West Indies.

Loved Imran Tahir after the match. Thought we bowled and fielded well, let down by lapses of concentration from the batters. Ouch. About right, but ouch.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
Loved Imran Tahir after the match. Thought we bowled and fielded well, let down by lapses of concentration from the batters. Ouch. About right, but ouch.
I like Tahir but I thought his interview at the end was quite telling. When being interviewed England talked about the messages getting back to the dressing room whilst England were batting. The pitch was a bit slow, scoring was a bit tricky, its a 300 pitch rather than a 400 pitch etc.

Yet Tahir was just saying how well they bowled and they restricted England. No real comment on the pitch and actually over 300 was a very decent score on that pitch, far to good for SA anyway. Did they really bowl as well as he thought?

Managing the game / reading the game and playing the conditions. England were very professional and SA seemed a bit amateur in comparison.
 

SpookyFrank

Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.
Trent Bridge looking half empty for Windies vs Pakistan, a match which should be attracting plenty of supporters. Hopefully seats will fill up.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
Trent Bridge looking half empty for Windies vs Pakistan, a match which should be attracting plenty of supporters. Hopefully seats will fill up.
They're certainly talking the atmosphere up on the beeb.

Pakistan already in a spot of bother here. They are in terrible form coming into the WC, its hard to see them going anywhere. Good to see Amir back mind.

I think the Windies are decent team and I fancy them to cause a few upsets. I'm backing them to get to the semi's along with England, Oz and another I can't quite decide on. Probably India, but it's a while since they have impressed in English conditions.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
From the beeb ticker:

Andre Russell so far today

16 deliveries
16 short balls
2 wickets
4 runs conceded#CWC19


Pakistan getting bounced out here. Great to see some fiery Caribbean fast bowling today (and err, yesterday :thumbs:)
 
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