CWC Semi Final - Black Caps v India



  • For me revert back to Munro and roll the fucking dice again. We need a start and we need to bat first and we need to win the toss. Give our bowlers a decent target to bowl to.

    Come on the Kiwis!!!!!

    I think we make the final!!!



  • Is the game in Manchester? We need a swinging wicket if we are to bowl first. I prefer us to play India than oz. But they are very tough, and we bring no torm into the game. I see us getting well beaten



  • The Blackcaps should be buoyed that other than a billion Indians, the rest of the cricketing world will be cheering for them 😀



  • Fat Boy Smithy made some good points on the Radio today, mainly that SA actually beat Oz by busting out an incredible performance and made the point the BCs have yet to do this in the tournament. So here's hoping tuesday is that day !



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    The Blackcaps should be buoyed that other than a billion Indians, the rest of the cricketing world will be cheering for them 😀

    Thing was, four years ago the rest of the cricketing world other than 30 million Strayans, but including one billion Indians were cheering for them. Didn't help then 😞



  • Blundell to open the batting with Colin the Opener, and Sodhi to open the bowling with Southee. Secret weapon time...

    #DesperateThrowOfTheDiceTime



  • Win the toss, bat.



  • Well we limped our way into the semi final in probably the least convincing way in the history of world cups.

    But, we're there, which means we're a chance. We got roundly slapped by India at home last summer until Kohli went home, then they seemed to lack a bit of leadership and took their foot off our throat, allowing us to nab a win or two.

    In reality India will be right up for this and I can't see us getting close. Even if we get to bat first, this is a different Indian quick attack than what you usually expect; plenty of pace and very accurate. Which makes me lean towards Nicholls again despite his two failures. Munro just doesn't have the technique to be successful against the top three sides.

    In the bowling we absolutely must have Ferg back or expect them to coast to 350+.

    Key players for us are the usual suspects - Kane and Rosco with the bat, Boult and Ferg with the ball, and Neesh with both. Then we hope like hell one or two of our other players has a good day and we give them a good run for their money.

    We have nothing to lose so hopefully we play like it. Would be funny as fuck if we knocked India out.



  • Field the team that got us to here. Enough of the hail Mary selections, play the team that won games and let that be the defining reason.

    Anyway, we'll need about 5 personal best type performances if we're to win and Munro swinging like a dunny door might as well be one of them



  • @No-Quarter we are the overwhelming underdogs, everyone is dismissing us. We have them right where we want them



  • Our only chance.

    It's a million-to-one chance, but it might just work ...

    I refer you to Discworld and the inimitable Terry Pratchett...

    (my bold)

    "*... with the gods who like to play games, a million-to-one chance succeeds nine times out of ten.

    Traditionally, one has to say "it's a million-to-one chance, but it might just work!" to invoke this rule. It also has to be exactly a million to one - none of this fiddly "995,351 to 1" business, or whatever other number you might end up with. So while the list of things that people have accomplished with million to one chances is quite impressive, the list of things they have failed to accomplish with odds a few percentage points off in either direction is probably a lot longer and involves a lot more fatalities*."

    So how do we make it a million to one exactly?

    Munroe to open...

    Win the toss and bowl...

    Guys?



  • @booboo said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    @ACT-Crusader said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    The Blackcaps should be buoyed that other than a billion Indians, the rest of the cricketing world will be cheering for them 😀

    Thing was, four years ago the rest of the cricketing world other than 30 million Strayans, but including one billion Indians were cheering for them. Didn't help then 😞

    Nah, I know plenty of Indians that like the Aussie team. They loved Gilchrist, Bing, Waugh etc and have them as their no.2.



  • Their attack is better than ours. Their batting lineup is miles in front of ours. It would be an upset for the ages



  • @mariner4life said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    Their attack is better than ours. Their batting lineup is miles in front of ours. It would be an upset for the ages

    A million to one chance?



  • @booboo said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    @mariner4life said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    Their attack is better than ours. Their batting lineup is miles in front of ours. It would be an upset for the ages

    A million to one chance?

    A billion to one chance



  • Time for the bloody batsmen to step aside and let the bowlers win it.
    Win the toss, bowl first, roll them for 50, let the batsmen score 10 each to knock the total off. Then repeat it against England in the final. Easy.



  • Bollocks to all of this.

    I don't fear India.

    I fear Gary Stead.

    Despite all evidence that Munro wasn't up to it and that most of his batting line-up was undercooked, he wasted the easy games trying to play Munro and the undercooked into form.

    Here you go Gary. You see what happens. You see what happens, Gary? You see what happens Gary? This is what happens, Gary...

    He should have stuck to my plan of playing Blundell as one of the few players with actual form, and opening with Latham as a batsman.

    I'm a bit lost now - in that Latham has finally found a bit of form and could be pushed up to open - but, Blundell is now in the rusty camp. We're probably best to stick with Guppy and Nicholls and pray that they've had enough games to come good.

    Answer against India is definitely not to bat first - they love chasing. Insert them and knock over Rohit and Virat cheaply and they're very vulnerable.

    Strange as it might seem, the team I think we're least suited to beat is England. But, I'm sure all three teams would have been delighted to play us as semi-finalists. I reckon we're about 1/4 chance to win each of semi and final - so the odds on us are generous.



  • @Chris-B said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    Strange as it might seem, the team I think we're least suited to beat is England. But, I'm sure all three teams would have been delighted to play us as semi-finalists. I reckon we're about 1/4 chance to win each of semi and final - so the odds on us are generous.

    I don't even think we're as high as 25% given our record in Games That Matter against top opposition. And this is not a vintage team.

    I reckon the indians could chase almost anything if they get going against our bowling attack. So I"m very much in the bowl first, and go down swinging camp 🙂



  • @Chris-B said in Black Caps v India - Semi Final:

    Answer against India is definitely not to bat first

    We should absolutely bat first if Kane wins the toss. In almost every game where the pitch has played a factor it has always been the team batting second getting the worse track. Old Trafford has actually been one of the more reliable grounds but even then every team batting first has won at this tournament.



  • Quite happy we are playing India rather than Eng or Aus who both reamed us in the pool games.

    We have a shot at going through to the final. Just need to finally perform and hopefully a bit of luck go our way.


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