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Cricket World Cup: Round Two Predictions!

Round One of the Cricket World Cup is going relatively well for me at Superbru, though I am dependent on England chasing down 348 at Trent Bridge (innings ongoing!). Aside from Bangladesh's surprise win over South Africa, I've managed Win Points in the other games though only the one Margin Point for Australia's 'easy' win over Afghanistan.

The opening round has already shown us how key pitch conditions will be when predicting each game - we'll get the high totals we've been expecting on flat pitches like we've seen at the Oval and today at Trent Bridge but when a green strip turns up like it did in Cardiff for New Zealand v Sri Lanka, things change dramatically. Here are my thoughts on Round Two, which looks pretty tough on paper.



Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka

The first thing to note about this game is that the weather forecast is not good in Cardiff meaning it's best to keep an eye out for a delayed start (in which case you'll have more time to make your pick) and consider the chance of reduced overs when making your pick. When there's rain around, an easy win or thrashing becomes less likely but this game looks pretty tight to call anyway so I think I'm looking at narrow or comfortable either way. Sri Lanka were very poor against New Zealand and Afghanistan actually had plenty of positives against Australia in my opinion. Sure, they were second best by a distance, but their quicks bowled well to add to their impressive spin attack and they recovered well with the bat after losing their openers early. I'm leaning towards Afghanistan as a result but if SL win the toss and bowl on a wicket like they played on the other day I'll be switching. Prediction: Afghanistan (narrow)

South Africa vs. India

Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Proteas so far in this tournament and India aren't really a team you want to be playing when short of confidence. Though their bowling and fielding also wasn't good enough against Bangladesh, it's with the bat that South Africa look short. The only positives I can see for them here are that they get to move away from the Oval and play at a fresh venue and that India haven't played yet so may be slightly rusty. That's not enough for me to pick SA though and when you look at either side's lineup, it's India who should score more runs. Prediction: India (comfortable)

Bangladesh vs. New Zealand

I was at Bangladesh's game against South Africa and they really impressed me. They batted really sensibly to build a strong total in the final overs with good partnerships throughout and they'll have a lot of support again at the Oval on Wednesday. However, this is a very strong New Zealand side. They absolutely battered Sri Lanka in Cardiff and though they'll be playing on a very different wicket in this game, I can't see them losing. The Kiwi openers are clearly in good form and there's three or four very good batsmen behind them waiting for their turn. Prediction: New Zealand (easy)

Australia vs. West Indies

What a game this should be! Both sides had easy victories in Round One and we're going to be spoilt for choice when making our daily fantasy picks for this match. It's tough to call because West Indies are capable of beating anyone on their day but for now I have to lean towards Australia as the more balanced and consistent looking side. The Windies bounced Pakistan out so quickly that we didn't really get a chance to see what else they had in their locker and then Gayle got half the runs quite quickly which wasn't a surprise. I expect a very high scoring match if the sun is out and the result could prove crucial with both teams serious semi-final contenders. Prediction: Australia (comfortable)

How do your R2 picks compare? Feel free to let me know in the comments and best of luck to all!
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Why Afghanistan , common they are darkhorse, i have the game right you were wrong
5 Jun 13:14
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India beat RSA by 6 wickets ( Easy - 6 to 8 wickets ) but 2 points are awarded to the comfortable picks ( 3 to 5 wickets ).

Is this a Superbru mistake or did I miss something ?
5 Jun 18:00
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This scoring system is a joke. When it suits them the number of balls left is the decider and the next time it is the number of wickets left that is the decider. I also said easy - 6 to 8 wickets - but they only had 15 balls left instead of 18-36 so SuperBru have decided it was comfortable instead of easy. A farce if ever there was one. Maybe because they picked comfortable they make these decisions. 5 Jun 19:33
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@Mighty Bambino: As per the scoring system the lowest fitting tier of wickets OR balls remaining is applied for the result categorisation. The result of the SA v India match was a win by 6 wickets with 15 Balls remaining. So in this case the lowest fitting tier is the balls remaining result variable which equates to a Comfortable win for India. 6 Jun 08:02
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@Bomber the above response should hopefully clarify your comment as well. 6 Jun 08:03
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Why is sa versus india not easy It was with 6 wickets That is easy eith lots of balls remaining
5 Jun 18:07
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Can somebody please explain or correct
5 Jun 18:08
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Yes i also dont understand
5 Jun 18:16
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Its about the balls that were left which was 15 this falls in the comfortable category. If there were 19 to 30 balls left then easy was the correct pick. Superbru is trying to balance the runs and wickets wins with balls left, even though they won with 6 wickets left it wasn't 'easy' as there were only 15 balls left at the end!
5 Jun 18:32
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@James spot on! That's the exact logic behind the scoring system. Thanks for your succinct and clear interpretation thereof - glad to see you've understood it :) 6 Jun 08:04
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This scoring system is a joke. When it suits them the number of balls left is the decider and the next time it is the number of wickets left that is the decider. I also said easy - 6 to 8 wickets - but they only had 15 balls left instead of 18-36 so SuperBru have decided it was comfortable instead of easy. A farce if ever there was one. Maybe because they picked comfortable they make these decisions.
5 Jun 19:34
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@Bomber As per the scoring system the lowest fitting tier of wickets OR balls remaining is applied for the result. The result of the SA v India match was a win by 6 wickets with 15 Balls remaining. So in this case the lowest fitting tier is the balls remaining result variable which equates to a Comfortable win for India.

Have a look at James' comment above - does that help to clarify how things work? 6 Jun 08:06
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It is also decided by the 'Chasing Teams' or if the team batted first wins, the lowest scoring wickets/ball/runs determine the final result. So that's why they differ. . .
5 Jun 21:52
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@PandaBear exactly correct. The scoring system takes the match context into account to give a clearer indication of what happened during a match. When the chasing team wins the match, the lowest threshold of wickets OR balls remaining (which define the successful chase) is taken into consideration for the scoring. So depending on the match context either the wickets OR the balls remaining will be used as shown in the scoring system. 6 Jun 08:09
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WHAT A JOKE !!!
6 Jun 07:50
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NZL won by 17 runs, they where chasing, so why NARROW and not COMFORTABLE ??
6 Jun 07:58
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Sorry, that's not right. NZ won by 2 Wickets with 17 balls remaining - not by 17 runs.

With only 2 wickets left during their successful run chase NZ's win was defined as a Narrow win as per the scoring system. 6 Jun 08:12
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