Saturday, March 08, 2003

Fairly Uninteresting World Cup Cricket Update

New Zealand versus Zimbabwe today. Not so much to say about it. Batting first, Zimbabwe acquitted themselves quite decently, fighting back from 6/106 to score 7/252 off their 50 overs, thanks largely to a fine 72 not out from fast bowler Heath Streak. Still, New Zealand had little difficulty passing the score, making 4/253 off 47.2 overs thanks to a fine 102 not out from Nathan Astle.

Because of the way points have been carried over into the Super Six, New Zealand are still in difficulty. They need to beat at least one of India and Australia in their two remaining games. Even if they do this, it is possible that they could still miss out if Kenya beat Zimbabwe.

For all these reasons, and the fact that New Zealand are the only side to have won more one days games than they have lost against Australia in the last couple of years, Tuesday's game between the two sides could be the match of the tournament so far.

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