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    Cricket Web report now up:

    Farveez Maharoof booked Sri Lanka a place in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy after his brilliant spell of swing bowling set up an emphatic nine-wicket win over a shell-shocked West Indian side. Taking six for 14 in nine probing overs, Maharoof sent the West Indians spiralling to the second lowest ODI score on Indian soil, and put a severe dent in the holders’ aspirations.

    Sanath Jayasuriya and captain Mahela Jayawardene then swept Sri Lanka home, knocking off the required runs in less than 14 overs. They now progress to play New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa, while the West Indians are cast into the supposedly tougher Group A containing Australia, England and home side India.

    Having won the toss and chosen to bat on a slow surface at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai – hosting its first ODI in eleven years – Brian Lara chose to bat first, only to see his imposing top three all back in the pavilion after just 19 deliveries. Chaminda Vaas’ early incision accounted for the dangerous pair of Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan, while Lasith Malinga snared Shivnarine Chanderpaul leg before.

    Lara and Wavell Hinds rebuilt securely, the pair adding 38 together, before Maharoof ripped through the middle order. The medium-pacer, previously thought to be the weak link in a solid Sri Lankan side, took an astonishing six wickets in 37 balls for the total sum of five runs; eventually ending with the outstanding figures of 9-2-14-6, the best in the history of the tournament. With only four batsmen – Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Lara – spending any time in the middle in both of the West Indies’ opening fixtures, a rare middle-order collapsed meekly, with several dismissals almost entirely self-induced. Only Hinds, ninth out for 28, showed any real resistance.

    Defending just 80, Fidel Edwards give the West Indies a slither of hope when he uprooted Upul Tharanga’s off-stump with the first ball of the innings, but Jayasuriya and Jayawardene made sure of victory with an unbroken stand of 83. Having warmed up in such convincing fashion, Sri Lanka must certainly be among the favourites for the tournament, and armed with such an array of talents are more than capable of going the distance. They kick their campaign proper off in Jaipur on Tuesday against Pakistan, while the broken West Indies unit must rally in time for their opening clash against Australia on Wednesday, again in Mumbai.

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    Chanderpaul was caught off an outside edge,not LBW btw.

    I really can't see Sri Lanka winning it this year, everyone says they're favourites and i admit they do have a very well rounded side. However, when it coems to the crunch against the big teams in the competition, i don't think they have the class players to guide them through when they don't function completely as a team.

    I think England have a real chance in this tournament, i know they've been abysmal in recent months but i think that with Flintoff, Harmison and Anderson back we have a much stronger line up than last summer and we showed promising signs the last two matches against Pakistan.
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    To be honest, England's batting looks a bit weak. They're probably going in with six bowling options, and I'd only do that if Flintoff was one of them and not a specialist batsman. Yeah, asides from KP the batting really seems to lack the firepower needed to beat most of these teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713
    To be honest, England's batting looks a bit weak. They're probably going in with six bowling options, and I'd only do that if Flintoff was one of them and not a specialist batsman. Yeah, asides from KP the batting really seems to lack the firepower needed to beat most of these teams.
    Agreed. The side I saw now (Strauss, Bell, Fred, KP, Colly, Yardy, Dalrymple, Read, Anderson, Saj, Harmy) has a tail that starts somewhere around 1.
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    Strauss: can't play the new ball
    Bell: strikes at a rate slower than Dippenaar
    Fred: barely fit
    KP: barely played a decent knock since he last was in India
    Colly: can't save it all on his own (usually does once out of 20 times)
    Yardy: new
    Dalrymple: feasted on Sri Lanka's seamers and non-Murali

    Yikes.

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    Yeah but their strike rates are a joke ..... Except for KP

    Remember SL beat England 5 -0 few months ago without Murali?

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    At full strength with a fit and fully stretched Andrew Flintoff, England would be a good one day side. For example, they bashed India in England in a three match series 2-0 two years ago before India came back to win one. However, right now the priority of the side is Ashes and not the world cup or the current champions trophy. Regardless of whether it is right or wrong way to go about things, England are unlikely to have much chance of winning the champions trophy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    lol this bangla or the windies.

    it looks like the windies have done their job and quaified to the main comp and they forgot to turn up here, there minds are already on next week.
    Despite their having to play Australia and India at home which are tough opposition , they have a more relaxed and more spaced out draw in that group with more days between games.

    While SL after winning have to play Pakistan Tuesday, NZ Friday and SA the following Tuesday .

    Windies play Australia Wednesday then India next week IIRC . So more time to recoup .

    And also their recent record against Australia in ODIs and India (in particular both in WI and recent DLF cup) is very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    Chanderpaul was caught off an outside edge,not LBW btw.

    I really can't see Sri Lanka winning it this year, everyone says they're favourites and i admit they do have a very well rounded side. However, when it coems to the crunch against the big teams in the competition, i don't think they have the class players to guide them through when they don't function completely as a team.
    That must be one of the biggest understatements ever considering SL's recent run of form through last 12-14 months !! I guess they rely on Jayasuriya, Tharanga, Mahela , Sangakkara, Marvan Atappttu, Vaas, Malinga, Maharoof , Dilshan and Murali a lot. Without these players they struggle !!

    And they struggle to perform as a Team without these guys !

    I think England have a real chance in this tournament, i know they've been abysmal in recent months but i think that with Flintoff, Harmison and Anderson back we have a much stronger line up than last summer and we showed promising signs the last two matches against Pakistan.
    I do hope you are right though, because that will be real turn around of the form guide !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden
    Maharoof poor. Get a haircut. West Indies were shocking, but Roofers has bowled pretty well on occasions and very well today.
    Thats a brilliant nick name !! I like that !

    Henceforth I deem that all on CW shall refer to him as Roofers !

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    About a 125 or so batting line-up.

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