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    Quote Originally Posted by MoxPearl View Post
    NZL and SL have been pretty much on the exact same wavelength the last 2 years.. and its been rather even and close.. so maybe its a good thing NZ lost the pool game

    Next time NZ to win
    I agree NZ will beat SL next if they played in Semis....because thats the way these things usually work out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    No, i don't think New Zealand can beat Sri Lanka in the semi-finals because they are simply hopeless against Murali, and Vass has also troubled their top-order a lot in recent times.

    Other problem for the Black Caps is that Bond is their only genuine attacking option with the ball, as the Lankans play spin and dibbly-dobbly bowlers pretty well, as they showed in their last encounter.

    Swings and round abouts.. these players have all played each other 349309483904839048390483 times in the last 3 years... and they *can* play murali.

    To be honest if we had won the last game vs SL i would not be rating our chances.. but having lost it i am more confident (Just watching at how these 2 teams have played each other in the last few years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoxPearl View Post
    Swings and round abouts.. these players have all played each other 349309483904839048390483 times in the last 3 years... and they *can* play murali.

    To be honest if we had won the last game vs SL i would not be rating our chances.. but having lost it i am more confident (Just watching at how these 2 teams have played each other in the last few years)
    We play Muralitharan quite poorly actually, Oram for one looks totally clueless against him. None of the others are too flash either.
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    Yeah we do.. but we *can* play him and have in the past...

    i wouldnt say we r "simply hopeless" against him...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MoxPearl View Post
    Yeah we do.. but we *can* play him and have in the past...

    i wouldnt say we r "simply hopeless" against him...
    Fleming scored a double century in a Test match against Muralitharan, so we know that he can play him quite well. Vincent and Taylor are far too reliant on the sweep and reverse sweep against the spinners, as opposed to using their feet or looking to hit down the ground. McMillan is a great player of spin and really looks to dominate early, he backs himself to pick the doosra which helps him out. Not too sure about Styris, Fulton and McCullum because I can't remember them facing Muralitharan too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Fleming scored a double century in a Test match against Muralitharan, so we know that he can play him quite well. Vincent and Taylor are far too reliant on the sweep and reverse sweep against the spinners, as opposed to using their feet or looking to hit down the ground. McMillan is a great player of spin and really looks to dominate early, he backs himself to pick the doosra which helps him out. Not too sure about Styris, Fulton and McCullum because I can't remember them facing Muralitharan too much.
    If the pitch offered Murali nothing then no we DON'T know that he can play him well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simmy View Post
    If the pitch offered Murali nothing then no we DON'T know that he can play him well.
    Fleming has said a few times that it's easier to play Muralitharan when he is spinning it heaps, because generally he isn't good enough to get bat on quite a few of his deliveries, but if the pitch was offering Murali nothing then it would've been more difficult for Fleming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    We play Muralitharan quite poorly actually, Oram for one looks totally clueless against him. None of the others are too flash either.
    You can say that again. Oram has to be the poorest player of spin, adopts the McMillian Sweep Theory too often. We need to find away to combat Murali and Malinga for the Semis and Fleming needs to avoid Vaas at all costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportychic33 View Post
    You can say that again. Oram has to be the poorest player of spin, adopts the McMillian Sweep Theory too often. We need to find away to combat Murali and Malinga for the Semis and Fleming needs to avoid Vaas at all costs.
    Taylor too, he has a bit of trouble against Vaas because he plants his front foot and plays around it too often.

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    Yeah Taylor and Flem have both looked like Vass's bunnies just recently.


    I think the Kiwis get intimidated by Murali, their decision to bat 1st against Lankans was further proof of that.


    On the other hand Aussies attack Murali and put him under pressure from the word go by using their feet, but all the Kiwi batsmen play Murali from within the crease which leads to trouble for the Kiwi batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush View Post
    A bit unlikely that.. losing both games badly that is.

    I would say the table will look like this:

    Australia 14
    Sri Lanka 10
    South Africa v New Zealand winner 10
    South Africa v New Zealand loser 8

    Given of course that England will lose to South Africa, which all hopes of English fans aside, is the likely scenario.

    I am thinking New Zealand will defeat South Africa..

    Thus my predictions:

    Semis:

    Australia v South Africa.
    Sri Lanka v New Zealand.

    Final:

    Australia v Sri Lanka.

    Any one can win that one (Lanka is playing brilliantly right now) and I am afraid Lanka can come out just a wee bit short given the game is also in Barbados.
    Going pretty good so far..

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    Partyush, What makes you think mate that Sri Lanka would be able to beat New Zealand in Jamaica (because thats where 2nd v/s 3rd semi-finalist would have their semi-finals) , i would have rated Lankan chances a lot more on a slow and low surface at St. Lucia compared to Jamaica (which has been seamer friendly so far).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Partyush, What makes you think mate that Sri Lanka would be able to beat New Zealand in Jamaica (because thats where 2nd v/s 3rd semi-finalist would have their semi-finals) , i would have rated Lankan chances a lot more on a slow and low surface at St. Lucia compared to Jamaica (which has been seamer friendly so far).

    Totally agree. I'd be very worried if NZ were playing SL in St. Lucia, and think if anyone has the edge in Jamaica its NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Partyush, What makes you think mate that Sri Lanka would be able to beat New Zealand in Jamaica (because thats where 2nd v/s 3rd semi-finalist would have their semi-finals) , i would have rated Lankan chances a lot more on a slow and low surface at St. Lucia compared to Jamaica (which has been seamer friendly so far).
    It is Pratyush hey.. Sri Lanka is high on confidence and has been playing very good cricket. Vaas and Murali can be dangerous versus the Kiwis on any surface. Plus, a few of their batsmen are in good nick as well.

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