The Australia-West Indies clash in the group game set the ICC T20 World Cup alight though the rains came in to spoil what would have been a close finish. Though the Australians were well ahead of the West Indies, thanks to the dreaded D/L method at the time the game was called off, we all know that the game can turn in a matter of deliveries and that could well have been the thrilling finish that the fans wanted. Nevertheless the big hitting from Chris Gayle and then from David Warner and Shane Watson set the stands alight.
The possibility of the weather affecting the game and the D/L method coming into play means that most teams will prefer to field first so they are aware of the runs they have to score at the end of specific overs. That certainly is happening at the moment and so most teams will also pick four regular bowlers and look to use one of their batsmen to come in and bowl the four overs of the fifth bowlers quota.
England and Australia are fortunate that they have all rounders in their teams so they don’t have to tamper too much with their playing eleven, but for the other teams it is trying to get the balance right that is the main issue before the game starts.
Pakistan finally played their first game and won it in style though the New Zealanders were smart enough to know that even if they were unable to get the target set by Pakistan, getting close to the total would help them in the net run rate if it comes to that.
Their group is perhaps the group where teams have an even chance. Bangladesh have come a long way in limited overs cricket especially after the Bangladesh Premier League. It was the experience of playing with and against some of the top players in T20 cricket that was the impetus for Bangladesh's improved performance in the Asia Cup that followed where they almost caused an upset by winning the event.
That experience should come in handy when they play Pakistan and if they win then the net run rate will come into play to decide which two teams from their group go through to the super eight stage. They have to first solve the puzzle that is Saeed Ajmal, who has baffled batsmen from every team and whose four overs don’t cost too many runs and also he picks up wickets which sets the opposition back.
India will watch that game with keen interest as they know that if Pakistan win then they have the traditional rivals to play on Sunday.
Professional Management Group