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ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, Final: England vs. West Indies — Who Will Make Who Grovel?

by Anura Guruge


England vs. West Indies ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20 Final Anura Guruge

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I only had it 50% right. I said back on Monday, March 28, 2016, way ahead of the Semi Finals that it would most likely be India vs. England.

That India lost at home, by 7 wickets — albeit with just 2 balls to spare is pretty hard to fathom, even now. Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles & Andre Russell batted as if possessed. That was quite the performance.

In the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s a West Indies vs. England final would be a foregone conclusion before it started — the West Indies were bound to win.

Not so anymore especially with this ‘squad’. On paper, head-to-head, the Windies have way more experience, in the likes of Gayle, Bravo, Sammy, Ramdin, and some explosive firepower (as the Indians saw). But this squad is also famous for crumpling and ‘going-to-pieces’ under pressure. I also worry that the amazing, unexpected WIN against India sapped too much emotional energy out of them. Basically that they will be spent.

England, in the likes of Joe Root, Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, does have some amazing capability. And unlike the West Indies their temperament is more consistent and sound.

Only takes one GREAT innings in T20 to take a match away from the competition. Gayle or Stokes could play that.

I just hope that the West Indies do NOT play  Marlon ‘Girlie-Boy‘ Samuels. He is a waste of a berth on the squad. Play (poor) Jason Holder. A 25% fit Holder is likely to be better than the mentally scarred Samuels. Do NOT get me wrong. I used to adore Marlon. It is just that he no longer can play cricket!

Not sure we can expect another blinder from Lendl Simmons again. That was an innings of a lifetime.

On edge I am favoring the West Indies 51% to 49%.


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West Indies & Lendl Simmons (You Beauties) — I Salute You. ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20 Finalist.

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West Indies #ICCWT20 finalist by Anura Guruge

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WOW. WOW. WOW.

What a match. After another amazing innings by Virat ‘Midas’ Kohli and 192 on the board I thought that India had it sealed and that my prediction, even from this morning, of the ‘Battle of the Raj‘, India v. England, was going to the Final of the ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20.

When Gayle went for 5, after 6 balls, I was convinced the Windies were screwed. Then Marlon ‘Bloody’ Samuels, yet again, played like girl having her first period and wracked by cramps.

I have always LIKED Lendl Simmons BUT had forgotten about him. He hadn’t played in any of the previous matches. I thought we was on the field as a sub. And he dropped a catch. But Lendl CAN BAT — as he demonstrated.

And Johnson Charles and Andre Russell. They didn’t even need Bravo or Sammy. AMAZING.

I did say, on Monday, that for the West Indies to beat India, at home, somebody would have to score 70+ of 180+. Lendl Simmons came close; 82 at 161 S/R. Andre Russell batted at 215 S/R.

Now the BIG question … did the Windies play their ONE BIG innings of the tournament. Will they have any gas in the tank for the Final on April 3? 

It will be fascinating.

Thank YOU the West Indies. Sorry for the all the BAD things I have said about you in the last year. SMILE.


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England Victorious Over New Zealand — Take A Bow — ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20.

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Well a “Battle of the Raj”,  ‘India v England‘, ICC World Twenty20 final can still be on the cards (and I have NOT looked at the outcome of the India v. West Indies Semi-Final #2.)

That was quite the upset. New Zealand had been unbeaten and had pulled off some amazing wins. 

England was impressive. Once they dismissed the Black Caps for that low score I knew they had a very good chance of winning and they got off to a very good start. So it was not a gripping run-chase. My the time the Power Play was done you knew that New Zealand were screwed.


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2016 “Battle of the Raj” India v England Final In ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20?

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India v England ICC Twenty20 World Cup Final 2016 Anura Guruge

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As draws for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 goes ‘India v England‘ probably is as good as it gets now that Pakistan (or for that matter Sri Lanka) did not qualify for the Semi-Finals.

‘India v West Indies‘ would have been popular BUT that will now be the Thursday, March 31, 2016 Semi-Final (i.e., semi #2). Unless Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels or Darren Sammy (among others) produces an absolute stunner, a 180+ strike rate 70+, India, playing at home, could/should pull off a win. They did well against Australia.

New Zealand have been unbeaten BUT upsets are easy in T20.

India v. England will elicit lots of pent up emotions. That would be a cracking final. I think India will win — though my record of predicting T20s is not great since luck rather than form plays such a HUGE role (and there are REVIEWS to overturn really bad umpiring decisions).

Can’t wait. Has been a good tournament.


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Sri Lanka Surprisingly Is Already Out Of The ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, In India.

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Click to ENLARGE. From “icc-cricket.com”, of course. Saturday night, prior to the Sunday, March 27 games.


I had assumed, or maybe I should say hoped, that Sri Lanka would make it to at least the semi-final stage. The match against England was a cracker and I chewed my nails all the way through. Shame. They had played quite well over the last 12 months.

Amazed by the West Indies. New Zealand is good BUT I didn’t think they would be unbeaten. Has been a GOOD tournament. I have watched all of the Super 10 matches. Still quite a bit of cricket left. 


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South Africa Crushed By England In ICC Champions Trophy 2013 1st Semi-Final; Free Videos Already At ICC-Cricket.com. Match FIXED?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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So much for my belief that South Africa will go the extra mile to win this for Mandela!

Wow. Crushed like a dung beetle under the hooves of a water buffalo!

Amla only faced 3 balls and he is the #1 ODI batsman in the known universe?

AB feasting on duck?

Duminy 3?

OK. I have to ask. Are the South African back to the good ol’ days of FIXING MATCHES? This doesn’t look kosher to me.

I am suspicious. South Africa all out in 38.4 overs? Come on? Give me a break, even an off-break.

South Africa Will Go The Extra Mile To Win ICC Champions Trophy 2013 For Nelson Mandela.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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South Africa, these days, with the likes of Amla, AB, Duminy and Morkel (with that cutest of run-ups), is a formidable team even in the worst of times.

This morning I was trying to work out whether this would be a repeat of the last World Cup: Sri Lanka vs. India.

Then it hit me. The South Africans MAY BE trying to win this for Nelson.

Cricket is not his #1 sport. He, though a champion heavyweight boxer in his younger days, is definitely a Rugby man. That is OK. I can understand that. Cricket would have been hard to follow let alone savor from Robben Island. But, as we have seen, he just revels in any and all South African victories — as he should.

So, I get a feeling that this team will go the extra mile for Nelson in the coming week — and I am ‘A-OK’ with that.

Anything we can do to celebrate and glorify THE MAN.

I know the day is coming. I am dreading it. Not sure how I will handle it.

So what I do envisage is a Sri Lanka vs. South Africa final.


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