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    NZ will definitely end top of group 2, in my opinion. Now to find out who will join them...!

    Big questions around the Indian openers and Suresh Raina. India need to show that we don't just rely on Virat Kohli and that the rest of the line up can perform, too.
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    Hales and Topley out, Vince and Plunkett in for England. Morgan won the toss and opted to bat.

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    NZ will definitely end top of group 2, in my opinion. Now to find out who will join them...!

    Big questions around the Indian openers and Suresh Raina. India need to show that we don't just rely on Virat Kohli and that the rest of the line up can perform, too.
    Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina both need to improve - but so does Rohit Sharma. He hasn't made a half century score in T20s since 2010 ffs.

    It's NZ and then, effectively, the winner of India and Australia. That match is pretty much a QF, though admittedly, Pakistan can't be written off. Their superior run rate - after that 55-run victory against Bangladesh - means other teams should be wary.
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    Haha thought Nabi had a hat-trick then.

    England need someone to stay at the crease tbh.
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    Another wicket for Afghanistan


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    Not looking good for England. :facepalm:

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    What do you lot think? 130? 140?

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    Another wicket for Afghanistan


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    That Morgan wicket was pretty funny. Batsmen always look foolish when they leave the ball and get bowled.

    Root must be fuming - he's the one in form isn't he?
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    What do you lot think? 130? 140?

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    Not at this rate.. 5 wickets down.
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    England batsmens falling down falling down falling down England batsmen falliiiiiiiinnnggg down!
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    I hope India makes it through! #bleedblue
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    Only good thing you can say for this England performance is that a couple of the wickets have been down to Afghanistan's exceptional bowling variation, or great catching in the field.

    Loads of rubbish, though. This is embarrassing.
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    The sooner we get rid of these pesky associate sides the better, eh ICC?
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    The sooner we get rid of these pesky associate sides the better, eh ICC?
    These WC formats are completely to do with money rather than quality. Even if Afghanistan became a better cricketing nation than England, England would get the guaranteed qualification since the money market (tv rights in particular, viewer numbers and price for adverts) are higher.
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    England batsmens falling down falling down falling down England batsmen falliiiiiiiinnnggg down!
    :rofl:
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    Keeping up with the score on the app but damn! Afghanistan smashing England!
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    Well that 25 runs from the 18th over might be what saves England from losing today.

    142/7 isn't a small total after the start that England had. They must know they are in with a chance if they start the bowling well.
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    England did well in the last 2 overs. Thanks to Moeen Ali.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    These WC formats are completely to do with money rather than quality. Even if Afghanistan became a better cricketing nation than England, England would get the guaranteed qualification since the money market (tv rights in particular, viewer numbers and price for adverts) are higher.
    It's horrendous short-termism from the ICC. It's typical of society in general. The rich want to get richer, leaving scraps for the poor. Every associate nation - even Oman - is capable of giving a cricketing giant a shock on their day. Why aren't they all playing in tournaments like this? Afghanistan have such a good record, too. It's a farce.

    No wonder there have been calls from the Irish, Dutch and Afghans - not to mention Tendulkar, Vaughan et al - over the last few days.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    It's horrendous short-termism from the ICC. It's typical of society in general. The rich want to get richer, leaving scraps for the poor. Every associate nation - even Oman - is capable of giving a cricketing giant a shock on their day. Why aren't they all playing in tournaments like this? Afghanistan have such a good record, too. It's a farce.

    No wonder there have been calls from the Irish, Dutch and Afghans - not to mention Tendulkar, Vaughan et al - over the last few days.
    It's not the ICC but rather India, Australia and England cricket boards. The smaller countries/associates are kept out (Bangladesh has never toured India for example) because they don't bring in the big bucks for those 3 countries. Those in the middle such as S.Africa, Sri Lanka, NZ, Windes etc just follow the big 3 so that they can survive year to year. Why would they upset the big 3 when they will get frozen out of the money spinning tours for no benefit of their own?
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    Afghanistan losing 2 wickets in the first two overs
 
 
 
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