Originally Posted by Scaly piscine
Toss was massive as they captains said or implied.
You couldn't play through the line like Azhar did earlier in the match. I don't think Hampshire timed more than a handful of shots all innings. You could hear it from the sound of bat on ball.
You'd say the toss was a factor, absolutely. But a side truly deserving of a CL spot would have put up a better fight than Hampshire. They didn't exactly take full toll on a left-arm spinner who the track didn't suit, either. If they had the attitude of whoever wins the toss wins the game, as Mascarenhas said, then they can jog on. 140 was achievable. I doubt it changed too much in 20 overs and having a roller run across it - which I'd suggest happened in the morning as well.