Daily Archives: 9 March 2011

Who is India going to face in the quarters?

At the end of the group stage, India will either finish #1  (based on my predictions) or #2, if SA beat India. This means that India will play either the #3 or #4 team from Group A.

So, Indian fans will be eagerly looking to see who will end up in these two spots. Here are the remaining matches in Group A:

  • Australia face 2 weak teams and Pakistan.
  • Pakistan face 1 weak team and Australia
  • NZ face 1 weak team and SL
  • SL face 1 weak team and NZ

…and their current points stand as follows

NZ 6
Pakistan 6
SL 5
Australia 5

Effectively, it is down to two games deciding what the final standings are going to be: NZ vs SL and Pakistan vs Australia.

My prediction is that SL will beat NZ, and Australia will beat Pakistan. Which could mean that India either face NZ or Pakistan…

What are your predictions?

-Mahesh-

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Random Thoughts – 8th March

Get Ashwin in

For the game against Netherlands, India needs to bring Ashwin into the team. Ashwin can open the bowling with Zaheer allowing us to get Munaf to bowl one drop. And this has the added bonus of dropping Chawla from the team. Talk about hitting 2 pigs with one bird.

The only thing is that Dhoni needs to be convinced that it is OK to play three off spinners in one team. I think finger spinners are better than conventional wrist spinners while playing in the sub-continent anyway (For the record, I don’t consider Kumble or Afridi to be conventional wrist spinners)

Ladder standings – Group B

Who is going to finish at the top of the table in Group B? I’ve downgraded my outlook for South Africa after their game against England. If they win against India, then they could end being at the top of the table with just one loss (I think they can beat both Ireland and Bangladesh). India on the other hand will beat Netherlands and West Indies, but the South Africa match will be a tough one.  So, my predictions for the remaining games in Group B are:

Wed Mar 9 25th Match, Group B – India v Netherlands
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
India
Fri Mar 11 27th Match, Group B – Ireland v West Indies
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
WI
Fri Mar 11          28th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v England
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Eng
Sat Mar 12         
 
29th Match, Group B – India v South Africa
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
India
Mon Mar 14
 
32nd Match, Group B – Bangladesh v Netherlands
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Bang
Tue Mar 15          34th Match, Group B – Ireland v South Africa
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
SA
Thu Mar 17          36th Match, Group B – England v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Eng
Fri Mar 18 37th Match, Group B – Ireland v Netherlands
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Ireland
Sat Mar 19 39th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v South Africa
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
SA
Sun Mar 20          42nd Match, Group B – India v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
India

Based on these results, the standings would be as follows:

  • India (11 points)
  • England (9 points)
  • South Africa (8 points)
  • West Indies (6 points)

What about Group A, you ask? Care factor….

-Mahesh-