Every time you start expecting things to happen in a certain way in sport, sport gets back to you, reminding you of that feature called unpredictability that has made it so popular all around the globe. While everyone expected Sri Lanka to be blown apart by the superior Indian team, the young lads from Sri Lanka scripted one of the most famous victories for the small island nation.
India and South Africa, two favorites for the tournament now face each other in a virtual quarter final on Sunday. Not many would have expected this at the start of the tournament. But sport isn’t played on paper. When team fail to execute plans, fail to deliver on the big day, results don’t match predictions.
Sri Lanka would be buoyed by this result and would be looking to dish out something similar against Pakistan on Monday. Their young batting line up would be put to test against the fierce Pakistan pace attack, but taking cues from today, it just feels that they will be up for the challenge, come what may.
India on the other hand will need to go back to the drawing board, coming up with a new combination for the must win game, as the 5 bowler strategy isn’t quite working for them. Shami and Ashwin need to be drafted into the team, and it seems like Yadav and Jadhav might be making way for them.
New Zealand take on their bogie team Bangladesh tomorrow in a must win game for both sides. A semi final spot is at stake, provided England beat Australia on Saturday.
New Zealand lost 6 matches to Bangladesh during their two tours to the subcontinent and could muster only win when Bangladesh toured ‘Down Under’.
Bangladesh would be looking at their Asian counterparts for some inspiration. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have both accounted for massive scalps in this tournament, and Bangladesh would be looking to do something similar tomorrow to have a chance of making it to the semi finals.
Let’s get to business now!
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