Ratings - 9th July 2012
|2nd Test||Sri Lanka||v||Pakistan|
|Expected Margin||Sri Lanka by 13 runs|
|Actual Margin||Match Drawn|
A match ruined by the pitch. Pakistan dominated from the off, with Mohammad Hafeez (196) and Azhar Ali (157) putting on 283 together. Sri Lanka showed some vulnerability again, as apart from Dilshan (121) and Sangakarra (192) there was little support. Neither side looked like forcing a result at any point though, and the scandal of excellent spinning pitches being cited, and the SSC road putting out draw after draw continues. If the rain holds, the final test ought to be a closely fought affair. In what is now effectively a two match series, a tedious match of this type adds nothing to the calendar.
|Expected Margin||Scotland by 199 runs|
|Actual Margin||Match abandoned|
Persistent rain left the pitch unplayale even after it stopped. No change in the ratings. Canada earn their first points although they are out of contention. Scotland suffer their second washed out match and might be keen to leave home shores in search of more wins.
|Expected Margin||Ireland by 73 runs|
Speaking of rain. Ireland managed to play about three quarters of a game in their two ODI matches against Afghanistan, putting themselves in the prime position to make the World Cup. Without Hamid Hassan Afghanistan's bowling is dangerous, but not test-standard, and their batting remains suspect in wet conditions. Thus Ireland ought to win, if they can get on the field, if they can overcome their own batting problems - such as those exposed by both Namibia and Kenya, and last week against Afganistan - and if their bowling can continue to dominate their associate opposition (notwithstanding that I couldn't find a squad list, which may undermine their push).
|Rankings at 9th July 2012|
Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.
8th July, 2012 12:03:18