Monday, October 09, 2006

ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY

ALONG EXPECTED LINES
The first two matches of the ICC Champions Trophy went along expected lines. Sri Lanka was never in the danger of being upset by Bangladesh while the West Indies swept aside Zimbabwe.

In the first of the qualifying matches, the difference between the two sides was just 37 runs. Bangladesh played much better than in the past, but simply were no match to Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe is just added to make up the numbers and it showed in their pathetic display, especially with the bat. The Windies knocked off the runs before the dinner break.

West Indies and Sri Lanka will make to the ‘Super 8’. I personally, think that the knockout format of the earlier versions was much more interesting. The tournament this time stretches to nearly one month and it is just too boring. Looks like the ICC and other parties involved are far more eager to rake in the moolah by selling the television rights.

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