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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Twenty20 World Cup Super Eights – Ireland and England eye a win in their first Super Eights game

Ireland v New Zealand – Golden opportunity for Irish in their first Super Eights Game

With three star players of New Zealand down with injuries, Ireland will feel they have great chance of winning the game when they take on New Zealand in their first Super Eights game at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Last night India beat them comprehensively by eight wickets but they were playing without their star players T.Johnson and N.O’Brien. However for this game both are expected to be fit.

Ireland can also take heart from the game against New Zealand and South Africa were New Zealand unable to chase down 129 runs in 20 overs. If they will be able to make score between150-160 runs then it will be really tough for New Zealand to chase down without Ryder and Taylor.

New Zealand have lots of worries their captain Daniel Vettori is yet to recover from Shoulder injury, while Jesse Ryder is in hospital and Ross Taylor hamstring has forced the selectors to rest him for this game.

Ireland too have injury concern Niall O'Brien damaged his ankle in Ireland's last match, while Trent Johnston has a sore shoulder, forcing both players to be rested for their match against India. But both the players are more or so will be fit for this game.

With overcast condition at Trent Bridge both teams’ pace bowlers will enjoy bowling in the initial overs of the game.

Likely Playing XII for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 18:00 PM India Time on 11th Of June)

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (Captain), Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Jacob Oram, Scott Styris, Peter McGlashan (WK), Nathan McCullum, James Franklin, Ian Butler, Kyle Mills

Ireland: Jeremy Bray, William Porterfield (Captain), Niall O'Brien (WK), Gary Wilson, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, Kyle McCallan, Regan West, Boyd Rankin.

South Africa v England – Expect tough battle between the two sides at Trent Bridge

South Africa enters super eights with an unbeaten tag in the tournament while England had mixture of shameless loss and emphatic win to their name. So far South Africa looks as team on mission in this tournament but we have witnessed it in lots of tournament in past as they failed to win the tournament at so many occasions.

South Africa is the team which many other teams believe is favourite at the moment not because of individual performances but the way team is playing as unit. As we have seen in last game after restricted to 128 in their 20 overs they still come out as winner at the end of the day against New Zealand.

England on the other hand lost their opening game at Group stage to Netherlands by 4 wickets and then came back strongly to beat Pakistan by 48 runs to enter Super Eights. They will once gain hope that their star batsman Kevin Pietersen to fir in the most important game. A loss here will create lost of panic for them since the next game will be against defending champions India on Sunday and they know they are not an easy team to beat by considering the strong batting line-up.

To win the game against South Africa England team needs to remove Smith and Ab Devilliers as quickly as possible. Both are dangerous player and can demolish any attacks.

Both teams have faced each other once in last year 2007 World Twenty20 and at that time South Africa came out on top with help of Albie Morkel late acceleration with the bat.

Likely Playing XII for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 22:00 PM India Time on 11th Of June)

England Squad: Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood (Captain), Dimitri Mascarenhas, James Foster (WK), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson

South Africa Squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (WK), Albie Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Johan Botha, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn.

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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 5:17 PM  
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