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Old 20th September 2018, 21:28   #21
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So the Asia Cup has six teams, and the WORLD CUP only has 4 more than that? Makes perfect sense.
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Old 25th September 2018, 20:40   #22
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Afghanistan have taken India to a super over.
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Old 25th September 2018, 20:54   #23
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Afghanistan have taken India to a super over.
No super over, the Cracinfo commentator got it wrong. Tied game.
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Old 26th September 2018, 07:03   #24
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Wow, I last saw it at 180/4 after 33 overs and just presumed it was done and dusted. That's what you get for making presumptions I wish I'd watched the end now!
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Old 26th September 2018, 08:31   #25
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Wow, I last saw it at 180/4 after 33 overs and just presumed it was done and dusted. That's what you get for making presumptions I wish I'd watched the end now!
Well, Afghanistan featured in all the most interesting matches in this Asia Cup. They lost two narrowly against BD and Pak, but today, they managed to get a tie. With more experience, they'll be converting these close defeats to definite victories, I hope.
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Old 26th September 2018, 08:56   #26
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Well, Afghanistan featured in all the most interesting matches in this Asia Cup. They lost two narrowly against BD and Pak, but today, they managed to get a tie. With more experience, they'll be converting these close defeats to definite victories, I hope.
Helps having the best (spin) bowler in limited overs cricket. Sky ran a master class with him before A Blast game. It was interesting that he said he didn't use his wrist that much when bowling either the leg break or the googly, making it harder for batsmen to pick. He said it came more from the elbow but I can't quite work out the physiology of it!
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Old 26th September 2018, 10:06   #27
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Helps having the best (spin) bowler in limited overs cricket. Sky ran a master class with him before A Blast game. It was interesting that he said he didn't use his wrist that much when bowling either the leg break or the googly, making it harder for batsmen to pick. He said it came more from the elbow but I can't quite work out the physiology of it!
It's probably best not to try I can imagine a dislocated elbow being the result!
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Old 26th September 2018, 11:01   #28
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Helps having the best (spin) bowler in limited overs cricket. Sky ran a master class with him before A Blast game. It was interesting that he said he didn't use his wrist that much when bowling either the leg break or the googly, making it harder for batsmen to pick. He said it came more from the elbow but I can't quite work out the physiology of it!
Neither did Anil Kumble, but then he didn't turn the ball much as well.

I expected a lot more pacers to come from Afghanistan, but they seem to be having a more potent spin attack.
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Old 28th September 2018, 23:17   #29
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India scraped by a spirited Bangladesh to win their seventh Asia Cup - off the last ball, with an injured Kedar Jadhav saving their bacon. A few observations:
  • Its been mentioned by a few commentators but it really is interesting how the balance of power is shifting in ODI cricket in Asia. India are ranked no.2 in the world, and Pakistan won the last global tournament, but both either lost or came very close to losing to Bangladesh & Afghanistan. And Sri Lanka did lose to both. Whilst Bangladesh have been a competitive team for a while now, its Afghanistan's progress which is really impressive (and heartening).
  • India's current batting line-up does not look World Cup winning material, and there's precious little time left to find one now. Whilst the Kohli/Dhawan/Sharma trio is good as any on the flat pitches expected next year, the rest of the line-up is terribly uninspiring. Rayudu, Karthik and Jadhav are not exactly names to give opposition bowlers sleepless nights - and while Dhoni's name might, its only based on past glories because he's well past his best. It makes it all the more odd that KL Rahul hasn't been given more of a run in the ODI side, especially considering the full backing he has in Test cricket.
  • Although India were far from flawless in this tournament despite their unbeaten record and were very lucky to get away with a win in the final, it does go as a tournament win against Rohit Sharma's name - and puts more than a little pressure on Virat Kohli's captaincy. Make no mistake, there will be little appetite amongst the Indian selectors to replace Kohli at this stage (much as I'd like to see that outcome), but Rohit's impressive leadership does make plain that the recent "no Kohli, no India" narrative is more than a little questionable.
  • Although India won this final, its not the first time in recent years that India seem to have a case of stage fright in a final. It seems the pressure gets to them. Yes, their batting has some problems as mentioned but their problems in finals seem a bit more deep-rooted.
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