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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

Have we seen the Cricket World Cup winner yet?

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

We in our earlier forecast, published in Asian Tribune, nominated New Zealand and Australia to be strong contenders for the 2015 World Cup but the way New Zealand trounced England on Friday at Wellington, it undoubtedly proved that it did far better than what Australia could do against England on the 14th at Melbourne.

That was a match marred by controversial umpiring decisions where two Asian umpires namely Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Alim Dar (Pakistan) were involved.

Even without these adverse decisions there is no doubt Australia would have won, at least by a smaller margin and not before poor Tailor got his century, which he fully deserved.

The match between New Zealand and England on Friday ended up in just 45.4 overs and in 3 ½ hrs. The losers were the spectators and TV viewers.

Instead of a full 8 hour show they lost half of it while 50 overs either side (a total of 100 overs) the whole match lasted 33.2 overs for England and a mere 12.2 for New Zealand to chalk up the needed runs in just 62 minutes.

The final scores: England 123 all out in 33.2 overs (153 minutes) Southee claiming an outstanding 7/33 in 9 overs and New Zealand 125/2 in 12.2 overs, in just 62 minutes.

There are three recognized sides in the World Cup competition yet to win this coveted trophy since it started in 1975, they are New Zealand, England and South Africa. There is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand to achieve this ambition this time with its highly talented and promising young side.

So far New Zealand have beaten Sri Lanka, Scotland and England. The New Zealand/Australia clash on 28 February, at Auckland, will be a real acid test for both teams, to find out who will lift the trophy this time and personally I think that is going to be as good as the cup final.

This being scheduled on a Saturday, it will be convenient for all cricket crazy Asian expatriates, in the gulf, to watch these two equally matched teams in action. Wish you all good viewing! Enjoy it!

- Asian Tribune –

New Zealand were once again at their dominant best, recording their third win on the trot in the ongoing World Cup © Getty Images
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