The Group Stage is over and now they move onto the Super Eight’s stage. The teams in Group A of the Super Eight’s are lucky as they are in quite an easy draw compared to Group B which has several heavyweights. England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the West Indies are the four teams in Group A and they will be fighting for the top 2 spots as they attempt to progress to the semi-finals. The teams all have crucial players; England have Craig Kieswetter, the West Indies have Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka have Mahela Jayawardene and New Zealand will be the underdogs but Brendan McCullum on his day can win matches.
Group A Fixtures:
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand – 27th Sept
England vs West Indies – 27th Sept
England vs New Zealand – 29th Sept
Sri Lanka vs West Indies -29th Sept
New Zealand vs West Indies – 1st Oct
Sri Lanka vs England – 1st Oct
Group A Key Players
England – Craig Kieswetter
Tournament – Matches 2 – 35(25) vs IND, 0(6) vs AFG – Runs Scored – 35(31)
Kieswetter will be a key player for England as he will opening the batting and England need a good start as they have been batting quite poorly recently and been relying on their bowling so if Kieswetter can scored a few quick runs England could be well set.
West Indies – Chris Gayle
Tournament – Matches 2 (1 Match Abandoned) – 54(33) vs AUS, 2/21(3 overs) vs IRE – Runs Scored – 54(33)
Gayle is a menace in any format of the game and he almost was able to encourage a win against Australia before they were beaten due to the rain. Gayle missed out on the game against Ireland where he had a good chance of ripping through the attack, a lot of bowlers in Group A have been struggling and Gayle will look to take advantage of that.
Sri Lanka – Mahela Jayawardene
Tournament – Matches 2 – 13(18) vs ZIMB, 4(6) vs RSA – Runs Scored – 17(24)
Jayawardene along with the Sri Lankan team have had a poor tournament to date and that may just be due to the reduction of overs against South Africa but they won’t want to disappoint their supporters any more and Jaywardene needs to step up after only scoring 17 runs from his 2 innings.
New Zealand – Brendan McCullum
Tournament – Matches 2 – 123(58) vs BAN, 32(31) vs PAK – Runs Scored – 155(89)
McCullum is the current highest run scorer in the tournament with 155 with 2nd being Luke Wright from England with 105 but if McCullum can continue his fantastic form in the Super Eight’s New Zealand could surprise the world and make the semi-finals just off his bat.Comments: