The old cricket thread was a bit of a mess and I didn't really feel like digging it up, so here's a brand new one for discussing this elegant sport. Tests, ODIs, IPL, World T20, post it all in here. I know there's a few cricket fans out there!
The reason I'm starting this today is because of the test match currently being played in Christchurch between New Zealand and Australia. It marks the final match in New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's career, and he is going out in style. On Day 1 he set two world records: one for career test sixes (106 and counting!), and the fastest test century in history off just 54 balls. It was a sensational innings to watch. Not to mention at the time he entered the match New Zealand were getting absolutely owned by the Australian bowlers, and McCullum's batting turned it around. Still a lot of cricket to be played though. Anyways, here's the highlights:
I've only become a cricket fan over the last year or so, and McCullum's play has been a big reason for that. The aggressive, risk taking, hard hitting style is so much fun to watch. If you've never really watched cricket and think it's all boring and slow, this man will make you a believer. At least that was the case for me. He will be missed for NZ.
He's a legend, totally changed New Zealand cricket. I love the aggressive style. It's fun looking at Kiwis's scorecard this match, anyone who made runs did it over 100 strike rate. Hopefully he goes out on a winning note, he still has years left but at least we will still see him in franchise cricket.
I'm a Pakistan fan so I can appreciate that style. The last few years Pakistan teams have totalled been neutered and I hate that. Hopefully with Misbah's retirement, they can get back to playing Pakistan cricket.
PSL (Pakistan Super League) - Similar to IPL, franchise cricket. The games have been close and fun. They are at semi-final stage.
Asia Cup - Also T20 matches between Asian team just ahead of the T20 World cup will start Feb 24th. Chance for players to get into a good rhythm. The most heated rivalry in the world, Pakistan vs India, will be played on Feb 27th.
T20 World Cup - The stars will be in India to put on a show. If you want to try cricket, watch this tournament. Runs will be plenty, wickets will be plenty. Some amazing catches and huge 6ers will take place.
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You should have just waited an hour or so and the Black Caps will be up by 30. NZ is in big trouble though, they will probably end up with ~150 run lead when they need ~300 for a chance to win.
Also, McCullum has just gotten out for 25 on 27 balls in his final at bat. Supposedly David Warner made an amazing catch.
Diving one handed barrel roll, yeah it was a beauty.
As is typically the case in tests against Australia, we're losing wickets way too quickly. We are missing Ross Taylor badly, rookie Henry Nicholls has taken his spot in the batting lineup and hasn't been able to do much with it.
I'm really trying to get excited about this but it is not coming easy.
India is by far the best T20 team right now and have the advantage of playing at home. It seems like a forgone conclusion they will win.
Aussies, New Zealand, South Africa even English and Windies have a chance. They could win but not even close to a forgone conclusion. Aussies just chased 204 vs Saffies this morning. In a 20 over match anything can happen.