Tuesday, February 24, 2015

World Cup 2015: Short Notes - 24th Feb

In today's episode, Chris Gayle, Chris Gayle's stat attack, and more Chris Gayle.
  • But first things first, England duly won the Battle of Britain or the Cricketing equivalent of the Calcutta Cup in a pretty un-English manner. Batted first, put on a big opening stand, failed to capitalize on it, yet reached a big score, then easily chipped away at the Scottish batting and won handsomely. Should have a calming effect on the jitters going on in the English camp. Bangladesh-England is going to be the game to watch out for.
  • India have created a template for winning matches - bat first, preserve wickets, create a big platform and then launch/implode at death ending in a score of 300 odd. Then keep chipping away, the rising required run rate creating its own pressures and you have registered a huge win in the process.
  • Now to the Chris Gayle show. He could have been given out first ball and even a review won't have saved him. But he wasn't and even the review couldn't get him out. One of the key issues with DRS - this umpire's call business.
  • And then Chris Gayle consolidated to reach his fifty, then consolidated some more to reach his hundred, then went berserk to reach 150 and finally exploded to his double century.
  • Stat Attack - 
    • Highest individual score in World Cups
    • Highest individual by a non-Indian batsman in ODIs
    • Biggest ODI partnership going past Dravid's two second wicket efforts with Ganguly & Sachin in the year 1999.
    • Samuels & Gayle partnership was worth 100% of the West Indies runs
    • Equal most sixes in an innings record
  • February 24 - a day for ODI double centuries. Off the 5 till date, 2 have been scored on this very day of the year.
  • Zimbabwe showed heart in their chase but it was way beyond them. Quite similar to the happenings against South Africa.
  • West Indies lost to Kenya in 1996 and then went on to beat Australia and South Africa. This time around the loss against Ireland seems to have spurred them on.
  • Shocking Stat - Devon Smith has played 100+ games as a batsman with an average of 18+. 
  • The DRS issues again jumped into the limelight. Did not really affect today's outcome but might become critical in the end.
  • We also had our first appearance of Duckworth-Lewis. An algorithm which absolutely no one understands but still used.
  • Prediction Time - Ireland to beat UAE.

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