Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open

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  • Yamis, in reply to Yamis,

    Bugger it, we get Sri Lanka.

    Batting first we'll need 280+.

    Batting second and we'll be chasing 280+.

    I know it's cricket cliches 101 but we will have to get the same kind of tight bowling effort, applying pressure throughout, some brilliant fielding to save 20-30 runs and a better batting effort than we saw the other night. This Sri Lankan batting lineup on a pitch they grew up on are not going to have a mental breakdown and be bowled out like the squareheads were.

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Yeah, it'll be semifinal exit number 6 for NZ, I reckon.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    I'd give us a 30/70 chance if we bat first.
    20/80 if we bat second.

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    My impression is that Sri Lanka isnt' a good team for us to play either. Our batsmen haven't figured out Malinga or Muralitharan. And their batsmen seem to have hit pretty good form: 231/0. I give us about 25% either way the toss goes. Though both McCullum and Guptill feel due, if we get off to a good start...

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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