I don't know why you got so defensive just then. I agree with Scaly - New Zealand winning would be most un-expected. It's not a knock on them, they've done well. But I think most people would say that if Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka all played to their full potential, they'd beat New Zealand playing at their full potential. Nothing wrong with saying NZ isn't as good as those three country's... those three are great!It's funny as hell to see you taking your normal potshots at NZ.
New Zealand might make the final, but to win two consecutive games against such high quality teams. It'll never happen. I especially don't rate New Zealand's chances because they simply cannot play Murali well. Where as teams like Australia play him much better.
So yes, I would be amused if NZ won. Right now, of the four teams to make the semis, they look the least likely, by far, to win it IMO.
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I think the Semifinal is 55- 45 in favour of NZ given the conditions and pitch at Sabina Park and the struggling batting displays by the Sri Lankans .
Anyone who under estimates the Black caps including the SriLankans, do so at their own peril.
Yeah the NZ SL semi is going to be an amazing game between the two rivals. 50-50 for mine and when you look at the head to head over the past 2 years it's 5-5, meaning who ever wins the semi takes the lead and goes into the final. I'd also say that whoever wins the semi is the better side as well (as opposed to whoever wins Aus SA ). Looking more forward to this game then the Aus SA one tbh.
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so first semi final
Sri Lanka vs New zealand
Australia vs South Africa
is that right?
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Having said that, a NZ win against the Aussies would give them a massive massive psychological boost and advantage going into the Semi Final against SL , and IMO make them unbackable favourite to win that Semi Final.
Looking ahead , a NZ - South Africa Final would ensure a totally new World Cup winner with a Team that previously has not won the World Cup joining the World Cup winners circle.
Mmmm, the truth never tasted so good brother.I really hope you eat your words for this come april 28
If New Zealand win the World Cup I'll travel to Auckland (worst city in NZ) and go up the main street with a sign hanging around my neck saying, "I admit it. The best team won!"
As it is, all I'll ever be eating is the celebratory truth, when Sri Lanka muder New Zealand... that any maybe some macaroni (I like macaroni)...
Last edited by Francis; 19-04-2007 at 03:26 AM.
I don't think I'd find anybody who'd agree with me. But South Africa and Australia look like the two strongest teams in the comp... does anybody wish they weren't playing in the semi-final. I mean Sri Lanka deserve to be in the final as much as any team... but I just wish we weren't seeing the two strongest teams in the semi. I think an Australia vs. South Africa final would deliver the most entertainment. Though who am I to doubt Sri Lanka. I love Sri Lanka recently, great team to watch. That shocking loss to Bangladesh screwed it all up though!
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Australia will loose to Srilanka if they reach them in the Final while the same will be the case with South Africa against Newzealand if it is the case
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