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Monday, April 23, 2007

Three big matches to go

Ah! Fiiiinallllly the super eights are done with. Its been a long World Cup and now are to begin the three biggies. The two semi-finals and the final. Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa are to fight it out for the trophy and inspite of complaints of a long drawn World Cup, I really do feel that the top 4 teams have reached the tournament semi-finals(though the super 8 were maybe not that super).
Sri Lanka plays New Zealand today and South Africa plays Australia tomorrow and I am in a predicting mood. Going by very recent Sri Lankan and Kiwi form in the final matches of the super eight, Sri Lanka should be able to pull of a victory. Their main strength is their spin bowling and a lot will depend how Murali and Jayasuriya perform with the ball. And of course there is the Malinga factor too. Will be an interesting match no doubt.
And about South Africa and Australia, need I even mention who will win?Considering recent form or any form or any factor Australia is the team to take the match and I will not be just mildly surprised if anything to the contrary happens. Poor South Africans.

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