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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Preview: Super Sunday of Group B in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

It is  Super Sunday tomorrow as double header is in offering for the Cricket Lovers in World Cup.

England will take on South Africa in the morning.   

Looking at the first match between South Africa and England this is going to be a crucial match from  England's perspective after their drubbing against Ireland at Bengaluru. England's major problem is their bowling which has not come good on most occasions in this World Cup. England gave more than 300 runs per match they played so far and out of 3 matches they played 2 matches were against minnows like Netherland and Ireland. So big problem ahead for the England in a match against South Africa which possess superb batting line-up and all their batsmen must be licking their bats to go after hapless English bowlers. Strauss is having plenty of problems going into this must win match. Fielding of the English team is also not upto the mark as they are dropping catches like kids. England have to thank Billy Bowden for their lucky escape against India but that will not happen everyday and England have to play out of their skin to beat Proteas. Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have to come out with new plan to counter Proteas. England problems get worse as they have to play in Chennai which will going to be a turner and Proteas possess 3 spinners in their ranks and spin is the biggest enemy of the English battng. Tough times ahead of Strauss & Co.

Proteas are currently leading the Group B table and looks invincible. From Amla and DeVilliers are in great nick and batting looks very good as they possess one of the best batting line-up in the world which includes star batsmen like Jacques Kallis. Although Proteas have great batting line-up but they have to be careful against Greame Swann who is having lot of success against them.Proteas won both their matches convincingly and go into this match to strike the hat-trick of victories. Proteas are the best bowling side in the tournament in terms of pace and accuracy. They have great variation in their bowling department. They have two terrific opening fast bowlers in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel and they possess great spin weapons in leg-spinner Imran Tahir, left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and off-spinner Johan Botha and they are playing on one of the biggest turner in India. Fielding is the Proteas biggest asset and I must say Proteas starts as favourites to win this game. 

India will take on confident Ireland in afternoon.

India will take on Ireland in the afternoon at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. This match was not rated very high till last week but suddenly this match becomes very important and big for Team India because Ireland is coming in this match after causing big upset of the tournament as they beat England at the same venue. Ireland chased down mammoth score of 300 in that match and stunned England by winning it convincingly. Kevin O'Brien was their star in that match who scored fastest century of the World Cup as he scored 50 ball 100 against England and won the match single-handedly for Ireland. 

India's bowling woes continues in this tournament so far as they have also given average 300 runs in both the matches they played so far like England. But I must say bowling is not that bad as it is presented because India played both their matches on placid wickets and they were also unlucky as far as umpiring decisions are concerned. India will certainly play 3 fast bowlers in this match as Ashish Nehra is declared fit and Piyush Chawla will pay price for the two sixes hit by Bresnan on his bowling in the match against England which resulted in tie. India have to improve their fielding drastically if they want to advance further in the tournament. So far fielding is the weakest point of Team India and thats why bowlers also look ordinary if they are not backed by the fielding. Indian captain MS Dhoni have to show aggression in the field placing rather than setting defensive field and allow the opposition batsmen to rotate the strike which eventually reduce the pressure. MS Dhoni is making same mistake again and again and he has to learn big lesson from the last match when he was forced to bring the field in due to batting Power Play taken by England and immediately Team India got the grip of the match as they picked up 3 wickets due to forced attacking field. Indian batting is in top form but they have to be careful against Ireland because you never know when you will hit on the face by minnows also like Strauss and Co. hit badly by Ireland in last match. I think India must promote Yusuf Pathan in this match who was deprived of long batting stint in last tow matches. Bowling of Ireland will certainly suit very much to Pathan's batting style.

As far Ireland is concerned they don't think much about the quarter-finals or semi-finals. They will not going to lose anything even they lose this match because they are be under-dogs in this match. Ireland will try and repeat their heroics of last match and if that happens then India will come into tremendous pressure. Irish side defeated Pakistan in last World Cup. They defeated England in this World Cup and they will be hoping to beat India as well. Brien brothers and Mooney will certainly create lot of problems for India. Irish side is also very good fielding unit and they will certainly give their 100 percent in the field in-order to beat India. Remember Irish team  don't have any pressure going into this match and that will play crucial role in the outcome of this match because India will be under-pressure from the word go in this match. India have to take this match very seriously and have to beat Irish side convincingly. 

Kevin O'Brien(Star of Ireland victory over England)
Pitch will going to be belter at the Chinnaswamy Stadiium and this match will definitely turn out to be a high-scoring match like the previous two matches. So Super Sunday is going to offer tow mouth-watering games and it will going to be a great treat for the cricket lovers.

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