Namibia and Kenya in the I-Cup; Ratings 30th September
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|2nd Test||India||v||New Zealand|
|Expected Margin||India by 135 runs|
|Actual Margin||India by 5 wickets|
Like New Zealand's final test against the West Indies, a close match, one they ought to have won, and yet, at the crucial moment, failed to take control of. India's final margin was tight and yet still generous, bouyed by a 96 run final stand that New Zealand nevertheless really didn't look like breaking. It was, needless to say, a vastly superior performance to the previous week, Taylor blitzed 113 off almost a run-a-ball, and his effort was followed up by van Wyk and Bracewell, to post a respectable, but not great score. Ojha, who took the first ball of the match took 5/99. From 4/80, Kohli held together India's
reply, bringing them up to 353 - one of several points where New Zealand failed to capitalise, despite Southee's 7/64.
Ashwin took five in the third innings, and although New Zealand fought their way to a respetable total, and took relatively regular wickets, they never seemed to be able to pressure India into giving up the game. They will take some comfort from a much better performance particularly in India. But they should also ask why in two of their past three tests they failed to not only win a winnable game, but failed to look like taking crucial late order wickets, while giving up runs at almost 5 an over. A little pressure goes a long way, and none was applied at the exact moment it was required.
|Expected Margin||Namibia by 97 runs|
A hangover from the previous round where Kenya couldn't play at home. Namibia are coming off their break, while Kenya have just finished the EAPL, which may or may not be an advantage in four day cricket. Kenya's batting has been a serious problem for a while, although the intrduction of Obanda, Mishra and Allan have raised hopes that they can return to the status they enjoyed a decade ago. Namibia have been embroiled in accusations of racist selection policies in their U/19 squad, which oughtn't distract their cricketers, but needs urgent attention from their administrators. As always their batting depth - helped by playing all all-rounders - will be their strength, and they'll hope to put up a total Kenya cannot touch when they have their turn to bat.
|Rankings at 30th September 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.
30th September, 2012 09:50:11