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West Indies wins only 2 matches of 9 in England

In the West Indies tour of England ending today (September 29, 2017), the West Indies

  1. lost the test series 1-2
  2. won the only T20 international
  3. lost the 5 match ODI 0-4, with one match rained out.  England basically scored at 7 – 8 runs per game in almost every match, something unheard of.  Even when the West Indies scored 359-5 in the 4th ODI, they still lost under the D/L method after giving up many runs to Moeen Ali late before rain ended play.

The negatives (weaknesses) for the West Indies were where England was strong.

  1. Batting was inconsistent
  2. Bowling was TERRIBLE

But there was Hope (Shai Hope particularly, not his brother).

The positives are

  1. Shai Hope, in particular, looked good in parts of the Test matches. Chase showed some grit also.
  2. About 4 players, including Gayle and Samuels, were brought in to play the T20 and all 5 ODIs and, at times, West Indies looked like they could make it a series.

What do you think?

Ireland and Afghanistan now both Test cricket nations

In an unprecedented move, the  International Cricket Council (ICC) have upgraded both Afghanistan and Ireland to “Test Cricket status”, up from next level of “Associate nations”, joining the other ten (10) full test playing nations of

  1. England – 1877
  2. Australia – 1877
  3. South Africa – 1889 (12 years later)
  4. West Indies – 1928 (39 years later)
  5. New Zealand – 1930 (2 years later)
  6. India – 1932 ( 2 years later)
  7. Pakistan – 1952 (20 years later)
  8. Sri Lanka – 1982 (30 years later)
  9. Zimbabwe – 1992 (10 years later)
  10. Bangladesh – 2000 (8 years later)

This marked the first time since cricket competition began with England and Australia in 1877 that 2 teams have been voted in together.  \

Ireland has beaten 3 test teams (Pakistan, England, and West Indies) in prior World Cups. Afghanistan was able to win an ODI (One Day International) match just about 2 weeks ago over the West Indies, in a drawn series.

Congrats to Ireland and Afghanistan.


Pakistan cricket team demolishes India in Champions League

In a surprising performance, it was Pakistan defeating India to win the 2017 Champions league trophy. The fact that Pakistan defeated their heated rivals was not the biggest surprise. It was the way in which they won, by 180  runs!  Pakistan scored 338-4 which was a huge total.  India, in reply, were skittled out for a paltry 158 runs after just over 30 overs.

But, for India, it was better than the West Indies who didn’t even qualify for the event, with Bangladesh making the semi-finals of that event.  Pakistan barely qualified in fact.  They thrashed the West Indies up and down in recent tours to move up the ranks and qualify for the 8-team Champions League competition, only to shock the talented Indian team, Indians, and the world.

Congrats to both teams for making the finals and to Pakistan for the impressive victory.

West Indies men follow women to win World T20

The Darren Sammy-led West Indies men defeated England by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare to lift the World T20 championship from to become the first men’s team to win the title twice.

Batting first, England made 155-7 which most people expected to be a relatively easy ask for the West Indies.  However, unlike the WI women openers, Gayle and Charles fell cheaply and England stifled the WI batting. Later Marlon Samuels who was adjudged caught out was referred by the umpire and the 3rd umpire saw that the ball hit the grass.  Marlon was back in.

Sensible batting from Marlon brought the West Indies to respectability but still a big ask.

After 16 overs, WI were 111-6, losing both Russell & Capt Sammy in that over. WI needed 45 from 24.

After 17 overs, WI were 118-6 from 17 overs with Braithwaite joining Samuels. WI needed 38 from 18. Big but not impossible ask. Willey to bowl.

After 18 overs, WI were 129-6, now needing 27 from 12. Huge but not impossible ask at 13.5 per over.

But, Jordan bowled a beautiful 19th over to restrict the WI to 137-6. Marlon Samuels tried to keep strike on last ball but couldn’t.  It was a blessing in disguise.

With the big Stokes to bowl the 20th over, England was bursting with confidence. Sammy and his fellow West Indians were nervous.

But, big Carlos Braithwaite was today’s hero. It was SIX, SiX, SIX, and SIX to bring the West Indies home, 161-6, winning by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare. Samuels had 85 from 66 while Braithwaite had 34 from 10.

Congratulations to the West Indian Men on a great feat.